Nokia steals the show to become the most mentioned brand at MWC 2018

According to a survey published by Brandwatch in partnership with Twitter, Nokia was the most mentioned brand during MWC 2018, surpassing giants like Samsung (2), Huawei (3), Google (4), and Apple (5)...

Mar 02, 2018, 4:09 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  19 comments
Samsung Galaxy S9+ wins "Best New Connected Device" award at MWC 2018

Aside from the Galaxy S9+, other Samsung products that were recognized at MWC 2018 for their innovative technologies include Samsung Pay, Gear VR with Controller and Samsung DeX. Each of these devices have been praised at the GLOMO and received various awards...

Mar 02, 2018, 1:54 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  13 comments
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Meet the SikurPhone – the device aimed at cryptocurrency maniacs

SIKUR, the security-oriented Brazilian company, has announced its second smartphone, named the SIKURPhone. The device is aimed at cryptocurrency enthusiasts, offering a built-in wallet, which stores your currencies on the SIKUR cloud.

Mar 01, 2018, 9:17 AM,  by Mihail Nikolov,  2 comments
Nokia 8 Sirocco vs Apple iPhone X: first look

Nokia surely made an impression at Mobile World Congress this year, by getting itself into the flagship caliber game with its oh-so gorgeous looking Nokia 8 Sirocco. It's a stunner from a design and specs point...

Mar 01, 2018, 8:48 AM,  by John Velasco,  7 comments
featured Best and worst tech of MWC 2018

These are the highs and lows of the MWC 2018 expo that we managed to notice and mark during our hectic schedule full of gourmet octopus and white wine , but also meetings, hands-on impressions, and general phone future overload. Which one do you agree with, and which were your own favs and lows?

Mar 01, 2018, 8:47 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  23 comments
Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Google Pixel 2 XL: first look

How does Sony's new top phone, the Xperia XZ2, compare against Google's own Pixel 2 XL? We take a quick first look at the two at Mobile World Congress 2018...

Mar 01, 2018, 8:05 AM,  by Victor Hristov,  8 comments
Carrier chief: Get ready for a Samsung 5G phone, as 'preparations' are in play

Prompted by a question about Huawei's newest 5G cellular modem, announced at the MWC expo the other day, the CTO of SK Telecom Park Jin-hyo answered mysteriously that "Huawei excels in its technologies…While Samsung may not say much, it has also been making a lot of preparations," and added "It is not so far for Samsung either in coming up with a 5G device."

Feb 28, 2018, 7:39 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  5 comments

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What are the differences between the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact? Let's explore them!

If you're up for buying yourself a cute little Xperia XZ2 Compact, it's a nice idea to keep in mind what the main differences between it and the Xperia XZ2 are. We've compiled the following list for you, have at it!

Feb 28, 2018, 7:06 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  16 comments
An Android phone for children shown at MWC 2018

An Android phone for children has been shown at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. The smartphone will be tailored towards the youngest users by letting their parents take control over the device remotely, by using an app to either permit or restrict some of the features.

Feb 28, 2018, 7:01 AM,  by Mihail Nikolov,  4 comments
Hands-on with the 99% bezelless phone that has a fingerprint scanner under the screen

The Vivo Apex is almost completely bezelless. We know we've been saying this for almost every phone that came with significantly reduced bezels in the last few years, but the Vivo Apex takes things further than we've ever seen. Its top and side bezels are thinner than those of the iPhone X, and the bottom one isn't much thicker as well. It's hard to tell whether it's 'the less bezel, the better' once you cross a certain point, but the fact is the Apex concept phone looks very nice and futuristic. The least we can say is that it's a very, very impressive design. But there's more to it that just thin frames...

Feb 28, 2018, 5:51 AM,  by Rado Slavov,  40 comments
Monsters from Asia: This is the phone with the largest battery in the world

What's the phone with the biggest battery you could name? Your mind is now probably racing through all sensationalist news articles you've read in your life, but how about this: the phone with the biggest battery we've ever seen was announced at this year's MWC trade show in Barcelona. Having the tongue-twisting name of Energizer Power Max P16K Pro, this brand new Android smartphone has a mind-boggling 16,000mAh battery and is easily the phone with the largest battery we've ever seen. How much is 16,000mAh, exactly? That's more than five times the size of the batteries inside the Galaxy S8/S9 and the iPhone X. Battery life? Pfft, this thing would certainly last you more than a week of moderate usage or more...

Feb 28, 2018, 4:53 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  18 comments
featured Sony Xperia XZ2 vs iPhone X: how does Sony's best compare to Apple?

The Sony Xperia XZ2 ups the ante with a more alluring design and features, but can it match the Apple iPhone X? How do the two compare?...

Feb 27, 2018, 7:02 PM,  by Victor Hristov,  32 comments
What's new with shooting video on the Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+?

We spent some intimate time running through the Galaxy S9/S9+'s capabilities with its camera, trying to uncover anything special when it comes to shooting video...

Feb 27, 2018, 6:41 PM,  by John Velasco,  7 comments
Want to get your Samsung Galaxy S9 early? Reserve it right now

The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ can be shipped by March 14 if you reserve and pre-order them by March 5...

Feb 27, 2018, 5:50 PM,  by Florin Troaca,  9 comments
Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Q hands-on: hey there, good-looking!

The Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite aren't the best smartphones ever, but they could be among the best in their respective price segments when they are released...

Feb 27, 2018, 1:42 PM,  by Nick Todorov,  37 comments
New flagship killers: Asus releases the ZenFone 5 family

Today, Asus launches the next generation of ZenFone handsets — the ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Q (ZenFone 5 Lite in select markets), and the flagship ZenFone 5Z. Let's take a closer look at what they have in store for us!

Feb 27, 2018, 1:40 PM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  14 comments
Fatties: Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are the thickest high-end phones in years

The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have new designs, and calling them fat smartphones wouldn't be wrong...

Feb 27, 2018, 11:30 AM,  by Florin Troaca,  57 comments
Fitbit Ionic: Adidas edition smartwatch to be launched on March 19 for $330

The smartwatch comes in two color options – Ice Gray and Ink Blue, and includes one small and one large wristband in the sales package. The Fitbit Ionic: Adidas edition offers access to exclusive coaching with Adidas Train app.

Feb 27, 2018, 10:38 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
Poll results: Galaxy S9 wins popularity contest vs Xperia XZ2... by a hair

At this year's MWC, we only saw two of the major players introduce their flagships. First, we got Samsung's Galaxy S9, then Sony showed us the brand-new Xperia XZ2. They are both cool phones in their own right, with their strengths, weaknesses, and unique features.

Feb 27, 2018, 8:49 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  22 comments
Samsung DeX Pad hands-on: new design, same core desktop experience

With the announcement of its new flagships at MWC 2018, the S9 and S9+, Samsung naturally introduced a brand-new PC-desktop accessory in the form of the DeX Pad...

Feb 27, 2018, 8:05 AM,  by John Velasco,  3 comments
4 things that would've made the Xperia XZ2 a better offer

On schedule with its half-year refresh cycle, Sony dropped a brand-new flagship duo at MWC — the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. And this time around, the company shook some things around, adopting more modern trends and saying goodbye to some old habits. The new Xperias have long 18:9 screens, back-mounted fingerprint scanners, and a bunch of new features — some unique, some playing catch-up with the industry.

Feb 27, 2018, 8:02 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  24 comments
New Snapdragon 700-series unveiled, fusing premium features into the midrange

Qualcomm just took us for surprise at the MWC 2018 expo booth, and announced its newest Snapdragon 700 system-on-a-chip. The SoC brings many of the features that the flagship 800-series commands downmarket, such as 2x faster on-device AI, compared to the current cream of the midrange crop, the Snapdragon 660.

Feb 27, 2018, 6:38 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  12 comments
Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker in the second half of 2018

Samsung will launch its own smart speaker in the seconds half of 2018, company's mobile division president - DJ Koh - said at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. The upcoming speaker will be powered by Bixby smart assistant and will supposedly allow user to control their smart home using voice commands.

Feb 27, 2018, 5:51 AM,  by Mihail Nikolov,  13 comments
Hands-on with AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9: hey look, I'm Mickey Mouse!

Samsung's AR Emoji are virtual avatars designed to look just like you. They are generated using the Galaxy S9, and they are made to be compatible with any phone...

Feb 27, 2018, 5:08 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  10 comments
featured Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ hands-on: worthy of celebrity hands

This year, the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ don't bring a striking reinvention of the exterior; however, they do introduce a wonderful set of new features and improvements that make them even more enjoyable phones than their predecessors...

Feb 27, 2018, 4:43 AM,  by Rado Slavov,  34 comments
The next Galaxy smartphone might undergo a name change, Samsung Mobile chief said

The official announcement of the Galaxy S9 has just passed and we can start speculations about the next Galaxy phone – the supposed S10. Actually, according to DJ Koh, it might not be named like that.

Feb 27, 2018, 4:01 AM,  by Mihail Nikolov,  7 comments
The Galaxy S9's Super Slow Motion is fun to toy with (video)

Granted, the Xperia XZ2 and Compact do 960fps@1080p now, while the Galaxies do it at 720p, but the effect is still marvelous, and , let's face it, more S9 and S9+ phones will land in the hands of consumers than the newest Xperias, and the slow-mo that counts will be the one you have in your hands for those special occassions.

Feb 27, 2018, 2:46 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  13 comments
Nokia 7 Plus hands-on: a phone to rely on

We had a chance to spend a few personal moments with the Nokia 7 Plus at MWC 2018, and frankly, we didn't leave the demo room disappointed...

Feb 26, 2018, 7:35 PM,  by Nick Todorov,  21 comments
Nokia 1 hands-on

HMD Global has been known to focus its efforts on mostly cost-conscious devices, but they're diving into new depths with its Nokia 1 – its first affordably priced Android Go phone...

Feb 26, 2018, 5:50 PM,  by John Velasco,  6 comments
featured The official Galaxy S9 cases that you should and shouldn't buy

This year, Samsung has unveiled some interesting new cases again, designed for with the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Some of them seem like perfectly reasonable cases, while others - not so much. Here you'll find our impressions of the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases by Samsung, which will hopefully help you in choosing the most suitable product for you.

Feb 26, 2018, 4:40 PM,  by Rado Slavov,  16 comments
featured Nokia 8110 4G hands-on: the banana phone is back!

Nostalgia has some great powers apparently, evident in HMD's recent announcement during its MWC 2018 press conference. After raising the Nokia 3310 back from the dead at last year's MWC, HMD followed up with yet another classic being reborn – the Nokia 8110 4G...

Feb 26, 2018, 4:40 PM,  by John Velasco,  14 comments
featured Samsung Galaxy S9 vs S8: is it worth upgrading?

Saying that the new Galaxy S9 looks like last year's model, the Galaxy S8, would be an understatement. The two are so similar, it's hard to tell them apart...

Feb 26, 2018, 4:18 PM,  by Victor Hristov,  31 comments
featured Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on

Shockingly enough, HMD managed to take everyone at MWC 2018 by surprise with the announcement of its Nokia 8 Sirocco! It's a premium looking phone that can tangle with some of the greats around...

Feb 26, 2018, 9:49 AM,  by John Velasco,  18 comments
poll So, which flagship did you like better? Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2

MWC has been a bit... less intense this year and we only saw two major flagship launches from the big players out there. We got the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, followed by the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. And both entries are quite good!

Feb 26, 2018, 9:05 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  75 comments
Keeping up or ahead of competition? Here are all the new features of the Sony Xperia XZ2

Today, Sony has unveiled its new generation of flagship smartphone — the Xperia XZ2. It's super-shiny, it's the first Sony top-tier phone to come with a significant redesign in some years, and it packs some exciting features or at least upgrades.

Feb 26, 2018, 8:05 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  23 comments
Sony announced the Xperia Ear Duo – the "dual-listening" wireless earbuds

Alongside the announcement of the Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 compact, Sony announced the release of their new wireless headset – the Xperia Ear Duo, which will bring the "dual listening" system and some "smart" functions.

Feb 26, 2018, 7:42 AM,  by Mihail Nikolov,  12 comments
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact vs Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 specs comparison: Which has the upper hand?

Sony has a long tradition of introducing compact devices with no-compromise hardware and the all-new XZ2 Compact is the latest Sony device that meets those criteria. With a Snapdragon 845, it will possibly be the most powerful 5-inch Android phone in the coming months...

Feb 26, 2018, 6:55 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  12 comments
Sony: dual-cam flagship with DSLR-level light sensitivity is in the works

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact do have wonderful 19MP Motion Eye cameras that can do 960fps Super slow-mo video, just like the Galaxy S9, yet they only have one camera sensor on their backs, while Samsung outfitted its renowned S-line with its first dual-cam representative, the S9+.

Feb 26, 2018, 6:21 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  25 comments
Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Specs comparison

Sony's new Xperia phone will have some tough time vying for your attention given the abundance of flagships available right now, but it seems to have the necessary arsenal to do this...

Feb 26, 2018, 4:11 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  6 comments
Samsung unveils the new 12MP sensor that lets Galaxy S9 do its Super Slow Motion magic

Samsung has a brand new camera sensor in the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and it just detailed all of its specs, putting to rest all speculation how does it do the Super Slow Motion capture that allows its new flagships to record 720p clips with 960fps.

Feb 26, 2018, 3:56 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  21 comments
Vivo Apex phone scans your finger 'half-screen,' has a pop-up selfie cam

Vivo is no stranger to experimenting with concept phones, but its newest one, the Apex FullView, takes the idea of biometry placements to a whole new level. You see, when Synaptics touted its in-display finger scanners, it mentioned that their placement at a particular place is phase 3 in the development of invisible readers, while phase 4 would be placing them anywhere on the screen a manufacturer should desire.

Feb 26, 2018, 3:34 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  16 comments
Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact size comparison vs Galaxy S9, S9+, iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, LG V30, OnePlus 5T

Sony has just announced the latest devices to join its portfolio, the Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact, two handsets whose purpose is to take the the Japan-based manufacturer up-to-speed with the current trends on the smartphone market. With everyone plotting the total demise of old-school bezels and looking forward to providing users with more display real estate, Sony felt the pressure and finally caved in - the XZ2 looks way more contemporary than any other Xperia before it....

Feb 26, 2018, 3:12 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  8 comments
Sony Xperia XZ2 hands-on: up close with Sony's fresh, new design philosophy

It's that time of year again kiddies; Mobile World Congress is in full swing and with it comes a flagship phone announcement from Sony Mobile. Say hello to the Sony Xperia XZ2!...

Feb 26, 2018, 1:48 AM,  by Corey Gaskin,  58 comments
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact hands-on

There aren't that many manufacturers out there anymore that offer "miniature" sized variants of their flagship product. Sony, however, is notable for being one the few to continually seek out this particular strategy...

Feb 26, 2018, 1:47 AM,  by John Velasco,  9 comments
featured Sony presents Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact: new design and Snapdragon 845

Sony is updating its flagship smartphone line-up with two new phones - the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The new models are probably the biggest departure from Sony's long-running design we've seen so far, featuring extra-tall 2:1 displays, thinner bezels and a rounded back shape...

Feb 26, 2018, 1:46 AM,  by Rado Slavov,  28 comments
featured Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: first look

The new Samsung Galaxy S9+ has just entered the phone arena and it comes with big ambitions: it is designed to look and feel exquisite, it's equipped with a better camera than the already great one on the S8 and Samsung has even improved its custom Android interface so that the phone runs smoother...

Feb 25, 2018, 7:57 PM,  by Victor Hristov,  20 comments
Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs LG V30: first look

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S9+ has been officially announced, the V30 is going to be seeing stiff competition with this latest member into the dual-camera club...

Feb 25, 2018, 7:50 PM,  by John Velasco,  12 comments
Galaxy S9 Exynos edition gets benchmarked against rivals!

We ran three benchmark apps on the Samsung Galaxy S9: AnTuTu, GFXBench, and Geekbench 4, and we have to say the results look quite promising.

Feb 25, 2018, 6:36 PM,  by Rado Slavov,  48 comments
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