Samsung details the Nonacell Technology behind its 108MP sensor

The secret behind the Galaxy S20 Ultra's low-light performance? The 108MP sensor's Nonacell Technology. Here's how it works!

Feb 13, 2020, 2:41 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  5 comments
featured PET, TPU, or Tempered Glass – all you need to know to choose a screen protector

You want to keep the display of your smartphone intact but are confused by all the protectors available for sale? This article will help you navigate the different screen protector types and pick the best one for your needs and budget!

Jan 24, 2020, 6:39 AM,  by Luis D., Georgi Zarkov,  31 comments
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The hidden challenges and limitations of fast charging in smartphones

Charging a smartphone is a surprisingly complex process, especially when it comes to fast charging. Here's what manufacturers have to overcome to deliver super-short charge times.

Oct 11, 2019, 8:57 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  6 comments
The hidden limitations of your phone's telephoto zoom camera

Telephoto cameras on smartphones are good at zooming. They're also great for taking portraits. But they have a number of limitations that you may not be aware of. And this applies to pretty much every telephoto lens camera on a smartphone today.

Oct 04, 2019, 9:51 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  22 comments
How did Samsung make the Aura Glow color of the Galaxy Note 10?

The Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10 is mesmerizing to watch. But how did Samsung achieve this visual color-shifting effect? With science, of course! Here's how the Galaxy Note 10 Aura Glow color was made.

Sep 05, 2019, 4:01 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  4 comments
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ supports 45W Super Fast Charging, but there's fine print

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comes with Super Fast Charging of up to 45 watts. That makes it one of the fastest charging phones, at least in theory, but in practice, there are several hurdles you need to know about before enjoying 45W fast charging on your Galaxy Note 10+.

Aug 07, 2019, 7:19 PM,  by Nick Todorov,  14 comments
Snapdragon 865 preview: what to expect from the beast that will power 2020 flagships

The next iteration of Qualcomm's top-tier mobile platform is still months away, but we already have a good idea about what it will bring to next year's flagship smartphones.

Jul 24, 2019, 5:31 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  9 comments

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featured What do you lose when your Android phone is not supported by Google? A lot...

Huawei's phones might lose access to Google's Android. OK, so they can still use Android Open Source, but will that be good enough? What do you lose when you don't have Google Services on your phone?

Jun 17, 2019, 6:44 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  35 comments
featured 6 Apple Myths Debunked and Explained!

We’ve all heard it before: Unplug your device so it doesn’t overcharge. Or perhaps you’ve heard that you should close your apps to save battery. There’s a lot of opinions out there on how to best maintain your phone. With that in mind, we’ve researched and compiled some of these popular myths for your convenience and edification! Cool, right? We thought so!

May 29, 2019, 11:36 AM,  by Corey Gaskin,  48 comments
No Gorilla Glass on the Pixel 3a. What is Asahi Dragontrail and will my phone scratch up easily?

Is the Asahi Dragontrail glass on the Pixel 3a as good as Gorilla Glass 4 on the Pixel 3?

May 17, 2019, 6:58 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  11 comments
featured PSA: your phone is not waterproof and won't be water resistant forever

Most modern phones are highly resistant to dust and water damage, but that resistance is not forever. Here is why water protection may eventually fail and what you can do to prevent this.

Apr 25, 2019, 7:36 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  16 comments
Huawei P30 Pro cameras explained: 5x zoom and better low-light shots through optical wizardry

The Huawei P30 and P30 pro promise outstanding low-light performance by utilizing a new, more sensitive sensor. Furthermore, the P30 Pro stands out with a 5x zoom telephoto camera. Here's how these work at a technical level.

Mar 28, 2019, 12:28 PM,  by Nick Todorov,  10 comments
featured Samsung Galaxy S10 may come with a cryptocurrency wallet, but what does this even mean?

It is rumored that Samsung may introduce a cryptocurrency wallet feature with the Galaxy S10, which would allow owners to make and receive cryptocurrency payments. But what does that mean exactly, and what happens if you lose your Galaxy S10?

Feb 05, 2019, 11:15 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  5 comments
featured Galaxy S10 5G may land with 3D depth sensor, here's what ToF cameras do

What is this time-of-flight (ToF) 3D depth-sensing camera that the Galaxy S10 5G and the 2019 iPhone XI might have? We take the one on the Vivo NEX Dual Display edition to preview a few of the new features ToF cameras may bring.

Jan 29, 2019, 8:29 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  6 comments
How is a stainless steel iPhone XS better than any other aluminum phone?

Stainless steel vs aluminum – what's the difference? Why are most phones made of aluminum when stainless steel is a better material? And what are those aluminum series you may have heard of? Join us as we provide the answers.

Nov 08, 2018, 10:15 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  28 comments
New technology could prevent smartphone batteries from catching on fire

You don't have to think too hard for an example of lithium-ion batteries quickly catching on fire. Problems with such cells inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 resulted in several explosions and fires, and forced two recalls of the phone which was eventually pulled from the market. But some researchers have come up with a version of the lithium-ion battery that they claim will not catch on fire...

Aug 22, 2018, 9:59 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
The Galaxy Note 9 S Pen has a clever rapid-charging "battery" with one tiny flaw

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has an S Pen stylus that can be used to control media to switch between presentation slides at the press of a button thanks to Bluetooth support. The stylus also has a special "battery" inside of it...

Aug 09, 2018, 3:47 PM,  by Nick Todorov,  14 comments
Chinese company starts making high-resolution face unlock modules

Chinese company Q Technology has released information that it's beginning production of its face scanning modules based on structured-light technology.

Jul 26, 2018, 4:52 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  2 comments
featured Corning's Technology Center tour: where glass innovations are born

We recently had the opportunity to visit Corning’s Technology Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, the site of its recent announcement for its new Gorilla Glass 6 – and also our opportunity to check out the behind the scenes look at its testing processes...

Jul 25, 2018, 11:28 AM,  by John Velasco,  3 comments
featured The 5G world is closer than you think, what will life look like?

We take you through what life could look like when 5G technology becomes a reality...

Jul 18, 2018, 2:03 PM,  by Stuart Lombard,  22 comments
New fingerprint sensor will check if you're alive

South Korean scientists developed new transparent fingerprint sensor technology, that can also detect pressure and temperature.

Jul 04, 2018, 8:10 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  13 comments
White pixel knights? All about the LG G7 Super Bright display technology

LG is so proud of its new, "Super Bright" display technology on the freshly-minted G7 ThinQ, that it walked us through it even before the phone was officially released. Why Super Bright? Well, how does peak brightness of 1000 nits sound to you?

May 02, 2018, 10:28 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  22 comments
JPEG XS is coming; designed for streaming video and VR, this format is low-latency and low-energy

JPEG, as many of you know, is the standard format used to compress digital images. And soon, the group behind JPEG will release JPEG XS. No, this isn't a situation where the new format is used instead of the older one. Actually, you can expect to see both used side-by-side. JPEG XS was created specifically for streaming video and VR as opposed to JPEG, which was created to help download digital images...

Apr 14, 2018, 3:13 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
featured Batteries that can't explode and last a lifetime are on the horizon

We explore a few upcoming battery technologies that would be huge improvements over current batteries...

Jan 15, 2018, 12:34 PM,  by Stuart Lombard,  39 comments
Qualcomm tinkered Bluetooth 5.0 to allow music streaming to two devices simultaneously

Standard Bluetooth technology sends the stereo audio signal from a phone to one of the earbuds. Then, the earbud transmits the audio signal to the other earbud. However, thanks to the new technology, Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone will send stereo audio signals to both earbuds at the same time...

Dec 06, 2017, 4:23 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  21 comments
featured The Razer Phone has an awesome 120Hz display, and here's how it works

So what's the big deal with the Razer Phone's display, you might be wondering. Long story short, it is capable of displaying noticeably smoother, more fluid visuals. It is a difference you can't unsee – one that makes anything from scrolling through your Twitter feed to riding a hydrojet in Riptide GP Renegade even more enjoyable. But how does all the magic happen?...

Nov 03, 2017, 10:31 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  38 comments
LG's OLED vs Samsung's Super AMOLED: what are the technical differences?

With the LG V30 coming out fairly soon, we thought it's time we cleared up the confusion regarding OLED display terminology...

Sep 08, 2017, 7:30 AM,  by Kaloyan C. ,  60 comments
How turn on (and make sense of) the LG V30's Quad DAC

The LG V30 is the latest device from the company equipped with a Quad DAC — here's what it does and how to turn it on...

Sep 05, 2017, 3:42 AM,  by Kaloyan C. ,  14 comments
featured What is camera aperture? LG V30 and its leading F1.6 camera explained

While the LG V30 is not official yet, there's quite a lot about it that we know with certainty. And we're not talking about leaks or rumors here. LG itself has been teasing us for weeks with bits of information about its upcoming high-end phone. One of these teasers revealed that the V30's main camera will have an aperture of f/1.6 – the widest on a phone to date. That's great and all, but why is this such a big deal? What exactly is a camera's aperture and what does it do...

Aug 29, 2017, 3:37 PM,  by Nick Todorov,  39 comments
Nokia 8 cameras explained: how does the dual camera work and what is a "#Bothie"

The Nokia 8 is here and it features a very interesting camera setup: three identical cameras, all with the same, 13-megapixel sensor. Two of them are on the back...

Aug 16, 2017, 4:04 PM,  by Victor Hristov,  16 comments
featured Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dual camera explained: specs, features, and all rumors we have so far

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be Samsung's first dual camera smartphone, and you might be wondering what the benefit of this could be. This is where we explain how the dual camera on the Note 8 might work...

Aug 08, 2017, 9:56 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  52 comments
featured ProMotion display technology on the Apple iPad Pro explained: buttery smooth!

The most advanced display on the planet – that, in Apple's words, is what the two latest iPad Pro models treat your eyes to. That is a bold claim, but it is also one not far from the truth given all of the screen technology packed into the new 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets. Their most striking display upgrade is a feature that Apple calls ProMotion, which doubles the screen refresh rate to 120Hz...

Jun 28, 2017, 9:18 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  47 comments
featured UFS 2.1 explained: the storage technology in today's top Android phones

Your phone has a chip for storing data in the long term – apps, photos, music, as well as the operating system itself. This chip isn't as fast as RAM, but can preserve information indefinitely, even when the device is turned off. Of course, without this chip, your smartphone will be nothing but a shiny paperweight...

Jun 23, 2017, 10:06 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  33 comments
Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with Bluetooth 5: Should you care?

Samsung just unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and while they both come jam-packed full of features, one that most people won't think about, if at all, is the new Bluetooth 5 standard...

Mar 29, 2017, 12:06 PM,  by Damian M. ,  16 comments
featured Dual cameras explained: how do they work and what are the differences?

As this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona clearly proved, a new trend has officially started in the smartphone world, and it’s that of the dual camera. However, the differences in its implementation can be a major source of confusion, but luckily for you, we’ve taken on the task of demystifying the hot new thing in tech...

Mar 12, 2017, 7:21 AM,  by Kaloyan C. ,  46 comments
Is HDR+ on the Pixel the same as HDR+ on the Nexus? No, it's new and evolved!

So, Google's camera app has always had this feature, called HDR+ — just like HDR, "but better", or at least that's what the name suggests. With the new Pixels, everyone has been raving about how awesome HDR+ is and how you virtually have no reason to ever turn it off. But, since it's the same branding, does that mean that the HDR+ on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P is just as good? Are they the same thing? Are aliens responsible for the failure and uprise of the McRib?

Jan 31, 2017, 4:35 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  22 comments
featured The AirPods have batteries 80 times smaller than an iPhone's. Why don't they charge 80 times faster?

The AirPods last long and charge fast, but why can't their batteries charge as fast as they seemingly should? We investigate the not-so-simple process of recharging a lithium ion battery and how it is related to battery size...

Jan 09, 2017, 8:02 AM,  by Nick Todorov,  17 comments
featured 5G networks are coming in 2020: here are the speeds and advantages to expect

The first 5G networks will go live in a few years, that's a thing we already know. But what is 5G? How fast is 5G? What do we need 5G for? And where is my 5G smartphone, anyway? Let us answer all these questions in this article...

Dec 22, 2016, 6:33 AM,  by Nick T.,  15 comments
Dummy guide to Emoji: History, Nature and Usage

Emoji have become a standard shortcut in communication across the globe. You can see them in just about any social media post, text message or online comment. And while we all use them, not many of us ask themselves how they work and where they came from.

Dec 09, 2016, 1:25 AM,  by Damian M.,  9 comments
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