Smartphones

The LG Q8 is a repackaged V20 that can take the plunge
July 24, 2017 at 7:50 am

LG is launching a new phone, called the Q8, that has eerily similar features and specs to the company's V20($480.00 at T-Mobile USA), which came out last year. News of the Q8 appeared on LG's Italian site, which didn't mention a price or whether it would be available in the US or elsewhere, but did…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is coming sooner than you think
July 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

We already sort of knew, but now we really know: Samsung will launch its next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, in late August. According to ePrice, Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh recently confirmed as much at a meetingwith journalists in Taiwan, saying the announcement will come at the end of next month. Koh didn't…

ZTE's Blade Spark raises the bar for $100 smartphones
July 14, 2017 at 9:17 am

If you're wondering what $100 will get you in a smartphone nowadays in the US, ZTE has a solid reply with the Blade Spark. Available for AT&T Prepaid customers, it offers some nice things like a 5.5-inch HD display and 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera. That's well and good, but there are some other surprising touches…

This 'holographic' Android phone wants to wow you
July 10, 2017 at 7:53 am

When I first saw that pro camera maker Red was making a holographic phone, I imagined it might beam the holograms of my Star Wars dreams, like the iconic moment when a holographic Princess Leia asks Obi-Wan Kenobi for help. No such luck. The Hydrogen One doesn't create that type of sci-fi hologram; it has…

This phone needs no battery
July 6, 2017 at 7:58 am

With festival season in full swing, many of you no doubt wonder on a regular basis why smartphone batteries aren't getting better. The answer is simple - they are getting better, but manufacturers choose to use that power to bump up specs rather than delivering improved battery life. Now, however, engineers at the University of…

WIR: Apple and its iPhone Problem
July 5, 2017 at 9:14 am

On the iPhone's 10th anniversary, Dealerscope editors talk about the revolutionary product and the problem it's created for Apple.

The iPhone killed my inner nerd
June 29, 2017 at 7:36 am

When I was a teenager, this time of year would be insufferable. My bedroom would be nearly 90F without air conditioning, but it wasn’t even particularly hot outside. I had at least five tower PCs running inside my bedroom, all contributing a lot of heat to my tiny little room. Each performed its own role…