Apple’s iPhone X has a new cheaper Android rival from SHARP

Apple’s iPhone X may not be sporting thin bezels as that of the competition from the Android universe but it’s still an attractive design nonetheless. The only issue is that if you wish to get the iPhone X, you will have to let go of a chunk of your savings. However, you can now get some of the ‘bezel-less thrills’ of the iPhone X without spending an astronomical figure from your pocket, thanks to SHARP.

SHARP has been in the spotlight recently for making some great looking smartphones with bezel-less display designs and they have now tried to bring this new design trend to the masses with the SHARP Aquos R Compact. Priced at $372, the smartphone has an iPhone X-esque design with a small notch at the top for housing the front camera. There’s, however, no FaceID rivalling tech sitting on the top, which is agreed as this is supposed to be a phone for the masses. That could also be the reason for the fat bottom chin with a home button that also houses a fingerprint scanner.

SHARP Aquos r compact

Underneath, the Aquos R Compact means business with its Snapdragon 660 octa core chipset, which is accompanied by 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The narrow-bezel display has a 4.9-inch LCP panel with Full HD+ resolution and the notch you see above it has an 8MP selfie shooter. There’s a 16.4MP sensor for doing rear camera duties. The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, which is a plus point and comes with EMOPA AI assistant to arrange the screen according to location and timing. It is powered by a small 2500mAh battery, which can be topped up fastly — thanks to Quick Charging 3.0.

While it may not have attention to detail on par with Apple’s iPhone X, it’s certainly a good phone for those who are looking to get a futuristic display at the price of feature-packed midrange smartphone. However, before you make up your mind, there’s another problem to the Aquos R Compact, something on the lines of the actual iPhone X — it’s not available for purchase in India.

Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers, cheaper 2018 iPhones, KRACK fix & more


 

Much of this week’s news revolved around the iPhone 8 and X —in particular, fears that the 8 isn’t selling as well as hoped, and that production won’t meet demand for the X. Some potentially good news, though, was a rumor that next year’s iPhones will be somewhat cheaper.

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  • Apple may be slashing iPhone 8 production in half > >
  • Foxconn’s first shipment of the iPhone X may have consisted of just 46,500 units > >
  • iPhone X production could improve in November, but the company might only have 2 to 3 million phones ready at launch > >
  • Next year’s iPhones could be less expensive > >
  • For now, Apple is still on the hook for $439.7M to VirnetX > >
  • Upcoming Apple software releases will fix a serious WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability > >
  • Apple and GE teamed up in a major enterprise partnership > >

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Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production orders in half

First shipment of Apple’s iPhone X limited to just 46,500 units

Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to launch, component shortage eases in November

Rumor: Apple supply chain looking to cut iPhone X costs in 2018, reducing consumer prices

Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over FaceTime should appeals, patent invalidation fail

Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas

Apple, Predix team up for industrial gear control and monitoring, GE will standardize on iPhone and iPad

First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare

Supply chain claims Apple’s iPhone X part bottleneck woes will be resolved before Christmas

Apple adds several US airports to Apple Maps including Chicago’s O’Hare

New video rumored to show close-up of Apple car’s updated ‘Project Titan’ testbed

Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year

LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in China, government concerns likely to blame

Opposition to Apple’s Irish data center stages last-ditch appeal, hearing scheduled next week

Apple teases opening of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue store, prepares ‘Chicago Series’ events

Tim Cook email claims Mac mini ‘important part’ of Apple’s product matrix

CEO of Canada’s Rogers sees ‘anemic’ demand for Apple’s iPhone 8

Apple sued over ‘Animoji’ trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior to iPhone X debut

Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in China, suggest Apple enables censorship

Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production woes

Coupon brings cheaper PUBG and Destiny 2 up to 19% off

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In a rare move, digital retailer Green Man Gaming is running a week-long, site-wide coupon code worth 10% off. The code makes for some actual decent deals as a number of titles we’re listing below rarely receive a price cut, the most noteworthy of them all being PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The popular battle royale title is cut down to $26.99 after coupon for the Steam copy of the game.

Titles hitting new low price includes late October’s release of Destiny 2 Deluxe and Standard Edition, both receiving discounts up to 19% off thanks to the stacking coupon code (for $80.99 and $48.59. Other goodies to consider include Final Fantasy XIV Online Complete Edition (includes A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, and Stormblood), today’s release of Dungeons 3, and next year’s Secret of Mana remake for $30.59.

In fact, there are a few PS4 digital titles in the mix below as well. While it’s a 10% off only discount, these are good alternatives for those who don’t have Best Buy GCU or Amazon Prime services and it’s a simple PSN copy up with an easy discount.

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A smart thermostat is a great investment, and now it’s cheaper than ever

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61OlIVCeC L._SL1000_AmazonOne of the biggest barriers to smart home tech is its price. 

There are ways to start your smart home without breaking the bank, but you have to get creative.

One of my favorite smart-home accessories is the Nest Thermostat, and its new sibling the Nest Thermostat E has many of the same features for a far lower price. Both models are widely regarded as the best smart thermostats you can buy.

The biggest immediate difference with this E model is its screen. Instead of having a full color LED display, the Nest Thermostat E has a custom “frosted” one that shows only the current temperature and whether you’re conserving energy. It’s more basic, but you still see all the information you’ll need to know. 

While it looks different, the Nest Thermostat E acts just like the standard Nest Thermostat. You can still control the temperature with your voice if you have the Google Home or an Amazon Echo. You can also use Nest’s app on your phone if you don’t have a smart speaker, and you’re still able to turn the temperature up or down by turning the ring around the thermostat to the left or right. The Nest Thermostat E employs all the same energy-saving features to help save you money each year. Basically, it’s a Nest. 

The one other consideration to make when you’re deciding between the standard Nest Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E is compatibility with your heating and cooling system. According to Nest, the original model is compatible with “95% of 24V heating and cooling systems,” while the E model “works with most 24V heating and cooling systems.” You should check your system’s compatibility here before buying one.

If your system is compatible, and price is the only factor that’s held you back from buying a Nest in the first place, I can’t recommend one highly enough. Every time I’m faced with an old school thermostat I remember why I invested so heavily in the Nest Ecosystem. Both of these smart thermostats are featured in our buying guide to the best smart thermostats.

Anyone looking to make their home smarter without breaking the bank should consider the Nest Thermostat E a good investment. It’ll make your house a little less complicated, and may very well pay for itself over the course of a few years.

Nest Thermostat E, $169, available at Amazon

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Apple may have found a way to make next year’s iPhone X successors much cheaper – BGR

Apple unveiled three iPhones this year, including two “boring” updates of the now-traditional 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone designs, and a brand new iPhone X that brings over a different type of screen technology. OLED displays make possible edge-to-edge phone designs, though the X also has an incredibly sophisticated facial recognition system that totally ruins said design.

A new report suggests that Apple may be looking to bring the iPhone X design to all its iPhones in the future, including the cheaper models, regardless of whether there’s enough OLED supply to go around.

For anyone who’s been following the OLED display saga, it’s no surprise to hear that everyone in the display business has been committing billions of dollars in investments for the sole purpose of securing iPhone business. Late to the OLED game pioneered by Samsung, Apple will make OLED screens great again and there are signs that more companies want to equip such devices on their main iPhone rivals.

However, Samsung, the only company that can meet Apple’s iPhone X requirements, can’t possibly make enough OLED screens for all the iPhones Apple sells each year. That’s why Apple is looking to secure OLED supply from LG and other companies in the future. Remember, these OLED screens are crucial for Apple’s all-screen design needs. But The Wall Street Journal says Apple is looking to use LCDs for similar designs.

Apple has apparently expressed interest in buying LCDs from Japan Display to be used in some of next year’s iPhones.

These aren’t your regular LCD screens that you see in other iPhones, but rather Full Active-branded displays. These display will account for 70% of JDI’s business in the fiscal year ending in March 2019, and it turns out Apple accounted for 54% of the company’s revenue in the year that ended this past March. Whatever Apple’s orders are for next year’s JDI screens, they should be significant.

How are they special? Well, they’ll let Apple significantly reduce bezels, thus enabling iPhone X-like designs for LCD devices:

In Full Active, the bezel or border space around each edge of the screen has been trimmed to 0.5 millimeters, the company says, compared with as much as several millimeters on older LCDs. Minatake Kashio, director of Tokyo-based consultancy Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, said current OLED smartphone panels have a bezel of about one millimeter.

It may not be as easy to cut an LCD screen’s corners like OLED for a perfect iPhone X-like design, but Full Active screens are what power all-screen devices like the new Mi Mix 2 from Xiaomi.

Using such a display on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones would allow Apple to significantly increase the screen-to-body ratio and add the Face ID “notch.” After all, TrueDepth is a camera technology that Apple will likely use in a variety of devices, not just this year’s iPhone X.

That said, it’s too early to guess how many new iPhones will launch in 2018. But it’s likely they won’t all have OLED displays. And if Apple does end up using JDI’s new Full Active screens in LCD iPhones, it’ll be able to offer iPhone X-like designs for a much cheaper price. After all, the OLED screen is the most expensive component in the iPhone X.