Tesco Mobile are giving away free tablets and smartwatches worth £179 with Samsung phones

With the iPhone 8 now on shelves all around the country, Tesco Mobile are upping the ante on their Samsung stock, by offering free Samsung tech gifts worth up to £179 with any purchase of a Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphone.

Whether you’re stockpiling for Christmas, or just treating yourself, there’s a range of free gifts to choose from, including the stylish Samsung Galaxy Tab E (worth £179), the Samsung Gear Fit 2 (also £179) and a sleek accessories bundle with a clear cover and wireless charger (worth £99.98).

The freebies can be claimed on any pay monthly and pay as you go tariff with Tesco Mobile, and will last from now until the 31st October, both online at Tesco Mobile and in Tesco stores.

Get one of these high tech gifts – for free – when you buy a Samsung S8 at Tesco

Tesco Mobile appears to be taking a leaf out of Carphone Warehouse ‘s book, who is famed for offering generous freebies with certain handsets.

If you want to see what other freebies and discounts are available on the S8 price now, you browse our pick of the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals from all networks including EE, O2, Vodafone and Three in our guide.

Samsung S8

  • Pay As You Go: £755
  • Pay monthly: from £42 per month for 2GB of data, 5000 texts, 1000 minutes and no upfront cost on a 24 month contract.
  • Anytime Upgrade Flex tariff: from £35.75 per month for 2GB of data, 5000 texts, 1000 minutes and no upfront cost on a 30 month contract. But you’ll need to head in store or order it over the phone.

Samsung S8 Plus

  • Pay As You Go: £829
  • Pay monthly: from £45.50 per month for 2GB of data, 5000 texts, 1000 minutes and no upfront cost on a 24 month contract.
Monthly tariffs start from £35.75 – including your freebie
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If you fancy picking up something a little cheaper, we’ve also got a guide on the best cheap Android mobile phones for 2017.

It seems a good time to pick up a new handset at the moment, with Curry’s PC World currently selling Huawei P10 Lites for under £200.

Never used Tesco Mobile before? The wallet-friendly network is a joint venture between Tesco and O2, and according to Ofcom, it’s the least complained about mobile network in the UK. Although we’re far too more impressed by the expensive freebies.

Motorola E4 Review: – Mobile Phones

As Motorola attempts to entrench itself as a serious alternative to the Samsungs and HTCs of the Android arena, their low-to-mid tier offerings have been quietly – but consistently – gotten better and better. Sure, the company’s budget offerings might be lacking when it comes to MotoMod support or IP ratings. Nevertheless, the things that work well about the Motorola smartphone experience scale surprisingly well alongside the price-tag – and this really ought to have the competition more worried than they seem to be.

This strength continues to be the case with the Moto E4.

The Pitch

Though it sits at the very bottom of the brand’s smartphone range, the Moto E4 comes with a promise to avoid making compromises where it counts. Boasting a surprising amount of the features found in its more expensive brethren, It’s a smartphone that looks, feels and runs like something much more expensive.

With the E4, Motorola are insisting that cheap doesn’t have to mean half-baked. For the $249 price-tag, you get all the features that count, and executed well to boot.

Specs

The Moto E4 features a 5-inch IPS LCD display and runs on a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 chipset paired with 2GB of RAM. It boasts a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and comes coated in Gorilla Glass 3. It’s also packing a fingerprint-sensor (where the home button would usually be) and a removable 2800mAh battery that supports fast-charging via MicroUSB.

Software-side, the E4 runs on a mostly-stock version of Android 7.1.1, with a few Moto-specific extras thrown in for good measure. It supports MicroSD cards and comes with 16GB of internal storage. Then, in terms of the cameras, it’s gunning an 8-megapixel (f/2.2) shooter with autofocus. This comes well complemented by a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie shooter.

Action Launcher brings Oreo features to older Android phones

If you have one of the many smartphones that isn’t getting updated to Android Oreo, there’s still a way for you to try out several of its most noticeable features.

Action Launcher, one of the many apps that let you customize Android’s home screens, is now able to bring three of Oreo’s launcher features to older phones: notification dots, adaptive icons, and restyled app shortcuts. They’re supposed to work on phones going back to 2014’s Android Lollipop.

I installed the app last night to give it a try, and it does a convincing job of mimicking Oreo. Notification dots appeared on app icons when they had a pending notification, and I was able to press and hold the app’s icon to see what the notification was. It would also pop up, along with app shortcuts, in a box with rounded corners, instead of the split apart options seen in prior versions of the OS. That one’s not a huge difference, but it looks a bit nicer.

Adaptive icons work, too. I was able to choose which style of icon I wanted — square, rounded square, even more rounded square, circle, or teardrop — and my home screen and app drawer would refresh and fill with icons all in the same style. Action Launcher even provides custom icons for some apps that don’t support the new feature, so you might see more consistency here then you would on actual Oreo.

Action Launcher has been around for years now, and it does plenty more than just port these — all things considered — relatively minor Oreo features to older phones. It includes a handful of new ideas for the home screen, including a slide out app drawer and a slide out widget tray. There are also a bunch of granular tweaks you can make to things like the dock, shortcuts, folders, and color schemes. Another nice bonus: it lets you add a Pixel-style home screen, complete with Google Now panel, to non-Pixel phones.

But there are some drawbacks to all of this. I installed Action Launcher on my Nexus 5X, and it definitely made my home screen a bit more sluggish. It’s not a huge slow down, but there are occasionally stutters that I didn’t get using my default launcher. So if you’re already on an older, slower Android phone, getting these features might not be worth it. When you first install the app, it’ll mess up your existing widget configuration, too, which isn’t a huge deal but means you won’t want to install this until you have some free time to get it set up to your liking.

And while Action Launcher is free to download, and some of its more basic customizations are free, you’ll have to pay to get the Oreo features. It costs $4.99 to get Notification Dots and some other theming abilities, and then you have to buy a companion app, called AdaptivePack, for $4.99 (though it’s currently on sale for $3.49) to swap out your icons. (If you want the Google Now panel, you’ll also have to install an app from outside the Play Store.)

I think Action Launcher is fun to play around with, but if an Oreo update is eventually coming to your phone, I don’t know that the additional features are worth paying for.

iPhone X vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 – Two EPIC Phones Compared

Analysts are positively frothing at the mouth about Apple’s incoming iPhone X, which represents the first, ground-up redesign of the phone since 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone X will be joined by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and these phones are very similar looking to the current iPhone 7 model.

Essentially, Apple is doing a Pro version of its iPhone, just as it has done inside its iPad lineup. This Pro model, which is called the iPhone X, will feature more advanced technology and cost a lot more.

Samsung, in many ways, has surpassed Apple in the design department in recent years. It’s latest run of Galaxy S and Note releases have been fantastic and have really pushed the boundaries of phone design at the top of the market.

Whereas once it was Apple that set the benchmark for design, now most look to Samsung for ideas about where things are going. The company is investing heavily in R&D and, aside from the Note 8, has new handsets like the Galaxy X and Galaxy S9 already in active development.

Allegedly, Apple has a deal with Samsung for the latter to produce as many as 70 million OLED panels for the iPhone, but some sources believe Apple will only have enough for 3-4 million units at most by launch day.

To put that in some kind of context, for the last few generations of new iPhones Apple has shifted around 13 million units within the first three days of sales opening. So, yeah, four million units is far too few for the expected demand. 

Not every market watcher is convinced by the iPhone X’s impending MEGA SALES. Deutsche Bank, for one, has outlined its concerns multiple times. Market expectations for the iPhone X are high for a couple of reasons: 1) the iPhone X is the first, ground-up redesign of the iPhone since 2014, and 2) because Apple’s potential install base is at its highest for years (around 80% are running old hardware, according to data).

In a note to investors, Deutsche Bank analysts Sherri Scribner, Adrienne Colby, and Jeffrey Rand wrote: “We believe investors will be disappointed by iPhone growth in FY-18 and FY-19.”

The Bank named four key factors that it believes will slow iPhone growth during 2018/19:

  • saturation in mature markets
  • elongating refresh cycles
  • declining share plus increased competition in China
  • and a growing secondary market.

Basically, Apple needs another massive, supercycle of sales for the iPhone X, a feat it hasn’t pulled off since 2014, almost four years ago now.

But I digress, back to the leapfrogging. The point is, there’s as much validity in comparing a current Galaxy S8 launched in April to the forthcoming iPhone X launching in Q4 as there is in comparing the Galaxy S8 to last year’s iPhone 7. Likewise, there will be as much validity in comparing the iPhone X to the Galaxy S9 launch in Q1/Q2 2018.

The iPhone X  was the main event at Apple’s launch on September 12, as it is the first redesigned iPhone since 2014’s iPhone 6. The iPhone X features a brand new design, OLED display, improved imaging, and, importantly, no TouchID.

The iPhone X  will use facial recognition to unlock and pay for items. Apple wanted to add TouchID to the display, but apparently, this was not possible, so the feature has been nixed completely.

Right. Let’s delve into what’s known about these two, very special handsets.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Major Specs

Rumored iPhone X

  • Display: 5.8in 2436 x 1125 OLED HDR
  • Storage: 64GB and 256GB
  • CPU and RAM: A11 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM
  • Front Camera: 7MP
  • Rear Camera: 12MP dual-lens, dual-OIS, 4K video recording
  • Extras: Face ID, wireless charging

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Display: 5.8 and 6.2in 2960×1440 Super AMOLED Display
  • Storage: 64GB internal, 256GB expandable
  • CPU and RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 Processor, 4GB RAM
  • Front Camera: 8MP with autofocus
  • Rear Camera: 12MP, 4K video recording, optical image stabilization.
  • Extras: Iris scanner

As far as specs go the iPhone X has a new A11 processor and M11 motion-coprocessor. But until the phone actually ships, there’s no way to tell for sure how that compares against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 processor found in the Galaxy S8.

That said, a new leak, which we’d suggest you approach cautiously, shows benchmarking results for the iPhone X’s A11 chip and they are, quite simply, mind-blowing. A little too good to be true, in fact. The iPhone X was allegedy put through Geekbench, according to a screenshot emerging out of China. Thing is, that screenshot is all we have as evidence, and it’s not outside the realms of possiblity that it could have been faked.

Anyway, the Geekbech 4.0 results show phenomenal scores from the iPhone X. 

In single-core testing it scored 4,537, while multi-core racked up 8,975. These are, quite frankly, rather astounding results, making them all the more fishy. Compared, for example, with the Galaxy S8+’s scores of 1,986 and 6,447 respectively – and that phone currently tops the scoreboard against pretty much everything else. The iPhone 8 is apparently twice as fast on the single-core score alone.

Giving them the benefit of the doubt for a moment, these results show a 30% uplift in single-core performance from the iPhone 7 and a 58% improvement on the multi-core. It’s also 41% faster on multi-core than the Galaxy S8.

Apple’s silicon is always impressive. The past two generations of Apple’s A-Series chipsets have been remarkable pieces of technology, improving performance, power consumption, and graphical prowess dramatically each and every year.

TSMC is reportedly making Apple’s 10-nanometer chipset with production reportedly starting as early as Q2 2017.

The transition to 10 nanometers should enable Apple to pack a lot more features and functionality into a given area than it could with the 16-nanometer technology that the A10 Fusion chip is built on,” notes fool.com.

“TSMC previously said that its 10-nanometer technology will see a ’20% speed gain and 40% power reduction’ relative to its 16-nanometer technology.”

Basically, if you’re coming to the iPhone X from the iPhone 6, which a lot of people will be, you will definitely notice the difference.

The Galaxy S8, meanwhile, currently tops the rankings in benchmarking against every other phone. We’ve tested the Galaxy S8+ in our full review, which is the international variant with the firm’s own 10nm Exynos 8895 processor, which it manufactures itself on the FinFET process. Samsung also produces the Snapdragon 835 for the US model using the same architecture – the performance is said to be comparable.

Our time with the S8 showed it to be extremely capable, with amazingly smooth performance in the interface operation, excellent multitasking clout, and a dab hand at high-end gaming too. However, if the above leak regarding the iPhone X is to be believed then Samsung is in serious trouble when the A11 arrives.

As for RAM, the Galaxy wins. The iPhone X’s has 3GB of RAM. But the S8 has 4GB of RAM!

As for storage options, the iPhone X will maxes out at 256GB. It’s the breadth of internal storage that really beats the S8 here. Although, the S8 could actually end up with more storage. While it only offers 64GB internal, it maxes out to over 300GB with its support 256GB SD cards.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Display

The iPhone X features a 5.8in 2436 x 1125 OLED HDR display, which, quite frankly, looks amazing.

As for the Galaxy S8 phones, Samsung is doing away with flat displays and both Galaxy S8 variants have curved Super AMOLED screens with a resolution of 2960×1440. The handsets do not feature a physical Home button, a first for Samsung, in order to make room for more display in a similar-sized chassis; instead, there’s a capacitive key under the glass and the fingerprint scanner has moved to the rear panel, alongside the camera sensor. The overall look and feel of the Galaxy S8 is stunning, picking up where last year’s model left off, while refining things even further; it’s much curvier and more elegant, with a very seamless look and feel.

The image quality is superb too, with a stunningly sharp resolution, one of the widest colour gamuts available, and excellent brightness and contrast ratings. DisplayMate gave it an A+ rating, it’s highest ever, declaring it the “best” display on the market.

However, some customers in South Korea who got their handsets relatively early reported Galaxy S8 units with a red-tinted display. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung has now acknowledged the problem and is working on a fix, the firm issued a statement as follows:

“Because there are some complaints about the red-tinted screens, we decided to upgrade the software next week for all Galaxy S8 clients.”

Samsung also issued instructions to its Service Centres regarding the issue, saying, “There will be an additional update to make color revisions more minutely at the end of April”

Samsung has now issued another statement regarding the red tint issue during a conference call reported by Korean source The Investor. Samsung revealed it has carried out inspections of Galaxy S8 units and said it is confident about the handset quality and its quality control.

“Due to the nature of Super AMOLED displays, there can be natural differences in color. Users can optimize the color depending on their preferences.” Samsung also added that the software update it has promised to fix the issue will allow better colour optimisation and calibration.

The update designed to fix the red-tint issue is now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ units. It started in South Korea, but has now progressed to Europe. Galaxy S8 owners will see the update prompt for version G950NKSU1AQDG, while Galaxy S8+ units will have version G955NKSU1AQDG. Handsets in the UK and Germany have now started receiving the software update, which is sized at  426MB.

The update adds new features to the Adaptive Display mode menu which give the user finer control of colour calibration and tuning. The Screen mode menu also has a new EDGE colour balance setting as well.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera

The front S8 camera is only 8MP, but it does feature autofocus making it very easy to use. Quality wise the images snapped on the selfie cam are much better than you might typically expect, owing to the use of a wide f/1.7 aperture alongside the benefits of autofocus. The front iPhone X camera is only 7MP. Of the back lenses the S8 maxes out at a single-lens 12MP with OIS, dual-pixel phase detect autofocus and an f/1.7 aperture, while the iPhone X will have a 12MP dual-lenses.

However the S8 is likely to take better night shots. Indeed, in our time with the Galaxy S8+ the photography is a standout feature of the phone; it takes breathtaking photos in all lighting conditions and has some of the best low-light and night-time performance we’ve seen. It’s also incredibly easy to use and features a  Pro mode for those who want more fine control.

Both Samsung and Apple will push innovation in the imaging department. Apple will refine the dual-lens experience, adding in better sensors, improved image processing and, generally speaking, tighten everything up. 

The iPhone 7 Plus’ camera – like the iPhone 6s Plus’ before it – was pretty exceptional anyway, so we don’t see Apple doing too much the overall setup; this just isn’t the company’s style – it likes to increment slowly, refining things over longer periods of time. 

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: AIs

Samsung’s having another stab at doing a digital assistant, and this one is called Bixby and it debuted inside the Samsung Galaxy S8. Bixby was developed by the original creators of Siri, who are now working under Samsung.

Samsung will bring Bixby to ALL of its products as well; so it won’t just feature inside the Galaxy S8. Expect to see Bixby inside HDTVs, watches, tablets and more. Bixby is basically Samsung’s answer to Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

“The acquisition of Viv Labs would also allow Samsung to reduce its dependence on Google services,” reports The Express. “Samsung has already launched its own contactless payment options – Samsung Pay – which directly competes with Google’s Android Pay solution.”

Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus said: “Samsung is setting its sights on becoming a major player in software and services, and specifically AI.

“Samsung Pay has already proven to be one of the most successful mobile payment platforms in the market and SmartThings is another software acquisition signaling their conviction. And they have installed a new cadre of senior SW-savvy management stretching all the way to the top with a mission.”

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Verdict

Well… 2017 just got A LOT more interesting. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are two of the most impressive handsets we have ever seen. That makes Apple’s job with the iPhone X all the more difficult.

The bar has been raised across the board by Samsung. The company hit the ball out of the park with the Galaxy S8, leaving no stone unturned. Apple’s iPhone X will likely be just as impressive when it ships in November. But where things could get interesting is if Samsung can convert any floating iPhone 7 users in the interim.

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Motorola reveals which phones will get Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade » TechWorm

Motorola releases list of phones that will get Android 8.0 Oreo update

All those Motorola smartphone owners who are looking to enjoy new features of the Google’s newly released Android 8.0 Oreo operating system can rejoice now, as Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Lenovo, has released a list of the Moto devices that will receive Android 8.0 Oreo update.

“We’re happy to confirm Android 8.0 Oreo will be joining our fleet of Motorola smartphones, starting this fall,” read the company’s blogpost. Motorola also has an online tool that allows its handset owners to select their carrier and phone to find out if/when it will be updated.

The smartphones that are set to be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo are

  • Moto Z2 Force
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Moto Z Force DROID
  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto G5
  • Moto G5 Plus
  • Moto GS5
  • Moto GS5 Plus

The company has also asked its users to stay tuned with Motorola for the status of updates on its customer support page. On the other hand, Motorola’s other three flagships, namely Moto G4 Play, Moto G4, and Moto G4 Plus that are running Android Nougat and are more than over a year old are not included in the list, hinting that these might not get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo.

The Android 8.0 Oreo will bring a number of new features and improvements to the Moto Android smartphones. Moto smartphone owners will enjoy “faster speeds, longer battery life, split-screen capabilities, smart text selection, improved notifications, autofill framework for your trickiest of passwords, and of course, the all-new Google Play Protect, helping to ensure none of your apps become compromised,” confirmed the company in their blogpost.

In addition, Android 8.0 Oreo will also include picture-in-picture multitasking, allow users to watch YouTube videos while replying to a text or check their e-mails and much more.

Besides Motorola, several smartphone makers like Samsung, Nokia, Huawei, OnePlus, HTC, LG, Sharp and Sony have also confirmed Android 8.0 Oreo for their devices.

iPhone X features: A leap forward for Apple but Samsung’s Android phones are way ahead

Apple has launched its latest batch of smartphones: the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

As usual, they’re eye-catching and beautiful, but the brand new jewel in Apple’s crown – the iPhone X – isn’t quite as revolutionary as the company would have you believe.

The iPhone X may have been hailed by Tim Cook as “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone”, but in reality, you can already find its best features on numerous Android phones, including several made by its great rival Samsung.

The X’s headline feature is its “edge-to-edge” display, which dramatically increases the device’s screen-to-body ratio, keeping it compact. 

It’s a very modern design move, which has changed the look of the iPhone for the better. The X is, without doubt, the most attractive version of the iPhone since the iPhone 4, which came out way back in 2010. In truth though, the X simply had to look different. 

After all, Samsung has already unleashed three outstanding “all-screen” phones – the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 – but even then it was far from the first manufacturer to do so

Next to the iPhone X, S8 and Note 8, the iPhone 8 looks bland. A few tweaks aside, it follows the same stale design blueprint as the iPhone 6, released in 2014. This time next year, the 8 will look old.

As well as beating Apple to the punch, Samsung has done a much better job of making an all-screen phone too. The X, unlike the S8, S8 Plus and Note 8, has an unusual cutout – flanked by two “ears” – at the top of the screen, which could prevent iPhone X users from ever watching videos in true fullscreen mode.

That cutout also complicates navigation. You have to swipe down from the left ear to see notifications, and from the right ear for the Control Center. This isn’t exactly information overload, but it’s not particularly intuitive.

Back in 2013, Tim Cook described OLED screens – which feature on the best Android phones, including the Note 8 and LG V30 – as “awful”, criticising colour saturation and lack of brightness. However, in the iPhone X, Apple has finally, after literally years of hope and speculation, equipped one of its handsets with an OLED display. 

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, meanwhile, are stuck on LCD. It’s clear that the company now considers OLED to be the superior of the two screen technologies. 

However, the situation isn’t quite that straightforward. Even now, after its launch, Apple is struggling to manufacture the iPhone X. Samsung is reportedly Apple’s only supplier of OLED displays and, as such, the phone won’t be released for some time yet, and is expected to be in relatively short supply when it does eventually come out.

Still though, Apple has been delaying the inevitable and, up to this point, building its infamously expensive phones around a screen technology it knows to be second-rate.

With the iPhone X, Apple has also boosted resolution and pixel density, from 1,334 x 750 (326 pixels per inch) on the iPhone 8 and 1,920 x 1,080 (401 pixels per inch), to a much sharper 2,436 x 1,125 (458 pixels per inch). 

That finally puts the iPhone in line with flagship – and even some mid-range – Android phones, which have had much sharper screens than the iPhone for several years. 

Those aren’t the only departments Apple is playing catch-up in. 

Facial recognition technology, for example, happens to also be one of the key features of the Note 8 (and S8 and S8 Plus).

What’s more, those phones found room for a fingerprint sensor too – bewilderingly bad ones, admittedly, though this could easily have been avoided by Samsung – whereas Apple’s iPhone X has completely ditched Touch ID, to the dismay of many potential buyers.

Face ID looks futuristic, but Touch ID is trusted, and not exactly outdated either. After all, it still makes an appearance on the iPhone 8.

According to reports, Apple had been planning to build Touch ID under the iPhone X’s screen, but had to abandon the idea very recently, due to manufacturing issues. If true, this suggests Apple never actually wanted Face ID to be the main method for unlocking the phone. 

The X isn’t out yet, but it’s clear that a lot of consumers don’t feel entirely comfortable with Face ID, as they feel it might not be as reliable as Touch ID – especially in particularly dark or bright conditions – or as secure as it. 

The facial recognition technology on the Note 8 and S8 isn’t especially slick – it’s there an an alternative to the fingerprint scanner and iris scanner. While Apple’s face-scanning technology may prove itself to be far superior to Samsung’s, it would have been nice for the iPhone X to have a familiar and well-liked alternative to the unproven and, in some cases at least, intimidatingly futuristic, Face ID and the old-fashioned PIN. 

Finally, Apple has also embraced wireless charging – once again, like several of the best Android phones, some of which have offered it for well over a year – with all three of its new iPhones. 

However, it hasn’t yet managed to build a wireless charging accessory. It’s instead pointing customers towards third-party options built by the likes of Belkin and Mophie.

Tim Cook would have you believe the company is making waves, but in reality it’s actually trying – and in some departments struggling – to keep up with a number of less-celebrated, and significantly cheaper, Android smartphones.

While the iPhone X looks like a highly desirable smartphone, it’s a leap forward for iPhones, not smartphones as a whole. 

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With iPhone X, what does Samsung call its next phones?

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.


What comes after X?


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Everything was so ordered before.

Now, having launched its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, along comes Apple to, um, disrupt things.

It couldn’t stick to convention, could it? Instead, it had to be iPhone X. Pronounced “ten.”

So what’s Samsung supposed to do? 

If it calls its next Galaxy phones S9 and Note 9, Samsung may create an inferiority complex among its users. It’ll be as if they’ve been kept behind a year at school. 

It’s hard to be a 9 when your friends are already 10s. Or, even more special, Xs.

Samsung could, of course, decide that its next phones are simply 11s. Just because. Just because it’s more than 10.


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Another approach, though, might be to find more inventive names. 

This is something Samsung’s customers could encourage it to do now. I’ll start you off, with all the lack of seriousness I can muster. The most obvious, surely, is for Samsung to follow Apple’s X with the Samsung Galaxy Y. (Pronounced “Why?”)

It could, though, become more wildly creative. How about next year the company launches the Samsung Galaxy Moonshot and the Samsung Galaxy High Note? 

Or perhaps they could name their phones after stars in vast, glorious sponsorship deals. Who wouldn’t want a Samsung Galaxy Brad Pitt? Or a Samsung Galaxy Note Jennifer Lawrence.

There’s also the opportunity to go all Prince on the whole thing and name your phones with weird symbols. Everyone would want to know how to pronounce it, and Samsung could keep the correct version a complete mystery.

Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

This is, though, surely an opportunity to break away from the norms to which we’ve become tied. Of course, Samsung could just play the daring poker player’s hand and decide that its next phone is the Samsung Galaxy S100. 

What would Apple do then? 

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iPhone X vs. Galaxy S8 vs. LG V30: how the phones compare

The iPhone X is here, and it might be the most dramatic update to Apple’s flagship smartphone in years. Gone are mainstay features like the iconic home button and Touch ID, replaced by a bezel-free OLED display and a new Face ID feature that relies on 3D face-scanning technology to unlock your phone and process Apple Pay purchases.

And that’s not counting other upgrades to the iPhone X — like the faster A11 processor, wireless charging, and a True Tone display for better color accuracy — that the device shares with the more modest iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models that Apple also announced today.

The iPhone X may be the most powerful iPhone ever, but compared to almost any other Android flagships, it’s hard to pick out a category where it leads the pack — at least on paper when comparing raw specifications. But if Apple has shown one thing time and again with every iPhone generation, it’s that optimization of hardware and software matter just as much — if not more — than the hard numbers of which phone has more RAM, which is why Apple’s phones tend to perform so well, even with comparatively weaker hardware.

That said, it is still informative when considering what phone to buy next to see how the numbers play out head-to-head, so we’ve put Apple’s newest devices up against the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, the Essential Phone, LG V30, and more to see which smartphone’s specs reign supreme.

iPhone X spec comparison

Specification iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus Essential Phone LG V30 iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus Pixel Pixel XL HTC U11
Specification iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus Essential Phone LG V30 iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus Pixel Pixel XL HTC U11
Display 5.8 inches 4.7 inches 5.5 inches 6.3 inches 5.8 inches 6.2 inches 5.71 inches 6 inches 4.7 inches 5.5 inches 5 inches 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Resolution 2436 x 1125 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080 2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 2560 x 1312 2880 x 1440 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440 2560 x 1440
Processor A11 Bionic A11 Bionic A11 Bionic Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.45GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 A10 Fusion A10 Fusion Snapdragon 821 (quad-core) Snapdragon 821 (quad-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.45GHz, octa-core)
RAM TBA TBA TBA 6GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 2GB 3GB 4GB 4GB 4GB, 6GB
Storage 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB 64GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
Rear camera 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel 12 megapixel 13 megapixel, 13 megapixel (monochrome) 16 megapixel, 13 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12.3 megapixel 12.3 megapixel 12 megapixel
Front camera 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 5 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 16 megapixel
Battery TBA TBA TBA 3,300mAh 3,000mAh 3,500mAh 3,040mAh 3,300mAh 1,960mAh 2,900mAh 2,770mAH 3,450mAh 3,000mAh
Water protection IP67 IP67 IP67 IP68 IP68 IP68 N/A IP68 IP67 IP67 N/A N/A IP67
Weight 0.38 pounds 0.33 pounds 0.45 pounds 0.43 pounds 0.34 pounds 0.38 pounds 0.41 pounds 0.35 pounds 0.30 pounds 0.41 pounds 0.31 pounds 0.37 pounds 0.37 pounds
Dimensions (in.) 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 6.28 x 2.88 x 0.31 5.57 x 2.80 x 0.31 5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 5.66 x 2.74 x 0.29 6.09 x 2.98 x 0.29 6.06 x 2.99 x 0.31
Starting price $999.00 $699.00 $799.00 $930 $749.00 $849.00 $699.00 TBA (rumored $749.99) $649.00 $769.00 $649.00 $769.00 $649.00
Misc. Face ID scanner Wireless charging Wireless charging S Pen, Iris scanner, USB-C Iris scanner, USB-C Iris scanner, USB-C Modular attachement system Quad DAC for hi-fi audio Force Touch home button, no headphone jack Force Touch home button, no headphone jack Google Assistant, fast charging Google Assistant, fast charging Squeezable side function

The Best Rugged and Durable Android Phones September 2017

Many folks need to sacrifice a phone with good looks for a phone that won’t make you cringe each time you drop it. If you’re looking for the best rugged Android phones that can take serious beatings we’ve got you covered.

Some of the phones can be dunked in water, slammed onto concrete, and may even survive a trip to the sun. OK, maybe not that last one, but they’re tough all the same. Let’s jump into our list of the very best durable and rugged Android phones you can buy!

Note: Durability ratings are listed for each device. Be sure to check out our clear explanation of what each IP rating means.

For an explanation on the military-used MIL-STD-810 standard, head here.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may not be the most durable phone on this list, but it certainly is the most well-rounded of the lot. This phone’s tough exterior can withstand more than a punch or 2. At the same time, you don’t have to sacrifice powerful specs, a beautiful display, and a great camera.

Durability Ratings:

Kyocera-DuraForce-PRO

Kyocera’s latest rugged smartphone comes in with a very impressive suite of features. Alongside its tankiness thanks to a MIL-STD 810 and IP68 specification, the device includes awesome new features like dual-rear camera and a mounting system to be able to attach the phone to a helmet or bike to record activities. It also has dual-front speakers and a fingerprint sensor, 2 uncommon marks for phones in this class.

Durability Ratings:

kyocera duraforce xd

With a nice 5.7-inch display, the Kyocera Duraforce XD gives you the nice spacious room that most other rugged phones would rather use for a bulky chassis. That big display also makes room for a big battery at 3,700mAh. It gets bonus points for being one of the only phones you an use inside a gas chamber thanks to its OSHA certification.

Durability Ratings:

  • IP68
  • MILD-STD 810
  • OSHA certified

Moto Z Force Side View

Motorola debuted their 2016 option that includes ShatterShield technology: the Moto Z Force. The device has all the makings of a flagship, including an insane 21-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 820 chipset, and more. It doesn’t proclaim to be an ultra-rugged smartphone, but its shatterproof display earns it a comfortable spot on this list.

Durability Ratings:

N/A

Read our Moto Z Force Review!

sonim xp7

Sonim decided to go for an unbreakable rock of a phone with the XP7. It’s ultra-rugged exterior lets it withstand impacts from drops made as high as 6.5m high, it can be used in extremely hot or cold weather climates, can withstand high-pressure streams of water, and also carries with it the highest IP rating you can give a phone. Add in LTE connectivity, an 8MP camera, and an affordable price tag and this is one of the best phones for serious outdoor activity.

Durability Ratings:

cat s40

Caterpillar created a rock solid phone in the CAT S40. The device can withstand fierce impact against tough surfaces, and does so while running a pretty good Android Lollipop experience. Its spec sheet is highlighted by an 8-megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery, and support for LTE speeds up to 150 megabits per second.

Durability Ratings:

motorola droid turbo 2 vzw teaser

Motorola’s DROID Turbo 2 may not have the looks to show it, but this is one tough phone. The device features the world’s first “virtually shatterproof” display. Those claims were put to the test many times, and sure enough Motorola seems to have made a phone with a display that refuses to crack. You’ll suffer some external wounds in the case of accidents, though, so be extra careful with it regardless.

Durability Ratings:

N/A

verykool-rx2

The VeryKool Rock RX2 has a very appropriate name — it simply looks very cool. This device offers up water, dust, and shock resistant chassis, as well as a tempered glass display. You can drop it off a moderate-sized building and it wouldn’t even make you whimper. It gets bonus points for a display you can use with gloves on.

Durability Ratings:

Other Great Options

These phones weren’t quite strong enough to make it onto our list, but they’re worth checking out to see if something more your style is waiting to be discovered.