Apple launches waterproof iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, LG V20 packs advanced cameras, Sony unveils turbo charged and slim PS4’s, and more
It has been another news-filled week for the consumer technology market. Here’s a look back at all the highlights.
- After a year of speculations and leaks, Apple, the world’s most popular smartphone brand has finally taken the wraps of their latest devices called the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The new devices bring new features such as water and dust resistance, new design philosophy, and the introduction of dual cameras. The smartphones are powered by the latest quad-core Apple A10 processor, and with the latest iOS 10. The displays now feature a wider color gamut. Apple has also added new colors such as Jet Black and Black. Preorders for the new smartphones starts today, and will release in the UAE this September 16th. Click here to read more.
- Just after Apple announced their new smartphones, Sony, on the other hand, unveiled their latest iteration of the PlayStation 4 console. Two new consoles were announced, which includes the newly redesigned PlayStation 4 Slim version which is set for release this September 16th for an approx. AED 1100, and a new PlayStation 4 Pro set to be released later in November. While the slimmer PS4 holds the same innards of the original console, the new PS4 Pro comes packed with faster APU. The GPU in the chip has a throughput of 4.20 TFLOPS, as compared to the 1.84 TFLOPS of the original PS4. The real intention of this upgraded PS4 is to offer better graphics at stable fps when played on 4K displays with HDR. Click here to read more.
- LG has launched the all new LG V20 Android smartphone, which packs the latest in audio technologies thanks to the integrated DAC, an HD audio recorder, Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, and is the first OEM based smartphone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. LG has also integrated wide-angle cameras in the front and rear of the device. The device now features an aluminum body, and the secondary screen has 50% brightness over the previous LG V10. Check out more here.
- While Samsung’s latest Note7 phablet is an impressive device, the problems that have been rising about the risks of exploding batteries has led Samsung to officially recall all of their Note7 smartphones for quality check, regardless when the user has bought the device. If you’re one of them who has bought a Note7 device, be sure to get them exchanged. While the international recalling could cost them a lot, it’s good to see Samsung actually care about the safety of the customers first. We hope that Samsung rectifies this issue soon as the Note7 is too good of a device to be in loss. Check out more here.
- Sony has unveiled new smartphones during the IFA, one which is the 4.6-inch Xperia X Compact smartphone, which boasts a 23MP camera with triple image focus technology, Snapdragon 650 processor, and 3GB RAM. The device appears to have a similar design as the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, but with rounded edges. The smartphone also holds a fingerprint scanner on the right side. Click for more.
- Sony has also unveiled a new flagship device called the Sony Xperia XZ that packs a Snapdragon 820 processor with 3GB RAM, a new metal body, and a new 23MP camera with triple focus technology. The camera also includes 5-axis image stabilization to counter blurs and shakes during photo and video sessions. Click here for more.
- While Google is expected to announce new Nexus smartphones made by HTC, word is it that these new devices will be branded as the Pixel and Pixel XL. We aren’t entirely sure if Google prefers to depart from the Nexus branding. The devices are codenamed Sailfish (5-inch model), and Marlin (5.5-inch model). It’s also rumored that Google might not introduce stock-based Android on these new devices which could upset many Android fans. Check out more.
- If rumors are true, Google plans to bring back 7-inch Android tablets in the market with the help of Huawei by the end of the year. The information was hinted by Evan Blass, who is known for legit leaks and rumors. Google is long due in releasing a successor to the once-popular Nexus 7 tablets which were known for its functionality, portability and price. Click here for more.