Smartphones

ZTE Details Crowdsourced Hawkeye Phone

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Back in October 2016 ZTE announced plans to take the people's advice for the development of its next phone. Now the company is ready to reveal the results-- the Hawkeye, an eye-tracking, self-adhesive smartphone.

ZTE HawkeyeThe result of an online voting campaign, the Hawkeye has some unusual capabilities. Apparently potential customers demanded a phone with self-adhesive polymers on the back, meaning one can stick it on any stable surface. It also incorporates eye tracking via pair of front-facing cameras, allowing users to scroll through websites and the like without using their fingers.

Another odd, if interesting, feature is a display with a split screen design that is only visible to users directly in front of it. This prevents others from trying to look at what is on screen.

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Nokia Brand Launches First Android Smartphone

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HMD Nokia 6A first Android smartphone featuring Nokia branding emerges-- Finnish brand owner HMD Global announces the Nokia 6, a 5.5-inch handset complete with Snapdragon 430 processor.

Further specifications include LTE connectivity, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage,and 16MP rear-/8MP front-facing cameras. Audio comes through Dolby Atmos-equipped dual amplifiers, and the cameras feature f/2.0 lenses.

“Just a short while ago we announced the launch of HMD Global. From the outset we have stated that we intend to move with speed to establish a position as a player in the smartphone category and create products that truly meet consumer needs," the company says. "The Nokia 6 is a result of listening to our consumers who desire a beautifully crafted handset with exceptional durability, entertainment and display features."

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OnePlus 3 Gets 3T Boost

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OnePlus presents a boosted variant of the flagship OnePlus 3-- the OnePlus 3T, a smartphone near identical to its predecessor apart from an upgraded Snapdragon 821 CPU, larger battery and a camera improvements.

OnePlus 3TThe OnePlus 3T retains the same form factor as OnePlus 3, even if the company managed to squeeze a 3400mAh battery (up from OnePlus 3's 3000mAh) promising 13% more use on a single charge. Speaking of charging, OnePlus also added "Dash Charge" rapid charging able to provide a day's worth of power after all of 30 minutes of plugging it in.

As for the CPU, the Snapdragon 821 is the faster sibling of the 820, the chip powering flagship handsets such as the Google Pixel and the LeEco LePro3. The other aforementioned upgrade involves the cameras, as the front-facing shooter has a 16MP sensor while the rear-facing camera gets a scratch-proof sapphire lens cover and better electronic image stabilisation.

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A Gold-Plated iPhone to Celebrate Trump

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Customers with wallets weighed down by too much money wanting to celebrate the electoral victory of one Donald Trump can perhaps do so with a gold-plated iPhone 7, courtesy of Russian company Caviar.

Superemo TrumpDubbed the "Supremo Trump Changeover," the iPhone 7 features a glitzy gold-plated design the Donald himself would surely approve of. Caviar insists it is "an expression of hope for a rapprochement between Russia and the United States and that of the benevolent words Trump and Russia will follow the actions that will lead to a change in relations between the great powers for the better." Which is fair enough, we guess.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 to Launch With Viv

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Samsung is to differentiate the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship with an AI assistant, Reuters reports-- specifically Viv, the service the Korean company acquired little more than a month ago.

Samsung GalaxyThe service will also be integrated in other Galaxy smartphones, as well as home appliances and wearable devices. Samsung does not detail how the Galaxy S8 will use Viv, but it does say Viv allows for seamless use of 3rd party services through an interconnected nature and a sophisticated backend featuring "dynamic program generation."

"Developers can attach and upload services to our agent," the company says. "Even if Samsung doesn't do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease."

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