Smartphones

Which Features Will Make it in the Next iPhone?

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The 10th anniversary iPhone will have a plethora of previously unseen features, Reuters reports-- including a higher resolution display, wireless charging and 3D sensors.

Qi chargingSuch additions are hardly industry firsts, even if they were never implemented in an Apple smartphone. Such "relatively slow" adoption by the company of new technologies "reflects and reinforces" a slower smartphone replacement cycle. In fact, according to analyst Cown & Co over 40% of iPhones on the market are over 2 years old, a historical high. This means ther is "pent-up demand" for a new iPhone, even one without breakthrough technologies.

"When a market gets saturated, the growth is all about refresh," Technalysis Research adds. "This is exactly what happened to PCs. It's exactly what happened to tablets. It's starting to happen to smartphones." IDC confirms such a trend, since global smartphone sales grew by just 2.3% in 2016.

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Better Sound From LG G6 With Quad-DAC

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LG continues trickling details on its upcoming smartphone flagship-- the company promises the G6 features better sound through a 32-bit quad-DAC system.

LG G6Apparently such an addition allows for the independent control of each earbud, leading to clearer, more balanced sound. It also provides analog output, meaning the G6 will most probably feature a headphone jack. The DAC comes from audio chipset specialist ESS, and is described as an improvement over the quad-DAC found in the 2016 LG V20 smartphone.

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LG Teases G6 With "Big Screen That Fits"

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Media invites for the unveiling of the LG G6 flagship on 26 February tease a smartphone with minimal bezels-- or, as the invite text puts it, a "big screen... that fits."

LG InviteSuch a detail confirms earlier leaks on the G6, which claim the smartphone's display has a screen-to-bezel ratio greater than 90%. Also confirmed is the 5.7-inch screen's unusual 2:1 "Full Vision" aspect ratio, and it is probable the device features minimalist glass and metal construction, as opposed to the modular design found in last year's G5.

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Flexible LCDs for Next iPhone?

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Japan Display is working on a rival to OLED displays, the Wall Street Journal reports-- flexible LCD panels set for use by "some smartphone makers."

Galaxy EdgeThe company supplies display panels to Apple, and the iPhone maker is reportedly "looking at the displays for possible future iPhone models." According to the WSJ the Japan Displays panels are made using a layer of plastic and, while "not as flexible as OLED," should be bendy enough for smartphones with a screen design like that seen in Samsung Galaxy Edge devices.

"Bendable displays could help revive growth in a smartphone market that is beginning to get saturated," the WSJ adds.

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LG Leaks G6 Flagship

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The Verge obtains a first image of the upcoming LG smartphone flagship-- the G6, a handset featuring a typically sleek design replete with rounded corners and minimal bezels.

LG G6As apparently confirmed by LG Display, the G6 has a 5.7-inch display with an unusual 2:1 aspect ratio and a screen-to-bezel ratio greater than 90%. LG appears to have abandoned the modular design of last year's G5 in favour of minimalist glass and metal construction with a non-replaceable battery. The Verge adds a headphone jack is included.

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