Smartphones

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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What Caused the Galaxy Note 7 Fires?

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Samsung details why the Galaxy Note 7 phablet shipped with the unfortunate tendency to catch fire-- an investigation explains the reason boils down to two distinct battery flaws, not a hardware or software issue.

Samsung test facility According to the company the batteries had two major flaws. The first is a casing too small to actually fit the electrode assembly, leading to short circuits. Samsung suppliers realised the problem and replaced the batteries with a safer version, only in their haste they brought about welding defects that also lead to short circuits. Either way, the smartphones started overheating, and catching fire.

Samsung insists it built a stand-alone testing lab to look into all potential causes of overheating, including wired and wireless charging, the USB-C port and the iris-scanning functionality. TUV Rheinland was also hired to check if storage or transport processes affected the batteries.

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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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