Smartphones

Rumour Mill Mulls Next Moto X Phone

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Rumours emerge on the next Motorola smartphone-- HelloMotoHK leaks images of what appears to be a flatter, metal-clad Moto X, while VentureBeat suggest the phone offers "an ecosystem of modular, swappable backplates."

Moto X images The HelloMotoHK Google+ page shows a metallic body with a bump housing the camera and a dual-speaker array on the back and a fingerprint reader on the front. As for internal specifications, the grapevine claims the 5.5-inch Android handset carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, up to 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage.

However the VentureBeat story has the more interesting claims. According to unnamed sources the Moto X comes in two versions (the "Vertex" and "Vector Thin"), each with swappable backplates adding "significant additional functionality" to the phone.

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Time: iPhone is Most Influential Gadget

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Time Magazine lists what it believes are the "50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time"-- and puts the iPhone at the very top due to being the first "truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions."

iPhoneAs the magazine puts it, while smartphones were a device category before the 2007 iPhone launch, the Apple offering easily beat the rest by replacing buttons and slide-out keyboards with a flat touchscreen. Arguably just as significant is the 2008 introduction of the App Store, "forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks."

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Huawei Adds Leica Lenses to P9 Smartphone

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Huawei announces the first result device produced under its recent partnership with German optics maker Leica-- the P9, a smartphone featuring a pair of "Leica certified" rear-facing cameras.

Huawei P9Reportedly the result of 3 years of co-engineering between the two companies, the dual cameras inside the P9 feature specially designed f/2.2 lenses, a pair of 12MP 1.25um Sony IMX286 sensors and a dual-LED flash. One camera captures RGB information while the other is monochrome, and the result is supposed to provide clearer photographs with brighter backgrounds, better contrast and better performance in low light environments.

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The First LG Smartphone With DAB+

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LG takes to Radiodays Europe 2016 to launch the Stylus 2-- the first smartphone from the company with support for DAB+, the de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting.

LG Stylus 2Developed in combination with the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG), the Stylus 2 gets digital radio support through a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app allowing customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. Meanwhile broadcasters get a technical interface for the development of apps combining online services with radio broadcasts.

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HP Presents Elite x3 Windows Phone

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HP launches what it describes as "one device that's every device" at MWC 2015-- the Elite x3, a business-focused Windows 10-powered smartphone able to turn into either a PC or laptop via appropriate accessories.

HP Elite x3As one might (rightly) assume the Elite x3 makes heavy use of Continuum, the Windows 10 feature providing users with a PC-style experience on a smartphone through connection of a larger display, keyboard and mouse. Thus HP provides a pair of optional accessories for such purposes, the Desk Dock and the Mobile Extender.

The Desk Dock is simple enough, being a dock providing all the necessary ports (x2 USB, x1 USB-C, x1 DisplayPort, x1 ethernet) to transform the Elite x3 into a desktop PC. Meanwhile the confusingly named Mobile Extender actually is a notebook of sorts complete with 48Wh battery, 12.5-inch display, full-size keyboard and trackpad one can wirelessly pair with the smartphone.

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