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Make no mistake: All LG V30 variants will sport Quad DAC

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Popular leakster Evan Blass seems pretty sure about it.

If you’ve thought only the bigger variant of the LG V30 series – V30 Plus – will come with the Quad DAC support, then you might probably be dead wrong. One of the oft-reliable mobile leakers, Evan Blass, has just confirmed that all the V30 phones, irrespective of the regions it should be available, will feature Quad DAC onboard. Last time, LG launched two variants of its flagship phone, LG G6: one with built-in Quad DAC which was exclusive to Asian markets, and the other with no Quad DAC for the US and European markets. But, that’s apparently not happening this time with the V30 handsets, confirms Evan Blass.

Apart from Quad DAC, LG’s new V flagships will also feature wireless charging and edge-to-edge OLED displays. To compete with the recently launched Galaxy Note 8, LG is also bringing a Plus variant of the LG V30 phone, which should pack extra storage (128GB) and more RAM (6GB).

As far as the specs are concerned, the LG V30 will pack a 6.0-inch Full Vision display while the V30 Plus should pack a slightly larger 6.3-inch display. Other hardware specs/features which will debut on both these phones include Snapdragon 835 processor, fingerprint sensor, dual-13MP camera, and 8MP front-facing camera.

Unlike the previous generation handsets, the new devices WON’T pack a secondary ticker and removable battery. However, LG has already found a virtual alternative to the former feature in its latest UI, UX 6.0+. It has added a new significant feature called the “Floating Bar” – a small semi-transparent bar which shows up on the display for handy access to recently used applications.

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Both the V30 and V30 Plus will be unveiled a day before the debut of IFA 2017, i.e., August 31st. After that, it should go on sale globally starting September 15.

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Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Which one has a better camera? (Video)

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Here’s a detailed camera comparison video between the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 Plus that you shouldn’t miss. 

If you’ve been involved in the world of phones recently you’ll know that Samsung have been doing some serious heavy lifting with their cameras. Starting with the S6, through to the newly released Note 8, Samsung have been flexing their imaging prowess. That’s great for us, because it means a lot of other companies (LG, HTC, OnePlus) have been trying their best to out some amazing cameras too.

However, the iPhone camera was always the one to beat, and through 2016 – 2017 I think pretty much every major manufacturer has managed to develop a camera that either lived up to the mighty iPhone, or surpass it completely. Samsung, LG, Google, and even HTC managed to bring some amazing quality shooters to the market recently, and it’s great to finally see android phones getting the cameras they deserve.

The following video is a fair-as-I-can-make-it comparison between the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and it dives into most areas that people look for – low light performance, color reproduction, and HDR ability. I’ve also given my opinion on each shot, so you’ll get my thoughts and ideas while the video is running.

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Detailed camera review (video)

It’s easy when watching this video to forget about the iPhone 7 plus’s second camera, the telephoto lens. This feature has some amazing ‘portrait’ style effects that simulate the background blur or ‘bokeh’ that you would normally get from a dedicated DSLR. So if you’re still trying to decide between these two phones, then that’s certainly worth keeping in mind. If you’re looking for that effect from an Android phone, you’ve got plenty of options out there now too – the Note 8, OnePlus 5, LG G6, Mi A1 and a few others have started adding a second shooter to their phones, and it’s definitely something we’re going to see more of over the next few months of phone releases.

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For this video, I’ve excluded the iPhone’s second camera, because despite its effects the actual quality of the camera is lower than the main sensor, and it wouldn’t be a fair comparison to the S8.

All things considered, I do prefer the images coming out of the S8, despite the colors being a little crazy in some photos. Like I mentioned in the video, I think the pictures are better suited to a social media share straight out of the camera and most people will be happy with how the Samsung performs in all conditions. On the flipside, I still think the iPhone has a more natural response, and for people who prefer a more regular look from their cameras might find the iPhone 7 Plus’s photos more appealing.

Have an iPhone 7 Plus or Galaxy S8? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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OnePlus 5T may not launch soon, but a new variant of OnePlus 5 is already here

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Just when we were all waiting for the OnePlus 5T from the Chinese firm, it launches a yet another new variant of the already existing OnePlus 5. 

Looking forward to the launch of next-gen OnePlus smartphone – OnePlus 5T? Well, it seems you’ll have to wait for at least until the beginning of the next year to see what the Chinese firm has in store for the next flagship killer. However, here is a new variant of the already existing OnePlus 5 that you might like to check out.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has collaborated with leading French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to unveil a limited edition variant of its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 5. The collaboration is part of the launch of ‘Callection’, an exclusive product line-up co-created with JCC. The Castelbajac OnePlus 5, the first look of which was revealed recently, was launched at a pop-up event in Paris on Friday along with another limited-edition variant, the OnePlus 5 JCC+.

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A new OnePlus smartphone is here, but it’s not the OnePlus 5T we’ve been waiting for. Instead, it’s a new expensive gimmicky variant of the OnePlus 5 – featuring a handwriting-ornated rear.

The Paris pop-up event was organized in association with Paris-based fashion boutique Colette and held at its retail store in the city. The Castelbajac-themed OnePlus 5 handset will be available in the 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants. However, the sale of this limited edition smartphone will be limited to Europe, where it’ll be available October 2 onward for EUR 559 through OnePlus.net. The exclusive ‘Callection’ rolled out by OnePlus and JCC also includes t-shirts, holsters, caps, bags, in addition to the limited edition OnePlus 5 handsets bearing the Castelbajac’s signature in chromatic style.

Speaking of the unique partnership, OnePlus co-founder said that the collaboration was in line with the company’s efforts to offer its users something new and exciting, embodying the Never Settle spirit. Partnering with an iconic designer like Jean-Charles Castelbajac, who is known for setting the bar really high in the fashion circles with his game-changing ideas aptly reflects the company’s motto.

Castelbajac said that the collaboration was in keeping with his objective of always looking toward the future. “To change the world, you always need to be creative and work with people who are ahead of their time,” he was quoted as saying.

This isn’t the first time the Chinese phone maker has rolled out limited edition handsets to captivate the imagination of its customers. The limited edition of Colette-engraved OnePlus 3T, in the 128GB storage variant, was also introduced and made available through the boutique’s Paris store. Even though customers outside Europe won’t get their hands on the Castelbajac inspired smartphone, they can still buy the ‘Callection’ and ‘Never Settle’ t-shirts.

Source: Engadget

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It’s Official, Google to acquire a part of HTC’s smartphone workforce

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After a long spell of speculations and rumors, Google’s acquisition of HTC is finally official. However, the deal is not quite on lines of what was being expected. So far, the rumor mill was rife with speculations of an outright acquisition. Unlike its acquisition of Motorola, Google isn’t buying HTC lock, stock, and barrel. The internet giant has, so far, only entered into an agreement with the Taiwanese electronics maker, as of which a part of HTC’s workforce will move over to Google, besides a non-exclusive license for the former’s intellectual property. The electronics company will, in turn, receive a cash influx of $1.1 billion.

As part of the current deal, HTC will continue to function as an independent entity and manufacture its own smartphones. None of HTC’s manufacturing units have been included in the transfer deal. This could be attributed to the fact such manufacturing plants turn out to be quite a liability instead of an asset in the realm of the smartphone business.

Announcing the partnership with HTC, Google’s senior vice-president of hardware, Rick Osterloh, published a blog post stating, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team.”

It looks like Google has brought on board HTC’s Pixel team, which are said to be the ‘secret’ manufacturers heavily influencing the design and functionality of Google’s smartphones. The company’ Pixel and Pixel XL released in 2016 were manufactured by HTC, whereas for the upcoming Pixels phone, the manufacturing process has been split between HTC and LG. Hopefully, the addition of this team to Google’s workforce will allow the internet giant to radically revolutionize its line-up of smartphones, making them a cut above the competition.

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The $1.1 billion cash infusion would be nothing short of a fresh lease of life for HTC, allowing it the opportunity to stay relevant in the smartphone as well as VR markets. In a press statement regarding the acquisition, HTC said the deal would help it secure “a more streamlined product portfolio, greater operational efficiency and financial flexibility.” It also promised that it’ll be around, producing “best-in-class flagship phones”. While the big bucks coming from Google will help alleviate HTC’s woes for now, it is far from a permanent solution. The only way HTC can hope for Google’s cash to bail it out is by using it to overhaul its smartphone technology, with an eye on undoing its plummeting sales.

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