Just a day after Meizu unveiled the ‘Zero’ smartphone without any physical port, speaker grille, and SIM card slot, Vivo has gone ahead and unveiled the APEX 2019 with a similar concept. The APEX 2019 features a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 5G connectivity, and lacks any cutouts for SIM slot, physical buttons and ports, and speaker grille.
Forget slider phones, forget phones with a bezel-less front, and forget phones with pop-up cameras. In front of Meizu’s ‘Zero’, the designs of all other phones are passé. It skips all the basic usuals — the headphone jack, charging port, speaker grille, power button, and even the SIM card slot!
Back in October, Anker — known for making high-quality smartphone accessories — unveiled the PowerPort Atom PD1. Made from expensive Gallium nitride, the charger is of the same size as Apple’s 5W charging brick but offers a power output of 30W. That’s good enough to not only fast charge your iPhone or iPad but other devices like the 12-inch MacBook and the Nintendo Switch.
Kicking off CES 2019, Withings has announced a new analog smartwatch with ECG capability dubbed the Move ECG. The analog wearable promises a staggering 12 months of battery life and comes with an EKG sensor just like the Apple Watch Series 4.
While Apple is still sticking to a dual-lens camera setup on its iPhone lineup, HMD Global-owned Nokia is soon going to unveil a smartphone with five cameras at its rear. We have already seen the likes of Huawei and Samsung release smartphones with triple and quad-cameras at the rear but the Nokia 9 PureView is going to be the first smartphone with a Penta-camera setup at its rear.
USB-C promised a future where we could use a single connector and cable to charge our devices and transfer data between them. Sadly, in reality, USB-C has turned out to be a confusing mess with low-quality cables and chargers flooding the market. These chargers and cables end up damaging the host device by supplying them more power than they can handle. To solve these issues for good, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced the launch of USB Type-C Authentication Program.
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has partly granted the European Commission’s request to waive off the rules that would allow non-Federal devices in the US to access location data from Europe’s GPS system, Galileo.
Before the iPhone X launched last year, there were rumors of Apple working on getting the in-display fingerprint technology ready in time for use on the handset. However, as we all now know, that did not happen and Apple instead went with Face ID on the iPhone X. Android OEMs, however, have been in a race to launch phones with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The first day of IFA 2018 has already seen major OEMs like Dell and Acer unveil some impressive new laptops which can put Apple’s MacBook lineup to shame. Dell’s new Inspiron 7000 lineup has now entirely become a 2-in-1 laptop with some impressive upgrades.
Apple might be designing its own A-series chipsets for iPhones and iPads, but ultimately it licenses the ARM v7 instruction set from ARM. Since designing a CPU is an expensive and tedious job, ARM also releases reference CPU designs that other OEMs can base their CPUs on.