Check out Xiaomi's futuristic edgeless smartphone

The dual curved screen Mi Note2 was not the only device that Xiaomi unveiled this morning. It also unveiled its own VR headset and the real star of the show, the Mix which sports a breathtaking futuristic practically edgeless 6.4inch HD display.

The Xiaomi Mix which was made in conjunction with Phillipe Starck features a sleek all ceramic body which is free of any bezels on three sides. In order to accomplish the feat, Xiaomi had to do away with the earpiece and the sensors which tend to occupy the top bezel in most smartphones. The physical earpiece is replaced by a piezoelectric ceramic driver and the usual array sensors (proximity and light sensor) is replaced by an ultrasonic proximity which sits below the display. While the front facing camera has been relocated to the bottom of the device.

The Xiaomi Mix would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor, with 6GB and 128GB/256GB of storage, a 5MP/16MP camera combo, SAP assisted GPS, HD audio processor (192 KHz / 24 bit) and a large 4400mAh battery.

The Mi Mix will be available starting from November 4 in China at 3499 Yuan ($516) for the 4GB/128GB version and 3999 Yuan ($590) for the 18K edition with 6GB/256GB.

While Xiaomi isn't the first to make a device with this kind of display, The Crystal Aquos (shown to right in the picture below) from Sharp was the first to have this type of screen, it's really great to see smartphone makers experiment a little with design.

Xiaomi Mi Note2 goes official: Galaxy Note7 for half the price


Xiaomi just took the wrap off the Mi Note2 smartphone whic in some way is an ode to Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note7. The Mi Note2 not only does it share the Note name, it also shares a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Note7. Which is not a bad thing considering how good the Galaxy Note7 is. The pair also share a similar aluminium and glass body.

The Xiaomi Mi Note2 shares a similar 5.7 inch dual curved AMOLED display as the Galaxy Note7. Although the resolution maxes out at 1080p rather than 2160p. The screen to body ratio of the Mi Note2 goes all the way up to 77.2% which is quite an accomplishment. Under the Mi Note2 packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, 4GB or 6GB RAM depending on the configuration, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage with a large 4070mAh battery ensuring that the device stays on all day long. It also has AQSTIC HD audio processor with Hi-Fi sound quality and low distortion (24 bit / 192KHz), NFC with fingerprint payments and improved SAP assisted GPS. 

ln the camera department, the Mi Note2 packs a 22MP/8MP camera combo.  The rear camera is a Sony made 22.56MP IMX318 EXMOR RS sensor with a 3-axis gyroscope, f2. 0 aperture,  PDAF and EIS (Electronic Image stabilization) in place of OIS. The camera also supports 4K video image stabilization at the hardware level. The 8MP front facing camera is also made by Sony and comes with Beauty 3.0 which Xiaomi says would produce more accurate and natural colours. The front camera also has autofocus capabilities which would ensure that your selfies remajn in focus. 

The Xiaomi Mi Note2 would be available in three variants; a version with 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage which would cost 2799 Yuan ($413), a 6GB RAM version with 128GB of storage for 3299 Yuan ($487) and a 6GB RAM with 128GB storage Special Global Edition for 3499 Yuan ($516). The 6GB RAM with 64GB version comes with support for all global LTE bands which is great for non-Chinese buyers. The Xiaomi Mi Note2 would also be available in a choice of Glacier Silver and Piano Black.

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt with 5.5" HD Display, full metal body, 3GB RAM goes live in India


Samsung has just announced a new addition to its Galaxy On series of smartphones with the Galaxy On Nxt. The all metal midranger launched in India for all intent and purpose is basically an Exynos version of the China only Galaxy On7. 

The Galaxy On Nxt sports a 5.5inch 1080p HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection and is powered by a 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor with Mali T830 GPU with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD slot. The camera optics consist of a f/1.9 aperture 13MP rear camera with LED flash while the front camera unit is a f/1.9 aperture 8MP camera. The device would run Android 6.01 Marshmallow out of box and sports the usual Dual SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE connectivity options. A fingerprint sensor and 3300mAh battery makes up the remainder of the specs. 

The Galaxy On Nxt which retails exclusively on Flipkart for Rs 18490 ($247), would be available in a choice of Black and Gold colours.

Samsung now offering to swap Galaxy Note7 at major airports


With aviation authorities banning the passengers from bringing the Galaxy Note7 on flights,  Samsung is taking some steps to making life a lot easier for its customers by offering to swap the Galaxy Note7 for another Samsung Galaxy smartphone. 

This move by Samsung was first introduced at airports in South Korea and has now being extended to Australia and some airports in the US. 

Honor 6X with an all metal build, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, dual cameras announced


Hauwei has been on a roll lately with its line of smartphones,  offering a lot of the features found in pricey high end devices in devices that costs a lot less. Today it has added the Honor 6X to that line of value for money devices.

The Honor 6X which sports a premium feeling metal unibody build packs a 5.5-inch HD 2.5D curved display and is powered by Hauwei's homegrown octa-core Kirin 655 processor which is built on a 16nm FinFET process. The Honor 6X comes equipped with a dual camera setup; a primary 12MP camera with Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), LED Flash and a secondary 8MP camera for depth of field photography and there's also an 8MP front facing camera for selfies. The Honor 6X is equipped with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. 

The Honor 6X would be available with either a 3GB RAM with 32GB of storage retailing for $148 or a 4GB RAM with 32GB of storage retailing for $192 and a 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage for $237. The Honor 6X comes in a choice of Gold, Silver, Grey, Blue and Rose Gold colors and is available for order starting today in China with sales starting on the 25th of October.


Huawei announces the Honor MediaPad 2 with 8-inch Full HD display, 3GB RAM, 4G LTE


Huawei today unveiled the MediaPad 2 android tablet under its Honor brand. The Honor MediaPad 2 which packs an 8" HD display is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor with an Adreno 305 GPU, there's also a generous 3GB of RAM which is enough to handle most tasks that you could possibly throw at this midrange tablet. The Honor MediaPad 2 also packs a decent  2MP/8MP front and back camera combo which is jist about fine for a tablet.  The Honor MediaPad 2 would come in two storage option, a 16GB and a 32GB which is expandable via a microSD card slot, in addition to a WiFi or 4G LTE version with voice calling. The Honor MediaPad 2 would run Android Marshmallow with Hauwei's EMUI skin out of the box. The Honor MediaPad 2 comes with the usual WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS connectivity options and would be powered by a 4800mAh battery. 

The Honor MediaPad 2 would come in an option of either Gold or White colours. The pricing for the Honor Pad 2 at $148 ( 999 Yuan or 9, 890 Rupees) for the base 16GB WiFi only version, $192 (1299 Yuan or 12,855 Rupees) and $222 (1499 Yuan or 14,835 Rupees)  for the 32GB LTE model. The Honor MediaPad 2 would be available for preorders starting from the 19yh of October with sales commencing on the 25th of October.


The Galaxy Note7 to cost Samsung $3.1 Billion


It's no longer news that Samsung would be writing off the Galaxy Note7 following its discontinuation. While the Galaxy Note7 was an amazing smartphone, the numerous cases of the device exploding has done irreparable damage to the "Galaxy Note" brand if not Samsung devices in general.

The recall and cancellation of the Galaxy Note7 is being reported to cost Samsung $3.1 Billion over the next two quarters. Based on Samsung's new forecast, the company expects to lose $2.2 Billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 and $0.9 billion in the first quarter of 2017.

Going forward, Samsung would be ramping up the ramp up the production of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to normalise its mobile business.


Nokia new Android smartphone might be a tablet after all


Nokia fans might have to wait even a longer for an Android smartphone from the Finnish company as the recently rumoured device codenamed D1C appears to be a tablet after all.

Based on a recent GFXBench Benchmark entry, the D1C has a large13.8 inch 1080p display which puts it firmly in tablet territory. Why Nokia would be making a tablet instead of a smartphone is a bit baffling considering that market for tablets have been on the decline for the past few years.

Watch The Weeknd's action packed video for new single False Alarm

The Weeknd has just released the visuals for the second single "False Alarm" from his third studio album Starboy.

The bloody action packed short filmesque video features The Weeknd and his crew staging a bank robbery which ultimately results in his death (seems that's his thing now). The video, directed by Ilya Naishuller the guy directed the acclaimed action movie Hardcore Henry", plays out as a "First Person Shooter" game with the camera following the perspective of one the robbers.

Etisalat Nigeria joins in the fun, launches its own 4G LTE network


Etisalat Nigeria has joined the likes of Globacom Nigeria and MTN in unveiling its own LTE network. The launch comes just days after its competitor Glo Nigeria announced its own network. The launch brings to three (four if you count Ntel) the number of GSM providers who have upgraded their services to LTE.

This upgrade to LTE would allow subscribers on the Etisalat network to enjoy fast data speeds way beyond anything they have experienced with the 3G/HSPA data services. While Etisalat isn't the first network to transition to LTE as the market is already crowed with the likes of Spectranet, Smile, Swift, InterC, MTN, Glo already operating their own services, it does have an advantage over the others in making it quite seamless for their customers to utilise this service. Unlike other networks, Etisalat customers do not need to swap their preexisting SIM cards for LTE SIM cards, all they need to do is place their SIM cards in an LTE compatible smartphone or device to enjoy the service.

Samsung offering $100 to customers who replace their Galaxy Note7 with another Galaxy smartphone


Samsung announced today that it's expanding its second recall of the Galaxy Note7 and would be offering a rebate of $100 to owners of the Galaxy Note7 who swap their phones for another Galaxy smartphone.

This second recall applies to customers with both the original and replaced units of the Galaxy Note7 in the US regardless of whether it was purchased before or after the 15th of September 2016. This expanded recall is being is coordinated by Samsung with the United States Consumer Protection and Safety Commission, and would availing customers a replacement device or a full refund on both new and used models of the Galaxy Note7.

Users who choose to replace their Galaxy Note7 would be getting a rebate of $100 as bill credit. While those who choose to get a smartphone from another manufacturer would get a rebate of $25. Users can get the rebate by visiting their carrier's store or retail store to make the exchange.

Amazon launches its own Spotify competitor, starts at $3.99


Amazon yesterday announced the Amazon Music Unlimited, its own music streaming service. The new music service is limited to US for now and would be available on Android, iOS, PC and Mac, Amazon tablets, Echo devices and web. The services joins the already crowed music streaming market with Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud Go, Pandora, Google Play Music, TiDAL already offering the same service.

The pricing of the Amazon Music Unlimited starts at $3.99 per month for users who intend to use it with one Echo device, $7.99 for Amazon Prime users and $9.99 for everyone else which is the same as Spotify and Apple Music.

The Amazon Music Unlimited is a much needed upgrade to Amazon's already existing but limited Amazon Music streaming service with a much larger catalog.

Samsung officially Suspends the Sale of the Galaxy Note7


Samsung is officially halting the sales of the beleaguered Galaxy Note7 after reports of replacement units exploding. This decision comes just hours of the suspension of sales of the device by the major US telecoms operators. 

In an official statement released on its website, Samsung is urging all owners of the Galaxy Note7 to turn offf their devices and take advantage of the return policies from their various point of sales outlets. The statement by Samsung reads as follows.

We are working with relevant regulatory bodies to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7. Because consumers' safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7 while the investigation is taking place.

We remain committed to working diligently with appropriate regulatory authorities to take all necessary steps to resolve the situation. Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 device should power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available
At this point, i think it's pretty safe to say that Samsung is done with Galaxy Note7.

Samsung temporarily halts the production of the Galaxy Note7


Samsung has temporarily halted the production of new units of the beleaguered Galaxy Note7 according to a report from South Korean news agency, Yonhap.

This comes on the heels of further reports of incidents involving supposedly "safe" units of the Galaxy Note7 post recall and two US operators stopping sales of the Galaxy Note7. The halt is said to be done in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China. This measure includes a Samsung plant in Vietnam that is responsible for global shipments of the Galaxy Note 7.

[Update: T-Mobile & Verizon too] AT&T halts sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note7


According to a report by The Verge, AT&T is halting the sales of Samsung's beleaguered Galaxy Note7 following the reports of further incidents with supposedly safe units. 

An except of the statement from AT&T spokesperson to The Verge reads as follows:

Based on recent reports, we're no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,. We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice

The discountination of the sales of the Galaxy Note7 comes after days after all major four US carriers began allowing Galaxy Note7 owners return their devices in exchange for another smartphone of their choice.

T-Mobile has joined AT&T in temporarily halting the sales of the Galaxy Note7. T-Mobile subscribers who purchased their Galaxy Note7 from T-Mobile can return their Galaxy Note7 and accessories for a full refund and a phone swap. They would also be allowed to keep any Gear Fit2, microSD card or Netflix subscription that was bundled with the purchase of the Galaxy Note7 in addition they would receive a $25 credit on their bill.

Verizon is also halting sales of the Galaxy Note7, Subscribers who already own a unit can swap their devices for another smartphone.