2016 was certainly an interesting year in smartphones; we saw multiple attempts at modular phones, exploding phablets, and the death of the headphone jack. So what can we expect in 2017? Here's what's next.
Black cats and broken mirrors are said to be bad luck, but for this Friday the 13th, we thought we'd take a look at a few common smartphone superstitions. Fortunately, none of these involve seven years of misfortune!
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC kicked off its 2017 by announcing two new smartphones: the U Ultra, and the U Play. The new devices step away from HTC's long running love for aluminium, and other than a metallic rim, are all glass.
Can you believe it? The first iPhone was unveiled ten years ago. On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs took the wraps of Apple’s smartphone. Many of us weren't quite sure to think. It was lambasted for its lack of a physical keyboard, jokes were made about its inability to copy and paste, and it wasn't even 3G, but the original iPhone was the start of a revolution.
Apple taketh, Incipio giveth. While some were disappointed by the iPhone 7's lack of a headphone jack, Incipio's newly announced "OX" cases bring back the 3.5mm port without the need for a dongle.
The Steel HR is analogue wrist watch with brains - and a small LCD display - behind the glass. In addition to tracking your steps, heart rate, sleep, and workouts, the Steel HR also uses its small display to alert you to notifications from a paired smartphone (compatible with iPhone and Android).
2017's flagship smartphones will be thinner and have bigger batteries thanks to Qualcomm. The mobile chip manufacturer today took the wraps of its latest high-end processor - the Snapdragon 835 - which is said to be 25% faster than last year's Snapdragon 820, while using 25% less power. This translates to roughly 2.5 hours more battery per day.
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