Smartphones have revolutionized photography, making it vastly easier than ever before to capture and share great images. And on the other side of the coin, camera advances are probably responsible for a lot of smartphone sales these days; phones have been more than good enough in most areas for many years now, and a terrific new camera provides a compelling reason to upgrade where a processing boost or RAM upgrade might not move the needle.
If it seems like there’s a new battery technology in the news every week or so lately, that’s because a ton of research money that’s been spent over the past five or ten years is starting to bear fruit. A huge part of our future is electric; that much is clear, and there’s room for a bunch of different technologies to move things forward from the status quo, each with its own strengths.
As expected, OnePlus has unveiled the OnePlus 7T at a special media event, a solid upgrade over the OnePlus 7 phone it launched back in May. For those who don’t want to spend big on the OnePlus 7 Pro, the mid-range option is now even more compelling.
Back in July, Samsung announced that its troubled Galaxy Fold smartphone would go on sale in September, and has now confirmed that the refreshed and revised folding phone will launch in Korea on September 6. Visitors to IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany, can experience the phone for themselves, but for those who can’t make it to the Messe this weekend, Samsung has released a hands-on video.
Just a few days after updating its flagship line of Wear OS smartwatches, Fossil has unveiled a new wearable from its more affordable Misfit line as well: the Vapor X. Its key selling points, besides that less expensive price, are improved battery life and a lightweight, stylish design.
Since the first true wireless earphones launched in 2014, many more have appeared in the marketplace – including models by big players like Appleand recent additions from Phiaton and Cambridge Audio. But most only offer passive isolation from the world around you. Sony’s upcoming WF-1000XM3 earphones rock the company’s excellent active noise cancellation tech so that you can focus on the music.
Electronic devices are made possible thanks to a group of elements often referred to as rare-Earth metals, but as the name suggests, these may be in limited supply and are relatively expensive. Now, a team of scientists has found a way to combine much more common elements into electronically-useful compounds, which could find their way into tunable lighting and solar panels.
Three Pixels down the line, Google is doing something different: two mid-range Pixel phones, offering slightly less quality and power for significantly less money. Are the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL the phones you should be buying in 2019? We’ve spent a few weeks with the handsets to find out.