Apple today unveiled its next trio of new iPhones, covering the iPhone 11 and the new iPhone Pro product family. The company abandons the confusing marks "XR" and "XS" that it had deployed last year in favor of a simplified structure. The iPhone 11 is only the iPhone 11, while the professional model will come in two versions: the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
As expected, these devices make camera features and technology a major component of their own value propositions. But the iPhone 11, at least, subtly admits that Apple's price increases were all but welcomed last year. The base model iPhone 11 will be priced at $ 699, or $ 50 less than the iPhone XR last year. Although this does not make the device "basic" (new or not, $ 699 is not an entry-level price), this at least shows that the company reacts to the refusal of the consumer to buy its high-end devices – at least a bit The iPhone 11 Pro always starts at $ 999, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a $ 1,099 device. Pre-orders begin September 13th and shipments begin September 20th.
The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch display and will be offered in a variety of colors, including black, green, purple, red, white and yellow. Features such as touch, True Tone LCD, and dual camera are standard. According to Apple, the new A13 Bionic will offer up to an hour of increased battery life compared to the iPhone XR, which already had the best battery life of the iPhone family.
As for the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, these two devices measure respectively 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches. They have what Apple calls an OLED display "Super Retina XDR" that supports the P3 color space, which is a wider color gamut than a standard SDR monitor or phone screen. Dolby Vision and HDR10 are both supported by the iPhone Pro family, and the display can handle up to 1,200 nits of brightness. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro both feature features such as Dolby Atmos support and are expected to provide better spatial audio performance.
All of these new devices are running on Apple's SoC Bionic A13, which is relatively unknown at this stage. Apple says the new chip offers performance up to 20% faster and its neural engine is supposedly more efficient. Apple claims that the iPhone 11 Pro will have four hours more battery life than the iPhone XS, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max will last five hours longer than the iPhone XS Max . These claims seem unusually large and I'm wondering about the workloads used by Apple to test them. The battery life on smartphones strongly depends on what you do. We have already seen such improvements in battery life before, but they usually occur when a workload previously handled by software (such as video decoding) is transferred to function-based hardware blocks. fixed (as the built-in video decoder of a graphics processor). .
We are not saying that Apple can not improve battery life from 4 to 5 hours, but this improvement can be very dependent on the workload. An improvement in battery life of 4 to 5 hours in all scenarios of heavy use would be a significant advance in battery technology. This is a little further than we are willing to do until the features of the device have been thoroughly tested.
Apple is clearly putting the iPhone 11 on its camera technology. When you visit the iPhone 11 landing page, you'll feel like you've fallen into a product page describing the progress of Apple's camera technology, as opposed to the general landing page of the phone. . The iPhone 11 has a new camera system with a 12MP wide camera and an ultra-wide 12MP camera. The first supports the optical stabilization of the image, while the latter has a field of view of 120 degrees. The Camera app has been updated to allow you to see outside the frame of the photo when you need to take a picture in tight spaces.
The iPhone 11 Pro includes a three-camera system with a 12MP wide camera with an equivalent focal length of 26 mm and an aperture of f / 1.8. There is also a 12 MP ultra-slim camera (13mm focal length, aperture f / 2.4) and a 12MP telephoto lens with a focal length of 52mm and an aperture of f / 2.0. Most of Apple's live events and web pages are filled with paper-based demonstrations of the type of photos you can take with the new iPhone Pro and professionals touting the benefits of the new device over previous models.
David Cardinal is our resident photography expert, so I'll go back to him with regard to any professional comparison between professional DSLR cameras and the built-in models found in phones. I expect that this focus on the iPhone's camera technology will help at least the device to reduce the gap between it and the autonomous DSLR cameras in some cases, especially thanks to the new night mode, but that there will always be specific moments and places benefit from having a professional standalone product. I have observed that smartphones are better able to provide a very good default, but there are intrinsic difficulties in matching the benefits of a DSLR in such a limited space.
The iPhone Pro, at least, includes a quick charger in the box. The iPhone 11 continues to not do it. All these devices have an IP68 water resistance, commonly called waterproof.
The landing page of the iPhone 11 Pro is even more focused on photo and video. It is essentially devoted to a demonstration of all the photo and video editing features of the new camera, or plans that claim to show the benefits of the new cameras. These types of affirmations will need to be evaluated to see how they resist in objective tests. So I do not have much to say about them, apart from the fact that Apple is trying to push customers almost entirely towards new products. based on camera technology.
It may not be the worst approach. There are rumors that the company is considering a major overhaul of the iPhone then year, with the introduction of new features such as 5G support on this date. Customers, meanwhile, tend to respond well to visual enhancements: the original introduction of Retina displays was a huge success for Apple, and smart camera cameras are one of the few areas that have continued to To improve at a steady pace, even with regard to the overall performance of the devices and the battery life improvements have slowed down.
According to rumors, Apple will relaunch a new iPhone SE in 2020. If he intends to unveil such a device, he will do so later. There was no mention of a new low-end product. The iPhone 7 has been removed from the sale; the iPhone 8 is now the entry-level model of Apple's lowest at $ 449.
Huawei's year was anything but good, but the company has advanced with new technologies and new designs of smartphones. The Chinese company has announced its latest SoC, the Kirin 990. The new chip will be delivered in two versions: Kirin 990 and Kirin 990 5G. Both of these chips are based on the same SoC design, but there are significant differences between them.
First, the Kirin 990 5G is built on the 7 nm + process node of TSMC, which uses EUV. The Kirin 990, on the other hand, is a standard 7-nm model. It seems that Huawei will be the first customer to ship a part that uses EUV for manufacturing. Huawei's reason for using EUV for variant 5G is that it allowed a smaller die. The size of the matrix on the part 5G is greater than 100 mm2, while the LTE chip is less than 90mm2. The number of transistors is also very different, with LTE chips at 8B and 5G at 10.3B.
An interesting fact that Anandtech endorsements It was originally that the Kirin 990 had to use the ARM Cortex-A77 processor, not the Cortex-A76. Apparently, the Huawei team did not like the way the Cortex-A77 clocked on TSMC's 7-nm process node. The peak performance of the A77 was superior, but the overall energy efficiency between the A76 and A77 was virtually identical at 7 nm and the design of the A76 was able to hit much higher clocks . Supposedly, the A77 currently exceeds 2.2 GHz over 7 nm and its design can not be used widely until 5 nm processors are available.
The new implementation of ARM Mali-G76 is much wider than the 10-core implementation used on the previous generation Kirin 980. GPU energy efficiency can often be improved by using a wider GPU at lower frequencies, and Huawei believes the new GPU design will continue to be more energy efficient than the old Kirin 980, although it is much wider.
The design of the NPU is a local Huawei effort. Where the company previously licensed U NPU to Cambricon, the new Kirin 990 uses Huawei's Da Vinci architecture. Huawei intends to upgrade this processing block of AI servers to smartphones. It supports both INT8 and FP16 on both cores, while the older Cambricon design could only perform INT8 on a single kernel. There is also a new nuclear power plant "Tiny Core". This is a smaller version of the Da Vinci architecture, focused primarily on energy efficiency, and can be used for scans or other applications where performance is not particularly critical. The 990 5G will have two "big" NPU cores and a single Tiny Core, while the Kirin 990 (LTE) will have a big and a very small core.
The Huawei Balong Modem supports 5G signals below 6 GHz with a maximum download of 2.3 Gbps and a transfer of 1.25 Gbps. Overall improvements in Kirin 980 to 990 processor performance are modest: Huawei claims gains with a single thread of 9% and multithreaded overpressures of 10%. However, energy efficiency has improved significantly. High-end cores are supposedly more efficient at 12%, Huawei's Big.Little.littlest "middle" cores are supposed to be 35% more efficient and the low-end Cortex-A55 chips are 15% more efficient. Most workloads are expected to run on the central cores for maximum performance / watt.
It seems unlikely that these devices will arrive in large numbers in the US market, although you may be able to purchase them from third-party resellers if the Trump Administration takes no further action against the company. While the devices will start carrying 5G modems from now on, I have not seen a 5G phone that I actually recommend. It is true that the first generation of LTE devices did not exactly show up, but the first generation of LTE devices did not overheat or shut down. when summer temperatures have risen above 85F / 29.4C. They did not require you to literally be under an LTE access point for faster service. Verizon has already indicated that outside of urban centers, its 5G network would look a lot like the "good 4G", which raises the question of exactly why consumers pay all that money.
The first LTE devices were the HTC Evo 4G, the Samsung Craft and the HTC Thunderbolt. They sold for $ 200, $ 350 and $ 250 respectively, although it was in the era of two-year contracts. Apple's first LTE device was the iPhone 5, which cost $ 649 if it was purchased without a contract. Assuming that Apple and the other Android Manufacturers continue to offer 5G as a luxury feature. We will probably only see it on devices at a price equal to or above the price of $ 1,000 for the next 12 months. I would not pay $ 1,000 for a phone under any circumstances, but I certainly would not want up to a device over $ 1,000 to buy a feature that I have no chance of using in the next few years.
This year was a bit unusual, with Samsung relaunching an upgraded version of its very first foldable phone, Huawei remaining mute about phones, and the iPhone fever threatening to dominate all the buzz (IFA is generally removed from the phone). 39, Apple's iPhone at least a week or two: in 2019, Apple show his new phones one day after the closing of the IFA).
Still, there was enough interesting technology here to make me forget that iPhones are coming. Here is a preview of the coolest gadgets I've seen.
This is not entirely new – the phone was originally scheduled to be launched in April – but the Galaxy Fold has been completely updated to make it less prone to, well, breaking. The IFA was the first time that Samsung let a large audience touch and play with the device. We also got the launch date – September. 18 in Europe and "next weeks" in the United States.
It is too early to say whether the Fold will inaugurate a new smartphone, was or remained a niche product. Despite all the uncertainties and the extremely high price of $ 1,980, it remains one of the most desirable gadgets of the year.
LG's smartphone business has been struggling forever, but over the years I've found LG's smartphones to be great, with one major flaw: low battery life. And even if it will test the new flagship product of the company, the LG G8X ThinQ, could eventually be better in this department, because it comes with a battery of 4000 mAh. The other specifications also correspond to the current flagship products.
As for the awkward secondary screen of the phone, I am not convinced to ever need it or use it. But at least it is detachable and if the price of the package is correct, I will not complain (too much).
The third phone on this list is Motorola's stylish mid-ranger with a powerful set of rear cameras, the Motorola One Zoom. Yes, its specs are not great, but the price of $ 450 is right, and I really appreciate what Motorola did with the design.
LG's 88-inch OLED and 8K is not new: it was announced so back in Januaryduring CES 2019. But you can finally buy it (for $ 42,000, if you have to ask for it), and LG brought it to IFA to remind us how good it is. And it's great: an incredibly crisp picture, a breathtaking dynamic range and a barely visible telescope. While there is still not enough content in 8K to justify the purchase, but it is currently one of the best existing TVs.
Huawei FreeBuds 3 are obviously imitations of Apple's AirPods, up to their connectivity enhancement chip, the Kirin A1. But in typical Huawei style, the company has added a ton of technologies to these, including active noise suppression, making them (theoretically) more advanced than most competitors, including AirPods.
Garmin was busy at IFA this year. Just a few days before the show, the company announced a new series of its flagship sports watches, the Garmin Fenix 6. And at the show, the company launched a new range of appliances called Venu. They are also sports watches, but they rely on the lifestyle. Highlights include an AMOLED display – a first for Garmin – and a 5-day battery life.
OK, the new Sony Walkman NW-A100TPS, launched to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original Walkman, is a bit of a gadget: the video cassette is a fake, a simple video on the 3.6 screen inch of the device. But you were not really expecting Sony to launch a cassette player anyway, is not it? Instead, it's your standard digital audio player with a 26-hour battery, 16GB of storage and support for streaming wireless music. It's not really cheap at 440 euros ($ 490), but I imagine that's the price to pay to be retro-cool.
What, you did not know that Adidas made headphones? Well, technically, it's another company called Zound, known for its collaborations with brands like Marshall, who manufactures them. But these easy-to-use training cans are a surprisingly refreshing blend of cool design (the knit ear cups and the rubber part of the headband can be removed and washed) and a decent sound. At $ 169, the price is not too high either.
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Smart phones have become as big as they can reasonably be without some sort of radical design change. Samsung and Huawei use foldable OLED technology to allow phones to turn into tablets, but LG always pushes the dual screen design. The new G8X is the latest phone with one of the company's dual-screen plug-in accessories. Even with some new design refinements, the sale will be difficult.
As you may have guessed, the LG G8X ThinQ is a modified version of the G8 that was launched earlier this year. It drops stupid and almost unusable movement controls, allowing a smaller display notch. Inside, it's a typical flagship phone from 2019 with a Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is also a headphone jack, which is an anomaly nowadays.
The phone itself is not the most interesting part; This is how the phone interacts with the latest LG Dual Screen. The OLED 6.4 inches in the phone displays a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and the housing is identical to that of an OLED. This is a change from the old dual-screen accessories that did not always match the phone's display. In fact, the case even has a fake screen on top for its nonexistent camera. There is also another display on the outside of the Dual Screen case. This 2.1-inch monochrome panel lets you quickly view time and notifications without opening the phone.
The old Dual Screen enclosures also relied on pogo pins at the back of the phone for connectivity, but it connects to the phone via the USB Type-C port. LG also claims that the phone's battery is less charged, from 3,500 to 4,000 mAh in the previous G8.
With the Dual Screen box connected, you can run two applications side by side on the G8X. These could be two separate web pages or something more elaborate, such as a game and a video player. You can even turn the phone into a miniature notebook by displaying LG's keyboard app on one screen and the landscape app on the other.
At this point, you may think that this seems like a good deal. After all, flip cases for phones are not really a new idea and many people like them. However, like all LG Dual Screen systems, this thing is bulky with a thickness of about 15 mm and 326 grams. For comparison, the Galaxy Fold weighs only 263 grams, and it's about half a millimeter thick when it's closed. Application developers must also commit to enable advanced features. LG will have to move a lot of units to expect significant support, which is far from certain.
LG will ship the G8X ThinQ in the fourth quarter of the year. Availability and market prices will be announced later.
It is traditional that Sony launches two flagship phones a year. So, of course, everyone expected his great IFA 2019 announcement to be the Xperia 2. After all, he released the Xperia 1 earlier this year. Instead, Sony unveiled the Xperia 5. The numbering system is unusual because this phone is essentially a smaller version of the Xperia 1, which could make many people very happy.
For years, Sony was the only smartphone manufacturer who has resisted the trend towards increasingly larger phones. Companies that manufactured "mini" versions of their phones often prevented them from lowering prices. Sony has simply created the "compact" editions of its biggest flagship phones with the same features and specifications. It has moved away from that when sales have dropped, but the Xperia 5 could be a comeback to form.
The Xperia 1 sports a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display, but its 21: 9 ratio. This makes it very large and narrow. So, it was more comfortable to hold in one hand than a 16: 9 or 18: 9 phone with the same diagonal. Although, the overall length makes the phone a little awkward sometimes. The Xperia 5 has an OLED of 6.1 inches in 1080p and it is still 21: 9. Of a width of only 68 mm, it will be easy to use with one hand, provided not to have to reach the top of the screen too often. In comparison, the 10+ score is almost one centimeter wider.
Inside, the Xperia 5 has almost the same configuration as the Xperia 1. There is a Snapdragon 855, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The battery is necessarily a little smaller at 3140mAh (3.300mAh in the Xperia 1), but the lower resolution display should more than compensate. The phone runs Android 9 Pie and Android 10 has just been launched a few days ago. It's not uncommon for phones launched every fall to offer a one-year-old version of Android, and Sony's track record with Android updates is at best uneven.
The Xperia 5's three-camera system includes a 12MP main unit, a 12MP telephoto lens, and a 12MP wide-angle shooter. Sony states that the camera application uses the same autofocus technology as that of its line of cameras without Alpha mirror. However, Sony's software processing is behind Google and Samsung.
The Xperia 5 is expected to be available for pre-order next week in Europe and shipped in October. We have no price, nor confirmation of an American launch schedule for the moment.
We do not even have to assume that a new Pixel flagship phone will arrive this year. For the first time, Google announced the features of its new phone before the big announcement. Google has already shown the back of the phone and talked about Soli radar sensor, but we have not heard any official details on the screen. After the announcements, the Google and XDA code features are the best solution. find some lines in Android 10 that support the report of a 90Hz screen.
The standard for mobile device screens has long been 60Hz. It took a long time for Android to regularly reach 60 frames per second in the user interface, but Google has a lot of flexibility in the latest versions of Android and optimizes Pixel phones aggressively. Laptops and desktop monitors have long evolved beyond 60Hz with refresh rates of 100, 144 and above, immediately available for a small charge. However, computers have a lot more power and phones need to be efficient and compact.
It's only been 12-18 months since the high-refreshable mobile screens have become viable. Razer launched the original Razer phone with a 120Hz display, but it was an LCD screen with serious problems of efficiency. It was working at 90Hz out of the box, and even that drained the battery quickly. Asus improved things with the ROG Phone, which had a 90Hz OLED panel. OnePlus launched the OnePLus 7 and 7 Pro earlier this year with a high refresh OLED.
Several weeks back, the first reports "Smooth Display" at 90Hz Pixel 4 appeared. Now, XDA has spent time digging into the open source Android 10 code that has just appeared and finding evidence to support it. Android contains a service called SurfaceFlinger, which connects applications and the system user interface to the display controller. Naturally, the SurfaceFlinger service must know the refresh rate of the display. SurfaceFlinger in Android 10 includes a manual 90Hz rocker that was not present in previous versions of the operating system.
In the current version of Android 10, the 90Hz mode exists as a temporary solution for testing purposes – a permanent version is already in AOSP. The code indicates that the switch should only be used on "P19 devices". Presumably, that means the 2019 pixels, not the 3a pixel. These budget phones were launched last spring and are at 60Hz. It is obvious that the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will actually have 90Hz screens.