We’re still months away from the season on new iPhone announcements, but there are already a number of leaks and interesting information floating around about the next iPhone, particularly the 10th Anniversary version or also known as the iPhone 8. We listed down the eight rumored features we’ve been hearing about the special iPhone. Let’s start with…
Edge-to edge OLED display
Since Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi already have their own full-screen smartphones, anyone would expect Apple to join the trend and make it more mainstream. Ever since we started seeing leaks of the iPhone 8, the rumor about its edge-to-edge display never disappeared. Also, Apple will now take advantage of OLED, a display technology similar to the likes of Galaxy smartphones. What’s the deal about it? Black will be totally pitch-black, there’l be more vibrant colors, and it’s energy efficient thus better battery life. (Hopefully!)
On-screen Touch ID
The trade off about having an edge-to-edge display is the lack of space to put the familiar home button, which also houses the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. That’s why we expect the iPhone 8 to feature something similar to what Vivo showcased, an on-screen fingerprint scanner. By putting the reader at the back of the display, it’ll be able to function like it normally would without ruining the edge-to-edge display design.
Vertical dual rear cameras
Apple is already in the dual-camera bandwagon and no doubt that they’ll have it again for the upcoming iPhone. This time around though, based on unchanging leaks about the design of the rear panel from case makers, the two shooters are positioned vertically with the LED flash sitting in the middle. Not exactly the best-looking iPhone back, but we’re curious why Apple has to opt for this.
Introduction to augmented reality
With virtual reality or VR already well introduced to the mass market, Apple is now going for the grasp of augmented reality or AR. Developers already have access to Apple’s ARKit for its latest mobile operating system, iOS 11. We’re yet to see the practicality of AR because based on our time with the ASUS Zenfone AR, it’s fun at first but it wears off after you’ve explored the features. We have to rely on Apple’s magic in making things friendly.
New biometric security feature
Just in case Apple won’t be able to push through with the on-screen fingerprint scanner, the backup security feature is 3D face scanning. This rumor is inline with the AR plans of Apple, as well. Samsung wasn’t able to place a fingerprint scanner under the Galaxy S8’s display, so they placed it on the back but Apple is unlikely to come up with the same decision.
USB-C charger and cable
The latest reversible USB connector has been fully embraced by the new MacBooks leaving the previous type in the dust. While it’s still unclear if the Lightning port will remain on the phone, we’re pretty sure the other end of the charging cable will have USB-C. Of course, the travel charger will feature a USB-C port.
Wireless magnetic charging ala Apple Watch
Wireless charging is already enjoyed by Android users (depending on your phone model) for years now, and perhaps it’s about time the iPhone gets it, too. Depending on the body material of the new iPhone, it may get wireless charging. Leaked designs pertain to something similar to the magnetic charging of the Apple Watch. Just additional trivia: Apple has filed a patent for charging through Wi-Fi.
iOS 11 out of the box
Lastly, it’ll have the final version of iOS 11. Apple has already released a public beta that current iPhone owners can check out.
Bonus: Still no headphone jack
Sorry, there’s nothing we can do about this.
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realme 9i Hands-On
Solid as usual
The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.
Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper:
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
- 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 5,000mAh battery
- 33W Dart Charge tech
- 50MP main camera
- 2MP macro lens
- 2MP depth lens
- 16MP selfie shooter
Here are some samples for your appreciation.
Neat, simple, and elegant
The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.
As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C port, and 3.5mm jack.
On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner.
And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons.
Overall, the realme 9i looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.
Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far.
The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.
Media consumption and gaming
We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps.
Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.
The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.
Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.
On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.
When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.
Solid as usual
The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.
The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.
vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review
vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!
The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!
Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.
But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?
Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions
Premium, smart timepiece
Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time.
The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS.
Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo.
Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle.
Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it?
By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather.
The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle.
Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button.
The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel.
Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone.
Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking.
What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist.
I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens.
Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package.
Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition.
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