CIRP: 2017 iPhone trio only accounted for 61% of Apple smartphone in Q4

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) published its analysis of US iPhone sales in Q4. During the period, the iPhone 8 sold in highest volumes among Apple phones, while one in five new iPhone owner chose the $ 999 X flagship. From October to December, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for about a quarter of all sales. The mix also features the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE. Surprisingly the SE accounted for a larger percentage of sales than it did in the same period of 2016. According to CIRP, the reasons why the iPhone X couldn’t match the 2016…

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Nokia smartphone with Penta-Lens camera module design surfaces

There were rumors about an unknown Nokia phone for quite some time which is said to come with 5-camera lens on the back. Now a design sketch of the same has surfaced showing how the camera arrangement on the rear might look like. This is just a prototype design, and Foxconn is said to be currently working on a way to design and manufacture the phone. From the design sketch revealed by the forum member, and an alleged Foxconn employee, we can see 5 lenses arranged in 1-1-3 formation, one LED flash, an unknown sensor on a circular ring. The fingerprint sensor is also placed on the rear down below the camera module. This design sketch might hint at why HMD global is adopting the rotating Zoom camera tech from Zeiss. The flagship is currently under development and we expect to see the phone in the second quarter of 2018.   Furthermore, sources reveal that the Nokia phone might pack an 18:9 display with glass body design both on the front and back making it a stand out from rest of the Nokia phones. The Nokia 10 will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and might run on the latest Android OS. On the other hand, HDM …
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Chinese smartphone makers are ripping off iPhone X’s notch

There are lots of wonderful things that rival smartphone makers could steal from the iPhone X, but its notch shouldn’t be one of them. It seems some Chinese vendors didn’t get that memo — as you can see from these photos of one iPhone clone with a notch of its own. Every time Apple redesigns […]

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Xiaomi Mi A1 second take: For $215, it offers the best value of any Android smartphone right now

A couple of months ago, my brother in law came to me with a question: he needed an affordable $ 200-300 Android smartphone that he could purchase from the UAE or Lebanon and that would do the basics right. My ready-made answer in the category in the past few years has been Samsung’s A/C/J series. You get nice hardware, decent software with less bloat nowadays, excellent after-sale support no matter which mom-and-pop repair store you stop at, easy accessory purchase, and it’s super fast to sell it on when the time comes to part with your phone.

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LG patent filing shows foldable smartphone designs

LG foldable smartphone design patent

ZTE recently launched a foldable smartphone in the Axon M, and Samsung has said that it’s planning to launch its own foldable phone in 2019. Now it looks like LG may be getting into the foldable smartphone game, too.

LG has filed for a patent related to a foldable phone with a flexible display. The patent was filed on July 7, 2017 and published on January 12, 2018.

LG foldable smartphone design patent group

The patent shows two different designs for this foldable device. The first (above) shows a phone that can be unfolded to show a large display and when folded up, it can display information on its back. 

The second design (below) is similar in that the device can be unfolded to show a large display and then folded up to reduce its size. The difference with the second design is that when the phone is folded, there appears to be a small sliver of screen still shown that can be used to display the time and other info.

LG foldable smartphone alternate design patent

There’s been some interest in foldable phones from companies like ZTE and Samsung, so it’s no surprise to learn that LG is considering that form factor, too. It does have its benefits, like being able to offer users a bigger display when they want it but then folding the phone into a smaller footprint when they don’t need a big phone. It’s unclear if we’ll ever actually see a foldable smartphone from LG, but these patents show that the company is at least thinking about such a device.

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