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    This year we started producing Real Camera Reviews. Today it's not uncommon that the only camera a person might own is the one bolted to the back of their phone. As such, we're trying to treat smartphone camera reviews the same way we might try to examine all of the pros and cons of a standalone camera. We've tackled some of the best shooters released this year. We're about to see another batch of smartphones released in the second half of 2016. Before we get to reviewing Notes and iPhones, let's take a quick look at some of the phones we've run through the most brutal camera review ...

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    US retailers are stocking up on the Samsung Gear 360, but it's not due for a release until sometime in the fall. At least, that's what B&H Photo says on its site. So, what's taking so long? How much is it going to be? And why the special treatment? Samsung won't tell us much, but it did confirm to Phandroid that we'll see the virtual reality camera sell for $350 and that there will be some stock going on at the online video festival VidCon this week in Anaheim, California. It's there that the company will take the opportunity to sell creators on its cameras and get its software lined ...

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    The different threads of OPPO's smartphones range from the premium to the camera-focused to the budget-minded. Even in the A-series, we can find some stratification. So, what does the A37 really represent? Well, for about $199, it brings a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on a 1/4-inch sensor. With its 1.4μm pixels, OmniBSI+ technology and a screen flash, the phone's promised to shine a light on your selfies. The main 8-megapixel camera, with a 1/3.2-inch sensor, has the same-sized pixels as on the front with backside illumination. Software can composite five shots into a single ...

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    As soon as the exhale ended from the OnePlus 3's standardizing of 6GB of RAM (plus the other device launches that never really got outside of China), we find ourselves holding our collective breath once again. This time, LeEco might be making the next move. In fact, LeEco may be pushing the borders on several fronts with an unnamed phone similar to the Le Max 2 — a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.3GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 25-megapixel main camera above a fingerprint sensor. And it's said to come in around the ¥3,000 range ($452). In a weird turn of palettes, the phone may come in red, ...

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    The Chinese like to describe things with extended metaphors and poems. Lenovo is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It owns the Moto brand which has a new device ready for launch tomorrow. And sometimes, it likes to get really wordy — like pretentious marketing in the western world. Trust us, it can get much worse on Weibo. Lenovo posted the above poster on its Weibo account teasing its 16 magnetized pogo pins along with the following poem that we've Google Translated and cleaned up quite considerably — and it's still not perfect: You can capture the entire night sky and lock sights on ...

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    The OnePlus 3 gets its official debut next week and we're getting a bit of the flavor of what the device can do with its reported 16-megapixel rear camera. OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu posted a few samples from his OnePlus 3 of his varied lunch of okra, what looks to be spicy wonton soup and bean curd. These samples are scaled to 1024 x 768. [gallery ids="474649,474650,474651"]   The images uploaded come up to 4640 x 3480 in resolution, good enough for 16 megapixels. If we can take these pictures at face value as real samples, we seem to be dealing with some limited lighting and, ...

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    We've been watching some of these partnerships for years, and other collaborations are new territory for consumers. Phone manufacturers can generate a lot of buzz and generate some healthy headlines when announcing a partnership with a camera company. It's exciting to see a fancy new label printed on the back of our phones, highlighting a photography reputation designed to impress us. A logo is slapped on the side of the box. Companies deliver press releases, but when actually using the fruits of those partnerships, do consumers actually benefit from these licensing deals? Do we really get ...

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    If last week didn't get your engines revved for the iPhone 7, well, you're probably tired of seeing Steve Hemmerstoffer's name. Probably because it's a fairly long one, but we really don't know what your beef is against him. Anyways, we have not a render, but a photo leak of another iPhone 7 unit, courtesy of Weibo. In addition to the now-familiar revisions in the antenna line design and the engorgement of the camera port, we see an extra hole in between the lens and flash. We figure that one is the typical rear microphone, but the other port sees Apple join the crowd with a focus-assist ...

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    Smartphones are made up of a whole bunch of pieces put together like the best Tetris game ever. Sometimes an OEM will cut a corner or two to drive down costs, or make a design element more feasible. Often, that results in a phone that is less-than-perfect in one or more area. But which area? That's the great question. Since we're all - reader and editor alike - firmly embedded in mobile, we're probably a good crowd to ask. The answer is quite subjective, but who better to poll than us? So I asked our editors and then I'll as you, what are the features that every good smartphone needs? ...

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    When Apple has a bad quarter, it has a bed of big numbers to fall back on. When the company's parts suppliers have a bad quarter, they don't necessarily have much of a backup to rely on. Nikkei Asian Review has tracked drops in earnings at fifteen Taiwanese tech firms, most of them component suppliers serving Apple. Comparing first quarter performances year-over-year, the companies saw an average revenue decline of 7 percent versus a 17 percent increase in 2015. While that figure pales to the 13 percent loss Apple recorded last quarter, for some companies, it comes after several months ...

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    We now have a clearer idea of what the next iPhones looked like — in the minds of designers — earlier this year. NowhereElse.fr's Steve Hemmerstoffer is back at it, this time leaking more computer-aided design renders of both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The renders are supposedly from Taiwanese design subcontractor Catcher and reflect Apple's blueprints from January. UK site uSwitch commissioned Hemmerstoffer for publication. Regarding the regular iPhone 7, we can see a protruded camera port that has been seen in other Catcher leaks as provided by Hemmerstoffer. An ...

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    It's still pretty early on in the HTC 10's life cycle and we've been seeing a few updates streaming for the phone. The unlocked version has another OTA update — some 395MB large — ready to go in the US that will bring it to version 1.53.617.5. We should see a faster camera experience, fewer Wi-Fi jitters and just a more stable Sense UI in general. And to think that the HTC 10 hasn't even launched on its remaining US carriers. Via: Droid Life

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    Whoa, what happened within a day? We covered another NowhereElse.fr CAD leak of the iPhone 7 today that had a protruding camera port and nearly the same dimensions of the iPhone 6s. Then again, there's this anonymously-provided dummy unit that MacRumors was able to get a hold of. It is alleged to be a design option of said iPhone 7. The sharpest change we can see here is the camera bump, or, the lack of one. It goes against previous leaks of an LG G5-esque embossing that would circle around the camera. The antenna lines we've been seeing on leaks have been reduced by a notch further — ...

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    We know the X, we know the Y, but we've yet to find about the Z. That's the information we can glean off of a NowhereElse.fr leak of a computer-aided design render that should represent an iPhone 7 (pictured right). The enlarged camera port on top — which should make for a pretty intense bump on the back, by the way — was first seen on another CAD leak from design subcontractor Catcher. But the major spec in this picture is the dimensions — 138.3mm by 67.12mm — which are almost the exact same as the iPhone 6s and not too far off from the iPhone 6's Y by X. What we don't know is ...

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    We recently produced a full, in depth review focusing on the camera performance of the Huawei P9, where in that review we made the following statement: While we might be concerned to see the smaller f/2.2 apertures over competing phones, on sensors this small, the difference in depth of field blur between f/1.8 and f/2.2 is fairly minimal. We still achieve a nice shallow blur to backgrounds... We got a few comments on that review regarding the above statement about aperture size and how it affects depth of field. Several people felt we were too nice on the Huawei, or were oversimplifying ...

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    The most interesting things about Huawei's P9 are the dual camera sensors on the back. This is the first device born of the collaboration between Huawei and Leica, and it's not without a little controversy. While Huawei representatives insist that Leica was an active partner in developing the camera hardware and software for the P9, many are still concerned this might only be a branding exercise. Regardless of the logos on the box, or the lofty certifications referenced, the P9 is an interesting photography experiment. We've seen dual sensor phones before, but none with quite the same ...

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    Well, it seems like we've found our new main vertical to cover here at Pocketnow and that's the smart contact lens. Seriously, first Samsung shows up at Korea's patent office with something people have been calling a "Gear Blink," then Sony's all up in the USPTO with a "contact lens and storage medium." Yep, putting on a contact lens to record pictures and video and store it in an extremely tiny disk of sorts. And yes, you blink to snap. And believe it or not, but Sony wants to figure out autofocus and OIS. You know, on a scale the size of your freaking cornea. All we can do for now, ...

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    The HTC 10 is a work in progress. At the time this video was produced, it was still only available for pre-order, and units had not yet shipped to consumers. Given that reviewers had access to pre-release software, we wanted to see how HTC would respond to early criticisms focused on camera performance. This camera represents a significant departure from last year's One m9. Like Samsung, HTC is also walking away from the megapixel wars, reducing resolution to 12MP, while increasing sensor size. This brings us back to the Ultrapixel moniker, and those larger individual dots are designed to ...

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    Update: The podcast is up now and will be sent out at 3pm Eastern on Friday. The HTC 10 makes us wonder if any phone can really be perfect. Galaxy Note 6 rumors are building steam. What might we see on Samsung's next phablet? With the flagship phone market maturing, we'll take a look at why people are waiting longer to upgrade their phones? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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    The Huawei P9 is out with this unique dual-camera module and it has some neat glass from Leica — Leica calls those lenses the "Summarit H 1:2.2/27 ASPH" — as a naming convention, Panasonic has an interchangeable lens authorized by Leica named the "DG Summilux 1:1.4/25 ASPH." As is Leica's wont to make quality lenses for quality rangefinders, though, it did not make the cameras on the P9. So, who made the cameras? Well, MyDrivers seems to believe that Chinese manufacturer Sunny Optical — claimed to be the world's largest mobile phone camera module supplier — has made the module. ...

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    There's little getting around it: if you want the best pictures possible from a digital camera, that means going with the physically largest image sensor you can afford. Unfortunately for the smartphone market, where space is hard to come by and pricing can make or break a phone, simply dropping in a humongous sensor hasn't been the obvious solution it might seem like. Still, we've seen signs of progress, like manufacturers choosing pixel size over resolution with flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S7. Now a new report suggests that Samsung could be pushing the limits of smartphone ...

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    The planet's tectonic plates have taken a large share of the world's attention this week and mobile technology-related firms have had to respond to these events. Japan Major earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday and Saturday, just north of the city of Kumamoto. As of this post, rescue missions are continuing and growing in difficulty as time passes. But the business impacts of this tremor may make impact some 5,700 miles away in Cupertino. It comes to Apple's major CMOS imaging sensor provider, Sony, which shut down its Kumamoto plant on Friday and has kept ...

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    That picture up there? With the LG G5-ish dual-camera port? And also that Smart Connector? That's supposedly an iPhone 7 Plus. And despite our suspicions of it, a Japanese site covering Apple believes that picture and another one are showing off real (potential) changes. A second picture that we're talking about features CAD renders of some spartan iPhone 7 shells — with due notice to those reserved antenna lines — as leaked from Taiwanese manufacturer Catcher Technologies and picked up by nowhereelse.fr. Editor-in-Chief Steve Hemmerstoffer has also put up a cleaner take on the ...

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    Thursday's the day that Meizu will set onto the world the Pro 6 smartphone. No, it'd be disingenuous to call this an iPhone-wannabe with its antenna lines. Check out that large camera port with the freaky little ring flash below it. Official renders and releases have talked about that inner circle housing a laser autofocus sensor. Here's where rumor has it: that LED ring? Yep, small as it might seem, it could be holding in 10 diodes in there. A good ring flash can get macro (or relatively close-up) subjects completely lit — no shadows at all. For a tiny thing like that, it may be that ...

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