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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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    We're going to see numerous smartphone camera experiments over the next several years. Samsung is experimenting with reducing the resolution of the sensor on the Galaxy S7. Asus is experimenting with a hardware optical zoom on the ZenFone. One of the more interesting experiments is using multiple camera sensors. The LG G5 packs two different sensors, with two different lenses. The main 16MP sensor and lens is similar to what we've already seen on the G4 and the V10, but the second sensor is a lower 8MP resolution which is paired with a super wide lens. That second lens approaches a 135 ...

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    The camera on the Galaxy S7 is something of an experiment. Samsung cut back on the resolution, dropping from 16MP on the S6 to 12MP. This effort was made to improve low light sensitivity. At the same time, this camera sensor adopts the Dual Pixel focusing technology found on DSLR cameras in an attempt to speed up focus acquisition. Are these moves just marketing hype, or can we see actual benefits for consumers? Are there any compromises made by lowering the resolution? What the heck is a 4:3 aspect ratio? We're going to cover all of that! We live in a time where the only camera someone ...

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    2016 is off to a fantastic start for smartphone photographers. While we're prepping to review the LG G5, let's compare the current top shooters for each ecosystem. The Galaxy S7 is the new kid on the block. The iPhone 6S is Apple's current flagship, but we can expect the new iPhone SE to perform similarly. We're also throwing in the the megapixel monster Lumia 950. All three are poised to do battle! This trio represents the smaller sized flagship from each respective company. All three shoot native 4:3 aspect ratio frames. The iPhone and Galaxy both have 12MP sensors, while the Lumia saves ...

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    Shooting 4K video on a high-end smartphone has been standard for a short while now — though with the iPhone family, it's a newer addition. It's a feature that few if any true mid-ranger phone have the capability for. And while the iPhone SE is rumored to break at the very end of what a mid-ranger should be priced at, we may be able to see 4K arrive at a new bay. Specifically, one tipster dropped a hint to AppleInsider that the new four-inch iPhone SE will be able to shoot 4K video. A demo video on the device will reportedly feature footage captured on like-devices. It's another rumor ...

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    Ricoh might have taken the lead in the 360° camera vertical with its Theta S. Samsung sidled up to MWC with the Gear 360 with a built-in tripod holding the the device up. But for extreme portability, we ought to give the crown to the LG 360 CAM. The Google Street View team has. It has certified the 360 CAM and has given it API access on the Google Street View app to be able to upload raw images and movies straight into the app — no need to convert the file. The product is first to get the accreditation. With the 16-megapixel 360° images and 5.1 surround sound recording for spherical ...

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    Now that we have an extra week to think about this iPhone SE, we can let a research note from KGI Securities analyst Kuo Ming-Chi. The headline from this note comes up to the camera, now deemed to be 12 megapixels strong like its current-generation "s" compatriots and as opposed to the 8 megapixels that was bandied about. The iPhone SE will likely stick to the A9 processor as talked about, but also have Apple Pay, gently arcing 2.5D glass, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Live Photos and a 1,642mAh battery. There will be 16GB and 64GB models, both costing anywhere within the $400 level. One ...

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    We don’t see “experiment phones” as often as we used to. Smartphone design is largely homogenizing around a limited range of design options and aesthetics. Whenever a company takes a risk, targets a specific niche, it’s always exciting to see what might arrive. Asus is doing just that for the camera crowd, building a phone around one specific feature. This isn’t just a “camera phone”, the clue to their targeted demographic is in the name of the device. Immediately we can drop any pretense of this being an “all rounder” phone, but who is this device actually for? Does the ...

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    It's nice to know that the input of a device can keep up with the output of that same device and vice versa. So when you go to shoot colorful landscapes and artful boudoir with your new Samsung Galaxy S7 camera, you can expect to enjoy it all the more on your Samsung Galaxy S7 screen. The 12-megapixel f/1.7 aperture Dual Pixel autofocus-equipped BRITECELL camera has been paired with a 5.1-inch quad HD Super AMOLED 900 nit-bright screen. And if that word vomit didn't convince you that this phone isn't doing its best to impress you and the critics, well, throw that doubt overboard. ...

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