iPhone 1 – exactly 10 years ago

Exactly 10 years ago on June 29, 2007, the first iPhone went on sale for $399 USD. This year, Apple will announce the 10th anniversary iPhone which will probably be named iPhone 8 and is rumored to cost over $1000 USD!

Two of the rumored features of the new iPhone that I am most looking forward to are the “infinity-edge” display that will make the screen much bigger than the iPhone 7 but still have a similar footprint. Secondly, it should also have touch-id sensor beneath the screen which would blow away the solutions of other flagships with “infinity-edge” displays that compromise by placing the fingerprint sensor on the back…

I’m looking forward to the announce at Apple’s usual conference in September!

Snapdragon 820 Official News and Announcements

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Qualcomm recently announced its new Snapdragon 820 chip and it is looking good! It is more efficient and powerful than previous chips and will likely power many of next year’s flagship phones. With past rumors of the chip overheating being officially denied by Qualcomm on Weibo, manufacturers and consumers are more excited than ever.

Among the many improvements to the chip, the features that stand out are the new Kyro CPU which promises 2x better speed compared to the 810 while also increasing battery life. Along with this improvement to battery consumption is the support for “always-on” low-power sensors and Quick Charge 3.0 which is promised to be 4x faster than traditional charging and 33% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. According to tests by Droid-Life for the Quick Charge 2.0 of Samsung’s S6, the new chip in Samsung’s future S7 could promise a full charge (from 0% –> 100%) in under 1 hour!

The new Adreno 530 GPU offers a 40% graphics performance boost compared to the Adreno 430 GPU of the 810 chip. This can hopefully pave the way for upcoming VR applications. With better performance, developers will be able to push the new GPUs to their limits with high-res VR environments and actions.

Sources: Qualcomm, Droid-Life, CC

Newly Announced OnePlus X, Another Flagship Killer!

Available November 5, OnePlus will start rolling out invites for consumers to purchase their new phone, the OnePlus X. OnePlus is famous for making flagship killers and this phone lives up to their reputation… arguably anyway. The specs of the OnePlus X definitely don’t compete with some higher end flagship phones out there but what makes it still a flagship killer in my opinion is what you get for its insanely low cost of $250 USD or ~$329 CAN.

First of all, the specs are actually not bad at all:

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 16GB/32GB of storage.

Rumors point towards the inclusion of NFC, a 2450mAh fast charging battery and a water-resistant design.

one-plus-x-designofsidesSecond of all, the design is beautiful and arguably better looking than some flagships out there. The OnePlusX has a beautiful all Gorilla Glass front and back panel. The border of the entire phone is a nicely finished “grated” metal (shown to the left) that provides a premium feel with the added benefit of extra grip!

I want to emphasize one last reason for why it is a flagship killer which is the sim/microsd slot visualized below. A lot of flagships today stopped including or never included expandable storage. The OnePlus X however includes a slot for a microsd card for up to 128GB of expandable storage while also doubles as a dual sim slot if needed (**Note that you can only have dual sim or microsd slotted in, not both).

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Sources: OnePlus, TechnoBuffalo

Samsung’s Upcoming Foldable Phone

Samsung Foldable Phone Concept

EDIT 28SEP2017:


  • Samsung has a new hinge design patent meant for small devices
  • It has a single flexible hinge which would suggest a single fold in the middle of the phone
  • This patent combines Samsung’s flexible OLED technology with a simplistic minimal hinge in the center
  • Will Samsung use this technology for larger phablet sized devices to allow extreme portability without the cost of not fitting in your pocket?

The smartphone code-named Project Valley (aka Project V, model number: SM-G929F) is rumored to launch in 2016 according to sources speaking to SamMobile. Samsung is known to make bold moves when it comes to their popular smartphone products. How soon will Samsung bring back the classic flip-phone style with a new twist and hopefully new features? Let us know if you would be interested in a new foldable phone in the comments below! Also, Behance has a concept idea that I found quite interesting in explaining how the fold itself may function when opened/closed.

Sources: TechnoBuffaloSamMobileHexus,