Smartphones

Alcatel Keeps Windows Phone Alive With Idol 4 Pro

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Windows Phone might soon be over but Europe is soon getting a new smartphone running on the Microsoft OS-- the Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, a handset first launched in the US back in 2016.

Alcatel Idol 4 ProTechnically a rebranded version of the Android-based Idol 4S, the Idol 4 Pro features a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The display is a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution number and the cameras are 21MP back/8MP front, while the body is in metal and glass (as opposed to the typical Alcatel plastic).

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Camera Maker RED Claims "Holographic" Phone

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The company known as RED might be famous for high-end digital cinema cameras, but it is now also taking on smartphones with the announcement of the Hydrogen One, the "first holographic media machine."

Hydrogen OneDetails on the Hydrogen One are scant. A bombastic press release claims the device features a 5.7-inch screen able to display regular 2D media, stereo 3D media and "4-view content," something RED fails to actually define. The phone should also be able to handle augmented, virtual and mixed reality, all without need for glasses.

Otherwise, the only details officially known about the smartphone are its featuring a USB-C port, microSD card slot and headphone jack. However, the curious can glean more information from the RED patent for “Modular Digital Camera and Cellular Phone,” which describes a strange device featuring rectangular modules (such as a spare battery, speaker, projector and cameras) users can slot on the back or front.

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Three OLED iPhones for 2018?

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Nikkei reports Apple will be using OLED displays in not one, not two, but three new iPhone models, all set to launch sometime "the second half of 2018."

iPhone OLEDAccording to unnamed industry sources, Apple is "tentatively looking" to release three iPhones next year, even if such plans are subject to change. After all, the company has a record of tweaking product specifications and lineups in the name of accommodating market sources and component quality.

The grapevine has repeatedly insisted Apple will be using OLED technology in an upcoming iPhone. Nikkei says Apple will only use OLED in one 2017 iPhone, a "premium handset" featuring a "high screen-to-body ratio without the iconic home button." It will also release two other models featuring LCD displays, which are expected to be sold into early 2019.

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YotaPhone Gets Third Version

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Customers in want for an update on the YotaPhone, the curious dual-screen smartphone, are in luck-- Russian phone maker Baoli Yota announces the YotaPhone 3 at the China-Russia Expo in Harbin, China.

YotaPhone 3Officially the company (a joint venture between investor Baoli and manufacturer Coolpad) does not reveal much about the device. As one might expect the YotaPhone 3 retains the same dual-screen form factor, with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display on the front and a 5.2-inch eInk screen on the back.

However, an anonymous source tells Engadget the handset is fairly mid-range, as it carries the Snapdragon 625 chipset, the same found in the Asus ZenFone 3, Moto Z Play and BlackBerry KEYone. Further specifications include 4GB RAM, 64 or 128GB storage, dual-SIM slots (one of which also serves as a microSD slot), 12MP camera with dual-flash, 3200mAh battery and a USB-C port. The OS of choice is Android Nougat.

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Andy Rubin's ESSENTIAL Flagship Android Smartphone Concept

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Can titanium trump aluminium? Android creator and former Google SVP Andy Rubin reveals the Essential, his take on what an Android-powered flagship phone should be.

Essential PhoneAs a competitor to the iPhone and Galaxy S8, the Essential features a minimalist design, with a 5.5-inch edge-to-edge display wrapping around the front-facing camera. Inside are a Qualcomm 835 chips, 4GB RAM, 3040mAh battery and 128GB storage and 8MP front-/13MP rear-facing cameras, while the OS of choice is Android.

The Essential promises to be very tough-- its construction is titanium and ceramic, a combination of materials the company claims can survive drops "without blemish, unlike the aluminium competitor devices."

Connectivity comes through USB-C and a new  magnetic connector featuring a pair of small pogo pins, similar to the Moto Mod connector found in recent Motorola phones. The 3.5mm jack is, alas, missing.

So far Essential has two accessories using the magnetic connector. The first is a miniature VR camera able to capture 4K 360-degree video at 30fps, while the second is a charging dock.

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