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iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 now rule DxOMark's rankings with best smartphone cameras ever tested

With sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starting today, DxOMark has published comprehensive reviews of both handsets' cameras. Lo and behold, they have jumped straight to the first two spots in the DxOMark rankings, leaving the HTC U11 and Google Pixel in the dust.
The Pixel used to be the king of DxO until the U11 got the same score of 90. Now though, the iPhone 8 Plus' camera becomes the best that the lab has ever tested, with a score of 94. The iPhone 8's shooter isn't far behind, ranked No.2 with its 92 points.
The iPhone 8 Plus shines in picture taking, with a record-breaking Photo score of 96, while for recording videos it gets a score of 89 - tied with the HTC U11 and slightly below the Pixel's 91.
The iPhone 8 Plus has "outstanding image quality" and "an industry-leading Portrait mode". It is at the top of the charts in nearly every category, while its advanced software means it does "an amazing job" at capturing HDR scenes and images with faces in them. It has the best zoom and best bokeh effects in a mobile device, very good video stabilization and color rendering, as well as good face tracking in bright light.
On the flip side, there's some color cast in low and indoor lighting for photos, as well as some autofocus issues. For videos, exposure issues are present, and noise is visible in low-light. The full breakdown of scores by category can be seen in the image above.
Moving on to the iPhone 8, this becomes the highest-performing single-camera smartphone tested by DxO Labs. That's not surprising of course, seeing as how its rear camera is identical to the main camera of the iPhone 8 Plus. The bigger device's secondary shooter gives it the edge when it comes to zoom and bokeh, which is why it scored higher than its smaller sibling.
As you'd expect then, the pros and cons outlined above for the iPhone 8 Plus' dual rear cameras mostly hold true for the iPhone 8's single snapper. You get among the best HDR performances of any device with the iPhone 8, very accurate autofocus, but some autofocus delays in both bright and low light.
Make sure to hit the Source links below for the full writeups produced by DxO Labs for both devices if you're into the nitty gritty. And stay tuned for our own camera tests for Apple's newest smartphones.
With sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starting today, DxOMark has published comprehensive reviews of both handsets' cameras. Lo and behold, they have jumped straight to the first two spots in the DxOMark rankings, leaving the HTC U11 and Google Pixel in the dust.
The Pixel used to be the king of DxO until the U11 got the same score of 90. Now though, the iPhone 8 Plus' camera becomes the best that the lab has ever tested, with a score of 94. The iPhone 8's shooter isn't far behind, ranked No.2 with its 92 points.
The iPhone 8 Plus shines in picture taking, with a record-breaking Photo score of 96, while for recording videos it gets a score of 89 - tied with the HTC U11 and slightly below the Pixel's 91.
The iPhone 8 Plus has "outstanding image quality" and "an industry-leading Portrait mode". It is at the top of the charts in nearly every category, while its advanced software means it does "an amazing job" at capturing HDR scenes and images with faces in them. It has the best zoom and best bokeh effects in a mobile device, very good video stabilization and color rendering, as well as good face tracking in bright light.
On the flip side, there's some color cast in low and indoor lighting for photos, as well as some autofocus issues. For videos, exposure issues are present, and noise is visible in low-light. The full breakdown of scores by category can be seen in the image above.
Moving on to the iPhone 8, this becomes the highest-performing single-camera smartphone tested by DxO Labs. That's not surprising of course, seeing as how its rear camera is identical to the main camera of the iPhone 8 Plus. The bigger device's secondary shooter gives it the edge when it comes to zoom and bokeh, which is why it scored higher than its smaller sibling.
As you'd expect then, the pros and cons outlined above for the iPhone 8 Plus' dual rear cameras mostly hold true for the iPhone 8's single snapper. You get among the best HDR performances of any device with the iPhone 8, very accurate autofocus, but some autofocus delays in both bright and low light.
Make sure to hit the Source links below for the full writeups produced by DxO Labs for both devices if you're into the nitty gritty. And stay tuned for our own camera tests for Apple's newest smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 availability expands, arrives in Thailand and Malaysia

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 has been launched in a couple of more countries today. Asian markets Thailand and Malaysia are the newest regions where the device is now available for purchase.
It was last week, when Samsung announced the global roll out of the flagship smartphone, releasing it in as many as 42 countries. Some of the regions that got the phone first included US, Canada, Singapore, Korea and major European markets.
Recently, the Galaxy Note8 shipments began in India as well. Samsung plans to launch the phone in around 150 countries by the end of October.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 has been launched in a couple of more countries today. Asian markets Thailand and Malaysia are the newest regions where the device is now available for purchase.
It was last week, when Samsung announced the global roll out of the flagship smartphone, releasing it in as many as 42 countries. Some of the regions that got the phone first included US, Canada, Singapore, Korea and major European markets.
Recently, the Galaxy Note8 shipments began in India as well. Samsung plans to launch the phone in around 150 countries by the end of October.

iPhone 8 teardown lays out its guts, results in average repairability score

You've already seen the new iPhone 8 scratch, burn, and bend tested, and now it's time for us to get a look at its internals - literally. iFixit has created another comprehensive teardown, and its victim was the iPhone 8 this time around.
The handset became available today, and this information should help those that are looking to repair it on their own at some point. The iPhone 8 gets a 6 out of 10 repairability score (10 being easiest to repair). That's one point less than what the iPhone 7 Plus managed last year.
The iPhone 8 provides straightforward access to the two components that are most likely to be repaired, namely the display and battery. You do need proper tools and knowledge, but performing such replacements is definitely possible. Wireless charging, a new feature for an Apple device, means there will be less strain on the Lightning port, which is good because in the past that's been a common point of failure.
Water and dust seals do complicate repairs overall. On the other hand, the water and dust resistance of the phone means you aren't likely to ever need to perform difficult liquid damage repairs. The iPhone 8's battery connector has common fasteners, but up to four different driver types will be needed for many repairs.
During the official introduction of the iPhone 8, Apple claimed it has the most durable glass ever put on a smartphone, but whether that will prove true in the real world remains to be seen. Either way, replacing the glass back cover is likely to be very difficult. The handset's lower components "lie trapped under a fussy combination of brackets and delicately folded flex cables", according to iFixit, which is a definite disadvantage when it comes to repairability.
The iPhone 8 has a 1,821 mAh battery, smaller than its predecessor's 1,960 mAh cell. The camera sensor is bigger than the iPhone 7's, but since it has the same resolution it means its individual pixels are larger. This probably helped it climb straight to the No.2 spot in DxOMark's rankings for smartphone shooters. The iPhone 8 boasts 2GB of RAM, Qualcomm's MDM9655 modem, and an NXP NFC module.
You've already seen the new iPhone 8 scratch, burn, and bend tested, and now it's time for us to get a look at its internals - literally. iFixit has created another comprehensive teardown, and its victim was the iPhone 8 this time around.
The handset became available today, and this information should help those that are looking to repair it on their own at some point. The iPhone 8 gets a 6 out of 10 repairability score (10 being easiest to repair). That's one point less than what the iPhone 7 Plus managed last year.
The iPhone 8 provides straightforward access to the two components that are most likely to be repaired, namely the display and battery. You do need proper tools and knowledge, but performing such replacements is definitely possible. Wireless charging, a new feature for an Apple device, means there will be less strain on the Lightning port, which is good because in the past that's been a common point of failure.
Water and dust seals do complicate repairs overall. On the other hand, the water and dust resistance of the phone means you aren't likely to ever need to perform difficult liquid damage repairs. The iPhone 8's battery connector has common fasteners, but up to four different driver types will be needed for many repairs.
During the official introduction of the iPhone 8, Apple claimed it has the most durable glass ever put on a smartphone, but whether that will prove true in the real world remains to be seen. Either way, replacing the glass back cover is likely to be very difficult. The handset's lower components "lie trapped under a fussy combination of brackets and delicately folded flex cables", according to iFixit, which is a definite disadvantage when it comes to repairability.
The iPhone 8 has a 1,821 mAh battery, smaller than its predecessor's 1,960 mAh cell. The camera sensor is bigger than the iPhone 7's, but since it has the same resolution it means its individual pixels are larger. This probably helped it climb straight to the No.2 spot in DxOMark's rankings for smartphone shooters. The iPhone 8 boasts 2GB of RAM, Qualcomm's MDM9655 modem, and an NXP NFC module.

Apple shares 8 things to love about the iPhone 8 in its first ad

Now that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have finally become available to purchase in the first wave of countries, Apple is starting its big marketing push for its latest smartphones.
The company released the first ad for the duo today. It's basically a list of 8 things to love about the new iPhone 8 - a pretty quick and concise way of sharing what it thinks are the duo's main selling points.
In case you can't watch the video embedded above, here's what you're missing. Apple says the iPhone 8 is special because it has the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, the new Portrait Lighting mode for pictures, wireless charging, the most powerful and smartest chip, a better camera, water resistance, a new Retina HD display (although the only new thing here is the True Tone support), and augmented reality functionality. 8 standout features for the iPhone 8, in fact.
Earlier today, the handset was put through a torture test assessing its durability, and it's also already been torn down, receiving a pretty average repairability score. Its camera is the second best in any smartphone ever tested by DxOMark, while the iPhone 8 Plus' is the absolute best.
Now that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have finally become available to purchase in the first wave of countries, Apple is starting its big marketing push for its latest smartphones.
The company released the first ad for the duo today. It's basically a list of 8 things to love about the new iPhone 8 - a pretty quick and concise way of sharing what it thinks are the duo's main selling points.
In case you can't watch the video embedded above, here's what you're missing. Apple says the iPhone 8 is special because it has the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, the new Portrait Lighting mode for pictures, wireless charging, the most powerful and smartest chip, a better camera, water resistance, a new Retina HD display (although the only new thing here is the True Tone support), and augmented reality functionality. 8 standout features for the iPhone 8, in fact.
Earlier today, the handset was put through a torture test assessing its durability, and it's also already been torn down, receiving a pretty average repairability score. Its camera is the second best in any smartphone ever tested by DxOMark, while the iPhone 8 Plus' is the absolute best.

Instagram adds face filters to live video

Instagram has introduced a new ability to its live video feature. Users can now use one of the many face filters that were recently introduced while streaming live to their followers. Not only can can the filters be chosen for a stream but you can switch between them during the course of the live stream.
Instagram has also added a sunglasses filter, which will be available exclusively for live videos for the next week. Users can tap on the filter to change the scenery that is reflected off the glasses.
As before, one the live broadcast ends, the user can choose to save their live stream as a story for their followers to see for the next 24 hours or discard it.
Instagram has introduced a new ability to its live video feature. Users can now use one of the many face filters that were recently introduced while streaming live to their followers. Not only can can the filters be chosen for a stream but you can switch between them during the course of the live stream.
Instagram has also added a sunglasses filter, which will be available exclusively for live videos for the next week. Users can tap on the filter to change the scenery that is reflected off the glasses.
As before, one the live broadcast ends, the user can choose to save their live stream as a story for their followers to see for the next 24 hours or discard it.

Professional photographer's take on the iPhone 8 Plus camera

As the iPhone 8 reviews come out, we will see a lot of different viewpoints discussing the various aspects of the phone. But there's something to be said about hearing the opinion of a professional photographer talking specifically about the new camera on the iPhone 8.
And that's exactly what Austin Mann did after going around the state of Rajasthan in India and taking hundreds of pictures with his pre-production iPhone 8 Plus and describing it all in his blog post.
The entire blog post in all its glory is linked below, but here are some of the key takeaways from it.
Mann unequivocally loved the camera on the iPhone 8 Plus, which he repeatedly found to be better than the one on the 7 Plus. He was especially impressed with the new Portrait Mode feature, especially with the introduction of the Portrait Lighting feature.
Portrait Lighting has helped breathe new life into some of the shots, letting him alter the lighting even after taking the shot as the editing is non-destructive and can be changed as many times as possible in post. Mann noted (as did other reviewers) that it does not work with 100% reliability every time, but when it does it does quite well.
Portrait Mode now supports HDR, which lets you get additional detail out of images, especially in brightly lit conditions.
Portrait Mode effect can be disabled after taking a picture now. If you don't want the background blur, you can just disable it later.
The iPhone 8 now supports slow sync flash, which keeps the shutter open for a bit longer, letting in some of the ambient light, making the image look more natural and not as contrasty as with regular flash images.
While not mentioned explicitly, the iPhone 8 does have HDR on all the time now, resulting in much wider dynamic range in all the images.
iOS 11 now saves all images in HEIF and videos in HEVC format, which takes about half as much space as before. The phone will convert the images to an older format if shared from within iOS but if you copy images over USB, the original files are transferred, which may not be compatible with your computer, even if it is a Mac (that is, until the High Sierra update rolls out next week, which adds support for HEVC/HEIF).
I really do urge checking out the link below to see all the images. It's quite cool what smartphone cameras can do these days and the iPhone 8 Plus camera certainly seems to be at the forefront right now. Even DxOMark seems to agree.
As the iPhone 8 reviews come out, we will see a lot of different viewpoints discussing the various aspects of the phone. But there's something to be said about hearing the opinion of a professional photographer talking specifically about the new camera on the iPhone 8.
And that's exactly what Austin Mann did after going around the state of Rajasthan in India and taking hundreds of pictures with his pre-production iPhone 8 Plus and describing it all in his blog post.
The entire blog post in all its glory is linked below, but here are some of the key takeaways from it.
Mann unequivocally loved the camera on the iPhone 8 Plus, which he repeatedly found to be better than the one on the 7 Plus. He was especially impressed with the new Portrait Mode feature, especially with the introduction of the Portrait Lighting feature.
Portrait Lighting has helped breathe new life into some of the shots, letting him alter the lighting even after taking the shot as the editing is non-destructive and can be changed as many times as possible in post. Mann noted (as did other reviewers) that it does not work with 100% reliability every time, but when it does it does quite well.
Portrait Mode now supports HDR, which lets you get additional detail out of images, especially in brightly lit conditions.
Portrait Mode effect can be disabled after taking a picture now. If you don't want the background blur, you can just disable it later.
The iPhone 8 now supports slow sync flash, which keeps the shutter open for a bit longer, letting in some of the ambient light, making the image look more natural and not as contrasty as with regular flash images.
While not mentioned explicitly, the iPhone 8 does have HDR on all the time now, resulting in much wider dynamic range in all the images.
iOS 11 now saves all images in HEIF and videos in HEVC format, which takes about half as much space as before. The phone will convert the images to an older format if shared from within iOS but if you copy images over USB, the original files are transferred, which may not be compatible with your computer, even if it is a Mac (that is, until the High Sierra update rolls out next week, which adds support for HEVC/HEIF).
I really do urge checking out the link below to see all the images. It's quite cool what smartphone cameras can do these days and the iPhone 8 Plus camera certainly seems to be at the forefront right now. Even DxOMark seems to agree.

PSA: Oreo is causing Google Alarm Clock app to fail for some

Oreo is Android’s latest version release, and as with every release, there are always going to be kinks and issues that need to be ironed out in the following maintenance update.
A considerable amount of users have been reporting that the Google Clock App is crashing. As a result of this, the moment a pre-set alarm goes off, the App Crashes and goes silent, causing many of these unsuspecting users to run late to work. You can find these over at Reddit.
Google Clock App If you are running Android Oreo, you might want to check to make sure that your Alarm app is working as intended. An easy way to do this is say “OK, Google, set alarm for 1 minute”, and then wait to hear it go off.
If your Google App is indeed crashing, you should install another alarm clock app until a fix is figured out or Google acknowledges that it’s an issue.
Oreo is Android’s latest version release, and as with every release, there are always going to be kinks and issues that need to be ironed out in the following maintenance update.
A considerable amount of users have been reporting that the Google Clock App is crashing. As a result of this, the moment a pre-set alarm goes off, the App Crashes and goes silent, causing many of these unsuspecting users to run late to work. You can find these over at Reddit.
Google Clock App If you are running Android Oreo, you might want to check to make sure that your Alarm app is working as intended. An easy way to do this is say “OK, Google, set alarm for 1 minute”, and then wait to hear it go off.
If your Google App is indeed crashing, you should install another alarm clock app until a fix is figured out or Google acknowledges that it’s an issue.

Essential PH-1 now available from Best Buy

You can now get the Essential PH-1 (hands-on here) from Best Buy retails stores in the United States. The blue and yellow retail store’s preorder period is over and you can now place an order for the Black Moon version of the Essential Phone and you can even pick one up in the store. It might be a good idea to check if your local store has one before making the trip.
The Pure White model, on the other hand, isn’t available just yet, though it is listed as “coming soon”. On Best Buy’s website.
The Essential PH-1 has a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display that it calls “Full Display”. Aside from having a unique-looking display, the Essential PH-1 is made of top-shelf materials and features a very attractive, yet minimalistic design. Internally, the PH-1 offers Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of non-expandable storage.
You can now get the Essential PH-1 (hands-on here) from Best Buy retails stores in the United States. The blue and yellow retail store’s preorder period is over and you can now place an order for the Black Moon version of the Essential Phone and you can even pick one up in the store. It might be a good idea to check if your local store has one before making the trip.
The Pure White model, on the other hand, isn’t available just yet, though it is listed as “coming soon”. On Best Buy’s website.
The Essential PH-1 has a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display that it calls “Full Display”. Aside from having a unique-looking display, the Essential PH-1 is made of top-shelf materials and features a very attractive, yet minimalistic design. Internally, the PH-1 offers Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of non-expandable storage.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium camera scores 83 on DxOMark

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have dominated the camera game according to DxO’s latest camera testing procedures with scored of 94 and 92, respectively.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was also reviewed by the camera reviewers and scored 83 points. Considering that smartphones have been competing for DxO’s top spot including the Google Pixel and HTC U11, Sony doesn’t seem to be trying on the camera front. Either that, or DxO’s testing protocols aren’t in Sony’s favor, we’ll let you be the judge.
DxO says that Sony does a well enough job with still photography and video, but doesn’t break any new ground or try to really challenge the other leaders of the pack. It did poorly in DxO’s new Zoom and Bokeh tests, which pulled the weight of the score down.
The XZ Premium does have one innovation unique to the brand, and that’s the 960 frame-per-second super slow-motion video capture. Otherwise, the XZ Premium has a pretty solid autofocus performance in images and videos, as well as “very good” stabilization in video recording.
Check out what we had to say about the Xperia XZ (review here) and it’s camera performance as well. You can also check out the full DxO review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium in the Source Link.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have dominated the camera game according to DxO’s latest camera testing procedures with scored of 94 and 92, respectively.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was also reviewed by the camera reviewers and scored 83 points. Considering that smartphones have been competing for DxO’s top spot including the Google Pixel and HTC U11, Sony doesn’t seem to be trying on the camera front. Either that, or DxO’s testing protocols aren’t in Sony’s favor, we’ll let you be the judge.
DxO says that Sony does a well enough job with still photography and video, but doesn’t break any new ground or try to really challenge the other leaders of the pack. It did poorly in DxO’s new Zoom and Bokeh tests, which pulled the weight of the score down.
The XZ Premium does have one innovation unique to the brand, and that’s the 960 frame-per-second super slow-motion video capture. Otherwise, the XZ Premium has a pretty solid autofocus performance in images and videos, as well as “very good” stabilization in video recording.
Check out what we had to say about the Xperia XZ (review here) and it’s camera performance as well. You can also check out the full DxO review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium in the Source Link.

Nokia 8 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage officially confirmed to be coming next month

The Nokia 8 variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage was recently spotted in documents of the US FCC. And now, according to a new report, the model has been officially confirmed by HMD.
The report notes the company has confirmed the variant will be made available in Europe (Germany, specifically) next month on October 20. It'll only be available in Polished Blue color option though. As for pricing, the device will carry a tag of €669, which is €90 more than what the regular 4GB/64GB version carries.
There's currently no information on exactly when the variant will arrive in other key markets around the world, including the US, where even the standard Nokia 8 isn't available yet.
The Nokia 8 variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage was recently spotted in documents of the US FCC. And now, according to a new report, the model has been officially confirmed by HMD.
The report notes the company has confirmed the variant will be made available in Europe (Germany, specifically) next month on October 20. It'll only be available in Polished Blue color option though. As for pricing, the device will carry a tag of €669, which is €90 more than what the regular 4GB/64GB version carries.
There's currently no information on exactly when the variant will arrive in other key markets around the world, including the US, where even the standard Nokia 8 isn't available yet.