loading...

Amazon announces new Fire TV with 4K HDR support

Amazon has launched a new redesigned Fire TV with features like 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, Alexa and more for $69.99.
Amazon Fire TV The new Fire TV has been completely redesigned. Gone is the puck shaped, Apple TV-like design and in its place is a more compact, Chromecast-like design. With the built-in HDMI cable, the device now plugs straight into your TV without taking up additional space below it, although it will still need to be powered using the bundled wall outlet.
The new Fire TV has a faster Amlogic processor with 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and Mali-450 MP3 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. This allows the device to stream in 4K 60fps with HDR-10 support. There's also Dolby Atmos, for those with fancy home theater setups but there is no Dolby Vision support, unlike the new Apple TV 4K.
Amazon Fire TV with HD Antenna A new feature is support for HD Antenna that can be purchased separately, which allows you to also watch cable TV from networks like NBC and PBS so you are not just limited to streaming services.
The Fire TV comes with the Alexa Voice Remote with full access to Alexa and also pairs with your Amazon Echo devices so you can control your Fire TV using the Echo.
The new Fire TV will be available standalone for $69.99 starting October 25. You can also optionally get it with an Echo Dot for just $10 more at $79.99 and with the optional HD Antenna for $74.99.
Amazon has launched a new redesigned Fire TV with features like 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, Alexa and more for $69.99.
Amazon Fire TV The new Fire TV has been completely redesigned. Gone is the puck shaped, Apple TV-like design and in its place is a more compact, Chromecast-like design. With the built-in HDMI cable, the device now plugs straight into your TV without taking up additional space below it, although it will still need to be powered using the bundled wall outlet.
The new Fire TV has a faster Amlogic processor with 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and Mali-450 MP3 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. This allows the device to stream in 4K 60fps with HDR-10 support. There's also Dolby Atmos, for those with fancy home theater setups but there is no Dolby Vision support, unlike the new Apple TV 4K.
Amazon Fire TV with HD Antenna A new feature is support for HD Antenna that can be purchased separately, which allows you to also watch cable TV from networks like NBC and PBS so you are not just limited to streaming services.
The Fire TV comes with the Alexa Voice Remote with full access to Alexa and also pairs with your Amazon Echo devices so you can control your Fire TV using the Echo.
The new Fire TV will be available standalone for $69.99 starting October 25. You can also optionally get it with an Echo Dot for just $10 more at $79.99 and with the optional HD Antenna for $74.99.

LG V30 pricing in the UK and the US revealed

The price of the LG V30 has been a bit of a mystery, but stores and carriers in the UK and the US have finally slapped price tags on the flagship.

US

AT&T will have V30 units in stores from October 6 (next Friday) and pre-orders start the day before. On a 30-month plan, the you will be paying $27 a month. That works out to $810 total.
T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders from October 5 (next Thursday) and online sales will begin on October 13. T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan will cost $80 up front and $30 a month. Only the Silver version is available. T-Mobile’s 600MHz band is supported.
Sprint has not announced pricing yet, but it has exclusivity on the V30+ (the 128GB model).
[UPDATE] Verizon will also carry the V30 starting from October 5. Pricing details will be announced later.
LG V30: Cloud Silver LG V30: Cloud Silver LG V30: Moroccan Blue
LG V30: Cloud Silver • Moroccan Blue

UK

Carphone Warehouse has exclusivity on the LG V30. A SIM-free phone will set you back £800. For comparison, a SIM-free Galaxy Note 8 is £870 on the same site.
On contract, the cheapest plan is on Vodafone – you pay £80 up front and then £34 a month. That’s a total of £896 with 24 months of unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of 4G data a month.
Delivery is free and the phone will be at your door by November 1 if you choose to buy one. Both color options are available - Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue (but no, there’s no V30+ here). Note that Carphone lists “headphones” among the retail box contents, but doesn’t clarify if it’s a pair of B&O Play.
The LG V30 is hard to find in stores in mainland Europe. The Romanian store is still taking pre-orders at LEI 4,000 (which works out to £765), but that’s about it.
The price of the LG V30 has been a bit of a mystery, but stores and carriers in the UK and the US have finally slapped price tags on the flagship.

US

AT&T will have V30 units in stores from October 6 (next Friday) and pre-orders start the day before. On a 30-month plan, the you will be paying $27 a month. That works out to $810 total.
T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders from October 5 (next Thursday) and online sales will begin on October 13. T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan will cost $80 up front and $30 a month. Only the Silver version is available. T-Mobile’s 600MHz band is supported.
Sprint has not announced pricing yet, but it has exclusivity on the V30+ (the 128GB model).
[UPDATE] Verizon will also carry the V30 starting from October 5. Pricing details will be announced later.
LG V30: Cloud Silver LG V30: Cloud Silver LG V30: Moroccan Blue
LG V30: Cloud Silver • Moroccan Blue

UK

Carphone Warehouse has exclusivity on the LG V30. A SIM-free phone will set you back £800. For comparison, a SIM-free Galaxy Note 8 is £870 on the same site.
On contract, the cheapest plan is on Vodafone – you pay £80 up front and then £34 a month. That’s a total of £896 with 24 months of unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of 4G data a month.
Delivery is free and the phone will be at your door by November 1 if you choose to buy one. Both color options are available - Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue (but no, there’s no V30+ here). Note that Carphone lists “headphones” among the retail box contents, but doesn’t clarify if it’s a pair of B&O Play.
The LG V30 is hard to find in stores in mainland Europe. The Romanian store is still taking pre-orders at LEI 4,000 (which works out to £765), but that’s about it.

Gionee unveils the M7 Power

Just two days after the official launch of the M7, Gionee announced another phone from the same series named M7 Power at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2017. It has a massive 5,000 mAh power cell, but is otherwise less powerful than the Gionee M7.
Gionee unveils the M7 Power The Gionee M7 Power has a Snapdragon 435 SoC with octa-core 1.4 GHz processor. It is paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and there is a microSD slot for expanding it by up to 256 GB. You do get dual SIM support but one of the slots is a hybrid one so you get either a second line or memory expansion, but not both.
Gionee M7 Power in Black Gionee M7 Power in Gold Gionee M7 Power in Blue
Gionee M7 Power official photos
The display is 6” in diagonal with 18:9 ratio and offers HD+ resolution or 1440 x 720 pixels. It means there are no buttons on the front, only a tiny bezel on top and bottom. Over the screen an 8 MP selfie camera is positioned, while the main one on the back has 13 MP sensor.
The Gionee M7 Power is priced at THB9,990 ($299) and is offered in dark blue, black and gold.
Just two days after the official launch of the M7, Gionee announced another phone from the same series named M7 Power at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2017. It has a massive 5,000 mAh power cell, but is otherwise less powerful than the Gionee M7.
Gionee unveils the M7 Power The Gionee M7 Power has a Snapdragon 435 SoC with octa-core 1.4 GHz processor. It is paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and there is a microSD slot for expanding it by up to 256 GB. You do get dual SIM support but one of the slots is a hybrid one so you get either a second line or memory expansion, but not both.
Gionee M7 Power in Black Gionee M7 Power in Gold Gionee M7 Power in Blue
Gionee M7 Power official photos
The display is 6” in diagonal with 18:9 ratio and offers HD+ resolution or 1440 x 720 pixels. It means there are no buttons on the front, only a tiny bezel on top and bottom. Over the screen an 8 MP selfie camera is positioned, while the main one on the back has 13 MP sensor.
The Gionee M7 Power is priced at THB9,990 ($299) and is offered in dark blue, black and gold.

Google Assistant is now available on Android TV

The Google Assistant has reached another platform today, following Android, iOS, and the Google Home device. Starting now, it's also available on Android TV - first on the Nvidia Shield TV console. In the coming months, it will be rolled out to Sony Bravia TVs running Android TV too.
Google Assistant on Android TV can be told to play a wide variety of content - movies, TV shows, YouTube clips, and music. It supports HBO Now and Netflix for the first two. You can ask for something by name or even use vague terms such as "movies about climbing Mount Everest". For music, Assistant supports YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora.
Additionally, it lets you quickly catch up with news, but it knows your calendar appointments too so you can ask it about that if you want a refresher. Apps for Google Assistant work on Android TV as well, and with Google Express you're able to shop and reorder stuff from Walgreens, Walmart, and other stores. Of course smart home devices can be controlled by the Google Assistant, even through Android TV. If you have a Shield console, you can get a free three month YouTube Red trial, to enjoy ad-free videos and uninterrupted music. The software update that brings Google Assistant to the Shield TV has started going out today.
The Google Assistant has reached another platform today, following Android, iOS, and the Google Home device. Starting now, it's also available on Android TV - first on the Nvidia Shield TV console. In the coming months, it will be rolled out to Sony Bravia TVs running Android TV too.
Google Assistant on Android TV can be told to play a wide variety of content - movies, TV shows, YouTube clips, and music. It supports HBO Now and Netflix for the first two. You can ask for something by name or even use vague terms such as "movies about climbing Mount Everest". For music, Assistant supports YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora.
Additionally, it lets you quickly catch up with news, but it knows your calendar appointments too so you can ask it about that if you want a refresher. Apps for Google Assistant work on Android TV as well, and with Google Express you're able to shop and reorder stuff from Walgreens, Walmart, and other stores. Of course smart home devices can be controlled by the Google Assistant, even through Android TV. If you have a Shield console, you can get a free three month YouTube Red trial, to enjoy ad-free videos and uninterrupted music. The software update that brings Google Assistant to the Shield TV has started going out today.

Oppo F5 appears on posters in the Philippines

Oppo F3 appeared back in May, but Oppo already decided to launch a successor to the phone, dubbed “selfie master”. Its name is Oppo F5, and it already started popping up on various advert places. We got a tip that the phone appeared on two posters with celebrities Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo.
The Oppo F5 will have one camera on the back and will also appear to be the first Oppo F-series device with a fingerprint scanner on the back, shaped in an oval form. The poster does not reveal much about the design, but it comes with a slogan “Capture the real you” and a “Selfie Expert” moniker below. This most likely means the Oppo F5 will have dual cameras on the front.
Sources also reveal that an Oppo store is about to be opened in a shopping mall in the suburbs of the Filipino capital Manila. Probably it will coincide with the launch of the F5, but we are yet to hear more about the phone. The handset is rumored to come with 6” display with an FHD+ resolution of 2880x1440 pixels in an 18:9 ratio.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!
Oppo F3 appeared back in May, but Oppo already decided to launch a successor to the phone, dubbed “selfie master”. Its name is Oppo F5, and it already started popping up on various advert places. We got a tip that the phone appeared on two posters with celebrities Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo.
The Oppo F5 will have one camera on the back and will also appear to be the first Oppo F-series device with a fingerprint scanner on the back, shaped in an oval form. The poster does not reveal much about the design, but it comes with a slogan “Capture the real you” and a “Selfie Expert” moniker below. This most likely means the Oppo F5 will have dual cameras on the front.
Sources also reveal that an Oppo store is about to be opened in a shopping mall in the suburbs of the Filipino capital Manila. Probably it will coincide with the launch of the F5, but we are yet to hear more about the phone. The handset is rumored to come with 6” display with an FHD+ resolution of 2880x1440 pixels in an 18:9 ratio.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

Samsung Galaxy Note8 wins “Gadget of the Year” at the India Mobile Congress

The first India Mobile Congress 2017 wrapped up this week, and the results are in - Samsung Galaxy Note8 won the “Gadget of the Year” award. According to judges, the phone got the prize mostly because of the “Make for India” Bixby optimization that allows the assistant to understand various Indian accents.
Samsung Galaxy Note8 wins Gadget of the Year at the India Mobile Congress The Galaxy Note8 is the top Samsung device of the year, as we established in our review. The phone has a great dual camera with 2x Optical Zoom and OIS. It has 6.3” Infinity Display and Exynos 8895 chipset.
The Samsung phablet is on sale in India since September 12 and costs INR67,900 ($1,038) on the company’s website.
The first India Mobile Congress 2017 wrapped up this week, and the results are in - Samsung Galaxy Note8 won the “Gadget of the Year” award. According to judges, the phone got the prize mostly because of the “Make for India” Bixby optimization that allows the assistant to understand various Indian accents.
Samsung Galaxy Note8 wins Gadget of the Year at the India Mobile Congress The Galaxy Note8 is the top Samsung device of the year, as we established in our review. The phone has a great dual camera with 2x Optical Zoom and OIS. It has 6.3” Infinity Display and Exynos 8895 chipset.
The Samsung phablet is on sale in India since September 12 and costs INR67,900 ($1,038) on the company’s website.

GoPro Hero6 Black announced: 4K / 60fps video, improved stabilization, available now

GoPro unveiled the Hero6 Black, which brings 60fps recording at 4K resolution (double what the previous Black could achieve). The company uses a custom processor – dubbed GP1 – which enables the higher frame rates.
GoPro Hero6 Black GoPro Hero6 Black GoPro Hero6 Black
GoPro Hero6 Black
The new model can also record 1080p / 240fps and 2.7K / 120fps video. The Electronic Image Stabilization has been improved as well, the Hero6 Black offers EIS at up to 4K / 30fps and 1080p / 120fps.
The GP1 chip also promises improved dynamic range and low-light performance. In terms of battery life, you can expect the same longevity as the Hero5 Black in the same modes (that does mean the battery would last less at the top 4K / 60fps mode).
Besides frame rate, the new Hero6 Black also has faster Wi-Fi, now working on the 5GHz bands to speed up transfers.
Other things have not changed since the Hero5 generation. For stills, you’re still getting 12MP JPG or RAW files and the dedicated Wide Dynamic Range mode is still on board. The camera is waterproof to 10m without a case, there’s a built-in GPS and a 2” LCD screen too.
The GoPro Hero6 Black is available now for $500 / €570 / £500. The older Hero5 Black is still available but has dropped in price to $400 / €470 / £400. The petite Session camera was not updated.
GoPro unveiled the Hero6 Black, which brings 60fps recording at 4K resolution (double what the previous Black could achieve). The company uses a custom processor – dubbed GP1 – which enables the higher frame rates.
GoPro Hero6 Black GoPro Hero6 Black GoPro Hero6 Black
GoPro Hero6 Black
The new model can also record 1080p / 240fps and 2.7K / 120fps video. The Electronic Image Stabilization has been improved as well, the Hero6 Black offers EIS at up to 4K / 30fps and 1080p / 120fps.
The GP1 chip also promises improved dynamic range and low-light performance. In terms of battery life, you can expect the same longevity as the Hero5 Black in the same modes (that does mean the battery would last less at the top 4K / 60fps mode).
Besides frame rate, the new Hero6 Black also has faster Wi-Fi, now working on the 5GHz bands to speed up transfers.
Other things have not changed since the Hero5 generation. For stills, you’re still getting 12MP JPG or RAW files and the dedicated Wide Dynamic Range mode is still on board. The camera is waterproof to 10m without a case, there’s a built-in GPS and a 2” LCD screen too.
The GoPro Hero6 Black is available now for $500 / €570 / £500. The older Hero5 Black is still available but has dropped in price to $400 / €470 / £400. The petite Session camera was not updated.

Deal: original Samsung Gear IconX down to $50

With the a new generation of Gear IconX headphones headed to stores, Samsung is clearing out the inventory of the older model – and it’s a great deal. The fully wireless earbuds are down to just $50, a quarter of their retail price (i.e. $150 off).
Keep in mind that this deal is while supplies last (obviously) and only the White color option is available (the Black ones ran out before our eyes). Also, shipping isn’t very fast – it’s free, but you’ll wait 7-10 business days.
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player) Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player) Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player)
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player)
Hit the Source link to check out this deal. If you’ve read this far and haven’t guessed it, this deal is for the US only.
By the way, the Gear IconX (2018) are scheduled to arrive in October at a price of around $250.
With the a new generation of Gear IconX headphones headed to stores, Samsung is clearing out the inventory of the older model – and it’s a great deal. The fully wireless earbuds are down to just $50, a quarter of their retail price (i.e. $150 off).
Keep in mind that this deal is while supplies last (obviously) and only the White color option is available (the Black ones ran out before our eyes). Also, shipping isn’t very fast – it’s free, but you’ll wait 7-10 business days.
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player) Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player) Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player)
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player)
Hit the Source link to check out this deal. If you’ve read this far and haven’t guessed it, this deal is for the US only.
By the way, the Gear IconX (2018) are scheduled to arrive in October at a price of around $250.

OnePlus 5 running Oreo found in Geekbench database

Four weeks ago, Oreo landed on the OnePlus 3 beta channel. Soon, its successor – the OnePlus 5 – will join it, judging by results found on GeekBench.
This is not official mind you, the beta channel for the 5 still distributes Android 7.1.1 Nougat. And even once it hits the beta channel, the final release will be some way off. There's time for OnePlus to launch the Oreo update around New Year's like it did last time.
OnePlus 5 running Oreo found in Geekbench database OnePlus was pretty quick with the Nougat update for the 3 – the beta arrived at the end of November, the rollout was on January 1. That said, 3’s Oreo is still in beta nearly a month later.
Four weeks ago, Oreo landed on the OnePlus 3 beta channel. Soon, its successor – the OnePlus 5 – will join it, judging by results found on GeekBench.
This is not official mind you, the beta channel for the 5 still distributes Android 7.1.1 Nougat. And even once it hits the beta channel, the final release will be some way off. There's time for OnePlus to launch the Oreo update around New Year's like it did last time.
OnePlus 5 running Oreo found in Geekbench database OnePlus was pretty quick with the Nougat update for the 3 – the beta arrived at the end of November, the rollout was on January 1. That said, 3’s Oreo is still in beta nearly a month later.

HMD official confirms Nokia phones will get Oreo by the end of 2017

HMD Global GM for Australia and New Zealand confirmed that Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 would get an Android Oreo update. Although this is not the first time we hear about the upgrade, the official said the company would push it before the end of the year.
The three mid-range Nokia phones came with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and are receiving monthly software and security updates. There is a slight modification of the UI, but the OS is mostly the stock version of Android.
Nokia 8 will also receive Android Oreo, as Juho Sarvikas, Chief Production Officer at HMD Global, confirmed the update on Twitter and even published some pictures along. Now we just play the waiting game to see when will the Finnish company push the actual upgrade.
HMD Global GM for Australia and New Zealand confirmed that Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 would get an Android Oreo update. Although this is not the first time we hear about the upgrade, the official said the company would push it before the end of the year.
The three mid-range Nokia phones came with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and are receiving monthly software and security updates. There is a slight modification of the UI, but the OS is mostly the stock version of Android.
Nokia 8 will also receive Android Oreo, as Juho Sarvikas, Chief Production Officer at HMD Global, confirmed the update on Twitter and even published some pictures along. Now we just play the waiting game to see when will the Finnish company push the actual upgrade.