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The best Android phones 2018

2018年01月26日

These are the best Android smartphones you can buy today. Whereas Apple gives you the choice of a smaller, larger or super expensive iPhone, Android celebrates variety and you get Android phones at all prices, with a wide range of specifications and features .


However, that also means that buying a new Android phone is something of a challenge. So we've collected together our pick of the very best Android phones at all prices, sizes and specifications, but broken down to reflect the experience of owning and living with each device.


It's also worth noting that there will be at least one other contender for this list VERY soon in the shape of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S9. We're also expecting other big-name handsets to debut at February's Mobile World Congress including the Sony Xperia XZ Pro, too.


The best Android phone: our top recommendation


Here's our recommendation for the best Samsung Galaxy S7 LCD screen the market:


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1. Samsung Galaxy S8


The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a beautiful dual-edge design with a wonderful 18.5:9 aspect ratio Super AMOLED 5.8-inch display that is fantastic for entertainment. The company delivers something exciting in this handset, which steps away from the similar designs of its competitors.


The repositioned fingerprint sensor on the rear is poorly placed and iris and face recognition logins aren't perfect, but the Galaxy S8 has the best Samsung software experience to date, even if a few of its features are hidden in menus.


It's expensive but there is a decent battery life, good optimisation and an absolutely excellent rear camera. In short: the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a masterpiece; one with a few brush-strokes out of place, but a masterpiece nonetheless.


And the best of the rest Android phones


The Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't for everyone though, even if it is our top recommendation. There are plenty of other great Android phones on the market to consider whatever your budget. They have ranging pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages.


Here are the best alternatives:


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2. Samsung Galaxy S8+


The Samsung Galaxy S8+ brings the same gorgeous eye-catching design as the Galaxy S8 but in a slightly larger format, making it the better option for those that want a bigger device without compromising on design. Like its smaller sibling, the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8+ takes a back seat compared to iris scanning and the internal speaker isn't amazing.


That said, the 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display is fabulous and like the Galaxy S8, it's perfect for movie watching and watching HDR content. The camera is brilliant, the user interface is refined and fully-featured for the best Samsung software experience yet and you can even avoid some of the bloatware.


Like the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+ is a pricey handset, but it delivers a brilliant battery life and top-class performance. It's another masterpiece, just a slightly bigger and more expensive one.


Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8+ review


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3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is undoubtedly one of the best phones of 2017, taking everything from the Galaxy S8+ and pushing things a little further. It is bigger, a touch more powerful, packs in more camera and adds the S Pen, while still offering Mobile HDR support for excellent entertainment.


It isn't the strongest performer when it comes to battery life however, with the Galaxy S8+ lasting that little bit longer and we also think the older device has the slight edge when it comes to design too, offering more curves for a more striking profile.


The Note 8 is also £100 more expensive than the S8+, but if you're a die hard S Pen fan, burnt by the Note 7's demise and patiently waiting, then the Note 8 is everything you wanted and more. It's a pleasure to use, packed full of innovative features and practical functionality. The Note 8 hits the ball out of the court with power, camera performance and its customisation options.


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4. Google Pixel 2


Last year's Pixels were fantastic. Perhaps the first time in years that Google's "pure" line of phones had no compromises. Great screens, great build, amazing cameras, good battery life and pure Android in one proper flagship package. This year, it's a similar story, though there's not a huge amount of improvement.


The Pixel 2 is the slightly less exciting of the two Pixel devices in terms of design, offering a 16:9 display instead of the 18:9 found on the Pixel 2 XL, but it offers a natural display performance combined with minimalist, clean looks and a great camera, while the Pixel 2 XL's display is lack lustre.


It might not be as visually appealing as a lot of its competition, but the Pixel 2 offers a pure Android experience like no other, and it takes some of the best photos and selfies we've seen. It's a Samsung Galaxy S7 LCD screen wholesale that won't wow you from the outset, but will grow on you as time goes on, like a good second album.


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5. Huawei Mate 10 Pro


The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a defining handset; a flagship every bit as capable as its Samsung, HTC, LG and Apple competition. Which is a serious accomplishment for a company that has been yo-yoing between on-the-money and on-the-lam over the last couple of years.


The Mate 10 Pro stands out among its peers for sleek design, considerable power and a raft of veritable features. The battery life is better than you'll get from most, while the software, finally, is at a point where it feels like a more natural and non-interfering Androidexperience.


The glass back may be divisive, the lack of any physical home key may sometimes irk, and the questionable connectivity is the biggest drawback of all but Huawei has finally cracked this category with the Mate 10 Pro. It's a flagship to seriously consider buying above and beyond its similar-priced competition.

  


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iPhone X Available Cashback in India

2018年01月25日

HDFC Bank has partnered with Apple India to extend a cashback of up to Rs. 12,000 on purchase of several iPhone models including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, motorola parts , and more. The offer is valid on EMI transactions on HDFC Bank credit cards, debit cards, and consumer durable loans. The scheme is valid till March 11 across Apple resellers in India. Cashback will be credited on or before 90 business days, and the offer is valid on a maximum of two transactions per card per category during the given period.


iPhone X Available With Rs. 12,000 Cashback in India on HDFC Bank EMI Transactions

Cashback on the Apple iPhone X will be Rs. 12,000. Customers can avail Rs. 10,000 cashback on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Rs. 3,000 cashback on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Rs. 2,000 cashback on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and Rs. 1,000 cashback on the iPhone 6, iPhone SE, and iPhone 5s.


All the mentioned iPhone models, except iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus (available under No Extra Cost EMI), are subject to interest depending on the EMI period. The cashback is valid over and above the "best available price" at stores. "Cashback will be printed on the charge slip. Customer will not receive cashback if not eligible as per charge slip," according to the offer page. Do note that the offer is not applicable for HDFC Corporate cards.


A list of eligible stores can be found here.


Earlier this month, HDFC Bank offered up to Rs. 10,000 cashback on various motorola replacement parts , iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch variants in India. This offer was also applicable on credit and debit card EMI transactions. Notably, the cashback on iPhone 7/ 7 Plus and below remains same as before.

  


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Alcatel 3C launched with 6-inch HD+ display

2018年01月19日

TCL has announced its new nexus 6p battery replacement which is dubbed as Alcatel 3C in Italy. The Alcatel 3C is priced at €129.99 which is approximately Rs 10,156 and it will be available in Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, and Metallic Gold colour variants, GizmoChina reports.


Alcatel 3C launched with 6-inch HD+ display

The Alcatel 3C features a 6-inch IPS display with full HD+ 1440 x 720 pixel resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, which can be further expanded to 128GB via microSD card. For the camera, it features an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras are equipped with LED flash.


The replace nexus 6p battery also features a fingerprint sensor at the back and has 3000mAh battery. The battery is claimed to offer a talk time of up to 15 hours and a standby time of around 300 hours. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.


For connectivity options, the Alcatel 3C has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and dual SIM support. It measures 161 x 76 x 7.9mm and weighs 168 grams.

  


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Meizu M6s launched with 5.7-inch full-screen display

2018年01月18日

Meizu has today finally launched its new wholesale Samsung Galaxy S6 LCD screen in China, named as Meizu M6s. The Meizu M6s comes in two variants - one with 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and another 3GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage priced at 999 Yuan (which is approximately Rs 99,30) and 1199 Yuan (which is approximately Rs 11,910) respectively. The smartphone comes in three colours- Champagne Gold, Matte Black, Moonlight Silver and Cobalt Blue and it will be made available from January 19 onwards.


Meizu M6s launched with 5.7-inch full-screen display and Exynos 7872 SoC

The Meizu M6s is the first Meizu handset to sport a full-screen design with 18:9 aspect ratio. It features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The display will be covered by a 2.5D curved glass on top.


Meizu M6s is powered by a 14nm Samsung Exynos chipset. The Samsung Exynos 7872 chipset is manufactured using the 14nm FinFET LLP (low power plus) process. Exynos 7872 feature six cores with four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.6 GHz meant for power efficiency while remaining two Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz will be meant for performance. The chipset comes loaded with Mali-G71 MP3 GPU.


Meizu M6s has a 3GB RAM and 32GB and 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB with microSD. The smartphone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat wrapped under Flyme OS 6.2. The battery will have 3,000 mAh capacity with support for 18W fast charging that can charge from 0 to 30% in 15 minutes. It has a Super mBack fingerprint scanner on its side unlocks with the phone in just 0.2 seconds.


For the camera department, the device features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash and an 8-megapixel with a f/2.0 aperture front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. Connectivity features of Meizu M6s include dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. The Samsung Galaxy S6 display measures 152 x 72.5 x 8.0 mm and weighs 160 grams.

  


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LG V30 in the US can update Android Oreo now

2018年01月17日

LG has recently launched V30+ in India for Rs 44,990 with Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system. The company has already rolled out the Oreo update to LG V30 and V30+ smartphones in Korea last month, as per a recent report. Now LG has started testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the V30 in the US.


LG V30 Android Oreo Beta update now rolling out in the US

The update comes with the latest January security patch, but it's still a beta build. Being a beta program, the software is not yet fully optimized for the device and users may experience some bugs till a stable version is released.


The beta update will not have support for full features for the device. At least one LG V30 user in the US received the update, according to a screenshot from a user who has managed to have installed the update. Since the company has now rolled out the Beta update, it is expected that LG will also release a stable update of Android Oreo in the US soon.


After the Oreo update, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge repair parts will have picture-in-picture mode that lets users to two tasks simultaneously. So, for example, one can minimise a YouTube video while sending a text message or writing an email. Android Oreo has other features like including Background limits, installation of apps via APK, over 60 new emojis, notification dots, Wide-gamut colour for apps, Snoozing individual notification, Adaptive icons, Keyboard navigation, WebView enhancements and much more.


The only difference between the V30+ and V30 is the storage option. The former comes with a 128GB of internal storage, while the latter sports a 64GB of memory. Both the smartphones feature a 6.0-inch Quad HD+ OLED FullVision display with a screen resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. They are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 2TB via micro SD card slot.


On the imaging front, the devices sport a dual rear cameras with a 16-megapixel standard lens with aperture f/1.6, optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS) and hybrid autofocus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus and 13-megapixel wide-angle lens with aperture f/1.9 and a 120-degree field of view. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with a wide-angle lens.


Both the smartphones run on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and are backed by a 3,300mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge LCD screen replacement also come loaded with Quick Charge 3.0, that the company claims can charges the device from empty to 50 percent in around 30 minutes. They offer wireless charging as well. On the connectivity front, they support 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 and dual-SIM slot.


The smartphones feature a 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by EES Technology’s SABRE ES9218P. The Hi-Fi Quad DAC will come with two new features including digital filters and sound presets. For security, the company has added face recognition, voice recognition, which uses a combination of user’s voice and user-defined keywords to unlock the smartphone, and fingerprint sensor.

  


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