Mid-range handsets make up a hefty bulk of all smartphone purchases, offering impressive hardware at reasonable price points. 2019’s mid-range smartphones saw some major technological leaps, arguably more so than innovations in the flagship tier. Technological trickle-down is now resulting in mid-tier phones that feel every bit as capable as modern flagships. As top-end phone prices continue to creep up, the mid-tier is more appealing than ever.
It’s time for the Sunday giveaway! Like every week, we’re giving away a brand new Android phone to one lucky Android Authority reader.
A big congratulations to the winners of last week’s OnePlus 7T international giveaway, Michael C. from Michigan.
The smartphone has a number of major players these days, outside the familiar brands of Apple and Samsung. Huawei has been trying to cement itself as the second-largest brand, with successful pushes into Asian and European markets. But its position has been put into jeopardy due to Huawei’s ban from US markets and technology. Instead, the best-positioned contender comes from the lesser-known BBK Electronics.
You’ve no doubt seen or read many articles online about saving battery life. It’s a popular topic because nobody likes tethering a phone to the wall multiple times a day. However, most such articles give you ideas about what to try in order to improve your battery life. This time around, we’re instead going to identify all of the various things that cause drain battery. Here’s our definitive list of everything that has the potential to affect your smartphone’s battery life.
The first smartphones with dual-core processors reached the market in 2010. Before that smartphones used single-core processors maxing out at around 1.4GHz. Since then the number of cores has grown and the norm today is eight cores, however, six-core and four-core processors are still used.
In this week’s quiz, your job is to look at the home screens of 10 phones and then try to figure out the name of each one. You’ll have to base your decisions on things like wallpapers, widgets, the apps installed, the designs of app icons, and more.
“They are bullshitters” were the words he just said to me, but I had to ask him to repeat himself. I honestly wasn’t sure what I heard was what he said. Now, you need to understand why this stunned me. First, this egbon of mine is one of the most ‘proper’ people I know. He always picked his words deliberately and for him to have said that of this ‘genius’ duo, man! Was I stunned?
The Sony Xperia 1, announced in February 2019, was less than perfect. Sony took a gamble on the phone by stretching the screen’s shape from the preferred 19.5:9 aspect ratio to the exceedingly awkward 21:9. The company did the same thing with the Xperia 5, and the 10, and 10 Plus mid-rangers. The move didn’t pay off for Sony. Now that we’re on the cusp of the Sony Xperia 2’s potential announcement window at MWC 2020, it’s worth weighing what will and will not work for Sony as it continues to seek smartphone success.
There are always naysayers when it comes to new technology, but the sheer amount of disinformation associated with the rollout of 5G is really something else. This is nothing new, of course. Scare stories about radiation, smartphones, and your health have been scratching at the edges of the industry for decades. 5G, however, has presented an opportunity for these deluded or mischievous agents to prey on consumer ignorance. Stoking familiar unfounded fears that their new 5G smartphone will be the death of them.