OptoFidelity said that it used its own Touch Panel Performance Tester to measure the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and Samsung Galaxy S3. The device uses a robot to "touch" exact coordinates on a screen. It then measures the coordinates of the touch device to see how closely they matched.
Samsung has its sights set on new wearable technology, according to a recent patent filing in Korea.
Samsung has registered a design patent for eyewear that connects to a smartphone, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The eyewear includes earphones that allow people to listen to phone calls or music. According to the Journal, the eyewear shows information on the lenses from the phone. The lenses can be transparent or not, depending on the usage needs.
Samsung's proposed eyewear is somewhat similar to Google Glass, though it appears to be an accessory for a smartphone, rather than a standalone … Read more
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True to its name (and appearance), this is a shockproof drive with "drop protection [that] meets U.… Read more
Apple's iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S might have some trouble gaining traction in Russia, a new report claims.
Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview on Friday, IDC analyst Simon Baker said that "if Apple really wants to compete with Samsung [in Russia], it should've come up with a much lower price for the 5C." According to Baker, Apple is selling the iPhone 5C for $800 in Russia, while the iPhone 5S retails for about $960.
Unlike in the US and many other countries around the world, Russia strictly forbids carriers from offering subsidies on smartphones. So … Read more
Though ZTE has plenty of low- and midrange devices under its belt, the number of high-end handsets that it releases for the US are few and far between. So when the Chinese-based manufacturer launched the impressively souped-up Nubia 5 and made it available to US consumers online and through Amazon, needless to say, I was excited.
Compared with ZTE's most recent top-tier phone, the Sprint Vital, the Nubia 5 shows marked improvements: a faster processor, a slimmer profile, and a higher-resolution screen to name a few.
The device does have a couple of drawbacks, however. For example, it lacks … Read more
Despite its rather lofty name, the ZTE Majesty is a simple, entry-level prepaid handset available on Straight Talk and Net 10 wireless. Available for $169.99 online and at Walmart retail stores, the device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is 3G-enabled.
The Majesty is equipped with a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 480x854-pixel resolution. So while you won't be watching the sharpest HD videos on it anytime soon, you can still view YouTube videos without a hitch.
On the back you'll find a 5-megapixel camera for all your informal photo opportunities, and on the front … Read more
Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface Pro now that its Surface 2 devices have hit store shelves.
Customers who head over to the Microsoft Store on Thursday will find that the first-generation 64GB Surface Pro now costs $699. The 128GB option will set customers back $799. Both devices were previously $100 more expensive.
This isn't the first $100 price cut for the devices. In August, Microsoft trimmed Surface Pro prices from the earlier $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB option. That move came after tepid sales continued to cause trouble for the Surface … Read more
AT&T is feeling the heat on the low end.
Chief Financial Officer John Stephens, speaking on a conference call on Wednesday, acknowledged that the company was facing pressure on the feature phone side of the business, with many price-sensitive customers looking for alternatives.
It's tough to determine how many feature phone customers have left the carrier, as AT&T didn't break it out. In total, AT&T added 363,000 net new contract customers, but 388,000 came from tablets and 178,000 came from smartphones, suggesting a large loss of feature phone customers … Read more
AT&T added nearly 1 million customers in the third quarter, but only 178,000 of them signed a contract to get a smartphone, as the company's profits topped Wall Street expectations.
The disparity between the total customers added -- which includes tablets and connected devices -- and the number of post-paid smartphone customers underscores the declines the industry has faced when it comes to its bread-and-butter phone customer.
More and more, the company has had to rely on other avenues of growth, including tablets, but connecting other devices such as dog collars and medicine pill bottles. The … Read more