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Tech giants are working on some futuristic innovations, features may debut in a 2018 smartphone,

Smartphones keep getting better and better, but what sorts of innovations can we expect in the future?

For years, phones with haptic feedback and fingerprint sensors were a dream, but now they’re a reality. Looking ahead, we’ve heard plenty of rumors about futuristic smartphone features, like foldable displays and fingerprint sensors inside a phone’s display, but it’s unclear if we’ll see any of these innovations in 2018. Thankfully, some recent reports have shed light on the whether or not customers can expect to see these features in the new year.

Foldable displays: Unlikely 

Samsung has been working on a device with a foldable display from as early as 2013. The phone referred to by many as the “Samsung Galaxy X” is supposed to bend in the middle — but a recent Samsung press release suggests the device associated with the rumored phone’s model number may not be the Galaxy X, but rather a rugged smartphone intended for professional settings and not the average consumer.

And so, with the so-called “Galaxy X” debunked, for now, there’s no indication Samsung plans to release a device with a foldable display in 2018.

Samsung is just one of many smartphone makers that have submitted dozens of technology patents that would allow smartphone displays to bend, fold or even roll up into a tube, but a functional product has yet to release to market. The closest smartphone users have seen to a foldable display smartphone is the ZTE Axon M, which is actually two separate display panels connected in the middle by a hinge.

In-display fingerprint scanners: Likely 

In 2017, several major smartphone manufacturers removed the physical home buttons from their devices. Like Apple’s new iPhone X, these devices use software to navigate the phone instead of using physical buttons. But while Apple’s high-end phone uses a facial-recognition system to unlock the phone (or a digital passcode for when that fails), most phones use fingerprint scanners to unlock the phone or authenticate purchases.

Best smartphone 2017

Despite having different brands, different designs, and slightly different feature sets (plus, unfortunately, different bloatware), the flagship handsets released in any year are basically the same. Their beautifully designed bodies hide pretty much the same hardware configuration, using the same chips provided by the same manufacturers, with a few exceptions – like Samsung’s home-grown Exynos, Huawei’s Kirin, and the MediaTek chips showing up in various handsets on the lower end of the spectrum. But there are some devices that have something special about them, not necessarily going against the mainstream but coming up with features or systems that stand out of the crowd. Here are some of them released in 2017.

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi has many mainstream handsets from the highest-performance to the most affordable models, enough to make it one of the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world. But it has more interesting ones as well – one of them is the Mi A1, the first handset to offer Google’s Android One.

Android One is basically the stock Android operating system with no additional software. It is a streamlined phone featuring Google’s services and nothing else, no unnecessary apps, a clean design, easy to navigate and customize. The handset, released earlier this year, has a pretty decent hardware (an octa-core Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage) capable of handling any app and game from the casual titles at https://www.allslotscasino.com/

to even the most demanding action and racing games. The hardware is paired with an amazing dual 12MP camera and a price tag that stays below $300.

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CAT S60

Caterpillar is a brand that you usually meet with heavy machinery and equipment, as well as rugged clothes and shoes worn by professionals. But a CAT phone also exists, built to resist most perils it is subjected to in a work environment. A rugged phone wouldn’t be such an outstanding product, but the CAT S60 is special because it is the first smartphone to be equipped with a thermal camera. The camera, built by mobile thermal imaging specialist FLIR, turns this phone into a unique companion for busy professionals

Otherwise, the handset has a more than decent hardware, with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a price tag of around $670

Razer Phone

Last but not least, let us mention the Razer Phone, the first smartphone built specifically with gamers in mind. Its hardware is on par with today’s other flagships except for its extra RAM and its massive 4,000 mAh battery. Besides, it also has a beautiful 120Hz LCD screen, front-facing stereo speakers with a Dolby and THX-certified sound system behind them, as well as a design that makes it extra comfortable to hold

       The Razer Phone was released this November, and costs around $700

If you can afford cup of coffee, you can surely buy Iphone X: Tim Cook

Apple is expecting to make more money this holiday season than ever. It is expected to make as much as $87 billion in revenue in three months out of which iPhone X will be responsible for $30 billion sales.

Tim Cook encourages people to buy an iPhone X by saying that “So if you think about that, that’s a few coffees a week. It’s less than a coffee a day at one of these nice coffee places.” Well, that must be some REALLY nice coffee place. Tim said this in the fiscal Q4 call where the major focus was iPhone X.

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Tim Cook is right in a way. As if you get the iPhone X through Apple upgrade program, you’ll get it for $56 a month. If we break it down, that is less than $2 a day. And a coffee surely costs you around the same amount of money.

“The iPhone X orders are very strong for both direct customers and channel partners, which as you know are lots of carriers throughout the world. As of a few minutes ago, the first sales started in Australia. I’m told we had several hundred people waiting at the stores in Sydney, and I’m getting similar reports from stores across that region.”

Apple’s Face ID grapple detailed in new iPhone X report

We’ve known for months that the iPhone X will be very difficult to buy until 2018, but a new report is providing some details on what Apple is doing to improve the situation. Bloomberg reports that Apple has lowered the specifications for its Face ID components, to allow its supply chain to manufacture the iPhone X quicker. “It quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture,” says Bloomberg.

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This reduction in accuracy appears to have taken place around the time of the iPhone X unveiling last month, but Bloomberg only says “early fall.” Apple announced the Face ID feature for the iPhone X on September 12th, noting its superior accuracy to Touch ID. Apple claims Face ID’s accuracy is 1,000,000:1, compared to 50,000:1 for Touch ID. If Apple has reduced the accuracy, the company will still be able to claim that Face ID is far more accurate than Touch ID.

Face ID’s dot projector, the hardware that emits 30,000 infrared beams onto a face, is reportedly at the heart of the iPhone X production problems. We’ve heard reports that this component was causing shortages, and Bloomberg claims early supplier Finisar didn’t meet Apple’s tight requirements in time for production. Sharp and LG Innotek have also reportedly struggled to combine the laser and lens to make dot projectors, and at one stage only 20 percent of the company’s dot projectors were usable.

Apple’s reduction in accuracy has allowed these companies to test parts quicker, but Bloomberg says it’s not clear how this will affect Face ID in reality. If it improves the number of iPhone X handsets being manufactured without any noticeable difference, it will be a big win for Apple. Analysts are expecting Apple to have around two or three million iPhone X handsets for launch next week, which will mean it’s going to be very difficult to preorder a device on Friday.

Features of Nokia 3310, charge once a month and leave it

The new Nokia 3310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original and reimagines it for 2017. The custom designed user interface brings a fresh look to a classic, whilst the 2.4” polarized and curved screen window makes for better readability in sunlight

HMD Global has launched all new Nokia 3 series in Pakistan. Nokia 3 is a mid-ranger and is available for Rs. 16,900. The phone is not based on Windows OS rather it has Android OS. The launch comes just a few days after the launch of Nokia 3310 in Pakistan.

The all now Nokia 3 comes with a machined aluminum frame with polycarbonate back, which gives structural integrity to the phone. The design is somewhat similar to its other siblings, Nokia 5 and 6. The phone features a 5.0 inches IPS display with a laminated screen allowing its users to use the phone much easily under direct sunlight. Nokia 3 will ship in four different colors which include Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, and Copper White.

Nokia 3 is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT6737 processor and it features 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will feature Android 7.0 Nougat as its OS.

Nokia 3 will feature Integrated 2630 mAh battery. Moreover, both front and back camera is 8MP f/2.0 focal length. One of the most exciting features which will be shipping with the phone is Google Assistant, allowing one to search online with voice recognition tool. Moreover, one will also be able to send and receive money using Google Assistant in near future.

Specifications of Nokia 3

  •       System: Dual band 900/1800 MHz
  •       Available in dual SIM variants (microSIM)
  •       Software platform: Nokia Series 30+
  •       Dimensions: 115.6 x 51.0 x 12.8mm
  •       Weight: 79.6 g (including battery)
  •       Display: 2.4’’ curved window colour QVGA (240*320)
  •       Connectivity: micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector

Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM

  •       Camera: 2Mpxl camera with LED flash
  •       MicroSD card support up to 32GB*
  •       LED torchlight

Operating times

  •       Standby time: up to 31.0 days**
  •       Talk time: up to 22.1 hours**
  •       MP3 playback up to 51.0 hours
  •       FM radio playback up to 39.0 hours

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The Kasi Star Brands are product and service brands selected by South Africa’s vibrant and diverse township community based on the most loyally used brands. These brands define a common experience to which South Africa’s township consumers are committed to. “We are ecstatic and very grateful that Nokia Phones have been selected as the winner of the Mobile Phone Devices category. We will continue to  develop devices that our consumers want and need,” commented Shaun Durandt, General Manager, HMD Global, Southern Africa