(Pocket-lint) – Smartphone photography has somewhat plateaued in the last couple of years, at least in the mainstream, with the likes of Samsung and Apple consolidating previous successes with software enhancements and small changes in their latest round of flagship phones.
Just because the big players aren’t making big moves in public, though, doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of development happening behind the scenes, as evidenced by a sneaky peak that Xiaomi’s given through its Twitter feed.
The short clip shows off a new 120mm retractable camera lens it’s built for a smartphone concept, taking the ultrawide lens that users are now getting more accustomed to, and giving it a major power-up.
Inspired by traditional camera designs, we now introduce you the 120mm-equivalent retractable wide-aperture lens! Optimized with bigger aperture and upgraded stabilizer, you can now capture better portraits and low light images. #InnovationForEveryonepic.twitter.com/VxzdlH24hI
That retractable design is obviously familiar to those who use regular cameras, but has been absent from smartphone design for a host of reasons, including fragility and waterproofing among others. Those hurdles still remain, which is likely why Xiaomi’s showing off this bit of tech rather than keeping it quiet for a forthcoming phone.
Still, it does give us hope that bigger steps might be on the way in terms of mobile photography – retractable apertures would certainly fit into that category.
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In recent years, smartphone companies have begun to think of more solutions that would allow them to build all-screen devices . Thus, the bezels have become thinner and thinner, while more and more notches are replaced by tiny holes. The selfie camera , however, continued to be a major problem with this project, what – somehow – had to disappear from the screen.
So we moved on to the pop-up camera , which pops out from the top edge of the smartphone when you need it; while we will soon see the launch of the world ‘s first smartphone with an under-screen camera . In very simple terms, the front camera is hidden under the screen and will only appear when needed.
Xiaomi shows its smartphone with a front camera below the display
A few hours ago Xiaomi also presented its solution for the under-screen camera . In a post on his blog, Xiaomi explains that with its technology the company has “significantly improved the quality of the full screen through a proprietary pixel arrangement and the optimization of the camera algorithm, allowing to achieve the same performance as the cameras. conventional “.
A few hours ago Xiaomi also presented its solution for the under-screen camera.
The new pixel arrangement used in Xiaomi’s latest solution allows the screen to filter light through the space between the sub-pixels, allowing each individual pixel to maintain a full RGB sub-pixel layout without sacrificing pixel density.
Compared to other solutions on the market, Xiaomi has doubled the number of horizontal and vertical pixels, obtaining the same pixel density across the entire panel. Therefore, the area that the camera covers shows the same brightness, color gamut and color accuracy as the rest of the display. All this, in combination with the proprietary optimization algorithm, allows the new camera under the display to offer a completely innovative photographic experience.
Last week, Motorola unwrapped its Moto E6 Plus Smartphone at the IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany. During the event, Motorola did confirm that the phone would be available soon. However, we figured it would be coming soon based on the recent Moto E6 Plus live image leak.
Since the event in Germany, Motorola has scheduled a launch event in India on September 16th and is most likely to release the handset on the same date.
Motorola India has started teasing the handset on Social Media. On Sept 9th, they teased a photo of the phone with the caption: ” #AbNoCompromise on storing important files, your favorite movies, music and more, with 64 GB internal storage at an unbeatable price. “
Zyaada storage, kam price. #AbNoCompromise on storing important files, your favorite movies, music and more, with 64 GB internal storage at an unbeatable price. Stay tuned for something new and exciting! pic.twitter.com/AkD5Lwo1D6
India-based e-retailer Flipkart has also teased an image of the phone with the hashtag ” #AbNoCompromise. ” The online retailer has also listed the smartphone but no pricing information.
Moto E6 Plus Specifications
Aesthetics-wise, the Motorola Moto E6 Plus features a beautiful glossy design. It has a waterdrop notch surrounded by a thick bezel, no home button and a dual-camera setup on the back. It’s glossy body also features a P2i water-repellent nano-coating to keep safe from splashes.
Equipped with a 6.1-inch HD+ Max Vision display, the Moto E6 Plus has a native resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels. The display features a waterdrop notch and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
Moto E6 Plus packs the power of a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC with the assistance of a PowerVR CE8320 GPU. The handset features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage plus the ability to expand with up to 512GB with its microSD card slot.
The rear embedded dual-camera setup includes a main 13-megapixel sensor along with a 2-megapixel sensor with an LED flash. There’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front strategically placed in the waterdrop notch.
Other noteworthy features of the Moto E6 Plus includes a slew of connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g, 4G VoLTE, Micro USB and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
In a previous publication, we noted that the rear Motorola button will feature an integrated fingerprint sensor, however, we still haven’t confirmed.
Motorola Moto E6 Plus Price in India
We should have clarity on the price of the Moto E6 Plus in India after September 16, and we will update this post with pricing information.
During its showcase at the IFA 2019 in Berlin, it featured a price tag of 139 euros ($154 USD). If Motorola launches the Moto E6 Plus in India with the same price tag, the phone should retail at about INR 11,065,23.
We will keep you guys updated once we have the official price tag of the Moto E6 Plus in India.
We might just be living in the golden age of smartphone cameras – the camera performance that you can expect from your phone has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, with some delivering truly excellent results.
That said, there are plenty of ways to improve a phone’s camera capabilities a little more, with a whole world of smartphone camera accessories out there, from lenses to tripods. We have rounded up some of the best camera accessories we’ve come across to help you get the most out of your smartphone’s camera.
Olloclip offers a range of lenses, some of which are iPhone-specific, others of which are compatible with multiple devices, including Samsung phones, for example.
Unlike the Moment lenses below that need a specific case, Olloclip lenses need a clip that will attach the lens to your smartphone.
You can choose between individual lenses, or lens kits and you’ll find everything from fisheye lenses to various macro lenses, as well as wide-angle, super wide-angle and telephoto.
Moment offers several camera accessories for smartphones, including a number of lens options from a macro lens to a fisheye lens and an Action Lens Duo to a Detail Lens Duo, with plenty in between too.
The Moment lenses don’t come cheap, but with plenty of options to choose from, the company will likely have something for everyone within their lens offering, all of which have multi-element designs and are built from aerospace-grade metal.
It’s worth noting that you’ll need to buy a Moment Photo Case too in order to attach the lenses to your smartphone but Moment lenses work with the Apple, Google, Samsung and OnePlus devices.
Joby GripTight Pro GorillaPod
The Joby GripTight Pro GorillaPod is a flexible tripod, compatible with any smartphone with or without a case that will make sure the pictures and videos you take with your smartphone are as steady as possible because no matter how sturdy you think your hand is, it won’t be.
There are moulded stainless steel plates that slide and lock to secure your phone and you can use the GorillaPod on uneven surfaces thanks to its rubber feet. It’s also possible to bend its legs around things like tree branches.
The GripTight Pro GorillaPod offers variable positioning that lets you shoot in portrait or landscape orientation and the tripod and mount can be used separately. It’s worth mentioning there are a couple of other GorillaPods available that might be better suited to what you need so have a look.
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimble
Another accessory handy to help reduce any hand-shake is the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimble. This device is a portable, foldable, lightweight 3-axis stabiliser that is designed to help you capture smooth footage.
It will react to your movements in real time and it recognises gesture control, allowing you to start recording or take a selfie quickly. A feature called Active Tracking 3.0 uses deep learning and computer vision algorithms for reliable tracking, while electronic image stabilisation and gimble stabilisation are both on board to help with features like capturing Hyperlapse videos.
There’s also the DJI Mimo app that has tutorials, along with various modes and templates to help you create some great content, with a sharing option to show all your friends and family.
BlueBeach Mini Clip On LED Flash
There are a number of flashes available for smartphones to help you out when it’s too dark for a selfie, or your smartphone flash just isn’t going to cut it, but the BlueBeach option is simple to use and compatible with different brands.
Cheap and cheerful, the BlueBeach Mini Clip On LED Flash clips on your device and can be used straight away once you switch it on. No need for an app or plugging it in.
It is rechargeable and it is compatible with Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Huawei and other smartphones so should work with whatever device you have.
Lifeprint 2×3 Portable Photo and Video Printer
Lifeprint’s 2×3 Portable Photo and Video Printer does exactly what you would expect – it allows you to print your smartphone images instantly. The pocketable, lightweight printer will offers wireless printing from 30ft away, connecting to your device via Bluetooth.
It is compatible with iOS and Android devices and it comes with an editing app that allows you to add filters, text, memes and stickers to your images, if you so wish. The Lifeprint 2×3 Portable Photo and Video Printer comes in several colour options too, including, purple, blue and red, alongside white and black.
The Teracube Smartphone features all you need in a smartphone and more, according to its pitch for crowdfunding. The Teracube is a high-end smartphone that costs a third of the latest iPhone and to top it all off, there’s a free 4-year warranty.
As the first-ever phone to enter the market with a 4-year warranty and high-end specifications, the Teracube is priced at only $349. It’s a wow-factor if you remember that the newly launched iPhone 11 Pro will cost you a month’s rent.
This new smartphone is definitely worth watching and snatching once it’s available commercially. Even though it has a specification sheet that matches up to any flagship smartphone you can think of, what really took me by surprise was the 4-year warranty that ships with each device, this is a game-changer.
Most of us can relate as it has happened to me more than once. I purchased the latest iPhone and pay a monthly charge with my bill to the carrier. The minute the full cost is covered, your iPhone battery goes, an accident happens or some form of misfortune. Only to find out that the device is now out of warranty, so you have to cough up a few hundred bucks or enter into a new agreement with your carrier for another phone.
Teracube 4-Year Warranty
The company behind Teracube promises a 4-year hassle-free warranty. This means that the company promises high performance for years, express replacement, free battery change and a mere $39 to replace the screen if accidentally damaged, compared to $300 or more for a flagship screen replacement, this less than you spend buying coffee each week.
Teracube warranty covers all parts, the device’s performance, labor, and a two-shipping at no cost to you. If you like keeping a phone until the buttons fall out like me, you should be freaking ecstatic right now.
A rock-solid warranty program, one of the best price-point we’ve seen for a flagship-grade smartphone, and still the Teracube didn’t stumble on the hardware and features.
It is equipped with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with a 1080 x 2280 pixel resolution. The screen features a notch, similar to the new iPhone. However, the notch can be hidden if want to.
Teracube display was constructed using gorilla glass which is more durable than normal glass and is scratch resistant.
Teracube packs the power a MediaTek P60 Octa-core processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. In addition to the massive storage capacity, the phone supports microSD cards up to 256GB.
Other noteworthy features include face unlock, a fingerprint sensor on the rear for added security, PIN and pattern unlocking, Google Pay, Dual-SIM, and 3,400mAh battery to keep the lights on all day.
On the rear, there’s a dual-camera setup which includes 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel lens while the selfie camera on the front features an 8-megapixel lens.
There’s also a slew of connectivity options; these are WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, and a USB-C port. Teracube will ship with Android 9 Pie but the Android 10 update will be available in spring 2020.
We aren’t the only ones ecstatic about this new durable phone. The company started a crowdfunding campaign seeking $25k to go to production and has since has surpassed $95k in funding. The campaign closes in 15 days, go grab the early bird special at $199, that’s a $150 discount.
Google plans to launch its Google Pixel 4 Smartphone at a press event next week. The new smartphone is expected to come with two variants; a standard and an XL variant.
The unveiling event is expected to take place next Tuesday, October 15 at 10 AM ET. Google also plans to reveal a slew of new gadgets at this press event including a new Chromebook. However, it is said that the Google Pixel 4 announcement is likely the biggest.
A few details have been leaked leading up to the launch of Pixel 4. None of these details has been confirmed but we will be able to do so this Tuesday.
Here are some of the details we can expect with the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL:
Google Pixel 4 will feature advanced motion-sensing technology, which is powered by Google’s Radar Technology. This new feature will allow the user to simply answer the phone by waving their hand or even skip to the next song.
The display will have a 90Hz refresh rate, which allows scrolling and screen animations to feel smoother, according to Google 9to5.
Google has dropped the fingerprint sensor like the Google Pixel 3.
There will be a cutout square on the back of the phone for the camera sensors, similar to the iPhone 11 Pro. In the cutout, there will be a dual-lens camera which was revealed by a photo posted by Google.
We will have a full specifications sheet once the device is launched on Tuesday.
The impending Samsung Galaxy S11 is described by industry professionals as the future of Samsung smartphones. unluckily, we’ll have to wait some time for the much-predicted release.
update 31 July 2019: legitimate cellular leaker, Ice Universe, confirmed 4 rumours about the Samsung Galaxy S11; 3 of these rumours are desirable, even as the fourth rumour may additionally leave consumers much less than happy.
the best news is that the S11 will run on Android Q with Samsung’s One UI. The S11 ought to be in circulation when the Android Q model is unrolled, so that checks out.
in addition, the S11’s codename might be Picasso, and the camera is stated to encompass a “good sized upgrade.” We don’t need to speculate, apart from that it can include an Isocell shiny GW1 64-megapixel f1/1.seventy two sensor.
The bad news is that S11 won’t have an invisible selfie camera hidden under the display, even though Samsung’s competitors are pushing forward in that field.
Note: The high-resolution 3D renders of the Samsung Galaxy S11 used in this article were created by Let’s Go Digital.
Rumoured specs, price and launch date one of the major talking factors is the display that curves on all 4 sides. The curved display is revolutionary and will absolutely position Samsung in advance of its competition. here’s what we understand thus far.
Samsung Galaxy S11 release date Mark your calendars for around February or March 2020. Samsung will more than likey reveal the S11 at their packed event, as they have done with other Galaxy smartphone releases.
both the Galaxy S9 and S10 were released at Samsung packed event in February 2018 and 2019, respectively, so we will likely assume the S11 to be offered from March onwards.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy S11 cost?
According to the UK-based Expert Reviews, the S11 could sell for around £1 000, or R18 130 (at the time of publishing with an exchange rate of R18.14 to the Pound sterling.)
The high rate is mainly because the S11 is expected to include large storage and memory options. Here’s hoping Samsung will release a lower-tier S11, although a budget handset would probably end up being disappointing.
Will the S11 camera really be all that?
We may genuinely look ahead to better digital camera specifications. Now that the S10 was released with 3 rear cameras, it’s pretty much the standard we count on from all smartphones. Huawei currently introduced out the honor 20 pro that features a 48MP primary lens, so if Samsung desires to stay relevant in this mobile smartphone game, they’ll have to drag out all of the stops. in line with Tech Radar, there are even rumours of Samsung working on a 64MP phone digicam, and maybe just maybe that will be added to the S11. imagine, a 64MP smartphone camera. It’s a awesome time to be alive.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 battery?
The Samsung S11 battery life would have to surpass that of the S10. The S10 has a 3400 mAh battery which is okay but it won’t really last for two straight days without charging. In order to impress us, Samsung will have to aim for 4000 mAh or above. Gone are the days of your Nokia 5110 lasting for seven days, hey.
And then, of course, 5G?
It’s safe to assume that the S11 will be 5G-enabled, especially since the S10 has the feature. And by the time the S11 is released, 5G will be available in most countries.
There are no affordable 5G smartphones coming our way any time soon, though. If Samsung wanted to stay ahead of the game, they could work on a way to give us a 5G-enabled S11 at a reasonable price. Is that too much to ask?
Essential has finally started to show off its latest creation, the upcoming “Project Gem” smartphone. Essential, a company founded by an ex-Google executive, Andy Rudin.
Earlier leaked images show off its official design thus confirming the rumor of Essential working on an unorthodox smartphone for some time now.
The Project Gem Smartphone looks unlike anything that we have seen, plus it is rumored to have a different user experience from modern smartphones. According to trademark filings, the phone will simply be named “Gem” once released.
Our first glimpse at the upcoming Gem Smartphone comes courtesy of Essential’s official twitter account and tweets from the CEO. The most noticeable thing is its unique form factor. While other tech companies are moving towards foldable phones, Essential is aiming for a form factor that resembles a streaming stick remote control.
In addition to its odd form factor, the Gem also features notable metallic color finishes, with a color-shifting effect when viewing from certain angles.
Project Gem User Interface
Tweets from the company’s official twitter give details on the smartphones card-based User Interface. The phone’s unique form factor allows the user to have multiple apps opened on the screen simultaneously.
One question does arise while looking at the user interface image. How will the phone handle apps and widgets in landscape mode or when simply running apps designed for different aspect ratios?
Gem Smartphone Specifications:
Essential has been showing off the Gem’s aesthetics but they have been somewhat hush-hush on its full specifications. What we know so far is that it has a raised rear camera lens, visible from the tweeted photos.
It appears to have a front-facing selfie camera in the upper left of its screen. We will give updates once the official specs are announced. It was also reported that the Gem will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset, but no official word from the company just yet.