February 23, 2019

Massive leak tells us virtually everything about Sony’s upcoming phones

Sony will unveil a bunch of new Android devices on Monday morning in Barcelona, Spain at MWC 2019, and we’ve already seen press renders for some of them leak. But a monster leak on Friday, just a few days before Sony’s press conference, revealed just about all the details regarding the new phones. Sony has planned a variety of new smartphones for MWC 2019, from new flagships to budget offers, but 91Mobiles obtained all the details well ahead of time. We’re looking at the Xperia 1 (which was thought to be the ZX4), Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, and Xperia L3 — here are all the specs, prices, and launch dates for all of them:

Xperia L3

  • 5.7-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • MediaTek 6762 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear-facing cameras
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo
  • Price: CHF 199 ($199)
  • Launch: April

Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus

  • 6-inch and 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with 21:9 aspect ratio
  • Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 636 processors
  • 3GB and 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 512GB
  • dual camera (13-megapixel and 5-megapixel; 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel with optical zoom)
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 2,870 mAh and 3,000 mAh batteries
  • fingerprint sensors on the side
  • Price: CHF 399 ($399) and CHF 499 ($499)
  • Launch: April

Sony Xperia 1

  • 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED Cinema-Wide display with 21:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 glass
  • Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 512GB
  • 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, 12-megapixel super-wide angle lens, and 12-megapixel telephoto lens with optical image stabilization
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 3,300 mAh battery with fast charging
  • fingerprint sensor on the side
  • IP68 dust and water certification
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual-SIM support
  • USB-C connectivity
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Price: CHF 1,099 ($1,099)
  • Launch: June
As you can see in these leaked images, the new Sony phones have all-screen designs, but there’s still a bezel at the top. Furthermore, the cheapest model features a bezel on the bottom. In other words, Sony won’t quite keep up with competitors when it comes to all-screen designs, as the brand has chosen to forgo notches or hole-punch cameras for bezels.
February 23, 2019

Intel confirms the first 5G iPhone won’t arrive until 2020 at the earliest

If you were holding out hope that Apple might release a 5G enabled iPhone later this year, we've got bad news for you. According to a report from Reuters, Intel earlier today announced that its 5G modems will not be available until 2020. And seeing as how Apple now relies upon Intel for its chips -- thanks to its ongoing legal dispute with Qualcomm -- we now have official confirmation that iPhones with support for 5G won't hit stores shelves until 2020 at the absolute earliest. Specifically, Sandra Rivera of Intel articulated that while Intel's 5G modems will hit manufacturers this year, it doesn't anticipate that the modems will end up in any smartphones until next year. Word of Apple's delayed entry into the speedy world of 5G shouldn't come as much of a surprise. For starters, a report from Bloomberg a few months ago revealed that Apple was holding off on 5G until 2020, if not later. What's more, it's worth noting that Apple has historically been slow to adopt new networking technologies. Remember, the original iPhone didn't launch with 3G and Apple didn't adopt LTE support until the 2012 release of the iPhone 5. That said, and especially in light of the somewhat slow but steady roll out of 5G, it makes sense why Apple isn't exactly in a rush to introduce iPhones with 5G support. After all, what's the point in introducing a 5G iPhone when nationwide and global coverage will be spotty at best? While there's no denying that the impending arrival of 5G and 5G enabled smartphones is an absolute game-changer, the reality is that it will take some time before 5G coverage reaches a point as to make paying a premium for a 5G smartphone worth the added expense. That said, we can only hope that Apple isn't too patient and embraces 5G in 2020 as opposed to waiting until 2021.
February 23, 2019

OnePlus will launch its 5G phone by June, but not in the US

OnePlus has teased a little bit more about its 5G phone. The Chinese smartphone maker says it plans to launch the device during the second quarter, when it will be among the first handset makers to release such a device. The company, which rose to popularity in part because it brought affordable flagship phones to international markets at affordable prices, has shared an image of the device prototype with USA Today that the company will also be showing off at MWC in a few days. The newspaper reports that "not much is discernible" about the device from the image, though it is known that the handset will run the same Snapdragon 855 processor from Qualcomm that's found in Samsung's new S10 line of Galaxy devices. Per USA Today, the OnePlus phone also won't be available in the US -- at least at launch. The phone is reportedly going to launch first on the UK carrier EE as well as Finnish carrier Elisa sometime during the second quarter. In an interview with USA Today conducted through a translator, OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau said he's bullish on the benefits that 5G will bring, even if it's not clear yet what the consumer response to the network's improvements will be.

"It’s still very early days for 5G, and we want to take the opportunity to raise more awareness particularly within the OnePlus community, but not just limited to the OnePlus community, in what we can look forward to with 5G," Lau told the newspaper.

While availability for the company's first device won't extend to the US immediately, OnePlus is nevertheless already hinting at future 5G devices coming to the US as the technology improves and compatibility between 5G networks gets better. Lau went so far as to call the US "our most important market" in his interview. OnePlus hasn't yet decided on a name for it. The company will also no doubt try to keep the price as competitive as possible, as it did with its previous phone (the 6T) that launched in the US via a partnership with T-Mobile.

Per USA Today, that phone retailed at a starting price of $549 and helped OnePlus grow to become a top 5 maker of phones sold above $500 in the US during the fourth quarter of 2018, according to research firm IDC.

February 22, 2019

Japan’s asteroid probe shot a bullet at a space rock, and it’s a very big deal

Japan's space program JAXA has had a very eventful 24 hours. The group's Hayabusa2 asteroid probe, which arrived at its target Ryugu last year, performed its most challenging maneuver yet by leaving its orbit around the rock and touching down on its surface for just a moment. But that's not all it did. The plan all along has been for Hayabusa2 to retrieve samples of the diamond-shaped asteroid in order to bring them back to Earth, but snatching a sample isn't as easy as it sounds. In order to efficiently collect dust from the rock during its brief touchdown the spacecraft had to fire a bullet into Ryugu, and it had to do all of this without direct control from its handlers on Earth over 180 million miles away. JAXA engineers waited patiently for the probe to send back information on its maneuver, with signals taking around 20 minutes to travel back and forth between Earth and the spacecraft. However, despite the incredible challenge posed by the rocky surface of Ryugu, JAXA says its probe pulled off the feat, successfully firing the projectile into the asteroid's surface and then snatching a sample of its dust before boosting itself back into a holding position in orbit around the rock. "We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet. We made the ideal touchdown in the best conditions," Yuichi Tsuda, project manager of the Hayabusa2 mission, told reporters. "I'm really relieved now. It felt very long until the moment the touchdown happened." That feeling of relief might not last very long, as Hayabusa2 still has plenty of work ahead of it before it can call its mission truly complete. The probe will perform two more maneuvers like this one, collecting dust samples and then finally departing for Earth where it will deliver the asteroid material. It will arrive back on our planet in 2020 if all goes as planned.
February 22, 2019

Wi-Fi dead spots don’t stand a chance when TP-Link range extenders are down to $15 on Amazon

So many people live with dead spots spread around their home simply because they think that's the way things are with Wi-Fi. Well we've got news: you don't have to live like this. The TP-Link TL-WA855RE Signal Booster and Wifi Extender has nearly 9,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, placing it among the top-rated extenders out there. It retails for $30, which is more than fair, but if you hurry you can get one right now on Amazon for just $14.97 thanks to a discount and a $2 coupon on the Amazon page!

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • Boost your WiFi network for stronger wireless performance and coverage
  • Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of the Range Extender button
  • Works with any WiFi router or wireless access point. Frequency: 2.4~2.4835GHz
  • Two external antennas for faster and more reliable WiFi
  • Supports AP mode which creates a new WiFi access point
  • 2-year warranty and free 24/7 technical support
  • J.D. Power Ranked TP-Link "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Wireless Routers" in 2017*.Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
February 22, 2019

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ sequel title gives me high hopes for season 2

The Haunting of Hill House is one of the best horror shows you can stream on Netflix right now. It’s the kind of series you can't put down, and you’ll wish it wouldn't ends, no matter how scary it becomes. But Hill House is also the kind of TV series that doesn’t need a sequel. Without spoiling anything for you, I’ll just say that, as amazing as the story is, a sequel would seem like overkill. At least, that’s what I used to think. Then I learned the title of the sequel series. Netflix earlier this week confirmed that the director of Hill House, Mike Flanagan, and producer Trever Macy both signed a multi-year TV deal with the company, which means we can expect plenty of other Netflix creations from the two. Netflix also said that the second season of the horror series will premiere in 2020, Business Insider reports and said it will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. What’s great about the title is that it indicates the previous house is out of the picture, which was one of my initial worries. A sequel of Hill House would either focus on the same house, or on the same characters, but now it turns that’s not going to be the case. We're getting new characters as well. It’s the same thing that HBO did with the True Detective -- an anthology series that tells independent stories every season. Hopefully Bly Manor will be more entertaining than True Detective season two, though. Earlier this year, Flanagan hinted that the first story is complete when asked about a potential sequel, adding that something different could be done. "As far as I've ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told,” he said. “It's done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well." We have no release date for Bly Manor, but 2019 is just getting started. We don’t even know any details about the cast, so it’ll be a while until we even see a trailer. All we have for now is the image above.
February 22, 2019

You need to clean your floors and this $69 robot vacuum will do it without cleaning out your wallet

If you want a robot vacuum that can operate fully autonomously and constantly clean up even the biggest messes your family leaves behind, we hope you’re prepared to spend at least $500 or $600. But if you’re just looking for a simple robot vacuum that’ll scoop up dirt and dust so that you don’t have to bother with it, you don’t have to spend anywhere near that much. The Pyle Pure Clean Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a great entry-level option and it’s on Amazon right now for just $68.99. If you’re looking to dip a toe in the wonderful water that is the robotic vacuum market, this is the perfect way to do it.

Here’s more detail about this model from the product page:

  • LOW-PROFILE DESIGN: The Pure Clean Automatic Vacuum Cleaner by Pyle has an obstacle detection feature which lets it clean around household objects and its low profile design allows it to slide under furnitures. Makes chores a lot easier and faster
  • 3 CLEANING MODES: Features 3 cleaning modes for the level of cleaning that you desire. Equipped w/ touch panel buttons to let you choose from 10 min, 20 min, max clean w/ 90 min of cleaning operation depending on room size or how dirty the floor is
  • BATTERY OPERATED: Equipped w/ a built-in Ni-CD 7.2V rechargeable battery which allows wireless operation so it can freely move in all corners of the room. Charging time is about 3 hours w/ 1600mAh capacity. A power adapter is included in the package
  • BAGLESS OPERATION: This smart robot cleaner features a removable 0.3L dustbin instead of a bag and also equipped w/ a detachable brush for easy cleaning. Just open the tray and empty it into the trash after vacuuming. Works on hardwood, carpet floors
  • OTHER SPECS: Debris Sweeper 4.0'' Diameter Brush, Vacuum Cleaning 7.0'' Brush Length, Battery Type: NI-CD 7.2V, 1300mAh, 3 hrs charge time, Run-Time: 90 Min,0.3L Dust Bin Capacity, Unit Size: Diameter - 11.3'', Height - 2.3''
February 22, 2019

Google might unveil its mysterious ‘Yeti’ gaming hardware at GDC in March

Earlier this week, Google surprised everyone by announcing that it would be holding a press event at the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March. The company failed to provide any additional details, such as what might be covered at the briefing, but a new report from 9to5Google suggests that we could get our first look at the mysterious Project Yeti hardware, which we first heard about almost exactly a year ago. A source familiar with the matter tells 9to5Google that Google will introduce both a game streaming service powered by the same technology that was demonstrated in the Project Stream private test, as well as hardware on which to run the service -- the hardware that currently carries the codename Project Yeti. According to the initial report, Project Yeti was first envisioned as a service for the Chromecast, but additional reports have pointed to an entirely new home video game console and a controller developed by Google. Last summer, Kotaku reported "Google representatives met with several big video game companies to gauge interest in its streaming platform" at GDC 2018. The fact that Google is hosting its own event a year later might suggest that some of those studios have signed on to bring their games to the streaming service. Finally, while the 9to5Google report didn't hint at a potential release date or beta launch for Project Yeti, the roadmap for the service was reportedly "being locked down" as of the end of last year. And beyond just streaming games over the internet, the service is also said to include voice chat. Providing the report is correct, we'll learn a whole lot more during Google's press event at GDC 2019 on March 19th at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.
February 22, 2019

One $40 console can play every NES and SNES game ever made

Before you go and spend as much as $100 on one of those trendy classic consoles that can only play a handful of pre-installed games, we’ve got another option you should check out. A much, much better option. The Hyperkin RetroN 2 Gaming Console for SNES/NES is a retro third-party console that can play literally every NES and SNES game cartridge ever produced, not just a handful of games that come on the system already. It’s only $40 right now on Amazon, and it’s truly awesome.

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • lays NES and SNES games
  • Comes with one wired NES and SNES Controller
  • Compatible with NES and SNES controllers.
February 22, 2019

Huawei’s foldable Mate X just leaked, and it puts the Galaxy Fold to shame

Samsung made waves earlier this week by unveiling its Galaxy Fold smartphone at the Galaxy S10 launch event in California, giving us what many believe to be a glimpse into the future of smartphone design. That might be the case, but we all know the next wave of foldable phones will be far more impressive. Unfortunately for Samsung, it might not even have the best foldable phone of this wave, as the Huawei Mate X has seemingly leaked a couple days ahead of schedule. Providing it's legitimate, Huawei could very well win this round. The photo of a poster at the top of this post has been floating around the internet this afternoon, purportedly showing off the design of the Huawei Mate X. As you can see, it's a completely different concept than that of the Galaxy Fold, with a single screen folding over itself, rather than small screen outside and a larger screen inside. While we can't confirm the legitimacy of the leak (or the source, though it may have been found by Slashleaks after some digging), the imagery does seem to line up with the hints that Huawei has been dropping on Twitter over the past few days. Here's the most prominent example from the phone maker's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/HuaweiMobile/status/1098646349774491649 In addition to its foldable design, the Huawei Mate X is also rumored to support 5G, have a triple-rear camera setup, have a fingerprint scanner on the side, and perhaps most notably, there isn't a notch. Huawei spent most of Thursday taking jabs at Samsung, so don't be surprised if the Galaxy Fold comes up during Huawei's press event at MWC 2019 on Sunday. The foldable phone wars might be heating up before any notable models actually go on sale.