Vivo X21 UD Makes an Appearance on Geekbench

Good news for geeks all around the world! We have recently witnessed an appearance on Geekbench of the upcoming Vivo X21. Earlier this month, there were some images posted online of the much-awaited handset. A while ago, the Vivo company itself confirmed that they will announce the phone on March 19 in China. Luckily, we only have a few days to wait until then!

Vivo X21 UD Specifications

Of course, the most anticipated part of it were the specs. Starting with the name of the handset, we can note that ‘UD’ section indicates that it will come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. This is similar to what the company did with the Vivo X20 Plus UD. Besides, it will also come with a display notch, feature confirmed by the leaked images.

The phone will run on the Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, which makes fans extremely happy. Moreover, it will include Vivo’s Funtouch OS as well. According to Geekbench, the handset will run on a Snapdragon 660 64-bit octacore SoC, which is a mid-range chip designed by Qualcomm. The 6 GB of RAM included allowed the phone to score 1,608 points in the single-core test and 5,852 points in the multi-core one.

Is It Possible that We Get Two Versions?

The images we were mentioning earlier show a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, which makes people believe that Vivo will release two versions of the X21 model. One will supposedly have a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, and the other will come with the in-display one.

Most likely, the company will decide for just one of the options, but we may still see both of them on March 19. We’ll leave you waiting for the upcoming announcement by letting you know that the phone will come with rounded corners of the display. Lastly, the phone will have a design that relies on metal and glass, so you can make sure it looks elegant and stylish.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ – Which Camera is the Best?

With the evolution of smartphones, in the future we probably won’t need cameras anymore. That is because the cameras of smartphones become better and better every single day. Right now, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ both have a high-quality camera that works great for both low-light and daytime photos.

The fact that the lighting does not affect the camera is a great plus for photographers, and it means that you will be able to take photos in any conditions. Obviously, this is not only an improvement for Samsung, but for all smartphone cameras as they will have to get better as well.

AI

One aspect that Samsung didn’t not manage to exploit is the AI. On the other hand, Google phones were able to use AI leverage in order to merge multiple shots in order to create one that is better than all of them. AI makes cameras for portrait mode just as useless, as it can be even easier to let the device identify the background and de-focus it.

Focal length

The performance of the camera in low light is definitely impressive, but S9’s camera might miss other things. For example, optical zoom is something that is very important for phone cameras. Here, Samsung is no longer the best one. iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus come with a secondary 2x telephoto lens, and users are able to zoom in optically without losing the quality of the image.

Conclusions

While each smartphone manages to offer some benefits, it becomes obvious that they all lack certain things. However, the future looks bright. That is because the competition will determine each company to continue to improve their device, so the cameras should become even more impressive. We can only wait and see what will come next.

California Opens its Way to “Right to Repair”

California introduces a fresh “Right to Repair bill”, fact meaning that smartphone producers shall make information about repairs, parts used for substitution procedures and diagnostic instruments available for holders of the products as well as for repair shops working independently.

Complying with the others

There are 17 states already working under the ‘Right to Repair bill’ action, states including Washington, New York, North Carolina and New Jersey. California now adds to them and becomes the 18th state to provide this service, almost a year later after the other states made this decision. The right to repair is obviously strongly supported by independent repair and outlet shops.

Official Announcements

We have official statements supporting the beginning of ‘Right to Repair’ feature.

Susan Talamantes Eggman from California State Assembly announced California’s breakthrough and adopting of the fresh California Right to Repair act. She states that the bill will empower users to access their rightful choice of picking the repair shop they want. Although, she says, it was conceived as a right a generation ago, it was quickly shadowed by current policies and it has become increasingly rare nowadays.

The seconds supporting opinion comes from Executive Director of Californians Against Waste, Mark Murray, saying that manufacturers are currently making a profit from the consumers and the new bill is essential in order to keep the business of repair shops working on their own, an act that will lead to decreased prices and improved quality service.

Although being able to provide your own parts for repairs represents a turning point in what deciding on a gadget means, the bill already faces critics.

Raising controversy

The bill is increasing in force but faces critics from Apple, company that disapproved with the change since the implementation if it last year. It suggests that the marketplace will be a delight to back-stabbers and bad actors, while the bill maliciously supports the compromise brought to device security and safety.

We have to wait and see the outcomes of this decision, but for now we assist split opinions from both retail shops and company manufacturers, while the bill continues to build up popularity.

Backward Compatibility is said to be One of the Newest Features in PlayStation 4

Xbox and PlayStation users are always looking for new features and characteristics that can make their gaming adventure even more fascinating and interactive. Every day, developers work hard to reinvent their game consoles and this makes them obtain outstanding results. However, with technology developing so fast, it can be hard to please some users, therefore companies have to bring something new on the market very fast. One release is immediately followed by another one, so gamers have every reason to be happy. Nowadays, backward compatibility is an important feature brought by PS4 to its’ users.

Let’s find out more about backward compatibility

The new characteristic, backward compatibility, has been introduced by Xbox One. Seeing its’ relevance and useful character, PS4 users have requested it also and Sony Interactive Entertainment seems to have listened to their request. According to some sources, at the moment, the developer is testing the backward compatibility for PS4 gaming systems.

It is hard to say if the new characters will appear in the PlayStation 4 or if systems like PS5 will be able to run games for PS4, PS3 and PS2 with support from the backward compatibility. Some voices say that actually, this could mean the end of PS4’s cycle, as Sony is preparing to launch the new PS5. Other speculations claim that the backward compatibility could be compatible only with PlayStation 3 games, because only this systems uses s cell processor.

The big PlayStation 5 launch is scheduled to happen in 2020. Until then, all we have is pure speculation. Some experts say that the next console could cloud-based, like the next generation Xbox. An important element is brought by the presence of PSVR, since both hardware elements cannot be used without each other.

Until the new PlayStation 5 will appear, PlayStation 4 can give you a hand for getting used to the new feature, backward compatibility. If want to learn more, you can look for information online and see if it can work for you.

Rumours say that Huawei’s New Phones will be Run by Kirin Processors

The new smartphones from Huawei are innovative on the technology market. Thanks to their hardware and software characteristics, they will be very popular as soon as they are released. Some models have been announced to be among the first to use Hisilicon Kirin 670 chipset. For devices like Honor 7X, Nova 3 or Honor Note 9, Huawei developers will focus on using Kirin processor and will present many improvements in the chip area. Some information on the new processor has leaked online, so fans of Huawei smartphones can make an idea on what to expect. However, the situation is not very clear yet, so if you want to start using one of the new phones, you should start a research on the matter.

What is the innovation within the new processor

Although nothing is certain at this moment, some information on the Kirin processor has started to come out. It seems that the prototype is the first of a series and will be followed by Kirin 970 with the architecture of an artificial intelligence. As you might already know, some special characteristics are necessary for this type of architecture, so the new smartphones are ready in terms of hardware and software also.

At the moment, Kirin 659 is the latest release in the area. It uses an octa-core Cortex-A53 architecture, but the versions that will follow it will have an increased performance thanks to the possible improvements. It will be hard to put the new versions in already launched smartphones, but developers will always find a way.

The Kirin processor is a new figure on the technology market, so it can be difficult to understand all its’ specifications and characteristics until you get to use a smartphone run by it. However, if you are curious, you can find some information in online tutorials.