Android Authority Android News, Reviews, How To Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:25:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 54cc39 It’s now way easier to go live on YouTube Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:25:07 +0000

  • You no longer need an encoder to live stream via YouTube. You can now do so right through your browser — no extra software required.
  • For now, the service only works with the Chrome browser. Other browsers still need an encoder.
  • Google plans to bring live streaming via YouTube directly to camera apps on mobile devices “in the coming months.”

For a while now, to go live on YouTube meant having to deal with the hassle of downloading and installing encoder software. You’d have to record your video through the encoder and then link the encoder stream to YouTube. It was confusing and clunky, to say the least.

Now, finally, YouTubers who wish to conduct a live stream don’t have to use any third-party software; it’s baked right into YouTube itself.

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To set up a live stream, go to or simply pick “Go Live” from the drop-down box where you would usually upload a video. Once you’ve arrived at the live stream page, just go ahead and start your stream. That’s how easy it should have been from the beginning!

Check out the GIF below which gives you an idea of how easy the process has become:


YouTube creators have been beta testing the new live streaming process, using it to create this beauty tutorial, this fan update, and this product review.

Unfortunately, there is one caveat here — this new system currently only works in the Chrome browser. Google plans to bring the feature to more browsers soon, but if you don’t use Chrome, you’re stuck with the old-fashioned encoder process for now.

Google also committed to bringing the feature to mobile devices, too. But not through the YouTube app, which already has live streaming built-in, but from the device’s camera app. Google’s plan is for you to open your camera app, hit the live stream button, and a stream is connected to your YouTube account just like that. Google didn’t set a date for this new rollout, but said the capability would come to select devices from ASUS, LG, Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung “in the coming months.”

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IDC: Smartwatches aren’t dead just yet Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:33:49 +0000

  • According to the IDC, the total number of wearable shipments in 2018 is projected to be 132.9 million, which is a 15.1-percent increase from last year’s figure.
  • Not only that, that number is expected to grow, reaching 219.4 million in 2022.
  • Smartwatches are expected to overtake fitness trackers to become the most popular wearable category in 2022.

According to the International Data Corporation, the overall wearable market will grow 13.4% by 2022, two fifths of which will be smartwatches.

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The smartwatch industry may seem dead, but the latest data gathered by the IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker indicate otherwise. As you can see in the table below, the total number of wearable shipments in 2018 is projected to be 132.9 million, which is a 15.1-percent increase from last year’s figure. Not only that, that number is expected to grow, reaching 219.4 million in 2022.

According to the IDC’s data, in 2018, smartwatches, basic watches, and basic wristbands will continue to dominate the wearable market. More specifically, simple wristbands like fitness trackers will continue to hold their place, given the general skepticism and practical concerns surrounding full smartwatches. Not surprisingly, earwear and sensor-laden clothing are expected to account for less than 4 percent of the total market share.

IDC projects that by 2022, the wearable landscape will shift quite significantly.

Interestingly enough, however, the IDC projects that by 2022, the wearable landscape will shift quite significantly. Namely, smartwatches will grow to overtake basic wristbands in terms of market share.  “Consumers are finally starting to understand and demand the utility of a smartwatch,” said Jitesh Ubrani, a senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers. “At present, fitness uses lead by a mile but mobile payments and messaging are starting to catch on. The addition of cellular connectivity is also starting to resonate with early adopters and looking ahead the emergence of new use cases like music streaming or additional health sensors will make cellular connectivity pivotal to the success of the smartwatch.”

In addition to smartwatches, earwear and sensor-laden clothing are expected to see a modest increase – I’m thinking more advanced versions of products like the Pixel Buds and Google’s Jacquard-powered denim jacket.

What are your thoughts? Do you think smartwatches will continue to grow from 2018 through 2022? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Galaxy S9 Plus costs less to manufacture than iPhone X Wed, 21 Mar 2018 03:22:36 +0000

  • Tech Insights has created a table comparing the costs of goods for Samsung’s flagship devices with Apple’s.
  • While the iPhone X has the highest cost of goods, the Galaxy S9 Plus is a close second.
  • The Galaxy S9 Plus’ camera sensors and RAM memory saw the biggest increase compared to last year.

It turns out, the Galaxy S9 Plus costs a little more than the Galaxy Note 8 to manufacture, but less than the iPhone X.

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Tech Insights has created a table comparing the costs of goods sold for Samsung’s flagship devices and stacking them up against the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, which you can see below. As the online publication points out, these cost estimates are mostly based on concrete data and not “adjusted to account for the gradual decline in the price of older devices.”

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Tech Insights‘ estimates indicate that while the iPhone X has a higher cost of goods than any of Samsung’s current flagships, the Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 Plus comes close. For instance, the processor found in the Galaxy S9 Plus costs $67, which has the LTE modem built in. The iPhone X, on the other hand, has its processor and LTE modem separated, though combined, they cost around the same: $64.50.

The Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X start to differ when it comes to their cameras. The Galaxy S9 Plus has a variable aperture lens as well as a telephoto lens, which brings the cost up to $48, compared to the iPhone X’s $43. As well, the 6 GB LPDDR4X volatile memory found inside the Galaxy S9 Plus carries a $39 price tag whereas the iPhone X’s 3 GB LPDDR4 volatile memory is estimated at $25.50. The iPhone X has a significantly higher cost for non-electronic components, however, given Apple’s approach to housings.

As for their screens and non-volatile memories, it’s likely that Samsung’s components cost slightly less because these come from Samsung’s very own affiliate.

How does the Galaxy S9 Plus compare to Samsung’s past flagships? There isn’t a huge difference between the current flagship and last year’s Galaxy Note 8. The bigger difference is between the Galaxy S9 Plus and the S8 Plus: this year’s S-series flagship is around $40 more expensive than last year’s, mainly due to the new RAM memory (an increase from 4 GB to 6 GB of RAM) and dual-lens camera.

What are your thoughts on Samsung’s pricing strategy? Do you think it makes sense that the Galaxy Note 8 launched with such a high price tag?

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Messaging app Telegram must give encryption keys to Russia Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:08:33 +0000

  • Telegram is a private and encrypted messaging service with over 9.5 million Russian users.
  • The Russian Supreme Court ordered the company to hand over its encryption keys should the government need to read any Telegram conversations.
  • The company now must either comply, break the law, or pull out of Russia entirely.

Recently re-elected Russian president Vladimir Putin wants to keep tabs on all electronic communications within the country. But messaging app Telegram, which prides itself on providing secure communication between smartphone users, has kept the conversations of its over 9.5 million Russian users completely private. However, the company just lost an appeal in the Russian Supreme Court which means it now must turn over encryption keys to the Russian government.

The Telegram app creates private, secure connections for people to engage in conversation electronically. However, last year the app was allegedly associated with a planned terrorist suicide bomb attack, and Telegram was forced to go on the defensive.

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The Federal Security Service (formerly the KGB) asked Telegram to share its encryption keys so that the organization could use them to read conversations of potential suspects. Telegram refused to comply and was forced to pay a fine.

Due to laws President Putin signed intended to counteract terrorism, the government has broad powers when it comes to invading the privacy of Russian residents. Telegram challenged an auxiliary order by the Federal Security Service, citing constitutional rights for privacy. But Supreme Court Judge Alla Nazarova rejected its appeal and gave the company 15 days to hand over the encryption keys.

Now, out of options, Telegram must choose to comply, face legal action, or pull out of Russia entirely.

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The argument the Federal Security Service made in court is that the encryption keys are not an invasion of privacy as one cannot use them individually to read the conversations. In order to do that, the organization would still need a court order. But, with the keys in hand, the time it takes to go from getting a court order to reading the conversations will be much faster and easier.

“The [Federal Security Service’s] argument that encryption keys can’t be considered private information defended by the Constitution is cunning,” Ramil Akhmetgaliev, Telegram’s lawyer, told reporters after the hearing. “It’s like saying, ‘I’ve got a password from your email, but I don’t control your email, I just have the possibility to control.’”

Telegram just raised $850 million from investors in February and plans to raise an additional $1.7 billion. The company intends to use the cash to build a blockchain network for cryptocurrency Gram. Telegram did not comment on how this setback in Russia will affect its plans for the future.

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Want to triple your reading speed? Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:32:05 +0000

Imagine if you could triple your reading speed.

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What’s in the bundle:

7 Speed Reading EX 2018 employs various interactive exercises and training methods allowing you to learn to read faster and comprehend more. You’ll also be able to track your reading speed as it increases. Little wonder that it’s a TopTenReviews Gold and Excellence Awards Winner.

“The most comprehensive speed reading system anywhere – with 7 learning strategies, 15 software activities, video training, ultra-advanced tracking, and much more.” – PC World

Spreeder CX 2018 is more of a tool to facilitate your increased reading speed. You can simply upload an eBook, document or whatever you want to read. The software will display it in a way conducive to be read more quickly by reducing eye-movement. By combining this with your training you can absolutely tear through your reading list.

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Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus update tracker (Update: Oreo rolling out to AT&T Galaxy S8) Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:24:51 +0000

Update (03/20/18): AT&T is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8. The update arrives as build R16NW.G950USQU2CRB9 and weighs about 1.5 GB.

We have yet to hear confirmation that the update is rolling out to the Galaxy S8 Plus, but it shouldn’t be long until those users receive an OTA. If you own an AT&T S8 Plus, have you received the update? If so, be sure to tip us!

Original article: Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus update information.

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus receive their updates simultaneously – or at least very close together. For this reason, they both appear here on this update page. Also, note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Android Oreo update

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus arrived in April 2017 running Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s Grace UX skin. Since release, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have received a few updates in the US, mainly to address bugs and other issues (such as the red screen problem) and to improve its Bixby functionality.

On February 8, 2018, after an extensive beta period, Android Oreo was reported to be rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in Germany. Samsung hit the brakes on the rollout on February 14 due to unexpected reboots. Samsung resumed the update on February 22, before it started showing up on carrier-branded devices in the U.S. in March.

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus update US

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Android 8.0 Oreo first available: August 21, 2017.

First carrier to roll it out for the S8 and S8 Plus: Verizon (207 days).

Verizon Galaxy S8 (G950V) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955V) update:

  • March 16, 2018, Verizon is rolling out Oreo to its Galaxy S8 devices.
  • June 12, 2017, Verizon rolls out upgrades to the Bixby digital assistant and SD card functionality, as appeared in May for Sprint and T-Mobile owners.
  • May 12, 2017, Verizon deploys update for the Galaxy S8 red display issue.

AT&T Galaxy S8 (SM-G950A) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955A) update:

  • March 20, 2018: AT&T is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8.
  • December 11, 2017: AT&T rolls out an update adding new Mobile Hotspot APN, HDR API support for DirecTV, and enhancements to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) experience. This also includes the Android security patches for November.
  • June 14, 2017: AT&T becomes the last major US carrier to roll out fixes for a micro SD card problem, as well as Bixby improvements.
  • May 9, 2017: Red screen fix rolls out to AT&T Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus owners.

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 (SM-G950T) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955T) update:

  • March 19, 2018: T-Mobile rolls out Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • May 9, 2017: Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus owners on T-Mobile receive red display tint fix.
  • May 7, 2017: T-Mobile rolls out an update to improve SD card stability on the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a small Bixby upgrade.

Sprint Galaxy S8 (SM-G950P) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955P) update:

  • March 18, 2018: Sprint rolls out Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • May 7, 2017: Sprint starts rolling out Bixby and SD card improvements alongside T-Mobile.

International Galaxy S8 (SM-G950F/FD, SM-G950W) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955F/FD, SM-950W) update:

  • March 20, 2018: Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users in Canada are also now receiving the Oreo update on Bell, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Rogers, Telus, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile.
  • March 16, 2018: According to at least one Android Authority reader, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on O2 in the U.K. are now receiving their Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
  • March 12, 2018: Samsung Canada announced that Canadian variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will receive their Oreo updates on March 19.
  • December 20, 2017: Samsung rolls out a minor update including the December Android security patches in South Korea.
  • May 1, 2017: A fix for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus red screen problem arrives in India.
  • April 29, 2017: Red screen issue fix rolls out in Europe.
  • March 9, 2017: Candian carriers Telus and Bell roll out red tint display fix.

If you’ve received an update we’ve missed, hit the comments below or tip us!

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What is Android Go? Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:00:58 +0000 what is android go

Android Go, also known as Android Oreo (Go edition), is a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones. It’s comprised of three optimized areas — the operating system, Google Play Store, and Google apps  which have been reimagined to provide a better experience on lesser hardware.

Operating system

The operating system is based on Android Oreo, but it’s optimized to run on smartphones with 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM. It takes up roughly half the space of Android Nougat, giving smartphones with low storage the breathing room to hold more media and apps out of the box  most Android Go smartphones come with 8 or 16 GB of storage.

Devices running Android Go are said to open apps 15 percent faster than previous Android software, although this is also the case with the regular version of Oreo. Additionally, Google has enabled the “data saver” feature for Android Go users by default to help them consume less mobile data.

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Like the OS, Google has also developed apps to make better use of the device’s memory. These require up to 50 percent less space and perform better on low-end hardware. Android Go smartphones come with only nine pre-installed apps, listed below:

Keep in mind that these apps may be slimmer and faster, but they might be missing a feature or two. For example, you can’t set reminders or control smart home devices with Assistant Go, but you can do most other standard things like set alarms, open apps, and ask various questions.

It’s worth noting that we can expect to see many other Android Go optimized apps in the near future. Developers can already start producing apps for the OS with the help of Google’s Building for Billions development guidelines.

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Play Store

Building a new OS and pre-installed apps package is a great start for Android Go, but what about when people begin using the device in the real world? To help users maintain their lightweight system they set out with, Android Go devices have access to an exclusive version of the Play Store.

The Android Go Play Store offers all of the same content as the regular Play Store, only the storefront is more suited to low-storage devices. It has a featured apps section that recommends apps specifically for Android Go handsets, pointing users in the direction of apps that will be of most benefit to them.

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What’s the point of Android Go?

Demand for smartphones in emerging markets like India is on the rise. Google expects its next billion users to come from these countries, where the purchasing power is lower than in the West. That’s why the company wants to provide them with a new generation of affordable, sub-$100 smartphones that work faster, provide more storage, and help reduce data consumption.

It sounds like a brilliant plan on paper, as it could allow Google to increase the number of users of its apps and services. However, software is only one part of the equation. The company has to get as many hardware partners as possible on board that will flood the market with smartphones, which will not only have to be affordable but also easy on the eyes. Let’s face it, no one wants an ugly smartphone.

A few options are already available on the market, which we’ll take a look at next. But before we do, check out our short “Android Go: A promising start” video below to learn even more about Google’s Go initiative.

Smartphones running Android Go

We saw the first batch of Android Go devices at MWC 2018 in February. Six smartphones were announced, with arguably the most interesting one being the Alcatel 1X. What makes it stand out from the rest is that in addition to an affordable price tag it also comes with an 18:9 display — something we’re more used to seeing on high-end and some mid-range smartphones.

The Alcatel 1X comes in two variants and starts at €100 for a single-SIM and €110 for a dual-SIM version. You can get it with either 1 or 2 GB of RAM, both of which feature a 5.3-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 480 pixels, a 5 MP selfie snapper, and a 2,460 mAh battery — see our hands-on video to learn more.

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Alcatel 1X

The next Android Go smartphone that grabbed our attention was the Nokia 1. HMD Global is pitching it as a “transition” device for those moving from feature phones to their first smartphone. It sports a 4.5-inch display, a low-level quad-core MediaTek processor, and 1 GB of RAM.

The device has a polycarbonate back, which users can swap out for various different color options. You’ll be able to get it in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Asia Pacific, Australia, and Latin America this April for just $85.

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Nokia 1

Other Android Go devices announced at MWC include the Micromax Bharat Go and Lava Z50, both of which are targeted at Indian consumers. Then there’s also the GM 8 Go and the ZTE Tempo Go, which goes for $85 in the U.S.

Some of these devices are already on sale, while others are yet to be released. Generally speaking, there are minor differences between them when it comes to specs, with one of the biggest ones being screen size.

Six smartphones is a start, but the number will have to increase significantly for Android Go to become successful. We’ll likely see a few more soon, as Huawei and Transsion have already announced they are on board with the program. Let’s hope more companies will follow shortly.

What are your thoughts on Android Go? Do you think Google’s plan to make entry-level smartphones more appealing will be successful? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

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Deal: Huawei Mate 10 Pro $100 off at Amazon, Best Buy (Update: Free headphones at Newegg) Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:37:26 +0000

Update (03/20): If you’re going to take advantage of this Huawei Mate 10 Pro deal, you should buy from Newegg. The retailer is not only selling the Mate 10 Pro for the discounted $699.99 price, it’s also throwing in two free gifts — a pair of Motorola Pulse Escape Bluetooth headphones ($49.99 value) and a 2,840 mAh Alva power bank ($49.44 value).

Original coverage (03/19): The Huawei Mate 10 Pro, what we crowned the best phone of 2017, has had its price reduced in the US. The device is currently on sale for $699, down $100 from the $799 price tag it carried when it was launched in the region on February 16.

The phone arrives new and unlocked in Midnight Blue and Titanium Gray colors. It’s fully compatible with GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T, but not CDMA carriers such as Sprint or Verizon, and it’s being sold at the same price at both Amazon and Best Buy.

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The handset features a 6-inch, FHD+ (2,160 x 1,080 pixels) display, octa-core Kirin 970 chipset, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. Additionally, there’s a Leica-branded dual-camera setup on the back (12 MP + 20 MP) and an 8 MP camera at front. The battery, meanwhile, comes in at 4,000 mAh.

The Mate 10 Pro also features an AI component that can assist with things like noise cancellation (audio) and scene recognition (camera), and it runs on Android Oreo out of the box (meaning it will almost certainly get the final version of Android P when it is released later this year).

We don’t know if this is a limited offer or a permanent discount on the Mate Pro—and we also don’t know how well the phone has been selling. Discussions regarding Huawei’s alleged links to the Chinese government, and the potential security threat it poses to the U.S., may have hindered sales. Perhaps this won’t be the only Mate 10 Pro offer we’ll see in the U.S. in the coming weeks. 

If you’re interested, check out the deals via the buttons below.

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Honor View10 vs Apple iPhone X Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:19:02 +0000

Buy the Honor View10

Honor’s latest View10 smartphone is making waves, offering lots of hardware and software features usually available in flagship phones that are much more expensive than the View10’s $499 price tag. That even includes Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone X, which has a starting price of $999. That’s twice as much as the View10.

But do you really get twice the phone for the price? Let’s take a look at both the Honor View10 and the iPhone X to see how they stack up against each other.


View10 vs iphone x

The Honor View10 has an all metal body with a smooth finish and rounded corners. The back includes the phone’s dual rear camera, with both lenses popping out. In front, you can find the phone’s capacitive home button on the bottom of the display with an embedded fingerprint reader, along with the normal sensors on the top of the phone screen.

View10 vs iphone x

The iPhone X represents perhaps the biggest design change in the iPhone family ever, with a display that takes up almost the entire front of the phone. Because the display takes up nearly all of the front, there’s no Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the bottom; instead it uses the Face ID biometric sensors to unlock the phone. 

The iPhone X also has rounded sides, and a glass back. Like the View10, the iPhone X has a dual camera setup, but the lenses are set up vertically, compared to the horizontal sensors on the View10, and the iPhone X also contains both sensors in one raised section. The phone is IP67 certified for dust and water resistance, which is not available on the View10.

Which design is better? A lot of it will come down to preference, but if you want a fingerprint scanner, headphone jack, and don’t like the notch — the View10 design is going to be more up your alley. We’ll talk a bit more about some these features and how they are missing from the iPhone X a bit later in this comparison.


View10 vs iphone x

As we mentioned, the iPhone X’s design is very different from older iPhones, and that is most evident in its display. The nearly bezel-free front has a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The black “notch” on top of the front display contains the front-facing camera, along with the Face ID sensors.

View10 vs iphone x

By contrast, the Honor View10 uses IPS LCD panel technology in its display, but has a larger 5.99-inch screen. The resolution is a bit smaller at 1,080 x 2,160, and it has a 18:9 screen ratio, versus the 19.5:9 for the iPhone X. While the iPhone X might have a better resolution, the View10 has a beautiful display that forgoes the ‘notch’ and is actually slightly larger.


View10 vs iphone x

The HonorView 10 runs on Huawei’s latest, and most powerful, in-house chipset, the octa-core Kirin 970 with its own Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The Kirin 970 also uses its own NPU or neural processing unit. The NPU helps the View10 with faster image processing, improvements in battery life for the phone, and better memory management when it comes to its apps.

View10 vs iphone x

The iPhone X has Apple’s own, and latest, in-house chip, the six-core A11 Bionic, but it only has 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage in its $999 configuration (you can get the phone with 256 GB of storage for $1,149). It also has a three core GPU, and more importantly its own “Neural Engine” hardware that works in a similar fashion to the NPU on the View10.

In the iPhone X’s case, the Neural Engine helps with its Face ID sensors to learn a person’s face, along with helping to animate the phone’s Animoji features. This kind of neural and machine-learning hardware is still in its infancy, but the fact that the View10 has similar hardware to the iPhone X, at a much lower cost, is very telling.


View10 vs iphone x

Now that we have compared the processors, RAM, and storage on both phones, what about the rest of the hardware features? Well, the Honor View10 quickly has a number of advantages over the iPhone X – some of which we mentioned briefly earlier. The View10 has a headphone jack, a microSD card slot for expanding its storage, an IR blaster, and dual SIM slots, none of which are included in the iPhone X.

The View10 also beats out the iPhoneX in battery size, with a 3,750 mAh battery, compared to the 2,716 mAh battery on the iPhone X. The View10 can also charge up quickly, thanks to Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, which allows it to go up from 0 to 50 percent of its capacity with just 30 minutes of charging time. However, the iPhone X does support Qi-based wireless charging pads, which the View10 does not.

View10 vs iphone x

The iPhone X’s most unique hardware feature is Face ID, which uses two modules to project 30,000 infrared dots onto the owner of the phone. In theory, this means that an owner of the iPhone X will never have to worry about the phone being unlocked by someone else, as the facial sensors should identify only the owner. It’s supposed to be an improvement over the standard fingerprint sensors, which the View10 has. The View10 also has its own face unlock feature, but it just uses the phone’s standard front-facing camera. The iPhone X also has dual speakers, versus the single one on the View10.


View10 vs iphone x

Speaking of cameras, the Honor View10 has a dual sensor set up in the back of the phone. There’s a 16 MP RGB primary shooter, along with a secondary monochrome 20 MP sensor that allows for images to have more detail. Both lenses have a bright f/1.8 aperture but unfortunately no optical image stabilization (OIS) on either lens.

The NPU on the View10 is supposed to help owners take better shots with the camera as well, as it can automatically choose the best camera mode from 13 different options.   The View 10 also has a 13MP front camera loaded with intelligent front shooting portrait mode for better selfie pictures.   The Kirin 970 chip supports accurate detection of faces and background, especially when you are taking selfies. The rims between people and background in a photo are clearer, resulting in better bokeh effects.

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The iPhone X has two 12 MP camera sensors on the back, one with an f/1.8 wide aperture and the other with a f/2.4 telephoto aperture, with OIS features on both sensors that are not included with the View10’s rear cameras. The front camera on the iPhone X is just 7 MP but it includes Apple’s True Depth sensing technology, which allows for portrait mode to be included in that camera for the first time on any iPhone, for better selfie pictures.


View10 vs iphone x

The Honor View 10 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top, which is the most current version of Huawei’s skin. Ironically, the EMUI design looks a lot like the interface that’s available with the iPhone X’s iOS 11, with colorful looks, rounded squares for app icons, and more. If you are more familiar with the standard Android interface, the EMUI on the View10 may take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you may find it even more useful. It includes features like quick access shortcuts on the lock screen, a theme engine, and the ability to use the View10’s fingerprint sensor to navigate the screen via swipe gestures.

View10 vs iphone x

Of course, the iPhone X comes with the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS 11 out of the box. The iPhone X adds to the software with its support for Animoji. Owners can use the TrueDepth camera hardware in the phone to scan over 50 different facial muscle movements. These can be used to animate the many Animoji that are available out of the box for messaging, chat and more.

iOS 11 also includes features like sending money to friends via the Messages app, adding support for more advanced augmented reality games, and more. Apple is also in full control of OS updates for iOS 11, which means that owners will get those patches and upgrades faster than the View10, which may have to wait weeks or even months for OS updates.


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The Honor View 10 and the iPhone X are priced very differently, and as such the View10 can be forgiven for not having all of the features that Apple’s latest phone has, such as the Face ID hardware, its near bezel-free screen, its higher water and dust resistance, dual speakers, and wireless charging support. However, it is pretty amazing that the View10, with a price of just $499, still contains a lot of hardware that matches, and in some ways beats, the ones in the iPhone X.

From its speedy processor to its NPU chip, the View10’s system is essentially on par with the chip in the iPhone X, and it has more RAM and storage than the $999 version of Apple’s phone. The View10 has a larger screen, a dual camera set up that take great images on a par with the iPhone X, a headphone jack, support for adding more storage, an IR blaster, a larger battery, and dual SIM slots.

The truth is that if you spend $999 on the iPhone X, you are not getting nearly the value that you would get if you purchased the Honor View10. Unless you absolutely are sold on iOS, the View10 is easily the better deal.

Buy the Honor View10

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Deal: Get 15% off sitewide on eBay until 7:00 PM PT Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:22:57 +0000

Lots of people associate eBay strictly with auction-style sales, but the reality is that eBay has become more like Amazon than the online auction house it was when it debuted. If you can find it on Amazon, chances are you can find it on eBay, and sometimes eBay is cheaper due to reduced or free shipping, or by choosing items in like-new condition for a steep discount.

That’s why it’s amazing that until 7:00 PM PT today, you can get an additional 15 percent off virtually anything sold on eBay by entering the checkout code PSPRINGTIME. That means 15 percent off a new smartphone, a new gaming console, a smart speaker (like the Google Home Max shown above), a drone, or a new laptop. Or, for even steeper discounts, you can get 15 percent off used or refurbished versions of those same items.

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Of course, as with any sitewide discounts like this, there are some limitations. The two biggest limitations are that you must spend at least $25 to get the discount, and the maximum discount you can receive is $50. Doing the math, that means that if you spend more than $333, you’ll get the same discount no matter how much higher you go. So, to maximize your savings, try to find something (or a combination of things) that costs close to $333.

The other caveats are that the items must be available on,, and; the items cannot be from the Coins & Paper Money, Gift Cards & Coupons, or Real Estate categories; and each eBay user is only allowed to use one coupon in one transaction.

You can read the fine print on eBay’s coupon page here, or you can skip the fine print and get right to shopping by clicking the button below. Just remember to enter PSPRINGTIME at checkout to get your discount!

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