How many more leaks will we see? This about wraps it up.

The Google hardware leaks are coming hard and fast, and the latest of the group reveals fresh information about the forthcoming Pixel 2 — the smaller sibling to the Pixel 2 XL. According to Droid-Life, the Google Pixel 2 will launch at the same starting price as last year’s Pixel, $649, which will put it well below the purported $849 price of the Pixel 2 XL.

For that money you’ll get the same base 64GB of storage, and the same step up of $100 will bump that to 128GB. According to the report, the Pixel 2 will also offer a third color, “Kinda Blue” (shown above), alongside simpler black and white options. Interestingly the white Pixel 2 is shown to have a white-backed glass portion at the top of the phone, while the latest Pixel 2 XL leaks show a black portion on the white phone. The Kinda Blue color is obviously … less blue than the “Really Blue” Pixel of last year, and shows Google likes to have a chuckle while it names its device colors.

Hardware and design between the two models could be more similar than we first expected.

The rest of the hardware looks like a simple smaller version of the Pixel 2 XL, at least from the back, with the smaller glass portion at the top holding a single camera lens once again. If you’re really paying attention to details you’ll see the flash is situated to the left of the camera rather than the right as on the Pixel 2 XL. At the $649 price we’d expect the Pixel 2 to have a metal body, and these leaks make it look like it should be similar to the original Pixel — which aside from being rather basic shouldn’t be a bad thing in terms of quality or feel.

We’ll see all of this unveiled officially, with some explanation of the specifics, at a Google event on October 4 in San Francisco.




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T-Mobile is set to make its unlimited plan a bit more attractive.

Update, September 19: This news is now official, as per T-Mobile’s blog.

“I’m happy to announce that starting tomorrow we’re increasing T-Mobile’s prioritization point from an already-industry-leading 32GB to a whopping 50GB! Meanwhile, Verizon and AT&T sit at a meager 22GB, meaning Un-carrier customers can use more than 2x the data before prioritization kicks in. Now, 50GB of data usage means a T-Mobile customer is basically the top 1% of data users, and to put it in context, you could stream a full 2 hours of Netflix every single day – that’s 30 SD movies – and never even reach that point! You’d still have roughly 8GB to go.”

After introducing free Netflix to all customers on its T-Mobile ONE unlimited family plan, the carrier is set to take another action that is sure to impress its user base while enticing customers from other carriers.

Starting September 20, T-Mobile is set to raise its “fair usage threshold,” also known as its data prioritization limit, to 50GB from 32GB. The company had already raised its threshold from 23GB to 30GB, and then again to 32GB, earlier this year, so T-Mobile’s network can clearly handle to extra load.

While we don’t have all the details just yet, it’s clear that T-Mobile is trying to move as many of its legacy customers over to T-Mobile ONE as quickly as possible. CEO John Legere said in a conference call after the recent Netflix announcement that “T-Mobile is in the business of selling T-Mobile ONE plans,” as opposed to trying to bundle other types of vertically integrated content like AT&T’s DirecTV and Verizon’s Go90.

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JerryRigEverything has torn down the LG V30, showing all the internal components.

While it hasn’t been released yet, the LG V30 has already been making waves with reviewers. Alex said in his review of the device that it was a no-BS flagship: everything a user may want without any compromises or gimmicks. As we get closer to the release of the phone, more and more journalists are getting their hands on the device.

JerryRigEverything has done his customary tear down of the V30, and there are more great things about the phone to report. The video is sponsored by LG, so make of that what you will. The video begins with some impressive shots of New York City, recorded on the V30. While the phone is waterproof, it was fairly easy to get into with the proper equipment. There isn’t too much in the way of adhesive, and all the components are held in place with clips.

The video notes the primary camera contains a 10-bit image sensor, meaning it can be used to record HDR video. The LG V30 is one of the few phones that supports HDR content, so it only makes sense to record HDR video. JerryRigEverything notes that the cameras may be the most advanced mobile sensor, but given the sponsored nature of the video, take that with a grain of salt. The USB-C port is held in place with screws, meaning it can be replaced down the road if need be.

One interesting feature is the fact that the earpiece speaker can be used as a microphone if recording audio above 100 decibels, meaning live recordings should sound fantastic. The battery is replaceable, though it is held in place with adhesive. This is still more hassle than the removable battery previous LG phones had, but it’s better than nothing. All the components were able to be plugged back in at the end and the phone turned on just fine. While it’d be tedious and would require the correct tools, users should technically be able to repair the device.

Are you looking forward to the LG V30? Let us know down below!

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Disclaimer: I cannot draw. At all. Like, even a little.

Paint VR by Coskami Games is an attempt to bring the 3d painting experience to Daydream. As you may know Google have a powerful 3D painting program called TiltBrush which can be enjoyed on the more powerful headsets such as the Vive but this is the first app for a less powerful system.

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There’s no reason for you to be without a way to charge your phone wherever you are. Lumsing’s USB-C Power Bank is available for $11.99 when you enter promo code 7NHCPEY2 at checkout to save $9 off its average selling price. This device is available in Gold and Silver.

This 10050mAh power bank has both a USB Type-A and a USB Type-C port, and features Quick Charge 3.0 and 2.0 compatibility to speed up your charge times. There are even LED lights to let you know how much of the battery is left.

Lumsing’s product is lightweight and compact making it easy to store in your pocket, backpack, glove compartment or elsewhere without much hassle. It has an Intelligent Charging System to keep your device safe from overheating and overcharging.

This device also comes with a one-year warranty.

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T-Mobile is set to make its unlimited plan a bit more attractive.

After introducing free Netflix to all customers on its T-Mobile ONE unlimited family plan, the carrier is set to take another action that is sure to impress its user base while enticing customers from other carriers.

Starting September 20, T-Mobile is set to raise its “fair usage threshold,” also known as its data prioritization limit, to 50GB from 32GB. The company had already raised its threshold from 23GB to 30GB, and then again to 32GB, earlier this year, so T-Mobile’s network can clearly handle to extra load.

While we don’t have all the details just yet, it’s clear that T-Mobile is trying to move as many of its legacy customers over to T-Mobile ONE as quickly as possible. CEO John Legere said in a conference call after the recent Netflix announcement that “T-Mobile is in the business of selling T-Mobile ONE plans,” as opposed to trying to bundle other types of vertically integrated content like AT&T’s DirecTV and Verizon’s Go90.

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Samsung cares about the U.S. unlocked Note 8! It really does!

Just a handful of days after the Galaxy Note 8 left pre-order status, Samsung has sent out its first update to the proper U.S. unlocked model. The update, which brings the phone up to software version 1AQI5, is a respectable 81.63MB. The changelog, if you could call it that, isn’t as exciting. There’s “improved stability” particularly in relation to Google Maps and the Weather widget — and then of course the standard “bug fixes” we all know and love.

The update doesn’t seem to change anything that can actually be seen in the interface, and with an update of this size that isn’t all that surprising. Despite rolling out in mid-September the update unfortunately doesn’t include the September security patch from Google … we’re still on August here.

The important part of this update, really, is that Samsung is actually pushing out an update to a U.S. unlocked phone. Something it’s been well-known for neglecting to do.

Is this one update going to change the perception that Samsung simply doesn’t keep up with updates on its U.S. unlocked models? No, it’s going to take more than that. But, this is a great first sign — pushing out an update just a few days after the Note 8 officially went on sale and hit stores gives us confidence that the company has an eye on its unlocked version.

Are you noticing anything different on your Note 8 after the update? Let us know in the comments below!




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What are the top things I need to know about the Note 8?

The Galaxy Note 8 is here. It’s the biggest phone Samsung makes, and expectations for it are just as big to match. And rightfully so, as it has a hefty price tag if you’re interested in buying one for yourself. Before you make that decision, you’ll want to do your research, and that’s why we have one handy guide with all of the information you need to know before choosing to buy a Galaxy Note 8.

Read (and watch) our Note 8 review

To kick things off, you’ll want to get the top-level view and see the Note 8 in action with some context in our full video review. When you want more, you can read our complete Note 8 review as well!

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: An expression of dominance

So the Note 8 is big

“Galaxy Note” has always been synonymous with “big phone,” and that’s still very much true today. Taking on the Galaxy S8′s proportions of being tall and skinny, but applying them to a 6.3-inch display, the Note 8 is very tall indeed. At 162.5 mm, it’s notably taller than the LG V30 (151.7 mm), Note 5 (153.2 mm) and iPhone 8 Plus (158.4 mm) — all while also being wider and heavier as well.

The Note 8 is huge, there’s no way to get around it.

Even with very small bezels around the screen, that big footprint makes it rather tough to reach the top of the display or even reach across for a slide-in gesture from the edge. In many cases you’ll have to awkwardly shift your hand, or just wait until you have both hands available to get everything done. In a pinch, you can use the one-handed mode, which shrinks the screen down to the corner so you can actually use it without fear of dropping the phone.

Some people love the big screen — that is, after all, often why they bough a Note in the first place. But if you aren’t committed to it, and think you may be able to figure it out in the future, consider getting a smaller phone.

Two cameras are better than one

Part of what you get for that added size is two rear cameras rather than one. Samsung is using the most popular formula of two sensors with the same resolution behind lenses of different focal lengths — one “standard” field of view, and another that’s roughly twice the length with a narrower field of view. They aren’t the same sensor, though, and the longer lens has a narrower aperture of f/2.4 to the main camera’s f/1.7 — that means it lets in less light.

Two cameras … and not quite twice the capabilities.

In practice, the second camera offers you an extra shooting option and some more utility. As you zoom in, whether you’re shooting photos or video, the software will automatically switch to the longer lens so you don’t lose resolution. The result? Better photos and video with less noise. You can also just tap the “2X” button to switch to the long lens, giving you a narrower field of view and an altogether different look from a “normal” smartphone shot. It works particularly well for macros, provided you have enough light.

Samsung has also developed a “Live Focus” mode that lets you take photos with both cameras at once, and use that extra data to artificially blur the background … or at least, what the camera thinks is the background. It doesn’t always get that calculation right, and when it misses the mark it looks kind of funny. Thankfully the camera also saves the standard photo from the main camera every time you take a Live Focus shot — an escape hatch, of sorts. Live Focus is worth trying out, and it’s capable of excellent results sometimes provided the conditions are all right, but this feature alone isn’t enough to differentiate this camera from the Galaxy S8+’s single sensor and lens.

It’s very similar to the Galaxy S8+

Chances are you’ve gathered the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 is extremely similar to the Galaxy S8+ released earlier this year. That’s definitely true. The Note 8 is just a couple millimeters larger in its overall external dimensions, and its 6.3-inch display is barely larger than the 6.2-inch of the GS8+ — though the Note 8′s display does get a bit brighter. Internally, the only change is the Note 8′s extra RAM, now up to 6GB from 4GB, and its smaller battery at 3300mAh to the GS8+’s 3500mAh. Of course there are two rear cameras on the Note 8 — but we already covered that.

Everything else is identical. The materials and build quality, while excellent, are unchanged. The Galaxy Note 8 has a bit sharper corners that give it a more blocky look, but that’s pretty minor. The charging technology, ports, speaker and call quality are all the same. So if you have a Galaxy S8+, you shouldn’t be considering an upgrade to the Galaxy Note 8. But if you’re on a different phone and you want a top-end Galaxy, these phones should be head-to-head in your consideration — just know that you get about 90% the same phone in either case.

More: Galaxy Note 8 vs. Galaxy S8: Which should you buy?

What’s new with the S Pen

Several generations in, the existence of the S Pen nestled inside the phone is what gives the Galaxy Note its name. This is, of course, the best and most capable S Pen yet — but it isn’t much different from what we saw debut on the Note 7, nor is it dramatically different from the Note 5′s.

The S Pen is fantastic, if that’s the sort of tool you need.

The new S Pen has higher sensitivity of 4096 levels, which is fantastic when paired up with the very fine 0.7 mm stylus tip, and together you continue to have a very accurate instrument for writing and drawing. The S Pen-focused software is basically the same as far as the core features of Samsung Notes, Screen write, Smart select and Translate go. You get a new “Live message” feature that lets you write out and send animated gifs, and the “Screen off memo” feature has been improved, but that’s about it.

The S Pen is still a super effective tool for getting all of the fine control work done on your Note 8, and it brings those extra utilities that you can’t just get on any other phone (even a Galaxy S8+) — but it won’t be a game-changer for everyone. If the idea of the S Pen doesn’t immediately speak to you when you test it out before buying, that’s the best indication yet that you should consider the Galaxy S8+.

How about battery life?

For all of that massive size, the Note 8′s battery capacity is rather conservative at 3300mAh. As noted that’s actually smaller than the Galaxy S8+ and Note 7 (ahem), and the same size as smaller phones like the LG G6 and OnePlus 5. With a super-efficient processor and display, the Note 8′s battery life is good; but it isn’t necessarily great.

In our testing as part of our review, we found the Note 8 could get you through a full day, even with pretty heavy use, but it wouldn’t have anything left in the tank in doing so. Getting upwards of 16 hours of use out of the phone with just a 3300mAh battery is quite good, and probably enough for most people given their typical usage. But not getting exceptional battery life out of a Note, something the line’s long been known for, can be a bit disappointing to those who are upgrading from a prior model.

Yup, it’s expensive

The Note 8 is very clearly the top-end device in Samsung’s flagship lineup, and it has all of the best technology the company has to offer. It also has the highest price, retailing around $950, give or take a few depending on the market and carrier. While you can find some good deals out there, if you just walk into a store today and want to buy one it’s going to be very costly.

So is the phone worth the money? Well, that’s a personal decision — everyone has a different threshold for what they are willing to pay for a phone. If you want the absolute biggest and best Samsung has to offer, you’re going to have to pay up. But if the idea of a $900+ smartphone makes your eyes water, know that you can save $100-200 by getting a Galaxy S8+ or the small-but-capable Galaxy S8 and still get the core experience that makes the Galaxy Note 8 great.

More: Where to buy the Galaxy Note 8

There are four colors to choose from — sort of

The Galaxy Note 8 is offered in four different gorgeous colors: midnight black, orchid grey, maple gold and deep sea blue. But unfortunately you won’t have your choice of all four in all areas around the world. The U.S., for example, only has the black and grey models available — and even further, the unlocked version for the U.S. is only available in black. Head up to Canada and you get black and blue … but not the other two.

Internationally you’ll have a better shot at choosing between more colors, but you unfortunately can’t always count on having all four. Be sure to read our take on the colors and see which one is right for you … then filter things down by country and go from there.

More: Which color Galaxy Note 8 should I buy?

Any more questions?

If you have any other questions you need answered, we hope you drop a comment down below or hop into our Galaxy Note 8 forums!




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Bose is synonymous with quality and expense, and with those come great features.

Bose’s QuietComfort 35 headphones are some of the most highly-recommended active noise-canceling headphones on the market. Modern Dad calls them the best headphones a traveler could ask for, and its successor, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, are apparently packing a new feature that’ll be quite handy to Android users: Google Assistant.

Look what I found early …. Bose QC 35 II pic.twitter.com/vq2zXDDb2A

— Jeremy Judkins (@jeremyjudkins) September 16, 2017

Jeremy Judkins has apparently stumbled across a retail box for the new model, and right there on the back of the box sits a nifty new Google Assistant built-in logo. Having Google Assistant on-board could be a great help, even if its media commands turn out to not be quite as robust as ones on the Google Home, and hopefully with Bose’s nose eliminating magic for its mic array you’ll be able to get commands heard clearly while going about our noisy, busy lives. Battery life also hopefully will be improved on this model, but the only big question I have left here is will the Bose QC35 II finally make the jump to USB-C for charging?

The headphones are expected to be a part of Google’s October 4 event, during which the company will announce the Pixel 2 series. Like last year, where Google also unveiled the Home and Wifi, we’re expecting to hear about a new initiative where Google will partner with audio accessory manufacturers like Bose to include Assistant in these products.

The headphones were initially unveiled by 9to5Google last week.

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Amazon’s currently has a pretty great discount on the extremely popular Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker. With this deal, the black version speaker drops down to $25.49 (the other colors are $32.99), from a usual street price around $36. Anker is well known for coupon code deals, which are hard to track over time, so it’s possible this speaker has gone lower than this in the past. For direct price drops, though, this price only matches a previous drop back in 2016 on Black Friday.

The SoundCore has a 24-hour battery life, which means you can take it on any outdoor excursion without worrying about it fading for quite some time. It has a built-in mic so you can use Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls. It also comes with an 18-month warranty from Anker. The waterproof successor to this speaker, the SoundCore 2 is also on sale right now, and you can pick one up for just $40.

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