Intel is also working on the XMM 7660 for Cat-19 Gigabit LTE speeds up to 1.6 Gbps.

Qualcomm’s been making huge strides in developing the 5G future lately, but it isn’t the only company committed to this venture. Intel recently announced a couple new chips that it’s currently working on, and the XMM 8060 – it’s first commercial 5G modem – will be shipping out in just a couple of years.

The XM 8060 is the first addition to Intel’s XMM 8000 series of modems, and it’ll be able to support standalone and non-standalone 5G NR, 4G, 3G/CDMA, and 2G networks. Commerical devices that are based on the XMM 8060 should begin shipping in mid-2019, but as the XMM 8000 series grows, Intel will be able to integrate this power into smartphones, computers, vehicles, etc.

We won’t see a full deployment of 5G networks until some point in 2020, so while we’re waiting, Intel also announced that its XMM 7660 will be available for use in 2019. The XMM 7660 is a Cat-19 LTE modem, and it’s capable of download speeds reaching as high as 1.6 Gbps. That’s not as fast as what we’ll be able to see with 5G, but it’s considerably quicker than what current 4G LTE is capable of.

Intel’s XMM 7660 is the successor to the XMM 7560 that was announced earlier this year, and Intel says that the XMM 7560 is currently being used and tested by smartphone makers with successful Gigabit-class speeds. A timeframe for its rollout isn’t concrete quite yet, but commercial products should start shipping with it as soon as next year.

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You’re going to want to get in on this awesome deal.

Amazon has the Top Greener USB-C Outlet on sale for $23.19 which is the lowest price ever for this item. This outlet has received a 4.1 out of 5-star rating based on 109 customer reviews. The USB Charger Outlet with Type C and Type A Smart intelliChip USB Ports recognizes the need for your devices then charges at the maximum speed, whether it’s a smartphone, Android tablet or an iPad. It features an interchangeable face cover that can easily snap on. The white cover comes attached but you can change it to black or light almond.

This can replace any standard wall outlet and installation is a breeze. With this charging outlet, you can eliminate plug confusion and charging adapters. For under $70 you could grab this item and the Top Greener USB Wall Outlet, 4.8A 24W Ultra High-Speed USB Wall Charger.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? – This is the lowest price ever for this item. The Top Greener USC-C Outlet easily replaces any standard wall outlet.
  • Things to know before you buy! – This is sold by a 3rd party seller so there is a slight shipping cost and Prime benefits are not available.

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Honor’s latest affordable flagship has an 18:9 display and dual-camera capabilities — for (probably) less than you’d expect.

Honor’s “X” series of phones has always toed a fine line in terms of hardware, feature set and price point. The Honor 5X was one of the first handsets to bring metal construction and fingerprint recognition to a cheaper price tier. And a year ago, the Honor 6X added a surprisingly competent dual camera rig to the experience.

As 2017 draws to a close, the Honor 7X makes things even more competitive. The new phone has been soft-announced announced today ahead of Honor’s full launch event on December 5, and assuming it keeps to a price point in line with its predecessors, it could be one of the most compelling sub-€300 phones we’ve seen.

Starting on the outside, the Honor 7X broadly resembles a mash-up between an Honor 8 Pro and a Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It boasts a new, taller 18:9 aspect ratio, with a 5.93-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) LCD panel — a first for what we assume will be something priced similarly to the 6X.

And around the back, a brushed, anodized aluminum chassis that’s almost identical to the much more expensive Honor 8 Pro — including the signature navy blue hue that’ll be the main color for the UK. (There’ll also be a black model for the color-averse.)

You could argue about whether, like the 6X and 5X, the design is a bit derivative. What’s more important is that there’s nothing at all cheap-feeling about this phone. Around the front, the 2.5D glass of the display finally has an oleophobic coating, which sounds like a small thing, but is hugely important in stopping the screen getting gunked up by fingerprints. That’s aside from the tall aspect ratio that gives makes phone just as modern-looking as a OnePlus 5T or LG V30.

The premium design and brushed finish of the Honor 7X takes a step beyond 6X and 5X.

Fortunately, the flagship-like aesthetics of the Honor 7X don’t come at the cost of durability. While Honor isn’t advertising the phone as being drop-resistant in the same way as a Moto Z2 Force, the 7X does boast reinforced corners — the main impact point for any drop — to reduce the likelihood of permanent damage if it hits the floor. I haven’t put this to the test with my unit (yet), but I did witness the phone survive a few impromptu drop tests at a meeting in London ahead of today’s announcement.

On the inside, the Honor 7X runs the latest of Huawei’s mid-level Kirin chips, the Kirin 659 — an octa-core 16nm part, along with 4GB of RAM and (in the UK) 64GB of storage, plus microSD. Like many other dual-SIM phones, the 7X’s hybrid slot can support either a single SIM plus SD Card, or two SIMs and no SD card.

For photography, you’re looking at a 16-megapixel main camera with PDAF (phase-detection autofocus), backed up by a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth-sensing and portrait mode. (Unlike some Huawei-built phones, the secondary sensor doesn’t capture fine details, it just captures depth.)

We haven’t spent a whole lot of time with the Honor 7X’s cameras just yet — look out for our full review for a more comprehensive take — but the handful of indoor shots I took in a dimly-lit breakfast bar looked decent. The Honor 7X’s photos looked a little smudgier than pics from a Huawei Mate 10 Pro I was also carrying — nevertheless, the cheaper device managed to hold its own.

Around the front, there’s an 8-megapixel setup that’s also capable of capturing portrait mode shots — a feature that’s only just starting to gain prominence in the Android world.

A solid loadout of specs — though you’ll be dealing with Android Nougat out of the box.

There are a few compromises hidden away in the 7X’s attractive chassis, though. It charges over microUSB, a decision which presumably saves money, but seems bizarre for any phone in late 2017. And quick charging is limited to 5V/2A with the built-in plug.

There is at least a 3.5mm headphone jack, which supports audio enhancements through Huawei’s HiSten tuning technology.

And the 7X promises at least decent longevity, thanks to the same 3,340mAh internal battery capacity that served the 6X well. That’s nothing to write home about in the flagship space, but should be plenty for a device like the 7X, running lower-powered silicon.

On the software side, the compromises of running a mid-range chip are also apparent: The Honor 7X runs the older EMUI 5.1, based on Android 7.0 Nougat, as opposed to the newer EMUI 8 found in Kirin 970-powered handsets. Visually, this doesn’t make a whole lot of difference, and Honor has even ported some of EMUI 8′s more useful features back to the older software. Apps that don’t support 18:9 natively can easily be scaled up to fill the full size of the display. And some messaging apps can (optionally) open messages in a split-screen view if you’re watching full-screen video.

Besides that, this is EMUI 5.1 just as we’ve seen it on a number of phones over the past twelve months. It’s an improvement on what came before, with a clean blue-and-white color scheme, but there’s still some software weirdness, including a suboptimal lock screen notification system.

We’ll learn more about pricing and availability for the Honor 7X on December 5.

Any device shipping with Nougat at this stage is less than ideal, though in the case of what (likely) will be a cheaper handset, it’s not the end of the world. Honor says it’s planning to update the 7X to Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8 in the first quarter of 2018, but it’s not going into specific dates just yet.

Honor isn’t announcing pricing details for the 7X until the December event, but considering the starting price of the 6X, and the hardware included in the new phone, you might expect a price comfortably within the sub-€300 ballpark.

Stay tuned for our full Honor 7X review, along with coverage from the launch event on December 5.




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Stream your favorite shows and play your favorite games all with one device.

The Nvidia Shield TV with game controller is down to $169.99 on Amazon. This price matches a deal we saw more than a week ago during Best Buy’s early Black Friday sales, and you can find this price at Best Buy this time, too.

In fact, if you don’t want the game controller (you should, but that’s none of my business), you can get the Nvidia Shield TV with just the remote for $150 at Best Buy.

The Nvidia Shield TV has improved over previous iterations. Heck, this one gives you access to Amazon Prime Video, which is a step-up by itself. Sure, the Shield is more expensive than a Roku but the Shield is a gaming console, too, and a decent one at that.

Features include:

  • Connected Google Life – Access all your Google content and smart home features with Google Assistant, share your Google Photos in 4K, and cast your favorite apps to your TV with Chromecast 4K.
  • 4K HDR Powerhouse – Watch Netflix and Amazon Video in crisp 4K HDR, and YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and VUDU in 4K. Apps like HBO Now, Spotify, and ESPN meet all your entertainment needs.
  • NVIDIA-Powered Gaming – Cast games from your GeForce-powered PC to your TV in 4K HDR at 60 FPS. Get NVIDIA-powered cloud gaming on demand with GeForce NOW. And enjoy exclusive Android games only on SHIELD.
  • Smart Home Ready – Google Assistant lets you control your entertainment and smart home with your voice. Add SmartThings Link to wirelessly connect lights, speakers, thermostats, and much more.
  • Get YouTube Red for 3 months free – $29.97 in value. Explore uninterrupted music, ad-free videos, and exclusive original movies and shows from your favorite YouTube creators. Limited-time offer ends 12/31.

The Nvidia Shield has 4.3 stars based on 927 user reviews.

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It’s always a tough balance between listening to customers and having a central vision.

OnePlus held its first ever in-person launch event in New York City this past week. The OnePlus 5T clearly wasn’t a groundbreaking product deserving of a launch event in itself, but OnePlus used this gathering more so as an opportunity to talk directly to fans and curious onlookers alike. Presenters took an inordinate amount of time talking about things the company had already done. Talking about the history of how OnePlus phones are made, and how OxygenOS was born out of user feedback. The core of the presentation focused on the philosophy inside OnePlus that the customer comes first — not just in how they’re treated when buying the phone, but how the phones are made from the start.

If OnePlus wants to grow beyond the enthusiast community, does it have to start being a bit more opinionated?

OnePlus says that development of OxygenOS begins and ends with community engagement, coming up with new features that are fed to beta testers who give feedback that is directly integrated into the future builds. Tweaks and changes to amazingly mundane things like interface colors, animations and boot sequences all have hundreds of community members chiming in with strong opinions. The name “OxygenOS” itself was chosen as a suggestion from a OnePlus forum member. And OnePlus isn’t shy about the fact that it listens to the same community when it comes to making hardware decisions on its phones. It’s the reason why the OnePlus 5T has 8GB of RAM, a headphone jack, a physical mute switch and the like.

For an enthusiast-driven company like OnePlus, it makes sense to lean on the very fanatics buying your phones for input on what those products should be. The feedback loop can be powerful, and it almost guarantees sales up to a certain point. But the question is, if OnePlus wants to grow beyond this enthusiast group, does it need to start being a bit more opinionated again?

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said that the company learned a big lesson with the OnePlus 2. After seeing wonderful success with the OnePlus One, the company “got cocky” according to Pei — this led to some questionable decisions, like the ever-frustrating set of hoops to jump through to get the phone, and odd hardware choices like the removal of something as simple as NFC. OnePlus has certainly swung back in the other direction now, with wide open sales, much-improved customer service, and phones that don’t skimp on the necessities.

OnePlus has completely changed how it treats users, but now it needs to move forward.

Now with that equilibrium achieved, I think it’s time for OnePlus to take the reins once again. Looking at the progression from OnePlus 3 to the OnePlus 5T, I just don’t see enough innovation happening. Some 85% (or thereabouts) of the phone experience is identical over the course of 18 months. That’s a nod to how good of a phone the OnePlus 3 still is today, but also a point of realization that OnePlus needs to step up the innovation a bit. The OnePlus 5T is a good, solid phone for a really great price in a world of ever-more-expensive flagships — but it sure isn’t innovative, new, exciting or important in the market in any respect.

OnePlus has worked out the kinks, got things running smoothly and most importantly shaken (most of) the bad blood the public has from past poor decisions. So now, I’m looking for OnePlus to do something truly new, fresh and exciting. There’s a fine line between consistency and complacency, and that’s precisely where OnePlus is walking right now.

And with that, a few more lingering thoughts on the week:

  • In reviewing the OnePlus 5T, I’ve taken a break from writing about the Pixel Buds. Rest assured a proper “review” will be landing soon, though.
  • Google got many things right with the Pixel Buds, including the comfort, battery life, and sound quality. But they’re very expensive, and the advanced features leave something to be desired.
  • I’m initially quite satisfied with the Pixel 2 XL’s display after the latest software update to improve the tuning via a “saturated” display mode.
  • It still isn’t a drop-dead gorgeous panel, but it sure is above average. The display stands in the way of the Pixel 2 XL being a truly great phone, but I don’t find it a big enough issue to stop me from recommending it at this point.
  • You’ll notice that after initially pausing our recommendation of the Pixel 2 XL in our review, we’ve moved back to recommending it as originally found in the first testing period.
  • All that being said, I still like the smaller Pixel 2 more. I’m a sucker for a “small” phone, and it’s just a much more compelling device with its much lower price.

Have a great week, everyone — particularly those of us in the U.S. who are likely to spend some time with family for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

-Andrew




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Great audio chops and being built to withstand the apocalypse makes the V10 the one phone I’m holding on to.

I’ve never used a phone more than a year. Before I came to work for Mobile Nations I got a new BlackBerry every year (except for a miserable affair with a Palm Pre) and nowadays I seem to change phones at least two or three times a year. But the LG V10 is still charged and in my carrying-around bag.

Changing phones stops being fun after the first 20 or so times.

And I still use it quite a bit. I love the way it’s built with the rubber textured back and solid steel frame but that’s not why I keep it around. Neither is the woefully old software the reason. I just love the way it sounds.

I carry three phones counting the V10, and even I think that’s a bit ridiculous. But like everyone ever in the history of consumer electronics, I can’t find the one thing that’s perfect for everything. The Pixel 2 is what I use for any work stuff. We need to know what happens with Android from Google and how things work before another company gets in there and changes, fixes, or breaks things. It’s also a really damn good phone and would be my choice if I had to pick just one.

I also carry my BlackBerry KEYone in case I actually have to do anything more than type out a short and typo-filled message. Any BlackBerry fan will tell you that the right keyboard can be a lifesaver if you need to do a lot of work with your phone, and now that a great BlackBerry keyboard phone is part of the Android ecosystem it’s pretty damn wonderful.

But neither of these phones nor any other new phone I have here plays my music the way the V10 plays my music. The HTC 10 did, but because it’s not built like a weapon of mass destruction it didn’t survive as long as the V10 has. And the V10 sounds even better now than it did when I first got it. Like many music players or stereo parts, it got even better with a little age after the parts burned in a bit. I’m not exactly sure why that works the way it does, so I chalk it up to dust being magical. But it works like that. But I do know that the V10 is the best music player and fun device I’ve ever had and neither of its successors nor any other phone since comes close.

The V10 is the best music player I’ve ever had. And my wife would be quick to mention that I’ve had too many of them.

Besides playing the tunes the way I like them to be played, the V10 has a great camera, records sound better than any other phone I’ve tried, and is as connected as every other Android device. I often think that some company (looking at you, Samsung) needs to make a good music player that has Google Play support but doesn’t need to be imported from Japan for $1,000. But really, that’s exactly what my V10 is. Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook, and all the rest of the apps we love are there along with every streaming service and premium audio support. It’s better than a good PMP because it can double as a phone if I wanted it to.

I know it’s not going to last forever. If I get lucky and never meet Mr. Bootloop I reckon I can get a couple more years out of it. I just hope someone makes a replacement that I like as well between now and then.

I can’t be the only one hanging on to some old phone because it makes a great second-duty device. At least I hope I’m not. Holler at me if you’re doing something similar and keeping an old phone around because it’s so damn good at a few things.




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The 2017 model of PlayStation VR has made some easy to miss, but fantastic changes.

PlayStation VR has been delivering awesome videos, games, and experiences for over a year now. While the original PlayStation VR is a great headset, Sony now has an updated model for 2017 that has made a number of small changes to the design of this VR headset. Everything from the earbuds, to buttons, extending all the way to the processor box has been updated.

Here are all the changes we’ve spotted!

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British customers can snag some decent extras with their OnePlus 5T thanks to O2.

As has been the case in the past, O2 is the carrier partner for the latest phone from OnePlus and it’s making a pretty big deal about its launch. There’ll be a handful of pop-up shops opening on November 21 for folks to go down and buy, as well as a bundle that includes extra data and free Xbox Live Gold when you buy on a new contract.

The information is being sent out by OnePlus to previous customers and it dropped in our inbox this morning detailing a pretty nifty bundle. O2 will be offering 50GB of data per month for the price of 10GB as well as a free 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold, because, reasons. The only catch is that it’s a limited time offer and you have to pre-order or buy the OnePlus 5T before December 6 to claim the Xbox Live offer.

The 50GB tariff will cost £49 a month with a £9.99 upfront payment for the 64GB model and £52 a month for the 128GB.

The pop-up shops will be open from 2 pm on November 21 and will be the first places in the UK folks can get their hands on the new phone. And maybe some swag.

These Pop-Ups will be open at O2 stores at London 134 Oxford Street as well as London Westfield Stratford, Manchester Arndale and, for the first time, also in Belfast at O2 Castle Lane.

O2 will also be selling off-contract but with a £15 charge for pay-as-you-go credit, with both storage sizes available for £449 for 64GB and £499 for 128GB. They’ll probably not be available at these pop-up stores for long and lines are to be expected so if you’re keen, get yourself down to your nearest nice and early.

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The days are officially too short and too cold for many of us, so spend your time indoors talking to friends.

In a few days, the holiday season officially begins in the U.S. That means turkey dinners, Black Friday shopping and the end of Daylight Saving Time makes it dark before you get home from work. Winter time is fun for some things, but cold and dark is generally not a good for happiness.

While you’re mentally preparing for a family dinner complete with politics and religion and every other awkward thing being discussed over turkey and cranberry sauce, remember you have at least one place where nobody cares about any of it and you can relax and have a little fun. This place, right here.

We plan to take a friend to see some history this weekend. She’s never had time to see the sights whenever she’s visited my little section of the world before, so anything built in the 1700′s is fair game. Yeah, that’s not old if you live across the pond but for this part of the world it is. Living a stone’s throw from places like Harper’s Ferry means plenty of things to see.

Besides, I like taking photos of all the old stuff like the spooky church above.

I’ll have a nice Thanksgiving, and hope each of you can do the same. But that’s next week, so let’s hear what everyone is up to this weekend!




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Set it and forget it.

This Otium fast wireless charger dock is down to $13.96 with code CISLSVRY on Amazon. The lowest this charger has ever gone before was $16. We’ve never seen a cut down to $14 through direct price drops.

This device works with any phone that uses wireless charging, including the new iPhone X or Android smartphones.

Features include:

  • Lighting charging technology leading a 1.4 times fast charging for this wireless phone charger
  • The wireless charger work even with a case on the phone. Works with most cases.
  • Enjoy the latest charging technology with your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X on this wireless charger
  • The Fast Charge Mode is compatible only with Samsung Galaxy Note 8 S8, S8+/S8 Plus, Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge. Other Qi-enabled devices will charge at standard wireless charging speeds
  • Charge your phone either horizontally or vertically. Keep watching movies or enjoying your music or making a call while charging on the stand.
  • Temperature control, surge protection, short-circuit prevention and more protect you and your phone..
  • No Wires, No Beeps, No Lights: Sleep-friendly. Forget about all tangled up wires, beeping sounds and annoying lights and invest in this modern mobile phone charger! Its LED indicator will automatically shut off after 10 seconds.

This device comes with a risk free 30-day return policy and is covered by a one-year warranty.

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