It’s been another busy week in the mobile world, with big announcements coming out of China, Kodak giving photography fans a snazzy new smartphone option, Apple filing a lawsuit against counterfeit accessories, and Samsung stepping up in the face of the Note 7 debacle. Read on for the inside scoop in our Mobile News weekly roundup.
Vphone S8: the world’s teeniest touchscreen
Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, when it comes to gadgets, you might even say the opposite is true – and if that’s the case, the Vphone S8 might just take the cake. Claiming to be the smallest touchscreen phone ever, this dinky device packs in a micro SIM port, 64MB of RAM, 128MB of storage and a 380mAh battery, all behind a 1.54-inch display. It can also be paired with both iOS and Android devices for when more space is needed but for now, it’s only available in China.
Apple’s laying down the law
Apple has launched a lawsuit against a major Amazon supplier in an effort to crack down on unlicensed third-party accessories. The suit is against a company called Mobile Star but there may also be implications for Amazon because it fulfils orders on the supplier’s behalf. Apple cites evidence that the dodgy products have been overheating and catching fire, giving the crack down on counterfeits an altruistic edge.
Huawei announce the super powerful Kirin 960 chip
Chinese manufacturer Huawei announced the powerful Kirin 960 chip this week, giving us a good idea of just how impressive its next range of flagship devices might be. Using RM’s new Cortex-A73 cores and four low-powered A53 cores, the chip will pack plenty of punch for gamers and will be the first processor to come out with the Mali G71 MP8 GPU. At the launch event, Huawei pitted a Kirin-chipped phone up against an iPhone 7 and a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – and it beat both in speed trials!
Get snap happy with the Kodak Ektra
The new Kodak Ektra (designed along with the Bullitt Group) will be out in December and it boasts some fun retro vibes. Kodak are better known for their cameras, so it makes sense that the new smartphone leans strongly towards photo features. Rather than play this down, the brand has gone all in and given the phone a distinctly camera-esque design as well as a 21-megapixel Sony-made sensor with an f/2.0 lens on the back, a 13-megapixel front-facing camera and loads of photo apps and features.
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 7 replacement service
In an effort to avoid accidents and lawsuits, Samsung has made the decision to not only recall all Note 7 handsets but to revoke the line altogether. Customers are encouraged to send/take their handsets back to their provider and choose a replacement, or check out the walk through online. If you’ve got a device that may be affected, be sure to get it sorted!
That’s us for this week. Head back next Friday for another update on all the biggest news in smartphones with Tesco Mobile.