This week’s mobile news features updates on Qualcomm’s new super Snapdragon 835 processor, the demise of the OnePlus 3 and rumours on foldable phones of the future. We also have the latest on WhatsApp’s new video calling feature, as well as Facebook Messenger’s take on chat rooms.
Could we see foldable phones in 2017?
In a bid to take the next leap in mobile technology, smartphone screen manufacturer Japan Display has developed a prototype for a phone that can open and close like a book. The screen has two LCD panels held together with small hinges that can be used as one giant display when unfolded, or used separately.
This would take watching media on your mobile to new levels, as well as opening new possibilities for multitasking. Word on the street is Japan Display is working alongside a Chinese smartphone manufacturer to create a revolutionary device with this technology that could be unveiled as soon as next summer.
OnePlus 3T replaces the OnePlus 3
At a mere five-months-old, the OnePlus 3 has been discontinued in favour of the all-new OnePlus 3T. The OnePlus 3 will no longer be sold across Europe and the US, and is already listed as out of stock on their UK site.
The OnePlus 3T features a bigger battery at 3,4000mAh, better camera at 16MP, and stronger processor with the Snapdragon 821 – but it also comes with a higher price tag at around £400; £70 more expensive than its predecessor.
Snapdragon 835 enables superfast charging
Qualcomm’s brand-new processor, the Snapdragon 835, is set to charge your device up to 20% faster with Quick Charge 4.0. The Snapdragon 835 will premiere in the next generation of Android devices to feature the new System on a Chip, which Qualcomm claims to be the smallest processor they’ve ever developed.
While it’s yet to be confirmed exactly which phones will support Quick Charge 4.0, it is likely that Samsung and LG will be among the first to try it out in 2017. Qualcomm has come a long way since launching Quick Charge in 2013, as the new iteration will be able to charge your smartphone almost three times as fast.
Video calling finally comes to WhatsApp
Tackling Skype, FaceTime and Google Duo head on, WhatsApp’s video calling feature is now being introduced to the world. What makes this one a little different is it’s a cross-platform service, so you can chat to your friends on different devices to your own.
However, it looks like the feature itself brings nothing new to the table, so WhatsApp are just catching up with the pack. The update is yet to be released in the UK, but it should be available any day now.
Facebook Messenger to bring back chat rooms?
If you thought you’d seen the last of chat rooms in the early 2000s, it looks like Facebook Messenger is about to bring the craze back with its new ‘Rooms’ feature. The idea is to take group chats, which are already available on the app, and enable anyone to join in the conversation. For added security, Rooms can be made private with approval needed to join.
Facebook hopes the new feature will encourage topic-based discussions and intellectual conversations with strangers across the globe. Currently, Rooms is only available in Australia and Canada, but it is likely to hit our shores soon.
That’s everything for this week’s mobile news – you know where to find us next Friday for all the latest updates!