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MMR Smartphone Tech Blog – June, 2018

6/26/18 The OnePlus 6: A Flagship Phone Killer At An Affordable Price

With prices hovering in the $800-$1200 range, new cellphones are outside the budget of a fairly big segment of their target market. Fledgling tech company OnePlus has been on a mission for the last four years to create flagship quality phones that offer the same design and functionality as their pricier and more well-known counterparts. Their newest offering, the OnePlus 6 was expected to hit the same trajectory as previous releases which have sold over a million units. The catch was that the OnePlus 5 and 5T both logged those sales over the course of several months. Meanwhile, sales for the OnePlus 6 have already gone past a million units and it hasn’t been a month yet since its May 22nd release. A big part of their energetic sales has been due to their attractive retail price. The OnePlus 6 starts at around $500. The rest of the explanation is even more simple. It’s a really nice phone.

Sleek and smooth with gentle curves and a glass back, the design of the OnePlus 6 rivals the comforting feel of the iPhone and the Galaxy S9 by Samsung. The phone has a pleasing button arrangement, and the almost retro 3.5mm audio jack to accommodate any and all headphones and buds. The phone’s display is a brilliant 6.25 inch, 19:9 aspect ratio, 2280×1080 AMOLED screen that remains vivid even in direct sunlight. While not quite an infinity display, the bezels are extremely slim and there is the all popular notch at the top of the device. For those who aren’t fans of the notch, there are plans to make it a customizable feature via a future software update.

Inside, the ubiquitous Snapdragon 845 chipset makes another appearance and combines with either a 6 or 8 gigabyte RAM memory load that drives top of the line performance across a wide spectrum of apps and games. Speaking of gaming, the OnePlus 6 has a dedicated gaming mode which blocks incoming notifications and optimizes network access to reduce connective lag. On the back of the phone you’ll find dual rear facing cameras (16 and 20 megapixels respectively), a flash and fingerprint sensor. The phone uses the latest version of Android 8.1 based OxygenOS, which is not unlike stock Android but has a little more in the way of customization and some fresh visuals.

The OnePlus 6’s camera is nothing to sneeze at, either. Featuring image stabilization and a pro mode that lets you customize ISO and exposure settings, the camera is competitive with other more expensive devices. The battery is sufficient to handle most apps and video playback and should see you through the day without needing to recharge but doesn’t feature integrated charging. While the device can handle a certain amount of exposure to the elements, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t have an IP rating and as such, should not be exposed to any appreciable amount of water.

While there are a few faults, most notably the locked 1080p resolution, and the fact that it doesn’t support the Verizon and Sprint cellular networks, once you get past those, this is a solid phone at an attractive price.

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6/18/18 – Why You Need A New Phone Right Now

With the endless selection of flagship smartphones that have hit the market recently, plus the scandal surrounding Apple’s throttling of their older phones, 2018 is most assuredly the year of the new phone.
5G networks are driving performance levels in the newest franchise phones that was pure science fiction even five years ago. But hey, your old phone still makes calls just fine, right? More and more, it’s looking like 2018 is also the year of the upgrade, and there’s a lot of reasons you should be planning to step up.

For one thing, a new phone can vastly improve both speed and coverage. T-Mobile has released a new spectrum of bandwidth called Band 71 that increases range and connectivity across a wide swath of the country. The change is intended to increase coverage along more rural areas on the U.S. and can also work in closed areas where bandwidth signals often get lost. The catch is that the new bandwidth is only accessible by way of phones no older than the Samsung Galaxy S9 and isn’t supported by Apple phones at all. Anything under the Galaxy S8 is simply unable to implement the overwhelming majority of the advances in mobile phone technology, for that matter.

Speaking of Apple, iPhone technology increases have also moved up commensurate with their newer releases of their franchise smartphone. With each successive model, connectivity and range have increased along with processing speeds. The iPhone X can receive and process more information in one data burst than the iPhone 7 could, and the iPhone 7 can combine more spectrum bands the iPhone 6s could. These tech advances translate directly to faster speeds and stronger connectivity and coverage.

Simply put, trying to keep up with today’s mobile phone technology with an iPhone 7 or slower is like trying to shoot pool with a rope. You’re going nowhere fast. Mobile Matrix Repair is always reviewing the latest and greatest in flagship cellphones, so a look through our blog archives will give you plenty of information on what’s currently on the market. In the meantime, we’re happy to offer this brief rundown of what’s on the mobile phone horizon.

These are the phones that are scheduled for release through the end of 2018. Please note that not all of these phones will be available for the U.S market.

  • June: Moto Z3/Z3 Play
  • July: Moto Z3 Force
  • July/August: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • August: Nokia 9
  • August: Nokia 10
  • September: Apple iPhone 2018
  • September: Razer Phone 2
  • September: LG V40 ThinQ
  • 4 October: Google Pixel 3
  • October: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
  • October: Xiaomi Mi Note 4
  • November: Huawei Mate 11

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6/1/18 – The Next Big Thing: The Hydrogen One with Holographic Display

People have been waiting for holographic technology since Douglas Quaid first got his ass to Mars. A fleeting 28 years later, and we’ve finally gotten our wish. The revolutionary smartphone Hydrogen One by Red features a 4-View holographic display that will soon debut and will be sold by Verizon and AT&T for their 4G cellular networks in late summer, 2018.

The Hydrogen One’s 5.7 inch display will ostensibly allow 3D visuals without the use of formerly requisite 3D glasses and will pair this burgeoning technology with multidimensional surround sound audio and expansion capability allowing users to swap modules with optional handset features. The holographic effect can’t really be described but only experienced, according to vice president of device and consumer product marketing for Verizon, Brian Higgins. “You have to hold it in your hands and experience it yourself to understand why this is such a mobile game changer.” This bleeding edge “4-View” display purports to allow viewers to “look around, below, and into your screen’s image,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network services marketing for AT&T.

The holographic capability of the Hydrogen One will be supplemented by the launch of what Red calls the Hydrogen Network. The Hydrogen Network will make use of the holographic tech by allowing 4-View video content channels that offer films, music and games created specifically for this new display. With a sleek, industrial design that’s available in two price ranges, pre-orders for the $1,295 aluminum model or the $1,595 platinum metal version have already been maxed out without any additional information regarding other specifications having been divulged. The endless possibilities of this technology are expected to appeal to a broad range of consumers, from video content creators and product marketers, to social media marketers and news media producers.

Mobile Matrix Repair’s locations at Hanes Mall, Winston Salem and Burlington NC are open from 10AM to 9PM Monday – Saturday, and 12PM to 6PM on Sunday.