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MMR Smartphone Tech Blog – June, 2018

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.