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5 Best Smartphones To Look Out For In 2019

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5 Best Smartphones To Look Out For In 2019

Many people say 2019 was a great year for smartphones, on the other hand, some people don’t share the same opinion. The question is, will 2019 be much better? Well, upon what’s coming, that might be possible. Let’s take a look at the best 5 smartphones set to launch in 2019.

OnePlus 7

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Leaks are quick to come out with teasers of the OnePlus phones before its official release scheduled as we already have a fair idea about the next OnePlus phone, which is the OnePlus 7. According to rumors the OnePlus 7 will have a 5G mobile internet (although some it is not the phone with the 5G-ready device OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has promised, as that’s going to be another release entirely) and may use a pop-up front camera to free up even more screen space.

We are anticipating an incredible experience with the OnePlus as it is set to be launched in spring.  OnePlus 7 is likely to be priced at $300 more than the previous OnePlus phone’.

Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus

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The Galaxy S10 it will set the tone for Samsung’s 2019 phones as it is set to launch in March. According to analysts, the Galaxy F might be the future of smartphones phones one day, but until then the Galaxy S10 and S10 plus will be the phones to beat. However, rumors have it that Samsung 10th generation flagships have three to choose from this year.

Stories also have it that, there could even be 5G connectivity. Samsung S10 and S10 plus are said to have rear cameras as well as Snapdragon 855 power and in-display fingerprint sensors, and it is also supposed to be the two most expensive models. We hope all rumors are true as Samsung debut the S10 on February 20 at their event in San Francisco.

iPhone 11 and 11 Max


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iPhone lovers are expecting a fantastic thing from iPhone 11 as the iPhone XS, and XS Max were significant upgrades. Apple likes to surprise their customer as they keep things covered until probably September.  The leaks and renders going around seems too good to be true, but if the iPhone 11 indeed includes a pop-up camera module, a TouchBar display on its side and an iPad Pro-like stylus, then we are in for a thriller.

Ming-Chi Kuo who is an analyst stated that the future phones may still have the dual-camera lens setup and probably ditch 3D Touch. According to him, that will keep the price down. Reports have it that Apple could grab advanced 3D cameras from Sony to obtain gesture control in games, sophisticated room scanning capability and more.

Sony Xperia XZ4


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Sony announced to launch its Sony Xperia XZ4 in March as the company still felt far behind its competitors in 2018. The company is determined to overcome every struggle in staying as an essential brand in the phone industry. However, Sony was not bad last year with an OLED screen and a price far less expensive than some of its competition, in the Sony Xperia XZ3.

The Sony Xperia XZ4 is said to be bold with its screen tech again, and use a 21:9 aspect display without a notch making the phone debatably the most “cinematic” phone to date, as it is close to the 2.39:1 anamorphic standard.

LG G8 ThinQ

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LG’s G7 ThinQ was a good smartphone and was very solid, but it lacked some extraordinary features. Therefore, everyone is anticipating the G8 ThinQ to be the flagship that will turn-heads and standout. The LG G7 ThinQ had an ultra-wide rear camera which was good, but recently several phones have both a zoom and a wide camera.

Is entirely unclear what the G8 ThinQ which is supposed to be launched in May has or is but a Korean report suggest a foldable phone, others also believe it has a double screen where the second screen is attached to the phone. The render shows a more conventional approach, though that version could incorporate a Sound on Display feature that removes a visible earpiece from the phone’s display.

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Trump Endorses Apple To Provision 5G Connectivity In The US

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During his visit to Apple’s MacBook Pro manufactory in Austin, Texas, President Donald Trump urged the tech giant to see to the provision of a 5G network in the U.S. This was revealed in the event of acknowledging Apple’s billion-dollar campus project – by the US President.

According to a tweet by Tim Cook – the CEO of Apple, this campus is said to have been in existence since 2013. However, it was officially launched on Wednesday with an expectation to accommodate over 5,000 employees, and the capacity to house 10,000 more in the near future. Also, this facility serving to be the primary production unit of Apple’s MacBook PCs demonstrates Apple’s loyalty to its home country. And Because Apple didn’t move its production of the desktop computers to China as earlier announced. Cook loftily asserts that;

“Building the Mac Pro, Apple’s most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity.” and “With the construction of our new campus in Austin now underway, Apple is deepening our close bond with the city and the talented and diverse workforce that calls it home. Responsible for 2.4 million American jobs and counting, Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America’s innovation story.”

Evidently, Trump’s call on Apple for 5G tech comes as a bid for the US to be at the forefront of the US-China trade war. And as China continues to pioneer the 5G flag flawlessly. Subsequently places the US on detriment on the trade ban with these Chinese companies.

Although there has been recent news about other telecoms service providers as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-mobile, making the 5G LTE network available in the US. However, the trend currently cuts across only a select few cities and not yet widespread in the US.

Hence Trump leveraged on Apple’s vast resources to call upon the companies’ involvement in the fifth generation of cellular network technology. Requesting Apple to provide 5G to the masses in the US, as it is currently in China.

Even though 5G technology does not fall under Apple’s niche, Trump nonetheless beseeched Cook with the question during this event. Although the official paper by the White House about the visit does not document any statement relating to 5G technology.

This was however confirmed following a tweet by the President on Thursday;

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The fact that Trump requests for Apple’s involvement in 5G technology either bespeaks the President’s tech ineptness, which is understandable. Or probably an indication of the close tie that exists between the President and Apple’s CEO.

A fact that does not inspire with awe, as Trump had earlier considered excluding Apple from China tariffs at the said event. But what strikes a wonder is whether Apple would answer to this call or remain adamant towards its involvement with cellular network technology.

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Debuts A Crowd-funded Social Media Platform Which Claims To Fully Protect Users’ Right

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Contrary to the Ad-funded social media platforms propagated by tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, comes the birth of a new Social network – WT:Social. Founded by the Co-founder of Wikipedia – Jimmy Wales, this new social platform is a crowd-funded community that is maintained via the contributions of its Users.

Although the platform is free to join, yet the WT:Social ecosystem runs on a subscription basis. Such that newly registered Users are shortlisted on a ‘waiting list’. And can only be included in the platform when they make contributions through donations or help build up the community by inviting a friend. 

Therefore, in order to become a member of the social network, it requires a monthly fee of $12.99 or $100 per year in the U.S. While the said donation plan goes for €12 per month or €90 per year and £10 per month or £80 per year in Europe and UK respectively. 

Currently, WT:Social enjoys over 160,000 Users according to a tweet by Wales. However, its Proprietor envisages that the platform has the capacity to attain 500 million Users, as is the company’s target. As stated by Wales;

“Obviously the ambition is not 50,000 or 500,000 but 50m and 500m. If we grow from 400 users today (you’re in on the ground floor!) to 400 million, we will have revolutionized the Internet and shown a better and more healthy way to share information and collaborate with each other.”

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Given that WT:Social started out as Wikitribune – A site dedicated to publishing only factual news, the platform’s number one goal is to combat fake news and bad actors. Also, WT:Social aims to grants Users full control and provide them with an informative social media engagement rather than a click-bait experience.

But what remains to be known is the kind of content to be distributed on the platform that could maintain its utility in the long term. Considering the fact that the site would have its Subscribers register with a fee, precludes the involvement of Users from developing countries (which is one of the secret ingredients behind the larger communities present on Facebook and Twitter).

Hence, WT:Social would have to do a lot in terms of the content it distributes. So to attract more Users and compete with the likes of Facebook that presently enjoys an audience of over 1.5 billion users worldwide.

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