Following a decade of seeing black, rectangular glass slabs grow in size while swapping their backs between metal and glass, foldables are taking over to become the face of phone fetish. With the nostalgia-invoking Motorola Razr set to go on sale about a week before the Galaxy Z Flip’s unveiling, it’s about time we put the two face-to-face and see which one deserves your dough.
Flippity-floppity form factor
The fad of the early ’00s, flip phones are making a comeback, bringing along the gratifying sound of snapping them shut, although in a more contemporary avatar. While both the Motorola Razr and Galaxy Z Flip have a similar clamshell form factor, you can immediately recognize them apart, thanks to their distinct design approach.
Top: Motorola Razr, Bottom: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung’s offering will seemingly carry the DNA of a modern smartphone and wouldn’t look vastly different when in the unfolded state. You’ll get the usual nearly edge-to-edge display with a hole-punch camera and chunky bezels. The Motorola Razr, on the other hand, clearly strikes the nostalgic chord with a layout borrowed almost as is, complete with a chin, from the original Razr that had an alphanumeric keypad.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – First Hands On Video pic.twitter.com/4b8Uzt5kRB
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) February 2, 2020
In a hands-on video that surfaced recently, the Z Flip appears to have a rather unwieldy design, particularly when it’s unfolded. That display is tall to a fault and might even work against the device. The phone seemingly gets more manageable when closed into a square with a tiny screen on the outside. Motorola’s flip phone, instead, has a smaller footprint, which helps it fit your hand better in either state.
What’s with the chin? And that hinge?
Left: Razr’s chin, Right: Galaxy Z Flip’s two halves
The original Razr’s raised chin was an iconic design element that the re-engineered foldable version retained to draw parallels as well as include additional functionalities. For one, it houses a user-facing capacitive fingerprint reader along with speakers grills and a USB-C port at the bottom. At 14mm, the chin is the thickest point, while the rest of the slab is merely 6.9mm when unfolded.
The Z Flip looks to have a more uniform thickness (barring the camera bump) of 6.9mm when wide open. When folded, it could be a couple of millimeters thicker around the hinge, forming a wedge shape. Though, it’ll still fold into two halves, unlike Motorola’s asymmetrical implementation. Its fingerprint scanner will likely be embedded in the side-mounted power key as the 2019 Galaxy Fold had.
Top: Motorola Razr’s hinge in action. Bottom: Galaxy Z Flip’s hinge when folded.
The hinges used by Motorola and Samsung are like chalk and cheese, which also affects how visible the display crease would be. Razr’s hinge uses a pair of support plates (shown above) to brace the display from underneath, which helps make the crease imperceptible. It, along with a sliding screen, folds the phone completely shut, unlike the first-gen Samsung Galaxy Fold’s ridge, which leaves a wedge-shaped gap.
We aren’t sure if the Z Flip will inherit that cavity, since none of the leaked images, including the recent renders from Roland Quandt, have shown the phone’s folded side, though the varying thickness mentioned above clues in on its presence, and so does the video above. Samsung is expected to use a redesigned juncture that will hold the phone’s flexible screen at any angle you like, while the Razr only supports two furthest positions: open and shut. However, it won’t help in hiding the crease, which might remain as noticeable as its predecessor.
Big foldable display and small sidekick
Flip phones are anything but new; in fact, they’ve been around for decades. It’s the flexible displays that rebounded their relevance in 2020. Both the Razr and Z Flip sport a bendable OLED screen that folds inwards along the X-axis, like a traditional clamshell phone. That’s precisely where the similarities end and the two phones part ways.
The Motorola phone features a 21:9 6.2-inch P-OLED with a resolution of 2,142 x 876 pixels. At the same time, the Z Flip is rumored to include a bigger 6.7-inch AMOLED (2,636 x 1,080, 22:9) covered with an ultra-thin glass—possibly the first-ever foldable glass display—instead of plastic. Plus, Samsung will opt for a hole-punch front camera against Razr’s notch.
Left: Razr’s secondary screen, Right: Galaxy Z Flip’s
A secondary display accompanies the main one on both phones, but their sizes and functions differ wildly. The one on the Razr is significantly larger at 2.7 inches (600 x 800, 4:3), while Samsung is said to include a 1-inch display (300 x 116) with minimal functionality. The bigger screen not only shows you more information without having to flip the phone open but can also work as a viewfinder for selfies, besides having other features.
On the inside
What powers the Motorola Razr is a mid-tier Snapdragon 710 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Samsung’s choice of processor, on the flip side, will possibly be the higher-end Snapdragon 855+. It’ll also throw in 256GB of storage as well as 8GB of RAM. The Z Flip should run Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.1 skin on top, while the Razr offers a near-stock OS experience with Android Pie along with a retro mode to give you an ancestral throwback.
Razr’s retro mode (via The Verge)
With that kind of configuration, the Razr doesn’t stand a chance against the upcoming (or even existing) breed of mainstream smartphones boasting the Snapdragon 865, not that it’s even trying to, but the Z Flip still looks better equipped. That razor-thin form factor largely dictated Motorola’s choice of rather mediocre, not to mention old, chip, just so it could keep heat dissipation and battery drain in check.
Similar space constraints kept the Lenovo-owned brand from adding anymore camera than the current two—one each on the inside and outside. The Razr has a 16MP primary camera that can shoot 4K videos and be used for taking selfies when the phone is folded. The one in the notch has a 5MP sensor capable of taking 1080p videos. Leaks suggest that the Galaxy phone will have a pair of 12MP cameras on the back along with a 10MP front-facing one—all three of these could be borrowed from the 2019 Samsung flagships. Its secondary display isn’t likely to double up as a viewfinder, given its tinier footprint.
Left: Razr’s primary camera, Right: Galaxy Z Flip’s two rear cameras
In the battery department, the Z Flip might take the lead with a rumored capacity of 3,300mAh, while the Razr settles for a much smaller 2,510mAh. However, both can charge using a 15W brick. Despite a smaller cell, Motorola is aiming for a day’s worth of juice, but it remains to be seen how the Razr sails through a typical workday, and also possibly when put up against the Samsung foldable. The Samsung phone may have the upper hand in this department with support for wireless and reverse wireless charging.
Pricing and availability
Those in the US will need to shell out $1,500 for the Motorola Razr or $63 a month for a 24-month contract with Verizon. The demand for the novel handset was apparently sky-high, leading the company to push the release date back by a month. After having preordered the handset starting January 26, you can pick it up on February 6.
On the other hand, Samsung is expected to make the Z Flip official alongside the S20 line at the Unpacked event on February 11. As for its pricing, two opposed figures have so far been thrown around. One report said it could cost close to $860, while the other quoted $1,550—almost double the former. You should expect an asking price somewhere between the two figures, inclining towards the latter.
A nanocoating on the Motorola Razr should make the device splash-proof, but dunking it in water is still a big no-no. Nonetheless, it’s a considerable feat for a foldable phone that has moveable parts in and around the hinge, which cannot be sealed. That’s possibly the reason Samsung will likely skip any form of water resistance. Besides, the Razr can only take an eSIM as there is no SIM card tray, which the Z Flip might have, in line with the Galaxy Fold.
The Samsung phone is also expected to pack stereo speakers, likely pairing the single down-firing unit with the earpiece. It’s worth noting that neither phone has a headphone jack, nor do they support 5G or have 5G-capable variants, and thankfully so. We can only imagine the number of times you’ll be required to plug them in with their unconvincing battery situations if they tried latching onto a 5G network.
At this point, we’ll not be giving a final statement on which phone outweighs the other, or our recommendation for that matter, given that the Galaxy Z Flip isn’t out yet, and all its included details are courtesy of leaks and rumors. We’ll update the coverage when we get an official word from Samsung along with the pricing details.
Google is suing Sonos over patent infringement once again – Yahoo Movies Canada
Google is suing Sonos (again) over patent infringement in what seems to be an unending legal fight series between two tech companies. The two new lawsuits filed Monday center around various patents involving keyword detection, charging using “technologies invented by Google” and determining what speaker from a group should respond to the keyword.
A post from Bloomberg Law noted that both these lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The report said that Google accused Sonos products — like the Sonos One, Arc, Beam, Move and Roam — of violating seven patents.
“Rather than compete on the basis of innovation and product quality, Sonos has decided to compete in the courtroom, and started an aggressive and misleading campaign against our products, at the expense of our shared customers. We prefer innovation to litigation but their actions leave us no choice but to defend our technology and challenge Sonos’s clear, continued infringement of our patents,” José Castañeda, Google spokesperson, told TechCrunch in a statement.
The search giant also plans to take these complaints to the U.S. International Trade Commission in the coming days, Castañeda added. The company will ask the commission to impose a ban on the import of any products that are found infringing the above-mentioned patents.
The search giant’s lawsuit document, seen by TechCrunch, targeted the recently introduced Sonos voice assistant, saying that Google has patents for “enabling voice assistant technology and providing improvements to the efficiency, reliability, and durability of voice-controlled and battery-powered devices,” and Sonos is using them without its permission.
“For example, Sonos has recently introduced its Sonos Voice Control feature to control its products in a power-efficient manner through the use of “hotwords,” and to manage battery charging of its products, using technologies invented by Google,” it said.
Google and Sonos have been at loggerheads about wireless speaker tech patents for a while now. The latter got a big win earlier this year when the U.S. Trade Commission said Google had infringed on patents related to casting and group speaker controls. The Mountain View-based company had to remove from its offerings some functionality, like a single group volume control for a set of speakers.
Last week, a California judge sided with Google by canceling a Sonos patent related to transferring the playback queue of tracks from one speaker to another.
We’ve reached out to Sonos and will update the story with a comment when we hear back.
OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6 – PhoneArena
The OnePlus 10T is priced on par with the Pixel 6, skips the zoom camera just like Google’s phone, and sports a snappy and barebones Android interface, again like, you guessed it, the Pixel 6.
That is why we are pitching the new OnePlus 10T versus the “old” Google Pixel 6 to help you choose which one to get on the runup to the September release date here in the US, based on their camera, display, and processor performance benchmarks.
OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6, the main differences:
- Record fast 150W wired charging on the OnePlus 10T, but no wireless charging
- The smaller Pixel 6 display has better color presentation but lower refresh rate
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset is faster than Google’s Tensor 1 and offers better 5G connectivity
- The OnePlus 10 comes with twice the RAM and base storage of the Pixel 6
- Two color options vs three
- 50 MP cameras, but Google is still the mobile photography boss
Design and Display Quality
The OnePlus 10T is undoubtedly the more elegant phone at the front, what with the thinner display bezels and the boxy Pixel 6 appearance. At the back, however, it’s a toss-up between the OnePlus camera island fused with the side frame and the unorthodox camera “strip” of the Pixel 6.
The Pixel’s design is a bit more comfortable to hold and use with one hand, not only because it is more compact, but also because the elevated camera strip serves as a great place to press your index finger against. The OnePlus 10T’s elevated camera area holds three cameras and a flash, while Google’s strip has two and a flash, making for a rather baren appearance in comparison.
The 10T has two color options – Moonstone Black and Jade Green – which, despite the drastic difference in texture and looks, are achieved by using a glass back. The Pixel 6, in comparison, offers three colorways – Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam, and Stormy Black – and is again offering a glass back which has a wireless charging coil on the inside, unlike the OnePlus 8T which only charges with the monstrous 150W brick.
We have to give it to Google and its Pixel line when it comes to display colors. While phones from the BBK holding, like those of Oppo or OnePlus, offer rare per-unit factory calibration on the high-end models for the utmost in wide gamut coverage, Google’s Pixels have perfect display calibration even towards the midrange which is currently occupied by the Pixel 6.
The Pixel 6, on the other hand, has one of the lowest Deltas we’ve measured, near-perfect white balance, and brightness on par with the OnePlus 10T, as if counterweights to the higher refresh rate of the OnePlus phone.
Performance and Software
The Pixel 6 runs on Google’s own Tensor processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB of base storage. While both phones run their light Android interfaces well, the OnePlus 10T runs the most powerful Android chipset at the moment, so Google’s Tensor has a hard time catching up, especially when it comes to gaming or 5G connectivity where Qualcomm has no equal in terms of bands and filters supported.
But let’s look at the raw specs from our performance benchmarks and let them speak for themselves, especially in the 3D graphics rendering section which is important if you play a lot of games on your phone, here the 10T easily surpasses the Pixel 6:
The OnePlus 10T has a big but aesthetically pleasing camera island on the back, hosting three sensor and lense combos only one of which makes sense, the 50MP main camera with the Sony sensor. The 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro camera are compromises and seem to be there for the count.
Can Google compete with the 50MP sensor of the Pixel 6’s main camera and the 12MP of the ultrawide against the newer OnePlus 10T? It can, and then some, as you can see from the samples below.
The crowd-pleasing OnePlus camera algorithms churn out overly warm, yellowish images with unnatural contrast boost. The photos lose some details in the process, while the Pixel 6 not only manages to snap very realistic, true-to-life colors both indoors and outdoors, but also captures more detail and the images have less blur without oversharpening, and the same goes for the 4K sample videos from the two phones below.
Both the OnePlus 10T and the Pixel 6 list “dual stereo speakers” among their virtues, but it’s a single speaker augmented by using the earpiece as the other one to keep the stereo sound off-balance. The sound from both phones won’t rock your socks, especially in the lows and mids, but they are both sufficiently loud to annoy people on your morning commute still.
It’s also worth noting that the phones lack a headphone jack, so you’d have to pick your poison of USB-C headphones, or wireless ones if you don’t want to use the “stereo speakers.”
Battery Life and Charging
The OnePlus 10T’s added value is its 150W charging system that pumps its 4800 mAh dual-cell battery full of electrons for less than 20 minutes. We measured 23 minutes, to be exact, but that was from a completely depleted state, not the 1% that OnePlus measures from.
There’s no wireless charging like on the Pixel 6, but the ultrafast wired and the inclusion of its 150W brick in the box more than compensates In short, both the battery life and the charging rounds go to the OnePlus 10T here.
Conclusion: OnePlus 10T or Pixel 6, which one to buy?
While the specs of the OnePlus 10T and Google Pixel 6 are quite similar, as can be expected given their respective price category, the newer phone is definitely the faster one with its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the 20-minute charging speed. When it comes to photography, the Pixel 6 has the upper hand, though, despite both having 50MP main cameras.
In other words, if performance while gaming, record charging speeds, and a larger display with smoother refresh rate are more important to you than better dynamic range or night colors in your photos and wireless charging, go for the OnePlus 10T which can now be ordered with a free storage upgrade to boot.
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Mobile ERP Software – Features and Its Benefits
It is a fact that real-time communication and mobility are essential factors in the software space. Mobility can affect how businesses operate their processes. Among the tools, you can use today for your business is mobile ERP software.
Mobile ERP Software Defined
Mobile ERP software allows you to use ERP systems through your mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones. With a mobile ERP, you can improve mobility within the framework of an organization, which can boost business productivity.
Using mobile ERP software, you can access, share and create business information via handheld mobile devices. Integrating the software into your business can provide you with real-time data access without setup or significant infrastructure.
Through mobile ERP apps, you can make better decisions for your business. Meanwhile, you should remember that not all mobile ERP software is created similarly. You should choose one which can streamline communication for enhanced productivity and work collaboration.
What are the advantages of mobile ERP software?
A mobile ERP software can simplify the daily operations of an organization by lowering the complexity related to recording information manually. The software is flexible for streamlining processes without affecting operational efficiency.
Mobile ERP platform can provide your organization with many benefits. These include the following:
Mobile ERP software can improve visibility within your business. You can track activities of over one business location conveniently. It allows you to monitor business operations across various locations and departments on your mobile device.
Through a mobile ERP platform, you can collect valuable information and data from various points and offer up-to-date information to stay informed about what’s happening in real-time.
Enhanced data quality
The data fed to the system is the foundation of the ERP platform. It is excellent, like the input data. You can also design the system to capture bad data and prevent it from entering your ERP software. Your mobile ERP system can be your one-stop location where quality data is recorded and input.
With mobile ERP software, you can simplify the procedure of long and tiring implementations. It can add another layer of flexibility to current ERP implementations. With this, you can have a more effective and faster process.
A mobile ERP software can access real-time on-the-stop information about business accounts allowing you to enhance your business’ competitive advantage. As you access the ERP system on your mobile devices, you can have better control over your business operations. It can enhance productivity and lower turnaround time.
Mobile ERP software is the future ahead
More companies today are using mobile platforms. The mobile ERP software drives innovation and was already considered an essential component of a company with a mobile workforce.
Mobile ERP systems can drive visibility across all departments of a business. It can speed up the automation process, delivering enhanced profitability and efficiency for organizations.
Features of mobile ERP software
Mobile ERP software is equipped with innovative features that can meet the specific needs of your business.
With mobile ERP, you can have cloud-based solutions that simplify your business operations. It allows you to experience easy collaboration with users, predictive business reporting, and 24/7 accessibility. Cloud-based ERP is more affordable and will not require you to build new infrastructure for your organization.
Multiple location tracking
Mobile ERP will give you a bird’s eye view of your business locations, so you can identify the most productive and low-performing locations. It allows you to improve decision-making, plan important projects, and detect issues as they occur.
High-performing data reporting
With the system, you can get essential business information to your dashboards. Since you can have valuable data, you can make informed decisions.
Promotes employee productivity
ERP mobile software helps employees in various departments to manage time on different projects with excellent flexibility. It can increase your business’s productivity and reduce turnaround time for essential documents.
Why should you choose mobile ERP software?
Mobile ERP software can offer many benefits to your business. The following are additional factors why you should invest in mobile ERP software.
Increased security, protected data
Your valuable data are encrypted using state-of-the-art security if you access the ERP system through your mobile devices. Managing your business operations in the cloud allows you to track all activities. The data are backed up automatically and have protection from malicious external attacks.
ERP system is specific, so it will need a well-trained specialist to visit your business onsite. As you integrate mobile ERP software into your business, you can access a dedicated service team. You can quickly get support from the experts whenever you experience some issue.
Easier updating and migration
Another unique feature of a mobile ERP system is that you don’t have to change to another software if your company’s demands and workforce grow. You can have easier updating and migration with mobile ERP, allowing you to reduce costs.
What are the industries that may need a mobile ERP?
ERP mobile technology can benefit the following industries:
- Manufacturing factories
- Retail businesses
- Industrial services
- Construction and development
- Professional contractors
- Professional firms ( accounting, legal firms)
- Service-based physical businesses
Mobile ERP system types
Mobile ERP system has various types.
Small business ERP
This mobile ERP platform has laser-targeted features relevant to the daily operations of a startup or small business.
General ERP systems
It features a generalist approach for mobile ERP systems. It can have systems that individuals and small businesses can use to manage basic transactions.
This type of mobile ERP is an industry-specific solution that can be ideal for a business niche. The software is designed and customized based on the focused demands of a business.
Generally, mobile ERP software can be an efficient tool to level up your business transactions by accessing the system through your mobile devices. With its advanced features, your business can increase productivity, leading to growth and development.
Mobile ERP platform can help you save time, effort, and money when it comes to your business projects and processes.
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