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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to have 4100 mAh battery?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:14:55 PM America/Los_Angeles

Later this week, Samsung will host a new Galaxy Unpacked event, where we're all expecting the company to announce the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. We heard a lot about the two upcoming devices, and, thanks to various leaked photos, we also had the chance to see what they (most probably) look like - see here, and here. 

Despite the fact that both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus apparently sport similar-sized Quad HD displays, rumors have it that the new S6 Edge packs a 3000 mAh battery, while the new Note has a much larger, 4100 mAh one. However, this might not be true. According to @evleaks (who is usually right when it comes to leaked information), both new Galaxies should have 3000 mAh batteries good for up to 21 hours of talk time, or up to 336 hours (14 days) of standby time. Of course, for now we can't be sure of anything, so we still have to wait for Samsung to officially announce the two handsets in order to properly discuss their specs. 

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Posted By Aragorn

Mobile phone battery types

Friday, August 7, 2015 6:45:50 PM America/Los_Angeles

Newer mobile phones use batteries that are primarily Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) technology, whereas older or less expensive cell phones use older Ni-Cd (Nickel-Cadmium) and Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) technology.


Nickel batteries suffer a memory effect that diminishes charging capacity unless they are completely discharged before recharging. Ni-MH batteries experience this effect less than Ni-Cds, needing complete discharge only every 20 recharge cycles.


Lithium batteries avoid the memory effect and hold more charge, but they can be damaged by extensive overcharging such as charging continuously for more than 24 hours, are susceptible to runaway heating, and can catch fire from contact with water. Nevertheless, Li-Ion is the most advanced battery technology in the consumer market.

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Posted in battery knowledge By Aragorn

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is an interesting handset

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:57:31 PM America/Los_Angeles

Announced earlier this week alongside the Xperia M5, the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is an interesting handset, thanks to the fact that it sports a near bezel-less 6-inch 1080p display, while featuring two 13 MP cameras (front and rear) with LED flashes. 

Sony already said that the C5 Ultra would be available to buy starting this month, and we now also know how much the handset is going to cost. Sony Hong Kong will sell the new Xperia starting August 14, asking 3,298 HKD (about $425) for an unlocked, dual SIM unit. Most likely, the handset will have similar prices in other markets. 

The C5 Ultra runs Android Lollipop, and is powered by an octa-core, 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. Other features include 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2930 mAh battery. Unlike many of Sony's recent smartphones, the C5 Ultra is not water-resistant.

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Posted By NUX

How to Dispose of an old Galaxy S3 Battery

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 8:07:39 PM America/Los_Angeles

How to Dispose of an old Galaxy S3 Battery


Tossing a Galaxy S3 battery in the trash will probably be your first instinct once you find out it's bad, but it actually may be illegal, depending on which state you live in. The safest way to get rid of them is to recycle them, which many electronics stores have collection programs for.




Your carrier can also help dispose of those bad batteries.

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Posted in battery knowledge By Campbell

Sony’s IFA keynote is scheduled

Monday, August 3, 2015 8:17:46 PM America/Los_Angeles

August is already upon us, which means that September is fast approaching. Just like any mobile geek can tell you, it's in September when IFA, one of the most important expos for the industry, will take place. 

This year, the trade show will take place from the 4th to the 9th of September and the majority of smartphone manufacturers (excluding Apple) will most certainly make an appearance.

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Posted By Tanas

Why Samsung Batteries Bulge?

Monday, August 3, 2015 12:14:38 AM America/Los_Angeles

Why Samsung Batteries Bulge?

A lithium-ion Samsung battery's worst enemy is heat. Exposure to high temperatures for extended periods of time can cause harmful chemical reactions within the battery to occur. Gases form, bulging the battery from the inside, and reducing its capacity to hold a charge.

Overheating the battery can happen any number of ways, including, but not limited to:
Playing graphic-intensive games for long periods of time, with the screen brightness turned up.Leaving your phone on the charger for too long. While overcharging the Samsung battery is next to impossible thanks to protective onboard circuitry, lithium-ion cells still generate heat while charging.

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Posted in battery knowledge By Mathurin

new Moto X 2015 has landed

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:45:29 PM America/Los_Angeles

The new Moto X 2015 has landed, and as it has turned out, we're talking not one, but two new Moto X phones: the X Style and the X Play. Both feature huge displays, with the Style now happily venturing into phablet territory at 5.7", and the X Play occupying the borderline position of 5.5". What's interesting about these two handsets, though, is their spectacular screen-to-body ratio: both sit at 76%, which is rather high. In fact, it's higher than what most other mainstream high-end smartphones offer!


For example, the Note 4 comes closest to Moto's new propositions, as it flaunts a respectable 74% screen-to-body ratio. However, it has more of a rectangular shape, which reduces the effect of its slim bezels somewhat. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is markedly spacious in this respect with its almost 68%. Good thing it's extremely thin! LG's G4, which one would think is to be the closest rival to the Style and Play in the bezels department, is also trailing behind with its 72%.


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Posted By Campbell

My Galaxy S5 battery drains too fast

Monday, July 27, 2015 7:10:43 PM America/Los_Angeles

My Galaxy S5 battery drains too fast


No S5 troubleshooting guide would be complete without a battery drain section. Battery drain is one of the most common Galaxy S5 issues. We've all been there - so often that we actually dedicated a whole article to Galaxy S5 battery tips, so please check that out too. If you just want a quick fix, you can try the following.


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Posted in battery knowledge By Campbell

manual camera mode on the LG G4

Sunday, July 26, 2015 6:31:58 PM America/Los_Angeles

This isn't the first article we dedicate to the LG G4's awesome camera, and we're pretty sure that it won't be the last. After all, a camera as capable as this deserves to be under the spotlight. With its 16MP of resolution, optical image stabilization, F1.8 aperture, and advanced focusing and white balancing capabilities, the G4 excels in most every-day shooting conditions, all while being so easy to use that even a kid can handle it. While riding a unicycle. Blindfolded. 
As long as the camera is set to auto mode, that is. 

As for the manual camera mode on the LG G4, now that's a whole different animal. A camera noob will most likely find it too complicated, with all its switches and sliders. Experienced photographers, however, would find themselves using the mode often as it gives plenty of control over the image being produced – white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and focus can all be controlled independently. And that's a big deal for anyone who knows how to put these manual controls to good use.

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Posted By Jasper

charge new Note Edge spare batteries

Saturday, July 25, 2015 12:22:01 AM America/Los_Angeles

Select a charging method, as you can charge new Note Edge spare batteries--depending on the manufacturer's preferences or design specs--a wide variety of ways. Put your battery or batteries inside your phone and charge with a direct line AC power supply cord that plugs into your phone and an electrical wall socket; or place the phone in a phone charger; or insert the battery/batteries directly into a battery-only charger.

Charge the Note Edge spare batteries using your chosen method. If charging the battery/batteries inside your cell phone, turn the phone off before charging unless otherwise directed by any manufacturer’s instructions. 

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Posted in battery knowledge By Tanas

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