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LG Puts Fingerprint Sensor Under Display

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LG Puts Fingerprint Sensor Under Display

LG Innotek proposes a different design for smartphone fingerprint readers-- a glass-covered sensor smartphone makers can integrate anywhere within a device, be it in the front, rear or even the sides.

The fingerprint reader module fits in a space just 0.3mm deep. Being glass-covered it can be incorporated the underside of smartphone cover glass without need for dedicated buttons, pads or other exposed elements.

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Huawei Adds Leica Lenses to P9 Smartphone

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Huawei Adds Leica Lenses to P9 Smartphone

Huawei announces the first result device produced under its recent partnership with German optics maker Leica-- the P9, a smartphone featuring a pair of "Leica certified" rear-facing cameras.

Reportedly the result of 3 years of co-engineering between the two companies, the dual cameras inside the P9 feature specially designed f/2.2 lenses, a pair of 12MP 1.25um Sony IMX286 sensors and a dual-LED flash. One camera captures RGB information while the other is monochrome, and the result is supposed to provide clearer photographs with brighter backgrounds, better contrast and better performance in low light environments.

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Apple Bucks Trend With iPhone SE, Smaller iPad Pro

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Apple Bucks Trend With iPhone SE, Smaller iPad Pro

The current reasoning in mobile device design might be "big is beautiful," but Apple appears to go in the opposite direction with its most recent device offerings, the 4-inch iPhone SE and a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Unveiled during an uncharacteristically short March event, the iPhone SE is identical in size to the iPhone 5s-- making it fully compatible with cases designed for older iPhone models, bringing some good news to both customers and accessory makers. However the internals are similar to those of the iPhone 6s, since it features the same A9 CPU, M9 motion co-processor and a 12MP rear-facing iSight camera.

Also included are Touch ID capability, LTE support, 802.11ac wifi, new microphones, always-on "Hey Siri" voice activation and improved battery life.

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The First LG Smartphone With DAB+

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The First LG Smartphone With DAB+

LG takes to Radiodays Europe 2016 to launch the Stylus 2-- the first smartphone from the company with support for DAB+, the de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting.

Developed in combination with the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG), the Stylus 2 gets digital radio support through a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app allowing customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. Meanwhile broadcasters get a technical interface for the development of apps combining online services with radio broadcasts.

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Akyumen Brings Projector-Equipped Devices at MWC

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Akyumen Brings Projector-Equipped Devices at MWC

US-based mobile device maker Akyumen Technology shows off a number of products at MWC 2016-- the Falcon EDU and Falcon M tablets, the Hawk smartphones and the Holofone phablet, all featuring built-in projectors.

The company claims the projector inside all its devices can beam images up to 100-inch in size via bulb with a 3000 hour lifespan, all while avoiding the heat issues involved with similar devices.

As the name might suggest, the Falcon EDU is aimed at the education market, while the Falcon M is a consumer version. Both run on Windows 10 and carry Intel quad-core CPUs with 4GB RAM. The EDU includes 200GB built-in storage and a 40+ lumen projector, while the M version has 300GB storage, a 45+ lumen projector and the ability to switch between Windows 10 and Android.

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Meizu Debuts Ubuntu-Powered Pro 5

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Meizu Debuts Ubuntu-Powered Pro 5

Canonical takes to China's Meizu to bring the dream of an Ubuntu-powered smartphone to life-- and the result is the Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition, the "most sophisticated and feature-rich Ubuntu phone in the market."

Announced ahead of MWC 2016, the Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is a 5.7-inch handset with a 1920x108 resolution AMOLED display. It carries a 1.5GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 21MP rear-/5MP front-facing cameras and a 3050mAh battery inside a metal body, making it identical to the regular, Android-powered Pro 5 in all but software.

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MIT-Powered AI On Mobile Devices

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MIT-Powered AI On Mobile Devices

MIT researchers promise to bring brain-like intelligence to low-power mobile devices with Eyeriss-- a 168-core chip claiming to be 10 times as efficient as regular mobile graphics processors.

The Eyeriss chip is optimised for deep-learning, allowing it to handle tasks such as natural language processing and facial recognition without need to connect internet (the iPhone requires an internet connection to run Siri, for instance). Such functionality usually demands hefty amounts of processing power, but the researchers say the Eyeriss chip can bypass both size and power demands by giving each core own memory, reducing the need to exchange data with distant memory banks.

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Vaio Presents Windows Phone

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Vaio Presents Windows Phone

The independent Vaio chooses a perhaps unusual operating system for its second smartphone-- Vaio Phone Biz is a sleek handset running on Microsoft-powered software, namely Windows 10 Mobile.

Featuring a style similar to the company's laptops, the Phone Biz is a 5.5-inch smartphone featuring a 1920x1080 resolution display, an octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm 617 CPU, 3GB RAM and a 13MP rear-facing camera. Also included is typical Microsoft software such as Office 365 and OneDrive.

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ZTE Intros All-Metal Nubia Prague S

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ZTE Intros All-Metal Nubia Prague S

ZTE launches the Nubia Prague S-- an incremental upgrade on the My Prague seen back in August 2015 featuring the eye scanner and touch-sensitive edges seen in the Nubia Z9 and Axon Elite.

The smartphone features a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 resolution display together with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM and 64GB storage inside an all-metal body. The 8MP front-facing camera doubles as the aforementioned eye scanner, allowing users to unlock the phone by simply looking at it.

Users can also open apps, summon the camera or adjust display screen brightness by tapping and swiping on the touch-sensitive edges.

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