Where have all the good small phones gone?

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The recent rumors of the 2017 Google Pixel devices got me thinking; while the larger Pixel device appears to be a significant redesign, and looks very promising so far, the smaller regular Pixel device (made by HTC) will basically look very much the same in terms of design. While very little other info is currently available in the way of specs at this point, Google’s decision put more design and R&D into the Pixel XL is following the same trend as most of the larger OEMs in the last 2 years: larger smartphones are becoming more and more the norm. Which begs the question: where have all the good small smartphones gone?

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This might be the Nokia 8

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The image you see was released this morning on Twitter from famed leaker EvLeaks (Evan Blass) and is presented at the upcoming flagship under the Nokia brand.  The latest rumors have this device sporting a Snapdragon 835 SoC, as well as 4/6/8GB RAM memory variants and a 128GB storage option.

Its not clear yet if this mobile device will support US mobile bands (likely) and if it will even be available for sale in the US (unclear) but its been a while since Nokia had a presence anywhere outside of Europe.  We will be following up on this news very closely.

Another executive leaves Essential

I pondered recently on our Anchor station about why Essential had been so mum of late since their initial pomp and circumstance at the Code Conference announcing their PH-1 mobile device.  It turns out that perhaps the reason behind why things have been under wraps is due to some turmoil at the top – this report from 9to5Google claims that Essentials VP of Marketing left the organization effective Friday, July 14th.  This comes after their head of communications also left earlier in July.

Chaos at the top line of your offices probably could come at a better time, since carrier launches with Sprint in the United States and Telus in Canada were expected soon, with a rumored partnership with another UK carrier in the works.  We are very much interested in the Essential phone’s release and will follow up on additional news as it becomes available.

Monday poll – does display size matter?

For an upcoming episode of the podcast, we are going to discuss the direction that mobile devices are taking in terms of size, portability and usability, as well as if one can find a small device that carries the same “flagship” moniker of most larger phones.

Cast your vote below and let your voice be heard!

Fingerprint scanner test – Moto Z2 Play

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We’ve just uploaded a short video covering the speed of the fingerprint scanner on the Moto Z2 Play – head on over to this link and check it out – its just a few minutes and I think it will give you a really good idea of what a quality job Motorola has done with this biometric feature that most smartphones share these days.  If you have any others questions about the device, send them on over to silicontheory@gmail.com!

Exclusive S8 color coming to Best Buy

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Best Buy, the US big box retailer known primarily for its blue-and-yellow logo, will reportedly have an exclusive “coral blue” color of Samsung’s popular Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus smartphones available starting tomorrow (July 13, 2017) that will work on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.  Best Buy has had color exclusive mobile devices in the past, many of them in a blue or blue-ish color (but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence)

If you are interested in picking one up or just want more details, check out the source link below from the good fellows over at Droid-Life.

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Motorola event set for July 25th

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Motorola has sent out invites for an announcement in New York City scheduled for Tuesday, July 25th.  Presumably, this will be to announce their two new flagship level devices, the Moto X (perhaps called the Moto X4) and the Moto Z Force (which should be coming to at least AT&T) – and perhaps even more we don’t yet know about.

We will have full coverage of the event that day, but in the meantime, you can check out our on-going coverage of the Moto Z2 Play device on our Anchor station, as well as the Instagram and Twitter feeds.  Links for all that can be found in the “Connect with us” tab at the top of the page.

 

Moto Z2 Play – first look

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Now that we’ve received our Moto Z2 Play review unit (a big thanks to Motorola and their marketing affiliates for that!) we are going to be putting it and a couple of Moto Mods to the test for the next couple of weeks.  We will have a chance to test out the phone, the JBL Soundboost 2 speaker mod, the Turbo Powerpack mod, as well as the Style Shell with wireless charging mod to see how well they all work and what kind of value you are getting if you want to purchase a Moto device that is compatible with all of the various mods (the ones we are reviewing, as well as even more planned this year)

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Dash Wand – Video Review

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For those without the time or inclination to read, our video review of the Amazon Dash wand w/Alexa built in is hitting YouTube shortly and will be live for your enjoyment.  You can click the social links in the upper right corner of the home page, or follow this link right here to find all the videos from our channel

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