Before the launch of the upcoming Galaxy Note8, Samsung gave their loyal note fans a treat with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition (FE). These devices are basically refurbished (and unopened) Note7s with a new battery in it.
But did they really slap in a new battery? Well, iFixit tore their Fan Edition to pieces to find out.
An interesting report surfaced on Reuters which claims that Samsung will likely pin the blame for their exploding Galaxy Note7 smartphones on the battery. The thing is, this is already something the company has done in the past — hence the recall — but that didn’t turn out so well for them when the replacement units themselves started catching fire too.
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Hectic is what many would use to discuss the daily lives of modern individuals, and at the heart of it all is our smartphones. We travel from place to place using GPS navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps, take photos, check our social media feed, watch videos and play games.
It’s pretty insane how much we rely on our smartphones but many of them can barely keep up with us, needing to be constantly recharged. As a result, power banks have become a mainstay in our bags or clutches.
We’ve all probably heard of the tragic case of Suhana Mohamad, who was electrocuted to death this weekend due to chatting on her smartphone while it was plugged in. This unfortunate event is a strike of extreme bad luck and what’s likely to be an unsafe charger.
If you’ve ever ran out of juice on your smartphone, you’d appreciate some form of quick-charging. Whether you’re on the go with your device needing a quick fix or simply forgetting to charge it the day before. Hence the existence of quick-charge, the wonderful piece of innovation that gets your smartphones recharged at a fast-pace; though it isn’t without some detrimental effects to the lifespan of your battery.
Huawei hopes to take it a step further by lacing these lithium ion batteries with graphite, around the anodes – shown in a video below, it’ll blow any derivative of fast-charging by a mile at no expense of your battery’s lifespan.
Power banks are a life saver for our gadgets but they can be bulky to carry around. With wearables becoming a new trend, how about a power bank that you can wear with you wherever you go? That’s what Ion Tech Wear plans to accomplish with its new Ion Belt. It’s an elegant looking leather belt that could juice up your smart phone during critical moments.
You may not have noticed, but the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad apparently is using more battery than it should. This came to light as Facebook Engineer Ari Grant has admitted a couple of battery related issues but he assures that a fix is on its way.
Qualcomm‘s pretty proud of it’s Quick Charging 2.0 tech, with the top tier smartphones using their chipset all packing the technology. To showcase it, they’ve taken the Motorola Nexus 6 and tested three of them with different chargers to show just how great it works; but OPPO isn’t impressed.
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UPDATE: The Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank goes on sale on 13th February at the Mi Store.
The China based company revealed their 5,000mAh super slim power bank late last year and now we finally have it for the Malaysian market, as we predicted. It will be priced at just RM 34, which is the same as it’s 5,200mAh predecessor which it is replacing. The prices still reflect an increase in the pricing of the Mi power banks as it’s predecessor was originally priced at RM 25 and subsequently hiked up to RM 34.
The super slim power bank is already available on their site and it should go on sale in their upcoming flash sale. A couple of hands-on photos of the new power bank after the break.
UPDATE: Xiaomi’s slim 5,000mAh Power Bank is coming to Malaysia at RM34.
Introduced last November with it’s mammoth sized sibling the Mi 16,000mAh Power Bank, the 5,000mAh version is only 9.9mm thick and will be replacing the current 5,200mAh model and is just a hair heavier than that too, weighted at just 1 gram extra than it’s predecessor. Read the rest of this entry »