Ikea has released its own AR app to help customers visualize what their furniture might look like in their own living rooms, or street, or elevators. The point is, you no longer have to argue with your significant other inside the Swedish furniture conglomerate. Now you can destroy your relationship anywhere!
All joking aside, the app is super fun to play around with. It’s designed so you can easily swipe through its most popular collections, or filter by types of products like “Baby & Children,” or “chairs and desks.” There’s no search function yet, which could come in handy when rifling through the 2,000 products currently listed in the app. You can also tap the item name to go straight to the product listing on the website.
Galaxy Note 8 specs that matter: Display: 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Processor: US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, International: Samsung Exynos Octa core Storage: 64GB (US) / 128GB / 256GB microSD expansion RAM: 6GB Cameras:Back: Dual 12MP cameras with OIS. Wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4, Front: 8MP f/1.7 Battery:3300mAh Other specs: Android 7.1.1 Nougat IP68 water and dust resistant Wireless charging NFC and MST for Samsung Pay USB Type-C 3.5mm headphone jack Bluetooth 5.0 LTE Cat. 16 Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
How do you recover from one of the most disastrous episodes in consumer electronics history? That’s the challenge Samsung has confronted in the months leading up to today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 8. Undeterred by the battery catastrophe that led to a complete recall and effective cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung just unveiled its successor today.
The Galaxy Note 8 is here, and Samsung is hopeful that consumers who appreciate the Note’s features and its signature stylus will be willing to give the brand another chance after months of hearing warnings aboard airplanes and other public transit about the dangers and potential for destruction posed by the recalled smartphone. The name hasn’t changed. It is a Galaxy Note through and through, and it’s definitely the nicest one Samsung has ever made. Pre orders begin tomorrow on all the major US carriers, and an unlocked model will be available at launch for the first time. The Note 8 will be released in stores on September 15th.
Samsung has equipped the Note 8 with two 12-megapixel cameras. The regular / wide-angle lens has an aperture of f/1.7, and the telephoto lens is f/2.4. But in what Samsung claims to be an industry first, both sensors offer optical image stabilization. (The iPhone 7 Plus’ zoom lens doesn’t have OIS, but the primary camera does.) That should allow the Note to utilize its telephoto camera more often instead of defaulting to the regular camera in low-light conditions, which is what the iPhone often does.
With a dual camera comes the plethora of new software modes you’d expect. Samsung has its own take on the portrait mode, which blurs the background behind your subject to mimic bokeh. You’re able to dial the effect up or down to your liking instead of being stuck with just on / off modes, which is nice. You also have the option of adding (or removing) it after a shot has already been taken. And a “Dual Capture” mode stitches together photos from both cameras and saves them individually, too. Unfortunately, the Note 8 retains the same awkward position for the fingerprint scanner as the Galaxy S8. It’s a little easier to feel and distinguish from the camera lens, but it’s still a stretch.
Ports USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio Dual nano-SIM slot 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 3300 mAh (non-removable) Dash Charge (5V 4A)
Audio Bottom-facing speaker 3-microphone with noise cancellation Support AANC Dirac HD Sound® Dirac Power Sound®
Display: Size: 5.5 inches Resolution: 1080P Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 401ppi Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Type: Optic AMOLED
Rear Camera Wide-angle Sensor: Sony IMX 398 Megapixels: 16 Pixel Size: 1.12 µm EIS: Yes Autofocus: DCAF Aperture: f/1.7
Rear Camera Telephoto Sensor: Sony IMX 350 Megapixels: 20 Pixel Size: 1.0 µm Autofocus: PDAF Aperture: f/2.6
Flash Dual LED Flash
Video 4K resolution video at 30fps 1080P resolution video at 60fps 1080P resolution video at 30fps 720P resolution video at 30fps Slow Motion: 720p videos at 120fps
Time-Lapse Rear Features Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ,
Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Front Camera Sensor: Sony IMX 371 Megapixels: 16 Pixel Size: 1.0 µm EIS: Yes Autofocus: Fixed Focus Aperture: f/2.0
Front Video 1080P resolution video at 30fps 720P resolution video at 30fps
Time-Lapse Front Features HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty
In its four years of existence, OnePlus has fashioned itself as the flagship phone killer jumping out of the midrange bushes. Every OnePlus device to date has been defined by premium specs at bargain prices, but that changes with today’s OnePlus 5. Starting at $479 with 64GB of storage, this new flagship can no longer be mistaken for a super-specced midrange handset. And even though it doesn’t cost quite as much as a mainstream mainstay like the Galaxy S8, that’s exactly the sort of phone it will be compared against. This is the priciest OnePlus device yet, and it’s falling in line with its more traditional competition: you pay more to get more.
There’s no questioning the specs of this phone: it’s powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor; comes with a combo of either 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or a laptop-rivaling 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; and it has a total of 52 megapixels of image-taking prowess between its three cameras.
What I see when I look at the 2017 edition of the OnePlus flagship is a necessary maturation and refinement. The ruthless cost cutting of the past was never going to be sustainable, and now that the company is facing the exigencies of being a global operation with costs that go beyond basic distribution and marketing, OnePlus is growing up in both price and quality.
But as it develops into a new kind of phone, the OnePlus 5 is also starting to feel divorced from its predecessors, inheriting only the physical switch for alert modes and the Dash Charge rapid-charging technology. It now looks like a OnePlus 3 that’s put on an iPhone 7 Plus costume: still roughly the same proportions as before, but now with more rounded edges, curved antenna lines, and the same dual-camera setup as the iPhone. It’s more than a passing resemblance, and it frankly makes me uneasy.
Until today, OnePlus could confidently say it was different from all the other Chinese upstarts that, consciously or not, aped the iPhone to a point of losing their own identity. OnePlus phones always had character, rooted in no small part in their market-breaking low prices. But the 128GB Midnight Black phone I’m reviewing today costs $539, which is a stone’s throw away from Samsung’s Galaxy S prices. Without the unique selling point of massively undercutting everyone, and with the baggage of looking like a cynical iPhone rip-off, can the OnePlus 5 retain the small-company charm that’s made its maker popular all around the world? I’m not so sure.