Your Smartphone Totally Needs a $15 Cooling Fan

Smartphone Cooling Fan

2019 is the year of (silly) cooling fans for SBCs and smartphones! After ICE Tower cooling fan for Raspberry Pi 4, and ROG AeroActive Cooler II for ASUS’ latest gaming smartphone, you’ll be pleased to know you can now add a USB powered cooling fan to most smartphones to keep up working optimally in all conditions. You can get this beauty for just $14.99 shipped on Banggood. The cooling fan just clips to your smartphone and is compatible with mobile phones with a 62 to 85mm width since it’s adjustable. It’s made of ABS plastic and measures 80 x 68 x 49 mm. The mobile phone cooler ships with a USB cable to power it. This will quickly deplete your battery though, so they recommend using a power bank instead. Most people will find a smartphone fan to be a ridiculous idea, but a few years ago, I had a phone that would overheat lowering the performance, and as a …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Specifications Finalized

Librem 5 specifications

If you were interested in purchasing, or more exactly pre-ordering, a privacy-focused, open source Linux smartphone with clearly defined hardware specifications, Purism Librem 5 was not quite for you. Until today that is, as while the company did not commit to exact specifications at the beginning of the project, Purism has now revealed the full specifications of Librem 5 Linux smartphone. Librem 5 specifications: SoC – NXP i.MX8M quad-core Cortex A53 @ up to 1.5GHz, Cortex-M4 real-time core, 3G GPU with OpenGL/ES 3.1, Vulkan, OpenCL 1.2 support System Memory – 3GB RAM Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, MicroSD slot up to 2 TB Display- 5.7″ IPS TFT touchscreen with 1440×720 resolution Connectivity Cellular Option 1 – Gemalto PLS8 3G/4G modem w/ single sim on replaceable M.2 card Option 2 – Broadmobi BM818 (made in China) nanoSIM tray Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi 4, Bluetooth 4.0 GPS – Teseo LIV3F GNSS Cameras – 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 8MP front-facing camera Audio …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

Sponsored: Dr.Fone Toolkit Keeps Your iOS / Android Phone at Its Best

dr.fone toolkit

Wondershare dr.fone Toolkit for Windows 10 and Mac OS will help you keep your Android or iOS smartphone at its best, and help you transfer data between old and new devices or computers thanks to its many features: Recover – Recover data from mobile phones Repair – Fix various iOS & Android system issues Transfer – Transfer data between iOS, Android and computers Switch – Copy data from one phone to another Restore Social App – Transfer and backup WhatsApp, Wechat, LINE, Viber, Kik Unlock – Remove your phone’s lock screen Backup&Restore – Flexibly backup and restore your phone Erase – Permanently erase data from mobile devices Let’s look at some of the key features in details, namely Recover and Transfer. Dr.Fone Toolkit – Recover This feature is useful when somebody goes wrong in your phone, either because of accidental deletion, system crash, forgotten password, or any other reason that may have caused you to lose access to your precious …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

Qualcomm 215 64-bit SoC Targets Entry-level Smartphones

Qualcomm 215

Qualcomm Technologies has recently announced the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform quad core Cortex-A53 processor with a dual ISP for entry-level smartphones. Compared to the Snapdragon 212 quad core Cortex-7 32-bit processor, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 64-bit processor offers a 50% increase in CPU performance, and up to 28% increased gaming performance thanks to its Adreno 308 GPU. It also adds an Hexagon DSP for low power audio and sensor processing which allows up to 5 days of audio playback. Qualcomm 215 (QM215) specifications: CPU – 4x Arm Cortex A53 up to 1.3 GHz GPU – Adreno 308 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, DirectX, OpenCL DSP – Qualcomm Hexagon DSP Memory I/F – LPDDR3 up to 3 GB RAM @ 672 MHz Storage I/F – eMMC 4.5 and SD 3.0 (UHS-I) Display – Up to 1560×720 resolution (19.5:9 aspect ratio); support for external display Video Capture – 1080p30 Playback – 1080p H.265, H2.64 and VP8 Audio – High …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

Vivo 120W Super FlashCharge Tops a 4,000 mAh battery in 13 minutes

Vivo 120W

Recently, the news of Vivo 120W Super FlashCharger which can power a 4,000 mAh battery in 13 minutes is on everyone’s lips. It sounds unreal, but it is. While it is not the first supercharge tech, it is one of its kind. According to reports it would be the world’s fastest charging tech for smartphones.  Although no further details were revealed about the Super FlashCharge 120W technology. A Vivo product manager released a video on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. This video teased about the product.  Furthermore, Vivo has not yet disclosed how they achieved this feat. Also, it is still a mystery how they developed the 120W super Flashcharge. It is also not really clear when this technology would be introduced into a commercially available smartphone. Remember that OnePlus was the first one to bring a 20W fast charge tech. In addition, it hit the 30W mark last year with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Soon after, …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

MediaTek Helio P65 Octa-core Processor Combines Cortex-A75/A55 Cores with Arm Mali-G52 GPU

Mediatek Helio P65

MediaTek Helio P65 is a mainstream’s octa-core processor with two Arm Cortex-A75 clocked at up to 2.0 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores combined with an Arm Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU. What does 2EEMC2 mean you may ask? Well, I have absolutely no idea either, and MediaTek did not bother expanding on the subject. Nevertheless, Helio P65 is said to deliver 25% performance improvement over “competitor alternatives that use older generation cores”, and twice the AI performance over previous generation mainstream Helio series, and up to 30% faster performance versus direct competitor SoCs in AI-camera tasks such as object recognition (Google Lens). The processor also implements VoW (Voice on Wakeup) capability which the company claims “optimizes platform size and power use”, and separates the audio channels for voice commands and calls from media and games in order to deliver better audio quality. MediaTek Helio P65 specifications: Processor – 6x Arm Cortex-A55, 2x Arm Cortex-A75 @ up to 2.0 GHz in dynamIQ configuration, …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

BOE Showcases Rollable Displays for Smartphones (Video)

BOE Rollable display

Companies have already announced foldable smartphones, but another type of smartphone may soon come to retail shelves as BOE showcased rollable displays for next generation smartphones at SID Display Week 2019. BOE, a China-based tech company, is a global leader in the semiconductor display industry. In addition they are an IoT company providing intelligent interface products. Also, they produce Interface Devices, Smart IoT Systems and Smart Medicine & Engineering Integration. In the video, you can see two different foldable phones, one which is  about 7.7 inches display but, can be folded into a 6 inches display. And another rollable smartphone, which is up to 12.9 inches, the main attraction of the day. The 12.9 rollable smartphone, although still a prototype and not ready for the market, showed a lot of potential.  With the plan to add more features to future versions, this smartphone, BOE is really heating things up. Additionally, it is good to know that the smartphone, despite not having …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon

Software Development on Librem 5 and PinePhone Linux Phones is Progressing Nicely

PinePhone LuneOS

Several Linux phones are expected this year including Purism Librem 5 and Pine64 PinePhone. Both companies have sent phone development kits out to developers a few months ago, and we are starting to see some nice progress for both phones. What made me write this post is an update from Purism comparing the boot time on Librem 5 running PureOS Linux distribution without specific optimizations yet, and HTC One Android smartphone.  Librem 5 smartphone devkit takes 13 seconds to get to the lockscreen, while the Android phone takes over 40 seconds. Fair enough, most people won’t boot their phone often, but it still nice to know it won’t take long to turn on the phone from power off state.  They also posted a progress report at the end of May saying calls are now working with better audio quality, fixed various issue with messaging in Chatty, work on Linux mainline is going well with Linux 5.2 expected to work …

Support CNX Software – Donate via PayPal or become a Patron on Patreon