It weighed 2.5lb, took 10h to charge and lasted only 30min. a time, but the first cellular phone was a hit, and paved the way for a technological arms race that continues to this day. ColdFusion sums up the origin of cellphones and the man behind our favorite gadget.
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The Xperia XZ Premium has an HDR-enabled 5.5″ 4K touchscreen. Its 13MP front camera and 19MP rear camera both have optical image stabilization. The rear camera also has a 960fps slow motion mode, and can automatically take photos so you can catch fleeting moments.
Until now, if you wanted motion control and room-scale tracking for virtual reality, you needed a powerful PC, multiple sensors, and lots of wires. NOLO aims to change this with a reasonably priced system that pairs with smartphones and inexpensive VR headsets.
The Zenfone 3 Deluxe is an Android phone with a 5.7″ 1080p Super AMOLED display, an all-metal body with a nearly invisible antenna, a Snapdragon 820 CPU, up to 6GB RAM, up to 256GB storage and a 23MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus.
Sony has phased out the Xperia Z line, and the X Performance is its new flagship (the 4K screened Z5 Premium is still on sale). It has a Snapdragon 820 CPU, 3GB RAM, 5″ 1080p display, an all-metal body, a microSD slot and a 23MP rear camera with hybrid autofocus.
CAT’s new industrial-strength phone packs a built-in thermal imaging camera from FLIR. The Android Marshmallow phone has a 4.7″ display with wet finger and glove support, Gorilla Glass 4 protection, and is waterproof up to 16 feet for up to an hour. (Thanks Jeremy!)