Some tech just won’t stay dead.
This week has been full of unexpected comebacks, from once-defunct smartphones to beloved — if impractical — software. We run it all down on this week’s episode of Geared Up.
First up: New leaks from Samsung are giving us new details on the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 — yes, the successor to phone that kept spontaneously combusting last year. After that debacle, we mostly thought the Note was done for, but the company is preparing to unveil a new model next month.
New reports indicate that the phone will be giant, with a 6.3-inch display.
The Note is Samsung’s high-end phone aimed at professionals and other folks with some extra money in their wallets. In that regard, it’s likely going to be similar to the next iPhone, which Andru has taken to calling the “iPhone Pro.” New leaks this week suggest the iPhone is on schedule for its anticipated launch in September.
The other undead phone in the news this week is a new Nokia phone, which had to do some jujitsu to come back to life. The Nokia name was sold to Finnish company HMD by Microsoft, which dropped the Nokia brand after acquiring the company’s smartphone business. HMD, led by former Nokia and Microsoft executives, is now bringing the brand back to life with a new flagship Android phone.
Todd says it’s more of a novelty than a serious competitor to Samsung, HTC or Google, but it could also be successful in certain markets, particularly in Europe.
And finally: Microsoft Paint. News emerged Monday that Microsoft was discontinuing the virtual art studio that holds a special place in the hearts of many who grew up in the 80s and 90s. But after an outpouring of virtual grief and some truly awful Paint-illustrated pieces, the company said Paint will still be around — as an app in the Windows Store.
Plus, Todd and Andru give us an update on their experiences with T-Mobile, their phone carrier of choice. Both of them have had irksome encounters in the past few weeks.