How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are incredible phones. Based on who you ask, the two devices are arguably among the best smartphones ever built. The only problem you may have with your device is that you purchased it from your service provider to save a bit of money and now you’re stuck with a Galaxy S8 that you need to SIM unlock.
Typically, there are three ways you could go about SIM unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The first is pleading with your service provider for a free unlock code. If you don’t qualify for a free unlock code, you’ll likely have to purchase one from a third-party unlocking service. The third option would be to root your device and mess with the code. This option isn’t available yet since the phones are brand new, but if you do some searching you may find something interesting.
To make it easy, we’ve laid out step-by-step instructions below which walk you through Samsung Galaxy S8 SIM unlock process
Find your Samsung Galaxy S8’s IMEI number
To get things started, locate your phone’s unique IMEI number. The IMEI number will be used to order your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code or request it from your service provider.

Open the phone app on your Samsung Galaxy S8 and dial *#06#
The device’s 15-digit IMEI number will pop up on the display
Save the IMEI number for easy reference

Free Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock

The cheapest way to get an unlock code for your new Samsung smartphone is to request one for your service provider. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that they’ll give you one since they have quite a few stipulations which must be met. Generally, this means that your bills need to be paid on time, the account be older than 60-90 days and the phone you’re trying to unlock can’t be on a payment plan. If you think you meet those basic requirements, you should be entitled to a free unlock code.

Call the customer service line for your service provider
Kindly ask the rep for the free unlock code for your Galaxy S8 or S8+
Provide the service rep with the phone’s IMEI number
If you are approved, the unlock code will be sent to you by email in 2-5 days
To unlock the phone, remove the old SIM card and swap in another one from another carrier
When prompted, type in the phone’s unlock code

Paid Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock
Getting the SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ is typically faster (and easier) if you use an unlocking service. Most of them deliver the codes in a number a hours and offer a full refund if the code provided doesn’t work.
NOTE: If your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ was purchased from T-Mobile or Metro PCS, the basic paid service will not work. You will need to use the T-Mobile service listed at the bottom.

Go to Android SIM Unlock or another unlocking service website
Select the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+
Enter your phone’s IMEI number that you located earlier
Enter your payment details to complete the payment process
The unlock code for your phone will be emailed to you in less than an hour
Remove the SIM card from your phone and insert a card from a different service provider
Type in the SIM unlock code when prompted

T-Mobile & Metro PCS Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock
T-Mobile and Metro PCS use a proprietary app to unlock their phones, so you won’t be able to use a standard SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. The good news is that you can still pay to unlock devices purchased from T-Mobile or Metro PCS, but the process is slightly different. Android SIM Unlock offers unlocking services for the T-Mobile Unlock App and the Metro PCS Unlock app.
The instructions below walk you through the unlocking process using either app.

Find the T-Mobile Device Unlock or Metro PCS Device Unlock service for your Galaxy S8
Enter your phone’s IMEI number and complete the checkout process
The service can take 1-3 days to complete the unlock process
On your Galaxy S8, open the T-Mobile Device Unlock or Metro PCS Device Unlock app
First press Continue and then Permanent Unlock on the next screen
Once finished, reboot the phone to complete the unlock process

Hopefully, you can use one of these methods to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. If you have any other suggestion on how to get an unlock code for Samsung’s 2017 flagship device, leave us a comment below.

Bizarre messages sent to OnePlus 7 Pro handsets undergoing investigation

Some OnePlus 7 Pro owners woke up today to multiple notifications on their phones from OnePlus. While manufacturers to use the push notification system at times to share important information, the messages in questions included Chiese characters and other random letters. Those venturous enough to click on the messages were then greeted with a “browser not found” error. 
In the confusion, some wondered if OnePlus has been hacked.

Did @oneplus just get hacked? What’s up with these push notifications? Anyone else?
— Nicole Scott in Berlin (@Nicole_Scooter) July 1, 2019

Fortunately, the bizarre messages were simply a mistake. OnePlus issues a statement on Twitter, claiming that the issue was caused by the OxygenOS team. SOmeone apparently set out a global notification to some OnePlus 7 Pro owners. It’s not clear how many messages were sent out, but our OnePlus 7 Pro did not receive the messages.
The company is currently investigating what happened and will share more details when they come to light. While the random messages may have simply been annoying, we’re hoping that OnePlus puts a few extra security measures in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

During an internal test, our OxygenOS team accidentally sent out a global push notification to some OnePlus 7 Pro owners. We would like to apologize for any difficulties, and assure you that our team is currently investigating the error. We’ll share more information soon.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) July 1, 2019


Huawei P30 Pro trolled by Xiaomi after it poked fun at Apple

Never ones to miss a marketing opportunity, both Huawei and Xiaomi are having fun on social media to promote its own products at the expense of the other. It all started when Huawei responded to Apple’s event yesterday in preparation for its Huawei P30 Pro launch today and is now getting a taste of its own medicine as Xiaomi respond.
Following Apple’s event yesterday where the company announced a bunch of new services, including the new Apple Credit Card and News+ subscription, Huawei used the opportunity to bring focus on its upcoming event. The company sent the below tweet thanking Apple for its pre-show, but the Huawei P30 Pro launch would be the main event.

Thanks for the warm up, now on to the main event… #RewriteTheRules #HuaweiP30#AppleEvent
— Huawei Mobile IE (@HuaweiMobileIE) March 25, 2019

As the saying goes, if you can’t take it, don’t dish it, as Xiaomi is now poking fun at the Huawei P30 Pro.

— Xiaomi UK (@XiaomiUK) March 26, 2019

While it’s like comparing apples and oranges since the P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 7nm 980, while Xiaomi uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 for its flagships, you can’t knock the effort.
The Huawei P30 Pro was launched today with a heavy focus on the camera setup and 5x optical zoom capabilities. Be sure to read our comparison on how it stacks up against the competition.

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro unveiled: usher in a new era of smartphone photography

At a launch event in Paris, Huawei officially pulled back the curtain to unveil the new Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, two new flagship devices which are poised to give Huawei an even stronger foothold in the smartphone space. While the devices share the same basic design and most internal components, the Huawei P30 Pro packs in a larger display, battery and camera technologies which make it a more appealing option for those who want the best of the best.

We’ll start things off with the design of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Both phones feature glass on the front and back with a metal frame sandwiched between them. Rather than cutting out a hole in their OLED displays, the P30 and the P30 Pro both feature centered notches which only measure 6.6mm across, making them smaller than most smartphone notches we’ve seen to date. Huawei has also eliminated the speaker at the top of the phone, replacing it with new acoustic display technology which allows the display to vibrate to create sound just like LG has done with the new G8.
Unlike last year’s P20, the new P30 smartphones don’t feature a fingerprint sensor on the back. Like the Huawei Mate 20 devices, the new P30 handsets features an in-display fingerprint sensor, but the technology is actually 30% faster than the sensor Huawei used previously.
Externally, the distinguishing feature which sets these two smartphones apart is the size of their displays. The Huawei P30 comes with a 6.1-inch (2304 x 1080) OLED panel with support for HDR while the P30 Pro has a 6.4-inch curved OLED panel with the same resolution and feature set.
Ultimate Performance

On the inside, there are a few features which distinguish the P30 from the P30 Pro. Both phones are powered by the new Kirin 980 SoC, but the base model only comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the P30 Pro will have 8GB of RAM and storage options which range from 128GB all the way up to 512GB. While that may not be as much RAM as what you can get from the top-tier Samsung Galaxy S10 or OnePlus devices, Huawei has optimized the software o nits phones to allow for instant app launching for the 15 apps that you use the most.
Huawei is also including dual SIM support with its new NM card for expandable storage. This new card format made its debut last year alongside the Mate 20 Pro, but it’s still quite hard to find retailers which sell it.
On the power side, the smaller P30 is equipped with a 3,650 mAh battery while the larger P30 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh cell. The devices ship with a 40W charger in the box and also support 15W fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Rule-breaking photography
Huawei claims that the new P30 and P30 Pro will usher in a “new era of smartphone photography” with their new camera systems. Rather than use the same sensors all the other smartphone manufacturers are using, the company has switched to a new RYYB sensor which provides 40% more light intake than the traditional RGGB Pixel layout. Huawei is also shattering the previous ISO record that it set with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, allowing the P30 and P30 Pro to reach 204,800 and 409,600 ISO respectively.
These two features combined allow the phones to capture images with as little as 1 lux of light when most other smartphones can barely manage to capture an image at 5 lux. This means you can capture images of the starts and even the Milky Way with a 1-second exposure. or in a dark room with no lights on without using a flash.

The Huawei P30 is equipped with three camera sensors on the back: a 40MP main sensor which is paired with a 27mm, f/1.8 lens, an 8MP sensor with an 80mm telephoto (3x), f/2.4 lens and a third camera which is comprised of a 16MP sensor and 17mm ultrawide, f/2.2 lens. Up front, the P30 is equipped with a 32MP camera.
The P30 Pro has an upgraded quad-camera system. The main 40MP sensor is the same as that on the P30, but the lens is upgraded to f/1.6 to allow more light to be captured. The ultrawide lens is a little wider at 16mm and the sensor captures 20MP images and the telephoto camera features a periscope system which is made up of an 8MP sensor and 125mm (5X), f3.4 lens).  With the 5x zoom and the combination of the new sensor features, you can even zoom into the moon and capture incredible images which show off incredible details of the moon’s surface, something that’s impossible to do on any other smartphone. The fourth sensor on the P30 Pro is a ToF sensor which is used for more accurate depth calculations for improved portrait images, but the sensor can also be used to calculate the volume of objects and even comes with AR Core integration. The front-facing camera on the P30 Pro is the same as what you get on the regular P30.

On both phones, the main and telephoto sensors are equipped with AI-assisted OIS which will allow users to capture hand-held long exposure shots during the day or at night. Huawei is also leveraging the AI capabilities of its Kirin processor to improve image processing with its new AI HDR+ mode which delivers better exposure and color reproduction, even allowing you to capture images of subjects which are backlit by the sun. Huawei has made sure that the features is available on all the cameras on the two phones so that the images look as good as possible no matter which sensor you are using.
Pricing and availability
While Huawei P-series devices typically sold for a bit less than competing devices, the company appear to be bumping up the sticker price this year. The Huawei P30 will sell for 799 Euro (6GB RAM, 128GB storage) while the P30 Pro will start at 999 Euro with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The good news is that pre-orders for both devices have already started from Huawei, third-party retailers and service providers across Europe and Asia.
As expected, Huawei has not made any official announcement regarding availability of the two smartphones in the US, but you should be able to purchase them from third-party importers or even Amazon if you’re looking to use them on this side of the pond.

Corning’s bendable glass could make foldable phones more durable

Want to know the secret behind Samsung and Huawei’s foldable smartphones? It uses a plastic screen which explains how the display is as flexible as it is. This is versus the use of glass which is commonly found on pretty much all our smartphones these days. Unfortunately, in turn, it also creates a problem with the overall durability of the phone.
Thankfully that seems to be a problem that Corning is looking to solve as during an interview with WIRED, the company has revealed that they are working on bendable glass solution for future smartphone displays.
In an explanation by John Mauro, a professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State University who had also previously worked at Corning:
“With the polymer, the molecules can rearrange themselves more easily in response to stress, whereas the glass has a more rigid structure, so the response of the glass is going to be more elastic. The structure of the glass will be able to recover after the deformations.”
This means that in theory if one were to use a bendable glass display, it should be able to avoid some of the pitfalls involved in current foldable screens, which are creases that could appear over time with the repeated folding and unfolding of the screen. Corning is now working on a bendable glass that measures 0.1mm thin that is also capable of bending at a 0.5mm radius.
Corning is no stranger to bendable glass as they had previously worked on the Willow glass, but it seems that the process used to make the Willow glass makes it unsuitable for phones.
They are, however, expected to combine their experience with the Willow glass and their Gorilla Glass to come up with a solution that could potentially find its way into our foldable smartphones in the future.
Source: WIRED

2019 could be the beginning of the end for Huawei

Over the years we’ve seen quite a few smartphone markers quickly rise into the spotlight and then fade away. Palm, Nokia, RIM, Motorola, HTC and others all enjoyed tremendous success, followed by a dramatic fall. The interesting thing is that the stories behind the successes and failures of these companies are all different. They bet on the wrong platform, moved too slowly, got lost in the shuffle or simply lost their identity. 

But since each company faced unique difficulties, it’s been hard for other companies to learn from their mistakes. While it’s easy to spot a company that’s a few years into a decline, it’s harder to predict which company will be the next to fall from grace. Because of that, you likely wouldn’t believe us if we told you that #2 smartphone maker on the globe will be the one facing an uncertain future. 

Huawei surpassed Apple on the charts back in 2017, moving from being the #3 smartphone maker to the #2 spot, positioning itself nicely behind Samsung. The company is expected to ship more than 200 million devices in 2018, up from 153 million units in 2017. Huawei has been on an unprecedented growth spurt, overtaking its competitors one by one by delivering cutting-edge smartphone like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and budget-friendly devices with competitive specs with its Honor brand. 

The most surprising aspect of Huawie’s growth has been that it’s managed to capture 15% of the global smartphone market share without breaking into the North American market. That point was to be Huawei’s main focus for 2018, but it’s also where things started to go wrong as well.

Back in January of this year, Huawei’s CES press conference was where the company was planning to announce its official entry into the US market. Huawei had worked out deals to bring the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to AT&T and Verizon, putting its best phone on thousands of stores across the US. But those deals fell through at the last minute. According to the rumors, AT&T and Verizon backed out at the last minute due to pressure from the US Senate and House committees which insisted that Huawei would be “a security threat” if it managed to secure a firm foothold in the US market. 

Huawei pushed forward with the Mate 10 Pro announcement, choosing to sell the device unlocked through Best Buy and its own website. In February, the US’ offensive went one step further with the heads of multiple US intelligence agencies warning Congress about the threat posed by Huawei’s close ties with the Chinese government. 

“We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks,”

While no specific threats of espionage were shared, the US government’s anti-Huawei stance was enough for Best Buy to rethink it’s relationship with Huawei, announcing that it would phase out sales of unlocked Huawei devices. 

Since then, the US government has been putting pressure on its allies across the globe to limit their use of Huawei networking equipment. So far, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and Australia appear to have taken a stance against Huawei as well, citing security concerns with Huawei’s equipment. 

Just this week, we learned that the Sprint and T-Mobile merger in the US was given a security approval based on the agreement from Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile’s parent company) and SoftBank Group (Sprint’s parent company) to not use Huawei network equipment to build out their 5G networks. This is a huge blow for Hauwei as SoftBank Group and Deutsche Telekom operate the largest networks in Japan and Germany. 

On top of that, Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1st. The arrest is related to Huawei’s supposed violation of international sanctions on Iran. While the exact details of the violation are still being kept under wraps, the US is hoping to have Meng extradited to the US to face trial. Making matters worse, Wanzhou Meng also serves as vice-chair of Huawei’s board and is the daughter of the company’s founder.

So where does all this leave Huawei?

While Huawei’s smartphone business is bigger than ever, its network infrastructure business will be facing tough times in 2019 and beyond. For those who don’t know, Huawei’s network equipment business if far bigger and dramatically more lucrative for Huawei than its smartphone business. It’s also the reason why the company’s smartphones have become so popular across Asia and Europe.

Huawei has used sales of its network equipment to service providers across the globe as a bargaining chip to get them to also sell its smartphones to their customers. That’s one of the reasons why Huawei’s smartphones hadn’t yet established a foothold in the US. Huawei has been banned from bidding on US network builds in the US since 2011, essentially freezing out any relationships between Huawei and US service providers. 

If more countries ban Hauwei equipment from their 5G network build outs, the relationship that Huawei has with service provider around the globe will suffer. There’s a very good chance that customers will start seeing fewer Hauwei devices in carrier shops in Europe, forcing the company to retreat to Asia and more friendly markets. This would inevitably lead to a dramatic decline in the sales of Huawei smartphones, resulting in a drop in market share. 

The good news is that none of this is set in stone. Huawei is currently trying to work with the UK to address the security concerns they have. The company could also make significant changes to distance itself from the Chinese government, adding independent oversight of certain portions of its business. At this point, Huawei’s fate is still in its own hands. They can choose to play defense and try to fend off the attacks on its businesses or go on the offensive and present a plan which will change the narrative in 2019. 

HTC confirms no new flagship smartphone in the spring

A month ago we reported that HTC would not be releasing an HTC U13 in the spring of 2019. While the company is still planning to release at least one high-end smartphone in 2019, HTC Taiwan president Darren Chen has confirmed that the company’s roadmap does not feature a flagship smartphone for the spring.

Instead, HTC plans to extend the life cycle of the HTC U12+ which was released in May of this year. Chen did not elaborate on HTC’s plans for a flagship device later in 2019, but our source did previously share that “something else” will be coming from HTC, likely during the  second half of the year. 

Chen revealed that HTC’s efforts for 2019 would be centered around mid-range and high-end devices for 2019, in an effort to reboot smartphone sales and increase revenue for the company. It’s no secret that HTC isn’t doing well. 2018 will be the worst year on record for the company with revenue taking a 50-60% nosedive when compared to 2017. 

HTC will be relying on new smartphones like the HTC Desire 12s and the HTC U12 Life to move the needle a little. These new devices don’t offer much for those who have been HTC fans for the past decade, but they should be able to hold HTC over and pull in more revenue as HTC works on more profitable products to bring to market. 

Source: DigiTimes

World’s first SD855 smartphone benchmarks kill the competition

When Qualcomm
announced the new Snapdragon 855 last month, they promised that the new 7nm
chip would be significantly more powerful than the Snapdragon 845 and would
also give Huawei’s Kirin 980 and Apple A12 a run for their money. While it’s
easy to get excited about claims like that, we’ve been waiting for some
real-world numbers to back them up.

Thanks to today’s unveiling of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, we can now get a better look at howmuch more powerful Qualcomm’s new chip actually is.

During the Z Pro GT’s unveiling, Lenovo shared some numbers, revealing that the phone managed to score a mind-boggling 368,480 points onAntutu. When compared to the Antutu benchmark numbers of the iPhone XS, the Lenovo Z Pro GT has a 3-5% performance advantage. But that gap grows to 20% when matched up against devices running the Kirin 980 and there’s an astounding 25% gap when you look at devices running the Snapdragon 845.

To be fair, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT’s Antutu benchmark numbers area little skewed since the benchmarked device was equipped with 12GB of RAM. By removing the RAM “advantage” that the phone has over its competitors, Antutubelieves that the phone would still manage a score in the 360,000 point range. Even with this drop, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is still the most powerful smartphone to be benchmarked by Antutu and should give us a good baseline for how other Android smartphones running the Snapdragon 855 should perform. For those who don’t know, a leaked Antutu benchmark score for the upcoming Samsung GalaxyS10 surfaced recently with a score of 343,051. Since the device isn’t expected to make its debut for at least two more months, those scores couldeasily reach 360,000 as the software is finalized and performance optimizationsare made.

While few of you will likely be buying the new Lenovo Z5 ProGT, the performance numbers we’re seeing from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 lookpromising. The new chipset will deliver incredibly powerful smartphones in 2019 and the new 7nm manufacturing process will also give those devices improved battery life.

What’s your take on the performance of the new Snapdragon
855? Do you think it’ll be worth upgrading from a high-end 2018 smartphone to
one running a SD855 in 2019? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT features 12GB of RAM, SD 855, hidden front-facing cameras

Say hello to the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. The phone itself isn’t much to look at, but its internals are really what we should be focusing on. The device is the world’s first smartphone to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and it’s also the world’s first smartphone with 12GB of RAM. But that’s not all. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is built with a sliding display which hides two front-facing cameras which means you get a true edge-to-edge display which isn’t marred by a notch or punch-hole. 

The other specifications of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT include a 6.39-inch 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED display, 512GB of storage, 16MP + 24MP dual cameras on the back, 16MP + 8MP (infrared) cameras on the front, 3,350mAh battery, dual nano SIM slots, USB-C port and NFC. 

Lenovo Z Pro GT pricing and availability

Despite the late-2018 announcement, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT doesn’t actually go on sale until the end of January 2019. Lenovo will be selling the base models of the Z5 Pro GT (6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage) for 2,698 yuan ($390 USD) and the top of the line model with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for 4,398 yuan ($640 USD). Pre-orders will begin on January 15th and the device will officially go on sale January 24th in China. Lenovo plans on bringing the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT to other Asian and European markets, but there’s little chance tht it will make it to North America. 

HTC tries to get back in the game with Desire 12s

HTC has introduced its latest Desire series smartphone in Taiwan. The new HTC Desire 12s isn’t exactly the smartphone Android enthusiast will be clamoring over, but at least its spec sheet sheet mirrors its price. 

The budget device is 8.3 mm thick and sports a unique dual-material design which has shiny texture and double lines matte texture. The handset is light weight and sports a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio multi-touch display with HD+ resolution.

The HTC Desire 12s specs include octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC and has options of 3GB RAM with 32GB RAM and 4GB RAM with 64GB ROM. There is a 13MP front and 13MP rear camera both accompanied with LED flash.

HTC Desire 12s Specifications

Dimensions: 154.2 x 72.7 x 8.3 mmWeight: 150 gramsFingerprint sensors: RearSIM: Dual Nano SIMOperating System: Android 8.1 Oreo with HTC Sense UIDisplay: 5.7-inch 2.5D curved glass display with 1440 x 720 pixels resolution HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, multi-touch supportChipset: octa-core (1.4GHz A53 x 4 + 1.1GHz A53 x 4) Snapdragon 435 mobile platform with Adreno 505 GPURAM and Storage: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. Expandable using MicroSD cardFront camera: 13MP with LED flash, F/2.4 Aperture, BSI Sensor, Fixed Focal length, Face detectionRear camera: 13MP with LED Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, 1080p video recordingBattery: 3075 mAh with 5V/1A chargingConnectivity: 4G VoLTE, Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth V4.2, GPS/GLONASS, MicroUSB, NFC, 3.5mm Audio JackSensors: Ambient Light, Proximity, Gravity, Compass, Magnetic

The HTC Desire 12s 3GB/32GB model is priced at NT$ 5990 (US$ 195 / Rs. 13,900 approx.). The Desire 12s 4GB/64GB variant costs NT$ 6990 (US$ 225 / Rs. 16,250 approx.). The device comes in Red Bloom, Refreshing Silver and Personalised Black colours and is already on sale in Taiwan.

There’s no indication that the HTC Desire 12s will be making its way to the US market, but we could see the phone pop up in a handful of countries across Asia and Europe. It’s doubtful that this device will do much of HTC’s bottom line, but it’s nice to see that HTC hasn’t yet thrown in the towel. 

Source: HTC