In most homes, you can find several devices that are controlled by a remote control: a TV, a music center, a climate control system, a surveillance camera and many other modern devices. For each branded remotes are offered, which must be kept in a conspicuous place. Needless to say, they regularly move around the apartment by all family members and are often lost? Modern smartphones come equipped with an infrared port and companion apps. A smartphone is almost always in your pocket, which means it will easily replace the remotes from all, without exception, household utensils. Today we look at the most current smartphones that support this feature.
Coolpad Cool Changer 1C
All-metal smartphone Coolpad Cool Changer 1C was jointly developed by Coolpad and LeEco. In addition to the built-in infrared port, Cool Changer 1C offers a number of functions specific to a mid-range device in 2016: a 5.5-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a capacious battery of 4,060 mAh. By the way, this is one of the first budget devices with a USB Type-C connector. Do not forget about the slot for two SIM-cards and microSD to expand the internal drive.
Coolpad Cool Changer S1
IR ports. the prerogative of not only budget smartphones, but also the real flagships. For instance, Coolpad Cool Changer S1 clad in a thin metal case with an infrared port on the upper end. Inside, the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, 4 GB of fast RAM, 64 or 128 GB of ROM are installed. As the matrix, the same 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen is used. The battery at 4,070 mAh is responsible for autonomy. By the way, Cool Changer S1 supports one of the newest Bluetooth 4.2 standards, and is also equipped with a symmetrical USB Type-C connector.
Very thin and beautiful smartphone Honor 8 based on the proprietary chipset Kirin 950. Honor 8 became one of the most memorable devices of the brand in 2016, including due to subtle, but extremely useful "chips": additional audio chip, second main camera, NFC, USB Type-C and, of course, infrared. The smartphone is quite compact. The 5.2-inch Full HD display with thin bezels is mounted in a narrow case with a width of 71 mm and a thickness of 7.45 mm. 3,000 mAh battery with fast charge support is responsible for autonomy. In total, several modifications were presented with different prices, which means that you can choose the optimal configuration for specific needs.
HTC One (M9)
On the issue of placing an infrared port in One (M9) Taiwanese engineers from HTC came up creatively: the strip of dark plastic on the top end is a disguised infrared port that blends in harmoniously with the design of the phone. Unfortunately, HTC refused to use the port in the next flagship, but because the smartphone of 2015 is in fact the last classic flagship with this "chip". The rest of the HTC One (M9) is well known to our readers: a metal case, a 5-inch Full HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 GB "RAM" and a 2,840 mAh battery.
Huawei Mate 9
From the entire flagship line Huawei Mate 9 all representatives (with the exception of Mate 9 Lite) are equipped with an infrared port, however we decided to include in our selection precisely the classic Mate 9 with a flat display, because it is offered today at the most affordable price and it is easiest to find on sale from most sellers. The smartphone features a large 5.9-inch screen, which is enclosed in a very compact and thin body with minimal frames. Under the display are a fresh Kirin 960 processor, 4 GB of fast RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery. Huawei Mate 9 is running the current Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with a proprietary shell Emotion 5.0.
Video: Meizu M3 TV Control
Leagoo Shark 1
Looking at Leagoo Shark 1, You no longer doubt that Chinese manufacturers have long been catching up with major brands, but are competing in the smartphone market on a par with them. Shark 1. A beautiful and modern device with 2.5D glass, a large 6-inch Full HD-screen, a huge 6,300 mAh battery and an eight-core processor from MediaTek. The smartpad offers many advanced solutions, including an expanded list of supported navigation systems, a memory card slot, LTE support and a fingerprint scanner. Infrared is an additional advantage when choosing a device with a large display.
LeEco Le S3
LeEco Le S3 It is an inexpensive, but comfortable to use device with a modern eight-core processor from Qualcomm, a large 5.5-inch Full HD-screen and 3 GB of RAM. As materials for the assembly, metal and tempered glass Gorilla Glass were used. In addition to the infrared port, the smartphone has VoLTE support. It is curious that it was with this device that the entire line began to switch to the universal USB Type-C connector, which also serves for listening to high quality music. The kit comes with headphones with a special connector, thanks to which LeEco guarantees a new experience of music.
Meizu M3 Max
2016 brought a galaxy of smartpads with a screen larger than 6 inches. Not surprisingly, manufacturers tried to set a maximum in a large building "toppings". Meizu M3 Max was no exception among others "chips" received an infrared port for convenient control of all home appliances. The rest is a pretty average device with a nice price: 6-inch IPS Full HD-screen, Helio P10 processor, 4,100 mAh battery, USB Type-C, GPS and GLONASS support, LTE Cat. 6. By the way, the case is made of metal, and the front of the screen is covered with tempered mineral glass. Like all smartphones of the brand, the user is offered a hybrid tray for memory cards and two SIMs.
Ulefone power differs from most of the presented models by a battery of 6,050 mAh, which is housed in a case with a thickness of less than 10 mm. Most of the features are nothing outstanding. 5.5-inch high-definition screen with thin frames, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable ROM, eight-core MediaTek processor and a tri-core graphics accelerator. Due to its value and declared "chips", Ulefone Power remains the choice for fans of standalone devices.
Ulefone vienna Equipped with an IR port and Hi-Fi chip NXP Smart PA, as well as an audio box for rich sound. The smartphone offers standard features, a medium-thick case, a large contrast 5.5-inch Full HD screen, covered with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Together with a 13-megapixel main camera, a dual-tone flash is offered to create bright and clear pictures in any conditions. The rear fingerprint scanner instantly unlocks the smartphone without the use of digital passwords.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro debuted recently and traditionally offers advanced user-friendly features at low cost. Like many third-generation smartphones, Redmi 4 Pro offers an infrared port and many other useful "chips": fingerprint scanner, LTE support, all-metal housing, tempered glass. By the way, this is one of the few smartphones in our collection that has a relatively compact 5-inch screen with Full HD resolution. For performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor is paired with 3 GB of RAM. The case also housed the already traditional Xiaomi battery with a capacity of 4,100 mAh.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 serves as an alternative for Xiaomi fans who are looking for an inexpensive 5.5-inch smartphone. It is also equipped with an infrared port, which is easily configured through a companion application and turns the smartphone into a universal remote control. The smartphone works for 6-8 hours in the active screen mode and is distinguished by a thin case for this type of device. Inside is the same 4,100 mAh battery. We also note LTE support and a ten-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor. By the way, the other day in India went on sale smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 based on the Snapdragon chip, which is also equipped with an infrared port.
Even the flagship Xiaomi Mi5 It was equipped with an infrared port, which indicates the relevance of the technology and the interest of manufacturers in it. The prevalence of IR devices leaves no doubt. for a long time we will use the remote control in this way and Bluetooth will not soon supersede the cheap and effective infrared port. Mi5 used the latest developments of the company by the beginning of 2016: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 or 4 GB of fast RAM, 3,000 mAh battery, 5.15-inch IPS Full HD screen. A thin case made of glass and metal lies comfortably in the hand, although many note its slippiness and uncertain presence in the hand.
We also recommend several third-party applications for configuring and controlling equipment via the infrared port built into the smartphone.