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In the latest report regarding the iPhone 8, it has been mentioned that Apple will launch three variants, instead of the two that we are accustomed to. The rumor was supplied by KGI Securities, who have an excellent track record of providing the internet with accurate leaks when it comes to Apple products. If it's indeed true, then there will be two different variants of the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 8 (Plus), along with a single smaller 4.7-inch regular version.


1. 4.7-inch LCD display and a single camera
2. 5.5-inch LCD display and a dual rear camera setup
3. 5.5-inch OLED display and a dual rear camera setup


I am not sure, but the iPhone 8 Plus having both an LCD version, as well as an OLED version could be directly related to the fact that Samsung is unable to produce sufficient OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung's production rate of the OLED panels isn't high enough to keep up with Apple's demand. Nevertheless, Samsung will still be the only supplier of the OLED panels to Apple till 2018, as they are already into a contract. We will find out more in the coming months.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It's no secret that the two biggest names in the smartphone business are preparing for what could be the most important year for both of them in recent history. Apple released the iPhone 7 to an overwhelming success, but unimpressed reviews from even some of its ardent fans. The Galaxy Note 7 on the other hand, exploded into (pardon the pun!) all sorts of problems even after being received extremely well by the critics on release. The phone itself had to be shut down permanently by Samsung for safety concerns. A lot depends on the success of the Galaxy S8 in 2017 for Samsung, and perhaps even more so with that of the Note 8 (or whatever Samsung decides to call it).


The 10th anniversary of the iPhone is coming up in 2017, and we are sure that Apple is going to make it particularly special with either the iPhone 7s or the iPhone 8 (or both). We will now take a look at the most prominent changes that we could be seeing in the upcoming flagships devices, as per leaks and rumors around the web.


AI assisted digital assistant


Both the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 could sport "Bixby," an AI assisted digital assistant that is being developed by reportedly the same firm which helped in the development of Siri for the iPhone.


Iris scanner



Most experts, including us, are quite convinced that both the S8 and the Note 8 will have iris scanners that made its debut with the Note 7 this year. Apple too, may embrace the technology as the company is currently in business with Xintec from Taiwan.


Full screen pressure sensitive display



A display with almost no bezel seems to be on the cards for the Galaxy S8, as well as the next iPhone. If you want to know what we are talking about exactly, take a look at the Mi Mix. Pressure sensitivity or Force Touch has been a part of the iPhones for over a year now, but Samsung too may embed similar pressure sensitive tech into its displays starting from 2017.


Foldable OLED display



Samsung may move to foldable displays in 2017, while Apple may shift to using OLED panels for their iPhones in 2017 in place of LCDs. Many have speculated that the rumoured 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a foldable display to make it portable.


10nm chipsets


Reportedly, Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple will all move to the significantly more powerful, yet energy-efficient next generation 10nm processes to manufacture their SoC units in 2017.


Dual 20-megapixel camera sensors



Most reports are suggesting that the S8 and the Note 8 will feature dual 20-mp sensors at their back. Apple once again, already has done it with the iPhone 7 Plus.


"Safe" removable batteries


There is no denying that the Galaxy Note 7 disaster could have been somewhat controlled if only Samsung had opted for removable batteries. Let's just hope that Samsung recognizes that fact well enough to equip their upcoming smartphones with user-removable batteries.


There are plenty of other details floating about in the market regarding the upcoming superphones, but these are the most significant changes which the world is hoping to see from the two companies in their upcoming devices.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Rumors never seem to cease when it comes to Samsung. It has not even been two months since the Galaxy S7 was officially released back in March and the internet is already warming up with rumors about the Galaxy S8. We are pretty sure that it's going to be a while before Samsung even makes a prototype of the S8, but that does not mean that the Korean company doesn't have ideas that they are working on right now. So, here is a look at the top five cool ideas that Samsung might be working on to bring in with the Galaxy S8 in 2017.


Iris scanner - The biometric locking mechanism which will take phone security to an all new level is supposedly an assured part of the S8. This rumor by Digital Spy is actually not that farfetched as iris scanners will indeed be the next step in phone security, now that fingerprint scanners have become a norm.


A truly next-generation camera - Cameras on flagship smartphones from Samsung usually are among the best in the business and the S7's sensor is no exception. However, according to Know Your Mobile, the S8 will feature a snapper that will not only sport an improved sensor, but will bring forth completely new features like infrared autofocus.


USB Type-C - This one by TechRader makes a lot of sense and we may even begin to see the type-C ports on Samsung smartphones starting with the Note 6, which is due for a release later this year.


4K panel - A 4K display could prove particularly beneficial when used with future models of Samsung's Gear VR. Although some may consider it to be overkill, one can only imagine how beautiful a 4K Super AMOLED display will look on the S8. If ValueWalk is right, then ppi count on the 5.1"/5.5" screen will be through the roof!


Built-in projector - Steel Drake's concept art of the Galaxy S8 sports an in-built projector and while the chances of that actually making its way onto the Galaxy S8 are not that great, it is definitely something we won't mind seeing.


The S8 is rumored to launch with a price tag of $1,000 but we do not think that it is even a probability, given that Samsung actually reduced the price of the S7 at launch, compared to the price of the S6 at launch in 2015. We will find out more in the coming months and especially after the Note 6 is revealed.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



Aside from various other rumors about the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 6, there is a more recent rumor going around that the upcoming phablet will be almost as powerful as a fully fledged laptop. This may actually turn out to be true but we will just have to wait and see how potent the Snapdragon 823 actually is or if it really is going to power the Note 6.


It would also be exciting to see if the USB Type-C port finally makes its appearance on the Samsung device or whether the Korean company sticks with the tried and tested older micro-USB ports. However, the next iteration of the Samsung Gear VR is rumored by SamMobile to be waterproof, dustproof and sport a USB Type-C port, so it would only make sense if the Note 6 also comes with the same USB technology.


One of the most interesting rumors by Android Geeks hint at an infrared-autofocus based camera with the same 12-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization and f/1.7 aperture as the S7. Apparently, whether it will be used in the final device or not is yet to be decided. GizmoChina added an extra rumor to the mix, but this one is about an early release date. According to them, Samsung will do what they did it with the S7 and release the Note 6 in August before its expected release date. Some are of the opinion that the release may even happen as early as July, pitting it head to head against the iPhone 7.


The rumored specifications of the Galaxy Note 6 are well known to fans by now but just in case you are not familiar with them yet, here is what we know so far.


SoC - Qualcomm Snapdragon 823/Exynos

Display - 5.8" curved/flat Super AMOLED at 1440p resolution

RAM - 6GB

In-built memory - 256GB

Battery - 4,200 mAh

Water and dust resistance - IP67 certification


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


 

According to the International Business Times, the Note series from Samsung is actually more admired worldwide than its own Galaxy S series. Having said that, we should take into account that the Note 5 was not received particularly well by a lot of people because of the similarities that it shared with the S6 series. Nonetheless, the Galaxy Note 5 was a stellar device that didn't disappoint us in any way. It ran through everything from regular tasks to heavy gaming like knife through butter. The S- Pen offered added functionalities of a stylus and even that was simply the best in class experience.


It's a brand new year now and even before the S7 is released on February 21, the Note 6 is rumored to be unveiled at the IFA electronics and appliances trade fair 2016 in August - September. So the question lies whether Samsung can improve upon the Note 5 which is already a great device but still disappointed many. Here are a few ideas that can do just that, and they are based on what people want and the rumors that are flying around about the phablet.


Pressure sensitive gestures - Apple's 3D Touch was an amazing piece of innovation and we would very much like to see it being done in Android. Samsung may implement it in the Note 6 as they are already working with Synaptics to incorporate it in their 2016 flagships.


Improved camera - If the rumors are right then the S7 will flaunt only a 12 megapixel camera as compared to the 16 megapixel sensor on the S6 series. The lens however, will be much larger and better in every way compared to the previous generation 16 megapixel sensor. This is a trend which will probably be seen in the Note 6 as well.


Expandable storage via SD card - This was one of the biggest gripes of fans around the world who revolted against Samsung's decision of omitting a microSD card slot in the S6 and Note 5. The Koreans are possibly bringing back the feature, starting with the S7 and following it up to at least the Note 6.


Improved battery life - If you are a power user, then you probably felt that the Note 5 could have done with a juicier battery. Fortunately, this is almost certainly going to improve because the 3000mAh battery simply won't be enough to power the Note 5's top end hardware.
Keep a look out for further news, rumors and leaks as the release date gets closer.




According to the International Business Times, the Note series from Samsung is actually more admired worldwide than its own Galaxy S series. Having said that, we should take into account that the Note 5 was not received particularly well by a lot of people because of the similarities that it shared with the S6 series. Nonetheless, the Galaxy Note 5 was a stellar device that didn't disappoint us in any way. It ran through everything from regular tasks to heavy gaming like knife through butter. The S- Pen offered added functionalities of a stylus and even that was simply the best in class experience.


It's a brand new year now and even before the S7 is released on February 21, the Note 6 is rumored to be unveiled at the IFA electronics and appliances trade fair 2016 in August - September. So the question lies whether Samsung can improve upon the Note 5 which is already a great device but still disappointed many. Here are a few ideas that can do just that, and they are based on what people want and the rumors that are flying around about the phablet.


Pressure sensitive gestures - Apple's 3D Touch was an amazing piece of innovation and we would very much like to see it being done in Android. Samsung may implement it in the Note 6 as they are already working with Synaptics to incorporate it in their 2016 flagships.


Improved camera - If the rumors are right then the S7 will flaunt only a 12 megapixel camera as compared to the 16 megapixel sensor on the S6 series. The lens however, will be much larger and better in every way compared to the previous generation 16 megapixel sensor. This is a trend which will probably be seen in the Note 6 as well.


Expandable storage via SD card - This was one of the biggest gripes of fans around the world who revolted against Samsung's decision of omitting a microSD card slot in the S6 and Note 5. The Koreans are possibly bringing back the feature, starting with the S7 and following it up to at least the Note 6.


Improved battery life - If you are a power user, then you probably felt that the Note 5 could have done with a juicier battery. Fortunately, this is almost certainly going to improve because the 3000mAh battery simply won't be enough to power the Note 5's top end hardware.

Keep a look out for further news, rumors and leaks as the release date gets closer.




 



Many experts had speculated that Samsung is just going to release one flagship smartphone this year, the Galaxy S8. However, that turned out to be hogwash as Samsung confirmed that they do plan to launch the next Note later in 2017 as always. The rumors are already going around about the "Note 8," even when the S8 itself is still months away from being launched! Nevertheless, here are a few of the most popular rumors that are going around about the next Galaxy Note from Samsung.


The Iris Scanner


This one is almost a safe bet as we are quite confident that an improved version of the iris scanner which we already saw on the Note 7 earlier in the year will make its way to the Note 8. In fact, it should also be a part of the S8 as well.


Dual Rear Camera


The Korean Herald had already reported that the dual-lens module with 20-mp sensors is going to be a part of the S8. If that turns out to be true, then the Note 8 will definitely have it as well.


AI Assisted Digital Assistant


It is no secret now that Samsung is going to launch a personal digital assistant (Bixby) very soon and when it does, we are sure that it will make its way onto the Note 8 as well, unless something unexpected happens of course.


4K display for VR


The Galaxy S8 was rumored to sport a 4K display, but recent reports are suggesting that Samsung may stick with the tried and tested 2k display instead. This has led many to believe that Samsung is reserving its 4K Super AMOLED display for the next Note device with advanced VR capabilities.


8GB of RAM


To be honest, we think that this one is a stretch and 6GB of RAM is much more likely to be the Note 8's RAM capacity than 8GB. Then again, you may never know!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



There's still a few months in-between now and the time of the S8's release, but the rumors are already out and about. In case you have not been following on what's going on, here's a recent rumor roundup just for you.


No headphone jack - Much to our dismay, recent reports are strongly indicating that the S8 won't feature the good old 3.5mm headphone jack.


Harman speakers - Samsung has recently acquired internationally acclaimed car audio equipment manufacturer Harman Internationals and the Galaxy S8 might sport stereo speakers made by the brand.


6.2-inch bezel-less dual curved 2K display - Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Galaxy S8 (Plus) will probably sport a curved display without any bezels and a screen-to-body ratio above 90%. The 6.2-inch variant seems quite unlikely to us, but reports are insisting that it actually is coming.


Removal of the Physical Home button - The capacitive Home button will be placed under the glass which will replace the iconic Samsung Home button. Do you like the idea?


Force Touch or Pressure sensitivity - We have contrasting reports regarding this but at least some of those reports mention that the display of the S8 will support pressure sensitive gestures just like the iPhones.


For more rumors and leaks as they happen, stay tuned.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It was becoming quite confusing when it came to rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S8's launch date, but the OEM itself has stepped in and cleared up a large chunk of the confusion. Dong-jin Koh, the chief of Samsung Mobiles has confirmed publicly that the S8 won't be launched at the MWC this year. It has always been Samsung's tradition to unveil its next Galaxy S series of smartphones in Barcelona, at the Mobile World Congress that's held in February every year. However, it seems like Samsung won't be able to stay true to that tradition this year around. This information was retrieved while Dong-jin Koh publicly announced the findings of Samsung's probe into the Galaxy Note 7 disaster.


Unfortunately though, he did not clarify anything about when the Galaxy S8 will actually be unveiled. In order to figure out that bit of information, we will have to depend on rumors once again. There are multiple rumors, but the latest ones suggest that the smartphone will be unveiled in New York, at an exclusive Samsung event on March 29. The S8 will allegedly go on sale after roughly three weeks from the launch date (April 15 - 17).


 Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



They already have had the necessary FCC certifications and rumors are predicting that both the smartphones will be made official by Samsung anytime now. While the Galaxy J5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017) will not be phones which will ever enter the US or European markets, they are a huge hit in the emerging markets of India, Pakistan and South Africa. On that note, let's take a look at what Samsung has in store for the fans of the series this year.



The design visually reminds us about the Galaxy A (2017) series. Of course, it will have more modest hardware specifications as compared to the mid-range A-series. If you are wondering what those specifications are, your guess is as good as mine. Nevertheless, let's hope that the 1080p display won't be exclusive to China this year around. Don't expect any AMOLED displays though as those are reserved for Samsung's higher end phones only.



Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


o-infinity-display


Samsung had so far avoided the hated Notch, but it looks like they are all set to adopt it, albeit in their own adaptation of it. If the latest leak by Evan Blass is to be believed then the Galaxy S10 will sport a new kind of Infinity display that they are calling "O-Infinity." As you can probably guess, the "O" likely stands for the O shaped notch which Samsung is rumored to be going for in all likelihood. Evan Blass does have a solid reputation for sending out reliable leaks, so there might be some credit to this one after all, although, it is a bit early for leaks about the Galaxy S10.


His leak also stated that the S10 will have three rear cameras (standard, telephoto and wide-angle), an in-display fingerprint scanner and Samsung's new One UI, powered by Android Pie. Unfortunately, if the punch-hole notch turns out to be true, it also means that the foldable smartphone, aka the Galaxy X won't be the Galaxy S10, like a lot of us were hoping for. We will let you know as soon as we find out more about this.


Saikat Kar



In about a month's time, one of 2018's biggest consumer electronics events is going to start from January 9 and last till January 12 and it's about time that we took a look at some of the most expected appearances at the show.


Google


Smack dab in the middle of the venue, Google has already booked a huge booth for the show. While a lot of experts are of the opinion that the Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Daydream View, Google Home and the Google Home Mini will be on display here, there's a chance that the search engine giant may also showcase the newly launched PixelBook. It's basically going to be a place to show off "Made by Google" hardware.


Samsung



Aside from a 150-inch Home LED Display, a new series of MicroLED TVs and an updated range of QLED TVs, the Korean tech giant is also expected to launch a teaser trailer of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Other rumors regarding the company's possible showcases include a few new smartwatches and a foldable smartphone, aka the Galaxy X.


LG (January 8 at 08:00 PT/16:00 GMT)


To keep Samsung on its toes, LG will likely drawing the curtains off its new range of 4K OLED TVs, which will most probably be the B8, C8, G8 and the W8. A new range of mid-range smartphones will also make their appearances at the show, but we are not sure about the LG G7 yet.


Lenovo (January 9 at 11:00 PT/07:00 GMT)


We don't know what else the company is bringing to the table, but a standalone Daydream VR headset is almost surely going to be there.


Sony (January 8 at 17:00 PT/01:00 GMT on January 9)



A new range of Bravia 4K OLED TVs and 4K HDR projectors are on the cards at this invite-only get-together by Sony.


Dell



The Dell XPS 13 2017 Edition is going to make its official debut at the CES 2018 and it looks to be one very beautiful, thin and classy laptop.


If we missed something then it's likely because a lot of events have not been disclosed yet, but do feel free to let us know in the comments about what you are looking forward to the most in next year's Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas.


Mo Cheng


Editor


YouMobile, Inc



If you happen to be an Apple fan, then you should read everything we have for you today.


Augmented Reality in Apple iPhone X



Rumor has it that Apple might be developing a new kind of augmented reality (AR) technology for the iPhone X. It will apparently work based on a new sensor at the phone's back and will probably debut in 2019. Any other details regarding this are unclear at this point.


HomePod Delayed



Just when fans of the Cupertino giant thought that they were going to get their own smart speaker in the form of the HomePod, Apple has officially announced that it would be delayed. It was supposed to be ready for sale by December, but now that date has been delayed to "early next year."


Hacked Face ID



Apple took a bold decision by removing Touch ID from the iPhone X and replacing it with Face ID, but now the security of the Face ID is being challenged by a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm that goes by the name Bkav. They are claiming that they have managed to fool Face ID with a mask printed out from a 3D printer.


Smith Replaces Smith


Apple's Diversity Chief Denise Young Smith has stepped down after being in the position for just six months and he was replaced by Christie Smith.


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