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It has been reported that Xiaomi is working on an upgraded version of the Mi5, dubbed as the Mi5s. The biggest upgrade that this device will feature is a pressure sensitive display which will bring Apple 3D-esque features to their customers. In case you are not aware, a pressure sensitive display allows users to light-press or hard-press the display to bring up various menus, depending on the content.


An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner (Qualcomm made) and dual camera sensors on the back may also be found on the upcoming device. After the LeEco Le Max 2 and the OnePlus 3 was launched a while earlier with 6GB of RAM, it looks like Xiaomi is now ready with a response of their own as 6GB RAM is supposedly an assured feature of the Mi5s. What would be interesting to see is if the Chinese OEM would use the Snapdragon 823 SoC that will supposedly power the Galaxy Note 7 as well, when it comes out in August. If this news got your attention, then you should be happy to know that the Mi5s will apparently be released this year only, along with the rumored Mi Note 2.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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The Galaxy Note 5 has a brilliant display that's quite large as it is but the Note 6 will presumably be built with an even larger screen. If the rumored 5.77-inch 2K display does make it to the final release, it will be the first time that the company would be making a change in the display department of its Note series since the Galaxy Note 3 was launched in 2013 with a 5.7-inch display.


The Snapdragon 820 is the most powerful chip in Android world right now and it powers flagship smartphones like the S7 and the G5. However, the Note 6 might be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 823 SoC, which is supposed to be 18% faster than even the SD 820. Couple that with the superfast 6GB RAM and we could be looking at power that's almost equivalent to a fully fledged laptop here! To power all this, there will be a rumored 4,200mAh QuickCharge enabled battery.


Other rumors flying around the phablet suggests that there might also be 256GB of in-built storage, alongside an expandable memory card slot. We believe that it will be water and dust-resistant just like the S7 and S7 Edge. Most of the information here was made popular through Weibo by GizmoChina, so take it with a healthy pinch of salt as it is still too early to know anything for sure. What would you like to see in the upcoming phablet from Samsung?



Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



A new rumor is in the market and it suggests that the Korean OEM could be planning to release five flagship devices in 2017. This theoretical list consists of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Edge, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy Note 7 Edge and the rumored Galaxy X. The design of the Galaxy X is based on what ETNews from Korea had reported last month about a tablet-smartphone hybrid being developed around Samsung's foldable display technology.


Also dubbed as Project Valley, this concept phone consists of a 7-inch 4K display panel that can be folded into a more pocketable 5-inch screen when required and vice versa. Although Samsung has not yet made any official remarks as to the authenticity of these claims, it was the Korean company which had originally given birth to these rumors by showing off the Youm foldable OLED display panel. Since it has now been more than five years since that day at the CES 2011, we would not be surprised if Samsung is truly on the verge of making a foldable smartphone by building on that piece of technology.


Many market analysts believe that the Galaxy X could be the pioneer for the perfect smartphone in terms of display. Portability has always been a problem with phablets while smartphones with small displays are just not adequate enough to fully enjoy video content on them. If something is introduced into the market that brings both the portability and the large screen aspect together in a single device, it could potentially end the halt in smartphone business that the industry is experiencing right now.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



An iris scanner has been beckoning for Samsung phones through rumors for a long time now and if the latest trademarks registered by Samsung at the European Union are any indication, then it will finally make its first appearance on the Galaxy Note 6.


If you are wondering what made us believe that the two trademarks are related to the biometric locking technology, let us inform you that they are quite literally termed as "Samsung Iris" and "Samsung Eyeprint."


Even though the Korean smartphone giant has confirmed absolutely nothing about the Galaxy Note 6 so far, we are pretty sure that they would not feature such a premium piece of technology on anything but a flagship device. As far as we know, there is only one upcoming flagship device from Samsung in the near future and that's the Galaxy Note 6.


After being rumoured to feature such whopping specs as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chipset and 6GB of RAM, the iris scanner looks to be another feather in the next Note's metaphorical cap! If all these rumors turn out to be true, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is going to be a supremely powerful device to say the least.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



You have probably heard about Harman International as they are pretty popular around the world for their audio equipments. Samsung has recently bought them out for a whopping $8 billion all-cash transaction and that has led to many speculations and rumors as to what Samsung plans on doing with the acquisition. A recent report from FoneArena is stating that the next flagship smartphone from Samsung has the possibility of sporting speakers made by Harman.


In the official press release, CEO and VC Oh-Hyun Kwon stated,


"HARMAN perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,"


President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn added,


"We see substantial long-term growth opportunities in the auto technology market as demand for Samsung's specialized electronic components and solutions continues to grow. Working together, we are confident that HARMAN can become a new kind of Tier 1 provider to the OEMs by delivering end-to-end solutions across the connected ecosystem."


This of course, clearly indicates that Samsung's main motive behind acquiring the business was a step towards getting into the automotive business. Nevertheless, it wouldn't really be surprising if Samsung took advantage of the newly acquired Harman International's expertise and brand name for manufacturing better speakers for the Galaxy S8.


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We are just two days away from the unveiling of the Galaxy S8 on March 29, but that doesn't mean we cannot speculate about the Galaxy Note 8! Today's rumor is more of an intelligent guess, built upon a new confirmed report. This report is about one of Samsung's latest patents. The South Korean company has apparently filed for patenting a dual camera module which is slimmer than any other dual camera module that's available in the market right now. Along with the slimness, the dual cameras will hopefully allow for better low-light photography as well.


It should be noted that this isn't Samsung's first patent regarding a dual camera setup. This report certainly increases the chances of a dual camera setup making its way onto the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The description of the patent states the technology in the following manner; "Camera module-including multi-lens and electronic device having the same."


Interestingly enough, the description states that the module will be enabled with 3D capabilities, or in other words, Samsung's future smartphones might be capable of taking Three-dimensional photos!


Info provided by SamMobile


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Ming-Chi Kuo from 9to5Mac is famous as the most prominent (and accurate) analyst in the world when it comes to Apple and its products, but every once in a while, he does give out some pretty interesting details about other famous brands like Samsung as well. As it happens, Ming-Chi Kuo has just made some interesting revelations which assert previous rumors that all of us had been hearing for a while about the Note 8. He believes that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport its "most important upgrade" in the form of a dual camera setup at its back.


Although we were pretty much all expecting that, he goes on to add quite a few exciting details to this little "revelation" as well. Apparently, the cameras will comprise of a 12-megapixel wide-angle CIS 2PD lens and a 13-megapixel CIS dual 6P (six element) telephoto lens. Along with dual optical image stabilization, there will also be the option to use 3X lossless optical zoom. He even excitedly predicts that the camera setup will produce images that will rival those taken by the upcoming OLED iPhone.


Kuo also goes on to mention that the Note 8 will sport a display with an 18.5:9 ratio and 1440 x 2960 resolution, just as the one seen on the S8+, but even bigger at 6.4-inches. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 will likely be powering the Note as well.


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Before any confusion is created, let me clear things out by saying that we are talking about the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 here and not the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 or any other new Note device. "FE" will reportedly stand for "Fan Edition," according to rumors and leaks, but this is the same Galaxy Note 7 from 2016 which we fell in love with first, but learned to fear later on. Thankfully (and hopefully!) it will not only feature a completely different battery from the ones that started to catch fire, but will actually be a smaller 3,200mAh cell just to be extra safe.


Those of us that loved the smartphone and are enjoying the idea that it will be re-released with a 30% price-cut in certain regions, will feel safer knowing that the "new" Note 7 handsets might feature a "R" mark at the bottom right corner to indicate that it is indeed a refurbished device (meaning safe). None of this has yet been confirmed by Samsung as expected, but check out the photos and you will feel pretty convinced that the news reports are on point.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If the latest report by The Bell is to be believed then Samsung has already placed orders for next year's flagship panels with their display division; Samsung Display. In addition to the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch QHD+ panels for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, The Bell reports that 6.3-inch QHD+ panels are also going into production in the future for the Galaxy Note 9! Of course, it's just a rumor at this point, but this does mean a couple of things if it turns out to be true. Firstly, we are not going to see a 4K display like the one on the Xperia XZ Premium on any Samsung smartphone in the near future and secondly, Samsung is sticking with the 18.5:9 aspect ratio.


Additionally, the report also states that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature the elusive fingerprint scanner which is not even going to make it onto the iPhone 8 this year. It would be interesting to see how much of this actually turns out to be true, although it's going to be a long wait from now for things to become more obvious.


Via: SamMobile


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While the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are fantastic devices, there are a few things about the two smartphones that are not exactly perfect and the underpowered 3,000mAh battery on the regular S8 is one of those things. The S8 Plus on the other hand has a decent enough 3,500mAh battery, but it isn't anything to write home about either. However, the Galaxy S8 Active will change all that with its 4,000mAh battery when it comes out. It's a shame that it will be exclusive to the United States and that too on AT&T only.


Check out the images in this article which comes to you thanks to a Samsung employee in possession of a Galaxy S8 Active prototype in San Francisco. The phone is going to be made mostly out of polycarbonate with metal on the sides for extra protection. There will not be an Active button on the S8 Active, unlike all its predecessors but it will sport the Bixby hardware button just like the regular Galaxy S8s. All other specs are the same, but the model number on this one will be SM-G892A. Are you waiting to pick one up?

 

Via: SamMobile


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According to a report by SamMobile and Galaxy Club, it is possible that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could be sporting some sort of an "environmental sensor." It should be noted that it's way too early to be predicting anything about the Galaxy S9 and this is just guesswork at best. Nevertheless, they do have the patent and while a patent doesn't necessarily guarantee a feature in the future, there's always the possibility that it might make an entrance in one of the next smartphones.


The sensor itself has something to do with detecting air quality around the user and its readings are not just copied information from the internet. Based on the smartphone's own detections, it will likely instruct the user regarding how to take appropriate precautions. Check out the patent drawings above and let us know what you would think if this feature made it onto Samsung's next flagship smartphone.


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At this point, it doesn't even feel like news anymore to report once again that Samsung's next flagship smartphone won't be sporting an under-the-glass fingerprint scanner because this is going on for more than a year now. Renowned KGI analyst and Apple leakster Ming-Chi Kuo has sadly declared this fact, although he had himself said earlier that Samsung would be able to pull it off with the Note 9. Apparently, the OEM can't do that at this moment, but incidentally, Vivo has already done it successfully with the Apex.


It is baffling for many as to why Samsung is unable to do it, especially since the only reasoning offered here by Ming-Chi Kuo was a vague explanation about the current gen sensors being unable to bring what Samsung needed to the table. It might have something to do with the fact that the latest under-the-display sensors being incapable of working with an OLED display properly, but we don't know for sure.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Every year the most common New Year's resolution is to lose weight and get fit. If you are like 75% of Americans who have this resolution on their list for 2018, you will need the right gadgets that will support your fitness endeavours. With so many different sport gadgets available on the market, it can be hard navigating through them to decide which is worth the money and which is right for you. Continue reading to learn more about our list of must-have gadgets to enter the New Year with. To learn more about how to sift through other weight loss products on the market to learn which are farcical and which will offer real results click here.


Fitbit Surge



The Fitbit Surge is one of the newest Fitbit models. Aside for the usual fitness tracking, the Fitbit Surge has caller ID, continuous heart monitoring, music control, GPS tracking, wireless syncing and text notifications. The battery life is expected to last up to seven days. It has a sleek design that is slightly less geeky than other smartwatch designs we have seen. A few downsides are that the manufacturer does not recommend wearing the watch under water or while swimming. So for avid swimmers, this is not the right option for you if you are looking to track your fitness. Another common complaint we saw is that the watch is slightly bulky and can feel awkward on your wrist. The Fitbit Surge is available to purchase for $158 online.


Jaybird X3



Could you ever imagine lasting through a workout only hearing the sound of heavy breathing and the sweat dripping down your face? If you take working out seriously, you should also take your headphones seriously. The Jaybird X3  are in-ear, wireless, bluetooth headphones that are designed to be worn behind your head. The cord has a clip that can be clipped on to the back of your shirt to ensure that the headphones do not snap out of your ears during a workout. These headphones are at the top of the line when in comes to work out gear.  You can purchase a pair online for $79.89.


HAPIfork



Eating well goes hand in hand with staying fit. HAPIfork is an electronic fork that will help monitor and track your eating habits. It is designed to alert you when you should slow down or stop eating through indicator lights and gentle vibrations. It looks light a regular fork, only slightly larger. The initial set up will require setting up the fork on your computer and it will then begin syncing all of your data. HAPIfork will measure how much time it takes you to eat between bites and you can customize how much time you want it to give you between bites. All of your data can be synced onto your smartphone to help you track your eating habits. It is available for $99.


It takes a lot to stick to a New Year's resolution. Make your fitness resolution a bit easier this year by starting off the year with the right fitness equipment that will make staying fit easier.



Courtesy of @OnLeaks via Twitter, we now have a new rumor about the iPhone 7 and it seems to be a reliable one. It was stated that the iPhone 7 will most likely be powered by a 1,960mAh battery, which is about 14% more powerful than the current gen iPhone 6s's battery (1,715mAh). There is a slight catch though; OnLeaks also mentioned that this is "not 100% but almost..." We would certainly like to see the "almost" part turn out to be true as the iPhone could definitely use the battery boost.


Although this is purely based on assumption, this leads us to believe that if there is an iPhone 7 Plus this year, then it will sport an even bigger battery than the iPhone 6s Plus' 2,750mAh cell. If we said that it too would sport a 14% increase over the iPhone 6s Plus' battery, we would be stretching our imaginations too far though! However, a bigger battery should definitely be on the cards. We will surely find out more as rumors and leaks will continue to surface on the internet before the official release date of the upcoming iPhones in September, 2016.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)





Reports from Nikkei suggests that Apple might be striking deals with the two Korean giants, Samsung and LG. Apparently, Apple is looking to buy OLED panels on a massive scale and as a result, they are looking to these manufacturers for providing them with that. If Nikkei is to be believed, then the deals could amount to a total of $12 billion and we could be seeing the first OLED iPhones by 2017.


Provided Apple does not break its previous streak of releasing iPhones that they have followed for the last eight iterations, then we will see the iPhone 7 later in 2016. This would ideally make the iPhone 7s the first Apple phone to sport an OLED panel according to the information we have now. However, this is a prediction made by taking a lot of things for granted and things do not always pan out that way.


Although OLED panels are more expensive than regular LCD panels used in most smartphones nowadays, Samsung had been using their own brand of AMOLED screens for years now. OLED displays offer inky blacks and punchier colors that just look more vivid than even the best of the IPS panels. It is too early to tell for sure, but it seems like after Apple's sales failed to show a significant improvement in 2015, the company is looking for ways to renovate their iPhones.

 





This year in February, Sony decided to introduce the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA. At the same time they also phased out the Z series. Now, we are expecting another member to join the brand new series. This is about Xperia X Premium, which will be the next device to take the place of Z5 Premium. This smartphone was the very first device with capability to display media in 4K format. Apparently the display screen will be the point of differentiation for Xperia X Premium as well.


It will sport an HDR display, which will be a first for smartphones (but it is gradually becoming a norm in TVs). That would mean that the device will be able to display 1.07 billion colors, in comparison to the 16.8 million color depth of various other smartphones.


The Xperia X Premium will also come with 120Hz refresh rate, 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and the display panel will be the brightest among all the available smarphones. It will package 1,000 nits of "white brightness" and could extend upto 1,300 nits, which more than two times of what Samsung Galaxy S7 can achieve (539 nits).


The next smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC from Qualcomm, backed by 3GB of RAM. A USB Type-C connector will also be there. But, there are very few news about the actual launch date of this device.

 



Back in 2015, the Moto G3 Turbo was released in Novemeber by Lenovo as an upgraded edition of the regular G3. This time around though, there will be no such delays because both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus has been unveiled together. As expected, "Motorola" is no longer a part of the Moto G series and is therefore replaced by the "Lenovo Moto" branding instead. We like the fact that the familiar "M" logo at the back is retained as promised.


The G4 has a bumped up Full HD resolution this year and the SoC has been upgraded to a brand new Snapdragon 617. Unfortunately, the RAM onboard is still 2GB. It will be available in two internal storage options of 16GB and 32GB, but thankfully, both versions will have a micro-SD card slot. The rear camera is probably still using the same 13-megapixel sensor we saw last year, while the 5-megapixel front camera sports an 84-degree wide-angle lens for group selfies. All this is going to be powered by the 3,000 mAh battery inside that also supports quick charging.


As you would expect, the Moto G4 Plus is an upgraded version of the G4 with a front facing fingerprint scanner and a much more powerful camera. At the back, the G4 Plus sports a 16-megapixel OmniVision PureCell Plus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.3µm pixels. There is also hybrid autofocus, which is achieved by combining laser autofocus and phase detection together. The front camera is the same 5-megapixel wide-angel camera that is also used in the regular G4. It seems like there will be three versions of the G4 Plus; 16GB internal storage with 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage with 3GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage with 4GB of RAM. Moto phones are known for always running the latest version of Android and keeping true to that legacy, both the 4th generation Moto G handsets will be running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow right out of the box.


All versions of the two smartphones will exclusively be available via Amazon India and the pricing details are as follows.


Moto G4 16GB - N/A


Moto G4 32GB - N/A


Moto G4 Plus 16GB - INR 13,499/$200/€180


Moto G4 Plus 32GB - INR 14,999/$225/€200


Moto G4 Plus - 64GB - N/A


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