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The latest rumor about the Galaxy Note 6 suggests that, well... there won't actually BE a Galaxy Note 6! Sam Mobile was informed by one of its trusted sources in South Korea itself that Samsung will skip a number and name their sixth Note smartphone as the Galaxy Note 7. If the source is correct then the Korean OEM thinks that most customers will consider the upcoming Note to be older than the S7-series of smartphones, if it carries the suffix "6" with it. The lower model number, according to a source in Samsung itself, "...can give out a feeling that it is an outdated phone,"


This would not be the first time that Samsung will be doing this though, because it had also ditched the "Z2" model number in favor of "Z3," when it had launched the follow-up to the Tizen-OS based smartphone, Z1. In other news, the next Note could also be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Edge because of the possibility that it might feature a curved display with dual edges.


Our advice would be to take this news with a pinch of salt (as you must do with most rumors) before more is revealed about the authenticity of the "Galaxy Note 7 Edge." We will get to know more soon enough, as we head towards the release date, set somewhere in August.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


 

If you were hoping for a flat screen version of the Galaxy S8 in 2017, this news is probably going to disappoint you. Even though rumors had been saying this for months, a recent leak by none other than Evan Blass has confirmed the fact that Samsung has no plans of releasing a separate Edge version for the Galaxy S8. Instead, the bigger variant will be known as the Galaxy S8+. You can check out the logo above, as leaked by @evleaks on Twitter.

 

In case you have not been following the rumors, this means that both the phones will be sporting dual curved, borderless, QHD displays. The flat panels were ditched by Samsung as the Galaxy S7 Edge outsold the regular S7, in spite of the former being more expensive. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 will feature a huge 5.8-inch display, while the S8+ may sport a mammoth 6.2-inch one. Additionally, the S8 Plus could come with 128GB of internal storage, while the S8 may have to remain content with a modest 64GB of internal storage. Irrespective of the internal storage, both the models will almost certainly have expandable memory card slots.

 

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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.


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A new leak suggests that the Galaxy S7 might feature a curved design that's similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and S6 Edge. OnLeaks has provided a visual comparison between the upcoming S7 and the present gen Note 5. It clearly shows the Note 5 having a bigger camera hump and a flat back while the S7 is sporting a significantly reduced camera hump on a curvy back panel. If you were hoping that the Galaxy S7 will feature a flexible display, the chances of that happening aren't that good. You will instead, get a "curved in" flagship from Samsung this year, that's not only curved on its sides, but also curved on both the top and the bottom.



At Samsung's Unpacked 2016 event on the 21st of February, the Korean manufacturer is going to unveil the S7 to the world, but we are not sure as to how much of the mystery remains to be "unveiled." We mostly know what to expect, thanks to all the leaks and rumors that have been around for the last few months. Nonetheless, the specs do sound awesome and according to latest reports; those specs will be powered by a 3000mAh battery that's capable of playing videos on the Galaxy S7 for 17 hours on a loop. It can also be charged from 0-100% in 100 minutes and 0-50% in just 25 minutes!


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While most users are eagerly waiting to get their Android devices updated to Marshmallow, there are some still stuck on KitKat. For example, Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has not yet got any OS update, although last year it was launched with the Android 4.4. Hence, an owner of this tablet finally used Twitter to get the answer from Samsung's arm in the UK about a Lollipop or Marshmallow update for the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

 



The response from the Korean giant was "no". This tablet will never see an OS upgrade. So no Android 5.0, 5.1 or 6.0 for the device. This essentially means support for this tab has terminated from Samsung's point of view. It's an interesting news, especially considering that the not much newer Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has at least Lollipop. This was done way back in April and it seems Tab Pro won't have the same luck.


As a final word of advice, just remember that this information might only be valid for tablets sold in the UK, as it's Samsung's UK branch delivering this disappointing news. That said it is almost certain that there won't be any OS update for Tab Pro in any other region.


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The US variants of the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be made available in the next month and they won't feature a fingerprint sensor. The suitable placement of the sensor in an elongated power button on the side of the phone was one of the major factors contributing to its popularity. But, it won't be made available in the US versions of these devices.


As per Sony it was a business decision to discard the sensor and to us it surely seems like a completely unexpected move. Certainly it won't contribute to the success of these devices in North america. We hope Sony has a rock solid reason behind this.


Sony's primary concern right now is to get things moving in the US, considering the plethora of problems the Xperia Z4v had during its US launch and problems that made Verizon ditch the device completely. Sony had to release the same device after few months under the Xperia Z3+ brand on Amazon and B&H. But it seems like Sony is on the verge of another botched up product launch.


There is a major unanswered question: why would Sony get rid of one of most popular feature from a flagship device? We'd have wait and watch to check out how the story will unfold and how would Sony tackle the any kind of adverse situation.


 


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