Microsoft has finally unveiled the Lumia 650 and officially confirmed the launch of the smartphone after several rumours about it surfaced in the last few months.
It will come with a 5-inch 720p screen, but contrary to the predecessor Lumia 550, the 650 boasts an AMOLED display panel. Microsoft is super excited and they have gone ahead to name it as their most beautiful screen ever at this time.
This Windows 10 device will be backed by the Snapdragon 212 SoC without Continuum, and its quad-core Cortex-A7 processor will be clocked at 1.3GHZ - the unique thing in comparison to the S210 in the Lumia 550. It's packed with 1GB of RAM and the 16 gig internal storage could be expanded by microSD. The primary snapper will be of 8MP (type 1/4 inch sensor, 28mm equiv. focal length, f/2.2 aperture), while the front camera will have 5MP sensor with f/2.2 lens.
There are wide range of connectivity options - multi-band 2G/3G/4G, and LTE with Cat 4 (150Mbps down, 50Mbps up). It also has Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. There will also be a dual-SIM variant of the device. Radio listeners can surely enjoy the FM Radio.
The Lumia 650 features solid aluminum body, replaceable back covers and comes with two color options - black and white. It weighs 122g and dimension wise it quite sleek (142 x 70.9 x 6.9mm). Its 2,000mAh battery can be replaced by the users..
From February 18th, this device will be available in some of the European markets and cost around $199 before taxes or subsidies (US dollar pricing announcement in Europe is surprising though).
Huawei will surely take part in MWC 2016, as this Chinese firm has already sent out the invitations for the event to be held on 21st February. However, we didn't know what exactly would be on display that day.
On 15th February, a rumor surfaced pointing at the probability of a hybrid laptop, supposedly the Huawei Matebook. Although the rumour emerged for the hybrid PC, the chance of a new Huawei P9 was also discussed extensively. Now, this speculation has been bolstered and an official announcement can be expected - thanks to the official-looking renders.
The images also show some of the most sought after info on the design element of the smartphone and establish proof of some of its previously speculated features - a dual camera in the back and a fingerprint scanner mounted in the back. Apart from this we can say that the Huawei P9 will sport a metal body and a 2.5 curved display on the front. There will be four color choices - gold, white, pink and gray.
The Huawei P9 will be backed by a Kirin 950 SoC, 4GB of RAM and feature a 5.2-inch screen. This is not fully confirmed, as there is also news of 6GB of RAM and four different variants of the phone coming with unique display and camera resolution.
2016 is the year that has given the hopes to the Nokia fans owing to its return to the smartphone arena. As per the terms of buyout by Microsoft, the Finnish giant's mobile business could not compete with Microsoft and hence didn't manufacture any smartphone under the Nokia brand. That agreement became void on December 31, 2015 and the fans can quite excited by the sheer imagination of what could happen in the future. One probable smartphone for a 2016 release came into limelight in leaked images before a few weeks and now once again different set of pictures of the same device have found their way to the internet.
If there is one sure shot information that can be told about the design of the smartphone, then we'd say that the device is quite boxy. This is not in a negative way, especially taking into account the all-metal body, crossed only by a pair of antenna lines on the back. Other device controllers that can be spotted on the phone are a volume adjuster on the left side and a power button below the device. On the other side, we can see a well isolated cover, most likely a space for the SIM tray and microSD card slot. That can mean IP rating, but let's not go overboard.
It is also quite compelling to see that the newly released pics of the phone seems to be from different unit, as doesn't have prototype marks of the first one. This actually adds to the genuineness of the leak and eventually would mean that the smartphone is essentially one of the three new Nokia smartphones going for a release this year.
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There comes a time in our lives when we start to feel like our world's ending, and it's breaking into a gazillion fragments, thus making it difficult or near-impossible to bring the pieces together. It is during times like this that we have to embrace apps that are specifically designed to bring calm to the turbulent and near-sinking ships of our lives. It doesn't matter if it is just work or some personal issues that are holding us back; you should know that you're not alone in all that.
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You may know OnePlus, the start-up company behind the OnePlus One Smartphone that was released earlier this year, now it looks like the company is preparing for their second product. A photo of what appears to be the product page of the OnePlus OneWatch along with some sketches reveal the Smartwatch specifications and that it might be close to ready.
The sketches of the OnePlus OneWatch almost seem too good to be true a titanium chassis, a sapphire glass protecting the round OLED screen, wireless Qi charging of the curved battery that's built-into the leather strap. Notice the screen is truly round too, unlike the Moto 360′s, which has a small panel hiding the screen controller at the bottom.
Of course, details like screen resolution, chipset or even platform are unknown. The OnePlus One smartphone is based on a special branch of CyanogenMod. That's Android for phones though, Android Wear is a separate platform and Google will not allow much customization. There is a very high chance that OnePlus will go for Android Wear the main OS for its wearable device.
Lenevo has made a swift move - within a few weeks after releasing the K4 Note, they have announced the next official variant - the K5 Note. This smartphone features an all-metal body and is backed by a Mediatek Helio P10 SoC along with 64-bit octa-core processor and Mali-T860 GPU.
The handset also boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS display, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory. When it comes to the camera, the rear unit is 13 MP and snapper at the front is of 8 MP. The battery supplies 3,500mAh charge with support for fast charging, and the device operates with Vibe UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Dimension of the device is: 152 x 75.7 x 8.49mm and the K5 Note has some nice features like dual-SIM support, 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity options. There is an implementation of a fingerprint sensor technology at the back, which also finds its usage in making payments as well as capturing photos.
Apart from this the device sports a 1.5W speaker on the back armed with Dolby Atmos surround sound effect. From pricing point, it will cost around RMB 1,099 (close to $167) in China, where it will be made available to the market via flash sale model. The very first sale is scheduled for this week with gold and silver as the two color options.
Finally, the Moto 360 Smartwatch is now Official, it comes with a Stainless steel body and a leather band which makes it the highest in Build-quality among other current Smartwatches in the market. Motor 360 packs a 205ppi display which is good (for a watch!) and powered by TI Omap 3 CPU along with a 512MB Ram which are more than enough to handle any App or task on your Moto 360.
Moto 360 also comes with Wireless charging dock included in the box, Hear rate monitor, On-body detection sensor (that detect wheather or not you have your watch on your wrist or not), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IP67 Water resistance certification and Gorilla Glass 3 for Protection.
The Moto 360 product page is now live with quite a lot of new information. You can buy a Moto 360 at 11AM central September 5th from Motorola, Google Play, and Best Buy. It will come with 6 custom Moto watch faces that take proper advantage of the round screen. You'll have three different leather bands to choose from and two metal ones. The metal bands are listed as "coming soon," though. It's a $250 watch with leather bands, but the metal ones will add $50 to the price when they are available.