The next flagship smartphone from Huawei is coming and if the rumors have any truth to them, it's going to be a very capable device. Leaks on Weibo seem to be indicating that the Huawei Mate 9 will be powered by the manufacturer's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core 64-bit processor and six gigabytes of RAM. There will allegedly be different versions of the Mate 9 and the 6GB RAM version will sport 256GB of internal storage to go with all that memory and processing power. There could also be a more modest version of the smartphone that will sport the same chipset, but 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. All versions might also be powered by a big 4,000mAh battery.
Camera has been the highlight of the Mate 9 in all recent rumors since they have partnered up with Leica, the German camera maker for providing a rumoured dual camera setup at the back. The two 20-megapixel sensors from Leica will supposedly work together to provide stunning details even in low light, thanks to the f/2.0 aperture. The 5.9-inch (QHD resolution) metal-clad phablet will run on Android 7.0 and the OEM will make sure that customers get a LOT of colors to choose from while buying the smartphone. Apart from the 256GB/6GB version ($700/4700 yuan) and the 128GB/4GB version ($580/3899 yuan), there will also be a more affordable 64GB/4GB version ($480/3199 yuan) as well.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung will be unveiling its upcoming flagship Phablet, Galaxy Note 5, next month. So far we gathered all the details we have regarding the Note 5 Here. However, New details are emerging about this new phablet.
The case maker "Ringke" revealed its upcoming Note 5 Case, the 3D case renders of the Note 5 is the best available so far based on the leaked dimensions, schematics, and whatever they could grab from internal sources, as these things usually do... including new hardware features
According to the Ringke's renders of the Galaxy Note 5, the new phablet will pack an auto-ejecting mechanism for the S Pen stylus , which, coupled with the Note 5's metal-and-glass unibody. The auto-eject window is at the bottom of the device beside the speaker and USB, Samsung has already patented this auto-ejecting mechanism before. This means that whenever you need the S Pen in a task, the smartphone will eject it automtaically for you.
Ringke's Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Case is now Available for purchasing on Amazon for $9.99 in two colors (White & Black).
It has been a long time since the rumours about Vivo's next gen flagship smartphone surfaced. In fact this news goes back to 2014 and at that time they were supposed to be one of the pioneers in implementing Snapdragon 810 SoC. Quite evident that it didn't happen and now Snapdragon 810 is no way Qualcomm's best chip. At the same time people are looking forward to the XPlay 5, which is supposed to be available from March 1. At this point one important feature has been changed to another - this device will be the first one to come with 6 GB RAM.
But, don't consider this as a rumor. This has been leaked from the AnTuTu 6 benchmark test and even though we don't see 6GB being mentioned clearly, the 162,610 points mentioned in the leak is close to 30K more than other devices available in the database. We are also not exactly sure whether 2GB of extra memory can result in such a boost. In addition to this, there is a banner which states that the XPlay 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB RAM. Also there are speculations about a 5.5 inch display too.
UPDATE: A tipster has revealed another piece of info about the Vivo XPlay 5 - this smartphone will feature Hi-Fi 3.0, which is most probably a cutting-edge audio processing chip, similar to rest of the Vivo devices like the X6 Plus.
Do you like the curved displays on the S6 Edge, S7 Edge or the "hot" new Note 7? If you do, we have good news for you. If you don't, well, you better start developing a taste for them, because Samsung is all for curves now and the flat screen flagship variants might soon be a thing of the past. According to the Korea Herald, Samsung will not only be ditching the flat screen displays, but also the term "Edge" altogether in 2017. They further state that those curved displays will come in the same 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch size variants, as seen in the last two years. The dual-edge displays are already being manufactured by Samsung Display as per the report.
Allegedly, this decision was taken by the OEM after the S7 Edge outsold the S7 by a significant margin, in spite of being the more expensive one among the two. If you are not familiar with other rumors about the Galaxy S8, know that they are there and they all sound good (as they usually do!). A 4K display for amazing VR experience, a significantly more powerful Exynos 8895 SoC and a dual rear camera setup are all part of the rumor mill, but it's way too early to consider them anything more than that yet.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It's a known fact that Samsung is revamping its Galaxy A series and is bringing a refreshing design and some cool new features to the A-series smartphones. Till now, the 2016 variants of the Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8, and A9 have surfaced online and we have seen the metal-and-glass body of some of these phones.
And now a user agent profile has managed to reveal the screen resolution of one of the device. The Galaxy A5 (2016) will be sporting 720p resolution which also happens to be the as that of its previous version.
The user agent profile doesn't tell us anything else about the device, but as per speculations the screen size will hover around 5" or 5.2". The new Galaxy A5 would also be powered by the in-house Exynos chipset with octa-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
The camera in the back would be a 13 MP unit, while the camera in the front will have 5 MP resolution. The battery capacity will be 2,900 mAh as per the FCC. The smartphone will support Android 5.1 Lollipop. And like the first generation A5, it will also sport a full metal body.
Recently, there have been a lot of rumors about the Galaxy S7 and its possible screen size. Some sources hinted at a mammoth 6 inch screen while others "confirmed" a more standard 5.5 inch device. Some even fuelled our imagination with the lures of a curved Super AMOLED UHD display!
We decided to clear up the confusion as best as we could and according to ITSKINS, the rumors are mostly true. There will be three size variants; a 5.1 inch version, a 5.5 inch version and a gigantic 6 inch version. In order to make things less confusing for its customers, Samsung will not provide a curved display with the 5.1 inch Galaxy S7. The 5.5 inch phone in the meanwhile will only sport a curved display. The 6 inch Galaxy S7, which is bordering on tablet category, will be available both in curved as well as flat display options.
After experimenting with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Note Edge, it looks like the Korean Electronics giant might be shuffling its designs once again. Whether the curved displays will see more success than the "Edged" screens, we will find out in a few months' time.
Rumors are circling from reliable sources that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be seen on European shores shortly, but without its younger cousin, the Note Edge+ version. The Note 6 is now expected to be sold in the UK in August, according to an internal UK network operator source who has been privy to the future plans of the network.
This is a change in strategy from the Korean electronics giant which did the opposite in Europe for the Note 5 and S6 edge+ previously. Customers were unhappy about that decision and clearly Samsung were listening.
The sales of the S6 edge+ haven't been stellar according to certain sources. Clearly Samsung is having a rethink about where the edge series is most likely to find success rather than releasing it far and wide. This won't suit consumers who like to be presented with the most options available, but for a company with its seemingly endless handset variations, this kind of adjustment almost seems inevitable.
The Galaxy S7 is expected to arrive near the middle of this year and its 5.5-inch screen size isn't thought to be much smaller than with the Galaxy S7 edge+. This lack of differentiation coupled with the higher price for the edge+ range could well be the reason why sales of the edge+ haven't impressed lately.
After forming the GVRA with Sony, Acer, Facebook, HTC and Google, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch its first ever AR (augmented reality) headset. Additionally, the company is also in the process of bringing forth the next Gear VR headset as well. Apparently, it was vice-president Sung-Hoon Hong himself who had revealed the aforementioned information at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego.
"Samsung's hologram technology is really, really realistic. It looks really touchable," - Sung-Hoon Hong.
In more of what he said at the summit, it might have been indicated that the next Gear VR headset is going to debut at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2017. Considering that it was only a few months back that Samsung had launched the last Gear VR, along with the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, we suggest that you take this news with a pinch of salt.
If you are excited about the augmented reality project, the report mentions that Samsung is planning to target businesses with this upcoming headset, rather than direct consumers. Even then, it is too early in the day to predict where and in which way the AR project will be heading in the future. A startup named Magic Leap was mentioned by Hoon according to the report and speculations suggest that this has something to do with the AR project in question here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The iPhone 8 and the Galaxy Note 8 are on top of every smartphone rumor list these days and for good reason too; these two are the biggest smartphones that will hit the stores in the second half of the year and it's only natural for their rumors to be everywhere. Today we have the Galaxy Note 8 in our sights and although this particular leak doesn't really have any accompanying images to support its claims, it comes from the famous leakster Roland Quandt on Twitter.
He is claiming that he has inside info about the upcoming Galaxy Note 8's colors and according to that information, it will come in three colors (at least initially). The colors are Midnight Black, Orchid Grey and Deep Blue. It is to be noted that the "Deep Blue" variant will likely be different from the Cobalt Blue color we saw introduced with the Galaxy Note 7 last year. Read the tweet below.
"Samsung Galaxy Note 8 coming in Black, Orchid Grey and a new Deep Blue. At least."
Samsung may also release other colors in different regions, just as hinted by Quandt, but whether or not they will all be launched simultaneously on August 23rd, remains to be seen.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although Samsung cannot exactly be blamed for copying Apple bluntly like so many other manufacturers do, there is little doubt about the fact that the Korean giant has started copying some of its biggest competitor's marketing strategies in regard to the Galaxy S line-up. In 2018, we saw Samsung clearly making the Galaxy S9 a inferior device to the Galaxy S9+ in the camera department by providing it with just one camera and reserving the dual camera module for the more expensive S9+. In 2019, Samsung would be releasing four variants of the Galaxy S10, similar to what Apple did with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR this year.
As per reports from reliable sources, the devices can be classified as follows.
· SM-G973x - The standard S10 (in the same tire as the iPhone XS)
· SM-G975x - The S10+ (in the same tire as the iPhone XS Max)
· SM-G970x - A low-end S10 (in the same tire as the iPhone XR)
· A mythical S10 elite that has not been confirmed by anybody beyond speculation at this point
The rest of the three handsets have already received certifications in China and now the SM-G975x and the SM-G975F has also received their certifications in Russia. As per rumors, the S10+ will sport two front cameras and three rear cameras, a 1440 × 3040, 6.4" display and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner inside the display.
Samsung Galaxy S series has come a long way since the first Galaxy S phone was released back on June 4, 2010. Since then the Galaxy S series just keeps getting better every year. In the year 2020, Samsung came up with a new number, and instead of Galaxy S11, it was branded as Galaxy S20. The next Galaxy S phone is called as Galaxy S21 and might release in the first quarter of the year. Although there is still more than a year left before its release date, Samsung fans and informants are leaking news all over the internet.
Quite recently, a reputable tech news magazine reveals that initially the next Galaxy S phone might be launched with Exynos 1000 processor equipped with Snapdragon 875 and Samsung's own chip. It is reported that both Exynos 1000 and Snapdragon uses the 5n process. As per official sources, the Exynos 1000 will be at least 3 times faster than the Snapdragon 865. Exynos series hasn't gained much popularity over the years as compared to Qualcomm, MediaTek, or Huawei's in-house made Kirin chips. But this might change next year. Samsung's processor uses RDNA GPU technology that was authorized by AMD to Samsung in 2019 to replace the existing Maili GPU. This chip will greatly improve the graphics performance of the chip.
In addition to hardware-configure, another leak is related to Samsung's under-screen camera system that is under process right now. Although Galaxy Note 20 series might be too late to carry, Samsung Galaxy S21 will likely to have an under-screen camera solution. The rear camera may also be upgraded to 150 million pixels, as well as 64 million telephoto, 16 million pixels ultra-wide angle, plus a 12 million pixel depth of field lens and ToF, creating a five-camera system. As per leaks, the imaging system of the new machine will break through the new industry standards and get much better in terms of performance.
Few social media are as popular or entertaining as Instagram. Instagram apparently recognizes the need for it to keep on innovating and adding on new features that users would be readily going gaga for. One of such features has just been rolled out and it promises to be awesome.
Nothing Beats The Instagram Life
This new Instagram feature enables the 1 billion+ users of the social media platform to add lyrics to their storylines. These lyrics are in turn synced to audio that users add to the platform via the innovative music sticker in the Stories section. This music sticker is presently available in such countries as Germany, France and the US.
Interviewed by the folks over at TechCrunch, an Instagram spokesman had this to say: "Music can be a big part of expression at Instagram- between adding music to stories, connecting with artists, sending song recs back-and-forth, there are lots of ways to connect with music on IG. Now, we are building on our music features and introducing the ability to add lyrics when you add a song to your story."
Getting Lyrically Perfect
While the process of adding lyrics to music posted on Instagram stories does sound a little complicated, it is not actually so, especially for folks who regularly play slot games. Instagram helps out by stating exactly how this should be done on its FAQ page.
Users are first required to dump a Music sticker on their Instagram and then search through the attached audio library for the song they like. If lyrics for these songs are available, they can then be selected and even prettied up via the use of diverse fonts and colours.
More, Instagram users can optionally edit songs so that it plays just the right part or section. Listeners can get ahold of additional information pertaining to the musical artist responsible for that particular song. They can as well check out the entire song by tapping on the lyrics.
The Data-Killing Life
Despite the fact that it is one of the few social media apps used by a billion plus people, Instagram is not resting on its oars. To that effect, it has been hard at work putting together and launching an optional feature that results in a drastic reduction in data consumption.
Such a feature might not make sense in South Korea or the UK but is actually tailored for the underserved emerging markets of Africa and Asia.
Making its intentions known in a classy statement, Instagram had this to say: "With this opt-in mode, people across the world can view their favourite content on Instagram with reduced image loading time, by reducing the amount of data that Instagram uses on their mobile phones."
This optional feature will be launched on Android within the week. When the new feature has been enabled, videos can no longer be automatically pre-loaded and viewed, nor will the Instagram app automatically download high-res images unless the user specifically asks for such.
Goodbye Evleaks, He was the one who first shared to the world, among other things, that Nokia is working on an Android phone, and it was he who showed us the first images of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2. He gave us the first image of the HTC One M8 and was first to show the Nvidia Shield Tablet to the world. Most recently, he's been showing us a stream of images of the yet unannounced Samsung Galaxy F.
Evan Blass, the man behind the infamous Twitter channel, @evleaks, has been steadily supplying the phone industry with fresh leaks of images of yet unannounced devices. Tech journalists and phone manufacturers have been following his Twitter with equal eagerness in the past two years.
All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT]— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 3, 2014
Evan however has just announced that he's about to retire @evleaks, which currently has about 187,000 followers. However he said that he's unable to properly monetize it and with his health progressively deteriorating, he feels like he needed to prepare better for the future.
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.
The foldable smartphone seems to be the new attraction for consumers. After Samsung, Huwaei, and Apple, Motorola is also ready to test the waters. Samsung's recent disastrous pre-launch effort has drawn a serious shadow over the future of the foldable smartphone. While there are many people who suggest that foldable display technology is a new one and it is going to have its ups and downs. Regardless of what happened with Samsung foldable, consumers are still hopeful for the future of foldable devices.
Motorola Razr is a foldable smartphone expected to launch around August. We haven't heard about the company for years, but still, we have good memories of its amazing designs and sleek looking smartphones. After Samsung has postponed its foldable device release for unstated time, maybe the Motorola Razr would be the first commercially available smartphone in the market.
Moto has genuinely struggled to get a solid base in the really fast emerging smartphone era, losing its dominance to Apple and Samsung over the years. But as we all may think, this new foldable device could make or Moto reputation. When they released the original Razr back in 2005, it completely wins over the market with its unique design and aggressive marketing campaign to push the device to as many people as possible. The strategy worked, making it one of the most popular smartphones ever produced.
However, the dominance was short lived. Apple released the iPhone in 2007, followed by the HTC G1 - the first smartphone to run Google's Android operating system. Soon after its release, people turned to iPhone as Razr wasn't just smartphone. Motorola tried to shift consumer's attention to its Droid Razr but it wasn't iPhone nor it had the appeal of the original Razr. Moto lost its shares to Samsung and LG and was eventually bought by Google in 2012 for around $12.5 billion. Google sold Motorola to China-based technology firm Lenovo for around $3 billion in 2016.
There has been a good amount of leaks about Moto G8 and G8 Plus specs by XDA-Developers. Now other leaks have been posted by 91Mobiles about its design. The renders have been reported of the vanilla Moto G8. The picture shows us how the front and back of the Moto G8 will look. It has a punch-hole cutout on the left side of the display, a vertically stacked triple camera system, and a fingerprint scanner located under the Motorola logo at the back side of the device.
The render also shows some details including a d3.5mm port at the top of the smartphone. There is a prominent chin and what seems to be macro and ultra-wide branding on the back side. These apparent Moto G8 renders look good enough to attract the attention of mobile users. The Moto G8 and G8 Plus share some features and hardware specs, such as both have a punch-hole display, a physical fingerprint scanners just below the rear Moto logo, a Snapdragon 665 processing chip, and Android operating system version 10.
The Mote G8 has a big 6.39-inch HD+ LCD display. It uses 2GB/4GB memory and 32GB/64GB storage. There is dual-SIM support in some regions but no NFC. The phone is also said to offer a 4,000mAh batter with 10W charging, making for a hefty upgrade over the Moto G7's 3,000mAh battery. The vanilla Moto G8 is rumored to have a triple rear camera, featuring a 16MP f/1.7 primary camera lens, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP f/2.2 macro lens. An 8MP camera in a punch-hole cutout is said to be available for taking selfies.
The phone is expected to offer a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging. This would line up with an earlier FCC filing for a Moto phone with a 5,000mAh pack. The power device is said to have an identical camera layout compared to the vanilla G8 and might have a fourth camera lens for the depth or potentially a telephoto camera restricted to higher-end mobile devices. There is no price on the price range for the device yet, but hopefully, it is competitively priced to take on Nokia and Samsung.