OnePlus has officially confirmed that it is indeed about to launch its next flagship smartphone and the date is set on November 15. The company tweeted the following message on November 8 and confirmed what the rumor mill is still calling the OnePlus 3T.
"T-7: The @Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz) is coming your way. Find out more on November 15."
Apart from the bump in processor as stated by the Tweet, Carl Pei has confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus device will also be sporting the same Optic AMOLED display as the OnePlus 3. As AMOLED displays provide punchier colors and deeper blacks to produce an overall better display quality than LCD panels, we were glad to hear that the rumor about OnePlus shifting to LCD in light of production issues with the AMOLED panels isn't true for now.
Speculations regarding other specs include a 4,000 mAh battery, redesigned OxygenOS powered by Android 7.0 Nougat and most astoundingly, 8GB of RAM! We are not yet sure that OnePlus will actually opt for 8GB of RAM, but it can happen. We will find out everything in a few hours from now as the world prepares for the launch of the next "flagship killer" tomorrow.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The ASUS ZenFone AR has been confirmed at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas and it's a beast in every sense of the term. The ZenFone AR is made with virtual reality and augmented reality in mind; therefore it has built-in support for Google Tango & DayDream as expected. Apart from the insane 8 gigs of RAM, the smartphone is powered by multiple other absolute premium-end hardware specs as well.
A customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with vapour cooling system for AR and VR functionalities
5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440x2560 pixels) edge-to-edge display with a screen to body ratio of 79%
23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS, continuous-focus and 4K video recording
8-megapixel front shooter with f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens
128GB/256GB of internal storage with hybrid nano SIM/micro-SD card slot
USB Type-C, Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree app support on PhotoCollage, Gallery, and ZenCircle applications
Everything about the Asus ZenFone AR is premium and up to date, except may be the SD 821 chipset. Make no mistake, it is still the most powerful Qualcomm chip till date, but given that the Snapdragon 835 has already been announced and it will be better than the SD 821 in both power-efficiency and performance, Asus may have missed a trick there.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to confirmed reports from the Korean media, Samsung is preparing to officially announce its flagship Phablet device - Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920) - on August,13th. Latest renders of the device shows that the Galaxy Note 5 will pack a microSDXC slot that can handle up to 128 GB (UHS-1 memory cards).
Also Today, another batch of cases has been made available by the same retailer along with a new render, which once again proves that the Galaxy Note 5 will indeed have a curved back. This is now clearly visible, as some of the said cases are transparent.
Upon closer inspection, we can see just how much the Galaxy S6 edge has influenced the new Note design. As for the cases themselves, there are from the Rearth Ringke Fusion and Rearth Ringke Slim series and already up for preorder.
In another related leak, a Samsung device with a model number SM-N920F attributed to the Galaxy Note 5, is on its way to India for testing. The information comes from import tracking website Zauba. According to the entry, the unit was shipped on July 16 from South Korea and has a declared value of about $572. The number is, of course, in no way indicative of a retail price. The fact that the phone is already on its way for R&D in India.
Good News for M9 users, Mo Versi, HTC's VP of product management announced via his twitter account that AT&T HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will start rolling-out OTA (Over-the-air) today.
HTC One (M9) AT&T Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/15!!— Mo Versi (@moversi) July 14, 2015
HTC's Android 5.1 update will pack data performance, call drop enhancements, various bug fixes and Battery life improvements.
Even more importantly, the camera of the HTC One M9 has received a number of optimizations with the update. The temperature management of the device has also been tweaked in order handle that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset better.
We had been hearing about the connection between Samsung and Qualcomm's next mobile chip, but now we have confirmation and clarity about what exactly is going on between the two behemoths. Samsung and Qualcomm have joined forces in bringing forth the Snapdragon 835 SoC, built on the 10nm FinFET process utilized by Samsung. What this means is, along with producing their very own next-gen Exynos chips, Samsung will also be manufacturing the next Qualcomm Snapdragon flagship chips in 2017.
Interestingly, Qualcomm has decided to name the next SoC as Snapdragon 835, instead of the expected Snapdragon 830 moniker. I am guessing this has been done to mark Qualcomm's shift from the 14nm process to the 10nm process. All of this was unveiled at a press event held in New York City, which was attended by both the parties. In the words of Keith Kressin (Senior VP of Product Management, Qualcomm),
"Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve the user experience of tomorrow's mobile devices."
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A leaked User Agent Profile confirms that Galaxy A7 SM-A700FD will pack a 1080p display, which is a dual-SIM version of the device. The screen will have a 5.5" diagonal, giving it 400ppi pixel density, up from Galaxy Alpha's 312ppi.
The profile also reveals that the Galaxy A7 will have a 64-bit processor (ARMv8-A instruction set) and will be clocked at 1.5GHz.
Even the entry level A series phone, the Galaxy A3, will have a 64-bit processor a Snapdragon 410 probably, with a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor at 1.2GHz. It seems that the Galaxy A5 will use the same chipset, but it's not clear yet if the Galaxy A7 will go up to Snapdragon 61x or simply go for an overclocked 410.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 will launch with Android 4.4.4 KitKat next month and is rumored to cost around $450 - $500.
Even Though, Samsung has just released two flagship devices Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+ into the markets just this month, the Korean giant doesn't sleep or slow down. We have reported before that Samsung Mobile R&D (Research & Development) department is working on the Next-year flagship aka Galaxy S7 codename "Project Jungfrau".
First Galaxy 4K Display
The latest confirmed info we have that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will indeed pack a 4K display with a 3840 x 2160 resolution and 800ppi pixel density which will make it the first Samsung device to feature a 4K sAMOLED display.
Samsung Galaxy S7 will come in 2 variants as always Regular and Edge, the device is expected to be announced during the 2nd quarter of next year Q2,2016 along with some other products on the same line-up. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be pre-installed on it upon launch. The important question is... will you buy a smartphone with a 4K display ?
Let's wait and see what Samsung is Preparing for us next year.