Evan Blass and @onleaks has released a number of images and they all show us the alleged HTC 10. If you are wondering why we are calling the next HTC flagship just HTC 10 instead of calling it the HTC One M10, then you are probably not aware that HTC has decided to ditch the "One M" moniker from 2016 onwards.
Firstly, we are treated to the press renders that were leaked by Evan Blass and then, @onleaks takes it a few steps further by leaking three live shots of the HTC 10 on Twitter. Accompanying these images are certain specs that we had already heard rumors about. According to @onleaks, the specifications of the HTC 10 prototype include a SD 820 SoC backed by 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5.15-inch 1440p display. The smartphone will also support quick charging via its USB Type-C port.
HTC 10's camera is probably the most interesting aspect of the smartphone as the company itself has called its imaging capabilities "very compelling" and we would therefore love to compare it with the camera on the Galaxy S7, which sports a camera that's built with the same philosophy of larger pixels over the megapixel count. Now that images have started to leak along with other hardware specifications, HTC will possibly announce a release date for the device pretty soon.
Nokia has done a great job in the middle-range smartphone that feels premium while retaining a great software experience. The next upcoming smartphone could be the Nokia 5.2 - also codenamed as "Captain America". The phone is likely to be launched as the Nokia 5.2 and is tipped to be priced at $180. HMD Global began sending out invites to its MWC 2020 event last week, confirming its plan of unveiling new phones at the event. While the company hasn't provided any details on the products that it will be launching at the upcoming event. The ever-reliable tipsters Evan Blass has shared two images of Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 5.2.
The phone will be released with a waterdrop notch display. The phone features a quad-camera setup that looks similar to a circular module. The design is inspired by the Marvel superhero's shield. The rest of the phone's specs may include 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The device may come up with a display size of a 6.0-inch full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 ratio. The phone will be using Android Pie out of the box. For audio, it uses a 3.5 mm headphone jack. As per leaks, the phone may have a 3,500mAh battery. It is expected to be released in Barcelona, Spain on February 23.
Nokia 5.2 is a solid device on a budget that does nearly everything a regular phone user needs. It offers a clean Android experience. Nokia users can enjoy up to two major OS upgrades and timely security patches and updates for up to three years. The phone will be powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 665 octa-core processor. The device has a 16MP front camera for selfie images. Although the phone is being launched in 2020, to keep the phone inexpensive, it doesn't have support for 5G connectivity. For security, the phone has a face unlock and fingerprint sensor.
Firstly, there's the news leaked by @evleaks which suggests that the upcoming Note 7 will sport a "Blue Coral" variant for the first time. More interestingly, @evleaks also confirmed that there will be an iris scanner on the Note 7, just as previous rumors had us believing for a long time.
Secondly, latest reports from China confirm a lot of the other hardware specifications that were expected to be a part of the Note 7. The next Note may indeed sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/823 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and a choice of internal storage that may range in between 64GB - 256GB. Of course, there will also be an Exynos variant of the smartphone that will sport the Exynos 8893 SoC instead of the Qualcomm chip.
Other expected features that were confirmed by the leak include a 5.7-inch 1440p (QHD) Super AMOLED panel, a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-pixel phase detection, a 5-megapixel selfie cam, a SD-card slot and a fast charging battery with the capacity of 4,000mAh. Everything is expected to run smoothly on a fresh, minimalistic version of the TouchWiz UI, powered by Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and not Android N, as rumoured previously. There's also the IP68 certification for water resistance and the first USB Type-C port from Samsung. Let's see how much of this matches up to the actual Galaxy Note 7 when it's released in August.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It was just yesterday that we brought to you images of a leaked case which provided us with multiple alleged external details of the upcoming Galaxy S8. Take a look at another one today coming in from Ghostek, featuring one of their Atomic Shock resistant cases for the S8. Before we delve into the details, keep in mind that this is just a render and nothing is guaranteed to be right at all.
We can see a single rear camera, which is consistent with all the recent rumors, but the cut-out on the case itself is suspiciously big enough for a dual camera module. No fingerprint scanners on the back and a lacking Home button in front indicates that Samsung is opting for an optical fingerprint sensor which will be placed under the glass. Just like the render by Slashgear had suggested, both the volume keys and the Power button can be seen on the left side.
Do you like what you see? Or do you think it's a complete hogwash? Let us know in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, we will have to wait a little while longer to see what is what as Samsung prepares the S8 for a mid-April launch (or is it going to be a February launch?).
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After the two ads which Samsung released recently to highlight their new Super AMOLED displays, most of us are quite convinced that we have already taken our first look at the Galaxy S8, courtesy of the manufacturer itself. However, we still do not have an exact idea about the dimensions of the upcoming flagship. As if to fill in that gap, GSMArena has revealed those dimensions for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
If the report is to be believed, then the regular Galaxy S8 will measure 140.14mm x 72.20mm x 7.30mm, while the much larger S8 Plus will have the measurements of 152.38mm x 78.51mm x 7.94mm. In case you are not aware, the S8 Plus will reportedly sport a 6.4-inch display while the size of the regular S8's display will range from anything in between 5.7-inch to 6.2-inch. Both the devices will have a curved/edge display.
What is interesting is that the renders are showing the older micro-USB slot rather than the expected micro-USB Type-C slot. What do you think about the case maker's renders? Are they accurate leaks or just fanciful renders?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As it happens, the Galaxy S8 leaks have been coming in droves lately. We now have the specifications, press renders, live images, videos and everything in between. Today's leaked images are brought to you by BGR and they seem to be legit. Granted that the leak doesn't reveal anything that we didn't know already, it's still another look at the most anticipated device of the year, almost a month prior to its release. Therefore, it's definitely worth looking at!
One of the images gives us a very up close and personal look at the 3.5mm audio jack, the USB Type-C port and the bottom speaker. This more or less confirms that Samsung isn't ditching the popular headphone jack yet, like many thought it might. We can also see the front camera, the iris scanner, the onscreen Home and navigation buttons, the LED notification light, quite a few sensors and of course, the giant borderless display. From the side view, we can see the Volume buttons and the Power button at the left side, with a dedicated Bixby button on the right. Let us know in the comments, if you spot anything else.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 is all but revealed, thanks to a barrage of leaks from various sources on the internet over the last month or so. However, it's still great to get confirmation of those leaks from a reputed source like Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities. Most of what he has mentioned was already known, but he did add a few little details to fill in the gaps.
• The curved Super AMOLED displays on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ will be of 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch respectively.
• The QHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels will give the S8 an unconventional 18:9 ratio like the LG G6.
• There will be no physical Home buttons and all sensors will remain on the top bezel of the phone.
• Those sensors will include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, Infrared blaster, front camera sensor and an iris scanner.
• At the back, there will be the single rear camera, the LED flash, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner just on the right of the main camera.
• The rear and front cameras will be of 12-megapixels and 8-megapixels respectively.
• Both phones will come in Gold, Silver, Blue, Orchid, Pink, Matter Black and Bright Black color variants, depending on the specific region.
• USB Type-C v3.1 will be there.
• PC Mode via an external dock to connect to a monitor will be included to create a desktop like working environment.
• As always, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip will be powering the two devices in Japan, China and the US, while the Exynos 8895 will power them everywhere else.
• Both devices will feature 6GB of RAM in South Korea and China, but 4GB of RAM everywhere else.
• April 21st is almost certainly the date on which the S7 and the S7 Edge will go on sale in most regions.
That about covers everything. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask us in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy C10 is coming soon as the device has now officially entered the final software testing phase. We are not saying that firmware version C9150ZCU0AQF2 is the final version, but it isn't impossible either. When the smartphone comes out, it will be the first Samsung device to carry the C10 moniker. The specs seem pretty good on paper (figuratively speaking!) too, thanks to the Qualcomm SD 660 chipset and 6GB of RAM. Rumor has it that the famous (or infamous) Bixby hardware button will be making its way onto the C10 as well.
The OnePlus 5 rumors will soon come to an end as the release date is probably about two weeks away from now (June 20), but that time is not yet here! Today's leaks are probably as realistic as it can get though with press renders. If it is showing the right phone then the OnePlus 5 will not have a curved bezel-less display, unlike previous rumors had suggested. Nevertheless, it does look gorgeous though.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
New leaked marketing material from Samsung confirms that the Galaxy Note 9 is indeed coming in with a load of new features. Apparently, the images you are seeing here was supposed to be unveiled only at the presentation on August 9, but somehow, they are here for us right now. We are not sure whether this is good or bad for the company, but this leak does remove all the "unpacking" from the upcoming Samsung Unpacked!
As you can see from the images themselves, AI integration will play a big role in the Galaxy Note 9's camera and even the Bluetooth-capable S-Pen with 4096 pressure points, since both will deliver better performance by learning and adjusting according to the situation. The dual pixel technology from the S9+ will be retained and to power all of this, Samsung is also putting in a 4,000mAh battery. Interestingly, the Dex feature is also going to be present this year on the Note 9 (just like the recently released Galaxy tab S4) and without the need for any additional hardware, except of course, the connecting cable. Now that all has been revealed, would you be buying the Galaxy Note 9?
Google has now confirmed that the new Pixel phones will be unveiled at a press event on October 4. What it means is that we do not have any official photos of the two upcoming flagships from Google yet, but unofficial leaks are there before time as usual. The white Pixel and Pixel XL phones that we see here show a metal unibody design at the bottom with the antenna panel, but glass plating takes precedence on top. As it is actually designed by HTC, one cannot help but be reminded of the HTC One A9 that we saw last year.
In case you are wondering, Pixel is the new name adopted by Google this year for their upcoming phones, ditching the Nexus tag for now at least. Also, if you have missed a few updates recently, the Pixel with a 5-inch display is codenamed Marlin and the Pixel XL with a 5.5-inch display is codenamed Sailfish. The two smartphones will probably be powered by the same SD 820 processor and 4GB RAM. Interestingly, the Pixels will also bring Android Nougat version 7.1 with them.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Usually, smartphone manufacturers try not to reveal too much about the phone while they are still in the development phase and yet to be released. But Google takes pride in sharing the details of its upcoming smartphones. After the disastrous Pixel 3 launch, the company revealed some of the Pixel 4's signature features several weeks before the official "Made by Google" event. Fast-forward to the present day and its mid-February. Although, we still have some 8 months from the Pixel 5 launch event the first Pixel 5 leak is about to surface.
Many would agree that Google has been copying the iPhone ever since it launched the first Pixel but it hasn't been able to reach the success of Apple. None of the previous smartphones by Google were liked or had a chance to make some noise on the global smartphone sales chart. Although the company hasn't provided any official numbers, we can be sure of its lack of being a leading supplier. So far, the Pixel 3a series is the best-selling phone in Google's history. It's successor Pixel 4 failed to repeat the success and the company had to offer massive discounts over the phone shortly after launch.
Google might be unveiling the Pixel 4a in May at I/O 2020. Before we get to the features of 4a, recently a YouTuber Jon shared a CAD render of a prototype with his followers on social media. The Front Page Tech also confirms a similar design. According to them, it is one of the three designs the company is working on. The variant of the Pixel 5XL is said to have a matte glass finish on the rear side, similar to the Pixel, which is perfect. As per render, the camera module will have a glossy finish.
The iPhone 8 is already one of the most anticipated phones of the year and given how much revolutionary the smartphone has been made out to be by fan made concepts, leaks and rumors, it would be safe to say that Apple's future flagship device has even surpassed the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 in terms of hype. People have a pretty good idea about the Note 8 because they have already seen the Galaxy S8+, but no one has ever seen anything like the iPhone OLED from Apple, given that the rumors are even remotely on track of course. To add to those series of rumors, we have another one for you today and it's a very interesting one to say the least.
The borderless OLED display which will presumably make its debut on an iPhone for the first time ever, poses one great problem which had earlier plagued (and still continues to plague) the S8 and S8+; there is no place left on the front to incorporate the fingerprint scanner. As the necessary technology for in-screen fingerprint scanners are not ready for mass production yet, Samsung has reportedly decided to go with an old-fashioned fingerprint scanner right at the centre of the Note 8's back. Apple on the other hand, has allegedly, shifted the fingerprint scanner to the iPhone 8's Power button! While Sony had placed the FP scanner at the side of its smartphones before, Power button integration for the security measure would indeed be a first.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The LG G5 is enjoying the limelight now and in an unexpected way casting a shadow on the Galaxy S7; kudos to a case maker. In general accessory makers are given phone's design, dimensions and photos quite early and that makes them a genuine source of information for getting intel on yet to be released devices.
So in this case, a series robust G5 cases have emerged, which are very good at providing safety and also good at unveiling certain design elements chosen by LG. For starter, the proof of the dual camera present at the rear end has become solid, which was initially speculated owing to boxed prototype and an older diagram.
It is almost confirmed that there would be a circular fingerprint reader at the rear end, but the volume controls won't be there in the back. Although a few the case renders still show some sign of those buttons, the volume button on the left side doesn't leave anything to imagination. The important thing to note here is the position of the power button, and by what we can infer from the case renders, the fingerprint sensor might actually be be inside one, just the way V10 has it.
The rest of the specs are in sync with the earlier leak - there will be a Type-C USB connector, speaker on the bottom, and the 3.5mm headphone jack on top. On both of the end there will be a mic and the second cutout present on the top might be for an IR blaster. There is still no news on removing the battery by sliding it out.
You may remember the memory leak bug that was reported on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop when it was released. Unfortunately, the same Bug still exists in the Google's latest version Android 5.1 Lollipop and it affects the system performance in the long-run. Google promised a final fix for this issue.
Issue No. 159738, "Memory leak still present on Android 5.1" was reported at the AOSP issue tracker. Last Friday, Google closed the bug and said that it has internally fixed the issue and plans to include it in the upcoming release version, Which most likely would be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The complaints are beginning to read the same. Apps, especially Google+, restart on their own. Some active apps disappear in the middle of using them, and free RAM drops in hours to about 750MB-800MB from 1.1GB-1.3GB. Most of the people who sent in a complaint appear to be using the Nexus 5, although other Nexus devices have been cited. Some complaints said that opening apps would increase the amount of RAM in use, but closing apps would not reduce that figure.
Android version 5.1.1 shouldn't take long until we see it rolling-out to Nexus devices and tablets as an OTA package or a Factory Image.
We already reported before about the Memory Leak bug in the Android 5.1 Lollipop and that Google promised to fix once and for all in the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Today, Android SDK Manager added Android 5.1.1 build, which confirms that Google is getting ready to release the update.
Android Developers and users are eagerly awaited the 5.1.1 release to fix this bug. Google has acknowledged that the leak existed, but also posted that the necessary repairs had been made. Google did not have everything ready to go for Android 5.1, which is why the Android 5.1.1 update is so important to many Android users. We might also see the addition of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which would allow users to tap into a Wi-Fi network to communicate over a Google owned VPN.
It's only a matter of days until we see some Nexus Factory images for the 5.1.1 build available for download. Over-the-air updates to 5.1.1 will also come as early as next month. Stay tuned!