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.
When it comes to leaks, few can beat the Chinese social networking website Weibo as popular leaksters from Asia often choose the platform to unleash unofficial reports about technology. This time around, an image and certain details about the HTC 11 have been leaked on Weibo that point towards quite a beastly device from the Taiwanese company. Take a look at the leaked image above and the rumoured specs below to get an idea of what we are talking about here.
5.5-inch edge-to-edge QHD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
6GB/8GB of RAM
256GB internal storage
3,700mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0
Dual 12-megapixel cameras at the back and an 8-megapixel selfie cam in front
While the specs do look very impressive, we are a bit sceptical about the 8GB RAM though. We are not entirely sure that HTC will bump up the RAM count on their next flagship smartphone from 4GB on the HTC 10 to 8GB on the HTC 11. It is more likely that the HTC 11 may sport 6GB of RAM instead. I guess we will find out more as we inch closer to 2017.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung Galaxy A9 will be released following its predecessors like A3, A5, and A7 models of the revamped Galaxy A (2016) series. The images of the smartphone were leaked via official promotion and is expected to be available in the market this month.
The Galaxy A9 will have a 6" Super AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and a Snapdragon 620 chipset backed by 3GB of RAM will power the phone. The 620 platform has a powerful octa-core 1.8GHz processor with 4x Cortex-A72 and 4x Cortex-A53 cores, and the GPU for graphics is Adreno 510.
The Galaxy A9 will be following the suit of the smaller A3, A5, and A7 from the 2016 series and will be built with a metal frame and dual 2.5D glass panels.
All other specifications of the Galaxy A9 are the following: a 13MP camera in the back with optical image stabilization and bright f/1.9 aperture. The 8MP selfie camera will also support panoramic pictures, 32GB expandable storage, LTE Cat.7 connectivity, and a 4,000 mAh battery.
With this type of stellar specs, the Galaxy A9 is also expected to feature power bank capabilities. Those would be supported natively by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Galaxy A9 will be released with 5.1.1 Lollipop, which makes it difficult to confirm the availability of this feature.
Samsung Galaxy A9 is supposed to go official very early and be available for consumers in Christmas or in early January. The price in China will be more than CNY 3,000, which implies it will be more than €430.
Although it' not even close to being launched yet, true to the nature of leaks, we have the first prominent video of the S8 in action. We are not sure who the original leakster is, but this particular video was found on a YouTube channel named MobileFunTV. Unfortunately, the video lasts only 3 seconds or so, which doesn't exactly give us as much time as we would have liked with the illusive device.
What we are seeing here is probably the gold colored variant of the S8+, complete with the famous 6.2-inch edge-to-edge display. In place of the missing physical Home button, there's the soft Home, Back and Menu Buttons at the bottom as expected. We also get a glimpse of what could possibly be the iris scanner, along with the obvious front cam, ambient light sensor, ear piece, etc.
Did you like the design? Opinions are divided on this one as many seem to think that the phone looks too extreme, while others think that it's downright gorgeous. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)