OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer famed for building cutting edge handsets without the expensive price tag has been reportedly working on a budget model for several months now.
The company made a big splash when it launched its first phone in 2014 with an asking price of just $299. Its prices have crept up since, partly from inflation, partly from more expensive components, and partly because it's possible to get away with it. This new budget model, currently known as the OnePlus Z, but previously referred to as the OnePlus 8 Lite is thought to be a way for the company to cater to consumers who aren't prepared to splash out $649 on a new phone.
A series of leaks in May and June have given us an ever-clearer picture of what the OnePlus Z will look like and what it will contain under the hood.
OnePlus Z Release Date
It's believed that OnePlus may have originally planned to launch the OnePlus Z at the same time as the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, however, it was delayed to the summer. Recent leaks have suggested the OnePlus Z will hit shelves on 10th July.
The same leak suggested that it would go on sale first in India before getting a global launch. This was corroborated by the company's CEO, Pete Lau, who said an "unnamed budget device" would first launch in India.
OnePlus Z Cameras
This is an area that isn't conclusive. A leak from December 2019 that was published on the website OnLeaks showed renders of the OnePlus Z with a two-camera setup on the back. The images also show that the cameras had been moved to the top left corner of the device, moving away from the centre like the most recent handsets.
This would make the most sense since the flagship OnePlus 8 has three lenses on the rear. However, a tweet from renowned phone leaker, @MaxJmb is believed to suggest that the OnePlus Z will have four rear cameras. This seems a little unlikely though since the budget phone would have better photography capabilities than the top of the range OnePlus 8 Pro.
OnePluz Z Processor
One of the most important elements of a smartphone is its processor. A slow one will make the device feel sluggish, create lag, and cause frustration for the user. While flagship phones are usually packed with the most powerful chipsets on the market, corners are usually cut for budget devices.
Although the OnePlus Z isn't believed to be getting the same Snapdragon 865 processor as the OnePlus 8, a benchmark test published by Geekbench is believed to show a Snapdragon 765.
The 765 is an octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, which delivers less performance than the latest flagship smartphones, but is still very respectable. Crucially, it also supports 5G, meaning the OnePlus Z will be able to take advantage of the new highspeed mobile networks being built across the world.
Despite having a less powerful processor, OnePlus Z will still be capable of running all the latest apps and games. This means you'll be able to enjoy everything from card games from PokerStars to augmented reality gaming with Minecraft Earth, with no performance issues whatsoever.
Since it'll also be running Android 10, you'll get access to the latest features like Desktop Mode so you can take a tiny computer with you, wherever you go.
OnePlus Z Price
The price of OnePlus Z will be one of the most important factors in its success. A leak from Agarwal has suggested the UK retail price would be £400 ($499). That's £199 less than the cheapest OnePlus 8.
Another suggestion, published by Android Authority was that OnePlus Z will go on sale in India priced at Rs. 25,000 ($330). This would mean that the OnePlus Z would be almost as cheap as the original OnePlus 1 back in 2014.
With a rumoured July release, we don't have much longer to wait before we find out.
OnePlus is ready to release its next smartphone OnePlus Z that falls under the upper mid-range category. It could be a flagship killing phone with high-end features without getting the user ripped. Recently, the OnePlus 8 Pro was released, but it is slightly more expensive than regular OnePlus phones as it is priced at $899. So far the company manages to keep the prices of their smartphones at the lower cap while providing some premium features.
Initially, there were rumors about OnePlus 8 lite, and the name did make some sense. But on April 14, the OnePlus 8 series was introduced without any lite variant of the phone. In late March, phone tipster Max Weinbach tweeted that OnePlus would adopt a new name for its budget phone; the OnePlus Z. In the past, the company sold a lower-cost variant of its flagship phone after branding it as OnePlus X. The OnePlus Z might be the next phone according to the tradition of the company.
Another leak suggests from the Max J on Twitter, OnePlus Z might be launched in July 2020. He also tweeted an image along with the release date leak. It is unclear if that image is coming from OnePlus itself or some graphic designer created this image according to the leaks available so far, but we may expect that the device might debut later in the year. There might be some delay in the launch of the phone, as many other phones got delayed, due to the coronavirus situation.
Earlier leaks suggest that the OnePlus 8 lite will be around $499, but we don't know if this is the price for OnePlus Z as well. The same online store that leaked about its earlier prices, called Giztop has shown off some specs and prices for OnePlus' upcoming phones. There might be a paid difference of $50 to $100 between the OnePlus Z and the OnePlus 8 if the earlier one needs to be a budget-friendly variant. Rumors suggest that the phone will feature a 6.4-inch display, with front-camera on the top. The phone will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G system-on-a-chip. That's a mid-range processor that features a faster clock speed for the chipset's main core, plus more graphics improvements. The phone will have a 4,000mAh battery with wired charging.
We are months away from the Google Pixel 5 release date, and we don't know if Google would launch the phone in Fall, as usual, it does, or COVID-19 pandemic pushes the release date even further, as it did with many smartphones this year. But we know enough to start building on a foundation for the description of the phone and its specs. As such we are sure that the phone will be called the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 5XL. However, there could be some changes this year's Pixels when it comes to specs and design. Due to the pandemic, we are still hoping for October as the launch month of the device.
We have not expected a dramatic change in the design of the phone, although, Google may redesign the camera module. Usually, every new phone has at least these two new features - the latest Qualcomm 800-series processor and the latest version of the Android operating system. So, we can safely bet that Google Pixel 5 will land with the Android 11 stable version, and might have this year's latest processor - Snapdragon 865. A few rumors suggest that the phone will house a more mid-range processor and our best guess is Snapdragon 765 or 768G.
Outside of the processor, though, we can be relatively assured Google won't downgrade other established specs of Pixel phones. That means you can safely expect at least 6GB of RAM, at least 64GB of storage, at least a dual-lens rear camera, wireless charging, an IP68 rating, etc.
It's also safe to assume that the battery capacity of the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 5 XL will increase, hopefully by a significant margin. The aforementioned behind-the-scenes drama of the Pixel team strongly suggests that the battery life of the Pixel 4 was a contentious topic, which leads us to believe much bigger batteries are on the way. At this point, if Google doesn't do that, it might as well hang the Pixel line out to dry. A very strong source has confirmed that Google is going to sell the Pixel 5 for $699 as a starting price.
Want to know about the OnePlus 9 camera specs? In this article, we have gathered leaks and reports on the phone specs. The leaks suggest that the OnePlus 9 is going to feature a 48Mp primary sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide sensor, plus a third sensor. At the moment, there isn't any information on the third camera sensor but we can guess that it might be a macro sensor. The OnePlus 8T has a primary sensor, an ultra-wide camera sensor, a macro sensor, and a depth sensor. A user at the XDA forum spotted new strings in the third OxygenOS open beta release for the OnePlus 8 series.
The leaked renders of the standard OnePlus 9 device from the internet shows the triple-camera array housed in the top-left corner of the back of the device. Another leaker OnLeaks uploaded pictures of the upcoming OnePlus 9 pro that has a 6.55-inch curved display with a punch hole for the selfie camera in the top-left corner. The rear panel of the phone is said to be made of glass. The phone will be released in March but due to the pandemic, we might see some change in the release date.
As the render leaked, the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro will feature the same rectangular camera house housing. However, it seems that the Pro variant will feature an additional camera sensor and a rectangular LED flash. Another major difference between the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro is the size of the display screen. The OnePlus 9 Pro has a larger 6.7-inch curved display compared to the 6.55-inch flat display on the regular OnePlus 9. OnLeaks further adds that while the vast detail of the phone specs is already out but the company may change some small detail before launch. The primary sensor of the phone will be a 48MP ultra-wide sensor and unspecified third sensors.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a great smartphone we can expect at the end of September 2020. The Xiaomi Mi 10T is an affordable alternative for budget-conscious users. The Mi 10T will be revealed on 30 September 2020. You can watch the event online on Xiaomi's official YouTube channel at 02:00 Beijing Time. Here are the global times so you know when to tune in:
West Coast USA: 05:00 (PDT)
East Coast USA: 08:00 (EDT)
UK: 13:00 (BST)
EU: 14:00 (CEST)
Now we have full specs leaks just a few days before the launch. He leaks confirmed details on the processor, battery, and major difference between regular and pro phones. According to the leaks, both phones feature a 6.67-inch LCD panel with full HD+ resolution. These smartphones come with a 20:9 ratio and an impressive 144Hz display refresh rate. Both phones will feature the same Snapdragon 865 processing chip. The phones are powered by a huge 5,000mAh battery which is sufficient enough to keep the phone functional all day.
Now, you might be asking if the processor, battery, and display size are the same, what's the difference. Essentially, the phones are different only in the photography area. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro comes with 108-megapixel as a primary camera with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel macro lens. The regular model has a 64-megapixel primary camera with the same specs for an ultra-wide and macro lens. The regular model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, whereas the Pro model has 8GB RAM with 256GB internal storage.
Xiaomi has announced the latest smartphone - Xiaomi Mi 10T series consisting of Mi 10T standar, Mi 10T lite, and Mi 10T prp. It feels like Xiaomi is focusing on the budget smartphones once again, that doesn't come with a higher price ta. That's the kind of smartphones, company is known for, though the Mi 10 smartphones were more like premium devices. The Mi 10T Pro costs £599 (around $700 / AU$990), the Mi 10T is £469 (about $600 / AU$820) and the Mi 10T Lite costs £229 (around $300 / AU$450) for 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, though you can purchase the more storage options for extra money.
Those prices set the two upper-tier smartphones in the pretty affordable category, and the lite model stands as the most affordable phone in its markets right now. Regarding availability, you can purchase the phones in the UK now, and these will possibly come to Australia too as Xiaomi releases some of its devices there. he Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has the most rear cameras of the lot with a 64MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth snapper. There's also a 16MP camera on the front for selfies.
In comparison, the standard Mi 10T has the same main sensor but a 13MP ultra-wide snapper and a 5MP macro camera. The selfie camera is slightly more high-spec at 20MP. Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has a 108MP main camera, but the same other cameras as the standard model. Users of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro might find the lack of a telephoto camera an oddity, as that phone actually had two.
All three of these Mi 10T phones support 5G network. The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T pro are powered by Snapdragon 865, which was the fastest processor in the start of the year but was replaced by the much powerful 865 plus recently. The Mi 10T lite has the newly-launched Snapdragon 750G, which is more of a mid-range processor but it's optimized to be great for gamers. The processor is paired with 6GB RAM in Mi 10T lite model you can choose between 6GB or 8GB RAM, comes with 128GB storage. The Xiaomi Mi 10T light has a 4,820mAh battery, whereas the other two comes with 5,000mAh battery, and all these three phones support 33W fast charging.
Earlier this week, we had some rumors about Xiaomi's upcoming Redmi Note 9 series and its launch. As per tipster Digital Chat Station at Weibo, Xiaomi could launch these new Redmi Note 9 series phones next month. Xiaomi hasn't confirmed the launch date for the new phone series yet, as two of the three upcoming devices have now appeared on the official website of China's TENNA regulatory agency. There is an official page for the Redmi Note series but the listings don't reveal their key specs, and just give a glimpse on the first look at the design. Based on the specs listed on the TENNA website, it looks like that the smartphones will be more powerful than some of the best cheap Android phones yet.
As per the TENAA listing, the Redmi Note 9 5G Pro will feature a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a hole-punch design in the top-left corner for a 13MP front-facing camera sensor. The phone will be powered by MediaTek's Density 800U chipset, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. The device has a triple camera setup at the rear side with a 48MP primary sensor. The phone will be powered by a large 5,000mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G features a 6.67-inch FHD+ display and is run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 750G chipset. Another rumor suggests that the phone will have a high refresh rate of up to 120hHz with Xiaomi's adaptive sync technology. The phone has a quad-camera module with a 108MP primary sensor. It will also come with a 4,720mAh battery, a 16MP selfie camera, and a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. Both the phones are running Android 10-based MIUI out of the box.
The Huawei P40 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the tech industry. The company is facing some real problems in the manufacturing area after the Trump administration banned the company. Because of the ongoing Huawei ban, the company can't use any Google apps including the Play Store. This instantly makes it undesirable for the majority of the people using Google and its apps on the daily basis. When the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, it had everything to be a rock star of the industry but because it lacked the apps, not many people outside China wanted it.
Despite an unseen future of Huawei and other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, tech enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the upcoming Huawei phones. As per rumors the Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 lite, there could be another P40 Pro Premium Edition too with thee perhaps. While Samsung and Apple are releasing their phones this year, and many more coming later in 2020, the phone needs a serious implementation of hardware and software specs to be considered by consumers.
Huawei has officially confirmed the release date of the phone - that is the end of March. This may not come as a surprise of many as the P30 and P30 Pro were unveiled in March 2019, the P20 and P20 Pro were launched back in March 2018. Huawei isn't launching the phone at MWC 2020 event, maybe the company is looking for dedicated limelight for the phone. The Huawei P40 price is a more interesting conversation. At launch, the Huawei P30 cost £699 / AU$1,099 (roughly $910), and the P30 Pro started at £899 (AU$1,599, around $1,140), which were both pricier than the previous year's entries. Interestingly, despite of the ban, the company still aims to launch the phone worldwide.
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The year 2020 has begun and with CES 2020 we have already seen lots of advancements in smartphone technology. Folding phones and laptops is already a reality while 5G smartphones are getting a common thing. Due to the growing competition between smartphone companies we are witnessing some great smartphones at a low price. Apart from $1000 phones, there are many budget-friendly phones that can leave you confused if you want to buy a new phone this year. Choosing the best phone within your price range seems more like a dilemma now.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great phone and affordable at the same time. Despite being so inexpensive it has premium Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a gaming processor with liquid cool technology, Wi-Fi X anteena, and cortex-A76 architecture. It is powered by a powerful GPU that can run high-intensity games at a sustainably high frame rate. The device has a huge 4500mAh long-lasting battery that comes with an in-box 18W fast charger. With looks and feel like a dream of 4-sided 3D curved back, it has a 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. Due to its curved back, it fits comfortably in your hand.
It starts with 6G RAM and multifunctional NFC flagship experience which can handle all challenges easily. With a 3.5 mm headphone jack you can charge your phone while listening to the phone. The splash-proof coating protects the device against accidental splashes and spills that increases phone life and strength. The Redmi Note 8 is the first phone to come up with a 48MP quad-camera. It delivers high-resolution images for up to 3.26m tall poster printing. 64MP ultra-high-resolution camera almost doubles the number of pixels up to 8K resolution. The Redmi Note 8 Pro can also shoot slow motion videos up to 960fps. With a macro lens, you can take up to a 2cm close-up. For the selfie, it has a 20MP camera that comes with AO portrait mode with blurred background adjustments.
HMD Global is expecting to launch another Nokia smartphone. The new Nokia 7.3 5G features a circular camera module on the rear side of the phone. The module houses a quad-camera system that consists of a 48-megapixel primary camera lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera lens. There would be a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel micro camera. These aren't as useful as the other two lenses, but together they serve the purpose of having a quad-camera system. There is an LED flash on the left side of the camera with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner just below it. Nokia has used plastic on the rear side to reduce the manufacturing cost of the phone.
The rumors suggest that the phone is going to feature a 6.5-inch punch-hole full HD+ display with slim side bezels, and a thicker bottom bezel with Nokia branding on it. The top-left corner of the phone displays a small camera for taking a selfie. This one is rumored to boast a 24-megapixel resolution, although there isn't much information available right now. Overall dimensions of the phone make it taller than its predecessor but smaller than the Motorola Moto G9 Plus.
Nokia 7.3 is one of the phones that support 5G network connectivity. To support 5G the phone is using the Snapdragon 690 chipset that's also going to power the next OnePlus Nord. According to reports, it'll be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard. MicroSD card support is highly likely and pricier 6/64GB and 8/128GB versions are on the way too. The Nokia 7.3 will likely to be launched in October or November alongside the Nokia 6.3. The phone is set to price at 399 euros in Europe.
Samsung is taking secrecy very seriously this time around as they had taken the time to officially alert all its employees and supply chain partners against leaking any confidential info about the upcoming Galaxy S8 in particular. However, it doesn't seem to be working too well as someone working for one of Samsung's supply chain partners has leaked some information about the S8, almost as if in response to the warning/request.
According to the report, the Galaxy S8 will inherit the iris scanner from the Note 7, while also being endowed with a dual-lens camera setup at its back. To be frank, this isn't really much of news as we had reported this quite a while ago. Nevertheless, the new leak obviously strengthens those rumors even further. Other expected new features of the S8 include a Full Screen display without the physical Home button, a 10nm chip and 6GB of RAM. In spite of Samsung trying to keep the lid on tight, we are pretty sure more rumors and leaks will begin to pop up as the calendar continues to move towards February, 2017.
Saikat Kar (the-enthusiast)
Speculations regarding the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been piling up lately, although the mobile enthusiasts are not expecting to have a look at the smartphone in CES next week in Las Vegas. But it is expected that the S7 would be unveiled on February 21st during the Samsung Unpacked 2016 event in Barcelona. Incidentally this day is just before the kick off of the Mobile World Congress expo. Now it seems that the front panel for the Samsung Galaxy S7 has leaked online.
Looking at the leaked panel, the home button appears to be longer. This is in sync with the leaked images of the Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus that depicted a rectangular home button. In addition to this, the panel shows that the sensors, power button and volume rockers will make the right side of the device more attractive. Right now it can't be confirmed that the panel is actually for the Galaxy S7, so take this with a pinch of salt, especially since sensors placed at the top doesn't match with the other previously leaked images.
The Galaxy S7 is supposed to boast a 5.2-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 QHD display. Backed by 4GB of RAM, the device will also have 32GB/64GB of storage. A 20MP snapper will be made available at the back of the smartphone. It will be powered by the Exynos 8890 SoC in most of the countries except in the US and China. In those two countries, the Snapdragon 820 chipset will be used to power the S7 along with quad-core CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU.
The Next Note smartphone from Samsung is surrounded by rumors, speculations and leaks. There has even been a word that the Note 6 might actually be called the Note 7! Amidst all this confusion and mystery, @OnLeaks and uSwitch had joined forces and as a result, a few images and a video has been published that shows us the upcoming Note in detailed rendering. These look to be the genuine deal and are based on leaked blueprints, allegedly.
The Note 6 looks similar to the S7 Edge in design here, but with a bit more squared sides, reminiscent of the Note 5. The device seems to sport a dual edge display, along with curves on both the front and the rear. An USB Type-C port can be seen, along with what can be speculated as a setup of sensors for the iris scanner. The S-Pen has not changed its place from the familiar bottom slot this year either.
]These renders are by far the best ones that we have seen yet and they do look very convincing. Do you see anything that we missed? Let us know after having a look at the render video below.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Samsung Galaxy S7 leaked in Dubai in the last couple of days with a reveal of the device, its packaging, and the exact contents of the retail Galaxy S7 box.
The video, which only runs 15 seconds, is still long enough to reveal or confirm a few of its features. The model in question was a black variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The SIM card slot includes space for a SIM card and a microSD card slot. The return of the much loved microSD card slot will satisfy may consumers who were dismayed at its notable absence in recent models.
The device is expected to have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera that has a degree of water or splash resistance from its IP68 or IP67 official rating. The design of the handset won't hold many surprises as it looks not unlike the Galaxy S6 with sleek metal around the sides and glass present both front and back. The glass is modified this time to be curved around the edges which lends the device a sleeker look and the home button is more pronounced.
The battery is a question mark with information suggesting it might have a 2,800 mAh battery, however, other sources still hold that the battery will have a 3,000 mAh capacity.
No sign of a USB Type-C port here either with Samsung sticking with the slower, non-reversible microUSB 2.0 port.
The handset will use TouchWiz as a skin over the top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The TouchWiz interface looks to have been flattened and curved more than before. Flipboard integration, love it or hate it, is still there, but again the user can disable it.
Credit: Android Authority
Evan Blass from @evleaks has leaked the model numbers of multiple upcoming Samsung smartphones on Twitter. In his exact words, "Samsung Galaxy S8 models are indeed skipping SM-G94* model numbers, will ship as SM-G950 & SM-G955. Know what else is in the works? SM-N950."
The phone with the model number SM-N950 is presumably the next Note device which Samsung had confirmed a just few weeks earlier, against reports that stated Samsung won't be releasing a Note in 2017. Interestingly enough, it seems that Samsung will be hopping straight from G930 for the S7 and G935 for the S7 Edge to G950 for the S8 and G955 for the S8 Edge in 2017, while skipping the chronological G94* serial number. It reminds us of Samsung's decision to skip the "6" in favour of "7" and how that panned out for the ill-fated Note 7!
Additionally, rumors are also suggesting that instead of there being a separate S8 and S8 Edge, Samsung will launch a 5.7-inch version and a 6.2-inch version, both with dual curved displays. In our opinion, a 6.2-inch display doesn't seem like something that Samsung would opt for in their premier flagship device as most people are not fond of gigantic phablets above the 6-inch category. In any case, the leaked model numbers should be useful for identification purposes as more leaks begin to pop up in the coming months.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There's still a few months in-between now and the time of the S8's release, but the rumors are already out and about. In case you have not been following on what's going on, here's a recent rumor roundup just for you.
No headphone jack - Much to our dismay, recent reports are strongly indicating that the S8 won't feature the good old 3.5mm headphone jack.
Harman speakers - Samsung has recently acquired internationally acclaimed car audio equipment manufacturer Harman Internationals and the Galaxy S8 might sport stereo speakers made by the brand.
6.2-inch bezel-less dual curved 2K display - Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Galaxy S8 (Plus) will probably sport a curved display without any bezels and a screen-to-body ratio above 90%. The 6.2-inch variant seems quite unlikely to us, but reports are insisting that it actually is coming.
Removal of the Physical Home button - The capacitive Home button will be placed under the glass which will replace the iconic Samsung Home button. Do you like the idea?
Force Touch or Pressure sensitivity - We have contrasting reports regarding this but at least some of those reports mention that the display of the S8 will support pressure sensitive gestures just like the iPhones.
For more rumors and leaks as they happen, stay tuned.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The fact that Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy C5 Pro isn't really a secret as we know a lot about it already. However, we did not have a live image till now. The photo that you see below was made public by @mmdj_china on Twitter and although it is heavily blurred, this is probably the real deal. What we can see from the picture shows us that the C5 Pro will be similar to other handsets in the C series with slim bezels and the iconic Samsung Home button.
Although there have been some conflicting info on the specs of the handset, take a look at the rumoured/leaked specs below, before it's officially launched this month.
Model number: SM-C5000
5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625/626 SoC
64GB/128GB internal storage with micro-SD card slot
16-mp/16-mp rear and front cameras
Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
Color options: Blue, Dark Gray, Gold and Pink Gold
Fingerprint scanner embedded into the Home button, USB Type-C, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung may have kept the Galaxy S8 from being launched at the MWC 2017, but that isn't stopping the leaked renders and photos from coming in. Courtesy of a post on Weibo, we now have our second live picture of the upcoming smartphone and it shows exactly what everyone had been expecting; extremely thin bezels and no physical Home button. Delightfully, it also confirms that Samsung will indeed stick with the 3.5mm audio jack, as can be seen in the picture. Additionally, we can see the microphone, the USB Type-C port, two antennae lines and a speaker grille at the bottom.
Although we can only see a small portion of the phone and the curved display, one must admit that it looks amazing. If you are wondering if this is indeed the Galaxy S8 we are seeing here or just a fake image, we cannot confirm anything. That being said, this pretty much looks like the real deal and chances are quite high that this really is the S8 that has been captured in the image. To know more about the upcoming flagship from Samsung, check our spec sheet.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although it isn't really a big surprise at this point, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8+ is indeed real and it's coming on March 29 (probably). Yesterday, a support page for a Galaxy device with the model number SM-G955FD came online on Samsung's Indian site. As this model number pertains quite specifically to the upcoming Galaxy S8+, all doubts regarding its existence is now extinguished. Additionally, the model also confirms dual SIM support on the device.
Strangely enough, the page disappeared just a few hours after going live. It almost feels like Samsung is teasing the audience with multiple unofficial glimpses to the S8 series this year. First it was the phone in the Super AMOLED ads and now a short-lived support page. Whatever the situation might be, we are quite excited to see what Samsung brings to the plate ultimately when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are launched next month.
If you are not familiar with the rumors regarding what the S8 is going to bring to the table this year, have a look at it here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Evan Blass has leaked another image of the Galaxy S8 today on Twitter, which could be the upcoming press release render for the smartphone. The render even has the date on the phone displaying March 29, Wednesday; the official launch date for the two smartphones. From what we can see, it seems that this time around Samsung may launch the Pearl Black color variant right from the start, instead of waiting like it did with the S7 Edge last year. Whether this is the S8 or the S8+, is a bit hard to discern since both devices look essentially the same this year with their curved edge-to-edge displays.
Additionally, we have a leaked video for you as well from Slashleaks on YouTube, which clearly shows the S8 and the S8+ in action. However, the quality of the video is quite bad, as is the camerawork itself. Nevertheless, they do give us a look at the two devices and is worth checking out. If you want a much shorter but high quality video showing off the S8, check it here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As is always the case, leaks and rumors have started to circulate on the web regarding the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+. However, instead of renders and concepts, we have lives images of the two upcoming Samsung flagship smartphones for you today. Whether they are authentic or not is something that we will find out later as more convincing leaks begin to make their way out. Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that the Samsung logo on the alleged Galaxy S9 is quite small.
The images show camera hardware consistent with the rumor that Samsung is taking the Apple route by keeping the dual camera setup out of the S9 and exclusive to only the S9+. While it may not be the best move from the point of view of the consumers, nobody will complain about the rear mounted fingerprint scanner which has now been shifted to the middle, much to everyone's delight. The S9 and S9+ is expected to be unveiled next month at the MWC 2018, but before then, we are pretty sure we will have plenty more authentic real images for you to enjoy.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There is less than three months left in the Galaxy S10's launch and yet, we already know nearly everything that anyone might want to know about the device. Of course, most of it is based on leaks, rumors and intelligent speculations, but given the high rate of accuracy which the modern rumors and leaks boast of, we would say the following paints a pretty realistic picture of what is to be expected in February.
3 Variants of the Galaxy S10
Similar to what Apple did with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR earlier in the year, Samsung will likely release three variants of the Galaxy S10 as well, namely the S10, S10 Plus and the S10 Lite (the cheapest of the three).
A launch date in late February is expected, or more precisely, in between February 25 - 28, because that's when the Mobile World Congress 2019 will be held next year. Once it has been launched, we can expect the S10 series to go on sale somewhere in mid-March, with preorders likely starting much earlier.
Depending on the model concerned, the number of cameras will differ, so take a look at the following to know what to expect.
· Galaxy S10 Plus: 2 front sensors + 4 rear sensors
· Galaxy S10: 2 front sensors + 3 rear sensors
· Galaxy S10 Lite: Unknown
Although all the exact specifications are unknown, rumors predict that the primary camera will be a 16mp shooter, alongside a 13mp telephoto lens and a 12mp wide angle lens.
A nearly bezel-less design with just a punch hole cut out for the front camera sensors is what the Galaxy S10 will likely sport and that's being hailed as the Infinity-O display. Expect the display sizes to be 5.8", 6.2" and 6.44" but rumors have also suggested that a 5G capable, gigantic Galaxy S10 with 6.6" display might also exist. All panels will be Super AMOLED of course.
At this point, it is anyone's guess really, but even the cheaper Galaxy S10 Lite will probably start somewhere around the $849 mark, while the S10 and S10 Plus will likely start around $999 and $1199.
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
The technology is quite old by now, but Samsung doesn't have any phone in the market that has the in-display fingerprint scanner yet unfortunately. The Galaxy S10 will change that for sure by being the first Samsung device to sport an invisible, in-display fingerprint scanner. However, the faster, ultrasonic scanners might only be reserved for the S10 and S10 Plus, while the S10 Lite will have to do with a comparatively slower in-display fingerprint scanner.
The 3.5mm headphone jack will be retained thankfully and so will the Bixby button unfortunately! The international variants will invariably sport the 8nm Exynos 9820 chip, while American, Chinese and some other variants will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 to power them. At least 6GB of RAM is to be expected, with pricier 8GB RAM options also being present. Rumor also has it that the S10 Plus might have a variant with 1TB of internal storage, which is quite believable, give that the Note 9 does have a 512GB variant available already. Samsung's new OneUI will definitely be running on top of Android P on all of the three devices.
Do take a look at the linked videos and images to get an idea of what you can expect, but do keep an open mind because these are after all, still just rumors and speculations, until the device has been released officially.
What you see above is indeed the official Galaxy S10 ad for Norway, which was aired accidentally on TV apparently! It could be a mistake, but it could also be a strategically planned "leak" by the Samsung marketing team as well. In any case, this is your first official look at the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones which will be unveiled in less than two days, on February 21st.
Everything seems to be at par with what was expected as we see the punch hole cutout for the front cameras in front of the device and three rear cameras on the unit shown. Also, the in-display fingerprint scanner is really a thing this year with the Galaxy S10 after all, as per the ad. Keep in mind though that the entry level Galaxy S10e will probably not have the in-display fingerprint scanner like its more expensive siblings. Also, a pair of white wireless earbuds might be included with some versions of the S10, but then again, I am not exactly sure about that. What I am sure about is the fact that Samsung has retained the 3.5mm headphone jack, much to the delight of everyone with a sense of practicality.
Samsung Galaxy S20 was launched in the first half of 2020. Though we don't know whether the next S series would be called Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 - but we think that S21 will make more sense. Samsung followed sequential numbers until in 2020, the company decided to go for Galaxy S20 instead of S10. It is therefore now harder to know what next year holds for us. Samsung typically launches the S series in February, so we are hoping for the device to be launched somewhere around Feb/March next year.
There are some leaks related to Galaxy S21 ultra that suggest more pronounced camera housing on the rear side of the phone as compared to the Galaxy S20 ultra. The renders also suggest that there will be a centralised punch hole camera at the top side of the display. We are expecting the S21 ultra to be around 6.7 to 6.9 inches with an AMOLED display and a quad HD+ resolution. The phone might feature two telephoto lenses, instead of one. This will increase the camera zoom performance with a 3x and 5x lens being offered. That could mean that you can zoom up to 3x to 5x optical zoom with high-quality imaging results.
Samsung Galaxy S21 will be powered by the next year's Exynos 1000 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 for the US version. The phone will support 5G as all other devices might have 5G support next year. The S21 will come in 128GB and 256GB storage options. It's battery capacity is said to be 5,000mAh. According to a twitter user Ross Young, Galaxy S21 will be available in gray, pink, violet, and white colors, and S21 ultra can be purchased in black, silver, and violet options. A report claims that the Samsung Galaxy S21 series could come in early January 2021.
Samsung has released the European Galaxy S5 LTE-A (SM-G901) firmware hinting at the phone's imminent announcement. The firmware is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and is available in the UK and Switzerland. As time passes, Samsung will roll it out to additional European countries as well.
With IFA 2014 in Berlin fast approaching, we suspect Samsung might announce the Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Europe at its press event on September 3. Unless Samsung decides it doesn't want its Galaxy Note 4 to share the spotlight. The European version of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A differs from its South Korean sibling in a few key areas.
The 5" Super AMOLED screen is of 1080p resolution, not QHD. Under the hood, the phone is powered by Samsung's Exynos 5430 chipset with 2GB of RAM. Its South Korean sibling packs a Snapdragon 805 chipset, QHD screen and 3GB of RAM.
S5 LTE-A Firmware Details:
• Model: SM-G901F
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• Version: Android 4.4.4
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The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are all set to launch around the world in October, but thanks to VentureBeat, what we have for you today are alleged renders of the two smartphones, ahead of time. What you see above is the smaller Pixel, with 5-inch Full HD display, 4GB of RAM, possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2GHz clock speed) processor, 32GB of internal storage and a 2,770mAh battery to power it all. There will also be a 12-megapixel rear snapper, an 8-megapixel selfie cam, USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner at the back and maybe even a 3.5mm headphone jack if we are lucky!
The Pixel XL pictured above will almost be identical to its smaller brother, except a bigger, better display and battery. The display on it will supposedly sport a 1440p Quad High Definition panel stretched over 5.5-inches. The battery is also significantly bigger at 3,450mAh in order to power that large QHD display. The two smartphones from Google are rumoured to be more expensive than any of the previous smartphones from the brand with a price tag that starts at $649. Both smartphones are being manufactured by HTC, under the Google Pixel branding.
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After a series of leaked images and renders, we already have a pretty good idea about how the two upcoming Nexus phones from HTC will look like, but price tags had remained undisclosed till now. Someone in HTC has allegedly leaked pricing details of the Nexus Marlin and Sailfish, but as you probably can guess already, it's still a rumor and nothing is for certain yet.
According to the source, the two smartphones from Google in 2016 will be more expensive than last year's models with a price tag of $599 for the Nexus Marlin and $449 for the Nexus Sailfish. These are of course, the price tags for the basic 32GB models and there will likely also be costlier models with higher internal storage capacities. The Marlin will cost $100 more than last year's Nexus 6P ($499), if the rumor turns out to be true. We will soon find out more next month as the two HTC-Google Nexus smartphones are probably going to debut in September with Android 7 Nougat right out of the box.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Since Google just informed the press about an upcoming event on October 4, we are pretty sure that's where the new Pixel phones will be unveiled for the first time. This belief was further confirmed by the fact that there's a new "Oct. 4" video on Google's official YouTube channel where the Google search bar slowly transforms into the shape of a smartphone.
As far as leaks go, the latest Geekbench spec sheets are revealing a revised Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and Android Nougat 7.1, a version of the OS that no other smartphone is running at the moment. Both the Pixel (5.2-inch) and the Pixel XL (5.5-inch) will be made by HTC this year and there will be two versions this time around; one for the US and the other for the international market.
We have also seen a few mobile case listings for the Pixel phones and as you can see from the image, the camera cut-outs are suspiciously large and may indicate a dual camera setup at the back. However, no such rumor regarding the Pixel or Pixel XL has surfaced so far. We will find out more very soon as the official unveiling date is now confirmed and just around the corner.
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Google's flagship Pixel 3 XL smartphone is less than six months old, but the company is already deep into development on its successor. While the Pixel 4 XL will not launch until nearer the end of the year, Google is working on the handset now. In fact, this week we learned more about the camera technology on the Pixel 4 XL thanks to some new renders of the upcoming device.
Two important changes will be made to the design of the Pixel XL. Specifically, Google will follow the recent high-end Android trend of a hole-punch screen and will also embrace a new camera configuration on the back of the handset.
New Camera Module
According to a leaked image discovered by SlashLeaks, the Pixel 4 XL will have two cameras on its rear. Ok, you are probably thinking most flagship devices have three or more camera lenses, and you'd be right. Google has always approached smartphone imagery differently to other OEMs and the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 XL only have one rear camera.
Instead of using multiple lenses to create different imaging capabilities, Google leveraged its market-leading AI and machine learning technology. The result has seen the single lens of the Pixel smartphones achieve image quality other smartphones need multiple lenses to match. It is a strategy that has worked as Pixel cameras are considered amongst the best in the industry.
However, for the Pixel 4 XL, Google seems to be embracing a multiple camera setup. The linked device drawing you see below shows the smartphone with two lenses. Considering Google has managed to use a single lens to create a stunning smartphone camera, we are really excited to see what the company will do with two.
The drawing also shows Google will use a hole-punch screen for the Pixel 4 XL, a design element that was backed up by renders that leaked this week by iDroidbg. Google has previously followed Apple's path of using a notch to house the front-facing selfie camera module.
While a notch is not a deal breaker, I have often found it slightly obtrusive. My smartphone activity revolves around sending messages on WhatsApp, playing games, or browsing when looking for a pa iLotterybonus code. In all cases it is hard to ignore the notch jutting out from the top of the screen.
The answer to that problem is the hold-punch display, which is becoming a smartphone trend in 2019 thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. Google has noticed this trend and it seems the Pixel 4 XL will now have its selfie camera embedded into the screen.
Interestingly, both the render and the drawing show that the Pixel 4 XL will come without a fingerprint sensor on the rear. All previous Pixel smartphones have housed the fingerprint scanner on the back panel below the camera. On the upcoming 2019 model it seems Google has followed OEMs like OnePlus and Samsung by embedding the sensor within the screen.
Google has already announced an event for its next smartphones Pixel 5 and PIxel 4A 5G smartphones on 30 September. Pixel 5 is the 5th generation of the flagship smartphones from search engine giant Google, following the Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4. Each of these phones was available in two models - a regular Pixel phone and the XL model. However, this year, it might be a different case and Google only launches one vanilla model. Maybe they thought that people are suffering financially so they might not be interested in the XL variant. This means we would have a budget-friendly phone by Google.
It is reported that the Google Pixel 5 will be different from previous phone series and won't be competing with the high-end smartphones. Instead, Google will use the Pixel 5 to be around the $600 price tag. There are no premium-like smartphones around this price point this year. Google will make this phone a semi-powerful yet affordable phone that gets the latest android operating system.
According to the leaks, Google Pixel 5 will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G (or 768G) with 5G connectivity support. It will feature the best in class camera. WinFuture suggests that the Google Pixel feature a 12.2MP primary lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and an 8MP selfie camera with a hole-punch selfie camera to match the recently released 4A. Google cameras are known for their amazing photography ability due to software, and not the hardware. You can shoot a video up to 4k at 60fps and HD at 24fps. As rumors, the phone will be replacing the telephoto lens in Pixel 4 with a wide-angle lens. This is possibly done to further reduce the manufacturing price. This sensor is 16BP with an f/2.2 aperture. The phone will feature a 6-inch OLED 2340 x 1080 OLED panel in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz refresh rate. The device will feature a 2340 x 1080 OLED panel in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz refresh rate.
Oppo has announced the launch of three new smartphones of the Reno 4 series. Initially, the phones will be released only for the western market. Oppo has already launched Reno 4 and Reno 4 pro in China and now they are coming to Europe. However, there is another handset Oppo Reno 4 Z which is a new addition to the series and seems more like an iteration model of an existing Oppo smartphone.
The Oppo Reno 4 series is coming to European market, including the UK in the second week of October. We are not sure about the Oppo's release in the US this year. The upper tier of the series Oppo Reno 4 pro would be the most expensive smartphone in the series while the Reno 4 Z will be the cheapest one. These devices share almost the same design. You can see a camera bump in the top-left corner of the rear side of the camera. Each device features a punch-hole or pill-shaped selfie slot on the front to eliminate the need for a top bezel while giving the user a large screen real estate. The phone will be available in white, black, or blue colors.
The Reno 4 Z has a 6.57-inch LCD Full HD+ screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Meanwhile the regular Reno 4 features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a full HD+ resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The Reno 4 pro has a 6.5-inch AMOLED full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The Reno 4 and Reno 4 pro comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner, while the Z model has its scanner built into the side of the phone instead of in the display.
The Oppo Reno 4 features a 48MP primary camera lens, with 12MP ultra-wide, and 13MP telephoto camera lens. On the front side of the phone, there is a 32MP selfie camera. The Reno 4 Z and Pro both are powered by 4,000mAh batteries, while the Oppo Reno 4 has a slightly bigger 4,020mAh battery. Both the higher-tier phones come with 65W fast charging while the Reno 4 Z is limited to 18W charging.
The Oppo Reno 4 and Pro are run on a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, which is the same processor we have seen in the Google Pixel 5. The Reno 4 Z features a MediaTek Dimensity chipset. So far we know that all of the three phones support 5G network connectivity. Reno 4 Z and Reno 4 features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the Pro model features 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Qualcomm's 2015 roadmap has been leaked, the company is working on improving its Snapdragon processor that will run the best device of 2015. The star of the H2 2015 show is the successor to the current Snapdragon 810 system chip: the Snapdragon 820.
Alleged specifications for the upcoming system chip show two key advancements: a quick transition to 14nm FinFet manufacturing at Samsung and GlobalFoundries fabs, and the roll-out of what seems like the first custom Qualcomm 64-bit CPU cores under the Taipan architecture.
Qualcomm has dominated the market in the past three years with its Snapdragon chips featuring Krait CPU cores found in most major flagships, but the need for a quick transition to 64-bit chips coincided with the end of life for Krait, forcing the company to release the Snapdragon 810 without its own custom core. The Snapdragon 820 is expected to feature an octa-core setup with eight TS2 high-performance cores.
Other Snapdragon 820 features include a new Adreno 530 GPU, support for the faster LPDDR4 RAM, as well as a advanced MDM9X55 LTE-A Cat.10 Qualcomm modem.
Personally, I am more of an Android guy, but I won't judge you for loving an iPhone either. In spite of all the highly controversial decisions that they take, the truth is that Apple does make great smartphones and bake some remarkable features into them every year. Everybody is expecting Apple to do something truly new and amazing in 2017 since it is going to mark the tenth anniversary of the most hyped smartphone series of all time. A lot of rumors have been going around lately regarding OLED screens, hefty price tags and enhanced dual camera modules but none of them had yet presented a release date for the device until now. The famous leakster Benjamin Geskin, also known as @VenyaGeskin1 on Twitter is claiming that "Apple's iPhone 8 / 7s Keynote will be held on September 17. Sales September 25."
This exciting piece of news joins in with another news that we heard earlier today about the iPhone 8. As it turns out Apple may have done one already over the Galaxy S8 by embedding an under the screen fingerprint scanner right below the display; something that the S8 was supposed to bring to the table but could not because of failed deadlines.
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The release date of Apple's iPhone 12 is still a few months far, but we have already seen some leaks and rumors coming to the surface. Apple's fans are hoping that iPhone 12 gets some big changes to the design and OS. To be honest, we haven't seen any big improvements in the iPhone series since the iPhone X. Even the iPhone XS was a similar phone with very changes in the hardware here and there. The rumors suggest that Apple might release four phones in the next series that is unlikely. There might be an affordable version for iPhone 12 this year as well, the new iPhone SE become the hottest selling phone this year.
The recent rumors suggest the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are set to be released around the second week of September. It's almost always unveiled on a Tuesday too, so we can assume that it might be released on September 8 or September 15. Although, some rumors suggest that it might delay due to COVID-19 pandemic but it is unlikely to happen as Apple is a very disciplined company. As of May 2020, the most recent news on this subject comes from a report in The Wall Street Journal, which states that the production of the iPhone 12 has been delayed by around a month.
When it comes to the iPhone 12 price, it's likely to stay broadly in line with the current models. For reference, the iPhone 11 started at $699, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099. As rumors, there will be four different sizes for iPhone 12 series to choose from. iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display, iPhone 12 Max, and iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch display, iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display. Apple analyst Ming-Cho Kuo suggests that iPhone 12 will have a metal frame. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max were available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold alongside the Midnight Green. Those shades may remain for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, but we've yet to hear any firm evidence those colors will return.
Apple events may be starting in a few hours today, but as per leaks, there is a slim chance that the company will unveil its new iPhone 12 at this event. Instead, the company's next event due on September 15 is expected to launch the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air 4. Leaks suggest that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 pro will be releasing later in the year at a different event. That's just a leak though, and we have to see how the event turns out.
The new iPhone series is to be launched as three phones. These phones would be called the iPhone 12 max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 pro max. These might include the latest 5G technology as well as the 5G networks rolling out in almost every country now. The 5G iPhone would be more future-proof than a regular 4G device.
So, when will the iphone12 be released? The expected date is the next event Apple would be hosting. Like many other events, we can expect it to be an online event that goes live at 10 am PT / 1 pm EST / 6 pm BST (4 am AEDT on September 16 in Australia). This means we have to wait till October, or more precisely on Tuesday, October 13.
Another leak suggests that pre-orders for iPhone 2 and iPhone 12 max would open the same week, probably the same day of the event. The new iPhone 2 range probably won't be the same. The iPhone 12 4G is reported to have a $540 price tag whereas the highest tier of the iPhone 12 pro max would be around $1000+.
The phones are going to have a glass rear side, but the edges are expected to be more squared. Some suggest that the upper tier of the iPhone 12 series will have flat stainless steel edges. A few reports surf on the internet about the smaller iPhone around old iPhones. The phone will debut a navy blue on its top-end models with midnight green color. iPhone 12 comes in a 5.4-inch display whereas the iPhone 12 Pro max goes up to a 6.7-inch display.
The phones will come with a wide camera, ultra-wide camera, telephoto camera, and LiDAR scanner. The phone came from a build of iOS 14 and is backed by multiple sources. The iPhone 12 might have a 64MP primary camera. For videos, it can shoot both 4K footages at 120fps and 4k slow-motion footage at 240fps.
Apple didn't announce this year's iPhone 12 at the Apple September event, but we are hopeful to have it unveiled in at least October. Apple's last event was focused on the Apple Watch, iPad Air 4, a new iPad, the Apple One Subscription services, and the launch of a new service series called Apple Fitness plus.
There are rumors that the company will launch as many as 3 iPhones called the iPhone 12 max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 pro max. There are also some rumors of having another name for the vanilla iPhone called the iPhone 12 Mini, and that we were previously thinking of like the iPhone 12 max. In any case, there could be more iPhone variations this time, especially with the iPhone SE 2020 that was launched earlier in the year.
We are expecting some major upgrades from Apple, including the first 5G iPhone. Last year the iPhone series didn't have support for 5G that made it less desirable for people living in the area with 5G support. Leaks and rumors suggest that the iPhone 12 Pro models will get a LiDAR scanner, just like the iPad Pro 2020, and we also heard about the new display sizes that range anywhere between 5.4-inches to 6.-inches.
The biggest change in the upcoming iPhone is power related. The iPhone 12 is using the A14 bionic chipset seen in the new iPad Air 2020 that will have a significant effect on battery life. The display is a super retina XDR OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1 billion colors and a 120Hz refresh rate. According to leaks, the phone uses a 12MP wide camera as the primary lens, a 12MP telephoto camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera lens, and a TOF 3D LiDAR scanner depth camera lens. You can shoot a 4k video up to 24, 30, and 60fps. The phone comes with Li-Ion non-removable battery with 18W fast charging. The new iPhone 12 series is available in matter space gray, matte silver, matte gold, matt midnight green, and matte blue colors.
The new iPhone 12 hasn't been announced yet but we are expecting it really soon. That's just a rumor for now, but we might expect to see it in an event on October 13. The rumors suggest that there will be iPhone 12 max, iPhone 12 pro, and iPhone 12 pro max, with the entry-level iPhone 12 mini in the series. In such a case, you will have more choice than ever this year, especially with the iPhone SE that was launched in the beginning of this year. Apple's September 15 event focused on the Apple watch 6, iPad Air, a new iPad, and the Apple One subscription services.
Another report on the release date, which comes from "multiple suppliers in China", suggests that the iPhone 12 range won't be announced until late October, with the 4G models hitting stores shortly after, while the 5G iPhone 12 models won't go on sale until November. There are some clouds on the release date, but the most leaks suggest October 13 as the expected date.
We are expecting some big changes from Apple this year, including the 5G network support. With 5G networks rolling out in different regions of the world, the iPhone 12 will be more future-proof than its predecessor. The iPhone 12 series display will be starting from a tiny 5.4 inches to big 6.7 inches. The latest A14 Bionic processing chip will be another upgrade in power and will have a positive impact on the battery life too. For the price tag expect $649 / £700 / AU$1,200 or more.
A recent benchmark suggests that A14 Bionic single-core and multi-core performed better than the Snapdragon 865 that was used in almost all Android flagships in 2020. The overall score is also higher than the iPhone 11 pro max. That said, the scores are pretty good, and the iPhone 12 series is to be much faster than many existing flagship smartphones. The iPhone 12 series is also going to have a slight bump in the RAM area and might go from 4GB to 6GB though the standard phone might stick with 4GB. A few leaks suggest that iPhone 12 will not have a bigger number in battery and might rely on the processing chip for the speed. The phone will be using a lighting cable instead of USB-C.
The iPhone SE 2020 was launched in April as the first affordable Apple smartphone since the iPhone 8. But the rumors suggest that Apple is working on another affordable smartphone this year - named as iPhone SE plus. You can watch the Apple event on Apple TV or the official YouTube channel. This shouldn't come as surprise if the event doesn't showcase this phone. As the event is only a few hours away, we can see what the rumors have stored for us. Rumors suggest that the phone is still in the process and consumers may not be able to hold hands on it till the half of 2021. The phone inherited its hardware from the iPhone 8, including its 4.7-inch LCD at 1334 x 750 resolution.
The device can pull off the depth in the image using software algorithms making photography with the iPhone an amazing experience. While the iPhone SE 2020 has the leading A13 bionic processing chip, its older camera technology keeps it from capturing the night mode photos taken on the new flagships. The phone has the same thick top and bottom bezels as the older models which are too much according to new designs. The iPhone 8 plus uses a 2,691mAh battery that was certainly larger than the iPhone 8. But that is almost a 3-year-old smartphone. We can expect a better battery with a higher storage capacity with 18w fast charging.
Another leak is about a 3.5mm jack which is not necessarily true but we can hope to see it as it has the same physical dimensions as iPhone 8. One of the major differences between the iPhone 8 and 8 plus was the extra rear camera lens, which was responsible for creating stereoscopic images that could be combined to create a more depth and shadow effect in the images. This enables the first portrait mode photos. Rumors suggest that the iPhone SE plus will have multiple rear cameras to produce more visually attractive images using two or more lenses. Although we haven't heard much about its price, we can guess $399 for the starting price, which is lower than the latest official price of the iPhone 8 before it was discontinued.
Although we are literally two days away from seeing the LG G6 in action at the Mobile World Congress, @evleaks has leaked a press render for the upcoming smartphone on Twitter. As you can see, the G6 shown here sports a shiny black color and is consistent with what we have seen so far in other leaked images and photos. Going by the leakster's previous records, we are pretty sure that this is the real deal that we are looking at here.
The dual rear camera setup with a flash in between can be seen along with the rear mounted fingerprint scanner placed just below it. Although the specifications are partly based on speculations at the moment, we do know that it will have a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. However, given that all reports are indicating that the G6 will launch with only a dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC and a 3,200mAh battery, one cannot help but feel a tinge of disappointment. Let's hope that the dual 13-mp cameras at its back and the new Quad DAC audio can make up for the old chip and the low-powered battery.
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The LG Q92 is the next 5G smartphone from the company this year. As per leaks, the phone is expected to be an affordable variant of the LG Velvet 5G. Although we don't know the release date yet, we are getting more leaks ahead of its launch. Recently, a user at Twitter uploaded a specification sheet of the LG Q92 that lists most of the information on hardware and design features leaving not much for our imagination.
According to the spec sheet, the phone features a flat LCD design with a punch hole in the center of the upper part of the selfie camera. The back of the phone is curved and house four rear cameras with a distinct appearance. There are two large sensors and two smaller ones with the LED flash. The phone has a big 6.7-inch FHD+ punch-hole display that houses a 32MP sensors for selfies and video calls. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 765G processor under the hood and comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.
The device is available in three colors - ceramic white, mirror titanium, and mirror red. For photography, the company has integrated four cameras at the rear side of the device consisting of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, support for LG pay, and the 4,000mAh battery for fast charging. The LG Q92 also uses AI to optimize the hardware and software functionality of the device. The LG Q92 has stereo speakers to play music. The spec sheet doesn't reveal anything about the operating system being installed on the device, but it is safe to assume that the phone should run Android 10 out of the box. We are expecting the phone to be launched by the company this month. It would be launched in the home country before making it to the other markets.
Since the Motorola re-joined the mobile industry, it was relying on the small budget but last year in December Motorola President Sergio Buniac announced that it would bring a flagship smartphone in early 2020. The company didn't say much about the phone and kept everything so secret - even we had to know about its name (now confirmed) through rumors. But that doesn't stop rumors to surface as the New Year started. Thanks to the renders leaked by OnLeaks and PriceBaba, now we know how the Motorola Edge Plus might look like. After looking at the pictures the first thing you might notices is one of the 2019's most polarizing features - a waterfall display.
For the selfie camera, the smartphone uses a cutout to house the front camera lens. On the back of the phone, you will see a triple-lens camera array arranged in a vertically aligned fashion. Another imagery leak suggests that the smartphone will feature a 108MP primary sensor on the standard variant of the phone. The back of the device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and we might expect the in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone. There is also a possibility that the fingerprint reader is integrated with one of the buttons on the side, but that might not be the case.
Furthermore, the leaked renders of the Motorola Edge Plus suggests a headphone jack at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom of the device.
Rumors suggest that the Motorola Edge plus has a 6.67-inch 2,340 x 1,080 display that runs from edge to edge. It will most likely support a 90Hz display refresh rate. It is also expected to come with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity support. The phone also supports the 5G network.
The Motorola President Buniac said it would be the fastest 5G phone on the Qualcomm's flagship smartphone with 5G speeds greater than 5Gbps. The phone may launch several new applications with the phone including the Moto assistant, Moto Game Time, and Moto audio. Game Time has introduced a customizable toolbar for users to easily access settings and other tools useful while playing games. Some of these features could include notification blocking, brightness locking, and more.