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.
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.
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 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
• Model name:
• Country: United Kingdom (EE)
• Version: Android 4.4.4
• Changelist: 2413392
• Build date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:43:51 +0000
• Product Code: EVR
• PDA: G901FXXU1ANH5
• CSC: G901FEVR1ANH5
• MODEM: G901FXXU1ANH5
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.