Inarguably, the OnePlus 5 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017 and even if you are a diehard fan of Samsung or Apple, chances are that you are taking a look at this article now just to see what the Chinese manufacturer might have cooked up this year. We won't disappoint you because we do have a lot of info on the OnePlus 5 for you today.
The Slimmest Flagship
According to CEO Pete Lau, the upcoming smartphone is going to be the slimmest flagship smartphone ever made, but that slimness will not come at the cost of performance or functionality in any way. However, there is a bit of confusion regarding whether the OnePlus 5 will indeed be the slimmest flagship smartphone in the world or just the slimmest flagship ever made by the company.
The Phone Beneath
In the latest teaser, we see a phone that is smaller in dimensions than the OnePlus 3, hidden beneath the OnePlus 3T. While this serves to show that it will be smaller and slimmer than the 3T, nothing else was revealed.
The Release Date
A "leaked" poster on Weibo shows the release date of an OnePlus device to be June 15; whether or not it can be trusted is something that is beyond us at the moment.
What We Know
The OnePlus 5 will without a shred of doubt, will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 combo, helped by at least 6GB or even 8GB of RAM for an unprecedented multitasking experience. The 5.5-inch screen size will be retained with a bumped up QHD resolution. 64GB should be available from the start and a 128GB variant could be making an appearance later in the year as well.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
During a time where consumers are looking for quick and safe ways to pay for their online services, mobile phones come to offer an easy solution that does not require the use of bank accounts, e-wallets, debit or credit cards. That solution is no other than Boku; a company that effectively processes mobile payments for online products and services.
By simply using your phone credit, you are going to be in full control of your online expenses, regardless if you want to buy a new pair of shoes or book an online course. Additionally, Boku allows casino players to pay by phone and to easily set their own deposit limits. Players will not be charged for using Boku as a deposit method. Even though this might seem as just another payment alternative for people that regularly use traditional payment methods online, it is always worth keeping in mind, that there are many people that are worried about sharing their bank or credit card details on the web.
How Does One Pay Using Boku?
Users can start using this payment method, by simply downloading and installing the Boku application found in their mobile phone's app store. Given that one's mobile operator allows for transactions via Boku, this payment service acts as a tool which uses the mobile phone holder's billing service in order to instantly draw the funds required for the finalisation of an online payment. This means that if a video game or a casino game player were to deposit funds in their gaming or casino account, those funds would be added on their phone bill at the end of the month.
Boku services can also be used by those who use prefer taking the "pay as you go" approach instead of having a fixed long-term contract with a provider. In the case of prepaid phone credit, transactions will be processed until there are no longer sufficient funds in the user's account. This means that Boku will only deduct existing funds and it will not charge the user beyond the limit of their prepaid credit. Boku users are notified when their phone number funds do not suffice for the completion of a transaction.
Is Boku a Safe Payment Method?
Boku is a payment service that is trusted and recommended by numerous online services or product providers. Apart from gaming and online casino platforms, Boku is a method used by tech giants such as Apple, Google and Microsoft. All transactions are processed instantly and safely. Its credibility as a safe payment method is backed by the fact that many businesses and services use Boku as an identity verification tool. This tool is used by banks, payment services and public authorities.
Can Boku Be Used as a Withdrawal Method?
Boku is primarily a depositing payment service, which means that it currently cannot be used as a withdrawal method. The good news though, is that websites such as online casinos will offer dozens of other withdrawal methods, which a player can easily use to withdraw their funds.
It doesn't matter even if it's an Apple iPhone, but we are all used to seeing the famous "Made in China" or "Assembled in China" line printed behind most smartphones, but that could very well change soon. Apparently, Samsung is going to start assembling smartphones in Bangladesh from May. What this means for Bangladesh is that the price of models assembled by Samsung locally will come down in the country significantly. However, this will only apply to low-range or mid-range models for now, because the flagships and high-end smartphones are not ready to be assembled there yet. It may happen after a few months, but not as of now. This will significantly decrease the taxes (29.5%) which Samsung has to pay for importing their devices into Bangladesh.
Samsung has partnered up with Fair Electronics Ltd for the deal and the newly built manufacturing plant in Narsingdi (which is a huge 58,000 square-feet facility) is expected to churn out hundreds of thousands of 4G devices every month by June. While the concept of local manufacturing is not new for Samsung, this is the first time they have started doing it in Bangladesh.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple is planning to start making the iPhone 12 locally in India, according to a report. The new iPhone manufacturing plan will be initiated by Apple's partner Wsitron somewhere around the summer next year. The company is already assembling several of its existing iPhones models in the country. These include the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR as well as some of the old phones such as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7. Wistron started to assemble an iPhone in India almost three years ago in 2017.
The report hasn't been confirmed by the company itself, but the people working with Apple India said that the manufacturing would take place at the Karnataka site. Wistron is also reported to start manufacturing of the iPhone SE 2020 in the country by the end of 2020. This new plan is also required to hire more workers and as reported by Business Standard, Wistron might hire some 10,000 people at the new facility in phases to expand the local manufacturing process. The facility, however, at present has around 1,000 workers. This means they have to invest a large amount to make this possible.
According to a separate report by the new Indian Express, the new facility is situated in Narasapura of Kolar district that is in Karnataka and about 70 kilometers from Bengaluru. This is the second-largest facility by the company in the country after the first facility at Bengaluru where iPhones are already manufactured and shipped to market for sale. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier this month revealed that Apple's contract manufacturers Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron had applied for a $6.64 billion (roughly Rs. 49,768 crores) scheme under the government's production-linked incentive (PLI) plan to embrace and expand local manufacturing in the country.
Smartwatches are invading the wearables market and Sony is deciding to take a step ahead. According to Bloomberg report, Sony is said to be making a new Smartwatch whose surfaces are made entirely from E-Paper. The watch is said to "emphasize style, rather than trying to outdo more technological offerings."
This Sony smartwatch will focus on style and customization, using e-paper all around the watch will allow users to completely change the style and look of the watch from the Face down to the Strap.
The project is apparently the first to come out of a new innovation center set up by Sony CEO Kaz Hirai. Intended to produce Sony's next breakthrough product-the Walkman or PlayStation of its time-it's not yet produced anything game changing. There is no expected release date for this watch but we expect it on markets by 2016.
Details about an Upcoming Nexus Smartphone from Google has been leaked on the AnTuTu benchmark, the device is supposed to be the upcoming Nexus 6, it will be a Motorola-made device codenamed "shamu". According to the leaked list, Motorola shamu will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with a Quad-core Krait 450 processor clocked at 2.65GHz along with 3GB RAM, Adreno 420 GPU.
AnTuTu's database has the device under the name Google shamu, which seems to solidify the rumor that this will indeed be the Nexus 6. The device carries a 5.2" QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixles) display with around 564 ppi for unmatched sharpness.
The camera on the back will be a 13MP unit coupled with a 2.1MP one for the front. Finally the Shamu will be adorned with Android L for good measure adding even more fuel to the Nexus fire. We hope that this device is real...
After HTC, Samsung, LG and Moto... Google is rumored to be in talks with a Chinese phone maker for the next generation Nexus smartphone. According to leaked sources, this company is Huawei.
Some mockups of a Huawei-made Nexus has been leaked. The mockups are based on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus with a Nexus branding. These photos are not the real deal, but give us a glimpse of how a Huawei-made Nexus device could look like.
We will get more info about the Huawei Nexus phone later this year.
If you are in South Korea, both the devices from LG's newly unveiled K series will be available for purchase from January 14. The K series was announced prior to CES 2016 and unveiled at the event itself. The new line was due as the older L series was already three generations old and the models in the series were starting to look and sound a bit too much like each other!
The idea behind the introduction of the K series is to bring budget devices to consumers without sacrificing on certain features usually restricted to premium models only. However, we are of the opinion that those "premium" features are mostly cosmetic. It seems that both the devices will ship with Android Lollipop and one can only hope that a Marshmallow upgrade is forthcoming.
The K7 sports a 5-inch display with a resolution of 854x480 powered by a 1.1 GHz/1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB/1.5GB RAM and a 2125 mAh battery. An 8/5 megapixel sensor will sit on the back while the front camera will probably sport a 5 megapixel sensor on all variants. Storage options are either 8GB or 16GB.
The K10 is bigger with a 5.3-inch 720p display and has better specs under the hood. As is the case with the K7, the specs will vary quite a bit depending on the location as well as LTE capabilities. From what we know so far, you can expect the LTE variant of the K10 to come with 1.14GHz/1.2GHz/1.3GHz quad-core processors. The 3G version however, will only be powered by a 1.3 GHz CPU.
The LG K10 will have a 13mp/8mp camera on its back with the smaller sensor being bundled with the 3G version. The same trend is seen with the front facing 8mp/5mp selfie cam. It will be helped in its multitasking ventures by 1GB/1.5GB/2GB RAM, depending on the location where it is sold. The K10 will be available in 8GB/16GB storage options while the 2300 mAh battery will remain the same for all variants.
Sony is one of the most popular and first company that makes its whole flagship series water and dirt proof, while we are all amazed with that sort of protection that Sony gave to its flagship smartphones Z series (Xperia Z2, Xperis Z3, Xperia Z4... etc), the question that has never been asked is why making it waterproof ?
Making a smartphone device fully operational under water is a big deal, especially in the japanese market, the feature is not just used for just protection or premium-look but to Sony it has a whole different reason !
Apparently, the exclusive waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! ...young japanese teenager girls, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive "Taro Itakura", 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered as a "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge all because that young japanese girls like to shower with them.
Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!
Microsoft is working on a keyboard for Android Wear devices. The company has now released a proto-type version of the keyboard, which can be downloaded from the company's website.
The Microsoft keyboard is a bit different than the ones we have seen so far, wherein it doesn't have actual keys but uses the screen to let you draw characters on the screen, which are then converted into actual characters.
I suppose this is a better way to enter text on your watch but if you stop and think about it, you are still that guy who enters text on your smartwatch. Why you wouldn't use voice or just use your phone is beyond me.