The new iPhone 12 Pro is here and it comes with a wave of new features and cool stuff. But what we like most about it, is its upgraded and super fast processor. The phone has Apple's latest processor - the A14 Bionic. It allows you to load apps and games much faster than ever before. It can also do really fast software and hardware processing to create a stunning photography experience without any glitch.
If you are many iPhone users who love to take photos and shoot videos with their phones, you are going to love the auto-focus feature that comes with the iPhone 12 pro model. The phone has three 12-megapixel cameras on the rear side of the phone with a 12-megapixel camera on the front side and a LiDAR scanner. All three cameras together can take intelligent photo features like smart HDR 3, Deep fusion, Portrait mode, as well as night mode for letting you take pictures in low-light conditions. And because of the LiDAR scanner, the auto-focus of the camera is super fast too.
Apple has also redesigned its phone's exterior this year. Which means you are getting a four-times tougher phone. This is partially due to the new material Apple has used to manufacture their phone - called a ceramic shield. This new material isn't even glass, but nano-ceramic crystals that are transparent. The result is a phone that is super tougher even without a case.
The new iPhone 12 pro has the new MagSafe charging accessory which makes the charging process a lot easier and faster. All you have to do is to snap the wireless charger onto the backside of the phone and it starts to charge the batteries. MagSafe charges at twice the speed of standard wireless charging pads.
Last but not the least, the iPhone 12 Pro has support for the 5G network. That's right. The latest iPhone is future proof. Whether you are watching a movie, playing an online game, or downloading files, you can do it at a much faster speed. This feature may not be exciting for everyone because support for 5G is still limited and we may not have it in every part of the world in a couple of years. But you can benefit from it if you are living in an area that has a 5G network.
Samsung has a tradition of launching the Galaxy S series around Feb or March since the first S series. And now we have rumors of an early launch, which is hard to believe but because of the uncertain situation amid the pandemic, anything can happen. Recently, a reputable leaker with a Twitter handle named job_processor uploaded a tweet about the early release of the Galaxy S series.
He isn't always right but now seems very confident about his claim. He said that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 ultra on 14 January 2021, with pre-orders starting within a week. He also said that devices will be available for sale in the open market from 29 January. He further mentions the color of the devices as black, white, silver, violet, and pink in the same tweet. We already have a few leaks suggesting that Samsung is considering an early launch for the S21 series due to the coronavirus situation, though this is the first time anyone mentions January as the releasing month.
Other leaks regarding colors gave almost the same color options ranging grey, pink, and violet for the Galaxy S21, black and silver for the Galaxy S21+, and black, silver, and violet for the S21 ultra. Bear in mind that these are just rumors and no official release dates. Even if the rumor isn't true, we will have the S21 series by March 2021 in the market. The previous Galaxy S9 was released on 25 February and went on sale from 16 March. The Galaxy S10 was announced on 20 Feb and hit the market on 8 March, and the Galaxy S20 was announced on 11 Feb and went on sale from 6 March. In terms of price, we'd expect the devices to be in a similar position, with the Galaxy S21 being the cheapest and the Galaxy S21 ultra.
Xiaomi is ready to launch the upcoming Mi 11 series in China this month. An exclusive leak suggests that the company will unveil the devices in the last week of the year. And we are already getting some leaks ahead of its launch. The leaks regarding Mi 11 have been floating all over the internet, mainly because it's going to be the first flagship series with Snapdragon 880 processor. The series will include Xiaomi Mi 11 and Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro just like its predecessor Mi 10 series launched in 2020. Although, there are also some rumors about another possible device called Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro. Xiaomi is known for releasing amazing devices with a premium design and no-compromise on specs or features. The device might have a rear glass body with a metal mid-frame for rigidity. All devices are tipped to feature a four-curved screen.
The standard Mi 11 is expected to feature a four-curved display with a top-left punch-hole display. From the front side, it looks almost similar to the Mi 10. Although dimensions aren't known yet, it is likely to feature an FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate display. The Mi 10 however, had a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone will like to have a UFS 3.1 storage with a triple camera setup along with an LED flashlight. The cameras are horizontally stacked inside a square-like housing. As per renders and leaks, the phone will have a blue gradient color with a chamfered bump. The phone will have a 108MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera sensor, and a 5MP macro sensor.
So far, there isn't much information on Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro but it might have an identical design in the series with a quad-camera on the rear side. A leak by a user on Weibo suggests that the pro will feature a large 6.76-inch display. It will have a similar four-curved display with a top-left punch-hole but will feature a QHD+ resolution and 120Hz. Under the hood, it will feature the same Snapdragon 888 SoC as the Mi 11. There will be a 48MP OmniVision sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide camera sensor, a 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom. There might be an additional periscope lens for higher-zoom up to 10X. A report also suggests that the series will be powered on a dual-battery system.
Smartphones are blurring the line between them and desktop computers nowadays and Xiaomi is about to blur that line even further with their upcoming Mi Note 2 Pro. According to a screenshot posted by AndroidPure, the upcoming handset from the Chinese manufacturer will sport beyond flagship grade specs like 8GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU, clocked at 2.6GHz! The superphone will also have an in-built storage of 256GB and Google's latest and greatest Android OS Nougat will be running on it right out of the box. However, the only catch is that this "screenshot" could very well be a fake, much to our dismay.
As we now know that the previously rumoured launch date of the Mi Note 2 Pro (September 24) turned out to be wrong, it still is a bit of a mystery as to when it will actually be released. Since the Mi5s and Mi5s Plus was just launched in China, the date for the Mi Note 2 Pro's launch could be further away than rumors had originally predicted. In case you are not aware, these two are also packing the Qualcomm SD 821 chipset and enhanced camera capabilities that the OEM has declared to be better than even those sported by the flagship grade Samsung and Apple smartphones. Considering that the smartphones also cost about half of what an Apple iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would cost, things are getting really tight for the big boys.
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It has been reported that Xiaomi is working on an upgraded version of the Mi5, dubbed as the Mi5s. The biggest upgrade that this device will feature is a pressure sensitive display which will bring Apple 3D-esque features to their customers. In case you are not aware, a pressure sensitive display allows users to light-press or hard-press the display to bring up various menus, depending on the content.
An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner (Qualcomm made) and dual camera sensors on the back may also be found on the upcoming device. After the LeEco Le Max 2 and the OnePlus 3 was launched a while earlier with 6GB of RAM, it looks like Xiaomi is now ready with a response of their own as 6GB RAM is supposedly an assured feature of the Mi5s. What would be interesting to see is if the Chinese OEM would use the Snapdragon 823 SoC that will supposedly power the Galaxy Note 7 as well, when it comes out in August. If this news got your attention, then you should be happy to know that the Mi5s will apparently be released this year only, along with the rumored Mi Note 2.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There is a good percentage of mobile users prefer to play video games when they have to kill their time. And knowing while mobile is better at games can be its selling point. Redmi Note 8 Pro series is known as one of the best performing mid-range devices of the last year. The Redmi Note 8 Pro features a very powerful processor MediaTek Helio G90T which is specifically made for gamers. The latest price for the pro model is around $184 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variants. What special about this phone is that it beats one of the very expensive Galaxy S20 Plus in gaming tests that came out as a surprise for many users.
The test was performed by YouTube Chong Li who posted a video on the gaming comparison of Redmi Note 8 Pro Vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. He played a top-tier game PUBG mobile which is a graphically intense game for mobile devices. He ran the test for 30-minutes and results were completely unexpected. The Redmi Note 8 Pro uses the MediaTek chip whereas the Redmi Exynos 990 struggle to maintain a stable 60fps for more than 10 minutes and dropped to 50fps. The drop is caused by overheating and throttling caused by game processing for a long time.
Here it is important to note that Galaxy S20 plus is available in Exynos 990 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 variants. Although the Snapdragon is only available for the USA and South Korea. The Exynos version is aimed at Asian countries. Although Exynos isn't too bad as well but can't compete with MediaTek processors. The latest Exynos 992 is 1-3% more power-efficient than Snapdragon 865 and its predecessor and we expect better work in the future as well. We may see Exynos 1000 chipset that will be made in collaboration with AMD.
Mi 10 pro plus is rumored to be the fastest charging phone to be released this year, according to the tipster Digital Chat Station. This post went online just a day after a Xiaomi smartphone reportedly posted an impressive score on AnTuTu benchmarks. The phone with the model number M2007J1SC recorded a benchmarking score of 687,422. Earlier this week, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also talked about the top-class specifications. Considering all these developments, it is safe to assume that the upcoming handset may be Xiamoi's premium flagship Mi 10 pro plus.
The report suggested that the upcoming phone may feature a combination of wired, wireless, and reverse wireless charging technology. Yesterday the same tipster also shared the benchmark scores of a Xiamoi device. Scoring 182,883 points in CPU, 292,704 points in GPU, 115,687 points in memory and 96,148 points in UX tests, the device had a total score of 687,422. In comparison, the high-end Lenovo Legion Phone Duel posted a score of 648,871. The rumour mill suggests that this device may be the upcoming Mi 10 Pro Plus.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun shared information on the device specs. The phone is expected to feature a high-refresh rate scree, a powerful camera with 30x and above zoom. For security, it uses an in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers and inbuilt cooling technology to prevent the processor from overheating. Jun also mentioned that the device battery may have a capacity of 4,500mAh and above. It's camera features a front and rear optical sensors with sensitive automatic brightness control. In terms of connectivity and communication with other devices, it is expected to support near-field communication and an infrared remote control. The phone might be launched in the next month in China.
Xiaomi just completed its 10 years in the industry and took advantage of the celebration event to launch a few interesting products along with the Mi 10 ultra. The Redmi K30 ultra is a flagship smartphone by the company and looks almost similar to the K30 Pro. However, there are a few hardware upgrades that make it worth buying. The Redmi K30 Ultra features a 6.67-inch large Samsung AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The display is charge and comes with great contrast to create a vivid and colorful experience for the user. The display supports a 120Hz refresh rate. The device has no notches at the front side and comes with a pop-up camera for the selfie pictures.
The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek 5G processor and supports outstanding AI functionality with six-core independent APU 3.0 that enables accuracy for more application scenarios. The device can balance computing power with power consumption. Redmi K30 Ultra has been ranked first in the ETH Zurich AI-benchmark ranking. The phone runs on dual hyper engine 2.0 and game turbo optimization engines that make it a perfect tool for playing games and responsive multi-app functionality.
The Redmi K30 ultra features a quad-camera system at the rear side, consisting of a 64MP primary camera, a 13Mp ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP portrait depth camera. The primary camera supports four-in-one large pixels, allowing the hardware to combine smaller pixels to final results for an ultra-clear image. For videos, it uses zoom support, three microphones for clear audio recording during filming. The phone has a big 4,500mAh battery that is good enough to keep the phone alive the whole day. There is also support for 33W fast charging that allows the phone to get fully charged from zero to 100% within just one hour. The phone is available in three colors - moonlight white, midnight black, and mint garden.
Xiaomi has released four premium smartphones with 108MP primary cameras. These four phones are the Mi 10, Mi 10 pro, Mi Note 10, and Mi 10T pro, all of which are expensive smartphones. However, the company is releasing an affordable phone with a super high-resolution camera sensor too. The leaks come directly from the reliable leaker Digital Chat station on Weibo, who posted about the upcoming smartphone J17, which features a 108MP primary camera and another sensor paired with a telephoto macro lens.
The recent Xiaomi Mi 10T has the codename J3 and most Xiaomi have codes beginning with J, so J17 is likely a phone from the company. Other rumors suggest that we may see Redmi Note 10 early next year. Redmi is Xiamoi's affordable smartphone series and in many countries it competes with another affordable smartphone - Motorola's Moto G line. Xiaomi usually introduces new technologies in its Mi series before bringing it to Redmi series.
So far, Redmi series have the high-resolution camera sensor up to 64MP, so 108MP would be a big jump. This would be the first affordable phone to feature such a high-resolution camera. Perhaps the upcoming phone the leaks hints at is the Xiaomi Mi Note 11, an unconfirmed follow-up to the Mi Note 10.
108MP camera seems to be a hot selling point for premium smartphones this year. We have seen a high-resolution camera up to 108MP in the past 12 months or so, including the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ultra. But all of these phones were expensive and not something everyone could afford. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ultra was nearly over $1,000 which is an insane price tag.
Now, we leak by a reputable leaker with username ‘digital chat station' on Weibo social network that is surprisingly pleasant. According to him, the first 108MP Redmi phone is in the last phases of the manufacturing process and we might have it soon. He further added that it's part of three new upcoming Redmi Note 9 series devices that are expected in mid-November rather than a Redmi Note 10 series.
According to him, the phone will feature a Samsung Isocell HM2 sensor. This is a new 108MP camera sensor from the company and features a 0.7-micron pixel with a 1/1.52 inch sensor size - slightly smaller in both categories than the company's earlier 108MP camera sensors. The HM2 still features new binding technology, combining data from nine adjacent pixels into one for a crisper and cleaner image.
This isn't the first time we have such a leak, as the earlier leaks suggest that a phone called J17 by Redmi might have a 108MP camera and a telephoto macro camera. The "J17" lines up with a Xiaomi device with model number M2007J17C/M2007J17G that was previously spotted on certification websites and could offer 33W charging. The Redmi Note 9 Pro max is currently one of the most popular high-end devices in India. So, if the new phone fall in the budget-category, we could be looking at the cheapest 108MP phone.
Apparently, everybody doesn't believe that one flagship per year is enough! The recently released P9 is the king of Huawei smartphones right now, but it is about to be dethroned as Huawei plans to release the Mate 9 by the end of 2016. Phone Arena adds that a late 2016 release is an educated guess because the Mate 8 was indeed revealed towards the end of 2015.
The rumored Kirin 960 SoC will power the device, placing it above the P9, which sports the Kirin 955 chipset. Expectations from the camera department are very high as the rumored 20-megapixel dual sensors at the back will presumably be designed by Leica, who had helped Huawei earlier to build the P9's camera setup as well.
Huawei has never exactly skimped out on power when it comes to the Chinese manufacturer's top-tier handsets, so we expect the Mate 9 to be packed to the gill with the latest hardware. At this point though, it is too early to predict other specifications of the device because even the prototypes are probably not ready yet. Nonetheless, we expect at least 4GB of RAM (if not 6GB) to accompany the Kirin 960, along with a powerful battery, a large display and a next-gen fingerprint sensor.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Huawei P50 is the upcoming smartphone series for the next year. As per rumors, the company is planning to release the series around the time of the Mobile World Congress. But due to the current political situation, the series may not release at the time. Although the device isn't officially announced, we are already getting the leaks through social media users. Last year's Huawei P50 series included three models.
Leaks suggest that the Chinese telecom giant is going to release the following models in the first half of the year. Huawei P50, Huawei P50 Pro, Huawei P50 Pro+. The vanilla Huawei P50 will be the first smartphone to be powered by HiSilicon Kirin 9000E SoC. Unlike the P50 vanilla model, the latter two phones will be powered by HiSilicon Kirin 9000 chipset. Another leak suggests that the company will be soon starting mass production as their design has been finalized.
It is also rumored that the phone will be released with a new improved design and significantly developed photography system. According to the tipster, the Huawei P50 series will be equipped with a new generation of imaging systems, and it will continue to feature Leica-engineered cameras. The tipster didn't share any other information on the camera specs.
Last month, a user called Teme posted on social media that the P50 will feature a 6.6-inch quad-curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate. He further posted that P50 and P50 Pro will arrive with a slimmer glass, new gesture support, EMU 11 based Android 11 operating system, and Quad/Penta camera sensors by Leica that can offer high 200x digital zoom. The three models of the series will feature 4,200mAh, 4,300mAh batteries with 66W and 50W fast charging support.
In a market that's filled with smartphones and tablets which sport 2GB of RAM and where 4GB is still the choice for plenty of flagship devices, LeEco is probably developing a smartphone that will sport 8GB of RAM! Considering the fact that we have only just started to see 6GB RAM in a smartphone, this is surprising news indeed.
According to the rumor, the upcoming flagship smartphone from LeEco will not only have 8GB of RAM, but it will also sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 CPU that's significantly more powerful than even the mighty SD 820. If the rumor is true, then the phone will possibly be almost as powerful as a mid-range laptop running on Windows. There should be a 25-megapixel rear camera accompanying all that processing power as well. The report suggests that it should be available for purchase at a price of around CNY 3,000/€405/$455, which is certainly not that much, considering the hardware!
This news, if proven true, will definitely raise the question, how much is too much? Nonetheless, with the advent of Android N, which will support significantly better graphics than Marshmallow, the OS might actually be able to make use of all that memory. As the RAM within an Android device is shared in-between the processor and the graphics card, the memory is undeniably responsible for the device's graphical performance.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Realme is ready to show off its next smartphones for 2021 - Realme Race Pro and Realme X9 Pro. The company has been working on the display technology for these mobile phones. The Realme Race Pro will feature a large 6.8-inch OLED display screen with a 1440p and 160Hz refresh rate. Higher display rates are not rare but so far only phone manufacturers came up with 160Hz before Realme. The device will be powered by a high-speed Snapdragon 888 processing chip and comes with a 12GB of RAM configuration. The phone comes in two variations - 12GB and 512GB for internal storage.
Realme Race Pro will run on Android 11 with Realme UI 2 interface and Adreno 660 GPU. The device will feature a triple camera system at the rear panel with 64-megapixel primary camera sensor and two 13-megapixel camera sensors. The front camera isn't' specified yet but according to rumors, it will have a panorama feature. There will 4k video support at 30fps, 1080p at 30, 60, and 120fps. For security, it uses an under-display fingerprint scanner that uses optical scanning technology. The device will be powered by Li-Po 5,000mAh non-removable battery that comes with 125W fast charging. The phone will be available in black and a few other colors.
While the Realme X9 Pro isn't the most powerful smartphone on the market, it should still make some significant improvements over its rival devices with MediaTek's flagship-category Dimensity 1200 chip. The device comes with a 6.4-inch OLED display with 1080p and 120Hz refresh rate. The Pro features up to 2556GB of internal storage, 4,5500mAh battery, and 65W fast charging. Like Realme Race Pro, Realme X9 pro also comes with triple-cameras at the rear panel with a 64-megapixel primary camera and a couple of 13-megapixel lenses.
The Galaxy S5 was unveiled in 2014 as their flagship device by Samsung and back then, it was a pioneer in terms of the innovations that it brought to the Samsung smartphone line-up. It was the first Samsung smartphone ever to sport a heartbeat sensor, a fingerprint sensor, as well as having dust and water resistance capabilities. Nonetheless, it is over two year old now and smartphones do have a tendency to age fast. If you have a S5, then you would be pleased to know that Samsung has not forgotten about it yet. The latest reports suggest that after rolling Android M as an OTA update in South Korea earlier, the Korean manufacturer has now started to roll out the same updates for the S5 in Trinidad and Tobago as well.
As far as we know, the latest updates are being released for the SM-G900M and earlier, they were upgrading the SM-G900L in South Korea with Android Marshmallow. Provided that you are in Trinidad and Tobago, go to Settings, About device and Check for updates to see if the update has arrived on your Galaxy S5 yet. Once the 1.47GB package does arrive and you complete the update, the Android version on your phone should change to 6.0.1 and the firmware version to G900MUBU1CPC3.
If you are neither a resident of South Korea or Trinidad and Tobago, you will have to wait longer for the update unfortunately. If it is any consolation, the update is coming to your Samsung Galaxy S5 for sure, albeit a little later.
HMD Global is about to release the Nokia 9.2 and just before its launch its predecessor Nokia 9 PureView gets the price cut. The Nokia 9 Pure view is now starting from Rs. 35,000 in India that comes with 8GM RAM and 128GB internal storage. For some reasons, HMD Global decided to skip the 9.1 entirely and moved to 9.2 instead. There is no confirm news about its price but rumors suggest that it will be the first Nokia phone with 5G support and may cost around $600 with 256GB storage.
The Nokia 9 pure view had a crazy Penta-camera setup which promised to capture 10 times more light than a single camera sensor. However, the camera failed to live up to the hype and HMD Global decided to return to more standard camera configuration and moved to a higher level of a megapixel. Another rumor suggests that this will be an under-glass 32MP front-facing camera making the 9.2 the first phone to use this technology.
The device will be powered by the powerful Snapdragon 865 processing chip and will support 5G network connectivity. Recently BenGeskin released the pictures of possible renders of Nokia 9.2. According to the pictures, the smartphone has almost no bezels on the front. The back design uses the Oreo rear quad-camera system instead of the standard camera array. As per the news, the phone will use the Android 10 operating system. Other rumors suggest that the phone will be using 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage.
Nokia 9.2 also sports a P-OLED display. The screen has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and 490 PPI pixel density. For the front camera, the phone is using a 24MP camera lens. On the rear, it has four cameras all 13MP. The rear cameras have features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus, etc. This device runs on a big 4500 mAh battery but there is no information on the fast charge capacity. For connectivity, it comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, NFC and more.
HMD Global was expected to launch its upcoming smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona but the company had to delay the release due to coronavirus pandemic. The company called the successor of the Nokia 9 as a Nokia 9.3 PureView. A fresh wave of leaks suggests that the next smartphone is said to feature 108-megapixel primary camera and 120Hz display. The smartphone might feature an array of camera sensors at the rear side - just like the Nokia 9 PureView. One of these camera sensors will be able to offer the optical image stabilization technique as well. The phone is now expected to available in the second half of this year after the first release was canceled due to coronavirus situation.
A reputable Nokia Tipster has shared some leaks about the smartphone. The phone might be using either a 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung or a 64-megapixel sensor from Sony. These sensors will be used to record video from the mobile camera. As per leaks, HMD CPO wanted to use only the 108-megapixel sensor and abandon the system of simultaneous operation of several sensors. The configuration of other cameras is unknown right now, but it is safe to guess that there will be telephoto, macro, and depth sensors along with the primary camera.
To display a high-refresh-rate at 120Hz the phone needs a high-capacity processor under the hood. The company will use the OLED screen on the display and a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor. The previous model used Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus. Another leak suggests the color options - Polar night, bold and lighter shades similar to copper hues HMD Global has already introduced before.
Flight authorities had started to show concern regarding the use of the Note 7 by passengers while onboard ever since it was proved beyond doubt that a very rare number of the smartphones do indeed at times, explode! Cebu Pacific Air has now officially banned the use of the smartphone on their flights. Keep in mind though that you can still carry it around with you, but as long as you switch it off and don't attempt to charge it. Here's the official statement.
"In light of the recent recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices due to safety issues, Cebu Pacific (CEB) advises passengers that the usage and charging of the device are prohibited onboard all CEB and Cebgo flights beginning today, September 11, 2016, until further notice..."
"Galaxy Note 7 devices must also not be stowed in checked baggage, but may be hand-carried as long as the device is turned off at all times inside the aircraft. We sincerely hope for our passengers' full cooperation, as the safety of everyone onboard our flights remains our utmost priority,"
The US Federal Aviation Administration is speaking along the same lines and the instructions are identical to what was stated by Cebu in the above excerpt. Judging by the fact that Samsung itself has requested all users around the globe to stop using the Note 7 and go to the service centre for an exchange that will be processed as soon as possible, it might be a good idea to heed to the warnings, if you have not already.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S7 is still going hot and we already have rumors circulating about next year's Samsung Galaxy S8. Among these rumors, the most popular one seems to be concerned with the display of the flagship smartphone. It speculates that the S8 may feature an Ultra High Definition 4K Super AMOLED panel. Considering that the display will only be a 5.5-inch one, some may ask if it is even necessary to make it 4K, and they would probably be right. There's a limit to what the human eye can perceive and on a 5.5-inch display, UHD might just be overkill. Nonetheless, the UHD resolution would definitely improve VR experience on the S8 and we are sure that is the main reason as to why Samsung might opt for such a high resolution display in the first place.
This assumption or rumor originated after Samsung showcased one of its 5.5-inch Ultra High Definition panels at the SID tradeshow, 2016. Since it has been predicted by analysts that Samsung will start manufacturing these displays on an industrial scale in a matter of months, it would actually not be very surprising to see the panel making its debut with the S8. There is also the trend of Samsung endowing its flagship smartphones with a higher resolution display after every two years and it has already been two years since the S-series started sporting QHD panels (S6 and S7).
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Are you a fan of the curved or Edge displays by Samsung? If not so, then you better start getting used to them because Samsung might not make flat screen variants for its future Galaxy S smartphones. In the words of Koh Dong-jin, who is the president of Samsung Mobiles,
"Samsung has considered that it would make the Edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone line-up if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)."
We are pretty much sure that the reception and sales of the newly released Galaxy Note 7 with dual curved display will play a very important role in determining the future of the Galaxy S8. As no flat screen Note 7 variants were released this year, if this move turns out to be a success, the S8 may very well, follow the same trend next year. Even if they do not eliminate the flat display completely by 2017, the focus will definitely shift onto the Edge displays, provided the Note 7 manages to satisfy the customers as much as Samsung hopes it will.
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The fact that Samsung is working on a smartphone that will sport a foldable display is old news now, but we got to know just recently that two such phones are in development instead of one. Bloomberg reports that the first device will fold in half from the middle, much in the same way as a "cosmetic compact." The second device will initially appear to be a smartphone with a 5-inch display, but can be unfolded to add 3 more inches to the display real estate, making the screen a tablet-sized 8-inch one.
We have been hearing about the "Project Valley" for a long time now and rumors had previously suggested a 2017 release date. The latest report affirms those rumors as it indicates that we might be able to see the foldable phone at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. We are excited to find out what Samsung comes up with, when it's released. It sounds amazing to be able to carry around an 8-inch display in your pocket, but we will have to wait and see, if the manufacturer manages to deliver a device that actually works as well in real life scenarios as it seems would do, on paper. What do you think about the foldable smartphone?
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
An iris scanner has been beckoning for Samsung phones through rumors for a long time now and if the latest trademarks registered by Samsung at the European Union are any indication, then it will finally make its first appearance on the Galaxy Note 6.
If you are wondering what made us believe that the two trademarks are related to the biometric locking technology, let us inform you that they are quite literally termed as "Samsung Iris" and "Samsung Eyeprint."
Even though the Korean smartphone giant has confirmed absolutely nothing about the Galaxy Note 6 so far, we are pretty sure that they would not feature such a premium piece of technology on anything but a flagship device. As far as we know, there is only one upcoming flagship device from Samsung in the near future and that's the Galaxy Note 6.
After being rumoured to feature such whopping specs as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chipset and 6GB of RAM, the iris scanner looks to be another feather in the next Note's metaphorical cap! If all these rumors turn out to be true, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is going to be a supremely powerful device to say the least.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Foldable displays were showcased by Samsung earlier but smartphones based on that technology never really hit the market in 2016 as many expected them to. The famous Samsung Project Valley is supposedly a development that involves the task of building a foldable smartphone. Rumors surrounding it suggested in 2015 that Samsung will launch their first foldable smartphone in January, 2016. As that did not happen, the rumors had come down a few notches since.
New life was breathed into the rumors when a fresh report from South Korea came in a while ago. It suggested that Samsung will start the production of foldable displays on an industrial scale by the end of 2016 itself. It also adds that these displays are for a device that will be powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 or 820, along with 3GB of RAM. Apparently, the 7-inch tablet-sized display of the device will turn into a more manageable 5-inch one when necessary and vice-versa.
There are quite a few leaked pictures from Project Valley that gives us a an impression of what this device might look like when it comes out, but the originality of those snaps are not beyond doubt. Nonetheless, we will hopefully know what exactly is going on in a few months time.
A lot depends on Samsung's next flagship and the Korean giant knows it more than any of us. It is for this reason that the entire world is expecting the Galaxy S8 to be packed to the gills with high-end and innovative features. A new feature was added to that list of "expectations" earlier when a report came in announcing that the S8's display might be pressure sensitive. What this means is that the user will be able to apply different levels of pressure on the display to bring up different menus, corresponding to the content on-screen. If that reminds you of Apple's 3D-Touch, then you are absolutely right because that's basically the same technology.
Although it would be a first for any Samsung smartphone till date, Samsung is no stranger to pressure-sensitive or Force Touch displays because Samsung Display is currently responsible for manufacturing and supplying the bulk of the pressure sensitive displays which some of the top-end Huawei smartphones use now. Therefore, we wouldn't really be surprised if this rumor does turn out to be true. If you haven't already, check out our roundup of what the rumor mill is expecting from the Galaxy S8 next year, as well as its likely release date.
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After forming the GVRA with Sony, Acer, Facebook, HTC and Google, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch its first ever AR (augmented reality) headset. Additionally, the company is also in the process of bringing forth the next Gear VR headset as well. Apparently, it was vice-president Sung-Hoon Hong himself who had revealed the aforementioned information at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego.
"Samsung's hologram technology is really, really realistic. It looks really touchable," - Sung-Hoon Hong.
In more of what he said at the summit, it might have been indicated that the next Gear VR headset is going to debut at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2017. Considering that it was only a few months back that Samsung had launched the last Gear VR, along with the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, we suggest that you take this news with a pinch of salt.
If you are excited about the augmented reality project, the report mentions that Samsung is planning to target businesses with this upcoming headset, rather than direct consumers. Even then, it is too early in the day to predict where and in which way the AR project will be heading in the future. A startup named Magic Leap was mentioned by Hoon according to the report and speculations suggest that this has something to do with the AR project in question here.
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It was just yesterday that we brought to you images of a leaked case which provided us with multiple alleged external details of the upcoming Galaxy S8. Take a look at another one today coming in from Ghostek, featuring one of their Atomic Shock resistant cases for the S8. Before we delve into the details, keep in mind that this is just a render and nothing is guaranteed to be right at all.
We can see a single rear camera, which is consistent with all the recent rumors, but the cut-out on the case itself is suspiciously big enough for a dual camera module. No fingerprint scanners on the back and a lacking Home button in front indicates that Samsung is opting for an optical fingerprint sensor which will be placed under the glass. Just like the render by Slashgear had suggested, both the volume keys and the Power button can be seen on the left side.
Do you like what you see? Or do you think it's a complete hogwash? Let us know in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, we will have to wait a little while longer to see what is what as Samsung prepares the S8 for a mid-April launch (or is it going to be a February launch?).
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A recent report by Korea Economic Daily states that The Murata Manufacturing Company will be supplying Samsung with a percentage of the batteries which the OEM will need to power the upcoming Galaxy S8. The Japanese company came into limelight in 2016, when it gained control over Sony's battery manufacturing unit. If this report is true, it puts to rest the rumor that LG will be supplying the Galaxy S8 with a percentage of its batteries.
However, the amount of batteries which will (reportedly) be supplied by Murata is not really significant (2% - 8%). Samsung's own battery division (Samsung SDI) will be supplying the S8 with most of its battery packs. Incidentally, Samsung SDI was also responsible for making the first batch of faulty batteries which caused the Galaxy Note 7 to explode in the first place. The production process has since been revamped and improved upon significantly with an investment of $128 million, according to Samsung. Let's just hope that it was enough to prevent any future disasters.
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The Galaxy C9 Pro was released just a few months ago with a mid-range SD 653 SoC and 6GB of RAM (Samsung's first and only till date). The C7 Pro had a more modest 4GB RAM and a less powerful SD 626 chip inside. However, both devices did pack 64GB in-built storage right out of the box. In a move that's becoming typical among all smartphone manufacturers, the South Korean tech giant is about to launch 128GB versions of these two devices in the near future as well.
According to multiple reports from various media platforms on the internet, 128GB versions of both the devices have apparently made an appearance on the Chinese certification site TENAA. In fact, reports are also suggesting that even the Galaxy C5 Pro will be receiving a similar upgrade to its internal storage. There is no news on whether or not Samsung will make these handsets China exclusives first and then release them to the other countries just as it did with the C-series initially. We will find out soon enough. In the meanwhile, let us know if this is what you wanted from Samsung?
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may sport a bigger display than the Galaxy S8+, but only just at 6.3-inches, according to a rumor on Weibo. Given that the S8+ already sports a humongous 6.2 inch display, we are not exactly complaining. However, this report does contradict previous reports which stated that the Note 8 will possibly sport a 6.4-inch display, which would have brought it to about the same size as the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix from 2016.
The aspect ratio will remain the same at 18.5:9, as reported by the rumor. Although most other specifications mentioned by the rumor remains constant with what has so far been predicted by leaksters and enthusiasts around the internet, this particular report suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will neither be the first, nor be the only Samsung device to sport a dual camera setup at its back in 2017. The Galaxy X foldable smartphone will allegedly debut before the Note 8 with a dual camera module. We are very apprehensive about the authenticity of this one though, because of two reasons. Firstly, the Galaxy X rumors have been going around forever, without any solid reason to believe that it's about to come out anytime soon. Secondly, it would make no sense for Samsung to debut its first dual camera setup ever on an experimental smartphone ahead of the immensely popular Note line-up. Stay tuned to YouMobile for more updates as they develop.
Via: Phone Arena
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The term "borderless display" doesn't sound as amazing as it did a few months ago because almost every company out there has a model with minimal bezels now. I say minimal because no phone can truly skip bezels entirely, at least not yet. However, a latest rumor brought forth by SamMobile seems to indicate that the Galaxy S9 will take the term bezel-less even more seriously than before by opting for a screen-to-body ratio as high as 90%! That's an improvement over the already impressive 84% scree-to-body ratio which the Galaxy S8 sports.
The images you see here have been leaked from a smartphone case manufacturer, Ghostek and as you can probably guess, the case is indeed designed for the upcoming Galaxy S9. Aside from the narrower bezels, if the images are accurate, it looks like Samsung will finally be positioning the fingerprint scanner in the middle of the S9's back and that would definitely be an improvement. What it would also mean is that the S9 won't have a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display either.
Leaksters: SlashLeaks and BGR
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It almost feels like every major Samsung smartphone in recent history has been released with at least one major flaw and just to add to that cliché, new reports from several users on XDA forums are claiming that this time around, Samsung might need to fix the fingerprint scanner even before the phone has begun to sale officially! Apparently, quite a few of the S9 and S9+ units are exhibiting a strange issue where the fingerprint scanner stops responding completely and can only be fixed by rebooting the device. Let's hope that the issue is only software-related and can be easily fixed with an update, because if it isn't, then Samsung is going to have to suffer huge losses.
SamMobile has officially asked Samsung about the issue, but no reply has been provided yet. We will keep you updated about this, so stay tuned and hold off on buying the S9/S9+ for a while.
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The myth of the Samsung foldable smartphone continues as the latest rumors and reports are pointing towards some additional info. Apparently, the Galaxy X, aka Samsung's first foldable smartphone is coming in 2019, but it will be expensive, very expensive! If you though that latest flagship smartphones touching the $1,000 mark was crazy, wait till the Galaxy X hits the market with a price tag close to 2 million won or $1900!
The 7.3-inch (rumored) foldable phone will either carry two or even three separate AMOLED displays which will lock together into one single device on opening, or there will be just one amazing, foldable display. Given the rumored prize tag though, it better be amazing! In any case, the price tag might just put off buyers because shelling out that kind of money for one smartphone is neither feasible nor intelligent for most users, but then again, you may never know! The phone could make an appearance at the CES 2019 first, but it will likely be a private showing and limited to the eyes of the investors and partners only.
If you are even remotely into gaming, then you have probably already heard about Fortnite, thanks to the game's soaring popularity. Cashing in on the title's fame, the developer, Epic Games is on the verge of releasing an Android version of the game, but rumor has it that Fortnite for Android will be a timed exclusive for the Galaxy Note 9.
We are using the term "timed exclusive" because unlike console exclusives such as God of War or Uncharted, Fortnite for Android will eventually make its way to all supported Android devices, but for the first 30 days from the handset's release, it would be exclusively playable only on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. 9to5Google reports that this is a result of Epic Games teaming up with Samsung for the promotion of the handset and the early adopters of the Note 9 will get added bonuses. The bonuses may include in-game currency (V-Bucks) worth up to $150. Just in case you are not into Fortnite, you will also be given the option to choose a pair of AKG earphones of the same value instead. We will find out more as we head towards the August 9 launch date.
The Galaxy S7 Edge was Samsung's last device to sport an "Edge" moniker because from the Galaxy S8 onwards, both devices in the S-series started to sport curved displays, making the moniker useless. However, if a statement by MobileFun is to be believed, they have heard from a reliable source that one of the devices in Samsung's upcoming S10 series will once again be called Galaxy S10 Edge. As MobileFun has stated that the source is none other than one of Samsung's own supply partners, the information probably has some truth to it. If you are wondering which model will be called the Galaxy S10 Edge, know that it would be the regular Galaxy S10 with a 6.1-inch display, as per the source.
If this rumor turns out to be true, then it is very likely that the Galaxy S10 Lite will have a flat panel, instead of the curved panel on the Galaxy S10 Edge and the Galaxy S10 Plus. The same source also claims that all Galaxy S10 devices will come with screen protectors pre-installed, not unlike what Chinese manufacturers like Vivo or Oppo had been doing for a long time.
Samsung Galaxy Fold was one of the foldable and had some doubts in the consumer's mind about the whole foldable thing. Despite the device went for sale and the figures were okay, there was something about the phone that people didn't like. It could be its weight, fragile screen, or big screen that made some people uncomfortable while making calls. The Galaxy Z flip is different though. It becomes a normal size phone when folds and expands into a mini-tablet. The Z flip is compact and fits perfectly in a pocket. At the same time, Samsung introduced a screen covering that is much more resistant to damage while using daily, with hinge improvements that seem more durable than its predecessor's design.
Samsung seems to be proud of its latest display design on the Galaxy Z flip, or display covering to be accurate. The device screen is covered with glass and not with plastic. After using the fold some people didn't like its display, so Samsung decided to improve the screen this time. The only problem here is that the display covering is more fragile than the Gorilla Glass 6 on a Galaxy S10. But this screen covering can also fold in half. If you can't handle a phone that is still in the experimental phase and has some fragile aspects, you should consider buying a Galaxy S20 instead.
Samsung also experimented with the software and Android 10 One UI 2. It's just a Galaxy S10 feeling when opened. Samsung did some interesting things by using the multi-window interface on the Fold. The flex model view options on the Z flip allow you to bend the phone to a roughly 90-degree angle and have a split view on the vertical and horizontal space. Flex mode works with only a few apps lie the camera, gallery app, Duo video calls, and the always-on display clock mode. The z flip has had YouTube working in flex mode, but that wasn't on my retail unit.
We are expecting Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series to be launched in just two months from - somewhere in August. Even though the launch event might not be as tradition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many leaks about its specs and it is safe to assume that we may have to some lots of similarities between Note 20 and S20 series.
As the launch is only a few months away, we are seeing more and more rumors about the specifications of the device. Famous tipster IceUniverse has made a tweet about some details of the Galaxy Note 20+ camera recently. He disclosed that the flagship smartphone with 5G connectivity support will have a 108MP camera sensor, while the ToF will be replaced by a laser focus sensor, assisting the main camera.
According to his tweet, the Galaxy Note 20+ will feature a 12MP ISOCELL Fast 2L3 ultrawide-angle lens which is 1/2.55" in size and comes with PDAF. There will also be a 3MP Samsung Slim 3M5 periscope telephoto lens with a size of 1/3.4″ but official numbers say it is 1/3". The camera will also feature support for 50X zoom instead of the 100X zoom which the HM1 is capable of.
Other rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will have a single central punch-hole design. The device is rumored to be powered by Exynos 992 chipset, based on the 5nm process. Early reports suggest that Samsung will make 120Hz available for the series. An early benchmark of Galaxy Note 20+ 5G was spotted at Geekbench that real 8GB of RAM. There might be more options for RAM as well. Samsung might reintroduce the microSD card slot, giving Galaxy Note 20 owners more flexibility in terms of memory expansion up to 1TB. The phone will have Android 10 out of the box, but it could be the first one to use One UI 2.5. The estimated price of Note 20 is around $1,400 mark.
The earlier rumors about Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra were related to its highly upgraded camera that could have zoomed up to 100x but the latest rumors suggest otherwise. As per leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ultra will adopt a significant upgrade in camera specification. Recently, a reputable leaker Ice Universe tweeted about its potential camera specs. This person has made many accurate claims about Samsung phones in the past, so there is no reason to doubt this piece of information.
The first tweet suggested that the Galaxy Note 20 ultra will have 50x zoom, rather than the 100x. The phone is also said to get a laser depth sensor to take good pictures without any need for high magnification on a phone. Another leak from the same Twitter account showcases phone cases for Galaxy Note 20 ultra. The camera on the rear side seems a lot larger in the ultra model of the phone, presumably to fit in the periscope lens and laser sensor. Another rumor suggests that the standard version of the phone will use the non-periscope 3x zoom telephoto camera found on the S20 and S20 plus.
The volume and power buttons on the phone will be placed on the right side. The regular phone is expected to have a flat display whereas some rumors suggest a curved display on the Note 20 Ultra. Both the Note 20 models will have 120Hz displays, 5G compatibility, a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 chipset (depending on the country you buy it in), and a redesigned S Pen stylus with some new features. There are some big differences rumored, however. The Note 20 Ultra will get a larger display at 6.87 inches compared to the Note the '20s 6.42 inches. The Ultra will also receive 12GB RAM instead of 8GB, a larger battery, and likely more storage space too.
This year we saw Galaxy S20 and now the tech experts are looking for anything they can find about next year's Galaxy S21. There isn't much information on the Galaxy S21 yet but we have some rumors that suggest the possible design of the mobile device. The reputable leaker on social media with username @OnLeaks has shared a few leaked render images on Voice with a phone with a screen of apparently roughly between 6.7 and 6.9 inches. The phone has a punch-hole camera in the top-center and virtually there seem no bezels around the display. The phone features a curved display as it does with a few Galaxy S series phones. The rumors about the curved display isn't confirmed by other leakers who suggest otherwise.
The Galaxy S21 ultra looks similar to other phones from the same series based on the leaked images, but the rear side contains a much larger camera bump in the top-left corner. As per the report, the block is almost twice as big as the one on the regular Galaxy S21. The source expects this to house up to four lenses compared to three on the standard model, and if this leak is right it also features the flash, which leaks suggest sits outside the camera bump on the standard Galaxy S21. We don't know the functionality of these extra lenses but a previous leak suggested that the device might have a 108-MP primary camera sensor, and a 12MP ultra-wide one, with two lenses dedicated to zoom functionality.
Other details suggest that the camera might have dimensions of apparently around 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra is only 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm. There is also no slot for an S pen, despite some rumors that Samsung might add support for its stylus to the Galaxy S21 range. We are expecting the phone to be launched in early January, and with few significant phones being released near the date.
Samsung's next premium smartphone - The Galaxy S22 is expected to hit the shelves next year, but we are already getting some leaks about it. The latest leak is related to the camera which suggests that the phone will likely hit the market without an under-display camera. The current Galaxy S21 features a high-quality camera system but the upcoming smartphone is likely to have some major improvements in the photography section. One such feature is a sensor-shift stabilization system as well as a continuous zoom periscope camera module. Earlier it was reported that the phone might have an under-display camera which got canceled by other reporters.
As per rumors, the Korean tech giant Samsung has decided to replace the under-display camera system on the Galaxy S22 series. The reason behind this decision is the unsatisfactory performance of the under-display camera. In addition to the camera placement, the company is also working on hardware and software parts of the camera to improve the quality of the final image. The under-display camera, however, is expected to be launched on the Galaxy Note series in 2022. But this is merely a rumor. So far, the ZTE Axon20 5G has such a camera and it's under the display and doesn't generate impressive high quality.
Another rumor suggests that Samsung is working in partnership with a Japan-based company called Olympus to improve the Galaxy smartphone's photography experience. It is also speculated the company is going to use the Olympus camera module. The concept renders have already hit the internet but these are just concept renders and the final product could be different from these designs. It might use a 200MP image sensor as the successor of the 108Mp sensor found in the Galaxy S21 ultra. Although there are multiple reports regarding their partnership, Samsung and Olympus have yet to confirm this.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were without a doubt, the fastest phones running on Android in 2016 and early 2017. While that title might be up for debate now with the launch of a number of smartphones with the next gen flagship processors in 2017, they continue to remain two of the fastest phones that you can buy. In terms of software optimization and camera performance however, they are arguably, still unmatched. With all that said and done, if there was only one gripe about those two smartphones, it would be the design. They just look so outdated compared to the competition, especially with those giant top and bottom bezels. Well, the bad news is that the design may not change much unfortunately.
If the latest report by Forbes turns out to be true, then HTC will be making this year's Pixel phones as well and they will largely reflect the same disappointing design language as that of the HTC U11. In order to find out more about how HTC Soku came to this conclusion by going through the U11's system files, check out the Forbes article here.
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Recently a security research team at ThreatFabric discovered a new Android malware that could target a list of multiple apps that requires user credentials to login including social, communication, and dating apps. The malware is called Black Rock. It is a banking Trojan - derived from the code of the existing Xerxes malware that is a known strain of the LokiBot Android trojan.
However, despite being derived from a banking Trojan, the malicious code seems to have more interest in non-financial apps than the banking apps. It pretends to be a simple Google update, and ask for permission to update the apps. Though after getting into the system, it hides its icon from the app gallery and moves the bad actors while being staying in the back.
The team found this malicious code in May, but they kept working to study it. As per the analyst team, the code can do far more than just stealing your user's login information. It can save and forward the credit card information as well. Although, it may sound like a regular malware, so far, it has acquired the ability to attack 337 apps, which is significantly higher than any of the already known malicious code. "Those ‘new' targets are mostly not related to financial institutions and are overlayed to steal credit card details," the team at ThreatFabric said in a blog post.
He malware is designed in such a way that it can overlay attacks, send, spam, and steal SMS messages. It can also lock the victim app in the launcher activity. By acting as a keylogger, it can record every key being hit and could help the hacker to gather all the information he needed. Furthermore, they have found that due to its unique nature, it can deflect the usage of antivirus software such as Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Eset, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, or McAfee.
Oppo is known for making mobile phones that are not just gorgeous but also affordable for most of the users. And now we have rumors that they are just getting faster and better in terms of processing power as well. The rumors says that Oppo's upcoming device could feature a next-generation processor. The leaker with a username DigitalChatStation on Chinese social-network website Weibo says that Oppo is working to integrate a new chipset that may end up being called the Snapdragon 870.
Snapdragon 870 hasn't been announced yet and we are expecting it to be revealed by the Qualcomm event in December - but according to existing reports, we can hope for lighting-fast processing speeds to smartphones. If Oppo does have plans to feature its next smartphone with Snapdragon 870 in a phone, it will be likely teh Oppo Reno 5 or Oppo Find X3 that is expected somewhere around Feb or March next year. The Oppo Reno 5 is the fifth-generation of its mid-range smartphone series. Oppo might want to use the latest processor at its most premium model, but it remains to be seen how ‘lite' the Snapdragon 870 is, and Oppo might decide it's a better fit for its top phones than the 875.
If the Oppo Find X3 does end up having this Snapdragon 870 processor, it will be another great phone by the companies to put high-speed processing chips in the mid-range smartphones. But do users actually need such a fast processor for an additional cost? Mid-range smartphones are a preferred choice of users who might not need maximum processing power. We have to find what's in store for us, when the phone actually launch or we get more confirmed leaks. So, would you pay extra for having a processor that is super fast or you would prefer to stick to more budget-friendly smartphone variants? Do let us know in the comment section below.
There was some fuzzy news about the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra brand name, as there wasn't much information and a few other sources suggest that there won't be any phone with ‘ultra' name. But it sure looks real in a new leak coming from a reputable leaker. Anyone interested in mobile phone leaks and rumors knows Twitter handler @UniverseIce. He has a leaker with a good track record on Twitter, and as you can see the image above, it shows off the alleged Note 20 Ultra's all-screen look.
As per the rumors, the devices are powered by a Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset (the chip hasn't been released yet), and a screen that supports a QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate at the same time. That's an upgrade on the Samsung Galaxy S20 range, as you can only have one of those things at once there. The tweet also claims that there are new camera features and a brand-new S Pen, but didn't mention any further details.
Another leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has bezels that are 0.29mm thinner than on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Additionally, the forehead and chin are in total narrowed by 0.4mm compared to the Note 10 Plus, the punch-hole camera is said to be 0.1mm smaller, and the "fuselage" (presumably the body) is supposedly 0.3mm thinner. That would mean the Note 20 Ultra is 7.6mm thick. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 range likely landing in August, we might not know for sure whether there's a Note 20 Ultra for a while yet, but if there is we'd expect plenty more leaks to emerge soon.
Before you start to think that this is a clickbait post, let me tell you upfront that no, Apple is not shutting down the iPhone because there is absolutely no reason to! In spite of all the criticism and questionable decisions by the company, Apple remains the most profitable smartphone seller in the whole world and they are certainly not going to shut down one of their most lucrative businesses by any means. Nevertheless, the iPhone X2 or XI or 11 will probably never come to be because the Cupertino giant might be changing the way they name these devices.
Apple may simply choose to call their lower end smartphones just "iPhones" and their higher end models "iPhone X." So how will you know that it's the latest model and not the outdated one from the previous year? Well, the year of release will probably be mentioned on the box as the only indicator of that fact. Which means that the next iPhone X that comes out might be called iPhone X (2018). Do you think this will happen and will you like it if it does? Let us know in the comments.
Apple is going to launch a smaller model of iPhone 12 with a new display option in iOS 14, which is currently in a beta phase. The leak was reported in the third developer beta for iOS 14 by 9to5Mac, which brought in a small update to an unassuming accessibility setting known as display Zoom. This feature allows users to make an iPhone's interface much large and user-friendly to interact with. It does this by swapping out the interface for the next size down.
For example, with an iPhone 11 Pro max with display Zoom active you can resize icons and text to look similar to the smaller iPhone 11 pro. However, 5.8-inch iPhones (the iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone 11 Pro) have been unable to use this feature, since there has never been a smaller iPhone that uses a face ID, so there wasn't any need for an option in modern iPhones to zoom in the display below an interface designed for a 5.8-inch display.
But this has changed in the upcoming smartphone. Assets found in 9to5Mac's analysis of Display Zoom show compatibility for displaying the iOS 14 user interface at a resolution of 2079 x 960, which is the resolution expected for the rumored 5.4-inch iPhone 12. As such, this adds further evidence that a compact iPhone 12 is indeed in the works. A Mac tool designed to mimic the iOS interface for developers can see what their apps might look like on different iPhones through the use of an iOS simulator. 9to5Mac was able to come up with a simulated 5.4-inch iPhone running at a 2079 x 60 resolution.
Apple has been working on the iOS 14 interface so it could adapt correctly to this resolution and simulated display size. Apple might launch the new iPhone 12 series in September as it has been doing years. However, we may witness some delays in the shipments due to coronavirus-related problems. The iPhone 12 series will be made up of four models, ranging in size between 5.4 inches and 6.7 inches. All models will feature OLED displays, a new A14 Bionic chip, and a 5G modem if the rumors are to be believed.
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.
We all know Google is facing potential anti-trust actions by the Us department of justice and that concerns many companies and stakeholders like Apple who has been developing its own search engine to replace Google on iPhone and other devices. Recently Financial Times report new hirings made by Apple to work on its version of the search engine. There were also some other hints presented by the same company as evidence to be conclusive in its report.
The article cites Apple's 2018 new hiring of John Giannnadrea, former Google head of search to improve its AI technology and Siri, while other job listings suggested Apple's effort to stop relying on Google. Meanwhile, the web crawler Applebot has seen an increased activity for years, potentially laying the groundwork for a search engine. The search engine spider's activity spiked around the launch of iOS 14 when developers began noticing Applebot visiting their sites and pages, as MacRumors noted.
The latest reports aren't based on rumors alone. Apple had allegedly been buying up datacenter, servers, hardware components in the lead up to the October launch event, according to sources within the tech giant's supply chain. It is not surprising that Apple has taken a few years to develop its own search engine, as Google has had decades of research ahead of its search market dominance.
Apple has a slight advantage over Google as it already has its share of the market of devices, like the newly launched iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPad Air 4, as well as the next iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 pro max. Google is the default search engine on all Apple devices so far, taking in more than $7 billion per year for being a partner with the company.