Many fans were disappointed when the Galaxy Note 7 did not match up to the rumors of the smartphone sporting 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. One could say that disappointment turned to bewilderment when some of the devices started to explode and a worldwide recall had to be arranged by Samsung. While Samsung sorts the entire mess out, new rumors indicate that Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi 5s with 6GB of RAM and the mythical Snapdragon 821 chipset with a clock speed of 2.4 GHz.
None of the other rumoured specs seem less than impressive either as it's supposed to be sporting 256GB of internal storage along with a pressure sensitive display. They will probably not upgrade the screen resolution to 1440p though and will instead possibly stick to the same 5.15-inch 1080p panel. Other specs include a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 4-megapixel front camera, fingerprint scanner, NFC, 2G, 3G, 4G, VoLTE and a 3,490mAh battery. Nothing is official though, so we would suggest waiting for a while before getting your hopes up too much.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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)
Xiaomi is known mainly as the budget king of the smartphone world, but in an effort to outshine even the likes of the S7 Edge, today it has launched its most expensive smartphone in China. However, considering the beastly specifications that it boasts of, we would say it still is a budget device, if you consider the price-to-performance ratio. Just take a look at the specs unveiled today to get an idea about the proposition.
Display: 5.7-inch dual curved QHD display (Flexible OLED).
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz)
Internal storage: 64GB/128GB
Primary camera: 22.56-megapixel Sony IMX sensor with EIS and f/2.0 aperture
Secondary camera: 8-megapixel
Even the staunchest of Samsung or Apple fans must admit that these are some impressive specs, at least on paper anyway. Once you consider the price, we are sure that you will find it even more interesting. The 4GB/64GB version is priced at CNY 2,799 ($410) and the 6GB/128GB version is available for CNY 3,499 ($515). The good news is that the 6GB/128GB variant will see international release, with global support for 37 LTE bands. We cannot wait to see how the Xiaomi Note 2 performs once it's released.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The next flagship smartphone from Huawei is coming and if the rumors have any truth to them, it's going to be a very capable device. Leaks on Weibo seem to be indicating that the Huawei Mate 9 will be powered by the manufacturer's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core 64-bit processor and six gigabytes of RAM. There will allegedly be different versions of the Mate 9 and the 6GB RAM version will sport 256GB of internal storage to go with all that memory and processing power. There could also be a more modest version of the smartphone that will sport the same chipset, but 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. All versions might also be powered by a big 4,000mAh battery.
Camera has been the highlight of the Mate 9 in all recent rumors since they have partnered up with Leica, the German camera maker for providing a rumoured dual camera setup at the back. The two 20-megapixel sensors from Leica will supposedly work together to provide stunning details even in low light, thanks to the f/2.0 aperture. The 5.9-inch (QHD resolution) metal-clad phablet will run on Android 7.0 and the OEM will make sure that customers get a LOT of colors to choose from while buying the smartphone. Apart from the 256GB/6GB version ($700/4700 yuan) and the 128GB/4GB version ($580/3899 yuan), there will also be a more affordable 64GB/4GB version ($480/3199 yuan) as well.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The ASUS ZenFone AR has been confirmed at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas and it's a beast in every sense of the term. The ZenFone AR is made with virtual reality and augmented reality in mind; therefore it has built-in support for Google Tango & DayDream as expected. Apart from the insane 8 gigs of RAM, the smartphone is powered by multiple other absolute premium-end hardware specs as well.
A customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with vapour cooling system for AR and VR functionalities
5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD (1440x2560 pixels) edge-to-edge display with a screen to body ratio of 79%
23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera with TriTech+ autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS, continuous-focus and 4K video recording
8-megapixel front shooter with f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens
128GB/256GB of internal storage with hybrid nano SIM/micro-SD card slot
USB Type-C, Bluetooth v4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Exclusive Asus ZenUI VR 360 degree app support on PhotoCollage, Gallery, and ZenCircle applications
Everything about the Asus ZenFone AR is premium and up to date, except may be the SD 821 chipset. Make no mistake, it is still the most powerful Qualcomm chip till date, but given that the Snapdragon 835 has already been announced and it will be better than the SD 821 in both power-efficiency and performance, Asus may have missed a trick there.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We reported before that Google is working on a major update to its Google Chrome browser for Desktop. Now, Google has released Chrome 45 for desktop, which is now available to download on PC, Mac, and Linux. The biggest change in this update is improved RAM management, which reduces the memory usage of idle tabs in the background.
Chrome can now check on tabs in the background and can tell if there is no activity on them for a while. It will then aggressively clear unused memory to reduce the memory footprint of those tabs. Google claims it can free up about 10% memory on an average and as much as a quarter for sites like Gmail, which will get you to notice a major performance improvements.
However, You won't lose your current status, Chrome will also intelligently restore your tabs upon relaunch, if you use that feature. Chrome for Desktop v45 is now available to download using the link below.
If you are looking for a reasonable price Android smartphone with all the performance you need and running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Out-of-the-box... We have a good deal for you, the ZTE Axon Elite 4G International Edition, a gorgeous device from ZTE with high-end specs and a mid-range price tag ($469 - GearBest). You can Pre-order your ZTE Axon Elite 4G from Here now.
Amazingly, the ZTE Axon Elite 4G has a huge 5.5-inch Full HD IPS+OGS display (1920 x 1080) with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for full protection.
ZTE Axon Elite 4G packs a powerful Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB RAM and Adreno 430 and powered by Android 5.0.2 Lollipop which means you won't need to wait for any update, you can enjoy all the good Lollipop features right away.
AS for the Media and Camera, the ZTE Axon Elite 4G packs 8.0MP front camera and a 13.0M IMX214 + 2MP Altek Dual-rear cameras with flash light and AF, the device can shoot a Full HD video and amazing photos using its software features to enhance the photo in real-time capture.
Connectivity is all around the ZTE Axon Elite 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, GPS, 3G, 4G-LTE and everything in between, along with Dual Nano SIM (Dual Standby) support too.
ZTE Axon Elite International Edition Specifications
Type: 4G Phablet
Service Provide: Unlocked
OS: Android 5.0
System Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
SIM Card Slot: Dual Standby, Dual SIM
SIM Card Type: Dual Nano SIM
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Cores: Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 430
RAM: 3GB RAM
External memory: TF card up to 128GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: 3G, 4G, GSM, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, GPS
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA+FDD-LTE
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
Screen type: IPS+OGS
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Camera type: Triple cameras
Back-camera : 13.0MP + 2.0MP Dual Cameras
Back camera: with flash light and AF
Front camera: 8.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Picture format: GIF, BMP, JPEG, PNG
Music format: AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Video format: AVI, WMV, 3GP
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: PDF, TXT
Live wallpaper support: Yes
Games: Android APK
I/O Interface: Micro USB Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port
Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Additional Features: Bluetooth, Proximity Sensing, GPS, 4G, MP3, MP4, 3G, NFC, Wi-Fi, Gravity Sensing
Battery Capacity (mAh): 3000mAh Built-in
Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 15.4 x 7.7 x 0.98 cm / 6.05 x 3.03 x 0.39 inches
Package size: 18.0 x 12.0 x 6.0 cm / 7.07 x 4.72 x 2.36 inches
Product weight: 0.170 kg
Package weight: 0.550 kg
More rumors emerged about Samsung's upcoming flagship, Galaxy S6. Latest reports suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will pack a 3GB or 4GB RAM depending on its hardware configuration, boosting the RAM was rumored long time ago, especially since Samsung announced that it will be using its latest 4GB LPDDR4 RAM chips in its 2015 products.
Beside having a Regular and Dual-Edge variants, but it also rumored to feature a Glass back panel... ditching the bandit plastic back. The Korean giant will move into a fancier choose of material "Glass". Having a glass panel in the front and back will make the device lighter and gorgeous to look at.
The company's decision is likely driven by a desire to differentiate the Galaxy lineup from the A-series with their metal frames and plastic backs. The source also confirms what we suspected would be a non-removable battery.
The long-rumored Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expected to be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 5, possibly by August,13th. We still haven't got all the info regarding the Edge+ variant yet.
According to the latest reports, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ will pack a 4GB RAM along with the Exynos 7420 SoC chipset, same as the Galaxy Note 5. The Battery capacity is also reported to be a 3,000 mAh cell (unremovable).
As for the device's design, it will have a very thin body keeping the same front-back glass and the dual-edged curved display. Stay tuned for the official announcement next month.
Samsung Mobile announced that it began the mass production of its latest 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory on the market, while also consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts).
The 4GB RAM chips will be ready to debut in Smartphones and Tablets by Late 2015. The chances of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 rocking 4GB of RAM is quite high.
The I/O data rate is up to 3,200 megabits per second, a whopping two times faster than the DDR3 DRAM used in PCs. As a result, the the new LPDDR4 RAM can support UHD video recording and playback and continuous shooting of high-resolution images with over 20 megapixels.
Samsung is planning to release a New flagship Phablet this year, that will be called "Galaxy Note 5". As we used to every year, we are hearing a lot of rumors and reports about the Note 5 regarding the device's specifications, release date, hardware components.. etc.
We gathered here all the Info we have about the Galaxy Note 5 so far. We would like to remind that this is all rumors and reports that are not officially confirmed yet.
Galaxy Note 5 Display
According to the latest reports, Samsung will start manufacturing Ultra HD Super AMOLED display panels with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels for Galaxy Note 5. Samsung's Semiconductor and Display Technology leaked road-map workshop last year hinted again at having higher-resolution UHD smartphone displays in the pipeline for late 2015.
These panels will use "diamond pixel", a non-standard pixel matrix arrangement that is closer to PenTile, packing a 762ppi pixel density nobody would notice the individual pixels on the screen anyway.
Galaxy Note 5 Performance
We already reported before that Samsung Mobile has already began mass production of a 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory chips on the market and consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts) too.
These 4GB Ram chips will be Available by Late 2015 and it's reported that the Galaxy Note 5 will pack the same LPDDR4 4GB Ram chips.
Galaxy Note 5 Release Date
Looking at Samsung's unpacked events date in the past 3 years, we can surely expect the Galaxy Note 5 to launch sometimes during the period between September - October this year . The Korean giant will held a 2nd episode of it's 2015 Unpacked event for the Note 5 and will probably unveil a New Galaxy Gear VR and Gear Smartwatch.
We already reported before that Samsung Mobile has already began mass production of a 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory chips on the market and consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts) too. These chips will be available by Late 2015.
Today, some reports comes from South Korea confirms that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phablet will pack the same 4GB LPDDR4 RAM chip we mentioned above, which brings the phablets performance to a whole new look.
Also confirmed is the fact that the Note 5 will use Samsung's own Exynos 7422 chipset, the company's first to be a true single-chip solution. This means one package will incorporate the octa-core CPU, the GPU, the RAM, the storage, as well as the Shannon 333 LTE modem.
Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note5 (5th Generation Galaxy Note). In this one, Samsung has dropped plastic completely for a metal and glass follow-up to the Galaxy S6. The bezels around the 5.7" screen are narrower, the phablet itself is almost a millimeter thinner making it easier to hold in the hand.
The Super AMOLED screen has QHD resolution as before, but the way it interacts with the S Pen stylus has been revamped. The stylus is clickable, though that only serves to get it out of its sheath. Once you do, you can start immediately taking a note even when the screen is "off" (with AMOLED the distinction is small).
As of the Specs, the Galaxy Note5 has 4GB of RAM, up from 3GB on both the Note 4 and Galaxy S6. This gives apps more playroom, but the Exynos 7420 chipset will have an even bigger impact it's currently the fastest mobile chipset on the market, Samsung didn't even need to overclock it as new competition is yet to catch up.
Storage is based on the fast UFS 2.0 standard. While it outruns regular eMMC 5.0 storage, data hoarders have been locked out of expanding the memory the base model has 32GB, you can upgrade to 64GB and that's it. No microSD slot, no 128GB option.
The camera is a 16MP sensor behind a wide f/1.9 aperture, plus optical image stabilization and auto real-time HDR. It can record 2160p video or livestream 1080p to YouTube. For selfies you get a 5MP sensor and an f/1.9 aperture. Samsung has updated the audio department with Ultra High Quality Audio, which promises "richer" sound. This feature will work over Bluetooth with new compatible Level On headphones.
The Galaxy Note5 checks wireless all boxes, but a highlight is Samsung Pay, which works over NFC or MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission). Pay will launch in the US in September so it will be ready when Note5 arrive in users' hands. Much like the storage, the battery has been sealed off. What's more the capacity dropped to 3,000mAh. Samsung is counting on Fast Charging both wired and wireless!
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 will be available for pre-order today, coming in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium. It will be available in the US on August 21st, with pre-orders starting today. You can go for a hands-on as soon as tomorrow in 7,000 locations across the US. Pricing will be announced by the carriers.
It has been a long time since the rumours about Vivo's next gen flagship smartphone surfaced. In fact this news goes back to 2014 and at that time they were supposed to be one of the pioneers in implementing Snapdragon 810 SoC. Quite evident that it didn't happen and now Snapdragon 810 is no way Qualcomm's best chip. At the same time people are looking forward to the XPlay 5, which is supposed to be available from March 1. At this point one important feature has been changed to another - this device will be the first one to come with 6 GB RAM.
But, don't consider this as a rumor. This has been leaked from the AnTuTu 6 benchmark test and even though we don't see 6GB being mentioned clearly, the 162,610 points mentioned in the leak is close to 30K more than other devices available in the database. We are also not exactly sure whether 2GB of extra memory can result in such a boost. In addition to this, there is a banner which states that the XPlay 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB RAM. Also there are speculations about a 5.5 inch display too.
UPDATE: A tipster has revealed another piece of info about the Vivo XPlay 5 - this smartphone will feature Hi-Fi 3.0, which is most probably a cutting-edge audio processing chip, similar to rest of the Vivo devices like the X6 Plus.
Finally Xiaomi revealed the Mi 5 at the MWC 2016 event held in Barcelona after close to two years of development. This was one of the devices that had garnered lot of attention as a successor to the Mi 4. While the whole world of mobile enthusiasts were waiting for the launch of Mi 5, Xiaomi released the Mi 4i and not-so-exciting Mi 4c. This way Mi 5 as a flagship device remained as a dream for a long time. Surprisingly, there were lot of rumours about the launch of this device, but 24th February, 2016 was the date on which we finally witnessed the launch.
So what exactly is packaged in the Mi 5? Before getting into that, let's first check out the three variants - Standard, High, and Exclusive. In terms of design all of these versions are more or less similar, featuring curved edges in the back in order to make it easy to hold. The difference comes in the form of build material - the first two have a refined hybrid of metal and Gorilla Glass 4.0 and the Exclusive variant has ceramics and glass.
Given below are the features that make Mi 5 a lucrative option:
- OS: Android 6 Marshmallow
- Dimensions: 144,5 x 69.2 x 7.25mm
- Weight: 129g weight
- Screen : 5.15" Full HD (1080 x 1920)
- SoC: Snapdragon 820
- 1.8GHz / 3GB RAM (Standard edition)
- 2.15GHz / 3GB RAM (High edition)
- 2.15GHz / 4GB RAM (Ceramic exclusive)
- Snapper: 16MP in the back, 4-axis OIS, 4K video, Sony IMX 298 sensor
- 4MP in the front with 2.0-micron camera
- Storage: 32 GB (standard) / 64 GB (high)
- 128 GB (ceramic exclusive)
- Battery: 3000 mAh
- Other features: USB Type-C
HTC One M8 was a huge success for the Taiwanese manufacturer this year, the firm is already working on its 2015 flagship which is codenamed "M9" but this name will changed before the device hit the markets.
Alleged specs of the HTC One M9 smartphone made the rounds on Chinese social media. The high-end handset will likely debut in the first quarter of next year with the model number M9.
HTC One M9 is tipped to pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3GB RAM. The display of the device is a 5.5" QHD unit. A 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, 3,500mAh battery, and stereo speakers with Bose tech round up the leaked specs.
The specs you see above appear legitimate for a flagship smartphone, though we advise you to take a pinch of salt when you read through them. Quite frankly, we will be surprised if the Taiwanese manufacturer's next flagship doesn't ship with 64-bit Snapdragon 810 silicon.
Samsung is on its way to launch a high-end Galaxy A series smartphone, the Galaxy A9, which also has been prone to several rumours. The device found its way to many online forums in the past few weeks disclosing its specifications. Now, GeekBench has managed to leak the device and some of the details can be confirmed now.
The SM-A9000, which will most likely be released as the Galaxy A9, will be powered with Snapdragon 620 (MSM8976) SoC. This will make it the first smartphone to be powered by this chipset. The Snapdragon 620 will have four Cortex-A53 CPU cores, four Cortex-A72 CPU cores, Adreno 510 GPU, and an integrated Cat. 7 LTE radio.
The device will come pre-packaged with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and feature a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080p which also adds up to 401 ppi. It will also be backed by 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 16-megapixel primary snapper (with HDR and autofocus), and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Connectivity is par with other similar devices which includes GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The only thing still unknown to us is the battery capacity. Samsung's official website has listed December 1 as launch date for the Galaxy A9. That makes it quite believable.
After the C5, it was time for the C7 to reveal its specs and we like what we see. It is going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, 4GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch FHD display and a 3,300 mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The Galaxy C7 will come in two storage options, 32GB and 64GB; both are expandable via micro-SD thankfully. The rear camera will have a 16-megapixel sensor, while the selfie cam will sport an 8-megapixel one. It will run on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box as expected.
The handset will weigh in at 165g and measure in at 156.6 × 77.2 × 6.7mm. The Home button will act as a fingerprint scanner as well. The Galaxy C7 will be available in Rose Gold, Gold, Gray and Silver color options. NFC will be supported, along with Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS and 4G LTE. We even have the price for you here; $395/RMB 2,599 for 32GB of internal storage and $425/RMB 2,799 for 64GB of internal storage.
We are really interested to see how the new Snapdragon 625 performs inside the C7. It houses an octa-core CPU (Cortex-A53) clocked at 2.0GHz and an Adreno 506 GPU.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
It was a big disappointment to many of the Samsung fans who were waiting eagerly for the Note 7, when it came with just 4GB of RAM and the same SD 820 SoC seen in the S7-series. However, latest reports seem to be indicating that the Asian markets such as China will actually be getting the 6GB variant after all. The rumors were further bolstered when president of Samsung Mobiles, Koh Dong-jin said, "We are considering launching Note 7 with a 128 GB internal storage capacity for the Chinese market, even though the handset made its global debut with a 64 GB memory,"
Although this statement by Koh Dong-jin does not exactly mention anything about a 6GB RAM variant, he did state further that, "We will continue to accept different needs from each marketplace, and respond by releasing localized products by changing memory capacity or color." As you can probably guess, this strategy is a direct result of stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers like LeEco, Vivo, and Xiaomi. All of this was declared during the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea with a price tag of 988,900 WON or roughly $897. Apart from the Silver Titanium, Blue coral and Gold Platinum colors, the Note 7 will also be available in Black Onyx from October onwards.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The specifications for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 6 have been leaked and the news it pretty good.
Firstly, the 5.8-inch display will come with a slim RGB AMOLED display, which is likely to improve upon the PenTile-type display of the previous Galaxy Note models. Secondly, the dazzling 6 GB of RAM memory is sure to be able to handle any future Android OS upgrade and numerous resource-heavy apps running at the same time.
Whilst the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are garnering the most attention ahead of their unveiling, the Galaxy Note 6 has other people curious who've owned a Note before and cannot manage well without an S Pen and the S Pen range of compatible apps.
The latest Note is likely to also sport the Super OIS Plus 12-megapixel camera which is slated for other Samsung models like the S7 and S7 edge as well.
The Mobile World Congress 2016 in Spain from February 21 is going to set the stage for many interested handset releases, including the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge from Samsung. Last year, Samsung walked away with the "Best New Handset, Tablet or Device" award for the Galaxy S6 edge and it's possible they may just achieve the same this year.
As we reported earlier, there will probably be only one variant of the Galaxy Note 7 this year and it will have an Edge display. Although the specifications are more or less out by this point, we can never be sure until and unless we actually hear an official announcement on August 2. Nevertheless, here are the important bits from what we know about the upcoming Note so far.
CPU - Exynos 8890 (Overclocked) for Europe and Snapdragon 823 for the US
RAM - 6GB
Display - Quad High Definition (1440p) Super AMOLED Dual Edge display (5.8-inch curved screen)
Battery - 4,000mAh
Rear camera - The same 12-megapixel camera as seen on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but with better software
It may also sport a first of its kind iris scanner, an USB Type-C port and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. There was and possibly still is a bit of confusion regarding the type of display that the upcoming Note will sport, but all major signs and reports indicate that only an Edge variant will be made available this year. If you are interested, check out our Galaxy Note 7 specifications page for a more detailed list of specs.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is now official as it was unveiled earlier today in China. This is the first smartphone from Samsung's arsenal to come equipped with 6 gigs of RAM, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC. The huge phablet sports a 6" display that's even larger than Samsung's Note series of smartphones. However, in spite of being larger, the panel sports a lower resolution than the company's flagship smartphones as it is Full HD, instead of Quad HD.
Other specs of the phablet include 64GB of internal storage, a micro-SD card slot, 16-mp sensors for both the rear and the front camera with f/1.9 aperture, a 4,000mAh battery, dual SIM slots with 4G LTE support, fingerprint sensor, Cirrus manufactured Hi-Fi audio codec, a 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, Samsung Pay, Android 6.0.1 and an all metal body. We are particularly interested to see how the octa-core SD 653 performs, which is powered by four Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. The powerful Adreno 510 GPU supporting the CPU cores should also be able to take care of any modern Android games that you throw at it, especially since it's only a 1080p panel on the C9 pro.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung is truly a formidable giant in the tech world and this is definitely not confined to mobile devices. The Korean company makes a huge part of its profit from chip sales and buying silicon from Samsung is a pretty common practice in the business. Apple for one has had a long history of relying on the Korean company for its mobile CPU chips and paying heftily for them on an annual basis, despite all the rivalry and legal issues on consumer markets.
A new report from the Korean Times has come out today stating that Samsung has struck yet another major supply deal. This time it is for the LPDDR4 RAM module that the company created way back in 2013. This new memory standard is increasingly gaining popularity and has already appeared in LG's latest flagship device the LG G Flex 2. It is quickly becoming the norm and consequently LG has signed up to receive all of the aforementioned module it needs from Samsung.
The report also states that Samsung will manufacture 50% and perhaps even more of DDR4 modules for future Apple devices. As some of you surely remember, the Korean giant recently announced a new kind of memory module, dubbed ePoP, which stacks RAM and internal storage into a single chip. That technology is also sure to catch on quick and might even find its way into the iPhone 6s.
It seems just yesterday when the Galaxy Note 7 was released and eventually discontinued, but we are now inching closer to the release date of the Galaxy S8. Granted that no date has yet been set in stone, it cannot be more than just a few months away at this point. Today, we have a new report/rumor for you, straight out of China (Weibo) and reported by TechTastic. It states that the S8 will sport 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, along with the upcoming Samsung-manufactured Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Some of the other rumors surrounding the S8 include a dual rear camera module, an edge-to-edge pressure-sensitive 2K/4K curved display, a brand new AI virtual assistant and Quick Charge 4.0. It will be interesting to see whether Samsung launches a separate Exynos version of the Galaxy S8 as well, since the Korean giant itself is producing the SD 835 chip for Qualcomm this year. Some reports are also suggesting that there might even be a 6.2-inch version of the S8 next year, but I am not so sure about that!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Now that we already have a pretty good idea about what the Galaxy S8 will look like, leakster @mmdj_china has just leaked the RAM details and the exact release date set for the two smartphones in US and China. Both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ will be sporting 6GB of RAM, at least in China. We think that this will be the same in all regions though, given that the Galaxy C9 Pro recently came out with 6 gigs of RAM. Both devices will have a 64GB and a 128GB variant along with expandable memory card slots.
As far as the release date is concerned, according to the leakster, the S8 series will go on sale in the US on April 14. It was mentioned that in China, the S8 and the S8+ will see release in the 15th week of the year. It is a rather strange way to say that the two devices will be available for purchase form the third week of April. These are the latest developments regarding the Galaxy S8, if you want to see the rest of the specs and rumors, check it out here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Many of us were disappointed when the Galaxy S8 was launched with just 4GB of RAM instead of the 6GB that the series has been definitely overdue for. As it turns out, Samsung may indeed launch a 6 gigabyte RAM variant of the S8+ in near future. In addition to 6GB RAM, the device will also sport 128GB of internal storage. This is confirmed news as the handset has received TENAA certification already, as you can see in the screenshot.
However, before you get all excited about Samsung finally launching a 6GB/128GB variant of the Galaxy S8, consider the two following points first.
1. It is probably going to be a China-exclusive initially.
2. The price of the device is expected to be KRW 1,155,000/$1,027
Unless you are in China and you are willing to shell that amount of cash out for the extra RAM and storage, you will just have to settle with the regular S8 and S8+ for now with 4GB RAM and 64GB in-built storage. Would this version be making its way to the US and other regions as well? It might, but we will have to wait on that.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you have been following the buzz circulating around the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, then you probably already know that Samsung does indeed have a 6GB RAM variant of the larger Galaxy S8+ up its sleeves, just like the rumors had suggested before the news was confirmed by Samsung officially. However, many of us were disappointed when it was revealed that the 6GB RAM variant, which also has 128GB of internal storage, is going to be exclusive to South Korea for now.
Nevertheless, a new report out of Samsung's home nation is saying that this could change. The 6GB/128GB S8+ will likely make its way into at least a few other regions as well, if Samsung feels that enough customers in the area want the device. China is probably the most prominent example of a country which loves their smartphones with more memory and internal storage. Samsung's first and only 6GB RAM phone, the Galaxy C9 Pro was released there first. We will soon find out whether or not Samsung decides to bring it to any European countries or the US. However, the question remains; if it does indeed come to a store near you, would you be willing to shell out more than a thousand dollars for the extra storage and RAM?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Good news for our Indian readers; the Galaxy S8+ with beastly specs like 128GB ROM and 6GB RAM has now been launched in the country by Samsung. The black-only phones will be up for pre-order on Flipkart from June 2 and will be go on sale from June 9 across all offline and online partners of Samsung. Although it was previously believed that Samsung will keep this version of the smartphone exclusive to South Korea, it seems like the company has changed its plans. Keep in mind though, the 128GB/6GB Galaxy S8+ will set you back by Rs 74,990 or roughly $1165! If you thought the iPhones were expensive in India, Sammy doesn't seem to be too far behind either.
Now that the initial excitement of the news is over, the question is, should you get it? For a premium of Rs 10,000 ($155) more than the price of the regular S8+, you are getting double the storage and 2GB of extra RAM and to be honest, it wouldn't be a bad deal at all, if the S8+ was already not so expensive in the country. Crazy taxes in India make foreign made electronic devices cost way more than they do in the US or just about any other country and the S8/S8+ is no exception to this rule either. Nevertheless, if you can afford it and you wanted a S8+, I don't see why you shouldn't buy one either.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It was a big disappointment for us enthusiasts when the Galaxy Note 7 was released with just 4GB of RAM last year. It wasn't that performance took a hit or the 4GB of RAM was insufficient for multitasking by any means, but it was still disappointing because of the fact that every rumor till about a week before the launch was speculating that the Note 7 would sport 6GB RAM. The rumor mill is predicting something along the same line this year as well because the latest leak found on Weibo is suggesting that there will be an 8 gig variant of the Galaxy Note 8 as well.
According to this rumor, the Note 8 will come in two RAM variants; the standard 6GB and the "Emperor" version with 8GB. It wouldn't even be surprising if the Note 8 "Emperor" variant was also launched with double the standard storage of 256GB (as rumored). The only problem with the rumor is that the source is also claiming to know about the Galaxy Note 9; a smartphone which is hardly even in concept yet! According to this foresight, the Note 9 will sport 12GB of RAM and that does sound a bit absurd at this point of time...
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although the Galaxy Note 8 was launched with 6GB of RAM on Wednesday, rumor has it that Samsung is planning to release a cheaper version of its latest flagship smartphone with 4GB of RAM. Everything else should be exactly the same though and that brings us to the question, would you mind less RAM if you could save up on some money for that?
As of now, the rumor suggests that the phone is only being developed for China, but it could be making an appearance in other Asian countries as well. The Note 8 with 4GB of RAM came into limelight after it was seen passing through the TENAA. As per the report, this one will be cheaper at 5,664 Yuan/$850, whereas the regular Note 8 with 6GB of RAM should be priced at around 6,288 Yuan or $943. We are not sure if this cheaper version will hit any other countries outside Asia though.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Oppo launched F15 with a single 8GB RAM model earlier this year, but now a new model with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage has been listed on Amazon. Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom tweeted about the 4GB + 128GB variant of the Oppo F15 that is priced at Rs. 16,990. He showed two phones side by side that was originally launched in two different colors - lightning black and Unicorn white. The rumored blazing blue model seems to be missing. Notable, the Amazon listing is for the Unicorn white variant. The page doesn't show the price. However, reports suggest that it would be under Rs. 18,000 as expect for the phone, specs remain the same.
The Oppo F15 runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1.2 on the top and supports the dual-SIM option. It features a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 paired with Mali G72 MP3 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The existing model features 8GB of RAM.
The Oppo F15 has a quad-camera system on the rear side that includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, a 2-megapixel for portrait shots, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. The front camera houses a 16-megapixel sensor in the notch. n terms of storage, Oppo has provided 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, pedometer, and a proximity sensor. The Oppo F15 packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Lastly, the phone measures 160.2x73.3x7.9mm and weigh 172 grams.
This Year we will see the first DDR4-powered Smartphones. Starting with the LG G Flex 2 that was announced a few weeks ago with a 3GB DDR4 RAM chip. SK Hynix, which makes the 20nm 8 Gigabit LPDDR4 chip that is paired with Snapdragon 810 SoC in the G Flex 2, bragged about this crowning achievement, saying that DDR4 memory has double the throughput of DDR3, with smaller operating voltage and more power efficiency.
On March,1st we will add another DDR4-powered Smartphone to the list, Samsung Galaxy S6, which is expected to pack a 4GB / 3GB DDR4 RAM chipset. These two Smartphones will lead the market this year and we expect to see higher RAM sizes on Tablets and Smartphones released on the 2nd Half of this Year (4GB - 5GB). Let's wait and see...
RAM amounts and CPU space sizes available on a hosting server are among the most important things to consider when choosing the right web hosting service for a website. As a website owner, you have to strike a good balance between your budget and the RAM and CPU size that you choose. Ultimately, you need a hosting plan that meets the needs of your website. But you must first understand these needs before starting your search for the best hosting service.
By the end of this short read you will have understood of how to determine the RAM and CPU that your site needs.
What is server RAM?
Random Access Memory (RAM) of a hosting server is basically the RAM of the hosting computer. This computer is different from a normal computer in the sense that it has resources dedicated to hosting and availing websites on the internet. The computer's RAM temporarily stores data needed to run an application or program and makes the data available on demand.
More or Less RAM?
From the basic responsibility of RAM, it's right to deduce that more RAM means uninterrupted availability of data and smooth running of programs and applications. A server with more RAM can support more apps or more web activity compared to a server with less RAM.
Having more than enough RAM at any given time is better than having less than needed amount of RAM. For instance, during times of peak traffic, your site needs more memory as many users are sending requests for data to the site. Should the site not have the amount of RAM that can put up with the high traffic, it may become slow or even stall completely, which would cause visitors to leave the site.
Determining How Much RAM Your Site Requires
Web hosting companies look at memory usage in different ways. You may find that a hosting plan has a set limit on the memory usage, for example 2GB. Others indicate that a single user cannot exceed a certain percentage of the server's total memory. When comparing different hosting solutions make sure you understand each hosting company's approach to RAM size.
Here are a few pointers that will help you determine the amount of RAM your site needs:
● If your site experiences heavy traffic, it needs more RAM to ensure that it keeps up with visitors' requests
● The content management system you are using - some CMSs like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress generally require more RAM
● Static sites require less RAM in comparison to dynamic sites
● The server's operating system has an influence on the amount of RAM needed
● If a site uses caching, it can use less RAM than a site that doesn't use caching
What is CPU in Relation to Web Hosting?
Server CPU (Central Processing Unit) refers to the CPU(s) of the hosting computer(s). Normally, web hosting servers will have multiple CPUs depending on the nature and size of websites it hosts. A CPU stores and processes data, and its capacity to do so determines the efficiency of the server. Larger CPUs are able to store more information as well as process it faster than smaller CPUs. As such, the amount of space available in the server's CPU significantly influences the performance of your site.
Site traffic is just as important to choosing the right amount of CPU space for your site as it is to choosing the amount of RAM. CPUs with little space can get overloaded by many simultaneous requests, causing the site to suffer performance problems. If you have a large corporate or eCommerce site that receives heavy traffic, choose a hosting environment with a large CPU. Dedicated hosting and virtual private servers (VPS) are preferred to shared hosting when large CPU sizes are needed.
Every site owner wants the best hosting service; a service caters for the website's current needs as well as expected future needs. It's of paramount importance that you consider the scalability prospects of your site as you choose the right RAM and CPU sizes for your site. Leave enough room for future growth and expansion so that you will not need to contract another hosting service when your website becomes more popular and hence busier.
With about three days left in between now and the date of the Apple iPhone 7's unveiling, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has revealed much about the upcoming flagship smartphones and rounded up facts from rumors and leaks all around. Here is what the most probable specs of the upcoming iPhones seem to be.
The Apple A10 chip will have a clock speed of 2.44GHz and will probably power both the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus, however, the clock speed may vary slightly on release. The iPhone 7 Plus will be the first iPhone to sport 3GB of RAM, while the regular iPhone 7 will have only 2GB of RAM, like the 6s and 6s Plus. There will also be a dual 12-mp camera setup at the back of the iPhone 7 Plus with one camera sporting OIS and a 6-element wide angle lens, while the second one sporting a narrower 5-element lens. A flash with four LED lights are expected to be featured on both the smartphones.
Both iPhones will sport the lightning jack only and you will need the bundled lightning-to-3.5mm adapter to use your current headphones with them. If the IPx7 certification does indeed make it to the iPhones this year, they will be able to withstand thirty minutes of water exposure up to a depth of one meter. The earpiece itself may also act as an additional speaker and the proximity sensor beside it could be using laser tech instead of LED for the detection. Finally, the Home button may also be just a pressure sensitive icon, instead of being a physical one. Let's hope that the rumors are true as these do sound amazing!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple and Samsung are in a pretty complex, multi-level relationship with each other. Although they have been competing for the lion's share of the smartphone market for the past few years and have met one another in a court of law for quite a few times, they are also business partners, as Apple has used a number of Samsung-made silicon components in its iPhone devices over the years. Cupertino has tried to divorce its South Korea-based adversary, but this has proved to be a pretty hard task... Simply because Apple admits that Samsung is hr Best hardware Manufacture.
One of the latest iPhone 6-related rumors, for example, claims that Apple has once turned to Samsung for hardware parts - this time, Sammy is said to be providing a great portion of the RAM chips for Cupertino's next flagship, which might or might not come with 1GB of random-access memory (RAM) aboard.
It will be filling the gap that SK Hynix and Elpida Memory, two of Apple's major RAM suppliers, left after they did not agree to increase the RAM production, which will provide a steady supply of memory for the iPhone 6.
Latest rumors about the Apple iPhone 6S (and 6S PLUS) suggests that the U.S. based company will pack a 2GB LPDDR4 RAM memory inside of its Upcoming smartphone. Apple decided it shouldn't stick with LPDDR3, even if its 35% less expensive but it should expand its technology.
The Irony is that the 2GB LPDDR4 RAM chips that Apple will use will be made by Samsung and its partners (Micron-Elpida and Hynix). LPDDR4 memory is not only two times faster than LPDDR3, but also keeps power consumption the same while at it.
One of Samsung's manufacturing partners, Micron-Elpida, which experienced production issues and was reportedly behind schedule, but not any longer. The LPDDR4 chips should be ready for this year of the iPhone 6S.
We're still waiting for the HTC Nexus 8 to show itself, many rumors about it's release and features has been going around for months. Here's what we got so far. First we have a source claiming that the tablet, which has been referred to as Volantis or Flounder (Nexus 8) so far is codenamed T1, and will feature an 8 MP rear camera, alongside 1.6 MP front-facer. A little digging in the tablet's firmware has also returned the unsurprising fact that it will ship with Android L out of the box, without any HTC Sense overlay shenanigans.
Meanwhile, the Nexus 8 tablet might have already be doing the certification rounds in South Korea, as from the local FCC came this gem of an entry below, that depicts a device coded "0P8210000" to have passed certification. The back of this gear was shown about a month ago by @evleaks, marked Flounder. It carried the same letter and number sequence, and was claimed to be of the real Nexus 8.
The HTC-made Nexus tablet is expected to be a more premium device than Google's current Nexus 7 tablet, as we would expect from HTC. There should be a metal chassis wrapping an 8.9" 2560x1600 pixels display. The current leak also claims a 64-bit Tegra processor, paired with 4 GB of Elpida memory in 2x2 GB configuration will be in store, making it the first Android device taking true advantage of Android L's 64-bit backend.
A Qualcomm-made LTE modem will be in the models with cellular connectivity, and, as claimed above, an 8 MP rear camera, too. All this breathtaking goodness is unlikely to come as cheap as we've come to expect from the Nexus line, though. Google's poster slate is speculated to have a price tag north of $300, the Nexus 8 will likely be priced lower than that, perhaps in the $350 region.
Rumors are spreading around an upcoming LG Nexus 5 (2015) that should arrive this year. We got the full detailed specs list along with some live photos of this device.
The LG Nexus 5 (2015) alleged live photo above gives us a hint of how the device will look like upon the official release which will be on September 29th, according to a South Korean media outlet which cited a credible source.
As far as the 2015 LG Nexus 5 spec and features goes, according to some Chinese sources, it will be packing Snapdragon 808 chipset, 5.2-inch 2560 × 1440 display, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 13MP camera with the same OIS tech like the one included inside the LG G4 along with a fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C connector and running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.
There was, however, no word on the release date of the Nexus device being manufactured by Huawei. If you aren't already aware, two Nexus handsets are expected this year the one from LG is said to sport a 5.2" screen, while that from Huawei is said to be a 5.7" phablet.