The year 2020 has begun and with CES 2020 we have already seen lots of advancements in smartphone technology. Folding phones and laptops is already a reality while 5G smartphones are getting a common thing. Due to the growing competition between smartphone companies we are witnessing some great smartphones at a low price. Apart from $1000 phones, there are many budget-friendly phones that can leave you confused if you want to buy a new phone this year. Choosing the best phone within your price range seems more like a dilemma now.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great phone and affordable at the same time. Despite being so inexpensive it has premium Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a gaming processor with liquid cool technology, Wi-Fi X anteena, and cortex-A76 architecture. It is powered by a powerful GPU that can run high-intensity games at a sustainably high frame rate. The device has a huge 4500mAh long-lasting battery that comes with an in-box 18W fast charger. With looks and feel like a dream of 4-sided 3D curved back, it has a 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. Due to its curved back, it fits comfortably in your hand.
It starts with 6G RAM and multifunctional NFC flagship experience which can handle all challenges easily. With a 3.5 mm headphone jack you can charge your phone while listening to the phone. The splash-proof coating protects the device against accidental splashes and spills that increases phone life and strength. The Redmi Note 8 is the first phone to come up with a 48MP quad-camera. It delivers high-resolution images for up to 3.26m tall poster printing. 64MP ultra-high-resolution camera almost doubles the number of pixels up to 8K resolution. The Redmi Note 8 Pro can also shoot slow motion videos up to 960fps. With a macro lens, you can take up to a 2cm close-up. For the selfie, it has a 20MP camera that comes with AO portrait mode with blurred background adjustments.
Last year Google released two nexus devices at the same time - Nexus 5S made by LG and Nexus 6P made by Huawei. It seems this type of launch has become quite a convention and Google is supposed to do it this year too.
Yesterday, a rumor about about the new Nexus devices surfaced. As per the rumor, HTC is will be the manufacturer of the two new Nexus devices to be released in the later part of 2016. Right not much is known about the two devices. But, one will feature a 5-inch screen, and the other will have a 5.5-inch display. Today, ROM developer @LlabTooFeR unveiled nuggets of new info about the two smartphones in a tweet .
The developer posed that the codename for the 5-inch Nexus phone is T50 and for the 5.5-inch model codename is the T55. It is quite evident that the codenames are curated from the screen size of the devices. Going by the history of correct tips released by the developer, this tweet also seems reliable.
The Nexus One, the very first Nexus device was built by HTC back in 2010. The Taiwanese company will also be manufacturing the Nexus 9 tablet. Apparently Huawei was also trying to create an entry for itself in the run for building this year's Nexus devices, but finally HTC won the deal.
A rumor about an upcoming HTC device from the desire family, that will be called the "HTC Desire Eye" has been not been confirmed yet but it seems logical. If HTC will release the "M8 Eye" it should release another mid-range device of the same type, and the "Desire Eye" is the one.
HTC Desire Eye is tipped to pack a 5.2" 1080p display and run on the powerful Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core Krait 400 processor at 2.3GHz and 2GB RAM.
The most interesting feature is the camera department of the HTC Desire Eye a 13MP front Selfie Camera coupled with a dual-LED front-flash and a 13MP rear camera. This should be quite interesting combo and a tough competitor for the upcoming Oppo N3.
The rest of the tipped specs include 32GB internal storage, a 2,400 mAh battery and IPX7 certification for water resistance. The Desire Eye will run on Android OS with Sense 6 UI with Eye camera app on top of it.
According to a new unconfirmed rumor, HTC is going to release a handset called "HTC One M8i" at some point this year. It's currently codenamed M8_QL. The name in use here implies that it will resemble the One M8, which is pictured to the left, perhaps in terms of design. On the inside, however, the M8i will be a midranger through and through.
It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, namely the MSM8939. This has an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor. Four of its cores can be clocked at up to 1.7 GHz, while the rest only go up to 1 GHz.
Unfortunately we don't yet have any other specs to speak of, but the chipset choice indicates we might also see changes in other hardware areas compared to the One M8.
Samsung just unveiled a 10nm LPDDR4 6GB DRAM meant for mobile devices at the Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum 2016 in Shenzhen, China recently. Since in 2016, the only upcoming device from the South Korean manufacturer that is worthy of such an upgrade is the Galaxy Note 6, we are pretty sure that is where it will make its debut.
It would be an intelligent guess if we were to say that the same RAM will also be seen on the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 2017. Right now though, we are excited about the Galaxy Note 6. The rumors that are encircling the phablet are awe-inspiring to say the least. A Snapdragon 823 processor that's more powerful than the SD 820, 6GB of LPDDR4 DRAM, 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD display and all this powered through a system that consumes less power than its previous iterations!
The software is in its developmental stage though, as per reports and would likely be based on Android N. It will be interesting to see how much of these rumors the Note 6 lives up to, when it is unveiled in August (probably). However, if the newly confirmed 6GB RAM is any indication, then we would be obligated to say that the rumors are pretty spot on these days!
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Samsung is all over the tech-news these days, albeit for unwanted reasons. The Note 7 started exploding soon after release and now even a few of the replaced units marked as safe are also showing similar patterns. However, we have new rumors about next year\'s Galaxy S8 for you today. We are sure that the Korean electronics giant is greatly depending on the S8 to bring them out of the rut that they are quickly falling in right now.
ETNews reports that the S8 may not have a Physical Home button and instead will sport a front that's "all screen\" or "full screen" as they are calling it. It is interesting to note that the bezel-less front is also something that\'s rumoured to be a part of the iPhone 8.
Other rumors circulating around the S8 include a dual rear camera setup or a single 30-megapixel back camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 (10nm)/Exynos 8895 (10nm), a 4,200mAh battery and 6GB of RAM. None of the features except the 30-mp back camera seems too farfetched though and may actually turn out to be quite accurate. Since ETNews is a reputed source, we are pretty excited to see how the S8 will look with the full screen display, if it really does happen.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 may be delayed, but the rumors keep coming. Check out the latest ones.
Now that Samsung has officially disclosed that it won't be revealing the Galaxy 8 at the MWC this year, a new rumor is pointing towards a launch date which is set on April 21, instead of the previously rumoured date of April 18.
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Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
There is no doubt that the Galaxy S8 will indeed be sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US, but whether or not there will also be an Exynos variant for the international market, remains to be seen.
Other rumors surrounding the biggest Android device to be launched in the first half of 2017 promise an iris scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, water resistance, expandable storage, 6GB of RAM and dual camera for the S8 Plus.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Let's admit it, the foldable smartphone is a mythical beast from Samsung that never realty came to be even after three years since it was first heard of. In fact, even head honchos at Samsung has confirmed that there is a project going on to develop this ultimate smartphone cum tablet combo, but we are yet to see anything substantial. On that note, read on below to know what the umpteenth rumor is now saying about this Duke Nukem Forever of the smartphone world!
According to reports, the upcoming foldable smartphone project has been renamed to "Winner" from "Project Valley" by Samsung. These are of course internal codenames and has little significance to customers, but it's a development nonetheless. Rumor also has it that we will see this smartphone being unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2019, but then again, that's what the rumors had been saying every year!
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are great devices and among the best smartphones released in 2018, just like the Galaxy S series smartphones are expected to be every year. However, the S9 wasn't as well received as the S8 because they look almost identical and a good number of the smartphones suffered from poor call quality issues. However, as the release of the Galaxy Note 9 draws ever closer, Samsung might be all set to surprise their customers with an unexpected boost in specs.
According to an unrevealed source online, Samsung is considering the possibility of putting 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage in the Galaxy Note 9! This isn't really confirmed news though, given that the source himself admits to the fact that Samsung is only toying with the idea and has not implemented it yet. In any case, would you like to see a Note 9 with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage, or would you prefer it if Samsung stuck with the 6GB formula for now and kept the prices down?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Big news about the upcoming Motorola Nexus! We have been getting a ton of info about Motorola's plans to release the Nexus X. It sounds like Google's plans are to basically do the same as last year. But, first off, that name Nexus X is not official, but is the name being used internally at Motorola for the device and it is said to "most likely" be the official name of the device, which will use model number "XT1100".
This model will be the last Nexus device as Google is moving to Android One Program devices very soon. Many outlets, including us, have been using the name Nexus 6 because this is the 6th Nexus device, and because it is going to have a 5.9-inch display. But, regardless of how much sense it makes, Google will not be using that name because of trademark issues.
In terms of the release plans, we're being told that Google is planning a secret launch just like last year. The Nexus X will be released on or around Halloween without an announcement. We've been expecting the release to be in November this year, so this makes sense.
As we used to every year, Google will release a New flagship Nexus device to set the standards of Android. The last one was the Motorola-made Nexus 6 that was launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
A New rumor is spreading around, the rumor is saying that Google will be working with LG Mobile (Again!) on the next Nexus device codenamed "N000".
Google's Android engineers paid a visit to LG's Display and R&D facilities in Korea apart from other units responsible for wireless charging parts, and Optical Image Stabilization. The details are yet to be confirmed so take this information with a grain of salt. If this happens, it would be LG's third Nexus smartphone after the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.
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.
We are still waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launch on Sept,3rd. However, it looks like we might a Mid-Range Note beside the upcoming flag-ship, the Rumor saying that Samsung is most likely to release a "cheaper" version of the Note 4 with lower specs to target more audience. What will this Mid-range Note phablet pack ?
Based on info from the GFX benchmark site, up its sleeves. Samsung's Mid-range Note will be codenamed SM-G739F . The phone does come with a 5.5-inch screen, with resolution of 720 x 1280. Under the hood is a Quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with the Adreno 305 GPU handling graphics.
The unnamed model will also carry 1.3GB of RAM and 12GB of native storage. There will be a 7MP snapper on back, with a 2MP camera in front. Both will be capable of shooting 1080 x 1920 video. Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed, out of the box. Outside of the above specs, not much information is available about the phone, including availability and pricing. But we will keep our eyes peeled, and as soon as we know more, you'll know more.