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OnePlus 8

 

2019 was the year of success for OnePlus. In 2020 the company isn't likely to slow down, as we have already witnessed a new streak of rumors about OnePlus 8 series as these devices are on the way. There is also a rumor about a new mid-range or budget-friendly device coming from the company, which is tagged as OnePlus 8 Lite. If it does launch, it would be the first mid-range smartphone from the company since the OnePlus X, that was launched back in 2015.


The mid-range device OnePlus 8 Lite was named as "Lite" by rumors because it seems more sensible than using the X, as OnePlus did in the past. It might be possible that the Lite version has some other name, but until we hear from the company, we will continue to use the OnePlus 8, Pro, and Lite. As per leaks, the devices will be launched in May of 2020. It's predecessor OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 6 both were released in May.

 

As per leak images, the OnePlus 8 looks slightly different than the OnePlus 7. There is an addition of a lens on the rear side of the device. Earlier, the phone had only two lenses. On the front side, the waterdrop notch is gone. Instead, the company adopted the punch-hole route by adding a single camera lens for taking selfies as a cutout in the upper left corner.


As per the physical buttons are concerned, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the power button is a layout on the right side along with the alert slider. The USB-C port is in its usual place and there is still no 3.5mm headphone jack. From the back, the device looks similar to the OnePlus 7T Pro. The camera has left-of-center ToF sensor, all arranged in pretty much a similar way as in 7T pro. In short, the OnePlus 8 Lite is different than any other OnePlus phone from the front side.


As per confirmed leaks, the OnePlus 8 series is going to have a 120Hz display refresh rate. With its predecessor, the display rate was 90Hz. However, it is unlikely that the Lite version will feature such a high refresh rate. OnePlus could use wireless charging with the upcoming series.

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oneplus 8 pro

 

It has only a few months since OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7T and 7T pro in October, but we already have rumors about the next flagship smartphone coming in. OnePlus is good when it comes to not telling everything to everyone. It has kept its PR strategy to the minimal level since the beginning. Recently it teased about its next headset on Facebook, "We're working on something really cool and we really can't tell you yet. To be continued. Surprisingly, there is no picture of any mobile device along with the post, just a blue image.


Some Snapchat account also posted a screenshot that was supposed to be hands-on pictures of the OnePlus 8 Pro 5G. According to the screenshot, the device will have a punch-hole display. Along with the image of the device, there are also some specifications being listed. As per leaked image specification, the device will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 processing chip. The OnePlus 8 pro features four rear-facing cameras, instead of three. Secondly, there appears to be uneven spacing between the written hardware specs that arises the doubt on the authenticity of the leaked specs.


As per rumors, the upcoming OnePlus 8 series is consists of three smartphones - Oneplus 8, OnePlus 8 lite, and OnePlus 8 Pro. The former two are expected to launch with Snapdragon 865 SoC, while the OnePlus 8 Lite is rumored to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset. As per the official statement, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are expected to have 120Hz display. As per rumors, OnePlus 8 may feature a 32MP front camera, a 48MP triple camera, and 4,000mAh battery with wrap charge 30T support. The OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a quad-camera setup, a larger 4,500mAh battery, 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, and a faster 50W fast charging technology. It is expected to be launched in the last week of March or the first week of April.


pixel 5

 

We are months away from the Google Pixel 5 release date, and we don't know if Google would launch the phone in Fall, as usual, it does, or COVID-19 pandemic pushes the release date even further, as it did with many smartphones this year. But we know enough to start building on a foundation for the description of the phone and its specs. As such we are sure that the phone will be called the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 5XL. However, there could be some changes this year's Pixels when it comes to specs and design. Due to the pandemic, we are still hoping for October as the launch month of the device.


We have not expected a dramatic change in the design of the phone, although, Google may redesign the camera module. Usually, every new phone has at least these two new features - the latest Qualcomm 800-series processor and the latest version of the Android operating system. So, we can safely bet that Google Pixel 5 will land with the Android 11 stable version, and might have this year's latest processor - Snapdragon 865. A few rumors suggest that the phone will house a more mid-range processor and our best guess is Snapdragon 765 or 768G.


Outside of the processor, though, we can be relatively assured Google won't downgrade other established specs of Pixel phones. That means you can safely expect at least 6GB of RAM, at least 64GB of storage, at least a dual-lens rear camera, wireless charging, an IP68 rating, etc.
It's also safe to assume that the battery capacity of the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 5 XL will increase, hopefully by a significant margin. The aforementioned behind-the-scenes drama of the Pixel team strongly suggests that the battery life of the Pixel 4 was a contentious topic, which leads us to believe much bigger batteries are on the way. At this point, if Google doesn't do that, it might as well hang the Pixel line out to dry. A very strong source has confirmed that Google is going to sell the Pixel 5 for $699 as a starting price.


mate 40 pro

 

Huawei usually announces two premium smartphone series every year: The P series and the Mate series. The P series has already arrived in the market in the early months, while the Mate series is still on the hold and we can expect it somewhere in the second half of the year. With the Huawei P series already being announced, all tech enthusiasts are waiting for the Mate series. Especially, with the Trump administration's actions against Huawei, things are quite interesting with the Chinese smartphone users, as nothing to seem to stop the company from rising against the odds.

 

The Huawei Mate 10 was the first phone in the series and was introduced almost 3 years ago in 2017. The Mate 20 was launched in the next year in October 2018 , and the Mate 30 series was introduced in September 2019. This gives us a hint that the Mate 40 series might launch somewhere in October, as rumors suggest. While we don't have any official announcement or date yet, we can assume easily that the phone will be launched in near future.

 

The Huawei Mate 30 was initially priced around €799, while the Pro model started at €1099. The Mate 30 Pro with 5G was sold at €1199. We are expecting something similar pricing model for this year's Huawei Mate 40 series smartphones. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will have prominent camera housing at the rear side with possibly a triple camera for the vanilla model and a quad camera for Mate 40 Pro smartphone. As per rumors, the Huawei Mate 40 will have a 6.4-inch or 6.67-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate.

 

Mate 40 will be using the Kirin 9000. With the US trade ban in place, companies can't manufacture any new chip and as per resources, this is the last phone from the company that will use already-stockpiled chips. The Mate 40 offers 6/8GB of RAM and Mate 40 Pro comes with the higher 12GB option. In terms of battery, we expect to see at least 4,000mAh or 5,000mAh battery. To answer your curiosity, as we all know, there won't be any Google Apps or services. Which means you can't use apps like Whatsapp or banking apps.

 



In the latest report regarding the iPhone 8, it has been mentioned that Apple will launch three variants, instead of the two that we are accustomed to. The rumor was supplied by KGI Securities, who have an excellent track record of providing the internet with accurate leaks when it comes to Apple products. If it's indeed true, then there will be two different variants of the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 8 (Plus), along with a single smaller 4.7-inch regular version.


1. 4.7-inch LCD display and a single camera
2. 5.5-inch LCD display and a dual rear camera setup
3. 5.5-inch OLED display and a dual rear camera setup


I am not sure, but the iPhone 8 Plus having both an LCD version, as well as an OLED version could be directly related to the fact that Samsung is unable to produce sufficient OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung's production rate of the OLED panels isn't high enough to keep up with Apple's demand. Nevertheless, Samsung will still be the only supplier of the OLED panels to Apple till 2018, as they are already into a contract. We will find out more in the coming months.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It's no secret that the two biggest names in the smartphone business are preparing for what could be the most important year for both of them in recent history. Apple released the iPhone 7 to an overwhelming success, but unimpressed reviews from even some of its ardent fans. The Galaxy Note 7 on the other hand, exploded into (pardon the pun!) all sorts of problems even after being received extremely well by the critics on release. The phone itself had to be shut down permanently by Samsung for safety concerns. A lot depends on the success of the Galaxy S8 in 2017 for Samsung, and perhaps even more so with that of the Note 8 (or whatever Samsung decides to call it).


The 10th anniversary of the iPhone is coming up in 2017, and we are sure that Apple is going to make it particularly special with either the iPhone 7s or the iPhone 8 (or both). We will now take a look at the most prominent changes that we could be seeing in the upcoming flagships devices, as per leaks and rumors around the web.


AI assisted digital assistant


Both the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 could sport "Bixby," an AI assisted digital assistant that is being developed by reportedly the same firm which helped in the development of Siri for the iPhone.


Iris scanner



Most experts, including us, are quite convinced that both the S8 and the Note 8 will have iris scanners that made its debut with the Note 7 this year. Apple too, may embrace the technology as the company is currently in business with Xintec from Taiwan.


Full screen pressure sensitive display



A display with almost no bezel seems to be on the cards for the Galaxy S8, as well as the next iPhone. If you want to know what we are talking about exactly, take a look at the Mi Mix. Pressure sensitivity or Force Touch has been a part of the iPhones for over a year now, but Samsung too may embed similar pressure sensitive tech into its displays starting from 2017.


Foldable OLED display



Samsung may move to foldable displays in 2017, while Apple may shift to using OLED panels for their iPhones in 2017 in place of LCDs. Many have speculated that the rumoured 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a foldable display to make it portable.


10nm chipsets


Reportedly, Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple will all move to the significantly more powerful, yet energy-efficient next generation 10nm processes to manufacture their SoC units in 2017.


Dual 20-megapixel camera sensors



Most reports are suggesting that the S8 and the Note 8 will feature dual 20-mp sensors at their back. Apple once again, already has done it with the iPhone 7 Plus.


"Safe" removable batteries


There is no denying that the Galaxy Note 7 disaster could have been somewhat controlled if only Samsung had opted for removable batteries. Let's just hope that Samsung recognizes that fact well enough to equip their upcoming smartphones with user-removable batteries.


There are plenty of other details floating about in the market regarding the upcoming superphones, but these are the most significant changes which the world is hoping to see from the two companies in their upcoming devices.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


nokia 9-3 pureview

 

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.

 


nokia

 

Recent rumors about the next upcoming smartphones suggest another low-budget smartphone by the HMD Global called Nokia 2.4. The device was spotted at Geekbench in the last month. A fresh report by Nokia Power User has revealed some important spec information on the device. As per leaks the highest variant of the Nokia 2.4 will have 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It will also come in 2GB RAM and 32GB storage variants. The device will be available in three color options such as grey, blue, and purple.

 


The Nokia 2.4 is reported to have a big 4,500mAh battery that is enough to keep it alive all day long with a single charge with support to fast charging. The phone features a 6.5-inch screen with 271 PPI and IPS LCD. The phone is powered by the octa-core 2GH MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The device supports dual SIM options. The expected launch date in India is around October this year but this isn't confirmed yet. Nokia 2.4 might be available fewer Rs. 10,000 in the Indian market. Coming to the FCC listing, the report states that the Nokia 2.4 has four variants - TA-1277, TA-1270, TA-1274, and TA-1275, out of which the TA-1270 is a dual-SIM variant. The rest of the specifications remain the same across all the variants.

 


According to the leaks, the Nokia 2.4 will feature a 13-MP primary camera with a 2-MP dual camera like the predecessor Nokia 2.3 phone. It houses a front-camera of 5-MP for selfies. The phone will come with an Android 10 operating system out of the box. Although we are not sure about its launch date yet, it could be one of the phones that HMD Global may launch at the IFA 2020 tech trade show in the next month.



Rumors never seem to cease when it comes to Samsung. It has not even been two months since the Galaxy S7 was officially released back in March and the internet is already warming up with rumors about the Galaxy S8. We are pretty sure that it's going to be a while before Samsung even makes a prototype of the S8, but that does not mean that the Korean company doesn't have ideas that they are working on right now. So, here is a look at the top five cool ideas that Samsung might be working on to bring in with the Galaxy S8 in 2017.


Iris scanner - The biometric locking mechanism which will take phone security to an all new level is supposedly an assured part of the S8. This rumor by Digital Spy is actually not that farfetched as iris scanners will indeed be the next step in phone security, now that fingerprint scanners have become a norm.


A truly next-generation camera - Cameras on flagship smartphones from Samsung usually are among the best in the business and the S7's sensor is no exception. However, according to Know Your Mobile, the S8 will feature a snapper that will not only sport an improved sensor, but will bring forth completely new features like infrared autofocus.


USB Type-C - This one by TechRader makes a lot of sense and we may even begin to see the type-C ports on Samsung smartphones starting with the Note 6, which is due for a release later this year.


4K panel - A 4K display could prove particularly beneficial when used with future models of Samsung's Gear VR. Although some may consider it to be overkill, one can only imagine how beautiful a 4K Super AMOLED display will look on the S8. If ValueWalk is right, then ppi count on the 5.1"/5.5" screen will be through the roof!


Built-in projector - Steel Drake's concept art of the Galaxy S8 sports an in-built projector and while the chances of that actually making its way onto the Galaxy S8 are not that great, it is definitely something we won't mind seeing.


The S8 is rumored to launch with a price tag of $1,000 but we do not think that it is even a probability, given that Samsung actually reduced the price of the S7 at launch, compared to the price of the S6 at launch in 2015. We will find out more in the coming months and especially after the Note 6 is revealed.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



Aside from various other rumors about the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 6, there is a more recent rumor going around that the upcoming phablet will be almost as powerful as a fully fledged laptop. This may actually turn out to be true but we will just have to wait and see how potent the Snapdragon 823 actually is or if it really is going to power the Note 6.


It would also be exciting to see if the USB Type-C port finally makes its appearance on the Samsung device or whether the Korean company sticks with the tried and tested older micro-USB ports. However, the next iteration of the Samsung Gear VR is rumored by SamMobile to be waterproof, dustproof and sport a USB Type-C port, so it would only make sense if the Note 6 also comes with the same USB technology.


One of the most interesting rumors by Android Geeks hint at an infrared-autofocus based camera with the same 12-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization and f/1.7 aperture as the S7. Apparently, whether it will be used in the final device or not is yet to be decided. GizmoChina added an extra rumor to the mix, but this one is about an early release date. According to them, Samsung will do what they did it with the S7 and release the Note 6 in August before its expected release date. Some are of the opinion that the release may even happen as early as July, pitting it head to head against the iPhone 7.


The rumored specifications of the Galaxy Note 6 are well known to fans by now but just in case you are not familiar with them yet, here is what we know so far.


SoC - Qualcomm Snapdragon 823/Exynos

Display - 5.8" curved/flat Super AMOLED at 1440p resolution

RAM - 6GB

In-built memory - 256GB

Battery - 4,200 mAh

Water and dust resistance - IP67 certification


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


 

According to the International Business Times, the Note series from Samsung is actually more admired worldwide than its own Galaxy S series. Having said that, we should take into account that the Note 5 was not received particularly well by a lot of people because of the similarities that it shared with the S6 series. Nonetheless, the Galaxy Note 5 was a stellar device that didn't disappoint us in any way. It ran through everything from regular tasks to heavy gaming like knife through butter. The S- Pen offered added functionalities of a stylus and even that was simply the best in class experience.


It's a brand new year now and even before the S7 is released on February 21, the Note 6 is rumored to be unveiled at the IFA electronics and appliances trade fair 2016 in August - September. So the question lies whether Samsung can improve upon the Note 5 which is already a great device but still disappointed many. Here are a few ideas that can do just that, and they are based on what people want and the rumors that are flying around about the phablet.


Pressure sensitive gestures - Apple's 3D Touch was an amazing piece of innovation and we would very much like to see it being done in Android. Samsung may implement it in the Note 6 as they are already working with Synaptics to incorporate it in their 2016 flagships.


Improved camera - If the rumors are right then the S7 will flaunt only a 12 megapixel camera as compared to the 16 megapixel sensor on the S6 series. The lens however, will be much larger and better in every way compared to the previous generation 16 megapixel sensor. This is a trend which will probably be seen in the Note 6 as well.


Expandable storage via SD card - This was one of the biggest gripes of fans around the world who revolted against Samsung's decision of omitting a microSD card slot in the S6 and Note 5. The Koreans are possibly bringing back the feature, starting with the S7 and following it up to at least the Note 6.


Improved battery life - If you are a power user, then you probably felt that the Note 5 could have done with a juicier battery. Fortunately, this is almost certainly going to improve because the 3000mAh battery simply won't be enough to power the Note 5's top end hardware.
Keep a look out for further news, rumors and leaks as the release date gets closer.




According to the International Business Times, the Note series from Samsung is actually more admired worldwide than its own Galaxy S series. Having said that, we should take into account that the Note 5 was not received particularly well by a lot of people because of the similarities that it shared with the S6 series. Nonetheless, the Galaxy Note 5 was a stellar device that didn't disappoint us in any way. It ran through everything from regular tasks to heavy gaming like knife through butter. The S- Pen offered added functionalities of a stylus and even that was simply the best in class experience.


It's a brand new year now and even before the S7 is released on February 21, the Note 6 is rumored to be unveiled at the IFA electronics and appliances trade fair 2016 in August - September. So the question lies whether Samsung can improve upon the Note 5 which is already a great device but still disappointed many. Here are a few ideas that can do just that, and they are based on what people want and the rumors that are flying around about the phablet.


Pressure sensitive gestures - Apple's 3D Touch was an amazing piece of innovation and we would very much like to see it being done in Android. Samsung may implement it in the Note 6 as they are already working with Synaptics to incorporate it in their 2016 flagships.


Improved camera - If the rumors are right then the S7 will flaunt only a 12 megapixel camera as compared to the 16 megapixel sensor on the S6 series. The lens however, will be much larger and better in every way compared to the previous generation 16 megapixel sensor. This is a trend which will probably be seen in the Note 6 as well.


Expandable storage via SD card - This was one of the biggest gripes of fans around the world who revolted against Samsung's decision of omitting a microSD card slot in the S6 and Note 5. The Koreans are possibly bringing back the feature, starting with the S7 and following it up to at least the Note 6.


Improved battery life - If you are a power user, then you probably felt that the Note 5 could have done with a juicier battery. Fortunately, this is almost certainly going to improve because the 3000mAh battery simply won't be enough to power the Note 5's top end hardware.

Keep a look out for further news, rumors and leaks as the release date gets closer.




 



Many experts had speculated that Samsung is just going to release one flagship smartphone this year, the Galaxy S8. However, that turned out to be hogwash as Samsung confirmed that they do plan to launch the next Note later in 2017 as always. The rumors are already going around about the "Note 8," even when the S8 itself is still months away from being launched! Nevertheless, here are a few of the most popular rumors that are going around about the next Galaxy Note from Samsung.


The Iris Scanner


This one is almost a safe bet as we are quite confident that an improved version of the iris scanner which we already saw on the Note 7 earlier in the year will make its way to the Note 8. In fact, it should also be a part of the S8 as well.


Dual Rear Camera


The Korean Herald had already reported that the dual-lens module with 20-mp sensors is going to be a part of the S8. If that turns out to be true, then the Note 8 will definitely have it as well.


AI Assisted Digital Assistant


It is no secret now that Samsung is going to launch a personal digital assistant (Bixby) very soon and when it does, we are sure that it will make its way onto the Note 8 as well, unless something unexpected happens of course.


4K display for VR


The Galaxy S8 was rumored to sport a 4K display, but recent reports are suggesting that Samsung may stick with the tried and tested 2k display instead. This has led many to believe that Samsung is reserving its 4K Super AMOLED display for the next Note device with advanced VR capabilities.


8GB of RAM


To be honest, we think that this one is a stretch and 6GB of RAM is much more likely to be the Note 8's RAM capacity than 8GB. Then again, you may never know!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



There's still a few months in-between now and the time of the S8's release, but the rumors are already out and about. In case you have not been following on what's going on, here's a recent rumor roundup just for you.


No headphone jack - Much to our dismay, recent reports are strongly indicating that the S8 won't feature the good old 3.5mm headphone jack.


Harman speakers - Samsung has recently acquired internationally acclaimed car audio equipment manufacturer Harman Internationals and the Galaxy S8 might sport stereo speakers made by the brand.


6.2-inch bezel-less dual curved 2K display - Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Galaxy S8 (Plus) will probably sport a curved display without any bezels and a screen-to-body ratio above 90%. The 6.2-inch variant seems quite unlikely to us, but reports are insisting that it actually is coming.


Removal of the Physical Home button - The capacitive Home button will be placed under the glass which will replace the iconic Samsung Home button. Do you like the idea?


Force Touch or Pressure sensitivity - We have contrasting reports regarding this but at least some of those reports mention that the display of the S8 will support pressure sensitive gestures just like the iPhones.


For more rumors and leaks as they happen, stay tuned.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It was becoming quite confusing when it came to rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S8's launch date, but the OEM itself has stepped in and cleared up a large chunk of the confusion. Dong-jin Koh, the chief of Samsung Mobiles has confirmed publicly that the S8 won't be launched at the MWC this year. It has always been Samsung's tradition to unveil its next Galaxy S series of smartphones in Barcelona, at the Mobile World Congress that's held in February every year. However, it seems like Samsung won't be able to stay true to that tradition this year around. This information was retrieved while Dong-jin Koh publicly announced the findings of Samsung's probe into the Galaxy Note 7 disaster.


Unfortunately though, he did not clarify anything about when the Galaxy S8 will actually be unveiled. In order to figure out that bit of information, we will have to depend on rumors once again. There are multiple rumors, but the latest ones suggest that the smartphone will be unveiled in New York, at an exclusive Samsung event on March 29. The S8 will allegedly go on sale after roughly three weeks from the launch date (April 15 - 17).


 Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



They already have had the necessary FCC certifications and rumors are predicting that both the smartphones will be made official by Samsung anytime now. While the Galaxy J5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017) will not be phones which will ever enter the US or European markets, they are a huge hit in the emerging markets of India, Pakistan and South Africa. On that note, let's take a look at what Samsung has in store for the fans of the series this year.



The design visually reminds us about the Galaxy A (2017) series. Of course, it will have more modest hardware specifications as compared to the mid-range A-series. If you are wondering what those specifications are, your guess is as good as mine. Nevertheless, let's hope that the 1080p display won't be exclusive to China this year around. Don't expect any AMOLED displays though as those are reserved for Samsung's higher end phones only.



Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


o-infinity-display


Samsung had so far avoided the hated Notch, but it looks like they are all set to adopt it, albeit in their own adaptation of it. If the latest leak by Evan Blass is to be believed then the Galaxy S10 will sport a new kind of Infinity display that they are calling "O-Infinity." As you can probably guess, the "O" likely stands for the O shaped notch which Samsung is rumored to be going for in all likelihood. Evan Blass does have a solid reputation for sending out reliable leaks, so there might be some credit to this one after all, although, it is a bit early for leaks about the Galaxy S10.


His leak also stated that the S10 will have three rear cameras (standard, telephoto and wide-angle), an in-display fingerprint scanner and Samsung's new One UI, powered by Android Pie. Unfortunately, if the punch-hole notch turns out to be true, it also means that the foldable smartphone, aka the Galaxy X won't be the Galaxy S10, like a lot of us were hoping for. We will let you know as soon as we find out more about this.


Saikat Kar


galaxy s20

 

With the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 ultra launched in March 2020, we were expecting another Samsung Galaxy s20 as a more affordable model of the phone. But instead of the ‘Lite' model, Samsung introduced the fan edition this year. Here is everything we know about the phone so far. Samsung has confirmed that it will host another event for the smartphone. The invitation features flashes through many phone colors - but we aren't sure if the event is for Fan edition. The event will take place on 23 Sept 2020 at 15:00 BST. You will be able the watch the event live online at its YouTube channel. The S20 Fan edition is expected to be stored somewhere in October 2020.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan edition is rumored to launch at 900,000 won, which is around £580 in the UK or $760 in the US, both of which are lower than the S20, as expected. As the phone will come in a 5G version, we are expecting a slightly higher price but still under £700. Based on the rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will have the identical design to the vanilla Galaxy S20 but may have a plastic rear side. The device will have a rectangular camera module on the back just like the S20 series and Note 20 series with a 3.3mm punch-hole front camera.

 


The phone is rumored to have a 6.5-inches display with a 120Hz refresh rate with 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution and 407ppi. Samsung has placed an under-display fingerprint sensor for a more refined look with a flat display rather than the curved one and Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the front side. The phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset worldwide, and not Exynos in some regions, though a model with Exynos has now also appeared for 5G. Samsung Galaxy S20 fan edition will have a triple rear camera system with a 12MP as a primary camera lens, a 12MP wide-angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. The phone will have an optical zoom up to 3x.

 


pixel 4

 

Google's Pixel smartphones are loved by the excellent photography results, though the fan base doesn't feel the same about its video recording abilities. Google is making steady improvements to the video and audio recording capabilities of its Pixel smartphones. It seems like the company is listening to the feedback of its users and video creators in general.


Google started to roll out the Camera update for the handful of users earlier this year. Although, there wasn't much noticeable change in the update. The only significant change was a new listing in the settings app called "Do not disturb access needed" when the user hasn't granted the do not disturb permission to the camera app. Once you activate this option, the smartphone pauses any notification while you are recording videos, so you won't be disturbed while making the videos.


Another change is related to a new fps option in the video recording settings. Right now, Pixel 4 can go up to 30fps when recording at 4K resolution, or you can select from auto, 30fps, or 60fps while recording at 1080p resolution. Google may add a third option to the settings app and that will allow recording in 24fps. The average user records at 30fps with the occasional switch to 60fps, which is why Google has defined the auto option by default.


Another leak last week surfaced for Google's mid-range Pixel smartphone. These code-names were sunfish, redfin, and bramble. Sunfish is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, while the other two are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 that also supports 5G networking. These code names were spotted next to a string-valued "pixel_20_mid_range" which suggests that these are indeed related to the next Google's Pixel 4a series. It is believed that the sunfish and bramble are likely the code-names for the two Pixel 4a smartphones, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL.


pixel 5

 

Google has already announced an event for its next smartphones Pixel 5 and PIxel 4A 5G smartphones on 30 September. Pixel 5 is the 5th generation of the flagship smartphones from search engine giant Google, following the Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4. Each of these phones was available in two models - a regular Pixel phone and the XL model. However, this year, it might be a different case and Google only launches one vanilla model. Maybe they thought that people are suffering financially so they might not be interested in the XL variant. This means we would have a budget-friendly phone by Google.

 

It is reported that the Google Pixel 5 will be different from previous phone series and won't be competing with the high-end smartphones. Instead, Google will use the Pixel 5 to be around the $600 price tag. There are no premium-like smartphones around this price point this year. Google will make this phone a semi-powerful yet affordable phone that gets the latest android operating system.

 

According to the leaks, Google Pixel 5 will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G (or 768G) with 5G connectivity support. It will feature the best in class camera. WinFuture suggests that the Google Pixel feature a 12.2MP primary lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and an 8MP selfie camera with a hole-punch selfie camera to match the recently released 4A. Google cameras are known for their amazing photography ability due to software, and not the hardware. You can shoot a video up to 4k at 60fps and HD at 24fps. As rumors, the phone will be replacing the telephoto lens in Pixel 4 with a wide-angle lens. This is possibly done to further reduce the manufacturing price. This sensor is 16BP with an f/2.2 aperture. The phone will feature a 6-inch OLED 2340 x 1080 OLED panel in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz refresh rate. The device will feature a 2340 x 1080 OLED panel in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz refresh rate.

 



In about a month's time, one of 2018's biggest consumer electronics events is going to start from January 9 and last till January 12 and it's about time that we took a look at some of the most expected appearances at the show.


Google


Smack dab in the middle of the venue, Google has already booked a huge booth for the show. While a lot of experts are of the opinion that the Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Daydream View, Google Home and the Google Home Mini will be on display here, there's a chance that the search engine giant may also showcase the newly launched PixelBook. It's basically going to be a place to show off "Made by Google" hardware.


Samsung



Aside from a 150-inch Home LED Display, a new series of MicroLED TVs and an updated range of QLED TVs, the Korean tech giant is also expected to launch a teaser trailer of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Other rumors regarding the company's possible showcases include a few new smartwatches and a foldable smartphone, aka the Galaxy X.


LG (January 8 at 08:00 PT/16:00 GMT)


To keep Samsung on its toes, LG will likely drawing the curtains off its new range of 4K OLED TVs, which will most probably be the B8, C8, G8 and the W8. A new range of mid-range smartphones will also make their appearances at the show, but we are not sure about the LG G7 yet.


Lenovo (January 9 at 11:00 PT/07:00 GMT)


We don't know what else the company is bringing to the table, but a standalone Daydream VR headset is almost surely going to be there.


Sony (January 8 at 17:00 PT/01:00 GMT on January 9)



A new range of Bravia 4K OLED TVs and 4K HDR projectors are on the cards at this invite-only get-together by Sony.


Dell



The Dell XPS 13 2017 Edition is going to make its official debut at the CES 2018 and it looks to be one very beautiful, thin and classy laptop.


If we missed something then it's likely because a lot of events have not been disclosed yet, but do feel free to let us know in the comments about what you are looking forward to the most in next year's Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas.


Mo Cheng


Editor


YouMobile, Inc



If you happen to be an Apple fan, then you should read everything we have for you today.


Augmented Reality in Apple iPhone X



Rumor has it that Apple might be developing a new kind of augmented reality (AR) technology for the iPhone X. It will apparently work based on a new sensor at the phone's back and will probably debut in 2019. Any other details regarding this are unclear at this point.


HomePod Delayed



Just when fans of the Cupertino giant thought that they were going to get their own smart speaker in the form of the HomePod, Apple has officially announced that it would be delayed. It was supposed to be ready for sale by December, but now that date has been delayed to "early next year."


Hacked Face ID



Apple took a bold decision by removing Touch ID from the iPhone X and replacing it with Face ID, but now the security of the Face ID is being challenged by a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm that goes by the name Bkav. They are claiming that they have managed to fool Face ID with a mask printed out from a 3D printer.


Smith Replaces Smith


Apple's Diversity Chief Denise Young Smith has stepped down after being in the position for just six months and he was replaced by Christie Smith.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


iphone se

 

The iPhone SE 2020 was launched in April as the first affordable Apple smartphone since the iPhone 8. But the rumors suggest that Apple is working on another affordable smartphone this year - named as iPhone SE plus. You can watch the Apple event on Apple TV or the official YouTube channel. This shouldn't come as surprise if the event doesn't showcase this phone. As the event is only a few hours away, we can see what the rumors have stored for us. Rumors suggest that the phone is still in the process and consumers may not be able to hold hands on it till the half of 2021. The phone inherited its hardware from the iPhone 8, including its 4.7-inch LCD at 1334 x 750 resolution.



The device can pull off the depth in the image using software algorithms making photography with the iPhone an amazing experience. While the iPhone SE 2020 has the leading A13 bionic processing chip, its older camera technology keeps it from capturing the night mode photos taken on the new flagships. The phone has the same thick top and bottom bezels as the older models which are too much according to new designs. The iPhone 8 plus uses a 2,691mAh battery that was certainly larger than the iPhone 8. But that is almost a 3-year-old smartphone. We can expect a better battery with a higher storage capacity with 18w fast charging.

 

Another leak is about a 3.5mm jack which is not necessarily true but we can hope to see it as it has the same physical dimensions as iPhone 8. One of the major differences between the iPhone 8 and 8 plus was the extra rear camera lens, which was responsible for creating stereoscopic images that could be combined to create a more depth and shadow effect in the images. This enables the first portrait mode photos. Rumors suggest that the iPhone SE plus will have multiple rear cameras to produce more visually attractive images using two or more lenses. Although we haven't heard much about its price, we can guess $399 for the starting price, which is lower than the latest official price of the iPhone 8 before it was discontinued.

 


Moto

 

Since the Motorola re-joined the mobile industry, it was relying on the small budget but last year in December Motorola President Sergio Buniac announced that it would bring a flagship smartphone in early 2020. The company didn't say much about the phone and kept everything so secret - even we had to know about its name (now confirmed) through rumors. But that doesn't stop rumors to surface as the New Year started. Thanks to the renders leaked by OnLeaks and PriceBaba, now we know how the Motorola Edge Plus might look like. After looking at the pictures the first thing you might notices is one of the 2019's most polarizing features - a waterfall display.


For the selfie camera, the smartphone uses a cutout to house the front camera lens. On the back of the phone, you will see a triple-lens camera array arranged in a vertically aligned fashion. Another imagery leak suggests that the smartphone will feature a 108MP primary sensor on the standard variant of the phone. The back of the device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and we might expect the in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone. There is also a possibility that the fingerprint reader is integrated with one of the buttons on the side, but that might not be the case.

 

Furthermore, the leaked renders of the Motorola Edge Plus suggests a headphone jack at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom of the device.
Rumors suggest that the Motorola Edge plus has a 6.67-inch 2,340 x 1,080 display that runs from edge to edge. It will most likely support a 90Hz display refresh rate. It is also expected to come with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity support. The phone also supports the 5G network.

 

The Motorola President Buniac said it would be the fastest 5G phone on the Qualcomm's flagship smartphone with 5G speeds greater than 5Gbps. The phone may launch several new applications with the phone including the Moto assistant, Moto Game Time, and Moto audio. Game Time has introduced a customizable toolbar for users to easily access settings and other tools useful while playing games. Some of these features could include notification blocking, brightness locking, and more.


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