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It's been some time since Xiaomi revealed a prototype for the Mi Mix Alpha - a phone with an extraordinary screen that wraps entirely around the phone. Now, the tech YouTube Marques had a more in-depth look at the prototype. It may seem like a very attractive product for a prototype, but it still needs some software-level optimization to do the magic trick.
The main attraction of the Xiaomi Mix Mix Alpha is its dazzling scree. It is a 7.9-inch display, measured from end to end with 2088 x 2250 resolution screen. The screen wraps around the phone and has a ceramic strap on the back of the phone that features all the cameras. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 855 plus processor and comes with a 4,050mAh battery that supports 40W fast charging. The phone has a 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal flash storage. Xiaomi decided to do some unusual placement of the software features to utilize the wrapping screen to its full strength. For example, the left edge of the screen showcases necessary information like time/date and notifications.
It has a sort of dashboard for other software features like weather, music control, a step counter, etc. The phone has a 198MP primary camera for taking selfies. Xiaomi placed some digital controls for the volume and power button on the top side. He states that using these buttons can be hit or miss. Xiaomi is still working on the palm rejection algorithm which may cause some accidental presses while using the phone. The company hasn't provided any further information on the availability of the phone yet but rumors suggest that the phone will be available in the market in September 2019 at 19,999 yuan or about $2,800 which is quite expensive for a phone.
Techconfigurations has just released a video on YouTube that shows the upcoming HTC made Google devices in detail. Keep in mind though, this is just a 3D video render that is primarily based on the leaked images that we have seen so far, combined with intelligent artistic creativity from the compiler. If you are not yet familiar with the rumoured specifications of the two upcoming devices, take a look below.
Both of them will sport the same 12-mp rear camera, 8-mp front camera, 4GB of RAM, bottom facing speakers, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth version 4.2 and fingerprint scanner on the back. However, the higher end Nexus Marlin may have 128GB of internal memory, as opposed to the 32GB internal memory of the SailFish. Marlin will also sport a bigger battery (3,450mAh) than the 2,770mAh battery rumoured to be inside the SailFish. Both the devices will feature Quad High Definition displays with an AMOLED panel but the Nexus marlin will have a larger 5.5-inch display compared to the 5-inch display of the SailFish. Even though it has been rumoured that the Nexus devices will both sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, the model number of the SoC is still a mystery.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We found a video on the YouTube channel named TIZEN Indonesia which shows us leaked footage of the upcoming Samsung Z2 for a brief period of about 33 seconds. Check out the video and you will even see the already released Z1 and Z3 beside the upcoming Z2. All the three Tizen-powered smartphones seem to be running an app named Unity on screen.
Although we are happy to see live footage of the unreleased Z2 in action, the quality of the video leaves something to be desired though. Also, we did not get a look at the back of the device. It wasn't really revealed in the video, but most of us are expecting the Samsung Z2 to be powered by 1GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, a 2,000 mAh battery and a 4.5-inch display. The device will of course be powered by the Tizen OS 3.0 and will possibly be made available for purchase in Asia and parts of Africa.
Apart from the Tizen OS 3.0 though, the hardware specs are nothing to write home about and they are a bit disappointing to be honest. However, we are used to seeing budget devices with low-end hardware configurations from Samsung by now.
Saikat kar (tech enthusiast)
As August 2 draws ever so close, we prepare ourselves for Samsung's most powerful smartphone this year, in the form of the Galaxy Note 7. Olixar had given away a lot when it first listed the covers for the Galaxy Note 7 just a while ago, but just recently, even more was revealed when they uploaded images while listing a tempered glass for the upcoming Note 7. The image clearly shows an USB Type-C port on the smartphone, as we had been reporting all along.
The images also show us the Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner, regular headphone jack, bottom firing speaker, ambient light sensor and the selfie cam. The S-Pen can be seen tucked away into its slot at the bottom right. The general consensus is that Samsung will unveil a brand new iteration of their Gear VR headset and that will use USB Type-C top connect to the Note 7. The new VR headset is also rumoured to be unveiled at the press conference on August 2, along with the next Note. Do you like the new USB Type-C port or would you have preferred the older micro-USB port instead?
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have not been released to the public yet, they are apparently receiving their first OTA updates. The updates contain the Android security patch for the month, but more interestingly, has the "fix" which takes away the ability to remap the Bixby hardware button from both devices. It wasn't easy to begin with as you had to install a third party app to get it done, but post the update, it just won't be possible anymore unless you decide to root your brand new device. The build numbe on the two updates are G950FXXU1AQDD (S8) and G955FXXU1AQDD (S8+) .
As of now, the update is only hitting the review units and pre-release handsets probably, since the two smartphones are not yet available for purchase anywhere. However, what this does mean is that if you do decide to buy any of the two handsets or if you have pre-ordered any one of them, the April security patch will be waiting for you, along with the Bixby Button reprogramming limitation patch as soon as you switch on your phone for the first time. Get that Wi-Fi ready and start getting to know Bixby I guess!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The S7 will probably be unveiled next month at the MWC, but we still know nothing too definitive about it. There have been multiple rumors and some of them even sound quite convincing, while others are downright conflicting. Amongst this secrecy and confusion, a new report has come in about two Exynos versions of the Samsung flagship being spotted at an Indonesian certification site, which lists the model numbers as Samsung - SM-G930FD and Samsung - SM-G935FD.
The S6 had the model number G920, while the S6 Edge was branded as G925. Therefore, the G930 and the G935 are most likely to be their future counterparts. The letter "F" in G930FD and G935FD almost certainly stands for "Exynos" versions as "A" has traditionally stood for AT&T models and the AT&T models are probably going to sport the Snapdragon 820 chipset. "FD" in the model numbers represent dual SIM capabilities as we saw with the SM-G920FD edition of the S6 last year; which were sold in certain Asian countries like Philippines and Pakistan.
The other rumoured specs of the Galaxy S7 series remains the same as before with alleged Quad High Definition Super AMOLED displays, three screen sizes (5.1", 5.7" and 6"), two screen variations (curved and flat), 12 megapixel Britecell rear cameras, 4GB of RAM, waterproof body, beefier battery, Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and may be even expandable memory!
The CES has always had a special place for the technically bizarre and brilliant creations and this year has not been an exception to that either. Check the following out and let us know which one appealed to you the most, in the comments.
The Rolling OLED TV from LG
If a 65-inch OLED panel coming into existence from seemingly nowhere intrigues and weirds you out at the same time, you are not the only one! The LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9) has a rolling OLED panel that rolls out from within the storage base below (which is also a sound system)! Looking at the whole thing unfurl is nothing short of astounding and strange at the same time.
The Happiness Robot
While it may not be human, the Lovot from Groove X promises to be your best friend forever! If you don't find the idea of a penguin-ish robot following you around for cuddles and then sleeping in your arms to be both weird and comforting, this list has nothing on you!
The Talking Toilet
While sitting on the can, have you ever felt lonely and wished that your toilet could talk to you? No? Well, the Kohler Numi 2.0 would want you to change your opinion because it's a talking, smart toilet that no one was really waiting for. Nonetheless, it has an impressive set of functions, powered by Amazon's own Alexa.
That's it for now, but, let's just hope that even more weird, and yet useful gadgets are shown at the CES 2019 this year. If anything weird enough is indeed showcased, we will be sure to highlight it and bring the latest updates right to you.
A YouTube channel named kk 低调 has just released a video on YouTube that apparently contains live shot footage of the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 Pro, whatever Apple chooses to call this one. The video spans for only 8 seconds unfortunately, but the quality of the video is really good and we urge you to take a look yourself, if you are interested in seeing the upcoming Apple flagship devices before time of course.
We can clearly see the iPhone 7 in three colors in this video and they are grey, rose gold and silver. More interestingly, the iPhone 7 Plus seems to be sporting the rumoured dual camera setup as expected. In order to ensure that viewers know that they are looking at the bigger iPhone 7 and not the regular version, we can see the regular iPhone 7 neatly placed on top of the three bigger iPhones just for good measure! This proves that there will indeed be at least two versions of the iPhone 7 this year. Whether or not this is the Plus version or the Pro version, or if there even will be a Pro version of the iPhone 7 this year are all shrouded in rumors and mystery right now.