Unknown to many, Sharp was the original company who introduced the world's first bezel-less or borderless Android smartphone with the Aquos Crystal. Although the credit has to go to Xiaomi for refining it further with the Mi Mix and giving us the world's most advanced bezel-less smartphone at the time. However, Sharp is not about to go out of the game it seems as the latest leak on Weibo is pointing towards another borderless smartphone from the Japanese company. From what we can see, it may resemble the Essential Phone in the way that it has a hole near the top of the display to allow for the front camera.
Rumored to be the FS8010, this one won't be packing flagship specs like the upcoming Mi Mix 2 or any other borderless smartphone. Check it out below (based on what the rumors have provided us with so far).
5.5-inch 1080 x 2040 flat, borderless LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC
64GB internal storage
Single 12-mp camera
8-mp front camera
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Vivo officially teased its upcoming smartphone with 5G network support in a video. This will be called the Vivo x30. The device is teased to be released in December and is now confirming some of its specs though various video teasers. The smartphone is expected to be powered by the latest processing chip by Samsung - Exynos 980 5G chipset. Vivo's big phone seems to have a long-range zoom camera. The company released two official teasers of the phone. A still in the video teases a focal range of 16mm to 135mm, as well as a variable aperture range of f/1.8 to f/3.0. The variable aperture values belong to the zoom lens. Vivo called the lens "super-telephoto" and the second teaser for the phone confirms its 60x zoom capabilities.
The video is in the Chinese language. It says, "Zoom in, then zoom in again. 60x super zoom, more than you can see". This would be a periscope-style camera that Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo Reno 10x zoom edition have already used. We don't know how the camera will be different from Huawei and Oppo but so far, this will be the highest zoom capabilities we have seen on a phone so far. The P30 Pro offers 50x digital zoom, while the Oppo Reno 10x goes up to 60x digital zoom. There is no official word on the optical or hybrid zoom values of the Vivo X30 yet, but it is likely 60x digital zoom as well.
The video shows a glimpse of the back of the phone that shows a stacked triple camera array and a separate rectangular camera, possibly the zoom camera on the side. The smartphone was previously tipped to sport a 64MP + 8MP + 13MP + 2MP quad camera setup. There's a Pro version also expected, with a 60MP + 13MP + 13MP +12MP configuration. Other noteworthy specs expected from Vivo's X30 series phones include 90Hz display, 44W flash charge, and a 32MP selfie shooter.
A few years ago, there was no existence of Vivo but now, it has become the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer. When the world is adopting the 5G with slow pace, the company has already released two 5G-enabled smartphones in China, including the NEX-3. Vivo has plans to bring 5G to its budget-friendly consumers as well as its premium flagship buyers. In this year, almost half a million units were sold in China, developed by different smartphone makers. Vivo holds up to 54.3% of these numbers according to IDC. 5G networks may not be available yet, but Vivo is preparing customers to be connected as soon as the switch flips.
By next year, there will be 5G support by major telecom companies and Vivo is focusing on making the rollout for the Asian market as smooth as possible. Vivo is looking forward to launching more 5G-enabled devices and applications to keep the transition smooth. The company is also bringing the affordable versions of 5G-enabled phones to keep the most of its consumers intact. The internet expense for 5G isn't too expensive that means more and more people will be switching to 5G by the second quarter of 2020.
Vivo is working with its technology partners such as Qualcomm since 2016 to join the 5G revolution as soon as it is introduced to the public. Vivo has revealed technologies like AR glass and the 5G cloud game powered by its partner at MWC shanghai 2019. Both tech giants have been working in unison ever since their first 3G collaboration in 2011. Think about that: Vivo and Qualcomm have been together for three generations of connection. That's a great initiative and may bring positive change in the telecom industry.
The Vivo NEX 3 is available in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. It is unlocked on Amazon and Vivo Mall. It features a massive 6.89-inch display and a triple camera with a 64-megapixel main shooter. It's powered by the Qualcomm 855 Plus, and it even features a 3.5mm headphone jack. The days of the headphone jack don't have to end quite yet!
A whole long list of SD 865 smartphones are going to arrive soon, so hold on to your purse and don't waste your money on current gen flagship smartphones just yet, because they are going to become a lot cheaper in a matter of weeks!
To give you an idea of what's to come, we have compiled a short list of the three highly anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered smartphones which will be the first to reach consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
No one can say for sure whether the S20-series will really be the first smartphones to get to the market, with a SD 865 SoC in them, but rumors surrounding Samsung are almost always true these days! The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra mau also have the following specs to show off later in the month.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1440 x 3040, S AMOLED, 6.2"/6.7"/6.9"/ QHD+, 20:9 display
· 8GB - 12GB RAM and 128GB - 1TB internal storage
· 64+13+8 megapixel / 64+13+8+2 megapixel rear cameras on the S20 and S20 Plus respectively
· 108+13+8+2 megapixel setup at the back with 5x optical zoom on the S20 Ultra
· 5,000mAh battery
· Will be announced at the Unpacked 2020 event on February 11, 2020 in San Francisco
Xiaomi Mi 10 Series
Also coming in February, but probably in the last week is Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Other interesting rumors about the 5G capable duo are as follows.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1080 x 2340, 19.5:9, S AMOLED 6.39" / 6.7", 120Hz display
· 128GB storage & 8GB RAM / 256GB storage & 12GB RAM / 512GB Storage & 16GB RAM
· 108 + 16 + 12 + 5 / 108 + 16 + 12 + 8 megapixel rear cam modules with 2x optical zoom (Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro respectively)
· 4,500mAh / 5,250mAh battery for the Mi 10 and 10 Pro respectively
· Will be announced in late February
This one will likely be a timed exclusive in India, and this move could make the new sub-brand of Vivo, the first OEM to release a Snapdragon 865 powered smartphone in the country. Not much else is known about the smartphone, but it is rumored to have impressive flagship specs such as a 120Hz display and 64+12+12+8 megapixel rear camera modules to go along with that flagship SoC as well.
As of now, it is expected that the Snapdragon 865 chip with its brand new Cortex A77 - powered Kryo 585 cores will finally be able to close the huge performance gap that exists between Apple's latest A-series chips and anything that any Android OEM is able to churn up. Of course, we will just have to wait and see how that actually turns out!
Sources: GSMArena, 91Mobiles and Ice Universe
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Today, at MWC 2015 press event, Microsoft demonstrated the Project Spartan web browser running on a Lumia 930 and also mentioned that the upcoming Windows 10 Preview build will ship with the latest browser as well.
Project Spartan will replace Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10 and early benchmarks show it to be really fast.
One of the biggest changes in technology that's coming this year is DirectX 12 and the new set of standards, which will be used on both Windows 10 and the Xbox One. Elijah Freeman, an executive producer at Crytek, is quoted by GamingBolt as saying that his team might benefit from the fact that better optimization will be possible, which in turn will make it easier to run consistently at high-frame rates.
He states, "Everything which helps to make drawcalls more efficient is highly useful, so DX12 with its reduced API overhead and better parallelization capabilities can definitely play a part in helping us create more complex VR worlds than before."
DirectX 12 is supposed to introduce a wide variety of improvements, and Microsoft has not yet offered a clear launch date for it. Another piece of tech that has received a lot of attention recently is the cloud and the way it can be used to boost the quality of graphics for a title or to enhance its gameplay.
Freeman believes that it will have a smaller impact on virtual reality gaming because minimum latency is required. If DirectX 12 offers a solid boost to VR, it will be a little ironic, given that Microsoft is not working on a solution in this field.
Some users were complaining about Google Chrome (desktop version) performance issues and high RAM usage. Well, Google is working on an update that make the Chrome browsing experience get a lot better and far less annoying thanks to these two new features that are coming soon!
The first is deferred playback of autoplay media for background tabs. Right now, if you open a tab in the background that has autoplay media, it will start playing in the background when the page finishes loading, and you then have to hunt for the tab and silence whatever is playing. With this feature, Chrome will wait until the tab is in the foreground to start playing autoplay media, thus causing less annoyance and also using fewer resources for background tabs.
The second feature is where Chrome will automatically pause Flash ads and other non-essential Flash content on the page. Soon, Flash ads will have a gray box asking the user explicit permission to play them. Google advises ad partners to switch to using HTML5 ads, as they use fewer resources to run than Flash content.
CES 2015 Event is due to this week, Samsung has been working on its upcoming 2015 flagship device Galaxy S6 codenamed "Project Zero" for a while now, the Korean giant promised a completely new design with full metal unibody.
Latest Reports from Las Vegas (the place where CES will be held) suggests that Samsung will showcase the Galaxy S6 during its private event in the CES 2015. However, unfortunately, the devices will only be showcased to select partners, the report notes, which means that consumers will not be able to take a look at them. So, we may or may not get a sneak peak or a leaked photo, Stay Tuned!
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, an Exynos 7420 chipset with octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory. In addition, the smartphone is also said to have a 20-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front snapper.
Samsung is rumored to launch its New Note 5 series later this year (September,2015). We have some confirmed and unconfirmed reports regarding the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Note 5 Edge Specifications, Design and components. Here's what we know so far...
Galaxy Note 5 Design & Variants
The New Note 5 series is expected to launch in two variants (Regular and Edge). Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge will pack a dual-edge display, both variants will have the same design as the Galaxy S6 with the same front and back Gorilla Glass 4 panels, metal frame and unibody.
Galaxy Note 5 Hardware
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.
The Note 5 is expected to pack the New USB Type-C which is a cable with both ends are the same, allowing for reversible plug orientation. You also don't need to worry about plugging it in upside down. In terms of speed, it's much faster than any USB 3 cable.
Galaxy Note 5 Software
The device will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Out-of-the-box packing Material Design TouchWiz UI. It will indeed get an update to Android M by early next year (2016). Android M will bring lots of UI improvements and New Features that you can Check them out HERE.
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 Price
As always, The Korean giant flagship Phablet will have a flagship price as well. The Note 5 is expected to launch with a Price tag starts from $899 and Note 5 Edge variant with a Price tag starts from $999, kindly note that these prices will varry from market to market.
Galaxy Note 4 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 2015). 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.
HTC has officially announced the list of devices that will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The list included the company's latest flagship device One M9 and his older brother One M8 too along with some other devices.
The HTC One M8 will get the new HTC Sense 7.0 UI for the first time with this Marshmallow 6.0 update after the Taiwanese company decided not to roll-out 5.1 for the M8. Now, got the first screenshots of the Sense 7.0 UI on the M8 running on top of Marshmallow 6.0 with all the new expected features.
As you can see it looks very close to the latest HTC One A9's user interface which was the first HTC device to launch with android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed. You will notice that the Sense 7.0 is getting flatter and more simple, new icons, new notification panel, updated themes app to support Sense 7.0 features, update system apps, updated home screen and widgets, updated settings menu, new lock screen, better battery management, better app permissions control along with lots of performance improvements and bug fixes.
The One M8 and M8 Marshmallow 6.0 update is expected to start rolling-out by the end of this year. Stay tuned and follow HTC official updates page here.
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.
At various times this year, we told you about a tablet that is rumored to be under production by HTC. Various code names have been bandied about for this tablet, including HTC Flounder, and Volantis. But the most important name that this slate could be called, is the Nexus 9. What is interesting, is that the tablet has received its Wi-Fi certification, and according to the certificate, the operating system on the slab will be Android L.
In addition, the certificate shows that the filing was made in the "Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)" section as opposed to the Wi-Fi Only section. That would seem to indicate that HTC will be offering both a Wi-Fi only model, and a model with LTE connectivity.
The HTC tablet rumored to be the Nexus 9, is believed to have an 8.9 inch screen with resolution of 2048 x 1440. The pixel density at that combination works out to be 281ppi. A 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU is under the hood, with 2GB of RAM inside. Buyers will have the option of purchasing the model with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, with pricing at $399 and $499, respectively. This would explain the pair of SKU numbers listed on the certificate.
HTC is preparing to release a new High-end device, called HTC One A9 (codenamed Aero). A new live photo leaked in the wild of the HTC One A9 that shows the device size and the body-design.
The photo comes to confirm some of the One A9's specs for the umpteenth time, thanks to what can be seen on the phone's screen. We should thus expect it to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, and a fingerprint scanner which can be seen below the display as part of that huge bottom bezel.
The One A9 may get official at an event next week, on September 29, or its unveiling could be scheduled for October according to one past rumor. If this pans out, then expect to see multi-city events happening in the US for this purpose, and the One A9 getting a big marketing budget afterwards.
As rumor has it, we are now less than two months away from the official release date (February 21st) for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It is only natural that two of the biggest and most anticipated Android phones of 2016 will have a lot of buzz around them. Some of those "leaked reports" are expecting the Samsung flagships to be waterproof as well as have IP67 certified dustproof builds.
The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge were criticized by a lot of users for their weak batteries and Samsung seems to have heard those criticisms with diligence. According to Evan Blass or @evleaks, 3000 mAh and 3600 mAh will be the capacity of the non-removable batteries on the S7 and the S7 Edge respectively. He further states that the S7 will go from 0-100% charge in just 2 hours, while the S7 Edge will do the same in 2.2 hours.
It will excite customers around the world to know that the beloved and missed MicroSD card slot is rumoured to make a return with the Galaxy S7 series. Another speculation about the two prime Samsung smartphones of the future states the possibility of dual 12.2 megapixel Britecell camera sensors on the back of the phone with f/1.7 lens aperture. Although we are inclined to think that Samsung may opt for its in-house Exynos 8890 SoC over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, it isn't a fact yet.
Once again found on Weibo, we have exciting news for Samsung fans. According to IceUniverse, the next Samsung SoC will be a beast of chip which will take mobile computing to a whole new league with a maximum clock speed of 4GHz. In fact, Samsung has probably even begun experimenting with the 10nm chipset already.
Apart from the expected huge boost in performance, the new chips will also be significantly more power efficient than the ones we have right now. The Cortex-A53 cores are tested at a clock speed of 2.7GHz and the custom cores are being run at 4GHz in the 8895 (presumed name for the chipset). This is quite a bump, considering that the Exynos 8890 was capped at 3.0GHz while testing.
Before you actually start expecting the next flagship from Samsung to sport a 4GHz CPU, know that the final release will in all probability, have a lowered clock speed to ensure thermal efficiency and better battery life in everyday situations. Speaking of thermal efficiency, it was also reported that the Exynos will once again be more power efficient than the Snapdragon 830. This conclusion was reached after the Samsung made chip managed to run at 4GHz by consuming roughly the same amount of power as the Qualcomm chip needed to run at 3.6GHz. This isn't really a surprise if you consider that the American versions of the S7 series of smartphones with the SD 820 were found to be significantly less power efficient than their global counterparts that utilized the Exynos 8890.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Recently, Galaxy Note 6 rumors have been flying around a lot. To add to that mix, the latest rumor suggests that the Note 6 could be featuring a curved 5.8-inch Slim RGB panel with 1440p resolution. However, GSM Helpdesk also adds that the curved display is still just a possibility as Samsung has not yet decided whether to use a curved panel or a flat one. One thing that all rumors are suggesting is the fact that whether it is a curved display or a flat one, the Note 6 WILL feature a 5.8-inch screen.
If reports are to be believed then Samsung will only release a single Note device this year, which means that Edge+ or Note Edge models are no longer a part of Samsung's plans for 2016. That single device will supposedly be powered by a huge 4000mAh battery. This would most likely make the Note 6 slightly bigger in certain dimensions than the Note 5, but it should not really be a problem as the super-successful S7 and S7 Edge are also larger than the S6 and S6 Edge. The beautiful design of the two smartphones make the increased size irrelevant. Add to it the superb battery life on these two devices, and you will probably have a hard time finding a single person who is complaining about the slight increase in bulk.
Other features "leaked" in this rumor include the same 12-megapixel camera as the S7 and S7 Edge, 6GB of RAM and Snapdragon 823/Exynos 8890 SoC. We were already aware of these specs as was reported by us earlier, but how much of this actually makes their way to the actual version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is something that we will have to wait to find out for sure.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-jounalist and enthusiast)
It is fairly typical that the hardware innovations come first, and then consumers and businesses play catch up with content. HDTVs are facing this battle and virtual reality devices are doing so too.
Gear 360 is Samsung's latest VR camera. It captures two 185-degree angles via two cameras on either side of the globe-like device that sits on its own mini tripod. The data is stored on a 128GB microSD card. The files are able to be stitched back together again for a full 360-degree view using software.
What's interesting about the just announced Samung Galaxy S7 smartphone is that it is powerful enough to stitch together video or images, via Bluetooth. A powerful desktop computer is no longer needed. In fact, the S7 can shrink the video or image size down to something more easily viewable on lesser devices. It will also work as a remote for the Gear 360 VR camera too.
The Gear 360 comes with two fish-eye lenses that capture 30-megapixel resolution images. This is a 3840 x 1920 resolution which falls just shy of being Ultra 4K. There are two audio microphones present, so audio can also be captured in stereo.
A small PMOLED display at the top of the 360 camera can control the video mode and a few other minor settings. Whilst appearing small, the camera actually weights 5.4 ounces - matching the weight of the S7 - but it is quite portable. However, perhaps its best use is to be placed on a tripod in the center of the room to record video and audio using its 360-degree perspective.
The first believable photos of the back of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 have surfaced. Along with the back image comes rumored specifications for the latest model in the flagship S range of smartphones.
At first glance, the image certainly looks accurate rather than a Photoshop mockup designed to fool interested observers. Just like rumors about the camera bump has previously suggested, there is no noticeable bump at the back where the camera lens is situated. This will please people who dislike this aspect of the S phone design.
The frame of the revealed phone is said to have a magnesium metal frame, unlike the aluminum frame of its predecessor.
The Samsung Exynos chipset included with the S7 is expected to be an upgraded version with a 15% improvement to CPU and GP performance. A Qualcomm Snapdragon variant is also expected to have similar specifications. DAC high-end audio, namely the ESS Sabre 9018, is thought to be included in both variants and matches the audio in the current LG V10 smartphone.
Battery life is expected to match the previous Samsung Note with a fast charging battery capable of going from zero to 80% in half an hour. Some degree of water resistance is a possibility too. The camera, without the bump, is thought to use a 12-megapixel Britecell sensor on the rear offering an f/1.8 aperture.
The expected release date is March 18, with both variants being previewed on March 3
There was a time when the Moto RAZR V3 ruled the market and flip phones were hip, but fast forward to 2016 and the term "flip phone" is generally associated with a tang of nostalgia and may be some very cheap entry level phones. However, you would not think like that if you are in China though because Samsung has been making and selling high-end Android powered flip phones in the Chinese market for quite a while now. The latest edition of the series has been revealed via a leak on Weibo and it has the model number SM-W2017 according to the report.
The SM-2017, aka "Veyron," will succeed the SM-2016 while sporting flagship-grade specifications like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 4.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage. There's a 12-megapixel camera at the back of the phone and a 5-megapixel selfie cam, which we suspect are the same ones seen on the S7 this year. The fingerprint scanner with a heart rate monitor isn't missing from the list either and the Veyron does support NFC and Samsung Pay. Although flip phone will most likely be exclusive to China only, would you buy one if one was available near you?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung's upcoming phablet will be released on September later this year, to be called the "Galaxy Note 5". According to the latest reports from the Korean giant, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be pack Dual-edge curved display very similar to the one used on the Galaxy S6 edge.
The Galaxy S6 edge received overwhelmingly positive reception both from critics and users. The VP of Samsung Products Strategy Team confirmed in a Q&A session that Samsung is considering using the same display solution for the next Galaxy Note device. It is unclear whether Samsung is planning to release just one Note with curved display or two separate models as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
Let's wait till September to see what Samsung has in stores for us.
CPU processors specifications have some critical points (Power efficiency vs. Performance). Samsung's latest chipset, the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 which is powering the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, is already shaping up to be a true powerhouse, but rumors about a new system-on-a-chip from South Korea are emerging around the web.
According to the latest reports the next Exynos chip will be powered by custom cores, rather than the stock Cortex A72 silicon. The SoC is allegedly codenamed "Mongoose" and will be clocked at 2.3 GHz. The rumor also cites a single-core Geekbench score, which is impressive, to say the least. The number is around 2200, which is about 45% better than the current Exynos.
We may see this chip in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 later this year.
The fact that Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy C5 Pro isn't really a secret as we know a lot about it already. However, we did not have a live image till now. The photo that you see below was made public by @mmdj_china on Twitter and although it is heavily blurred, this is probably the real deal. What we can see from the picture shows us that the C5 Pro will be similar to other handsets in the C series with slim bezels and the iconic Samsung Home button.
Although there have been some conflicting info on the specs of the handset, take a look at the rumoured/leaked specs below, before it's officially launched this month.
Model number: SM-C5000
5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625/626 SoC
64GB/128GB internal storage with micro-SD card slot
16-mp/16-mp rear and front cameras
Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
Color options: Blue, Dark Gray, Gold and Pink Gold
Fingerprint scanner embedded into the Home button, USB Type-C, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We knew that the Galaxy Xcover 4 was coming and now some of its specifications have been revealed by GeekBench. In case you are wondering why we think this is the Xcover 4, notice that the smartphone here sports the model number Samsung SM-G930F, while the Xcover 3 had the model number SM-G388F. Apart from the few specs which we can be picked up from the screenshot, it is expected that the device will also sport a rugged shock-resistant body and IP67 water-resistance rating, just like its predecessor. Also take a look at the earlier leak where the Xcover 4 made its first unofficial appearance at the Wi-Fi Alliance database.
Questions regarding whether or not the device will feature a bigger display remains unanswered at this point. The low-powered quad core processor which we are seeing here is probably a budget-end Exynos chip. There's also 512MB more RAM on this device, as compared to the Xcover 3 Value Edition which had 1.5GB of RAM to boot. The good thing is that both the leaks have confirmed that the phone will come with Android Nougat right out of the box.
If you have any version of the old Xcover 3, feel free to check our firmware section for new updates for the device.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A new Samsung smartphone is coming to the Indian market, as made obvious by the company's latest teaser on Amazon India and it will definitely carry the moniker "Star." Whether it will be called Galaxy A8 Star or Galaxy A9 Star is something that remains to be seen, because the same smartphone is known as A9 Star in China, but as A8 Star in all other markets. Now the real question is, will Indians be buying this smartphone in enough quantities to justify the launch?
Samsung has not been doing particularly well recently in the country due to the presence of its Chinese rival Xiaomi and their ridiculously cheap but better alternatives to Samsung's smartphones in the low-mid to mid-range segments. Even as Samsung prepares to launch the sleek looking device for around INR 30,000 (the exact price has not yet been revealed) or $430, Xiaomi has already launched the Pocophone F1 in India for a ridiculous starting price of only INR 21,000 ($300 approximately). Considering that the Pocophone F1 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, at least 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for that price, it isn't looking particularly good for the Galaxy A8 Star, which is not only at least INR 10,000 ($143 approximately) more expensive than the Pocophone F1, but also sports a much weaker Snapdragon 660 SoC and just 4GB of RAM. Although the battery is a big one in the A8/A9 Star at 3,700mAh, it pales against the competition's 4,000mAh battery. The only advantage that Samsung has over Xiaomi is the "brand" factor, which matters in India because smartphones are seen as status symbols in the country for some reason!
A hint about Google's future plans was given a while back when the search engine giant introduced the Destination feature via Google Search on smartphones. The simplistic feature was designed to help users while planning a vacation and apparently it was only a precursor to the Smart Travel application that the company is beta testing right now. Since it is not available on the Play Store yet, users will have to sign up for the Google Maps Local Guides Program to have access to it.
From what we know so far, the app will gather, store and organize all your travelling details such as hotels, dinner reservations, destinations and flights. Therefore, it will make every necessary detail accessible from the app itself, even without an active internet connection. Additionally, it will also offer suggestions based on the data it collects about your trips. Tap on a previously saved destination to see options like Saved places, Food & drink, Reservations, Things to do, Getting around and Need to know. Travellers and tourists will even see options for public transport in the area, as well as best travelling routes to the destination.
Even if you do not put in your travelling details manually from the FAB tab found at the bottom right corner of the app, it can do a lot on its own by collecting data automatically from your Gmail inbox. If you are not using Gmail as your primary e-mail service however, you will probably need to log in the data manually. In case you are interested in trying out the beta software, sign up for Local Guides and you might just get a chance to be a beta tester yourself!
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Google is working hard on updating it's Play Store App, always updating the its User Interface which set the standards for the the Material Design Apps. Kirill Grouchnikov, a Google UI engineer, has just posted a GIF photo on Google+ that shows an updated UI of the Play store App. The animated GIF photo shows an upcoming version of the Play Store that will be seeding to your device very soon.
The G+ post has the hashtags "#ToolbarIsNotDead #SearchBoxIsTheToolbar"... What does this mean ?
Well, You may Notice that the Google Search bar has gotten into the App top bar... Yes, actually the Google Search Bar will be the New toolbar, it will appear whenever you need it to search for whatever you want wherever you are (play Movies, play Games, play music... etc).
Smartphone buyers can pre-register when a new model comes out, assuring that those interested in the handset receive a notification when the device can be reserved with a pre-order. Now, Google is allowing developers to offer Android users interested in an upcoming app, the ability to pre-register for an upcoming release.
Glu Media will soon release its "Terminator Genisys: Revolution" third-party shooter game. Android users interested in purchasing the app have the opportunity to pre-register for it. Once the game is released, those who pre-registered will receive notification of its availability on the Play Store. And if you change your mind before the app is launched, you can unregister as well.
For developers, this gives them a way to measure how much demand there is a for a new app before its release. And by reminding forgetful Android users that an app they were interested in is now live, it might help bring some revenue into the developer's coffers that otherwise would have ended up in a cash register at McDonald's.
Despite the fact that the Snapdragon 810 SoC was officially announced several months ago, the chipset at hand is not expected to become commercially available before 2015. Until that moment comes however, Qualcomm has plenty of time to further tweak and improve its SoC, and judging by the latest happenings it appears that the SD 810 is already undergoing testing.
A new test machine that seems to draw its processing power from the Snapdragon 810 popped-up in AnTuTu database, revealing some of the chipset's characteristics.
The first "Jurassic World" movie trailer isn't set to arrive until Thanksgiving, but Universal Pictures is giving us our first taste of the film right now.
The latest teaser includes the very first footage from the film seen yet, and that includes glimpses of dinosaurs, Chris Pratt, the park, and some crazy new vehicles that make the multi-colored Jeeps of old seem mundane by comparison.
The film, which sees visitors return to Jurassic Park 22 years after the events of the first movie, will hit theaters in June 2015. Watch the Trailer Video below!
As Oppo gains more and more mindshare with its nicely built, attractive, and capable devices, the pressure mounts to keep the software fresh, and that has proven to be a little bit of challenge so far with the Find 7 devices.
Oppo likes to cater to the tinkerers and developers out there, and its active forums have all manner of discussions about how to do things with Oppo's products. In catering to this crowd however, Oppo also does not push a lot of over-the-air updates for ColorOS, favoring instead to release stable builds or Betas to be manually loaded and installed on devices. Fortunately, the process is literally as simple as downloading a file, connecting the phone to your computer, and then initiating the update on the device itself.
With the last big update to ColorOS 2.0.0i for the Find 7/7a this past October, the devices finally had firmware based on Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as a long list of changes to the user experience. With this update teaser to ColorOS 2.0.4i, based on Android 4.4.2, the Find 7 and Find 7a get a bunch of new wallpapers and the ability to presort apps. The task manager has been enhanced a bit too. Check the Teaser Video below!
How would you react if your next iPhone came without the 3.5mm jack? The 3.5mm audio port has been the basic universal standard for all media-capable devices and even basic phones for the last several years. According to the latest rumor about the upcoming iPhone 7, Apple is removing it from their future products. What makes this rumor scarier is the fact that it supposedly came from the iPhone 7 supply chain!
We are unsure as to why Apple would even make this move as we can clearly predict issues with such a decision from the word go. Firstly, the new lightning port is incapable of supporting analog audio unlike the previous Apple 30-pin connector. Even if a regressively proprietary set of costly headphones with built-in amp and Digital-to-Analog Converter is made available, it would definitely strain the battery in addition to becoming far too complicated. Moreover, this would prevent the user from charging the phone while using headphones.
Wireless audio will possibly be a better option if Apple really goes through with this move as your new Apple headsets won't be compatible with anything else you own anymore. In our opinion, the chances of this rumor turning out to be true are pretty slim as the decision would unnecessarily complicate things for the iPhone 7 and frankly, we cannot see a viable reason as to why the company would make such a change to begin with!
If you are even remotely interested about Apple and its products, then you probably already know that the company is going to reveal the next iPhones on September 12. However, that's not going to be all that the Cupertino giant will reveal, as you will see next.
The New iPhones
There will be three iPhones this year and none of them will have a Home button or a fingerprint scanner, just like the current gen iPhone X doesn't. They will be named iPhone X (same 5.8" OLED with updated internals), iPhone Xs (6.1" LCD with single camera) and iPhone Xs Max (6.5" with dual cameras).
The Next iPad Pro
The next iPad Pro will be launched in the same 12.9" model, but a newer 11-inch model might just replace the 10.5-inch form factor this year. Aside from updated internals, it is expected that the new iPad Pro will not have the Home button either, giving us the first bezel-less tablet!
A new MacBook Air with a cheaper price tag might be headed towards us this year, but we will have to see where Apple decides to cut corners to keep the price down.
Mac Mini Pro?
An affordable Mac without a display and a small form factor is what the Mac Mini has been so far, but this year, Apple is rumored to add more juice to the mini computers for professional users.
New Apple Watch
The Apple Watch Series 4 will definitely be coming with the latest iPhones and there will probably be two variants this year. Both the variants will sport bigger displays and higher resolution for better visibility thankfully. They will also be shipped with the new WatchOS 5.
Those are the main attractions at the show of course, but rumor also has it that the previously announced AirPower wireless charging pad with the capability of charging three Apple devices (Apple Watch, iPhone ad AirPods) simultaneously will also be unveiled at the show, along with a charging case for the AirPods. We will find out how much of these rumors are true in just three days' time.
There was a time when all the main gaming you did was played out on a console or a PC, but how times have changed. In line with virtually everything technological, people are now generally looking for a "one device does everything" approach to play in order to enjoy everything from movies and social media to bingo online. This, along with ever more available wireless go-anywhere connectivity, means that smartphones are now becoming many people's first choice for gaming.
The manufacturers are well aware of this fact and are incorporating more and more gamer-friendly features into each new generation of phones. So here are five to get your fingers twitching in anticipation of their 2017 launches.
Apple iPhone 7S
Hard to believe it, but 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and what a long way it's come since its launch. Traditionally Apple make all their big product launches in September and there's no reason why next year should be any different, Rumours are already rife that the 7S may have an OLED screen giving extra-sharp picture quality as well as the phone featuring wireless charging. What will definitely be included are the revolutionary wireless headphones that are great for gaming.
Xiaomi Mi Mix
Due out from January the Xiaomi Mi Mix is proof, as if it was needed, that some of the lesser-known manufacturers have some big surprises up their sleeves. Most notable on this phone will be the big, edgeless screen which comprised over 93% of the total phone size and which promises crystal-clear images. This is married to a super-fast processer and up to 6GB of RAM. For fantastic sound there's also going to be the very technical sounding "cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology".
Their preceding model, the HTC 10, was widely agreed to be the model that really put the maker back on the map and the 11 is likely to be an improvement even on this model, due out in April. Sound is likely to include the successful Boomsound speakers and a fast Snapdragon 830 processor will be able to deal with all the gaming action that you need. They're also likely to increase the screen size from 5.2" up to 5.5" and up the battery power which will mean less frequent need for e-charging.
The end of February should see the launch of the G6. It's expected to have a glass front and rear. Of particular interest to gamers are the plans to improve the processor to prepare it for Virtual Reality applications. Wireless charging is also likely to feature as well as an innovative iris-scanning technology to help keep the phone safe from unauthorised use.
Samsung Galaxy 8
Following the disastrous and costly launch of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung have a lot riding on the 8. They've got till August to get it right and when it is launched we're expecting to have a phone with a large 5.7" screen and a powerful processor ready for VR gaming. Waterproofing is almost certain too - ideal if you're a fan of gaming in the bath.
So of all the phones it's inevitable that the most noise will be made about Apple's - but that doesn't mean it's necessarily the only one for gaming. So maybe look to the Xiaomi if you want the biggest, and best, surprises.
Great News for Nexus users all over the world, Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices is now officially official. Google revealed today that the name of the new major version of their mobile operating system is called Android 5.0 Lollipop and that all the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices that support KitKat will get the update.
Google also said that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and other supported devices will be released for the public "in the coming weeks". The exact date when the roll out will begin wasn't revealed but it's expected to arrive anytime soon.
The Next Nexus 7 ? Maybe! An upcoming 7-inch tablet listing has been spotted on the US FCC website that indicates that LG is readying a new Nvidia Tegra-powered tablet in the compact range. This could very well be the next coming of Google's Nexus 7 (2014) tablet, as the Google branding is clearly evident as well but we don't have any confirmation about this. It could be a Nexus Phablet thought!
The upcoming LG device with FCC ID A4R-NX74751 has all the makings of a proper Nexus device the LG/Google branding, Tegra chipset, and 7-inch screen diagonal. The presence of a boatload of LTE bands further sweetens the package.
Although the documentation talks of 2,480mAh battery capacity, you should note that the voltage is double that of what is found on standard smartphone/tablet batteries 7.6V vs 3.8V. This translates to the same capacity as a 4,960mAh 3.8V battery, which is about standard for a compact tablet.
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The LG G6 will be launched at the Mobile World Congress next month and we already know that it will be the first phone in the world to sport a display with 18:9 aspect ratio. While we did get our "first look" at the upcoming smartphone via a leaked render about a month ago, this is probably the real deal.
Although the image isn't exactly what I would call revealing, it does show a few things about the G6 that we had been expecting. The bezels look minimised and the source mentions that the screen-to-body ratio is actually more than 90%. The only other things which the image reveals are the front camera, sensors and the volume buttons at the left side of the phone. Until a more revealing image leaks out, take a look at the specs which we already know about, mostly via the courtesy of rumors.
5.7-inch edgeless LCD display with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/835 SoC
3.5mm audio jack, water-resistant glass and metal build, Google Assistant, iris scanner, non-removable battery.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
LG is a big name when it comes to home appliances but its mobile division seems to stay behind than other departments. The company is trying to working according to emerging marketing demands. To do so, LG has planned to shift its focus from flagship smartphones to mid-range premium phones and mass-tier 5G products. This assumed to attract budget-conscious consumers and deal with the competition due to Chinese rival mobile phone manufacturers at the same time. Rumors also suggested that LG might completely drop its flagship smartphone series in favor of less expensive series. Earlier this week we came to know through rumors that LG is planning on releasing the series by the mid of next month, and now the company has shared an update on the design of its new device.
LG recently released a press, not on the upcoming device that will feature a design that uses the company's new design inspired by nature. Instead of having a large rectangular shaped camera bump on the rear side of the device, which is slowly becoming the norm, the upcoming LG devices will feature a raindrop camera module. The smartphone will feature three camera lenses, with the cameras arranged vertically in descending order by size along with the LED flash. The new camera is meant to look like the falling raindrops, with the primary camera sitting slightly above the surface, while the other two camera lenses sit completely flush with the back glass.
Along with the nature-inspired camera module, the upcoming smartphone will feature the 3D Arch design, where the edges of the front and back sides are symmetrically curved. According to the company, its new design facilitates the users to hold the device and will provide more natural experience as compared to other devices in the past. In a statement regarding the new design approach, the company's head for the Mobile Communications Design Lab, Cha Yong-Duk, was quoted saying, "Our upcoming smartphone will draw on the rich history of classic LG design which has always been distinctive at first touch. This handset will be a first-look at the competitive edge we will be bringing to every LG smartphone going forward."
LG recently announced a new smartphone called LG velvet that is unlikely with the company releasing its devices with alphanumeric names. According to the company, they decided to use it in favor of familiar and expressive names that will help the consumer capture the essence of the device best suited for his or her personality. LG has released flagship phones over the past of couple years with names like G7, V40, the G8, the V50, the G8X, or the V60. The company appears to change a few things for an upcoming device and a completely new design language. LG describes this design language as a node to the natural world with a visual factor that differs from the industry trend.
The device will have a raindrop camera device with smaller lenses and an LED flash below the primary camera, a departure from the current trend among smartphones to have big camera bumps. LG is using a new 3D Arc Design with curves on the front and back of the phone, though it's not quite clear how or whether that would be different. Companies like Samsung and Xiaomi have also made similar claims before and raised expectations of the consumers before the launch of the phone that proved to be the wrong marketing strategy later on.
As per the Korean news portal, LG will be launching its new phone on May 15 with a brand new design. The phone use Qualcomm's mid-range smartphone 765 with integrated network support for 5G and target a more affordable price tag. Unlike the bulky camera bumps that usually appear on the back of the smartphone, the LG velvet features a series of descending lenses, which take less space. The three lenses start in the upper left corner of the LG velvet and descend by size - an effect that LG describes as a natural representation of evoking falling raindrops.
The Moto X+1 is starting to leak a lot, now that we're getting ever closer to its September,4th unveiling date.
Most recently, the next Motorola flagship smartphone had most of its specs confirmed by a benchmark. And now its purported front panel got leaked, smiling for a few comparison shots with the original Moto X from last year.
Both in the image above, and in the one below, you can see the leaked Moto X+1 front panel on the left, with the original Moto X smartphone hanging around to its right.
Right off the bat the 5.2-inch screen size that has been rumored many times so far seems pretty much confirmed, given the perceived size difference between the two units. And once again Motorola looks like it has been able to create a very pocketable device, if we go by the bezels of this panel alone.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is coming Next Month (March) for sure. From what we have so far, we can say that Lollipop 5.1 will focus on functionally and stability more, but this doesn't mean that Google won't take advantage of this MR (Maintenance Release) to tweak the Operating System UI overall.
According to the recent leaked screenshots and videos, Google will Evolve the Material Design UI even more in Android 5.1 release, Users will have the ability to switch to different Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections right from the notification area there are small arrows present under the icons of each connectivity option pressing one will present a list of available connections to switch to.
UI Hands-on [Video]
Back in February, Samsung Poland officially confirmed that the company will update the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Today, we noticed that Samsung's Denmark official support website mentions that the planned Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 2 will carry Android build 5.0.1 to the old flagship.
It's good to see a 2012 device getting updated to the latest Android version in 2015. This shows how Samsung takes good care of its users. We have no info regarding the release date yet or the update status. The update will bring all the main Lollipop features, new UI and some security enhancements.
Follow our Samsung Official Updates Page to stay informed with Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update status.
Yesterday, we reported that SamsungDenmark confirmed the update for the Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) and Galaxy Note 2 4G (N7105) but the company's firm didn't post any release date for the update yet but confirmed that NOT all regions will get the update, though.
@NilsFarving For now we have 5.0.1 confirmed and those are the ones we are working on. No info on 5.1 yet.— Samsung Danmark (@SamsungDK) May 8, 2015
Now, SamsungDenmark gave us more information, the Note 2 and Note 2 4G will be getting the Android Build 5.0.1 Lollipop with the upcoming update.
The firm also said that they still have no info about the Lollipop 5.1 update for the old Phablet yet. Well, 5.0 is a good start too. Make sure to check the Samsung Official updates page daily for the latest news.