It is now official; Qualcomm's next flagship-grade SoC is coming to the Consumer Electronics Show next week. The debut was disclosed by Qualcomm itself on Twitter, when the company twitted, "We're powering up for #CES2017 with #Snapdragon 835."
As we reported earlier, the SD 835 chip is going to be based on Samsung's 10nm process and will be manufactured by Samsung as well. The Adreno 540 GPU within the chip is going to be 30% more powerful and 40% more power-efficient than the current-gen Qualcomm flagship GPU, the Adreno 530. The default clock speed of the CPU will be set at 2.2GHz, although, overclocking by some of the manufacturers is expected.
All devices powered by the SD 835 will support Quick Charge 4.0 for 5 hours of battery life in just 5 minutes. Plug it in for 15 minutes and your device should reach 50% from 0%, according to the claims put forward by the company. It would be interesting to see how much of this turns out to be true in real life though, as batteries do vary in size.
Although I am sure that most manufacturers will be opting for the Snapdragon 835 SoC as their preferred choice in 2017, as of now, only the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6 and the Xiaomi Mi6 are guaranteed to host the chip.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
If you own an HTC One M8 or One M7 Google Play Edition, you'll get your Lollipop treat very soon. Google is already rolling-out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to its Nexus line-up right now. HTC already got the source code of the Lollipop earlier this month, regular HTC One devices will get the update by Feb,2015 and GPE is during this month.
According to a new Tweet from an HTC's Rep, they ran into a small problem but they are still targeting to a Friday release. So, if you have an HTC One M8 GPE or M7 GPE you should get the update by the Eend of this week.
Oppo is planning to launch its upcoming Find X3 series on March 11. But before that company is planning to launch two mid-range smartphones in the Indian market; the OPPO F19 and F19 Pro+ 5G. Ahead of their launch next week, the internet is hit with leaks regarding these smartphones. The first leak is regarding their key specs, and it came from reputable leaker Ishan Agrwal. He also tweeted their official press renders. As per the report, the company is set to unveil the F19 series on March 8. Both phones are said to be pretty much identical in terms of many features but different in areas of processor and charging capability.
Both the OPPO F19 Pro and F19 Pro+ will feature a 6.3-inch super AMOLED punch-hole display on the front side with a rectangular module featuring a quad-camera array on the rear side. On the inside, the F19 Pro will feature a MediaTek Helio processor along with 8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB flash storage configurations. On the camera side, the F19 Pro has an a48MP primary camera sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth, and macro lenses. There isn't much information on the Plus variant's camera or hardware specs.
Meanwhile, the OPPO F1 Pro+ 5G is reported to feature a more powerful MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB storage. OPPO will be the second company to feature a MediaTek processor, the first one was Realme. In terms of security, both phones will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type C connector port. The device will run Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1 on the top out of the box. Finally, the OPPO F1 Pro will be available in black, silver, and purple colors, while the F19 Pro+ 5G will be available in black and silver colors. The F19 Pro will feature a 4,310mAh battery with 30W VOOC flash charging. Leakers don't say anything on the Plus variant's battery specs, but it might come with 50W fast charging.
Vivo is one of the Chinese brands that made to the limelight in a very short amount of time. Last month the company released X50 and X50 Pro in China. There was another model in the series as well X50 Pro plus but that didn't make it to the market. Although the device was available to pre-order sales. And now the phone is ready to go on this first sale. Vivo held a pre-release event for the flagship model yesterday and revealed the launch date for the phone. The sale will go online and offline simultaneously. The pricing for the model will start around $700.
The main selling point of the vivo X50 pro plus is its quad-camera system. The model features a 50MP Samsung Isocell GN1 sensor with a 1/1.3" pixel size. The primary camera is expected to perform better even in a low-light situation or dark conditions. Others include a 32MP portrait lens, a 13MP periscope telephoto lens, and a 13MP wide-angle macro lens.
The X50 pro plus has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 2376 x 1080 pixels. The display has support for the 120Hz refresh rate. The device comes with an under-display fingerprint sensor. At the rear side, the device uses a 0.5mm plain leather material which feels better and lighter in weight. Vivo's logo is embossed on the leather. The phone is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865 flagship SoC paired with 8GB/12GB of RAM. There are 128GB and 256GB storage options. The X50 Pro plus comes with a $700 price tag. The FunTouch 10.5 OS based Android 10 OS runs on the Vivo X50 Pro+. The phone has a 4,350mAh battery that comes with 44W fast charging.
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.
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)
Can you live without your iPhone for 7 days? It may look weird to you, but the internet service provider frontier communications have actually offered this deal. It is open for anyone with iPhone. The company will choose one person among the applicants who are willing to giving up their iPhone to use an old-fashioned flip phone instead of using their iPhone for seven full days. If this person could continue to use it for the duration mention, he or she will be rewarded with $1000.
The company is also providing the candidate with a survival kit which includes a physical map to be used instead of Apple Maps, a physical phonebook to write down the number and contact information for the contacts, a pen and notebook, and a CD with 90's era music. To prove the success the person has to document every detail of whole experience. This may sound more like a task rather than a contest, as it lists the candidates' responsibilities and mention the prize money as compensation. This also includes the tracking your time to complete each task such as texting and checking email. The company is also interested to learn how many hours you slept during that one week, how productivity changed, and how many times you wished to Google something but couldn't.
The contest's rules didn't say that you cannot use your laptops or tablets, which could render the whole experiment useless. It seems like a marketing attempt by the company. - as they are looking for someone with active social presence, which would also affect the brand awareness for the company. Contest is calling it as ‘its concerns over tech addiction', prompting tech firms to help us manage the amount of time we spend on our smartphones. Apple launched its screen time feature last time, which allows iPhone users to see their total time being spent on their phones.
We posted about Angry Birds 2 launch about two weeks ago, the game was launched in Google Play store for free. Rovio today announced that the new game has been already downloaded 20 million times.
According to Rovio, Angry Birds 2 is currently the most downloaded game on Android. Interesting facts: since the launch of the game, the slingshot in Angry Birds 2 has been used more than 1.4 billion times, and users have completed over 300 million levels.
Rovio says that Angry Birds is hugely popular in the markets where the original game first became a hit, but it's also becoming well-known in China, where "a new generation of gamers" are only now discovering the addictive game. There are more than 700 million smartphone users in China, which means that Angry Birds 2 could soon break new download records.
Google delivered the Lollipop 5.0 Source Code last week. This week, LG G3 users will receive their long-waited Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update. The Korean manufacturer announced today that the update is ready and its planning on releasing it this week to its latest flagship device.
The rollout of Android 5.0 to the handset will begin in Poland. More key markets will follow shortly.
The Korean giant is the first major smartphone manufacturer to deliver the latest Android build to its halo smartphone. LG will subsequently announce Android 5.0 upgrade schedule for the rest of its lineup of mobile devices.
If you are in South Korea, both the devices from LG's newly unveiled K series will be available for purchase from January 14. The K series was announced prior to CES 2016 and unveiled at the event itself. The new line was due as the older L series was already three generations old and the models in the series were starting to look and sound a bit too much like each other!
The idea behind the introduction of the K series is to bring budget devices to consumers without sacrificing on certain features usually restricted to premium models only. However, we are of the opinion that those "premium" features are mostly cosmetic. It seems that both the devices will ship with Android Lollipop and one can only hope that a Marshmallow upgrade is forthcoming.
The K7 sports a 5-inch display with a resolution of 854x480 powered by a 1.1 GHz/1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB/1.5GB RAM and a 2125 mAh battery. An 8/5 megapixel sensor will sit on the back while the front camera will probably sport a 5 megapixel sensor on all variants. Storage options are either 8GB or 16GB.
The K10 is bigger with a 5.3-inch 720p display and has better specs under the hood. As is the case with the K7, the specs will vary quite a bit depending on the location as well as LTE capabilities. From what we know so far, you can expect the LTE variant of the K10 to come with 1.14GHz/1.2GHz/1.3GHz quad-core processors. The 3G version however, will only be powered by a 1.3 GHz CPU.
The LG K10 will have a 13mp/8mp camera on its back with the smaller sensor being bundled with the 3G version. The same trend is seen with the front facing 8mp/5mp selfie cam. It will be helped in its multitasking ventures by 1GB/1.5GB/2GB RAM, depending on the location where it is sold. The K10 will be available in 8GB/16GB storage options while the 2300 mAh battery will remain the same for all variants.
Good News for Sony users, Sony is already rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet across different regions. In the mean time, the company has promised to release the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra devices the Next week.
2/2 #Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra next week, followed shortly after by T2 Ultra & C3. Then Z Series - more on timings soon.— Sony Xperia News (@SonyMobileNews) April 7, 2015
Following that, Sony will release the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the T2 Ultra and C3 smartphones. And finally, the company will roll out the update for the original Z series phones Z, ZL, ZR and Z tablet.
Google is rather quiet when it comes to Android One the initiative that the Mountain View giant announced back in June. Even so, Android One handsets are expected to be available this September in India, and The Economic Times has it that the very first one among them could be launched next week.
Reportedly, the Android One handset that might be available to buy in India next week features dual SIM capabilities, a 5 MP rear camera, and a 1700 mAh battery. Other features could include 1 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, expandable internal memory, a screen of at least 4 inches, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Indian manufacturers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice are all set to start offering Android One devices, though it's not clear which company will do it first. In any case, The Economic Times notes that their Android One handsets will cost between 7,000 and 10,000 INR ($115 - $165), while offering a user experience that's usually found on mid- to high-end products.
Interestingly, it's said that Android One smartphones will be updated to Android L in October which means that regular Android devices should receive updates to the brand new version of Android at about the same time.
Samsung's users in the Middle-East and Arab Gulf region are still waiting for their Lollipop update since march.
Today, SamsungMobileArabia and SamsungGulf confirmed via their official twitter accounts that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 3 LTE Official Android 5.0 Lollipop FOTA (Firmware Over-the-air) update will coming during this week.
@rheeyoo_ Hello, please visit the nearest customer service center to update your device as the FOTA version will be released this week.— SamsungMobileArabia (@SamsungMobileME) June 14, 2015
@lebman77 Hello, please visit the nearest customer service center to update your device as the FOTA version will be released this week.— Samsung Gulf (@SamsungGulf) June 14, 2015
The Update will bring an updated TouchWiz UI with Material Design, New lockscreen, ew Notification bar, Performance improvements and Bug fixes to both LTE and 3G Arabic variants. Stay tuned for more!