For two years, smartphone manufacturers have realized the importance of budget-friendly phones. They know that this is the category they need to win over. And now Xiaomi is looking to prepare more affordable smartphones for the market. The Mi 11 series has regular and flagship smartphones but the upcoming model might be the more affordable variant and might not have the 5G connectivity support to lower down the cost. The phone was recently listed on the FCC website with model number M2101K9AG. Bloggers at XDA Developers have reported that the phone will be called the Mi 11 lite.
According to the FCC listing, the Mi 11 Lite will feature a 4,150mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The phone will have 6GB RAM and two different configurations for internal storage - 64GB and 128BG. Another report suggests that the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 732G processing chip. XDA reports further that the Mi 11 Lite is codenamed Corbet and as per another leak it will be powered by the Snapdragon SM7150 platform. This means that the device could have either Snapdragon 730, 730G, or 732G processor. The same device may be launched as another Poco device as another leak suggests that the Courbet is a codename for Poco F2. If something like this happens, it won't come as a surprise as a few Poco devices have already been rebranded or repacked as Xiaomi smartphones.
The main selling point for this device would be it is low-cost but producing a phone without 5G in 2021 seems strange to many users. It is also possible that the company has decided to come up with two smartphone variants with 4G and 5G network as the ancestor Mi 10 lite was a 5G capable phone. The device is rumored to feature a 64MP as the primary camera lens, a 16MP camera sensor for the front camera, and a 120Hz display. The device will run the Android 11 operating system out of the box and will be available in blue and black colors.
The Nokia 9 PureView didn't do well on the sales charts. The devices offered a lot, with Nokia created hype around its ambitious 5 camera setup that could collect up to 10 times more light than a single smartphone camera color sensor. Although, the company couldn't execute it well, with its light and Zeiss co-engineered camera technology couldn't live up to the consumer's expectations. The NPU claimed that Nokia canned its partnership with light and the 9.1 PureView and currently focusing on the 9.2 PureView instead.
NPU states that the phone will be released in the first quarter of 2020. Nokia's collaboration with the German optics manufacturer, ZEISS, is almost certain to continue for the next device but the device won't be using the fancy camera technology that was in the Nokia 9. This didn't come as a surprise that the phone will be leaving out the technology in favor of a more conventional approach. The Nokia 9 uses complex image processing and algorithms to capture a single shot from five cameras. But this year, the Nokia 9.2 will be using the conventional Toshiba lenses. The front-camera might feature a 32-megapixel sensor.
As per the rumor, the 9.2 PureView will feature the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, along with a large primary camera at the rear side. The company delayed the release of the phone to use the upgraded SoC, which means we won't be having the Nokia 9.2 until the autumn. We hope that the Nokia will release its new flagship smartphone at the MWC 2020 next month, given that HMD Global used the Barcelona event to launch the Nokia 9 PureViewlast year. With the conventional camera technology, we could see this device around the $600 price mark alongside wireless charging and headphone jac. That's around the same price its predecessor was last year.
The latest rumor about the Galaxy Note 6 suggests that, well... there won't actually BE a Galaxy Note 6! Sam Mobile was informed by one of its trusted sources in South Korea itself that Samsung will skip a number and name their sixth Note smartphone as the Galaxy Note 7. If the source is correct then the Korean OEM thinks that most customers will consider the upcoming Note to be older than the S7-series of smartphones, if it carries the suffix "6" with it. The lower model number, according to a source in Samsung itself, "...can give out a feeling that it is an outdated phone,"
This would not be the first time that Samsung will be doing this though, because it had also ditched the "Z2" model number in favor of "Z3," when it had launched the follow-up to the Tizen-OS based smartphone, Z1. In other news, the next Note could also be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Edge because of the possibility that it might feature a curved display with dual edges.
Our advice would be to take this news with a pinch of salt (as you must do with most rumors) before more is revealed about the authenticity of the "Galaxy Note 7 Edge." We will get to know more soon enough, as we head towards the release date, set somewhere in August.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
If you were hoping for a flat screen version of the Galaxy S8 in 2017, this news is probably going to disappoint you. Even though rumors had been saying this for months, a recent leak by none other than Evan Blass has confirmed the fact that Samsung has no plans of releasing a separate Edge version for the Galaxy S8. Instead, the bigger variant will be known as the Galaxy S8+. You can check out the logo above, as leaked by @evleaks on Twitter.
In case you have not been following the rumors, this means that both the phones will be sporting dual curved, borderless, QHD displays. The flat panels were ditched by Samsung as the Galaxy S7 Edge outsold the regular S7, in spite of the former being more expensive. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 will feature a huge 5.8-inch display, while the S8+ may sport a mammoth 6.2-inch one. Additionally, the S8 Plus could come with 128GB of internal storage, while the S8 may have to remain content with a modest 64GB of internal storage. Irrespective of the internal storage, both the models will almost certainly have expandable memory card slots.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
At this point, it doesn't even feel like news anymore to report once again that Samsung's next flagship smartphone won't be sporting an under-the-glass fingerprint scanner because this is going on for more than a year now. Renowned KGI analyst and Apple leakster Ming-Chi Kuo has sadly declared this fact, although he had himself said earlier that Samsung would be able to pull it off with the Note 9. Apparently, the OEM can't do that at this moment, but incidentally, Vivo has already done it successfully with the Apex.
It is baffling for many as to why Samsung is unable to do it, especially since the only reasoning offered here by Ming-Chi Kuo was a vague explanation about the current gen sensors being unable to bring what Samsung needed to the table. It might have something to do with the fact that the latest under-the-display sensors being incapable of working with an OLED display properly, but we don't know for sure.
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If you love your Samsung Galaxy watch, then you shouldn't upgrade your smartphone before getting a new watch in the new year. A notification in the Samsung Members app has notified users that the company's old wearable won't be compatible with its 2020 smartphones. "The existing service quality of older Samsung Gear wearables cannot be guaranteed and ensured through app updates alone," reads the translated notification. "Therefore, older Samsung Gear wearables can no longer be used in conjunction with new Samsung smartphones (from the year of publication 2021)."
The update has listed exactly 5 wearables that will be affected by the decision. The list includes the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear S, and Gear fit. Fortunately, this rule doesn't apply to smartphones released in 2020. If you bought your smartphone this year, it will continue to support wearables. The announcement, however, will affect you if you are planning to buy next year's Samsung Galaxy S21 or any other future smartphone from Samsung. Interestingly, it doesn't mean that the company is dropping support to Android 11 and One UI 3.0.
Regardless, if you are considering an upgrade to your current smartphone, you may be also considering purchasing a new wearable next year as well. Samsung is aiming to remove the support for a handful of older hardware released as part of the Galaxy series. So, could Samsung prolong its support for its Gear fitness trackers? All of these devices are pretty old and it's been a few years since we have seen them in the market. These devices are almost 6 years old and it's not reasonable to expect Samsung to support these for much longer.
A new leak suggests that the Galaxy S7 might feature a curved design that's similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and S6 Edge. OnLeaks has provided a visual comparison between the upcoming S7 and the present gen Note 5. It clearly shows the Note 5 having a bigger camera hump and a flat back while the S7 is sporting a significantly reduced camera hump on a curvy back panel. If you were hoping that the Galaxy S7 will feature a flexible display, the chances of that happening aren't that good. You will instead, get a "curved in" flagship from Samsung this year, that's not only curved on its sides, but also curved on both the top and the bottom.
At Samsung's Unpacked 2016 event on the 21st of February, the Korean manufacturer is going to unveil the S7 to the world, but we are not sure as to how much of the mystery remains to be "unveiled." We mostly know what to expect, thanks to all the leaks and rumors that have been around for the last few months. Nonetheless, the specs do sound awesome and according to latest reports; those specs will be powered by a 3000mAh battery that's capable of playing videos on the Galaxy S7 for 17 hours on a loop. It can also be charged from 0-100% in 100 minutes and 0-50% in just 25 minutes!
Last year, Apple came up with a delightful 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini. When every smartphone manufacturer is busy making phones with massive display screens, Apple decided to go against the trend and released a mini version of its regular iPhone 12 released in 2020. Don't get me wrong. The iPhone 12 wasn't so mini when it comes to price as the price started at $699 only. The phone was 11% thinner and 16% smaller than iPhone 11. The price wasn't cut down mainly because the phone was just small in size; whereas its specs were powerful as the regular iPhone. It had the same camera, same processor, the same storage option, the same design, same IP certification as the larger iPhone - with only a difference in screen size.
Rumor suggests that Apple is going to discontinue the mini version of the vanilla iPhone 13 this year. This might not be good news for people who wanted to upgrade or switch to iPhone without breaking their banks. But we think that Apple should reconsider its decision. The biggest reason is obviously the price factor. Another reason that not everyone wants a phone with a massive display. Yes, there are lots of people who want bigger devices but lots of people aren't everyone.
According to unofficial sales figures, mini contributed only 6 percent of iPhone sales within October to November quarter 2020. Even that 6% may sound like a small number, that's a lot of people when you are talking about iPhone total sales. Smaller phones are not just convenient. But they also take us back to the time when the Nokia 3310 and Moto Razr were popular. Both these devices have come back with the latest technology. And having an argument whether there should be any iPhone mini or not, is pretty baseless. iPhone mini variants are smart, convenient, powerful yet affordable devices and there should be a choice whether we want a big phone or a reasonably sized phone. Do you agree with this or not? Let us know your opinion in the feedback on our Facebook Page.
While most users are eagerly waiting to get their Android devices updated to Marshmallow, there are some still stuck on KitKat. For example, Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has not yet got any OS update, although last year it was launched with the Android 4.4. Hence, an owner of this tablet finally used Twitter to get the answer from Samsung's arm in the UK about a Lollipop or Marshmallow update for the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.
The response from the Korean giant was "no". This tablet will never see an OS upgrade. So no Android 5.0, 5.1 or 6.0 for the device. This essentially means support for this tab has terminated from Samsung's point of view. It's an interesting news, especially considering that the not much newer Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has at least Lollipop. This was done way back in April and it seems Tab Pro won't have the same luck.
As a final word of advice, just remember that this information might only be valid for tablets sold in the UK, as it's Samsung's UK branch delivering this disappointing news. That said it is almost certain that there won't be any OS update for Tab Pro in any other region.
The US variants of the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be made available in the next month and they won't feature a fingerprint sensor. The suitable placement of the sensor in an elongated power button on the side of the phone was one of the major factors contributing to its popularity. But, it won't be made available in the US versions of these devices.
As per Sony it was a business decision to discard the sensor and to us it surely seems like a completely unexpected move. Certainly it won't contribute to the success of these devices in North america. We hope Sony has a rock solid reason behind this.
Sony's primary concern right now is to get things moving in the US, considering the plethora of problems the Xperia Z4v had during its US launch and problems that made Verizon ditch the device completely. Sony had to release the same device after few months under the Xperia Z3+ brand on Amazon and B&H. But it seems like Sony is on the verge of another botched up product launch.
There is a major unanswered question: why would Sony get rid of one of most popular feature from a flagship device? We'd have wait and watch to check out how the story will unfold and how would Sony tackle the any kind of adverse situation.