Mobile phones Archive

  • One of the highest anticipated devices of this year might be launching later than expected. No, we're not talking about the iPhone 8 this time around, but Samsung's Galaxy Note8. A new report from Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks) claims the handset will only be unveiled in the second half of September, contradicting earlier rumors that talked about a late August intro. According to "an individual briefed on the company's plans", the Note8 will be Samsung's most expensive smartphone yet, retailing for 999€ unlocked in the Eurozone. Since the initial prices of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ started at 799€ and 899€, respectively, this makes some sense. If you're wondering how this will translate into US dollars, we're guessing the unlocked model will retail for $925 (because the S8 is $725 and the S8+ is $825). The Note8 is said to come with a 6.3-inch 18.5:9 AMOLED touchscreen which would make it only marginally bigger than the 6.2-inch S8+. So this time around the Not..

    Galaxy Note8 to launch in late September priced at 999€, 6GB of RAM and dual camera in tow

    One of the highest anticipated devices of this year might be launching later than expected. No, we're not talking about the iPhone 8 this time around, but Samsung's Galaxy Note8. A new report from Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks) claims the handset will only be unveiled in the second half of September, contradicting earlier rumors that talked about a late August intro. According to "an individual briefed on the company's plans", the Note8 will be Samsung's most expensive smartphone yet, retailing for 999€ unlocked in the Eurozone. Since the initial prices of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ started at 799€ and 899€, respectively, this makes some sense. If you're wondering how this will translate into US dollars, we're guessing the unlocked model will retail for $925 (because the S8 is $725 and the S8+ is $825). The Note8 is said to come with a 6.3-inch 18.5:9 AMOLED touchscreen which would make it only marginally bigger than the 6.2-inch S8+. So this time around the Not..
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  • Introduction The Xperia L1 marks Sony's return to the still growing and highly-competitive entry-level market. Putting together a good smartphone for beginners can often turn out to be an even tougher task than designing a flagship. Maybe that's why Sony is retiring its E-series and introducing a new contender in the Xperia L1. Sony used to cover the budget niche with the pocket-friendly E series, some water-proofed handsets in the M lineup and the selfie-centric C-series adding adequate depth and continuity all the way up to the flagship Z lineup. It's now the Xperia X that's in charge and Sony is obviously keen on revising its alphabet further down the ranks. Other than the name change, the newly unveiled Xperia L1 isn't dramatically different from the typical Sony entry-level handset we're used to. Almost a year sharp after the Xperia E5, we get a premium looped surface design - well executed given the tight budget - as well as a big screen, LTE conn..

    Sony Xperia L1 review: Level one

    Introduction The Xperia L1 marks Sony's return to the still growing and highly-competitive entry-level market. Putting together a good smartphone for beginners can often turn out to be an even tougher task than designing a flagship. Maybe that's why Sony is retiring its E-series and introducing a new contender in the Xperia L1. Sony used to cover the budget niche with the pocket-friendly E series, some water-proofed handsets in the M lineup and the selfie-centric C-series adding adequate depth and continuity all the way up to the flagship Z lineup. It's now the Xperia X that's in charge and Sony is obviously keen on revising its alphabet further down the ranks. Other than the name change, the newly unveiled Xperia L1 isn't dramatically different from the typical Sony entry-level handset we're used to. Almost a year sharp after the Xperia E5, we get a premium looped surface design - well executed given the tight budget - as well as a big screen, LTE conn..
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  • We’ve already reported the Galaxy S8 Active appearing on Geekbench. Now another listing, this time on GFXBench, reveals some more info about the more rugged version of Samsung’s latest flagship. The phone reports a 5.4” screen with 2008 x 1080 resolution. Those both sound a little off though - the second seems a result of the phone's built-in downscaling feature, while the display size is often wrongly listed on GFXBench scorecards. The listing confirms the Galaxy S8 Active will run on Snapdragon 835 with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 540 GPU. The RAM will be 4 GB and the internal storage will be 64 GB, 53 of them user-available. The Galaxy S8 Active unsurprisingly will have one 12 MP camera on the back. The OS is Android 7.0 Nougat, probably with Samsung’s latest UI on top. We are yet to see any official info from the Korean company. Until then, feast your eyes on the previously reported no-dual curved screen render of the Galaxy S8 Active. Source | Via

    Samsung Galaxy S8 Active shows up on GFXBench

    We’ve already reported the Galaxy S8 Active appearing on Geekbench. Now another listing, this time on GFXBench, reveals some more info about the more rugged version of Samsung’s latest flagship. The phone reports a 5.4” screen with 2008 x 1080 resolution. Those both sound a little off though - the second seems a result of the phone's built-in downscaling feature, while the display size is often wrongly listed on GFXBench scorecards. The listing confirms the Galaxy S8 Active will run on Snapdragon 835 with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 540 GPU. The RAM will be 4 GB and the internal storage will be 64 GB, 53 of them user-available. The Galaxy S8 Active unsurprisingly will have one 12 MP camera on the back. The OS is Android 7.0 Nougat, probably with Samsung’s latest UI on top. We are yet to see any official info from the Korean company. Until then, feast your eyes on the previously reported no-dual curved screen render of the Galaxy S8 Active. Source | Via
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  • The Xiaomi Mi Max is getting Android 7.0 via an over the air update that tags along the May security patch. The update is so far only appearing on models with 3GB of RAM (no word on the 4GB/128GB Prime model, but it shouldn't take much longer) and is based on the global MIUI 8.5.1.0 stable ROM. Xiaomi Mi Max update Xiaomi's largest screened phone got a refresh in the form of the Mi Max 2 last month but is still very relevant with 3GB of RAM and a 4K capable camera. Thanks, Emmanouil, for the tip! Source | Via

    Xiaomi Mi Max gets Android 7.0 update

    The Xiaomi Mi Max is getting Android 7.0 via an over the air update that tags along the May security patch. The update is so far only appearing on models with 3GB of RAM (no word on the 4GB/128GB Prime model, but it shouldn't take much longer) and is based on the global MIUI 8.5.1.0 stable ROM. Xiaomi Mi Max update Xiaomi's largest screened phone got a refresh in the form of the Mi Max 2 last month but is still very relevant with 3GB of RAM and a 4K capable camera. Thanks, Emmanouil, for the tip! Source | Via
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  • YouTube has announced a new format for VR videos called VR180 made in collaboration with Google’s Daydream team. This has been designed to make it easy for content creators to create immersive 3D and VR experiences. Unlike 360 degree video, VR180 only has 180 degree field of view. Users can wear VR glasses to look around while facing forward but you can’t look back for additional field of view, which for most purposes wound’t be a problem. If you wear VR glasses, you can also experience the video n 3D. If you choose not to wear glasses, the VR180 video appears just like a regular 2D video. VR180 works with Google Cardboard, Daydream, Gear VR and PSVR. It also supports live streaming. For content creators, there wouldn’t be need for any special equipment or editing tools for making VR180 videos. However, YouTube is working with camera manufacturers like YI, Lenovo, and LG for special VR180 cameras that make best use of the format and are also cheaper than 360 degree cameras. Right ..

    YouTube introduces VR180, immersive VR video on a budget

    YouTube has announced a new format for VR videos called VR180 made in collaboration with Google’s Daydream team. This has been designed to make it easy for content creators to create immersive 3D and VR experiences. Unlike 360 degree video, VR180 only has 180 degree field of view. Users can wear VR glasses to look around while facing forward but you can’t look back for additional field of view, which for most purposes wound’t be a problem. If you wear VR glasses, you can also experience the video n 3D. If you choose not to wear glasses, the VR180 video appears just like a regular 2D video. VR180 works with Google Cardboard, Daydream, Gear VR and PSVR. It also supports live streaming. For content creators, there wouldn’t be need for any special equipment or editing tools for making VR180 videos. However, YouTube is working with camera manufacturers like YI, Lenovo, and LG for special VR180 cameras that make best use of the format and are also cheaper than 360 degree cameras. Right ..
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  • The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom, otherwise known as Zenfone Zoom S, will make its way to Europe starting July 7. It will be available in black in the Netherlands first with a suggested retail price of €469. If you're unfamiliar with the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom it was launched earlier this year for the US market and is available in Asia under the name Zenfone Zoom S. It packs a dual camera consisting of two 12MP cameras - a wide 25mm f/1.7 one and another 59mm f/2.8 unit - which give it its name. The front-facing camera does 13MP stills. There's a 5.5" 1080p AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 625 chip and whopping 5,000mAh battery. Hat tip to Tim! Source

    Asus Zenfone Zoom S to come to Europe next month

    The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom, otherwise known as Zenfone Zoom S, will make its way to Europe starting July 7. It will be available in black in the Netherlands first with a suggested retail price of €469. If you're unfamiliar with the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom it was launched earlier this year for the US market and is available in Asia under the name Zenfone Zoom S. It packs a dual camera consisting of two 12MP cameras - a wide 25mm f/1.7 one and another 59mm f/2.8 unit - which give it its name. The front-facing camera does 13MP stills. There's a 5.5" 1080p AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 625 chip and whopping 5,000mAh battery. Hat tip to Tim! Source
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  • You probably have heard something about a device named OnePlus 5 being released in the past few days. It comes in Midnight Black and Slate Gray, but according to a TENAA listing, the phone will also have a Gold color option. Having a OnePlus 5 in Gold shouldn’t be a surprise since this color option isn’t new for a OnePlus device. The OnePlus 3T was offered in Soft Gold, and the OnePlus X had a Champagne option. OnePlus is also known to have a policy of announcing color options along the product life of its smartphones. Back at the beginning of 2017, the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black got debuted albeit as a limited edition. So we won't be surprised if something similar happened with the Soft Gold OnePlus 5. Source (in Chinese) | Via

    Gold OnePlus 5 swings by TENAA, we hold our breath

    You probably have heard something about a device named OnePlus 5 being released in the past few days. It comes in Midnight Black and Slate Gray, but according to a TENAA listing, the phone will also have a Gold color option. Having a OnePlus 5 in Gold shouldn’t be a surprise since this color option isn’t new for a OnePlus device. The OnePlus 3T was offered in Soft Gold, and the OnePlus X had a Champagne option. OnePlus is also known to have a policy of announcing color options along the product life of its smartphones. Back at the beginning of 2017, the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black got debuted albeit as a limited edition. So we won't be surprised if something similar happened with the Soft Gold OnePlus 5. Source (in Chinese) | Via
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  • We’ve already shown you the alleged back panel of the Meizu Pro 7 and now a prototype appeared, confirming the rumor. The device is called Prototype 8 and has a rectangular screen on the left side of the back panel, right below the camera setup. The images reveal the alleged back design of the phone. We see the dual cameras are positioned slightly lower than usual, probably to fit the cutout for the secondary screen. According to sources, Meizu Pro 7 will have a glass build for that to work. We are yet to hear from Meizu more about specs of the new phone, but a code leak from last month suggested a Helio X30 chipset and two Sony cameras, both of 12 MP resolution. Via

    Meizu Pro 7 prototype leak confirms the secondary screen rumor

    We’ve already shown you the alleged back panel of the Meizu Pro 7 and now a prototype appeared, confirming the rumor. The device is called Prototype 8 and has a rectangular screen on the left side of the back panel, right below the camera setup. The images reveal the alleged back design of the phone. We see the dual cameras are positioned slightly lower than usual, probably to fit the cutout for the secondary screen. According to sources, Meizu Pro 7 will have a glass build for that to work. We are yet to hear from Meizu more about specs of the new phone, but a code leak from last month suggested a Helio X30 chipset and two Sony cameras, both of 12 MP resolution. Via
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  • A new update has started hitting LG K10 units on AT&T's network. Arriving as build number NRD90U (software version K42520c) and weighing in at 1.22GB, the new firmware is based on Android Nougat 7.0. In addition to new OS version, the update also bumps the Android security patch level to April 1. Given that it's an OTA roll out, it might take time for the update notification to pop up on your device's screen. Source | Via

    LG K10 on AT&T getting Nougat update

    A new update has started hitting LG K10 units on AT&T's network. Arriving as build number NRD90U (software version K42520c) and weighing in at 1.22GB, the new firmware is based on Android Nougat 7.0. In addition to new OS version, the update also bumps the Android security patch level to April 1. Given that it's an OTA roll out, it might take time for the update notification to pop up on your device's screen. Source | Via
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  • Samsung has started rolling out a new update to its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones. Arriving as build number G920FXXS5EQF9 and G925FXXS5EQF9, respectively, it's a security update that brings along Android fixes for the month of June. While a detailed changelog isn't available, the update is also said to include some system-related enhancements as well as some bug fixes. Recently, the Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship duo also got the June security patch. Via

    New update hitting Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge

    Samsung has started rolling out a new update to its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones. Arriving as build number G920FXXS5EQF9 and G925FXXS5EQF9, respectively, it's a security update that brings along Android fixes for the month of June. While a detailed changelog isn't available, the update is also said to include some system-related enhancements as well as some bug fixes. Recently, the Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship duo also got the June security patch. Via
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