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    by Published on 08-20-2018 03:00 PM
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    If XDA got this right, you're looking at what's going to be the next volley in the escalating arms race on smartphone cameras (or at least lenses). Expected to be made official in the next two to three months, the Huawei Mate 20—codenamed "Hima"—will apparently ship with no less than three cameras on board, just like the already-available P20 Pro. Based on leaked firmware files, notable specs are as follows:

    6.3 inch AMOLED display @ 1080 x 2244 pixels
    HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor
    Triple rear camera system
    At least 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    3.5 mm headphone jack / stereo speakers
    4,200 mAh battery with wireless charging
    Android 9 Pie with EMUI

    As yet there are no specifics on the Mate 10's tri-camera setup, but there's every reason to believe that it would be similar to what's on the P20—that is:

    40 megapixel RGB sensor with OIS
    20 megapixel monochrome sensor with OIS
    8 megapixel telephoto sensor with OIS

    Unfortunately the Mate 10 will also almost certainly ship with an unlockable bootloader, as per Huawei's new policy. If you're still interested, there are more details and renders at the link directly below.

    Source: XDA

    by Published on 08-13-2018 03:00 PM
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    For those who can remember way back to the fall of 2016, OnePlus saw a literal hole in the market, created by exploding Samsung Note 7 batteries. They decided to put some new internals into their already popular OnePlus 3 and release a mid-season refresh called the OnePlus 3T. Then, last year, they upped the ante a bit with the OnePlus 5T—not only did it run on a newer processor but had a brand-new 18:9 screen as well.

    So here we are in mid-2018 already talking about the successor to a high-end phone that's barely two months old. I tells ya, this business is nuts...

    Anyway, the news: Android Authority reports that Oppo has just announced the R17, shown in the image above. It features an in-display fingerprint reader and, perhaps more importantly, an acceptably-small display notch. Why is this important? Because one, Oppo and OnePlus share the same parent company (BBK Electronics) and two, previous Oppo phones—the R11, R11s and R15—have designs virtually identical to the OnePlus 5, 5T and 6. Google those Oppos if you don't believe me.

    I don't think the fingerprint reader is going to make it over to the 6T, and that's not necessarily a bad thing; it likely wouldn't be as lighting-quick as what OnePlus users currently enjoy. But if that smaller notch shows up on the 6T then my patience in holding out for it will have been justified.

    Oh, and fast wireless charging would also be acceptable.

    Sources: Android Authority, Deccan Chronicle

    by Published on 08-09-2018 07:45 AM
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    Way back in the long long ago my trusty sidearm was a Handspring Treo 270, a forebear to the circa-2003 Palm Treo 600 that you're seeing above. We smartphone users take such things for granted now, but back then having a PDA, mobile phone and Internet connection in a single device was nothing short of amazing. My Treo didn't even have a camera.

    That was, of course, some sixteen years ago—ancient history by mobile tech standards. So it's with some bewilderment that I report to you today on a 2018 Palm-branded device which has just stopped by the FCC and WiFi Alliance.

    The Palm PVG100 was spotted by Android Police this week. PVG apparently stands for Palm Ventures Group; it turns out that TCL, which acquired BlackBerry's handset business in 2016, owns the rights to another storied PDA phone brand as well. And as BlackBerry has migrated to Android this new Palm device will likewise be powered by the world's dominant OS.

    If TCL is really going for the whole nostalgia experience here I'd be very interested in seeing what kind of skin this thing ships with.

    Source: Android Police

    by Published on 08-08-2018 07:00 AM
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    If you're in the market for a Wear OS-powered smartwatch you'll definitely want to hold off on any purchase until at least September 10th. That's when Qualcomm is expected to announce a much-needed update to its ancient 2100 Snapdragon Wear chipset.

    Tech bloggers like Michael Fisher (Mr. Mobile) are getting "save the date" emails directly from Qualcomm; from the graphic above it's fairly obvious that the event is smartwatch-related.

    I call the 2100 chip "ancient" because it's now more than two years old. If you've ever wondered why Wear OS watches are so huge, with batteries that only last about a day, and why so few of them have extra features like GPS and NFC, you can thank the 2100 for pretty much all of that. Here's a taste of a hit piece that Ron Amadeo wrote on the subject for Ars Technica earlier this year:

    The Wear 2100 wasn't even a good chip when it was new.
    Read the first link below to see why he's right.

    Hard-core watch nerds might lament Qualcomm's missed opportunity in not choosing October 10th for their announcement. But there's no time for a luxury like that—Wear OS needs a better chipset, now.

    Links: Ars Technica, @themrmobile

    by Published on 07-30-2018 07:15 AM
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    XDA Forums member dr.guru says:

    I present you some pictures of the pixel 3 xl in white, taken by me. Unfortunately the phone doesn't boot because it was remotely erased by google.

    Despite all the redacted info Android Police deems the photos to be legit, and that this is indeed an engineering prototype Pixel 3 XL in Clearly White. The display notch, signature front-firing speakers and dual selfie cams are consistent with what we've already seen—that is, the leaked CAD renders and screen protectors posted here previously.

    The Pixel 3 XL's code name is apparently "crosshatch", and the variant shown in these photos is the SKU with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Additional photos of the leaked device are available through the links immediately below.

    Source: XDA via Android Police

    by Published on 07-25-2018 07:15 AM
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    In case you missed this in yesterday's news round-up, Evan Blass has leaked no less than three press images of the next Note on Twitter. And here they are:

    Note that the fingerprint sensor is in a more sensible spot, directly below the camera assembly instead of within it, as on the current Note 8.

    Other details about Samsung's forthcoming phablet remain elusive. It will almost certainly have a 3.5 mm audio jack, will probably have a variable-aperture lens on at least one of its cameras, and there might be a SKU with 512 MB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery. We'll know for sure when the Note 9 is officially unveiled on August 9th.

    Source: @evleaks via Android Police

    by Published on 07-03-2018 06:45 AM
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    Just a few weeks ago I posted about the escalating arms race in smartphone cameras—specifically the rising number of lens assemblies on the backs of premium units. In that post was a photo of the Light L16, a $2,000 USD compact camera capable of stitching together a 52 megapixel image from its array of 16 lenses.

    And wouldn't you know it, Light is making a phone now.

    The photo above is a prototype sporting no less than nine lenses (plus flash), published by The Washington Post in a feature on future phone tech. Depending on your subject as few as five lenses will be needed for any one shot, but the resulting photo will have a resolution of 64 megapixels—even better than Light's current standalone camera.

    The first Light-branded smartphone will almost certainly run Android, and will likely be built by Foxconn, which has enjoyed a strategic relationship with the company since 2015. There's no word yet on when it's coming to market, but look for an official announcement later this year.

    Source: Washington Post via Tom's Guide

    by Published on 06-29-2018 07:15 AM
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    PCMag had a sit-down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau at the Shanghai, China edition of Mobile World Congress, where it was revealed that the upstart OEM was not only working on a 5G-capable smartphone for next year, but looking to sell it through a carrier channel in the U.S. as well:

    Lau said OnePlus wants to go with carrier sales because it lets more people in the U.S. have hands-on time with phones before buying them, which so far people have only been able to do at periodic pop-up events.

    Lau didn't specify a carrier, or whether he is talking to more than one carrier. The OnePlus 6 currently works well on AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks, but as the company uses common Qualcomm chipsets, it's conceivable that it could make a phone that works with any US carrier.
    As a OnePlus user myself I'm skeptical about this, and not just because of the company's prevalence towards #HYPE. Since their second release OnePlus has made it their mission statement to sell dual-SIM hardware, and I can't ever see AT&T selling a phone that could undercut their revenue by allowing a SIM from another provider. Also, OnePlus currently sells a single SKU (plus available upgrades for storage and RAM) that supports most networks around the world. Unless their 5G modem is going to support CDMA-based networks as well, they're going to have a fragmentation problem on their hands.

    On the other hand, it was a joy to see OnePlus hardware on display in the carrier shops of Copenhagen; if they can score a similar deal with a carrier in the U.S. then good for them. I just don't think it's ever going to happen.

    Source: PCMag.com

    by Published on 06-27-2018 10:45 AM
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    For whatever it's worth, reputable leaker Steve H.—aka @OnLeaks—has posted some renders of the new Pixel phones set for release this autumn. Image galleries and video renders of both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be found on a site called My Smart Price. I've no idea why, either.

    Steve was pretty spot-on with renders of the 2nd-gen Pixels that were making the rounds this time last year; these new renders are also based on factory designs, so there's good reason to believe that they're similarly legit. Those in the market for a new Pixel this year will be pleased to see that the dual front-firing speakers on both models make a return appearance, along with what looks like dual-lens selfie cams. The differences? The Pixel 3 XL will have a 6.2 inch 19:9 display with notch, while the Pixel 3 will have a 5.4 inch 18:9 display and will be notch-free.

    I'm not embedding the video renders here only because they pale in comparison to the stunning high-resolution images. Check 'em out at the first link below!

    Source: My Smart Price News via @OnLeaks on Twitter

    by Published on 06-26-2018 06:44 AM
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    If you hadn't yet heard, the 9th edition of the original phablet is to be announced at an event in New York City on August 9th, and shipping a few weeks after that. Droid Life has apparently found the device's listing at the FCC, with the model number SMN960F.

    The 'F' in SMN960F likely indicates an international version, so there's no need to panic if you don't see your LTE band in the screen grab above.

    Aside from the expected processor upgrades and the almost certain inclusion of a variable aperture camera system similar to the Galaxy S9, the Note 9 is rumoured to have a whopping 4,000mAh battery and an available version with 512GB of storage—but only for China and South Korea. There will be no display notch, but there will be a 3.5mm audio jack.

    Here's a render of the Note 9 from 91Mobiles and Onleaks. The lead graphic at the top of the post is from another reputable leaker on Twitter.

    Sources: 91Mobiles, Droid Life, @Universeice

    by Published on 06-21-2018 07:15 AM
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    If Mac Otakara is to be believed, this is Apple's iPhone lineup for 2018. And why should Mac Otakara be believed? Apparently that same site first broke the news that Apple was ditching the headphone jack on 2016's iPhone 7.

    What we're looking at here are dummy units—that is, 3D-printed shells designed using leaks from Apple's supply chain. An updated 5.8 inch iPhone X (centre) will be joined by a 6.4 inch Plus model (right) and a 6 inch budget model with larger bezels (left). We don't yet know what the nomenclature of the phones will be, but it does appear that Apple is going all-in on the notch.

    The dummy units were purchased from an unnamed seller on Alibaba. To give you a better idea of their size Mac Otakara also uploaded a video to YouTube:

    From the video you'll see that the budget iPhone has only a single camera lens assembly on the back. It will apparently have an LCD display as well, whereas the other two models with have an OLED panel like the current iPhone X. According to Forbes the budget iPhone will retail for $400 USD less than the supersized Plus model.

    Of course, we won't know anything for sure until September, but this leaker does have some credibility, for whatever that's worth.

    Source: Mac Otakara (Japanese) via Forbes

    by Published on 06-18-2018 07:15 AM
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    Before anything else I need to make it perfectly clear that this is only a render. There has been no firm indication from Motorola that their iconic Razr, the impossibly-thin feature phone that conquered the world in the early 2000s, is making a comeback. All we have at the moment are unsubstantiated rumours.

    There is, however, some hard evidence that Moto is planning some sort of foldable smartphone.

    These illustrations, courtesy of the Dutch site Let's Go Digital, are from a filing submitted by Motorola to the World Intellectual Property Organization, clearly showing a device with a flexible hinge and display. Unfortunately that display bends along the device's vertical, rather than horizontal, axis. What difference does that make? Back to the render we go!

    Again, this is only one fan's flight of fancy, and in no way represents any confirmed hardware designs from Motorola. But hey, we can still dream, right?

    Sources: Let's Go Digital (Dutch), T3

    by Published on 05-29-2018 06:45 AM
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    The only thing I can say with any confidence about this photo is that the timing seems right. Google's third pair of Pixel phones will almost certainly be announced this fall, and it would make sense that their design would be more or less finalized at this point. But the source of this alleged leak? Well, that's another matter altogether. It's literally some random Weibo account (crossposted to Slashleaks) and purports to show the tempered glass screen protectors for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

    If the photos and what's in them are legit, they give us a pretty good idea of what the new Pixels will look like, at least from the front: the smaller Pixel 3 will have a 2:1 screen ratio for the first time and the Pixel 3 XL will have a notch—entirely expected given that notch support will be native to Android P. The top and bottom cutouts would also suggest front-facing stereo speakers for both devices, and perhaps dual selfie cams as well.

    Looking back at last year's Pixel 2s it wasn't until June that we even found out what the codenames were. So this "leak" may in fact be a lie.

    Source: Slashleaks via Android Central

    by Published on 05-18-2018 06:15 AM
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    HTC has a new flagship on the way, and thanks to master leaker Evan Blass we've got an early look. The trio of images above are apparently official press renders, which Blass tweeted yesterday along with a three-page spec sheet. Some highlights:

    6 inch 18:9 2880 x 1440 pixel LCD display
    Snapdragon 845 Processor
    6 GB RAM / 64 or 128 GB of storage + microSD
    12 MP wide angle + 16 MP telephoto OIS rear cameras
    Dual 8 MP selfie cams
    3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
    Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense
    HTC Edge Sense 2 (squeezable frame)

    The leaked documents indicate that the device will be made official next Wednesday, May 23rd, so HTC fans won't have long to wait!

    Source: @evleaks via GSM Arena

    by Published on 05-10-2018 06:45 AM
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    The OnePlus 6 is set to be unveiled in London next week, but thanks to a tweet (since deleted) by Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, here's an early look at two variants of the phone. That's Bachchan on the right, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on the left.

    With it's vertically-oriented dual-camera assembly and elliptical fingerprint reader it seems like OnePlus is now drawing design inspiration from Samsung as well as Apple. I wouldn't call that a bad thing.

    Confirmed features and specs for the OnePlus 6 are as follows:

    The latest and greatest Snapdragon processor (845);
    a me-too display notch (hidable via software);
    water resistance;
    3.5 mm audio jack;
    2018's camera gimmick, super-slow-motion video.

    Super-slo-mo video, already seen on Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Sony's Xperia XZ1, is made possible by the Snapdragon 845—which, according to XDA, supports slow motion HEVC video encoding at either 480fps (720p) or 240fps (1080p). This and some sort of water resistance were teased in separate tweets by OnePlus.

    Not yet confirmed is support for wireless charging, but it would certainly make sense. There's the glass back you can see on Mr. Bachchan's device above, and also the resurgence of Qi charging thanks to the latest iPhones.

    One thing is for certain: all will be revealed when the OnePlus 6 is made official at 5pm BST next Wednesday.

    Source: XDA

    by Published on 04-03-2018 06:45 AM
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    If this rumor turns out to be true then Google is going to have a grey market sensation on its hands.

    The Economic Times of India reports that Mountain View is planning a big sales push into the subcontinent—which, last time I checked, was the second largest smartphone market in the world. The initiative will include official sales channels for Google's high-end Pixelbook, Google Home and other home automation products and apparently a mid-range Pixel phone as well.

    SlashGear thinks that the phone will be revealed this summer, and cites the HTC Desire 12 as a reference for specs:

    5.5 inch, 720 x 1440 pixel display
    MediaTek MT6739 processor
    2 or 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage + microSD
    13 megapixels rear-facing camera
    2,730 mAh battery

    While I agree that a mid-range Pixel would most likely be built by HTC talent, those specs seem a bit underwhelming in a market where overachieving OnePlus phones (for example) seem to do quite well.

    One thing's for sure: if there is to be a made-for-India Pixel it will almost certainly require dual SIM support, and will therefore never come to the Americas. At least not from your carrier.

    Sources: The Economic Times of India, SlashGear

    by Published on 03-29-2018 07:30 AM
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    This is no leak; if you're looking for leaks, see below.

    The image above is the first official rendering of the OnePlus 6, shared with The Verge so that the Chinese Android OEM can explain their rather obvious homage to the iPhone X—that is, the dreaded notch. Apple wasn't actually first to market with this contentious design choice; that honour goes to Andy Rubin's Essential Phone. Apple's decision to go that same route, however, has legitimized it enough for Google to include notch support in its next version of Android.

    As for OnePlus specifically, here are Carl Pei's thoughts on the subject:

    In his mind, the question of whether to have a notch at all is a foregone conclusion. OnePlus, like every other phone maker opting to go this design route, sees it as adding more screen real estate instead of taking anything away. “What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.”
    Fair enough. However... in exchange for a notched display Apple pretty much removed all other bezels from their iPhone X. If the leaked images below are legit, that doesn't quite seem to be the case for the OnePlus 6.

    OnePlus is nonetheless claiming a notch-assisted 90% screen to body ratio, compared to 80.5% for the OnePlus 5T. I'm not sure what's going on with the different finishes on the back; the glass version leaked on a Chinese site last February, and the textured back was tweeted by Evan Blass yesterday.

    Sources: Android Police, The Verge

    by Published on 03-09-2018 08:15 AM
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    Famous phone leaker Evan Blass has, for the moment, turned his prying eyes to smartwatches and has come up with this, the Fitbit Versa. It's not the first time we've seen this newer, cheaper and less fugly version of the Ionic. Nine days ago Wareable posted a gallery of the then-unnamed device; they've since updated their post to include the new information from Blass.

    Available in black, charcoal, rose gold and silver, the Versa will run the same Fitbit OS as the Ionic, but in a smaller and more female-friendly form factor. It will be water resistant to 50mm and, like the Ionic, will include an SpO2 sensor able to monitor sleep apnea once Fitbit enables that feature. The one thing it won't have on its spec sheet is GPS.

    If you think the Versa bears more than a passing resemblance to the Pebble Time Steel you're not wrong. In fact, someone told Wareable that Pebble had a touchscreen watch in development before they were bought up by Fitbit.

    The Versa is expected to go on sale this spring, and will almost certainly retail for less than the $300 USD Ionic.

    Sources: Evan Blass via Android Police, Wareable

    by Published on 02-02-2018 06:30 AM
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    Some folks over at XDA examined the code for an unreleased Oreo Beta for the Note8, and within it found an XML file with a list of all upcoming Galaxy phones and tablets for 2018. And without any further ado, here is that list:

    astarqlte (Samsung Galaxy S9 Active)
    c10lte (Samsung Galaxy C10)
    c10plte (Samsung Galaxy C10 Plus)
    crown (Samsung Galaxy Note 9)
    gta2xl (Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2018)
    gtesy18lte (Samsung Galaxy Tab E 2018)
    gts4llte (Samsung Galaxy Tab S4)
    j2y18lte (Samsung Galaxy J2 2018)
    j3neolte (Samsung Galaxy J3 Neo)
    j4lte (Samsung Galaxy J4)
    j6lte (Samsung Galaxy J6)
    j8lte (Samsung Galaxy J8)
    star (Samsung Galaxy S9)
    star2 (Samsung Galaxy S9+)

    Most intriguing among the entries here is the "jackpot" series, which may or may not turn out to be the rumoured, foldable Samsung Galaxy X. For more on the list and to see how XDA found it see the three links immediately below.

    Sources: XDA (1) (2) (3)

    by Published on 01-29-2018 06:30 AM
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    What we're looking at here is an unannounced Acer tablet—photographed, tweeted, then deleted by an attendee at a London trade show. What makes this particular tablet different than all the other Android tablets currently on the market is that its actually not running Android at all, but instead a touch-friendly version of Chrome OS.

    According to Liliputing's Brad Linder, a Chrome OS-powered tablet (or "Chromepad") offers a number of advantages over a similar form factor running Android:

    • Faster boot speeds
    • Free-floating, resizable windows
    • Support for Chrome browser extensions
    • More advanced browser tools including developer tools, a task manager, and a powerful bookmark manager
    • 5 years of software and security updates delivered by Google rather than the PC maker
    All this plus full support for Android apps, just like the Android tablet you're using/not using now.

    Unfortunately it's entirely unknown if Acer is actually planning on bringing this device to market, or if it's just a one-off proof of concept for internal use. Whatever the case, it's certainly an intriguing idea.

    Source: Liliputing (1) (2)

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