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    by Published on 07-12-2021 02:00 PM
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    According to prodigious leaker Evan Blass, these are the official product renders for every major hardware announcement next month by Samsung:



    Galaxy Z Fold3



    Galaxy Z Flip3



    Galaxy S21 Fan Edition 5G (to be officially unveiled later in the year...)

    Follow any of the links below and you'll also see renders for the Galaxy Buds2, Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic.

    Sources: @evleaks via 9to5Google, GSM Arena

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    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
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    by Published on 12-04-2020 02:45 PM
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    Trustworthy leaker Evan Blass has published this photo of what he says is the first Snapdragon 8xx-series-powered Moto G. Its codename is 'nio' and known specs are as follows:

    6.6 inch FHD+ display @ 105 Hz
    Snapdragon 865 processor
    64 MP primary / 16 MP wide / 2MP depth sensor rear cameras
    dual selfie cams
    8 GB RAM / 256 GB storage
    5,000 mAh battery
    Android 11

    Price and release date are so far not known.

    Source: Voice via Mobile Syrup

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    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
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    by Published on 11-22-2020 09:00 AM
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    Looks like they've stopped copying Apple and are going after Samsung instead...

    Reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has published a set of images showing what he believes is the next premium device from OnePlus, the 9 Pro. The only confirmed spec so far is as follows:

    6.7 inch curved display with hole-punch selfie cam

    Though the design is apparently finalized some details, like the rear-facing camera array, may change. The only other known detail about this device is its release date, March of 2021. Check back then, I guess, to see if he was right.

    Source: @OnLeaks via 9to5Google

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    by Published on 10-20-2020 08:00 AM
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    Reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) has apparently got the scoop on the next Samsung flagships, not due for their official unveiling until next January:



    Galaxy S21

    The most noticeable detail which immediately differentiates the Galaxy S21 (or Galaxy S30 depending the rumors) from his predecessors is its new and quite unique rear camera housing design which somehow extends from the metal frame of the device [...] As you can see, the flash has been integrated next to the housing, just like Samsung did with the Galaxy Note10 Series.

    Looking at the front, the Galaxy S21 comes with a roughly 6.2-inch flat display featuring a single and centered selfie camera punch-hole cutout.


    Galaxy S21 Ultra

    Unlike the S21 which comes with a flat screen, the S21 Ultra display has slightly curved edges making it look more premium. The screen measures between roughly between 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch and sports a centered selfie punch-hole cutout.

    The other distinguishing detail you may have already noticed is the size of the rear camera housing. It's huge!
    Sources: SamMobile, Twitter, Voice (1) (2)

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    by Published on 01-16-2020 06:55 AM
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    When I first came across this I presumed yet another @onleaks collab, but I was wrong; Indian tech site 91mobiles did up this full CAD render of Huawei's 2020 flagship all on their own:

    The Huawei P40 will have a flat display with a punch-hole design, with space for two selfie cameras. The rear panel, meanwhile, will pack a rectangular camera module with LEICA-powered triple sensors and an LED flash.
    Other rumoured specs include the following:

    Kirin 990 processor with 5G support
    6.1 or 6.2 display
    main, ultra-wide and ToF rear cameras
    Android / EMUI 10
    No Google services, unless the US reverses its ban before launch

    That launch, for both the P40 and P40 Pro—the latter featuring a 10x periscope optical zoom—will apparently happen sometime in March.

    Source: 91mobiles

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    by Published on 12-10-2019 08:55 AM
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    Here I am still getting acquainted with my late-2019 OnePlus 7T, while prolific leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) has already produced renders for a trio of new OnePluses due next year:



    OnePlus 8 - punch-hole selfie cam on a 6.5 inch curved display.



    OnePlus 8 Pro - punch-hole selfie cam on a curved 6.65 inch display.



    OnePlus 8 Lite - punch-hole selfie cam on a flat 6.4 or 6.5 inch display.

    These renders were supposedly output directly from CAD files, and have been confirmed by an insider at OnePlus. I'm not entirely sure what to make of them—I'm all for ditching the pop-up selfie cam but I would have expected the 2019 trend of stove-top camera cutouts on the back to continue, if only as a design and manufacturing efficiency.

    For more renders plus 3D video visit the OnLeaks partner links immediately below.

    Source: CashKaro, 91mobiles (1) (2)

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    by Published on 07-09-2019 02:55 PM
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    Wonder if Google will confirm this like they did with the last leak...

    Steve Hemmerstoffer—aka @OnLeaks on Twitter—has once again teamed up with the Indian tech blog Pricebaba to show off a second batch of renders claimed to be this fall's Pixel 4, in this case the XL version.

    The last round of leaks were all about what's derisively being referred to as the stovetop rear camera assembly (also coming to this year's iPhones, by the way); this time around it's all about the bezels. Before 2017 and the iPhone X they would have been totally fine, but in this dawning age of under-screen selfie cams the fourth-gen Pixel XL is looking more than a bit dated.

    Pixel purists likely won't care, however, and if you count yourself among them then you'll want to check out that first link below.

    Source: Pricebaba via The Verge

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    by Published on 06-17-2019 02:55 PM
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    I seem to have missed last month's leak of the Motorola One Vision, so here's another One: the Motorola One Action, leaked late last week by Indian tech site 91mobiles in collaboration with... nobody?

    If you haven't figured it out from the name, the Moto One line runs Android One software, promising 3 years of security updates, 2 years of OS updates and prohibiting any bloatware from the handset manufacturer. Somewhat curiously, Moto's Android One devices (due to launch this fall) run on Samsung Exynos processors rather than Snapdragon ones. But considering that they're not intended for North American markets it kind of makes sense.

    Still interested? Specs for the Moto One Action are rumoured to be as follows:

    6.3 inch 2520 x 1080 LCD display @ 432 ppi
    Samsung Exynos 9609 processor
    12.6 megapixel rear camera (plus additional sensors)
    12.6 megapixel "hole punch" selfie cam
    3 or 4 GB RAM / 32, 64 or 128 GB storage + microSD
    3500 mAh battery
    Android One software (based on 9.0 Pie)
    Available colours: blue, gold, white
    Price: 18,999 INR, equivalent to $272 USD / $365 CAD

    Source: 91mobiles via Android Police

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    by Published on 06-10-2019 01:30 PM
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    Twitter leaker Steve H. McFly (@OnLeaks) has teamed up with yet another Indian tech site (PriceBaba) for some renders of what they're claiming is the Pixel 4, not expected to be officially announced until Q3 of this year.

    At first glance the renders don't actually seem to reveal much—at least not beyond the enormous camera cutout on the back. But according to Android Police, what's missing is also of interest—namely a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on the back or any evidence of stereo speakers on the front. There's also no audio jack, so fans of such things should maybe hold out for the Pixel 4a?

    In terms of specs the Pixel 4 is expected to run on a Snapdragon 855 and might ship with more RAM this year, up to 6 GB. More information at the links immediately below.

    Source: PriceBaba via Android Police

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    by Published on 06-06-2019 12:30 PM
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    Twitter leaker Steve H. McFly—aka @OnLeaks—has once again teamed up with Indian tech blog 91mobiles to give us an early look at what they're claiming is the Samsung Galaxy Note10. Shame about that forehead and chin.

    Rumoured specs are as follows:

    6.3 inch Infinity O display @ 1440 x 3040 pixels
    Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 855 processor
    Up to 12 GB RAM
    3 rear cameras
    Hole-punch selfie cam
    In-display fingerprint sensor (likely ultrasonic)
    Android 9 Pie
    151 x 72 x 7.9 mm

    Reportedly missing from this year's Note is a dedicated Bixby button (yay) and a 3.5 mm headphone jack (boo). There's also mention of a new Pro variant, with upgraded specs:

    6.75 inch display
    4 rear cameras with ToF sensor
    UFS 3.0 storage
    45 W fast charging

    This latest iteration of the OG phablet is set for official unveiling on August 2nd, with a starting price of 71,900 INR—the equivalent of about $1400 CAD or $1050 USD. For more renders, plus 360-degree video, check the link immediately below.

    Source: 91mobiles.com

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    by Published on 05-03-2019 02:15 PM
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    German tech blog WinFuture has published what they say are official press renders of the OnePlus 7 Pro, due for an official unveiling next week. Some kid on Twitter managed to remove the watermarks, so I'm posting those instead.



    And here it is! Haters of the notch, myself included, will appreciate the clean lines up top, and the bottom bezel is all but gone. This is probably the closest you can get to a bezel-less phone without folding the screen under itself along its bottom edge, à la iPhone X.



    The rumoured triple camera setup seems to be confirmed; the regular OnePlus 7 will also have a 48 megapixel sensor this year, but a third lens system on the Pro will supposedly enable 3x optical zoom. Also, this new colour is called nebula blue.



    The other available colour will be apparently called mirror grey. Notable specs for the Pro are expected to be as follows:

    Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, 90 Hz refresh rate
    Snapdragon 855 processor
    Triple rear cameras - prime, telephoto, wide
    Motorized pop-up selfie cam
    6 to 12 GB RAM
    4000 mAh battery with 30 W Warp Charge
    stereo speakers

    For confirmation—and also price—stay tuned for the official announcement on Tuesday, May 14th.

    Source: WinFuture.de via Android Police, The Verge

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    by Published on 05-02-2019 08:45 AM
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    In today's morning briefing you can find leaked retail packaging and pricing information for the forthcoming mid-ranged Pixel 3a and 3a XL, widely expected to make their début at Google I/O next week. Now, thanks to Droid Life, we have official promo material (above) and press renders of the three available colours (below, albeit with DL's trademark pink background).

    So here is the Pixel 3a in Clearly White, Just Black and the new variant, Purple-ish:







    And here are the specs (and pricing) for each device:

    Pixel 3a
    5.6 inch FHD display
    Snapdragon 670 processor
    Dual-pixel 12 MP rear cameras
    Single 8 MP selfie cam
    4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage
    3000 mAh battery
    Active Edge sensor
    rear fingerprint reader
    headphone jack (!)
    Android 9.0 Pie
    Price: $399 USD

    Pixel 3a XL
    6 inch FHD display
    Snapdragon 670 processor
    Dual-pixel 12 MP rear cameras
    Single 8 MP selfie cam
    4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage
    3700 mAh battery
    Active Edge sensor
    rear fingerprint reader
    headphone jack (!)
    Android 9.0 Pie
    Price: $479 USD

    If these details are correct, the Pixel 3a XL would actually have a larger battery than the 3430 mAh cell in the current 3XL. We'll have to wait until the official unveiling on Tuesday, May 7th to confirm.

    Source: Droid Life

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    by Published on 03-15-2019 03:15 PM
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    Huawei's forthcoming P30 Pro is expected to have a monster camera setup—not only will it have the requisite-for-2019 40 megapixel sensor, but also a 10x zoom, via a clever idea first demonstrated by OPPO at MWC in 2017:



    Huawei is using a similar periscope design and and doubling the magnification. The rest of the phone ain't too shabby, either; leaked specs (via Fone Arena) are as follows:

    6.47 inch 2340 x 1080 pixel OLED HDR display
    rear cameras: 40 MP OIS / 20 MP ultra-wide / 8 MP 10x "hybrid" zoom
    front camera: 32 MP
    Kirin 980 processor
    8 GB RAM / 128, 256 or 512 GB storage + NM card
    Hybrid dual SIM (nano + nano / nano + NM card)
    In-display fingerprint sensor
    4200 mAh battery with fast charging
    Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0
    Available colours: Aurora Blue, Black, Ice White, Orange
    Launch date: Tuesday, March 26th

    Expect a slightly-lesser (ie, no zoom) P30 to be announced alongside the Pro.

    Source: WinFuture via Fone Arena

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    by Published on 03-13-2019 03:00 PM
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    Last June I posted what was basically a fan render of the iconic Moto Razr, re-imagined as a foldable phone. Now, some nine months later, it seems like that flight of fancy wasn't so far off.

    Yes, that's another render you're looking at above—but what's different about this one is that it's based on drawings submitted by Moto itself to the World Intellectual Property Organization:



    And now the bad news: specs for Moto's first foldable aren't exactly top-tier...

    6.2 inch 876 x 2142 pixel primary display
    800 x 600 pixel closed display
    Unknown camera array
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor
    4 or 6 GB RAM / 64 or 128 GB storage
    2,730 mAh battery
    Available in black, gold and white

    Even more bad news: there are rumours that this foldable but otherwise very average Android handset will start at $1500 USD. Still interested?

    Sources: Tom's Guide , XDA

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    by Published on 03-04-2019 01:00 PM
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    Dang it... Based on an earlier leak I was looking forward to this year's OnePlus phones being manual sliders, like the Mi Mix 3. But now, according to respected leaker Steve H. McFly (aka @OnLeaks), that doesn't appear to be the case. His latest renders of the OnePlus 7, published to the Indian site Pricebaba, show what appears to be a motorized pop-out selfie cam, similar to the Vivo V15 Pro.

    It makes sense given that OnePlus and Vivo are related via their parent company, BBK Electronics. And if a motor is going to fail I suppose I'd rather it be just the selfie cam instead of the entire camera assembly, as on the Oppo Find X. I was just really hoping for a manual slider, is all... something to remind me of the old Nokia Nseries.

    Also expected for the OnePlus 7 (and likely the 7T that will follow later in the year) is a Snapdragon 855 processor, a larger 6.5 inch screen and a third camera sensor on the back, with an as-yet unknown purpose. For more angles, plus a 360-degree video render, visit the links immediately below.

    Source: @OnLeaks, Pricebaba via Android Police (1) (2)

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    by Published on 01-31-2019 01:15 PM
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    Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @OnLeaks, is confident that this will be the triple camera setup on the 2019 iPhone when it's released later this year. Additional renders—and rumours—have been published in a collab with an Indian tech site called CompareRaja:

    Steve had reported that iPhone 2019 is still in EVT stage (Engineering Validation Test) and we can either have both ‘A’ & ‘B’ prototypes launched and marketed as two different models (say iPhone XIS and XIS max) or one of the leaked prototypes will be axed and the other will be retained.

    Today, one of our other reliable sources from the industry has confirmed that the prototype ‘A‘ will surely see the light of day!
    Wondering what the 'B' prototype looks like? As it turns out, very much like the current Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro:



    Additional (and unverified) media for this version can be seen on another Indian site called Digit. Since Steve doesn't publish this stuff to his own domain I can only surmise that there's some ad revenue sharing going on here, so take all this with a grain of salt.

    Sources: CompareRaja, Digit via Tom's Hardware

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    by Published on 01-25-2019 02:55 PM
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    Samsung's 10th anniversary Galaxy phones are due to make their début in less than a month, and German site AllAboutSamsung seems to have managed a bit of a scoop: publishing detailed photos of two of the S10 lineup's three phones.

    As a reminder, here's what we're expecting in the S10 product portfolio:

    Galaxy S10 E (5.8 inch display)
    Galaxy S10 (6.1 inch display)
    Galaxy S10+ (6.4 inch display)

    There are also rumours of a fourth model with a 5G modem of some sort, but the photos immediately below show prototypes for the S10 and S10+ only.



    All three S10 models will ship with "hole punch" displays, with the plus-sized phone getting a larger cut-out to accommodate dual selfie cams.



    On the back you'll notice tri-camera setups and the absence of any fingerprint readers—that's because the S10 and S10+ will have them under their displays. The cheaper S10E will house a hardware sensor on the side of its chassis.



    Now here's some welcome news: bucking an industry-wide trend, both the S10 and S10+ will include headphone jacks. Kudos for that!

    Remember to check back here on February 20th to see how much of this the Germans got right...

    Source: AllAboutSamsung via Tom's Guide

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    by Published on 11-20-2018 03:20 PM
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    Tom's Guide has assembled some interesting details about Samsung's 2019 flagship, not the least of which is this render from Dutch tech blog Let's Go Digital. Can't see the selfie cam? Check the top-left corner; it's under the display glass!

    There will apparently be at least three variants of the device:

    SM-G975x - 6.44 inch display, ultrasonic fingerprint reader
    SM-G973x - 5.8 inch display, ultrasonic fingerprint reader
    SM-G970x - 5.8 inch display, fingerprint reader embedded in power button

    US-bound versions of the device are expected to ship with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8150 processor, while international versions will likely be powered by the Exynos 9820. Available colours at launch will be black, green, white and yellow, with additional colours and gradients to follow. Nothing yet about the audio jack, unfortunately.

    Be sure to check the links below for additional details.

    Source: Let's Go Digital, Tom's Guide

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    by Published on 11-16-2018 02:50 PM
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    I know what you're thinking and yes, it's the same Russian site that leaked what turned out to be legit photos of the Pixel 3 XL last August. Now, barely three months later, they've got photos of what they're claiming is a new Pixel variant; codenamed "Sargo", everybody seems to be calling it the Pixel 3 Lite.

    And yes, that is indeed a headphone jack along the phone's top edge. Other notable specs are reported to be as follows:

    5.56 inch 2220 x 1080 pixel IPS display @ 444 ppi
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor
    4 GB RAM / 32 GB of storage
    12 MP rear camera / 8 MP front camera
    2,915 mAh battery

    Android Police speculates that the processor—also found in Oppo's R17, for example—means that it's intended for Asia and Europe only. Unlike North America, where the Pixel's main competition bears an Apple logo and also doesn't come with an audio jack, there are plenty of Xiaomi and similar devices across the Near and Far East that do.

    Read more about Sargo at the links and source below.

    Source: Rozetked via Android Police, Liliputing

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    by Published on 11-15-2018 02:30 PM
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    With Samsung's forthcoming update to Android 9 Pie comes a new policy on themes downloaded from their theme store: users will only be able to trial a free theme on their devices for up to fourteen days.

    Yes, you read that correctly... free themes will be automatically deleted from Samsung devices running Android Pie after two weeks.

    Still don't believe me? Here's proof, in the form of a screen grab from PhoneArena:



    I can think of exactly one reason why Samsung would want to do this. They must be trying to purge free themes from their store altogether, presumably so that they can then take a cut of the paid ones. No other explanation makes sense.

    Fortunately (I guess?) Android Pie is still a ways off; the first public beta for Germany, South Korea and U.S. markets will be available for download "later this month".

    Source: PhoneArena, XDA

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