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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

    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    by Published on 10-10-2018 02:55 PM
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    Korean tech site etnews broke the following bombshell earlier today:

    "Samsung is considering removing the earphone jack from Note 10 or S11..."
    If you're already rolling your eyes I don't blame you; stories like this, particularly in regards to Samsung, have been clickbaiting fans ever since Apple dropped the audio jack from its iPhone 7. A few random examples:

    Exhibit A: Exclusive: Galaxy S8 is not going to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack
    Exhibit B: Samsung Galaxy S9 could drop the headphone port, and fans are not happy

    However, it must also be pointed out that neither of those sites are etnews. According to this redditor:

    "ETNews is pretty reputable as far as Samsung rumors go. They’ve correctly predicted the Infinity Display of the GS8, the QLED tech on their smart TVs, and they’ve been first to report mostly everything relating to the GS10."
    But why would Samsung take such a user-hostile action on their most popular devices? I mean it's not like they have their own version of AirPods that they want to cram down their customers' throats. Oh wait, they totally do...

    Source: etnews via r/Android

    by Published on 10-05-2018 03:00 PM
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    And the OnLeaks / MySmartPrice partnership continues... The G7 and G7 Plus won't come to market until early next year, but thanks to some leaked design details and the magic of CAD software they're providing an early peek at the smaller of the two phones. The renders match up with a purported photo of the G7 published by XDA last summer. Waterdrop notches are going to be a thing, apparently...

    Confirmed specs for the G7 are as follows:

    6 inch Full HD+ 18:9 screen
    Unconfirmed octa-core processor
    4 GB of RAM / 64 GB storage
    16 MP + 5 MP dual rear-facing cameras
    12 MP selfie cam
    3,500 mAh battery
    Headphone jack (!)
    Android 9.0 Pie

    What do you think? I'm not really digging the Moto logo on the front chin, but the camera assembly round back is rather Droid-esque... and in a good way!

    Sources: MySmartPrice, XDA

    by Published on 10-04-2018 03:10 PM
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    Android Headlines is calling an exclusive on this third colour variant for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. According to them, joining the available options of black and white at the #MadeByGoogle event next week will be... sand...?

    It's a good thing I don't often take phone calls, because either of these phones would look more than a bit weird against my bald, pink head. I don't hate the colour, but I can't say I like it much, either.

    Apparently that mint colour hinted at by Google Japan isn't coming to the Google store, at least not here. I can certainly imagine an exclusive colour for the Japanese market; Google Home and Home Mini were being pushed fairly aggressively on television last time I was over there, and Japanese mobile users sure do love their big brands.

    All will be revealed in New York City at 11am Eastern next Tuesday. Until then no more leaks, okay Google? Seriously...

    Source: Android Headlines, Droid Life

    by Published on 09-26-2018 02:45 PM
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    It won't be officially announced until a week from today (Wednesday, October 3rd) but thanks to leaker Evan Blass you can enjoy this sneak peek of LG's V40 ThinQ.

    You're welcome.

    I haven't yet heard anything about it being an AT&T exclusive; I guess we can ThinQ (okay, I'll stop now) someone at that carrier for leaking the press image to Blass. In addition to the five cameras—that's three on the back, two on the front—we can expect the following in terms of specs:

    Quad HD+ OLED display, with notch (hidden in image but trust me, it's there)
    Snapdragon 845 processor
    6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    3,300 mAh battery
    Hi-Fi Quad DAC
    Headphone jack (!)

    And some additional info about the rear-facing cameras, courtesy of Pocket-lint: there will be no BS "depth sensor" present; instead, we can look forward to a 12 megapixel main lens, a 12 MP zoom and a 16 MP wide-angle. That's some pretty decent focal length coverage right there!

    Anybody see a V40 in their future?

    Sources: @evleaks, Pocket-lint

    by Published on 09-21-2018 03:20 PM
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    Invites are going out for a Nokia event to be held in London on Thursday, October 4th. It could be the long-rumoured flagship Nokia 9, but is more likely to be this:

    The second-gen Nokia 7 Plus, which both Android Police and its source are calling the 7.1 Plus, will add the dreaded notch and chin combo to last year's FHD+ 18:9 display, ZEISS-powered cameras and "clean" Android One experience. It's expected that this year's update will be powered by an upgraded Snapdragon 710 processor and have RAM and storage options of up to 6 and 128 GB respectively.

    Nokia has gotten a bad rap in this part of the world for its locked bootloaders and ad-riddled offerings on Amazon. But in Europe and Asia the storied brand of yore seems to be making quite the comeback. Die-hard Nokia fans can read more at the links immediately below.

    Source: MySmartPrice via Android Police

    by Published on 09-19-2018 02:15 PM
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    Dutch tech site Nieuwe Mobiel—which, as you can probably guess, translates as "New Mobile" in English—somehow managed to get a hold of what they're claiming are official press renders of the forthcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And here they are:

    As an added bonus, the devices are shown in Google's own fabric cases, which made their début alongside the second-generation Pixels last year. Expect the phones and their cases to have additional colour options. But don't expect the rumoured no-compromises (no notch) Pixel 3 Ultra; the rising consensus seems to be that it's nothing more than fanboy fantasy.

    Source: NieuweMobiel.nl via XDA

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