Surface Phone News: How Microsoft Could Win 2017

Microsoft has largely been left behind the in the smartphone game for a while now, with the industry dominated by Android and iOS devices. As Windows 10 mobile continues to sing its death throes, the success of the long-rumored Surface Phone appears bleak. Despite this, however, the Microsoft Surface Phone remains as one of the most anticipated devices in the mobile industry, regardless of the lack of details about the upcoming flagship. In fact, with recent rumors stating that the Surface Phone is set for a Fall 2017 reveal, the interest in the device has remained high. With its unique approach to the smartphone game, the Surface Phone might very well be the flagship mobile device to watch out for this year. Here are two reasons why this would be the case. It Could Go Beyond Regular Mobile Devices One of the reasons why Microsoft’s previous mobile initiatives failed is because the tech giant attempted to topple Apple and Google at their own game. Windows 10 was a robust, capable system, but without the army of apps that characterize the iOS and Android ecosystems, Microsoft’s mobile OS quickly ran out of steam. It did not take long before the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, the tech giant’s last W10 Mobile flagships, flickered out in the market. Microsoft’s Surface phone should be much more than just a ‘phone’ #Microsoft #SurfacePhone https://t.co/kwCoRdtZAz pic.twitter.com/WdHLGUg9c0 — Isnek Yann (@YannINK) February 21, 2017 The Surface series has largely been successful because it did not play by its rivals’ rules. The Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book, two of Microsoft’s most successful devices, are proof of this. Thus, true to its name, the Surface Phone must do something that would make it distinct from the competition. The Surface Phone could do this by focusing on what Microsoft does best – desktop-grade computing. According to a Windows Central report, if Microsoft creates the Surface Phone as a device that is more than a conventional smartphone, it could very well put a very real dent in the mobile market. Instead of trying to make a Windows version of iOS and Android devices, Microsoft would be better off making a Surface-branded ultraportable PC with smartphone capabilities. Doing so would allow Microsoft to play by its own rules and its strengths. After all, if there is anything missing from the smartphone industry today, it would be real enterprise-grade computing. Android and iOS provide some form of professional support, but the apps for these mobile operating systems remain inferior to Windows 10’s desktop-grade applications. If the Surface Phone could perform more as a portable PC than a smartphone, it might very well be the most interesting flagship device of the year. https://t.co/GvjD06tHSk : #SurfacePhone #Mobile – #Microsoft Surface Phone Release Date News: Surface Phone Canceled? #Nadella Says … pic.twitter.com/rkiZKKPxsy — SndyAaron (@SndyAaron) February 26, 2017 It Could Be A Refreshing Take On Mobile Computing The smartphone world is riddled with devices that look so alike, it is pretty difficult to tell them apart. Considering rumors about the Surface Phone, Microsoft would not be following the market’s trends with regards to the upcoming device’s frame. Instead, according to a TrustedReviews report, the Surface Phone might feature a unique design unlike anything seen on the market before. Patents that were recently granted to Microsoft reveal a design for a mobile device with hinges that could be configured into different forms. Folded into itself, it would be a regular-sized mobile device. Once unfolded, however, the patent reveals a mobile device with a tablet-sized display. Considering that the Surface Series, especially the Surface Pro devices, have been quite innovative with their hinges, there is a pretty good chance that these patented designs would make it to Microsoft’s flagship smartphone. A new design, if any, would truly be one of the market’s most compelling devices. The Surface Phone is rumored for a release later this year. While no details have been confirmed by Microsoft, rumors are high that the device would feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and up to 8GB of RAM, coupled with a very hefty 512GB of internal storage. The device is also rumored to feature full support for the Surface Pen. [Featured Image by Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

LG G6 Launch: Official Specs, Twitter Reactions And More

Finally, the LG G6 is official! Earlier today, the Korean company proudly unveiled its 2017 flagship phone during a launch event at the Mobile World Congress. One of the LG G6’s specs highlighted during its launch is its 5.7-inch “FullVision” display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, a pixel density of 564ppi and a screen resolution of 2880p x 1440p, enabling the phone to provide a sharp and “immersive viewing experience.” “The LG G6 with FullVision was inspired by the philosophy of experts in the movie industry who believe that an 18:9 ratio screen would be the best solution for viewing both old and new cinematic content in the digital age,” President of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company, Juno Cho, shared during the phone’s launch, as cited by Independent. “We’ve not only embraced that philosophy in our newest smartphone but taken it to a whole new level by incorporating the 18:9 format in many other ways. I think users will appreciate the many ways we’ve made the LG G6 more productive,” he added. [Image by David Becker/Getty Images] Other features and specs to find in the LG G6 are its Square Camera, which is particularly useful for the Instagrammers out there; two 13MP rear cameras, one with a standard angle and the other one with 125-degree wide-angle lens; selfie snapper with 5MP lens (also with wide-angle lens at 100 degrees); IP68 certification making it waterproof and dustproof; fingerprint scanner placed at the back of the phone; the new UX 6.0 interface; Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM; 3300 mAh non-removable battery; support for Quick Charge 3.0, among others. It is also the first non-Pixel handset to feature Google Assistant. Based on the official specs, features, build and design of the LG G6, The Verge described LG Electronics’ newest flagship as a “really, really solid, good, reliable phone.” Learn more about the LG G6 by watching the video below from the publication’s YouTube channel: Curious to know what others think of LG’s newest smartphone? Below are some of the Twitter reactions about the phone. “#LGG6 is a great looking phone. My favourite from #LG after G3″ – @IshanSid rimanne “New #LGG6 looks pretty good.” – @happel92 “#HuaweiP10 sorry but #LGG6 better” – @BassimSmile “Sht. LG G6 is so damn beautiful! #LGG6” – @GrantCariaga “@VodafoneUK lg g6 pre order please. my g4 needs a rest it’s done me well, but it’s a bit old and wonky. #LGG6 #lifesgood” – @emperor_callow “My thoughts on the #LGG6: The Good: Great design, even better camera than before, loving the display ratio and retains features from V20″ – @giveawaybrixe “something new n interesting.. built-in Frontback feature #LGG6 #MWC2017” – @lingarasu “This year @LGUSAMobile did a pretty good work with their smartphone division. #LGG6” – @NDM_Tech Here it is, the beautiful @LGUK @LGUS #LGG6! pic.twitter.com/46I9QUCcyz — Andy Boxall (@AndyBoxall) February 26, 2017 Smallest phone but biggest screen. Love it. #LGG6 #MWC17 Photo: @CNET pic.twitter.com/hkUQYMfBHq — M A K O Y (@ladiesman1792) February 26, 2017 “The camera features of the #LGG6 are instagrammers dream!! ” – @emanbuhat LG has yet to announce the official market release date for the LG G6 but according to rumors, it could hit Korean shelves on March 10. Meanwhile, it could go on sale in the United States starting April 7, Pocket-Lint reported. Major carriers in the U.S. – Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile – have each confirmed that they will be offering LG’s 2017 flagship, Details about the arrival of the LG G6 in these carriers haven’t been disclosed yet but Verizon and T-Mobile mentioned a “Spring” timeline for its release. Sprint, via a Twitter post, revealed that its LG G6 will be the company’s first HPUE-capable smartphone. “Standing for ‘High Performance User Equipment’, HPUE will enable select device – starting with the G6 – to benefit from ‘better coverage and faster data speeds in more places,’” Phone Arena explained. The amazing new @LGUSAMobile #LGG6 is the first #HPUE-capable device and it’s coming to @Sprint! More details soon. #MWC17 pic.twitter.com/EMtqGeXNQB — Sprint News (@sprintnews) February 26, 2017 The Inquisitr will keep you in the loop for more market launch details pertaining to the LG G6. [Featured Image by David Ramos/Getty Images]

Android Nougat & February Security Updates For Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Units

A few days ago, Sprint started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Meanwhile, owners of these 2016 flagship devices in India should start receiving the February security update. After the Android Nougat firmware rollouts from T-Mobile and AT&T for their respecting S7 models, Sprint now makes the highly-awaited update available for its customers. The firmware, which weighs 167MB, has been pushed out for those who participated in the Galaxy Beta Program but it is safe to assume that an update will be released shortly for the non-beta testers, Android Central reported. Sprint-branded Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge currently running on Android Marshmallow can expect to download and install a Nougat firmware update that is 1.2 GB-heavy. Verizon is the only one from the Big Four which is yet to release the Nougat update for its Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge model. The carrier’s latest Android Nougat release is targeted for one of its exclusive phones, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2. Releasing the Nougat software with version “25.11.10.kinzie_verizon.verizon.en.US,” Verizon noted the following through its firmware support page. “Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update for your Droid Turbo 2. Android™ 7.0 Nougat improves your mobile experience with new battery-smart features and multitasking enhancements.” Going back to firmware updates for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, units in India are starting to receive the latest Android security patch, according to GSM Arena. The 98 MB firmware should bump the phones’ security level to 1 February 2017. The screenshot posted on the publication shows that the software carries the build version NRD90M.G930FXXU1DQBO. [Image by Jamie Squire/Getty Images] Older Samsung Galaxy models are starting to receive the February security update as well. For instance, Galaxy Club reported that the Galaxy Note 4 in Europe, particularly the SM-N910F model, should be receiving the firmware version N910FXXS1DQB4. The security update is almost 400 MB in size. The official Android Nougat and security updates rolling out for Samsung’s Galaxy devices should be accessible via the Over-The-Air or OTA process. When a firmware update is ready, an automatic notification should show up prompting users that the download and installation of the update can be initiated. Samsung Galaxy device owners can also head to the Settings menu to manually check if there’s a firmware available for the device. Make sure to have a reliable Wi-Fi connection to smoothly download the installation files and to avoid unwanted data charges. It is also important to mention that the update process may not push through if the battery is not fully charged. [Image by Sean Gallup/Getty Images] As for those Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users who are already tired of waiting for the official firmware, there are various custom ROMs based on the Nougat update that can be used. For instance, one of the recent posts from Team Android revealed that a BoBCaTROM custom update is ready for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge bearing the model number SM-G935F. Accordingly, the ROM, which offers a stable and fast performance, was made using the official Android 7.0 Nougat firmware for Samsung. “This ROM brings the Dark Theme specially designed for this custom firmware. There are some cool animations as well,” the post added. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge owners, however, need to be more careful if they finally decide to use an unofficial software to experience the Nougat treat. The Inquisitr would like to remind all the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners planning to install a custom ROM that any mistakes during the installation process could permanently damage the handset. Also, utilizing any kind of custom ROM will automatically void active warranties for the Samsung phone. For the detailed guide on how to install a custom Android Nougat update, head to the Team Android’s post linked above. [Featured Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images]

2017 Flagship Smartphones: Freshest Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 & LG G6 Leaks

Some of the 2017 flagship smartphones soon to hit the shelves are the Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei P10, and LG G6. And as the anticipated release for these new flag bearers gets closer, more and more leaks about them continue to surface online. Undoubtedly one of the most talked about smartphones set for release this year is the Samsung Galaxy S8. It is not expected to go official until next month but its alleged specs sheet, among other S8 leaks, is already making the rounds in the tech industry. [Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images] Evan Blass, who’s well-known for providing leaks and scoops about forthcoming tech products, just shared the almost-complete specs for the Samsung Galaxy S8 – the S8 Plus, in particular. In a recent tweet he posted, he revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus model will have a 6.2-inch (or 6.1-inch considering the rounded corners) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. For the number crunchers out there, early leaks also showed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will have 4GB RAM, 64GB native storage with microSD support, 12MP primary camera and 8MP selfie snapper. The South Korean conglomerate will also offer the Galaxy S8 Plus with iris scanner as well as waterproof and dustproof features, thanks to its IP68 certification. The specs sheet, unfortunately, did not specify the processor the phone will be equipped with. Samsung Galaxy S8+ spec sheet. Impress your friends, confound your enemies…with knowledge. pic.twitter.com/lHrHge8BUa — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 22, 2017 As for other leaks, TechnoBuffalo reported that they were able to obtain the specs sheet for the standard Samsung Galaxy S8 model from a trusted source. It basically shows almost similar specs as that of the S8 Plus. A major difference, however, of these two S8 models obviously has something to do with their display size. The Galaxy S8 will reportedly feature a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display. If the alleged specs sheets for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are not enough to make a Samsung fan even more pumped up for these phones’ imminent release, there’s a more recent leak that could change that – a signup page for the phone. Tweeted by Evan Blass again, an image of the Galaxy S8’s alleged sign-up page contains the messages “Unbox your phone” and “sign up to be among the first to know about the Next Galaxy.” The page, which seems to tease a phone with rounded corners, will most likely go live as soon as Samsung officially announces it. #itson pic.twitter.com/pggdsgixaR — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 24, 2017 Not like the other highly anticipated 2017 flagship smartphones from, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will not be officially unveiled in time for Mobile World Congress. The mobile device will reportedly star in a dedicated launch event on March 29. Regarding the Galaxy S8’s market release date, a recent report from Korean news website ET News is now saying that the 2017 flag bearer will be launched the same day globally and locally. The original plan, accordingly, was to release the handset one week earlier in South Korea. An official from a mobile network provider, as cited by the publication, shared the following. “Release date of Galaxy S8 in South Korea has changed from the 14th of April to the 21st of April due to reasons such as size of supplies and others.” For those looking forward to MWC announcements, 2017 flagship smartphones LG G6 and the Huawei P10 are both expected to take the spotlight in their respective launch events. The waiting game won’t take that long because LG G6 and Huawei P10 are both expected to be announced tomorrow, February 26, a day before MWC 2017 officially begins. Here’s an LG G6 render shared by Blass via Twitter: .@arash1kahedi Those were bothering the hell out of me, too. Fixed. pic.twitter.com/UZjqYNfoSV — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 22, 2017 LG has also released teaser videos for the G6, one of them claims that it is the “smoothest smartphone ever.” The video description also included the hashtags #nobumps and #eventhecameraissetback. Watch the teaser video below: LG’s presentation where the G6 will be announced will begin at noon CET/6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST on Sunday, February 26. LG could offer a live stream of the event through their main YouTube channel. If it won’t be available, Android Central will have an LG G6 announcement live blog via this link. Leaks for the Huawei P10 have also emerged online. Evan Blass shared a press render for the Chinese smartphone, which, based on leaks, will sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, a 12MP dual camera at the back, a 5MP selfie camera and a battery with 3100mAh capacity, according to XDA Developers. LG G6. pic.twitter.com/w16552qbsM — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 22, 2017 Huawei will also announce the P10 Plus alongside its standard P10 model. The company’s official Facebook page for the launch event announced the following. “Bringing together art, fashion, photography, and technology. We’ll be live from MWC 2017 in Barcelona at 2PM CET to finally reveal the Huawei P10, Huawei P10 Plus and Huawei Watch 2.” You can watch Huawei’s announcement of their new products live via the company’s official YouTube channel, too. [Featured Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images]

Samsung Note 8 Release Date And Rumors: 3 Features That Can Kill The Competition

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still months away from its official release, but numerous leaks and rumors have already begun emerging about the device. With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ set for an announcement soon, numerous Samsung fans are looking to the Note 8 and what it could do to repair the brand’s damaged reputation that resulted from 2016’s Note 7 fiasco. Rumored for an August 2017 release, the Galaxy Note 8 might very well be Samsung’s most powerful phone to date, and it has every potential to reign supreme in the mobile market this year, according to a PC Advisor report. For this to happen, however, Samsung has to ensure that the Galaxy Note 8 would be a device that would encourage both new and returning customers alike. After all, numerous rivals such as the iPhone 8 and the LG V30 are set to meet the flagship phablet head-on. With this in mind, here are three features that the Note 8 must have in order to be the best smartphone of 2017. Generous Storage It is no secret that the Galaxy Note 8 is a device that features some of the most formidable internals ever seen on a mobile device, such as a Snapdragon 835 SoC, a 6.4-inch 4K screen and a revamped S-Pen with speakers, according to an iDigitalTimes report. These impressive features, however, would be pulled down if the device does not have ample memory. This happened with the Galaxy Note 5, which only had 32GB and 64GB of storage. [Image by George Frey/Getty Images] With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung must aim to impress. Thus, the Note 8 must have at least 6GB of RAM and around 128GB of internal storage to be properly competitive. Considering that midrange devices such as the Nokia 6 already feature a 4GB RAM/64GB storage combination, it would be inexcusable for Samsung’s flagship phablet to cheap out on its storage and memory. This, of course, brings up the next must-have feature of the device. Practical Ports and Slots One thing that Samsung could not afford to do with the Galaxy Note 8 is to release it with few ports and slots. While Samsung’s most prominent rival, Apple, has done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, there is simply no reason for Samsung to do the same for the Note 8. After all, the flagship phablet has always been touted as a productivity machine. Thus, the absence of a 3.5mm jack should be out of the question. A microSD card slot is also a must-have if Samsung wants to make sure that its device would be a dominant force in the smartphone market. The Galaxy Note series became iconic due to its productivity capabilities. Thus, Samsung must not remove the Note 8 users’ option to expand the device’s storage. Even if the Note 8 does get released with 128GB of internal memory, a slot that can support up to a 256GB microSD card would be a welcome addition. [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] A Reasonable Price Among the discussed features, this is most likely the one that consumers would most agree to. The Galaxy Note 8 is a device that is designed to attract both new and disenchanted consumers back to the brand. After all, with the Note 7 disaster, the South Korean tech giant must prove to the market that its flagship phablet is a solid buy. With this in mind, Samsung must ensure that the Note 8, the device that addresses the smartphone maker’s failures last year, would be attainable by the majority of the smartphone market. This could be done, of course, by making sure that the Note 8 remains competitive in terms of price. After all, the advent of powerful but affordable devices such as the OnePlus 3T is proof that Samsung must up its game in ensuring that its devices are worth every penny. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would most likely be one of the most formidable smartphones that would be released in 2017. With powerful internals and a reasonable asking price, the Galaxy Note 8 is a device that could easily dominate the smartphone market this year. [Featured Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

LG G6: Three Big Reasons The Upcoming Flagship Will Be A Great Buy

The LG G6 is just a couple of days away from being officially revealed, and the specifics of the upcoming flagship are all but confirmed. Amidst the impending release of the Galaxy S8 a few weeks later, however, the LG G6 appears to be yet another excellent handset that could easily be overlooked. Nevertheless, from what rumors about the device currently state, the LG G6 might very well be a bit hit this year, since it ticks off a number of important boxes that will make it a very attractive buy for consumers. Here are three good reasons why the LG G6 would make a great purchase this year. A Good Combination Of Features One of the reasons why the South Korean tech giant’s previous flagship, the LG G5, failed, is because it relied too much on modular gimmicks. While the G5’s Friends featured added functionalities to the smartphone, the fact that each add-on cost more money on top of a user’s investment on the phone itself became one of the most disenchanting things about the 2016 flagship. Fortunately, rumors state that the LG G6 would do away with any gimmicks, instead focusing on delivering solid smartphone performance with a number of useful features, according to TrustedReviews. Speculations are high that the LG G6 would feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC, around 4GB of RAM, waterproofing, dustproofing, a dual-lens camera and an innovative Quad DAC system to give users a premium-grade audio experience. A 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with an 18:9 aspect ratio rounds up the features of the device. LG G6 in (left to right) mystic white, astro black, and ice platinum. pic.twitter.com/y0A4aeyvL6 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 25, 2017 A Durable, No-Nonsense Design With the impending release of the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 later this year, the world of flagship smartphones appears to be rooted in flashy designs and features that are mostly for show. These include the iPhone 8’s lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack and the Galaxy S8’s awkward placement of its fingerprint sensor. The LG G6, however, is not like these smartphones. If rumors recent renders and leaks are accurate, LG’s upcoming device would feature one of the most sensible designs among flagship smartphones in recent years. This includes a no-nonsense frame that appears durable and sleek at the same time. Leaks show the LG G6 to have all the connectors that it needs to have, such as a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port, and its relatively thick frame invokes strength and durability. The LG G6 is even speculated to feature heat pipes to prevent the smartphone from heating up too much. Placed side-by-side with renders of the Galaxy S8, the LG G6 looks a lot tougher, even more professional, than its rival. [Image by Daniel Krason/Shutterstock] A Very Reasonable Price If there’s one thing that consumers really dislike about flagship smartphones that have been released in recent years, it is their price. Over the last few years, halo devices from the world’s top smartphone manufacturers have steadily gotten more expensive. This year, rumors are high that devices such as the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8+ would breach the $1000 barrier, which would effectively make the devices out of reach for a massive number of consumers. If rumors are to be believed, however, this would not be the case with the LG G6. LG has not released any details about the price of the LG G6, but speculations are high that the upcoming device would have a price north of $500, according to TechRadar. While this particular price point is still well into flagship territory, it is nonetheless far below the $1000 commanded by some of its rivals. For comparable performance and features, and possibly even better durability, the LG G6 looks almost like a bargain when compared to its competitors. The LG G6 is set for an official reveal on February 26 at MWC 2017. Unlike its predecessors, which were rolled out a month after their announcement, the LG G6 is speculated to be set for a March 10 release, giving it more time to saturate the mobile market well before the arrival of its biggest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S8. [Featured Image by Worawee Meepian/Shutterstock]

Galaxy S8+ Specs: Three Alarming Things Revealed In Biggest Leak Yet

The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are set to be announced soon, and little by little, the upcoming device is starting to take shape. Recently, a major leak featuring what could be the full spec sheet of the Galaxy S8+ was released, and while some of the information was able to impress numerous Samsung fans, a number of the upcoming device’s leaked specs managed to get supporters of the iconic flagship series a little bit apprehensive. One thing that Samsung could not afford to do with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ is underwhelm. After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster back in 2016, the South Korean tech giant needs to ensure that its succeeding flagship devices are impressive and formidable enough to beat its rivals in the highly-competitive smartphone market. According to a report from The Verge, however, if the recent leaks are any indication, the Galaxy S8+’s specs might actually fall short of fans’ expectations. 64GB Internal Storage While 64GB of internal storage is far better than Apple’s 32GB entry-level storage for the iPhone 7, it is important to note that numerous other Android smartphones from Samsung’s rivals already offer the storage configuration for a far lesser price. Considering that the Galaxy S8+ is rumored to come with a pretty steep price that could possibly breach the $1000 barrier, it feels downright cheap for Samsung to simply offer the Galaxy S8+ with just 64GB of internal storage. Samsung Galaxy S8 Leaked Live Image #GalaxyS8 #TheNextGalaxy pic.twitter.com/LUNjwwjVHQ — Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) February 21, 2017 For its price, and in order to ensure its fans that the company is still at the top of its game, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ must impress with generous specs. That includes a starting internal storage of just about 128GB. If any, the leaks, which were provided by Evan Blass, at least show the presence of a microSD card slot, which is always a welcome addition to any flagship smartphone. 4GB of RAM There was a time when 4GB of RAM was more than enough to provide flagship units with a smooth and seamless operation. That time, however, was a couple of years ago. Last year, several budget flagships such as the OnePlus 3 and the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe already breached the 6GB RAM barrier. Thus, it is almost unforgivable for Samsung to seemingly cheap out on its customers with regards to their upcoming flagship’s memory. After all, 4GB of RAM is now the standard for midrange devices. Even Nokia’s comeback unit, the humble Nokia 6, featured just as much memory. Considering that Samsung is notorious for releasing its devices with its heavy and slow TouchWiz skin, every single byte of RAM counts. Thus, releasing the Galaxy S8+ with just 4GB of memory might not really be a good idea for the South Korean tech giant. [Image by Leszek Kobusinski/Shutterstock] Same Old Wireless Charging While wireless charging in the Galaxy S6, S6+ and S6 Edge was revolutionary during its time, the fact that Samsung is still utilizing the same technology for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feels downright lazy. Apart from this, Blass’ leak of the Galaxy S8+’s spec sheet also states that the Charging Pad of the device would be sold separately. Just like the device’s internal storage and memory, releasing a smartphone with moderate specs and a lack of important accessories, coupled with a sky-high price simply falls short of expectations. After all, with Apple possibly debuting a revolutionary new form of wireless charging with the iPhone 8, Samsung’s innovations in the area might feel just a tad bit outdated. There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ would be a powerful, formidable device. Entering the market with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC right off the bat, Samsung’s flagships would pack arguably the most powerful mobile processor in the market. Inasmuch as the Snapdragon 835 would be powerful, however, an inadequate internal storage, an inadequate amount of RAM and a lack of important accessories would end up making the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ fall short of its full potential. [Featured Image by Ivan Garcia/Shutterstock]

LG V30 Rumors: Will 4 Cameras And Quad-DAC Be Enough To Beat The Competition?

It is no secret that LG’s first flagship for 2017, the LG G6, would be entering the market at a severe disadvantage. Unable to acquire the Snapdragon 835 due to Samsung’s demand for the Galaxy S8, the LG G6 would have to make do with the Snapdragon 821, a perfectly capable albeit aging mobile processor. With this in mind, the South Korean tech giant’s fate in 2017 might be largely dependent on how successful the company’s secondary flagship, the LG V30, ultimately becomes. While the focus of the mobile market right now is the LG G6, the first rumors relating to the LG V30 have started to emerge, primarily concerning the upcoming device’s cameras, RAM, processor, and audio capabilities. From what could be determined from early speculations about the device, it appears that the South Korean tech giant would be putting most of its cards on its flagship phablet this year. According to a Slashgear report, the LG V30 is rumored to finally feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, which would make it far more powerful than the upcoming LG G6. The premium mobile processor is rumored to be paired with a hefty 6GB of RAM, far beyond the 4GB rumored for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. What is most interesting about the recent set of LG V30 rumors, however, concerns the device’s cameras and audio capabilities. [뉴스/루머] LG V30, Snapdragon 835 및 6GB RAM 탑재
더 개선된 DAC 및 세컨드 디스플레이 폐지 예상도.
▶https://t.co/m7PkMk1nay#LG #V30 #LGV30 #스냅드래곤835 #Snapdragon835 pic.twitter.com/YyA0aV9nIA — 언더케이지 (underKG) (@underkg) February 17, 2017 The world of flagship smartphones is currently dominated by devices with two-camera systems. Most of the best sensors in the market, such as those found in the Huawei P9 and iPhone 7 Plus, are designed with dual-camera sensors. If early rumors are to be believed, however, it appears that LG would be taking the dual-sensor concept a step further, employing two sets of dual sensors for both the V30’s front and rear cameras, resulting in a whopping and daunting four-camera system. Considering that the LG V20, the V30’s predecessor, already had excellent sensors in its dual-cameras, the upcoming flagship smartphone’s imaging capabilities would no doubt be even more formidable. After all, equipping four cameras in a mobile device has never been done by a major smartphone manufacturer before. With a two-sensor system on the device’s front camera, the LG V30 could very well reinvent selfie photography. A report from AndroidGuys has also stated that the LG V30 is rumored to pack powerful audio capabilities. The LG G6 is already expected to feature one of the best audio features among flagship smartphones with its Quad DAC technology, which packs four digital-to-audio converters in the upcoming device. With this in mind, it is almost certain that LG would equip its flagship phablet with the same audio innovations. #LG V30 will be released in September 2017 and … – https://t.co/nJsXJDDyRl – #CharacteristicsLGV30 #LGV30 pic.twitter.com/CpMYgCRfjE — Elyse Betters (@BettersElyse) February 2, 2017 Quad DAC is pretty much revolutionary in the smartphone audio industry. After all, single DAC alone is capable of reducing up to 50 percent of noise, allowing for a smooth and premium listening experience. According to the South Korean tech giant, Quad DAC enables users of the smartphone to have full control of the left and right audio channels of the device. By being able to customize the flagship’s right and left audio channels, users of the G6 and the V30 would be able to perfectly balance sound and significantly reduce noise. The world of flagship smartphones is usually ruled by devices that can perform exceptionally well in several key aspects, such as imaging and sound quality. With the emergence of serious smartphone photographers and serious audio aficionados, devices such as the LG V30, with its rumored four-camera system and Quad DAC, might very well be one of the most attractive, game-changing units of 2017. If the South Korean tech giant plays its cards just right, the LG V30 could very well be the surprise smartphone hit of the year. [Featured Image by Zeynep Demir/Shutterstock]

Surface Phone 2017 Release Date Set In Fall?

Amid cancellation rumors, the Surface Phone release date is still being suggested for a 2017 launch. A reveal this year is likely, especially now that Microsoft has confirmed the arrival of another update following the Windows 10 Creators Update this April. Now, rumors suggest that the handset could arrive at the same time as Redstone 3. Microsoft has not announced a specific release date yet, but a 2017 launch has already been settled, The Verge reports. According to rumors, Redstone 3 is slated to be released in the fall season. If the tech giant is planning to launch it alongside the rumored Surface Phone, does that mean that the Windows Phone can be expected this fall as well? First, we need to answer the question: will Microsoft release a Surface Phone ever? [Image by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images] Does the Surface Phone exist? All that the tech industry is holding onto are the words of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in 2016 referring to some sort of an “ultimate mobile device.” The interview with Australian Financial Review was held after the Redmond-based company sold its Nokia business to Foxconn, so he certainly was not talking about a Lumia. “We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device.” There are very few Windows Phone carriers out there and none can actually be considered the ultimate smartphone. The internet took his words as a confirmation of a Surface Phone that the company is prepping up to be a flagship killer. Is the Surface Phone still a go? Previously in The Inquisitr, we talked about how Microsoft could potentially halt the development of the Surface Phone after figures from Gartner came in. According to the analysis, only 0.3 percent of smartphones bought in Q4 2016 have the Windows OS onboard. Android dominated the market with 81.7 percent while iOS had 17.9 percent. Gartner: Рыночная доля смартфонов с Windows — 0,3% https://t.co/ImRnxQhIKk pic.twitter.com/AHXKLrsNKH — ms devices (@ms_devices) February 16, 2017 A big factor is that there are far fewer phones that carry Windows and none are as popular as the iPhone. However, that’s no excuse. Back when Nokia was competitive, it already had Microsoft’s OS, but it never became convincing enough for buyers to make the switch. The Surface Phone has many hurdles to overcome: penetrating the market that’s all about Android vs. iOS, marketing the Windows 10 as a smarter choice, and actually offering essential apps in the store. What can we expect? It is believed that the Surface Phone will showcase all the capabilities of the Windows 10 that have yet to be appreciated. And to do just that, it has to have powerful specs that will utterly destroy other flagships such as the reigning Samsung Galaxy S series and the iPhone. But Microsoft may have other plans – to showcase what Windows 10 can do even with the mid-range phones. It’s said that the company is planning to release the Surface Phone in three variants: Consumer, Business, and Premium. [Image by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images] The Premium handset is expected to sport a huge 8GB RAM with 500GB storage, and a 4K display might even be in the cards. The Business version should still perform well with 4GB RAM and 120GB storage, while the Consumer edition is likely a budget version with only 3GB RAM and 32GB storage – but who’s to say that the RAM allocation will not be maximized? Consumers may also see the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 under the hood or a different one based on the variant. Nonetheless, the Surface Phone, if it’s ever released, is looking to be the next flagship killer. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2 is coming soon – reportedly in April coinciding with the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Hopefully, the Surface Phone joins the family soon after. [Featured Image by Richard Drew/Getty Images]

Samsung Note 8(Baikal) En-route & Note 7 May Be Resold As Variant After Fiasco

Fans are about to live a very important moment for Samsung namely, the presentation of its new flagship phone the Galaxy S8. This phone marks a make or break situation for Samsung as a competitive rival for Apple. The phone could be announced soon, although the truth is that everything indicates that it will not arrive for the Mobile World Congress 2017. Rumors suggest that the official launch of S8 will take place on March 29 and that the launch of both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (the add-on device) will take place in mid-April. Meanwhile, it seems the South Korean manufacturer has not stood idly by. The news recently surfaced that the Korean giant is already working on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The phone, which will probably be presented towards the end of summer, would be labeled Baikal, although this may not be the final commercial name given to Note 8 by its manufacturer. The Baikal is the deepest lake in the world located in Siberia. With this unique name as a reference, it becomes difficult to conjecture what Samsung would deliver. What has been said for now on the phone is that it could have a screen with a 4K resolution which would guarantee users an absolutely comfortable and brilliant experience when it comes to playing multimedia content or playing games of high graphics. But the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would still be a phone specially developed for professional users. The tactile pointer, known commercially as S Pen, would play a key role in this device. Justin Denison, senior vice president of product strategy at Samsung, speaks during a launch event for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 [Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] It seems clear, on the other hand, that Samsung will continue to maintain much of the features that make the Note a premium device, especially suitable for those who demand the highest performance. Thus, the company could come with a screen with dimensions equal or higher than 5.7 inches which users would enjoy with a curved design much like its predecessors, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. On the other hand, it seems obvious that the phone will have to run through an evolved Exynos processor and that it has between 4 and 6 GB of On the other hand, it seems obvious that the phone will have to run through an evolved Exynos processor, containing between 4 and 6 GB of RAM in order to provide users with optimal performance and nothing less. A good camera system is highly anticipated for the upcoming Note 8. It’s being speculated that the new phone will incorporate 12 megapixels for the rear camera and will include some special features for the front camera such as the object recognition system and iris recognition system along with many other innovative features which might make this device a ground-breaking proposition. Even though this just rumors and speculations so far, only time will tell what the Galaxy Note 8 actually amounts to. On the contrary, other rumors suggest an alternate possibility for Note 8 which may sound very startling. Let’s begin by asking that if a company has loads of phones unsold because of some internal malfunction, what’s the logical course of action the company would most likely pursue? It’s none other than replacing the part that caused the malfunction, introducing some minute features to make it seem like it is a totally new phone altogether and then re-selling it under a totally different name. At the moment, that’s just a not-so-crazy rumor floating around the media for quite some time now. A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 lays on a counter after it was returned to a Best Buy [Photo by George Frey/Getty Images] According to some reports, Samsung would start selling the Galaxy Note 7S to minimize its economic damage caused by the explosion of a number of Note 7 and the ones returned that remained unsold. However, the phone would not reach everyone. This new edition would be sold mostly in India, Vietnam and other emerging markets, although the company would also be considering selling it in its own country, South Korea, before the Galaxy Note 8. ZDNet explains that the company would have the phone restored in May and would start selling it as early as the month of June. Of course, there will be a fundamental difference with the Galaxy Note 7; the battery will no longer be 3.500mAh but would be reduced to 3,000 or 3,200mAh. In theory, most of the components will be exactly the same. Some sources indicate that the company should only change the battery and nothing else, while others say that although most of the elements of Note 7 would be reused, a new casing would have to be designed. In total, Samsung currently has more than 3 million Note 7 returned by its buyers and another 2.5 million that were not distributed. This decision would be a serious step for Samsung, especially considering that its reputation fell sharply in recent months. Will the South Korean giant be able to gain back what was lost in the dreadful Note 7 fiasco? Sound off your comments below. [Featured Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images]