iPhone 8 Plus: Will Apple's Next Phablet Have Stylus Support?

The iPhone 8 is one of the most talked-about future smartphones, but there hasn’t been much said about the iPhone 8 Plus. A couple months back, Patently Apple revealed that a new patent showed the Apple Pencil working with the iPhone. “One of today’s patent applications that were published by the US Patent & Trademark Office reveals Apple Pencil working with the iPhone and with an expanded array of applications for the iPhone and iPad.” The article added that the Pencil will eventually work beyond the Notes app and users will be able to use it to select portions of videos, portions of pictures, and do other things on a future iPhone. This would certainly hurt Samsung, who is still dealing with the fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 recalls. Many suspect that the iPhone 8 Plus could have a smaller Apple Pencil attached to the smartphone. Besides the size of the phone and the ability to use a stylus, the iPhone 8 Plus is said to have all the features of the regular iPhone 8. Most sources point out that the iPhone 8 series will include an edge-to-edge OLED display. BGR reports that Apple might have an ultrasound Touch ID built into the display. The iPhone 8 could have an ultrasound Touch ID feature. [Image by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images] “A new report indicates that Apple has found a way to integrate Touch ID into the OLED screen of the iPhone, revealing the fingerprint sensor will be based on novel technology,” writes columnist Chris Smith, adding that supply chain sources familiar with the new iPhone decided to ignore the usual type of fingerprint sensor and instead use its own Authentech algorithm and Privaris’ glass identification technology to create a different kind of fingerprint ID solution. The downside of all this is that it would push iPhone production to the beginning of September. For the past couple of years, the main production on the iPhone has started in August — just in time to release the phone to stores in September. However, many of the commenters, who appear to be Samsung fans, certainly don’t think the new Touch ID is a big deal. “You mean Apple looked at Qualcomm’s Sense ID [for Samsung phones], said that’s awesome and went off to make their own version?” sarcastically asks Chipsy6. “They’ll buy Qualcomm’s and claim they invented it. Their sheep will believe it, also sue other phones that use it,” answers Aggie. BGR mentions in another article that Apple may release three different versions of the iPhone 8. The next iPhone will come in 3 different versions. [Image by Daryl Deino] “The upcoming iPhone, to be launched this fall, will come in three configurations — two with liquid crystal displays and one with a 5.8-inch organic light-emitting diode display. By adding more large-screen options to the lineup to meet growing demand for BIG, Apple intends to raise the average iPhone price, which has already gone up by about 10% in the past three years to nearly $700.” The article adds that the iPhone 8 will mark the first major change in form factor since Apple released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September of 2014. The redesign features extremely small bezels, which will allow Apple to fit in a much larger display than usual. Twitter is brewing with excitement for the iPhone 8. iphone 8 leaks got me excited — Euros (@euzzzz_) March 2, 2017 i can’t wait to get the iphone 8. ive had my iphone 6 for two years. — kelsey (@bieberult) March 7, 2017 As the Inquisitr reported this past weekend, the updated iPad Pro could very well be the next product launch from Apple. There have been new commercials released to promote how an iPad is a personal computer replacement — something a lot of people would disagree with. Still, 2017 appears to be the year of Apple’s big comeback. [Featured Image by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images]

iPhone 8 News And Rumors: Flagship Loses Huge Feature, Gains Unique Tricks

The iPhone 8 is still months away, but rumors and leaks are already piling up about the device. While Apple is yet to confirm or debunk any of the information that has emerged about the upcoming flagship so far, the content of the rumors alone seems to show that Apple would be putting a lot of effort in the iPhone 8. Considering the most recent reports about the device, however, the final iteration of the iPhone 8 might be a bit different from what fans of the device are currently expecting. Since rumors about the iPhone 8 began to emerge after the launch of the iPhone 7 last year, it has been widely speculated that the 2018 flagship would include a revolutionary form of wireless charging, courtesy of Apple’s alleged partnership with Energous, a tech firm which has developed long-range wireless charging technologies. These speculations then sparked the idea of the iPhone 8 having long-range wireless charging capabilities, which would be far more advanced than those found in rivals such as the Galaxy S8. According to an AppleInsider report, however, this otherwise game-changing feature would not actually make it to the iPhone 8. Instead, the report stated that it is more likely for Apple to opt for Qi wireless charging, which requires direct contact between the smartphone and a wireless charging pad. If this particular speculation proves true, Apple would be missing out on a huge possible selling point for the iPhone 8, considering that long-range wireless charging is completely absent in the smartphone world as of date. ⚡️ #Apple may switch to #OLED with a big 5.8-inch screen on #iPhone8 but it’ll cost a lot ????#Mobile #MWC17https://t.co/67Fs3IwfJK @Mixtatiq pic.twitter.com/QkPVrxqd6d — Fintech Trading Tech (@BourseetTrading) March 6, 2017 While the possible loss of Energous’ 15-ft wireless charging technologies is disheartening, a number of new rumors about the iPhone 8 are actually quite encouraging. Among these are changes to Apple’s traditional protocols and a number of features that would more than make up for the removal of the iPhone 8’s seemingly ill-fated revolutionary charging capabilities. Among the most prominent of these is the speculation that the iPhone 8 would follow the 12-inch MacBook and the 2016 MacBook Pro in completely embracing USB Type-C as its connector of choice, according to a PC Advisor report. If this rumor proves true, Apple would be taking a giant leap forward, considering that its mobile devices have religiously utilized the company’s Lightning connector since 2012. Inasmuch as a shift from Lightning to USB Type-C is quite unlikely, however, a move to the port actually makes a lot of sense. This is because apart from its mobile devices, Apple has arguably been the most dedicated tech firm when it comes to embracing USB Type-C. Apple started this with the 12-inch MacBook’s debut back in 2015, following it up last year with the release of the 2016 MacBook Pro. In fact, Apple is so dedicated to the USB-C port that it completely did away with any other connectors in its laptops. Thus, if Apple implements the same strategy for its mobile devices, it should not come as a big surprise. How a Home Button and Function Area Could Look on the ‘iPhone 8’ By @AaronAMason #AppleNews #AppleSentinel #iPhone8 pic.twitter.com/dW7fci9q0M — AppleSentinel (@AppleSentinel) March 6, 2017 Apart from a possible move to USB-C, the iPhone 8 is also rumored to pack a far more efficient and formidable battery system. According to speculations, the iPhone 8, while keeping a compact footprint, would feature a battery almost the same size as the one found in the iPhone 7 Plus, a far larger device. This would be made possible by stacking the iPhone 8’s logic board, enabling Apple to put larger cells on the otherwise smaller smartphone. Considering that smartphone users have been very particular about the endurance of their devices, Apple’s decision to employ a different strategy with the iPhone 8’s battery would most likely play in the Cupertino-based tech giant’s favor. Plus, the iPhone 8’s OLED display, which is all but confirmed at this point, would also aid in improving the upcoming flagship’s battery life. Lastly, rumors are also high that the iPhone 8 would be equipped with Intel’s latest LTE modem, which would enable the device to achieve download speeds of up to 1Gbps through mobile internet. If this seems a bit overkill, it is because the technology to offer such internet speeds has not been debuted by mobile carriers yet. Thus, cellular data-wise, it appears that the iPhone 8 would be, in more ways than one, future-proof. The iPhone 8 is rumored for a release sometime this September, though no official date has been leaked or announced by Apple. Pricing for the iPhone 8 remains unconfirmed, but speculations are high that the upcoming flagship device might come with a price tag north of $1000. [Featured Image by Stephen Lam/Getty Images]

Video Reveals Odd, Confidential "Don't-Leak" Logo On Samsung Galaxy S8's Back!

Samsung will introduce its much-awaited latest smartphone Galaxy S8 on March 29. As usual, the internet is flooded with rumors containing leaks and what not the flagship device of the Korean giant will be possessing. The information out there has become quite copious and maybe somewhat redundant. But it is important to filter out the most notable details regarding the Galaxy S8. On watching the video posted on Slashleaks by a Weibo user, it becomes notable that the upcoming smartphone looks a lot like the S7, only with the screen curved from both its sides. A supposed press image published by Evan Blass on Twitter also confirmed the design. What this implies then is that Samsung has decided to reconcile the distinctions between Galaxy and Galaxy Edge previously incorporated in the Galaxy 7 models. Of course, that does not mean that the phone will only come out under a single model. Two models will be released, both available in different screen sizes. An important difference of the Galaxy S8 to it predecessor, S7 is that the upper and lower frames of the phone have been greatly reduced which in turn has increased the screen size quite a bit. It cannot be denied that a screen this large makes one irresistible to hold the smartphone in their hand, not to mention that it is perfect for gaming. It is also worth noting that the bottom frame no longer has the home button or the capacitative Android touch buttons for that matter. The lack of the home button means that the fingerprint sensor is elsewhere. There were speculations that the fingerprint sensor could possibly be at the back of the phone. However, that was just conjecture but for most, it seemed implausible given the fact that the new phone has filtered cases which leave no room for anything other than the camera and the flash. Samsung may have completely dispensed with the fingerprint sensor in favor of the iris scanner, but it does not seem likely. The most accepted hypothesis is that the fingerprint sensor, developed by the company Synaptics, is under the screen. Synaptics, now owned by Samsung, has announced the launch of a new sensor type for April. It seems that this sensor type will be the one incorporated into the mighty Galaxy S8. It may also lie under the frame without any visible button, however, that possibility was less likely. So far fans had seen numerous leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but they all showed the smartphone from the front. That left fans with some important unknowns, like the main camera or the location of the fingerprint sensor. A new video finally gives us the answer to those questions. The video comes from Slashleaks and lasts only for five seconds. But these five seconds are enough to corroborate two things. Firstly, the main camera of Galaxy S8 is not a double as it was rumored. It might be possible that the S8 Plus includes that feature, but as far as S8 is concerned, the dual camera is out. According to leaks, it is a 12-megapixel camera with an f / 1.7 sensor. The second detail is the fingerprint sensor. The disappearance of the home button to make the larger screen suggested that Samsung had resorted to the technology of the company Synaptics (newly acquired by the Korean company) to house the sensor under the screen. Finally, it will not be so. If the photos are not deceiving, the sensor happens to be located at the back of the phone and to the right of the camera. It is possible that this sensor is for another function and the scanner is under the screen, but it is an increasingly remote possibility.

Top 5 Upcoming Smartphones For 2017 That Photographers Would Love

Smartphone photography has gone a long way since the first camera phone debuted back in 2000. Today, with insane imaging capabilities being equipped in everyday devices such as smartphones, the world of mobile photography has become a lot bigger. This year is set to play host to a number of notable devices that would, at least according to rumors, play a significant role in pushing mobile photography forward. Here then, is a list of the top five smartphones for 2017 that photography aficionados should watch out for. Take note, however, that this list is arranged in no particular order. Apple iPhone 8 This is pretty much a no-brainer. After the dominating performance of the dual-sensors found in the iPhone 7 Plus, speculations are high that Apple’s 10th-anniversary handset, the iPhone 8, would feature even more powerful imaging capabilities. Rumors about the specs of the iPhone 8’s cameras are pretty scarce, though a MacRumors report stated that notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is expecting a dual-camera system with OIS to be featured in the tech giant’s upcoming flagship device. While it remains to be seen if the iPhone 8 would be a powerful handset in terms of raw specs, its imaging capabilities would most likely be formidable. Samsung Galaxy S8: Full image leak shows new smartphone’s ‘infinity’ screen – The Independent https://t.co/M3dSii1F8d #Samsung #GalaxyS8 pic.twitter.com/Vv0tX3WlqL — Samsung Galaxy S8 (@GalaxyS8News) March 1, 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s first flagship device for 2017, and from what could be determined from rumors so far, the device would feature a set of revolutionary imaging sensors. A single-lens sensor is rumored for the device, with speculations stating that the Galaxy S8 would feature a premium 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and larger pixels, according to a TechRadar report. The Galaxy S series has always featured high-quality sensors, and though their megapixel counts are lower than most flagships, the quality of photos taken with devices such as the Galaxy S7 have been no less than stellar. This, of course, is expected to continue with the Galaxy S8. #Xperia XZ Premium has officially been crowned ‘Best New Smartphone at MWC 2017′ #SonyMWC https://t.co/e5aYEW7XCI pic.twitter.com/jj9kNuPFdP — Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) March 2, 2017 Sony Xperia XZ Premium Sony smartphones have always boasted powerful cameras, and the Xperia XZ Premium is no exception. Together with the device’s stunning 5.5-inch 4K display, the smartphone’s 19-megapixel main sensor with 19 percent larger pixels is among the best in the market, enabling the device to capture excellent photographs even in low-light environments. Couple this with the Xperia XZ Premium’s capability to shoot slow-motion videos at an unprecedented 960fps, and Sony’s upcoming flagship gets even more attractive in the imaging department. LG V30 to Come with Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM – Geeky Gadgets https://t.co/nNsyZ08eCd pic.twitter.com/XruHpehsON — StubMash (@StubMash) March 2, 2017 LG V30 LG’s previous flagship phablet, the V20, featured an impressive dual-camera system. For this year’s flagship, the upcoming LG V30, the South Korean tech giant is expected to step up its game with the device’s imaging capabilities. Far outgunning every smartphone on this list, the LG V30 is rumored to pack a never-before-seen four-camera system, enabling users to capture excellent selfies. Considering the raw power in the LG V30’s cameras, the upcoming phablet might very well be one of the best smartphones in the imaging category this year. Google Pixel 2 (2017) Concept – 18:9 QHD+ Display
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– Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 pic.twitter.com/y2BkI6AjO9 — Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) March 3, 2017 Google Pixel 2 The original Google Pixel and its larger sibling, the Google Pixel XL, were notable because of their cameras. While the flagship devices did not employ fancy tricks such as a dual-camera system, the Pixel and the Pixel XL shone in the imaging department through the sheer quality of its sensors alone. With the Pixel 2, Google is expected to turn things up a notch, with rumors stating that the upcoming flagship would feature an even better sensor than its predecessor. Considering that the current Pixel is already the best in its class, the Pixel 2’s cameras would most likely be nothing short of a monster. The world of mobile photography is set to move forward this year, with the introduction of smartphones such as the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8. With contenders such as the Xperia XZ Premium, LG V30 and the Google Pixel 2 coming soon, however, the mobile market would most likely be saturated with a number of devices that might have what it takes to change the smartphone photography game forever. [Featured Image by Stephen Lam/Getty Images]

Revenge Porn Could Become Thing Of The Past If App Developer Has His Way

Revenge porn is a phenomenon that most in the pre-Internet age did not have to worry about, and now an app developer is hoping his creation will end it once and for all. As the World Wide Web started to develop, data connections became more powerful and smartphone devices with audio and video capabilities made it easier than ever to discretely spy on others. This has led to a significant rise in reporting. A study in 2015 reported here by Metro UK, found there are more cases of revenge porn being turned in to police than at any other time. Most allegations came from people under the age of 30 with eight women for every one man reporting, and almost every case involved a former partner. In an especially disturbing turn, victim ages ranged from 11-year-olds to retirees, the news site noted. In the United States, one in 25 individuals online have been victimized by revenge porn, or at least threats of it, according to a 2016 study released by the Center for Innovative Public Health Research. Enter Nathan Kot, a 24-year-old New Zealand-based software engineer. Kot’s app is called Rumuki, and while it likely will not snuff out every instance of revenge porn, it can significantly scale back the problem. WV Senate passes bill criminalizing “revenge porn”https://t.co/gCtudMNEOh pic.twitter.com/hjLPQ0uul3 — The State Journal (@wvstatejournal) February 24, 2017 Kot explained how it works in a recent interview with Vice. The app’s name comes from the Japanese term for “room key… because using it is a bit like checking into a hotel room,” Kot said, adding that the “only people who have access to that room are the people with the room keys.” The app, Kot said, uses encryption technology to record videos to a user’s phone. For videos to be filmed, all parties have to grant permission. Playback is only possible by using a randomly generated key, which is in turn protected by the devices’ passcodes and a third passcode in the app, “in case either person leaves their phone unlocked,” he explains. Where Rumuki will do the most good, Kot said, is in cases of consensual videos or images later finding their way into distribution without one party’s consent. Using the app, should one party decide to delete the video, they can simply delete their key code, and that will prevent anyone from ever seeing the video again. Carolanne Marcantonio, a New York-based social worker and sex therapist, told Vice that the idea was a good one given the tendency people have in the modern world to film themselves. Marcantonio said people do so without thinking of what “might happen if there’s a breakup, or if you send someone a video.” “We still live in a sex-negative culture, and sometimes there are these consequences you never think about when you’re just having fun,” she added. Kot acknowledge to Vice, however, that his creation is still a work in progress and that he fears users will think that by using Rumuki to stop revenge porn, they might feel a false sense of security. One of the wrinkles Kot is still needing to work out is the ability to notify users of when their partner takes a screenshot of the video. He also acknowledged that a user could find an “analog workaround” like playing the video and then recording it from another device during the playback. According to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, 34 states and Washington, D.C., currently have laws specifically targeting revenge porn. A frightening majority of people are okay with revenge porn, even if few would ever post it themselves https://t.co/awk0uCkd0f pic.twitter.com/sNohUVH0CQ — The New Science (@NewScienceWrld) March 4, 2017 What say you, readers? Should this be considered a felony nationwide, and would you be more or less likely to film… y’know… with an app like Rumuki that attempts to fight revenge porn? Sound off in the comments section below. [Featured Image By Lolostock / Shutterstock]

Google Pixel 2 Will Be Expensive: Here's How It Would Be Worth It

While details about the upcoming device are pretty much unknown at this point, the Google Pixel 2 has been officially confirmed by the man behind the smartphone himself, Rick Osterloh. While the arrival of the Pixel 2 later this year has managed to get numerous fans of the device very excited, the head of Google’s hardware department also gave some disheartening (albeit not unexpected) news – the Pixel 2 would be expensive. Osterloh’s statements were taken from an interview with mobile tech-themed website Android Pit, where the Google executive briefly discussed an outline of the upcoming mobile device. Among other things, Osterloh was generous enough to give fans of the smartphone a concrete timeline as to the upcoming device’s release date. “There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it. You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.” While the Google executive did not specify an exact date for the release of the Google Pixel 2, there is a very good chance that just like its predecessor, the next flagship smartphone from the search giant would be unveiled sometime around October. In a lot of ways, an October 2017 release date for the Google Pixel 2 makes perfect sense, considering that manufacturers conventionally follow a timeline for their flagship smartphones’ release dates. The #GooglePixel2 is coming and it won’t be cheap. #Pixel2 #GooglePixel Read more @ https://t.co/xmBEs9xGSG pic.twitter.com/YeqkuPqNiS — TBSnetworks.net (@TBSNetworks) March 4, 2017 Apple, for one, has been prone to releasing its iPhones during September, while Samsung has followed an August release date for its flagship phablet line, the Note series. From Osterloh’s statement, at least, it appears that Google would be making October into the month of the Pixel’s release. Inasmuch as the release date of the Pixel 2 was all but confirmed by the Google executive, however, Osterloh also gave away yet another piece of information about the device. When asked about the price of the upcoming smartphone and the premise of a lower-end Pixel 2B, the Google executive’s response was brief. “Pixel stays premium,” Osterloh said. Rumors of a cheaper Pixel 2B variant have been emerging as of late, and it has been embraced warmly by fans of the original Pixel and Pixel XL. After all, if there is anything that is missing from the Pixel, it is the Nexus line’ value for money. As it turns out, however, it appears that rumors of a Pixel 2B are inaccurate, with the Pixel 2 maintaining its high-priced status. This does not mean that the Pixel 2 would not be a device worthy of purchase, however. On the contrary, the Pixel 2’s high price is actually pretty justified, considering the upcoming device’s possible specs. Currently, rumors are high that the Pixel 2B would be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM and a killer camera. Thus, for all intents and purposes, the expensive Pixel 2 would still be a pretty solid purchase. #OMG #GooglePixel2 #Concept #Images Out!!!#Technews #techtrendz #techtrendzmik pic.twitter.com/pqRsjA7tQX — Mohammad Irfan Kamal (@TECHTRENDZMIK) March 4, 2017 For Google to fully justify the Pixel 2’s high price, however, a number of improvements on the smartphone must be initiated, according to a Forbes report. The camera and the specs of the Pixel 2 are all but confirmed to be formidable, with the former even rumored to boast a sensor that would give near-DSLR quality photos. As for the device’s design and availability, however, the search giant still has a lot of room for improvement. The Pixel and the Pixel XL are attractive devices, but the handsets do feature pretty rather unsightly, thick bezels at the top and bottom. Apart from this, the sides of the smartphone look almost identical to the frame of the aging iPhone 6. Thus, for the Pixel 2 to warrant a purchase despite having a high price, it must have a frame that is as attractive as the device’s specs and camera. Apart from this, the Pixel 2 must also have ample supply to meet the consumers’ demand. Currently, the Pixel and the Pixel XL are frequently out of stock. Thus, while the device is largely popular, its success has been limited due to Google’s inability to produce enough handsets for consumers. With the Pixel 2, Google must perform better and manufacture enough devices for a consistent rollout. If Google is able to do this, the Pixel 2 might very well give the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Apple iPhone 8 a run for their money. [Featured Image by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images]

Samsung Galaxy X Release Date And Specs: The Most Probable Rumors So Far

Among the smartphones that are set to be released this year, very few have captured the imagination of mobile consumers than Samsung’s rumored line of foldable flagship-grade devices, the cryptic and top-secret Galaxy X. While very few details about the device are known, the few rumors and leaks about the upcoming smartphone suggest that the Galaxy X might very well be Samsung’s most daring device in years. Despite the lack of information available, the consensus among smartphone fans is that it would only be a matter of time before Samsung releases the Galaxy X. Speculations are high about the release date of the device, with some rumors stating that the highly-anticipated smartphone would be unveiled at the same time as the Galaxy Note 8, which is speculated for an August launch. While unconfirmed, a release date around this time would be strategic for the new device, allowing the Galaxy X to adequately saturate the mobile market. What is known about the Galaxy X, however, is its name. A recent GSM Arena report has stated that the Galaxy X moniker has officially been trademarked by Samsung. Apart from this, the report also described two handsets that would be released under the Galaxy X brand, the SM-X9000 Galaxy X1 and the SM-X9050 X1+. With this in mind, it appears that the Galaxy X would be released with two configurations – a basic model and a larger, phablet-sized variant. El Samsung Galaxy X promete ser toda una revoluciónhttps://t.co/ddO6T7KGDn #galaxyx pic.twitter.com/OLlvLd0iJQ — La Nueva Aurora (@La_NuevaAurora) February 16, 2017 After all, while Samsung’s initial concept of a foldable device involves a smartphone that unfolds into a tablet, the Galaxy X would most likely be released exclusively as a foldable smartphone. While smartphones that transform into tablets are definitely coming, it might take a couple more years before such devices actually make it to the mobile market. For now, it appears safe to assume that the Galaxy X would simply be a unique smartphone, nothing else. Considering that much of the Galaxy X remains in the realm of speculation, rumors about the device have continued to emerge in increasing frequency. Despite the lack of concrete information, however, Samsung’s current mobile strategies and its previous flagships’ specs could provide clues as to what the Galaxy X would be like. According to a KnowYourMobile report, the Galaxy X would most probably feature much of the same specs as Samsung’s top-tier devices. Display-wise, it is highly likely for the Galaxy X to be equipped with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display, especially since the South Korean tech giant has already taken the wraps off the company’s foldable AMOLED panels. The Galaxy X’s foldable display would most likely be split in the middle through a special hinge, which would allow the smartphone to fold in a manner similar to the iconic clamshell mobile phones of yesteryear. https://t.co/uzN1Igtxxa : #GalaxyX #Smartphone – #Samsung Galaxy X: Specs, Features And Release Date Of Samsung’s Foldable Phablet pic.twitter.com/LwdOGgXMHm — TREND GIZMO (@TrendGizmo) January 23, 2017 The internals of the Galaxy X would most likely feature the best that the tech giant could offer. Thus, it would not be too farfetched if the South Korean tech giant releases the foldable smartphone with internals that are comparable to the upcoming Galaxy S8. With this in mind, Samsung might equip the revolutionary device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC or a home-grown Exynos 8995 processor. These processors would also likely be paired with ample memory, somewhere in the 4GB-6GB RAM range. The camera of the Galaxy X would probably be capable as well, considering Samsung’s reputation for releasing great-quality mobile cameras. Considering that even the tech giant’s midrange devices feature capable sensors, the Galaxy X would most likely be equipped with a formidable camera setup as well. One thing that the Galaxy X might lack in, however, is the device’s battery. With the upcoming device following a foldable design, the space allotted for the battery of the Galaxy X is quite limited. Of course, Samsung could simply follow a stacked battery setup in order to maximize the available space in the Galaxy X’s frame. By doing this, Samsung would be able to fit a decent-sized battery pack in the foldable smartphone. The Galaxy X, if it does see a release this year, would most likely be the most unique device that would be revealed in the mobile market to date. Considering that the interest surrounding the upcoming device is already very significant, all Samsung really needs to do right now is to strike the right balance between form and power to ensure the success of the Galaxy X. [Featured Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images]

Huawei P10 Plus vs iPhone 7 Plus Camera Shootout: Pro Controls v Ease Of Use

The Huawei P10 Plus is a flagship smartphone that is aimed at mobile photography. Boasting two Leica-branded lenses, the Chinese manufacturer’s latest halo device is designed to take the best photos possible with a smartphone. However, compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, which arguably is equipped with the best mobile sensors in the market today, how does the Huawei P10 Plus and its Leica-branded lenses stack up? In a lot of ways, it appears that Huawei was channeling Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus when it designed the Huawei P10 Plus. A Trusted Reviews report stated that from the side, the two devices look almost identical, down to the P10 Plus’s curved sides and antenna lines. Specs-wise, the P10 is no joke, boasting a 5.5-inch Quad-HD IPS display, 4GB of RAM (6GB in some regions), 64GB of storage (128GB in selected regions), and a pretty hefty 3,750mAh battery. A powerful HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor rounds up the specs of the Chinese manufacturer’s latest flagship device. Compared to the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, 3GB of RAM, and 2,900 mAh battery, it appears that the Huawei P10 Plus completely outguns its Apple rival. However, inasmuch as the iPhone 7 Plus is a bit underwhelming when it comes to raw specs, its primary camera, comprised of two 12MP sensors, is the best in its class. Combined with iOS 10’s Portrait mode, the iPhone 7 Plus is capable of producing almost professional-grade photographs with the iconic “bokeh” effect, according to a Digital Photography Review report. #MWC2017 goers took one last chance to get hands-on with the award-winning #HuaweiP10 today. Next stop…  https://t.co/bl89FlrdoZ pic.twitter.com/YcPFabAh3w — Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) March 2, 2017 The Huawei P10 Plus’ cameras are equally formidable on their own, however. Partnering with Leica once more, the P10 Plus’ dual sensors are extremely high-quality. The device’s front camera alone, which features an 8MP selfie sensor with f/1.9 aperture, is capable of producing premium portrait shots with multiple effects. At the rear of the device, however, is where the magic of the P10 Plus really happens. The Huawei P10 Plus is equipped with two Leica-branded sensors, one 20MP monochrome camera and another 12MP RGB sensor. The 10MP monochrome sensor is designed to give the P10 Plus’ photographs more detail and brightness, while the 12MP camera is designed to capture natural colors. Both lenses feature a f/1.8 aperture. Just like the front camera, the rear sensors are also equipped with a Portrait mode capable of producing shots with a bokeh effect, much like the photos produced by the iPhone 7 Plus. An Engadget report has taken the Huawei P10 Plus on a real-world test of the flagship device’s photographic capabilities. While the P10 Plus’ sensors were indeed exceptional, the report stated that the photographs produced by the smartphone were almost identical in quality to the ones that were taken by the Huawei P9, the P10 Plus’ predecessor. Apart from this, Engadget‘s real-world test of the P10 Plus also concluded that the device’s Auto mode is a bit moody, taking great shots at some points and taking substandard images in others. Night will see beautiful light in contrast and detail. #HuaweiP10 #HuaweiP10Plus #OO #MakeItPossible pic.twitter.com/sy86Si1JNh — Huawei Mobile MY (@HuaweiMobileMY) March 2, 2017 The Huawei P10 Plus’s dual sensors, however, are truly formidable when shifted to Pro mode. In this configuration, users of the device would be able to access and modify the dual cameras’ ISO, shutter speed and other settings. This particular feature, notably, is not present in the iPhone 7 Plus, which relies more on the device’s own algorithms to determine which settings to utilize when taking pictures. Overall, the Huawei P10 Plus’ cameras are among the best sensors currently available in the market. Coupled with its Pro mode, the device’s Leica-branded lenses really do shine. However, the nature of the P10 Plus’ cameras requires its users to have some form of knowledge about basic photography. Thus, while exceptional in its own way, the P10’s dual-cameras are not for everyone. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, follows a far easier point-and-shoot system, and thus, it could be adequately manipulated by users with absolutely no knowledge about photography concepts. Overall, the Huawei P10 Plus’s cameras are best for those who love control with their photographs, while the iPhone 7 Plus remains the champion for everyday, casual mobile photography. [Featured Image by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images]

iPhone 8 And Galaxy S8: The Latest On Apple And Samsung's Killer Smartphones

Thanks to new flagship phones from Apple and Samsung, the year 2017 will likely be known as the year smartphone companies started innovating again. Samsung is set to release the Galaxy S8 in April, and Apple is set to release the next iPhone in September. iPhone 8 We already know that the next iPhone will have wireless charging and an edge-to-edge OLED screen. Much has been made about Touch ID, with some even reporting that Apple will completely get rid of it and, instead, rely on face recognition. However, BGR reports that Apple might have an ultrasound Touch ID built into its display. Apple’s next touch ID will likely have ultrasound capabilities. [Image by Mark Lennihan/Getty Images] “A new report indicates that Apple has found a way to integrate Touch ID into the OLED screen of the iPhone, revealing the fingerprint sensor will be based on novel technology,” writes columnist Chris Smith, adding that supply chain sources familiar with the new iPhone decided to ignore the usual type of fingerprint sensor and instead use its own Authentech algorithm and Privaris’ glass identification technology to create a different kind of fingerprint ID solution. The downside of all this is that it would push iPhone production to the beginning of September. For the past couple of years, the main production on the iPhone has started in August — just in time to release the phone to stores in September. Samsung Galaxy S8 This week, well-known reporter Evan Blass tweeted out what looks like a picture of the new Galaxy S8. I think this is what you’ve been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/FvYfsLOy0R — Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017 As Forbes notes, Blass has a history of releasing real marketing images of upcoming smartphones. The photo not only matches up with leaks and rumors from trusted sources, but it also fits the video images and press invites released by Samsung. The screen on the phone isn’t quite edge-to-edge, but it’s very close. As Gizmodo notes, Samsung has sent out invitations for its March 29 event, when the Galaxy S8 is set to be unveiled. The phone is set to arrive in stores or mailboxes on April 21. Samsung will likely release two phones — the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. Samsung has already released a teaser video for the March 29 event. The Galaxy S8, like the upcoming iPhone 8, is heavily rumored to get rid of the physical Home button. According to TechnoBuffalo, the specs on both the Galaxy S8 (5.8-inches) and S8 Plus (6.2 inches) are pretty much identical. Both phones will contain a Snapdragon 835 processor, Quad HD+ AMOLED screens (one of them won’t be 4K as originally rumored), 12 MP Dual Pixelcameras, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (microSD expansion can add external memory), an IP68 rating for waterproofing, and wireless charging. Some sources have the Galaxy S8 Plus costing over $1000. The upcoming Galaxy S8 looks a little like the S7 Edge, but it has a lot more advanced features. [Image by Daryl Deino] The commenters after the article are excited for Samsung’s new smartphone. “Eagerly waiting,” says Joy Janangir. “No matter what Samsung releases, we know it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!” exclaims Quentin Moore. Many are expecting only the best from Samsung because they know the Galaxy S8 is a make-it-or-break it phone for the Korean company. The recent Galaxy Note 7 rollout was an absolute disaster that produced not one but two recalls. According to Wired, the first recall happened due to there not being enough room between the heat-sealed protective pouch around the battery and its internals. The second recall happened because of sharp protrusions on batteries that led to damage. Do you think Samsung permanently hurt their reputation with the Galaxy Note 7, or can they easily bounce back with a killer Galaxy S8? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. [Featured Image by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]

Xiaomi Mi 6 Release Date And Specs: What's Likely True Amidst False Rumors

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has captured the attention of mobile aficionados for months. From the number of rumors emerging about the device alone, it definitely seems that many are looking forward to the release of the Chinese tech giant’s latest flagship device. After all, with the smartphone industry getting more competitive by the day, players such as Xiaomi simply cannot afford to pass up the opportunity to make an impact in the mobile market. Inasmuch as the upcoming smartphone is certainly going to be a powerhouse device, however, a number of rumors that seem a bit too farfetched have emerged about the Xiaomi Mi 6. Amidst all these speculations, however, a picture of a realistic, powerful device that could easily rival the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 emerges. Here are a number of rumors that might very well prove true with regards to the Xiaomi Mi 6. A PC Advisor report stated that among the most farfetched rumors out there is the speculation that the Xiaomi Mi 6 would pack a stunning 4K display. While a 4K panel has already been released by Sony with the Xperia XZ Premium, there is a very slim chance that Xiaomi’s next flagship device would be equipped with a display that is as ultra-high resolution as the one found in the Japanese tech giant’s upcoming flagship phablet. This, however, does not mean that the Xiaomi Mi 6 would have an underwhelming display. Mysterious Xiaomi smartphone leaks, could it be Xiaomi Mi6? #gizchina #xiaomimi6 #xiaomi… https://t.co/tXE9SXFrbA pic.twitter.com/hud4UzUvOg — Giz China (@Gizchina) February 22, 2017 Xiaomi’s Mi series have always packed great-quality screens. However, the company has so far focused on the quality of its panels than just the raw number of pixels in their devices’ panels. Thus, even in its best smartphones, the Chinese tech giant has so far utilized Full HD displays. Considering that the Xiaomi Mi 6 is a next-generation device, it seems most logical to state that the upcoming flagship would be equipped with a Quad-HD panel instead. Rumors about the processor that would be utilized for the device have also been a bit too imaginative lately, with some speculations even stating that the Xiaomi Mi 6 would be equipped with a 16-core processor. Inasmuch as the premise of a 16-core SoC is compelling, however, there is a very slim chance that the upcoming flagship device would employ such a chip. Instead, it is far more likely for Xiaomi to go for the best mobile processor in the market today, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. While shipments of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 would be delayed due to Samsung monopolizing the first batch of the mobile chips, there is a good chance that the Mi 6 would pack the powerful SoC just the same. Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, for one, has already been announced to pack the Snapdragon 835. Thus, there is a pretty good chance that Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship would come with the formidable processor as well. إشاعة جديدة تفيد بأن الهاتف #XiaomiMi6
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ايضن سيكون أول هاتف صيني يضم معالج Snapdragon 835 pic.twitter.com/poNdFYWOtP — TECHNO (@g1J1JQRTFaWlN6S) March 4, 2017 Storage-wise, rumors of the Xiaomi Mi 6 being equipped with a microSD card slot have also emerged. Just like a 4K display, however, these rumors are more likely false, especially since Xiaomi has never been a manufacturer that equips its devices with expandable memory. After all, with storage options likely to reach 256GB, a microSD card slot is almost futile. As for memory, rumors about the device are quite realistic, with many stating that the Xiaomi Mi 6 would be equipped with 6GB of RAM. The Xiaomi Mi 6, or a top-tier variant, at least, would most likely be released with a stunning ceramic frame. This has already been done by the manufacturer with the Xiaomi Mi Mix, a device that has been lauded by consumers and critics alike. This, apart from Dual-SIM capabilities and a 4,000mAh battery pack, would make the Xiaomi Mi 6 a very compelling smartphone. The release date for the Xiaomi Mi 6 has not been released as of date, though GSM Arena recently reported a leak stating that the next flagship from the Chinese manufacturer would be launched on April 16. The pricing for the device is rumored to be around $365, which would make it a very formidable device for its price. The rumored release date and price, however, remain unconfirmed for now, so take this information with a grain of salt. [Featured Image by N Azlin Sha/Shutterstock]