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Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P packaging, Nexus 6P press image leak ahead of announcement

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Update: Android Police also secured a press image of the Nexus 6P. There’s nothing spectacularly new in there, but perhaps its enough to satisfy your hunger for all things Nexus (for today).

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Original post: The Nexus brand has never been one to stay behind the veils for long. Rumors and leaks have characterized Google’s handsets; so much that by the time they are announced we pretty much know everything about them. This year is not the exception – you can catch up on all the details surrounding the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P in our rumor roundup.

Still want more info? We don’t have too much more to tell you about these upcoming Nexus handsets, but a new leak did show up today. Today’s photo subjects include the packaging these smartphones are said to come in, which do happen to be quite interesting.

These boxes are both seemingly square. The main aesthetic difference is that Huawei’s box has round corners, as opposed to LG’s sharp edges. Aside from this difference, both packages follow a very similar design model. One can find the device model on the top-left corner, along with the storage capacity (32 GB) and a silhouette of the devices’ backs.

The middle of these boxes display a cut-out representing the letters these phones are named after – “X” and “P”. Lastly, the lower-right corner of the phone is adorned by the same “Nexus” logo we have all grown to love so much.

Pretty neat box, right? Now all we have to do is wait until September 29th. We are sure more details will come, though, so try not to get too comfortable and keep it tuned to Android Authority for all things Nexus, as well as Android.

I’m excited about the BlackBerry Venice, are you?

Posted by wicked September - 22 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off
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With so many leaks of upcoming products, it’s hard to get excited about new devices, especially as most are seen and talked about a long time before they become anything near a physical device.

The BlackBerry Venice, however, is different. Although it’s been leaked a few months ahead of its upcoming release, the handset has been received as a shock. No one had predicted that BlackBerry would create a Galaxy S6 Edge-style handset, running Android, with a slide-out physical keyboard.

We’ve already been treated to renders, a leak of the physical handset and our own hands on video and the BlackBerry Venice is certainly interesting. But for me, the Venice is more than just interesting. It’s exciting! Here are five reasons why!

The design

Until recently, the Galaxy S6 Edge was my daily driver and the BlackBerry Venice brings that same dual-edged design that is so unique on Samsung’s curved device. While Samsung didn’t do too much with the edge screen, I’m hoping that BlackBerry (or other developers), will find a way to use that screen to its full potential.

The curved edge will also make the handset easier to hold in the hand, which when considering it will have a slide out keyboard, is certainly a welcome improvement. The design will also stand out amongst a crowd of otherwise mostly-uninspiring smartphone designs.

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That keyboard

There’s nothing quite like a physical keyboard and BlackBerry pretty much has one of the best keyboards in the smartphone market. That’s not saying much when you think about the lack of devices with physical devices, but I am still happy to see BlackBerry bringing the thing that is best known for to the Android world.

Having used a BlackBerry Passport (albeit briefly), the keyboard was certainly unique and the BlackBerry Venice has a similar keyboard. The Passport – which ran on BlackBerry’s own BB10 operating system – is widely accepted as offering an excellent typing experience and the Venice should hopefully offer the same.

As revealed in our hands-on, the keyboard comes with a touch-sensitive layer that supports gestures, such as being able to scroll up or down a page with a swipe on the keypad. It’s unknown if there’s anything further it can do but the possibilities are (hopefully) endless: as discussed in the podcast, imagine being able to simply swipe across the physical keys to draw out a word, in a similar way to the Swype/Flow feature found in on-screen keyboards.

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BlackBerry Hub

If there’s one thing I do miss about my days of using BlackBerry devices and the BB10 OS, it’s BlackBerry Hub; the hub acts as a single notification centre and lets you view notifications from email, calendars, instant messengers, social apps and a lot more in one single place.

From viewing a timeline of notifications (even after you’ve already read them) to replying from a single screen and even publishing new emails or tweets, BlackBerry Hub is by far the best notification centre across any mobile device. A key part of the BlackBerry experience, I can’t wait to see it running on the BlackBerry Venice.

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Forcing innovation

It’s fair to say that innovation in mobile generally comes in cycles, and this year has been very slow

For BlackBerry, bringing back the keyboard could be an experiment that has the potential to pay off. But a successful Venice could have a positive effect on an industry that desperately needs differentiation. If the handset does gain significant demand and exposure, it’s likely we’ll see other companies thinking about innovating with moving parts in their devices and this can only be a good thing.

Look back to the last decade and there’s one thing that’s certainly clear: manufacturers were a lot more imaginative back in the day. Currently, OEMs can innovate with design but handsets are all candy-bar devices with large touch screens (and very little else). Imagine what introducing moving parts, unique designs and physical aspects, with today’s level of reliability and quality, could do to the industry as a whole.

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A possible BlackBerry comeback

Think back to your first mobile phone and chances are, it was made by either Nokia, Motorola or Research in Motion (RIM), which renamed itself to BlackBerry in 2013. While the first two companies have met with darker ends, BlackBerry is still alive and kicking (just).

I profess to being a fan of the BlackBerry keyboard in the past but issues delivering BlackBerry 10 was pretty much the final straw in an otherwise problematic relationship. That being said, far too many companies are producing smartphones that are soulless and almost identical to other devices and I’d love to see someone create unique smartphones again.

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Just because we’re now in a smart era doesn’t mean that innovation has to die and while there’s still a lot of questions surrounding things like the camera, battery life and software, I’m excited about the BlackBerry Venice. Are you? Vote in the poll and let us know your views in the comments below guys!

BlackBerry Venice rumor roundup (updated on September 19)

Posted by wicked September - 20 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Are pigs about to start flying? After begging for years and losing all hope, BlackBerry has reportedly turned around and finally decided that making an Android smartphone wasn’t such a bad idea. BlackBerry CEO even mentioned he wouldn’t be opposed to building a secure Android handset.

Rumors and leaks have intensified since then. The tech world has all eyes on the keyboard king as we eagerly wait for an announcement, but for now all we can do is give you a rundown of all the rumored details that have managed to hit the inter webs. The upcoming handset is said to be named the BlackBerry Venice. Want to learn everything there is to know about this rumored phone? Keep reading.

Keep in mind most of this information is based on leaks and murmurs, and therefore you shouldn’t hold your breath on any of these. We are only putting all the information together for you. Take everything with a grain of salt. Oh, and don’t forget to keep this article bookmarked, as it will continue to be updated as more details on the BlackBerry Venice appear.


The whole tech world is raging about the BlackBerry Venice design. While we have had pretty good keyboards in the Android realm, none of them have quite matched BlackBerry quality. This is why our eyes turned wide open and our hearts dropped when we first heard the rumors that an Android BB smartphone was probably coming.

Thankfully, all rumors have kept us satisfied. And I believe we can put a certain level of trust on the general idea surrounding the Venice’s design, as all leaks have been consistent.

On the surface, the BlackBerry Venice looks like your regular black slab. One of the earlier images from @evleaks shows a phone with a speaker below the screen, a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm headset jack, as well as what seems like a curved screen displaying a rather clean version of Android. This information was great and all, but it was the leaks to come that would really get the conversation going.

This thing has a keyboard, and it’s hidden right under the screen! You can literally slide the screen section upwards to the beautiful button layout. The image showcasing this part of the phone also came from Evan Blass, who then decided to treat us with an actual video of the phone.

Other illustrations include cartoon-like press renders from CrackBerry and @evleaks (yes, again), but those are a little more basic. What has me more excited are the leaked shots we saw hitting the internet last weekend. These are true photos of the phone, not press renders or fancy animations. The phone looks just as we expected, and we can finally see it from all angles.

We then went ahead and uncovered some exclusive images, also showing the device from different angles, but the coolest part is that these images gave us more insight on the software, as well as a hands-on video that recently went online. We will take a look at the clip during the software section, though, as that is mostly what it focuses on. Here are the images:


We can’t go too much into detail about this information just yet, as not enough about the handset’s internals has been strongly corroborated. The latest rumors do state the phone will come with a 5.4-inch QHD (2560x1440p) display, though. This would put the BlackBerry Venice up there with the big guys. It’s said to be a power house, so we should expect no less.

It’s also important to note that some of the images make it seem like the screen is slightly curved on the sides, a la Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s a cool little treat if you are into that kind of stuff, but it shouldn’t really make much of a difference. It’s said the display will feature a Super AMOLED panel, though, and that is definitely something to celebrate. At least for those of us who like deep blacks and vibrant colors.

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As mentioned right above, the rumored spec list is still not yet worthy of too much trust, mostly because it’s not backed by many other sources or separate rumors. These specs come from N4bb, which claims the handset will feature a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3 GB of RAM.

Sure, it may not have the almighty Snapdragon 810 and the 4 GB of RAM that’s starting to become the standard, but this phone will certainly not disappoint. The Snapdragon 808 is plenty powerful, and 3 GB of RAM is great for multi-tasking. In fact, these specs seem to be identical to those of the LG G4, so you should expect similar performance. And the G4 happens to be a great smartphone!

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I will say it right off the bat – BlackBerry has always been infamous for its sub-par smartphone cameras. Seriously… this stuff can get pretty bad, even with the newer handsets! Will a change in the operating system improve the situation? It’s hard to say, but we can only hope so.

At the very least we know the pixel count on photos will be pretty high. Rumors suggest the phone will come with an 18 MP rear-facing camera. The images also show some engraving around the lens with the words “OIS” and “FAST FOCUS”, so we can assume the camera will tout both mentioned features. On the front side, the Venice is said to feature a 5 MP camera. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it should definitely be good enough for those good ol’ selfies.

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We know the BlackBerry Venice is coming with Android, but we are not sure just yet which version it will tout. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow right around the corner, we certainly hope the new handset will adopt the latest and greatest mobile OS iteration from Google.

What’s interesting is that this phone’s software will be more than just about Android and its benefits over BB10. BlackBerry CEO John Chen previously mentioned that “if he could find a way to secure an Android phone, he will also build that”, and this seems to hold true for the Venice. BlackBerry acquired Good Technology on September, in an effort to expand its security services to other platforms (including Android).

Furthermore, a list of installed apps acquired by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) shows us a bevy of BlackBerry apps being pre-installed on the Android handset. This would include popular services like BlackBerry Messenger, Hub, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Emails and more.


BlackBerry has been meaning to offer its services to Android users. That leads us to one big question – is the Venice about showcasing the services BlackBerry can offer to other Android users, or is it more about making an awesome device? To us it seems like the Venice takes the best out of both platforms.

A leaked hands-on video shows the Venice has great software features we have seen from both operating systems. For starters, the device seems to support double-tap to wake. The software looks very much like stock Android, but there’s definitely BlackBerry enhancements within. There was also BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Device Search. This will take care of all your communications. The Device Search will allow users to easily find any file, app or content from a single tool.

Remember how you could use the keyboard as a touch pad with the BlackBerry Passport? It turns out the Venice has the same features. You can use it to easily scroll around, which will help when viewing media or websites, as your fingers won’t be getting in the way.

Price and availability

Evan Blass swears this phone will be launching in November, and that it’s coming to all 4 major USA carriers. Other than that, details on availability are scarce.

No rumors on pricing have emerged either, but don’t expect the BlackBerry Venice to be cheap. It has high-end specs and likely a high focus on security, which will make it a valuable asset to many enterprise users. Not to mention, this smartphone will be all the hype among previous BlackBerry users.

Wrapping up

BlackBerry plans to make its big return to the market with a phone they could actually manage to sell in larger quantities. The Venice looks like a winner, with specs that seem to be great and software that is even better. The great part is users will enjoy all the benefits Android has to offer, all while not needing to sacrifice their BlackBerry features, as most of the main BB10 services seem to be coming with it.

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It will all make more sense once more details show up. We understand there’s not enough information to really make a decision right now, but the announcement is on its way and more rumors will continue coming in! Remember to keep this post bookmarked and an open eye on Android Authority for all your BlackBerry Venice and Android news. We will continue to report on the mysterious phone, and this post will be updated continuously.

Hit the comments and let us know what you think! The real question is whether users will put their money where their mouth is. I honestly wouldn’t mind giving the BlackBerry Venice a chance. Would you?

Google Nexus 2015 rumor roundup (updated on September 19)

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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The second half of the year is going to bring us some amazing smartphones. Among the most anticipated announcements are those related to Google’s popular Nexus series. Rumors tend to start blazing through the internet very early on, and this year is not the exception.

It is no surprise to see the industry having such a high regard for the Nexus line-up. These are, after all, Google’s demonstration of where they want Android to go. Quality hardware, a pure Google experience and timely updates have always been the Nexus stamp, which has helped the brand gain a major follower base.

Where does Google want to take the most popular mobile operating system now? What will the upcoming Nexus device(s) be like? We have gathered plenty of (unofficial) details to share, so let’s dig right into the goods.

This article will continue to be updated as new information begins emerging. Bookmark this page and keep checking it if you want to stay in the loop! The article will also be pushed to the front of our home page whenever it’s edited. 

LG Nexus 5X?

The Nexus 6 offered performance and specs without compromises, but the phone wasn’t exactly for everyone, due to one main reason. Its massive 5.96-inch screen and gargantuan body will definitely make it an uncomfortable phone to bear, especially for those who have smaller hands. This forced Nexus fans to stick with an older-generation handset if they wanted to have a traditionally sized phone.

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Google may be onto something this year. Recent rumors suggest there will be a couple Nexus phones launched this year. One of them would be manufactured by LG and reportedly resemble the phone maker’s Nexus 5. In fact, some believe the new phone could be a direct successor, a Nexus 5 (2015) if you will.

LG’s Nexus device is reportedly codenamed Bullhead and is rumored to come with a Snapdragon 808 processor, a 5.2-inch display and a 2700 mAh battery. So far this is all we know about this product, but a new image does at least give us a look at what is allegedly the next-gen version of the LG Nexus:


After weeks of rumors, more images of the LG Nexus 5X started surfacing, including some from UnderKG and Android Pit. We even got a good idea of the phone’s looks when the guys from Droid Life came across some case renders. All leaks go in line with each other, so it’s safe to assume this is how the phone will look. Let’s take a look at the images.

Huawei Nexus

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Reports of a Huawei Nexus have been making the rounds for a while, and the good news is these reports come from multiple sources, including some highly reliable ones. So while LG’s Nexus is shrouded in mystery, we can be almost totally confident that Huawei and Google will launch a Nexus phone this year, and we also have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Here’s the rundown.


We have seen or heard very few details on what this Huawei-made Nexus phone could look like, but we can tell you one thing – it will be large. Rumors suggest the phone’s screen will measure 5.7-inches, which just so happens to be the same screen size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

According to @evleaks, the Huawei Nexus will feature a metallic construction and a fingerprint sensor. In other words, it’s rough outline may be pretty similar to the Mate series. In fact, there’s a good chance the Mate 9 (due this fall) will contain hints at what to expect from the Google-branded device.

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In addition, some recent renders have shown what both the Huawei and LG Nexus devices could look like. These come from @OnLeaks, which is definitely a source with a good history on rumors, but we still can’t quite confirm these.

@OnLeaks also mentions the phone should measure 159.4 x 78.3 x 6.6/8.5 mm and sport front-facing dual speakers.

Furthermore, a video said to be showcasing the upcoming Huawei Nexus showed up online. As with all of this information, we can’t promise this is the real deal, but you can check out the video to see for yourself.

New images showed up, some in disguise (covered with a case), later on. It’s hard to see it all, but we did manage to get a look at the overall form factor and some parts of the phone. The most interesting being the USB-C port.

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As we mentioned above, the upcoming Huawei Nexus smartphone should come with a sizable 5.7-inch panel. What we didn’t tell you was that, like the Nexus 6, the new Nexus should also feature a QHD resolution display (2560x1440p). This entails the panel will have a pixel density of 515 pixels per inch.

Pixels should be packed in a little tighter than in the Nexus 6, due to the slight size difference, but it’s likely not a very noticeable upgrade.

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Specifications & hardware

The little evidence we have tells us this phone should be quite powerful. While the new LG Nexus is expected to go with the slightly sub-par (yet still capable) Snapdragon 808 chip, Huawei is not skimping out on performance one bit.

Most rumors state the new Huawei handset will come with a Snapdragon 810 chipset. Evan Blass (@evleaks) claims it will pack a Snapdragon 820 SoC, so it will likely be one of those two. Regardless of the outcome, Huawei making a move to Qualcomm would represent a significant change, as they have stayed exclusive to their very own Kirin processors so far. Maybe this is one of the conditions for working with Google? After all, while Google is known to have worked with more exotic processors in the past (like Texas Instruments and Nvidia), the processor manufacturer has a huge role in ensuring support and timely updates through the lifetime of a device. Perhaps Huawei’s Kirin is just too risky for Google from this perspective?


Rumored hardware specifications on the LG Nexus 5X include a Snapdragon 808, a 5.2-inch 2K display, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP IMX278 processor and a fingerprint sensor. A later report then corroborated the fingerprint reader would also be coming to the LG device, and we even got a hold of some case images that may confirm this rumor. This would make total sense, as Google announced at Google IO that Android M is to integrate native support for fingerprint readers. This will enable users to make purchases on the Google Play Store, unlock devices, protect sensitive data and more.

It is also said both new Nexus phones will come with USB-C on board, which Google already adopted for the new Chromebook Pixel and hinted at for future Android smartphones. As for microSD, while Android M has gotten a bit friendlier to external storage, we would be very surprised if Google reversed its stance and included a microSD slot on a Nexus device.


The upcoming Nexus devices’ cameras may be the subject we have the least information on. We have heard some rumors say the LG Nexus successor will come with a dual-camera setup, similar to the in the HTC One series. In addition, some believe Huawei’s Nexus phone could be based on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, which also happens to sport a couple cameras in the back.

Many would consider this a gimmick, as its most popular functions are to distinguish distance and allow for digitally applied bokeh effects (otherwise known as “blurry background”). While that may be a valid argument, I wouldn’t discard the possibility of Google adopting this dual-camera technique. The Mountain View-based company has been playing around with similar technology in Project Tango, and they do appear to be well-invested in the concept.

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If the LG Nexus rumor winds up being true, we do hope the Korean manufacturer makes life good by implementing the LG G4’s camera. Nexus phones are not exactly known for having exceptional shooters (Nexus 6 was better), so it would definitely be a welcomed addition.

Getting back to the Huawei Nexus, camera info is completely absent. With the implementation of a superior Camera API in Lollipop, the conditions are set for a truly great camera experience, provided Google and Huawei won’t skimp on hardware. Unfortunately, that happened before, so it remains to be seen whether the Huawei Nexus will buck the trend.


Nexus phones characterize themselves by staying true to the Pure Google experience; we have no doubt this will also be the case with the new Nexus phone(s). Furthermore, we also know the next-generation Nexus handsets should be the first to launch with Android M, Google’s new version of their mobile OS.

Improvements over Lollipop include granular permissions, custom Chrome tabs, battery improvements, USB-C compatibility, app state backup and native biometric support. You can see a detailed explanation of all Android M features in our announcement post, as well as our detailed “Diving into Android M” article series.

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Pricing and release date

Evan Blass’ sources previously stated these phones should ship in Q4, while The Information’s insiders suggested it would be in “the Fall”. Pricing-wise, some think the Huawei Nexus will be more upscale, due to the top specs and metal constructions, while LG’s Nexus could follow in the tracks of the popular Nexus 5. All of this was made more clear when our own sources told us the LG Nexus 5X would be $50 more than the past generation Nexus 5. This likely means the device will start at $400. We were also informed about a possible September 29th launch. This was still a rumor until September 19th, when Google announced they were actually going to have an event on the 29th. Not much of a doubt left there, right?

Wrap up

2015 is looking to be a great year for Google. If most of this information proves to be true, the new Nexus products will be the phones to beat – especially Huawei’s. As we mentioned above: don’t forget to keep it tuned to Android Authority and this specific article, as it will continue to get updates as soon as new information emerges.

For now, let’s just hit the comments and share our thoughts on these rumors. What would you like to see in the new Nexus phones? Are you signing up for any of them? Many of you are probably happy a normal-sized Nexus phone is likely to hit the market again!

(Update: pictures leaked) LG teases ‘something new’, possibly for the mid-tier

Posted by wicked September - 17 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Update: Following LG’s official teaser, a couple of leaked hands-ons pictures have been posted to Weibo.

The back of the smartphone matches up exactly with yesterday’s teaser, but the body appears to be built from of plastic rather than metal. The front of the smartphone also shows off some rather large bezels at the top and bottom, which might make the phone rather long, given the rumored 5.7-inch display size.

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Not only do the pictures give us a look at the front and back of the upcoming smartphone, but they also confirm the rumored LG Class name. The handset is scheduled to launch on September 21st.


LG has been teasing “something new” on its Facebook page today, a mysterious upcoming smartphone that is scheduled for an announcement on September 21st.

The uploaded shot gives us a nice look at the back of the smartphone, where we can spot the familiar LG volume rocker just below the camera sensor, an LED flash and a speaker grill. The body of the smartphone appears to be made of metal, but we know looks can be deceiving.

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We don’t know anything else about this new LG smartphone, but prolific leakster Steve Hammerstoffer believes that this could be a large smartphone called the LG Class, also known as model LG-H740.

The LG Class is rumored to be a mid-range “phablet”, offering up a large 5.7-inch display with a Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. The handset will apparently be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There’s no mention of a microSD card slot, but I would imagine there’s one to help beef up the small internal memory. There is also said to be a 12 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing snapper, which is all quite typical of today’s mid-tier Android devices.

Fortunately, the announcement date isn’t far away. What do you think about the rumored LG Class?

Report: Samsung to Launch “Foldable” Smartphone in 2016

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 15 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

According to a source on Weibo, Samsung will look to launch Project Valley, its platform for foldable smartphones, next year in January. Claimed by the source, Samsung is currently testing two models of the device, one with a Snapdragon 620 processor, and another with the top-tier Snapdragon 820 processor. Other specs could include 3GB of RAM, built-in battery (non-removable), and microSD slot. 

The idea of a foldable smartphone is not new, as countless design renders and concepts have been published over the years, but it has taken quite some time for display and component technology to catch up to our imagination. It is not yet known if Samsung intends to announce foldable display technology, or the device will merely feature two separate displays, attached by a type of hinge mechanism. Regardless, the idea is neat, but we have yet to see if it translates well to real-world usage.

Back in June of this year, LG was showing off their bendable displays at the Society for Information Display (SID) conference in San Jose, but that technology still seemed to be in quite the early stages.

January is only a few short months away, so are you interested in seeing what Samsung can cook up in their labs?

Via: G for Games | Weibo

Report: Samsung to Launch “Foldable” Smartphone in 2016 is a post from: Droid Life

OPPO Find 9 tipped for September 19th launch

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


OPPO has been keeping information about its next flagship smartphone very close to its chest, but an invite posted by Weibo tipster @Kjuma suggests that OPPO may be planning to unveil a new Find 9 smartphone at a launch event on September 19th.

The announcement is said to take place in Beijing, where we could see OPPO’s first major flagship release since last year’s Find 7. That being said, the company has released a number of rather good, cost effective smartphones already this year, including the OPPO R7 Plus and the R5s.

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Not too much is known about the OPPO Find 9, but there are a few specification rumors floating around. The Find 9 may ship with a 5.5-inch 2K display, 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 21 megapixel camera, and a fingerprint scanner, although this is all speculation at this point. We will just have to wait a few more weeks for some official details.

What specifications would you pack inside your dream OPPO Find 9?

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LG’s Nexus 5 (2015) could be available from September 29, claims Korean website

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Fans of LG’s work on previous Nexus phones are anxiously looking forward to the so-called Nexus 5 (2015), a device that has leaked extensively over the past few weeks.

One detail that has eluded us so far is the LG Nexus’ release date, but if this report from Korean website MKPost is accurate, we’re only a month away from the phone’s grand entrance.

MKPost claims that the Nexus 5 (2015) will hit the Google Store on September 29. Reportedly, this information comes from an anonymous source who has correctly predicted the release date of the original Nexus 5, back in 2013. The LG Nexus will be made available through the Google Store in South Korea, says the report, but it’s not clear whether September 29 is when the phone launches internationally or in Korea.

The source didn’t know whether Huawei’s Nexus would launch at the same date.

To be perfectly clear, this is a story from a source that isn’t known for tech rumors reporting. That considered, September 29 makes sense for the release of the Nexus 5 (2015). Google appears ready to introduce Android 6.0 Marshmallow (with the recent release of the final SDK) and Android Pay is right around the corner. Google typically launches Nexus smartphones around October, and late September fits that timeline.

What else do we know about the LG-made Nexus? Provided the body of reports is not hopelessly flawed, we know quite a lot: just earlier this week we’ve seen a purported spec sheet, and hands-on images and renders based on CAD schematics of the device give us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Check out our rumor roundup for more on the LG Nexus (and its “Made in China” counterpart).

Thoughts on this potential release date?

These could be the specifications for the new LG Nexus 5

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


We have seen plenty of leaked images of the highly anticipated LG Nexus, but hardware specifications have been much harder to come by. Until today that is, as a leaked hardware table from a prototype handset has shown up to give us a look at what might be powering the smartphone.

A lot of the table is a match for some of the very earliest rumors about the handset. There’s apparently a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC and 3GB of LPDDR3 memory forming the basis of the handset. The phone is also expected to feature a 13 megapixel IMX278 image sensor, along with optical image stabilization and LG’s laser auto-focus technology. The fingerprint scanner that was previous spotted in pictures is also listed.

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The LG Nexus is expected to be the smaller of the two upcoming Nexus handsets, the other being designed by Huawei. This table suggests a reasonably sized 5.2-inch display with a 2K resolution. Overall, the hardware looks to be quite similar to LG’s existing G4 flagship, but with a few subtle changes.

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If true, these specifications are quite comparable to existing flagships on the market, although this means that these new Nexus phones may have a high price tag to match. Even so, the inclusion of a better camera and extras like the fingerprint scanner might make the new 5.2-inch Nexus a suitable upgrade for previous generation Nexus 5 owners. Are you tempted by the LG Nexus 5?

HTC A9 (Aero) images leaked

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

HTC A9 Hero

Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @OnLeaks, has just uploaded a couple of pictures apparently showing off the upcoming HTC A9, or the HTC Aero if you prefer. The handset has leaked a couple of time already this year and could form the beginning of a new range from HTC. The phone has been rumored to be heading to Sprint this November too.

The leak shows off the front and the back of the handset, alongside Apple’s latest flagship. While the A9’s design is not that different from HTC’s long running One range, the move over towards a flat back certainly leaves the handset bearing greater resemblance to Apple’s iPhone 6. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the gold look either.

As part of the company’s efforts to improve its dwindling revenue this year, CEO Cher Wang has already announced that HTC will be releasing a new “hero” device this October, which could be the A9. However, the company has not been giving away any further details about the handset.

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Fortunately, rumors have already alluded to some potential hardware specifications. The A9 may be one of the first smartphones to features MediaTek’s high end deca-core Helio X20 SoC, along with a 5.2-inch QHD resolution display, 4GB of RAM and a large 3,500mAh battery. The phone is also rumored to come with 2.5D glass and a full metal body design, just like in the picture. If true, the A9 would certainly make it into the high-end category, but we will have to wait and see about the price.

As with all leaks and rumors, we’ll have to take these pictures with a pinch of salt. Still, what do you think about this potential design for the HTC A9?