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Galaxy S7 could launch in Europe on March 11th

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2016 - Friday Comments Off

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The smartphone world is eagerly anticipating the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 flagship smartphones next month and it turns out that a European roll out for the phones could be scheduled as early as March 11th, according to the latest report.

The date comes from the same source who provided us with an exclusive look at the LG G5’s redesign and the Galaxy S7’s dimensions, as well as correctly detailing the size of Galaxy S6 Edge+ last year, so we are pretty confident about this.

The release date also matches up with a slide spotted from China Mobile back in December, which suggested that the Galaxy S7 would be landing in that region in the same month, and @evleaks has hinted at the same March 11th release date for the US. We appear to be looking at a simultaneous global release schedule for the S7 this year. Last year, the Galaxy S6 didn’t land in Europe until mid-April.

For a closer look at what we can expect from the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its Edge variant, check out the latest rumors at the link below.


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Rumors say that HTC One M10 may have SD820 and MTK versions

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2016 - Friday Comments Off

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So we have HTC trying its best to gain relevance again in a smartphone market that is threatening to run away from them and leave them behind in the dust, if it hasn’t already. So front and center today, we have rumors of the new HTC One M10, with the source saying that the device will have a European/US variant and an Asian variant with both having different chipsets. It’s not a spec list yet, but at least we know what to expect, generally.

Known leak source “LlabTooFer” says that he is expecting two variants of HTC’s upcoming flagship phone, one powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 for European and US markets, and one powered by a MediaTek chipset for Asian markets. This is not surprising, if true. HTC has done this before, and a number of other Asian manufacturers as well.

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Two things to glean from this, if true – HTC is planning to once again take on the big boys like Samsung, Sony, LG, and now Huawei, for the flagship market with the One M10, by committing to a flagship level chipset in the SD820. Also, we have no idea if HTC will choose the acclaimed MediaTek Helio X20 chipset for the Asian version, but they should.

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We have heard rumors that the HTC One M10 may or may not launch in February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The feeling is that HTC may choose to launch with a separate event in March, so expect to hear much, much more information in the coming weeks.

SOURCE: @LlabTooFer

Is HTC Making the Next Nexus? Rumors of Two Nexus Devices Escalate

Posted by wicked January - 20 - 2016 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We are barely a month into the new year, and the hype train for the next Nexus has already begun. Nevermind the fact that the two Nexus released this year, the Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X have had an overall positive response from the community.

While the 6P is widely regarded as one of the best phones of 2015, even managing to tame the Snapdragon 810 to a large extent, the 5X was a bit underwhelming as the successor to the much loved Nexus 5, mostly because it could not match the price-to-value ratio that the original Nexus 5 offered.

With the Snapdragon 820 on the horizon and Samsung already folding up its sleeves in preparation of the Samsung Galaxy S7, the flagships of 2016 are just about to roll. With them comes along a new Nexus, atleast. The rumor mills have begun their operation, with the big question currently being: Who gets to take home the Nexus?

HTC, apparently.

The rumors began with a Weibo account claiming that HTC is on its way to snag not one, but two Nexus handsets in 2016. This would come as a surprise to many, considering the success of the Nexus 6P made by Huawei. The tipster claims that the new phones will sport a 5″ and a 5.5″ display. Being but a rumor, it was taken with a bucketful of salt.

The steam in this hype train is picking up again. This time, it’s via XDA Recognized Contributor LlabTooFeR‘s Twitter account. LlabTooFer has been a good source of HTC related leaks, being on-point on various occasions in the past, like for example, with the HTC One A9 launching with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In a recent tweet, he mentions what are alleged to be codenames for the HTC Nexus devices. The two devices are internally codenamed T50 and T55, which ties up with the previous rumor of two Nexus devices, one with a 5.0″ display, and the other with a 5.5″ display.

As with other rumors relating to Nexus devices so early in 2016, it is advisable to take everything with a pinch of salt. Things can and will change from now till the devices are released in late Q3 of 2016.

The scenario of HTC making not one, but two Nexus devices in the year seems far fetched and plausible at the same time. HTC has had experience with making Nexus devices, with the Nexus One and the Nexus 9 being made by them. On the other hand, HTC’s disappointing results in the recent months and the company’s renewed focus on Virtual Reality makes them an unlikely choice for pinning hopes on a device that will be very keenly watched by Android enthusiasts all over the world.

Will HTC actually make two Nexus devices in 2016? Is Google planning to expand the Nexus portfolio? How many Nexus phones and tablets will we see in 2016? We hope to get the answers to all these questions in the coming months.

What are your thoughts on the recent rumors? Would you like HTC to make your next Nexus? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Feature Image: HTC Nexus 6 Concept by Aleksandar Tesic.
Note: Concept bears no correlation with current rumors.

Huawei to launch four P9 smartphones this year

Posted by wicked January - 19 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Huawei has risen to become a major market player due to its successful handset portfolio that nicely spans the mid to upper tiers of the market. According to a source familiar with the matter, Huawei is planning to launch a small range of P9 flagship smartphones this year, which should have a wide range of consumer preferences covered.

Although we don’t have the exact specifications for the smartphones, the source states that Huawei is preparing to launch four variants of its 2016 flagship. There will be the regular P9, a budget oriented P9lite, a presumably larger P9max and an “enhanced” edition P9, which packs in some additional hardware features.

The larger P9max is also said to feature additional RAM and a larger storage capacity than the regular model. The enhanced P9 is set to come with a dual 12 megapixel rear camera sensor for additional depth information capture, picture refocusing and aperture adjustments. Huawei has used this dual camera setup inside some of its high-end smartphones before. The last hardware detail leaked suggests that Huawei will be sticking with a 1080p display resolution for its P9 range, as it doesn’t believe that the additional battery drain from QHD is worth the slight boost to image quality.

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Unfortunately, we probably won’t be seeing any of these smartphones just yet. Apparently, Huawei isn’t planning to unveil any of them at the MWC next month, instead the range will see a dedicated unveiling some weeks after the event.

HTC refutes reports of VR business to be spun off to separate company

Posted by wicked January - 19 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There was a rumor which originated from some reports in Taiwanese media that HTC was going to spin off its virtual reality (VR) business into another company. There’s been an upturn in excitement for HTC, mainly due to the potential of the upcoming HTC Vive VR headset being one of the big hits in VR technology this year, so much so that HTC stocks have been on the rise since the report. HTC has now officially come out with a statement that these rumors are not true.

The Taiwan-based company has issued a statement today denying this report from Taiwanese local media outlets. The report had claimed that HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang was in the process of creating a new VR company wholly owned by her and HTC. The logic, it seems, was that HTC was trying to protect the newfound interest in their VR tech, which might not survive if HTC as a company and its other businesses hit rock bottom. The statement follows:

Recent media reports in Taiwan, such as by United Evening News, stating that Cher Wang is planning to spin off HTC’s VR operations into an independent entity that will be wholly owned by Wang is incorrect. HTC will continue to develop our VR business to further maximize value for shareholders.

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HTC had been trading below its liquidity last year, which basically means that the company had little to no value at all. The HTC Vive excitement had generated some momentum and pushed HTC’s trade values up. We’ll have to see what happens after this announcement.

SOURCE: HTC

Exclusive: LG G5 diagram confirms redefined flagship

Posted by wicked January - 18 - 2016 - Monday Comments Off

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It’s just a few short weeks until this year’s Mobile World Congress kicks off, where LG is widely believed to be going head-to-head with Samsung in the release of its new LG G5 flagship handset. Previous rumours have given us little nuggets of information about the new handset and now, thanks to an exclusive tip from Shai Mizrachi, we’re able to confirm some information about LG’s upcoming release.

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First, we can reveal that the rumours of a departure from the tried-and-tested G-series design is actually true, with our diagram revealing the G5 will be thinner, taller and wider than the current G-series flagship. The LG G4 measures 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3-9.8mm while the G5 is expected to be 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2mm.

What is also interesting is that LG have seemingly opted to move the volume keys to the side of the handset instead of the rear like on previous G-series devices and no doubt the extra thickness plays a large part in this. While the volume buttons do move to the side, the power button looks set to be retained on the rear beneath the camera and will seemingly feature a fingerprint scanner, like we’ve seen on the latest Nexus handsets.

Our diagram also ties in with a previous leak from CNet Korea (below), which suggest we’ll see a radically redesigned G-series flagship announced by LG at next month’s show.

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What else do we know about the upcoming LG G5? So far, we’ve heard reports of a switch to an all-metal build – a first for the G-series and LG – and a separate source of ours says this is accurate to the best of their knowledge. The display is expected to measure approximately 5.6-inches with QHD resolution and our diagram suggests we’ll see an edge-to-edge display.

LG has confirmed we’ll see the LG G5 announced on February 21st in Barcelona and with just over a month to go, this won’t be the last we hear about the G5 before LG reveals all. The G4 was a stellar smartphone and LG topped it with the premium LG V10 – although this isn’t available in all markets – at the end of last year; based on the leaks so far, the LG G5 could continue this trend and pose the greatest challenge to Samsung in 2016.


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Like all leaks, we suggest you treat the information with a degree of scepticism but with previously accurate leaks from the same source, it’s likely our diagram reveals a new design language for LG and its flagship handsets. What do you think of the rumours and do you plan to buy the LG G5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below guys!

LG G5 said to feature first of its kind modular design (Updated with more details)

Posted by wicked January - 14 - 2016 - Thursday Comments Off

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Update: Hoping to learn more about the LG G5, we reached out to a source familiar with LG’s plans for the G5. Our source didn’t directly address whether or not the rumor of a modular design is accurate, though the source did state that LG’s “next phone is going to have a lot of competitors slapping their foreheads wondering why they hadn’t thought of this idea first. Or maybe they have but no one has been able to make it work like LG has…”.

This certainly isn’t a confirmation that the design show in the drawing below is what LG has in plans, but has further piqued our interest. Could LG finally give us its first major overhaul in design since the LG G2?

The LG G5 may soon be upon us, as the company has already begun sending out invites for an event at MWC 2016, so it’s not surprising that a few more hardware rumors have bubbled to the surface. The latest report out of South Korea suggests that the LG G5 will sport a unique and rather intriguing modular design.

Removable batteries, or a lack thereof, were a contentious subject in 2015 and LG has apparently found an interesting solution to the problem by using a modular design. Rather than popping off the back cover, the whole bottom portion of the smartphone below the display can be disassembled, allowing you to simply slide in a new battery. This implies that the USB port, speakers and possibly the headphone jack can all be disconnected and reconnected to the main board too. LG has apparently been testing out a few potential solutions, including a draw like design.

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Apparently, this is all in the name of creating a thinner uni-bodied smartphone, possibly built from metal, while still retaining a removable battery. The report also suggests that LG will be moving the volume rocker back onto the side of the smartphone for the G5, presumable for similar reasons.

This is not the first time that we have heard about some sort of modular design with the LG G5 either. The smartphone has also been rumored to feature a “Magic Slot”, which will supposedly serve as a hardware expansion port for plugging in accessories such as a VR headset, external keyboard or an audio amplifier.


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Other reported hardware specifications include a 5.3-inch QHD display with a secondary ticker display, Snapdragon 820 processor, a 16 megapixel dual rear camera configuration, and a fingerprint scanner. The LG G5 is shaping up to be one interesting smartphone.

Regardless of whether or not this modular design turns out to be true, it’s a very interesting engineering solution to the removable battery problem. What do you think?

@evleaks suggests there will be a S7 edge+ version after all

Posted by wicked January - 13 - 2016 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The new Galaxy S7 flagships from Samsung are right around the corner, but up until now we have only been talking about two models like last year, the regular Galaxy S7 and a slightly larger S7 edge with a curved display. Leakster @evleaks has now suggested that Samsung will actually be launching three models, throwing the Galaxy S7 edge+ into the mix, presumably at the same time.

With its last generation of smartphones, Samsung didn’t release its larger Galaxy S6 Edge+ model until August, which arrived alongside the Galaxy Note 5. Launching another larger smartphone so soon is certainly a surprise, although a rumor from a Vietnamese site had previously hinted that Sammsung may be preparing to launch two curved flagships at different sizes. Interestingly, Samsung doesn’t appear to be stepping on the Note 5’s toes with a larger flat S7+ variant within the same launch window.

We’re not quite sure what size the S7 edge+ will arrive at, but last year’s edge+ model came in at 5.7-inches. So the S7 series might be scaling up at 5.2, 5.5 and then 5.7 inches. Other rumored specifications include an Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820 SoC depending on the region, 4GB of RAM, and a 20 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, which should be the same across all of the models. Water resistance has also recently been reported for the handsets, along with larger battery capacities, and microSD card support.


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What do you make about an earlier mention of the Galaxy S7 edge+ this year, and, perhaps more importantly, would you buy one?

Leaked ZTE Nubia Z11 renders reveal dual rear camera

Posted by wicked January - 12 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Back in November last year we saw our first leaks of ZTE’s bezel-less Nubia Z11, the successor to the Nubia Z9. The handset has once again appeared in a couple of leaked renders (combined together above), but this time it is sporting quite a different rear camera design.

The big change in these renders is the inclusion of what looks like a dual-rear camera design, complete with a dual LED flash. Dual-rear cameras have repeatedly come in and out of preference in the flagship smartphone space and are typically used to allow for adjustable depth and focus even after a picture has been taken.

Although we are still waiting on an official look at the ZTE Nebia Z11, a front panel from the handset briefly cropped up at CES 2016, which matches up quite nicely with these latest renders. Unfortunately no-one managed to get a look at the back panel to confirm the camera set-up.

Picture of the ZTE Nubia Z11 captured at CES 2016.

gadgetzarena Picture of the ZTE Nubia Z11 front panel captured at CES 2016.

The bezel-less design is accomplished by making use of the company’s own Frame Interactive Technology (FIT) display. Other than that, the smartphone looks very similar to before and seems to share quite a lot in common with the existing Z9, with the same red trim.

Previously rumored specifications point to a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, a 21 megapixel rear camera, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board, so we’re looking at a fully-fledged flagship here. The source behind the renders claims that the Nubia Z11 will be official announced on January 18th and a press event is scheduled for that day, so we should officially know everything about the handset soon enough.

Price leaked for the Snapdragon 820 powered Le Max Pro

Posted by wicked January - 8 - 2016 - Friday Comments Off

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LeTV’s Le Max Pro was recently announced as the world’s first handset sporting Qualcomm’s new high-end Snapdragon 820 processor. However, as there hasn’t been an official launch event for the smartphone yet, we haven’t been given any official information about how much the smartphone will cost, only that it will go on sale sometime in the first half of 2016.

A report from Chinese website Mobile-Dad claims that the Le Max Pro will cost CNY 3,500, which works out to roughly $530 or Rs. 35,500. This would certainly put the smartphone at the upper end of smartphone price brackets, but given the hardware this is really not an unreasonable price tag.

Along with a Snapdragon 820 processor, the Le Max Pro will feature a 6.33-inch display with a QHD (2560×1440) resolution, 4GB of RAM and storage options in either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB configurations. There is also a 21 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a USB Type-C port, Quick Charge 2.0 support, 4G LTE connectivity, a Qualcomm Sense ID fingerprint scanner, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board. So there’s plenty of hardware for your cash.


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Although we have hardware details for LeTV’s Le Max Pro, we are still waiting on an official word about the price and whether or not the smartphone will make an appearance outside of china.

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