Published on February 29 2016

Apple to introduce new iPhone and iPad at March 21 media event

Apple’s rumored media event, where the company will introduce a new iPhone SE, a smaller version of the iPad Pro and minor Apple Watch enhancements, has been pushed back to the week of March 21, according to a report from Re/Code.

Adding more specificity into the mix, Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski subsequently added that the upcoming media event will take place on Monday, March 21, likely at Apple’s Town Hall in Cupertino.

While initial reports claimed that Apple’s anticipated media event was going to take place during the week of March 15, the festivities have shifted forward a week for reasons that aren’t entirely clear.

As Kara Swisher notes, “it is not clear if the event was moved or if this was the timing Apple had always planned.”

The main attraction at the media event will of course be Apple’s long-rumored 4-inch iPhone, a device we recently learned will likely be called the iPhone SE. While initial reports pointed to the device being a souped up version of the iPhone 5s, it now appears that the device will effectively be an iPhone 6s with a smaller screen. Equipped with an A9 processor, an M9 motion coprocessor, an NFC chip, support for Live Photos, a 12 megapixel camera and more, the iPhone SE may be a sleeper hit for Apple during what would ordinarily be a somewhat uneventful second quarter.

Additionally, Apple at the upcoming event will also introduce a 9.7-inch version of its iPad Pro, which is to say the device will come with Apple Pencil and smart keyboard support. And last, and perhaps least, Apple on March 21 will likely introduce some new bands for the Apple Watch as well.

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Published on February 29 2016

“I just deleted pretty important videos from my files on my Samsung Galaxy S6. Does anyone know how to recover my deleted files?” —— Answers Yahoo

You may lost your important files on your Samsung Galaxy S6 due to various reasons. Don’t worry, you still have chance to get them back. The first thing to do is to stop using the device after deleting happens, otherwise, the new file will overwrite the old file.

There are many Android Data Recovery software, the one i would like to share is called Dr. Fone for Android which can help you recover deleted files such as contacts, message, photo, video, audio, document, Whatsapp history and call history etc from all from Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4, Samsung Galaxy Note and other Android devices.

Tips: If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Dr. Fone for Android (Mac) to help you recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy S6 on Mac.

Step by step to recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy S6

Step 1: Connect your Samsung Galaxy S6 to computer

Download, install and run Data Recovery for Android to see the following main interface. Then, connect your Samsung Galaxy S6 to computer using a USB cable that comes with your Android devices.

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

Step 2: Enable USB debugging before scanning your Samsung Galaxy S6

If you didn’t enable USB debugging on your device, you’ll see the window below. Just follow the instructions below to set it now.

If you haven’t seen the instructions, you should make sure the version of Android running on your Android device first, then follow the steps to enable USB debugging.

Note: If you have enabled USB debugging on your device before, you can skip this step.

1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter “Settings” < Click “Applications” < Click“Development”< Check “USB debugging”

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter “Settings” < Click “Developer options” < Check“USB debugging”

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter “Settings” < Click “About Phone” < Tap“Build number” for several times until getting a note “You are under developer mode” < Back to “Settings” < Click “Developer options” < Check “USB debugging”

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

Step 3. Scan your Samsung Galaxy S6 for deleted files

After enabling USB debugging on your Samsung Galaxy S6. The program will recognize your device automatically. Then, click “Next” button to start analyzing your phone’s data.

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

Note: Before doing this, make sure that your phone battery is more than 20% charged, so that you can get a smooth scan.

If you rooted your device before, you need to allow the program Superuser authorization on the screen of your device before scan. Just click “Allow” when message pops up on the device’s screen. Then, back to your computer and click “Start” to scan you device.

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

Step 4: Choose file type and scan mode

To save the time for scanning process, click “Next”, you will be asked to select file types to scan. Check the files you need to recover, and then click “Next” begin scan deleted files

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

In the newly popped up window, you are allowed to select scanning mode: Standard Mode or Advanced Mode. For Standard Mode, it will allow you both scan for deleted files or all files on your Android phone. And Advanced Mode is for deeper scan which will take you more time.

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

Step 5: Preview and recover deleted files from Android

Click “Next” to scan deleted files. After that, a list of recoverable files that have been found from your Android device will be shown. In addition, there will be a preview window of files where you can preview the contacts, SMS, photos and videos from your Android device. Mark those you want and click “Recover“.

In the new pop-up window, select a folder on your local drive to save the recovered the deleted photos on Android device.

How to recover deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S6

Tips: If you need to transfer files from iPhone to Android, you can turn to MobileTrans for Windows or MobileTrans for Mac.

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Published on February 21 2016

Apple Watch Sales Estimated at 5.1 Million in Holiday Quarter, Swiss Watch Sales in Trouble

The latest data from Strategy Analytics reveals that the Apple Watch remained the most popular smartwatch through the fourth quarter of 2015, capturing 63 percent global market share based on an estimated 5.1 million sales in the three-month period.

Samsung trailed in second place with 16 percent market share and an estimated 1.3 million sales. Apple and Samsung together accounted for 8 in 10 of all smartwatches shipped worldwide during last year's holiday shopping season, based on the data.

Global smartwatch sales rose to an estimated 8.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 316 percent from 1.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The growth was led by North America, Western Europe, and Asia.

The record-breaking smartwatch growth contrasted the troubled Swiss watch market, which declined 4.8 percent in Q4 2015 over the year-ago quarter. Swiss watch sales totaled 7.9 million units in Q4 2015, down from 8.3 million in Q4 2014.

Apple does not break out Apple Watch sales in its financial earnings results, but rather groups the wrist-worn device under its "Other Products" category with iPod, Apple TV, Beats, and accessories revenue.

Strategy Analytics previously estimated Apple Watch sales at 4 million in the second quarter, and 4.5 million in the third quarter, meaning that Apple sold an estimated 13.6 million Apple Watch units overall in 2015.

Early rumors suggested an "Apple Watch 2" would launch this spring, but it now appears that Apple's much-rumored March 15 event will focus on smaller Watch updates, including new bands and perhaps another fashion partner like Hermès.

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Published on February 21 2016

Xiaomi plans to use smartphone chips designed in-house in the second half of 2016

Xiaomi, China’s leader in smartphone shipments in 2015, has aspirations to be a chipmaker this year. This would put Xiaomi in the same boat as Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, which also design chips in-house.

The Chinese smartphone maker hopes to use smartphone processor chips designed in-house in the second half of 2016, according to Reuters. Xiaomi will use these in-house chips in mid- to lower-priced RedMi Note series of smartphones.

The company has hired 200-300 people to work on designing smartphone processor chips, according to a source speaking with Reuters. It’s unclear how many chips Xiaomi plans to make this year.

Xiaomi’s move into the chipmaking game may put pressure on current industry leaders Qualcomm and MediaTek. Qualcomm, based in San Diego, California, ended the third quarter of 2015 with 67 percent of the 4G-integrated baseband processor market, according to Bloomberg data. Taiwanese MediaTek ended the same period with 17 percent of the market. Qualcomm has seen its market share decline while MediaTek has seen a steady climb.

MediaTek, which currently supplies most of the chips in Xiaomi’s mid- to low-priced handsets, may experience the biggest effects of Xiaomi’s in-house-designed chips.

Xiaomi was the leader in smartphone shipments to China in 2015, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The company shipped 64.9 million units in China, giving it 15.0 percent of the market. Huawei (14.5 percent), Apple (13.4 percent), OPPO (8.1 percent), and vivo (8.1 percent) followed.

Part of Xiaomi’s success appears to be tied to its $141 average selling price, the lowest of the top five vendors in China.

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Published on February 21 2016

Latest leak shows Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from every angle

Samsung is all set to unveil its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tomorrow in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, but if you're not a patient type, you can see the new phones in their entirety right now. We've already seen plenty of leaks, but things are really getting out of hand now thanks to a gallery of photos posted by Android Headlines.

The photos appear to show both the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and its larger, curved sibling, the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge. As we've seen before, the Korean tech giant is keeping with much the same design language as the last generation. That means the metal-and-glass design is back with those iPhone-esqe plastic embedded plastic antenna lines and that precision-drilled speaker grille.

Latest leak shows Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from every angle

The shots — which show the phones from every angle — do reveal that Samsung is opting for micro USB instead of USB-C, and the SIM card tray is top-mounted. The headphone jack remains on the bottom. Android Headlines also claims that the phones feature an "always-on" display feature, which should show rich notifications on the screen when you leave the device sitting on your desk.

For everything we know so far about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, check out our rumor roundup right here. And be sure to tune back in tomorrow for our live blog when Samsung's Unpacked event starts at 7PM CES (1PM ET).

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Published on February 21 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

Samsung is preparing another duo of Samsung Galaxy S7 flagships

It may be a new year, but some things stay the same for Samsung. This time last year we were talking about the forthcoming Galaxy S6 and how imporant the launch was for the Korean firm, as the previous Galaxy S5, though not a complete flop, failed to deliver on consumer expectations, meaning it didn't sell in anywhere near the numbers Samsung needed. The Samsung Galaxy S6 was in fact a considerable improvement on its predecessor, critically acclaimed by journos across the world - we think it's fair to say the Galaxy S6 and its stable-mates are some of the best phones Samsung has ever produced.

But despite this, we're in a similar scenario again. You see, although everyone praised the Galaxy S6, it still failed to shift in the numbers Samsung wanted - the kind of big figures it had seen in 2012-2013 with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4.

Samsung's earning reports paint a gloomy picture.

“Samsung flagged a second-quarter drop in operating profit on Tuesday that missed analyst estimates after sales of its newest flagship smartphonefailed to meet expectations,” reported The Telegraph. “The earnings forecast came as a South Korean court ruled in Samsung's favour against a US hedge fund's efforts to block the proposed merger of two major affiliates. The giant smartphone and memory-chip maker predicted operating profit of around 6.9 trillion won (£4 billion) for the April-June period, down more than 4 per cent from a year earlier.”

Samsung blamed the lacklustre sales on not being able to produce enough Galaxy S6 EDGE units. Analysts, however, had other ideas and pointed towards a more sinister problem: long standing Android users defecting to iPhone. Throw in China for good measure, a market Apple smashed in 2015, and you have a recipe for bad earnings calls. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder Samsung has fast-tracked development of the Galaxy S7, the handset that will do battle with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Samsung, once again, needs to pull out all the stops for the Galaxy S7 and knock things right out the park. Surely though it's not merely a question of aesthetic design and build quality? After all, the Galaxy S6 had that nailed pretty well. Perhaps it's a feature set problem that is preventing as many users as we once saw jump on the Samsung bandwagon? It will be interesting to see how Samsung aims to tackle the issue.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Teaser Page Reveals Tons Of Features - Confirms NO Water Resistance

It seems Samsung got the memo that LG has thrown down the gauntlet with its LG G5 and is aiming to take its fellow Korean rival head-on - and what's more, Samsung's response is to take a leaf out of LG's playbook, in what may be an unprecedented move for Sammy, by launching an official teaser website in Indonesia ahead of the official unveiling.

As expected, the teaser confirms many of the features we've heard rumoured for some time, including the fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S7 edge's curved display, and the advanced camera capabilities. It also hinted at water resistance, as did an embedded YouTube video by showing the device being used in the rain. Interestingly, GSMArena reports that the video originally posted was different, previously explicitly naming the Galaxy S7 - a new version since uploaded no longer does. Also it's worth noting that at the bottom of the teaser page Samsung writes a disclaimer:

"THE SCENE IN THE VIDEO IS FOR DRAMATIZATION PURPOSES ONLY. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT WATER RESISTANT AND IT SHOULD NOT BE EXPOSED TO AND/OR SUBMERGED INTO WATER/LIQUID."

GOT THAT?! OK THEN!

As of February 18, the Galaxy S7 has been handled on video - an anonymous tipster sent Android Authority video footage of the handset in use, showing off the design, interface, and a small selection of features, as well as a list of details. According to the tipster's info, however, the Galaxy S7 DOES apparently have water resistance (which makes us wonder why Samsung is making claims it doesn't?), a 12MP camera, and microSD support.

It lacks the new Type-C USB port, but it's claimed the battery pack is a 2800mAh setup.

Some new photos have emerged on February 19 confirming the lack of a Type-C micro USB port on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, though on the plus side we get confirmation of a silver coloured variant of the former (via @evleaks), and a black coloured variant of the latter.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets
Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets
Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets
Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge Prices LEAK!

Not long to wait now until the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are officially unveiled, but luckily today the pricing has leaked so you can start budgeting for this flashy new set of hardware! The word comes via reputable Samsung source SamMobile, which says that the Galaxy S7 will cost €700 while the S7 edge will be €800 for its curvy glass and larger 5.5in display. Directly that translates to £543 and £621 respectively, although naturally this is the unlocked, SIM-free cost for buying the handsets straight-up from Samsung or a retailer, rather than getting in on a contract and paying piecemeal. The report also adds that this is for the 32GB storage model, while the 64GB option will be another €70-80 on top.

An image of the Galaxy S7 edge handset inhabiting its box, and a breakdown of what you get bundled in there alongside the phone, has appeared online. According to PhoneArena, a user on Dubizzle (Dubai's equivalent of Craigslist, apparently) posted for sale what appears to be a legit Galaxy S7 edge handset. Naturally being some kind of shady pre-release setup the asking price is a hefty $1225 with the description "get before commercial launch, imported from USA". The seller also mentions a Galaxy S7 for sale on his page at $1144.

As for the box contents there's a USB cable and wall plug, and what appears to be a wired headset inside a small box identical to the headphones which came with the Galaxy S6. The Dubizzle posting has since been removed.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch & Release Date

Samsung will launch its Galaxy S7 handset on February 21 -- the same day LG launches its LG G5. Media invites as well as a new promo video for the Galaxy S7 appeared over the weekend, confirming previous rumours that said Samsung would release its new flagship in and around MWC 2016.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE will go on pre-order the very same day they launch — February 21. The news comes via Android World and has been confirmed as true by @evleaks, an always reliable source. This doesn’t mean it is 100% legit, of course, but it is about as close as we’re going to get to an official confirmation before the official announcement.

This wasn’t the only news, however: the same source also claims those that pre-order the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 EDGE will get a free GEAR VR, though this deal only lasts for a limited period — Feb 21 to March 10. And if you don't know what a GEAR VR is it's one of these things below:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

New images have now leaked as of February 15, showing the colour options for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, it shouldn't be too surprising that these leaks came via @Evleaks on Twitter. Samsung isn't being super adventurous here by the looks of things, as the choices are black, silver, and gold, but having said that the firm has introduced additional colour options in the past after the main launch of a flagship, usually restricted to specific regions though. Anyway, here's the picture:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets
What's Getting Launched On Feb. 21?

According to details published on January 13, Samsung's Galaxy S7 range has been named as a trio of devices. The information comes from reliable Twitter source Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, who says that although he is "surprised" by the move, he has seen evidence to suggest the main model will be called the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the other members of the range will be the S7 edge and S7 edge+. Those name logo images also seem to be official promotional material and have a background with a water-splashed finish, which may sit with earlier rumours for waterproofing on one or several models. Also omitted from the group is a Galaxy S7+ rumoured previously.

On February 3 it seems Samsung may have confirmed the Galaxy S7 edge early with an "accidental" reveal of the handset via one of its webpages. Yeah it may be deliberate hype-build or it might be a genuine error, but either way, Samsung listed the Galaxy S7 edge in a table which demonstrated its use of curved display technology - in short, the Galaxy S7 edge can (unsurprisingly) do the same things as the Galaxy S6 edge with its curvy screen bits. Naturally, the posting has since been edited, but as usual, screencaps don't lie.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

In terms of details and features, however, we know quite a bit about the Samsung Galaxy S7 already; there have been hundreds of leaks during the past month. But now @evleaks is back on the scene, things have, well, escalated. No one gets access quite like this guy. And the info he gets is usually very solid.

According to a Samsung trademark filing uncovered on February 9, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will feature an "always on" display panel. The filing is listed in the US Patent and Trademark Office database describes the technology for "smartphones, mobile phones and tablets" but doesn't go into too much detail other than the rather broad "Always On" functionality, so we don't know exactly how it works, but we have seen always on functions on other phones before. It will likely involve utilising AMOLED display tech for use in a low-power state and only activating a limited set of pixels to display specific information, for example, the time and date.

As of February 10 there have been two separate sets of images leaked for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. First up is what appears to be an official product render of the Galaxy S7 edge coming via @evleaks.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

Looks pretty huh? As you can see, this image shows a silver finish to the metal components. Next, a couple of live photos of a gold Galaxy S7 came via Pisapapeles, again confirming the curved back panel design.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets
Samsung Galaxy S7 Features -- Five "Sort of" Confirmed Features

LG and Samsung will both come to market with something special in 2016. They kind of have to as well; Apple is running away with profits and sales at the moment, and Xiaomi is other cheaper brands are harming Samsung and LG’s traditional bases in Asian markets.

There’s been TONS of leaks about both handsets. We know, for instance, that Samsung will re-introduce microSD support and the LG G5 will feature a removable battery, which, again, is another HUGE plus for a lot of users out there.

As for which will be the better handset… that’s very tricky to say. I am very excited about the Galaxy S7, though this is mainly because I have a lot of time for the Galaxy S6 EDGE and, for obvious reasons, am keen to see where the company takes things with the Galaxy S7.

The LG G5 has the potential to become the “The New Samsung” in 2016/17 after a few solid years of brand-building. 2015 was a bit dull for handsets, but we do not expect 2016 to follow suit and things will kick off with a BANG later this month at MWC 2016.

Samsung’s Galaxy VR headset makes an appearance in the video too, implying some likely cross-over functionality with the upcoming Galaxy S smartphone. Also, we now know EXACTLY what Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE will look like, thanks to the one and only @evleaks.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

This week Mr. Leaks dropped five confirmed features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7. The leaker says these features are now 100% confirmed and will all feature aboard the Galaxy S7 when it launches in a few week’s time. And now, without further ado here are those five CONFIRMED features.

Water Resistance is BACK

Yep. That’s right: both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 EDGE will be water resistant just like the Galaxy S7 and, if rumours are to be believed, Apple’s iPhone 7 and the HTC One M10 - metal, it seems, is no longer a reason to be bothered by the wet stuff. Previously the Galaxy S5 was waterproof, but this model featured a plastic bodyshell, so with the switch to metal and glass the waterproofing got canned along with a few other features. We've been hearing manufacturers say for years (we're looking at you HTC) that things like waterproofing compromise the good looks and elegance of premium phones lovingly crafted from metals. But we've never bought this idea, not least because of devices such as Sony's Xperia Z line-up - metal, glass, waterproof, and not bad lookers if you like their style (which Paul does. Me?...Not so much!)

HUGE Battery Increase

The Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 EDGE had 2550mAh and 2600mAh battery packs, respectively, and performance was OK, generally speaking. The Galaxy S7, however, will have use batteries that are 20% larger, meaning 3000mAh in the standard S7 and 3600mAh in the EDGE variant. Still, as far as we can tell neither cell will be removable which will be sure to continue to upset old Samsung fanboys who loved battery swapping on the go. That said, LG seems to be stepping in to fill this void as according to rumours the firm's LG G5 will feature a metal body with a unique detachable module in the base of the handset; allowing you to slide out the battery pack.

MicroSD-Support

Samsung killed off microSD support in the Galaxy S6 and people went CRAZY. Keen not to make the same mistake again, Samsung will apparently reintroduce microSD-support aboard the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE. This is great news. There seemed to be something of a kick against microSD from many major manufacturers in the last couple of years with the removable storage feature being painfully absent from many big flagship launches. Who can say what the reason is? Cost? Streamlining production? Whatever it was, enough people have got a grump on about it and, presumably, voted with their wallets, that microSD seems to be (perhaps reluctantly for OEMs) back on trend. For many though, it never left, of course!

A 12MP Camera

Samsung is apparently switching from a 16MP sensor to a 12MP one. The reason? Simple, according to Forbes: “it also allows Samsung to make it flush to the body of the phone and use a super fast f/1.7 aperture (up from f/1.9 in the S6) for action shots and improved low light performance”.

Expert Reviews agrees, saying: "while the resolution may be lower, f/1.7 lens will let in more light (the current S6 has an f/1.9 lens). Rumours abound that the new sensor will be comparatively large at 1/2". A larger sensor means that each pixel gets more light, so noise is reduced and quality is improved. Finally, the leak suggests that the battery size will be increased. Combined with the new, more efficient processor, it should mean that the S7 will last longer than its predecessor, which is great news if true."

According to details from reports surfacing on February 3, the Galaxy S7 camera will only protrude from the bodywork by as little as 0.8mm - a signifcant reduction on the typical "camera bulge", by comparions the Galaxy S6 bulge was 1.7mm. The word comes via reputable source @OnLeaks, which also reveals other design details and shows that the Galaxy S7 will have body curvature from every edge rather than just two sides as with earlier Samsung models. The news follows reports that Apple will eliminate the camera bulge from its iPhone 7 completely.

4GB of RAM

Both the S7 and the S7 EDGE will feature 4GB of RAM, a frankly insane amount for a smartphone. Expect performance to be off the charts.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge To Feature 3600mAh Battery?

According to an FCC document it appears the Galaxy S7 edge variant will have a massive battery cell, with a boost of as much as 38% over its predecessor, the Galaxy S6 edge, bringing the milliamp-hour rating up to a whopping 3600mAh - the Galaxy S6 edge's battery was rated at 2,600mAh. However, the new model is larger at 5.5in so has a bigger display panel to keep going, so a bigger battery makes sense.

MORE LEAKS....

The Galaxy S7 has rocked up in live photo images, or at least the front panel, display, and camera module, all have. GSMArena was handed some snaps on January 25 by a tipster - the images are said to come from inside a Samsung production facility. The main takeaway here is the display panel, which looks fairly typical for Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

There's been a few certifications for the Galaxy S7 already and now, just as we've learned the offical Unpacked event will take place on February 21, it has rocked up with China's certification authority too. Gizmochina picked up the official database entries for three Samsung Galaxy S7 variants passing through, which include the SM-G9308, SM-G9300 and SM-G9350, it's believed the third in the list is the Galaxy S7 edge.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

The Samsung Galaxy S7 design has been leaked by @evleaks, with the Twitter tipster getting hold of some official press renders ahead of the launch. While rumours have suggested as much before, the images confirm what some have feared - there isn't much of a design change this time round and it looks very similar to the Galaxy S6. But does this really matter? The Galaxy S6 was one of the most refined and gorgeous phones Samsung has ever produced, and still didn't sell the way the firm wanted - suggesting it's less the looks and design turning people off, and more something else in the mix of features. Anyway, check the handsets out below - the S7 is on the left and the S7 edge on the right.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

Following on from the above leak showing the front fascia of both handsets, another image leak has emerged on February 2 showing the back panel of each new Samsung Galaxy S7 variant. Unsurprisingly this is another press render from the same set and coming once again from @evleaks. Again, there's not a huge amount to see here as the duo look very similar to their predecessors, and this dark-hued set of examples don't offer much detail to the eye, but at any rate we can see the slight curvature of the back panels and the branding towards the bottom.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

A leak on February 8 details various official Samsung accessories designed to compliment the Samsung Galaxy S7. According to the leaked details from WinFuture, Samsung will sell its own battery case design similar to the one Apple released for the iPhone. It'll retail at €89.99, so not exactly cheap, but hopefully it should provide a significant battery boost for that outlay thanks to a 2,700mAh cell and wireless charging support. Essenitally the case will nearly double the rumoured onboard battery of the Galaxy S7. The other listed official case is the Samsung LED View Flip Cover, which is rumoured to contain its own LED indicator lights for showing incoming calls and other notifications. The rest of the list includes revamps of existing Samsung accessories, including leather covers, the standard S View Cover, Clear Cover, Wallet Flip Cover, Glitter Cover and Keyboard Cover.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

And although we've already seen it before in the press renders, the Galaxy S7 edge has now appeared in live photos. The image comes via nowhereelse.fr and has clearly been sourced through China's Weibo network. We can see the handset, complete with its curved display edges, in a users hands while running an AnTuTu benchmark test. This image also gives us the clearest look yet at the rumoured curvature to the phone's top and bottom edges, as well as the sides.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets
Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S7: Samsung Exynos 8890 Pitched Against Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 In Variant Benchmark Battle

There are multiple variants of Samsung's Galaxy S7 which will be distributed across different regions, as usual, different devices have different sets of hardware and compatibilities tailored to local networks and the like. But, broadly speaking, all of these variants can be divided into two camps - the ones with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor (which will likely be seen in most regions including North America and Europe) and the model using Samsung's homebrew Exynos 8890 chipset (most likely restricted to Asia). Both types have now rocked up in benchmarks and their resulting scores can be directly compared with each other.

The Exynos 8890 model appeared a few days ago chalking up a score of 5946, just shy of Huawei's Kirin 950 chip (inside the Huawei Mate 8) with a score of 6088. Now the model destined for distribution via US network AT&T has popped up with a Snapdragon 820 inside. Not only is this model scoring lower than the Exynos 8890 equipped Galaxy S7 stable mate, but also lower than last year's Galaxy S6 wearing the Exynos 7420, with scores of 4979 and 5215 respectively. Ouch!

Of course it's not a direct reflection of day-to-day performance but does hint at how these phones might handle top-end tasks and applications. Also because these are pre-release devices there's possibly a bit of software and hardware tweaking to be done before they're final, so take it with a grain or two of salt. Right now though, Samsung's processor tech has something of an edge here, and it does once again beg the question of when/if we might one day see Samsung distributing its own chip devices outside of Asia? We can but dream!

Well this is interesting, according to some new AnTuTu benchmarks emerging on February 16 the Galaxy S7 powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip actually comes out with faster performance than the Galaxy S7 using Samsung's own Exynos chipset. The AnTuTu Weiboaccount posted a set of results for an international Galaxy S7 model tested in France - however, in the past Samsung's international models have been the Qualcomm Snapdragon-based editions, but it appears here to be the Exynos 8890 version. Does this mean the Snapdragon 820 edition will be available in Asia instead? At any rate, the Exynos version scored 105,000 points. The Snapdragon 820 model has already scored 125,288 points. AnTuTu's analysis claims the difference in performance may be down to the GPUs - Qualcomm's Adreno 530 GPU allegedly being much more powerful.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Release Date

Samsung has officially announced an event believed to be the unveiling of the Galaxy S7 and its stable-mates, the firm posted a video to its YouTube channel revealing the Samsung Unpacked 2016 event for February 21 - it'll take place in Barcelona just a day before CES, and kicks off at 18:00 GMT. As we've mentioned before, Samsung has brought new Galaxy S flagship hardware to such Unpacked events before MWC for the last few years, so we're pretty certain (considering other rumours also support this) that the new devices will be at the event. Not only that but the firm hashtagged the video with #TheNextGalaxy and the tagline "get ready to rethink what a phone can do." It's worth noting the GearVR headset features prominently in the promo, so there'll probably be some tie-in involved.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Rocks Up In AnTuTu Wearing Snapdragon 820

Samsung's forthcoming flagship, and in particular the variant that will likely be the UK, Europe, and North American model, has popped up in the AnTuTu benchmarking suite. The handset in question showed up as the SM-G935A, a number already associated with the Galaxy S7, but here it is carrying the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Based on Samsung's established habits, it's assumed the model released in the firm's home region of Asia will pack its own Exynos chip hardware, while everywhere else we get the Qualcomm-based edition. Including the processor model, the benchmark shows the Galaxy S7 has exactly the same specs as the already benchmarked Galaxy S7 edge+, aside from the smaller 5.1in display that doesn't have curved edges, of course.

So the spec line-up includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage (though there may be other storage variants) - as expected the software is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

As of January 20, AnTuTu has leaked a set of specs for the Exynos-based Galaxy S7 and promises that benchmark results will follow soon. The specs detail what's inside the Exynos 8990-equipped SM-G930F, where previously we've seen specs from the Snapdragon 820 powered SM-G935A, which revealed the above 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, as well as a 5.1in QHD display and 12MP camera. Unsurprisingly, the Exynos model specs, aside from the processor itself, are pretty much the same, including the 64GB storage. We still haven't seen evidence for any other storage models yet, which doesn't necessarily mean they don't exist, but we do wonder if Samsung is tidying things up to a 64GB/128GB split.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been spotted for the first time in pictures. ITSkins, a third party case manufacturer has handed a selection of CAD renders of the handset to GSMArena, as well as a few details. It seems there will be both a regular Galaxy S7 and a larger 6in Galaxy S7 Plus using the same design - so far there are no details on edge variants. The renders appear to confirm earlier reports that the Galaxy S7 would closely follow a similar design to the Galaxy S6. The report states the Galaxy S7 will be nearly the same size as the Galaxy S6 at 143.37 x 70.8 x 6.94 mm, while the Galaxy S7 Plus will be bigger than even the Galaxy Note series at 163.32 x 82.01 x 7.82mm - likely meaning a 6in display panel.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Feb. 21 CONFIRMED: 4K EDGE Display, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8990 Chipsets

A new report on December 10 reveals yet more renders of the Galaxy S7 Plus, this isn't a leak though, this is OnLeaks and uSwitch teaming up yet again to bring us polished renders of what the finished product will look like based on the previously leaked details. But don't let that lead you to dismiss it, for starters things being what they are these days there are enough legitimate leaks out there that such suppositions are not going to be widely off the mark, and what's more, OnLeaks and uSwitch have so far been quite accurate with such predictive 3D renderings as it seems they only go with details they can more or less be sure are accurate.

So with all that said what's to see in the new render? Well there's a video showcase:

As with earlier leaks, the it shows a device that looks a lot like the Galaxy S6 - no major design changes this time round, however, the rumoured microSD card slot appears to have been omitted, suggesting the legitimacy of that rumour has been brought into question by those in the know. There's also a standard microUSB port rather than a new Type-C version.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Casemakers Reveal Design Cues

Although we already knew from the earlier rumours that the Galaxy S7 launch was getting close, this latest bit of info pretty well confirms that it's imminent. What's happened is quite a common occurance - before a handset launches, the manufacturer sends details of the device to various case and accessory makers so that they can build cases and the like for the new handset in time for its launch. Invariably, one case maker or another ends up either leaking the details, or enthusiastically posting its new case design ahead of the launch, thus revealing at least partial information or visual details about the phone before it officially arrives.

This time, UK retailer Mobile Fun has published some snaps of Olixar cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7. As usual, although the cases obscure some of the phone's bodywork, we can still discern a bit of the design. And, sure enough, the Galaxy S7 seems to look quite similar to the Galaxy S6 - but then that's been rumoured for a while, so it's not really a shocker.

According to leaked information, emerging on November 23, the 'edge' variant of the Galaxy S7 will be even edgier and curvier than before. It's claimed the display will have a curvature around the phone's top and bottom edges, as well as a slightly less pronounced curve on the sides as with the current S6 edge model. The news comes via HDBlog.it's "reliable sources" and SamMobile, which also reports that Samsung is considering adding microSD card support back into the Galaxy S flagship series with the Galaxy S7. What isn't clear is whether both S7 and S7 edge will have microSD, or just one, although for our money both seems more likely, if at all.

At the moment the only cases shown are for the Galaxy S7, although cases are listed for the Galaxy S7 edge too, without images. There's nothing at all for the Galaxy S7 + and Galaxy S7 edge +.

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Will Galaxy S7 keep Samsung in pole position?

ZDNet's lead editors across the globe got together for a Slack chat to mull over the new Samsung Galaxy S7 that's being released next week, as well as what it means for Sammy's place in the mobile industry.

Jason Hiner

Jason Hiner: We've reached that time of year where Mobile World Congress is about to be headlined by the newest Samsung flagship phone, in this case the Galaxy S7. Although it's still the leading Android manufacturer in both sales and profits, Samsung is under intense pressure--especially from the Chinese phone makers. What does it need to do to keep the Galaxy S7 at the head of a crowded pack of Android phones?

Steve Ranger

Steve Ranger: So this is really a question about perception - which manufacturer can really claim to have the best Android phone. That's getting a lot harder now as you've got some real challengers out there now. In fact the competition at the high end in Android is as tough as it's ever been. Now I still think that the Galaxy S series is looked upon as the flagship Android -- feel free to disagree -- but there are plenty of new contenders too.

Steve Ranger: There's some stuff that's likely to be packed into the S7 - waterproofing or removal storage - that will appeal. But frankly the differences between the high end handsets themselves is getting smaller and smaller.

Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan: I agree that there are a ton of options out there, but the one thing Samsung can do is provide little innovations that matter and cater to its base better. For instance, bring back the SD card option. Overall, I think Samsung has balanced its inclination to bloat down Android with providing a good experience. It remains to be seen if the low end of the Android market converges with the high end.

Chris Duckett

Chris Duckett: Completely agree on the convergence of high-end and low-end phones. We are in a strange place where the size of a phone is linked to its feature set for no reason other than that's how vendors want it. The "Compact" phones of today are the oversized flagships of yesterday, and curved screens as a differentiator should be a sign that Samsung's bag of tricks isn't as full as it once was.

Jason Hiner: Among professionals and executives, do we still see most of them carrying Samsung phones (for those who prefer Android)? Is it the brand of choice for those who think about features and style more than price?

Steve Ranger: It's certainly the handset I get asked about the most - usually by people trying to decide between that an iPhone. So I guess that tells you where it sits in the consumer mind.

Jason Hiner: Frankly, in the US, I still see most executives--maybe 9 out of 10, anecdotally--opting for iPhones. What's it like in Europe, Steve, and in APAC, Chris?

Steve Ranger: Anecdotally I'd say that I see more of a spread. One thing I have noticed is the Edge was the model that created the most excitement this time around and that's somewhere that Samsung has a chance to push itself ahead of the competition. Anything that pushes smartphone design forward is a good thing.

Chris Duckett: In Australia, iPhone rules the roost, especially among those on higher incomes. When I see folks carrying two phones, it's usually because the enterprise has mandated a Samsung, and the user prefers the iPhone.

Steve Ranger: I think Samsung maybe more than Apple has the opportunity to experiment a bit here and to find a way of getting past the black slab smartphone look which frankly I'm pretty bored of.

Larry Dignan: Samsung is the de facto Android choice in the enterprise and Knox only helps that case. Samsung's B2B unit also helps. The reality is that Apple is the market share leader in the enterprise and when it comes to phone is akin to what Windows is on the desktop. Samsung with Android can make a case though based on the ability to customize Android apps.

Chris Duckett: For better or worse, Samsung and Knox are supported by any MDM solution worth its salt, and no other Android vendor is making the B2B noise that Samsung does,

Jason Hiner: Do we think Samsung will keep the split between the Edge and the standard design in the S7, or could the Edge become the standard?

Steve Ranger: I think the way they've got the two models is smart - the mainstream model and the slightly -- ahem -- edgier model. So I can't see the Edge becoming the standard model just yet.

Larry Dignan: I could see the Edge being the standard, but it makes sense to have both. The Edge could be a standard if there was anything beyond a cool hardware design to it. The apps that take advantage of that screen real estate are few and far between. For my purposes, I'm a Samsung Note person. In that way, the Edge and S7 are a bit of an interesting side show.

The single thing that any manufacturer could do to make buying a new phone more attractive would be to make it harder to break.

Chris Duckett: Other phone makers now have curved displays as standard, why not just bite the bullet and make it standard for Samsung too? They can always still make cheaper black slabs in their A-range of device.

Steve Ranger: The thing that most worries me when I buy a new smartphone is what happens when I drop it. The single thing that any manufacturer could do to make buying a new phone more attractive would be to make it harder to break. Making some kind of protective case all but mandatory seems a very odd way of doing things. Although obviously I could just not drop it in the first place.

Jason Hiner: Yeah, that's what worried me the most about the Edge. There's a lot of glass exposed that makes it very susceptible to a screen break when it falls out of your hand. Beyond that, both the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge and the iPhone 6 Plus models were very slippery. It's easy to lose hold of them. I'd like to see the phone makers build some tactile-ness into the designs so that these devices are easier to grip.

Chris Duckett: Other vendors aren't going to let what is left of Motorola have the " shatterproof screen" for too long.

Larry Dignan: On the tactile front the biggest issue is that these devices are huge compared to predecessors. I don't know how you get around that short of having larger consumer hands.

Jason Hiner: We'll certainly see better cameras, as always, in the Samsung models. They already do a good job there--arguably Samsung and Apple do the best on hardware-software integration in the cameras--but what else could Samsung do feature-wise to give their devices a step forward? Is there anything, or have these devices become that incrementally boring?

We're at a hardware and software plateau. It's the service pack era of smartphones

Steve Ranger: There's a lot of people working in R&D at Samsung (and Apple, and Huawei and everywhere else) asking just that question. What to cram in there next? There's so much inside good smartphone that never gets used already. It's like it's turning into a PC - huge computing power that nobody ever uses, except to check their email. Or in the case of smartphones, to play games and take selfies.

Chris Duckett: If the rumours are true that the S7 will pack a much bigger battery than previous models, then hopefully that means Samsung are done with the chase for thinness. Camera bumps are a blight, and show that vendors only care about being able to quote "xx millimetre" thickness rather than thinking about the whole.

Larry Dignan: End of the day, I think the camera carries it. Whatever Samsung can do to push cameras forward on a phone will pay off. I'm with Steve though I think we're at a hardware and software plateau. I've called it the service pack era of smartphones.

Steve Ranger: So for me it's all about the ecosystem - having a phone that works better with the rest of my world. Like using it for payments, or to open the door to my office. But that's quite a hard sell.

Jason Hiner: What effect will the S7 have on Samsung's business? It's under a lot of sales pressure from the Chinese brands, especially Huawei and Xiaomi, which are stealing its thunder in the massive and quickly growing Asian market. What's that mean for the future of the company?(edited)

Larry Dignan: Samsung is expected to be led by its semiconductor unit in the years ahead, but the face of the brand is the smartphone (probably even more so than TVs). Samsung can't have a dud. I see the Huawei and Xiaomi threat (and don't forget Lenovo), but I'm not sure those upstart rivals can scale. Xiaomi is already slipping. Lenovo a contender though, but we'll see.

Steve Ranger: I think it's massively important to hold onto that perception in the market that the S7 is the flagship Android. So much else flows from that.

Chris Duckett: Samsung's earnings have plummeted in recent years due to the loss of sales in the lower end. In everything that Samsung does, it is a volume player that survives on thin margins. Make no mistake though, if the S7 bombs, it is going to hurt, but even if it tops what the S5 and S6 did in shipments, it cannot make up for the widespread damage and sales lost to Chinese counterparts.

Does the enterprise trust Samsung devices and how are they doing in lucrative corporate deployments?

Jason Hiner: If you look at almost all of the leading phones on the market, including the iPhone, Samsung still makes a bunch of the parts. It's winning on the backend. It still needs the front end because of there are better margins there, from a business perspective, but the larger company is a freight train that isn't slowing down.

Jason Hiner: How about Samsung in the enterprise? KNOX is a technology that enables workers to essentially sandbox their personal apps so that they don't mix with business apps and data. Does the enterprise trust Samsung devices and how are they doing in lucrative corporate deployments?

Steve Ranger: I think they are beginning to. Android security has grown up a lot in the last couple of years, especially when you can add third party tools on top like KNOX. Not everyone wants to have an iPhone after all, so there's plenty of companies looking around for another option. And Android is so pervasive it's an inevitable choice.

Larry Dignan: Samsung is making nice enterprise moves and I think will emerge as a trusted vendor. Corporate deployments have been typically through the channel. Samsung's mission will be to tie custom apps to the back end systems and then show the integration with smart signage and other parts. Whether it's Samsung, Apple or Microsoft I think the days of one vendor being deployed are over. In mobility, I don't think folks want one vendor to choke.

Jason Hiner: Okay, one last question. Let's put on our prognosticator caps. Google is taking more and more control over Android, so that it can own the most profitable parts of it and leave the OEMs to battle it out over the low-margin hardware business (just like Microsoft did with Windows PCs a generation ago). Samsung will certainly stick with Android for the S7, but could the Galaxy S8 run on Samsung's own Tizen instead?(edited)

Steve Ranger: Short answer is no. Too complicated, too much too change. Long term its a bigger question. I reckon the vast majority of Android owners have no interest in the operating system at all so long as they can get the apps they need. So like everything else it comes down to getting the devs on board with a new operating system which is tough - just ask Microsoft. That's why Samsung might have more luck building out the ecosystem with things like mobile payments but it remains a steep climb.

Samsung would absolutely love to move to Tizen, but reality keeps getting in the way.

Jason Hiner: I think, at some point, the Galaxy brand becomes Tizen-powered. It makes more sense than trying to spin up another flagship brand--which is a long slog. But even then, I do think Samsung will still make Android phones as well. It's a company that likes to throw a lot of different SKUs at the market.

Larry Dignan: If you could develop Tizen and use the Android apps perhaps it could work. I've had the pure Android experience before and frankly was disappointed with stability, crashes and other headaches. I could see where a Samsung overlay would work. But it's a long-term play and you need an ecosystem. The real swing factor will be how much pain Samsung feels as Google takes more control of Android. For instance, does Samsung really have the motivation to push Tizen over Android. Do buyers care? I don't know just yet.

Chris Duckett: Samsung would absolutely love to move to Tizen, but reality keeps getting in the way. Android is the only open solution for an app ecosystem that phone makers can use. And no-one has ever made an Android compatibility layer work properly and seemlessly (if you ever tried Android apps on a BlackBerry 10 device, you'll know that pain well). No-one talks about making Tizen apps, and why would they? It's an OS that does everything from TVs to watches and doesn't have much utility or market share in either. If Microsoft with all its resources and install base couldn't make Windows Phone a viable mainstream platform, it would take a large amount of hubris for Samsung to think it could have success where Redmond has failed. Google has the Android chicken, and it also has all the eggs.

ZDNet's Monday Morning Opener is our opening salvo for the week in tech. As a global site, this editorial publishes on Monday at 8am AEST in Sydney, Australia, which is 6pm Eastern Time on Sunday in the US. It is written by a member of ZDNet's global editorial board, which is comprised of our lead editors across Asia, Australia, Europe, and the US.

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New Galaxy S7 edge render leak reveals three color options

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 edge has appeared again in a new press render leaked online. The image confirms the device will be available in at least three color options, two of which were not available with last year’s Galaxy S6 series.

Thanks to so many leaks in recent weeks, there’s not much we don’t know about the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge at this point. We know what it’s going to look like, what kind of upgrades it will deliver inside and out — and now we know what color options it will launch in.

We’re already familiar with the gold finish, which proved popular among Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+ buyers last year, but the black and titanium silver options are new to this series.

Samsung did offer the Galaxy S6 in “black,” but it wasn’t as dark as this one appears to be. It also launched a titanium silver Galaxy Note 5 — which looks terrific — but this color option isn’t available with smaller Galaxy devices.

The Galaxy S7 edge seen in this render reportedly packs a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, which makes it larger than the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7. It is also expected to offer a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, expandable storage,and a 3,600mAh battery.

The Galaxy S7 series could also be Samsung’s first with pressure sensitive displays — like those now available in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Samsung will make the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge official on February 21 at Mobile World Congress. Both devices are expected to go on sale on March 11.

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Apple plans to release the 4-inch iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 tablet on Friday, March 18, according to a report from 9to5mac, as it looks to follow up on announcements from competitors at Mobile World Congress two weeks before.

Apple to release iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 on March 18: Report

It was previously reported Apple plans to announce the new products at a press event on Tuesday, March 15. Apple will not offer pre-orders for the new devices, according to the report.

The 4-inch iPhone 5se will serve as a budget option from Apple, improving on the iPhone 5s with a 4-inch screen, an A9 chip, improved cameras, NFC to support Apple Pay, and the ability to take live photos. The iPhone 5se will be priced the same as the 5s, replacing the older iPhone, starting at $450 for 16GB.

Hoping to rejuvenate its iPad sales, the 10.1-inch iPad Air 3 will borrow features from the iPad Pro announced in the fall. It's being reported the new tablet will feature enhanced speakers and a Smart Connector.

This upgrade cycle marks a new strategy from Apple, who typically announces its smartphones in September.

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The iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 go on sale March 18th — but you won't be able to pre-order them

According to 9to5 Mac the new iPhone 5SE and iPad Air 3 will be released simultaneously on March 18th, three days after Apple unveils them. This is unlike Apple's usual strategy, which is to put 10 days between a product's announcement and release, giving people time to preorder them.

The iPhone 5SE will reportedly pack Apple's latest processor, the A9, and the M9 motion co-processor. This means the phone will have all the same features as its bigger-sized brothers the 6s and 6s plus; including the ability to take Live Photos and have always on "Hey Siri" functionality.

The forthcoming iPad Air 3 appears to follow a similar path, sporting some of the features and design perks of the larger, more powerful iPad Pro. Chief among these updates are the same 4-grill speaker system, and the inclusion of the "Smart Connector" port, which delivers both data and power to accessories that use it.

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