Published on February 25 2017

Samsung announced its latest high-end processor on Thursday, the Exynos 9 Series 8895. The chip has been announced approximately one month before the launch of the Galaxy S8, which makes it a likely component for the device. However, Samsung has not yet confirmed whether the Galaxy S8 will run the processor.

Looking forward, there is also a good chance the Exynos 8895 will be featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The phablet is expected to release in summer or fall of 2017. Few rumorsare circulating for the Galaxy Note 8 at this point, but it is easy to assume that one of Samsung’s 2017 flagships would feature its 2017 premium processing chip.

 

The Galaxy Note 7 featured the Exynos 8890 chip during its short time on the market in fall 2016. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also feature the Exynos 8890 in select markets (and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 in most).Samsung announced the Exynos 8890 in November 2015 and the chip was ready for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge announcement in February 2016 and their market release in March 2016.

While Samsung’s launch schedule is slightly different in 2017 due to the delay of the Galaxy S8, the timeline follows a similar trajectory. The Exynos 8895 being announced in late February, for a device that likely won’t be on the market until late April, leaves ample time for mass production of the chip. Typically, Samsung announced is Galaxy S devices in late February, coinciding with Mobile World Congress; however, the Galaxy S8 unveiling has been pushed to late March, in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation.  

Samsung usually equips only a select amount of handsets with its proprietary chip. Exynos chips are often seen in devices for the Asian, African and Middle Eastern markets. Meanwhile, American and European markets get Galaxy smartphones running Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. The Galaxy S8 is expected to run the Snapdragon 835 chip, which Qualcomm announced in November 2016. The chip uses Samsung’s 10nm FinFET technology and rumors suggest the Galaxy S8 will run the Snapdragon 835 exclusively at launch due to its collaboration with Qualcomm. Other manufacturers aren’t expected to use the Snapdragon 835 until the second half of 2017.

The Exynos 8895 also uses the 10nm FinFET technology, making it a supplementary chip to the Snapdragon 835. The semiconductor technology allows for greater area efficiency, performance and lower power consumption than prior chips, such as the Exynos 7420 and the Snapdragon 821.

Once the Galaxy S8 is on the market, the Exynos 8895 should be a shoo-in for the Galaxy Note 8. Similarly, some models will likely run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. By the time the Galaxy Note 8 is ready for launch there should be enough Exynos and Snapdragon chips procoded to easily equip the smartphone. Additionally, as a more niche line the Galaxy Note line typically ship at about half the volume of Galaxy S smartphones.

Recent reports suggest the Galaxy Note 8 is codenamed “Baikal,” after the ancient Siberian lake. Pundits have suggested the codename could be associated with some sort of water feature for the Galaxy Note 8.

Some speculative rumors for the Galaxy Note 8 include a 4K resolution display and a 256GB internal storage option. Overall, the Galaxy Note 8 will likely feature an amalgamation of features from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy Note 8 will release later in 2017; however, the manufacturer has not revealed an exact launch timeframe for the device. Analysts predict Samsung will largely maintain its late summer or early fall announcement and release cycle for the Galaxy Note 8.

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Published on February 24 2017

Samsung's First 10-Nanometer Chip Has Gigabit LTE

The first production chip to roll off Samsung's recently-opened 10-nanometer FinFET production line is the Exynos 9 Series 8895, and it will come embedded with a gigabit LTE modem, Samsung announced on Thursday.

The chip, which is currently in mass production and destined for smartphones and other mobile devices in the near future, is among the vanguard of processors that will help mobile phone networks realize their goal of dramatically boosting LTE speeds.

 

The new Exynos 9 chip supports five-carrier aggregation, a technology that increases data rates when more spectrum is available and makes gigabit speeds over LTE possible. Multiple carriers are preparing their networks for such speeds, including T-Mobile, which recently announced plans to deliver gigabit LTE over unused 5GHz Wi-Fi channels.

The new Exynos 9 doesn't just pave the way for screaming data speeds, though. It also packs an octa-core processor and an integrated GPU, which Samsung says will deliver a "realistic and immersive VR video experience at 4K resolution."

Its production process is revolutionary, too. Compared to its 14nm predecessor, the 10nm FinFET process promises up to 30 percent increase in area efficiency with 27 percent higher performance or 40 percent lower power consumption, Samsung says.

The unveiling of the new Exynos 9 comes just days after Qualcomm announced its own gigabit LTE chip, the Snapdragon X20. It can can push speeds of up to 1.2Gbps on the spectrum that every US carrier has, Qualcomm says. Those speeds are theoretical, of course, and they'll be limited by network conditions and older devices on the network.

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Published on February 24 2017

Huawei Watch 2 leaks out in a trio of colours

The Huawei Watch 2 is due to be unveiled this weekend, but thanks to the rumor mill, we’re getting a look at the new Android Wear smartwatch today.

Several press renders of the Huawei Watch 2 have been shared by VentureBeat. Not only do the images give us a look at the Huawei Watch 2 from several angles, but they also show off the three colors that the device will be available in: black, orange, and gray with light flecks.

Huawei Watch 2 leaks out in a trio of colours

When it comes to features, the Huawei Watch 2 is expected to include a 1.4-inch round display, a nanoSIM slot for cellular connectivity, and Android Wear 2.0. We can also see wireless charging pins on the back of the device as well as buttons on its right side that’ll presumably be used for app shortcuts.

Huawei’s teaser suggested that the Watch 2 will place a focus on fitness, and it appears that that will indeed be the case. With its rubberized band, bright colors, and cellular connectivity, the Huawei Watch 2 looks like it could be a nice smartwatch for active Android users whenever it launches. As for when that’ll happen, we should learn more this weekend when Huawei officially introduces its new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch.

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Published on February 24 2017

Chinese hardware giant Huawei Technologies Co. said last year that it aimed to overtake Apple and Samsung as the world’s top smartphone brand. The Shenzhen-based builder of telecom and networking hardware hopes to reach that goal by 2021, perhaps following the release of an artificial intelligence-powered phone in 2020.

 

But that's still futuristic. The 30-year-old developer is gunning for the top spot now with a high-end phone known as the Honor V9. The device will selling in China from Tuesday, according to Chinese news reports. It's tipped to emerge in other countries later under a different name.

 

According to previews of the Honor V9, the new device has few if any major features that stand out over its peers.

Huawei's New High-End Smartphone Stands Out In One Way

Huawei says the V9 is the first phone anywhere that can do 3D modeling from a photo into a printout, but how many people need that function? Its other major specs are decisively high-end, yet hardly unique.

The Android Nougat operating system has spread across handset brands since its release last year. Google, LG and Sony have tried eliminating the phone’s home button, another feature of the V9. The new Huawei phone’s 12 megapixel and 2 megapixel photo trackers positioned on the rear may be able to take shots at DSLR stand-alone camera standards, per this preview.

The Google Pixel and iPhone 7 can take photos of the same quality, according to news website BGR.com. Fingerprint scanner on the rear? Other brands have done that. The V9's Kirin 960 processor designed by a Huawei-owned firm works something like Qualcomm chip for high-end phones.

No one is saying there’s anything technically wrong with the V9, which is an upgrade from an earlier model the Honor V8. The V9 appears inspired by the iPhone 7 and “packs a lot of amazing specs into a remarkably thin metal chassis,” according to news website Android Police.

 

It's mainly just the price setting this model apart from other phones in its class. Handsets will sell from $377 to $508 depending on amount of memory, Android Police says. Newer iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models usually cost more.

 

Consumers in a lot of Chinese cities can typically afford high-end gadgets, but many aren't sure how well their incomes will hold up against prices in the long term. So they like the idea of getting something that works like an iPhone at non-Apple prices. Consumers in Southeast Asia, a powerful offshore market for Chinese smartphone developers, feel the same way.

 

Other Chinese smartphone heavyweights have bulked up their own market shares by making flagship Android devices that sell for less than Apple and Samsung equivalents. Artificial intelligence won't hurt Huawei's phones. But at least this year, the company would take a market lead based more on price than on specs.

 

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Published on February 24 2017

Sony Xperia X (2017) AKA Sony Xperia X2 LEAKS Ahead Of MWC Launch

Sony's new flagship for 2017 will be a revamped Xperia X

The Sony Xperia X (2017), aka the Sony Xperia X2, is expected to launch at Sony's MWC 2017 press conference in Barcelona on Monday 27 February, however, the device has leaked online with what appear to be press renders ahead of the official announcement.

Somehow, in spite of the far-reaching tendrils of the rumour mill, Sony has managed to keep the specs and details under wraps right up until the last minute - the leak doesn't include any specs or features. We can discern a little bit of info from the image, however, the most notable being a massive display which tries to minimise the bezel as much as possible; this is of course in keeping with rumours surrounding rivals sporting a similar feature, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, and even the iPhone 8 which will come later in the year with massive bezel-less or near bezel-less displays. The power and volume keys are on the right of the phone, but we can also see there is a slight curvature to the display glass, again, keeping with the trends.

Sony has a lot to compete with this year, of course. The big push will come not only with new display technologies, but also an increasing interest in dual-camera technology, VR compatibility (will it be compatible with Google Daydream, for example?), and AI assistants are still very much front and centre following Google Assistant on the Pixel and Samsung's much-rumoured Bixby on the Galaxy S8. The design language of the Xperia X2 is looking suitably different enough yet familiar to old Sony fans, but we hope that Sony is also pushing the boat out on features; another cookie-cutter Xperia flagship simply won't make a dent in 2017's mobile market. Bigger guns are needed.

We'll bring you all the details following Sony's press conference and official announcement in a few days

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Published on February 21 2017

Optimists will call it bad timing, cynics will label it “Monkey see, monkey do,” but either way Samsung looks set to copy the worst feature of the radically redesigned iPhone 8…

 

According to a new report from SamMobile, Samsung is going to match Apple’s planned price rises which will see both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 retail for more than $1,000. Like previous years the pricing information again comes from Eastern European retailers, in this instance Ukraine’s Hryvnia.

Galaxy S8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Expensive Secrets

A database leak (screengrab below) reveals the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will start at $950 and $1,050 after a currency conversion. The caveat is electronics have different costs in different countries, but even factoring this into the equation the 2017 models carry a circa $100 premium over last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

 

For those prepared to pay this premium (which will be spread out if you sign a long carrier contract), Hryvnia’s listing also reveals Samsung’s initial Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus colour options. Black, Gold or Orchid Gray will be the finishes available, though Samsung usually offers more finishes a few months after launch.

Galaxy S8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Expensive Secrets

For those feeling frustrated about this trend of price rises (Google is also expected to increase the cost of the Pixel 2), it should be noted 2017 won’t be a year of incremental upgrades like 2016. The iPhone 8 will sport an entirely new design, and the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will have massive 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays while being no larger than the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge – though there are some downsides as well.

 

As such, I fully expect to see a lot of (justified) frustration about the pricing of 2017’s flagship smartphones. But those who do decide to swallow the cost are unlikely to be disappointed…

 

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Published on February 21 2017

Apple launching four new iPads in March

Apple may have already sent out invites for WWDC in June, but chances are it’s hosting another event much earlier than that.

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara (and as spotted by MacRumors), Apple is aiming to expand the iPad Pro lineup with four new models: updated versions of the existing 9.7 and 12.3-inch Pros, a new 7.9-inch model, and a premium 10.5-inch device.

Now, 9.7 and 10.5 inches seem awfully close, but the latter will reportedly be the more expensive model and include an edge-to-edge screen and omit the home button. The devices are otherwise rumored to have the same size body . Meanwhile, the 7.9-inch model is basically a replacement for the iPad mini 4.

I find it pretty hard to believe Apple would have four devices under the ‘Pro’ line, especially the two 10-inchish models, so don’t be surprised if the company comes up with some new buzzword to delineate at least a couple of the devices.

While we’re not getting a totally new iPhone until the fall, the report also suggests Apple will expand its iPhone SE with a 128 GB model, and add a red color option to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. As always, the rumor mill will keep on churning, so take these possibilities with a grain of salt.

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Published on February 16 2017

HTC reveals U Ultra pre-order price as former Android giant's losses continue

HTC has revealed the UK pricing for its premiere dual-screened smartphone, the HTC U Ultra, and has opened pre-orders at selected retailers.

The detailed launch plan for the Ultra, as well as the mid-range HTC U Play, coincides with the Taiwanese company's latest financial report, in which it posted a seventh consecutive quarter of operating profit loss.

While initially pitched as a 'sub-flagship' device in lieu of a follow-up to 2016's excellent HTC 10, the Ultra arrives in the UK with a hefty price-tag of £649 that puts it in the upper echelon of the current Android elite and comes in at £50 more than the base iPhone 7 model.

Thankfully for those looking to pick up the device when it launches on 1 March, other third-party retailers have undercut the HTC store pricing, with Clove offering the AI-powered smartphone for £620. In addition, the Ultra's mid-range sibling, the HTC U Play, arrives on the same day for £399.

With expectation growing that the "HTC 11" will skip Mobile World Congress 2017 - where LG, Sony and Nokia are all expected to reveal their Android big hitters - HTC appears to be banking on the Ultra's unique dual-display feature, its HTC Sense Companion AI assistant and glass design for the first half of 2017. You can read our early hands-on impressions of the HTC U Ultra handset here.

 

 

HTC reveals U Ultra pre-order price as former Android giant's losses continue

Heavy financial losses continue for HTC

The new U range of HTC smartphones represent the company's latest stab at regaining significant ground in the Android market, with the Taiwanese OEM's current financial fortunes a far cry from its glory days in the noughties.

In HTC's latest financial report detailing Q4 2016, the company announced losses for the seventh consecutive quarter as well as a drop in revenue by 13% year-on-year. The report struck an upbeat tone however, claiming that an overall improvement on quarterly losses ($3.1bn in Q4 2016 against $3.4bn in 2015) was aided by reducing operating expenditure by around 34%.

The report also talked up the potential for growth with its HTC Vive VR headset, co-developed by Steam creator and video game company, Valve. It cites the recent launches of Vive Arcade, Studios and the VivePoint store as key strategic elements of its ongoing VR venture.

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Published on February 16 2017

The LG G6 might beat the Galaxy S8 where it matters most

LG is about to launch an exciting new Android phone, a device that’s going to compete directly against Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Apple’s iPhone 8. Unlike last year when the Galaxy S7 overshadowed the LG G5 even though they were unveiled on the same day, the LG G6 will have plenty of time to shine at MWC 2017 before Samsung unveils the S8 in late March.

That said, the G6 vs. Galaxy S8 duel is still one to watch this year, especially considering the many differences between the two handsets.

A new report from Korean site ETNews says that the LG G6 will have a 3,200 mAh battery, which will be 400 mAh bigger than the G5’s battery. However, the battery is not user-replaceable, because this year LG is going for a premium waterproof design rather than a modular phone.

The carrier official who talked to ETNews said that the phone will offer users 12 hours of battery life while browsing “standard internet.”

The report also notes that LG will employ a unique Smart Doctor app to diagnose problems with the phone and suggest solutions. Meanwhile, when it comes to battery security, a special heat pipe will remove excess heat from the phone.

The Galaxy S8 is expected to have a 3,000 mAh battery, on par with the Galaxy S7 but smaller than the LG G6’s battery. Does that mean the Galaxy S8 will have worse battery life than the LG G6? This could be a very big deal — after all, these two flagship phones are expected to have similar feature sets, and battery life is always at the top of the list when consumers are surveyed about their smartphone priorities.

Well, there are certain key differences between the two phones that will also affect battery life.

The LG G6 will have an “old” Snapdragon 821 processor compared to the Galaxy S8’s new 10nm chip, which is supposed to be faster and more energy efficient. The G6 and Galaxy S8 will feature similarly-sized screens, but Samsung’s OLED display might require less power than LG’s LCD screen. This is all based on speculations and leaks at this point, as LG and Samsung have not confirmed any of the rumors that detail their next flagship handsets.

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Published on February 15 2017

To pass photos from a PC to an iPhone, it is not enough to connect the iPhone to your PC with the data cable. You need to install a program that allows synchronization between both devices. For this you can use iTunes. You can download it from here and install it on your PC. 

After doing this, open the program. Connect your iPhone to the PC with the data cable. Select your iPhone on the Devices section (to the left of the iTunes interface).

On the top right, click the Photos tab (if this tab does not appear, enlarge the window).

Check the box next to Sync photos.

Then check the box next to Selected albums.

Select the folder where the photos are located (or previously create a folder and save the photos you want to transfer there).

Click the Apply button and wait while the synchronization takes place

How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone
How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone

On the screen of your iPhone the text Sync in Progress will appear. Once the process is complete, you will find the photos in the Photos icon of your iPhone: 

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