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Published on July 4 2017

Samsung's standalone VR headset prototype inadvertently revealed

Samsung in April launched a revised version of its Gear VR headset. While the wearable now includes a wireless motion controller, it’s still limited by the fact that it requires a high-end Samsung smartphone to power the experience.

We heard rumblings last month that Samsung was working on a true standalone VR headset and now thanks to a virtual reality eye-tracking company by the name of Visual Camp, we’ve got full details on the secretive headset.

Samsung's standalone VR headset prototype inadvertently revealed

Visual Camp on Monday published a press release boasting that Samsung’s Exynos VR III headset utilizes its VR eye-tracking technology. The company said Samsung revealed the Exynos 3 and VR reference platform at the recent Mobile World Congress in Shanghai but news of the device was never shared publicly (meaning Visual Camp probably wasn’t supposed to speak publicly about it yet).

A photo accompanying the release reveals the standalone headset is powered by an ARM Mali G71 graphics chip along with two M2 CPU cores clocked at 2.5GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.7GHz. The setup can reportedly drive dual WQHD+ displays @ 90 frames per second (or a single 4K display @ 75 fps).

Visual Camp says the headset also supports hand tracking, voice recognition and facial expression recognition.

No word yet on when Samsung plans to introduce an official product as it’s clear from the image above that what’s been shown behind closed doors is still in the prototype phase.

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Published on July 4 2017

Moto X4 feature Snapdragon 630, dual rear camera, and aluminum body

The Moto X4 is getting a lot of attention recently, despite the fact it isn’t official just yet. The latest report aims to shed some light on the rumored specifications of Motorola’s upcoming affordable mid-ranger.

VentureBeat has a report today that outlines the key factors for the upcoming Moto X4. We’ve heard previously that it would feature a “metal body” and have a 5.2-inch display, and it appears that at least some of those aspects are true. The new report says the handset will have a 5.2-inch full HD display, an aluminum frame, and Android 7.1 Nougat.

One of the main takeaways is that the X4 will feature a pair of cameras on the back, one of which will be a 12-megapixel sensor and the other an 8-megapixel camera. Meanwhile, there will apparently be a 16-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side. The X4 will also be IP68-rated for water and dust resistance, which will likely be a nice selling point of the handset.

The Moto X4 is also said to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor under the hood, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and a battery that will measure in at 3000mAh. There will also be a fingerprint sensor on the front which will also support gestures.

Moto’s X4 is expected to be positioned at a pretty aggressive price point, but the new report couldn’t shed any light on exact pricing. It does say that we’ll see the handset revealed sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, just as we’ve heard before when it was rumored the handset would arrive on Project Fi this year.

Based on these rumors, if you’re going to be in the market for a new affordable handset later this year, will the Moto X4 get your consideration?

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Published on June 29 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 And Other Devices Expected To Receive Android O

Android O is expected to be officially unveiled and released during the third quarter of 2017. If Google’s Project Treble initiative toward speedier updates is still in motion, Samsung devices may see the new software sooner than ever before.

While Samsung has not yet confirmed its update plans For Android O, tech blog SamMobile has put together some ideas, for which Galaxy smartphones and tablets may get the new software.    

Here’s a rundown of Samsung’s possible Android O update list and details about their current software statuses.

Devices most likely to update to Android O first include the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 8 flagships. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus both released in early 2017 running Android 7.0 Nougat. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to release between August and September running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Android O would be their the first update for all of these devices, and as the newest on the market, the Galaxy Note 8 would likely be first to update between the three.

After the 2017 flagships, the 2016 flagships will likely update next. These include the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active. Android O would be the second major update for these devices, which all released running Android Marshmallow and then updated to Android Nougat. Other devices, for which Android O would be the second update include the mid-range Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 2017 series.

Mid-range and low-end devices, which may review Android O as their first major update include the Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy C9 Pro, and Galaxy C7 Pro. The soon to be re-released Galaxy Note FE (Galaxy Note 7) also falls into this list due to its previous discontinuation from the market. The Galaxy Note 7 would have updated to Android Nougat alongside the S7 flagships, had it not been taken from the market.

Other devices expected to update to Android O include the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 2017 series and the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet. The Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 have not yet released but are expected to run Android 7.1 Nougat when they do, while the Galaxy Tab S3 launched in February running Android Nougat. Samsung’s tablets tend to have a slightly different update cycle than its smartphones, but as a flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3 should be in line to receive at least two major Android updates.

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Published on June 29 2017

Samsung will be releasing its refurbished Galaxy Note 7 soon, and reports suggest it might launch on July 7. The refurbished Galaxy Not 7 is widely believed to be called the “Fandom Edition” variant or the Note FE.

The July 7 release date for the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The phone is said to arrive in South Korea on that date, but it won’t likely Officially hit the United States market. However, that won’t surely stop import or export sellers from trying to bring it to other countries.

The WSJ’s report was then later corroborated by the Yonhap News Agency. In its report, the agency claims that the refurbished Galaxy Note FE will cost lower than 700,000 won (or less than US$616). If this is true, this means that the Galaxy Note FE will cost significantly less than the original Galaxy Note 7, which arrived last year with a $849 price tag for its unlocked version.

The reported July 7 release date for the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 and its pricing hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung yet. If this release date is accurate, we should expect an official announcement from Samsung soon since July 7 is already next Friday.

The original Galaxy Note 7 was lauded heavily by fans and critics when it first arrived last year. However, a few weeks later, numerous users reported that their handset would spontaneously combust or randomly catch fire. This forced Samsung to recall the Note 7 and eventually completely discontinue the handset as it still posed a great threat to its consumers.

With the refurbished “Fandom Edition” version of the Note  7, Samsung is believed to have used less dangerous components for this device. Samsung reported that the main cause of the Note 7 disaster was from defective batteries from two of its suppliers.

With the Galaxy Note FE, it’s believed that Samsung will be placing a smaller 3,200 mAh battery on this device rather than the original 3,500 mAh capacity, according to Android Authority. This might result in less battery life, but it should be one of the necessary solutions that Samsung had to implement to avoid another disaster.

Earlier this year, Samsung also announced its it 8-Point Battery Check Safety Check, which puts the company’s batteries through rigorous testing. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are said to be the first of Samsung devices to go through this safety precaution, and there have been no reports of S8 units exploding yet.

It should go without saying that the Galaxy Note FE will go through the same safety check process, which includes a durability test, charge/discharge test, visual inspection and an X-ray test.

The rest of the Galaxy Note FE’s specs are also expected to be the same with the original Note 7. It will still come with the same quad HD AMOLED display, the Exynos 8890 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and the 12MP rear camera.

On the software side of things, the Galaxy Note FE will come with Samsung’s latest software updates. Samsung’s smart assistant, Bixby, is said to be available on the device.

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Published on June 6 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design LEAKS With Massive (4K?) Display

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 has leaked with a huge display panel

Live video footage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's front fascia, together with still images, have rocked up online, outing the handset's design. Amongst the details apparently confirmed by this leak is a larger form factor, or at least taller, to accomdate the biggest Samsung Galaxy Note phablet display to date. The phone will apparently sport the same 18.5:9 Infinitity OLED display design as the Galaxy S8 series in a 6.3in display; 0.6in bigger than the Note 7's screen.

The leak comes via reputable source SamMobile, which has provided a lot of accurate information, details, and images in the past. The video and images appear to show the rumoured 6.3in display panel. 

But with that said, the increase in size of the display will not hugely impact the overall size of the phone relative to what's come before. This is because, as per the earlier rumours, the leak indicates Samsung will use the same Infinity Display design it used in the Galaxy S8 series to cram a much larger curved OLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio into a svelte (but tall) bodyshell with a very narrow bezel around the edge. Case in point, the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2in display and it is by no means an oversized phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature an “infinity display” just like the ultra-popular Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. As usual, I’d expect the rest of the phone to be more angular than its S8 counterparts. No one wants a carbon copy, and this is why Samsung does mix things up a bit in the design departments of its Note releases.

Personally, I ALWAYS prefer Samsung’s Note releases to its Galaxy S one’s. I think the phones are always more exciting and, because they always launch later in the year, they tend to feature slightly better technology and specs. I also like the S-Pen, which has gotten dramatically better in recent years.

Parity with things like software and imaging mean the Note sets itself apart through design and the inclusion on an S-Pen; if that’s your thang, you wait for the Note. If not, you go with the Samsung Galaxy S.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design LEAKS With Massive (4K?) Display

Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 use a 4K display? Multiple rumours during the past six months have stated, rather matter of factly, that, YES, the Galaxy Note 8 will use a 4K OLED panel. The reason? Better VR experiences, apparently.

Personally, I’m still very much on the fence about this one: 4K displays are kind of gimmicky at the moment and I don’t think the VR angle, seeing that VR usage isn’t that big at the moment, is actually worth it when you consider the effect a 4K display will have on battery life.

The other possibility is that Samsung runs a dual-QHD/4K display, whereby the 4K panel is only activated when the phone is used inside a VR headset or when the user selects to it work. This could work; Samsung’s Galaxy S8 does something similar with 1080p/QHD resolutions.

Another key feature seems to be one that has long been rumoured elsewhere - we've heard numerous reports about the iPhone 8 and prior to that the Galaxy S8 series initially being planned with a fingerprint scanner under the display glass, but in both cases this allegedly proved too difficult to implement.


Samsung’s EPIC 0% Finance Deal RETURNS

Not so long ago, Samsung ran a 0% finance offer across all of its products. Normally, I avoid finance like the plague; I’d much rather save and pay cash. That way, I can haggle down the price when buying in-store.

However, 0% finance is a beautiful thing as it let’s you spread the cost of a massive purchase over a certain period of time. Example: it is hard to save $1400 for a new 4K TV, but spending $150 a month on it for 24 months is a lot more palatable – especially when there’s no interest.

This 0% finance initiative applies to ALL Samsung products, meaning you can pick up the new – and amazing – Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, as well as smartwatches, smart home kit and, of course, HDTVs.


Samsung ended up putting the Galaxy S8 scanner on the rear panel next  to the camera sensor, but for the Galaxy Note 8 it isn't visible anywhere, leading us to suspect that either the fingerprint scanner is under the display glass or alternatively Samsung may have opted for retina and/or face scanning technology.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design LEAKS With Massive (4K?) Display

SamMobile and Forbes also reiterate a dual-sensor camera setup, something which was rumoured and even prototyped for the Galaxy S8 series but did not make it to the final product.

Dutch website GalaxyClub is also now corroborating reports that the Galaxy Note 8 will feautre an 18.5:9 "Infinity Display"; the site says it can confirm Samsung is in fact currently testing Galaxy Note 8 prototype units which are also running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It suggests the Galaxy Note 8 will run this version straight out the box, which would be a first for Samsung's stable, as up until now they have run Android 7.0 and have had subsequent updates.

"We can confirm that the Galaxy Note 8 has the same aspect ratio as the Galaxy S 8: 18.5: 9. In fact, this means that the device has a similar Infinity display," said the report, adding that this means a physical Home key is unlikely.

DO NOT Expect Android Oreo, Though… 

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will not ship with Android Oreo and that tells us two things about the phone: 1) it’s either launching before the release of Android Oreo or, 2) Samsung is as rubbish as ever at getting the latest builds of Android onto its new, flagship phones. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now being tested with Android Nougat, the OS it will launch with, before being updated to Android Oreo (likely at a much later date; the Galaxy S7 took six months, for instance). As for an actual release date, word on the street suggests a late August launch right before IFA 2017 kicks off. 

"It’s believed that the new Note 8 could feature a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display," reports Express. 

It added: "It’s thought that Samsung wanted to include this on their S8 flagship but ran out of time perfecting the technology. It's also possible that Samsung will continue to develop its Iris and facial recognition making perform with more accuracy than the current S8.

In addition, we're now seeing news that Samsung will soon launch a new edition of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ in India - this is the 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant already released as an exclusive in China and South Korea. Aside from the RAM and storage this is identical to the existing international model and still uses the Exynos processor.

Until now, Samsung has consistently launched these larger storage and higher RAM capacity models only in South Korea and China, both for the Galaxy S7 series and the Galaxy Note 7, so this is the first time it's also been extended to India.

What does this mean for the Galaxy Note 8? Well it depends what happens between now and the launch, but we're expecting it's an indication that Samsung may expand its storage options further afield in terms of availability.

We'd like to think the 128GB Galaxy S8+ will make its way to Europe also; if it does we think it's highly likely that a 128GB Galaxy Note 8 will too. But even if the 128GB Galaxy S8+ remains exclusive to China, South Korea and India, there is still a possibility that Samsung will bring a 128GB Galaxy Note 8 to wider distribution.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design LEAKS With Massive (4K?) Display

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Published on May 13 2017

Samsung already confirmed that a refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7 will return to stores this year in certain markets, without specifying a firm release date or pricing for the handset. A new report from Korea indicates that the launch is now imminent, and the phone is expected to be priced about 50% cheaper than the original.

Citing a report in Chosun Ilbo, The Investor says the phone will be released in Korea as soon as this month.

Samsung recently gained approval from the FCC in the United States and plans to soon apply for safety certification with the local regulator, the National Radio Research Agency. The approval process takes up to a month which means the phone could be in stores in early June at the soonest.

In a comment, Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Note 7R — that’s the name for the safe Galaxy Note 7 version — will launch before the Galaxy Note 8 debuts. “We have not yet decided on the phone’s launch schedule,” a Samsung official said. “We plan to launch the phone before the Galaxy Note 8 that comes out later this year.”

Leaked information indicates the Galaxy Note 7R will sport a smaller 3,200 mAh battery and run Android 7.1.1 out of the box. Comparatively, the original handset had a 3,500 mAh battery pack and launched with Android 6.0.1 on board.

While Samsung seems ready to unleash the Galaxy Note 7R in its home market, it’s unknown at this time which other markets will receive the handset, or if it’s heading to the US or not. What we do know is that Samsung has around 3 million Galaxy Note 7 units in its warehouses that need to be disposed of one way or another.

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Published on May 3 2017

Samsung CONFIRMS Galaxy Note 8 Release For 2H 2017

We knew it was coming, but it’s always good to hear it direct from the horse’s mouth

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will get a release later on in 2017. We all know this. But Samsung has now confirmed this is actually the case; and this is odd because normally handset-makers seldom utter anything about new handsets before they’re official.

But then Samsung has a lot of achievements to unlock in 2017. For starters, it has to beat Apple’s iPhone 8; second, make up for last year’s Note 7; and, finally, it needs to reassert itself as the de facto king of the phone space.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch went swimmingly; reviews were extremely positive, our’s included, and analysts expect Samsung to sell a record number of Galaxy S8 units in 2017/18.

The company, however, is keen to do the same with its Galaxy Note 8 handset as well – this is likely why it is already talking-up the handset in official press releases.

“As for the year ahead,” said Samsung in a press release, “Samsung anticipates market demand in smartphones to slightly increase with solid replacement demand growth in the mid- to high-end segment.”

It added: “However, competition is expected to intensify with newly launched smartphones in the market. The company will aim to improve performance YoY by maximizing sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and successfully launching a new flagship smartphone in the second half. In addition, the company will maintain profitability in the mid- to low-end segment.”

The “new flagship smartphone”, in case you were wondering, is the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung acknowledged the handset earlier on in 2017 as well, saying it was working on making the Galaxy Note 8 a safer, more innovative release than its predecessor.

Normally, Samsung’s Note releases tend to be more exciting than its Galaxy S one’s. And this year’s Galaxy Note 8 seems certain to carry on that tradition. Expect massive specs, a new design and likely some of the best imaging ever from its new camera tech.

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Published on April 27 2017

Chinese Smartphone Makers Are Catching Up With Apple

Of the 3 billion people in the world who actively use smartphones and tablets in the world today, more than a third are using a product made by Apple. That won’t come as a huge surprise to most, but what’s intriguing about the future is how the top five Chinese smartphone vendors by active users are catching up.


In aggregate, they make up 30.2% of actively used mobile devices in the world today, versus Apple’s 34.8%, according to a fourth quarter report on the global mobile industry from market intelligence firm Newzoo.

The China growth story is happening in apps too. China has already overtaken the U.S. (as of 2015) in how much money its consumers spend on apps. In 2016, Chinese consumers spent $11.9 billion on apps, versus $9.4 billion in the U.S. and that number will probably continue to diverge as, Newzoo says.


According to its research, five smartphone makers from China are among the top 10 vendors by active users globally. They include Huawei at number 3 with 5.4% of global market share, Xiaomi with its Mi series of smartphone and tablets, Lenovo, Oppo and Vivo.

Samsung is in second place globally with 23.5% of global active mobile users.

Newzoo’s report, which was released in late 2016 but highlighted by chart-maker Statista on Wednesday, said that by the end of last year some 31% of the globe population would be active smartphone users.


Nearly half of those users, or 49%, are in Asia Pacific. The lowest smartphone penetration is in the Middle East and Africa, where just 19% of the population actively use smartphones.


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Published on April 24 2017

HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

Known as the HTC Ocean since rumors began, the HTC U 11 appears to be the final name for the device, which has been given an official announcement date by the company. It’s also teasing a very unusual feature; one that may have you squeezing the phone more than usual! Here’s everything we know about the HTC U 11, or HTC Ocean as it was previously known, so far.


Release date

Rumors about the phone have been swirling for months, but now we have the official announcement date for the HTC U 11, which was confirmed to be the final name for the HTC Ocean, as per a new report from Venturebeat. The “U” indicates the family of phones the newest handset will join (the U Ultra and the U Play), whereas the “11” denotes that the phone succeeds the HTC 10, the company’s last flagship phone released in 2016.


HTC has started distributing invitations for a launch event that will take place on May 16, and it’s not being very subtle about the phone it will introduce. The invite shows a large, stylized letter U in the center, with the tag line “Squeeze for the brilliant.” Yes, really.


HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

The squeezing part of the teaser links to rumors the phone will have pressure sensitive pads in its sides, for activating certain features. Additionally, HTC also tweeted a short video showing a glimpse of the phone, and hinting at this squeezable functionality. 

HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

HTC’s event will be held at 2 p.m. in Taipei, Taiwan, which means it will be an early start for anyone in New York, where that time converts to 2 a.m., and in London, where it’s 7 a.m.


Our first supposed image of HTC’s new flagship comes courtesy of well-known Twitter leaker Evan Blass. The device shown unsurprisingly mimics the recently revealed HTC U Ultra, with a glossy backside, center-mounted camera, and minimal bezels to the left and right of the screen.


HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

It’s also very evocative of the jet black iPhone 7. Those chunky bezels at the top and bottom are a dead ringer for Apple’s device, and are rather dated in light of recent output from companies like LG, Samsung, and Xiaomi, which have all been attempting to cut down on unused surface space as much as possible.


Naming: Is HTC Ocean really the HTC U 11?

The HTC Ocean is going to be called the HTC U 11 when it’s released. It will be the third device in the HTC U series — following the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra — and the U name has been used in HTC’s teaser material for the phone’s May 16 launch. And because it’s part of the U family, the phone will feature the line’s signature vibrant color, and customers will be able to choose among white, black, blue, red, and silver.

Previous rumors, from Taiwanese news outlet ePrice, suggested the Ocean was a series of three phones, called “Master,” “Note,” and “Smart,” which backs a previous leak from Twitter user LlabTooFer. Presumably, the “Note” will have a larger display, the “Master” will offer higher specs, and the “Smart” will be the base model. The Note will offer storage options of 64GB and 128GB, ePrice says, but that’s all we know about the phone’s specs.




HTC appears to be planning a number of additional software features atop Android 7.1 Nougat to enhance the camera and audio experience on the U/Ocean, according to pre-release materials obtained by Android Headlines. First and foremost is an HDR+ mode touting real-time scene detection, which would reportedly show HDR processing through the viewfinder before snapping a picture.


The leak also mentions two audio recording methods that use the phone’s four microphones in different ways. The 3D Audio option attempts to create a surround sound effect, while another Hi-Res setting is geared toward capturing lossless audio. Like other HTC devices, BoomSound should aid in playback from the Ocean’s double front-facing speakers. There’s also USonic, software that will supposedly allow users to develop a custom listening profile when using headphones that is tuned specifically for their ears.


Android Headlines has also reported the phone will release in tandem with HTC’s new SenseLink desktop software, which sports some basic connectivity features like notification viewing and read-it-later functionality, as well as the ability to easily move content between the device and a PC.



So what kind of specs should we expect from the phone? According to an article from VentureBeat, the device will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The device will also sport a 2560 x 1440-pixel display, and will have a 16-megapixel Sony IMX351 camera on the back coupled with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 camera on the front.


Android Headlines corroborates the processor and display reports, while adding information on the storage, RAM, and battery. It could launch in two variations: One with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, and another with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. According to the preview materials, the phone will ship with a 3,000mAh battery featuring support for Quick Charge 3.0.


New input methods, secondary displays, and other quirks

When we saw the concept design of what was then called the HTC Ocean, many assumed that the touch-sensitive frame would remain just that: a concept. Now, however, it seems as though that frame has become a very important part of the phone, according to known leaker Evan Blass in an article from VentureBeat.

An HTC designer earlier posted a concept video highlighting some of the best features of the phone. In particular, the video shows off what appears to be a touch-sensitive frame, which would make it possible to control the phone’s software in a similar way to how the edge is used on Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge series. A leak from Mobile01 suggests this feature is called “Edge Sense,” based on a series of screenshots of the phone’s settings menu.

Images of another phone, called the Ocean Master, have also previously leaked on Chinese social media network Weibo, showing what appears to be a phone with a glass frame like the Galaxy S7 and a second display similar to the LG V10 and V20.

That second display would be used for things like app shortcuts and notifications, exactly like the LG V20, but it’s possible that HTC would also have something special planned for the phone. In general, the phone looks very sleek, and marks a pretty radical design shift for the company, which has long stuck with an aluminum unibody design for its flagship phones.


The images have a date stamp of January 5, with the location being Las Vegas — so it seems as though HTC may have had them at January’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Published on April 20 2017

Xiaomi Mi 6 packs Snapdragon 835, dual-lens cameras, slick design for $365

Xiaomi’s long-awaited Mi 6 smartphone is here. A stunning, curvy body houses the most desirable processor out there at the moment: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, currently only found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony’s forthcoming Xperia XZ Premium. It’s cheaper than both these phones too, at around $365; but the same old Xiaomi problem still exists: You will have to import one to get it.


It’s a compact phone with a 5.15-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution screen. This is underneath a piece of curved glass, which extends round the back of the phone, and is matched to a stainless steel chassis. The design is an obvious evolution of the Xiaomi Mi 5, and retains the physical home button and fingerprint sensor below the display on the front. On the back there are now two camera lenses, elevating the Mi 6 to the same level as competing phones from Huawei, Honor, and LG.


The dual lenses both have 12-megapixels and operate in the same way as Apple and Huawei’s setup, allowing a 2x optical zoom and replicating the desirable bokeh blurred background effect. Xiaomi previously introduced dual-camera lenses on the Redmi Pro and the Mi 5s Plus, but neither work in exactly the same manner as the Mi 6. It’ll be interesting to see how it performs next to the Huawei P10, which has the feature down almost to perfection. Xiaomi’s rear camera also has four-axis optical image stabilization, and brings the beautification mode seen on the 8-megapixel selfie cam to the rear cam too.


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor powers the Mi 6, and it’s the first phone to offer the chip in China. It’s paired with 6GB of RAM and a choice of 64GB or128GB of internal storage space. A 3,350mAh battery provides the energy, plus there’s NFC, an under-glass fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, highly capable 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, and basic splash resistance. Android will be installed with Xiaomi’s MIUI software over the top. What’s missing? A 3.5mm headphone jack, and if we’re being difficult about things, a bezel-less display.


Xiaomi Mi 6 packs Snapdragon 835, dual-lens cameras, slick design for $365

Xiaomi will make the Mi 6 in black, white, blue or a beautiful silver, plus a special ceramic edition with 18-karat gold camera trim, just like the limited edition Mi Mix. The ceramic Mi 6 will be the most expensive at the equivalent of $435 at today’s exchange rate, while the 128GB model in any other color will be around $420, and the 64GB Mi 6 will cost about $365. All will be available in China from April 28.

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