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Originally unveiled in Fine Gold and Lunar Gray back at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, this Snapdragon 430-driven mid-ranger will soon get a Blue Sapphire version as well.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) surfaces on GFXBench
The latest sighting of the upcoming Galaxy J5 reveals an Exynos 7870 processor, next to 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat. The model listed on GFXBench is SM-J530.
International variant of Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro hits FCC
A few months after its quiet debut in China, this 5.7-inch phablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood surfaces at FCC, so we should see it reach new markets soon.
Mystery Asus tablet hits GFXBench
This unknown Android Nougat-driven tablet that surfaced on GFXBench is listed with a MediaTek MT8173 processor that usually has four cores, but this time it was detected as a dodeca-core part.
Asus gearing up for a new 9.6-inch Android tablet
A GFXBench entry strongly hints at a Galaxy Tab S3 competitor from Asus with a MediaTek SoC and a similar 9.6-inch 4:3 QXGA display.
Apple's iPhone 8 will look similar to the original iPhone
Industry officials claim that Apple's next iPhone will have a curved, all-glass back case. This design resembles the original iPhone, whose back case was also curved but made of aluminum. The new iPhone is expected to be larger and slimmer than the original though.
Oppo F3 Plus specifications revealed through GFXBench
Final packaging for the 6-inch smartphone may also already be out in the wild. The F3 Plus is expected to carry a Snapdragon 653 SoC and a wide-angle 120-degree front-facing camera for easier selfies.
ZTE's upcoming smartwatch runs Android Wear 2.0, lacks some useful features
An anonymous source has leaked new images and details for the ZTE Quartz. The source reveals that the Quartz runs on the recently-launched Android Wear 2.0. At the same time, it lacks several features found in other smartwatches, such as a heart rate monitor and NFC.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) for AT&T hits FCC
Not long after the report that mentioned its arrival on Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile, the Galaxy J7 (2017) for AT&T surfaces on FCC as well. Sadly, there is no official confirmation of its arrival yet.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 and Mi Pad 3 Pro leak online
Both upcoming tablets are expected to retail for less than $250 USD, offering 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, Intel Cherry Trail processor, and Android Nougat (Mi Pad 3) or Windows 10 (Mi Pad 3 Pro) on board.
Swatch working on its own OS for wearables
Bloomberg reveals that this well-known Swiss watchmaker is working on its own operating system for wearables and plans to release its first smartwatch that would use it by the end of next year.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ with the Exynos 8895 chipset leaks on Geekbench
Benchmarks for the Exynos 8895 chipset have unexpectedly appeared in benchmark database Geekbench, giving us some indication as to what performance we might expect from the upcoming Galaxy S8+.
Three new Google Pixel phones are reportedly in the works
Code-named "muskie," "walleye," and "taimen," the three devices are expected to replace Google's existing Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Several sources have confirmed the existence of the devices, but have not provided much additional information.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 may be coming soon with the Helio P25 SoC
The successor to the Redmi Pro 2 is reportedly still slated for a launch this month for as low as 1600 Yuan or 215 Euros. The Redmi Pro series is notable for incorporating dual rear cameras on an entry-level device.
Microsoft's new Surface Book reportedly enters production, might be announced soon
The new Surface Book has entered mass production, according to sources in the supply chain. They believe Microsoft will announce the device in the coming weeks.
Samsung SM-Z400F/DS hits FCC
The Linux-based Tizen mobile operating system seems to be ready for a new handset that has just surfaced on FCC as Samsung SM-Z400F/DS. Sadly, there are no specs and features to talk about yet.
Xiaomi Surge S2 SoC may be facing 10 nm fabrication issues
The high-end variant to the Surge S1 could be moving to a more dependable 16 nm process to meet launch deadlines and save on production costs.
Meizu Pro 7 may feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset
Meizu and Qualcomm have settled last year's patent wars and are now cooperating on what could likely be Meizu's next flagship, the Meizu Pro 7. Reports say the smartphone will feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
SSD prices to increase by 10-16 percent this year: TrendForce
Both MLC (multi-level cell) and TLC (triple-level cell) NAND SSDs are expected to see up to 16% increases in price this year, as demand from OEMs remains strong while fewer MLC SSDs are produced.
LG could withdraw from Chinese market in near future
LG hasn't had a great time selling its phones in China, especially after the international flop that was the G5. Speculators say LG might want to make a quick exit as the company's smartphone market share in the country hovers at about 0.1 percent.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) and J7 (2017) coming to the US under different names
Although their US launch dates are not known yet, Evan Blass managed to find out the names that various local carriers plan to use when adding these two handsets to their portfolios.
Samsung's foldable smartphones to enter production in Q3 2017
The competition is heating up between Samsung and Chinese smartphone makers as they race to create the world's first foldable smartphone. Sources say Samsung may produce thousands of prototype smartphones in Q3 2017.
iPad Pro 2 could arrive next week
Industry insiders familiar with the matter have just confirmed the rumors about Apple's upcoming product launches. According to these sources, the new hardware is expected to arrive between March 20 and March 24.
Xiaomi Mi 6 could come in two variants with Sony cameras
New rumors point to a Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus starting at 270 Euros and 340 Euros, respectively, with Snapdragon 835 SoCs and Sony Motion Eye camera technology.
New TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch coming tomorrow
Although TAG Heuer is expected to reveal new Android Wear devices in May, the watchmaker has recently posted a teaser on Twitter that shows a few pieces of a smartwatch that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
Moto Z (2017) apparently in the works
The upcoming Moto Z surfaced in a tease of the upcoming Gamepad Moto Mod but was recently shown in a case and taped over by Sprint and Motorola, promoting the upcoming Gigabit LTE service in the New Orleans area.
Next Gear 360 might launch soon
The Samsung device with model number SM-R210 surfaced in an import listing back in 2016, and now it surfaces on Bluetooth SIG, not long after obtaining its WiFi certification. This device is expected to launch as Next Gear 360 and to become Samsung's second action camera.
LG G6 US launch on April 7th looks increasingly likely
While the LG G6 was already release in South Korea days ago, its global release is not expected for almost another month. New information seems to confirm the April 7th release date as accurate.
MediaTek allegedly working on a 7 nm, 12-core processor
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that TSMC will soon begin trials of a 12-core MediaTek chipset built using 7 nm technology and mass production is expected to start in the first half of 2018.
Vernee delays Apollo 2 launch due to low 10 nm SoC yields
The "first consumer smartphone with Helio X30" will now launch two months later than originally planned.
Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA
Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
New mobile GPU architecture could power the 2018 iPhone
Apple supplier Imagination Technologies announces new PowerVR mobile GPU architecture that they say will boast 35 percent GFLOPS density improvement, 80 percent fillrate density improvement for user interface and casual gaming, and 70 to 90 percent gaming density improvement. It could hit the market by the end of 2018.
HTC Ocean smartphone images leak
With the HTC U Play and U Ultra officially announced, talks are already underway on the next smartphone with "Edge Sense" capabilities.
10 nm process pushes back smartphone production, launch dates
Low yields from 10nm FinFET process means that Apple A11, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and other chips are in short supply as the industry moves into what's shaping up to be a year of transformation for high-end smartphones.
LG Stylo 2 Plus hits Geekbench with Nougat on board
This 5.7-inch handset that launched almost a year ago now finally surfaces on Geekbench running Android 7.0, so the update should arrive soon, especially since T-Mobile released it and then stopped the rollout, probably due to a last-minute issue.
Yota Devices apparently planning a third YotaPhone
Although the second YotaPhone turned out to be a commercial failure and Russian company Yota Devices also teased a few new products that never materialized in the meantime, they have just confirmed that a third YotaPhone is currently under development.
IBM creates IBM Q to sell quantum computers
Quantum computing may be years off, but IBM thinks the technology has come far enough to begin programming and applying quantum computers. Big Blue plans to start programming a new API for the machines.
LG G6 could retail for as much as 700 Euros
At least one retailer in Europe will be selling the base 4 GB RAM/32 GB eMMC model for hundreds more than the launch price of last year's LG G5.
Amazon's Alexa may soon be able to make phone calls, intercom with other devices
If rumors are to be believed, Amazon is working on bringing VoIP calling and intercom features to the next generation of Alexa-enabled devices.
BlackBerry Aurora listed by Indonesian retailer
One day after the first images of the BBC100-1 surfaced online, the BlackBerry Aurora shows up once again. This time, the handset is apparently up for pre-order, carrying a price tag of approximately $260 USD.
Leaked images show a Blackberry made for Indonesia
The BBC100-1 may be coming to Indonesian markets soon. The low-specced device looks like a budget affair from Blackberry.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 shows up at FCC
The Samsung handset with model number SM-G390F received its WiFi certification a while ago, and then it surfaced on Geekbench. Since it recently arrived at FCC, its launch should be close now.
MWC 2017 | Jolla to develop a mobile OS for China
Jolla and a Chinese consortium signed an exclusive agreement for the development of a Sailfish-based operating system for the local market. The investment in growing the Sailfish-driven ecosystem in China is expected to reach $250 million.
Expandable slide-out display patents by Samsung surface online
Although foldable handsets are not available for purchase yet, Samsung takes everything one step further already by detailing a device with an expandable slide-out touchscreen display.
QWERTY keyboard slider Moto Mod coming to Kickstarter
This modular accessory for the Moto Z that reminds of the Motorola Photon Q is expected to hit Indiegogo soon and, if the campaign turns out to be successful, it should reach the market later this year.
Samsung Galaxy Book might arrive with Windows 10, LTE, S Pen support
The description of an app that surfaced on Windows Store apparently by mistake revealed that Samsung's upcoming slate would debut with Windows 10 on board, offering 4G LTE and S Pen support.
Nokia 3310 reboot will be a mashup between the old 3310 and the new 150
Is there still demand for monoblock phones that hearken back to Nokia's heyday in the early 2000s? Nokia seems to think so. The latest leaks offer some insight into what the updated Nokia 3310's new look.
Huawei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops
Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
Galaxy S8+ specs tipped: will pack 6.2-inch screen, 10nm Exynos 9 or Snapdragon 835 SoC, iris scanner
Evan Blass has detailed the (alleged) specs for the Galaxy S8+ in full.
Xiaomi Pinecone processor coming next week
The name of this upcoming chip has not been confirmed yet, but most of the details should become official on February 28. This chip will make Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone maker to manufacture central processing units for mobile devices.
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