Fresh Samsung Galaxy S8 Renders Highlight Design 2017 Video

We’ve already seen countless renders of the Galaxy S8 but these fresh renders that we’ve received today do a good job of showing off what’s likely going to be the design of Samsung’s next flagship smartphone.

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They’re based on the schematics that were leaked recently and are in line with all of the rumors that we’ve heard so far about the Galaxy S8′s design.

We can see that there’s no home button and that both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus feature dual-edge curved displays.

The fingerprint sensor is positioned on the back alongside the camera and the 3.5mm headphone jack is present despite reports to the contrary.

The purported live photo of the handset that was leaked recently more or less showed a similar design.

Such renders provide a good idea of what to expect even if they don’t reveal the entire design. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S8 on March 29. Youtube Video


Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Battery Life Test Video Shows Beastly Performance

The recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is apparently a real beast when it comes to battery performance, beating the Galaxy S7 and several other flagships.

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The smartphone reportedly offers outstanding battery performance that’s tough to beat. Compared to many other smartphones out there, the Galaxy A5 (2017) delivers mad battery life on a single charge even in intensive scenarios.

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy A series back in early January, introducing the upgraded Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 iterations. The Galaxy A series doesn’t comprise of high-end flagships, but they do combine affordability with good performance and a premium feel.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) midranger has a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display and a 14-nannometer Exynos SoC that offers great power efficiency, maximizing the performance of the 3,000 mAh battery. The Galaxy A5 (2017) should last for up to 13 hours of 3G web browsing, 16 hours on 4G LTE, and 18 hours on Wi-Fi. With some idle moments in between, this should easily translate to a two-day battery life or even three for those who don’t use the device that much.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Battery Life Test And Comparison
Phone Arena ran its own battery tests to see how the Galaxy A5 (2017) fares and the results are quite impressive. The publication tested the Galaxy A5 (2017), the Galaxy A5 (2016), the Huawei Nova, the Honor 8, the Galaxy S7, the iPhone 7, the iPhone 6s and the Google Pixel, setting all smartphones at the same 200-nit brightness level.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) outperformed all other smartphones, lasting for an impressive 11 hours and 9 minutes on a charge. That’s nearly double the battery life of the Galaxy S7, which lasted for 6 hours and 37 minutes, and significantly longer than the iPhone 7, which lasted for 7 hours and 46 minutes. The Google Pixel lasted for 7 hours and 45 minutes, along the same lines as the iPhone 7. The new Galaxy A5 iteration also lasted significantly longer than its predecessor, as the 2016 Galaxy A5 turned off the lights after 9 hours and 55 minutes. That’s still a great battery life, but the new Galaxy A5 (2017) takes the cake. It would’ve ben interesting if the Droid Maxx 2 was included in the test, but it wasn’t invited to the party.

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Phone Arena also tested how long it takes for each of those smartphones to recharge their batteries using a stock wall charger, starting out at zero percent until they are fully charged.
The Galaxy A5 (2017) fared great in this test too, reaching 100 percent battery life in just 1 hour and 31 minutes. That’s the same time it takes the Galaxy S7 to fully recharge, while the Google Pixel takes longer and the iPhone 7 is “depressingly slow.”

The report points out that the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy S7 can fully charge so fast because Samsung uses a Fast Adaptive Charger than can push up to 15 watts to the smartphone, thus reducing he charging time.

Overall, the new-generation Galaxy A5 is a beastly phone in terms of battery life, but let’s not forget that it has lower specs than flagship smartphones. Higher-resolution displays and other higher-end specs take a greater toll on battery performance, so we can’t expect the QHD Galaxy S7, for instance, to last as long as the full HD Galaxy A5.

If battery life is a crucial factor when choosing a smartphone, however, the Galaxy A5 (2017) seems like a good choice. Youtube Video

U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) shows up on GFXBench?

Back on the first day of this month, a phone with the model number of SM-J727A surfaced on GFXBench. This is believed to be the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017). The phone could be offered internationally, and in the states based on an FCC certification. The SM-J727A could be the international model since it is powered by the Exynos 7870 chipset. The latter contains an octa-core 1.5GHz and the Mali-T830 GPU.

Yesterday, another version of the same phone using a serial number of SM-J727VL appeared on GFXBench. This looks to be the U.S. version of the phone since it is powered by the Snapdragon 425 …

Huawei P8 lite (2017) to be known as Nova lite in select markets

Huawei promised last month that it would bring the P8 lite (2017) to some markets by the end of January, but that’s unlikely to have happened. The mid-range smartphone was supposed to make its debut in the UK, but carriers and retailers across the country have yet to add it to their portfolios.

Despite the apparent delay of the smartphone, it looks like Huawei has decided that the P8 lite (2017) might confuse customers in some countries. According to Evan Blass, the Chinese company will launch the phone with a different name in select markets, the Nova lite.

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iOS 11 Limits Older Devices iPhone 5s & Beyond Safe, Launch Date Could Be Announced Q2 2017

The iOS 11 update may be one that is still quite a long shot to achieve for most Apple patrons, especially with the recent disclosure that came from the company. Moreover, there may be some anomalies among certain applications, if not all that are to come soon.

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Known as one of the most popular and efficient mobile operating systems to date, Apple continues to update their versions on a steady basis, showing a growing set of improvements along the way. With the existing version 10.2.1 already in the market, patrons of the successors have been rendered curious on what changes can be expected-whether for better or worse.

As reported by 9 to 5 Mac, the iOS 10.3 update is now on public beta, which as of the moment alerts iOS users with apps that run on 32-bit mode respectively to update them. If the user does not choose to, the apps will not continue to operate further on the future versions, which in this case could be the iOS 11. Other users who use their iPad will be given system alerts that their older apps can affect the speed of the device.

Model-wise, the iPhone 5C is the last 32-bit iPhone that Apple released, implying that models below it will no longer be supported by the iOS 11; thus resulting in only being able to get the iOS 10.3. The iPhone 5s and beyond will be able to bask in the benefits of the future update, unfortunately for those carrying the aforementioned final 32-bit model.

No release date has been announced for the iOS 11 update just yet, but speculations arise that Apple will present the update on a big event this year, presumably by mid-June. A longer process is also expected to take place after the announcement, placing the launch sometime between September and October at the closest.

No other confirmed details have been released for the iOS 11 update thus far, as per Mac World. There were also talks of requested features, but so far, none of which were officially disseminated.

Purported Sony Xperia XA (2017) shown off in hands-on video

Sony fans are treated to a particularly juicy leak today, as YouTuber TechLover HD claims to have gotten his hands on the purported successor to the Xperia XA and shot a hands-on video with it. The smartphone has the G3121 model number and runs Android 7.0 with security patches from January. It has a recognizable, blocky design and it’s said to carry a 23MP camera. You can also see how thin the side bezels are, although that’s merrily compensated for by the large top and bottom sides.

Sony will probably show this device at next month’s MWC 2017 conference in Barcelona, along with four other …

2017 Best Cell Phones Upcoming

2017 is upon us, bringing with it a flurry of new top-end smartphones to get excited about. The tenth anniversary of the original iPhone means Apple may have something special in store for us this year, while Samsung will probably come out all guns blazing in order to soundly recover from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. There’s a chance that Google will bring the second-generation of Pixel smartphones, while the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi will continue to introduce high-quality, affordable flagship smartphones.

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If you are on the lookout for a new smartphone, you might to hold on to your money a little while longer, as the market will soon be filled with a number of great models. Check out our pick of smartphones to look forward to in 2017 for more details.

1. Apple iPhone 8
2017 will be the year of the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, the smartphone that upended and revolutionised the whole mobile phone industry. So it is no surprise that all eyes are on Apple and what it does to commemorate the occasion. And, of course, hopes are high that iPhone 8 will bring a number of changes to the table, enough to make up for the iterative updates we have had over the past two years.

Leaks point to three different versions of iPhone 8: one featuring all the new features, and the other two being the successors of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with only a few upgrades. Apple is reportedly developing more than 10 iPhone 8 prototypes, and working on a “radical redesign” of the smartphone. Rumour has it that at least the top-end version of the iPhone 8 will not have the Home button; instead, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front camera will be integrated into the touchscreen. Apple is also said to be testing flexible OLED panels for the iPhone 8.

Wireless charging is widely expected to be integrated in iPhone 8, along with iris or facial scanning. iPhone 8 is said to be powered by the A11 chip manufactured on the 10nm process, the glass body will reportedly make a comeback. The top-end iPhone 8 model will reportedly also have optical image stabilisation in both cameras on the back, which may be vertically aligned rather than horizontally.

The screen size of this new top-end smartphone is not yet known, though the tech grapevine pegs it anywhere between 4.7-inches and 5.8-inches. The wait for iPhone 8 will be long, of course, as the next Apple flagship smartphone is likely to be unveiled only in September next year.

2. Samsung Galaxy X
Galaxy X is said to be the foldable smartphone that Samsung is planning to launch in 2017. Not much is known about the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy X so far, except that it may have a 4K screen and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (likely to be Snapdragon 835). It is expected to feature a single flexible OLED display and a body that will fold at the middle. A patent filed by Samsung shows that users will be able to fold the smartphone at various angles and that it will feature physical buttons at the bottom.

A report back in June this year said that Samsung is likely to unveil the foldable Galaxy X smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, but the shift in focus to finding the cause of Galaxy Note 7 explosions may have put in spanner in that, likely delaying the launch by a few months.

3. Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8 will have the burden of expectations as it is Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to be launched after the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will have an Artificial Intelligence-powered virtual assistant, and a great camera. Rumours say Galaxy S8 will not have an earphone jack, or Home button – instead, it is said to come with wireless earphones, and feature optical fingerprint sensor that will be embedded in the touchscreen.

Reportedly, the Galaxy S8 smartphone will have a 4K display with ultra-thin bezels, dual 13-megapixel and 9-megapixel cameras on the back, fingerprint sensor on the back, USB Type-C port, selfie camera with autofocus and VR support. A recent report suggests that the smartphone may feature a massive 8GB of RAM, along with faster UFS 2.1 storage. Rumours also say that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may not feature any physical keys in the front, and pack two variants of the Exynos 8895 chipset.

Samsung was earlier rumoured to be planning to launch the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress in late February, but a new report says that the company has delayed the unveiling till April. Apparently, the South Korean titan will focus on regaining consumer confidence in the time till April. Samsung Galaxy S8 may cost 15-20 percent more than its predecessor. The AI-based virtual assistant will apparently be integrated with apps that come preloaded on the smartphone.

A ‘Plus’ variant of Samsung Galaxy S8 featuring a 6-inch display, and support for the S-Pen stylus may also be in the works.

4. Nokia’s Android Phones
Nokia is rumoured to launch as many as five Android smartphones in the first half of 2017, starting with Mobile World Congress in late February. One of the devices expected at the event is the Nokia D1C, a budget Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone that is said to sport the Snapdragon 430 processor, and come in 2GB and 3GB RAM variants priced at $150 and $200, respectively. The smartphone will also have two options in screen size – 5-inch and 5.5-inch – and come with 16GB internal storage, 13-megapixel or 16-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel front camera.

A high-end Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone by Nokia is also expected in early 2017, featuring a 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 23-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, 6GB RAM, metal unibody design, and water-resistant body.

Along with these, an entry-level Nokia Android phone called Pixel may also be under development. This smartphone is said to run Android 7.0.1 Nougat operating system and may be powered by the 1.19GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB RAM. Nokia Pixel Android phone’s battery is said to support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging technology.

5. OnePlus 4
OnePlus 4 is another smartphone everyone will be excited about in 2017. The smartphone will reportedly have a ceramic body, come in 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants, sport the Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual-camera on the back, and may retain the 3.5mm earphone jack. However, OnePlus 4 may have a 5.3-inch display, smaller than that of the OnePlus One, 2, 3, and 3T, though resolution may increase to 4K.

6. Moto X 2017
Leaked photos of a smartphone expected to be the Moto X 2017 have sparked interest in the line, which did not make an appearance this year. The Moto X 2017 will have an all-metal body, images show, with the fingerprint sensor on the back. The smartphone in the leaked images does not have Moto Mod pins on the back, so Lenovo may add some other unique feature in Moto X 2017 to distinguish it from the competition.

7. Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2
Google Pixel is a flagship smartphone that boasts excellent software but is plagued by niggling hardware issues. We expect Google to iron out the kinks in the second-generation Pixel and Pixel XL models, and give us the smartphone everyone expects from a company of its size and reputation.

There are no leaks about Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 yet, but if these phones come out in 2017, then we expect big changes in the software department, bringing more features to the Google Assistant. On the hardware front, all the top features and specifications can be expected, such as 6GB RAM, big battery, and fast processor.

8. HTC 11/ Ocean
HTC 11, the flagship smartphone being developed under the codename Ocean, is said to have a metal body with chamfered edges. It will reportedly feature dual 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras on the back with LED flash, 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 3700mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

9. LG G6
LG will reportedly not use the modular design with the G6, though the company itself has said that it will not do away with the swappable accessories for now. The rumour mill suggests that the LG G6 will have an aluminium body with water-resistant coating, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type C port, wireless charging, and removable battery. LG was reportedly planning to use curved display on the G6, but that plan has been shelved because of supply-chain constraints.

10. Microsoft Surface Phone
Everyone is a little unsure about this one as we have been hearing of the Microsoft Surface Phone for a couple of years now, but Satya Nadella in an interview recently said that the company is working on the “ultimate mobile device,” so there is some hope. Microsoft also owns the surfacephone.com Web domain, suggesting that a smartphone may be on the way. We will have to wait for 2017 for the rest of the details.

That’s our round-up of the smartphones to look forward to in 2017.

Best fitness trackers you can get right now (January 2017)

So you’ve decided to start getting in shape, or maybe you just want to live a healthier lifestyle, or even simply want to maximize the effectiveness of your workouts – in any case, welcome! To start, first choose what kinds of exercises you will be doing on a day-to-day basis, and then research each one thoroughly so you know whether your form is correct, which muscle groups it targets, and how much calories you burn in the process. Then, start setting goals for yourself by analyzing your performance and comparing it to that of other people. Then, so long as you keep a …

Apple's 2017 iPad tablets are reportedly delayed until to the second half of the year

If you were looking forward to picking up a new Apple iPad this spring, you might have to make some changes to your calendar. According to the upstream supply chain, the three iOS powered tablets rumored to arrive in the second quarter this year, might not show up until the second half of the year. In fact, the trio of tablets might not even be unveiled until the second half of 2017. It appears that Apple is still mulling over its plans.

The tech titan could release a 9.7-inch iPad at an affordable price, a 10.5-inch model and a 12.9-inch updated iPad Pro. But the buzz from the supply chain …

Rumor: Nokia P1 to be announced at MWC 2017 as a high-end, Snapdragon 835-based Android phone

Remember the Nokia P1 Android phone that first caught our attention last summer? While Nokia hasn’t confirmed its existence, we’re now hearing that the handset could be officially announced next month at MWC 2017.

According to Russian publication Worket, the Nokia P1 is based on the Sharp Aquos Xx3 (pictured below), a smartphone released about half a year ago in Japan. However, the new Nokia handset should have enhanced specs, including a Snapdragon 835 processor (Qualcomm’s latest high-end chipset), 6 GB of RAM, and up to 256 GB of internal memory. Moreover, its 22.6 MP rear camera is expected …