Samsung CEO says Galaxy Note 8 will be announced in late August, first wave arriving in September

We know for less than a week that Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 ahead of IFA 2017 trade fair, which is set to kick off on September 1. Previous rumors coming from different sources claim the flagship smartphone will be announced on August 23, but the phone won’t be available on the market until September at the earliest.

Over the weekend, Samsung’s CEO DJ Koh told Taiwanese media that his company plans to reveal the Galaxy Note 8 in late August, which comes in line with previous reports.

He went on to say that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released …


Samsung just announced a flashy pink Galaxy S8+ variant, and you can't have it

Given the current overcrowded smartphone market, it’s a bit of a mystery why most manufacturers choose dull, lifeless colors for their flagship phones: surely chasing the best-in-line specs doesn’t imply not caring about looks, no? Still, a couple of the big names on the market have been making baby steps toward a more colorful future: HTC and Huawei are the first that come to mind, but it might be time to add Samsung to this list, as well.

This is, you see, because its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, has had its fair share of unorthodox variants: apart …

Hey Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian also just announced two new members of her family

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Look, we’re not saying there’s any wrong time to announce that you’ve brought two literal snowballs into the family, but right after news that Beyoncé’s twins were born is an interesting choice. 

Especially if, like Kim Kardashian, you’re rumored to have some bad blood with Queen Bey. And yet, here’s Kim K (who has often expressed disinterest in pets because they’re filthy) posting pictures of puppies on Twitter when everyone’s freaking about about the Jay Z and Beyoncé’s twins. 

So North wants to name her puppy Mercy, thoughts? We need a good name!

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Long delayed YotaPhone 3 is announced; dual-screen phone to start at $350

Back in April, we told you to expect the YotaPhone 3 to be available for pre-orders this summer. Today, the phone was officially unveiled in North China. For those unfamiliar with the YotaPhone series, these devices have a dual-screen design thanks to the E Ink display found on the back of each handset. The YotaPhone 3 will sport an AMOLED panel in front. The handset was expected to launch last year, but some problems with the company’s finances delayed the release.

It is unknown whether or not a U.S. release of the YotaPhone 3 will be in the cards. Back in 2015, the YotaPhone 2 was listed …

Moto X4 with dual camera and 3,800 mAh battery could be announced on June 30

The Moto X4 is one of the three unannounced smartphones that could be unveiled later this month. We told you yesterday about the price of these handsets, which are known as Moto Z2 Force, Moto G5S Plus, and Moto X4.

Today, we have new information about the Moto X4, which is expected to be a mid-range Android smartphone that will cost around $325. It appears that Motorola will introduce the Moto X4 no later than June 30.

However, the smartphone is probably not going to make it to the market on the same day. Along with the announcement date, we’ve also learned …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be announced in late August, ahead of the iPhone 8

The moment Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the rumors for its next flagship started pouring in. Most of the reports claim that the Galaxy Note 8 will be coming with a dual-camera setup, and a rather big 6.3-inch edge-to-edge screen.

However, if the Note 8 does indeed feature 6.3-inch display, and it retains the 9:18.5 aspect ratio, introduced with Samsung’s current flagships, there will not be much that will differentiate it from the Galaxy S8+. Samsung might have to pack a lot of extra features to make the Note 8 relevant, especially considering that the device is rumored …

Official: OnePlus 5 will be announced on June 20 during a live event

OnePlus just revealed that it’s going to officially announce its next flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 5 – on June 20. The announcement will be livestreamed online, so everyone’s going to be able to discover the OnePlus 5 in real time.

OnePlus already has a web page dedicated to the event – which will be held under the tagline “Focus on what Matters.” The tagline and the web page (accessible via the source link below) suggest that the OnePlus 5 may have a rear camera with enhanced focus capabilities, and perhaps also with optical zoom (à la iPhone 7 Plus).

Not …

iOS 11 is announced with improvements to Siri, Apple Pay, Photos and lots more

We can’t always predict what Apple’s next big announcement is going to bring, but this one we saw coming. At WWDC 2017, the company announced iOS 11 – the latest major update to its mobile operating system. That’s the software powering the millions of iPhones and iPads worldwide, and its newest iteration adds numerous key improvements which we’ll cover in detail in the paragraphs below.

First up – Messages. As this is the most popular native iOS application, it makes perfect sense for Apple to make it even better. And improvements come in the form of …

Monument Valley 2 puzzler announced at WWDC 2017, up for purchase for $4.99

The sequel to the award-winning puzzler Monument Valley has just been revealed at WWDC 2017. The game is already available for purchase in the App Store for $4.99, but it will only work on devices running iOS 9 or later.

Developer ustwo promises to offer players a whole new story from the Monument Valley universe, which means you won’t need any experience from the previous game to enjoy the new one.

If you like beautifully crafted puzzle games with immersive music and amazing artwork inspired by artistic movements and architectural styles, then Monument Valley …

Sony announced US prices and release dates for the Xperia XZ Premium, Touch, and XA1 Ultra

Sony is really trying to make a push this year. At MWC, the company unveiled four new smartphones, alongside its interactive projector – the Xperia Touch. And while some users around the globe are already enjoying three of the four handsets, two of them have yet to arrive in the US. Good news is that we now have official release dates for the new Sony products that have yet to make it to the US.

Sony confirmed that the Xperia XZ Premium will be available for pre-order on Amazon and Best Buy beginning June 12, 2017. The phone will be launching a week later, and starting …