Apple to eschew glass for a metal body in the rumored iPhone 9 with LCD display

Hot on the heels of the report that all 2018 iPhones will sport the “notch and horns” design indeed, comes another tidbit straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, the Japanese sources deal with one particular member of Apple’s expected 2018 family, the rumored “budget” model with a 6.1″ display. 
It is apparently prepped as Apple’s silver bullet for getting away from over-reliance on Korean suppliers (read: Samsung), as not only is it supposed to come with an LCD, instead of OLED display panel, but now Nikkei is also reporting that it will sport a …


HTC U11+ to pack a large 4000 mAh battery in a compact body


November 2 may bring us a brand new HTC smartphone that
could be quite different from what the company has used us with in recent years.
Allegedly called HTC U11+ (or HTC U11 Plus), the new handset is expected to sport
a 5.99-inch near-bezel-less screen with 1440 x 2880 pixels and an 18:9 aspect
ratio.

 

Earlier today, we saw a potential list of HTC U11 Plus specs,
and now we have even more details about the upcoming device. Reportedly, the new smartphone
will pack a generous battery of around 4,000 mAh, and should be only a tad
larger than the HTC U11 (released in May this year). These …

Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) silently introduced in Europe: metal body, low price

The sequel to the Huawei Y6 Pro has just been silently introduced in Europe. The budget-friendly smartphone will soon be available for purchase in select markets for only €179. Potential customers can choose either of the three color options: black, gold and silver.

Unlike the original model that packs a MediaTek chipset inside, Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. However, it has the same amount of memory: 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage.

The only downside, when compared to the previous model, is …

Samsung Galaxy J7+ goes official with dual-camera setup, solid aluminum body

Samsung has just officialized its second smartphone to feature dual-camera setup on the back side, the Galaxy J7+. The device leaked for the first time a few days after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8, its flagship smartphone meant to hit the shelves on September 15.

Over the weekend, the Galaxy J7+ popped up on Samsung Thailand website, along with information about price and availability. The bad new is the phone won’t come cheap, as Samsung announced the Galaxy J7+ costs about $390 outright.

On the flip side, those who pre-order the smartphone will receive …

The Vernee Thor Plus packs a huge battery in a relatively slim body, has an inviting price tag

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It’s a rare sight nowadays that a manufacturer would stuff a massive battery in a smartphone. Usually, such an act means compromising a phone’s slim profile. But, just 3 months ago, manufacturer Vernee showed us that we can get the best of both worlds with its midrange Thor E phone, which had a 5,200 mAh cell, but still retained a relatively …

Microsoft patent application shows metallic Surface Phone body doubling as the antenna

Since the beginning of the year, we have seen a few Microsoft patent applications that were said to feature the mythical Surface Phone. The latest such patent application was published on Thursday, even though it had been filed with the USPTO back in February 2016. The patent, entitled “Cover of Device Acting as Antenna of the Device” shows a metallic built handset. As the title of the patent suggests, the metallic cover doubles as the antenna.

Because the handset would apparently swing around a hinge positioned in the center of the device, users would not cause interference or the “detuning” …

LG V30 to feature 6-inch OLED panel with a larger screen but smaller body than the one on the LG V20

LG has pushed out a release for Thursday morning (while it is still Wednesday in the U.S.) to make some interesting comments about its next major flagship smartphone release, the unannounced LG V30. LG says that its next new flagship will be the first to use a plastic OLED FullVision display. Can you remember the last LG smartphone that featured an OLED panel? It was the LG G Flex 2 from 2015. LG plans on taking advantage of the fact that OLED screens are perfect for use with VR applications, an area of the smartphone market that is showing growth.

Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile …

Moto G5S Plus confirmed to get metal body, dual camera, bigger screen

Reporting for VentureBeat, seasoned smartphone leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) published a marketing image for the upcoming Moto G5S Plus. This is a “special edition” variant of the Moto G5 Plus from earlier this year. The reported changes can be summed as cosmetic – the phone is now made of aluminum – and technological.
A dual camera (two 13MP sensors, one color, and one monochromatic) has been added, the front camera has been upgraded to 8MP (from 5MP), and the display has been enlarged to 5.5 inches by diagonal. The smartphone also grows slightly bigger …

Moto X4 tipped to arrive in Q4 with dual-camera setup, aluminum body

It appears that many reports point at Moto X4 as the first non-Google smartphone to fully support the search giant’s Fi MVNO. If you hadn’t read our previous news about the Moto X4, then you’ll probably want to know the device is scheduled to arrive on the market in Q4.

According to Evan Blass, the Moto X4 will be launched on the market just in time for the holiday season. More details about the phone’s specs sheet have just been spilled before the official announcement.

For starters, instead of the rumored Snapdragon 660 CPU, the Moto X4 is now said to include …

Huawei Watch 2 Classic (with stainless steel body and leather band) out now in the US

Several weeks after Huawei released its plastic and ceramic-made Watch 2 in the US, today, the company started selling a classier version of the device – aptly called Huawei Watch 2 Classic.

The Huawei Watch 2 Classic has a stainless steel body, and comes with nicer wrist bands that are made out of leather (on the regular Watch 2, you’re only getting plastic straps). 

For the reasons mentioned above, the Watch 2 Classic is a bit more expensive, being sold for $369.99 – that’s $70 over the price of the regular variant of the smartwatch.

Feature-wise, the Huawei …