Latest render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 reveals embedded fingerprint scanner, dual rear cameras

A Twitter user with the handle @PoyocoTech, has sent out a tweet with a render that he claims is an image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. As you can see, the phablet borrows the design from the Infinity Display used on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. The image also reveals that Samsung has worked out the issues it had with embedding the fingerprint scanner under the front screen. We can reach that conclusion because of the lack of a fingerprint scanner on the front or back of the phone, at least in the render that accompanies this story.

On back, you can see a vertically mounted …


OnePlus 5 camera samples leak, suggesting that one of the dual cameras will shoot in monochrome

New photographs have surfaced, claiming to be more camera samples from the upcoming OnePlus 5. We expect to see a dual camera setup on back of the phone, with a vertical placement. OnePlus is working in tandem with photography benchmark firm DxOMark to improve the cameras on the next flagship killer. In late April, a series of four photos taken in Shenzen, China, where OnePlus is headquartered, leaked. Said to have been shot with the OnePlus 5, this set of photographic samples contained a picture with a blurred background which supposedly indicated that the handset will have two rear cameras in …

Results: do you care about 360-degree cameras?

So, the other day, Andy Rubin’s new company — Essential — finally revealed the Essential Phone. A contemporary flagship through and through, with top-of-the-line hardware, titanium and ceramic build, an all-screen front, and even a courageously missing headphone jack. What else could one ask for? (water resistance would be nice)

One of the Essential Phone’s special features is its module port — you’ve got a magnetic connector on the back, which will accept Essential accessories with a click. And, at launch, we’ve got two of those — a 360-degree camera and a charging dock.

About that …

Poll: do you care about 360-degree cameras?

Yesterday, Andy Rubin’s new company — Essential — finally revealed the Essential Phone. A contemporary flagship through and through, with top-of-the-line hardware, titanium and ceramic build, an all-screen front, and even a courageously missing headphone jack. What else could one ask for? (water resistance would be nice)

One of the Essential Phone’s special features is its module port — you’ve got a magnetic connector on the back, which will accept Essential accessories with a click. And, at launch, we’ve got two of those — a 360-degree camera and a charging dock.

So, about that former …

Leaked Meizu PRO 7 source code points to MediaTek Helio X30 chip and two Sony cameras on back

Meizu PRO 7 leaks have been fairly prominent this year, which gives us little doubt that the phone is being primed for a launch sometime soon. The latest piece of info-in-advance comes from peeking into source code files related to the smartphone. It was discovered that the PRO 7 will be powered by the MediaTek Helio X30 processor, to the detriment of anyone expecting a Qualcomm chip to run the house.

Then again, Meizu and Big Q have poor relations, while Samsung is unable to sell Exynos chips to interested customers due to a clause. So we’re betting …

Google announces Street View program with 20 new 360-degree cameras coming in 2017

Google has just announced a new Street View-ready certification program, which will be integrated with 20 new 360-degree cameras coming to market throughout 2017. All the cameras that will be released in the coming months will meet one of four new “Street View ready” standards, Google confirmed.

The new certification program will allow Android and iOS users to publish Street View directly from a mobile application via 360 cameras, without having to use a desktop workflow.

But the new program has three other tiers with functionality in other fields like VR, …

Sketches of OnePlus 5 display dual cameras in back and front

This morning we showed you a teaser from OnePlus that pretty much confirms that its next flagship killer will be given the moniker of OnePlus 5. Last Thursday, there was a bit of confusion when OnePlus posted the number 4 on social media which led some to conclude that the company was not giving in to superstition and would call its next model the OnePlus 4. However, a second look revealed that the image also showed two lightsabers which indicated that the post was done to celebrate Star Wars day (May the “Fourth” be with you). Today’s teaser also indicated that we will see the phone released this …

Purported iPhone 8 dummy unit pictured with vertical dual cameras and under-screen fingerprint scanner

Designer and occasional leaker Benjamin Geskin claims to have obtained a dummy – more precisely, a CNC-machined model – of the upcoming iPhone 8. However, it’s difficult to discern which photos depict a physical unit, and which are a very good modeling job.

We are only certain about the pic showing the iPhone’s display, because Geskin ‘shopped it over a purported photo of the dummy unit. Do note that the screen he envisions covers the entire front, although there’s an overlay depicting the bottom bezel typical of all iPhones up to now.

Although the phone appears rather thick, Geskin …

Best smartphone cameras compared: Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S7 edge, LG G6

What do you call a turtle that’s taking up photography classes? A snapping turtle!
*ba-dum tss* 
Yeah, coming up with great puns may not be my strongest skill, but that’s fine. I’m pretty sure you’re not here for the comedy. So let’s get to the point, then. That Samsung Galaxy S8+ – is its camera any good? 
Of course it is. Samsung knows how to make a good smartphone camera. But so do Apple and LG. A question much more difficult to unknot is which of these three companies …

Samsung Galaxy S8+ prototype with vertical dual cameras on back appears once more

Earlier this month, we passed along a photo showing a Samsung model with a vertically placed dual camera setup on the back. This was alleged to be a prototype of the Samsung Galaxy S8+. Apparently, Sammy had it in mind to include the two snappers on the rear of its premium flagship unit. Today, a new leak has surfaced once again, showing the same phone. What looks like an oddly placed fingerprint scanner on back could be merely the reflection from a flash.

Another thought is that the image in the picture is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The most recent speculation has the next Samsung phablet …