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 …

HTC U Ultra vs Google Pixel and HTC 10: cameras compared

Several days ago, we published a camera comparison between HTC’s latest high-end Android phone, the HTC U Ultra, and three other phones known for their great cameras, namely the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, the LG G6, and the iPhone 7 Plus. The results – Samsung’s flagship from last year took the top spot, followed closely by the LG G6. Тhe Ultra finished in third place and the iPhone 7 Plus was just a step behind it. So yeah, perhaps the U Ultra isn’t the ultimate cameraphone, but we’re not done comparing its camera capabilities just yet. For today’s camera comparison, we have it …

Best smartphone cameras compared: HTC U Ultra vs Galaxy S7 edge, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6

Not long ago, we had the pleasure of reviewing the HTC U Ultra – the company’s most-recent high-end phone. Long story short, it does not quite tick all the right boxes a $750 phone should, but the flashy design does impress, and the camera performed pretty well during our testing. Now it is time to focus on that main 12MP shooter the U Ultra boasts – more specifically, to compare it against some of its rivals.
For the purposes of this camera comparison, we took the HTC U Ultra, the Galaxy S7 edge, the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6 out for a camera …

Alcatel quietly released the first ever smartphone with both front and rear dual cameras

You may know Alcatel as the budget smartphone brand by TCL Corporation, which also currently owns the rights to the BlackBerry name. So it’s something of a surprise to find out that the company has very quietly released the first smartphone equipped with a dual camera system on both the front and the back.

Even more surprising is the fact that the device, named Alcatel Flash (not to be confused with the Alcatel OneTouch Flash or the Alcatel Flash 2), is only available in a few Middle East countries, and we can find no press release officially announcing …

Meizu Pro 7 rumored to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, dual cameras

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu and US mobile chipmaker-slash-quasi-monopolist Qualcomm haven’t been best buds, but their recent patent battles may have brought them closer than expected – not unlike two blokes merrily sharing pints after a bloody bar fight!

Reports from China claim that Meizu is planning to launch two new Qualcomm-powered smartphones after years of doing exclusively MediaTek and Samsung hardware (with a single Qualcomm phone on the Chinese side). One of these is said to be a flagship device, not at all unlikely to be the upcoming Meizu Pro 7 – a …