BlackBerry "Krypton" (BBD100-1) receives its Wi-Fi certification

In the waning days of August, we told you that a new BlackBerry with the model number BBD100-1 had received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Today, that model number has surfaced on a certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Slowly but surely, this new “all touch” BlackBerry Mobile model is being prepped by TCL and could end up a successor to the BlackBerry DTEK60.

Built by TCL under a license from BlackBerry, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are secure Android models that run on BlackBerry’s version of the open source OS. The Krypton, which will probably be an …


New BlackBerry handset (BBD100-1) receives its Bluetooth certification

Back in June, reliable tipster Evan Blass sent out a tweet stating that BlackBerry has as many as two new handsets planned, carrying the code names Juno and Krypton. At the time, that was all of the information that could be found about these handsets. Today, a BlackBerry phone with the model number BBD100-1 received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

Based on rumored specs, the BBD100-1 could be another model in the DTEK line up. Designed and manufactured by TCL under a license procured from BlackBerry, the models currently sporting the DTEK name …

Despite receipt of Bluetooth 5 certification, HTC U11 won't run new features until Android O is installed

The HTC U11 has received its Bluetooth 5.0 certification from the Bluetooth SIG. But that doesn’t mean that the phone’s new Bluetooth capabilities are now available. The new features won’t be completely offered to users until the next build of Android, Android O, is actually installed on the handset later this year. The new version of Bluetooth will allow data to be transmitted at speeds twice as fast as presently available, and transmission distance will increase by a factor of four. The amount of information and data sent in each broadcast will increase by as much as eight times the current number.

Helping …

Unannounced version of Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 receives Wi-Fi certification

In February 2016, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 tablet was released by the manufacturer, wearing model number SM-T375. The slab is equipped with an 8-inch display (hence the name of the device), with a resolution of 800 x 1280. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 410 chipset, carrying a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, and the Adreno 306 GPU. 1.5GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of expandable native storage. The camera combo from back to front weighs in at 5MP and 2MP respectively, and Android 5.1 is pre-installed.

So why are we bringing up this outdated tablet? Because it seems that variations of the …

Samsung Gear POP receives its certification from the Bluetooth SIG

A wearable device called the Samsung Gear POP has just received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group). The product carries an SM-R600 model number, and features Bluetooth v4.2 on board. Back in May, we told you about a pair of wearable fitness products that Samsung was developing. One was the aforementioned Gear POP while the other was called the Gear Fit Pro. Both products are believed to have the Tizen OS pre-installed.

The Bluetooth SIG has the Gear POP listed as a mobile device. The product could turn out to be more fitness tracker than smartwatch …

Foldable Samsung Galaxy X gets Bluetooth certification

The long rumored foldable Samsung handset, known as the Samsung Galaxy X, has possibly received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG. Before you get overly excited, the certification went to a Samsung handset with the model number of SM-G888N0. The model number doesn’t correspond with any known device in Samsung’s current lineup, nor does it match with known upcoming Samsung products.

In addition, the model number was previously seen receiving it’s Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. At the time, the device was running Android 6.0.1. The Bluetooth SIG revealed that …

Mystery Motorola model hangs out at the FCC, receives certification and reveals specs

An unknown Motorola model with a serial number of XT1797 has just received FCC certification. That could indicate that this handset will be offered in the U.S. The documentation reveals some of the specs of the phone, including its 5.5-inch display. It also will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 505 GPU. The 3000mAh battery will charge up using new Turbocharging capabilities.

Other information found on the FCC documentation includes dual-SIM and NFC support. Android 7.1.1 will be pre-installed. Instead of a physical FCC label, the information …

Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket (6060C) receives FCC certification

The Alcatel Idol 5 has already appeared a number of times on the Geekbench and GFXBench benchmark sites revealing two different variants. One version (Idol 5S) is powered by the MediaTeK MT6757CH SoC carrying an octa-core 2.3GHz CPU, and the Mali-T880 GPU. 2GB of RAM is aboard this unit. The second model (Idol 5) has the Snapdragon 625 chipset under the hood. This also comes with an octa-core CPU, running at a slightly slower clock speed of 2GHz. The Adreno 506 GPU is on board along with 3GB of RAM.

The version of the Alcatel Idol 5 that comes with the Snapdragon chipset is believed to be …

HTC U11 gets both Google and Alexa in select markets; phone has IP67 certification


The HTC U11 has finally been introduced, and fans of the manufacturer will be ecstatic to find out that HTC’s next flagship will feature the water resistance that they have been begging for. During this morning’s unveiling of the phone, HTC announced that the U11 has an IP67 certification rating. That means that the unit can be submerged in water as deep as 3.3-feet for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed. 

Another interesting announcement deals with the personal assistants on the device. As you might expect since the HTC U11 is an Android phone after all, Google Assistant …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active clears Wi-Fi certification on its way to AT&T

The rugged version of Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to arrive at AT&T any moment now. We’ve been hearing about the smartphone for two months now, so there’s no doubt the Galaxy S8 Active will make its debut in the United States very soon.

The smartphone has been spotted on User Agent String last week, and now it’s been listed at Wi-Fi Alliance with the same model number: Samsung SM-G892A. The smartphone has received its Wi-Fi certification, which means it’s one step closer to market release.

Aside from the model number, no other information about the …