Apple to investigate social media claims of swollen batteries on the iPhone 8 Plus

With a pair of claims disseminated over social media pertaining to swollen batteries found on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, the company is going to take the time to investigate the phones, the batteries and anything else it needs to examine to make sure that it has a legitimate theory about the circumstances surrounding the incidents. At least one of the social media posts included pictures showing that the battery swelling pushed the phone’s screen right out of its housing.

In one of the examples, the owner of the phone said that the swelling occurred while he was charging the handset using …


New report claims HTC U11 Plus will be launched in Q4 2017

Even though Google recently announced that it has decided to acquire HTC’s mobile division, taking over around 2,000 of its engineers, the Taiwanese company didn’t actually sell its smartphone brand to the search giant.

Rumor has it, HTC plans to launch one more flagship smartphone by the end of this year, the so-called HTC U11 Plus. A previous rumor suggested the flagship could be unveiled as early as November, but now we have more info that comes in line with that report.

Industry sources claim the new smartphone will be an upgraded variant of the current …

A third Google Pixel 2 named "Ultra pixel" in the works, last-minute rumor claims

When compared with its last-year predecessors, the Google’s Pixel 2 duo is shaping up to be somewhat weird — the smaller Pixel 2 is just about as safe as one would imagine — it’s essentially last year’s model, but with slightly upgraded internals and a barely tweaked design. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL is said to be quite different in terms of looks, as it will adopt the new industry standard of the tall, bezel-less display.

And this is great and all, but at one point there were also rumors of a third Pixel phone, code named muskie, but that …

Research firm claims Essential Phone sold only 5,000 units in the US

Andy Rubin’s company, Essential has been recently valued at roughly $1.2 billion, but its first product might be considered a flop if we take into consideration the latest report coming from research firm BayStreet.

BayStreet is known for tracking shipments of phones in the United States. According to the research company, only 5,000 Essential Phone units were sold in the country since its launch.

The number is ridiculously low, but not impossible to “achieve.” The Essential Phone should have been released on the market back in June, but it only started shipping …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be the only Mate 10 variant with a bezel-less design, new rumor claims

One of Huawei’s biggest market successes outside of its own home country is definitely the Mate 9, so it only makes sense we’ll be seeing a successor to it soon. And this has already been confirmed, thanks to a video showing off the device’s camera capabilities.

But many people out there probably don’t know that there’s actually four different devices bearing the Mate 9 name — though the Porsche Design and Pro one are pretty much identical, and the Lite is just a mid-ranger using the name for a cheap marketing boost. So the question remains, will …

Alleged official invitation claims Huawei Mate 10 will be announced on October 16

Huawei Mate 10 will probably the last major flagship to be introduced this year, but the Chinese company says that it will worth the wait. Even the official invitation to Huawei’s launch event promises that you won’t be sorry if you won’t cave in and buy another top-tier phone.

But how long you’ll have to wait for the Huawei Mate 10 to arrive? Well, according to this invitation, the Mate 10 will be announced on October 16, which comes in line with a previous report claiming the flagship will be unveiled on that date.

The event is set to take place in Munich, …

HP is experimenting with Android for a successor to the Elite X3, rumor claims

HP’s Elite X3 might just have been the best Windows 10 Mobile device nobody bought. Reasons for this include its considerably high price tag, its focus on the enterprise, as well as possibly its biggest problem: the fact it runs Windows. But even a company as badly mismanaged as HP (hey, remember that time they bought Palm and ran it right into the ground in just a year?) knows when it’s got a good idea, and a recent rumor suggests the company is working on a successor.

And that idea is a smartphone that, when connected to a dock, results in a seamless …

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact will hit store shelves by September 10, new rumor claims

As is tradition, Sony will be holding an event ahead of this year’s IFA, at which it will be unveiling its fall lineup of smartphones. And this isn’t just speculation on our part — the company has already announced its keynote time and place more than two months ahead.

However, we’ve heard a fair amount of info about that very same lineup — according to the latest rumors, Sony is set to announce a trio of new devices, the Xperia X1, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact. But the latter of these is certainly the most interesting, though: Sony is pretty much the only …

Mysterious 6-inch iPhone 8 might be coming this September, report claims

A new report from South Korea claims that the luxury OLED iPhone might actually come in two sizes. 

The source of this information is a recent ETNews article that provides details about Samsung Display’s A3 production plant. Apparently, OLED panels for Apple are mainly fabricated in this foundry and full-scale production is set to start at the end of this month. While that’s certainly interesting, the really intriguing part is that the A3 plant is reportedly manufacturing both 5.8″ and 6″ OLED screens for Apple: 

If Samsung …

Galaxy Note 8 unveiling set for August 23, new report claims

Following yesterday’s report claiming Samsung will be pushing ahead with the Galaxy Note 8’s reveal so as to compensate for the Galaxy S8’s unexpectedly low sales, Korean-language publication The Bell has now given us a firm time and place for the event, citing unnamed industry sources.

August 23 is now reportedly set to be the date of the Note 8’s reveal, which will take place at a Galaxy Unpacked event in New York. And while this news is in stark contrast with previous rumors (including yesterday’s news), which claimed that the device will make its …