Sony Xperia XZ1 design allegedly revealed: No surprises

Sony is readying the release of a new high-en Android smartphone allegedly called Xperia XZ1. The handset should succeed the Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs, and it seems that, as of today, we can take a good look at its design, thanks to some renders revealed by CompareRaja and @OnLeaks.

Apparently, the Xperia XZ1 largely resembles the Xperia XZs, being a metal-made device with a minimalistic, elegant design (albeit some people may not be crazy about the large top and bottom bezels). The Flash and sensors next to the phone’s rear camera now stand horizontally – as seen …


The iPhone 8’s rear design 'not finalized', tip suppliers, release may slip to November

We are still awaiting Apple’s final decision before shipping partsIt seems that Apple is again running into issues with the rumored in-display finger scanner for the iPhone 8, which may explain why we are seeing cases and dummies both with and without a rear Touch ID sensor. Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said recently that its announcement is likely to be concurrent with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus in September, and Apple’s generous Q3 forecast also folds in a September release, but when it comes to the eventual finger scanner placement, holdouts remain.

An insider …

Photos claim to show final design of the Moto X4 dual-camera setup

The unthinkable happened a couple of days ago when reliable source Evan Blass (@evleaks) admitted that the render he revealed last month as the camera design for the Moto X4, was not the final design. But Blass did the right thing and posted an image that supposedly does show the final version of the rear-facing dual camera setup. The final version of the camera has the dual LED flash units on the top of the module; the original image had the flash units on the bottom.

Similar to the way the dual camera set-up has been deployed on the Motorola Moto Z2 Force, one of the two sensors will take …

Do you miss “old” Samsung — removable backs, IR blasters, plastic design?

There’s an ever-going battle in the smartphone-loving communities. In one corner, we have those who like their device to look and feel premium — why drop $700 on an expensive piece of hardware if it’s not going to make heads turn, right? On the other end, we have power users who could care less about looks and prefer to have the most decked-out phone in terms of both hardware and software.

The latter group was generally catered to by old school Samsung. Sammy used to throw whatever it can think of in its TouchWiz UI, had the latest hardware, removable batteries, …

'Final' iPhone 8 design leak depicts 4mm bezels, tips $1100 release price

Whenever a popular phone approaches its announcement date, there is a barrage of case makers that advertise their brands by pushing concept images of the handset snug tightly in their own wrappers. In the best-case scenario, such renders are based on leaked factory schematics and tips from industry sources, rather than just rumors and educated guesswork, so sometimes these leaks depict what turns out to be very close to the real deal. The latest in these installments comes courtesy of a luxury case maker that pushed some info about the iPhone 8 already, but now has managed to issue …

Plastic to premium design Galaxies? Blame the Samsung guy in golden sneakers

Have you noticed something different in Samsung’s Galaxy line phones since 2015? Yes, that’s precisely the year after Samsung’s current design chief was promoted, and what followed was the demise of its plasticky flagships and midrangers. The Galaxy S6, S7 and S8, not to mention the newer A-series or J-line, have all come with more premium chassis materials like metal and glass, culminating into the “Infinity Display” of the new S8 and S8+.

Companies used to design phones to show off their technologyBlame it all on Samsung’s current design head M.H. Lee, who recently …

Apple has ‘fundamentally changed’, while the smartphone market is now ruled by design trends, rather than raw tech innovation

To many people around the world, innovation and gadget-induced adrenaline have plateaued in the last few years, as new smartphone models seem to offer little exciting new stuff that their predecessors didn’t have. Nowadays, silicon inside handsets is relatively standard for most brands, and customers’ purchases are largely based on a phone’s image, looks and feel, rather than on a new piece of tech it rocks. According to a recent WSJ report, smartphone design accounts for up to 50% of a customer’s decision to buy or not to buy, while it was previously believed that the figure …

Alleged LG V30 cases might be giving away some design clues

Online mobile accessories retailer MobileFun last month gave us a possible look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 thanks to several cases it was taking pre-orders for. Renders showing the Galaxy Note 8 inside these cases provided legitimate looking images of the phablet. While the device has not been released yet, several subsequent leaks matched the exact renders found on the MobileFun site. 

Now, it is the LG V30’s turn to possibly appear inside cases that MobileFun is taking pre-orders on. The first one is a clear Rearth Ringke Fusion LG V30 case, and is priced at $19.49. The second …

A new Google Now design begins to roll out to some Pixel phones

Android has been widely praised and preferred for the customizability of its looks. Nonetheless, there has been a fair share of smartphone users, especially those on the ‘other side’ (e.g. iOS users), who have argued that iOS still provides better and smoother visual experiences, albeit with limited options for custom-tweaking the UI. In this spirit, Google has seemingly kicked off an update to Google Now’s looks that certainly adds to the feature’s visual appeal and makes the screen look more like an extension to your home screen, rather than a whole new app window.

The update has started …

These dbrand Galaxy Note 8 skins might reveal the design of Samsung's next big thing

A Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is coming soon, and, most likely, it’s going to be announced at the end of August. Rumors have it that the handset will resemble the Galaxy S8 to a considerable degree (dual curve screen and thin bezels included), though its corners should be a bit more square-ish, while its rear might host a dual camera alongside a fingerprint scanner.

Even if we’re more than one month away from the day when Samsung will officially unveil the new Galaxy, dbrand, an American maker of popular custom skins for smartphones, is already accepting pre-orders for Note 8 skins. dbrand …