Apple to eschew glass for a metal body in the rumored iPhone 9 with LCD display

Hot on the heels of the report that all 2018 iPhones will sport the “notch and horns” design indeed, comes another tidbit straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, the Japanese sources deal with one particular member of Apple’s expected 2018 family, the rumored “budget” model with a 6.1″ display. 
It is apparently prepped as Apple’s silver bullet for getting away from over-reliance on Korean suppliers (read: Samsung), as not only is it supposed to come with an LCD, instead of OLED display panel, but now Nikkei is also reporting that it will sport a …


Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) silently introduced in Europe: metal body, low price

The sequel to the Huawei Y6 Pro has just been silently introduced in Europe. The budget-friendly smartphone will soon be available for purchase in select markets for only €179. Potential customers can choose either of the three color options: black, gold and silver.

Unlike the original model that packs a MediaTek chipset inside, Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. However, it has the same amount of memory: 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage.

The only downside, when compared to the previous model, is …

Blu Advance A5 and A5 Plus are two super-cheap, but not too exciting metal phones


Blu recently started selling two new cheap smartphones in
the US:
Blu Advance A5, and Blu Advance A5 Plus. The two handsets share a similar
design (including aluminum bodies), but differ when it comes to size and some
features. Priced at $109.99, the Blu Advance A5 Plus sports a 5.5-inch
display with 720 x 1280 pixels, offers 2 GB of RAM, and is powered by a
quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The phone further comes with
16 GB of expandable storage space, a 13 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP
front-facing cameras (both cameras are accompanied by an LED flash).  Costing $89.99, …

Moto G5S Plus confirmed to get metal body, dual camera, bigger screen

Reporting for VentureBeat, seasoned smartphone leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) published a marketing image for the upcoming Moto G5S Plus. This is a “special edition” variant of the Moto G5 Plus from earlier this year. The reported changes can be summed as cosmetic – the phone is now made of aluminum – and technological.
A dual camera (two 13MP sensors, one color, and one monochromatic) has been added, the front camera has been upgraded to 8MP (from 5MP), and the display has been enlarged to 5.5 inches by diagonal. The smartphone also grows slightly bigger …

Honor 6C goes official in Europe with mid-range specs, metal body

Today was a special day for Honor, as the Chinese company introduced its Honor 8 Pro flagship killer in Europe. Along with the smartphone announcement, Honor debuted a beta program for customers in the United States.

But there’s one more thing that got revealed earlier today at Honor’s event, a second smartphone. The Honor 6C has been officially announced today alongside the high-end Honor 8 Pro. The smartphone is supposed to hit the shelves in Europe for €229.

Specs-wise, the Honor 6C is a rebranded Huawei Enjoy 6s, a smartphone that was launched in China …

LeEco Le Max 3 leaks with dual camera, chunky metal body prior to April 11 launch

Despite its messy financial situation, LeEco keeps working on new devices, and the Le Max 3 looks quite up-to-speed. Thorough photos of the upcoming smartphone showed up online, revealing a handset that’s typically LeEco – simplified metal design with narrow screen bezels and software keys.

Notably, the smartphone features a dual camera and what looks like two LED flashes below the lens. Other points of interest include an USB Type C port, a chamfered metal frame, and a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Based on previous leaks, the Le Max 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which …

The cheap Lumia 650 has more metal than the pricier Lumia 950

The 5-inch Windows 10 phone has an aluminium frame, while the Lumia 950 and 950 XL have a plastic casing, despite being seriously high-end under the hood. We got our hands on with the new phone at Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.

The materials swapperoo seems counter-intuitive to us — why give a device that costs just $200/£160 the metal frame while the significantly costlier flagship phones bear the budget feel? (The Lumia 650 converts to around AU$280, but no official word on Australian pricing yet.)

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To be clear, it’s just the frame that’s metal here on the Lumia 650. The backing is still plastic, so you can remove it to get to the Micro SD slot and removable battery, which are both nice things to have in a phone these days.

The phone felt incredibly light in the hand and was easy to pocket. Its AMOLED display is a nice touch, making colors appear rich and contrast high. When you look closely at its rims, you can see the chamfering on the phone’s metal edges.

Still, at this price, you’re not packing in top-of-the-line components.

5-inch OLED display at 1,280×720 resolution
142 mm by 70.9 mm by 6.9 mm and 122 g (5.5 by 2.8 by 0.27 inches and 4.3oz)
1GB RAM
16 GB storage with Micro SD Card up to 200GB Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz
2,000 mAh
Category 4 LTE
8-megapixel rear camera and 5MP front facing
Black and white colors

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Continuum is arguably the killer feature of Windows 10 phones, letting you get a PC-like experience when you connect your device to a big screen. The 650 doesn’t support Continuum. It doesn’t even have the USB-C port you’d need if you wanted to use the Microsoft Display Dock accessory, instead having Micro USB for charging and connectivity.

Also absent is Window Hello, which uses the front-facing camera module to unlock the phone by scanning your eyes. The technology propping up both these signature features adds to a handset’s cost. Leaving them out helps keep the 650’s price down.

That Snapdragon 212 CPU won’t be setting any speed records and 2,000mAh is not the largest battery either, although the low-resolution screen and aforementioned chipset aren’t exactly power hungry.

In launching the phone, Microsoft hyped up its enterprise and business capabilities, but support for Continuum would have added a bigger benefit for business users. Instead the phone seems firmly aimed at the budget conscious looking for a ‘my first Windows Phone’ experience.

Personally we’d like to see Microsoft get a solid Windows flagship to wow the crowds before popping out $200 phones, but that means that as reviewers who love seeing the latest and greatest, we’re clearly not the core audience here — Microsoft has long had an interest in growing its base among buyers of affordable phones.