Qualcomm reportedly delays Snapdragon 836 chipset until early 2018


New rumors concerning Qualcomm’s upcoming lineup of SoCs continue to surface. Shortly after a report claiming the US chipset maker has no plans to launch a Snapdragon 836 processor this year made headlines, new information about Qualcomm’s portfolio leaked out.
Although Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor was supposed to power the forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that are expected to hit the shelves later this fall, it turns out the Google’s flagships will have to do with the current Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip).
According to Evan Blass, Qualcomm did promise Google that a Snapdragon …


Apple is reportedly locking up sensors above 12MP for the cameras on the 2018 iPhone models

Apple is expected to raise the MP count for the cameras on its 2018 iPhone models. This is very much likely to occur following the report that the tech titan has booked all of the smartphone lens modules above 12MP that will be rolling off the assembly line at a new factory in Taiwan. The plant is owned by Largan Precision. Interestingly, Largan is allegedly the only company that makes modules for smartphone cameras above 12MP that can produce modules in the quantities that Apple requires.

Largan will be able to produce 600 million lens modules monthly at the new facility, which is six times …

iPhone 8 wireless charging reportedly not fast

It’s pretty much confirmed that the premium Apple iPhone 8 (or iPhone Pro, or whatever it’s called) will include wireless charging but the specifics of how it will work and if it will use a wireless charging standard or something proprietary (as Apple tends to do). But, the latest report says the iPhone 8 wireless charging might not be too fast.

According to an unnamed source for Macotakara, the iPhone 8 will use the Qi wireless standard, but it will not go for the full 15 watt charging that is part of the Qi 1.2 standard, which would be considered “quick charging.” Instead, …

Unknown reasons have reportedly delayed the official Android O rollout

According to a new piece of information that is floating around, Android O will get delayed due to unknown reasons, which most likely involve a ton of ironing out bugs and issues. Coming straight from Android Police’s David Ruddock, this unconfirmed new rumor basically implies that we wouldn’t see Android O get officially seeded to Pixel devices in mid-August, possibly this or next week, which was the public’s general expectation.
So, when is Android O bound to become official? 
A tough question. With zero insider information …

"Foxconn insider" reportedly posts camera samples from the Sharp Aquos S2

In China, a Weibo account belonging to Luo Zhongsheng, a senior vice president of Foxconn Technology Group, reveals photographs that allegedly came from the soon to be unveiled Sharp Aquos S2. More on that in a second. Images of the handset itself show a stunning edge-to-edge screen that
resemble some of the renders that have been leaked for the Apple iPhone 8. Two to three different variants of the S2 are expected.

Model number FS8016, rumored to be priced at the USD equivalent of $519, will carry a 5.5-inch display with a 1080 x 2048 resolution. Powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset, …

T-Mobile Alchemy reportedly coming soon as an affordable, dual camera Android phone

T-Mobile is seemingly planning to release a new own-branded smartphone called Alchemy. According to Android Authority, the T-Mobile Alchemy is manufactured by Coolpad (which recently launched the cheap Defiant on T-Mobile), and will “likely” be a budget handset. 

While there’s no word on the features of the T-Mobile Alchemy, the phone is pictured above. Thus, we can see that the device has capacitive navigation buttons, a main dual rear camera (we don’t know if this can take nice photos or not), and a fingerprint scanner. The phone’s rear shell is textured, while the …

Nokia 8 will reportedly cost €520 outright in Europe

We’re about two weeks away from the official reveal of the Nokia 8, as HMD Global announced it will host a launch event on August 16.

Since we already know what the phone looks like thanks to the plethora of images that leaked online in the last couple of weeks, let’s talk a bit about Nokia 8’s price.

Rumor has it that HMD wants to offer its flagship for a lower price than other high-end smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 or HTC U11. The first reports talk about a slightly lower than €600 price for the Nokia 8, and possibly around the same in the United …

Samsung is reportedly looking into bringing Samsung Pay to other manufacturers' devices

Samsung Pay is sort of the unsung hero of smartphone payment systems: where alternatives such as Apple Pay or Android Pay work exclusively via NFC, Samsung’s solution is actually backwards-compatible with older magnetic card readers as well — a feature rarely talked about, and thus largely unknown to the average consumer. But while the platform is currently limited to Samsung’s flagships and select mid-rangers, a new rumor claims the company is looking into licensing its service to other manufacturers.

According to Gadgets 360, internal sources …

International Moto Z2 Force with 6GB RAM reportedly carries a 3.5mm headphone jack

Yesterday, Motorola and the four major U.S. carriers unveiled the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. While there are some new features like the dual camera setup in back, the pill shaped fingerprint sensor (as opposed to the square shaped button on last year’s model), the Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, and the 64GB of native storage, one of the things that remains the same is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

For those who love the Moto Z2 Force but feel that the lack of the 3.5mm jack is a deal breaker, there is an interesting (but aggravating) rumor that was posted yesterday on Twitter. Citing …

Samsung is reportedly developing its own take on the AirPods, complete with Bixby integration

Now that Bixby Voice has finally been launched in the U.S., Samsung is in desperate need of ways to push it down consumers’ throats: sure, it has the dedicated hardware button on the S8, but that’s no guarantee anyone will actually try out the fresh-faced virtual assistant. And it seems that in order to accomplish that, Samsung is going to take a page from Apple’s playbook.

You see, according to a new report from Korean-language publication Etnews, Samsung is now working on a Bixby-powered earset, following the recent backtracking on its plans of building …