First Xiaomi Mi 5X video teaser released ahead of July 26 official reveal

Xiaomi’s next Android smartphone is not going to be a flagship, as the Chinese company readies a mid-range product that will be announced on July 26. More importantly, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X will probably be among the cheapest smartphones to feature a dual-camera setup.

With less than 48 hours until the official reveal of the Mi 5X, Xiaomi published the first video that highlights some of the most important features of the mid-range smartphone. The 15-second video offers a glimpse at the phone’s dual-camera and overall design.

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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 …

RED's Hydrogen One patent drawings reveal how it's really a camera pretending to be a phone

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We haven’t touched it, and we’re not even sure how it’ll work, but RED’s Hydrogen One phone is so mysterious that even its patent filing drawings are fascinating. And revealing. 

The modular phone, which promises to switch between “traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games,” looks fairly minimalist in the shadowy photos released so far. But in the patent filing drawings, the phone looks a lot more interested in filmmaking than the photos would indicate.  Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cases available for pre-order reveal larger Infinity Display and rear scanner


MobileFun today started accepting pre-orders on Olixar’s line up of cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Since major accessory makers get first crack at seeing an upcoming handset in order to produce a case that fits (and with cutouts in the right places), we have to assume that this leak gives us great insight into the design of Sammy’s new high-end phablet. What we see is a larger version of the Infinity Display employed on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+.

In addition, the images dovetail with recent leaks showing that the fingerprint scanner will indeed be placed on the …

Patents reveal Apple might be working on a hand gesture technology that would interact with games, TVs and what not

The USPTO has published an Apple-owned patent this Thursday, describing an interface that would allow users to control electronic devices through hand gestures. While the patent images do not reveal anything interesting about the claimed technology, beyond a circuit scheme for the interface, the document makes a specific mention of exciting intended uses, namely: controlling computer games, consoles and home appliances, interacting with DVD, VCR or TV setups. Are we in the Avatar age or what?

Of course, a published patent is no guarantee that such an invention will ever …

New leaks reveal Apple iPhone 8 back and front panels, live renders, and more

The latest information pertaining to the Apple iPhone 8 has been found on Reddit. The photos are said to belong to someone with a source in the Apple supply chain. If they are legitimate, the pictures are easily one of the the most interesting iPhone 8 leaks yet. The front panel dovetails with earlier leaks showing a sensor on top of the edge-to-edge display. The back panel features the vertically positioned dual-camera setup.

One of the images  gives us a tasty look at all three 2017 iPhone models, which we can tell apart by the camera each unit is sporting. The Apple iPhone 7s  …

Latest patent images reveal what a Microsoft foldable tablet could look like

The latest images related to patents filed by Microsoft for a foldable tablet reveal that the device will be closer to the size of a smartphone than a slate. As you can see from the schematics that accompany this story, a complex series of hinges allows the tablet to offer three configurations; at 0 degrees, the tablet is closed. At 180 degrees, the device is flat open, and at 360 degrees, it is fully open.

When in the 180-degree configuration, the inside screens show a single user interface. In the other configurations, each screen will display its own interface. When opened in …

Pair of leaks reveal dual camera set-up and 3300mAh battery for the OnePlus 5

Yesterday, we told you that OnePlus is seeking the public’s help when it comes to the design of the OnePlus 5 box. Considering that you need a weibo account to select from eight possible choices, the vast majority of voting will be done by consumers in China. Speaking of the box, today a photo surfaced that allegedly shows us one of the sides of the retail container for the handset. The leaked image reveals one of two tag lines that OnePlus will use to help market its latest flagship killer; the print reads “Dual Camera. Clearer Pictures.” Those in the know say that there will be a second tag line …

Leaked slides reveal ARM's new Cortex-A55, Cortex-A75 CPU cores and Mali-G72 GPU

Before being taken down, a series of leaked slides posted online revealed some of the latest technology coming from microprocessor designer ARM. Expected to be introduced tomorrow are the premium Cortex-A75 CPU core and the mid-range Cortex-A55 core. The Cortex-A75 core provides 16% to 48% more performance than the Cortex-A73 as measured by benchmark sites. However, the Octane 2.0 site has recently been discontinued, so the high score should have an asterisk next to it.

The Cortex A-55 is designed to be used in mid-range processors, or paired with the Cortex-A75 for Big.LITTLE processors. …

Secret Facebook documents reveal how site battles violent content

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Facebook’s closely guarded, secret guidelines for monitoring violence, hate speech, and revenge porn have been revealed for the first time after an investigation by the Guardian. They show the extremely fuzzy and imperfect line between what’s considered dangerous material and acceptable content on the world’s leading social network.

Internal documents obtained by the Guardian explore the murky waters that moderators and executives must wade through on a daily basis as they judge user generated content. A Facebook user who exclaims “Let’s beat up fat kids” gets a pass, but a commenter who urges “Someone shoot Trump” is taken seriously. Read more…

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