Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Blanc) and Mate 10 Lite (Alps) specs exposed ahead of official reveal

Huawei confirmed it will unveil its Mate series flagship on October 16, and promised that those who wait for its Mate 10 will not be disappointed. Rumor has it, Huawei will announce more devices next month derivative of the Mate 10.

Aside from the standard Mate 10, Huawei is expected to introduce two other smartphones, which haven’t been named yet. An improved version that could be launched as Huawei Mate 10 Pro has the codename Blanc, while the slightly less-powerful Mate 10 Lite (or whatever its name) is known as Alps.

The standard Huawei Mate 10 is only known by its codename …


Official renders of Sony's Xperia XZ1 Compact reveal a plastic outer shell

After we saw the first official renders of Sony’s upcoming flagship Xperia XZ1, it was all but inevitable its downsized twin, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, would be next in line. So here we are today — Roland Quandt has now given us our first actual look at the device (CAD-based renders notwithstanding), presumably once again sourced from a premature Amazon listing.

And as expected from Sony, the design matches the bigger XZ1 pretty closely, but with a couple of important changes. Besides the smaller size and increased thickness, there’s one thing that …

Alcatel Idol 5 specs, pictures and price exposed before official reveal

News about Alcatel’s new lineup of smartphones continues to pour in with just one week before their official unveiling. The next device on the least of upcoming smartphones is the Alcatel Idol 5, which was recently spotted at GFXBench with model number TCL 6058.

The Idol 5 is a mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat. Unfortunately, it’s much more expensive than it should, considering the rest of the specs. It appears that Alcatel Idol 5 will be launched in Europe for around €400 outright.

The phone is equipped with a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek …

Alcatel A3 Plus, A7 XL and U5 HD leak ahead of IFA 2017 reveal

At least three new Android smartphones will be introduced by Alcatel at IFA 2017. The unannounced devices have been leaked over the weekend and are likely to make their debut on the market this fall.

The Alcatel A3 Plus comes in two variations (3G and 4G) and sports a 5.5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution. Even though this is a cheap device, it will feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the 3G model, but the 4G version will have the fingerprint scanner on the front side.

Next in line, the Alcatel A7 XL is a huge smartphone …

Document seems to reveal a Microsoft built Touch Cover for the Apple iPad

Microsoft debuted the Surface Touch Cover in 2012. A combination cover/QWERTY, the accessory protected the tablet while at the same time it provided a flat, formless keyboard to help users type faster on the Surface tablet. But a flat typing surface was not good enough for most, so Microsoft came up with the Surface Type Cover. The Type Cover comes with buttons and keys making it more of a legitimate QWERTY keyboard for Surface users. And yes, it can double as a cover.

Microsoft now produces only the Type Cover for Surface users, but it doesn’t appear that the Touch Cover is going away. …

New set of Nokia 8 live pictures leak ahead of August 16 reveal

Finnish company HMD Global has already confirmed a launch event for August 16 where there’s a high chance we’ll see the Nokia 8 flagship. We already know quite a few things about the smartphone’s specs, but also what it looks like.

Many pictures showing the gold-copper version of the Nokia 8 leaked during the week, but if you haven’t seen them yet, here is a new set that should give you an idea of what to expect from HMD’s flagship design-wise.

The live images confirm the Nokia 8 will feature a physical Home button on the front side, which is likely to house the fingerprint sensor. …

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.

Aside from the fact that …

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 …