Nokia 6 (2018) could break cover sooner than expected, January 5th date tipped by big Chinese retailer

The 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 could get unveiled sooner than expected. The mid-range phone, which recently passed certification with Chinese regulatory agency TENAA, might go official on January 5th. The latest information comes from Suning, one of the largest retailers in China. 
Today, the official Weibo account of Suning shared the following poster. It basically counts down the days left until the announcement of the Nokia 6. Earlier expectations were that the unveiling will happen in the second half of January, so the latest developments …


Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ tipped to boast a 3MP iris scanner for improved iris recognition

It’s December already, which means that we are mere months away from the anticipated announcement of Samsung’s next big things, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, so it’s quite normal to hear more and more about what these might have in store for us. 
The latest rumor circulating about the duo comes straight from Samsung’s home turf and claims that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature iris scanners with increased resolution which would both increase the sensors’ recognition rate and shorten the time needed for a successful scan and greatly increase the success …

Snapdragon 845 tipped to use older 10nm production, bummer for the US-bound Galaxy S9

It’s been a familiar refrain for years now – the US gets a Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy S line flagship, because… Qualcomm patents, but also Verizon and Sprint’s legacy CDMA voice networks. The rest of the world, however, usually basks in the battery life efficiency coming with Samsung’s homebrew Exynos line of processors, and often the added benefit of a better audio processor.

Next year, with the introduction of the eventual Galaxy S9 and S9+, we thought that the roles may get reversed. Samsung just announced that its second-generation 10nm LPP processors are entering mass production, …

Apple tipped to use LG as a foldable iPhone supplier, since Samsung may leak the design

Samsung may finally be producing its unicorn of a foldable phone in a limited batch, but Apple is taking notice, it seems, as Korean media reports today it has tasked LG with the production of flexible OLED panel and circuit board for an eventual bendy iPhone prototype of its own, some Apple patents for which you can see above. Currently, Apple’s OLED screen needs for the iPhone X and, likely, for the 2018 crop, will be supplied by Samsung, but the team from Cupertino may break that monopoly a year or two from now by investing in LG and other smaller OLED makers.

LG …

Galaxy S9's Exynos version tipped to use 'stacked' motherboard for a bigger battery

We’ve been hearing about “stacked” motherboards destined for iPhones for a while, and Apple is now rumored to use one in the upcoming iPhone 8, so as to free space for a larger, L-shaped battery supplied by LG. In a nutshell, those advanced SLP (Substrate Like PCB) circuit boards would stack or package the chips tighter together, making their footprint much smaller, and leaving space for other things inside a phone, like, ahem, larger batteries. That’s exactly what Samsung may be doing with the Galaxy S9, tips Korean media today, referring to “industry sources”. 

Allegedly, …

Courage: Google once again tipped to be ditching the headphone jacks from its Pixels

The rumor mill once again churns out a rather important piece of information pertaining to Google’s upcoming Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. 

According to a piece of information obtained by 9To5Google’s Stephen Hall once again puts the good ol’ headphone jack in the sights. As per the latest tip, the next Pixels are once again tipped to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and rely on Bluetooth and the USB Type-C port for audio playback.
This coincides with many previous rumors we’ve heard about the device dropping the headphone jack and, to be honest, …

New iPhone 8 features tipped: 'SmartCam' scene recognition, Apple Pay authentication with Face ID

In the latest installment of iPhone 8 scoops obtained from the leaked Apple HomePod firmware, developer Guilherme Rambo has unearthed a code that talks about the eventual new options that will come with the iPhone 8’s vertical dual camera. References to a “SmartCam” option indicate some sort of automatic scene selection software, akin to the Intelligent Auto mode on Sony phones, or other similar camera software algorithms. 

There are several scene mentions, such as Baby, Bright Stage, Document, Fireworks, Foliage, and others, so the camera would allegedly look for those …

OLED iPhones may be here to stay, Apple tipped to front LG $2.7 billion for a supply line

LG might be keeping mum on exactly how much may Apple be fronting it for its giant investment in OLED display production, but industry sources are quickly swooping in to fill the void with numbers, as usual. Previously, they speculated that Apple may be responsible for $1.7 billion of the $8.5 billion total OLED panel-making bill, but now they up the ante with a cool billion more.

The $2.7 billion sum is said to be an advance payment by Apple for securing a production line dedicated entirely to iPhone displays, starting in 2019. Rumor has it that the 2018 Apple …

Galaxy S9, Note 8 and A7 (2018) chipsets tipped: Exynos 9810, 9610 and a hexa-core 7885

Samsung announced the Exynos 8895 chipset in the Galaxy S8 as a member of its Exynos 9-series, even though it is coded with the number eight still, so a true Exynos 9xxx is yet to hit the tape. This may all be changing soon, though, as a leakster with a proven track record of outing mobile processors before they are announced, has posted some info on an eventual Exynos 9610. 

Still built on the 10nm process as the Galaxy S8 chipset, the 9610 is said to land with four powerful Cortex-A73 nodes, clocked at 2.4 GHz, and four frugal Cortex-A53 ones for the …

Could the iPhone 8 have a large battery indeed? LG tipped to supply L-shaped cells for the 'iPhone 9' as well

A new report out of Korea claims that Apple has tasked LG Chem to be an exclusive supplier of “L-shaped” batteries for next year’s iPhone 9, or whatever Apple decides to call it. While it is still early in the game to talk about a 2018 iPhone, the one that is about to be announced this fall is likely already a done deal for Apple in terms of development, and now the eyes are on the next challenge.
While Apple likes to diversify suppliers (currently sourcing batteries from four different makers), the industry source claims that LG Chem has emerged as …