Samsung's Galaxy S9 lite release tipped for May 21, but you may never get it

The mysterious Galaxy S9 “lite” that has been making the rumor rounds lately may actually be a real phone that is going to be released soon at a price yet unknown. There were already a few press shots leaked of the downgraded S9, and it looks pretty in the new Burgundy Red that the S9 is also going to get.

Today, however, a tip out of the vast and wild prairies of the Chinese tech blogosphere, claims that the release date of the S9 lite will be May 21, but the handset will be exclusive for JD, a Chinese e-tailing giant that rivals Alibaba when it comes to tech and gadgets. That’s …


Galaxy Note 9 tipped to be a tad smaller than Note 8

Infinity Display design or not, let’s face it, a 6.3″ panel makes for a huge handset, no matter the screen aspect ratio, how much Samsung has trimmed the bezels of the Note 8, or curved its sides. 

That is why it’s refreshing to hear a tip that its successor, the Note 9, might be shorter, but probably retain its width. While the phone is narrow enough to peruse across with one hand in fair comfort, it’s very tall, so chopping off its top and bottom bezels further is welcome news when it comes to handling or carrying. While “2mm shorter than its predecessor” may not sound …

Google tipped to launch three Pixel-branded smartwatches this year

It looks like 2018 shapes up to be a great year for Google. After officially revealing Android P earlier this week, Google is readying for yet another major event where the Mountain View company is likely to announce two Pixel smartphones.

However, according to leakster Evan Blass, Google plans to introduce its first Pixel-branded watch this fall along with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. However, those waiting for Google’s own wearables to make it to market will be pleased to know the company is actually working on three different smartwatches.

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HTC U12+ to be priced as the Galaxy S9, release date tipped for June 1

 

 

We just did our grand roundup of all the rumors and leaks about the eventual swan songs of HTC’s flagship line – the U12 and U12+ – that might have been conceived before Google took over the company’s Pixel-making department, and poached 2000 engineers with them. Lo and behold, as if to confirm that these two phone are indeed coming soon, the U12+ pricing has leaked straight out of Taiwan from a source that has had good HTC scoops …

Splash-resistant Apple AirPods 2 tipped to arrive later in 2018 with always-on Siri functionality

Word on the street is Apple is preparing a rather substantial second generation of its famed wireless AirPod earbuds. According to industry sources that refuse to be named (as usual), the second-gen AirPods that go by the model number B288 internally will be splash-resistant similarly to many of its more notable rivals on the wireless earbuds market. 
Fully water-proof should probably not be expected yet, but resistance to splashes and sweat is probably just up Apple’s alley. The current iteration of the AirPods is unofficially quite capable of surviving short …

Galaxy S9 starting price tipped to be $100 more than the S8's

The Galaxy S9 will feature a “reimagined” variable aperture camera, faster chipset, and new color options, but all that jazz won’t come cheap, it seems. Dovetailing with a renowned leakster’s tip that the S9 and S9+ may be the most expensive Galaxy S-line phones ever, comes one unnamed “source in the UK mobile phone deals industry,” who informs us of the same:

You can expect the S9 to cost £100 more than the Galaxy S8 when it was released last year. The truth is that last year’s massively inflated smartphone prices on handsets like the S8, Note 8 and iPhone X have …

Galaxy S9 price and release date tipped for Korea, more expensive than the S8

Hot on the heels of the rumor that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be the most expensive duo in the history of the Galaxy S line now comes a report out of Samsung’s home country that reiterate that speculation, albeit for the home turf of South Korea. The two phones will be available on all three major carriers in Korea, but “although the domestic price of the Galaxy S9 will increase, it will be decided at a level where consumers do not feel burdened,” divulged a source from inside one of those carriers.

How much is that level, compared to the Galaxy S8 starting price in Korea? Well, …

Apple's iPhone Xs/Plus tipped to come with high-capacity L-shaped batteries by LG

The rumors that Apple will be utilizing an L-shaped battery in the iPhone X actually materialized, though not to the extent initially thought. The usage of stacked system board in the X allowed Apple to fit all chippery in half the space the motherboard is taking in, say, the iPhone 8 Plus, leaving plenty of room for another battery cell underneath it. As a result, the iPhone X, which in size is not much larger than the iPhone 8, has a much higher, 2716 mAh battery capacity.

This year, however, Apple is allegedly planning to bend fully in L-shape, and equip the upcoming heirs …

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 …