Category Archives for Phones

Asus promises Android O updates for the entire Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 4 series

August 16, 2017

As you may already know, earlier today Asus held a special event during which it unleashed six additional Zenfone 4 models. These all run Android Nougat, but what about the future? We are, after all, most likely only a few short weeks away from the official launch of Android O (which annoyingly still doesn’t have a proper name).

Well, if you’re interested in purchasing one of Asus’ new handsets, rest assured that they will get to taste the next iteration of Android. The slide you can see screengrabbed below was shared during the Zenfone 4 launch event.

Android O is promised to come…

Nokia 9 with bigger screen than the Nokia 8 seemingly confirmed by company reps

August 16, 2017

For a while, there was some confusion in the rumorsphere regarding what the Nokia 8 would actually end up being called – that or Nokia 9. We obviously know now which option prevailed, since the Nokia 8 became official yesterday.

During that launch, HMD Global representatives seemingly hinted at the fact that a phone with a bigger screen than the Nokia 8 is currently in development, in order “to meet the needs of absolutely all users”.

We assume that we’re talking about a high-end, flagship device, since otherwise there’s already a handset with a bigger screen in HMD’s portfolio – the…

Galaxy Note8 dummy leaks in the wild, promotional materials reveal specs

August 16, 2017

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note8 leaked in a press render showing its Deep Sea Blue color version less than a day ago, and now we’re back with more on the highly anticipated device.

First off, a Note8 dummy has been caught in the wild somewhere in China, and an impromptu photo shoot resulted. Here are the most relevant images:

Samsung Galaxy Note8 dummy unit

The dummy is basically a very accurate representation of all the leaked press renders we’ve seen of the Note8 so far, no surprises there. The less rounded, slightly more blocky design compared to the S8 and S8+ is…

The Nokia 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs OnePlus 5 – how they compare

August 16, 2017

Nokia 8 was announced yesterday with dual 13 MP cameras and Carl Zeiss optics. The first true Nokia Android flagship restarted the debate which high-end device sports the best camera setup.

We decided to put the Nokia 8 against two of the better cameraphones – the Samsung Galaxy S8+ that takes amazing low-light photos and the fan-favorite OnePlus 5 with a 16 MP sensor behind a wide-angle lens plus 20 MP one with a telephoto lens. All three phones work in a completely different way.

A comparison review is on the schedule but until it comes out, check out the specs and tell us which…

Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons

August 16, 2017
 Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in 2014 titled “Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons”. Now Facebook is doing just that. Today it started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image, as well as… Read More

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact stars in leaked renders, video

August 16, 2017

Recently we showed you leaked hands-on images and CAD-based renders for Sony’s upcoming Xperia XZ1, and now it’s time for us to see another of the company’s unannounced devices in all its glory. We’re talking about the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which just received the leaked CAD-based render treatment. There’s also the usual render video down below, make sure you don’t miss that.

The Xperia XZ1 Compact has long been rumored to make its debut during Sony’s IFA press conference on August 31. It should be joined by the aforementioned XZ1, but also the decidedly more mid-range Xperia X1.

As…

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 to have 3D facial recognition

August 16, 2017

The leaks and rumors about phones with flagship specs keep coming, and Xiaomi joins the mix too. The upcoming phablet Mi Mix 2, rumored to be eventually unveiled in September, is going to have 3D face recognition.

The alleged screenshot from the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 lockscreen has an outline of a head, prompting the user to look at the phone to unlock it. According to the Weibo leakster, this will be a feature implemented in the MIUI 9 and will arrive with the big phone, thus not being available for all the other Xiaomi phones bound to get the latest version of the UI.

Since this…

ASUS announces six new ZenFone 4 models

August 16, 2017

In typical ASUS fashion, the company has dropped half a dozen new ZenFone smartphones all at one fell swoop. The new range includes the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

ZenFone 4

The ZenFone 4 has 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD and has 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back with aluminum frame. The phone is powered by a pair of new processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 630, depending upon the variant you choose. Accordingly, you will get either 4GB or 6GB of RAM.

The phone also has 64GB…

Just in: Xiaomi Mi 5X hands-on

August 16, 2017

Xiaomi is back on track with impressive Q2 2017 shipment numbers. Because of the expansion in unusual markets like Mexico or Eastern Europe, the company managed to improve its sales.

The Chinese manufacturer keeps launching more and more devices to answer the demand, and one of the new additions to the portfolio is the Xiaomi Mi 5X. With a flagship name and mid-range specs, the phone is here for review, but before we get to it, we’ll share our first impressions.

The Rose Gold back panel of the Xiaomi Mi 5X we’ve received looks shiny from multiple angles. It has a dual camera…

iPhone 7 is the most popular smartphone in Q2 2017

August 16, 2017

Strategy Analytics posted its latest research on the best-selling smartphones in Q2 2017. The results unveiled a dominance of Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the top two spots, while the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ trailed behind at third and fourth. The fifth best-selling smartphone between April and June is the Xiaomi Redmi 4A with 5.5 million units worldwide.

Smartphone
Shipments (Millions of units)
Market share

Apple iPhone 7
16.9
4.7%

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
15.1
4.2%

Samsung Galaxy S8
10.2
2.8%