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    by Published on 07-03-2018 06:45 AM
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    Just a few weeks ago I posted about the escalating arms race in smartphone cameras—specifically the rising number of lens assemblies on the backs of premium units. In that post was a photo of the Light L16, a $2,000 USD compact camera capable of stitching together a 52 megapixel image from its array of 16 lenses.

    And wouldn't you know it, Light is making a phone now.

    The photo above is a prototype sporting no less than nine lenses (plus flash), published by The Washington Post in a feature on future phone tech. Depending on your subject as few as five lenses will be needed for any one shot, but the resulting photo will have a resolution of 64 megapixels—even better than Light's current standalone camera.

    The first Light-branded smartphone will almost certainly run Android, and will likely be built by Foxconn, which has enjoyed a strategic relationship with the company since 2015. There's no word yet on when it's coming to market, but look for an official announcement later this year.

    Source: Washington Post via Tom's Guide

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    by Published on 06-29-2018 07:15 AM
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    PCMag had a sit-down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau at the Shanghai, China edition of Mobile World Congress, where it was revealed that the upstart OEM was not only working on a 5G-capable smartphone for next year, but looking to sell it through a carrier channel in the U.S. as well:

    Lau said OnePlus wants to go with carrier sales because it lets more people in the U.S. have hands-on time with phones before buying them, which so far people have only been able to do at periodic pop-up events.

    Lau didn't specify a carrier, or whether he is talking to more than one carrier. The OnePlus 6 currently works well on AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks, but as the company uses common Qualcomm chipsets, it's conceivable that it could make a phone that works with any US carrier.
    As a OnePlus user myself I'm skeptical about this, and not just because of the company's prevalence towards #HYPE. Since their second release OnePlus has made it their mission statement to sell dual-SIM hardware, and I can't ever see AT&T selling a phone that could undercut their revenue by allowing a SIM from another provider. Also, OnePlus currently sells a single SKU (plus available upgrades for storage and RAM) that supports most networks around the world. Unless their 5G modem is going to support CDMA-based networks as well, they're going to have a fragmentation problem on their hands.

    On the other hand, it was a joy to see OnePlus hardware on display in the carrier shops of Copenhagen; if they can score a similar deal with a carrier in the U.S. then good for them. I just don't think it's ever going to happen.

    Source: PCMag.com

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    by Published on 06-27-2018 10:45 AM
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    For whatever it's worth, reputable leaker Steve H.—aka @OnLeaks—has posted some renders of the new Pixel phones set for release this autumn. Image galleries and video renders of both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be found on a site called My Smart Price. I've no idea why, either.

    Steve was pretty spot-on with renders of the 2nd-gen Pixels that were making the rounds this time last year; these new renders are also based on factory designs, so there's good reason to believe that they're similarly legit. Those in the market for a new Pixel this year will be pleased to see that the dual front-firing speakers on both models make a return appearance, along with what looks like dual-lens selfie cams. The differences? The Pixel 3 XL will have a 6.2 inch 19:9 display with notch, while the Pixel 3 will have a 5.4 inch 18:9 display and will be notch-free.

    I'm not embedding the video renders here only because they pale in comparison to the stunning high-resolution images. Check 'em out at the first link below!

    Source: My Smart Price News via @OnLeaks on Twitter

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    by Published on 06-26-2018 06:44 AM
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    If you hadn't yet heard, the 9th edition of the original phablet is to be announced at an event in New York City on August 9th, and shipping a few weeks after that. Droid Life has apparently found the device's listing at the FCC, with the model number SMN960F.



    The 'F' in SMN960F likely indicates an international version, so there's no need to panic if you don't see your LTE band in the screen grab above.

    Aside from the expected processor upgrades and the almost certain inclusion of a variable aperture camera system similar to the Galaxy S9, the Note 9 is rumoured to have a whopping 4,000mAh battery and an available version with 512GB of storage—but only for China and South Korea. There will be no display notch, but there will be a 3.5mm audio jack.



    Here's a render of the Note 9 from 91Mobiles and Onleaks. The lead graphic at the top of the post is from another reputable leaker on Twitter.

    Sources: 91Mobiles, Droid Life, @Universeice

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    by Published on 06-21-2018 07:15 AM
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    If Mac Otakara is to be believed, this is Apple's iPhone lineup for 2018. And why should Mac Otakara be believed? Apparently that same site first broke the news that Apple was ditching the headphone jack on 2016's iPhone 7.

    What we're looking at here are dummy units—that is, 3D-printed shells designed using leaks from Apple's supply chain. An updated 5.8 inch iPhone X (centre) will be joined by a 6.4 inch Plus model (right) and a 6 inch budget model with larger bezels (left). We don't yet know what the nomenclature of the phones will be, but it does appear that Apple is going all-in on the notch.

    The dummy units were purchased from an unnamed seller on Alibaba. To give you a better idea of their size Mac Otakara also uploaded a video to YouTube:



    From the video you'll see that the budget iPhone has only a single camera lens assembly on the back. It will apparently have an LCD display as well, whereas the other two models with have an OLED panel like the current iPhone X. According to Forbes the budget iPhone will retail for $400 USD less than the supersized Plus model.

    Of course, we won't know anything for sure until September, but this leaker does have some credibility, for whatever that's worth.

    Source: Mac Otakara (Japanese) via Forbes

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    by Published on 06-18-2018 07:15 AM
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    Before anything else I need to make it perfectly clear that this is only a render. There has been no firm indication from Motorola that their iconic Razr, the impossibly-thin feature phone that conquered the world in the early 2000s, is making a comeback. All we have at the moment are unsubstantiated rumours.

    There is, however, some hard evidence that Moto is planning some sort of foldable smartphone.



    These illustrations, courtesy of the Dutch site Let's Go Digital, are from a filing submitted by Motorola to the World Intellectual Property Organization, clearly showing a device with a flexible hinge and display. Unfortunately that display bends along the device's vertical, rather than horizontal, axis. What difference does that make? Back to the render we go!



    Again, this is only one fan's flight of fancy, and in no way represents any confirmed hardware designs from Motorola. But hey, we can still dream, right?

    Sources: Let's Go Digital (Dutch), T3

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    by Published on 05-29-2018 06:45 AM
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    The only thing I can say with any confidence about this photo is that the timing seems right. Google's third pair of Pixel phones will almost certainly be announced this fall, and it would make sense that their design would be more or less finalized at this point. But the source of this alleged leak? Well, that's another matter altogether. It's literally some random Weibo account (crossposted to Slashleaks) and purports to show the tempered glass screen protectors for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

    If the photos and what's in them are legit, they give us a pretty good idea of what the new Pixels will look like, at least from the front: the smaller Pixel 3 will have a 2:1 screen ratio for the first time and the Pixel 3 XL will have a notch—entirely expected given that notch support will be native to Android P. The top and bottom cutouts would also suggest front-facing stereo speakers for both devices, and perhaps dual selfie cams as well.

    Looking back at last year's Pixel 2s it wasn't until June that we even found out what the codenames were. So this "leak" may in fact be a lie.

    Source: Slashleaks via Android Central

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    by Published on 05-18-2018 06:15 AM
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    HTC has a new flagship on the way, and thanks to master leaker Evan Blass we've got an early look. The trio of images above are apparently official press renders, which Blass tweeted yesterday along with a three-page spec sheet. Some highlights:

    6 inch 18:9 2880 x 1440 pixel LCD display
    Snapdragon 845 Processor
    6 GB RAM / 64 or 128 GB of storage + microSD
    12 MP wide angle + 16 MP telephoto OIS rear cameras
    Dual 8 MP selfie cams
    3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
    Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense
    HTC Edge Sense 2 (squeezable frame)

    The leaked documents indicate that the device will be made official next Wednesday, May 23rd, so HTC fans won't have long to wait!

    Source: @evleaks via GSM Arena

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    by Published on 05-10-2018 06:45 AM
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    The OnePlus 6 is set to be unveiled in London next week, but thanks to a tweet (since deleted) by Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, here's an early look at two variants of the phone. That's Bachchan on the right, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on the left.

    With it's vertically-oriented dual-camera assembly and elliptical fingerprint reader it seems like OnePlus is now drawing design inspiration from Samsung as well as Apple. I wouldn't call that a bad thing.

    Confirmed features and specs for the OnePlus 6 are as follows:

    The latest and greatest Snapdragon processor (845);
    a me-too display notch (hidable via software);
    water resistance;
    3.5 mm audio jack;
    2018's camera gimmick, super-slow-motion video.

    Super-slo-mo video, already seen on Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Sony's Xperia XZ1, is made possible by the Snapdragon 845—which, according to XDA, supports slow motion HEVC video encoding at either 480fps (720p) or 240fps (1080p). This and some sort of water resistance were teased in separate tweets by OnePlus.

    Not yet confirmed is support for wireless charging, but it would certainly make sense. There's the glass back you can see on Mr. Bachchan's device above, and also the resurgence of Qi charging thanks to the latest iPhones.

    One thing is for certain: all will be revealed when the OnePlus 6 is made official at 5pm BST next Wednesday.

    Source: XDA

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    by Published on 04-03-2018 06:45 AM
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    If this rumor turns out to be true then Google is going to have a grey market sensation on its hands.

    The Economic Times of India reports that Mountain View is planning a big sales push into the subcontinent—which, last time I checked, was the second largest smartphone market in the world. The initiative will include official sales channels for Google's high-end Pixelbook, Google Home and other home automation products and apparently a mid-range Pixel phone as well.

    SlashGear thinks that the phone will be revealed this summer, and cites the HTC Desire 12 as a reference for specs:

    5.5 inch, 720 x 1440 pixel display
    MediaTek MT6739 processor
    2 or 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage + microSD
    13 megapixels rear-facing camera
    2,730 mAh battery

    While I agree that a mid-range Pixel would most likely be built by HTC talent, those specs seem a bit underwhelming in a market where overachieving OnePlus phones (for example) seem to do quite well.

    One thing's for sure: if there is to be a made-for-India Pixel it will almost certainly require dual SIM support, and will therefore never come to the Americas. At least not from your carrier.

    Sources: The Economic Times of India, SlashGear

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    by Published on 03-29-2018 07:30 AM
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    This is no leak; if you're looking for leaks, see below.

    The image above is the first official rendering of the OnePlus 6, shared with The Verge so that the Chinese Android OEM can explain their rather obvious homage to the iPhone X—that is, the dreaded notch. Apple wasn't actually first to market with this contentious design choice; that honour goes to Andy Rubin's Essential Phone. Apple's decision to go that same route, however, has legitimized it enough for Google to include notch support in its next version of Android.

    As for OnePlus specifically, here are Carl Pei's thoughts on the subject:

    In his mind, the question of whether to have a notch at all is a foregone conclusion. OnePlus, like every other phone maker opting to go this design route, sees it as adding more screen real estate instead of taking anything away. “What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.”
    Fair enough. However... in exchange for a notched display Apple pretty much removed all other bezels from their iPhone X. If the leaked images below are legit, that doesn't quite seem to be the case for the OnePlus 6.



    OnePlus is nonetheless claiming a notch-assisted 90% screen to body ratio, compared to 80.5% for the OnePlus 5T. I'm not sure what's going on with the different finishes on the back; the glass version leaked on a Chinese site last February, and the textured back was tweeted by Evan Blass yesterday.

    Sources: Android Police, The Verge

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    by Published on 03-09-2018 08:15 AM
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    Famous phone leaker Evan Blass has, for the moment, turned his prying eyes to smartwatches and has come up with this, the Fitbit Versa. It's not the first time we've seen this newer, cheaper and less fugly version of the Ionic. Nine days ago Wareable posted a gallery of the then-unnamed device; they've since updated their post to include the new information from Blass.

    Available in black, charcoal, rose gold and silver, the Versa will run the same Fitbit OS as the Ionic, but in a smaller and more female-friendly form factor. It will be water resistant to 50mm and, like the Ionic, will include an SpO2 sensor able to monitor sleep apnea once Fitbit enables that feature. The one thing it won't have on its spec sheet is GPS.

    If you think the Versa bears more than a passing resemblance to the Pebble Time Steel you're not wrong. In fact, someone told Wareable that Pebble had a touchscreen watch in development before they were bought up by Fitbit.

    The Versa is expected to go on sale this spring, and will almost certainly retail for less than the $300 USD Ionic.

    Sources: Evan Blass via Android Police, Wareable

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    by Published on 02-02-2018 06:30 AM
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    Some folks over at XDA examined the code for an unreleased Oreo Beta for the Note8, and within it found an XML file with a list of all upcoming Galaxy phones and tablets for 2018. And without any further ado, here is that list:

    astarqlte (Samsung Galaxy S9 Active)
    c10lte (Samsung Galaxy C10)
    c10plte (Samsung Galaxy C10 Plus)
    crown (Samsung Galaxy Note 9)
    degasy18wifi
    grandppirislte
    gtaxlad
    gta2xl (Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2018)
    gtesy18lte (Samsung Galaxy Tab E 2018)
    gts4llte (Samsung Galaxy Tab S4)
    j2y18lte (Samsung Galaxy J2 2018)
    j3neolte (Samsung Galaxy J3 Neo)
    j3topelte
    j4lte (Samsung Galaxy J4)
    j6lte (Samsung Galaxy J6)
    j7topelte
    j7toplte
    j8lte (Samsung Galaxy J8)
    jackpotlte
    jackpotqlte
    jackpot2lte
    jackpot2qlte
    kellylte
    lugelte
    star (Samsung Galaxy S9)
    star2 (Samsung Galaxy S9+)

    Most intriguing among the entries here is the "jackpot" series, which may or may not turn out to be the rumoured, foldable Samsung Galaxy X. For more on the list and to see how XDA found it see the three links immediately below.

    Sources: XDA (1) (2) (3)

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    by Published on 01-29-2018 06:30 AM
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    What we're looking at here is an unannounced Acer tablet—photographed, tweeted, then deleted by an attendee at a London trade show. What makes this particular tablet different than all the other Android tablets currently on the market is that its actually not running Android at all, but instead a touch-friendly version of Chrome OS.

    According to Liliputing's Brad Linder, a Chrome OS-powered tablet (or "Chromepad") offers a number of advantages over a similar form factor running Android:

    • Faster boot speeds
    • Free-floating, resizable windows
    • Support for Chrome browser extensions
    • More advanced browser tools including developer tools, a task manager, and a powerful bookmark manager
    • 5 years of software and security updates delivered by Google rather than the PC maker
    All this plus full support for Android apps, just like the Android tablet you're using/not using now.

    Unfortunately it's entirely unknown if Acer is actually planning on bringing this device to market, or if it's just a one-off proof of concept for internal use. Whatever the case, it's certainly an intriguing idea.

    Source: Liliputing (1) (2)

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    by Published on 01-25-2018 07:00 AM
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    In a press release yesterday Samsung confirmed that their next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, will be revealed on Sunday, February 25th to kick off the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

    As the teaser suggests, an improved camera system will be a marquee feature of the new devices—that is, the S9 and S9+. According to a reputable leaker on Twitter the big deal this year will be a variable aperture on the rear facing camera lenses:

    S9 Camera:12MP F2.4/F1.5 960fps
    S9+ Camera:12MP+13MP F1.4? 960fps
    — @UniverseIce January 12, 2018
    If you were hoping for a better placement of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor this year, here's a video of an alleged S9 dummy unit:



    Ok, I guess that's slightly better...

    Other unsubstantiated rumours include a front camera with a 3D sensor (whatever that is), and stereo speakers (finally). Any other juicy leaks will be reported on here; stay tuned!

    Sources: SamMobile, Samsung, Twitter

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    by Published on 01-17-2018 07:00 AM
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    Some slides from Motorola's upcoming presentation at Mobile World Congress seem to have leaked to Droid Life... or maybe all of them? If the source is legit we can at least have an advanced look at this year's updated hardware designs.



    Moto X5

    5.9 inch FHD+ 18:9 display
    Dual front and rear cameras

    No other information is available for Moto's traditional flagship. However, from the graphic above we can see an Essential/iPhone-esque notch at the top of the screen and some sort of software navigation bar at the bottom.

    Also, does the world honestly need yet another smartphone assistant?



    Moto Z3, Z3 Play

    6 inch FHD+ 18:9 display

    Moto's midrange Z series continues to be the only line to support Moto Mods. And speaking of Moto Mods, get a load of this one...



    Moto 5G Mod

    As crazy as it sounds, this accessory would bring 5G wireless service to any compatible phone. Have we even decided what 5G is yet?



    Moto G6, G6 Play, G6 Plus

    5.7/5.93 inch FHD+ 18:9 display
    Snapdragon 450/630 processor
    3/4/6 GB RAM, 32/64 GB storage
    12 + 5 MP rear cameras, 16 MP selfie cam
    3,000/3,200/4,000 mAh battery
    Fingerprint readers on all models

    The cheapest hardware from Motorola also has the most leaked information. In addition to the specs above there are the following colour options:

    G6 - black, rose gold, silver
    G6 Play - blue, charcoal, gold
    G6 Plus - black, silver, teal

    There is even some pricing information—nothing for the G6 Play as of yet, but the G6 and G6 Plus are expected to retail for $240 and $330 USD respectively.

    Keep in mind that these are unconfirmed leaks, and some or all of the slides may well turn out to be fakes. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that 5G Mod...

    Sources: Droid Life (1) (2) (3)

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    by Published on 11-13-2017 07:00 AM
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    It's not due for its official unveiling until this Thursday, but here's an early peek at the 5-month refresh of the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T. That's it on the left. The photo is from a gallery published by ZDNet's German office, since taken down. Here's their explanation, with a little help from Google Translate:

    ZDNet.de received a review sample of the OnePlus 5T without being asked. It contained no cover letter—only a review guide was included in the shipment. The editors had no knowledge of an embargo date. An NDA was not agreed in writing or orally.

    Late Friday evening two e-mails reached the editorial office with the request to take the article offline, asking for reporting on the OnePlus 5T from November 17th only. The editors have decided to meet this request.
    So ZDNet's gallery is gone, but savvy tech blogs have already saved copies of the photos and re-hosted them—like Android Police, for example.

    The big news about the new phone is its new 18:9 screen, 1080 x 2160 pixels @ 401 ppi. Thanks to much smaller bezels (and a fingerprint sensor moved to the back of the device) the display fits into a shell only slightly taller than the current OnePlus 5. Everything else about the 5T seems to be the same; it's got the same Snapdragon 835 processor, the same 6 or 8 GB of RAM / 64 or 128 GB of storage, the same headphone jack... And unfortunately the review units are still shipping with Android 7.1.1 Nougat rather than Oreo.

    Thankfully, the price of the new model is also expected to stay in the range of the current OnePlus 5, which in this age of ultra-premium flagships can only be a good thing.

    Source: ZDNet Germany via Android Police

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    by Published on 10-25-2017 07:00 AM
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    The #HYPE is back, apparently...

    It all started two weeks ago, when GizmoChina posted a render of what they claimed was the OnePlus 5T. Folks were skeptical, and rightly so. Last year's OnePlus 3T took advantage of the Note7 debacle and shoehorned some better specs into the already-excellent OnePlus 3; if this leaked render was to be believed, OnePlus was now planning to put the same processor from the 5 into an entirely new body.

    It doesn't make any sense, yet the wild speculation continues, fueled even further by the fact that the current OnePlus 5 is out of stock in many markets, including Canada and the United States.

    That original render was eventually dismissed as an Oppo device (the F5), but then a few days ago another render surfaced with OnePlus trim and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor—you can see it for yourself at TechnoBuffalo. That same day, someone leaked the teaser image that you see above to Android Authority.

    And now SlashLeaks has an AnTuTu screen grab with specs:

    Model number: A5010
    OS: Android 8.0
    Processor: Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540 GPU
    Screen resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
    Cameras: 20MP + 20MP
    RAM / ROM: 8GB / 128GB

    For reference, the current OP5 has 16 and 20 megapixel cameras for standard and portrait shots.

    I guess if you're a OnePlus fan who's been holding out for a tall display then you won't have to wait until the summer of 2018 for your next phone. But all I can think of is how many angry OnePlus 5 owners there will be come November, when the 5T is expected to make it début.

    Sources: Android Authority, GizmoChina, SlashLeaks, TechnoBuffalo

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    by Published on 10-06-2017 07:15 AM
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    Okay, so with this year's iPhones and Pixels officially made official the year's collection of ultra-premium smartphones is now complete. Or maybe not. If sources are correct, there is one more Android-powered Nokia on the way.



    Here's a render of the Nokia 9, in polished blue. The phone is believed to have an edge-to-edge display just like Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+. This is what it would look like in polished blue.



    And this is what it would look like in polished copper. The back of the device is also 3D glass, so wireless charging will be supported.



    The renders are based on this leak of the phone's display panel, along with some rumoured specs:

    Snapdragon 835 Processor
    5.5 inch QHD AMOLED display, 534 ppi
    4 GB RAM, 64 or 128 GB storage
    Dual 13 MP rear cameras with Zeiss optics, OIS, PDAF
    13 MP selfie cam with PDAF
    Dual SIM or microSD support
    IP68 certified
    Android 8.0
    Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Steel, Tempered Blue
    €750 EUR / $875 USD / $1,100 CAD

    Aside from not actually being announced yet, there might be additional issues affecting your enjoyment of this high-functioning phone. One would be the limited availability in the Americas (if at all) and another would be Nokia's so-far disappointing policies towards bootloader unlocking and publishing software sources. If the company wants a foothold in this part of the world, catering to the whims of the XDA crowd wouldn't be a bad way to do it. It certainly worked for OnePlus.

    Sources: GSMArena, GizmoChina

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    by Published on 09-20-2017 06:45 AM
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    October 4th will apparently be the date for the official unveiling of Google's second-generation Pixels, but thanks to Droid Life we've got an early look at colour options for both models—and their price tags, too!

    Pixel 2

    The Pixel 2 will be available with either 64 or 128 GB of storage, and will retail for $649 and $749 USD respectively. Google will offer financing plans for each—either $27.04 or $31.21 USD per month over 24 months.

    Colours are as follows:



    "Kinda Blue"



    "Just Black"



    "Clearly White"

    Pixel 2 XL

    Also sold with either 64 or 128 GB of storage, the larger Pixel 2 XL will set you back either $849 or $949 USD. Financing options are $35.38 and $39.54 USD per month for 24 months. There will be just two colour options for this one:



    Black



    White

    I myself am not a Pixel guy; you can blame Google's entirely unnecessary vendor partition for that. But with timely software updates and what's likely to be one of the better Android cameras it's easy to see the Pixel's appeal.

    Anyone here planning a Pixel 2 purchase?

    Source: Droid Life (1) (2)

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