Posts Tagged ‘Rumours’

Will Apple ditch the Home button on the iPhone 8?

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Rumours have been flying since the release of the iPhone 7 about the updates Apple will feature on the iPhone 8, with speculation about wireless chargers, face recognition and glass displays.

The biggest concern for many is whether Apple will ditch the physical Home Button, with its embedded fingerprint sensor from the front of its next iPhone in order to create a bezel free display. Insiders can’t agree whether Apple will remove the trademark Touch ID scanner completely, create a virtual button or try to relocate it elsewhere on the device.

iPhone 8 concept

Mark Gurman (Consumer Tech & Apple News at Bloomberg) believes the old style Touch ID will be dropped in favour of a virtual home button and face-scanning to log-in, authenticate contactless payments and open secure iOS apps. Gurnman also reports that the ‘screen will also take up nearly the entire front of the phone, save for thinner bezels and a notch at the top of the front to fit in the camera and new sensors.’

We haven’t got long to wait, as the Apple iPhone 8 is tipped to be hitting our site mid September. Register your interest in the iPhone 8 today, to be first in line for preorders. 


Rumoured BlackBerry Mercury Specification Sheet

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

We saw the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury handset make an unexpected debut on US prime time TV earlier this month, with a clear shot of the device:

BlackBerry Mercury on ABS Last Man Standing

The ‘DTEK70′ Mercury device is predicted to be released on Saturday 25th February, days before Mobile World Congress 2017. We’ve rounded up the rumoured specifications* at a glance:

Connectivity: GSM / HSPA / LTE

Announced: Exp. announcement 2017, February 25th

KeyboarD: Capacitive touch 3-row BlackBerry keyboard

Display: 4.5 inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~490 ppi pixel density), Multitouch

OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821

CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)

GPU: Adreno 530

Memory Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB

Internal Memory: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM

Primary Camera: 13 Megapixel, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps

Secondary Camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1080p

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR


Radio: No

USB: Yes

Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM

Browser: HTML5

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion battery

*these specifications are based on rumours and leaked information. Confirmed specs will be added upon release.

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Could the LG G6 be the first non-Pixel phone to feature Google Assistant?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The LG G6 may be unveiled in its final form at MWC this February, with promise of a new and improved 5.7-inch QHD display, waterproof casing and a design blend of the LG V20 and LG G5. (read more here)

But the excitement doesn’t end there. Business Korea, recently reported a collaboration between LG and Google to help integrate an AI system into upcoming the device. Integrating Google’s personal assistant into the LG G6 would allow the South Korean company to keep up with the likes of Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana and would be the first time this particular AI system is used outside of Google Pixel handsets.

lg g6

If proven correct, this leaked news will see LG become the first OEM to use Google Assistant and may see Google Assistant feature in LG’s next wearable devices.

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8 Rumours surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S8

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

It has been all but confirmed that Samsung are likely to announce the successor to the incredibly popular Samsung Galaxy S7, the Samsung Galaxy S8, at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge, Samsung’s latest flagship is likely to make up for the disaster of “explosion gate” thanks to some impressive features and specifications.

We’ve collected 8 of the best rumours:

1. Goodbye Headphone Jack

Samsung galaxy s8 headphone jack

Taking their lead from Apple, it is rumoured that Samsung are to do away with the headphone jacks in their latest handsets. Backed up by claims from SamMobile, the South Korean tech giant are also planning to launch a new pair of wireless earbuds to accompany the Galaxy S8 later this year.

2. Edge to Edge Display

There are many ‘leaked images’, rendors and concept images based on information from reliable sources suggesting the Galaxy S8 could a bezel-less device. Unlike the Galaxy S7 range, both smartphones released may feature the curved display.

3. No Physical Home button

Samsung galaxy s8 bezel less

To help achieve the bezel-less design it is likely that Samsung may remove physical keys altogether from the front of the handsets, leaving users to rely on the virtual buttons on the screen. It is believed that the decision to get rid of the capacitive buttons will allow Samsung to reduce specific bezels at the bottom of the device.

4. 5.2 inch 4K Display

4k display for the samsung galaxy s8

With Samsung heavily pushing virtual reality, we would not be surprised to see powerful screen resolution on the device. Many leaks are pointing to  5.2-inch 4K-capable display (with a 2160 x 4096 resolution) enhancing the experience when paired with a Samsung Galaxy Gear and Google Daydream VR.

5. Power

Pocket Lint reported that the Galaxy S8 may pack a powerful punch thanks to a 3.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor and 6GB of Ram.

6. Scanners, Batteries and Mini Projector

Other rumours suggest the inclusion of a retina scanner, fingerprint scanner, wireless charging (of the possible 4200mAh mega battery) and even an inbuilt mini-projector so you can share your media with your friends in a more sociable setting. 

7. Camera

samsung galaxy s8 camera

Previous rumours suggested a possible dual-lens camera for this device, but more up-to-date information leans towards the introduction of a massive 30 megapixel camera (with OIS) and an 8 megapixel selfie camera. Samsung are also likely to ditch unwanted camera protrusion, with a  rear camera that sits completely flush to the body of the handset.

8. Release Date

Samsung galaxy S8 MWC17

Whilst this piece of information has not been confirmed, it can be predicted quite easily. Since the release of the Galaxy S2, all Galaxy handsets have been announced at or around the time of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona. If this pattern continues, we can look forward to hearing concrete news late February this year.

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