Next year, however, 2018 flagship phones will get an under-display fingerprint sensor for Samsung. Apple though is facing problems in finding the technology for its hard to sync it with its face ID implementation on the iPhone X.
Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, claims that Samsung’s next Note flagship will include “under-display optical fingerprint” technology. Three companies are willing to be the supplier to Samsung. BeyondEyes and Samsung LSI have already reported having ties. Egis is another willful company. They are currently suppliers of fingerprint sensors for Samsung’s phones.
After slowly ditching bezels this would be the ideal solution if manufacturers get rid of the obligation of separate fingerprint sensors for authentication. It’s not new in the market though as in last May, LG developed a fingerprint sensor that sits under the display and this year at MWC Shanghai, Vivo unveiled the first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint sensor based on the technology developed by Qualcomm.
So the stuff is already there, it’s just the matter of time and the right smartphone as the bigger companies come on the boat. It will be interesting to see if Google starts working on the same thing now that Pixel 2 and PIxel XL 2 are out on the market.
Blackberry’s new Motion phone has been leaked many times before. And finally, at the Technology Week conference in Dubai last weekend, the company launched the BlackBerry Motion smartphone. It is a much-hyped phone from Blackberry after its switching to Android. The BlackBerry Motion looks like KEYOne launched earlier this year. It is a mid-range dual-SIM Android 7.1.1 Nougat device with a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display.
The phone looks great actually, DragonTrail Glass protection and a physical home button are added below its display. Snapdragon 625 SoC processor with 4GB of RAM is the powering the Android-running smartphone. There is 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded to 2TB. It has a huge 4000mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support and a USB Type-C port.
For optics, the phone comes with an a12-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash. It’s recording ability is also acceptable 4K at 30fps. Selfie camera is 8-megapixel front facing unit and there is a fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the phone too.
The smartphone is priced at $460. It will begin selling from its Middle Eastern markets including UAE and Saudi Arabia. Then the world will witness how the once top brand leading ahead with.
Two iPhone 8 Plus users in Japan and Taiwan encountered it recently and the total number of reports reached six in five countries including Hong Kong, Canada, and Greece. Apple has been acknowledging this recently saying “We are aware and looking into it.”
In the first incident, an iPhone 8 Plus user in Taiwan tweeted photos of the swelling device while charging. It was only purchased 5 days ago. Apple recovered the affected iPhone 8 Plus.
But then in Japan, a device arrived split open in the box. Then there came reports from Hong Kong, Greece, and Canada after these reports.
Supposedly it is due to Apple’s obsession with thin phones. The same was suffered earlier was Samsung, in its case, it was Galaxy Note 7 that was called off after the reports of blasting batteries. Manufacturers now face limitations with lithium-ion batteries, and end up developing batteries with more power but with risks of a short circuit.
Notoriously famous phone destroying YouTuber, JerryRigEverything had made those two smartphones face his fire under his durability test.
Zack started the torture scratching Gorilla Glass 5-topped display with a Moh’s level 6 pick. Soon seen that home button could take a razor blade attack without bleeding. The front-facing camera behind the glass is safe, it means. Next tet proves that nylon-wrapped earpiece is fine too.
He establishes that Nokia 8 uses 6000-series aluminum and not the stronger 7000-series. The iPhone 6 Plus used 6000 and it fell to Zack’s tortures.
The dual cameras are covered by the glass instead of plastic well-protected. Sides, back, and buttons are metal while the top, bottom, and corners are plastic. This combo seems to give this smartphone quite a durability. The surprising part is how the device sustains the bending test. Even if of inferior metal Nokia 8 doesn’t budge with pressure. The design part and stronger internals do help it in exams, that even the meritorious students failed hopelessly.
Now that the Nokia 8 is out and Nokia 6 is already on the sales, HMD Global is getting more ambitious with every phone. Nokia 9 is to be HMD Global’s next flagship smartphone. The phone belongs to the premium range competitive to Apple’s iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2.
It will possibly have an edge-to-edge display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The front panel leak also clears the scope of a curved display. Previous leaks had that that HMD Global will use OLED panel but it’s not sure yet.
As suggested, for now, Nokia 9 price will be EUR 750 (roughly Rs. 55,100). This price in the premium segment will compete with flagships from Samsung, Google, and Apple. In terms of optical specifications, it will have dual camera setup at the back with two 13-megapixel Zeiss sensors with dual-LED flash support, and the display, a 5.5-inch QHD(1440×2560 pixels) display. The smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC.
While display size and battery capacity are perhaps the only key differences between the two phone versions. Google has also chopped off the 3.5mm Audio Jack, although there will be an included dongle if you want to use your old headphones.
The Pixel 2 is a 5-inch Cinematic 127-mm full-HD (1080×1920) display and Pixel 2 XL will come with a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) P-OLED at 538ppi with 18:9 ratio. Both are3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and the phone runs on Android 8.0.0 Oreo powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, there will be 2 versions:64GB and 128G.
Those gadgets by Google are a manifesto for what Android smartphones should be like. Google is forwarding to hold a better control over the devices in the market, and Pixel series is going to be its key mark for assuring so.
It will be interesting to see how the phone performs on market though, Pixel has low supply issues last year and let’s just hope that Google has taken care of the problem.
Alongside with its much-anticipated Pixel Phones, Google is heading on to launch its new high-end Pixelbook, a handy notebook running on Google designed OS that is equipped with all Google applications as well as Playstore to explore a whole wide range of tools. And just before the company’s upcoming event, it has leaked out via electronics reseller Synnex, who revealed some information about Pixelbook at 9to5Google.
The laptop will have a 12.3-inch display with Intel Core i5 series processors. Leaks claim that three models, ranging between 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB will be there. A separate leak by Droid Life expects that respective costs would be $1,199, $1,399, and $1,749.
Pixelbook’s owning a different Core i5 processors for the different models is still vague. Google may have plans to use the older seventh-generation cores or the recent eighth-generation chips. Both cases are equally possible and the scenario is equally obscure for now.
However, we are soon to find it out as the Pixelbooks launches tomorrow. Then there is a surprise. Synnex listing has also given an idea of ‘Google Clips’. Those are deemed to be ‘computer accessory’. We have no further information about what those are and what those are supposed to do.
So tomorrow it may come out as a regular launching event, or it may be a new announcement of new advancement from Google in the new realm of technology. Considering the last attempt of creating a productivity machine from Google – The Pixel C- did not do so well, it will be interesting to see what Google has to offer this time.
The Google Search bar is now at the bottom of the screen. Tough to reform the habit but is a better placement considering the fingers easily reach the lower part. The app icons are rounded, similar to Android Nougat version. Android 8.0 Oreo will come preinstalled out-of-the-box.
Both smartphones have Snapdragon 835, similar to other Android flagships launched this year.
Other rumored specifications include 4GB of RAM; 64 or 128 GB storage options, and 12-megapixel rear camera. The home screen seems to have also received a slight revamp and includes calendar details such as a scheduled meeting alongside weather, and time information. New Pixel hardware is overhauled totally.
Pixel will be priced at $649 (roughly Rs. 42,000) for the 64GB and $749 (roughly Rs. 49,000) for the 128GB version. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, will be priced at $849 (roughly Rs. 55,750) and $949 (roughly Rs. 62,250) for the 64GB and 128GB versions. It will be interesting to see how both phones compare to the iPhone X that was launched just a few weeks ago.
Google is offering to finance both the phones. The 64GB Pixel 2 XL will cost US$35.38 per month over 24 months and the 128GB version will cost US$39.54 per month over 24 months.
Pixel 2 XL is to have a 5.99-inch QHD display with 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels.
The smaller variant, the Pixel 2 will have a 4.99 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display with the same thick bezels around the display like last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB RAM are expected and we can also hope the phone to come with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. In fact, the Pixel phones are the first devices in line to receive Android P update next year. 3.5mm headphone jack is missing against USB-C port. Also, both the phones will have a single-camera setup. If last year’s Pixel cameras are anything to go by, the new phones will have a great camera performance.
In 2016, India was among the first 6 countries to receive the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and same is expected this year. It will be interesting to see how Google’s next phone compares to the Apple’s new and expensive iPhone X.
However, the leak is debunked as by those who designed the concept and made the rendered video. Youtuber BRECCIA who was the “leaker” of the “Ultra Pixel” has just put out a video on how the world believed his concept, and was also proud that big international Youtubers were considering his designs to be real. So…. It was all a prank that had the market wave trembling.
Prolific leaker @evleaks and @Onleaks too denied the possibility of the “Ultra Pixel”.
"Does not exist. Only the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL…on Oct 4."
It got a bit ugly when ended up being a big troll in the face of today’s online journalism which has become more mainstream than most would expect. And hailed as a prime example of fake news in the tech world.
“Ultrapixel” is anyways an HTC trademark. Google may have an Ongoing deal with HTC, it will take months, and Google will not be able to use HTC’s trademark.