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Nintendo played their cards pretty close to their chest when announcing the Nintendo Switch. They revealed only a few of its features and game lineup in 2017. 
Knowing humans, this immediately heralded a ton of speculation ranging from the features of the console-- its processor, RAM, battery life, touchscreen capabilities-- to what games will be available at launch.
But we may have more information now as a video posted by OBE1Plays on YouTube seems to have revealed a whole lot of hitherto unknown info about the Switch. 
The video was uploaded while he was chatting with Let’s Play Video Games’ Laura Kate Dale, who has in the past been pretty good with her Nintendo-related rumors.
So on to what was discussed. According to the duo, the Switch’s battery life will likely be around 3 hours, although the fact that it via USB-C means it will charge quickly. It was also mentioned that it is to come with 32GB of built-in storage, and microSD cards will let gamers expand that to 128GB. The left Joy-Con controller is also rumored to feature a “Share” button that lets users share screenshots and gameplay footage with friends or upload it to social media platforms.
Now on to the games that may be released at launch, it was said that some of the Triple A games like Mass Effect et al might not feature on the Switch. It remains to be seen which games WILL feature and more details will most likely be provided soon.
You can see the video below.




2017 is coming and with will come it's own fair share of amazing gadgets and high end flagship phones. 
Another reason why next year is so special is that it is also supposed to usher in a new generation of processors, which in turn is supposed to make for faster, more powerful phones. 
There's a downer here though and that is the results of the first leaked benchmark for the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It is troubling as the implications are that Samsung's Galaxy S8 might not even be as powerful as this year’s iPhone 7 and if next year's Samsung phone can't compete with this year's Apple, what hope does it have for next year?
This is not to say that Samsung have always had an edge over Apple or anything as history has shown us that usually Apple phones do better in real-world performance tests. 
While we already covered the AnTuTu benchmark, another one from Geekbench shows that the iPhone 7 is king and processes faster than any Android phone in existence at the moment.
Next year’s Android chips will be built on 10nm process technology and under normal circumstances you'd hope this means that they should be able to outperform the older A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7. Well, it seems you'd be wrong, just see below.
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According to Phone Arena, a leaked Geekbench test of the Snapdragon 835 that’s going into the Galaxy S8 shows a single-core score of 1844 and a multi-core score of 5426. That might seem impressive, but that’s still not as impressive as the iPhone 7, which has an average score of around 3300 in single-core and about 5400 in multicore tests.
Worse still, the purported single-core Snapdragon 835 score is actually doable by some current Android devices. That’s a bit concerning and could indicate that Qualcomm and Samsung still have a long way to go until they catch Apple.
Now we can't be sure these are the real tests and even if they are, it is also possible that the Snapdragon 835 is incomplete. But if it is real, then one can genuinely say Samsung might have to mind the gap.




Samsung and Apple are probably going to go down as one of the greatest rivalries ever with both companies habitually improving or mimicking each other in terms of innovations.

It seems that we have another one with the Airpods. Apple released the AirPods, complete with a proprietary W1 chip that lets them instantly connect to an iPhone or iPad and now fresh rumours are suggesting Samsung will produce its own pair of wireless in-ear headphones. It's not clear if they will be bundled with the phone, or sold separately.

The S8 (one of the most anticipated things of 2017) will like the iPhone 7 reportedly get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and use instead a USB Type-C for audio. 

It is believed that the USB Type-C audio allows for higher quality audio to be passed through a wired connection. But because it will use USB C, you won't be able to connect your current headphones, so you'll either have to get a pair that will use the bespoke connection, or get a wireless Bluetooth pair.


It is also rumoured that the new earphones will use Harman audio technology following Samsung's acquisition earlier this year for $8 billion, but we don't know this for sure.


Other features, such as one to rival Apple's W1 chip, haven't been confirmed either, so we'll just have to wait and see.




Prometheus, the tool that allows downgrade or upgrade to an unsigned iOS firmware, has been released and this news has gotten a lot of techies excited especially with all the possibilities it promises. 


So how do you use it? The first thing to note is that you must have your SHSH2 blobs saved for the firmware version you are downgrading or upgrading to. If you haven’t saved your SHSH2 blobs already then go do so.

The next thing you'd need to note is that the tool works on 64-bit devices at this moment in time
 and support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is somewhat broken. 

So knowing that you can move forward. It's not all gloom though as support for more devices is on the way

So what Prometheus will let you do is to upgrade from iOS 9.x to iOS 10.x with ease, and within different versions of iOS 9.x. However, you cannot downgrade from iOS 10.x to iOS 9.x. If you were planning on doing so, then you might want to put things to rest. 

And finally of note is that Prometheus works for both jailbroken and non-jailbreak devices, which is huge!

And lastly (seriously) is that it's only available for the Mac at the moment, but not to fear, Windows and Linux versions will be out soon enough.



Check out the tutorials below and soon you'll be a pro at upgrading or downgrading your device. I think it is necessary to note though that if you have no idea how this works or what this is, you should seriously consider giving a pro so as not to damage your iOS device.








So with the Samsung S8 coming out next year, it's only natural that rumours of what it will look like and what is under the hood will surface and now is no exception.
According to online reports, some more details about the Galaxy S8’s Exynos 8895 processor have surfaced out of China today.
According to the report, two variants of the Galaxy S8 Exynos chip will be produced, the Exynos 8895M and Exynos 8895V. The two are said to be manufactured on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET technology. They are said to use a combination of four Exynos M2 CPU cores clocked at 2.5 GHz or 2.3 GHz based on the variant and four Cortex A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.
The report also claimed that Samsung is going to use ARM’s latest Mali-G71 graphics processor with this chipset. The Exynos 8895M is said to feature a 20-core GPU while the 8895V may feature an 18-core GPU. Both are said to be compatible with UFS 2.1 storage, Cat.16 LTE modem, and LP-DDR4x RAM.
None of all that was said above has been confirmed by Samsung, so it's advisable to take it all with a tablespoon (or bag) of salt. We await Samsung to confirm and deny these new reports.



The Google Pixel has had its fair share of problems in recent times with their flagship phone. Recently it was reported that there was some sound distortion when the phone reaching the top three decibel bars.
Now another problem has reared its ugly head with some users reporting that the smartphone appears to be affected by an early shutoff bug in which the phone would die even with some battery power left, and the only way to get it operational again would be to plug it into a charger.
On the website Reddit, some Pixel owners have complained of this problem. A user by the name of vrski_15 said, “My Google Pixel (32 GB), less than a month old is facing worrisome battery issues. Twice in last 5 days, has the phone shutdown abruptly while I am in middle of something. In both instances, battery was between 25-35%, and the phone under normal conditions should have lasted for at least next 3-4 hours.”
“I ignored it the first time, when happened couple of days ago, but today I run into the same issue. I am on a business trip in India, and the customer service wasn’t really helpful. All they could come up was that I should factory reset my phone and wait for it to happen again, and then visit them.” This problem seems to be faced by other Pixel owners, although thankfully it doesn’t seem to be too widespread at the moment.
The actual problem is unknown and it seems Google hasn't said anything about it. It is hoped that it doesn't become too widespread before something is done about it.





Samsung have already announced various measures to end the Galaxy S7 using various means even just recently announcing in the UK that phones won't be able to charge higher than 35% in a bid to discourage people from using the phone.

The move to kill the battery in the remaining active Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US has finally begun with T-Mobile spearheading the charge and being the first of the four major carriers to begin rolling out the battery shutdown update for the recalled phone.


T-Mobile’s support page for the Note 7 states that the update’s version number will be N930TUVU2APL2. The changelog says that the update will offer an on-screen reminder to owners of the phone about the recall order, along with what steps they should take to send back the Note 7. Once the update is installed, the changelog says it will “prevent the charge ability of the device.”

Following T-Mobile's move, AT&T and Verizon are expected to be the next to join in the initiative and it is believed they will roll out the same update to its Note 7 phones from January 5. 

According to Samsung, 93 percent of Note 7 devices in the US have already been turned in following the recall order, the 7% is all that's left to conquer.




Sony must be feeling a bit red-faced at the moment after they were hacked once again. The company had their twitter account hacked by unknown persons.

The hackers then went on to post on Sony Music's Twitter account that Britney Spears had died, featuring separate postings that read: "RIP @britneyspears #RIPBritney 1981-2016," and "Britney spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPBritney."

It seemed the news fooled Bob Dylan who allegedly tweeted "Rest in peace @britneyspears" and this happened around the same time as Sony's tweet.

This was of course false as Britney Spears is alive and well and she said as much to CNN. The 35-year-old rubbished the rumour which then led to the belief that Sony must have been hacked.

"I assume their account has been hacked," Spears' manager, Adam Leber, told the news channel. "I haven't spoken to anyone... as of yet but I am certain their account was hacked. Britney is fine and well. There have been a few Internet clowns over the years who have made similar claims about her death, but never from the official Sony Music Twitter account."

Sony confirmed that its Sony Music Entertainment Twitter account had been "compromised."

They went on to apologize for the false tweet stating, "This has been rectified. Sony Music apologizes to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusion."



BlackBerry had announced earlier that they were quitting the business of making phones and had sold their brand choosing instead to focus on other things such as apps and software.
TCL is the company responsible for making Blackberry phones now and they have announced that they will unveil an “evolutionary first” in the mobile industry at the upcoming CES in January. 
There's almost nothing known about the new phone, but it is rumoured to be codenamed ‘Mercury’. 
The rumours also claim that it could come with a physical Qwerty keyboard along with a touchscreen. This handset was also said to be the last mobile phone from BlackBerry itself before the company completely goes out of the hardware business.
As for the specs of the phone, rumour has it that it will come with a 4.5-inch display with a 3:2 ratio, a 2GHz Qualcomm processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. In the camera department, expect an 18MP shooter at the back and an 18MP camera on the front. BB OS is long gone so it should run on Android, however there is no confirmation if it will be the latest Nougat update.
That's all we have on the phone at the moment, we'll keep you abreast if more is uncovered. If not, we'll have to wait till CES comes in early 2017.






One of the more interesting features of 2016's iPhone 7 was the missing headphone jack. Apple, in their infinite wisdom, decided to go wireless and the Airpods were born.

The fear for the Airpods were that they could easily go missing despite coming with a convenient storage case with some magnetic security features, making it slightly more difficult to lose one, or both, of the untethered ‘Pods. The case also doubles as an recharging station, allowing for convenient power-ups on the go. 


Of course they will get lost at some point (not for everyone, but a fair few) and while they can be replaced, they are certainly not cheap.




The Airpods are protected by a one-year warranty. Service for any AirPods with diminished battery capacity within said time frame will be free. Battery maintenance that falls outside this one-year warranty period will run you $49(N15,500) and the cost for replacing a lost AirPod or AirPod charging case will set you back a cool $69 (around N22,000).

In case your situation is slightly different and you need to only replace your AirPod case, an individual earbud, or both AirPods you can either go to the Apple Store (obviously) the other option is to go to a third-party retailer (not as advisable) but they will probably replace your earbuds if they fall under warranty. 

Another option is to contact Apple Support. This requires you to provide the serial number for your product. This is the best option if you do not live relatively close to an Apple Store. You can also utilize Apple Support in tandem with the Apple’s Express Replacement policy for added convenience. You'd have to first determine that your product still falls under warranty before doing this however. If you’re eligible, Apple will ship a replacement AirPod or AirPod case to a designated location of your own choosing. You’ll just need to mail the defective product to Apple within 10 days of Apple’s shipping date.

So with this, hopefully you're not as scared of losing your Airpods.





After its announcement back in August, the Huawei Honor 8 was revealed to have some updates added to the phone for at least the next two years. 
What that meant basically was that users are to expect that the phone will be updated to at least two major Android builds over time.
So for the first major update to hit the phone, it seems it will come early next year (year's practically over). According to  the Chinese company, the Android 7.0 Nougat update is scheduled to arrive for the Honor 8 come February 2017. As of now no specific dates have been given, but it shouldn't be too long.
The update is also expected to introduce EMUI 5.0 onto the Honor 8, which is basically the company’s take on Android that debuted with the Huawei Mate 9. So far Android Central is claiming that the latest version of EMUI feels great, so this is something that Honor 8 users can look forward to as well.
This is still developing and once a date is confirmed you will be able to find an update here.



Chinese people on social media are less than impressed about a flamboyant golden smartphone created in partnership with Beijing's Forbidden City museum.
The Smartphone called the "Titanium Palace Edition" is set to get to shelves next month and is going for 19,999 yuan ($2,880; £2,326, N904,323).
The phone has no actual titanium, but comes with an 18-carat gold dragon decoration and a screen made from sapphire glass, People's Daily reports on its Weibo social media account.
According to Beijing Youth Daily, the gem-laden device comes in a limited run of 999 devices, and was designed in partnership with the Palace Museum, inspired by the imperial collections it houses.
The look of the phone and its perceived links to China's Forbidden City (which they do not mess with) has set many Chinese people against the phone. 
According to Global Times, one user even went as far as calling it "a stain on the sacredness of the Imperial City". Another Weibo user turned to sarcasm with this mental image: "I always picture the Ancient Emperor strolling through the Forbidden City holding a smartphone."
The backlash has given the museum some pause for thought as they released a statement stylishly backing away from the project, in it they said; "We don't sell mobile phones".
The Forbidden city is the most-visited museum in the world, and before that was the imperial palace of China's rulers until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1912. Over 14m people visit the museum every year, and - according to Beijing Youth Daily - it earns 1bn yuan annually through souvenir sales.
What do you think of the phone? You think the Chinese are overreacting?



It seems Apple is in a spot of trouble with news breaking that Nokia are suing the tech giants for violating a total of 32 technology patents.
Nokia stated that they have filed a number of complaints against Apple in Germany and the United States. Nokia said since agreeing to a license covering some patents in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers to license its technology, which it said are used in many of Apple's products.
Apple have shot back though stating that, "We respect intellectual property and we've always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights of patents covering technology in our products. Unfortunately, Nokia has refused to license their patents on a fair basis and is now using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple by applying a royalty rate to Apple's own inventions they had nothing to do with."
Nokia's lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.
Nokia also claimed that they have been a big part of Apple's technologies especially through investments in research and development.
"After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple's use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights," Ilkka Rahnasto, head of patent business at Nokia, said in a statement.



Beast mode-- the very mention of that is intriguing and we can bet that's exactly what Samsung meant for it to be.
According to some trademark paperwork filed in the European Union, Samsung is introducing a still unknown feature known as the “Beast Mode” in the Galaxy S8. And while it's unknown exactly what it'll do, we are sure of at least one thing-- your battery is going down!
Power modes are no new thing for Smartphones today with Battery saving modes, “Performance” modes and even “Gaming” mode trying to squeeze out more juice of the tiny computer/phone. So with a name like beast, it's no wonder people are a tad scared.
While there may be fear as to what Beast Mode could do, there's no argument that the Galaxy S8 is going to be an awesome phone. From the rumoured Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, or an Exynos equivalent under the hood and 6 or even 8 GB of RAM, you know it on. There is a high chance that it will be geared towards VR scenarios, where such an ultra high-performance mode would be handy.
When you consider the story with the  S7, you do fear when something like Beast Mode doesn't 'blow up' in their faces. Taxing the smartphone’s processor any more than normal would inevitably lead to more heat, which could lead to dangerous battery temperatures. Even if it doesn’t explode, the mere presence of excessive heat could still cause users to become concerned or even panic. 
So it remains to be seen where Samsung goes with this, we sure hope they know what they're doing if they go down this route.



The battle between Samsung and Apple is heating up with rumours flying about the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8-- the flagship phones expected next year by both companies.
The two devices, according to rumours, will share many common features, including a brand-new all-screen design that might incorporate a fingerprint sensor. Images of the phones are not available at this time, but some designers out there already came up with convincing renders trying to imagine what these phones might look like. The following concept shows what the Galaxy S8 may look like, but to be honest, it could well be the iPhone 8.

The images were initially posted by Weibo user @KingwayLee and as you will see, the renders look pretty good and give the impression that the Galaxy S8 will be able to stand toe to toe with the iPhone 8.
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Earlier rumors have claimed that Samsung will do away with the home button and place the fingerprint sensor under the screen instead. 
With the rumours of the iPhone 8 speculating that it could feature an all-screen front-side with limited bezels. The iconic home button is said to be gone with its functionality supposed to be transferred to the OLED screen. 
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Y Galaxy S8 concept that @KingwayLee imagined.
Now even with all the similarities, it's obvious that the phones won't be the same but they do look quite similar. These are all just speculations of course with a lot able to change in the coming months, but it sure means we can look forward to some nifty phone designs come next year.




Google Doodle is a very popular feature on the search engine that usually pops up on special days; Mother's day, Health day, Christmas etc and in its little way it educates people on those important days thereby sensitising them to it. 

Now it seems Facebook has a plan of their own to battle this and rival Google's ingenious plan.

"We are introducing a marketing programme to invite people to share and talk about events and moments that are happening in their communities and around the world," Gary Briggs, Chief Marketing Officer at Facebook, wrote in a post. 

The plan by Facebook is to have messages appear at the top of News Feed about a specific event or moment. 

The goal of the message will be "to give people ways to connect and share with friends during holidays and events". 

The programme will also help people discover fun and interesting cultural moments and celebrate moments in history that continue to make the world more open and connected. 

"Users will start seeing a message from Facebook in their News Feed wishing them Happy Holidays. People will be invited to share a holiday card with their friends on Facebook and choose from a set of 18 custom-designed cards," the post read.




HTC has something big in the works it seems. We'll wager that it's a phone, or something like a phone, but you never know. 
Whatever it turns out to be, it will be shown off on January 12th. Exactly where and when hasn't been disclosed.
Here's what HTC have revealed so far;
Hello,

HTC wanted to share the date of our next big announcement… 01.12.2017! ...More info to come soon...
What's interesting is the timing of the news especially as CES is coming soon. It wraps up in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 8th - but has been attracting less and less mobile hardware over the last few years. 
The main event for the first half of the year is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which doesn't kick off until late February. Of course, larger mobile manufacturers are now often opting to host their own press events outside the usual show venues. Such would seem to be the case here.
HTC's current head honcho phone, the 10, isn't due for a replacement until the second quarter of 2017 at the earliest, what this means is that the new announcement might be a phone that is NOT a flagship and is a mid-range phone i which case the whole thing would be a tad pointless. But we'll just have to wait and see how things pan out and hope for the best.



The results are in! and they indicate that the Sony Xperia XZ is the biggest hit of the second half of 2016.
This is according to App metrics company Apteligent who put out a “2016 Mobile Year in Review” on what it has tracked with its performance-tracking APIs. Those APIs are integrated into apps big, small, mobile and PC.
From the data culled, it shows that of all the Android phones launched in the second half of this year, the Sony Xperia XZ has come out on top as the most used in the global market right now.

And Sony have Samsung to thank for their current dominance. With the fall of the Galaxy Note 7 (Yeah, that one that kept blowing up in people's faces remember?) Sony took the lead in the market with nearly 0.15 percent in share.
Before disaster struck, the Note 7 enjoyed a healthy 0.35 percent of the market. After things went Boom, the XZ passed by the Note in mid-November. The Note 7 currently stands at below 0.05 percent and handily beats the LG V20HTC 10 evo (or HTC Bolt) and even the OnePlus 3T — though all three phones only got started with sales within the last couple of months.
The Moto Z strikes just above Note 7 territory while the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL follow on respectively at around 0.06 percent.
So in case you don't have a Sony Xperia XZ, maybe this will convince you to spring for one.



The wise men had 3 gifts for the baby Jesus and if they could, they would probably have gotten him something tech related as that would have been really useful for all his preaching and stuff.

Well, Christmas is around the corner and you're probably wondering what to get for the folks, well, worry no more! Here are 3 totally awesome gifts you can get for your Parents this Christmas




  • Nixplay Seed 7-inch Wi-Fi photo frame- Parents (most anyway) love photos, so why not take advantage and get them a Wi-Fi-enabled digital photo frame that can download images and video from the cloud. There's even an app for iOS and Android that sends photos from any phone. Available in four awesome colors! $86 (N27,000) on Amazon.




  • Fitbit Charge 2- Easy to set up, fun to use, and incredibly comfortable, the Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the best fitness tech gifts you can give mom or dad this year. With great apps for iOS, Android and Windows, unparalleled support, and a huge network of people ready to challenge and motivate, the Charge 2 is Fitbit's best tracker yet. Even better? It lasts five days on a battery charge! $120 (N37,800) on Amazon




  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite- If your parents are avid readers then nothing will be more fun for them than a Kindle. Its got a big, bright screen, amazing selection, and plenty of storage for even the massive anthologies. Plus, the e-ink screen never gets drowned out by the sun, so mom and dad can take it to the pool, the beach, or the park. $100 (N31,500) on Amazon
These are all amazing gifts you can give to the parents with Christmas just around the corner. Make Christmas special and get something special for the special people in your life (Teehee)




The Google Pixel was launched earlier this year to a lot of excitement, i mean, it's a Google phone.
But it seems' there's a bit of a problem with the phone-- the audio. It seems that setting your audio to the max selection might be a bit of a hassle.
According to a post on Reddit, it claims that the Pixel smartphones can’t rise to the highest three levels of volume without the sound distorting. Sound distortion isn’t new and if you’ve maxed out speaker volume levels before, you know what we’re talking about. However for this problem to manifest itself at the three highest levels does seem a bit odd, and this is apparently a problem that quite a number of Pixel owners are complaining about.
Beyond that, there's also a video lamenting about this problem. The video was uploaded by uploaded by Mark Buckman. In describing the video he said, “This video demonstrates the static/popping/crackling noise that is an issue across both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is an issue that I have personally seen on 5 devices and I am not the only one,” .
It seems Google is trying to resolve the issue and there are users who have even gone in for an exchange. We can only hope the problem is resolved soon.



Blackberry has made another attempt at relevance signing over their global rights to TCL. This means that TCL will be able to use Blackberry's branding on phones by them. 
This comes hot on the heels of Blackberry's announcement that they would no longer be making devices of their own but will concentrate instead on services and software.
Under the terms of the agreement, TCL will “design, manufacture, sell, and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices,” while BlackBerry will chip in with the software and services. 
While the deal says that it's global, it really isn't as the deal will not be applicable in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, or Indonesia. This, according to Bllomeberg, is because Blackberry already has a licensing agreement in place in Indonesia, and is currently working on another deal with an Indian company.
The the last two BlackBerry phones that went on sale — the Android-powered DTEK50 and DTEK60 — were made by TCL using parts previously found in the Alcatel Idol 4. 
So basically, Blackberry won't be making any phones, so if you're buying a Blackberry, just know it's not being made by the Canadian company.
This continues the sad trend of Blackberry's decline. It's almost unbelievable to remember that just under a decade ago they held 20 percent of the global smartphone market, now? they only hold 0.1 percent. 



If the leaks are to be believed then this might be the Sony Xperia XA successor.
The images were leaked by Steve Hemmerstoffer via his twitter account, @OnLeak. The phone is expected to be a Sony Xperia XA successor, although the name of the smartphone is not confirmed yet.
What the alleged renders and the following 3D video reveals is that the new Xperia smartphone is blue in color and spec wise it's possible that the phone comes in at  145 x 66.8 x 7.99 mm having the 55-inchdisplay and will have USB Type C as well as a connectivity feature.
Sony Xperia XA
The purported renders also suggest that the will have curved sides on the back, and a flat top and bottom. There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack as well but there is no fingerprint sensor seen in the device. As per the renders, there is also a front camera and rear camera with LED flash shown at the back.
Sony Xperia XA
As of now, not much about the specs of the upcoming Sony Xperia smartphone is known, and we will probably have to wait for some more leaks before the picture is complete.
Sony Xperia XA
The Sony Xperia XA (the predecessor) has 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of inbuilt memory, 200 GB expandable storage slot, Android Marshmallow operating system, Mediatek Helio P10 64 bit octa core processor, a 2300 mAh battery promising up to two days of battery life, and a 5 inch HD display.
Sony Xperia XA
Italso has a 13 megapixel rear camera that is armed with Exmor RS sensor, Hybrid auto focus and 5x zoom feature. It has an 8 megapixel snapper in the front which can capture images in low light and too in wide angle . The Sony Xperia XA has FM radio, 4G connectivity and a host of sound enhancement technologies like Clear Audio+ and X Loud.
So if the renders are indeed true, it might make an interesting proposition.



The Android Nougat 7.0 in beta form for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, has gotten many users excited and with good reason as it comes with so many really cool features and the like. 

There's just one teensy problem for those who might want to manually flash one of the leaked ROMs.

Only Nougat's first beta build — build ZPK1 — has made its way out into the wild. That's the build with the light-blue (as opposed to white) quick settings, and a crashy Facebook app. None of the subsequent three builds — including the most recent ZPL3 — have leaked. So if you're flashing any of the leaked GS7 or GS7 edge builds via the ODIN utility, you're getting an older version.
If you don't see this as a problem, think again as in order to receive over-the-air beta updates, you need to be a member of Samsung's Galaxy Beta program. If you're not then you're going to stay on the first beta, which means manually updating to the final Nougat build once it's available, or flashing the latest Marshmallow firmware for your phone to downgrade.
The first beta still works relatively well — Facebook crashes notwithstanding — and gives you a decent preview of many of the features we're expecting to see in the final GS7 Nougat update.

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