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The buzz around the Samsung flagship phone for 2017 -- the Samsung Galaxy S8. It is being seen as many as Samsung's comeback after the Note 7 fiasco and therefore the furor around it has been massive.

Samsung Display have not helped matters releasing two promotional videos showcasing a Samsung phone. The internet has been agog with speculation that the videos reveal the prototype of the Galaxy S8 smartphone.

What we know so far from several leaked renders is that the smartphone would be arriving with a larger screen-to-body ratio. The two videos released by Samsung Display are in Korean so we have no idea what was said or written but we do see the display that will be incorporated on future smartphones by the Korean company.

According to online rumors, the phone shown in the two video is a prototype of Galaxy S8 and it sports a thinner top and bottom bezels compared to the recent Samsung flagship. The physical Home button is absent on the device.

From earlier reports it has been gathered that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to come in two screen sizes. Its 5-inch screen variant is rumored to launch as Galaxy S8 whereas its 6-inch display model is speculated to arrive as Galaxy S8 Plus. The larger of the two devices is believed to come with a dual camera setup where the rear panel of Galaxy S8 is expected to feature single camera.

As for what's under the hood, the phone houses the Snapdragon 835 SoC while 6 GB or 8 GB RAM is likely to power the Galaxy S8 variants. Samsung is also expected to release Exynos 8895 chipset variants for Galaxy S8. It is expected to come loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. It is expected to come in storage models of 128 GB and 256 GB.

The rumours have suggested that like the iPhone 7, the 3.5 mm audio jack will be dispensed of, but some renders have suggested otherwise.

Other features of the smartphone include water-resistance capabilities, microSD card support, Bluetooth 5.0 and 4,200 mAh battery. Speculations have also hinted that the Samsung may sell an option S-Pen accessory for Galaxy S8 models.

We don't know the exact date of the launch of the S8, but rumours suggest it could be the 18th of April.

You can check out the videos in contention below.

Apple's iPhone 8 is probably one of the most anticipated phones of the year and many can't wait for its release.
Hence any scrap of information is being devoured and what we have now is a situation where we hear that the new iPhone 8 might move away from the aluminum unibody design used by Apple and much of the industry flagship smartphones today and instead spring for Stainless Steel frames.
According to online publication DigiTimes,  Apple plans to sandwich the stainless steel frame with two glass panels, one on either side. That’s very similar to the design we had with the iPhone 4, which also used stainless steel and had glass on the front and back. If you remember, this phone was particularly prone to cracking, no surprise given it had so much glass, so we hope Apple has worked with suppliers to grab even stronger panels.
“Sources from the upstream supply chain pointed out that the cost of the forging process is 30-50% cheaper than the current unibody CNC machine process, while quality control is also more stable,” DigiTimes added, noting that Wistron will join Pegatron and Foxconn in assembling the iPhone 8.
This adds up as an earlier report suggested Apple is moving away from the current design, which has been in use for three years since the introduction of the iPhone 6. 
We won't be able to know for sure until the phone comes out of Apple officially announces that there will be a change of design, so till then-- we wait.

With the iPhone 7 without and the Galaxy S8 rumoured to have done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, it seems another phone is treading that path.

According to online sources, HTC's Alpine Smartphone (which was the U play phone being touted a little while ago) will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phones is allegedly scheduled to be launched in some three months or so 

HTC already scheduled an event on January 12, where the company is expected to unveil the HTC U Ultra with a massive 6-inch display. The famous tipster and prominent leaker, OnLeaks have posted some information about an upcoming HTC phone. 

When HTC released a photo 

This one

Many people believed that this was the much touted HTC 11, the upcoming flagship phone from HTC and the successor to last year's HTC 10. But onleaks says that the HTC Alpine is not HTC 11. 

According to the tipster, it is a mid-range smartphone, namely, the HTC U Play.

The HTC U Play will feature a 5.2-inch display. Having said that, HTC is planning to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack with the HTC U Play which essentially means that the audio will be played through the USB Type-C port present. 

Currently, there are no details regarding the launch date of the phone, but we might see it after the conclusion of MWC 2017 or alongside the HTC 11 in April.

So we'll see how this go and hope for the best.

It's a new year and naturally with a new year comes new rumours, scandals and launches and the latest is the one involving the Samsung Galaxy S8.
According to some industry insiders, the Samsung Flagship phone will be released on the 18th of April which looking at the release of other flagships is quite late. 
For comparison Galaxy S7/S7 Edge was released last year on March 11.

Before now, Samsung was said to be readying an announcement for the Galaxy S8 at MWC next month, but late design changes and reports about the Note 7 issues made the Korean company push it back.
Unoffically, it seems it was a hardware problem rather than the battery that caused the S7 to explode and with that in mind, changes had to be made.
Not only on the inside did the changes occur but on the outside too with the bezel in the phone expected to be nonexistent and the display would take around 90% of the front of the device. 
That's all we know for now, but keep in mind that this is just a rumor and it could turn out to be a complete untruth.

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.

Everyone has been freaking out over the potential next year release of the iPhone 8 with its many features and bells and whistles.
So it would definitely come as a huge disappointment to fans to find out that the iPhone 8 might not be coming next year.
The reason for this is pretty simple: There are just too many planned upgrades and features to fit it into a schedule for next year.
According to Apple’s suppliers from Taiwan, next year’s model won’t be called the iPhone 8 but the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus instead. 
And for the most part that's understandable because the rumours have stated that the iPhone 8 will come with OLED screens, a no-button fingerprint scanner, all-glass design, and wireless charging.
That's a lot of changes and it seems that the Taiwanese components suppliers can't meet up with all this just yet. 
So consumers will have to console themselves with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. 
On the plus side (hehe), it seems the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will come with a processor upgrade. Instead of the Apple A10 that debuted this year, the iPhone 7s will be powered by an A11. Leaks and rumors about that chip are scarce at this point, aside from a switch to a 10 nanometer fabrication process. That means a smaller chip with more efficient power management, and more room for other silicon on the motherboard.
Other than that, however, the iPhone 7s might offer nothing new. No glass body and, therefore, no wireless charging. Those who weren’t entirely enamored by the iPhone 7 this year might have little incentive to upgrade next year as well, which might not do Apple’s sales and earnings any favors.
So it seems those salivating over the possibility of an iPhone 8 might have to wait a little bit longer.

Reports circulating around the blogosphere speculate that Samsung might ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in the Galaxy S8 it's planning to release next year. According to reports, Samsung is instead planning to offer a USB Type-C port in its handset that will accommodate headphones.
According to the report, Samsung is removing the port to make additional room for stereo speakers -- a first for the Samsung Galaxy S line -- and allow the company to bundle a bigger battery with its next handset.

According to Sammobile's sources, Samsung will not allow users to charge their device and listen to music on the handset at the same time. 
This is not the first of the rumors surrounding the S8 with reports over the last couple of weeks suggesting that , including reports that the Galaxy S8 could come with a larger screen than its predecessor, deliver a much better camera and offer improved artificial intelligence. It's also believed that the smartphone will be far more powerful than the Galaxy S7 and deliver outstanding battery life.
We'll just have to wait and see just what happens eventually.

Photo Crd: SlashGear

Chinese Smartphone company Xiaomi released their highly popular and successful Mi Mix just last month and it was perhaps the closest we’ve gotten so far to a near bezel-free smartphone. 
It was great, but it had a slight drawback; its size. So naturally when rumours that there was a smaller Mi Mix Nano possibly in the works people got excited.
Unfortunately though, Xiaomi marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm that the Nano does not in fact exist.
The Mi Mix was really popular due to the minimalistic bezel presence. There are still some, especially at the bottom, but the Mi Mix boasted of a 91.3% screen to body ratio that no other smartphone has. It didn’t hurt that it also had high-end hardware, like a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage.
So the major drawback was the screen as it made it really hard to hold due to its size, so a Mi Mix Nano leak was naturally welcomed by many especially as it promised a 5.5-inch screen with almost the exact same specs, though the storage is capped at 64 GB. 
But according to Zhiyuan, there is no such product called a Mi Mix Nano. He further clarifies that this leak came from another brand using shady marketing tactics. In other words, it’s most likely a clone that is riding on the Mi Mix popularity and the Xiaomi name to sell their product.
So sorry guys, no Nano Xiaomi Mi Mix exists, but it's possible the company could still go ahead to do it or if you don't mind knock offs or clones, then you might find a smaller Mi Mix in the market, just not from Xiaomi.
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