Artist renderings of the new iPhone 8 happen on a nearly weekly basis at this point. Some based on repeated rumors and others based on hopes and dreams. However, most of these renderings usually don't go beyond the physical design of the phone.
That is not the case with Gabor Balogh's latest mock-up of the rumored iPhone 8. He takes it one step further to also conceptualize what Apple Maps might look like with a touch of AR. In fact, we already know that in the iOS 11 beta there are some hidden ARKit Easter eggs which I believe are just scratching the surface of what could be possible.
We know that Gabor Balogh's renderings are very possible because some developers have already begun to incorporate ARKit and other technologies to make mapping on iOS more spatially aware. We also know that ARKit is going to work on millions of iPhones whenever an application is built using ARKit.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 was unveiled back in April, and the company's flagship comes with a 3,350 mAh battery. However, if you can't be bothered with charging your phone every day, a Taobao company has now offered a solution.
The company specializes in transforming your Mi 6 from an average battery into a monster with up to 9,000 mAh of juice. You can choose between three battery sizes - 6,700 mAh will cost you $33, 7,000 mAh one is priced at $38, while the biggest one, 9,000 mAh battery, has a $50 price tag.
According to the listing, the company takes apart the back of the phone and replaces the battery with a bigger one. The seller says they are using Sony's batteries.
Samsung revealed that they would launch the Galaxy Note8 in a month, on August 23rd. There are numerous rumors about the phone floating around.
Last week, we learned that the Note8 would be powered by a Snapdragon 835 despite some rumors that it might feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836. However, it seems that Qualcomm will debut the Snapdragon 836 with the Google Pixel 2. We saw the same scenario last year when Qualcomm debuted the Snapdragon 821 with Google's Pixel.
Now, a well-known leaker has revealed the color options for the upcoming device. According to him, the Note8 will be available in Black, Orchid Grey, and a new Deep Blue color.
ASUS recently posted the first official teaser of the upcoming ZenFone 4. The device is rumored to be announced on August 23rd, and the teaser revealed that it would feature dual camera setup.
According to a new leak, the phone should come with a QHD 1440p display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, which powers this year's flagships such as the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11.
We recently learned that the Snapdragon 836 would make its debut with Google's Pixel 2, meaning that the Galaxy Note8 and LG V30 will be powered by Snapdragon 835.
Even with the latest flagship smartphones in the world, it still takes over an hour to charge your phone on average... at least for now. Drexel researchers might be onto the next big thing, using nanomaterial-based electrodes called MXene, that will charge chemical batteries much, much quicker than today's technology.
Engadget reports that the "near-2D design combines an oxide-metal 'sandwich' with hydrogel to create a structure that's extremely conductive, but still lets ions move freely as the battery builds up a charge. In the lab's design, you can charge MXene electrodes within "tens of milliseconds" -- you could top up a phone in seconds or an electric car in minutes". Impressive, eh?
As always the big issue here is getting to production quality energy cells, something that will require a number of years before we get to that point. Factories would have to adapt to the new technology, learning the new electrodes over current methods. The future of charging our smartphones and electric cars could be a hell of a lot quicker, as this is the future that is quickly coming up the road.
It looks like Qualcomm is planning to release their next-gen Snapdragon 845 processor sooner rather than later, with the new Snapdragon 845 listed in new patent documents.
The news is courtesy of the on-going legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, with teh Snapdragon 845 showing up on Qualcomm's ITC filing that wants to ban iPhone sales in the US. Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S9 is said to be the first to rock the Snapdragon 845, and will be released in early 2018. LG is also touted to use Qualcomm's latest chip in their next-gen flagship due out in 2018.
As part of the documentation on why Qualcomm wants the iPhone sales to be banned in the US, the company listed patented chipsets - something that includes SDM845, or the Snapdragon 845.
ASUS recently launched the ZenFone 4 Max with a 5,000 mAh battery, but we are still waiting for four new ZenFone series smartphones. It was initially expected that the company would launch the phones during Computex, but that didn't happen due to, according to a source, "design overhaul and efficiency upgrades."
A recent report suggested that the company should unveil the devices on August 17th and while we still can't confirm this date, we can say that the launch date is definitely close because ASUS has just posted the first teaser photos of the ZenFone 4.
The company posted four photos on its official Facebook, and all four photos indicate that the ZenFone 4 will have a dual camera setup.
While we are waiting for Samsung to unveil the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note8 on August 23rd, it seems that the company is naturally already preparing for next year's flagships, presumably named the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
According to industry sources, the Korean giant has already placed display orders for the upcoming devices. The same sources state that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have the same screen sizes as this year's S-series phones, meaning 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays.
The phones should have rounded corners, making them identical to this year's Infinity Displays found on the Galaxy S8 duo.
Xiaomi is all set to announce its latest smartphone, the Mi 5X, on July 26th. The company will also introduce the MIUI 9 user interface on the same day.
The Mi 5X will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display and run Android Nougat with the latest MIUI 9 on top. The device is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor and come with 4GB of RAM.
The recently leaked images show that the phone will come with a dual rear camera setup.
Although it was supposed to arrive by the end on June, Essential's first smartphone, the PH-1, is still nowhere to be found.
The phone was announced by Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, back in May and up until now, we didn't have any updates or reasons of the delay.
Today, twenty days after the expected launch date, Andy Rubin has sent out emails to users who pre-ordered the phone. In the email, Rubin says that they are now "going through certification and testing with multiple US and international carriers." Rubin also states that the device would be in user's hand in "a few weeks."