Today is the big day for Samsung, but LG is making some news of their own. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will all begin shipping pre-orders of the LG G6 today. This means that some devices will arrive a week early. Some customers have already received notices that their devices have shipped even though LG promised units would be shipped on April 7th. If your G6 was pre-order you should be receiving it very soon.
If you aren't all about that Samsung life then skip the Samsung event and check out these leaked images of the upcoming 2017 Moto X. Leakster Jerry Yin posted the photos to his Google+ page showing off the next gen Moto phone. We can see a few things from these images. The fingerprint sensor appears to be located on the front of the device. The phone looks to be all metal. We have the same large camera on the back of the device this time it seems to include a dual lens setup. We don't see the connection points at the bottom of the back of the phone used for the Moto Mods like on the Moto Z lineup.
The specs that accompanied the images include 3GB of RAM, Snapdragon 625 processor, and 32GB of onboard storage. The Model number is XT1801. While the leakster seems to think this is the Moto X I find it hard to believe that Motorola would include a Snapdragon 625 in their latest flagship. If this phone doesn't include Moto Mods are you the least bit interested?
HTC released the U Ultra this year. The phone was met with plenty of criticism. Most people didn't like the price point for what the phone was. The phone seemed large enough to fit a larger battery and surely large enough to include a headphone jack. Pretty much the only nice thing anyone could say about the phone was to give HTC props for the camera and design. HTC may be looking to finally annouce the rumored "HTC Ocean" phone in April.
This will be the HTC U and reports indicate that it will include a 5.5" QHD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and an all new gesture technology that works with the U's metal frame. HTC probably should have released this to begin with or waited to release a phone until this was ready. The phone should be announced some time in April with an expected launch in May.
Today is one of the most anticipated phone announcements in recent history. Coming off a huge loss with the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung is looking for a big win with the Galaxy S8. They will be unpacking the phone for the world to see for the first time officially today in New York. The Event will begin at 11AM EDT/8AM PDT/4PM BST/ 5PM CET. If you don't have a ticket to the event now worries as it will be live streamed from Samsung's website. You can view the event from the link below.
When I saw the pictures of Andy Rubin teasing the bezel-less phone he was working on I felt like it had a familiar feel. Then I was reminded of the Droid HD from back in the day. It was one of the first to look at slimming the bezel and combined with the carbon fiber back it was an awesome looking phone. Unfortunately at the time it went up against the "Next Big Thing" and lost. In a battle that was an onslaught given the specs of the Note 2 combined with the ability to be rooted (something that was important on a phone back then). One had to wonder why Motorola waited so long to release the phone. Had they released it in the spring when so many were anticipating it we could have been having a different conversation.
Unfortunately the Droid HD may not have gotten the love it deserved then but I have to think that it's legacy is going to live on in a future device.
Samsung has patented a secondary display for smartphones. Their idea envisions a secondary display that is embedded in the edge of the watch face display. This would allow users to glance down at their watch and gather possible scrolling information from this longer screen. If nothing else this feature would just be pretty cool. It seems to take the smart watch one step further from traditional watches. It would be neat to be able to read out an entire incoming text message as it scrolls across the secondary display. Who knows what other types of information may be displayed on this 360 display. This feature may never see the light of day, but it would be pretty neat if it does.
Out of all the leaks we have seen on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus we have had no solid evidence to show which processors these phones will have. We know that Samsung is producing the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on the new 10nm process. Their new Exynos 8895 is built on the same process as well. Samsung has confirmed neither of these chips for the devices. We also know that Samsung has bought up the all the Snapdragon 835 chips for the batch which would signify that the chips will be used in their upcoming flagship devices.
Now we have semi proof that these will be the processors included with the S8 and S8 plus. We now have a device model number Samsung SM-G9500 running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and device model number Samsung SM-G955F running the Exynos 8895 showing up in Antutu. Each device is also accompanied with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. So far it appears that the Exynos version of the device gets better numbers than the Snapdragon version.
There seems to be a trend recently for smartphone OEMs to refresh their current product line by simply adding new colors to the lineup. Of course this makes anyone who bought the phone early wish they had not. Apple just made their way back into the news cycle with the iPhone 7 Product RED. At the very least their new red iphone helped a good cause. Every time you buy a Product RED iphone Apple donates to HIV/AIDS programs.
OnePlus just released their limited edition Midnight Black Oneplus 3T. There is no good cause associated with this color launch. The phone is apparently only available in limited quantities. It is still available and ships in 8 days. There were people mentioning they had purchase bots set up to buy the phone for them at midnight because everyone was expecting a quick sell out. Either this new color option wasn't very popular, or this isn't as "limited edition" as we were led to believe. The cost is $479 and you can grab the phone at the link below. What are your thoughts on the new trend for manufacturers to release new colors mid cycle?