Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Note 8 later this year, but hasn't really told us much more than that. Rumors suggest the phone will have a massive 6.3" display and that the phone may include an upgraded Snapdragon 836 processor. Now we are seeing reports that Samsung may also include dual speakers.
This comes from leaked schematics of the phone. The schematics show both a bottom and top firing speaker. This would in theory provide a better audio experience with stereo sound. The leaked schematics also show a round rear placed fingerprint scanner instead of the expected embedded scanner which confirms earlier reports. Sound quality on the last few devices Samsung has put out has been lacking so hopefully this will improve things.
The Galaxy S8 is getting a new color variant that will be exclusive to U.K. Mobile operator EE. The color will be Arctic Silver and can be preordered starting June 23. Midnight Black and Orchid Grey will also be available. Other than the new color this will be a normal Galaxy S8 with an infinity display, snapdragon 835, and 4GB of RAM. Hopefully Samsung will make the new color available to the rest of us after the exclusivity period.
As OnePlus prepares to launch their latest flagship phone the OnePlus 5 they have also just confirmed that they will not update the OnePlus 2 to Nougat. This is after promising 24 months of updates for their devices and having asserted last year that they would bring Nougat to the OnePlus 2. On the other hand they have announced Android O will come to the OP3 and OP3T. OnePlus places the blame on the Hydrogen Team for not getting the update together telling us, "when we built the OnePlus 2 we didn't have the software infrastructure team in place we do now.". The lack of a promised update may not sit well with some OP2 owners. Were you expecting this update?
Yesterday the Pixel XL 2 was tested on GFXBench. The Pixel XL 2 that was tested was rocking a 5.6" display with 2560x1312 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm made octa-core processor (likely the Snapdragon 835 or 836), Adreno 540 GPU, 100GB of storage (likely 128GB), and 12MP rear facing camera (maybe single or dual lens setup). GFXBench is also showing the device labeled Pixel XL 2 is running Android 7.1.1. Keep in mind this is so early that this is likely a preproduction unit and may not be the final specs for the device.
Yesterday OnePlus launched the Indian version of their website for the OnePlus 5 launch event. The wording on the site mentioned an invite code which sent the internet of OnePlus fans into panic mode. This brought back horrible memories of the way the original OnePlus One was sold. OnePlus has not actually used an invite system to sell their phones for quite a while. The "invite code" mentioned on the site refers to being invited to the launch event. OnePlus confirmed that ordering the OnePlus 5 will be invite free.
Samsung will have to go all out with the Note 8 to make up for the mishap of last year's Note device. We are finding out the phone may not actually have the embedded fingerprint scanner we were all hoping for. Samsung might still have something up their sleeves. A new rumor suggest that Samsung will be among the first to include a Snapdragon 836 chip in their device with the Note 8.
Last year flagships released with the Snapdragon 820 early in the year while some phones releasing later in the year included the slightly updated Snapdragon 821. The Snapdragon 836 is expected to be an octa-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a GPU clocked at 740MHz. Indications are pointing towards an August announcement.
The OnePlus 5 will launch on June 20th which is only a few days away. We are already starting to find out all kinds of information about it. OnePlus has already teased us with images of the device that looks very similar to the iPhone 7 plus. We now have confirmation the device will also include a Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM. The device landed on GeekBench sporting those specs. It was also running Android 7.1.1. The phone even scored higher than the Galaxy S8 in multicore processing likely due to the newer version of Android and larger RAM.
Just as the sound bug is being fixed by Google on Pixel devices another major bug turns up. Many Pixel and Pixel XL users are reporting a bug with the Pixel Launcher which takes away the Google Search function. When you press the mini bar the search history fails to load, suggestions won't load as an inquiry is input, and no search query will actually complete. Apparently those who experience the bug have fixed it with a reboot, but may see it pop back up later requiring another reboot. This is not as big of a deal as the previous sound bug, but can be annoying for those who have experienced it. Hopefully we get a fix for this issue soon.
According to sources Samsung will skip the embedded fingerprint scanner on the Note 8 just as they did with the S8 and S8+. A Samsung Electronics official stated, "We made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security." Samsung will have to continue their research and development on the technology in hopes to include it in the Galaxy S9.
Samsung may be a step behind with the tech as Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 8 with a display embedded fingerprint reader. Without this feature the Note 8 will have one less thing to differentiate itself from the S8+. The Note 8 will reportedly be announced on September 8. We still expect to see a 6.3" Infinity Display and a dual lens camera.
Yesterday a few early sample images from the Essential phone hit the web which leaved much to be desired. Today we a sample photo from the OnePlus 5 has leaked via Weibo. This is a low light image of an interesting looking building. Their is plenty of noticeable noise in the night sky and the building shows a good bit of detail, but is still quite soft. This is not a full resolution photo so we can't be too critical, and given the fact that this isn't full res the picture taken is pretty respectable. OnePlus is boasting the performance of the OP5 camera. I'm sure OnePlus will have plenty of other sample shots for us at the announcement in the coming weeks.