Huawei, the most profitable Android manufacturer in Q3 2016, will unveil their concept phone under the Honor brand on December 16th.
Not much is know about the Honor concept smartphone, but Huawei posted a teaser that reveals the name of the device - Honor Magic.
We do not yet know if the concept will truly be magical or not, but there are a lot of rumors floating around. Some claim the concept smartphone might not have standard phone parts such as a speaker or camera, which would mean that Huawei decided to go for a modular type of phone. Other suggest that Honor Magic will have a curved display.
Samsung has poked fun at Apple for ditching the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, but it seems that was purely a marketing move, as the company is now following suit. Sources have confirmed to SamMobile the Galaxy S8 will remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack; if you want to use existing headphones, you'll require a a USB Type-C adapter, and if you want to plug the phone in and use wired headphones, you can't.
The upside is the potential for a thinner device with a larger battery, as well as stereo speakers; Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman means a potential collaboration on said speakers.
The Galaxy S8 will be revealed in February.
Samsung is killing its Note brand in 2017, but the Galaxy brand will live on through the Galaxy S8 smartphone that the company should reveal in February next year during Mobile World Congress 2017.
The new rumors for the Galaxy S8 have Samsung removing the physical buttons from the front of the phone, expanding the internal flash storage, and including 6GB of RAM. Depending on the region you buy the Galaxy S8 in, you can expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, but there will be an Exynos 9-series model that will be sold, too.
Samsung plans to remove the home button, where it will deploy a new fingerprint sensor that is button-less and reportedly uses ultrasonic technology, reports TechTastic. As for the storage, Samsung made its Galaxy S7 available in 32GB, but the new Galaxy S8 smartphone will reportedly arrive with up to 256GB of storage.
We can also expect dual cameras on the back, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, faster wireless charging, a virtual assistant, iris scanner, and more.
If you thought that NVIDIA using 16nm (and now 14nm FinFET from Samsung) and AMD with 14nm on their current-gen Pascal and Polaris-based graphics cards - well, you ain't seen nothing yet.
TSMC is hitting its stride with the 10nm process, with Chinese sources now stating that TSMC is ramping up its production of 10nm processors for companies like Apple, MediaTek, and Huawei. The competition in Qualcomm and Samsung won't take this sitting down, with the companies preparing their Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895, respectively - preparing for a huge 2017.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has started talking about smartphones, and in particular, the purported Surface Phone. Nadella has teased that Microsoft will showcase a "unique approach" with Surface Phone.
Nadella said during an interview with the Australian Financial Review: "We don't want to be driven by just envy of what others have, the question is, what can we bring? That's where I look at any device form factor or any technology, even AI".
He continued: "We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device".
Jet Black proved to be extremely popular with the buyers of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and according to The Korea Herald, it seems that Samsung wants to follow in Apple's steps.
If true, the Korean giant should launch a new glossy version of the Galaxy S7 next month. Samsung already added a new color for their latest flagship, Coral Blue, after the fiasco with the Note7 devices.
The Galaxy S7 is already available in Onyx Black, Silver Titanium, White Pearl, Pink Gold, and Gold Platinum, plus Coral Blue as of recently.
We've been hearing whispers on the new iPhone for a little while now, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has teased that the iPhone 8 will finally support wireless charging.
9to5Mac reports that Kuo said "Apple's switch to a glass casing for iPhone 8 will enable wireless charging at fast speeds with minimum disruption from frequency interference". There might be a higher-end version of the iPhone 8 that has the wireless charger in the box, so don't expect the cheaper models to support this premium feature.
Kuo continues, saying that there will be one major new 'bezel-less' design that will feature an OLED display that wraps around the edges of the display - similar to how Samsung and its Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones have edge-spilling displays. The OLED display in question would arrive as 5.8-inches or so, but the active touchscreen diagonal size would be around 5.2-inches or so.
Apple could bring production of its iPhones back to the US, with president-elect Trump talking with Apple CEO Tim Cook about it. Cook called Trump after his victory a couple of weeks ago, and their conversation was interesting, to say the least.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said that Cook called him to congratulate him on his victory over Hillary Clinton, where he talked with the Apple boss about his expectations. Trump said: "I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, 'Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you're making your product right here".
Cook said: "I understand that", with Trump adding that he's confident that Apple will begin manufacturing in the US again with his proposed "very large tax cut" and "substantial regulation cuts" he plans on offering.
With this tease between Trump and Apple, what do you think about it all? iPhones being manufactured in the US will create thousands upon thousands of jobs, and while the prices of iPhones might go up - maybe Apple will reduce the costs a little as an incentive of having a "Made in the USA" stamp on the back of them.
China is expected to bust into the smart home market to the tune of around $22 billion per year by as soon as 2018, but with product names like LingLong DingDong - I think they're going to have some fun while doing it.
LingLong, the company behind the DingDong, has made an Amazon Echo-like device that costs $118 - and it's capable of playing music, audiobooks, managing schedules, and more - just like the Amazon Echo. In order to wake the device, you'll have to say one of three commands:
- DingDong DingDong
- Xiaowei Xiaowei
- BaiLing BaiLing
LingLong has said that most people are using the DingDong to play music from their library, which spans 3 million songs. LingLong has been working on the DingDong for a while, so it's not a direct knockoff of the Echo, but LingLong's Senior Marketing Manager Charlie Liu did state that Amazon Echo did have an influence in some of their decision-making.
Google knew it was onto something with the launch of its next-gen Pixel smartphones, and since they are "only on Verizon" when they're not unlocked - Verizon is doing well with sales, too.
According to a new report from Wave7 Research, Google Pixel accounted for 7.5% of all Verizon activiations in the last 30 days, which as 9to5Google reports is "a big deal considering we're entering the holiday season". Verizon has been splashing money on advertising the Pixel and Pixel XL, even advertising Google's new Daydream View VR headset now that it's available.
Google and Verizon spent $27 million combined in the week of October 27 to November 2, with Google contributing $15 million while Verizon spent $12 million.