Foldable phones are coming: LG will roll out flexible OLED panels to use in its next-generation phones, and Samsung will follow suit with its own foldable phone. Now it looks like Microsoft wants in on the action: Redmond has filed a patent for a very unique transforming foldable mobile device.
We've seen Microsoft's Surface lineup meld ultrabooks and desktops with the Surface Book, and now it looks like the company will use flexible displays to make a mobile phone that transforms into a tablet. The company has filed a patent for a very specific foldable phone that can essentially swap between a tablet and a phone at will.
According to the patents, the device can fold in half longways like a piece of paper via a special hinge on the underside. It's two halves can be laid flat to make a larger display to simulate a tablet mode, and then fold in half to simulate a mobile phone. The patent also shows a three-sided triangular form factor which uses three displays, hinting Microsoft has a ton of different ideas about this technology.
Samsung will reportedly launch their flagship in April, but there are already many rumors and leaks suggesting what should we expect from the Galaxy S8.
The newest leak shows a beautiful edge-to-edge display and no physical buttons on the device which could mean that Samsung has removed the physical home button and flanking touch buttons, pushing the fingerprint sensor into the display itself.
There were also rumors that Samsung plans to remove the headphone jack. However, the newest rumors from Sammobile and Android Police suggest that Samsung might stick with the headphone jack after all. That decision shouldn't surprise anyone since the users reacted pretty strongly when Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and this feature is one of the advantages of the Korean company.
HTC unveiled their latest smartphones last week, the U Play and U Ultra, but there is more to come.
While we are still waiting for the worthy successor of the HTC 10, which may or may not be named the HTC 11, the President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business Chialin Chang said in an interview that the company is aiming to launch half as many smartphones this year than they did last year.
Chang explained that the company wants to focus on quality instead of quantity and that their main focus is "smartphones' core features."
Samsung has announced the Galaxy C7 Pro on their website. The phone, which will initially only be available in China, comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card.
Both cameras of the Galaxy C7 Pro are 16MP with f/1.9 apertures. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and 3,300 mAh battery.
Samsung is months away from launching its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge smartphones, and we're finally seeing some leaks that seem to indicate that the South Korean electronics giant is really pushing towards the edges of the ultimate flagship smartphone.
The new Galaxy S8 looks to feature a beautiful edge-to-edge display that is sure to be the best display ever on a smartphone when Samsung releases its new handsets, with renders of the phone showing we have next to no bezel, and no physical buttons. Yes, that means that Samsung has possibly removed the physical home button and flanking touch buttons, pushing the fingerprint sensor into the display itself.
In the new video for the latest display from Samsung, we're looking at 100% color gamut coverage, and compared to a traditional non-AMOLED display - the results are striking. OLED technology also allows for a much thinner display, thanks to layers of LCD technology that aren't required courtesy of the OLED tech.
We've been hearing some big things about Apple's new iPhone, but now there's been a new patent that was picked up by Apple Insider which sees Apple attempting to build a phone that slaps a bunch of OLEDs on a flexible surface, with small gaps between them.
These gaps could be quite useful, as they would let information be transmitted through to a light sensor, or camera that could be placed under the screen - better yet, they could allow for speakers, notification lights, or even a second screen underneath the first display. They could even let a window form that would let you look directly through the phone and into another object, while information is displayed on the screen - something we've heard before.
If Apple were able to push the boundaries this much, it really would be a big deal when it announces the iPhone 8 later this year. We've previously heard that the new iPhone would be a "clear piece of glass" with AI built in, according to nerd mega star Robert Scoble, and it looks like he could be right - which excites me, greatly.
Samsung is preparing for the big launch of its new Galaxy S8 smartphone, something that has been teased with renders - and now, BGR is hearing that the renders are based on information from a source within the factories that are manufacturing Samsung's new Galaxy S8.
We should expect a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge with some of the things that made the Note 7 an explosive hit, but the curved Galaxy S8 edge is doing some strange things to me - I can feel my wallet getting closer to my hands. It's looking damn beautiful with the entire front of the phone covered in the gigantic display, with some Samsung branding at the bottom - no physical home button here, guys.
The back looks like the previous Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, with a lack of fingerprint sensor - which has me worried. I'm hoping we see Samsung leap forward and embed the fingerprint scanner into the display, which would be next-freakin-gen. We should expect Samsung to unveil the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge sometime towards the end of February, or early March - with a release in April.
CES 2017 - Coolpad introduced their new Android smartphone for the US market - the Conjr.
The phone comes with a 5-inch display with 1280x720 resolution. It is powered by MediaTek MT6735CP processor that runs at 1.0GHz, and comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which you can expand with a microSD card.
The Conjr has a 13MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture and 8MP selfie cam.
According to an article from the Korea Herald, both Samsung and LG are expected to manufacture devices that can fold between being a phone and a tablet.
Samsung is expected to make approximately 100,000 of these tablets when they launch in the third quarter of the year and LG is expected to make approximately the same amount.
The reason for such low numbers is likely due to the difficulty of producing these devices and displays capable of folding. Other manufacturers have teased such concepts in the past, such as Lenovo at their Lenovo World Conference last year. However, the report also indicates that their plans are not final yet and we may still have to wait some time until they become real.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship is expected to be announced next month at MWC in Barcelona, but the specs and images of the device have already leaked.
The leaks suggest that Xiaomi will launch two version of the phone, the Mi6, and a more powerful Mi 6 Pro.
The Mi 6 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor and it should come with 4GB of RAM. The Mi 6 Pro should have the same processor, but it will have 6GB of RAM.