The display on Samsung's new Galaxy S8 is already mind blowing, but the South Korean giant doesn't want to sit on its hands - with rumors flying that the company will begin production of its 7th generation AMOLED panels in Q2.
PhoneArena reports: "Samsung Display has continued research to diversify its OLED portfolio to include foldable OLED, chip-on-plastic OLED and 800ppi high-resolution OLED". Now this is pretty big news, as the rest of the OLED makers are still working on their 6th gen panels, while Samsung leads into its 7th gen. The big golden nugget of news is that Samsung is working on "chip-on-plastic OLED" displays, and "800ppi high-resolution OLED".
Now, where would Samsung use an 800PPI high-res OLED display? For me, the purported Galaxy Note 8 smartphone would make sense - as the Galaxy S9 won't see the light of day until 2018. 4K displays in smartphones aren't really a thing right now, except for Sony's current 'Premium' line of smartphones - so if I had to place any bets, I'd say Samsung's upcoming Note 8 will rock a massive, and oh-my-gosh beautiful 4K-capable 800PPI display.
HTC's latest flagship, announced in April last year, was called the HTC 10 so when we first started hearing about this year's flagship, the HTC 11 was a logical name choice.
However, shortly after the company announced the U Ultra and U Play in January, the rumors started floating around that the Taiwanese company would name their latest flagship the HTC U.
According to the latest report from Evan Blass, a trustworthy leaker, neither rumor is correct. Or both are true. Blass says that phone would be named the HTC U 11. This information reportedly arrived from an individual briefed on the company plans.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ cost more than their predecessors, and the reason for that, according to a report by IHS Markit, is that the costs of manufacturing the new devices are higher.
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 with 64GB of internal storage carries a BOM (bill of material) cost of $301.60. After the basic manufacturing costs are added, that amount rises to $307.50.
This makes the costs of materials in the Galaxy S8 $43.34 higher than the costs of the Galaxy S7 and $36.29 higher than the total build cost of the Galaxy S7 Edge. The unsubsidized price for the 64GB Galaxy S8 starts at around $720.
HTC has announced that their next flagship will be unveiled on May 16th.
The company also published a short teaser on their Twitter profile with a tagline "Squeeze for the Brilliant U." This clearly indicates that the device will feature Edge Sense technology.
Edge Sense feature will allow you to control a number of customizable actions with gestures that you perform on the U's metal frame (instead of the screen). You will be able to perform actions such as turning the volume up or down by swiping along the left of right sides of the device.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is now official, and most of the rumors were true.
The Mi 6 is powered by Snapdragon 835, and it comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
The phone features dual cameras on the back (12MP+12MP) and an 8MP front shooter.
The fingerprint sensor is embedded under the home button on the front of the device. There's also a 3,350 mAh battery. Interestingly, the Mi 6 doesn't have 3.5mm headphone jack.
Huawei has launched two new MediaPad T3 devices. The tablets come with different screen sizes and processors.
The bigger one comes with an 8-inch display and is powered by Snapdragon 425. It has two RAM and storage combinations - 2GB + 16GB or 3GB + 36GB. The device comes with the 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP front shooter, and a 4,800 mAh battery.
The 8-inch device has two variants - one that supports LTE and Wi-Fi, and the other one that connects to the internet only over Wi-Fi.
Xiaomi is set to unveil the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus on April 19th, and we already know quite a lot about the upcoming phones.
The Mi 6 is expected to have a 5.1-inch display, while the Plus model should have a bigger 5.7-inch screen. Both devices are rumored to rock Snapdragon 835.
Now, a Chinese website has leaked the press renders of the Mi 6 and they show the design of the phone. The Mi 6 will have a fingerprint sensor on the front of the device under the 2.5D curved glass. The photos also show that the phone will be available in three colors - white, black, and purple.
ZTE has unveiled an upgraded version of the Axon 7- the Axon 7s.
The device is powered by Snapdragon 821 instead of a Snapdragon 820 that's in the Axon 7. The phone will come with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and 20MP rear camera.
Unfortunately, the company didn't reveal which other upgrades, if any, the Axon 7s brings. The original Axon 7 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the Limited Edition Axon 7 offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Xiaomi is set to unveil the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus on April 19th, and there are rumors that the company might also show the Mi Max 2.
According to the leaks, the Mi Max 2 will be a quite big phone. It is expected that the device will come with a 6.44-inch display and a huge 5,000 mAh battery.
The new leak shows the images of the device and brings some more clarifications about the specs. Unfortunately, the images don't show the front of the device and have in mind that the phone is in a transparent case in these pictures, but they do give us a pretty good idea about the design.
HTC unveiled their latest smartphones earlier this year, the U Play and U Ultra, but they are yet to unveil a worthy successor to the HTC 10. Although it has been rumored that the device will be named the HTC 11, trustworthy leaker Evan Blass confirmed that HTC chose a rather simple name for their upcoming device - HTC U.
The famous leaker unveiled the specs of the device last month, and now, he has posted the first image of the upcoming flagship.
The image reveals what looks to be glass on both front and the back of the phone. It is also apparent that the phone will have significant bezels, unlike LG's and Samsung's recently unveiled flagships. The fingerprint sensor will remain on the front of the phone, and in case there were some doubts - there is no dual camera.