Adding new colors to existing devices proved to be popular with the phone manufacturers this year. Huawei has added a red and blue option for their P9, HTC added red color to their HTC10, and Samsung first added Coral Blue followed by Black Pearl.
Xiaomi has now added two new colors to their Redmi Note 4 device - blue and black. The device was originally available in gold, silver and gray. The new color variants are limited to the 3GB of RAM plus 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage models, but they cost the same as the gray, silver and gold ones.
I still remember one of my first PCs being a 486 DX2-66, and it rocking 2MB of RAM (yes, megabytes with a 'M') and upgrading it to 4MB of RAM for a game most of you won't remember - Under a Killing Moon. Now, smartphones have 4GB of RAM, some with 6GB of RAM - and now SK Hynix is breaking into the world of 8GB of RAM for smartphones.
SK Hynix will be tapping the older 21nm manufacturing process for the 8GB chips, which will be aiming towards price/performance smartphones compared to the more efficient 10nm process Samsung is using for its 8GB module.
The 8GB module from SK Hynix will be running at 3.73GHz, with each chip rocking 4 x 2GB modules, offering bandwidth of up to 29.8Gbps. The 21nm process itself might be older and less efficient, but it will provide lower/mid-range smartphone makers to bake in 8GB of RAM into their lower/mid-range priced handsets, in bigger numbers than Samsung's higher-end 10nm-based 8GB chips.
As everyone is probably aware by now - the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is banned from all flights, and there are multiple warnings at airports that remind the few users that might still have this device not to bring it on the plane.
That being said, a Virgin America flight from San Francisco to Boston was delayed and almost diverted because a passenger changed the name of his Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097'. This made other passengers and the crew think that there is a Samsung Galaxy Note7 onboard and is being used.
LG has announced a range of new smartphones just before CES. The company unveiled their 2017 K series - the K3, K4, K8, and K10, as well as the Stylus 3.
The K10 (2017) comes with a 5.3-inch HD display, 13MP camera, and 5MP selfie cam. It is powered by MediaTek's MT6750 processor and it had 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory. The K10 has a fingerprint sensor and comes with 2,800 mAh battery.
The K8 (2017) has a smaller 5-inch HD display, but the same camera as K10. It runs on a Snapdragon 425 processor and comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor and comes with a 2,500 mAh battery.
September 2017 is far away, but there are already many rumors about the next iPhone. The new rumor, posted on Chinese tech blog cnBeta, suggests that Apple is developing three iPhone models for next year.
According to the report, Apple will launch two upgraded iPhone 7 models, likely branded iPhone 7s and iPhone 7 Plus. The third phone, codenamed Ferrari, is the real star of the leak cause it will supposedly rock a borderless OLED display, wireless charging, and more.
The new iPhone will reportedly feature the same Touch ID home button, but it would integrate into the display itself, eliminating the bottom bezel 'chin.'
HTC just sent out invitations for an event on January 12th. Weird timing considering it's not even a week after CES, but I guess that's just how HTC rolls.
There is absolutely no information of what to expect, and to my email, HTC diplomatically responded with "More information will be revealed in the coming weeks before the announcement."
The invitation has a sign "For U" with HTC's logo where the letter "C" is also highlighted. The first thing that came to my mind is that HTC might unveil something related to Under Armour, a company with whom they already cooperated on some wearables.
HMD Global recently launched their first Nokia phone - Nokia 150. However, we are still waiting for the new Nokia-branded Android smartphone, which should be unveiled in February at MWC.
As we previously reported, the smartphone should come in two versions which will differ in display size and the amount of memory.
The new leak shows photos of the upcoming phones and gives us more details about Nokia phones.
Samsung won't remember this year as a successful one after the Note7 fiasco, but they are already planning their comeback for next year. Recent reports suggest they postponed the Galaxy S8 launch from February to April, and it remains to be seen what will happen with the Note series.
The Note7 was a great phone, there's no doubt about it, but the exploding batteries harmed the brand, and we will see if they will manage to rebuilt the trust with the users. It appears that Samsung will continue their Note line and they are considering LG Chem company to manufacture the batteries for their Note8 and probably other phones launching after that.
This means that the Galaxy Note8 could become the first Samsung phone to pack in an LG-made battery.
After the Galaxy Note7 fiasco, Samsung has boosted the advertisement of their only flagship this year - Galaxy S7. Many analysts initially thought that Samsung might rush with their next phone, but the new reports suggest that the Korean giant decided to go for a different approach.
According to a report from Naver, Samsung's executives decided at a recent meeting in New York to postpone the introduction of Galaxy S8 from MWC in Barcelona at the end of February to April 2017.
It is possible that the company wants to distance themselves from the Note7 fiasco and take more time to build the trust with their customers.
Huawei decided to end the year with their new concept phone introduced under Honor brand - Honor Magic.
The Honor Magic does have the word "magic" in it, but there is very little magic in this concept phone. Yes, it is Huawei's curviest phone so far, but when a company is introducing a concept phone, it is expected that they will try to push the boundaries of conventional phone design and introduce something new or different. But that's not the case with the Honor Magic.
As mentioned earlier, the Honor Magic has every edge and corner curved which gives a somewhat different look to the phone. The device comes with a 5.09-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.