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Mini version of LG G6 inbound

Scaled down iterations of flagship smartphones have often been introduced in past generations, so it is no surprise to see LG planning the same treatment for the G6 this year.

Pocket Lint reports on leaked information about the G6 Mini, which will be smaller than its 5.7 inch sibling, but not by a huge margin.

Sources suggest it will come with a 5.4 inch display which mimics the unusual 18:9 aspect ratio found on the full sized G6. This will shake things up in terms of the look and feel that users can expect from a mid-range model.

Of course, many people will find that the 5.4 inch display of the G6 Mini is still significantly larger than would normally be encountered in this market segment; it is almost as big as an iPhone 7 Plus. But for people with big hands and deep pockets, this will still seem like a suitable step down from the standard G6.

The remaining specifications of the G6 Mini have yet to be announced and there is debate over whether it will retain the same chipset as its stable mate or opt for a more value-oriented set of components to drive down the asking price.

Leaked info on HTC U 11 answers questions about hardware

HTC U 11 phoneThe HTC U 11 is set to arrive before the end of the month, but details on what components the phone will pack under the skin have already leaked online via MySmartPrice.

Tech Radar reports that the accidental early unveiling of the U 11’s feature set positions it as a high end smartphone, with a 5.5 inch QHD display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset defining it as undoubtedly cutting edge, at least on paper.

It will also be water-resistant thanks to its IP57 rating, with a primary 12 megapixel camera using HTC’s UltraPixel technology to cram more detail into every snap that is captured. Meanwhile, a 16 megapixel front-facing camera will handle selfie duties and offer its own panorama capabilities.

The U 11 should work with microSDXC memory cards, meaning that its storage space can be boosted by up to a whopping two terabytes. The 128GB of built-in storage will probably be more than enough for most users, but having the option to install add-ons is definitely desirable.

The May 16th launch date of the U 11 is just around the corner, but with few secrets left up its sleeve, HTC could have a tough time hitting the headlines with this release.

John McAfee intros super secure smartphone

Privacy PhoneSecurity specialist and controversial business figure, John McAfee, has just announced the launch of a device known as the Privacy Phone which promises to offer higher levels of protection and anonymity for owners than any other handset on the market.

Powered by Android, the Privacy Phone is defined by a number of physical switches which do not just turn off wireless connectivity capabilities onboard, but actively detach the antennas from internal couplings to prevent any third party snooping, according to Newsweek.

McAfee was quick to point out that the device was not completely immune from hacking, but would give users a lot of control over how it operates.

He also claimed that it could trump similar privacy-focused devices like the Blackphone in terms of security. Integrated software will also provide an extra layer of privacy when it is connected to the internet.

With a price tag of around £850, the Privacy Phone is not the most affordable device on the market and could have a limited potential pool of appeal. But there are certainly people who are concerned about their privacy enough to invest in it, whether for business purposes or as a personal handset.

Leaked pics show off OnePlus 4’s new design

OnePlus 4Images which were published by India Today earlier this week have highlighted several new features and stylistic changes that fans of Chinese mobile maker, OnePlus, can expect from its fourth major flagship.

A dual lens camera is shown on the rear surface, while the black design looks more cohesive and less disrupted by lines and markings than any of its predecessors.

Some insiders argue that the OnePlus 4 will come with a glass finish, shunning metal or plastic in favour of a material that was once favoured by Apple for its mobiles.

A 5.3 inch QHD display should sit on the front, while the Snapdragon 835 chipset will power proceedings, if rumours are to be believed. It has even been suggested that this device could pack up to 8GB of RAM, although this sounds like an outlandish claim, given the more modest amounts found on competing handsets.

The OnePlus 4 is set to be officially announced in the next two or three months, with reports suggesting it could be known as the OnePlus 5 to signify its forward-thinking design. An affordable price point could give it the competitive edge, especially if its specs live up to expectations.

High cost of Galaxy S8 production revealed

Any mobile buyer in the UK looking to snap up the new Galaxy S8 in its SIM free form can expect to pay at least £689, putting it at the upper end of the market in terms of price. But now figures from IHS Markit show that Samsung itself is having to splash out a sizeable sum to manufacture this cutting edge device.

The components alone cost just over $300 (£234) and each S8 also bears a £4.60 production cost. This is much more than the £174 that Apple pays to produce every iPhone 7 that rolls off the production line.

The second most expensive smartphone in terms of manufacturing costs at the moment is Google’s Pixel XL, but even this device is quite a bit more affordable than Samsung’s latest release.

Of course, this is all due to the cost of the leading technologies that have been corralled into the S8, with most buyers more than willing to fork out that extra cash in order to ensure that they have the world’s most powerful, future-proof phone in their pocket. Thankfully, there are lots of other affordable alternatives that are cheaper to build and buy.