After last year’s Galaxy Note 7 was plagued with technical issues and had to be recalled, many assumed that Samsung’s flagship phablet range was dead in the water. But it has since emerged that a Note 8 is indeed on the way, with its launch scheduled to take place later this month.
Fans were given their first look at the device earlier this week after VentureBeat published a leaked press shot which showcases the almost bezel-free curved display which dominates the front surface of the phone.
The Note 8 does away with physical buttons on the front, instead embracing the same Infinity Display hardware that was seen earlier this year on the Galaxy S8. There will still be the usual trio of lock, camera and volume buttons on the sides of the handset.
What remains to be seen is whether Samsung has learned any lessons from the Note 7 launch and fitted the follow-up with a battery that is large enough to power everything but not so sizeable that it leads to overheating and combustion issues. Another major recall would be an unmitigated disaster for the South Korean firm which is already on the ropes.
An unintended data dump from LG’s official site has resulted in details of a new smartphone known as the Q8 being leaked, according to Tech Radar.
The Q8 promises to be smaller than the firm’s flagship V20, while still boasting many of its features. It will be waterproof and dustproof, achieving an IP67 rating, while also featuring a QHD display resolution along with a secondary display dedicated solely to quick interactions.
The screen itself is expected to measure 5.2 inches across the diagonal, while the rear of the phone will sport a pair of camera lenses so that impressive feats of photography are possible.
One of the main obstacles to success for the V20 was its price, which is why the smaller Q8 could have the edge over its phablet sibling. While it has not yet been announced by LG, this upcoming handset promises to be a better prospect for most buyers, shunning niche capabilities in favour of mass appeal.
An older Snapdragon chipset found under the skin should further fuel the argument for the Q8 being pitched at a mid-range price point, meaning it may be a bit cheaper than the likes of the OnePlus 5.
Software giant Microsoft may be looking to reassert itself in the mobile market, in spite of the fact that its recent attempts to push Windows 10 Mobile have been modest at best.
This is according to an industry insider quoted by Softpedia, who said that Microsoft is in the process of developing a brand new portable device which is being designed by members of a team that is usually dedicated to augmented and virtual reality solutions.
The upshot of this is that the as yet unannounced handset could push to capture the emerging AR and VR markets, rather than competing directly with established Android and iOS smartphones.
It is expected that the device will boast flagship specifications, which make sense if it is going to be powering in-depth interactive experiences. It also seems that this will be separate from the long awaited Surface-brand phone, which is still something that Microsoft has not managed to bring to market in spite of persistent rumours.
At one point, it looked like Windows Phone might become the next big contender to Android’s crown, but even with its takeover of Nokia it has not been possible for Microsoft to gain a significant foothold in the mobile market. A new device could change this, but only if it is exceptional.
Earlier iPhone releases have been dogged by leaks in the run-up to each official announcement, so it is no surprise to see the same state of affairs afflicting Apple’s next flagship handset.
A video from a well connected YouTube channel has provided the best look at the iPhone 8 to date, showcasing many of the features which were already rumoured to be on the cards, according to TechRadar.
The iPhone 8 featured in the footage is not a finished model, but rather a pre-release version which is intended to give Apple’s accessory-making partners an idea of what to expect when it emerges in full later this year.
The most prominent change is visible on the rear, where a dual camera lens setup is present, not only boosting its photography credentials but also helping with augmented reality (AR) and other high end features.
The front of the phone features a large display and the iPhone 8 will seemingly do away with much of the surrounding bezel and even the traditional home button.
The iPhone 8 is likely to be unveiled in September this year, although if the leaks continue to flow then there may not be many surprises left up Apple’s sleeve.
The versatile, upgradable Moto Z2 Play is coming to the UK soon and is already available for pre-order at the affordable price of £379, according to Tech Radar.
With a 5.5 inch 1080p screen, the mid-tier Snapdragon 626 processor from Qualcomm and a solid 4GB of RAM, it is well specified given its cost. And since it is able to work with MotoMods, there are ways to improve its features over time.
Whether adding a bigger battery or integrating a pico projector and camera upgrade, this modular approach to smartphone design is Motorola’s calling card at the moment. Meanwhile, it is expanding its range of modifications on a regular basis, meaning the Z2 Play can be upgraded further down the line.
Interestingly, this handset will arrive alongside a brand new mod which adds an entire physical gamepad to the handset, making it an impressive machine for interactive entertainment, which is not solely reliant on touchscreen or motion-based inputs. So for serious gamers who want a portable system combined with their smartphone, this could be the ideal solution.
At £379 the Z2 Play is a direct competitor to Huawei’s similarly specced Honor 9, while managing to undercut the OnePlus 5 in terms of price.