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Info on Google Pixel 2 published ahead of launch

Google Pixel smartphoneThe Pixel 2 is set to be Google’s second own-brand smartphone of the post Nexus era when it arrives later this year. And the alleged specifications of the as yet unreleased device have appeared online via benchmarking site, Geekbench, according to PocketNow.

Unsurprisingly, the Pixel 2 looks set to combine the Snapdragon 835 chipset with a solid 4GB of RAM, giving it similar levels of power to Samsung’s recently released Galaxy S8. This is good news, although since the handset is not set to arrive until the second half of the year, it will seem less cutting edge by comparison with other devices that are introduced in the interim.

Insiders have already claimed that Google is going to expand the Pixel range even further this year, with a true phablet version expected to touch down alongside the standard Pixel 2 and the larger Pixel 2 XL.

Rumours of a model with a curved display have emerged, although even with different screen sizes and shapes it is almost certain that the same processor and RAM combo will be found under the skin of all three. Google will be hoping to gain traction with this iPhone-rivalling range in 2017.

LG jumps on OLED bandwagon

LG V30The next high end handsets launched by LG could feature OLED displays, with the South Korean firm expected to be ditching the older LCD panel technology upon which it has relied in previous generations, according to sources quoted by the Investor.

The first handset to make this leap will be the LG V30, which is scheduled to touch down in the second half of the year. Then when 2018 rolls around and the LG G7 lands, it too will sport an OLED panel to rival those found on Samsung’s top tier devices.

There are a number of benefits offered by OLED smartphone screens compared with LCD displays, chief among which are the lower energy consumption, improved colour saturation and contrast ratios. Flexibility is another asset, enabling handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Edge models to emerge with curved screens in recent years.

Of course, LG is not entirely a stranger to OLED technology, but it has yet to embrace it for mainstream mobiles, instead harnessing it for models with niche appeal, like the G Flex.

This may only be a rumour, but with Apple also thought to be moving towards OLED tech for the next iPhone, it seems that LG is not alone in coveting a change.

LG kicks off global release of X Power2

LG X Power2Battery life is a big issue for many smartphone users, which is why LG has chosen to address it with the all-new X Power 2 handset. And this week it was confirmed that the handset will be hitting the UK in the coming weeks, following its initial release in North America.

The main benefit of this mobile is its 4500mAh battery, which LG claims is big enough to allow users to watch videos for 18 hours before it is depleted, or browse the internet for 19 hours in a row on a single charge.

This should mean that the X Power2 can cope with well over a day of normal use, easily outdoing a number of higher end handsets that might need to be topped up before the sun has set.

Tech Radar reports that the rest of its specifications are solid if not earth shattering, with a 5.5 inch 1080p screen and a CPU with eight physical cores giving it the ability to go toe to toe with other mid-range smartphones.

A UK price for the X Power2 has not yet been set, but people who are sick of having to take their phone charger with them everywhere could be willing to pay a premium for this device.

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.