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Samsung quashes rumours of Galaxy S7 battery issues

Samsung Galaxy S7While the Note 7 may have been discontinued due to its combustible battery, Samsung’s other 2016 flagship smartphone is not suffering from similar problems, according to an official statement from the South Korean manufacturer.

It said that, so far, no cases of internal battery failure have been confirmed, although a handful of reports from North America allege that handsets in this range, specifically the S7 Edge, have been prone to spontaneous explosions.

The Galaxy S7 has earned rave reviews since it was launched in the spring and the Galaxy Edge model in particular is seen as a boundary-pushing device, which deserves the attention of any mobile buyer who is looking for a high end handset as their next upgrade.

While Samsung’s reputation may have been tarnished by the Note 7 recall, it is forging ahead with plans for its next phone. The Galaxy S8 range is anticipated to touch down early next year as the firm scrambles to make up for the 30 per cent dip in profits that it has experienced in the third quarter of 2016.

Users will want to see if any more reports of S7 battery issues arise, but it seems unlikely that it will suffer the same fate as the Note 7.

OnePlus 3T arrives to replace predecessor

OnePlus 3TThe 3T has officially been announced by OnePlus this week, along with the news that it will be ousting the earlier OnePlus 3 altogether, rather than going on sale alongside it.

This could be something of an issue as the 3T is a pricier device, meaning buyers will have no choice but to spend more cash if they want to experience what OnePlus has to offer.

With a 5.5 inch 1080p screen, a powerful Snapdragon 821 processor and a hefty 6GB of RAM, the 3T certainly sounds good on paper. It will also cost just £399 in the UK, which is still significantly more affordable than equivalently powered devices from manufacturers like Samsung and LG.

Other hardware improvements that the 3T offers over its now defunct sibling include a 3400mAh battery, which should provide more life from a single charge, along with a 16 megapixel front-facing camera for crystal clear selfies.

The OnePlus 3 was rated as one of the best smartphones of the year, bringing high end performance to a mid range price point. Its replacement seems like a worthy successor, although the elimination of the 3 altogether may be seen as unfortunate by some.

UK release for Nuu Mobile budget smartphone

Nuu mobile A1While some smartphones can cost hundreds of pounds even when acquired via a pay monthly contract, others are intended to be as inexpensive as possible. The latter is certainly true of the A1, a handset introduced this week by an emerging brand known as Nuu Mobile.

Tech Radar reports that the A1 will set British buyers back just £40. This outlay nets owners a device with a four inch touchscreen display, a quad core CPU and half a gigabyte of RAM.

Onboard storage is limited to 4GB, but there is a microSD memory card slot to make up for this. The two megapixel primary camera is undoubtedly archaic, but there is a front-facing secondary snapper for video calls and low-res selfies.

Nuu is also launching a higher spec model known as the N5L which, with a £100 price tag, ups the hardware quality to include a 5.5 inch 720p display, a faster chipset, 1GB of RAM and a camera with an eight megapixel resolution.

The N5L should also benefit from its larger 3000mAh battery, while the presence of Android 5.1 on both devices means they will have access to plenty of software and apps. With dual SIM slots on all Nuu Mobile models, they could be good for overseas travelling.

Galaxy S8 could be biggest Samsung flagship yet

Galaxy S8 PlusThe Galaxy S8 is likely to touch down in February next year, with industry insiders quoted by The Investor claiming that it will come in two size variants, the largest of which will even outstrip the now defunct Note 7.

The smaller S8 is reported to pack a 5.7 inch screen, similar to that of the Note 7. Meanwhile a larger model, possibly the S8 Edge, will have a display that measures a full 6.2 inches across the diagonal.

This is a major step up in terms of size compared with the previous generation of Galaxy flagships, which had 5.1 inch and 5.5 inch screens respectively. This means that it is a good idea to take these rumours with a pinch of salt.

While the screens are apparently getting bigger, both S8 handsets will retain the same physical size as their predecessors by featuring a bezel-free display that fills the full area on the front of each phone. This means the home button is also getting eliminated; a bold move which has already been taken by a number of other manufacturers, in spite of the fact that both Samsung and Apple have stuck with it as a feature so far.

Lenovo’s official Project Tango phone arrives

Lenovo Phab2 ProWhile VR may be hitting the headlines, its sister technology augmented reality is still being developed behind the scenes, with Google’s own Project Tango putting the search giant at the forefront of what AR can achieve.

Now the first phone to fully embrace the ethos of this project has gone on sale with Chinese firm, Lenovo, creating the Phab 2 Pro specifically to cater to the requirements of AR.

Available to buy in the US for the equivalent of £410, the Phab 2 Pro comes with a 6.4 inch QHD screen, which is significantly bigger than most smartphones.

Under the skin the specs look a little less impressive, as the Snapdragon 652 chipset powering the device is a mid tier operator in terms of power. There is a healthy 4GB slab of RAM included, which improves its prospects a little.

The real selling point of the Phab 2 Pro is its pair of cameras on the rear, one of which deals with motion detection while the other senses depth. This data can be combined to accurately map space in three dimensions and then overlay software experiences on the world in real time.

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AR has hit mass appeal with Pokemon Go and Lenovo’s phone could lead the charge for wider uptake.