Rumors are flying about the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones and word is that the chips inside the S7 smartphones will be split between an Exynos 8890 and a Snapdragon 820. The question in the enthusiasts mind is which of the smartphones will perform better. Recently the Galaxy S7 packing the Exynos 8890 passed through GeekBench 3.
If all these rumors have any ring of truth, then Apple's expected March event will be packed with new devices. First, there is, of course, the 4-inch iPhone 5se, not 6c, which will see the return of a diminutive size not seen since 2013. The, there's the iPad Air 3, which will be the first time a 9.7-inch tablet will make an appearance since 2014. And now there is also word that new Apple Watch models, actually new bands, will also be making a debut in one grand stage presentation.
Getting its alphabet soup in order, LG unveiled a new K series of smartphones before and during CES 2016 early this month, starting off with the K10 and the K7. The K line's proposition was simple and familiar: a budget friendly selection of low to mid tier smartphones with LG's own brand of user experience. The K series, however, also made an emphasis on cameras and selfies, though only the K10 probably matches the bill. Now LG is unleashing to K smartphones, the K10 and the K4, to the global market. Strangely, the K7 is MIA.
Deja vu? If yes, then you might have heard of how Apple offered an upgrade, or some might call it "rental", program when it announced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last September. Or you might have also heard of Samsung's plans to do likewise. While whispers about that upgrade scheme has died out since, it is being resuscitated now that the Galaxy S7 is just around the corner. Or so it is hoped. Korean media report that Samsung might have its own rental system in place by the time the Galaxy S7 flagship hits stores in March.
As the name clearly points out, Microsoft Research is a division knee deep in R&D. In most companies, however, that acronym is almost synonymous with things that almost never see the light of day, except in a few vestiges. Trying to buck the trend, Microsoft is now trying to make its Research results more prominent, by actually putting them into products or turning them into actual products themselves. And one of those might yet be the most interesting: a flip cover for Lumia smartphones that also act as secondary displays.
Given Xiaomi's high profile status in the mobile industry, both in China and elsewhere, whenever it is scheduled to announce a new flagship device, people take note. Especially considering the OEM's speculated move into new territory, like the US market. The upcoming Mi 5 is, of course, no different. Finally putting rumors to rest, Xiaomi's Hugo Barra, formerly a Google exec, has taken to Twitter to confirm the announcement date of the smarpthone, scheduled to debut on February 24. But even before that happens, we aret treated to another batch of leaked photos of the alleged Mi 5.
Korean manufacturing giant LG has just revealed its financial performance for the last quarter of 2015. All in all, the company was happy to tell a mostly positive story, with an operating profit of 349 billion KRW, roughly $301.4 million), which is an impressive 27% increase from the previous quarter of that year. However, like its fierce rival Samsung, much of that profit came from businesses other than its mobile devices. Expecting rough seas ahead, LG is said to release two flagship smartphones this year to try and offset whatever sales problems it might encounter in 2016.
In a little over two weeks, the world will once again go crazy over buying gifts for that special someone. If you ask Google, the perfect gift would, of course, be one of the devices available from its online store. So in preparation for that season, Google is putting up a few promos to entice buyers. A "better together" arrangement will land you a special partner for a purchase of a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. Plus, Google is giving the Nexus 5X yet another, seemingly permanent, price cut.
A new video has turned up on YouTube that claims to show details and features of the coming Galaxy S7 smartphone form Samsung. We are taking this video with a big grain of salt since nothing is official just yet and isn’t expected to be until MWC kicks off next month. The video appears to round up all the rumors so far and offers them along with what appear to be renderings of the smartphone based on rumor.
Samsung keeps busy with the launch of new devices frequently. The last round of new devices came in December 2015 with the Galaxy A9 getting official. The A9 was the biggest phone in the revamped A series of devices that also included the A3, A5, and A7. Rumors are flowing that Samsung is working on another new smartphone called the Galaxy A9 Pro.