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    ZTE's Nubia sub-brand has been counting down the days until the Nubia Z11 finally gets presented to the public as a shiny new phone that doesn't already have two other phones of its ilk released. Might as well be surprised with an update to the specs of this phone. We've been watching promotional posters counting down the days until the Nubia Z11's launch — just for fun, really. But on a serious note, we took another visit to the TENAA listing of what's supposedly the Nubia Z11 (model number NX531J). There were a few things that were not there since our original specifications post. ...

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    This week has come up to be an unexpectedly busy one. Tomorrow, the Nubia Z11 finally launches. Two days after and we're dealing with the vivo X7. Right in the middle on Wednesday, though, we have what LeEco is teasing to be your next "hero" smartphone. And we have a supposed sneak peek, thanks to Chinese social media, of what it may look like and what hardware it might have. A Weibo post purports to show off the back casing of a LeEco phone-to-be (model name LE-X720) with iPhone 7 rumor-esque antenna line design, a port for a fingerprint sensor and a giant landing pad for the cameras with ...

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    A color and a jack. Sadly, these are some of the most “exciting” changes hardcore iFans can look forward to in the upcoming iPhone 7, 7 Plus and possibly 7 Pro. Well, there’s also the Smart Connector on the larger configuration (s), a dual rear-facing camera, subtler antenna lines, plus an obligatory processor revision and UI tweaks. But instead of talking about all that, many tipsters keep on debating the utility of the old 3.5 mm audio port (or lack thereof), as well as the direction Apple could choose to take the space gray paint job in. It seems pretty much guaranteed already the ...

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    It was undoubtedly smart of Samsung to commercially release the Galaxy S7 in early March, when the LG G5 and HTC 10 were still several weeks away, while the iPhone 6s had lost almost all its mojo. But now that the iPhone 7 looms large, even without a radical redesign or substantial upgrades in tow, it’s Sammy’s turn to prepare for the worst. At least until the Galaxy Note 7 also enters the scene, with Q3 shipments expected to take a bit of a dive compared to both previous forecasts and possibly record-setting Q2 numbers. According to Digitimes, and the Taiwanese publication’s ...

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    While arguably the most trustworthy mobile-specialized leaker in the world can only vouch for the name of Samsung’s “next big thing” and a handful of super-premium features, many other insiders and insider wannabes have pretty much painted the Galaxy Note 7 a complete picture these past few months. Both literally and figuratively. Today, it’s the turn of a little known and unproven Weibo informant to try to assemble the puzzle piece by piece, with confirmed and unconfirmed intel likely lumped together. Though clearly more advanced than anything released by Samsung to date, the Note ...

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    Seen as an oddity by many not long ago, the fingerprint sensor or scanner has become so widely used on today’s premium and even mid-range smartphones that we often now list it towards the end of a newbie’s spec sheet. But that doesn’t mean there’s no place left for innovation or progress in this particular biometric authentication field. Device manufacturers are still quick to highlight the amazing speed and supreme reliability of their proprietary fingerprint-recognizing solutions, with a few big ones continuing to experiment as far as perfect location and shapes go. Case in ...

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    Microsoft still has some soul-searching to do before deciding what’s next in the hardware-manufacturing field, with Lumia phones likely on the verge of extinction, but the Surface lineup almost guaranteed for an expansion… eventually. Unless the fabled Surface Phone is due out as a replacement of sorts for the entry-level Atom-based Surface tablet family. That makes little to no sense, since we’re talking completely different product categories, but Redmond just confirmed to the press it “will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices” by “the end of December 2016”, staying mum ...

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    BlackBerry could be saving money on its "mobility solutions" unit not by giving it up entirely — to investors' chagrin — but through an ODM agreement. Roland Quandt of WinFutre.de picked up a Wi-Fi Alliance certification dated June 24 for a TCL Communications (or, Alcatel to the consumer side) device with model number STH100-2. Blackberry Hamburg STH100-2 (5.2in FHD, SD615 etc) is made by TCL/ALCATEL! Blackberry outsourcing production/design? pic.twitter.com/m9ope583Ox — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 25, 2016 Previous rumors tied the moniker with BlackBerry Hamburg, one of two ...

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    Huawei may be hedging its bets if A-Googlypse happens. The Chinese manufacturer was rumored to be developing its own operating system in case Android becomes untenable to work on. Paired with suggestions that Samsung may be converting its future mobile products to Tizen, it would seem that companies are checking their confidence in Google. Well, Huawei CEO Richard Yu decided to come out on microblogging site Weibo and reaffirm the company's commitment to Android. Yu said that Google has a great, expanding ecosystem that users can benefit from. As long as Google keeps the system's ...

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    Here's a quick one to quench your rumor thirst for the weekend. Evan Blass just confirmed (remember that he's not Samsung) that the official name of the upcoming Samsung (fall) smartphone will be Galaxy Note7. We already heard rumors of the company skipping a number (we're currently at Note5), among other chatter, but this time around it looks to be the real deal. There will be no Galaxy Note6. There could be a lot of reasons behind such a move from Samsung: lining the Note family up with the Galaxy S family (currently at number 7), in addition to counter Apple's upcoming phablet, ...

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    Apple has spent the last few years remaining loyal to IPS LCD display technology, regardless if you look to a Mac or an iPhone. It wasn't until the launch of the Apple Watch that the company took a step away, and it makes sense given the added power consumption benefits of OLED technology, in addition to the deep blacks. Today we learn, however, that Cupertino might be ready for a jump soon. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple might make a jump from traditional OLED technology to Micro-LED somewhere around the second half of 2017. According to supply chain sources, Micro-LED technology is ...

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    But we're obliged to talk about it, if only for the market dynamics. And boy, is Chinese manufacturer vivo expecting the market to move. The X7 and X7 Plus are expected to be in the "mid-rangers-plus" category. The phablet of the two — can you guess — will have a 5.7-inch full HD screen and it's tied to a Snapdragon 652 with 4GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel main camera. There could be more RAM and more storage in another variant that may cost way more. How much more? Well, the base model is rumored to be somewhere above ¥2,500 (approx. $400+) and the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant could ...

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    What if instead of going straight to the forums whenever something cracks up in your phone you went to the manufacturer's customer support line? Well, it's a half-hour on hold, 10 minutes of telling someone at a call center all your information and then complaining about the problem and then they'll ask you to go to this settings menu and press buttons and ... Yeah. Not cool. Well, a source to Android Police is saying that with a Google Support app, new Nexus smartphone owners can share their screens and point out where the problem spots are. It's likely that we'd be dealing with ...

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    Google pulled an interesting stunt with the early launch of Android N to developers. At the moment the company still doesn't have a pastry name for the OS, and some of us believe that this early teaser is still missing a ton of things that Google is not prepared to show. Some recent leaks show a totally new design to the Android navigation buttons, which in a way are more aligned with the company's Now On Tap services. Instead of hollow drawings, the new buttons are now of a solid white, and the home button has four colors on the borders to mimic Google's colors. The source claims that ...

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    Biting your nails for the Nexus launch this quarter? We're creeping up on it ever so slowly and yet, leaks have been all about who's making it, who else's making it and how many they're going to make. HTC is said to be in charge of two projects — "Marlin" and "Sailfish" — and it seems that Android Police is 80 percent confident that what it's hearing about the Sailfish device (not to be confused with Jolla's Sailfish OS) is accurate. So what's the payload here? A yet-to-be-known quad-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2GHz paired with 4GB of RAM to power on a five-inch, full HD ...

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    By now it's definitely no state secret that the iPhone 7 will be a minor iterative update. From the loss of the headphone jack to some minor improvements in the antenna lines, we've heard that the technology needed for the changes that Apple wants to launch require at least another year. Today we hear of some other changes coming to the iPhone 7, but don't expect to be wowed. Sources claim that the iPhone 7 will bring a slightly larger earpiece, in addition to changes in the location of the ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. Screen protector manufacturers have apparently stopped ...

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    The "Nexus" brand, and products from this Google line-up, have come a long way, become consumer devices from initial developer gadgets. Past and current iterations have become more and more popular, being made by LG and Huawei, but rumor has it that we'll be seeing one or two HTC Nexus devices this year. Codenames have been discovered in Chromium code (Marlin and Sailfish), and word on the street is that the Taiwanese company's collaboration with Google will not be limited to only 2016 HTC Nexus devices. A three-year deal has been allegedly inked, but we're still waiting for some sort of ...

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    A bubbling of Xiaomi rumors have us excited for the company's next announcements for this half of the calendar. It's not just the Mi 5's heftier sibling as mentioned above, you see, but there's talk about the Mi Note 2 and a notebook as well. Unfortunately, Chinese internet chatter about the notebook is limited to just talking about the existence of one. The big things about the Mi Note 2 so far is the possibility of it having two cameras on the back and two curves on the sides of the screen — you know, like all these phones we have today. The Xiaomi Mi 5s, though, has a little more ...

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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    One of the factors of most iPhone releases that we take for granted is the pricing. The new 16GB model comes in at $649 and basically every other variant tacks on some multiple of $100 to the price. But with rumors of an iPhone 7 Pro getting into the product mix this year and improved storage options to boot, there's some question as to how SRP's going to work out this year. A Weibo leaker is claiming to have the answers from a mile out of launch time with a complication in each model's storage situation. Apparently, the iPhone 7 will have models with 32GB, 64GB or 256GB of storage. Both ...

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    The Galaxy Note lineup went through some dramatic and polarizing changes in 2015, up to the point where many even debated if it was a worthy successor to the tradition of "large and in charge." As a result, we do know that Samsung is planning ways to differentiate this new Note from its predecessor, even by jumping numbers from 5 to 7. Today we learn that it might also push improvements on its roots. Sources claim that the new Note 7 will offer a larger 5.8-inch QHD dual-edged curved Super AMOLED display. It falls in line with the rumors we heard yesterday, but size wasn't mentioned then. ...

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    In the nebulous of smartphone manufacturers that is China, there's always one brand trying to be the same as Apple, another trying to be different and one more trying to be the same as everyone else. Take BBK, for instance. It owns the OPPO and vivo brands and is strongly connected to the OnePlus brand. The company has a massive presence in the consumer market. What it might want to do next is tailor its craft for the education industry. Enter this teaser poster that connects the BBK name and its 20 years of expertise in the education business to a new name: imoo. And apparently, what we ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 is staggering. From new software features with Samsung Focus, to the possibility of new glowing notification tweaks, it seems Samsung is pushing hard for this phone to be different from the Galaxy S7. The rumors include the possibility of an Edge variant, but even that could change dramatically. The Korea Herald reports that we might not get two variants, just one, and that it'll be the Edge variant. The reasons for this are not really mentioned, but given the popularity of every single Edge variant that Samsung has launched since last ...

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    If you think you've got the iPhone 7's in-line audio situation figured out, just wait a minute. Really. It's how fast the rumor flows can change at times. If you've scrolled down a bit from our main page today, you would've seen this article talking about a dual-SIM iPhone 7 with a proper 3.5mm headphone port. Regardless of what you think of the former bit, that latter feature has been something that was counted as highly unlikely this year. But rumors be funny things. This little number from Macotakara out of Japan actually came from the leftover chatter out of Computex in Taiwan, where ...

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    Fingerprint sensors have had their time as the innovation of the month for most manufacturers. In fact, we think that we're closing in on the saturation point. But there's a contingent in China that knows what they like in their smartphones and one of the things they like is a fingerprint sensor on the front side. Huawei and Honor have been making devices with fingerprint sensors on the back side, but that could change next year with the Huawei P10. According to at least one Weibo rumorer, it looks like the reader will make its move to the front, just like how OPPO, Xiaomi, Lenovo, ...

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