The Samsung Galaxy S7 may be launched at a price cheaper than that of the Galaxy S6, recent rumors say.
Consumers wanting to buy Samsung's next flagship smartphone will surely be delighted with new rumors saying the Galaxy S7 may carry a lower price tag than its predecessor. China-based electronics supply chain expert Pan Jiutang said Samsung is considering bringing down the S7's price by 10 percent, according to a Times of India report cited by Gizmodo India.
If the price drop rumor proves to be true, the said development could present a greater advantage for Samsung over its main rivals Apple, Sony, HTC, and others. Right now, the South Korean tech giant is facing tough competition from Lenovo, Xiaomi, and other smartphone makers that offer devices with premium specs at a lower price, the report details. more >>
After besting fellow Chinese company Xiaomi as the top-selling handset manufacturers in China, Huawei is trying to get ahead of the game once again. This time, the company has released another addition to the growing number of mid-range phones in the market called the Huawei G7 Plus. Fresh from its successful launch of the Nexus 6P with Google, the Chinese company offers up the Huawei G7 Plus as a new phone with impressive specs and a winning price tag.
According to a Tech Times report, the new phone comes with "a premium design" and "great specs" compared to the other mid-range phones in the market. For a $330 device, one impressive feature is its almost all-metal body, save for a few plastic panels for hiding the phone's antennas.
Aside from looking good, the phone also has specs that can be better than most mid-range phones, such as its octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor which runs at 1.5 GHz and paired off with 3 GB of RAM. Its cameras include a 13-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front shooter. more >>
A new flagship smartphone by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has been hinted at by a recent photo leak in China's Weibo website, according to a report in Digital Trends. The leaked photo showed promotional material for the HTC One X9 with the tagline: "Packed with city smarts," and featured a phone with a city skyline on its display. Among the phone's rumored specs are its faster processor and BoomSound speakers.
The coming of the HTC One X9 may likely mean a new and better phone is taking the place of the HTC One A9 as the flagship. If reports are true, the X9 will have Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 820, which Qualcomm has yet to unveil but may be doing so soon.
The phone's display is expected to get one of the biggest improvements. While the A9's 5-inch screen only had a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, the X9 is said to sport a 5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution. more >>
Google is not the only kid in the block when it comes to modular phones. Now that its Project Ara has been delayed to 2016 due to numerous design issues, there are two other companies wanting to get a piece of the modular phone market. These are Fairphone and PuzzlePhone. Both companies have already made their modular phones known to the consumer public, unlike Project Ara.
According to a Tech Times report, the idea of a modular phone is that of a phone with parts that are easily replaceable and upgradable, much like a desktop computer. Technically, if a modular phone owner wants to speed up his phone, all he needs to do is upgrade the phone's processor. If its power supply or even the RAM is no longer functioning, a replacement part will do the trick. There is therefore no need to upgrade to a new phone and devices such as these will likely last longer because of their durability.
One glaring issue at this point in time, however, is that there is no standard yet for modular phones and its components as the market is still being developed, according to the report. It would be good to note what features each of these devices offer in comparison with each other. more >>
Xiaomi is reported to be unveiling its next flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 5, this coming December 3, if recent reports are true, according to a report in Tech Times. If it does unveil this device, it will be one of the first smartphones to sport Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 820.
As Xiaomi has yet to make a formal announcement about the device, the report about a December 3 launch came courtesy of a leak from tipster Leaksfly in his Weibo account (via NDTV). The report not only mentioned the launch date, but also the possibility that the device will have the faster processor of Qualcomm so far, the Snapdragon 820 processor. The tipster is also noted to be a reliable one, according to NDTV.
On the other hand, Qualcomm has yet to announce the existence of its upcoming Snapdragon 820, which is considered to be a high-end processor that is devoid of overheating issues that hounded its previous processors. According to Tech Times, the company may be debuting its newest processor by the end of November, which it is likely to do even before a smartphone makes use of it. more >>
The year's biggest sale event for brick and mortar shops, Black Friday, is a few weeks away. For the past years, the online retailers also have their version of this sale event except it falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend and thus called Cyber Monday. According to a USA Today report, however, some if not most of the best tech deals may not last until Cyber Monday, as they will be swept up even before Black Friday comes. This is due to the fact that most stores are already offering deep discounts on technology products prior to the start of the traditional holiday shopping season.
According to the report, some deals have already been leaked out, while other deals are already being made and touted as one-day only pre-Black Friday deals.
The report named Sam's Club as one such store and is said to be offering discounts on electronics starting November 14. Among the products mentioned include Vizio 4K Smart TVs, iPads Air 2 WiFi and PS4s. Big discounts are on offer, as big as $300 off for a 65-inch Vizio 4K Smart TV and $230 off for a 50-inch one. As for the iPads, a 64 GB iPad Air 2 WiFi will be sold $150 less than the original retail price. A PS4 bundle will go for $299 with a free game that is worth $50. more >>