Wednesday, 18 January 2017

vivo V5 Lite unveiled too with lower-end specs

vivo wasn't content with just announcing the V5 Plus today. Instead, the Chinese company also took the wraps off the V5 Lite, which is the third model in the V5 family and the lowest-end of them all. Thus, we expect it to be the cheapest V5 you can buy, even if pricing has unfortunately not been unveiled yet.
The V5 Lite doesn't have the V5 Plus' unique dual front camera arrangement, but it does keep the "selfie softlight" flash for its 16 MP f/2.0 snapper. The rear camera is a 13 MP unit with f/2.2 aperture, and it has a LED flash.

This device is powered by an unnamed 64-bit octa-core processor, aided by 3GB of RAM. The V5 Lite has 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD. Its display is a 5.5-inch 720p panel, while a 3,000 mAh battery keeps things running. The phone's software is Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Unlike the V5 and V5 Plus, it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, but it keeps the metal unibody construction. The V5 Lite will be offered in Crown Gold (pictured above) and Rose Gold color options. Its dimensions are 153.8 x 75.5 x 7.6 mm. It weighs 155g.
It has dual-SIM functionality and 4G support, and will be sold in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines, at least at first. It may land in other markets later on.

Microsoft is bringing Cortana for Android onto your lock screen

Back in December Microsoft redesigned the Cortana experience on Android and iOS, and now the company is already working on a big new feature addition. Over in the beta channel of the Cortana for Android app, Microsoft is testing bringing the virtual assistant onto your lock screen.
If you decide to become a beta tester for the app now, or if you simply wait for the inevitable release to everyone in the near future, once you get the update that enables this functionality you'll be asked if you want to add Cortana to your lock screen. Answering that affirmatively will result in a Cortana logo always showing up near the bottom of your (otherwise untouched) lock screen.

If you swipe that icon left or right, the Cortana panel will open, which will show you updates and let you interact with the assistant. Apparently this is supposed to work regardless of which lock screen you use. It's important to note that Cortana on the lock screen doesn't require your phone to be unlocked in order to work. This obviously could be a problem for some, since anyone with access to your phone is able to access your data in the Cortana app, which you may not want.
Hopefully by the time the lock screen functionality goes out of beta this will be sorted out, presumably with the addition of the ability to hide sensitive information until the device is unlocked.

These are the glass panels for the Galaxy S8, allegedly

A couple of days ago, someone on Twitter published a couple of photos of what are claimed to be two glass panels for the Galaxy S8 in two different sizes (both of which are, in fact, curved). The tweet was written in Polish, so naturally, it took a little longer to surface mobile news.
The first thing you may notice on these glass panels is that there are more openings set aside for sensors than we saw in the renders and dimensions that first leaked. Given that these renders were likely sent to case makers for pre-production design, perhaps it was not a finalized one. There are many more openings here than there were on the Galaxy S7. Perhaps these extra openings are to accommodate more sensors than usual. In fact, if you recall, the Note 7 had a couple of extra openings to accommodate the Iris scanner.
Według mojego dostawcy szkieł S8 nie będzie miał wersji flat O.o Ma być S8 i S8 Plus. Do tej pory się nie mylił…
In any case, the person responsible for the tweets says the source of the photos is a screen protector supplier in China. He claims his source hasn’t been wrong before, but still can’t confirm that the source is 100% legitimate, because, well, you never know.

So far, all we can say for sure is that the S8 will have some really small bezels. The Galaxy S8 is rumored for an official announcement on March 29 with a release following in April. What do you think about these glass panels? Do you think they might be the real deal?

These are the glass panels for the Galaxy S8, allegedly

A couple of days ago, someone on Twitter published a couple of photos of what are claimed to be two glass panels for the Galaxy S8 in two different sizes (both of which are, in fact, curved). The tweet was written in Polish, so naturally, it took a little longer to surface mobile news.
The first thing you may notice on these glass panels is that there are more openings set aside for sensors than we saw in the renders and dimensions that first leaked. Given that these renders were likely sent to case makers for pre-production design, perhaps it was not a finalized one. There are many more openings here than there were on the Galaxy S7. Perhaps these extra openings are to accommodate more sensors than usual. In fact, if you recall, the Note 7 had a couple of extra openings to accommodate the Iris scanner.
Według mojego dostawcy szkieł S8 nie będzie miał wersji flat O.o Ma być S8 i S8 Plus. Do tej pory się nie mylił…
In any case, the person responsible for the tweets says the source of the photos is a screen protector supplier in China. He claims his source hasn’t been wrong before, but still can’t confirm that the source is 100% legitimate, because, well, you never know.

So far, all we can say for sure is that the S8 will have some really small bezels. The Galaxy S8 is rumored for an official announcement on March 29 with a release following in April. What do you think about these glass panels? Do you think they might be the real deal?

LG will hold G6 press event on Feb 26 at MWC

LG has begun sending early invitations or 'save-the-dates' to the media for its press event.
The invite is in the outline of a smartphone, and the text says "See More, Play More". Right away, we could tie the first part with a larger screen: See more. While the other part could be indicative of a higher-capacity battery: Play more.
By 12:00 (local time, Barcelona) on February 26, everyone can expect to know more about the LG G6. Here’s what we know so far:
  • The LG G6 will not be modular like the G5. Instead, its design is said to comprise of metal and glass, and is expected to be a departure from what LG has made in the past
  • The LG G6 is expected to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack, as per the 3D renders
  • LG is Rumored to debut its new display with 18:9 aspect ratio.
  • A more recent LG teaser aims at the G6 being waterproof and having a larger display. Which brings us to a larger 5.7 inch display with a resolution of 2880x1440px.
With the G5’s underwhelming sales, many are expecting LG to bounce back with the LG G6. Let’s hope the new device won’t suffer from any bootloops in the long run.