Sunday, 21 August 2016

Mysterious Sony smartphones spotted at FCC

Two mysterious Sony smartphones have been certified by the Federal Communications Commission in the US. Listed as PY7-29752M and PY7-93041M, the devices are said to be part of a new Xperia line codenamed Kugo.
Sadly that is all what is known at the moment, but we hope to hear more about the handset's design and key specification in near future.
With IFA 2016 just a couple of weeks away, and Sony's invite for the event teasing a new smartphone (along with many other devices), we might see the new Xperia line sooner than later.

Samsung sends out invites for August 23 event in India; Tizen-powered Z2 expected

Samsung has started sending out press-invites for a smartphone launch event in India on August 23. While the invite doesn't reveal the star of the event, it's being said that the South Korean company will make official the Tizen-powered Z2 on that day.
Specs-wise, an official-looking video recently confirmed that the Z2 is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU and sports a 5MP rear camera unit. It comes pre-loaded with an app dubbed My Money Transfer, and also features the ability to adjust the flashlight’s brightness.
As for other key specs, rumors say it will sport a 3.97-inch or 4.5-inch display, feature a VGA front camera, and come with 1GB/8GB memory configuration. A 1,500mAh or 2,000mAh battery will be there to keep the lights on.

Samsung Netherlands: First-gen Galaxy Tab S won't be getting Marshmallow update

Around a month after there were reports that the original Galaxy Tab S will start receiving the Marshmallow update sometime in Q3 this year, Samsung has revealed that the device in fact won't be getting the update.
The revelation was made by the Netherlands subsidiary of the South Korean company in response to a user query on its Facebook page.
It isn't yet known exactly why Samsung decided not to roll out the update to the tablet- the device isn't even two years old yet. In case you missed, the 10.5-inch variant of the tablet running Android version 6.0.1 was spotted on a benchmarking website last month.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) passes through the FCC with 3,300 mAh battery

One of the many different smartphones that Samsung is currently working on and should release within the next few weeks is the Galaxy On7 (2016), the true successor to the originalOn7. Not long ago the company outed the On7 Pro just to confuse things some more, but the On7 (2016) is a different phone, with a different design and better specs.
We've seen the On7 (2016) getting certified for sale in China by TENAA earlier this month, which gave us a good look at most of its specs. And now one of them has been confirmed by the FCC.

Yes, the Galaxy On7 (2016) has also gone through the US regulatory agency's procedures, and these have unearthed the fact that the handset sports a 3,300 mAh battery, as seen in the image above. As usual, the FCC hasn't revealed any more essential specs, but it does tell us the dimensions: 151.5 x 74.9 x 8 mm. Oh, and as you'd expect the device will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G LTE on board.
From that TENAA listing (and an earlier benchmark run) we already know that the On7 (2016) comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset (with a 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 13 MP main camera, and an 8 MP selfie snapper. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and it weighs 166.7g.

LeEco Le 2s back panel leaks showing antenna design inspired by the iPhone 7

According to recent rumors out of China, LeEco is going to announce a new high-end smartphone in early September. This will be called Le 2s and we've already seen a couple of pictures allegedly showing a part of its front. So now it's time to check out the phone's back, of course.
The images below have been outed today and they are said to depict the handset's back panel (and a black color version that isn't a common occurrence in LeEco's portfolio). The device will come with a full metal build, and you can easily spot the cutouts for the camera, the LED flash underneath it, as well as a fingerprint scanner below that.

The second image reveals an interesting design detail - an antenna band design that's very, very reminiscent of the one that Apple's long been rumored to employ for its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. So it looks like that outline already has some fans in China.

The LeEco Le 2s should be launched in a few different hardware versions. The top of the line model will allegedly come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset and a whopping 8GB of RAM. Lower-cost variants will have a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, the Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP selfie shooter.
The cameras may be the same in the most expensive iteration, but we assume we'll see more built-in storage and perhaps even a higher-res display. The Le 2s will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow underneath LeEco's own EUI. It's expected to have a big battery, which is speculated to be around 5,000 mAh.