Thursday, 28 July 2016

Canalys: Samsung was top smartphone vendor in Q2 with 80 million shipments

In its latest report, market research firm Canalys has revealed that Samsung was the top smartphone vendor in the world last quarter with a total shipment of 80 million units.
"The success of the Galaxy S7 together with a de-emphasis on the low end of its portfolio has led to a rise in handset ASP," said Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Coulling. "Samsung’s VR move has proved a wise one, with Gear VR bundles helping boost flagship handset sales."
The South Korean company was followed by Apple, which managed to ship 40 million iPhones last quarter (40.4 million to be precise). "The launch of the iPhone SE has done little to improve Apple’s fortunes," said another Canalys analyst.
The third spot was claimed by China's Huawei with a shipment of 31 million units in the quarter. "Huawei has had an excellent start to 2016, with its leadership positon in China helping the global picture," said Coulling. "Despite this strong start, it will need to continue breaking shipment records and improve its position in the US if it is to surpass its annual shipment target of 140 million units."

Samsung Galaxy Note7 stars in 11 minute long video

Earlier we saw a very short video of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, just a few seconds. Time for the feature length movie - a whole 11 minutes spent with a Note7 prototype.

The hardware is not final and the software indicates it's for Korea's SK Telecom. And it's an Exynos version, Exynos 8890 with 4GB of RAM to be precise. The camera is a Sony IMX260, though we'll likely be seeing Samsung's sensor as well, same as with the S7.
The video starts off with a tour of the hardware, notice the always on screen. S Pen focus is at 3 minutes, its top clicks like a pen (and like Note5's S Pen). Around the 5-minute mark, you can see an IR light come on - that's the Iris scanner in action. Later on, around 8 minutes in, you can see the Galaxy Note7 breeze through several benchmarks.
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 will be unpacked on August 2, that's next Tuesday. The first official ad is already out, but (naturally) it doesn't show the star, it just sets the mood.

Sharp Basio 2 is an oddball of a 5-incher with physical Phone and Message buttons

Sharp has come up with a rather unorthodox smartphone offering, likely limited to its home Japanese market. Looking at the specsheet alone there's nothing all that spectacular about the Basio 2 SHV36 (except perhaps its name) - a 5-inch 720p IGZO display, Snapdragon 617 chipset with an octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage make for a run of the mill midranger.
After a glance at the photos though, it immediately becomes evident that the Basio 2 is no ordinary smartphone. While it does run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, its control arrangement has little in common with the standard Back/Home/Recent setup. Okay, the Home button is there, but you get Phone and E-mail buttons on its either side, all three of them physical.

The two give quick access to the dialer and call log, and emails and text messages, respectively, and also feature built-in LEDs for notification. On top of that, literally, the bottom portion of the display can be reserved for three shortcuts to frequently used contacts. Another software feature is a built-in magnifier, and by now, it should've gotten clearer who the Basio 2's target audience is.
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Sharp Basio 2 SHV36

The peculiarities continue on the back, where the 13MP camera is protected by a sliding cover - like in the good old days. The LED flash is on the outside though, presumably to be used as a flashlight when the camera is covered. Additionally, there's a physical shutter button.
Another important feature is the IP55/IP58 certification for protection from the elements.
Those curious bits aside, the phone comes with standard connectivity options, including Cat. 6 LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth v4.2. The battery powering things is a 2,810mAh unit.
The Sharp Basio 2 SHV36 will be available starting August 5 in three colors - blue, red and gold.

Apple iPhone 7 to go on pre-order September 9

The iPhone 7 and 7 Pro will go official in September with pre-orders allegedly starting on the 9th. Actual shipments will begin a week later, most likely on September 16 (a Friday). The exact date of the Apple event hasn't been confirmed yet.
Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch event date from there. 
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Last year, the iPhone 6s was unveiled on September 9th, pre-orders started on the 12th, but sales started two weeks later on September 25 (a Friday again).
While we're at it, here are some more photos of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro. Note that the unit with the 3.5mm headphone jack is the iPhone 6s Plus, hope you didn't get excited over nothing.

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro, sized up against the iPhone 6s Plus

Meizu VP hints the PRO 7 won't use the Exynos 8890

The Meizu Pro 6 is still fresh off the production lines, so it is quite early for the Pro 7. However, the rumor mill never sleeps and the alleged 2017 flagship has already been spotted in a couple of images.
But catching a quick glimpse of design is one thing, discovering the specs is a whole other challenge and one that even Meizu likely hasn't tackled for the Pro 7 yet. Still, a recent social media group chat with a company VP might just hold a few insider tips regarding Meizu's future hardware choices.

It is no secret that Meizu has a track record of creating very close counterparts to current generation Samsung flagships, often sourcing the parts from the Korean giant itself. TheMeizu Pro 5 is a perfect example, with its Exynos 7420 Octa chipset. However, the current generation Pro 6 opted for a non-Samsung option, namely the Mediatek Helio X25 and the chat in question seems to hint at one possible reason for the switch.
From the looks of things, Meizu is putting a major focus on full Netcom compatibility, which means offering full support for all three major carriers in China. Samsung's current Exynos 8890 does not offer full Netcom support, but the company's roadmap allegedly includes covering said criteria with modem offers in six months or so.

What this effectively means is that the Pro 7 is unlikely to use the Exynos 8890, but might go for a future Samsung full Netcom option if one becomes available in time or another MediaTek option, as the VP also suggested the Chinese OEM won't be relying on Qualcomm chips all that much in the future.