OnePlus 5 Official Image Shows Design Similar to iPhone 7 Plus’

 

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  • The phone will feature horizontal camera setup
  • This is the first time the company has shared phone’s close glimpse
  • The phone will be launched in India on June 22

Remember all those OnePlus 5 leaks that suggested a vertical horizontal camera setup? Now you can safely brush them aside as OnePlus has revealed that its upcoming flagship will feature a horizontal camera setup. In a new teaser for the OnePlus 5 launch, the company has finally shown the design of the smartphone, and it is identical to the leaked renders that surfaced earlier this week. As rumoured, the OnePlus 5 will have dual cameras on the back.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, OnePlus gave a close glimpse of OnePlus 5 for the first time and just like we said on the basis of leaked images, the teaser also suggests that the design elements on the smartphone closely resemble the ones on iPhone 7 Plus. After the leaked renders surfaced the Internet, there were many comparisons being drawn between the upcoming phone and Apple flagship, which might also be why the company chose to show the phone from a slightly different perspective in the teaser.

However, the antenna lines and the horizontal dual camera setup have already caused people on Twitter to accuse OnePlus of directly lifting iPhone 7 Plus design for the OnePlus. Irrespective of the design, OnePlus smartphones are known for their powerful hardware and this is why the upcoming flagship will likely be judged by consumers more on the basis of price point and performance. The teaser also mentions “dual cameras. clearer photos,” pointing to the USP of the smartphone.

As per the officially available information, we know that the OnePlus 5 will be launched globally on June 20 and in India on June 22. Notably, the phone will be made available for purchase exclusively through Amazon India on June 22 itself.OnePlus 5 Official Image Shows Design Similar to iPhone 7 Plus'

The company has confirmed that the smartphone will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, bear a front-facing fingerprint sensor, and feature a camera developed in partnership with DxO. The company also teased a camera sample showing excellent low light performance.

The source code on Amazon India teaser page has suggested that the phone will come with 8GB RAM and a separate leak has suggested that the phone might cost around EUR 550 (roughly Rs.) in Finland.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ Beats iPhone 7 Plus in Consumer Reports’ Ranking

 

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ top-ranked phone by Consumer Reports
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 Edge takes the second & third spot
  • LG G6 takes the fourth spot while the iPhone 7 Plus comes in fifth

After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung had a lot riding on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ this year. And if the latest Consumer Reports’ findings are to be taken into account, the two smartphones have performed exceptionally well, raking in the top two spots. Consumer Reports ranks the Samsung Galaxy S8+ as the top smartphone, followed by the Galaxy S8 in the second place.

Consumer Reports lauds the Samsung Galaxy S8+ for its narrow design and great battery life. The publication adds that while the LG G6 and the iPhone 7 Plus packed dual rear cameras, the Samsung cameras were top-notch and didn’t suffer due to the lack of a dual camera setup. The LG G6 stood in the fourth spot in the Consumer Reports rankings, while the iPhone 7 Plus took the fifth spot, Samsung’s own Galaxy S7 Edge was third.

The report also lauded Samsung’s bezel-less display design and the ability to survive under water. However, one thing that the folks at Consumer Reports were not so happy about, was its one-hand operation, and recommends its readers to try out the phones in the store before purchasing them. “Even on the smaller model, it will be hard for most users to reach the upper regions of the screen with their thumb,” lead phone tester Richard Fisco says in the report.

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 also received heavy praise. The report lauds its low-light imaging and video recording capabilities, and also says that the lack of dual cameras at the back is not something that is missed badly. “Finally, a few top-end cameras, including the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6, have dual rear-facing cameras, to enhance either zoom or wide-angle photography. The Samsung phones haven’t gone that route yet—and we don’t think they suffer for it,” the report states.Samsung Galaxy S8+ Beats iPhone 7 Plus in Consumer Reports' Ranking

This positive response will be welcome by Samsung, coming in as sort of redemption for last year’s Note 7 recall. The iPhone 7 Plus sits on the fifth spot, but that’s because it’s a phone that was launched almost nine months ago, and three of the smartphones ahead of it were launched rather recently. It will be interesting to see if the ranking changes once the much-rumoured iPhone 8 is released in a few months’ time.

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iPhone 8 Prototype Spotted in Video, Expected in Four Colour Variants

 

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  • iPhone 8 tipped to come in a mirror-like finish
  • The prototype video tips iPhone 8 to be taller and wider than iPhone 7
  • Another leak claims wireless charging tech will be delayed

iPhone 8 launch is inching near, and credible sources are now pouring in information about the smartphone regularly. John Gruber, Unbox Therapy and Benjamin Geskin have all leaked additional information on the iPhone 8 revealing a fresh prototype, colour options, and some details on wireless charging.

Starting with Unbox Therapy, the tipster has published a video showing off an alleged prototype of the iPhone 8. It corroborates with all the information about the smartphone in the past, with a bezel-less display, the top panel loaded with sensors, the vertical dual camera setup, the elongated power button, and the recent no Touch ID rumour. He backs Ming-Chi Kuo’s claims of Apple ditching the fingerprint scanner altogether to exclusively use facial recognition for unlocking, authentication, and other security-related features.

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The iPhone 8 prototype is a bit taller and wider than the iPhone 7 – it is said to sport a 5.8-inch display – instead of the 4.7-inch one seen on the predecessor. However, it is significantly smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus in size, a smartphone that sports a 5.5-inch display. This is possible because Apple has reduced the bezel on the iPhone 8 from all sides to achieve a large display in a smaller form factor. The tipster also compares it to the current generation Samsung Galaxy S8 to show how Apple has managed to hit the sweet spot in display and size potential. See the full iPhone 8 prototype video below.

Furthermore, tipster Benjamin Geskin has released more information on the iPhone 8 claiming that it will be available in four colour options – with one being a mirror-like finish seen on old iPad models. The finish will either be in silver or black, and the tipster has failed to reveal the other three options. This comes after Kuo predicted that the iPhone 8 will come in fewer options, and will have a ‘boutique’ branding.

Lastly, John Gruber has brought some bad news, claiming that the iPhone 8 rumoured wireless charging technology may not be ready on launch day, and will launch a little later – just like the Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus. The tipster claims that it may be released with the launch of iOS 11.1 perhaps. Furthermore, he claims that the wireless charger will be sold separately for all the three iPhones, something that has been reported earlier as well.

Apart from all these features, the iPhone 8 is also expected to come with an OLED display, a fast A11 chip, and better waterproofing as well.

 

iPhone 8 could feature a rear-facing laser system for AR and better autofocus

 

Moreover, with the use of the laser system, depth detection for AR apps would be easier as well. The report further states that Apple has bought vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-laser components for use with the VCSEL system expected on the phone. As per sources, the Cupertino-giant would have to spend only $2 extra per device. So, on Apple’s side, it would prove to be beneficial. However, the report says, “Whether the sensor will be included in that phone, or a 2018 iPhone, depends on the progress the Apple engineers make in integrating the laser system into the phone”.iPhone 8 could feature a rear-facing laser system for AR and autofocus

This means even though Apple employees are working hard, we may not see the laser system in this year’s edition of iPhone. Moving on to the iPhone 8’s front-facing camera, it is expected to come with a 3D sensor and facial recognition technology. As some of you may know, renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had said that this camera would be ‘revolutionary’. Besides this, the report says that the iPhone 8 would arrive with a Touch ID. However, it doesn’t specify whether the fingerprint scanner would be embedded into the display or it would be placed on the rear panel of the device. Contrary to this report, yesterday a publication claimed that Apple will ditch the fingerprint scanner on iPhone 8. Instead, it would rely on a face recognition system.

Now, truth to be told, so many rumors emerge every day that it is hard to keep a track. Also, the authenticity of this information as questionable since it comes from unofficial sources.

 

Apple’s About to Get A Second Bite at the iPhone

 

Apple’s “services” revenue could get a bump from folks who are buying second-hand iPhones. ILLUSTRATION: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

There’s a good deal of pressure on the iPhone 8.

After disappointing upgrade cycles following the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 launches, there are a lot of old phones out there. Investors are hoping that this fall’s new models will prompt a “supercycle” of upgrades, especially because some could cost more than $1,000.

Of the 715 million iPhones currently in use — the number of phones making up Apple’s “installed base” — 31% will have gone “un-upgraded” for more than two years by the time the new iPhone comes out in September, according to BMO Capital Markets. That’s up from 25% at the time of the iPhone 7 launch.

 Apple’s “services” revenue could get a bump from folks who are buying second-hand iPhones.

The flagship iPhone 8 is rumored to have an edge-to-edge screen, meaning no physical home button, and it might have more available screen space than the current iPhone 7 Plus does. Changes to the look and feel of the iPhone are what drove a big upgrade wave in 2014, when the larger screen iPhone 6 was launched.

New device sales aren’t the only way Apple gets more users. When people get new phones, they’re being increasingly encouraged to trade in their old devices, and those can be wiped and re-sold, often by third-party retailers. The number of second-hand iPhones might increase to 300 million in 2018 from 228 million at the end of 2016, BMO analyst Tim Long predicts, as people switch from “mass-market Android phones.”

Of course, Apple doesn’t usually get money upfront when this happens, but it does increase the number of users who could spend money on its “services” — things like iCloud and the App Store. And when it comes to “services,” it doesn’t matter so much what model of iPhone people use.

Big Picture: Wall Street is focused on predicting iPhone 8 sales, but sales of second-hand iPhones could also help Apple in a way, according to one analyst.

 

iPhone 8 does NOT exist, new Apple leak reveals

 

The iPhone 8 does not exist.

Apple will not launch a next-generation smartphone with the long-rumoured iPhone 8 branding this September, it has been claimed.

Instead, the new flagship phone will be marketed as iPhone Edition, according to a new report from reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

The iPhone Edition brand would reportedly be used to signal that the smartphone is a higher-end model, similar to the top-of-the-range Apple Watch, which also carries the Edition moniker. Previous rumours suggest iPhone Edition could start at an eye-watering $1,000, roughly £820.

The latest report from Mac Otakara also claims Apple is still testing a number of different prototypes for the new flagship iPhone.

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple is purportedly experimenting with a number of different display technologies and materials.Prototypes being tested in Cupertino include some iPhone Edition models with an LCD display, while others use an AMOLED panel.

Other prototypes are being passed around the Apple campus with and without physical Home Buttons, the report adds.

Apple is also believed to be experimenting with glass, aluminium and white ceramic chassis for the device.

Apple is purportedly experimenting with a number of different materials, including an all-glass bodyIMRAN TAYLOR • BEHANCE

Apple is purportedly experimenting with a number of different materials, including an all-glass body

In fact, the other features Apple is reportedly certain of are the new five-inch display size, wireless charging and dual camera set-up.That display size refers to the primary touchscreen area, which will be around 5.15 inches, according to the latest whispers from Cupertino.

Meanwhile, the rest of the touchscreen – which will reportedly bleed to the very edges of the phone – will be reserved for a row of virtual on-screen buttons.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the overall footprint of the smartphone will be similar to that of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, which all have a 4.7-inch LED display.

Concept artists reveal the new Function Area at the bottom of the five-inch touchscreenDRIBBLE • ALHASAN HUSNI

Concept artists reveal the new Function Area at the bottom of the five-inch touchscreen

Apple purportedly plans to debut an edge-to-edge display in an effort to keep the physical size of the device down, while simultaneously increasing the size of the display.Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is reportedly designing the phone so that it resembles “a single sheet of glass”.

Apple is hotly-tipped to ditch the physical Home Button from the front of the smartphone, so that it can reduce the bezels around the display.

But the dramatic changes planned for the next iPhone will not just be surface-deep.

According to a new research note from UBS, Apple has put together a team of more than 1,000 engineers working on Augmented Reality (AR) technology ready for the iPhone.

Augmented Reality sees artificial elements – like video footage, CGI animation or GPS data – placed on-top of real-world elements.

The so-called iPhone Edition will have a curved display and smaller physical footprintIMRAN TAYLOR • BEHANCE

The so-called iPhone Edition will have a curved display and smaller physical footprint

Pokémon Go is probably the best known example, which lets players use the camera to search for CGI monsters within the world around them.Apple CEO Tim Cook is very interested in AR and has spoken at length about the potential for the technology.

“I regard it as a big idea like the smartphone,” Mr Cook said in an interview earlier this year.

“The smartphone is for everyone, we don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic or country or vertical market: It’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge.”

According to Business Insider, Apple now “may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR”.

The same UBS research note claims Apple will include Augmented Reality technology inside its best-selling smartphone as early as the iPhone 8, or iPhone Edition.

If Apple keeps to the same schedule as previous years, the new iPhone will be launched in September.Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims Apple will incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, usually located in physical Home Button, beneath the glass display in the next iPhone.

According to Kuo, the current system Apple uses for its fingerprint recognition functionality will not allow for its revolutionary all-glass design.

Instead, Mr Kuo claims, the new fingerprint sensor will require optical sensors to read the print resting on the display.

The complicated new display set-up, which presumably will still need to incorporate the pressure-sensitivity debuted with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, will require a number of new, custom solutions from the panel manufacturers.

However the KGI Securities research report states that Apple has enough clout within the industry to get the system built ready for the new iPhone.

Alongside the new fingerprint recognition technology, the iPhone Edition could also see Apple introduce facial tracking sensors into its flagship smartphone, Mr Kuo has claimed.

These could be used to scan users’ faces to help verify identification.

Concept images reflect Apple's rumoured decision to drop the iconic Home ButtonREDDIT • FLOCKMANN • CONCEPTSiPHONE

Concept images reflect Apple’s rumoured decision to drop the iconic Home Button

Mr Kuo believes the fingerprint recognition system will “ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system” in an effort to make the iPhone even more secure.”However, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution,” he writes.

Elsewhere, Apple is reportedly looking to distance itself from the curved aluminium design language it has used for the past three generations of iPhone, first introduced with iPhone 6.

With the Home Button gone, Apple can extended the display to the bottom of the phone – reducing the chunky bezels around the screen, and shrinking the overall footprint of the device.

Apple is expected to debut its new industrial design language early next year with a refresh of its iPad range.

 

A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

 

Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called Shenzhen Baili.

The disputes were over the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, which Shenzhen Baili claimed were a copy of their 100C smartphones, curved corners and all. The company “barely existed” at the time it filed the suit. And its 100C smartphones were impossible to find.

Initially, Apple was handed an injunction to stop selling its iPhone 6 line in Beijing, but it quickly filed an administrative appeal and was permitted to sell the phones there again until further review by the court. Damage was likely minimal. Apple was switching up  to iPhone 7 when this IP drama first arose, as TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez noted at the time.

Since the Friday decision, iin press interviews, Shenzhen Baili’s legal team has said it plans to appeal. Apple representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Apple has lost market share in China in recent years to up and coming device makers from Xiaomi to BBK Electronics’ brands Oppo and Vivo more recently. However, it has remained the most profitable player in the market. Specifically, as the Motley Fool reports, “In 2016, Apple captured an incredible 79% of global smartphone industry profits with just 14.5% market share.”

The latest IP decision indicates that China courts will not always rule in favor of home town businesses, at least. Another ruling had raised concerns over protectionist precedents.

Last spring, a court allowed leather goods makers Xintong Tiandi to continue making bags using the “iphone” and “IPHONE” trademarks in China. Xintong Tiandi had registered to use the brand name in 2007, while Apple’s smartphones did not go on sale in China until 2009. Apple hadn’t registered the brand specifically to cover leather goods.

 

Nokia 9 could rival the iPhone 8 in more than one way

 

New Nokia smartphones, the kind that run a nearly pure version of Android, are going to launch soon in some markets. However, the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 that were unveiled at MWC aren’t flagship handsets. If you’re looking for Nokia-branded handsets that will rival the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8, then you’ll have to wait for the Nokia 9, a device that HMD Global is yet to make official. But while we’re still waiting for the full launch, Nokia 9 rumors abound, complete with early specs, release date, and pricing details.

A few days ago, a report from NokiaPowerUser revealed some of the alleged Nokia 9 specs a few days ago. The same tipster told the site that the Nokia 9 will be unveiled at the end of July or early August, and will launch by the end of the third quarter or even later.

The handset is expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and that’s precisely why the phone might see some delays. Currently, the Galaxy S8 is the only smartphone to have access to Qualcomm’s newest high-end chips.Nokia 9 Rumors: Release Date, Price, and Specs

NokiaPowerUser also says the Nokia 9 will be priced at around €749 in Europe or around $699 in America.

Chinese leaker KK, who often posts mobile leaks on Weibo, listed the alleged specs of the Nokia 9. According to him, the phone will feature a 5.5-inch 4K OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, 22-megapixel rear camera, 12-megapixel selfie camera, 3,800 mAh battery with Quick Charging 4.0 support, Nokia OZO sound, IP68 dust and waterproof certification, and it’ll run Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the gate.

In case any of that sounds familiar that’s because it matches NokiaPowerUser’s report from a few days ago.

Red iPhone 7 goes on sale in India, receives price cut as well

 

The (Product) Red edition of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has been launched in India. The models, which were unveiled and launched in the US last month, are now available for purchase in India through Amazon.Image result for Red iPhone 7

Interestingly, the retailer is already offering discounts on these variants. While the red iPhone 7 is currently going for INR 66,000 (around $1,025), the Plus variant is listed for INR 78,000 (around $1,210) – an INR 4,000 (around $60) price cut for each.

Retailer Infibeam will start selling/shipping the models tomorrow. For more information, head to the Source links below.

 

iPhone SE (2017) has a glass back, leak shows

While there was no new iPhone SE introduced during Apple’s spring event this year, the original is getting a bit long in the tooth. So the company is clearly working on a successor for the model released last year. And the new iPhone SE may in fact be outed as soon as next month, during Apple’s developer conference.

At least that’s what a new leak from China claims. It also purportedly shows us what the back of the 2017 iPhone SE will look like. If this is a truthful leak, then what’s obvious is that Apple will switch from metal to glass for the new model’s back.

What’s more, it may be using Ion-X glass, the same material that adorns the Apple Watch Sport, according to the writing inside that table on the sheet of paper that lies underneath the alleged SE (2017) shells.

The camera and flash are now aligned vertically on the back, switching from the horizontal layout seen in the original SE. Other details about the second-generation iPhone SE have sadly not been outed this time around, so its internals are still a mystery. However, Apple’s WWDC starts on June 5, so if it will indeed be presented there, then we’re very close to finding out all there is to know about it.