HTC ‘Ocean Life’ Mid-Range Phone With Edge Sense, Snapdragon 660 SoC Rumoured

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The smartphone has been tipped to pack a full-HD display
  • HTC Ocean Life is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box
  • The smartphone is expected to offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity

HTC recently launched its U11 smartphone with the company’s unique Edge Sense feature in India. While the U11 offers some really powerful specifications at a competitive price against other flagships, the company has reportedly started working on its sibling model with mid-range price segment in mind.

As per well-known HTC tipster @LlabTooFeR, the upcoming mid-range smartphone from HTC has been codenamed ‘Ocean Life’ and comes with Edge Sense 9.0. For those unaware, Edge Sense feature allows users to perform certain tasks like launching apps or access certain functions by simply squeezing the handset from the sides. The sensors located on the side of the smartphone allow it to gather the input from users and the intensity with which each squeeze is registered is also customisable.HTC 'Ocean Life' Mid-Range Phone With Edge Sense, Snapdragon 660 SoC Rumoured

To recall, the HTC U11 was codenamed “Ocean” and as this phone seems to be a younger sibling to the flagship model, the information seems to be well in line.

Moving to the specifications on the HTC ‘Ocean Life’, the smartphone is said to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC. In terms of optics, the mid-range smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel primary rear camera and a 16-megapixel camera at front as well.

The HTC U11 Ocean Life is expected to house a 2600mAh battery and offer Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity as well. As the smartphone has been tipped to lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, it will come with the company’s HTC USonic earphones with USB Type-C cable.

As these are just rumoured specifications, we would advise our readers to take it with a pinch of salt and wait for official information from the company itself.

 

iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

 

Apple is said to be busy solving several reported yield issues it is facing with iPhone 8, including new hardware components, Touch ID improvements, OLED panel yield, and much more. Amidst all the drama, fresh reports bring news that isn’t so bad to the ears. One report claims that Apple is set to include a front camera with facial recognition, despite recent reports of technical issues in 3D camera production. The other report claims that TSMC has already begun mass producing the Apple A11 SoC on the 10nm process, the SoC set to be integrated in the new iPhone models this year.

The Investor cites a Korea Economic Daily report to claim that the iPhone 8 will have a 3D camera module in the front capable of facial recognition. These modules will be made by LG Innotek, the same company that was responsible for the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera module. “[LG Innotek’s] new facility investment worth KRW 269.7 billion ($238.50 million) that was announced on April 27 will be dedicated to Apple’s orders. The initial deal size is estimated at about 200 billion won,” the report states. KGI was the first to suggest this feature on the iPhone 8.iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

Separately, a new report from DigiTimes suggests that TSMC has started mass producing the new Apple A11 SoC. The company is set to be the sole supplier of these SoCs, without Samsung in the equation, which is expected to be included in all three new iPhone models tipped to arrive this fall.
The report confirms that TSMC faced initial yield issues, but it seems to have solved that now. “TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 8 series, the sources said. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved,” sources told DigiTimes.

The iPhone 8 is also expected to sport 3GB of RAM, vertical dual rear camera setup, bundled AirPods, wireless charging, waterproofing, and much more.

 

Sony G84XX model appears in AnTuTu: Features Android O and Snapdragon 835 SoC

With the IFA 2017 coming up, Sony is expected to launch several smartphones at the event. While most of the reports have suggested that Sony will launch a flagship handset which will be the Sony G83XX model and a compact version which will be Sony G84XX.

Sony G84XX model appears in AnTuTu: Features Android O and more

While nothing is officially confirmed as yet, a new Sony smartphone has just appeared in a benchmarking database, AnTuTu. Dubbed as Sony G8441, this is yet another smartphone model from Sony. So the question now is which smartphone will Sony actually launch.

That being said, the appearance of the new smartphone on AnTuTu means only one thing.
We now get to know some of the key features and specifications of this device. And at the same time, we will be giving or guesses on which smartphone this model could actually be.

Sony G84XX model appears in AnTuTu: Features Android O and more

Besides, the listing on AnTuTu reveals that the device is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset. The device seems to come with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage along with sporting a 720p HD display. As for the camera the alleged smartphone sports an 8MP sensor both at the front and rear.

The interesting thing here is that the smartphone is running on Android O. However, it is worth noting that these are not the final specs that the smartphone will be launched in. The company is basically testing the smartphone and the features and the company might not include these in the final product.

As for our assumptions, we are guessing this Sony G83XX model could be a smartphone in the Sony Xperia XZ series. But again it could entirely be a new smartphone in a new series. As of now, no official statement of confirmation has been provided about the phone or its availability. We are expecting the company to make some announcements during the company’s IFA conference in Berlin on August 31.