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What to Expect from MWC 2017

What to Expect from MWC 2017

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What is MWC?

For people who just love technologies such as smartphones and are looking into buying new devices should take a look at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. MWC is held every year, usually in February. During the event various tech companies will come and showcase their latest work and new devices which are expected to hit the market in the same year or whenever they plan. We will be seeing various smartphones, tablets, wearable’s and various other digital techs which really strive to define our technological future.

As usual we expect to see big name brands such as; Sony, LG, Huawei, and Samsung. Not only will these companies arrive but many other medium to small tech innovation companies will have their chance at showing off various products ranging from artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality.

Where is MWC?

MWC is hosted in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via as the location. Other events also take place at the Fira Montjuïc.

When is MWC happening?

MWC 2017 starts on February 27 Monday running through March 2 Thursday.

However, we expect products to start being unveiled a day earlier on February 26 while big name products show cased prior to the event as well.

What to Expect at MWC

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More than 2,200 companies will be showcasing their products at the event. We will see the likes of Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sony and much more. Mobile carriers also attend the event showcasing their services. The event is not limited to digital technology as well as we will also see automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

There will be a ton of people (estimated by the GSMA to be more than 101,000 attendees at MWC 2017). There will be endless booths showing the coolest tech and lots of lectures and keynote speeches as well as round-table discussions with industry leaders. MWC 2017 will showcase Keynote speakers ranging from John Hanke (founder and CEO of Niantic (Pokemon GO)), Reed Hastings (founder and CEO of Netflix), and Rajeev Suri (President and CEO of Nokia).

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Samsung

We have seen various teasers in constant flow from big name manufacturers of their upcoming mobile handsets. Unfortunately, Samsung’s president DJ KOH, has announced that the Galaxy S8 will not be presented at MWC this year but at a later date. We do expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Tab S3 this year to rival the iPad. Samsung has been sending out invitations to a press conference on February 26.

Sony

Sony is reportedly expected to unveil 5 new smartphones at MWC. One of which is expected to have a 5.5 inch 4K display to optimize visibility for virtual reality.

LG

We also expect a new flagship from LG (the LG G6 which also may follow the trend of have a bezel-free edge to edge display). LG’s modular approach did not gain any traction and thus is expected to abandon that route.

Huawei

The new P10 smartphone is also expected to be showcased by Huawei as well. The P10 looks as though it will have a curved edge display (something like the S7 Edge’s current design). A dual camera LEICA setup was also leaked (just like the older P9 flagship). As with most manufacturers Huawei is expected to release two different sizes.

HTC

With the recent release of the HTC U Ultra (which HTC has stated is NOT their flagship device) we are expecting a flagship from them (a successor to the HTC 10) that runs Qualcomms newest top of the line processor, the Snapdragon 835. However, we are unsure if HTC will be releasing anything new at MWC, we will see.

Nokia

Nokia has made a triumphant return to the mobile market with the first android variant release, the Nokia 6. Now owned by a Finnish company, HMD Global, which outsources manufacturing to China via FIH Mobile.

Supposedly, Nokia is expected to release their biggest product ever at MWC 2017. A new tablet with an 18.4 inch display running on Android Nougat alongside a new portfolio of new smartphones.

There has been online excitement as well that Nokia may revive the famous “indestructible 3310”.

Other Products

Artificial intelligence, drones, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and a whole range of technological trends have been growing and changing our world and how we live it. At MWC, be prepared to see all sorts of fantastic products in all these different categories. Attendees will be able to interact and try out a lot of these products which present new works in the industry. There will be a DroneZone for drone related demonstrations and for people to learn more about the latest developments in drone technology and much more.

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New Galaxy S8 Images Leaked

New Galaxy S8 Images Leaked

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We have seen various leaks of the Galaxy S8 via renders, cases made in China and screen glass covers that give off big hints as to what the S8 might look like. However, we came across another image that may indicate what the S8 will actually look like in the next few months when it is expected to be unveiled. Look above for the image. Samsung is indeed pushing the near bezel-less design with no home button and a huge display. It is also expected that the display to bezel ratio will be above 90%. Keeping the same thin and relatively small physical size but enlarging the display significantly. The photos released showcases for what appears to be a working Galaxy S8. We can see a small section of the home screen and the use of the Edge side bar. Apparently the “back” button may be found on the right side as default. The images came from a screen protector manufacturer so we are still hard pressed to believe this as 100% truth of course.

The interesting thing is that this particular style or design is rather consistent with all the other image leaks we have seen into the past. We saw Android Police’s report of illustrations showing the S8’s basic outline. The images do line up with the drawings seen. It is also speculated that the S8 will be capable of utilizing a dock (just like the upcoming Superbook) to become a android based laptop or PC (think Microsoft’s Continuum). We hope to see Samsung unveil this mysterious beast soon as many are itching to find out. We are hoping for Samsung to hint at the S8 during MWC 2017 when they unveil what seems to be a new Galaxy Tablet.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 Coming in 2017

Xiaomi Mi 6 Coming in 2017

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One of the top contenders for the “Best upcoming Android smartphones” would be the Xiaomi Mi 6. Xiaomi is a Chinese based smartphone company who builds high quality handsets for a much lower cost compared to the likes of other major players in the smartphone field. The Xiaomi Mi 5 was their previous flagship device. It is a bit difficult to pick one of these bad boys up in America but one could purchase it 3rd party off of online sites or even on partner websites.

The Mi 6 is expected to be the first Chinese device to feature the Snapdragon 835 processor which runs on Samsung’s 10nm FinFETT processor.

The Mi 6 is also expected to have a edge to edge display with extremely thin bezels that one would be hard pressed to find. Alongside with the display prowess of Samsung, we expect Xiaomi’s Mi 6 to make the cut to the hall of fame. The display could be curved as some rumors assumed, but given the current direction our smartphone trends are going we would not be surprised.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Specifications:

  • QHD 2K Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm DecaCore Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 3 to 4 GB of RAM
  • Fast LTE x16 support
  • 3000 to 4000 mAh non-removable battery
  • 16MP & 12MP Dual Rear Camera and 13MP front-facing camera
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection (Ceramic Design)
  • Health-related sensors, Fingerprint sensor

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Updated iPhone 8 Rumors February 2017

Apple iPhone 8 Rumors 2017

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In 2016 Apple released a 3.5mm headphone jackless iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Regardless of the loss of the headphone jack Apples brand name carried them through (bolstered by Samsung’ss failure with the Note 7). The 7’s had huge hardware design changes (especially the dual camera found on the 7 Plus) alongside the display that is beginning to change. We know that Apple paid a few billion dollars to Samsung for a large supply of OLED displays. We have yet to see Apple deploy these displays. Will we see them in the new and upcoming Apple iPhone 8?

We are expecting large Design, UI and Software changes. Some rumors include advanced facial recognition features. Apple is also expected to join in the arms race to release the best AI (artificial intelligence) on board their flagship model. Apple recently aquired an Israeli based startup company called Realface. The company developed a sophisticated facial recognition software which could be soon ready to be deployed. AI on the other hand should have machine learning functionalities. This gives the AI the ability to learn more about you, the user, and respond to your daily life more efficiently, with more relevant information and actually be helpful in an active manner.

One thing seems to also be “confirmed” amongst many rumors which is the difficulty for Apple to incorporate an edgeless (bezel less) design due to Touch ID functionality.

Latest rumors speculate that Apple will release 3 different models of the iPhone: the iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and the 8.

Rumored Specs of the iPhone 8

  • 5.8 inch 2K AMOLED curved edge display (may be flat instead)
  • No home button
  • iOS 11
  • Apple A11 Quad Core
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Dual Camera
  • 3000 mAh non – removable battery.

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Apple’s iPhone 8 May Have A High Waterproof Rating

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Will The iPhone 8 Be Waterproof?

Apple’s 10 th anniversary phone is likely to be like no other. Water resistance is sure going to an

important feature in the much anticipated iPhone8. They had rolled out their first ever waterproof

iPhone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Each of these phones have an IP67 rating and can

survive from accidental splashes and dunks. Both iPhones can be submerged at 1 meter for up to

30 minutes. However, Apple says very clearly that the liquid damage is not covered under

warranty. i.e., they won’t replace it you accidently/intentionally dunk it under water.

iPhone 8 may get IP68 waterproofing

Rumors suggest that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will have an IP68 rating. It is expected that the

new iPhone may withstand immersion up to 1.5 meters for about 30 minutes. In IP68, the 8

denotes improved water resistance, and 6 signifies the phone’s resistance to dust. Various

sources rumored that Apple is likely to use waterproof tapes (to protect the iPhone) rather than

adhesives, as tapes ease the repair work.

The IP rating of the iPhone 8 is equivalent to the first version of the Apple Watch. Many people

have reported that it has been able to last through multiple swims and heavy exposure to water.

Other new features on the iPhone 8 might include:

– A glass body with an OLED display that wraps around the iPhone.

– A smart connector and new security features.

– It may run on iOS11.

– The facial recognition feature is also rumored to be integrated into the display and the front

bezel area also be reduced.

– The new phone might feature a curved screen and 3D dual lens camera.

– Apple is likely to introduce wireless charging features to support fast charging.

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Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat Update Affects Battery Life

Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat Update Affects Battery Life

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At this time Samsung is still working on distributing their own  Android 7.0 Nougat updates onto the S7 and S7 Edge devices around the world. Despite the slow and agonizing wait process there already has been a good handful of people in certain regions who already received the update. Notably we saw updated benchmark test’s performed on battery life on an S7 Edge device before and after the Nougat upgrade. The good folks at GSMArena and PhoneArena did an updated test on Marshmellow and then Nougat to try and take into account the integrity of the battery (due to wear and tear). Overall it does not seem to look good. Here are the results:

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On the Galaxy S7, the Android Marshmallow OS battery life was rated at 397 minutes which is still excellent for a battery which must have seen degradation over the years worth of usage. Android Nougat, however, came to a close at 360 minutes instead which is noticeably less.

On the Galaxy S7 Edge, the Android Marshmallow OS clocked in at 403 minutes of usage in their tests still compared to 395 minutes compared to Android Nougat.

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The update brings a lot of changes on the software front of the s7 and s7 edge platform. Ranging from a new UI, camera app overhauls, power saving modes and many new Android 7 features as well. Unfortunately, the first adopters of this new OS update began complaining about a drop in battery life for their S7 and S7 Edge devices. Phone Arena performed an investigation on this and found that there indeed was a connection between the drop in battery performance and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The overall numbers show that the devices are under performing by about 10% compared to when they were on Marshmallow. To test this the team kept the screen brightness at 200 nits and performed average usage tasks on each handset (on Marshmallow first to test the battery life after 1 year of usage, then Nougat).

 

The reason why the team re did the test on Marshmallow was to relieve the growing concerns over the age of the batteries (about 1 years old). Batteries naturally face degradation and lose battery life over time. Regardless, it is confirmed that there were no noticeable differences in battery life from when they first tested this at the beginning of 2016. It was only after upgrading to Android Nougat that we found a drop in battery life of approximately 10%.

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The effects we see on battery life is all driven by the software. There were major changes and we assume there are still various bugs that will be squashed as we move forward. Samsung should be hard at work finding fixes and constantly pushing out proper updates to get rid of this strange phenomena that many see today. With proper optimizations to the software users should see a return to the glory days of long lasting battery performances in their S7’s and S7 Edge’s.

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7 New Features Expected In the iPhone 8

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Apple iPhone 8 – 7 Amazing New Features

Apple’s tenth anniversary phone is set to launch in a few months. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has

already dropped hints that there are ‘exciting things in the pipeline’. The release is expected

around the end of this year. Will the iPhone 8 be as pathbreaking as it’s original counterpart

launched 10 years ago, or will be a mere upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 7 and the

iPhone 7 plus were great – they were among the best in 2016. But, there was nothing radical

about the design; it was rather a very good upgrade. Speaking of the iPhone 8, here are some

features likely to be introduced:

1. OLED display

The flexible plastic OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display makes the device thinner that

allows Apple to consume less power and offers a better display with high contrast ratio.

2. Glass body

For the body, Apple is eventually going to move away from the aluminum used in the iPhone 5

and iPhone 6 series and replace the gorilla glass 4 used in the iPhone 4 (launched in 2011) by

sapphire glass protection which is unbreakable.

3. Faster A11 processor

Inside, the iPhone 8 is expected to have a 10-nanometer A11 chip that will be faster and efficient

than the A10 processor in iPhone 7.

4. Edge-to- edge display

The Apple iPhone 8 will have an edge-to- edge display, with no cut-out for the home button. It

would be able to sense and analyze fingerprints on any edge.

5. Wireless charging

The wireless charging range of iPhone 8 could be 15 feet. This feature was ruled out in iPhone 7.

6. No home button

Rumors suggest that iPhone 8 does not include a dynamic home button, i.e., the touch ID will be

built into the display. It might be sensitive to gestures. Besides that, the front camera will also be

built into that display.

7. Water resistant

Like iPhone 7, iPhone 8 might have improved with IP68-rated water resistant, which is the

advance of IP67- certified to iPhone 7 and iPhone plus.

As per International Protection Rating (IP code),

– IP first number – Protection against solid objects.

– IP second number – Protection against liquids.

I.e., In the IP68 rating – 6 refers to dust proof, and the number 8 refers to water resistant.

Apple usually releases its iPhone updates in September, so that we can expect iPhone 8 in

September of 2017.

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