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Sony upcoming flagships: What we know so far; Bezel-free display, new chipset



Upcoming Sony Xperia Flagships: Leaks and Rumors
Sony Upcoming Flagships: Sony is expected to launch two new Xperia flagship devices at IFA 2017 in Berlin. From a near bezel-less display to the integration of a brand new in-house chipset, this article will brief just about everything we’ve heard about these devices so far. 

Reports suggest that Sony is prepping to launch two brand new smartphones this year at IFA 2017 in Berlin, both of which are rumored to be flagships. Although there are not many confirmed details regarding the phones, we’ve been hearing a lot of interesting stories that might excite every single Xperia fan out there!

Sony’s current flagship device, Xperia XZ Premium, is a performance beast beyond any doubts. But, when it comes to external design, XZ Premium has the same old school Sony Xperia Z design that not many consumers, even including fans, have found to be appealing.

However, rumors suggest that Sony is opting for a ground-up redesign on at least one of the upcoming phones, and we couldn’t be more happier. Here is a recap of everything we know so far about the upcoming Xperia (flagship) phones.

Upcoming Sony Xperia Flagships: Design

Upcoming Sony Xperia Flagships: Design

A fan-made render of upcoming Xperia flagship. Artist: Saber KchiKech

For the smartphone industry, 2017 is all about minimal bezels and premium build quality. Sony has always retained the best-in-class build quality when it comes to smartphones, and there is no denying that! However, the Japanese tech giant has always been an arse about minimalizing bezels on their devices. And that’s largely because of the stereo speakers fitted inside to deliver impressive audio quality. However, that excuse for retaining bezels on a 2017 flagship device might not seem pleasing to normal consumers.

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Nonetheless, rumors hint that Sony is ditching those huge bezels on one of its upcoming phones, in favor of an edge-to-edge display. Sony might retain the flat-slab design like other Xperia phones, however, the forthcoming one will have much smaller bezels on the top and bottom of the display.

Upcoming Sony Xperia Flagships: Display

Upcoming Sony Xperia Flagships: Display

JDI LCD display panel featuring 2:1 aspect ratio

Sony’s LCD manufacturing venture, Japan Display Inc. (JDI), is reportedly manufacturing large 6-inch LCD panels that offer 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio. One of the Sony’s upcoming phone, rumored to be Xperia XZ1, is expected to come with a 5.2-inch FullHD display, thus, we might likely see these FullHD panels feature on the other flagship device, which is likely the Xperia X Ultra. If that’s true, then the latter will mark the company’s first phone to feature very thin bezels.

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Upcoming Sony Xperia Flagships: Hardware and Software

This is where the rumors turn rather interesting! Although one of the forthcoming Xperia flagships would probably house the latest Snapdragon chipset (rumored to be Snapdragon 836, not yet announced), the other one is tipped to come with an in-house chipset onboard. An anonymous tip that we received recently says that Sony has been working on their own chipset technologies since 2015, and is ready to show them off to the market this year.

Apart from that, the phones will launch with at least 6GB of RAM onboard to compete against the likes of OnePlus 5 and Galaxy S8 Plus. On the software side of things, both the phones will launch with the latest version of Android Nougat OS out of the box. However, these devices would be the first to receive Android O update when the company is done working on it.

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Until now, we only had rumors and speculations about the forthcoming Sony phones. It is worth noting that none of these details have been confirmed by any official sources yet, and so is best to take them with the proverbial pinch of salt. You’ll have to wait until 31st August when Sony will finally unveil what it has really got in store for us at IFA 2017.

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  • phillukeman

    oh look a clone of every other manufacturers gameplan


    how about making an awesome flagship small phone – like your Zcompact and XC – that would differentiate you from the rest of the pack

    • Abhin

      Sureys point out that smartphone buyers in 2017 are crying for phones with smaller bezels, dual camera, and so on. So for a company like Sony Mobile that has relatively smaller market share, compared to Samsung and Apple, to stay afloat they should implement at least these many features, if not bringing anything out of the box.
      And lately, innovations out of the box have proved rather unsuccessful, just look at the case of LG G5.
      So woudn’t it be safer for Sony to opt for technologies that is already tested and proven?

  • rohail

    sony launched phones in 27th feb and they are still not available, so if we wait for september then dafinately they will be availabele next year feb. slow sony, ..


Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Which one has a better camera? (Video)



Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Plus
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Here’s a detailed camera comparison video between the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 Plus that you shouldn’t miss. 

If you’ve been involved in the world of phones recently you’ll know that Samsung have been doing some serious heavy lifting with their cameras. Starting with the S6, through to the newly released Note 8, Samsung have been flexing their imaging prowess. That’s great for us, because it means a lot of other companies (LG, HTC, OnePlus) have been trying their best to out some amazing cameras too.

However, the iPhone camera was always the one to beat, and through 2016 – 2017 I think pretty much every major manufacturer has managed to develop a camera that either lived up to the mighty iPhone, or surpass it completely. Samsung, LG, Google, and even HTC managed to bring some amazing quality shooters to the market recently, and it’s great to finally see android phones getting the cameras they deserve.

The following video is a fair-as-I-can-make-it comparison between the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and it dives into most areas that people look for – low light performance, color reproduction, and HDR ability. I’ve also given my opinion on each shot, so you’ll get my thoughts and ideas while the video is running.

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Detailed camera review (video)

It’s easy when watching this video to forget about the iPhone 7 plus’s second camera, the telephoto lens. This feature has some amazing ‘portrait’ style effects that simulate the background blur or ‘bokeh’ that you would normally get from a dedicated DSLR. So if you’re still trying to decide between these two phones, then that’s certainly worth keeping in mind. If you’re looking for that effect from an Android phone, you’ve got plenty of options out there now too – the Note 8, OnePlus 5, LG G6, Mi A1 and a few others have started adding a second shooter to their phones, and it’s definitely something we’re going to see more of over the next few months of phone releases.

For this video, I’ve excluded the iPhone’s second camera, because despite its effects the actual quality of the camera is lower than the main sensor, and it wouldn’t be a fair comparison to the S8.

All things considered, I do prefer the images coming out of the S8, despite the colors being a little crazy in some photos. Like I mentioned in the video, I think the pictures are better suited to a social media share straight out of the camera and most people will be happy with how the Samsung performs in all conditions. On the flipside, I still think the iPhone has a more natural response, and for people who prefer a more regular look from their cameras might find the iPhone 7 Plus’s photos more appealing.

Have an iPhone 7 Plus or Galaxy S8? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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OnePlus 5T may not launch soon, but a new variant of OnePlus 5 is already here



OnePlus 5T

Just when we were all waiting for the OnePlus 5T from the Chinese firm, it launches a yet another new variant of the already existing OnePlus 5. 

Looking forward to the launch of next-gen OnePlus smartphone – OnePlus 5T? Well, it seems you’ll have to wait for at least until the beginning of the next year to see what the Chinese firm has in store for the next flagship killer. However, here is a new variant of the already existing OnePlus 5 that you might like to check out.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has collaborated with leading French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to unveil a limited edition variant of its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 5. The collaboration is part of the launch of ‘Callection’, an exclusive product line-up co-created with JCC. The Castelbajac OnePlus 5, the first look of which was revealed recently, was launched at a pop-up event in Paris on Friday along with another limited-edition variant, the OnePlus 5 JCC+.

OnePlus 5T

A new OnePlus smartphone is here, but it’s not the OnePlus 5T we’ve been waiting for. Instead, it’s a new expensive gimmicky variant of the OnePlus 5 – featuring a handwriting-ornated rear.

The Paris pop-up event was organized in association with Paris-based fashion boutique Colette and held at its retail store in the city. The Castelbajac-themed OnePlus 5 handset will be available in the 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants. However, the sale of this limited edition smartphone will be limited to Europe, where it’ll be available October 2 onward for EUR 559 through The exclusive ‘Callection’ rolled out by OnePlus and JCC also includes t-shirts, holsters, caps, bags, in addition to the limited edition OnePlus 5 handsets bearing the Castelbajac’s signature in chromatic style.

Speaking of the unique partnership, OnePlus co-founder said that the collaboration was in line with the company’s efforts to offer its users something new and exciting, embodying the Never Settle spirit. Partnering with an iconic designer like Jean-Charles Castelbajac, who is known for setting the bar really high in the fashion circles with his game-changing ideas aptly reflects the company’s motto.

Castelbajac said that the collaboration was in keeping with his objective of always looking toward the future. “To change the world, you always need to be creative and work with people who are ahead of their time,” he was quoted as saying.

This isn’t the first time the Chinese phone maker has rolled out limited edition handsets to captivate the imagination of its customers. The limited edition of Colette-engraved OnePlus 3T, in the 128GB storage variant, was also introduced and made available through the boutique’s Paris store. Even though customers outside Europe won’t get their hands on the Castelbajac inspired smartphone, they can still buy the ‘Callection’ and ‘Never Settle’ t-shirts.

Source: Engadget

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It’s Official, Google to acquire a part of HTC’s smartphone workforce



Google HTC deal

After a long spell of speculations and rumors, Google’s acquisition of HTC is finally official. However, the deal is not quite on lines of what was being expected. So far, the rumor mill was rife with speculations of an outright acquisition. Unlike its acquisition of Motorola, Google isn’t buying HTC lock, stock, and barrel. The internet giant has, so far, only entered into an agreement with the Taiwanese electronics maker, as of which a part of HTC’s workforce will move over to Google, besides a non-exclusive license for the former’s intellectual property. The electronics company will, in turn, receive a cash influx of $1.1 billion.

As part of the current deal, HTC will continue to function as an independent entity and manufacture its own smartphones. None of HTC’s manufacturing units have been included in the transfer deal. This could be attributed to the fact such manufacturing plants turn out to be quite a liability instead of an asset in the realm of the smartphone business.

Announcing the partnership with HTC, Google’s senior vice-president of hardware, Rick Osterloh, published a blog post stating, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team.”

It looks like Google has brought on board HTC’s Pixel team, which are said to be the ‘secret’ manufacturers heavily influencing the design and functionality of Google’s smartphones. The company’ Pixel and Pixel XL released in 2016 were manufactured by HTC, whereas for the upcoming Pixels phone, the manufacturing process has been split between HTC and LG. Hopefully, the addition of this team to Google’s workforce will allow the internet giant to radically revolutionize its line-up of smartphones, making them a cut above the competition.

The $1.1 billion cash infusion would be nothing short of a fresh lease of life for HTC, allowing it the opportunity to stay relevant in the smartphone as well as VR markets. In a press statement regarding the acquisition, HTC said the deal would help it secure “a more streamlined product portfolio, greater operational efficiency and financial flexibility.” It also promised that it’ll be around, producing “best-in-class flagship phones”. While the big bucks coming from Google will help alleviate HTC’s woes for now, it is far from a permanent solution. The only way HTC can hope for Google’s cash to bail it out is by using it to overhaul its smartphone technology, with an eye on undoing its plummeting sales.

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