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Not impressed by the recently launched Nokia 8? Well then, take a look at the rumors surrounding the next flagship from Nokia – Nokia 9.

Sure, Nokia 8 is the BEST Android smartphone released by HMD Global so far. It has all the bells and whistles of every high-end flagship devices in the market, including the best mobile processor and 4GB of RAM. But still, there’s something missing on the latest Nokia flagship which makes it less impressive than its rivals. Most importantly, it lacks an industrial design, which we have seen in plenty of flagships released this year. However, fortunately enough, that’s going to change with the Nokia 9, which will come with a new radical design.

Even before the announcement of Nokia 8, we’ve been hearing a lot of good stuff about the Nokia 9. In fact, we’ve heard more rumors about the Nokia 9 than what we’ve collectively discovered about the former before its launch last month. Going by the rumors, Nokia 9 is shaping up to be a serious competitor to premium devices from industry leaders such as Samsung, LG, and Google.

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Leaked design schematics of Nokia 9. Photo: NokiaPowerUser

As you can see in the leaked schematics (courtesy of NokiaPowerUser), the new Nokia 9 will feature an all-screen front design. And that means there will be fewer bezels up front with most of the space reserved for the screen. Yeah, we are talking about a design similar to the Galaxy S8.

Similar to Nokia 8, the Nokia 9 will also feature a metal unibody design with metal edges. If rumors are anything to go by, it should be available in four different color variants including Black, Polished Blue, Steel, and Polished Copper.

Besides that, an HMD exec has already confirmed it to have a larger display than the Nokia 8. Well, it’s only slightly larger at 5.5-inch — a 0.2-inch bigger than the current flagship. As for the other specs, it is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, Snapdragon 835. Apart from that, an FCC listing has already revealed that the device will be available in two storage variants: 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB storage.

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It’ll surely sport a dual camera setup on the rear with Carl Zeiss lens, although no details regarding the camera sensors are known as of now. Nokia, just like Samsung, has not yet mastered the tech to place the fingerprint sensor under the display, so we’ll have to deal with a rear-mounted sensor on the next Nokia device.

A source close to the Finnish company has told us that, Nokia has no plans to release any new device this year. So, we’ll have to wait at least until the beginning of next year to see what the company has in store for us. As HMD Global has a great track record for competitive pricing on their handsets, we expect the Nokia 9 to be priced around $650 in most markets to give its rivals a good run for their money.


Update 14/09: Nokia 9 spotted on GFXBench running the latest Android v8.0 Oreo:

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Nokia 9 was spotted on GFXBench recently revealing some of its key specs

Well, the new GFXBench listing confirms what we’ve already known thanks to past leaks and rumors. Namely, Nokia’s next big flagship will come with a 5.3-inch Quad-HD display, the Snapdragon 835 processor under the helm, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, dual-12MP rear camera, a 12MP front-facing camera, and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

Besides, we also expect to see a higher storage variant sporting 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.


Update 6/09: A new Nokia 9 concept video created by Concept Creator provides us with an impressive eye-catching look at how the phone’s near bezel-free design might actually look and feel. The video is totally worth watching if you ask me.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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+.

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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 OnePlus.net. 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.

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

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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.

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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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