LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: Report

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The phone has been tipped to pack Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • LG has been tipped to hold pre-order sales for smartphone
  • LG V30 is expected to come with IP68 water and dust resistance

Last month, leaked LG V30 mockups suggested that the smartphone could possibly feature a secondary slide-out display and now the handset has been tipped to launch in September this year. The LG V30 will reportedly be unveiled right ahead of IFA 2017 event, which will kick off in Berlin on September 1.

According to a report by South Korean news website ETNews, for the first time for a handset in its V-Series, LGwill be launching the V30 smartphone ahead of IFA 2017 event in Germany. Apart from this, LG is also planning to hold pre-order sales for V30 in South Korea, which will also be a first for any phone from V-Series, in an attempt to promote V30, as per the report.

LG has been tipped to hold pre-order sales for “about a week or two” via three South Korean mobile network providers after the launch event of V30. ETNews has suggested that the smartphone will be officially released in South Korea during September. Notably, the report has not mentioned whether there will be pre-order sales for other markets as well.LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: Report

The South Korean news website says that LG V30 is expected to be priced by the company around “latter end of KRW 800,000 (roughly Rs. 45,200).” As per the report, LG V30 comes with a near bezel-less design just like the company’s current flagship LG G6 and will feature a dual-camera setup at the back just like its predecessor LG V20. The smartphone has been suggested to house a 3200mAh battery as well. It has been tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

In audio department, LG V30 has been suggested to come with ESS’ new Quad DAC, which should allow it to deliver impressive performance. Notably, the phone has been tipped to retain the 3.5mm audio jack as well. Finally, LG V30 is expected to be offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

To recall, LG has previously been tipped to use OLED display on LG V30 and “old-ish” mockups have suggested that the early designs of the smartphone included a slide-out secondary display as well.

As these are just leaks, we would advise you to take this information with a pinch of salt on the side and wait for the official information from the company.

 

Android Circuit: New Galaxy Note 8 Leaks, Massive Pixel 2 Screens, Microsoft’s Android Advances

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the latest details on the Galaxy Note hardware and pricing, new details on the Google Pixel 2 screens, the Nokia 6’s potential worldwide release, the OnePlus 5 being compared to its predecessor, the EU’s anti trust cast and the implications for Android, Microsoft’s latest Android advances, and why ten years of iPhone is still beaten by Android.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Galaxy Note 8’s Massive Price Tag

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 looks set to be one of the most advanced smartphones on the planet when it is announced in August, But the technology is not going to come cheap and an unlocked version of the phablet is going to comfortably cost a four figure sum. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:

Posting on VentureBeat, famed leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) states that Samsung is currently informing partners that the model will be “its most expensive cellphone yet” and retail for €999 (over $1,100).

Blass claims says the pricing comes via “an individual briefed on the company’s plans” and his long (and highly accurate) track record means we should take this information seriously. The flipside to this huge price tag is Galaxy Note 8 owners look set to get a lot for their money.

 

More on the pricing here.

Note 8 Fingerprint Features On The Rear

Thanks to the various leaks of schematics and rendered images we have a very good idea on the design of the Note 8. That means the question over the fingerprint scanner has been quietly answered, because it can be seen on the rear of the design. Samsung’s shot at innovating with a screen-based fingerprint reader looks unlikely to happen this year:

As previously discussed here on Forbes, Samsung is having to back down from placing the fingerprint sensor under the screen of the upcoming phablet. If this had been achieved it would have given Samsung an impressive technological ‘first’. Unfortunately it has been reported that the part of the screen with the sensor was not able to be color-matched to the rest of the screen.

The Galaxy Note 8 will retain the expansive and dominant screen, but the requirements in the Android specifications for a fingerprint scanner mean that it has to go somewhere else. And Samsung’s answer appears to be ‘put it next to the camera on the rear of the device’.

My thoughts on the issue are here.

Pixel 2 Screens Revealed

As well as backing up the claims of an OLED screen, details from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL supply lines confirm the physical screen of Google’s own 2017 handsets. I’ve taken a closer look at what this means for the smartphones:

The smaller Pixel 2 is expected to support a 4.97-inch screen, broadly similar to the 5-inch FHD panel used in 2016’s model. The larger Pixel 2 trumps the 5.5 inches of the Pixel XL with a 5.99-inch QHD screen. These screens are expected to be supplied by LG (reports Mario Tomás Serrafero for XDA Developers), while the handsets will again be manufactured for Google by HTC.

…Although three models were initially discussed, the Pixel 2 family looks to have settled on a ‘regular’ smartphone and a ‘phablet’ device to meet market expectations. It also allows the Pixel 2 line to draw a direct comparison to families such as the Android powered Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and presumably Apple’s update to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which should be announced in the weeks before the Pixel 2.

More details here on Forbes.

Nokia 6 Set For Worldwide Release

Launched into the Chinese market at the end of CES 2017, HMD Global’s first Nokia-branded smartphone appears set for a worldwide release next month. The mid-range handset could be ready to show up on Amazon, reports Paul Sawers:

The Nokia 6 will be made available exclusively through Amazon for $229 in “early July,” with only two color variants available at first — black and silver. It will also be made available in blue and copper later in the year.

There is nothing particularly standout about the device: It ships with Android Nougat and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, dual-SIM, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage — expandable up to 128GB via the MicroSD slot. It also has a 5.5″ IPS LCD screen (full HD at 1920 x 1080), a 16MP rear-facing camera, 8MP front-shooter, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

OnePlus 5 Versus The OnePlus 3T

The recent launch of the OnePlus 5 (reviewed here) brings the Shenzhen-based manufacturer’s flagship handset into line with the current ‘top’ specs. That said, six months ago it refreshed its line-up with the launch of the OnePlus 3T. How much as changed since then? Gordon Kelly makes the comparisons, including the new dual camera at the rear:

With the relatively subtle changes to the OnePlus 5 display and design, it is up to the camera to provide the biggest upgrade from the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3:

* OnePlus 5 – Rear: 16 MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.12 µm, EIS (gyro) and 20 MP, f/2.6, 1.0 µm 2x optical zoom, no OIS and dual-LED flash.
* OnePlus 3T – Rear: 16 MP, f/2.0, OIS, LED flash. Front: 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p

Yes that’s a lot specifications. The upshot however is the OnePlus 5 can deliver 2x optical zoom (via a slight cheat) and combine both its rear camera to deliver a Portrait Mode (think heavy background bokeh to mimic the effect of a DSLR) similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Read more on the two devices here.

OnePlus 5 (image: Ewan Spence)

Ewan Spence

OnePlus 5 (image: Ewan Spence)

The Impact On Android Of The EU Antitrust Case

While this week’s ruling from the European Union’s Antitrust Regulators does not have a direct impact on Android, the EU is in the process of looking at AdSense and Android.  The ruling points towards the EU’s attitudes to the Mountain View dominance.

The EU ruling is a warning shot for two on-going EU probes into Google’s Android mobile operating system and AdSense ad system, said Richard Windsor, an independent financial analyst who tracks competition among the biggest U.S. and Asian Internet and mobile players, including Google.

“If the European Union turns around and says Google can no longer bundle its Google Play app store as a default feature on many Android smartphones, this opens up the market to other handset makers to put their own software and services front and center on their phones,” he said.

Fortune has more details.

Microsoft Improves OneNote For Android

Microsoft continues to build up and improve its offerings for Android. This week saw a major update to its note-taking and digital scrapbooking application OneNote. As Sean Chan reports, the Android app has caught up with the other clients, as well as bringing in a web snipping tool:

Today, the company has started rolling out the enhanced design for the OneNote app to Android smartphones as well. The new and improved OneNote design offers a simplified navigation system and improves accessibility for users with assistive technology across all platforms, and that includes Android phones, too.

In addition to the improved design, Microsoft is also bringing the OneNote Web Clipper to Android. The app now integrates into the share system for browsers, which means you can now save entire web pages to OneNote just like you can on the desktop thanks to the OneNote Web Clipper.

More at MS Power User.

Microsoft advertises OneNote's cloud capability (image: Microsoft.com)

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Microsoft advertises OneNote’s cloud capability (image: Microsoft.com)

And Finally…

In the week where every publication is remembering that it has been ten years since the first iPhone went on sale, Seth Fiegerman highlights that in terms of dominance, Android is far and ahead the more successful platform.

Apple created the modern smartphone as we know it, but Android went on to dominate the market through numerous partnerships with carriers and lower prices. In the first quarter of this year, a staggering 86% of smartphones sold worldwide ran on Android, according to data from Gartner.

What happened next? Read on at CNN.

Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future, and of course read the sister column in Apple Loop! Last week’s Android Circuit can be found here, and if you have any news and links you’d like to see featured in Android Circuit, get in touch!

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Android 7.1.2-powered Xiaomi ‘riva’ spotted on Geekbench

A new Xiaomi smartphone – dubbed riva – has been spotted in a benchmark listing. The listing on Geekbench reveals the device is powered by an SoC with quad-core 1.40GHz processor, and has 3GB RAM.

Other thing worth noting is that the phone runs Android Nougat (latest version: 7.1.2). Sadly, and as is usually the case with Geekbench listings, nothing else was revealed. However, given that the device has started appearing in benchmarks

 

HTC now sells the U11 for only $599

HTC’s latest flagship U11 has a MSRP of $649, but now the Taiwanese company is offering it for $599. It is unlocked and compatible with three of the four major US carriers.

The unlocked U11 can be purchased in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black or Solar Red. When added to the cart, just add the code AMAZINGU11, and then the price will automatically change. Standard delivery is free, and the price is final and tax-free.

The deal works for the unlocked version, which works on AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile. Sadly, Sprint customers will not have the ability to benefit, since their version is still out of stock.

The promo code will be available until July 1.

 

Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Moto M2 has been tipped to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display
Successor to Moto M has been said to be made available in more markets
Moto X4 has been tipped to pack Snapdragon 630 SoC
While Moto M smartphone recently started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update in India, the details about its successor smartphone have now been leaked on the Internet. As per the latest information, the Moto M2 will pack 6GB of RAM, will be launched by the company in October, and will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Separately, the specifications for the company’s anticipated Moto X4 smartphone have also been leaked online.

First talking about the Moto M2, tipster Andri Yatim has suggested that the smartphone will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Further the smartphone is expected to feature “cutting edge” MediaTek processors and sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Yatim says that the upcoming Lenovo smartphone will be made available in two RAM/storage configurations, i.e. 4GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage.

Last month, a GeekBench listing of an upcoming Lenovo smartphone, expected to be Moto M2, suggested that the device will come with Helio X20 processor, run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and pack 4GB of RAM.Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked

Moving on to the Moto X4 bit, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass reports that the smartphone will be unveiled in fourth quarter this year, citing a source who has knowledge of the company’s plans. In terms of specifications, the Moto X4 has been said to come with an aluminium body and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD display.
The highlight feature on the smartphone is a dual camera setup on the rear end with an 8-megapixel and another 12-megapixel sensor. The phone also features a 16-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies, as per the report. The Moto X4 has been tipped to come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating as well as a fingerprint scanner at the front that allows users to unlock the device as well as provides other navigation controls as well.

The upcoming Moto X4 is said to run Android 7.1 Nougat and powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has been tipped to come with 32GB of built-in storage and house a 3000mAh battery. Notably, the Moto X4 is expected to be the first non-Google smartphone to support the search giant’s Project Fi MVNO service that allow users to switch seamlessly between the different carriers.

Interestingly, the newly leaked specifications for the Moto X4 are different from the ones that were leaked last month. But then again, the leaked launch date for the smartphone – June 30 – also turned out to be incorrect. As this information is not official still, we advise our readers to take it with a pinch of salt.

Nokia 9: Everything We Know So Far

 

Nokia 9 smartphone has been among leaks for several months now and while there have been several specifications that have remained constant, many others have changed in recent weeks. The smartphone is said to be Nokia licensee HMD Global’s flagship Android smartphone, unlike the mid-range and budget offerings released thus far – the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. It accordingly is expected to sport top-end specifications, a premium build quality, and compete with the flagships from other major manufacturers.

Here we take a look at everything that we know about HMD Global’s high-end Nokia 9 smartphone, which is expected to be released in the coming months and in the process cement the Nokia brand’s place in the smartphone market.

Nokia 9 price and availability

The much anticipated flagship Android smartphone from Nokia licensee HMD Global can be expected to sport a premium price tag, however, the rumours on this front are few and far between.

A report from May indicated that the Nokia 9 price will be EUR 750 (roughly Rs. 55,100) – a price that will see it compete with flagships from other companies such as Samsung and Apple.

As for availability, not much is known about this aspect. We can expect Nokia licensee HMD Global to launch the smartphone this year itself, but just when the smartphone will officially unveiled remains a mystery.Nokia 9: Everything We Know So Far

Nokia 9 specifications

Talking about the highlight feature of the smartphone, Nokia 9 is expected to sport a dual camera setup at the back with two 13-megapixel sensors with dual-LED flash support. The Nokia 9 has been tipped to come with a 13-megapixel sensor at front as well. If we keep aside the very initial round of rumours, this feature has been suggested by all the recent leaks and is very likely to be on the final product.

The upcoming Nokia 9 flagship is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and while there were initially rumours of a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display on the phone, recent rumours have suggested that the handset will sport a 5.3-inch display with QHD resolution. The smartphone has been tipped to come with Snapdragon 835 SoC – the top end mobile processor from Qualcomm that’s seen in such flagships as the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and Xiaomi Mi 6.

Now we move to the most debatable aspect among the specifications. While the Nokia could be made available with up to 8GB of RAM but most leaks have suggested that the phone will come with 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. Notably, the US FCC listing of the smartphone suggested that the smartphone will not be coming with a 4GB RAM variant.

The smartphone has been tipped to come with 64GB of built-in storage. The recent leaks have suggested that the battery on the Nokia 9 will support Quick Charge 4.0 but not revealed the capacity of the battery itself. However, an earlier leak tipped the smartphone to come with a 3800mAh battery.

While the smartphone is also expected to come with a fingerprint scanner embedded in home button and an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, the connectivity options are said to include a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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.

 

Nokia 3310 gets new retail box with see-through cover

Nokia 3310 (2017) is seemingly enjoying a warm reception to the market and HMD is keen to keep the hype train going. To let people feast their eyes on the colorful body of the new phone, the 3310 got a see-through cover of its retail box.

Until now, the Nokia 3310 (2017) came in a regular box, lined right next to the headphones and charging cable.

The Nokia 3310 (2017) is sold in Europe for €59, while in India it costs INR3,310.

 

How BlackBerry (BBRY) Stock Stands Out in a Strong Industry

 

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is BlackBerry LimitedBBRY. This is because this security in the Wireless Non-US space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Wireless Non-US space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 69 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

BlackBerry Limited Price and Consensus

BlackBerry Limited Price and Consensus | BlackBerry Limited Quote

In fact, over the past month, current quarter estimates have remained unchanged at a loss of 1 penny, while current year estimates have risen from a loss of 5 cents per share to a loss of 4 cents per share. This has helped BBRY to earn a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), further underscoring the company’s solid position. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider BlackBerry. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

5 Trades Could Profit “Big-League” from Trump Policies

If the stocks above spark your interest, wait until you look into companies primed to make substantial gains from Washington’s changing course.

Today Zacks reveals 5 tickers that could benefit from new trends like streamlined drug approvals, tariffs, lower taxes, higher interest rates, and spending surges in defense and infrastructure.

Apple iOS 10.3.2 Is Causing New Problems

Apple AAPL +0.38% iOS 10.3.2 is a deceptively important update, but unfortunately it also carries a serious problem – and Apple has just made it a lot worse…

What Apple has done is what it normally does after an iOS release: it stopped signing the previous version. This means users running iOS 10.3.2 can no longer downgrade (eg to iOS 10.3.1) because the ‘sign off’ an upgrade looks for on Apple’s servers before installing will no longer be given.

Why is this a problem? Because of both iOS 10.3.2’s importance and its problems.

Apple iOS 10.3.2 update is important, but can also potentially cause problems

Apple

Apple iOS 10.3.2 update is important, but can also potentially cause problems

As explained in my upgrade guide, iOS 10.3.2 addresses multiple, serious security flaws. In fact Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 security page lists 23 categories of exploit with over 20 related to WebKit (aka Safari browsing) and two in iBooks which lead to the execution of arbitrary code that can take over your device.

So you should install iOS 10.3.2, but equally you may need to uninstall it promptly because the upgrade contains a serious battery problem which can kill iPhone battery life in well under an hour.

I exclusively reported this back in May and I’ve been contacted by numerous users and witnessed a lot of complaints across both social media and the official Apple Support Communities website (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20… you get the picture).

 Apple iOS 10.3.3 is coming soon

Of course it is impossible to scientifically gauge the true global scale of the bug (I know iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are unaffected), but putting more meat on the bones for me is reader Kamlesh Parmar, a technical support lead at a major enterprise services specialist.

He told me his affected iPhone 6 would even lose 10-20% within minutes of unplugging from a full charge and then switch off with up to 40% charge still remaining: “I’ve spoken to friends and they all report the same issue. I did a factory reset and then restored my iPhone, however I still have the issue.”

The only cure? Yes, you’re ahead of me: downgrade to iOS 10.3.1.

Apple iOS 10.3.3 is coming soon

As such Apple’s decision to stop signing iOS 10.3.1 causes a lot of problems. Those wary of upgrading because of the battery issue will not now try the update and gain its critical security fixes because of the lack of an escape route if they are affected. While those already affected on iOS 10.3.2 can no longer downgrade and escape it – great.

But there is some good news: iOS 10.3.3 may not be far away.

Today Apple released iOS 10.3.3 beta six to both developers and the public. That’s an unusually high number of betas for a minor point release (some have no beta testing at all) and suggests Apple knows the importance of getting this update right. Surely one of the things on its hit list is addressing the battery problems of iOS 10.3.2.

As such, while I think Apple should not have stranded users on iOS 10.3.2 before the release of iOS 10.3.3, a solution may not be far away. And if your iPhone has been running out of battery within an hour or two since iOS 10.3.2 was released in May, that can’t come soon enough…