Couple of Samsung Galaxy S9 early hands-on videos leaked [Watch here]

It isn’t long before we will officially be blasted with Samsung Galaxy S9 images, videos, hands-on, unboxing videos and what not, but a couple of videos have already been leaked about a month earlier than the official unveil. Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event will see the official launch of Galaxy S9 two videos have surfaced on the web that apparently give a glimpse at the upcoming Galaxy S series flagship and confirm the presence of a thin-bezel, Infinity Display panel that would deliver an upgraded experience over the last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. One of the two videos, …

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Apple shipped 29 million units of iPhone X in Q4 2017

An analyst report claims that Apple has likely shipped as many as 29 million iPhone X units in the fourth quarter of 2017. Analyst firm Canalys claims that iPhone X may very well be the “world’s best-shipping smartphone model” for the sai period. As many as 7 million units were shipped in China alone. Canalys believes that the adoption of the iPhone X was majorly driven by upgrade demand in operator-centric markets such as the US and Canada, where Apple’s installed base is high and customers have the ability to finance the $999 cost of the latest iPhone model over many months. …

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M2M

M2M connectivity will approach 400 million by 2022

Juniper Research has claimed that total number of connections leveraging an unlicenced spectrum to deliver low power M2M connectivity will approach 400 million by 2022. M2M connectivity has three major technologies – Sigfox, LoRa and Ingenu – and connections using these three technologies will rise from 50 million to a whopping 400 million representing a growth of 736 per cent. The new research, Low Power M2M: Technology Impact Analysis, Vertical Assessment & Forecasts 2018-2022, found that connectivity providers offering low cost unlicenced alternatives to cellular technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M, will threaten operators’ return on investment. It found that overall service …

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Fingerprint Sensor

Japan Display announces first ever transparent fingerprint sensor for smartphones

Japan Display have managed to achieve what other hardware manufacturers haven’t – the very first transparent glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor for smartphones. The new transparent fingerprint sensor for smartphones uses an in-house capacitive multi-touch technology, which was originally exclusive to LCD panels. The new sensor is expected to reach commercial shipments in the fiscal year 2018. The new fingerprint sensors could end up upgrading all the silicon-based fingerprint sensors that are based on silicon and is likely to available as an alternative to the recently arrived under-display fingerprint sensors that are currently in the production process by companies such as …

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Vivo X21 spotted on Geekbench, will feature Snapdragon 660 SoC, Android 8.1 Oreo

Vivo X21 has been confirmed by Vivo through an official teaser, but the company is yet to reveal specifications about the upcoming smartphone. The official specifications may take some time to arrive, but with a prototype of the phone spotted on benchmarking website Geekbench, things have become somewhat clear as to what the smartphone could have. The Geekbench listing suggests that the Vivo X21 will run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. Further, there is a strong possibility that the Vivo X21 will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, much like predecessor X20, clocked at 1.84GHz. The phone is …

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Nokia 8 lands Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update

HMD Global has confirmed roll out of Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update for Nokia 8 via its Nokia Phones Beta Labs. HMD Global has started releasing the latest Android 8.1 Oreo update on Tuesday for the beta testers and the company’s Chief product officer Juho Sarvikas made the announcement on Twitter. If you want to be part of the beta testers, you will have to head to the Nokia phone beta labs page, and sign up with their Google account. After registering with IMEI number and other details, Nokia 8 users will get Android 8.1 Oreo software update notification within hours of registration. …

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Honor 8 will receive Android Oreo update

Huawei has finally given unto demand from users of its Honor line-up of smartphones and announced that it will be rolling out Android Oreo update for Honor 8 by porting its EMUI 8.0 skin. Huawei has also announced that it will be releasing Android 8.0 Oreo-backed EMUI 8.0 for its various models. Launched in October 2016, the Honor 8 was debuted with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1. It received an update to Android 7.0 Nougat-powered EMUI 5.0 in February. The handset features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) LCD panel with 423ppi pixel density. Under the hood, the smartphone has an octa-core …

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Samsung and Apple top semiconductor buyers charts 2017

A report from Gartner has revealed that Apple and Samsung continue to rule the semiconductors buyers list with the two accounting for a 19.5 per cent of the total worldwide market. According to the market research firm Samsung and Apple together consumed semiconductors worth $81.8 billion in 2017, showing an increase of more than $20 billion from 2016. Samsung semiconductor spending grew by a whopping 37.2 per cent over last year while Apple’s semiconductor spending increased by 27.5 per cent. In addition to the continuous growth of Samsung and Apple, the preliminary rankings revealed by Gartner highlights eight of top 10 …

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sony xperia

Sony Xperia XZ2 likely to be shown off at MWC 2018

Sony Xperia XZ2 could be shown off at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 this year – a possibility that isn’t officially confirmed as the smartphone maker is yet to confirm it. Further even the name of the smartphone – Xperia XZ2 – hasn’t been confirmed by Sony. It is only through a tweet by an Irish telecom company that we got some glimpse of what’s going on with the handset. Unsurprisingly, the tweet has been deleted now, but some Reddit users posted screenshots of the same. In other Sony news, the company has started rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update …

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Nokia 8 Sirocco trademark resurrected

HMD Global has seemingly registered a Nokia 8 Sirocco trademark through a new smartphone with model number TA-1005. The trademark was originally given to Nokia 8800 Sirocco back in 2006, for the premium version of the Nokia 8800 handset. Reports in the Dutch media indicate that TA-1005 has been trademarked as Nokia 8 Sirocco, further adding that the 2018 version of the Nokia 8 will be unveiled soon, with the Sirocco branding. The name has surfaced on the mobile certification website of Thailand. This information comes about a month after reports had emerged that ‘Nokia 8 Sirocco’ logo was found inside the …

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