LG G6: Everything you need to know about LG's latest flagship

Latest LG G6 rumours: Release date, specs, design and price

Update: Serial leaker Evan Blass has shared images (above) of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, seemingly sourced from a phone case manufacturer. These images reinforce what we expected the G6 to look like, it shows off the thin bezels, 18×9 display, and dual camera.

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A press release from LG’s display manufacturing arm says that a 1440 x 2880 resolution display will be used in LG’s flagship phone this year. It will have a whopping 564 pixels per inch compared to the iPhone 7’s 326ppi.

The phone is supposedly going to feature excellent touch responses thanks to LG’s new TOUCH technology that eliminates the need for Touch Cover Glass, meaning the phone can be thinner.

LG G6 release date

The LG G6 will be unveiled on the 26th February 2017 at 12PM CET – kicking off Mobile World Congress. As you’d expect, T3.com will be there on hand to detail all the big announcements as they happen.

A YouTube video showcases customers detailing what they want to see from their next smartphones, the features: a bigger screen, smaller body and waterproof are some of the notable highlights. The tease seems to highlight that LG has all these boxes checked.

Bye bye bezels

It seems as though the next flagship is going to look visually similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix, a phone that boasts a 91.3% screen to body ratio.

This is presumably something LG is looking to do with the G6, in order to make a smaller phone that feels good in the hand, but also keeps a 5.7-inch screen size, the bezels of the new flagship are going to be significantly smaller than other phones on the market.

The 18:9 aspect ratio that LG is talking about means the screen is going to be taller than the standard 16:9 displays we’re all used to.

A invitation released from LG confirms the smartphone will have very small bezels. It states, “Big Screen, That Fits”.

The LG G6 is going to feature a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ panel with a 18:9 aspect ratio.

Until anything is officially announced, you can watch the teaser for yourself below:

Dual camera

 LG said the dual camera setup will feature two 13-megapixel rear-facing snappers as well as a front-facing camera.
 The front-facing snapper tops out at an angle of 100-degrees while the back two actually manage a wider 125-degree field of view to stop distortion at the edges of the shot. Crucially these also shoot in a ratio of 1:1, yup that magic ratio that Instagram loves so much.
 The dual camera fun doesn’t stop there. LG has also said that you’ll be able to take a photograph with one camera and have it on the screen while you line up the shot from the other camera. This is described as what sounds like an overlay “film on the shooting screen side”.

Other modes mentioned on the site include 360 panorama mode, food mode, match shots, grid shots and snapshots. There will also be an 18:9 mode which should help to maximise the use of the phone’s screen which is of the same ratio. There is also an ability to take multiple photos to create your own GIFs right there from the camera’s gallery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Price, Specifications, More Leaked Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch

Samsung’s launch event on February 26 at the MWC 2017 trade show later this month is widely expected to see the launch of a new tablet. Now, new details about the unannounced tablet have surfaced alongside an alleged image showing the tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Price, Specifications, More Leaked Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch

According to Roland Quandt of WinFuture.de, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, widely rumoured to be the successor to the Galaxy Tab S2, will be priced around $580 (roughly Rs. 39,000). The image shared by Quandt also claims that the Galaxy Tab S3 will feature S Pen which means it will sport all stylus-based functionalities. As per the details shared by Quandt, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will come in just 9.7-inch model. To recall, Samsung launched two Galaxy Tab S2 tablets featuring 8-inch and 9.7-inch displays in 2015.

Other rumoured details suggest that the Galaxy Tab S3 will come with 32GB onboard storage and will support 4G with support for Cat. 6 LTE download speeds. The tablet is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and come with 4GB of RAM. The tablet is likely to sport a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It is expected to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and come with a 5-megapixel front camera.

Further, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is rumoured to run Android Nougat out-of-the-box. One of the highlights of the tablet is said to be its 5.6mm thickness. Both the Galaxy Tab S2 8 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 tablets measured just 5.6mm thin, which was the highlight of the tablets. The tablet is said to go on sale in South Korea from March.

According to the official Samsung invite, the event will be held on February 26 just ahead of the MWC 2017 trade show that kicks off a day later. The launch event on February 26 is scheduled to begin at 7pm CET (11:30pm IST) and will be live streamed at www.samsung.com/galaxy.

In separate news, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is being reportedly tested with Android Nougat build. GSMArena has spotted the Galaxy Tab S2 on benchmark running Android 7.0 Nougat which may mean that the update for the tablet may be released soon.

BlackBerry's Notable App for Android Lets You Edit and Share Screenshots

BlackBerry is trying hard to stay relevant in today’s mobile hungry and social networking world. Even popular messaging apps like WhatsApp try to reinvent themselves from time to time to keep up with the likes of Snapchat and Instagram. Just a few months ago, WhatsApp introduced the ability to draw and write on photos and now BlackBerry has launched its own doodle app, called Notable.

BlackBerry's Notable App for Android Lets You Edit and Share Screenshots

Notable for Android lets you capture screenshots and proceed to add text and doodles to it all in a single app. Screen-capture can be triggered from the device’s convenience key, or via swipe gesture, or by tapping a dedicated screen-capture notification from the notification tray, according to BlackBerry’s blog post.

The screenshot can then be edited using markup tools, which lets the user add text or create doodles or add stickers. Once the content is ready, you can share the image to messaging apps like BBM or send it to apps like Evernote or OneNote. The ‘Quick Share’ action in Notable lets you quickly share the content with a favourite app.

Notable can also be used to make notes, marking locations on a map. and adding visual communications to documents, IMs, and webpages.

Additionally, the Notable for Android app lets you create content from scratch by providing a blank canvas, adding images from your gallery or taking a photo from your camera.

The Notable app is currently available for BlackBerry devices including Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60 and can be downloaded from the Google Play. The app will also be accessible to other non-BlackBerry Android devices via the BlackBerry Hub+ app suite at some point in the future.

iPhone at 10: The Best Is Yet to Come?

It seems like yesterday — not 10 years ago — that Steve Jobs took the stage at MacWorld to debut Apple’s latest new gadget: the iPhone.

The iPhone was three devices in one, he declared at Moscone West in San Francisco. It was a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device.

Apple’s “three-in-one device” has gone on to become a critical contributor to the company’s success, accounting for more than half its revenues annually, as well as a can’t-live-without tool for many people.

“iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started,” he continued. “The best is yet to come.”

iphone 10 year anniversary

Fundamental Change

What made the iPhone different from what passed for a mobile phone before Jobs introduced it that fateful day 10 years ago?

“What we’ve realized over the last few years is that the iPhone fundamentally changed how we thought about phones,” said Jack E. Gold, principal analyst atJ.Gold Associates.

“Before the iPhone, we looked at phones as primarily communications devices,” he explained to TechNewsWorld. “iPhone changed that to ‘we’ve got a computer in our hands that happens to be a phone as well.'”

Prior to the iPhone’s arrival, most vendors believed there was scant need or demand for a palm-sized “smart” device supporting search, media consumption and other Internet-based functions, recalled Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“The iPhone put an end to those assumptions and transformed the marketplace,” he told TechNewsWorld.

It also flipped forever how mobile phones were used.

“Before iPhone, we talked on phones 90 percent of the time,” Gold said. “Now we talk 10 percent and do other stuff 90 percent of the time.”

 App Colossus

Apple brought something else to mobile phones that hadn’t been there before: usability.

“In the early days of smartphones, they were awful to use,” Gold noted. “The iPhone wasn’t perfect, but it fundamentally changed how people perceived these things as fun and easy to use.”

Another notable change the iPhone pioneered was the use of mobile applications.

“A big innovation was the introduction of a development kit for creating apps and making apps a key part of the iPhone design,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies.

“That allowed them to create a broader ecosystem that included hardware, software and services,” he told TechNewsWorld.

There is no doubt that the iPhone created a good monster with its app-centric approach. Since Apple began selling software from its App Store in 2008, it has returned more than US$50 billion to developers.

“The app economy opened the floodgates for the transformation of many industries — streaming music, mobile banking, mobile video, mobile retail and mobile games,” Reticle Research Principal Analyst Ross Rubin told TechNewsWorld.

A Few Bad Blemishes

Perhaps what has distinguished the iPhone above all else during its 10 years of existence has been its design.

“Some of the technology in the iPhone was around before the iPhone, but the iconic design wasn’t seen before,” noted David McQueen, a research director at ABI Research.

“There’ve been a lot of copycats, but none have come up to the beauty of the iPhone’s designs,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Ironically, one of the iPhone’s biggest flubs was connected to the design of the iPhone 4. The so-called Antennagate problem occurred because the phone’s antenna was placed on the edge of the phone where a user’s hand could interfere with the call signal.

The introduction of Maps created another blemish on the iPhone’s record that Apple would like to forget. The app was embarrassingly inaccurate when it made its debut.

Those mistakes were just bumps in the road for the iPhone, though, with little impact on its popularity or sales. That is attributable in part to Apple’s service, which is “fantastic,” according to McQueen.

Another factor is customer loyalty.

“People who love Apple love Apple,” Gold observed. “There aren’t a lot of people leaving Apple.”

Bright Future

If Apple can maintain the iPhone’s premium status, it should continue to thrive.

“Apple has done really well by staying at the high end, where margins are good, and by selling additional services,” Gold explained. “If they can maintain those margins, they’ll do fine.”

Apple is also making investments in artificial intelligence, which should help the iPhone keep pace with competitors.

“The prospects are good for the future iPhone as long as Apple continues to perfect next-generation use cases like AR, VR, MR and modularity,” Moor Insights and Strategy Principal Analyst Patrick Moorhead told TechNewsWorld.

Short-term prospects look good for the iPhone, too.

“I believe Apple will set sales records with the iPhone 8,” Bajarin said, “and start a new super cycle for upgrades that will drive strong revenue at least through 2019.”

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Leak Tips Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, 4GB of RAM

Xiaomi, which recently unveiled new colour variants for its Redmi Note 4, is now rumoured to be working on the successor to the phone, said to be dubbed the Redmi Note 4X. The alleged upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi has further been tipped to pack Snapdragon 653 processor and 4GB of RAM, while its design has been leaked with a live image.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Leak Tips Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, 4GB of RAMThe alleged Redmi Note 4X smartphone is expected to come with 64GB of inbuilt storage apart from packing 4GB of RAM, as per a report by TechUpdate3. Another live image of the alleged phone spotted by the website shows the specifications of the phone and indicates that it will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. These specifications and live image were spotted on popular Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with a pixel density of 401ppi. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC coupled with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. This Xiaomi smartphone comes with support for expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).
In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and f/2.0 aperture. At front, the Redmi 4 features a 5-megapixel camera, which company claims can click 85-degree wide angle shots.

Some Google Pixel Users Reporting Early Battery Shutdown Issues

Google’s first self-branded smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, which were earlier praised by critics and users alike for its battery performance, are now reportedly experiencing early battery shutdown issue.

Some Google Pixel Users Reporting Early Battery Shutdown IssuesSeveral Google Pixel and Pixel XL users have complained on Reddit and Google’s product forums as well that the smartphone is shutting down well before the entire battery drains out, as pointed out in a report by 9to5Google. Most users have experienced the early shutdown issue around the battery levels of 30 percent or less.

“My Google Pixel (32 GB), less than a month old is facing worrisome battery issues. Twice in last 5 days, has the phone shutdown abruptly while I am in middle of something. In both instances, battery was between 25-35%, and the phone under normal conditions should have lasted for at least next 3-4 hours,” a user posted on a Reddit forum.

As the phones were launched just around three months ago, it is unlikely that the issue is related to the hardware. Interestingly, Nexus 6P users also started reporting unexpected shutdowns after upgrading their device to Android 7.0 Nougat recently. This indicates that the issue might have something to do with the Android Nougat, which is one of the common factors between both these devices.

Even though Pixel smartphones have received the nod from critics, there have been many issues associated with the phones that have been popping up following their launch in October. There have been issues reported by users regarding the camera and audio distortion on the phone as well. Other issues reported by users include Bluetooth pairing problems and spotty LTE connectivity.

It will be interesting to see how the search giant tackles the situation and whether it will be able to solve the issue with a software update or not.

BlackBerry Unveils Mobile Security Platform for Enterprises

BlackBerry Unveils Mobile Security Platform for EnterprisesCanadian mobile company BlackBerry on Friday launched a cloud-enabled mobile security platform for “Enterprise of Things” that will address entire businesses from endpoint to endpoint.

“Enterprise of Things” is defined as the network of intelligent connections and endpoints within the enterprise that enable products to move from sketch to scale.

It is a collection of devices, computers, sensors, trackers, equipment and other things that communicate with each other to enable smart product development, distribution, marketing and sales.
“Businesses must be able to confidentially and reliably transmit sensitive data between endpoints to keep people, information and goods safe,” John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackBerry, said in a statement.

The platform completes the integration of the BlackBerry’s prior acquisitions of key technologies such as Good Technology, WatchDox, AtHoc and Encription, the company said.

ZTE Nubia Z11, Nubia N1 India Launch Set for Wednesday

ZTE Nubia Z11, Nubia N1 India Launch Set for WednesdayChinese handset manufacturer ZTE has sent out media invites announcing the launch of two Nubia smartphones. The Nubia Z11 and Nubia N1 are set to launch in India on December 14 at an event in Delhi, where the pricing and availability of both the devices will be revealed.

The Nubia Z11 was first launched in China in June, and was then released in other markets eventually. In China, the device with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage is priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000), while the variant sporting 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage is priced at CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 35,000).

The Nubia Z11 handset features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D display and is powered by a 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. Both the storage variants support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 200GB). As for optics, it sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, and OIS. There is also an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture. The handset packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0. It houses a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel, and offers connectivity options like Bluetooth, GPS, Glonass, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G, GPS/ A-GPS, 3G, and USB Type-C. It measures 151.8×72.3×7.5mm, and weighs 162 grams.

The ZTE Nubia N1 was launched in China a week later for CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,200). It features a 5.5-inch (1920×1080 pixels) full HD display with 401ppi pixel density, and is powered by a 64-bit 1.8GHz Mediatek Helio P10 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 64GB of inbuilt storage, alongside the option to expand it via microSD slot (up to 128GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and LED flash. The selfie camera is also at 13-megapixel with beauty filters, and smart fill light for better night photography. The ZTE Nubia N1 packs a 5000mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor at the back that claims to unlock the smartphone in just 0.2 seconds. Connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, and USB Type-C support.

Both the smartphones run on Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with hybrid dual-SIM which means it supports one Nano-SIM card in one slot, and a nano-SIM or microSD card in the other slot.

Lenovo Phab 2 Set to Launch in India Soon, Exclusively on Flipkart

Lenovo Phab 2 Set to Launch in India Soon, Exclusively on FlipkartThe Lenovo Phab 2 and Lenovo Phab 2 Plus were launched at the company’s Tech World Event back in June this year. The Phab 2 Plus arrived in India in November, and now looks like the Phab 2 is making its way into the market as well. Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has listed the smartphone on its site, and has announced that it is arriving soon.

There’s no word on exact availability or pricing, but we should see it launch exclusively on Flipkart before the arrival of 2017. The Lenovo Phab 2 is not that different from the Phab 2 Plus, except for a few downgrades in the display resolution and camera department, and also the lack of a fingerprint sensor at the front or the back. The Phab 2 Plus was launched in India for Rs. 14,999, and we expect the Phab 2 to be priced even more reasonably.

To recap, the Lenovo Phab 2 was launched for $199 (roughly Rs. 13,500) in June. It features a 6.4-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8735 SoC quad-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of inbuilty storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Phab 2 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Ffash and PDAF. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (Micro + Micro). The dimensions measure at 88.5x175x9.6mm, and the smartphone weighs 225 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support. It packs a massive 4050mAh battery, and was launched in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour options.

LeEco and Coolpad Could Soon Launch ‘Cool' Smartphone With 6GB of RAM

LeEco and Coolpad Could Soon Launch ‘Cool' Smartphone With 6GB of RAM

LeEco and Coolpad in August announced the Cool series with the launch of their first joint handset, the Cool1 Dual. The partnership between the two companies began when LeEco’s CEO Jia Yueting took over as Coolpad’s Chairman in August. After launching the Cool1 Dual, it looks like the two brands are ready with their next Cool smartphone, which is reportedly simply called Cool. The new Cool smartphone recently passed through China’s certification website TENAA.

According to the TENAA listing spotted by GizmoChina, the Cool smartphone will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display powered by a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 coupled with 4GB/ 6GB RAM options. The device will supposedly be offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage variants. The Cool smartphone will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

While the Cool1 Dual came with a dual rear camera setup, the Cool smartphone will be seen with a single 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front shooter. A big 4000mAh battery will power the device.

With LeEco partnering with Coolpad, you can also expect some of LeEco’s design language to seem into the Cool series. The new Cool smartphone’s design looks similar to the Le Pro 3 that was launched by LeEco in September. However, instead of a brush finish metal on the Le Pro 3, the Cool smartphone’s back looks clearer. As per the leaked design, the lower part of the back features the Cool logo with ‘LeEco Inside’ written just below. Like we mentioned earlier, the rest of the smartphone looks similar to the Le Pro 3.Nothing more about the device is known as of now. As the device has been certified, one can expect the launch of the Cool smartphone soon enough. More details regarding specifications and pricing will be known once the device goes official.