Tag Archives: coming

MWC 2018 is coming, so what should we expect?

One of the largest tech shows, the Mobile World Congress 2018 will soon open its gates. Starting February 26, tech giants like Samsung, Sony, Huawei, and Nokia will gather in Barcelona to unveil some of the latest advancements in mobile tech.

MWC’s main focus is on smartphones, so what new and exciting mobile models are expected to make an appearance during the event? Continue reading below to make an idea of what’s coming in the upcoming weeks.

Samsung

Samsung will make a comeback at MWC 2018, after last year when it chose to skip the trade show and unveiled the Galaxy S8 during a separate event at a later date.

Well, this year Samsung will soon take the stage in Barcelona to unveil the next-gen Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The company already confirmed the Unpacked event for February 25, through the invitations send to the media.

So a day before MWC 2018 officially kickstarts, Samsung will take the wraps off the new phones. We expect the devices to be an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8. The design is poised to stay pretty much the same, although Samsung has thankfully moved the fingerprint scanner to occupy the central position under the camera.

There’s also going to be a new Snapdragon 845 under the hood keeping the lights on, paired with either 4GB of RAM (for the Galaxy S9) or 6GB of RAM (in the case of the Galaxy S9 Plus).

As teased by Samsung’s own invite to the event, the two phones will be “all about the camera”, although only the Galaxy S9 Plus will benefit from a dual-camera arrangement, while the Galaxy S9 will take advantage of a single lens on the back.

Also expect the phones to include stereo speakers tuned by AKG, as well as IP68 water & dust resistance and wireless charging.

Sony

After launching the mid-range Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra and the low-end Xperia L2 at CES 2018, Sony is expected to concentrate on the premium category during MWC 2018.

Since Sony launched the Xperia XZ Premium during last year’s event, the company might as well stick with tradition and pull the wraps off the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro during the trade show next month.

According to recent leaks, the phone might arrive with a large edge-to-edge 5.7-inch 4K display and a reflective mirror-like back. Apparently, the device will have the fingerprint scanner built into the display and take advantage of a Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as 6GB of RAM, dual-cameras on the back, 128GB of storage and front-facing speakers. It’s also said the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro will also be the first Sony phone with a dual-camera setup on the back (18-megapixel + 12-megapixel sensors).

A 3,420 mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance and Android 8.0 Oreo are also said to be in the cards. And also an exorbitant price tag, one that will easily surpass the Galaxy S9’s.

Huawei

Rumors are conflicted when it comes to Huawei. The company has sent out invites for a press conference scheduled for February 25, 2018, during which some suspect Huawei will unveil the P20 flagship.

However, other sources claim the Chinese tech giant will be delaying the P20 announcement, because it wants to give the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro flagships more time to shine. Yet, we shouldn’t have to wait long for the triple lens camera flagship to make an appearance, as some sources claim the phone will be launched shortly after the Barcelona event.

As for MWC 2018, Huawei could have plans to unveil new tablets, smartwatches, and laptops during the trade show.

Nokia

Nokia made a big splash at MWC 2018 last year with its comeback handsets, so in 2018 the company promised to deliver something “awesome” during the event. According to recent reports, the Finnish company, now under HMD patronage is expected to launch the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 on the Western market. Both these models already made a debut in China.

Additionally, HMD and Nokia might arrive in Barcelona with the intentions to debut the Nokia 9 – a new flagship which has been the topic of countless rumors in the past. Recent leaks have also revealed the possible existence of a high-end device carrying a total of five cameras reminiscent of the glorious Lumia 1020.

New budget models like the recently leaked Nokia 1 or Nokia 4 might also be in the cards during the Barcelona event.

LG

Last year LG’s G6 was one of the biggest smartphone announcements at MWC 2017, but this year there’s a very high chance its successor will not make an appearance in Barcelona. LG for its part says the flagship will launch “on schedule”, but gives no further indication of the exact date this is supposed to happen. The company’s statement merely states that the launch of the G7 will happen “when the time is right”.

The good news is that even with the G7 delayed, LG might still have a new phone to show in Barcelona. According to a recent report coming out of The Korea Herald the company will introduce a new version of the V30 dubbed “V30+‘α’” which should come with enhanced AI features built around the Google Assistant.

HTC

HTC fans who were anticipating seeing HTC unveil a new flagship during the Barcelona tradeshow will most likely be disappointed.

According to rumors circulating online, the Taiwanese company may instead hold a separate event after MWC, possibly in March or April during which, it might unveil the HTC U12.

Leaks so far seem to suggest the phone will come with a modern bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio with 4K resolution and a Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood.

ZTE

While ZTE is expected to launch the successor of the popular Axon 7, the Axon 9 sometime this year, the company is probably going to focus on the mid-range category at MWC 2018.

The yet to be released, Blade V9 model was recently spotted going through the FCC, fact which fueled speculation that the phone is set for a Barcelona launch.

The device should make a debut with a 5.7-inch 2:1 display at 1080p resolution, Snapdragon 450, dual-cameras (16-megapixel+5-megapixel), 13-megapixel front-facing snapper and a 3,200 mAh battery + headphone jack.

Motorola

Speaking of mid-rangers, last year at MWC, Motorola unveiled the G5 and G5 Plus models from this category.

Well this year, the company might come to Barcelona to unveil the successors of these phones. The G6 (not to be confused with the LG G6) and G6 Plus are expected to offer 18:9, 1080p resolution on 5.7-inch and 5.93-inch displays and Snapdragon 450 and 630 processors respectively.

This year a third model in the form of the G6 Play might be released. Info is pretty scarce on the said model, but according to leaks, it might arrive with a 5.7-inch display and a large 4,000 mAh battery.

ASUS

Based on a recent certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance, ASUS might be preparing to launch the Zenfone 5 and in all possibility, we might actually get to see it at MWC 2018.

We don’t have any additional details to share about the Zenfone 5, but given that the Zenfone 4 offers a large battery, dual-cameras and an affordable price tag, we expect its successor to follow the same lines.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

AndroidGuys

MWC 2018 is coming, so what should we expect?

One of the largest tech shows, the Mobile World Congress 2018 will soon open its gates. Starting February 26, tech giants like Samsung, Sony, Huawei, and Nokia will gather in Barcelona to unveil some of the latest advancements in mobile tech.

MWC’s main focus is on smartphones, so what new and exciting mobile models are expected to make an appearance during the event? Continue reading below to make an idea of what’s coming in the upcoming weeks.

Samsung

Samsung will make a comeback at MWC 2018, after last year when it chose to skip the trade show and unveiled the Galaxy S8 during a separate event at a later date.

Well, this year Samsung will soon take the stage in Barcelona to unveil the next-gen Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The company already confirmed the Unpacked event for February 25, through the invitations send to the media.

So a day before MWC 2018 officially kickstarts, Samsung will take the wraps off the new phones. We expect the devices to be an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8. The design is poised to stay pretty much the same, although Samsung has thankfully moved the fingerprint scanner to occupy the central position under the camera.

There’s also going to be a new Snapdragon 845 under the hood keeping the lights on, paired with either 4GB of RAM (for the Galaxy S9) or 6GB of RAM (in the case of the Galaxy S9 Plus).

As teased by Samsung’s own invite to the event, the two phones will be “all about the camera”, although only the Galaxy S9 Plus will benefit from a dual-camera arrangement, while the Galaxy S9 will take advantage of a single lens on the back.

Also expect the phones to include stereo speakers tuned by AKG, as well as IP68 water & dust resistance and wireless charging.

Sony

After launching the mid-range Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra and the low-end Xperia L2 at CES 2018, Sony is expected to concentrate on the premium category during MWC 2018.

Since Sony launched the Xperia XZ Premium during last year’s event, the company might as well stick with tradition and pull the wraps off the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro during the trade show next month.

According to recent leaks, the phone might arrive with a large edge-to-edge 5.7-inch 4K display and a reflective mirror-like back. Apparently, the device will have the fingerprint scanner built into the display and take advantage of a Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as 6GB of RAM, dual-cameras on the back, 128GB of storage and front-facing speakers. It’s also said the Xperia XZ Premium 2/Pro will also be the first Sony phone with a dual-camera setup on the back (18-megapixel + 12-megapixel sensors).

A 3,420 mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance and Android 8.0 Oreo are also said to be in the cards. And also an exorbitant price tag, one that will easily surpass the Galaxy S9’s.

Huawei

Rumors are conflicted when it comes to Huawei. The company has sent out invites for a press conference scheduled for February 25, 2018, during which some suspect Huawei will unveil the P20 flagship.

However, other sources claim the Chinese tech giant will be delaying the P20 announcement, because it wants to give the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro flagships more time to shine. Yet, we shouldn’t have to wait long for the triple lens camera flagship to make an appearance, as some sources claim the phone will be launched shortly after the Barcelona event.

As for MWC 2018, Huawei could have plans to unveil new tablets, smartwatches, and laptops during the trade show.

Nokia

Nokia made a big splash at MWC 2018 last year with its comeback handsets, so in 2018 the company promised to deliver something “awesome” during the event. According to recent reports, the Finnish company, now under HMD patronage is expected to launch the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 on the Western market. Both these models already made a debut in China.

Additionally, HMD and Nokia might arrive in Barcelona with the intentions to debut the Nokia 9 – a new flagship which has been the topic of countless rumors in the past. Recent leaks have also revealed the possible existence of a high-end device carrying a total of five cameras reminiscent of the glorious Lumia 1020.

New budget models like the recently leaked Nokia 1 or Nokia 4 might also be in the cards during the Barcelona event.

LG

Last year LG’s G6 was one of the biggest smartphone announcements at MWC 2017, but this year there’s a very high chance its successor will not make an appearance in Barcelona. LG for its part says the flagship will launch “on schedule”, but gives no further indication of the exact date this is supposed to happen. The company’s statement merely states that the launch of the G7 will happen “when the time is right”.

The good news is that even with the G7 delayed, LG might still have a new phone to show in Barcelona. According to a recent report coming out of The Korea Herald the company will introduce a new version of the V30 dubbed “V30+‘α’” which should come with enhanced AI features built around the Google Assistant.

HTC

HTC fans who were anticipating seeing HTC unveil a new flagship during the Barcelona tradeshow will most likely be disappointed.

According to rumors circulating online, the Taiwanese company may instead hold a separate event after MWC, possibly in March or April during which, it might unveil the HTC U12.

Leaks so far seem to suggest the phone will come with a modern bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio with 4K resolution and a Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood.

ZTE

While ZTE is expected to launch the successor of the popular Axon 7, the Axon 9 sometime this year, the company is probably going to focus on the mid-range category at MWC 2018.

The yet to be released, Blade V9 model was recently spotted going through the FCC, fact which fueled speculation that the phone is set for a Barcelona launch.

The device should make a debut with a 5.7-inch 2:1 display at 1080p resolution, Snapdragon 450, dual-cameras (16-megapixel+5-megapixel), 13-megapixel front-facing snapper and a 3,200 mAh battery + headphone jack.

Motorola

Speaking of mid-rangers, last year at MWC, Motorola unveiled the G5 and G5 Plus models from this category.

Well this year, the company might come to Barcelona to unveil the successors of these phones. The G6 (not to be confused with the LG G6) and G6 Plus are expected to offer 18:9, 1080p resolution on 5.7-inch and 5.93-inch displays and Snapdragon 450 and 630 processors respectively.

This year a third model in the form of the G6 Play might be released. Info is pretty scarce on the said model, but according to leaks, it might arrive with a 5.7-inch display and a large 4,000 mAh battery.

ASUS

Based on a recent certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance, ASUS might be preparing to launch the Zenfone 5 and in all possibility, we might actually get to see it at MWC 2018.

We don’t have any additional details to share about the Zenfone 5, but given that the Zenfone 4 offers a large battery, dual-cameras and an affordable price tag, we expect its successor to follow the same lines.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

AndroidGuys

Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

Filed: > >

Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps, Hardware
 

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.


All About Windows Phone

Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

Filed: > >

Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps, Hardware
 

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.


All About Windows Phone

Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

Filed: > >

Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps, Hardware
 

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.


All About Windows Phone

Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

Filed: > >

Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps, Hardware
 

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.


All About Windows Phone

Microsoft smartwatch coming in October with cross-platform compatibility

A Microsoft smartwatch has been in the rumors and headlines for quite some time. Said gadget has been recently confirmed as being in the works, with a feature that we all want other wearables to have: cross-platform compatibility. A recent Microsoft smartwatch report seems to confirm that said gadget is not only in the works, but also that it will indeed work with different platforms.

We’ve heard that Apple’s upcoming iWatch might have more than 10 sensors inside; today’s report claims that the Microsoft smartwatch will have 11, and it will continuously monitor your heart rate, syncing all data to devices. Two interesting bits are mentioned regarding the wearable’s design: first, it will have the display on the inside of the wrist (the report claims it is more natural, ergonomic, to check the watch that way), and second, it will not follow the current trend of smartwatches. Instead, it will have a longer form-factor, one that is elongated, much like the Nike Fuelband or Samsung’s Gear Fit (pictured above).

October seems to be the time for the Microsoft smartwatch announcement. The report also mentions that the interface will be “slick”. We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: Tom’s Hardware


Pocketnow

Apple publishes specs for lightning cable headphones, iOS update coming soon

Many of you probably don’t remember this, but before the launch of the iPhone, the last thing you would see on a smartphone was a 3.5mm headphone jack. Back then; it was common for smartphones to bring proprietary headphones that would connect to whatever proprietary connector the phone brought. Apple changed this dramatically, but after some recent rumors of the company adopting lightning for higher-quality audio, it seems that the rumors came true.

Apple has just published all the “Made for iPhone” guidelines to bring lightning headphones to iOS devices. This Lightning headphone protocol will be capable of receiving lossless stereo 48 kHz digital audio output from Apple devices and sending mono 48 kHz digital audio input. It will allow microphone functionality, remote controls, and developers can even code apps to launch when headphones are connected, which is really cool.

This obviously opens the door for Apple to use this feature on its actual Beats purchase in order to provide a “Nexus-like” concept of what developers can do with the new audio quality that will come to iOS devices soon. Hopefully we see more than just headphones from manufacturers.

Source: Apple
Via: 9to5Mac


Pocketnow

Five-inch Acer phone coming to AT&T with Full HD screen and mid-range specs

Acer smartphones are not too common in North America, as the company has told us, with several occasions — at trade shows — that it focuses mainly on Europe and Asia. However, that’s about to change: according to a recent @evleaks report, AT&T is preparing to add an Acer smartphone to its line-up. We don’t have a model name or number, nor any details regarding availability and pricing.

What we do know, however, that the five-inch Acer phone will have a Full HD resolution, and will utilize an eight-megapixel sensor for its main shooter on the back. According to the report, the rest of the internals will be in the mid-range category, so we’re expecting an attractive price, once AT&T will make the device official. We’re also guessing it will be an Android device, though not specified in the report.

Source: @evleaks


Pocketnow

Five-inch Acer phone coming to AT&T with Full HD screen and mid-range specs

Acer smartphones are not too common in North America, as the company has told us, with several occasions — at trade shows — that it focuses mainly on Europe and Asia. However, that’s about to change: according to a recent @evleaks report, AT&T is preparing to add an Acer smartphone to its line-up. We don’t have a model name or number, nor any details regarding availability and pricing.

What we do know, however, that the five-inch Acer phone will have a Full HD resolution, and will utilize an eight-megapixel sensor for its main shooter on the back. According to the report, the rest of the internals will be in the mid-range category, so we’re expecting an attractive price, once AT&T will make the device official. We’re also guessing it will be an Android device, though not specified in the report.

Source: @evleaks


Pocketnow