Nokia 8 leak reveals true Nokia flagship



Nothing’s official yet, but this is the new Nokia 8 smartphone, the one true flagship of HMD Global.

These leaked images acquired by Venture Beat reveal the new Nokia smartphone in all its glory. While the phone looks eerily like its little brother the Nokia 5, its most interesting addition is the Zeiss branding on its back camera.

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Nokia 8 Leak from Venture Beat

Just last week Nokia announced a partnership with Zeiss, hinting that we’d see the technology in upcoming phones. When we asked whether we’d see the technology in new phones soon, HMD CMO Pekka Rantala refused to divulge details but hinted to GadgetMatch, “There are still numbers before 3 and after 6.”

With a rumored July 31 launch date, the Nokia 8 is most likely going to be that phone, debuting with technology co-engineered with Zeiss which will be a combination of display, lens, software and services.

So how does the Nokia 8 compare with the rest of the Nokia lineup?

According to another report by German tech site WinFuture, while smaller versus the current Nokia 6, the 5.3-inch Nokia 8 will undoubtedly be HMD’s flagship, featuring a higher-resolution display, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor, and two 13-megapixel main cameras.

The phone will initially launch with a 4GB memory / 64GB storage configuration, but may later come with a 6GB / 64GB model. The leaked image reveals a blue phone, but expect it to come in silver and gold models as well.

Since the re-launch of the Nokia brand under HMD Global, fans have been looking forward to a phone that can compete with the likes of the iPhone 7 or the Galaxy S8, but HMD has been laser focused about targeting the more price-conscious midrange segment.

In Barcelona earlier this year James Rutherfoord, Vice President Asia Pacific for HMD, told GadgetMatch his company’s thrust was to stay true to attributes of the Nokia brand, “simplicity, durability, and battery life… and build on that.”

Following the relative success of Nokia’s re-introduction into the tech world we’re pretty excited about their take on a flagship. While the Nokia 8 doesn’t look that different from its midrange sibling, we’re hoping its Zeiss partnership could fuel its competitive push into higher segments.

The Nokia 8 is rumored to debut cheaper than the Galaxy S8, at EUR 589 (approx. US$ 680).

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Samsung’s next phones could have an under-screen camera

No bezels, too!



As 2018 rolls to a close, the hunt for a truly bezel-less phone continues. Across the industry, companies have invented waterdrop notches, pop-up sensors, and holed screens. However, for all their glitter and glamour, all these inventions have barely grazed the concept of a truly bezel-less screen.

Now, Samsung is inching closer and closer to the next step of screen technology. Based on a presentation from China, the company has detailed its plans for next year’s smartphones. Particularly, they are launching an all-out war against notches and buttons.

From renowned Samsung source Ice Universe, Samsung will integrate everything into the screen. Previously, the company hinted this integration through rumors of an under-screen fingerprint sensor. However, this goes beyond that.

Aside from a fingerprint sensor, Samsung’s new screen will (shockingly) integrate sensors inside the panel. In other words, Samsung’s next front-facing camera will settle in under the screen! Beaming with confidence, Samsung has made the boldest claim: Next year’s phones won’t have a visible selfie camera at all.

Additionally, Samsung makes another bold move: Sound on Display. As is standard for every phone today, the front-facing sensors usually pair with the phone’s speakers. According to Samsung, that pairing will become a thing of the past. Strangely, Samsung’s new phones will emit sound straight from the screen.

Unfortunately, Samsung has not detailed how exactly this works. However, the company’s presentation confirms the claims, at least. We can expect these developments in the near future.

Currently, Samsung’s lineup consists of the Galaxy S10 series early next year. So far, swirling rumors haven’t pointed towards this interesting new form factor. If anything, Samsung will also out the Galaxy Note 9’s successor and a foldable smartphone. The planned developments can come with any of these. Regardless of the uncertainty, Samsung’s blueprints are the closest we’ve gotten to a truly bezel-less phones.

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OnePlus 6T launch set a day earlier because of Apple

Now on October 29



“What do we do now?”

That was the question OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau asked himself and his team after finding out that Apple set their next major event on the same date as the OnePlus 6T launch.

What OnePlus originally thought would be the best, most timely date to unveil their upcoming flagship after all the launches we’ve seen this month, turned out being the worst.

“Our goal is to make sure it gets the time and attention it deserves,” Lau said in a blog post on the company’s official forum. “[Feedback] showed us that if we chose to stick to our original timeline, launching the OnePlus 6T on October 30, we would be overshadowed by Apple.”

With that, the OnePlus 6T’s launch date has been moved to October 29 — still in New York at 11am EDT.

OnePlus says that this decision was made after lots of deliberation between themselves and input from fans. Lau added: “We have only just begun our journey and cannot afford to let one of the most important products in our history be affected by another great product launch.”

For those who bought a ticket but can’t attend the event anymore, they’ll get a full refund. Anyone who has to make changes to their travel and accommodation arrangements will be assisted by OnePlus; added costs will be covered individually.

For everyone else who’ll be watching the live stream from home, it simply means we’ll get to see OnePlus’ next flagship smartphone a day sooner.

The OnePlus 6T is expected to be similar in a lot of ways to the OnePlus 6 launched six months ago, except it’ll come with a smaller notch and in-display fingerprint scanner — at the expense of the audio port, however.

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Sony confirms Android Pie rollout schedule

Updates coming in October to March



Months after launch, the coveted Android Pie is still the rarest operating system out in the wild. With Android’s notoriety, the new operating system’s incredibly low distribution rates don’t come as a surprise. Currently, only the top smartphones have tasted a piece of Pie. Even then, new adopters are only slowly trickling in.

Surprisingly, Sony has accelerated their upgrade schedules, leaving other brands trailing in the dust. Already, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are receiving Android Pie updates. Meanwhile, the new XZ3 comes with the operating system fresh out of the box.

Today, the company has announced further updates to the old schedule. Within the next few weeks, Sony’s older models will receive the new update. Starting October 26, Android Pie will roll out to the XZ Premium, the XZ1, and the XZ1 Compact. Meanwhile, the XZ2 Premium can enjoy the new operating system starting November 7.

Additionally, the XA2, the XA2 Ultra, and the XA2 Plus will get Android Pie on March 4.

Notably, the announced phones are older than Android Pie’s current lineup. This is the most concrete schedule that Android has enjoyed. While other brands have promised future updates, not many have fulfilled their end of the bargain.

That said, expect the same dismal adoption rates in the future. Even now, the preceding Android Oreo still hasn’t taken over a sizable share of the smartphone market. While Sony’s announcement is a step up, can we expect other brands to step up as well?

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils Xperia XZ3 with best-possible specs and features

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