We’re counting down the days till the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in Barcelona next week, but the event itself will be a mere formality.
We already know what to expect from the Galaxy S7 and just yesterday we got a better glimpse of what the phones will look like and what colors they will come in.
Revealed on Twitter by notorious but trustworthy leakster Evan Blass, it appears the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 will come in black and gold variants, while the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge will come in black, gold, and silver. We’re actually digging the silver/grey S7 Edge, a lot.
Eye candy. pic.twitter.com/sIJXMx9o8G
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 13, 2016
Design wise, and as expected, the phones will sport slightly rounder corners, a squarish home button, backs made of curved glass, and a camera bulge that has been significantly tapered down.
New Xiaomi phones, Google I/O: Weekend Rewind
Xiaomi’s on a roll
Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.
1. Xiaomi launches new phones
It’s a big week for Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi as they launched new smartphones: the special edition Mi Mix 2S and budget selfie phone Redmi S2 in China; plus the Redmi Note 5 and Mi Mix 2s in the Philippines.
2. Redmi 5A is the current best-selling Android phone worldwide
Believe it or not, Xiaomi’s super-affordable Redmi 5A isn’t just comparable to much more expensive smartphones, it also has the best sales figures of any Android handset today. In fact, it’s the only Android device in the top 5 in terms of sales and market share, pushing the Samsung Galaxy S9+ to number 6. Read the full story here.
3. Xiaomi breaks into Europe’s top 5 despite overall decline
After breaking into the Western European market last November, Xiaomi is now fourth place in smartphone shipments in the region. While that’s not exactly market dominance, the fact that Xiaomi just started and already shipped 2.4 million units, while overall handset shipments decline, is astonishing. Read the full story here.
4. Everything Google I/O
Enough of Xiaomi news; let’s fly halfway across the world to San Francisco. This year’s Google I/O happened this week and there were a number of announcements and demos that people of the modern world should know about. This includes a smarter Google Assistant and Gmail, AI-curated Google News, and a more social Google Maps. If you missed the keynote, here’s a brief summary of what happened.
5. Android P Beta starts rolling out
Its official name wasn’t announced yet but Android P Beta started rolling out to select devices at Google I/O. While its very own Pixel phones always get first dibs, non-Pixel devices are also receiving early access to the latest software including the Nokia 7 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, and yep, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. See the full list here.
Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.
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Testament to Nokia’s craftsmanship
Two years after making its big comeback, Nokia is slowly filling in the pieces of its Android smartphone lineup. The star of course has to be the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the most premium from the announcements at Mobile World Congress.
But our favorite is the Nokia 7 Plus, a near-borderless Android One phone with Zeiss optics and a beautiful build.
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