Week 49 in review: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors, Nougat update frenzy
Last week wasn't filled with all that many new device announcements. The Meizu M5 Note was a notable exception, along with an interesting wearable, courtesy of the same manufacturer. Apart from that, however, it seems the industry is mostly focusing on the bright future to come, which is frankly logical, since we are well into December now.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 appears to be on everybody's mind. As per the latest batch of rumors, next year's flagship should be a spectacular sight to behold, complete with a likely edge-to-edge, RGB-matrix AMOLED panel, with nothing else on the front, not even a home button. Stereo audio, powered by Harman is also a possibility, which should be a welcome addition for audio enthusiast. On the flip side, however, Samsung might go the way of Apple and ditch the 3.5mm audio jack.
Speaking of Cupertino, hints of next year's iPhones are starting to surface as well. Currently, opinions seem to gravitate towards the "7s" moniker for the devices, as opposed to something fancier to mark the 10 year anniversary. An A11 chipset and red color option are also being widely discussed.
Other notable mentions from the rumor mill include, the ZUK Edge, which should finally be nearing an official release, as well as a new 7,000 mAh phone from Gionee and a few concept devices from Huawei and Samsung.
Samsung was too aggressive in its internal design margins, leaving no room for the phone's safe battery operation.
The last phone to be built in-house, the Mercury has been previously confirmed by company CEO.
The screen resolution will be the same - 1440p - but there will be a lot more subpixels on the matrix.
The next Samsung flagship may end up with a powerful dual-speaker setup and possible Harman branding.
The development board scores 41.5fps in Manhattan 3.1, beats the iPhone 7 Plus.
The handset has what appears to be a detachable camera module.
There'll be a USB Type-C port instead.
IP67 rating, OLED display, heart rate sensor - all for $33 in China.
A new rumor comes to contradict everything we've heard so far regarding next year's Apple smartphones.
The device has already been spotted on various benchmarking websites, and has also received Bluetooth and FCC certifications.
Yet another 5.5" entry from Meizu. Unlike the smaller M5, the back on this one is metal, not polycarbonate.
The device is currently going for INR 2,000 (around $30) less than its usual price.
The new color will be exclusive to 128GB models of the handset, and will be available starting December 9.
Pricing and availability will be announced at launch.
It's worth mentioning that the Moto X Pure Edition nightly build isn't completely functional - there are reports of kernel panics as well as camera issues.
Arriving as software version 24.81.5.en-US, the update brings Android version 6.0.1.
This is pretty much going to be Huawei's response to Xiaomi's Mi Mix, and it's becoming official on December 16.
What's not to like about a sub-$400 Snapdragon 821 phone?
The device is powered by an octa-core 1.96GHz processor, sports a 5.7-inch QHD display, and has 6GB/128GB memory configuration.
This means that the over-the-air update's rollout is due to start soon too.
New rumors say the LG G6 could get rid of the removable battery, but use a new design with glass and keep the headphone jack.
LG G6 may be losing the Friends modules, but it will gain water-tight body and wireless charging.
There's no information on the number of phones affected.