Week 50 in review: Nokia 150 announced, some more Galaxy S8 rumors

George, 18 December 2016

Nokia announced two new devices this week, boom! Okay, it's not the long-awaited Nokia return to smartphones, and the two featurephones are actually one, but with a dual SIM version. Even so, the announcement was the most widely read story here this week, by a country mile.



There was a healthy amount of Galaxy S8 rumors, too - that's unlikely to change anytime before the Spring announcement either. An optical fingerprint reader, unveiled by Synaptics, may be found on the S8, as well as the very same display from the Note7 (or at least one made using the same technology). Bluetooth 5 may also debut on the next-gen Samsung flagship.

A few very intriguing Xiaomi leaks took place this week. One is the Mi 5c, with some of its specs outed by a retailer. The other is the Mi Pad 3 - a Windows-based (for a change) tablet by Xiaomi due to be released on December 30. Not all rumors when it comes to Xiaomi though - the Chinese company officially announced the Mijia electric scooter - you'd think Xiaomi would have had by now.

Those were the top stories this week and you can read the full scoop on them by following the links below.

Nokia unveils two feature phones: 150 and 150 Dual SIM

Nokia unveils two feature phones: 150 and 150 Dual SIM

We are yet to see any Android smartphones from the descendant of the once mighty company.


Xiaomi Mi 5c leaks via a retailer, specs confirmed

Xiaomi Mi 5c leaks via a retailer, specs confirmed

Xiaomi Mi 5c stars in yet another leak, a retailer confirms the specs.


9.7-inch Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 with Windows 10 leaks ahead of December 30 release

9.7-inch Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 with Windows 10 leaks ahead of December 30 release

Thanks to newly outed promotional materials, we have the tablet's full list of specs, along with its pricing.


Galaxy Note7's Y-OCTA  display headed to the Galaxy S8

Galaxy Note7's Y-OCTA display headed to the Galaxy S8

Samsung will be reportedly using the Y-OCTA display from the Note7 pm the upcoming Galaxy S8.


Samsung Galaxy S8 to be among the first to adopt Bluetooth 5.0

Samsung Galaxy S8 to be among the first to adopt Bluetooth 5.0

The new standard promises four times bigger range and twice times the speed of Bluetooth 4.0.


Synaptics unveils optical fingerprint sensor, may debut in Galaxy S8

Synaptics unveils optical fingerprint sensor, may debut in Galaxy S8

The industry-first optical sensors work through 1mm thick cover glass and should go viral next year.


Xiaomi unveils the Mijia electric scooter: 30km range, sub-$300 price

Xiaomi unveils the Mijia electric scooter: 30km range, sub-$300 price

It's foldable, to make it easy to get on public transport stash away when you reach your destination. 


Moto M launched in India, prices start at $237

Moto M launched in India, prices start at $237

Available in 32GB and 64GB variants starting December 14, exclusively on Flipkart.


Sony Xperia XA successor rendered: Type-C port, slim bezels

Sony Xperia XA successor rendered: Type-C port, slim bezels

The updated design language from the Xperia XZ set to make it to the midrange XA.


This short clip compares the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition to the new Black Pearl

This short clip compares the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition to the new Black Pearl

The Batman-infused limited model, undoubtedly scores more geek points, but the Black Pearl is more subtle all around.


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) specs leak once again

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) specs leak once again

The 5.2-inch device appears to have a very Samsung Galaxy S6 aesthetic going on, complete with a 2.5D display.


Samsung might offer Secure Folder as a download for the Galaxy S7

Samsung might offer Secure Folder as a download for the Galaxy S7

The now lost Galaxy Note7 feature could potentially be made compatible with Nougat Galaxy S7 handsets.


Nougat update finally starts hitting Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus

Nougat update finally starts hitting Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus

The update is currently hitting units in India.


Motorola Moto X Play running Android 7.1 Nougat spotted on GFXBench

Motorola Moto X Play running Android 7.1 Nougat spotted on GFXBench

This means that the handset is will likely skip the Android 7.0 update.


Nokia Lumia 520 boots Android 7.1 Nougat thanks to XDA dev

Nokia Lumia 520 boots Android 7.1 Nougat thanks to XDA dev

Here's an Android-running Nokia, something HMD is yet to produce.


Here is the beautiful Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design unboxed

Here is the beautiful Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design unboxed

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design comes in a premium box full of goodies to complement the luxury device.


Lenovo K6 Note announced for India, to go on sale December 17

Lenovo K6 Note announced for India, to go on sale December 17

The device starts an INR 13,999 (around $205) in the country


iOS 10.2 is now available

iOS 10.2 is now available

The new incremental OS version brings new emoji, wallpapers, and iMessage screen effects, as well as the TV app.


Google Keyboard for Android becomes Gboard, lets you type in multiple languages at the same time

Google Keyboard for Android becomes Gboard, lets you type in multiple languages at the same time

Additionally, you can have a permanent number row, and there's integrated search with a G button for quick access.


Gionee M2017 with 7,000 mAh battery becomes official on December 26

Gionee M2017 with 7,000 mAh battery becomes official on December 26

The smartphone is also packing 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a dual rear camera setup.


Gionee P7 unveiled with 5-inch screen, HD resolution

Gionee P7 unveiled with 5-inch screen, HD resolution

The affordable handset will set you back about $150.


EU's Galileo satellite navigation service will go live this Thursday

EU's Galileo satellite navigation service will go live this Thursday

It is set to offer higher accuracy than GPS and GLONASS. Some phones are already supported.


Nova Launcher turns 5, receives major update

Nova Launcher turns 5, receives major update

The update, which bumps the app to version 5.0, brings along several new features as well as improvements.


Xiaomi launches Mi VR Play headset in India

Xiaomi launches Mi VR Play headset in India

Priced at $15, the headset will go on sale on December 21.


Apple outlines what will happen if you lose an Airpod

Apple outlines what will happen if you lose an Airpod

Apple posts pricing for replacement Airpods. Long story short: it'll cost you.



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