Korean electronics giant Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 flagship series this year on February . The company tends to keep the Note series launch towards the end of the year but according to the new rumours, the Galaxy Note 9 flagship will arrive early on August 9. The same South Korean publication also mentions that the Gear S4 will be launched alongside it.
Since the last two years the company have been using the IFA tech trade show to launched its Gear S smartwatches. However the claimed August 9 date is a few days later after the IFA 2018 event which means a different event may be organised for that.
The company is further rumoured to employ Panel Level Packaging (PLP) for making the application processor for the Gear S4 which will result in a thinner design. Also a reliable Chinese tipster Ice Universe claimed in media platform Weibo that the S4 will sport a bigger battery compared to its predecessors.
The Galaxy Note 9 has previously appeared in GeekBench with model number SM-N960U which revealed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM. The smartphone ran Android 8.1 Oreo according to the spec list. From previous rumours, it features a 6.3 inch display along with a dual camera setup in the rear of 12MP + 12MP configuration while offering a 8MP in the front.
Samsung has been working on a under display fingerprint sensor which will be included in the Galaxy Note 9. The company is developing the technology on their own and is unwilling to take help from third party sources like Synaptics who developed the Vivo X21 under display fingerprint sensor. The device may also sport a different display technology called “Y-OCTA display” or “Youm On-Cell Touch AMOLED”. Other rumoured features include Bibxy 2.0 and S-pen.
Sony Xperia XZ3 Spotted in GFXBench, Reveals Key Specs!
This year Sony has launched the Xperia XZ2 and the upgraded Xperia XZ2 Premium in February and April respectively. Now the Japanese smartphone manufacturer is gearing up for the Xperia XZ3 Premium. The smartphone has appeared in the benchmarking website GFXBench with model number SM H8415 where it revealed some key specs.
According to the GFXBench specs list, the Xperia XZ3 Premium will sport a 5.9 display with a resolution of QHD+ (2880 x 1440 pixels). The display size is larger than the Xperia Z2 and the Z2 Premium which stands at 5.8 inch. It will be powered by an unknown Qualcomm chipset with eight cores and clocked at 2.7 GHz (that sounds like Snapdragon 845).
It will be coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Interestingly, the smartphone rums on Android 9 or Android P which is yet to be released and expected to be officially available sometime in August. This might well be the first smartphone to be launched with this version of Android. This hints to a IFA 2018 launch at Berlin Germany to be held from August 31.
In the optics department, the device sports a 19MP rear camera while offering 13MP in the front. Previous rumours have claimed a dual camera setup on the rear with 19+12MP configuration contradicting the recent information. There is no information about the phone’s battery which is expected to be somewhere between 3800 mAh and 3,900 mAh.
In a recent interview, Sony confirmed that they will be adopting the bezel less trend in their upcoming smartphones. The Xperia XZ3 may become the first true bezel less smartphone. The phone will be appearing in other benchmarking and certification websites from where we will be covering more information.
Redmi 6 Pro appears in Press Renders & Real Hands On Unboxing Images!
Just a while ago, Xiaomi teased their upcoming Redmi 6 Pro in a poster which is scheduled for launch on June 25 along with Mi Pad 4. Now, Xiaomi has released first press renders of the upcoming Redmi 6 Pro on Weibo today which are as per what we saw some time ago on TENAA. Additionally, Xiaomi has also showcased the official retail box of the upcoming smartphone.
A Chinese media outlet have also posted the unboxing of the phone to Weibo, take a look:
The Redmi 6 Pro is the first smartphone in Redmi Series to sport a notch on display and has higher Screen to body ratio than any other Redmi smartphone. While the TENAA listing had The TENAA listing had White, Pink, Grey, and Silver colour options as well, the press renders show only five colour options including Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue and Red.
The smartphone has a design language similar to what we already saw on Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Y2 and Mi 8 series. The back houses a vertically stacked Dual Camera setup along with a single LED flash in between. The back is constructed out of metal except for the top and bottom part which is made of plastic for cellular reception. Though the front has a notch, the thick chin at the bottom looks weird and it seems that Xiaomi’s main focus was just to provide notch instead of providing more screen for better Screen to body ratio.
Redmi 6 Pro Expected Specifications
Although the device is yet to be launched, we already know most of its specifications listed on TENAA. The Redmi 6 Pro will sport 5.84-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio due to the presence of Notch. Under the hood, it will be powered by octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2GHz paired with Adreno 506 GPU. It will come in 2/16GB, 3/2GB and 4/64GB RAM and storage configurations which can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD Card slot.
In optics department, the Dual camera setup at back features a 12MP primary sensor along with a 5MP secondary shooter which is expected to be used for collection of depth information. An 8MP Selfie shooter is present at the front notch. The device is backed by a large 4,000 mAh battery which can be charged at 5V/2A using the provided micro USB slot. The traditional IR blaster is given at the top and the device is expected to run on MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
Redmi 6 Pro Launch Date and Pricing
Xiaomi has already confirmed that the Redmi 6 Pro will be launched with the Mi Pad 4 on June 25 at an event held in China. While there are no strong leaks for the pricing, few suggest that the Redmi 6 Pro will be priced at 999 Yuan for the 4/64GB version which roughly translates to 10,500 INR. The device is expected to land in India within next two months along with the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones. Stay tuned for more updates.
Nokia X6 Gets Listed Briefly in Global Website, Launch Imminent?
Last month HMD Global launched the Nokia X6 in China which was the first Nokia smartphone with a top notch. The Global variant bearing model number TA-1103 has previously passed National Communications Commission (NCC) certification. Moreover it cleared Bluetooth certification. The smartphone was listed on the Nokia’s global website today but only to be taken down quickly.
As a receap, the Nokia X6 features s a 5.8 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of HD+ (1080 x2280 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of the top notch. Under the hood, it is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz. It is offered in three memory configurations: 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage. It measures 147.2 x 70.98 x 7.99 mm and weighs 151 grams.
In the optics department, the smartphone sports a dual camera setup on the rear consisting a 16 MP +5 MP configuration with f/2.0 and f/2.2 aperture respectively. It is stacked in a vertical arrangement on the centre accompanied by a circular fingerprint sensor. On the front it also offers a 16 MP camera for selfies and video calling. It will run on Android 8.1 Oreo and will be backed by a non-removable 3,060 mAh battery. It is available in Black, Blue and White colour variants.
To give you an idea of its popularity, the Nokia X6 went out of stock in China four times. But the company is yet to give an formal launch dates or confirm in other markets like in India.
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