The Korean smartphone giant is gearing up to launch its anniversary edition flagship i.e. the Samsung Galaxy S10 by Feb, next year, and we already have a lot of leaks and rumors circulating around the phone. Now, we have yet another report which indicates that the Samsung Galaxy 10 will skip the Iris Scanner and will rely on In-display fingerprint instead.
The Iris scanner biometric authentication technology was first seen in the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 (the phone however went flop due to safety issues with battery), then was used in subsequent S & Note series flagships including the S8, S9, Note 8 and the recently launched Note 9. From now, the company will no more be using this tech in its upcoming flagships.
The main reason behind this could be for increasing the screen-to-body ratio or grab more space for putting a proper 3D face unlock tech. If in case you are not aware, Samsung is working hard on its new OLED technologies, including an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a display hole for front camera and sound via display, for ditching the use of regular sensors those require a bezel to be housed in. This clearly hints that we might see something like “all screen phone” in the coming time from the company. And yes, we already saw the A8s teased to come with a full-screen display.
Moreover, another report suggests that the Galaxy S10 will be using an In-display fingerprint scanner as its primary method for unlocking the device. Interestingly, it will bear an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner instead of regular optical scanner and that too from Qualcomm unlike the ones from Synapse optics used by Vivo, Oppo or OnePlus. This also means that the in-display FP scanner on the S10 will be much more secure, reliable and faster than most of the current implementations available in the market.
As of now, the S10 is reported to come with up a triple camera setup paired with variable aperture tech. There are also rumors of up to 12GB of RAM. Further, Qualcomm and Samsung have recently announced a ‘strategic relationship’ agreement, which specifically mentions the “transition to 5G” which hints that the phone may also ship with in-built 5G connectivity option. Lastly, it is also safe to assume the phone being powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC or Exynos equivalent, depending upon the region intended for.
Samsung has always done remarkable job when it comes to the design of its flagships. Given that the launch is quite far, let’s wait for the upcoming leaks and reports. Stay tuned.
Samsung Galaxy A8s Leaked with Infinity O Display!
Samsung launched two smartphones last month in China – Galaxy A6s and Galaxy A9s and also teased the upcoming Galaxy A8s smartphonebin the same event. The teaser image from the launch event revealed an edge-to-edge design with a hole in the display for the front camera.
Now, alleged images of the Samsung Galaxy A8s display assemble and screen protector reveals an Infinity-O display. If these images are indeed real, the device will have a “punch hole” cut-out at the top of the display which is the first of its kind.
After avoiding the notch trend, Samsung showcased three types of notched displays at the Samsung Developers Conference (SDC) earlier this month. A recent leak claimed that Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A90 would be the first devices to sport the Infinity Design display but now it appears that the Galaxy A8s will be the company’s first smartphone to feature the Infinity-O display. Like the Galaxy A6s, there is a possibility that the Galaxy A8s maybe be available exclusively in China initially.
From the alleged images, the Galaxy A8s “punch hole” cut-out will be placed at the top middle portion of the display and not in sideways as suggested by some sources. As the handset will not have a traditional notch, it will be able to achieve a high screen-to-body ratio than current Samsung Galaxy devices. The similar design is also said to be adopted on the next year’s Galaxy S10.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s is expected to be positioned between the Galaxy A6s and the Galaxy A9s. It is said to feature a 6 inch display and powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset. There is also the possibility of the South Korean manufacturer going with a SD 670 or SD 675 if it is launched in early 2019. It is expected to be coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage while sporting a triple camera setup at the rear. Samsung is yet to give an official word on the launch date but we can expect it to be released by the end of this year or early next year.
Leaked Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 Renders reveal a Notched display
Asus made a huge hit in the Indian market with its Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 which stayed as one of the best smartphones under Rs. 15,000 for quite a while. Lately, we have had some reports about its upcoming successor i.e. the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 counting in the certification by EEC, leaked specs and the launch date for Indonesia as confirmed by the company. Now, the device has appeared online with its first ever renders, giving us an idea about the frontal design of the same.
The render of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (ASUS_X01BD_1) sourced from Google Play Console listing reveals an edge-to-edge display, a Zenfone 5Z like Notch on top and a significant bottom chin. Looking at the icons, one can confirm that it will run Stock Android, just like its predecessor, instead of ZenUI which they used with the recently unveiled Zenfone Max M2 and Lite L1. The listing also confirms the device to sport 6GB of RAM, although we expect a 4GB model as well.
Coming to the alleged specifications tweeted earlier by Roland Quandt from WinFuture, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 will come with a 6-inch IPS display having a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080×2280 pixels. Under the hood, it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage.
Further, it is tipped to come with triple rear cameras whose exact specs are yet to be known but we expect a primary RGB shooter clubbed with a depth sensor along with a wide angle shooter. It is also safe to assume a large battery (M1 had a 5000mAh cell) while the device will run stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Pie coming soon.
We dont know much about this upcoming phone but provided that it’s coming on Dec 11 in Indonesia, let’s keep an eye on it. Till then, stay tuned.
Google Pixel 3 Lite Hands On Images & Specs Leaked!
Before the Google Launched Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL, rumours about two other devices in the Pixel 3 series were already floating around. Seemingly, the one called Pixel Ultra was supposed to replace the Pixel 3 XL, but we didn’t really see it making to the daylight. The other one was sort of a “budget” Pixel device, with mid-range specifications.
New leaks floating around which first appeared in a Russian tech blog called Rozetked, features an actual live piece of this new phone, dubbed as the Pixel 3 Lite. And guess what? It is having a headphone jack! At the first glance, the plastic build of the phone isn’t giving that Pixel vibe. The back mostly resembles the Pixel 3, and the front is having thicker bezels and doesn’t have a notch.
Take a look at the device here:
It’s having a neon yellow coloured power button just below the volume rockers in the right side. It’s having a 5.56-inch display, with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels. The display is not an AMOLED one, so they might be opting for an IPS LCD display in this one as part of the cost cutting.
The device’s specs has also been revealed by the screenshots of AIDA64 system info app & another benchmark app, take a look:
Snapdragon 670, Qualcomm’s new SoC in the Snapdragon 6xx series, is said to be powering the device. This SoC hasn’t did a debut in the US market yet, which adds to the speculations that this device will be only for the Asian markets, seemingly India.
Other specifications include 4GB RAM, 32GB of storage, no expandable storage, a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 2,915mAh battery backing the power needs. There has been no leaks or speculations about the pricing.
This budget Pixel device (possibly one more) was already confirmed to be coming to India earlier, with a price tag of a midranger. It was also rumoured earlier that Google is working with the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi to manufacture a mid ranger, and this might be that phone.
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