mate8-1It does seem very likely that the upcoming Huawei Mate 8 will be the new flagship by the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, and the Huawei Mate 8 is shaping up to be a rather lovely device, too. After all, it has a possible November 26 release date, and images of it has been revealed to tease us further. The Huawei Mate 8 will no doubt make use of metal, and plenty of it, we might add. It also looks as though one will be able to choose from grey, gold, and copper shades.

As for the renders, they do seem to confirm the position of the fingerprint sensor which will be underneath the camera, in addition to the pair of speaker grilles that surround the USB port that will be at the bottom of the device. The screen itself looks close to being bezel-less and all that we need to do now is sit tight and wait for the real deal to be released.

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yuphoria-newThere is nothing quite like building on an old success, don’t you think so? It was not too long ago that the YU Yuphoria was released, and this mid-range device did seem to be a pretty good value for money proposition. Well, this time around it looks like the Indian firm has a successor in the works, or perhaps an enhanced edition. It will forgo the original Yuphoria’s model number of YU5010, as this new device spotted on the GFXBench database will be designated as the Yuphoria YU6000.

In terms of hardware specifications, it will be powered by a MediaTek MT6753 chipset with a 1.5 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Mali-T720 GPU, accompanied by a 4.6” 1080p touchscreen, carry an 8MP selfie camera, a 12MP or 13 MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. No word on a possible release date just yet.

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oneplus-x-ceramicThe OnePlus X might be in your hands already (assuming you have had an invite), but then it is very possible that it was only one of two versions. After all, what has been released to date has been the glass variation, which means the other model that has yet to hit the market would be the ceramic edition of the OnePlus X, where no doubt this will be a limited edition model.

It remains unknown as to how one will be able to pick this model up, but then again it is also safe to make the assumption that one will also need an invitation to obtain one, too. After all, this is OnePlus that we are talking about. The Ceramic edition of the OnePlus X will cost £269 or €369 a pop, depending on which part of the world you reside in. This particular variation of the handset will not go on sale in North America, and there will only be 10,000 units manufactured.

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ellipsis10It looks like the folks over at Verizon have stepped up to the plate by offering a brand new tablet for the masses which will follow up from their 2013 offering, which was the 7” Ellipsis. This time around, the tablet on offering would be known as the Ellipsis 10, and based on the name alone, it is rather obvious that this is a 10” device.

It will run on Android 5.1 Lollipop however, so forget about Marshmallow at the moment. It will also be accompanied by the likes of 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, where it sports a 5MP camera at the back, with a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, “angular firing stereo speakers”, 16GB of internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity and a beefy 9,100 mAh battery. It will retail for $199.99 a pop with a new two-year contract, or you can pick it up or $299.99 all-in. [Press Release]

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geekbench-geminiIt looks like the Xiaomi Mi 5 is not going to arrive after all, as it will be known as the Xiaomi Gemini instead. This particular device has shown up in a Geekbench listing, where it depicts the handset as being powered by a MSM8996 chipset, which happens to be the very same “heart” that is of the Snapdragon 820. Needless to say, this is quite a performer, having picked up a 2,140 score in the single-core test, and if one were to take Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 into comparison, the latter has a score of around 1,300.

Existing heavyweights from the Exynos camp that happen to power many a Samsung Galaxy device would hit a score in the region of approximately 1,500 points, although the highest scoring model of them all would be the Apple A9 chip that sits comfortably at the top with a 2,500 score thereabouts. As for its multi-core numbers, the Xiaomi Gemini is not all that impressive, as it lags behind the Galaxy S6 generation.

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Samsung_logoIt looks like the closer a particular handset gets to being released, there will definitely be more and more rumors surrounding it which will appear. As for the Samsung Galaxy S7, well, plenty has been said about it so far, and here is something else for us to chew over – apparently, it will be released next year. Just when, to be exact? How does February 21st sound to you? The latest rumor claims that particular date, which means it will be revealed earlier than its predecessor earlier this year, which would be approximately 8 days thereabouts earlier.

Perhaps the new timing has something to do with the Mobile World Congress schedule, as MWC 2016 will only kick off on February 22nd in Barcelona next year, whereas this year, it began on March 2nd. Hence, if this particular rumor were to turn out to be true, then it would mean that Samsung would like to hold its major event right before MWC starts. As with any other good rumor, one ought to take it with a pinch of salt.

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qualcomm_logo2016 is definitely going to be an interesting year when it comes to flagship Android smartphones, as Qualcomm has revealed the proper specifications for their upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset. However, it does pay to be patient as Qualcomm has also mentioned that the Snapdragon 820 will only ship in actual devices from next year onward, so that is when we can expect to see majority of the flagship Android-powered smartphones carry this particular chipset.

The Snapdragon 820 will feature custom-designed CPU cores, which would be a quad-core CPU with 64-bit Kryo cores that can be clocked up to speeds of 2.2GHz. Qualcomm claims that the CPU will be able to deliver double the performance of the Snapdragon 810, and it will also be mated to an Adreno 530 GPU, sporting a X12 LTE modem, support for Cat.12 LTE downloads, support for 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac connections, and support for 4K displays as well as up to 28MP cameras, now how about that?

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lumiaupdateleakSo, you happen to be rocking to one of the older Lumia handsets from Nokia, and would love to check out what all the hoo-haa is about concerning Windows 10 Mobile. If you happen to live in Poland, then here is a spot of good news for you to kick start your week – the Windows 10 Mobile update will be heading to the likes of the Lumia 630, 635, 640, 735, and 830 this coming December 14, whereas those who happen to be making use of the Lumia 520, 532, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 930, 1020, and 1320, will have to wait until February 1st next year.

Again, bear in mind that the Windows 10 Mobile update will only affect those smartphones which were purchased from Orange in Poland, so if you happen to own any of the above mentioned devices but from different people, then you would have to give the updates a miss.

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mi-band-1sWhat happens when you are behind one of the most popular fitness trackers in the world, mainly due to the dirt cheap pricing? Why, you think of ways and methods to come up with a sequel, of course! Xiaomi knows this, which is why they have positioned themselves well to work on a successor to the Xiaomi Mi Band, calling it the Xiaomi Mi Band 1S and we have word that this device is all set for a reveal this coming November 11th.

The rumored device will do all of what its predecessor can, and then some. In fact, it is said that the Xiaomi Mi Band 1S will gain the ability to be able to track your heart rate as well as keep track of your sleep in a far more detailed and useful manner compared to before. The optical heart rate tracker will be placed at the bottom of the Xiaomi Mi Band 1S as it faces the user’s hand, and while this is progress on the hardware front, it also means a greater drain on the battery. Chances are it will retail for a highly affordable $15 (99 yuan), now how about that?

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android-one-lollipop-indiaFor anything to be a success, one will need to sit down and analyze the situation to see what went wrong in the past in order to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Google must have done that with their Android One program which was first launched in India last year in an effort to penetrate the smartphone market there, as the country has the world’s second largest population. However, it did not do too well, which is why Google might be working to relax the requirements that are in place for Android One devices so that manufacturers will have a freer rein when it comes to pricing details and features.

It is said that the first device under the new Android One requirements will roll out in the months ahead alongside a partnership with India’s Lava International, where pricing details of this device remains unknown, although one might see it retain the $100 price point that original handsets in the Android One initiative were sold for.

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