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Huawei Mate 8 now official

After a sea of leaks involving the Huawei Mate 8 phablet, the device has now been officially unveiled by the Chinese smartphone maker.

Huawei Mate 8


The Huawei Mate 8 rocks a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This works out to a pixel density of 367 ppi. Its edges are thinner and are 2.5 D, which means it is slightly curved towards the edges, making the device more comfortable to hold, which is essential for a device this big. Its camera combo consists of a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 3-axis OIS and an 8-megapixel Sony IMX179 front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture. There are two versions of the Huawei Mate 8. One features 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, while the other features 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The Huawei Mate 8 also features an improved fingerprint scanner found on the back of the device. According to Huawei, the scanner’s erroneous recognition rate is between 2% and 1%, and the sensor is a 360-degree all-round reader that takes just 0.5 seconds to complete a one-touch unlock. Aside from reading your fingerprint fast to quickly unlock the device, it can also be used to pay for stuff. Sadly, this feature will only be initially available in China. Other uses of the fingerprint scanner is unlocking secure documents, locking applications, stopping the alarm, accessing private photos, and answering calls. Under the hood is Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC, which is an octa-core processor with four Cortex A72s cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, four Cortex A53s clocked at 1.8 GHz, and an ARM Mali-T880 GPU to handle graphics made under the company’s 16 nm process. Keeping the lights on is a 4,000 mAh battery that Huawei claims to offer 2.36 days of battery life (normal use), and as much as 17 hours of HD video playback. It also supports QuickCharging, which offers battery life that lasts an entire day with only a 30-minute charge. This can all be done via a long press on the scanner.  The Huawei Mate 8 runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box with Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.0 slapped on top.

The Huawei Mate 8 will be released in China sometime in the first quarter of 2016. As for the rest of the world, Huawei will announce more details about the matter at CES 2016, which kicks off in Las Vegas in early January.

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Samsung Iran reveals Galaxy A9 to launch on December 1

The unannounced Samsung Galaxy A9 (SM-A9000) has recently made an appearance on GFXBench, revealing the smartphone’s specs. This is an indication that the device will be launched soon, but, the question is, when? According to Samsung, the top shelf smartphone of the Galaxy A series will be launched on the 1st of December. Well, in Iran at least.

December 1 launch


The screenshot above was grabbed from Samsung Iran. Apart from revealing the Galaxy A9’s (SM-A900F) specs, it also reveals that the device will be released in Iran on the 1st of December.

As for the Samsung Galaxy A9’s specs, the listing confirms that the smartphone sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). This works out to a pixel density of 401 ppi. Its camera combo consists of a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera to take care of snapping selfies and video chat. The Galaxy A9 features 32 GB of internal storage. If this isn’t enough, it also offers a microSD card slot (as much as 128 GB) for additional storage options. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 SoC, which is an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz, and an Adreno 510 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. This CPU supports 4K video recording. Sadly, the listing does not mention the A9’s battery capacity, but it does mention that it is of the non-removable type. Colour options include white ad gold. Like other smartphones in Samsung’s Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A9 is clad in metal. It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

So what does the Samsung Galaxy A9 look like? Unfortunately, no image is provided, but since it will be released on the 1st of December, we’re sure to see what it looks like soon.

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Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S7 to come with microSD card support and S7 Edge to feature top-to-bottom curved screen

The whispers going around the rumour mill has been mostly about the Samsung Galaxy S7 – the Korean tech giant’s next flagship. A new report is claiming to have more information on the device’s storage options and screen.

Top-to-bottom curved screen and microSD card slot


Italian-speaking‘s sources claim that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available in two versions, which isn’t new. What makes this new report different is that it claims that the S7 will be available in a regular 5.2-inch version and a larger 5.7-inch curved version – the Galaxy S7 Edge. It adds that the S7 Edge will not only feature a edged screens on both sides, it will also feature edged screens on the top and bottom. However, the sources say that the curved screen will not be as curved as edged screens of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Disappointed the S6 and the S6 Edge do not feature microSD card support? According to the inside sources, the S7 and the S7 Edge will not be the same and offer a microSD card slot.

Here’s what we know so far:

According to past reports, the Galaxy S7 will feature either the Exynos 8890 SoC made by Samsung or the Snapdragon 820 SoC made by Qualcomm under the hood, depending on the region. Additionally, half of S7 units are said to feature the former, and half are said to feature the later.  The S7 is said to rock 4 GB of RAM. In the photography department, the S7 is said to feature Samsung’s new 20-megapixel BRITECELL rear-facing camera. Lastly, the S7 is said to follow a trend that most flagships are following. This is a USB Type-C connector, which allows users to enjoy more from faster data transfer and faster charging. It also allows users to never worry about plugging in the USB connector the wrong way, since it is reversible.

So when will Samsung officially unveil the Galaxy S7. Recent reports have revealed that the S7 will make its official debut on the 21st of February, a day before MWC 2016, which kicks off in Barcelona, Spain. This is around the same time Samsung introduced the S6 and S6 Edge this year. Although Samsung is expected to announce the S7 at around the same time it announced the S6 this year, it is said to launch the device earlier than expected, possibly soon after its unveiling.

Of course, since none of this is official, take this with a pinch of salt.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 to rock Snapdragon 620 and support 4K video recording?

Months back, we learned that Samsung may be planning to add another device to its Galaxy A series – the unannounced Galaxy A9. Now, if a new benchmark test is to be believed, the device will rock the new Snapdragon 620 SoC under the hood and will support 4K video recording.

Benchmark reveals more about the Samsung Galaxy A9



Geekbench again lists a device with model number SM-A9000. The benchmark test reveals that the unannounced smartphone believed to be the Samsung Galaxy A9 comes packed with the Qualcomm MSM8976 processor under the hood. MSM9876 is the model number of the Snapdragon 620 SoC, which is an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. The test also reveals that 3 GB of RAM will be on board.

We previously learned from past tests that the Samsung Galaxy A9 will sport a 5.5-inch screen and 32 GB of internal storage.

The difference between this test and the past Galaxy A9 test on Geekbench back in September is that the Snapdragon 620 now on board the device is designed to excel in the single core test. In the multi core test, however, the said CPU scored lower compared to the previous test.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 620 SoC is a new CPU under the chip maker’s 600 series, and is a pretty capable processor. It supports 4K video recording and also rocks an X8 LTE modem. This modem allows users to enjoy download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. However, your carrier would have to support download speeds of up to 300 Mbps for you to enjoy this feature.

Sadly, we still don’t know when Samsung is planning to introduce the Galaxy A9. We’re guessing, however, that, since the device has been leaked a couple of times on Geekbench, it will make its official debut soon. Hopefully before the end of the year.

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Leaked document reveals Marshmallow update rollout schedule for Samsung devices

If you own a Samsung device, you must be wondering when the Korean tech giant will roll out the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) update for your smartphone or tablet? If a leaked document is to be believed, we may know when the update will be available for your device. It also reveals which devices will not be getting the update.

Marshmallow rolling out to…


The document shown above was sent to PhoneArena by a tipster. The schedule reveals that the first device to get the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) update is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Its status is listed as “uploading,” and is estimated to arrive in December of 2015. In January of 2016, three more devices are scheduled to receive the Marshmallow update, as the update is listed under the “testing” stage. These devices include the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. In February of 2016, two devices will be getting the Marshmallow update. These include the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, with the updates listed as “approved.” In March of 2016, only one the Samsung Galaxy A8 is expected to get Marshmallow treatment. In April of 2016, a smartphone and a tablet will be updated to the latest version of Android. These are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

The following devices are still waiting for their Marshmallow update to get approval, which means it is yet to be determined when Marshmallow will be available for them, but are sure to get the update. Smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the Samsung Galaxy A5, the Samsung Galaxy A3, the Samsung Galaxy E7, the Samsung Galaxy E5, the Samsung Galaxy J7, the Samsung Galaxy J5, and the Samsung Galaxy J2. Tablets include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.

Sadly, the document also lets us know which devices will never run the latest version of Android. These include the Samsung Galaxy J1, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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