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Game changing mobiles ready to launch on the market in 2016

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With another year comes another new wave of advances in technology, and 2016 is looking like it’s going to be a pinnacle year for the mobile phone industry. As the popularity of mobile gaming continues to grow, more and more manufacturers have focused on how to optimise their handsets for the best gaming experience.

With some exciting new advances in mobile gaming coming in 2016, more and more people will be considering what phone will be best to play them on. Nintendo will make the big leap from console to mobile gaming in March when they release their first mobile game. Miitomo will bring the popular “Mii” avatars from the console in a new game that will encourage people to interact with their friends more. The free to download title has managed to bring the same high standards of graphics and gameplay enjoyed on the console to the smaller screen of the mobile phone.

As 4G and Wi-Fi becomes increasingly accessible across the country, the popularity of online gaming is also set to rise. Casino website Coral announced that their landmark one millionth app download was reached at the start of next year, and the interest in online casino shows no sign of slowing down. The website has a wide range of different online casino games you can play on your mobile exclusive to Coral, including a live casino with graphics as good as if you were playing on a computer. Websites like Silver Game have now even started making games that can be streamed onto your phone without the need to download an app beforehand.

Many experts think the desire to upgrade for a handset optimised for gaming will mean that the 20th billionth mobile phone will be sold this year. One phone that will really be helped by the rise in gaming will be the new iPhone. Although there hasn’t been any official announcement yet, many think Apple will follow tradition and announce their new iPhone 7 in September on stage surrounded by the usual excitement. One thing we can be confident about is that the phone will take a big leap in performance with a faster processor and more ram to handle those online casino games. We will have to wait for rumours like the size of the screen and even new headphone jacks and water proofing to be proven later in the year.

For Android fans, LG are expected to announce the G5, G Flex 3 and the V10 later this spring. The main rumour surrounding all three handsets is a much larger battery capacity. Games like the online casino website take a lot of power to run, so people will want a battery that will keep them playing for longer. Leaked documents also suggest that there will be big advances with technology, including an iris scanner in the G5 and possibly a finger print scanner in other models.

As well as these, the Microsoft Surface phone is expected to be released alongside the Nexus 6 and HTC One M10. Whatever shoppers are after, there will be a wide range of handsets to choose from to handle games like online casino and Nintendo’s latest games in 2016.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 makes its official debut

The Microsoft Lumia 950 is probably one of the worst kept secrets in the mobile phone industry this year, with leaked specs, images, and press renders found all over the internet. Now, we can say that leaks will come to a stop as the Software giant has just made its new high-end smartphone official.

Say hello to the Microsoft Lumia 950

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Specs-wise, the Microsoft Lumia 950 sports a 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), which works out to a pixel density of 564 ppi. Its camera combo consists of a 20-megapixel PureView rear-facing camera with ZEISS optics, triple LED flash, 5th generation optical image stabilisation, and 4K video recording, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. On board is 32 GB of internal storage. For additional storage options, it does come with a microSD card slot. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit 1.8 GHz hexa-core processor with an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Don’t worry about this processor causing overheating issues, as Microsoft has equipped this smartphone (as well as the Lumia 950 XL) with liquid cooling tech. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, a dual-band antenna, and a USB Type C connector. A 3,000 mAh battery is on board, which supports rapid charging and Qi wireless charging. Its dimensions are 82.1 x 145 x 73.2 mm, and is constructed out of plastic. Don’t worry about the handset looking and feeling tacky, as Microsoft has proven through past high-end devices that plastic can look and feel premium. It runs Windows 10 Mobile out of the box and is available in the following colour options: white and black.

Continuum is another feature that allows you to plug in the smartphone into a separate monitor and keyboard, allowing you to use the phone just like you would on a computer. Windows Hello beta is on board, which is a feature that uses the infra-red sensor to securely unlock the smartphone.

Price and release date

The Lumia 950 costs around £359 for the SIM free version. According to Microsoft, the device will be available in November.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL makes its official debut

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has just made its official debut and here’s what the phablet has in store for us.

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Design

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL dimensions are 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm The power, volume, and camera buttons are located on the side of the device (volume up button on top, power button in the middle, and the volume down button on the bottom). The dedicated camera button is also located on the lower part of the side of the device. It is clad in plastic and comes in two colour options – white and black.

Specs

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL sports a 5.7-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), which works out to a pixel density of 518 ppi. It is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 and ClearBlack tech allows for better visibility outdoors. Four microphones are on board that can record high-quality audio. In the photography department, the phablet rocks a 20-megapixel rear-facing PureView camera with ZEISS optics, 5th generation optical image stabilization, triple LED flash, and 4K video recording capabilities and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that allows for better selfies and video chat. 32 GB of internal storage is on board as well as a microSD card slot for additional storage options. Under the hood is the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is a 64-bit octa-core processor clocked as much as 2 GHz with an Adreno 430 GPU to handle graphics. If you’re worried about the CPU overheating, Microsoft claims that its liquid cooling tech will keep the phablet cool. 3 GB of RAM is on board. The Lumia 950 XL comes with two adaptive integrated antennas that allows for improved reception, depending on how the handset is being held. On board is a USB Type-C connector as well as a 3,340 mAh battery, which is non-removable to users.

Software and features

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL comes with Glance Screen, which allows users to view notifications by simply taking a look at screen, without touching a button. Sadly, there is no fingerprint scanner, but it does come with Microsoft’s Hello identification system (beta), which identifies its owner when picked up without having to press a button. The device supports Qi wireless charging as well as fast charging, allowing the device to charge 50% of its battery in just 30 minutes. Continuum is another unique feature that allows users to plug in the Lumia 950 XL to an external monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse for PC-like use. The catch is, you’ll have to get a Microsoft Display Dock separately, which plugs into the device’s USB Type-C port. Since it runs Windows 10 Mobile out of the box, owners will get to enjoy features such as Cortana (Microsoft’s rival to Siri), OneDrive, Skype, and Office. It also comes with Microsoft’s new and redesigned web browser pre-installed, which replaces Internet Explorer.

Pricing and laiunch date

Microsoft announced that the Lumia 950 XL will be available in November and cost around £423 for the SIM free version.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL to sport 3,340 mAh removable battery, leaked photo reveals

Lately, the news has been dominated by the Microsoft Lumia 950 smartphone and the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL phablet. We’ve been coming across the devices’ leaked live photos, press renders, and specs. Now, if a new leak is to be believed, we’ve learned more about the phablet’s battery.

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Steve Hemmerstoffer (@stagueve), which is the man behind French-speaking NWE, a site known for leaking accurate information on yet to be announced devices, is responsible for leaking the image you see above on Twitter. If the photo shows the real deal, we should expect the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL to sport a 3,340 mAh battery instead of a 3,300 mAh battery, which was previously reported. Additionally, we’re seeing that the battery can be pulled out, which means it is the removable type. This is the first time we’ve learned that the battery will be the removable type.

Other features shown by the photo is the phablet’s SIM card slot and its microSD card slot.

We’ve learned from previous leaks that the Lumia 950 XL will sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Under the hood is said to be the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. We’re hoping Microsoft resolves the said CPU’s overheating issues. It is said to rock a 20-megapixel PureView rear-facing camera with triple LED flash and ZEISS optics and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. It is also said to offer 32 GB of internal storage. Like previous Lumia devices, the Lumia 950 XL is expected to support Qi wireless charging. It will run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.

The Lumia 950 XL is to be joined by the smaller Lumia 950 smartphone. It is rumoured to sport a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Under the hood is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor under the hood, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. 32 GB of internal storage will be on board. It also comes with a microSD card slot for additional storage options. Its main camera will be a 20-megapixel rear-facing shooter with ZEISS optics. It is said to support Qi wireless charging. To keep the lights on, the phablet is expected to come with a 3,000 mAh battery (possibly the removable type as well). It will run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.

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Alleged CAD renders leak Microsoft Lumia 950 dimensions

Earlier, we came across an alleged CAD render of the unannounced Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. Now alleged CAD renders of the smartphone-sized Microsoft Lumia 950 have been leaked as well.

Microsoft Lumia 950 CAD renders

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The alleged CAD renders and video comes to courtesy of @OnLeaks, a Twitter account known for leaking information on yet to be unveiled mobile devices. @OnLeaks claims that the image above is the CAD render used by Microsoft to manufacture the unannounced device. These renders are also used by case manufacturers to make sure their cases fit devices like a glove. The renders also show that Microsoft’s logo will be embossed on the rear cover. Also found on the rear case is the PureView Zeiss label for the rear camera.

Past reports have revealed that the Microsoft Lumia 950 will sport a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). It is said to offer 32 GB of internal storage. If additional storage space is needed, it does come with a microSD card slot. Under the hood is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM. To keep the lights on, it is said to come with a 3,000 mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL phablet is said to sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Back to the Lumia 950 XL’s specs, it is said to offer 32 GB of internal storage. If additional storage space is needed, it does come with a microSD card slot. Under the hood is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. This is worrisome, as the said processor has caused overheating issues for other smartphones. To keep the lights on, it is said to come with a 3,300 mAh battery.

Both smartphone and phablet are expected to rock a 20-megapixel PureView rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing for snapping selfies and video chat.

Both devices are expected to be clad in polycarbonate (plastic). Although plastic may sound tacky, past high-end Lumia devices have proven that the use of a plastic can make the devices look and feel premium.

According to serial leakster Evan Blass in an earlier tweet, Microsoft will lift the lid on the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL on the 10th of October, a few days after the devices are expected to be unveiled. The software giant is expected to officially announce the two on the 6th of October in a press event in New York City.

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