The end of the year is drawing closer and the holiday season is almost upon us. These last few weeks are traditionally busy and in the mobile realm most seem to be rushing in preparation for 2016 and all the exciting new releases and announcements it holds. Naturally, this means an influx of rumors and leaks, which is what dominated the news section this week.
Samsung was in the spotlight as everybody is eagerly awaiting the release of the Galaxy S7 flagship early next year. We managed to get our hands on an early render of the upcoming flagship duo and, by all accounts, the OEM looks to be planning a beefy 6.0-inch version of the phone to complement the standard 5.1-inch one.
And while we are on the topic of Samsung, the Korean giant got everybody excited a few days ago, with news of a new Galaxy A8 handset. Turns out, however, that it is not the eagerly-anticipated upgraded model, refreshed for 2016, but rather a Japanese version of the existing one with an Exynos 5333 SoC. Also, interestingly enough, some Galaxy Note 4 users have been getting an early Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, while the OEM's latest generation of devices is oddly left out.
Another upcoming device also made headlines. It is Xiaomi's new flagship, the Mi 5 and needless to say, expectations for the handset are pretty high. The Chinese OEM now has a solid reputation for delivering quality devices at a very competitive price point and the Mi 5 will likely make no exception. However, the device is still shrouded in a lot of mystery, with conflicting renders and specs sheets constantly flying in, so, the full picture might actually remain unclear up until the very launch.
In other news, Apple unveiled a rather controversial Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6s duo, which has been met with a lot of criticism. It does feature a few questionable design decisions and has sparked a veritable flame war with third-party accessory vendors also fanning the flames, but we will let you decide on its merits for yourself. Cupertino might actually be focusing its designing efforts on other things, like a new Apple Watch and 4.0-inch iPhone, which will allegedly come out next April.
Also, we can probably expect a new metal LG G5 flagship in February, a OnePlus 2 and a new high-end offer by HTC, allegedly called Perfume. Overall, 2016 is starting to look quite promising from the very start.
It looks like the next Samsung flagship will have a huge 6.0" version, in addition to the standard 5.1" one.
Sticking close to the S6 aesthetics, the Galaxy S7 may not resurrect the features that the 2015 model cut out.
A departure from the usual sandstone backs is also suggested.
If true, this would make the Mi 5 the first Xiaomi device to offer such a design.
Has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, stereo speakers, octa-core MediaTek processor, and 3300mAh battery.
The Redmi 2 Prime has been available for 3 months, and it won't be the Redmi Note 2 Prime, so what is it?
The screen is expected to get a small bump in size and a fingerprint reader is also in order.
A new image has leaked in China claiming to depict Xiaomi's next flagship smartphone.
It is set to start shipping on January 2 with a record-breaking battery capacity for a smartphone.
That's quite strange given the fact that some of the South Korean company's newest flagships haven't received the update yet.
The newest version of Google's mobile operating system will begin rolling out to Nexus devices.
Has a faster Snapdragon 615 processor and Turbo Charging.
Other handsets cited in the lawsuit include the Mi 4, Mi 4 LTE, Mi 4c, Mi 4i, Mi Note Plus, Mi Note Pro, Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, and Redmi 2 Pro.
Apple announced a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s yesterday, a first for the company, and inadvertently acknowledging the unsatisfactory battery life on the smaller iPhones.
After several beta versions, the finalized iOS 9.2 is now rolling out as an update to supported devices.
The new handset is slightly different from the international version, but it is not the refreshed 2016 model we are waiting for.
It's Apple's first official battery case for its gadgets, though the design is not up to Apple's usual standards.
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The company has high expectations from the device, and is planning to manufacture a whopping one million units per month.
This might be our first glimpse of the alleged device, along with a new take on specs.
According to Pan Jiutang, the technology isn't at a stage yet where it can be considered reliable enough to be used in a flagship.
Apple is secretly planning a March event for the new second-generation Apple Watch and perhaps a 4 inch iPhone in 2016.
The company has announced that it will stop developing and offering Firefox OS handsets through carriers.
Rumors of a Xiaomi laptop have been around ever since 2014. But, despite all the leaks and consequent hype, the company is yet to put out or even hint at the possibility of a notebook offer.
The South Korean company's CES conference is scheduled for January 5 from 14:00 to 14:45 hours.
too much talk with not actions
Xiaomi mi 5 has been rumoured for so long, it was even leaked with benchmarks in January before. Most expected device of Xiaomi so it will be interesting how it turns out. Probably intended to be used as their foothold into the west, can't think of a...