With just a week left of 2016, we can't really expect any more major events. It is instead the time to reminisce and look back on the past 12 months and also prepare and speculate on what the new year has to offer.
As far as the first point goes, there were at least a couple of notable calamities in the market this year and as December comes to an end, we are happy to finally see some proper evaluation and closure for some of the unpleasant situations. Samsung is ready with its official investigation of the Note7 saga, which should hopefully mark its final chapter. LG is also hoping to leave its V20 bootloop troubles behind in 2016.
On a far more positive note, the industry seems more hopeful then ever about the future of the legendary Nokia brand, especially after two new flagship offers leaked. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is already gathering a lot of attention. Samsung really has to knock it out of the ballpark this time around on both the Galaxy and Note fronts to make up for the unfortunate events surrounding the Note7. Hopefully, this will nudge the eagerly-anticipated foldable concept phones towards a release as well.
In other news, the ZUK Edge is now finally official and so are a few LG handsets and new color options for the Oppo R9s and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
Both devices will run on Snapdragon 835 and come with Android Nougat out of the box.
The report is yet to be released to the public, but there's plenty of time until the end of the year.
It's been a while since we've seen a true flagship-grade small smartphone, and this may just be the next one.
Lenovo offers the ZUK Edge with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of fast UFS 2.0 internal storage.
In Apple-land, adoption of the iPhone 7 is slower than that of its predecessor from two years ago.
Samsung's reply to a beta tester leads to believe the S7's fingerprint scanner could be updated with more features with the Nougat update.
The confirmation came in the form of a Weibo post from a company representative.
Specifically, the devices will be available in western European Union in mid-January.
The units in question are offered SIM-free in the US - a great option if you don't want to get tied up with carriers.
The figures come from experts at Goldman Sachs, who think the S8 will cost more to make than the S7, and this will reflect in the final price.
Partnership suggested by a report out of South Korea, no specific time frame for mass production has been cited.
A teaser image has surfaced referencing the event and showing a new version of the company's laptop.
The infringement claims cover 32 patents and have been filed in three regional courts in Germany and one District Court in the US.
The Korean company seems intent on outfitting its next flagship with a switch that enables top performance.
Reportedly, the event will be held in New York, moving the S8 away from the launch grounds of its forefathers.
Talks are on, and nothing is finalized yet, but a deal seems likely.
For now, the two new color versions are only available in China, but we assume they're headed to other markets eventually.
All the handsets will be showcased at the upcoming CES 2017 show.
X-ray images show the chips were poorly soldered, which hints that Apple was in a rush.
2.85 million downloads on day one is more than three times as many as Pokemon Go did a while back.
An LG Service center has reportedly concluded V20 bootloops were caused by cheap USB-C cables.
More than 90% of Note7 units sold have been recalled and yet it's one of the more popular Android flagships.
MIUI 8.1.1 update rolling out to the global variant that finally brings the Marshmallow update to the device.
Specs-wise, there aren't any changes. Pricing remains the same as well.