Analysts predict the iPhone 8 won’t be the “supercycle” the iPhone 6 was

 

A trio of analysts from Deutsche Bank claims that the iPhone 8 won’t be able to break the company’s sales records due to the absence of factors that were present leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

With smartphones now powerful and marginally improving between the latest releases and folks holding onto their smartphones longer, Deutsche Bank can’t see how the iPhone 8 could possibly make the sales that Wall Street is predicting.

 

Particularly with a rumored starting price over $1,000, it’s quite hard to believe that another price hike this significant could also result in an increase of demand. Currently, Deutsche Bank is convinced Apple will barely reach the 230 million units in the first fiscal year after the announcement.

 

Following the iPhone 6 launch Apple saw 231 million units sold in a year, a number which the company has not been able to repeat yet. In fact, remember when Apple stopped releasing the number of iPhones that were sold during its launch weekend? It started with the iPhone 7, whose Plus model did come with a price increase, thus bumping up revenue without needing to break its own launch weekend records, which Apple has consecutively done until the iPhone 7.

 

Furthermore, the smartphone market has become over-saturated in the past few years, seeing much less growth than it did back in 2015.

 

Even as Apple struggles to get the new iPhone out on time, there’s no doubt that the iPhone 8 has really high expectations to deliver something fresh, new and spectacular as Apple’s 10th version of the phone. The new iPhone is expected to have an edge-to-edge display with an all-new hardware design.

 

New AR technology is also slated to make it into this new iPhone including some kind of 3D facial recognition. Touch ID may either be moved to the back of the phone or under the display. If we wanted to speculate even more, the Touch ID sensor could even be moved to the power key.

 

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Qualcomm files complaint against Apple aiming to cease iPhone sales in the US

 

Qualcomm and Apple are at it again. We’ve already heard about Apple suing Qualcomm for charging too much for royalties, then Qualcomm suing Apple for “making Qualcomm chips look inferior to Intel’s”, and today, Qualcomm has officially filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and Federal Court.

Qualcomm claims that Apple is using six of Qualcomm’s patents in various devices whose royalties have not been paid by Apple. The chipmaker is seeking to stop Apple’s alleged infringement by ordering a cease and desist order to block further selling, marketing, advertising, importing, warehousing, and use of all products in the United States. Don Rosenberg, executive vice president of Qualcomm had the following to say:

“The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions. Apple continues to use Qualcomm’s technology while refusing to pay for it.”

Sony G8441 spotted in benchmark listing with Snapdragon 835 SoC, Android 8.0

Just days after it was listed on a Polish retailer’s website, the Sony G8441 has appeared in a benchmarking database, revealing some of its key specifications. The listing on AnTuTu reveals the device is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Other revealed specs include 720p display, 8MP/8MP camera combo, and Android O. RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 32GB. Keep in mind that benchmarks do get some details wrong sometimes and the resolution bit in particular seems suspicious.

The listing on Polish retailer’s website had revealed a price tag of around €650 (or $740) for the device. No official information on the phone’s availability, but we expect it to be unveiled during the company’s IFA conference in Berlin on August 31.

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Hydrogen One is a $1,200 smartphone that’s modular and features holographic display

High-end professional camera maker Red has announced its plans to enter the smartphone market. In fact, the company has sort-of unveiled their first offering: Hydrogen One. The USP of the device is that it features a holographic display.

“It is no longer necessary to carry (or charge) another device to enjoy multi-dimensional content,” the company says, adding that the device features “nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content and interactive games.”

The device runs Android. Red says there’s a proprietary algorithm embedded in the OS that converts stereo sound into multi-dimensional audio. What’s more, the handset is also modular, allowing for future attachments for shooting high quality video and images. Unsurprisingly, the phone will also be compatible with Red’s cameras like Scarlet, EPIC, and Weapon.

As for specifications, nothing much has been revealed, except that display size is 5.7-inch and there’s a USB-C port. The image also confirms a headphone jack. Coming to pricing, the device starts at $1,195 (that’s for the Aluminum variant), with the Titanium model costing $1,595.

The company says the current pricing is for limited time only, and those ordering early will also receive a “special small token.” Shipments are expected to begin Q1 2018.

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OnePlus 5 gets its first update, includes bug fixes and optimizations

Less than a week after it went official, the OnePlus5 has started getting its first update. Arriving as OxygenOS 4.5.2,the new firmware brings a few bug fixes and optimizations.

Issues related to app installation and system update have been fixed. As for optimizations, those changes are related to Bluetooth, network, and system stability, as well as camera and third-party app compatibility.

Given that it’s an OTA roll out, it might take time for the update notification to pop-up on your device’s screen. Meanwhile, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.

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Motorola Moto E4 Plus now available in UK

Officially unveiled earlier this month, The Motorola Moto E4 Plus is now available for purchase in the UK. Retailer Argos has the device (grey color variant) listed on its website for £159.95, or around $205.

Amazon UK also has the handset listed on its website, but is selling it for around £163, with shipments beginning next month.

The Moto E4 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 427 SoC and features a 5.5-inch HD display. RAM is 2GB, while storage options include 16 and 32GB. The phone features a 13MP/5MP camera combo, runs Android 7.1 Nougat, and packs in a 5,000mAh battery.

Apple topped global wearable market in Q1, Samsung claimed second spot

According to data released by market research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple claimed over 50% – 53% to be precise – of the global wearable market in the first quarter of the ongoing year, retaining its top position.

The second spot was bagged by Samsung, which claimed 12.8% share of the market. The South Korean tech giant overtook Fitbit, which came in at number three with 12.2% market share. The report attributed Samsung’s improvement in rankings to the success of its Gear S3 smartwatch.

As far as total product shipments are concerned, Apple again topped the list with 16% share, while the second and third spots were claimed by Xiaomi and Fitbit with 15.5% and 12.3% market share, respectively.

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Weekly poll: is the OnePlus 5 everything you were hoping it to be?

The OnePlus 5 is finally official so let’s see what you think of it. Is it everything you expected, everything you wanted it to be? Or were you disappointed.

The benchmark cheating probably doesn’t matter much, the phone will play any Android game out there as well as possible this half of 2017. And you can still brag about the 8 gigs of RAM.

The confusion about the “lossless zoom” is more annoying – 1.6X optical then digital zoom isn’t great. We didn’t love the tele photos, but at least it enables Portrait mode and the main camera is excellent.

The pricing is higher than the outgoing model, but it’s no surprise either – OnePlus upped the price of each new phone it introduced, even the fairly minor upgrade that was the 3T got a $40 bump. In terms of value for money, the OnePlus 5 is still among the best.

Perhaps you were hoping for some extra perks on the new model, beyond the new chipset and dual camera. Well, the display is the same, the base option has the same amount of memory (6GB/64GB) as last year’s model, the company didn’t add waterproofing or a bigger battery. At least it didn’t take away the headphone jack. That’s something, right? And the design is, uh, “new”.

OnePlus 5 defeats HTC U11 and Galaxy S8 in battle of Snapdragon 835s speed test

We’ve seen our share of head-to-head YouTube speed tests of the latest smartphones, but there’s always an extra 5 minutes for another one. In this case, it’s the OnePlus5 vs. the HTC U11and the Samsung Galaxy S8- a battle of the 835 Snapdragons, if you will.

In this iteration, its 20 apps run in succession on the three phones, against the clock. A second round is performed to see how quickly the phones can access the apps already launched on the first go – RAM management is key for this one. Oh, and the amount of RAM too, of course – 8GB for the OP5, half that for the S8 and U11.

The OnePlus 5 takes the lead in the first round, completing the routine in 51.3 seconds, 3.6s ahead of the U11, and 12.7s quicker than the S8. In the end, the OP5 emerges victorious, 9.0s ahead of the U11, while the S8 finishes 26.2s behind.

You can watch the entire video below to see the selection of apps, and which apps took more time reloading.

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A new Oppo A77 appears on TENAA: faster chipset, latest Android, same cameras

You know the Oppo A77 that was announced in Taiwan on May 17? Well, there’s a new one, as evidenced by two new entries on Chinese telecom regulator TENAA’s website. Those detail an A77 and A77t, neither looking visually the same as the existing A77, plus there are notable differences in specs.

For starters, this new A77 runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 as opposed to 6.0 Marshmallow. TENAA doesn’t name chipsets, but the octa-core processor is quoted to be clocked at 2.0GHz, where the existing model’s clock frequency is 1.5GHz. So it isn’t the MT6750T then, but something along the lines of a Helio P10 or a Snapdragon 625, maybe.

Other changes include a 3,115mAh battery (vs. 3,200mAh), a minor drop in weight to 148g (vs. 153g), and slightly different dimensions at 153.3 x 75.9 x 7.4mm (vs. 153.3 x 75.2 x 7.2mm). Oh, and a redesign that puts the camera and flash under the same window to resemble the dual camera setup of the R11, plus a familiar take on the antenna bands

Things that remain unchanged include the 13MP primary cam and the 16MP selfie shooter. The new A77 also sports the same 5.5-inch FullHD LCD.

By the looks of it, the A77 certified by TENAA is the version destined for Mainland China, which apparently differs slightly from the one Taiwan is getting. It remains to be seen when it’s going to become official.

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