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Samsung unveils Galaxy C7 Pro

The leak saga about Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is over – the device was officially unveiled at the Korean manufacturer’s website..
The Galaxy C7 Pro is built around a 5.7″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen and runs Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow on a 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset. The octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU is running at 2.2 GHz, while available RAM is 4GB.


Both cameras of the Galaxy C7 Pro have 16 MP sensors and bright f/1.9 apertures. Their video recording maxes out at FullHD@30fps.The internal storage is 64GB, with 50.9 GB of those user-available. Also the second SIM slot supports either a nano-SIM card or a microSD one.
The Galaxy C7 Pro comes with Always-On display and Samsung Pay.

Pre-orders in China will be begin on January 16 but there’s no information for now if Samsung plans to release the device in other markets.


Samsung Galaxy A series goes on sale ahead of schedule

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Samsung kicked off this year’s smartphone announcements by introducing the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) earlier this month. Disappointingly, the new A series doesn’t appear as though it’ll reach the United States any time soon, so Stateside fans of the waterproof trio will have to explore other routes to ownership. Slated reach several Asian markets by the end of this month, Sammy also noted that Europe-based consumers would have to wait until February. Ahead of schedule, though, the A series models are already on sale in Russia through several outlets, suggesting that other confirmed sales locations could also receive the handsets sooner than anticipated.

Fans of powerful Samsung devices will surely be waiting on the Galaxy S8, which probably won’t rear its head for a couple of months yet. Still the 2017 editions of the A3, A5 and A7 offer much besides their water-and-dust-repelling exteriors, with the larger A7 touting a 5.7-inch full-HD display. Both the A5 and A7, with their Exynos 7880 processors and 3 gigs of RAM each, are a cut above the A3 with its Exynos 7870 and 2 GB RAM combo. Nevertheless, they’re all equipped with fingerprint sensors and expandable storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

In Russia, the A3 (2017) costs 22,990 rubles ($387) while the A5 (2017) retails at 27,990 rubles ($471). The A7 (2017), meanwhile, is priced at 32990 rubles, which translates to around $555 at the current exchange. While not overly expensive, those looking at the A7 may instead turn to some of last year’s flagships — many of which are more powerful and unlike the Marshmallow-filled A series, offer the more contemporary Android 7 Nougat.

At this time, the devices are up for pre-order in the United Kingdom but not yet on sale. We’ll keep you posted with any further release happenings, so stay tuned!

Nokia 6 Android powered smartphone Announced, to Launch in China


Earlier today, we showed you the box belonging to a phone called Nokia 6 that we thought could be the Nokia D1(C). But a press release just sent out by HMD has announced the unveiling of the Nokia 6. The release, dated Sunday because of the time difference, notes that HMD has the exclusive licensing rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones.

The Nokia 6 features a Gorilla Glass protected, in-cell 5.5-inch 2.5D display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). The Snapdragon 430 chipset powers the phone, containing an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 505 GPU. Quick Charge 3.0 replenishes battery power four times faster than conventional charging. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage. The 16MP rear camera carries an f/2.0 aperture and PDAF laser auto focusing. In front is an 8MP camera, also sporting an f/2.0 aperture, for selfies and video chats.

The phone will launch early this year as a exclusive. It will be priced at the equivalent of $245 USD. HMD chose China to launch the phone because of the large number of smartphone users (593 million expected in 2017) and because of the high value placed on quality and premium design.

Just a short while ago we announced the launch of HMD Global. From the outset we have stated that we intend to move with speed to establish a position as a player in the smartphone category and create products that truly meet consumer needs. The Nokia 6 is a result of listening to our consumers who desire a beautifully crafted handset with exceptional durability, entertainment and display features.

Our ambition is to deliver a premium product, which meets consumer needs at every price point, in every market. We start today, with our premium, high quality Nokia 6; built to deliver a fantastic core user experience for Chinese consumers. We look forward to unveiling further products in the first half of this year.”-Arto Nummela, CEO, HMD Global

What Really Happened To Nokia?

With Nokia Planning to comeback into the industry in 2017, let’s talk about why they went underground in the first place.
If you were asked what happened to Nokia, you’ll probably say they failed cos they refused to use android or android drowned them
It All Started In 2011

Ok pause II, let’s do some background check first.


The Evolution Of The Modern Smartphone
In 2007 Apple announced the iPhone. Which was the game changer for the mobile phone industry. The whole industry felt the need to make an “iPhone”, but what they needed the most was an OS that could rival IOS, and since apple did not share theirs as IOS can be licensed to be used by 3rd parties, each company had to start building their own OS from scratch. However Symbian and windows mobile where smartphone OS that existed before then, but they were not smart enough for apple new IOS on the iPhone. Then came google to the rescue in 2008 with Android OS. Normally these company would had ignored Android, but to build a new OS could take years and Android was Open Source, meaning instead of each company building a new OS, they could just take Android source code and edit it to work for their own phone like it was their own OS. Of course every phone company who needed market share bought this idea except the two giants then …….. Blackberry and Nokia. These company knew that if they went with android, they would be classified as the same phone and put in the same market as every other Android device. Blackberry thought they could develop their already existing blackberry OS to be as smart as IOS and Android but later built their own OS from scratch to produce Blackberry 10 OS. While Nokia also kept developing Symbain to compete with the competition, they also went ahead to build a new OS, not looking at how long it might take. The OS Nokia was developing was called MEEGO OS. Announced in 2011.

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In the Year 2011
Most of you reading this now were still using, or dreaming of buying a blackberry that year. Except those that were using Nokia E7 or N8. Or Sony Ericsson androids, or HTC, or the iPhone 3. Me? I was using one small Nokia 6230i (the phone Otedola uses) I was always reading RSS feeds from tech sites with snaptu following apple/Samsung law suits. That’s what caught my interest into the phone world. Anyway. I did not know anything about history of iPhone, android or Nokia then but one thing I remember is I really like the Nokia N9 when it was released.


What is Nokia N9? It is a phone released on the 21st of June 2011 running Meego OS. MeeGo was a open source Linux distribution hosted by the Linux Foundation, using source code from the operating systems Moblin (produced by Intel) and Maemo (produced by Nokia). I’m sure you know what intel is. Nokia N9 was actually an extremely Good flagship smartphone at the year it was released, it’s was like the galaxy s7 of 2016. It was so good many people liked it. Infact I bought the clone since I couldn’t afford the original. Although amount of sales was not disclosed by Nokia, many Nokia fans really liked the Nokia N9 and many bought it, the swipe, first phone ever with no buttons except volume and power, and it had positive reviews online too. But most reviews did not recommend that you buy one.. Want to know why?

The N9 was announced only four months after partnering with Microsoft to use Windows Phone 7 as the flagship operating system to replace Symbian. At the time Nokia’s flagship device was the Symbian-based N8. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the N9 will be the first and last MeeGo device from the company, something that MeeGo fans already felt before the N9 announcement due to the Microsoft deal. This move Infact made a lot of fans really sad. I personally heard about the deal way after N9 was released. Recently found out that some fans responded by creating a petition “We want Nokia to keep MeeGo”. But Stephen Elop restated that the company will not be continuing development of MeeGo even if the N9 would be a success, focusing solely on the future Lumia series.

I believe Nokia N9 and Meego OS was indeed the combination Nokia needed to battle Apple IPhone and Google along with it’s companies using Android. At the year N9 was released, there was still hope for Meego as even IOS and android had not been developed good enough to what we have today. In 2011 Meego was a better competitor to android and iOS than Windows is to android and iOS today. If Nokia continued to develop Meego, it would had been just as good as android and IOS today. Even looking at how far Windows Phone has come, and to think that Meego was first released way before Windows Phone 7.


So why would Nokia led by Stephen elop take a decision like this? I personally think it’s because it added something personal to himself, my guess is wealth….. You should also know that Stephen elop just became Nokia CEO in 2010. So no! He was not the one heading Nokia when Nokia was on top of the world. Maybe he was just a bad CEO.

This was Stephen elop idea and decision only cos even after Nokia went with Windows Phone, the directors and core professionals from Nokia’s N9 team and other staffs of Nokia left the company and together formed Jolla, to bring MeeGo back into the market mainstream. This effort eventually resulted in the creation of the Sailfish OS. The Sailfish OS has not been much of a success because this time it is being developed by a small team of developers unlike android which is being developed by a large company.

Also INTEL expressed their disbelief and disappointment at elop decision. They later went ahead and collaborated with Samsung to create Tizen OS. Today, Tizen OS is the fourth most used mobile operating system ahead of BlackBerry OS but behind windows phone.

Meanwhile as you would guess, Nokia Lumia did not do so well, the first sets of Lumia had very poor reviews and Nokia lost millions of dollars. It was not android fault neither was it rocket science to know Nokia was going all the way down!

In my honest opinion, it was all Stephen elop fault!

But I’m not the only one that thinks that way. Wikipedia quote “Elop was criticised for this move, which has been said by some to have contributed to the company’s demise in the smartphone market.”
Also I remember reading comments on Phonarena then, where readers and fans would call out Stephen elop and blame him for everything.


Well…In September 2012 Nokia announced the Lumia 920 and in 2013 Lumia 520 then Lumia 925 then Lumia 1020 which was the first Lumia phones to actually return profits for Nokia. Although sales of the Lumia line had exceeded those of BlackBerry in the same period, Nokia still made an operating loss of €115m, with revenues falling 24% to €5.7bn following the second quarter of 2013. Over the past nine quarters, Nokia sustained €4.1 billion worth of operating losses.
On 3 September 2013, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business (including rights to the Lumia and low-end Asha brands) in an overall deal totaling at over US$7 bn. Stephen Elop stepped down as Nokia’s CEO and re-join Microsoft as its head of devices as part of the deal, which closed in early 2014.

Nokia agreed not to use its name on smartphones and will be subject to a non-compete clause preventing it from producing any mobile devices under the Nokia name through 31 December 2015. But released a Nokia N1 tablet running android lollipop on 18 November 2014. Which was built by Foxconn for the brand Nokia. Foxconn is also the company that builds the iPhone.


In 2016…. Microsoft Mobile sold the rights to use the Nokia brand to a newly formed Finnish consortium, HMD Global, and these guys recently hired the largest independent advertising firm in the UK to (nudge, wink) market upcoming Nokia phones. This phone would run android and the sort of the most anticipated phones of 2017. Yes I said phones cos we could see about 7 devices.

And a lot of people are saying Nokia is back? weeelllll………..
What do you think about everything I’ve said here? Let me know
Written by Karo for Phoneplanet.

Alleged photo of Nokia D1(C) packaging leaks images and specs of the Android powered phone

The image of what allegedly is the packaging for an upcoming Android powered Nokia branded handset has leaked. Besides displaying a picture of both sides of the phone, the box includes some of the phone’s specs. We would like to point out that the picture of the back and front of the handset does resemble sketches of the Nokia D1(C) that we passed along to you late last year.


Looking at the specs on the box, the aluminum clad handset will have Android 7.0 pre-installed, running the show. The unit is equipped with a 5.5-inch screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. Under the hood is a Snapdragon chipset containing an octa-core CPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage, and a microSD slot is available for those seeking more storage. A 16MP camera adorns the back of the unit, while an 8MP front-facing shooter takes care of selfies and video chats. According to the box, the phone will have Dolby ATMOS sound included.


A few days ago, we told you that Nokia could release as many as seven Android flavored phones this year. We could see the Nokia D1(C) unveiled next month at MWC in Barcelona.

Is The Honor Magic The Best smartphone of CES 2017

The Honor Magic is somewhat of a concept phone with some pretty unique AI technology baked inside of it. The model of the phone that we got to play around with has no current planes to launch anywhere outside of China, but Honor has confirmed that a global version will be coming at some point in the near future. The Honor Magic doesn’t look or feel like anything else the company has launched so far, and with that being the case, we simply couldn’t pass up a chance to go hands on with it.

Without a doubt, the Magic is the best designed phone that Honor has made to date. The back of the phone is made entirely out of glass, and while this does make the Honor Magic a bit of a fingerprint magnet, the look here is absolutely stunning. The dual-camera system is housed underneath this glass panel, and the aluminum frame around the phone makes it easy to hold on to. The Honor Magic isn’t thick by any means with a measurement of just 7.8-millimeters wide, but because of the way that the glass on both the front and back flow over the edges, an illusion is created to make the phone appear even thinner than it already is.

Below the display is where you’ll find the Honor Magic’s physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, nanoSIM tray, USB Type-C port are all present on the bottom of the phone.


In regards to the display that’s being used here, Honor decided to keep things nice and compact with a screen size of just 5.09-inches. While the screen may be small though, the resolution is not. The Magic comes equipped with a 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED panel, resulting in a display that looks absolutely gorgeous. Colors are tremendously bright, text is razor crisp, and during my time with the phone, viewing angles and overall brightness looked to be quite solid as well. That curved nature of the glass also adds a lot to the display situation here, as home screens and menus appear to flow off and on of the sides of the screen. It’s a truly stunning effect, and it’s the little details like this that go so far to create for a much more enjoyable experience when using a phone.


User interface and processor
As if the Honor Magic already wasn’t creating a good case for itself, here’s where things get even more interesting. Before we get into the software side of things, it’s worth mentioning that the Honor Magic is powered by the Kirin 950 processor and 4GB of RAM. This horsepower combination means that the Honor Magic flows like butter when navigating through the UI and various apps, and while this is great on its own, things really start to get interesting and exciting when you take a look at the software that the Honor Magic is bringing to the table.
The software that the Honor Magic based off of is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the skin that’s layered atop of it is unlike anything we’ve seen yet. Honor is calling it the Magic Live UI, and although it’s a great departure from stock Android, everything moves along at an incredibly smooth pace, and the aesthetic that Honor is going for with Magic Live UI is consistent throughout the entire phone.

This isn’t even the coolest part about it though. Honor has baked some sort of artificial intelligence throughout the phone, and the AI that’s present here is aimed at making your experience with the phone more personalized as you continue to use it. This is a feature that’s rather hard to demonstrate and capture after just playing around with the phone for a few minutes, but essentially the AI in the Honor Magic will be able to do things such as only display the content of text messages if it recognizes your eyes viewing the screen, automatically turn on the LED flash to act as a flashlight when you walk into a dark room, and automatically turn the screen on and off when you pick the phone up or set it down.

Just like the Honor 6X and Honor 8, the Honor Magic is utilizing a dual-camera setup. The system here consists of two 12MP sensors, along with a dual LED flash system. The great part about all of this is that it’s housed entirely under the glass back, meaning that there’s no sort of camera hump to be found here at all.

A 2,900 mAh battery keeps the Honor Magic alive and kicking, and while it does seem a bit on the small side, the AI in the Magic is also supposedly able to identify your use habits with the phone to then adapt things to create for better battery life the more you use the phone. It’s an interesting concept for sure, but just like with the rest of the AI features that are present here, it’s something we can’t really demo unless we’re able to get more use-time with the phone.

Pricing and availability
For the time being, the Honor Magic is only available in China. The cost that it’s selling for there comes out to the equivalent of around $530 USD, and after getting up close and personal with the Magic, we think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s worth the asking price. There’s no word as to whether or not the global version of the phone will remain entirely the same of if some changes will be made, but then again, this isn’t all that surprising considering that this still considered to be a form of concept phone from the company.

The Honor Magic is a truly beautiful piece of tech with a lot of interesting software tricks under the hood, and even in its current form, it’s still one of the best phones we’ve seen from the company yet.

Xiaomi Mi 6 runs AnTuTu, allegedly scores record-breaking 210,329 points

Xiaomi’s Mi 6 is supposedly going to be the first smartphone made by a Chinese company to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, which was just detailed at CES. The next non-phablet Xiaomi flagship device will reportedly look like a smaller Mi Note 2, while its official announcement could take place on February 6. Sales probably won’t start earlier than March, however. But what about its performance?

Well, today a Weibo user in China claims to have gotten access to a screenshot showing the AnTuTu benchmark score for a prototype Mi 6, shared by a friend who has the handset. Here it is:


If this is true (and that’s a big “if” at this point), it means that the Mi 6 is already, without even having launched, the king of AnTuTu. That 210,329 score in fact broke the earlier record set by the iPhone 7 Plus at 183,106. Clearly then, the Mi 6 (and the Snapdragon 835 powering it) will be a beast in terms of raw performance.

The best AnTuTu score for a phone powered by the Snapdragon 821 was achieved by the OnePlus 3T, but that’s a measly 163,578, nowhere near the Mi 6. Obviously benchmark results never tell the full story regarding any smartphone, but it does look like the Snapdragon 835 will be a massive improvement overall compared to its predecessor, and not just when it comes to performance – Qualcomm did promise lower power consumption too after all.

Google just made its ADB and Fastboot tools available as individual downloads.

Android users have a long history of unlocking their phones, sideloading apps and installing custom Rom builds — but getting the tools to do all that has always been kind of a pain in the ass. Users who wanted to play around with their phone’s backend had to download the entire android SDK just to get access to two specific tools. Not anymore. Google has quietly released its ADB and Fastboot tools as lightweight, independent packages.

The company doesn’t have a dedicated page for these tools, but Google software Engineer Elliot Hughes shared them on his Google Plus page. In total there are three links: one for Linux, one for Mac and one for Windows. It seems a little overdue to offer these tools now, as the craze for custom Android ROMs has died down considerably in recent years — but it’s still a nice gesture. Check out the original Google Plus post at the source link below.

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Come With Continuum


The latest rumor has it that the Galaxy S8 could include a feature resembling Microsoft’s Continuum. According to a leaked slide that reportedly originates from a Galaxy S8 presentation – see above – Samsung is working on a so called “Desktop Experience” for the new smartphone. Apparently, you’ll be able to connect your Galaxy S8 to an external monitor, plus wireless keyboards and mice, in order to use the phone like a proper PC – that’s because multi-tasking and many other things simply work better on a large display.


If this Desktop Experience is indeed a real upcoming feature of the S8, Samsung must have enhanced the phone’s UI in order to provide a meaningful experience once the device is connected to a monitor. Mind you, the handset seen in the Desktop Experience slide is almost certainly not a Galaxy S8.

Samsung Announces Galaxy A 2017 Series

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Samsung officially unveiled its new Galaxy A series smartphones for 2017, the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7. All three will be available in Russia beginning early January and will be expanded to global markets in the coming weeks.

As far as pricing goes, Samsung hasn’t announced anything related to the cost of these smartphones, but previous reports claim the Galaxy A5 (2017) will be available for $378, while the Galaxy A7 (2017) should hit the shelves for $424.

We can safely assume that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will be much cheaper than the other two phones. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that each of these new smartphones will be available in four color options: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

Moving on to actual specs, the less-featured of the three, the Galaxy A3 (2017) sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with HD (720p resolution, along with fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Hardware-wise, the Galaxy A3 (2017) comes equipped with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable memory (up to 256GB). The smartphone is powered by a 2,350 mAh battery and packs a 13-megapixel rear camera, as well as a secondary 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Next in line, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features a larger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. There’s also a 16-megapixel camera on the back, along with a no less impressive 16-megapixel camera in the front, both featuring f/1.9 aperture.


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

The Galaxy A5 (2017) has 1.9GHz octa-core processor at its heart, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage (expandable up to 256GB). It’s also powered by a larger 3,000 mAh battery, and, just like the Galaxy A3 (2017) features fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Last but not least, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is the most powerful of the three, hence the higher price. The phone boasts a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD (1080p) resolution and features the same camera configuration as the Galaxy A5 (16-megapixel rear + 16-megapixel front camera).

It’s got a 1.9GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage (up to 256GB), but a larger 3,600 mAh battery. A fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port are included as well.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) benefit from fast charging technology, and all three features IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. They come with premium metal frame and 3D glass back.

Sadly, the Galaxy A (2017) series phones ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system onboard. Hopefully, Samsung will deliver Android Nougat updates to all three handsets in the future.

Samsung to release the results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation in the middle of this month

More than two weeks ago, there was talk that Samsung had concluded an in-house investigation into the cause of the explosions that derailed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Samsung originally attributed the issue to a defective battery, but when it reissued the phone with new batteries inside, the replacement models continued to explode. At that point, the Galaxy Note 7 was pulled off the market following a second recall.

In an effort to find a definitive reason as to why the Galaxy Note 7 had turned into a lethal weapon, Samsung called for an in-house investigation. According to South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo, the hard work and digging has been completed. Samsung will make an announcement in the middle of this month that will finally answer the many unanswered questions about what happened to the Galaxy Note 7, and hopefully put the matter to rest permanently.

According to those in the know, Samsung will report that it was a combination of factors that led to the explosions. By releasing this information to the public, the manufacturer is hoping to remove the cloud that has been hanging over the Samsung name since the whole affair began last September. Reports indicate that only a few people at the top of the company have been given the results of the investigation.

Another way it hopes to regain the public’s support is with an amazing new flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8. To make sure that there are no issues with its new flagship, Samsung recently pushed back the unveiling of the device from February 26th at MWC in Barcelona, to an April introduction in New York City. There could be a standard 5.2-inch version of the phone, and a 6-inch model called the Galaxy S8 Plus. The latter would take the place of what would have been the Galaxy Note 8 to be released in September of 2017. By doing this, Samsung could deliver a large-screened high end phablet in 2017 without using the Galaxy Note name.

One Plus 3 and One Plus 3T Now Receiving Android 7 Nougat Update


Last month, OnePlus said that it would update the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 to Android Nougat before the end of the year. The year is ending today, and, thankfully, an official Nougat update is indeed coming to the two smartphones.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed (via Twitter) that a stable Android Nougat update is ready, and will be gradually rolled out, over the air, to the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 “later tonight.” Since we’re talking about an over the air update, it’s likely that not all OnePlus 3 and 3T owners will receive it today. But the update is coming, and everyone will probably get it in a few days the latest.

If you just can’t wait for the stable release, and you know how to install a software update manually, a beta Nougat build is currently available to download via OnePlus’ official forum. However, this particular beta is only for the OnePlus 3T – the OnePlus 3 is not included.

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