The the Xiaomi Mi 4c, which was launched way back in September 2015 with Lollipop onboard, will soon get the Nougat update. The company has already started testing the promised update as a device running the latest Nougat version (Android 7.1.1) has been spotted on the Geekbench benchmarking website.
Sadly, there’s currently no information on when exactly the update will be rolled out. Here’s hoping that testing goes smoothly and it comes sooner rather than later.
Samsung has launched the Galaxy C9 Pro in India. The phone is priced at INR 36,900 ($543) and will be available in the second half of February 2017, although pre-booking will begin on January 27, 2017. Those who pre-book will also get a one-time screen replacement offer for the first 12 months.
The Galaxy C9 Pro has a 6.0-inch, 1920×1080 Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 with 6GB of RAM (first for a Samsung phone), 64GB expandable storage, 16 megapixel cameras on the front and back with f1.9 aperture each, stereo speakers, dual SIM, USB-C, and a 4000mAh battery.
The phone comes with Android 6.0 out of the box, which is not surprising since this isn’t exactly a new phone and was launched in China late last year. It will be available in black, and gold.
Following the initial OxygenOS 4.0.0 release based on Android 7.0 Nougat which went out just as 2016 drew to a close, as well as the 4.0.1 hotfix from last week, OnePlus is now in the process of rolling out a new update to its latest flagship devices.
OxygenOS 4.0.2 is headed to both the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. That said, the rollout is incremental as always, meaning that only a small percentage of devices will be updated today, with a broader distribution coming in the next few days.
As you surely could tell from the small version number change, this update isn’t about huge new features (or Android 7.1 for that matter). Instead, for both handsets APN settings have been updated for select carriers, the proximity sensor bug during calls was fixed, as was the Google Play Store download bug, and overall system stability is increased. Wi-Fi connectivity might still fluctuate according to OnePlus.
LG has unveiled a new smartphone today, and this one is headed to T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It’s called LG Aristo and can’t boast high-end specs, but it does at least run Android 7.0 Nougat and it’s going to be very cheap.
The LG Aristo has a 5-inch 720p touchscreen, the Snapdragon 425 chipset at the helm, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 13 MP main camera, a 5 MP selfie shooter, 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi calling, and a 2,410 mAh battery. A fingerprint scanner is on the back.
It will land at MetroPCS first, on January 23. You’ll be able to grab it from the prepaid carrier for just $59 after an instant rebate. On January 25 it will become available at T-Mobile too, where you can purchase one for $144 full price or $0 down and then 24 monthly installments of $6. For a limited time, the magenta carrier will offer 25% off a case and screen protector for the phone when you buy all three together.
About a month ago, some alleged renders of a successor to the Xperia XA showed us some slightly modified hardware that could very well be the Xperia XA ‘2’, or maybe the Xperia XB? Who knows?
More photos based on the same render from last month have surfaced the internet. They are a bit low-res, which suggests they may have been snapped from an unreleased promotional video. The lack of a wide power-key shows us this model leaves out the fingerprint scanner, the microUSB port has been replaced with a USB-C connector, and there are at least three color combinations shown: red, purple, and a navy blue option.
The positioning of proximity and light sensors is mirrored on the alleged photos (just like the renders) compared to those of the Xperia XA proper. Also, there’s a slit at the bottom of the screen, which could indicate the return of stereo speakers, at least for this Xperia model.
There is still no concrete evidence of expected specs for the Xperia XA’s successor. Given that these photos and renders have already leaked, it looks like we can expect to hear something at Sony’s press event at MWC next month.
Samsung has started rolling out a new update to its Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Currently hitting units in Germany, the update brings Android security fixes for the month of January.
Although it’s not set in stone, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK should be next in line to receive the update.
As is usually the case with OTA roll-outs, it may take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.
Reuters reports that Samsung’s official investigation regarding the Galaxy Note7 fire bursts concluded that the battery mainly is to blame. The company is yet to officially announce the results of its investigation to the public.
The word “mainly” used by the anonymous Reuters source is interesting. As we reported back in December, experts from Instrumental ruled that Note7’s exploding battery is caused by extreme reduction of internal margins.
If the Samsung Galaxy Note7 was designed with slightly more room for the battery, the phone wouldn’t have caught fire.
Over 96% of Galaxy Note7 phones are back at Samsung and airlines are no longer warning users for the fire hazard that the smartphone imposes. We’ll be waiting for the company’s official statement which should come next week.
The vivo V5 Plus, which is set to be made official later this week, is already available to pre-order. Specifically, Malaysian retailer DirectD has the device listed on its website for RM 1,799 (or around $400).
Specs-wise, the listing reveals the phone is powered by Snapdragon 625 chipset with octa-core CPU, and sports a 5.5-inch full HD display. RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 64GB.
In terms of camera, the handset features a 16MP rear unit and a dual front camera set-up (20MP + 8MP). Measuring 153.8 x 75.5 x 7.6mm, the vivo V5 Plus runs Android Marshmallow and packs in a 3,160mAh battery.
The official unveiling is set for January 20 (Friday this week), and the listing reveals that pre-orders will start shipping the very next day (Jan 21). Those pre-ordering the phone will also receive a mystery gift.
A new Oppo smartphone has been spotted on benchmarking website GFXBench. Listed as Oppo R6091, the device is powered by MediaTek’s MT6750T SoC with octa-core CPU, and sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display.
RAM is 4GB, while storage should be 32GB. The two onboard cameras have 16MP and 12MP resolutions, while the Android version is 6.0 Marshmallow.
Nothing else is known about the R6091 at the moment, although reports say it’s the Oppo F1 Plus with Marshmallow on board (the difference in chipsets could be an error at GFXBench’s end). There’s, however, no confirmation on this at the moment.
Samsung recently released Galaxy A-series with notably improved front cameras. As we told you, both cameras in the Galaxy A5 (2017) are 16 MP and sources say that Samsung plans to continue improving the selfie snappers across its lineup.
According to Korean sites Samsung Electronics is finally picking up the pace and will deliver even more exciting phones to selfie lovers.
The Korean manufacturer’s Samsung Electro-Mechanics branch is producing the main camera. The front one, on the other hand, is produced by external supplier. Medium-sized and small companies like MCNEX, Power Logics, Partron and Camisys are in the running.
The Galaxy S8 is the next major device to be released and all information leads to better camera. It also is rumored to adopt iris recognition module, which was unfinished last year.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 iris recognition
We saw this feature in the Galaxy Note7 so it wouldn’t be a surprise to appear in the Galaxy S8.