First alleged image of Nexus Marlin appears

A new alleged image has surfaced the internet claiming the device to be the HTC-made Nexus device appropriately codenamed: Marlin. Nexus device codenames have featured the names of sea creatures over the years.

The image only shows us the screen with the rest of the device covered up by a case and cropped as to protect the origins of the photo. And even if it wasn’t cropped, we’d probably not be able to see the phone anyway as the image isn’t well lit anyway.

The screen shows us the phone’s model name, Android version appears as simple “N” and the phone has the latest July 2016 security patches from Google.

Other leaks and rumors have suggested the HTC Nexus to have a 5.5 inch QHD screen, quad-core Qualcomm processor (something along the lines of a Snapdragon 82X) 4GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 8MP front-facing camera, all powered by a 3,450mAh integrated battery.

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TrendForce: Samsung leads global smartphone market, Huawei tops China

Market research firm TrendForce has released smartphone market numbers for Q2 2016. As per the report, Huawei was the leading player in China (the world’s largest smartphone market) with nearly 21% share.

Oppo and vivo came in at second and third spots, with 12.7% and 10.6% share, respectively. Lenovo and Xiaomi rounded up the top five with around 10% market share each.

“The combined production volume of Chinese brands in the second quarter reached 139 million units, up 13.8% from the previous quarter,” said TrendForce smartphone analyst Avril Wu. “For the second straight quarter, the combined volume from Chinese brands was larger than the combined volume of the two leading international brands, Samsung and Apple. Furthermore, the volume growth rates of respective Chinese brands are expected to be above the global average in the third quarter.”

Globally, Samsung topped the charts with nearly a quarter of the market share, while Apple came in a distant second with 15.1% share – Samsung shipped 77 million units, while Apple shipped 48 million units.

However, compared to the last quarter, the former’s share decreased, while the latter’s share increased. Huawei, Oppo, and LG rounded up the top five with 9.2%, 5.6%, and 5.4% market share, respectively.

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Official Samsung Galaxy Note7 renders surface, pre-orders kick off in Dubai

Official renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 are now out showing the phone from different angles in three of the color variants it’ll offer. Previous leaks suggested, the phone will come in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Blue Coral. The new gold option leaks for the first time.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 in blue

The Galaxy Note7 has been a frequent visitor in the rumor mill and understandably so as Samsung will unveil it on August 2.

However, in Dubai a tech shop was quick to offer the phone on pre-order. Customers can book their Galaxy Note7 units by making a deposit of $130 (AED 500) by August 2.

A shop in Dubai offers the Galaxy Note7 on pre-order
A shop in Dubai offers the Galaxy Note7 on pre-order

A previous report suggests that Samsung will have the Galaxy Note7 available for purchase on the same day of its official announcement. However, pricing hasn’t been suggested just yet.

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Xperia XA Ultra landing in India next week, Sony confirms

Sony is all set to launch the Xperia XA Ultra smartphone in India next week – Monday, July 25 to be precise. The company’s India subsidiary has sent out a tweet teasing the smartphone.

While the tweet itself doesn’t reveal which smartphone is it, the accompanying text – which describes the phone as “perfect Selfie companion, with OIS” – is more than enough to confirm that the handset in question is the Xperia XA Ultra with its 16MP OIS selfie camera.

Other specs of the handset include Mediatek Helio P10 chipset, 6-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 16GB expandable memory, 21.5MP rear camera, and 2,700mAh battery. If you are interested, you should take a look at our review of the device.

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Xiaomi Redmi Pro caught in more photos, Helio X25 chipset confirmed

Xiaomi has been unveiling Redmi Pro specs drop by drop. The latest comes from CEO Lei Jun, confirming the MediaTek Helio X25 chipset (though that post seems to have been taken down).

Someone got a unit early and snapped a few photos of the device. One shows the box, one shows the front of the device (and MIUI 8 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow).

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Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Views of the back where the dual-camera setup is aren’t as good, but they show the LED flash splitting the two cameras. Yesterday we saw how good the snappers are at bokeh, but we still don’t know their resolution.

The official unveiling of the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is less than a week away – July 27, Wednesday.

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T-Mobile to start taking Galaxy Note7 pre-orders next week

According to a new rumor, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note (dubbed Galaxy Note7) – which is set to made official in the first week of August – will be available to pre-order at T-Mobile sometime next week, and the carrier will start selling the device on August 2.

The rumor doesn’t say that pre-orders will be exclusive to the magenta carrier, meaning it’s likely that other major US carriers will also start accepting pre-orders for the device around the same time.

While the August 2 unveiling is confirmed, there has been no official word on the phone’s pricing and availability so far.

Although some reports have said the unveiling and launch will happen on the same day (which kind of adds weight to the current rumor), we’d still advise you to take this latest piece of information with a healthy dose of suspicion.

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The new Redmi Pro is rumored to be Xiaomi’s most expensive Redmi ever

Earlier today the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Pro got portrayed in some hands-on images for the first time. They have once again shown us its dual rear camera arrangement, the brushed metal look, and the fingerprint scanner on the front.

Its maker has also confirmed that the Redmi Pro is powered by MediaTek’s Helio X25 chipset, which boasts a deca-core CPU clocked at up to 2.5 GHz. One thing that’s remained a mystery so far is the Redmi Pro’s pricing.

Well, according to a rumor from Weibo (China’s Twitter, basically), this model will be Xiaomi’s most expensive Redmi ever. It will start at CNY 1,299 (approximately $194 or €177), and there will be a higher-end version priced at CNY 1,399 ($209 or €191). It’s unclear exactly what will differentiate the two. Also, don’t forget that this is just an unconfirmed rumor for now, so it may not pan out. We’ll know for sure on July 27, at the Redmi Pro’s official unveiling.

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Now it’s time for the iPhone 7 Plus (or iPhone 7 Pro) to star in a video leak

Just a few short hours ago we brought yet another leaked video of the iPhone 7 to your attention, and now it’s time for something similar. Yet this is also somewhat of a special occasion, since it’s the first time we’re able to glance at the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 Pro on video.

It’s a short recording, for sure, but it’s thankfully much higher-res than the aforementioned outing of the iPhone 7 from earlier. The video shows the bigger model’s back in three different color versions – grey, silver, and rose gold. On top of all of those (literally) sits an iPhone 7 for good measure. The much-rumored dual-camera arrangement for Apple’s bigger iPhone coming this year can be clearly seen.

Unfortunately there’s no shot of the lower part of the back of the phone, where the Smart Connector pins ought to be if Apple makes that one of this handset’s features. We also have to mention that recently there’s been some controversy regarding how many iPhone models Apple will launch this year.

At the beginning we thought it would be two (like in the past couple of years), but then some rumors out of China claimed there would actually be a trio – the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the even more expensive iPhone 7 Pro. The Pro is said to sport the Smart Connector and the dual-camera might be exclusive to it too, but it should come with the same 5.5-inch display as the iPhone 7 Plus.

On the other hand, a highly regarded leakster has mentioned that there are in fact only two iPhone models coming this year. This means the one bigger iteration will come with all of those features rumored for just the Pro model in the ‘three model’ mumblings. It’s all a bit confusing right now, but we’ll surely be more confident about which way things are headed once we get closer to Apple’s September unveiling event.

Finally, let’s address another elephant in the room. All of the iPhone 7 leaks we’ve seen so far (including those for the Pro and Plus variations) seem to show dummy units or simply rear casings for the devices, and not actual working smartphones. This means there’s a high possibility for all of these to have just been built by some Chinese makers according to purported schematics that have been leaked long ago. So there’s a slight chance that something’s off about those, hence the final design of the phones may be a bit different.

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Analyst says Xiaomi Note 2 coming in August

While earlier rumors have suggested that the Xiaomi Note 2 will be made official this month, it is now being said that the unveiling will happen sometime next month. The latest piece of information comes from popular analyst Pan Jiutang.

This is inline with the August time-frame already revealed by Xiaomi co-founder Liwan Jiang – Jiang basically said that some high-end products will be launched in the month of August.

As for Note 2’s specs, latest rumors say the device is powered by Snapdragon 821 chipset, and sport a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED touchscreen. RAM options include 4GB and 6GB, with 64GB and 128GB internal memory, respectively.

In terms of camera, the handset features a 12MP rear unit. A large 3,700mAh battery is there to keep the lights on. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the front.

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New leak suggests Galaxy Note7 will pack in 3,500mAh battery

Up until now, rumors have suggested a 3,600mAh or 4,000mAh battery for the upcomingSamsung Galaxy Note7. However, according to a new leak, the phone will pack in a 3,500mAh battery. The leak comes in the form of a Note7 information page published by South Korea Telecom.

The page in question also reveals that the device weighs in at 169g (meaning it’s lighter than its predecessor Note5, which weighed 171g), and measures 73.9(W) x 153.5(L) x 7.9(H)(mm). Other information revealed by the leak, including QHD display is in line with what rumors/leaks have revealed so far.

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