Along with the Galaxy Note8 and the iPhone 8, Google's Pixel 2 and XL 2 are certainly the most anticipated smartphones that are yet to be unveiled this year.
The Pixel 2, as we recently learned, will be the first device to feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836 platform.
A new leak has now appeared revealing more info about the upcoming devices. According to the leaks, the Pixel 2 is made by HTC while LG is working on the Pixel XL 2. The Pixel 2 will reportedly feature a squeezable frame, like the HTC's U11, but it will carry a different name - Active Edge. This feature will let you invoke the Google Assistant by squeezing the phone's frame.
In just a little over a week, Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note8. Considering last year's fiasco with the Note7, it's pretty clear why the Note8 is one of the most anticipated devices this year.
The company published the first official teaser this week, but it didn't reveal much about the phone. However, according to numerous reports, we pretty much know what to expect. The Note8 will feature a dual rear camera setup, which will be the first with Samsung's smartphones.
Benchmarking results have also leaked showing Note8's performance with Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895, the two processors that the company will use, depending on the market.
Huawei should announce the Mate 10 flagship sometime in October, and we already have some idea of what to expect.
The company's CEO already confirmed that the phone would have bezel-less design and some reports suggest a 6.1-inch QHD screen. A new video has now appeared showing the 3D renders based on the actual schematics.
The phone does look good in the video, but we can't confirm if this is the final design, at this point. The phone should also feature a dual front and rear camera setup.
We heard that Samsung plans to introduce at least one new color option with the Galaxy Note8, and according to the latest rumors, Apple will do the same with the iPhone 8.
Multiple reports state that the company would introduce a color allegedly called Blush Gold. The color seems to be slightly darker than Apple's Rose Gold color.
Earlier rumors suggest that the iPhone 8 might come in fewer color options than Apple's previous phones. We will certainly see a black color option, but others are unknown at this point.
Before all of the hoopla of AMD's Ryzen Tech Day and the Radoen RX Vega unveiling, and then SIGGRAPH 2017 itself, I had a very important briefing with Qualcomm.
I knew to expect something impressive as always, but the message that Qualcomm pushed out was loud and clear: they're not just the "smartphone guys", they're the... well, everything guys.
Qualcomm briefed us on their new Spectra Module Program, which seems like an incredible leap in technology for something that's just a small part of the expansive smartphone experience.
We're just nine days away from the Galaxy Note8 launch, and Samsung has finally revealed the first official teaser.
The teaser doesn't reveal much, it's more of a pumping up the anticipation and playing with words. For example, the Korean company replaced the word 'talk' with the word 'act' and 'update' with 'innovate. At the end of the short video, Samsung invites us to "do bigger things" starting August 23rd.
Numerous reports stated that the Note8 would be Samsung's most expensive smartphone, and according to previous leaks, the 128GB version of the phone could carry a price tag of over $1,100. Interestingly, this is also around the rumored price of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8.
ZTE has announced its latest smartphone, the ZTE Blade Z Max. The phone comes with a huge 6-inch Full HD screen, and although it doesn't have the best specs, it does come at an affordable price.
The ZTE Blade Z Max is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 435 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
The phone has dual camera setup on the back (16MP + 2MP) and an 8MP front shooter.
There is always a war of specs when it comes to smartphones, screen size, resolution, megapixels, processing cores, RAM and such. One of the specs that seem to have always been improving is the aperture of the camera lens itself. With each generation of smartphone cameras, we have seen the aperture get wider and wider allowing for more and more light into the camera sensor at once.
These wider camera apertures (lower aperture number) have allowed for increasingly sharper images and the birth of 'bokeh' effects done with dual cameras. Without a properly sharp and wide aperture main camera, these bokeh effects would be pointless to impossible.
With LG's new V30, however, LG is raising (or lowering depending on how you see it) the bar. Their new camera lens in the V30 will have an aperture of F/1.6 which is the lowest of any camera phone anywhere, period.
HTC's U11 was launched back in May, and the phone's camera still has the highest score on DxOMark. It appears that the company is planning to launch a smaller variant of its successful flagship.
According to the latest report, HTC U11 Life, which is the alleged name of the phone, will feature a 5.2-inch screen. The device will be waterproof, and like its bigger sibling, it will lack the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The phone won't feature Snapdragon 835 as its big brother, but will instead come with Snapdragon 630. The HTC U11 Life will have 32GB of storage expandable via microSD card.
Just yesterday we got the first clear image of the iPhone 8 and now a short video of the alleged device has appeared. While we can't confirm its authenticity at this point, the phone does look similar to the device we have seen in previous leaks.
Although only five seconds long, the video shows the key components of the upcoming device. There's a vertically positioned rear dual camera setup and an iris scanner on the front.
The fingerprint sensor situation still isn't clear. The video doesn't reveal what will happen with this feature, but it is possible that it is embedded into the power button on the side of the phone. There's also a possibility that the company will ditch the Touch ID and go with just facial recognition.