New Amazing LG V30 Render Leaks. Galaxy Note 8 Killer?

We have a new render of the V30 that got leaked by Evan Blass. It looks beautiful with it’s edge-to-edge display. Will probably feature Snapdragon 835 processor just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 will be running. We can see the dual-lens camera on the back. What I like here about this render is it seems like it won’t be having a glass back. But I may be wrong because some rumors points to a leaked glass panel.

Both the OLED iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have a glass back. Which is bad if you drop the device by accident. Many of us don’t like to use extra cases. My S8 is already have glass shattered on the back and will probably cost 200 euro to replace so no point. Another thing with the V30 is it probably won’t have a removable battery option. We saw LG doing that with the G4 and G5. The G5 had this modular design that kind of failed.

We are expecting the new V30 to go official on August 31. And released date September 15. Standard variant seems like it will cost 700 dollar and a plus variant of V30 will cost 875 dollar. So what you get in Plus variant? More storage, wireless charging and better audio. For me personally it doesn’t seem to be that much worth it. Who uses wireless charging? Almost nobody. Too gimmicky.

I really do hope the V30 has an IP67 rating. The IP rating on Samsung phones have almost performed well for me. The IP rating on iPhone 7 was horrible for me. Two of my iPhone 7s got destroyed being in Water and Coca-Cola for me. I hope LG provide a quality protection and not just splash protection.

Other specs rumors are 4GB Ram, 6″ QHD+ Display FullVision OLED. Compared to the G6 it looks like the V30s camera will bump out a little. The G6 has a flat camera on back that doesn’t stand out from the body. The user interface will be LG’s UX 6.0. It will feature a floating bar with useful common settings. Kind of like Samsung is doing with their main phones. V30 will also feature Always on Display (AOD), also same as Samsung to quickly see the clock and other important functions without having to fully turn the display on. Other features in LG’s AOD will be Quick Tools, Music Player and a personal photograph.

V30 will also have face recognition that will be able to unlock the device even when the display is turned off. This is something that the Samsung Galaxy S8 cannot do. But I find face recognise feature to be working real well on the Samsung phone. Even better than the Iris scanner that scans your eyes.

LG have also said that the V30s camera will feature the largest aperture and most clear lens ever to be in a smartphone. it will feature F/1.6 lens that will bring in 25% more light than F/1.8 lens which sounds impressive. The V30 should be way better in colour reproduction.

I am looking forward to the LG V30! Are you?

I also did a quick comparison against older LG back designs!

Have an awesome day.

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Adrian

 

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New Nokia 8, HMD Bringing The Nokia Brand Back With Style!

Today I want to talk about the new Nokia 8 that got announced. This is their high-end spec phone that will compete against Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8. This phone has a 5.3″ IPS LCD Display with QHD resolution. Gorilla Glass 5 that curves 2.5D. The phone is built into a metal shell. Which I love because the glass back on iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be painful if you accidentally drop the device.

The phone comes with Snapdragon 835. Same chipset that’s inside Samsung Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5. It will also come with dual lens 13MP camera with Zeiss technology. The front facing camera is also 13MP. The aperture on rear and front are both f/2.0. You will be able to livestream with this phone both the front and back camera at the same time. HMD call it Dual-Sight. It’s a flashy feature but I don’t think many will use it.

A camera division inside Nokia called OZO have developed better surround audio recording for the Nokia 8 that will go well with the 4K video recording. How good it will actually be who knows. The phone will have Google photos as it’s default gallery app. Where you get unlimited photo and video storage in the cloud. Also the phone as microSD card slot and 64GB of built in storage.

It’s going to cost around €600 and be out on the market to buy in September. The month when we expect Apple to unveil three new iPhones. The OLED iPhone 8. And the two standard LCD new iPhones possible be named iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

So how does the new Nokia 8 compare to the low end Nokia 3? The biggest difference is how Nokia 8 will be using a faster chipset the Snapdragon 835. Nokia 3 is using a slower Mediatek MT6737 chipset. An Octa-core setup inside Nokia 8 and just quad-core in Nokia 3. Mali-T720MP1 GPU in Nokia 3 vs. Adreno 540 in Nokia 8. If I’m going to be honest I’m not really sure if 540 will perform that much better in gaming. And then we also have this thing how most Android games people play aren’t super heavy in the graphics area. And if they are they usually have ways to optimise the speed for your GPU.

Nokia 3 comes with 8MP front and rear. Here we will get a much bigger improvement with Nokia 8’s first dual-camera on rear and 4K support. And front facing 13MP camera. Usually you get pretty bad camera performance with phones around €200 price-range. Nokia 8 will cost like three Nokia 3 it’s cheap for a high end phone but expensive compared to Nokia 3.

In terms of battery you get around 500mAh more in Nokia 8. Which really doesn’t sound like that of an improvement. It has a higher resolution display with gorilla glass 5 as well. But still LCD so not sure if it will be worth it’s high price. Nokia 8 is using USB-Type C so maybe it will be able to charge up your phone faster.

But I feel like there is something missing with even this first high end new Nokia branded phone. I don’t see anything specific that would make it stand out in the smartphone market 2017. That is highly competitive already. Both Sony and HTC are struggling to find their place. And that the Nokia 8 has no edge-to-edge display and standard battery I’m really not sure if it can become a mainstream success. Of course the hardcore fans will buy it because of the brand. But if they are in it for the long term then they need to step their game up in the future.

For example the Nokia 3 had such a boring launcher. It was very close to stock Android. Which I don’t get why they use. All serious phone companies 2017 design their own UI. Samsung, Apple, LG, HTC, DOOGEE and many others. People want to have a unique experience.

And you can really get good devices these days running with Android for around €150-250 price range. For example I just checked out the brand new DOOGEE BL5000 which is a €130 phone and has most of what a person needs. The camera could be better but other than that it’s pretty amazing what they have accomplished with this phone. Pack in a 5050mAh battery for that low price with a premium body feel is amazing. And not just that but that they have made their own custom launcher for a more special experience. Check out my BL5000 review here.

Yes the Nokia 8 will also have a IP54 rating. Which makes it dust and splash resistant. But Samsung phones for €300 already have that and a better rating even! So I really do believe that with Nokia 8 they will try to ride on the brand name to sell as many units as possible. But we do remember the Windows Phone failure. I really hope the Nokia brand get’s taken more care of under HMD. And there is good signs of that because HMD is also a finnish company.

Can the Nokia 8 compete against brand new iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8? I really don’t think so. Galaxy Note 8 will have it’s premium S-Pen feature. iPhone 8 will have a premium edge-to-edge AMOLED display. And a higher IP68 rating. And Apple’s latest optimized iOS 11 software. Which creates a unique experience. Will stock Android be interesting on Nokia 8? Probably not. Samsung also has a custom UI on Galaxy S8 with their Samsung Experience that they call it.

Overall I just want to say that the competition is getting more intense. You cannot make a mediocre phone anymore. People demand higher quality. Especially with all the new chinese phone companies that can offer great products for half the price of a famous brand.

My first phone was the Nokia 6070. It was amazing. I hope Nokia can come back strong and create magic again but I doubt it.

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Adrian

 

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Huawei Mate 10 Leaked Photos and Specs!

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It looks like Huawei’s new high-end phone which is expected to be released in the upcoming months has been leaked on a chinese social media network called weibo. A website called androidcrunch wrote this article with the rumored Mate 10 photos.

I used the Huawei Mate 9 as my main phone for a couple of months and I really liked it. So what will the new Mate 10 have in specs?

First it’s suppose to upgrade the processor chipset to Hisilicon Kirin 970, Mate 9 use 960.

It will improve battery life and device performance and come with 6GB ram support and 64GB internal storage. With microSD card support up to 256GB.

Mate 9 uses a 5.9″ display the Mate 10 is rumored to use a 6.1″ Full-screen display with QHD res with 486ppi.

Probably will look similar to Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 by using more screen on the front of the phone. Sony with Sony Xperia XZ1 is rumored to still have thick borders on the front. Which many people don’t like.

It seems the Mate 10 also will switch to AMOLED display just as the new high-end iPhone 8 is rumored to also start to use AMOLED. Going away from LCD. At least on their most exclusive high-end phones. iPhone 8 will still have 2 cheaper models with LCD display.

The camera is rumored to be a Dual Camera setup with traffic light design. But in the center on the rear side of the phone. The iPhone 8 will have it on the left side of the phone. Leica branding probably. Mate 10 will probably come with Android 7.0 pre-installed and their own custom UI that they call EMUI on top. Android O is in development and is expected to be released August 2017 in a few weeks.

In battery 4000mAh is rumored and with fast charging. For some reason I feel that the devices is charging slower and slower over the years. My Galaxy S8 charges full battery in 1.5 hours. So even when we get bigger displays over the years the battery charge time seems to take a hit. Which is sad. We want devices that can fully charge the device in 25 minutes or less.

Also we are expecting to see a fingerprint sensor below the camera. Just as LG did with the LG G6. And how Huawei did with their previous Mate 9. Which is the best location for a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 8 is supposed to not even have a fingerprint scanner! Only a face scanner. Which is sad when many enjoy that scanner.

Mate 10 is rumored to cost around $1,000. Which is sad. It seems most phone companies these days just keep raising the prices year after year. Because they see people keep buying super expensive phones.

My favorite thing with the Mate 10 will for sure be the bezel-less design. I might even go back to Huawei and use the Mate 10 as my main phone. I switched to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 when it came out. But I have been disappointed with this device. The S8’s back is glass and sensitive if you damage it. If the back get’s damaged then you have to replace the full back!

I want Samsung to go back to what they do best. Removable plastic backs and S-Pen phones. I am looking forward to Samsung Galaxy Note 8 because the S-Pen make that Note series truly stand out. Nobody can compete against Samsung in that area. But I’m sad the Note 8 will have a glass back too. And it will be heavier phone as well. And I’m sad iPhone 8 won’t have a fingerprint reader. So I think maybe Huawei Mate 10 will be my next main phone.

LG also did a great job with the G6. And they have an upcoming LG V30 coming out soon. Which looks amazing. I think that phone will be able to compete against the Mate 10. I think the Mate 9 had an amazing design. It felt manly. With no glass back but full premium aluminum body. And super fast fingerprint reader. It doesn’t have dust or water resistance which is a little bad but for most it won’t be a major problem.

It does look like the new Mate phone will be using a more flat camera that doesn’t stand out from main phone. Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu have also claimed Mate 10 will be more powerful than the iPhone 8. He probably meant in processor speed. Which is awesome. But then again Apple usually optimises their App Store apps to run in perfection on the latest iPhone so don’t think Apple users will complain.

Mid-October 2017 is when we think the Mate 10 will be released. So it will be one of the last high end phones coming out of 2017. Other phones we are expecting to come out soon are the Google Pixel 2. I never picked up the first one because the price was ridiculous around €1,000 euro in Europe. And that was months after release! For some reason these Pixel phones seems to have a struggle to be released fast on a mass-scale. The demand for them was super high.

But it only seems like Apple and Samsung are the ones who can release their new high end phones fast on the market. The Google Pixel 2 is rumored to feature an Active Edge squeezable body. HTC will produce the next Pixel phone with this feature that probably will be similar to the Edge sense tech inside the HTC U11.

I don’t think the Pixel 2 will be able to compete against the Mate 10. Because it will still have same bezel size as last years model according to rumors. Which makes it look outdated 2017. LG is rumored to build the larger XL phone variant. Which sounds a bit confusing.

The main phones I’m looking forward to the most here end of 2017 is: Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8, Mate 10, LG V30 and Sony Xperia XZ1.

Here I have a helpful article comparing the new iPhone 8 rumored specs vs. Galaxy S8!

What is your favorite phone you are looking forward too?

Thanks for reading!

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Adrian

 

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New Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Leaked Wallpapers!

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Soon the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released by Samsung. Here are 13 official HD wallpapers leaked. These wallpapers will be inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Most of them seems to be of a very calm theme one is showing an ocean, another some mountains and a third some clouds. If you wanna see them all hit up the download link: Click Here!

Expectations!

So what’s the deal with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 anyway? What can we expect? The latest phone we saw from Samsung in the Note series was the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note FE. Which isn’t actually that new other than having an updated safer battery. After the Galaxy Note 7 battery issue that made Samsung haven’t to stop selling the Note 7 they made a massive loss of money. And they suddenly had a bunch of spare Note 7 parts they couldn’t sell! So they created the Note FE.

But what about the Note 8? What is different if we compare the Note 8 vs. Note FE? Let’s see what the rumors are saying.

The first thing that is different is that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a 6.3″ display vs. Note FE’s 5.7″ display. They both have very similar ppi pixel density over 500+. And they both have Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection. The Note 8 is rumored to have 6GB of ram instead of Note FE’s 4GB ram. So 2GB higher! Also the Note 8 is expected to have a 8MP front facing camera which is better than Note FE that only has 5MP. Note 8 is expected to have 3300mAh battery so 100mAh higher than Note FE. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had 3500mAh.

But the biggest difference of all is of course the price where the new Note 8 will cost around 30% higher than the Note FE. Will it really be worth it? We had some rumors that maybe we would see a 256GB Note 8 but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore! The max seems to be 128GB Internal of storage with 6GB of ram.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have 1 big difference that can make it worth the upgrade from the Note FE. And that is a brand new dual-camera setup with OIS. One thing that will keep be annoying on the Note 8 is the placement of the fingerprint sensor. Which is still located at the side of the camera. On the Galaxy S8 it is also and it’s very hard to unlock without getting errors. Because you misplace your finger.

What is the solution on the fingerprint placement problem for Samsung? The solution is in the Galaxy S9 put it below the camera! Just as the Huawei Mate 9 and the LG G6 is doing! Much better placement. And it always works as it should. Actually Mate 9 is a bit sharper than G6 because the fingerprint sensor points in a bit. Kinda like a golf sand wedge! Or maybe not really..

So will the Note 8 truly be worth it’s price or will it be better to pick up a Note FE? We have to wait and see. Samsung is expected to announce the Note 8 at it’s Unpacked event in New York City on August 23. LG will also be ready to bring out a new sharp phone in August called the LG V30. So these next couple of months will be very exciting. We also have the new Sony Xperia XZ1 that just recently got leaked. And soon the iPhone 8 that also will be announced in the upcoming months.

In short, this is a bad time to buy a phone! Sell your old one fast and get ready for the new stuff.

But wait a second doesn’t Samsung already have a phone that kinda reminds about the Note 8 already? Yes they do and it’s called the S8+. The S8+ features a 6.2″ display and seems like the Note 8 will use the same CPU as that one, Exynos 8895 Octa-core. But the big difference will be that the S8+ is big but doesn’t have an S-Pen! The S8+ also do not have a dual-camera. But it’s interesting how the S8+ features a 3500mAh battery and the new Note 8 may only get a 3300mAh.

Which of course is a bit sad. Samsung has been a bit confusing this year with how many products they have been releasing. For example the new J5 that many times felt more premium than the new A5 2017. But the J5 was cheaper and featured a more updated Samsung UX! Which was very confusing for Samsung customers.

I am still very excited for the Galaxy Note 8 launch. Last year I was just about to buy the Note 7 but then they cancelled the device! They never released a Note 6 named phone which was confusing. But a Note 5 phone which I picked up and with just a 1 meter drop the back glass got smashed.. Which is a big problem with new Samsung devices. Stop using glass on the back! Apple learned their lesson and stopped using glass on back 2012 with the iPhone 5. Oh the nightmares with the broken glass on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S…

One main thing I hope with the Note 8 is that they try to make something special with the UI. To make the Note series stand out from the Galaxy series. Maybe more S-Pen features. Or just an improved S-Pen in general. I’m disappointed other companies haven’t tried to bring out a cool Stylus phone. Apple should do it! LG should do it! Sony should do it! I love the stylus!

Also not all Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s will be using Exynos 8895. But in other regions it will be using Snapdragon 835. Just as we saw with Galaxy S8. It is also the same processor as the brand new OnePlus 5 is using. It’s probably going to be running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Google is working on their new Android OS called Android O. But the Note 8 will probably not come shipped with that. Hopefully you will be able to buy the Note 8 already in September. Samsung usually seems to make a phone available in around a month after the announcement.

Any phone you want me to compare it too? iPhone 7 Plus probably! Apple please do a stylus phone. It will be a success! Steve Jobs never liked the stylus and yes with Windows Mobile it was kind of lame. But Samsung 2011 with the original Galaxy Note actually made a huge success with bringing back the stylus and making it cool again.

Thanks for reading!

Best Regards,

Adrian

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