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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Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 – Review

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The new Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 Edition I really do enjoy because of it’s premium build quality. The aluminium unibody is really a nice step up from the boring plastic feel from Galaxy J5 2016. This new model feels more like Samsung’s A5 series. Which always has been a bit more premium feel segment.

The last year’s A5 was kinda in a bad shape I think. I hated the glass back, Samsung still have glass back on the new 2017 edition but it is way more smooth rounded on A5 this year. Which makes it feel better.

But the new J5’s aluminium unibody feels even better! And it’s the perfect material if you would drop the device by accident. Because there is no glass back that would break as with the A5 series.

This phone comes packed with the latest Samsung UX, and Android 7.0. Which means it has some UI features designed the same way as the high-end Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus. The display is fairly large at 5.2″ with 720p Super AMOLED Screen. I’m not sure if I enjoy that. Even the cheaper phones constantly getting bigger. I would like to see more phones at 4.3″ again as the Galaxy S2 had.

The J5 has a fingerprint reader and Samsung Pay. The chipset is also good; Exynos 7870, 14nm: octa-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. The GPU is Mali-T830MP2. The Mali GPU performs well with Android’s GTA games. The camera is primary 13MP and a secondary 13MP as well. And Samsung is delivering good quality with the camera!

 

There are some bad things you still have the old microUSB port so it charges slower. And no Always-on Display feature, the A5 series have Always-on Display. And some people think 16GB is too low these days.

But then again this device is a mid-range smartphone. And of course you cannot remove the battery. The good old days with that feature with Samsung phones is more disappearing. You also don’t get a notification LED for new messages.

How does this phone compare to other popular phones? I have done some videos like Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 vs. Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 and there is very little difference between them. A5 Glass Back, J5 Aluminium. A5 IP68 Water and Dust resistant, J5 no IP-rating! A5 Always-on Display so you can see notifications even when the display is turned off, J5 no feature like that so you have to wake up the device old school way.

Is there any good cases available for the J5 2017 edition? Yes in fact Spigen premium case maker have made two nice cases. One is called Liquid Crystal. This case is a see through case. If you want a clarity case. If you want a case with better grip they have also released a case called Liquid Air Armor which is using a premium TPU layer.

How does the J5 compare against Samsung Galaxy S8? S8 got 570 ppi pixel density, almost double the J5’s 282 ppi. S8 is using Exynos 8895 and it’s Geekbench score is 6375 in multi-core. The J5 global is getting 3766 in multi-core. So the S8 is around double in terms of processor speed. S8 will come with Samsung DeX (desktop experience support). You need to buy a external gadget for around 100 euro to get DeX. It will turn your phone a bit into a laptop by using a bigger display. S8 also has faster battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0 with Type-C 1.0).

Then S8 has IP68 certification just as the A5 series. One of the big difference is how S8 comes with 64GB internal storage and 4GB ram. The only J5 2017 that comes close is the J5 Pro which has 3GB ram and 32GB storage. But the standard J5 the global edition comes with only 16GB of storage and 2GB of ram. So you will only be able to install a couple of high-end games like GTA San Andreas.

S8 also has a more beautiful edge-to-edge display and slimmer in width which gives it a more premium feel. But it also has a badly placed fingerprint sensor on the back which many times won’t recognise your finger. Or it can be hard to reach it. With the J5 the fingerprint reader is on the front so easier to get it right the first time.

It is also true that the Galaxy S8 has 4K video recording capabilities and some other features. But really who records video in 4K that much? The J5 can record in Full HD. The S8 cost almost 3-4x as much depending on the region you live in. Is it really worth it? The J5 is a great deal for the price it cost. I’m glad Samsung has brought out such a premium device at such an amazing price range.

It is even cheaper than when Samsung released the Galaxy S4 Mini for around 350 euro a couple of years back.

In terms of build quality as you can see my Galaxy S8 from a drop test the glass got shattered very badly. If it would have been a drop test with the J5 the back wouldn’t have gotten destroyed. So you even get a overall better build quality on the J5 it’s amazing. The S8 features Gorilla Glass 5 on front that might be stronger than the J5’s front. But if you buy a screen protector for J5 you can get decent protection fast.

Overall there is very little to complain about with this phone. I just want to say that Samsung did a really good job here. And I hope it won’t start to lag 6 months in. As Samsung’s Galaxy S6 lineup has suffered lot’s of problems with software that is slow.

Even my S8’s software is pretty badly optimised and I can detect lag in the photo gallery app. I hope Samsung works out their hardware and software failures which happens from time to time. Like with the Note 7 fiasco.

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Adrian

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