It’s yet another leak courtesy of @evleaks, and this time it’s the Huawei Mate 9 that gets pictured..
What do we know about this ? Well, there’s rumours of a curved 5.9″ screen, a 20 megapixel dual-lens camera and possibly 6GB of RAM. We’re expecting a November 3rd announcement and a premium price. There’s rumours that another flat-screen version could be on the horzion (slightly copying the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge) and perhaps a 1080p and QHD split.
Nine different colour choices plus a metal body are said to be arriving.
More as we get it on this one.
Serial leaker Evan Blass is rarely wrong when it comes to upcoming handsets and gadgets. He’ll get the pictures and the gossip ahead of time and today he’s revealed that Google will indeed be stepping into the Smartwatch ring very soon indeed.
As we mentioned before, Google seems to be firing directly at Apple currently, with similarly spec’d and similarly priced smartphones getting the full Google advertising push with network availability too. The “Pixel Project” (as I’m calling it) has pushed hardware partner HTC back into the shadows, as Google promotes the phones as 100% their own..
“Hardware and software made by Google”. Ouch..
The upcoming watches, which will be released with Android Wear 2.0, are expected in Q1 2017. They were rumoured a number of months ago now, and carried the codenames “Angelfish” and “Swordfish”. The larger “Angeldish” model will apparently be getting GPS, 4G and a heart rate sensor. The smaller “Swordfish” one may just have Bluetooth connectivity and will slave off your Android device.
Other than that, we don’t know a great deal. However, what we can see is a growing trend from Google to push out their own kit and their own range of devices, even if it means that other Android and Android Wear manufacturers suffer as a consequence. Google had their own Chromebook, and now have a tablet, streaming media dongle, VR headset, thermostat and mobile phones. A new smartwatch could complement the line-up well.
HTC have got a lot of ground to make up. They’ve got less cash coming in and have recently launched a brand new handset with no NFC in it. Now there’s another mid-range device coming, this time with a 5.5″ screen.
It’s the Bolt, known internally as the “Acadia” and apparently packs 64GB of on-board storage plus a microSD card slot for more. It has 3GB RAM and a USB-C port but, hold the front page, no 3.5mm audio jack. Woah there. Who’d be insane enough to leave out a 3.5mm audio port? You’ve got to be bonkers to do something like that. :)
A fingerprint scanner sits at the back and there’s an 18 megapixel camera at the back with an f/2.0 lens. Up front is an 8 megapixel selfie shooter.
More details as we get it on this one, but as we’re rattling towards Christmas it should really be appearing any day now.
Recently HTC have announced the HTC Desire 10 and are working with Google on the Pixel handsets, although you wouldn’t really know about that as Google are pushing their own involvement quite heavily.
Looks like someone at Carphone Warehouse is going to be buying the Fail cakes after full details and product shots of the Pixel and Pixel XL spilled all over the interwebs.
The actual launch is tomorrow, but we now have various photos and specs of both devices. These seem to match up pretty closely with what we expected already and include a Snapdragon 821 on the Pixel with a quad-core 2.15GHz CPU, 4GB RAM and a 5-inch 1080 x 1920p display. The camera setup is believed to be the same on both devices – a 12 megapixel rear shooter and an 8 megapixel front. It’s to be powered by Android Nougat (7.1) and will have a 2,770mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the Pixel XL is showing as having a 5.5″ 2560×1440 screen and a 3450 mAh battery. Both devices will get a round rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a choice of 32 or 128GB of storage.
We’ll be bringing you the event live tomorrow so, if you want to get the latest, join us for that.