Google sells 2.1 million Pixel phones and now there is a competition to build the Pixel 3

As reported by the Digitimes, Google and HTC have sold 2.1 million Pixel phones to date. At the end of this year there will be a new Pixel released, which is reportedly being built by HTC.  The excitement over the Pixel has intrigued other manufacturers who are wanting to throw their hat in the ring to build the 3rd iteration of the phone.  According to the report, HTC will be competing against LG, TCL, and Coolpad.  If Google were to move away from HTC, I think the next logical choice would be LG as they have the ability to churn out a high volume of phones and would be able to provide quality parts that would rival all others in the industry.

 

Source – Digitimes

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Killer Feature

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 has many features that are alluring, but to me Samsung DeX could be the biggest technological leap forward.  If done correctly, DeX could be the beginning steps of your phone taking the place of your desktop computer.  The key to this will be how well the Snapdragon 835 works with the software to create a seamless and fast Desktop experience.

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus product announcement

Here is the product announcement for the new Galaxy S8.  Pre-Orders start tomorrow and will be in stores by April 21.

Display

5.8″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED

(2960×1440)

570 ppi

6.2″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED

(2960×1440)

529 ppi

  • *Infinity Display: a bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen.
  • *Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+(WQHD+) in Settings.
  • *Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners.

Camera

[FRONT]

  • 8MP AF
  • F1.7 Aperture
  • Pixel size: 1.22µm
  • Sensor size: 1/3.6″
  • FOV: 80
  • Wide selfie

[REAR]

  • Dual Pixel 12MP AF
  • OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • F1.7 Aperture
  • Pixel size: 1.4µm
  • Sensor size: 1/2.55″
  • FOV: 77
  • Max Zoom: 8x (digital)
  • Pro mode
  • Panorama
  • Slow motion
  • Hyperlapse
  • Food mode
  • Save as RAW file

[BOTH]

  • VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Selective focus (Bokeh effect)
  • Virtual shot
  • Motion photo
  • Filters
  • Stickers
  • Stamps
  • Grid line
  • Location tags
  • Timer
  • Quick launch
  • Voice control

Video Recording

  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
  • Digital Zoom 8x
  • High CRI LED Flash
  • Slow Motion video support for 720p at 240 fps
  • Hyperlapse video with stabilization
  • Continuous Autofocus video
  • Face Detection
  • Tracking AF
  • Take 9-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback Zoom
  • Video Location tags

Performance

AP

  • Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
  • Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor

Memory

4GB RAM (LPDDR4)

64GB (UFS 2.1)

Network & Connectivity

LTE Cat.16

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz),VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024QAM

Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)

Expandable Memory & SIM Card

Single SIM model: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 256GB)

Dual SIM model (Hybrid SIM slot): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 256GB)

OS

Android 7.0 (Nougat)

Audio

[Ultra High Quality Audio Playback]UHQ 32-bit &DSD support

  • PCM: Up to 32 bits
  • DSD: DSD64/128

[Audio Playback Format]

MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF

[Bluetooth]

Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy S8 or S8+ to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.

*The two connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output.

Scalable Codec: Bluetooth connection is stable even with ambient radio frequency interferences.

[Recording]

Recording quality is improved with the High AOP Mic that minimizes distortion in noisy environments.

*AOP: Acoustic Overload Point

[Bundled Earphones]

Pure sound by AKG

Hybrid canal type

2way Dynamic Unit

Video

[Video Playback format]

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

[TV Connection]

Wireless: Smart View (Miracast 1080p at 30 fps, mirroring support available for devices supporting Miracast or Google Cast.)

With cable: supports DisplayPort over USB type-C. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter. (DisplayPort 4K 60 fps)

Water Resistance

IP68

*Water resistant up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

Battery

Galaxy S8

[Battery Capacity]

3000mAh

[Battery Life]

  • MP3 playback (AOD on): up to 44 hrs
  • MP3 playback (AOD OFF): up to 67 hrs
  • Video playback: up to 16 hrs
  • Talk time: up to 20 hrs
  • Internet use (Wi-Fi): up to 14 hrs
  • Internet use (3G): up to 11 hrs
  • Internet use (4G): up to 12 hrs

Galaxy S8+

[Battery Capacity]

3500mAh

[Battery Life]

  • MP3 playback (AOD on): up to 50 hrs
  • MP3 playback (AOD OFF): up to 78 hrs
  • Video playback: up to 18 hrs
  • Talk time: up to 24 hrs
  • Internet use (Wi-Fi): up to 15 hrs
  • Internet use (3G): up to 13 hrs
  • Internet use (4G): up to 15 hrs

Charging

Fast Charging on wired and wireless

Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA

Sensors & Buttons

[Sensors]

  • Iris Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Gyro Sensor
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • HR Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor

[Buttons]

  • On/Off key
  • Volume key
  • Bixby key

Security

Authentication

  • Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password
  • Biometrics Lock Type: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition

Security

  • Knox protection: Real-time device monitoring and protection
  • Virus, malware prevention (Powered by Intel Security)
  • Secure Folder: A secure space on the device to keep content such as apps, photos, movies, and files private using either iris scanning or fingerprint scanning.

Payment

Samsung Pay

  • Credit & debit cards: supports MST/NFC
  • Membership cards
  • Gift cards
  • Transit cards
  • Reward point service

 

Intelligence

Bixby

  • Press the Bixby button to go to Bixby Home, or press and hold it to interact with Bixby using voice.
  • Talk
  • See
  • Recommend
  • Remind

*Available features and content providers may vary by country.

Customization

Edge Screen

Edge Panels: Apps edge, People edge, Smart select, Reminder, Tasks edge, Quick panel, Clipboard edge, Device Maintenance, Weather, Calendar

Edge Lighting

AOD(Always On Display)

AOD content: Choose from a variety of clock designs and information.

  • Clock: Digital clock, Analogue clock, World clock, and Edge clock (option to choose color and wallpaper.)
  • Active clock (with second hand)
  • Calendar
  • Image: Select an image from Gallery or Smart Select and set it as wallpaper for the AOD screen.
  • And more: Set custom text, date, battery level, app notifications, and song information.

FaceWidgets: Experience different widgets on the AOD screen by double-tapping the clock area.

Pin to AOD

  • Pin text and images you wish to remember to the AOD screen. The pinned memo can be easily viewed or deleted.
  • You can pin memo to the AOD screen using Reminder and Share via.

AOD Themes

  • Download AOD-exclusive themes from Theme Store.
  • Decorate your AOD screen with various themes.

Theme Services

Themes are sets of wallpaper, icons, and other design details available for download to the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Accessibility

accessibility

To continue making our technology accessible to everyone, Samsung has developed and applied a variety of technical solutions. With solutions for vision, hearing, dexterity and interaction, people with disabilities can easily use technology and take advantage of new and exciting features.

  • Voice Assistant
  • High Contrast Theme
  • Magnifier widget
  • Color Adjustment
  • Sound Detector
  • Flash notification
  • Universal Switch

Galaxy S8 benchmark leak

Below is the rumored benchmark for the Galaxy S8.  For reference the s7 Edge scores a single core score of 1911 and a multi score of 5620.  So almost no increase in single core performance but multicore benchmark shows a 7 percent increase in performance.

 

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Mar 06, 2017 Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeARMv8 1586 MHz (8 cores) Android 64-bit 1911 5620

source – slashleaks.com

Let the Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors flood in

We have less than a month before Samsung officially reveals the Galaxy s8 but the leaks now are coming in full force.  We seem to know just about everything now about specs and looks of the phone.  I hope Samsung still has an ace up their sleeve so that we will have something unforeseen at the official announcement.

  • Display: 5.8-inch
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB expandable via microSD
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Extras: USB Type-C

source – evleaks