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Razer Could Be Working On A Smartphone For ‘Hardcore Gamers’

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Razer is a company that rose to fame thanks to its gaming mice, but the company has since expanded its offerings with keyboards, speakers, headsets, and even computers. This is why the idea of Razer potentially expanding into the mobile market doesn’t really come as a complete surprise, especially with their recent acquisition of Nextbit.

Now it seems that according to a report from Bloomberg (via Gadgets 360), the company is apparently developing a smartphone of its own that would be targeting the “hardcore gamer”. Details about the device are scarce at the moment so it’s hard to imagine what they could be working on that would result in a device that is aimed at gamers.

However it seems that the idea might not be so ludicrous, thanks to a report from last month where Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan revealed the company’s plans to disrupt the mobile gaming market. Tan was quoted as saying, “Right now I don’t see any mobile device or software platform that really fulfills the needs of the [mobile] gamer.”

We have seen companies create phones designed for gaming, like with the Nokia N-Gage and the Sony Xperia Play, although neither really quite achieve mainstream success, possibly due to the fact that both are rather niche products, but given that Apple managed to take tablets mainstream, we suppose Razer could be the one to take gaming phones to new heights.

Razer Could Be Working On A Smartphone For ‘Hardcore Gamers’ , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Might Not Launch A Bixby Speaker After All

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Following the success of the Amazon Echo, we saw it spawn devices like the Google Home and the Apple HomePod. Given Samsung’s competitive nature, it was reported that Samsung might have something similar in the works that would be powered by Bixby. However accord to the latest reports out of Korea, that may no longer be the case.

In a report from The Investor, it seems that Samsung might have given up on their plans to launch a Bixby-powered speaker. The device, apparently codenamed Vega, was in the works for more than a year, but it seems that Samsung has decided that such a device might not be very marketable.

The source was quoted as saying, “Samsung currently does not view Al speakers as marketable, as the global market is already dominated by unbeatable Amazon and the Korean market is too small to make profits.” It is true that Amazon’s Echo speakers are pretty dominant at the moment given their varying price points, but considering that the market is still pretty new, the number one spot isn’t necessary set in stone yet.

According to analyst Kim Jong-ki, he suggests that Samsung may instead take a wait-and-see attitude instead of jumping right in. At the moment Bixby Voice is only just rolling out in the US, so it remains to be seen if the service is used often enough and is well-received for Samsung to consider a Bixby-powered speaker in the future.

Samsung Might Not Launch A Bixby Speaker After All , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New iPhone 8 Leak Shows Off Rear-Facing Fingerprint Sensor

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

In a recent set of renderings uploaded by Forbes in collaboration with Nodus that are allegedly based on the actual iPhone 8 CAD files, it would seem to suggest that one of our fears of the iPhone 8 has passed, which is that Touch ID will not be placed on the back of the phone. However a recent set of photos posted on Slashleaks (via BGR) tells a different story.

As you can see in the photo above, it shows the alleged rear casing of the iPhone 8, and at the back there is a circular cutout below the Apple logo that seems to suggest that’s where Touch ID could be relocated to. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the possibility that Touch ID could be placed on the back, but at this stage of the game, it certainly is confusing.

It is possible that what we are looking at is a prototype. After all companies like Apple tend to go through multiple prototypes, even working ones, to decide on which is the best solution. In fact if Apple were to fail to put Touch ID under the display of the iPhone 8, the previous report from Forbes suggested that it could instead be placed on the power button at the side of the phone ala Sony.

In any case clearly this should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but with all the back and forth, it’s starting to get a bit hard at telling which is the real deal.

New iPhone 8 Leak Shows Off Rear-Facing Fingerprint Sensor , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Intel Has Reportedly Disbanded Its Wearable Division

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

When Intel acquired Basis, it appeared as though the company was interested in pursuing the wearables market. However according to a report from CNBC (via AppleInsider), the publication cited sources who claims that Intel has apparently disbanded its wearable division where the company will now apparently focus on augmented reality.

If this sounds familiar, it is because earlier this year during CES, Intel’s VP of wearables seemed to suggest that Intel could be moving away from making their own wearables and instead focus on partnerships/collaborations. The latest report from CNBC seems to have all but confirmed it, except that Intel seems to be out of the wearables game for now.

In fact there have been signs that this was an inevitability. CNBC quotes a TechCrunch article from back in November last year which said that Intel was taking a step back from wearables. This was after their plans for the Basis fitness watch did not pan out the way that they had hoped. The company at that time had denied that they stepping back, but given that we have since seen a lack of new wearables from the company, it is clear that won’t be happening anytime soon.

Intel has yet to comment on CNBC’s report or issue an official statement, so for now we guess you should probably take it with a grain of salt.

Intel Has Reportedly Disbanded Its Wearable Division , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New Rumor Suggests iPhone SE Will Be Launched In August

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

While Apple has mostly focused on its flagship iPhones, the company has in the past tried to launch “cheaper” versions of the iPhone in an attempt to widen its appeal, such as the iPhone 5c and the iPhone SE, although admittedly neither of them have had the same amount of success as Apple’s main iPhone lineup.

This is why it did not come as a surprise to learn that Apple might not be refreshing the iPhone SE this year, but apparently that might not be the case. According to a report from French blog iGeneration (via MacRumors), it seems that Apple could actually introduce a new iPhone SE later this year, possibly alongside the new iPhones in late August which is when the rumored event is said to take place.

The article’s author Mickaël Bazoge told MacRumors that the information was received from a new source with an unproven track record, but he still felt that the source seemed “reliable” anyway. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but this is the first time we’re hearing that Apple could have a new iPhone SE.

Last year famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the company would not be refreshing the iPhone SE in the first half of 2017, which proved to be true, but there was no mention as to whether or not this was applicable to the second half. We suppose it remains to be seen, but we’ll definitely keep our eyes and ears peeled for more information.

New Rumor Suggests iPhone SE Will Be Launched In August , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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JP Morgan Analyst Says The iPhone 8 Will Ship In September

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

There have been talks that Apple’s much talked about and highly-anticipated iPhone 8 could be delayed. This is apparently due to the complexity involved in the production of certain components, plus we’ve also recently heard that one of Apple’s PCB suppliers has pulled out, forcing Apple to invest in its own equipment.

However according to an investor’s note by JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall as seen by AppleInsider, it seems that Hall is pretty optimistic that the iPhone 8 will still be shipped in September. We should point out the fact that Apple has yet to make any kind of official announcement, but based on previous releases, September is a pretty safe bet unless Apple decides to change things up.

Now despite Hall’s optimistic prediction, he does caution that while the iPhone 8 could ship in September, supply of the phone will be tightly constrained due to various production issues. This seems to be in line with earlier rumors that suggest that the iPhone 8 won’t be delayed, but rather it will be in limited supply at the start and could be that way until 2018.

In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but if you’re someone who must have the latest gadget on launch day, then we guess you should probably be ready to hit that order button once orders have gone live.

JP Morgan Analyst Says The iPhone 8 Will Ship In September , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Alleged LG V30 Spotted On Benchmarks

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

The LG V30 is LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone, or at least its second flagship smartphone of the year. The handset is rumored to pack the latest hardware under its hood, and thanks to a recent benchmark sighting, it seems that some of the rumors have been confirmed, such as the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM.

Given that the LG G6 was launched with the Snapdragon 821 instead of the 835, we guess it makes sense that LG would be equipping the LG V30 with the 835. RAM-wise it seems that LG won’t be going beyond 4GB, which honestly would have been a bit of an overkill. Interestingly enough it also appears that the LG V30 is running Android 7.1.2 Nougat on the benchmarks.

We would have liked to see it run Android 8.0 “O”, but given that Google has yet to confirm the release of Android O, we guess we can’t really fault LG for this, but hopefully when Android O is released, LG won’t make customers wait too long before the update is issued. Other than that the benchmarks don’t really reveal anything else.

There are rumors suggesting that the LG V30 could be ditching the secondary ticker display which was one of its key features, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Recent alleged renders also seems to confirm dual rear-facing cameras, but in any case we should have the official details on the 31st of August, so check back with us then for more updates.

Alleged LG V30 Spotted On Benchmarks , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Rumored To Product Apple’s 2018 iPhone Chipsets

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

For a while Samsung was chosen by Apple to be one of their manufacturers for their A-series chipsets used in their iPhones and iPads. However the legal dispute between both companies as well as Apple’s desire to not be over-reliant on one supplier has led to Apple working with both Samsung and TSMC.

However in recent times, it seems that TSMC has scored an exclusive manufacturing agreement with Apple, but apparently that is set to change in 2018. According to a report from The Investor, Samsung will apparently be joining TSMC in manufacturing the chipsets for 2018’s iPhones.

That being said, we doubt that this will have an impact on the end results of the phone. In the past Apple has used Samsung and TSMC and apart from some slight discrepancies in battery life, which admittedly is probably more felt on paper than in real-life usage, there were no perceivable differences in performance.

However the upside is that given that how many iPhones that Apple tends to manufacture, an with analysts predicting a super-cycle, it will be good business for Samsung, but take it with a grain of salt for now since we haven’t heard anything official from Apple or Samsung yet.

Samsung Rumored To Product Apple’s 2018 iPhone Chipsets , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iPhone 8’s Touch ID Could Find Its Way Into The Power Button Instead

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

Image credit – Nodus and Gordon Kelly/Forbes

There has been a bit of speculation regarding the placement of Touch ID in the upcoming iPhone 8. Some rumors are saying it will be embedded in the display, while some are saying it could be placed on the back. Now a new report by Gordon Kelly at Forbes has suggested a new potential placement for the fingerprint scanner.

According to the report, it seems that Kelly has managed to obtain CAD files that are allegedly that of the iPhone 8, and together with case designer Nodus, they have managed to piece together a rendering of what the phone could look like. He also states that the power button on the iPhone 8 will be larger, and because of its larger size, Apple could potentially fit Touch ID into it as an alternative should the in-screen sensor not work out.

This is an interesting choice as companies such as Sony have adopted a similar placement for their phones. Whether or not Apple will resort to this placement remains to be seen. Other nuggets of information in Kelly’s report “confirms” the new orientation of the dual cameras on the phone, which apparently are better for taking photos in landscape mode.

He also confirms that the Lightning port will remain so for those worried that Apple might swap to USB-C, you can relax knowing that your Lightning-based accessories will still be compatible. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but what do you guys think of the design? Is this an iPhone you might be interested in?

iPhone 8’s Touch ID Could Find Its Way Into The Power Button Instead , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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2018’s Galaxy S9 And Note 9 Rumored To Retain The Same Display Sizes

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is barely half a year old and the Galaxy Note 8 has yet to be announced, but it seems that the rumor mill isn’t taking a break because it looks like some information regarding the 2018 Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9 has been revealed, with the information being about their display sizes.

In a report from The Investor, there have been claims made by unnamed industry sources who say that for the Galaxy S9 next year, Samsung will be retaining the same display sizes as this year’s models. This means that the Galaxy S9 will sport a 5.77-inch display, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will feature a larger 6.22-inch display.

The report goes on to claim that this will be the same for the Note 9 in which it will keep the same display size as the Note 8, which at the moment is rumored to be 6.32-inches. Given that the Note 8 has yet to be officially announced (we’re hearing end August), we’re not even sure if those rumors are true to begin with.

Take it with a grain of salt for now, but we suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised if Samsung were to retain the same display sizes. After all phones these days are already pretty huge and it’s not often that OEMs go beyond 6-inches these days, so it’s not as if we expect next year’s models to make that jump.

2018’s Galaxy S9 And Note 9 Rumored To Retain The Same Display Sizes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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