Haven’t you heard? The “iPhone 7” is boring, if that’s what Apple decides to call its new 2016 flagship phone. But if the “iPhone 7” name isn’t used until next year, then the new 7 will be very exciting, and it’ll sport a radical redesign. Now, a Samsung marketing video perfectly explains why the iPhone is indeed due for a massive upgrade in 2017, at least when it comes to screen performance. More →
The iPhone 7 will be boring, according to many people who’re simply interested in brand new designs year after year, or at least every two years in Apple’s case. While we may have reached a plateau when it comes to designs of rectangular devices that hide impressive tiny computers behind gorgeous touchscreen displays, Apple might be working on a radical iPhone redesign for next year. Many reports suggested that at least a version of the 2017 iPhone will feature a curved OLED display and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen that will effectively kill the home button. A new finding suggests that Apple is indeed working on such technology, although it doesn’t indicate whether it would actually make it to market.
Several rumors in recent months have indicated that Apple is planning to give its flagship phone an AMOLED display sometime within the next couple of years. Although rival manufacturers such as Samsung have used AMOLED displays in their flagship devices for years, Apple has stuck with LCD for the iPhone. AMOLED displays deliver brighter colors, sharper images and better power efficiency compared to LCD, but they’re almost more expensive to mass produce.
That said, it looks like Apple is now running out of reasons to not adopt AMOLED displays for its iPhones because they’re now cheaper to produce than LCD displays. More →
Samsung has been recently accused of using recycled AMOLED displays in Galaxy smartphones on certain sites, where an alleged former employee said the company is using sub-par displays on some mobile devices, posting some supporting evidence, which has been since removed, as Phone Arena reports. Meanwhile, Samsung has denied the allegations on its blog, saying that it doesn’t use recycled AMOLED panels on new devices. More →
In addition to flooding the market with a variety of tablets meant to meet various needs, Samsung is apparently planning a new device that will offer user a unique display feature: an AMOLED display with 2K resolution (2560 x 1600), SamMobile has learned. While Samsung’s recent line of Pro tablets also come with high-resolution screens, they don’t have AMOLED displays. The company has not released a tablet with an AMOLED screen since the 2011 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab model. More →
Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung. Yonhap News Agency on Thursday reported that 11 suspects either currently or formerly employed by Samsung Mobile Display have been arrested. One 46-year-old researcher at Samsung is believed to have accepted a payment of nearly $170,000 from an unnamed “local rival firm” in exchange for trade secrets pertaining to proprietary Samsung technology used in the company’s AMOLED panels. The worker was deeply involved with the development of the technology in question, and he reportedly grew unhappy when he was passed over for an executive position at Samsung. According to authorities, the man unsuccessfully attempted to sell the information to a Chinese display manufacturer at that time. Experts believe that the technology in question will help Samsung take a leadership role in the emerging AMOLED TV market, which could be worth as much as $80 billion. More →
Nokia’s last Symbian smartphone, the 803: 4-inch AMOLED, Symbian Belle and the largest camera sensor you’ve ever seen
Information has been appearing in dribs and drabs about Nokia’s last Symbian smartphone, the Nokia 803, but a trusted source of ours has come through with some details that vary a bit from earlier reports. For starters, the Nokia 803 will run Symbian Belle and serve it up on a 4-inch AMOLED display instead of the smaller 3.5-inch screen that had been reported. An HDMI-out port, microSIM support and NFC are all a go as well. We have also been told that the Nokia 803 will feature one of the largest camera sensors — if not the largest camera sensor — ever seen on a mobile phone. The Nokia 803 is currently expected to be released in the May timeframe.
German gadget news site BestBoyZ has gotten its hands on one of LG’s upcoming mid-range handsets, the E730 Optimus Sol. Originally codenamed “Victor,” the device is equipped with a 3.8-inch AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor. The Optimus Sol runs Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and is loaded with LG’s custom Optimus user interface on top. It is unclear when the Optimus Sol will hit the market but rumor has it Vodafone will offer the device in black and silver when it finally launches. Hit the jump for two more images and a full hands-on video. More →
Sprint dropped the price of its Nexus S 4G smartphone to $99.99 on Friday. The Google-branded smartphone originally made its debut on Sprint on May 8th for $199.99. The Nexus S 4G offers a “pure Google” experience and runs the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. It also sports a 4-inch AMOLED display, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal memory and support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. If you’re looking for a solid device that’s going to be constantly updated with the freshest OS builds from Google, the Nexus S 4G is a good bet — and its new $99.99 price point just makes it a bit sweeter. More →
Images of a new HTC phone that’s currently being dubbed “Eternity” have apparently been leaked online. Reportedly it will land as one of the first Windows Phone Mango devices, which are set to begin launching this fall. Reportedly, the Eternity will be powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor and will come equipped with a 4.7-inch AMOLED display — a monster of a screen. Rumor has it there’s also an 8-megapixel camera, HDMI-out, 16GB of onboard storage, a 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats, 512MB of RAM, and a 1,650 mAh battery. The form factor reminds us of the HTC EVO 4G, the Inspire 4G, and the HD7, which are starting to feel a bit stale. There’s no word on when the Eternity will make its debut, but as we said earlier, we have a hunch it could be sometime this fall. More →
The DROID Incredible 2 recently landed on Verizon Wireless, and it has some tough shoes to fill. When the original launched, it was BGR’s favorite Android phone to date despite stiff competition from the Motorola DROID, which launched at the same time. The DROID Incredible 2 packs some decent hardware, like a 1GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video, and more, but its specs — and data speeds — don’t match those of phones at the higher end of Verizon’s portfolio. Is the DROID Incredible 2 a worthy successor to the original or does it fall short? Read on to find out!
Microsoft will reveal nine new Windows Phone handsets during its Windows Phone “Mango” press conference on Tuesday morning, according to WMPoweruser. Samsung is expected to have the lion’s share of devices with four new models, HTC and Acer are both expected to launch two, and Dell will supposedly reveal one. Reportedly, Samsung’s Windows Phones will bear some resemblance to its Galaxy S II device, and we’re hoping the phones are equipped with Samsung’s stunning Super AMOLED Plus displays, too. The new devices will hit the market in time for the holiday season according to the report, but no launch details are expected during the announcements. We’ll be reporting live from the press conference tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m., so stay tuned for more. More →
Verizon’s second 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung DROID Charge, is finally available. Here’s a quick refresher of the phone’s spec sheet: it offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 32GB microSD card, and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video. We recently reviewed the DROID Charge, and with data speeds that hovered regularly around 20Mbps in New York City, we called it the 4G LTE “phone to beat.” You can pick up the DROID Charge in Verizon Wireless stores and online for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. More →