Huawei Mate 10 or P11 will be sold by AT&T next year

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Back in March we heard that Huawei could be in talks with AT&T about the carrier offering the Chinese company’s top of the line mobile devices. And today a new report confirms those talks did in fact take place. Furthermore, it claims that “AT&T has tentatively agreed to sell Huawei’s upcoming flagship smartphone in the US in the first half of next year”. This allegedly comes from “people familiar with the matter”.

It’s not a 100% done deal yet, however. That will only happen when “the phone clears all the technical hurdles and the companies agree on the commercial terms of the release”. At the moment, Huawei engineers are actively working on hardware and software modifications which are said to be “necessary for meeting U.S. telecom standards and AT&T’s requirements”.

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The exact handset this relates to isn’t named, but it isn’t hard to guess. It’s probably the upcoming Mate 10, which will get its official unveiling this October. A less likely alternative is the P11, 2018’s successor for the P10 from this year, but that’s probably in much earlier stages of the design process at the moment, so it’s less plausible that engineers would already be modifying its software for AT&T.

Although it’s been the world’s third largest smartphone maker for quite a while, Huawei’s market share in the US hovers around 1%. That’s because so far it hasn’t had any deals with the big carriers for sales of its high-end smartphones, so if you want a Huawei device in the US right now you need to buy unlocked from third party retailers – and not many people do go that route. If Huawei is to reach its goal of leapfrogging both Apple and Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer in 2021, it definitely needs a bigger foothold in the US market. And this deal with AT&T may be the first step towards achieving that.

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New iPhone SE is coming in early 2018, rumor says

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The iPhone SE was launched in March of last year, so by now it’s gotten pretty old. Thankfully though, Apple hasn’t forgotten the smallest of its smartphones and is preparing a refresh of the model. According to the latest rumor on the matter, the new iPhone SE will hit the streets in the first quarter of next year (so before the end of March) – nearly two years after its predecessor.

The revamped model is said to keep the affordability of the original, but add the A10 chipset from the iPhone 7 to the mix. The screen size should be in the 4″ to 4.2″ neighborhood, while storage options will be 32GB and 128GB. The handset will naturally launch running iOS 11. It will feature a 1,700 mAh battery, ever so slightly larger than the 1,624 mAh cell of the first SE.

The new iPhone SE will be made in India by Wistron, a Taiwan-based contract electronics maker. It’s already assembling the first generation model in the subcontinent since May, and will add a new production line for the next generation device. The new phone will launch in India first, interestingly, spreading to other places at some later point.

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Nokia 2 FCC report surfaces, complete with photos and dimensions

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The Nokia 2 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite some time now. Crude drawingsrendersbenchmark leaks and even live photos – the budget handset has pretty much gone through the entire leakster agenda at this point. Still, there are a few pieces left in this particular HMD puzzle – even fewer now that the handset officially cleared the FCC.

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Nokia 2 FCC report

Naturally, the documents detailing the HMD Global TA-1029 offers a wide range of SAR values and radio test reports, of little practical use to end users. What we can get out of it all is that the Nokia 2 is certified under FDD-LTE 2600 (B 7) / 850 (B 5) MHz, TD-LTE 2600 (B 38) MHz, W-CDMA 1900 (II) / 900 (VIII) MHz, GSM 1900/850 MHz. So, LTE – check. We can also say for sure that the handset has a Bluetooth radio and its Wi-Fi is a 2.4 GHZ, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n one. No Dual band or a/c.

A simple antenna schematic also offers an idea of the phone’s dimensions. With a diagonal of 15.4cm the previously suggested display size of 4.5 or possibly 5 inches seems like the most probable option for the Nokia 2. Speaking of specs, we’re expecting 720p resolution and a pretty low-end Snapdragon 210/212 chipset, coupled with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The selfie cam should take 5MP photos, the rear cam should do 8MP (the video is bound to be 720p, it’s the best the chipset can do).

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Nokia 2 photos

Last, but not least, the FCC report also contains higher resolution and watermark-free copies of the exact same Nokia 2 photos that leaked a couple of days ago. So, we can at least be certain about the phone’s design. Seeing how HMD is wasting no time in the certificate and regulations department, we might just see the Nokia 2 debut alongside the company’s Nokia 8flagship on August 16.

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Just in: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 hands-on

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Back in May Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO, unveiled the Mi Max 2. Expected to have the same camera quality as the flagship Xiaomi Mi 6 and the latest MIUI and Android software, we see the device for the first time as we are getting ready to review it. We got the Matte Black version of the phone, which was launched a month later.

The first thing that grabs the attention when the Mi Max 2 is out of the box is its size. Xiaomi has kept the same humongous 6.44” LCD panel with Full HD resolution as the predecessor Xiaomi Mi Max but surprisingly comes with wider side bezels. The result is a slightly bigger device, which is a bit heavier too – 211 g instead of 203 g.

While the display is more or less the same, the chipset is new but not necessarily faster. Instead of a Snapdragon 650 or 652, the Mi Max 2 comes with a Snapdragon 625.

Xiaomi’s bestseller, the Redmi Note 4, packs the same SoC, and it has the best endurance rating in our battery test life results of all the Xiaomi phones. So Lei Jun & co decided to make the Mi Max 2 a power efficiency beast that can go a long way with the 5,300 mAh battery.

One thing that the Xiaomi CEO boasted at the launch is the Sony IMX386 camera sensor they’ve used. It is the same as in the Mi 6, but with a brighter f/2.2 aperture. We powered it on and tinkered with it a bit, but we were left unimpressed. The interface is simple with nothing jazzy.

The Manual mode is basic, and extra settings like Contrast and Saturation are found in another menu.

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What’s my age again? • Age & gender Settings • Camera Settings • See the noise?

One cheesy feature that comes with the MIUI is the age and gender recognition in Beautify mode when the selfie camera is powered. We are not sure when exactly this feature might come in handy, but at least Xiaomi can guess your sex and age very accurately.

With a solid battery capacity, extremely power-efficient chipset and a decent screen, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 might be the affordable phablet to have even if the camera is not its main strength. But is it worth the price tag of almost €300? Check back next week for the full review and our final verdict.

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.

New Concept build for the Xperia X brings Night Light, January security update

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Sony’s Concept for Android program is still going strong on the Xperia X. Those who are running the stock-ish experience can look forward to a new update today, that is currently rolling out for everyone who chose the Experimental track when switching to the Concept builds.

The new update comes less than a month after the last one, which brought Android 7.1.1 Nougatwith it. Today’s release isn’t as important, but it does nevertheless contain Google’s January security patches.

Additionally, you’ll get an updated Home launcher and Xperia Transfer Mobile app. But perhaps the most important new feature is Night Light, which will filter blue light from the screen when activated through Settings. This is becoming a pretty standard feature on smartphones these days, as blue light at night is said to mess with your sleep cycle. Hence, using the Night Light at night should make you fall asleep easier.

You can program the feature to turn itself on automatically from sunset to sunrise, or do it manually if you want to. After applying the new update you’ll be running build N4F26I9, as seen in the screenshots above. This is still based on Android 7.1.1, of course.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) to be sold stateside by AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular

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The first member of the Galaxy J (2017) series from Samsung has technically already been launched in the US. We’re talking about the Galaxy J3 Emerge for Sprint and its prepaid brands, which is nothing but a rebranded and slightly modified version of the still-unofficial Galaxy J3 (2017). The next phone in that family to get a release stateside seems to be the Galaxy J7 (2017), which has recently been certified by the FCC. One of the models that underwent the certification is clearly headed to Verizon, because its model number is SM-J727V, and that “V” at the end always signifies handsets meant for Big Red.

According to Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks), AT&T and US Cellular will sell the Galaxy J7 (2017) too. He’s also confirmed that Verizon is getting it. Keep in mind that this list isn’t final, so other carriers could get in on the J7 (2017) action too in the future. The device will at least be available at the aforementioned three networks, however.

Judging by past leaks and rumors, the Galaxy J7 (2017) should sport a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen, the Snapdragon 625 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 13 MP main camera, a 5 MP selfie shooter, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It could run Android 7.0 Nougat from day one.

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More Huawei P10 renders leak showing curved screen, front fingerprint scanner, dual rear cameras

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Huawei will probably make the P10 official at its MWC press conference on February 26 in Barcelona. Thus we’re starting to see more and more leaks about this device as we get closer to that date.

Today three new renders purportedly depicting Huawei’s next flagship smartphone have been outed in China. They show us a handset with a fingerprint scanner on the front, which is important because the placement of that sensor has been highly debated in past rumors. So far we’ve seen it both on the front (like below), but also on the back. It’s thus pretty hard to be sure, even at this late stage in its development, where the P10’s fingerprint scanner will be in the end.

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Alleged Huawei P10 leaked renders

Anyway, from the leaked renders above we also gather that the P10 will come with a dual-curved touchscreen, minimal side bezels, and a dual rear camera arrangement. Like in the P9 and Mate 9 from last year, this is once again carrying Leica branding. A dual-LED flash and laser autofocus window are also on the back, and the phone pictured here has the model number VIC-AL00 and TD-LTE support – hence this is probably the version headed to China Mobile.

The P10 will apparently be released in March or April, with the Kirin 960 chipset on board aided by 6GB of RAM.

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