New iPhone 2018: devices leaked?
Finally, a first look at the new iPhone models?
Ok folks, September is getting closer than ever and the Apple rumor mill is getting intense. Let’s get down to it!
- iPhone 9: the budget/entry level
- iPhone XS (ten-S) or simply iPhone X (2018): the second gen iPhone X
- iPhone XS (ten-S) Plus: the larger version of the iPhone XS
There’s also hands-on videos going around. One video is from EverythingApplePro coming from another known leaker Venya Geskin… complete with unwrapping/unboxing of 2 dummy phones. (Bonus note: the iPhone 9 might get dual-sim functionality but just in selected countries).
Marques Brownlee (2019 title but it’s 2018 iPhones for sure) also got his hands on the dummy phones. In his video, he talks about how colors for the premium phones are reported to be Black, White and Gold.
Both videos talk about the iPhone 9 having an LCD display, a single rear camera, and slightly larger bezels to differentiate it from the premium phone models. Going back to colors, 9to5Mac also talks about a Gold version for the premium versions of the iPhone 2018. Apple may have also accidentally leaked some info of the iPhone X Plus and the upcoming iPad Pro on their iOS 12.
For the iPhone 9, there are 2 versions of what the colors will be. Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Gold, Grey, White, Blue, Red and Orange, while Macotakara goes for White, Black, Flash Yellow, Bright Orange, Electric Blue and Taupe. There’s also a leaked image that corroborates with the iPhone 9 look.
The rumored screen sizes so far are still the same (and these might be the final ones) coming from our previous blog. For all phones, the notch will stick around... yeah, buckle up for notches for the next few years as other phone manufacturers are also embracing this look. There's still no confirmed news about an in-screen fingerprint display, but Face ID is looking at some potential upgrades (the specifics are yet to be determined).
So... how much longer until the announcement?
CNET has estimated important dates with the announcement being on September 12 and release date on September 21. However, the budget friendly/cheaper iPhone 9 version may be released later around November due to manufacturing issues (said to be LED backlight leakage). While another delay we might be looking at is for the premium phones with the manufacturer of A12 chips is currently dealing with a virus.
As for the price, recent estimates coming from USA Today are from $800 to $1,100. With the recent Galaxy Note 9 release, this price range is becoming the norm, so it's a wise decision to protect these pricey investments with premium accessories from Tech Armor.
Google Pixel 3: worth the wait?
There’s still a lot of awesome phones coming!
The last few months of the year will be intense with new awesome phones coming up! For this weeks blog, let’s go for the Google Pixel!
From the phone dimensions, which we shared on our last blog, let’s go to the specific screen sizes. Google’s new devices will have sport a 5.3-inch screen for the smaller Google Pixel 3 and the XL will boast a sizable 6.2-inch screen. New photos and renderings are coming out for the the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL. The most popular one so far is the crystal white Pixel 3 XL.
Let’s go to the overall look of the phone
For those who are not fans of the bezels, you can choose the smaller Google Pixel 3 …. sort of. The Pixel XL is catching on with the notch trend (even deeper notch from the iPhone X). But for the chin (yes folks, we got a chin) both versions will have it. The Google Pixel phones are known for having one of the best cameras around (even if just single lens) and we can expect to have an upgraded single-lens rear camera on the back thanks to new software optimizations.
Both devices will be powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and they will also have Augmented Reality Features via Cloud Anchors and the Google Assistant.
One interesting feature the next batch of Paixels may have will be front-facing speakers that will be located on the front bottom bezel. And fingerprint print sensor? Unfortunately, it will still be at the back of the devices (similar to the Samsung Galaxy devices).
Rumors are pointing to a release date that is still quite a solid on October.
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iPhone X 2018: info from the rumor mill!
New way to charge?
Only a month away and there’s been popular info coming from the rumor mill about Apple’s newest flagship phones and we’ve got that covered here!
Let’s get started!
First off, is the rumored 18-watt, USB-C charger added to the iPhone box along with the lightning cable. Like the lightning cables, it will require authentication/certification (rumored to be called C-AUTH). If uncertified, it may display a warning and limit charging speed on the iPhones.
The next batch of iPhones will be powered by the new A12 processors with better performance by 20% plus faster LTE data speeds and there will also be improved facial recognition through Face ID using the True Depth Camera.
Now another great topic for this round of rumors is that one of the phones from this batch (likely the larger “X Plus”) could feature dual-sim technology. If so, that’s a first for Apple since they’ve never offered a smartphone with dual-sim capabilities (only iPads). The eSIM will allow customers to easily switch between network carriers: U.S. carriers won’t be thrilled about this.
Another perk might for the iPhone X Plus might be a three-lens camera at the back. Don’t hold your breath here as this news is far from certain (it was grabbed from an unconfirmed iPhone X Plus rendering).
What can almost be confirmed from another known leaker, Ice Universe, is that screens for the 3 will be quite identical to one another… looking like the iPhone X.
Externally, the new and revived option from the previous iPhones will be new color options according to Ming-Chi Kuo. And that will be for the entry-level 6.1-inch LCD: gray, white, blue, red and orange.
So… when can you get one?
As of right now, estimated dates to remember are:
- If the announcement date will be September 18-20, the release date may be September 28
- If the announcement will be around September 25-27, the release date may be a little later on October 5.
That’s it for this rumor rundown for the iPhone 2018!
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Even when the phone is just turned on, they still emit radiation to get signal or communicate with cell towers. But the highest dose of radiation is when it’s near your head or even just tweeting or texting in front of your face. Yes, even the selfie could be harming you depending on how close you choose to put the phone to your face.
It’s important to note that the science is still inconclusive here, but the potential downsides are QUITE alarming. Fortunately, cell phones have been around for decades, the number of users has grown exponentially along with the time spent on these devices. That means that all of us have been involved in an active experiment and the amount of data available for research will continue to grow. We must rely on more studies in the coming years to truly understand the effects of these crucial devices.
Compounding the issue, a recent article from The Nation points to the possibility of an industry cover-up where major wireless firms have purposely pushed a campaign of disinformation to squash any scientific notion that cell phones are unsafe. Rather than wait for what could be decades before definitive answers are reached, Tech Armor has decided to tackle the issue head-on!
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Fast approaching
It’ll be here before we know it!
It’s official: the launch is happening on August 9th folks! Tune in at 11AM US EDT from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Now, a little info from the rumor mill…
Overall, the Galaxy Note 9 is reported to be quite the combined version of the Note 8 and the Galaxy S9. The Note 9 will have a 6.3-in OLED screen with 2960 x 1440 resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio (plus a maximum brightness of 1150 nits). The overall device size dimension is 160.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm.
Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels
It has also been reported the S pen can take pictures remotely, control music and can be a pointer for presentations--- which may mean that it might have its own small battery for the connection.
Other features for the Galaxy Note 9 could included a rear fingerprint reader, Bixby 2.0 and a Snapdragon 845 chipset or the Samsung Exynos 9810. There will likely be a battery increase too to 4,000mAh from the 3,300mAh from the Note 8.
So far, it looks like the new Samsung device will be available in 5 different colors. The first 3 colors: Black, Gray and Lavender should be available at launch, while Blue and Brown (or closer to Gold) models will only be available at selected areas.
Bonus: there’s already a review for the Note 9.
According to the review, the base model gets a bump in storage up to 128GB with 6GB of RAM inside. Other versions expected to be released will boast 8GB/256GB and 8GB/512GB for some serious backup potential.
While the camera features are quite similar to the Galaxy S9, Russian tech reporter Eldar Murtazin also says it’s quite an incremental upgrade from the Note 8. The rumored price so far in Russia will be around 70,000 Russian Rubles minimum or $1,128.67.
Still deciding if you’ll get the Note 9?
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Google Pixel 3 Rumors: leaked renderings are out!
Full 3D design coming from the rumor mill!
Just a few months before we get to see the Google Pixel 3 devices!
Let’s cut to the chase with the latest on the rumor mill!
We’re all aware of the screen display issue (blue shift, image retention and muted colors to name a few) from Pixel 2. The good thing is it’s reportedly fixed or at least will show big improvements, which we’ll see manifested on the upcoming Pixel 3. The rumor mill is quite confident with the display panels coming from LG as it looks like Apple will be sourcing from them as well for their upcoming iPhones.
On our previous blog, we showed you leaked photos of the Pixel 3… now there’s CAD-rendered videos of the devices based from those images! It looks like both devices will have larger sizes than their predecessors with the Pixel 3 at 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.31-in dimensions and the Pixel 3 XL at 6.2 x 3 x 0.31-inches. The aspect ratio for the former will be 18:9 and the latter having a 19:9 aspect ratio (quite similar with the LG G7 ThinQ). Plus, they’ll be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor for fast-action tasks and apps. After that, some specs will be quite similar to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (like the front-facing stereo speakers).
For the camera, both devices may have a single-sensor rear camera and dual-sensor front camera. Both phones are said to positively have new AI tricks--- stepping up the camera abilities with sharper photos, etc. All in all, the rumor mills still agrees the new phones will be launched on October (on the 4th to be more specific)
Bonus: Google Smartwatch[es]
Rumor has it that there will be 3 Google smartwatches that will be released codenamed “Ling,” Triton” and “Sardine”. These will be operated by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 which can help users directly contact Google Assistant---without getting the watch out of standby mode among other perks. It may also have built-in GPS and heart-rate tracker. The rumored price will be mid to high-end somewhere between Samsung Gear S3’s $300 and Apple Watch that starts at $329.
These watches are expected to launch along with the Pixel buds by the end of the year (probably along with the Pixel phones).
That’s it for the rumor roundup!
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iPhone 2018: could these be it?
We’re getting closer to September folks!
Let’s get started!
One of the popular nuggets from the rumor mill is the new 3D mockup bought on Alibaba of the 3 phones namely the iPhone X, iPhone X Plus and the iPhone X SE (at least for the now) . From the looks of it, they are quite identical to the iPhone X, just slightly larger or smaller. In regard to the display, as previously rumored, the 6.1-in LCD for the budget friendly iPhone X SE will be coming from Japan Display Inc., while the 6.5-inch OLED display will be coming from Samsung; also apparently for the 2nd gen iPhone X too.
All 3 phones will reportedly have the new, signature TrueDepth Camera system used for Face ID (we may have to say goodbye to the Touch ID, folks)!
There have also been talks that the most expensive of the 3 (the iPhone X Plus) may have 3 rear-facing cameras for better picture quality and AR improvements.
Another interesting development we’re following is that these iPhones may be the first to be powered by Intel due to the ongoing debacle between Qualcomm and Apple. Inside will be the XMM 7560 chips (with CDMA support), which will finally allow iPhones to be available on all major carriers.
Rumors also still prevail for the Apple Pencil or “iPen” support for the iPhones which may be Apple’s response to phablets like the upcoming Galaxy Note 9.
And the expected fan favorite will be...
Apple and its pipelines believe it will be either the iPhone X Plus or the iPhone X SE. Korean Publication The Bell forecasts 45 million 6.46-inch panels will be produced for the iPhone X Plus, while the Wall Street Journal reports more than half of the total/global 2018 iPhone line will be coming from the LCD version… which is around 100 million.
Now for the elephant in the room…
Ming-Chi Kuo reports that there will be an “aggressive” pricing strategy for the iPhones this year due to the negative impact of the expensive iPhone X from last year as one of the reasons. Price range for the 2nd gen iPhone X will be at $800-900 while its larger sibling the iPhone X Plus will be around $900-$1,000. While the iPhone X SE will be around $600-700.
Okay, we probably have to talk about the iPhone SE 2 which is currently stuck in "will it or won’t it" limbo… and right now it’s on the “won’t it”. But we’ll keep you guys posted with this one too!
Bonus: there’s also been talks that Apple will be shifting to USB-C connectors that may start with the this year’s iPhones or with the 2019 line. But for now let’s take this with a grain of salt, as we learn more info about it.
There you have it folks! That’s it for this blog’s iPhone Rumors. While waiting for Apple’s announcement, make sure to keep your devices armed for any kind of drops, falls, scratches or battery failures when you need it the most.
Google Pixel 3: notch that far?
Something very popular is coming to these devices!
From the iPhone to the Galaxy phones, now we go to the upcoming Google Pixel 3 phones! Read on for the rundown!
Let’s start with the differences between the two models.
Both will have larger displays with the Pixel 3 enjoying a 5.3-inch display while the Pixel 3 XL will boast a 6.2-inch screen.
The XL will feature an Edge-to-Edge screen on the side with a notch at the top (hello, iPhone X), but the smaller version will reportedly look more similar to its predecessor. It’s expected to have 2 front-facing cameras for better bokeh imagery (like Portrait mode on the latest iPhone), authentication and possibly for wide-angled shots too. The notch is somewhat confirmed considering Google’s latest Android P mobile OS update lets users test different notches on the screen.
For those who like to run a million apps at once (guity, here), the battery is expected to be 3200mAh for the Pixel 3, while the Pixel 3XL will have a little more juice to play with at 3800mAh. Even though both displays may be bigger, the phone size will not be bigger than those of the Pixel 2 and 2XL.
Now for the similarities...
The screen ratio will be 19:9 and both will be ready for AR gaming and upgraded but still single-lens cameras. The next Google phones will both be powered by the Snapdragon 845 for ultra-fast performance.
And for the price: the new devices may reach $1,000 (or possibly more) It’s also being predicted that these will be launched in October like previous Pixel models. Just like before, Verizon is still the only US carrier---though the phones can still be purchased unlocked and used on other networks
Any leaked images of the Google Pixel 3?
Bonus: Budget phone coming too?
Google may be coming up with a budget-friendly or entry-level version of the Pixel line that’s expected to be launch sometime in the first quarter of 2019 and will run on Android Go. This is for the tech-giant to compete with developing countries so it’s not yet clear if it’ll be available in the US. Stay tuned for more info on this one!
Excited for the new Pixel devices? We’ll make sure we have these covered for you! ;)
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WWDC 2018: keynote highlights and more!
Apple’s got something new to show!
The new iPhones may be months away but Apple’s announced huge software updates during the WWDC 2018 keynote that are definitely worth checking out! Don’t fret as we’ve got them outlined below for you!
Updated operating systems
Facing backlash from a less than stellar experience with iOS 11, Apple want to make a comeback with the iOS 12 operating sytem. They are going for a more user-friendly experience with features like privacy settings while browsing the web. Plus, they're making devices faster with performance boosts to accessing the camera and faster app launch even with heavy phone usage.
The tech giant is also getting more in-depth with AR by introducing ARKit 2. With this new feature you can have the same augmented reality environment in different devices and in their own point of view! Cool! For Animoji lovers, they’ve also added in new animals plus you can create an Animoji of yourself or Memoji (Samsung ring a bell?) ! These are now also supported on FaceTime and you can communicate with 32 people at the same time.
One developer poked around the iOS 12 and saw references of the Face ID feature coming to the iPad which has long been rumored.
Some might have been waiting for hardware changes but for now, we’ve got an updated OS. So from macOS High Sierra, we now go to macOS Mojave. They also focused on desktop security with strengthened privacy features, especially while you’re browsing on the internet or “fingerprinting” will be more difficult to track by ads firms.
There’s also the Continuity Camera feature that allows you to take a photo with your iPhone and directly place it on a file in your Mac. Speaking of that connection, Apple also introduced a sneak peak of a shared app platform to migrate iOS apps to macOS apps with minimal code changes.
Apple Watch OS 5
One of the notable features is the instant audio messaging app called Walkie-Talkie where you can chat with someone through your Apple watch. Sounds a bit James Bond right? Hardware-wise we only got cases and Apple Watch bands… seems they’re saving the best for the September event!
That’s it for the overview! Don’t forget to update your Apple devices with the new operating systems so your data is secured with the latest privacy features! As for the hardware, you can update your device protection with us! Check out the Tech Armor Website for all the devices we’re currently protecting… or go to our Amazon Storefront Page if you prefer prime shipping.
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Galaxy Note 9: launching early?
Yup, you read that right!
The rumor mill ain’t sleeping and new info is running down like waterfalls! Not to worry as we’ve got all the latest key info below:
SamMobile reports that the late July or early August target launch may get a go signal as the tech giant started its production two months earlier this year compared to the Note 8. They’re also fast-tracking the process to get ready to announce the Galaxy X next year which we will discuss in future blogs for sure! ;)
New additions for the Note 9?
The Note 9 is rumored to have a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display and Super Speed Dual Pixel camera with an 8MP front camera and dual 12MP rear camera. It will also be faster as its powered with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
It has been reported there may be an option of 8GB ram and a whopping 512GB storage! Great for those who love taking pictures and most especially hi-res photos! But this may just be available in selected markets (hopefully US is one of them!). And there would be added cost… there always is! The standard Galaxy Note 9 model will have 64GB storage.
The Galaxy Note 9 will come equipped with a 3,850mAh battery and rumors suggest a new color: Teddy Brown. TechAdvisor is putting an estimate of £869 or around $ 1,000 for the upcoming device.
What’s the same?
We will still see a physical fingerprint sensor since most of the new or revolutionary upgrades may be are saved for the Galaxy X. The Note 9 will still have a micro-SD slot which can add 512GB storage--making it the first phone to have 1TB in total.
Can we rewind on the price?
Yep, $1,000. But if your heart’s set on the Note 9, we’ll help keep it protected without adding another dent on your wallet!