Nougat update starts hitting Huawei Honor 8 units in India

Huawei has started rolling out a new update to Honor 8 units in India. Arriving as version FRD-L02C675B310, the update brings along Android Nougat (version 7.0) and EMUI version 5.0. The update was being beta tested until now, but now the beta phase has come to an end.

“Honor 8 with Nougat and Emui 5.0 is open to users in India now,” the Chinese company said in a blog post. “FRD-L02C675B310 became open to public a week ago. The same version will be available to all users in batches by end of February.”

Global roll out for the Honor 8 Nougat update began last month, and units in the US started getting it last week.


New rumor suggests both FullHD and QHD display options for the Xiaomi Mi 6

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite a few months now. Frankly, the immense fan interest has made it exceedingly hard to sort through all the alleged info on the device. Thus, you should take this new scoop, courtesy of a source on Weibo with the usual pinch of salt.

The poster claims that the Mi 6 will come in two distinct variants – one with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a FullHD panel, while the other will ramp storage up to 64GB and offer a QHD display. Different storage options sound perfectly reasonable and were observed on the Mi 5 as well, however, having different panel resolution versions under the same phone moniker is a bit more uncommon, although definitely not unheard of.

Going back to the Mi 5 analogy, Xiaomi might very well opt for a “Standard”, “Prime edition”, “Pro edition” tier system yet again. Only this time, resolution would change, instead of RAM. Speaking of memory, 4GB seems like a good prediction. The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to rely on the same amount, paired with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip, which the Mi 6 is believed to use as well.

While on the subject, another recent rumor hinted an a cheaper MediaTek Helio X30 version of the handset, as well. This could potentially put even more variety in the phone’s tier lineup.

Circling back to today’s leak, it also gives out some specifics on the Mi 6 camera setup. The flagship is said to use a Sony IMX386 sensor for its main 12MP shooter and borrow the Sony IMX268 8MP selfies setup from the Mi Note 2.

Speaking on which, the only real glimpse we currently have of the Mi 6 does portray it as a smaller Mi Note 2 in terms of design and general aesthetic. Frankly, the Mi 6 is still shrouded in a lot of mystery. So far, sources haven’t even been able to get its launch date right. As the story goes, it was originally planned for a February 6 unveiling, but was then postponed for April, to wait out Samsung’s alleged monopoly on Snapdragon 835 supplies.

We guess, we just have to wait for Xiaomi to weigh in on the matter with some Mi 6 detail at some point. The Chinese OEM won’t be attending MWC and also appears to be keeping busy with redmi designs and a new Mi Mix, so the wait is on.

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NuAns is back with Neo Reloaded, but it’s Android-powered

Back in 2015, Japanese company NuAns showed off its Windows 10-powered Neo smartphone for the first time. It’s selling point was the TWOTONE interchangeable covers for its back. The phone debuted at CES 2016, post which the company announced its plans for the device’s global launch through a Kickstarter campaign.

The campaign, however, failed.

Then earlier this month, it came to light that the company is coming back with a new version of the phone. And indeed, they are back, with a phone named Neo Reloaded. The key difference here is that the company has ditched Windows 10 Mobile in favor of Android (Nougat).

Spec-wise, the new device is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC, and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD display. RAM is 3GB, and a 3,450mAh battery is there to keep the lights on. The handset features a fingerprint sensor, and the interchangeable covers functionality is there as well.

It carries a JPY 49,800 price tag (around $440). As for availability, it’s set to be launched on May 31, 2017.


New Samsung Galaxy S8 cases reveal even more hardware details

We are yet to see an official render of the Samsung Galaxy S8. But thanks to various accessory makers we already have a pretty good idea of what the device will look like. The latest images come from the Australian brand UAG.

The company listed several Galaxy S8 cases on its website, revealing that the device will have iris scanner, as previously we reported. Along with it and the front camera we see some more sensors and light diods. The lack of physical button/fingerprint sensor on the front is also a confirmation.

There is a button below the volume keys on the left side and another where the Power button usually is. We still don’t know which one will be the Bixby AI dedicated one.

The fingerprint sensor is actually on the right side of the main camera and unlike other manufacturers it actually has vertical rectangular form rather than circular or square shape.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will have 5.8” dual-curved screen with 18:9, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4 GB or 6 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage and the price will start from $885.

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Meizu M5s passes 4.25M registrations in a day

Meizu announced the M5s on Wednesday. The phone has a 5.2” 2.5D IPS display with HD resolution and a Mediatek MT6753 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. There are two versions with different internal storage – one for CNY799 ($115) with 16GB and a CNY999 ($145) one with 32 GB. With such prices we shouldn’t be surprised that the registrations for the flash sale on February 20 reached 4.25 million.

Keep in mind that those are only pre-registrations that require nothing more than an email address and no money have changed hands at this point. That said, it’s almost certain that all the available stock will go away in minutes when the time comes.


Apple to start manufacturing iPhone SE in India

Last month Apple reportedly selected Wistron as the primary manufacturer for all its iPhones in India. The Taiwanese partner of the Cupertino-based company set up a plant in Bengaluru in order to start the local production.

According to industry sources speaking to Reuters, iPhone SE assembly will begin in the coming months. Apple’s midranger is almost an year old but is still the cheapest devices the company offers in India.

Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones to India last year which is the most the company has ever sold. It ranks at 10th at India’s smartphone market but last year lead the premium segment with a 62% market share.


Nougat update hits Sprint’s HTC One A9

Precisely a month after HTC announced the Nougat rollout for the One A9 in the US, the Android 7.0 update is now coming to the Sprint version of the handset. The build number is 2.18.651.2, for those of you that seek to find meaning in arbitrary numbers.

The ‘extensive’ changelog published on HTC’s support page for the One A9 lists two key changes – Nougat and the January Security patch. Yes, it’s February 16 today – that’s how updates tied to a carrier work.

The update should arrive over the air to Sprint’s One A9 units, but if it’s taking too long, you can head over to HTC’s website, download the 1.86GB ROM, and flash it manually.


Honor V9 to be available outside China as Honor 8 Pro

Huawei announced it will unveil Honor V9 on February 21 – the week before MWC. The device has a ChinaMobile branding on its back, indicating its China-exclusive status. But according to a company insider the device will go global just under a different name. The V9 will be rebranded to Honor 8 Pro and revealed at the Huawei event on February 27 in Barcelona.

The Honor V9 is powered by the octa-core Kirin 960, clocked at 2.4 GHz and has a 5.7” QHD display. The RAM options are 4GB and 6GB while storage options include 64 GB or 128 GB. The device has a massive 3,900 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor on the back. There’s also a dual 12MP+2MP camera on the back and a single 8MP camera on the front.


Huawei Mate 9 durability test reveals sturdy panels

Torture tests are somewhat of a YouTuber specialty and the Huawei Mate 9 is yet another great smartphone to get the treatment for your viewing pleasure.

Zack from the popular channel JerryRigEverything provided us this latest video. In the beginning he acknowledges the rugged construction of Huawei Mate 9 with the physical bolts visible on the frame. He removes the screen protector and then starts performing a scratch test of the IPS LCD.

Plastic screens, such as the Honor 6X, scratch at level 4 while a sapphire glass screen scratches at level 9 on a basis of 1 to 10. The Mate 9 scratched at level 6 which is a decent achievement.

The scratching continues – the front camera is well protected by the glass screen but the earpiece is metal so the knife left its marks there. At least it stays intact.

The torture of the metal-body Mate 9 continues on the back. The knife keeps scratching – you hear the sound of metal over metal.

The bending test proves the Mate 9 is one resilient phone since the screen bends slightly, but continues to work perfectly fine. The problem is that the LCD pops out of the metal frame.

The phone also underwent a burn test – after 9 seconds the display started losing colors but once the temperature came back to normal, pixels stabilized.

Minor update hitting Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Sony has started rolling out a new update to its Xperia XA Ultra smartphone. It’s a minor update that arrives as build number 36.0.A.2.146 for the single-SIM variants and 36.0.B.2.146 for the dual-SIM variants.

Sadly, the official change-log isn’t currently accessible, so it’s difficult to say exactly what changes the update brings along.

As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take some time for the update notification to pop up on your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.