New Nokia device with 3GB RAM & Android 7.0 shows up in Benchmark tests

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It appears that the long wait is almost finally over loyal Nokia fans with a yet to be released Nokia smartphone popping up multiple times in a Geekbench benchmark tests.

While benchmark tests don't show us the whole picture it does reveal a few important details about the specifications of the device and it's likely pricing. Going by the Geekbench benchmark, the device codenamed "D1C" is likely to be a budget device with a lowly Qualcom made Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with an Adreno 505 GPU, although with a  rather generous 3GB RAM.

The new device is a product of the union of Nokia and HMD Technologies and is likely to be produced by FIH (Foxconn), the same company that manufactures the iPhone and iPad for Apple.

Galaxy A8 (2016) with an all metal build goes official in South Korea

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After a bit of teasing, the 2016 version of the Galaxy A8 went live today in South Korea's SK Telecom website. The Galaxy A8 (2016) is pretty much feels like a Samsung flagship from last year with the all metal body and internals.

The Galaxy A8 sports a large 5.7 inch HD Always On display reminiscent of the Galaxy Note series, and is powered by an Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, the same one found in last year's Galaxy S6 which means that the Galaxy A8 is no slouch when it comes to running apps. The 3GB RAM ensures that the device is quite capable while multitasking. In the camera department a16MP/8MP camera rear and front camera combo would ensures that your photos come out looking crisp. A fingerprint scanner and a 3300mAh battery covers the remainder of the specs.

The Galaxy A8 (2016) would be available for preorder from the SK Telecom in blue starting from October 1 and is expected to cost about 649,000 Won ($580), which is a bit pricey considering it's basically a downgraded Galaxy Note5.

BlackBerry to stop making its own smartphones

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BlackBerry has confirmed that it is ending its hardware division and would only longer be making any new devices by itself, instead it would be leaving it to its hardware partners such as TCL which was responsible for the DTEK 50 and the soon to be unveiled DTEK 60.

In a statement, the CEO of BlackBerry John Chen said "that the company plans to end all hardware development and will outsource that function to partners".  He also added that "this would allow us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital".

This statement is hardly surprising as the BlackBerry has been moving towards that direction lately with its latest DTEK smartphones been no more than rebadged Android smartphones from Alcatel and TCL. BlackBerry isn't the only smartphone company to outsource the production of its smartphones to other companies. Apple employs a similar route with its wildly iPhone and iPad line. The shuttering of its hardware division would allow BlackBerry to focus its resources on its profitable software division.

The DTEK 60 BlackBerry's third Android smartphone poses for photos

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After making a few appearances in benchmark test, BlackBerry's third fully android smartphone has finally broken cover in this official render image. 

The device which used to go by the codename "Argon" fits on the high end spectrum of BlackBerry's new Android line and would sport a 5.5 inch QHD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 21MP/8MP rear and front camera combo, fingerprint scanner, 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

The DTEK 60 which looks a lot like the DTEK 50 likely to be priced a bit higher than the $450 price point of the DTEK 50 at $530. 

Samsung finally unveils the India bound Galaxy On8

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After a bit of teasing Samsung has finally unveiled the new Galaxy On8 which is targeted at the Asian markets with India being its first port of call.

The Galaxy On8 which would be available for purchase starting on the 2nd of October packs a 5.5 inch Full HD AMOLED display, a 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB of storage which ia expandable via a microSD slot, a 13MP/5MP camera combo, Dual SIM capability and is powered by a 3300mAh battery. 

The Galaxy On8 would be available in a choice of gold or Black and retails for about Rs 15,900 or $240 on Flipkart.

And here's the Google Pixel XL too

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Just the other day, we were greeted to a press render of the Google Pixel courtesy of Evleaks, now its the turn of the larger Google Pixel XL.

The Google Pixel XL is said to sport similar specs as the smaller Google Pixel with a 5.5 inch QHD display and larger 3450mAh battery. The Pixel line, which would be unveiled at a Google event on the 4th of October, would likely mark Google's move away from the low price strategy of its Nexus line for a more high end pricing tier.

This is what the Google Pixel, Nexus replacement, looks like

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A render of the Google Pixel surfaced earlier today courtesy Evan Blass of Evleaks, who is pretty much right on the money when it comes such matter.

The device continuea Google's no front facing hardware buttons approach in its Nexus line with a front facing fingerprint sensor also not making the cut. While no concrete details has yet to be released as regards the specifications of the Google Pixel, it is said to have a 5 inch 1080p LCD display,  a 2GHz 64bit quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 12MP/8MP camera combo and a 2770mAh battery.

Safe Galaxy Note7 smartphones to have green battery indicators

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Samsung is making it a bit easier to tell a safe Galaxy Note7 apart from those that aren't. To make it easier for olwould be customers, Samsung is changing the usually white battery indicator to a green indictor. 

The green battery indicator would be visible to users, appearing on the status bar, Always On Display screen and the Power Off prompt screen. 

Besides the battery indicator,  Users can also tell by a black square on the label of the retail box.

Samsung to resume selling the Galaxy Note7 on the 28th of September in South Korea

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The last few weeks have been trying for Samsung having been forced to recall over 2 million units of the Galaxy Note7 over exploding batteries. The whole debcale resulted in the device been banned from airlines, wiping out over $19 Billion off its market cap and probably tarnishing the Galaxy Note7 name.p l

If you're one of those who still think and know that the Galaxy Note7 is an amazing device and probably the best smartphone in the world and would like to get your hands on one of these beauties. Samsung would be resuming sales of the Galaxy Note7 on the 28th of September in South Korea, whlith global availability following "when conditions allow'. It's presumable that sales would commence in early October.

Samaung begins official recall of the Galaxy Note7 in the US

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Samsung has finally began an official recall of the Galaxy Note7 within the US. Before now the recall process was voluntary depended on the customers to use their best judgement however now it is illegal to sell or purchase any old units of the Galaxy Note7.

Users who have previously purchased any Galaxy Note7 devices before the 15th of September are now required to return their devices. Users should take their devices back to their respective point of sale for a replacement, refund or an exchange for a Galaxy S7 edge before the 21st of September 2016. users who choose to exchange their devices would be given a $25 gift card, in-store credit.

US users can also check if their Galaxy Note7 is one of those recalled units by either following this guide or by entering their IMEI numbers into the tool in this link http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall.

Samsung to limit unsafe Galaxy Note7 with faulty batteries to 60% charge

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According to Yonhap News, Samsung may be considering limiting the amount of charge that some Galaxy Note7 devices can hold to 60% as a way of preventing those devices from exploding. 

This safeguard would ensure that users who have failed to heed Samsung's instructions on returning their devices wouldn't be left exposed. The battery charge limit safeguard would be activated on those potentially unsafe devices through to an Over The Air (OTA) Update coming within the week.

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How to check if your Samsung Galaxy Note7 is Safe

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The last few weeks has been trying for Samsung, in the midst of handling the recall process of the Galaxy Note7. While urging owners of the Galaxy Note7 to turn in their devices for a replacement unit to avoid an incidents.

Samsung has put up a website that would allow owners of the Galaxy Note7 check if their units are safe for use.

To use the web tool, you only need to navigate to the website and enter the IMEI number of your Galaxy Note7.

To get the IMEI number of your Galaxy Note7, you can do any of the following:

1.Check the retail box of the Galaxy Note7 for a label 

2. Check the side panel of the Galaxy Note7 for the IMEI number.

3. From the Phone Dialer, enter *#06#

4. Navigate to the Settings menu, then scroll down to the About Device submenu, then to Status and then IMEI Information.

Once you've gotten your IMEI number, Open this LINK and then enter your IMEI number.

In addition to the web portal, Samsung is marking the retail boxes with a blue S or black dot to show the unit is safe for use.

Another Samsung Galaxy Smartphone explodes, this time caught on video

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Something is seriously gone wrong at Samsung (at least the division that makes batteries for Samsung smartphones). With the recal of the new Galaxy Note7 smartphones after being deemed fire hazard by airspace administrators. It's quite possible that this faulty batteries isn't just limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note7.

Sarah Crockett, Supply teacher, was the latest victim of Samsung's faulty battery as her Samsung Galaxy S7 began to overheat and expand while she was holding it. Sarah who was out with her husband at a local café in Whitham Essex, quickly dropped the phone to the table where it began to melt and produce a cloud of smoke causing the patrons of the cafe to flee.  The footage from the Hold the Archovies café's CCTV has been sent to Samsung UK's offices.

Man sues Samsung after his Galaxy S7 Edge catches fire in his pocket

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Samsung can't seem to catch a break lately, after the Galaxy Note7 has been declared more or less a fire hazard, it now seems it has to worry about the Galaxy S7 Edge catching fire too.

According to a post on ClassAction.com, a man named Daniel Ramirez suffered some second and third degree burns after his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge spontaneously combusted in his pocket while he worked construction in a book store.

The lawyers at ClassAction.com have long since have filled a product liability suit against Samsung over the incident and are urging anyone who has experienced a similar thing to come forward and join the suit.

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A Galaxy Note7 explodes injuring a 6 year old child

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Samsung's worst nightmare situation seems to have come to pass with the latest Galaxy Note7 explosion as last night a six year old boy was rushed to the Downtown Medical Centre in Brooklyn New York with burns after the Samsung Galaxy Note7 he was holding exploded.

According to the boy's grandmother Linda Lewis, the boy was watching videos on the phone when the phone exploded setting off the fire alarms in the house. The child has being treated and has long returned home feom the hospital. However the boy is said to be afraid of go nearing or touching any smartphone following the accident.

This latest explosion couldn't have come at a worse time for Samsung whose market share had taken a $10 billion tumble earlier today. Although Samsung has initiated its own voluntary recall, it seems the information is yet to fully disseminate to consumers.