Welcome to the first mobile news of 2017! With CES 2017 well underway in Las Vegas, we’ve got updates on the LG G6, iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. Asus has also revealed an impressive new smartphone that embraces virtual reality, while Incipio has developed a way to get the headphone jack back on the iPhone 7! So, let’s get started.
iPhone 8 to enable long-range wireless charging
Always striving to be ahead of competitors, Apple may well surpass charging pads for the iPhone 8 and opt for long-range charging instead. This would allow us to charge the brand-new iPhone from up to 18 feet away.
Word on the street is the company developing this technology, Energous, has partnered with one of the biggest companies in the world – while this could be Samsung, it is most likely to be Apple who has previous links to the company. Energous has claimed the new technology will be available by the end of this year, which ties in nicely with the launch of the iPhone 8 in September.
Wireless earbuds for the Samsung Galaxy S8
Anything Apple can do, Samsung can do better… or try to, anyway! The company is set to release its very own take on wireless earbuds, after Apple dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Rumour has it Samsung is looking to unveil the earbuds at the same time as its new handset, the Samsung Galaxy S8.
It is yet to be confirmed whether the wireless earbuds will be included with the new flagship, or will be an optional accessory. This begs the question of whether Samsung will also remove the headphone jack from the Galaxy S8 – we’ll have to wait until the spring to find out.
iPhone 7 headphone jack case
If you’re still reeling from the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, however, you’ll be pleased to hear you can get the beloved jack back with the help of a new case. Unveiled at CES 2017, Incipio has created a case that not only protects your phone, but features a headphone jack beside the Lightning port.
While this may be adding to the wealth of accessories you can get for the iPhone 7, it certainly solves the problem of having to invest in a pair of wireless headphones. It also means you can charge your phone and listen to music at same time again – rejoice! Look out for the case being released in the coming months.
Asus unveil powerful new smartphone
Asus is the latest company to embrace virtual reality with its new handset, the Asus ZenFone AR. Revealed at CES 2017, the smartphone supports both Google Tango and Google Daydream with a huge 8GB of RAM and a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.
The standout feature of the Asus ZenFone AR is the camera, boasting the ability to take 92-megapixel photos through Google Tango. It does this by combining four 23-MP images to create a single picture, dubbed a ‘super resolution’ photo. Asus claims these photos have four times the clarity and far less noise than a standard high definition image. If that sounds right up your street, look forward to the ZenFone AR dropping later in the year.
No modules for the LG G6
LG switched up the game with the G5, which featured an innovative modular design, but the company has confirmed its new flagship won’t be following suit. LG has cited the decision was down to poor sales of the G5 handset, as consumers failed to embrace the new design with open arms.
Instead, the LG G6 will focus less on specifications and more on appearance and usability. Rumour has it the new handset will feature a glass or highly reflective back, but we don’t know much else about what LG has in store for us. However, we may not have to wait long to find out as we could see it unveiled as soon as February at WMC 2017.
That’s your lot for the first mobile news of the year – join us again next Friday for the latest updates from Tesco Mobile!