Welcome back to Tesco Mobile’s weekly round-up of the biggest and best new stories from the world of mobile technology! This week, we’ve got updates on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a new design for the next Sony Xperia model, and a new budget Motorola smartphone to look forward to. We also take a look at one of the best features of iOS 10 and the new Gorilla Glass 5, so let’s get started.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the next fantastic phablet to drop from Samsung, then the wait is almost over – the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is set to be released on 2nd August 2016! Following on from the Note 5, Samsung has decided to skip straight to naming the new model Note 7, so as to compete with Apple’s iPhone 7. Rumour has it the new handset will be initially available in three colours – Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral – with the possibility of more colours being unveiled later.
It’s also believed that the Note 7 will be a larger version of the Galaxy S7 at 5.8 inches, with the addition of an S-Pen stylus and a curved screen, as well being waterproof. Arguably the most exciting new feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the inclusion of an iris scanner, which we unveiled in our mobile news a few weeks ago, that will make unlocking and keeping your phone secure even better. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to get our hands on what Samsung’s got to offer!
iOS 10 will tell you when your iPhone is wet
Rumour has it that the iPhone 7 will be completely waterproof, which is becoming a common feature with handsets these days. However, if you’re not quite ready to upgrade, you can still download iOS 10 to your iPhone 5 upwards, as well as your iPad 4 and later. As it is available in beta form right now, users have found that if water gets into the Lightning port at the bottom of the device, it will give you a warning to remove the cable – the idea is you should remove the cable before any real damage is done. Why not sign up to get the latest iOS 10 beta and find out for yourself?
Gorilla Glass could save your phone screen
If you’ve suffered the pain of shattering your beloved phone screen and having the pricey bill of getting it replaced, then Gorilla Glass could be your new best friend. Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, are set to release their fifth rendition of it and claim the glass can survive a 1.6m (or 5.25 feet) drop onto a hard surface 80% of the time – amazing, right? Research conducted by Corning revealed that over 85% of smartphone owners have dropped their device at one point in the last year, which means Gorilla Glass 5 will be welcomed with open arms by many. Rumour has it the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be one of the first to feature the strengthened glass, or even the new Google Nexus handset – we can’t wait!
New all-metal design for Sony Xperia
Sony launched the Xperia X, XA and X Performance back at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, but the latest rumours suggest the company is about to reveal an all-new handset codenamed the Xperia F8331. The latest leaks of the device showcase a new design for the Xperia series, with the rounded top and bottom of the previous models scrapped for flattened edges and an all-metal finish on the back. If this is true, then this could be the biggest change we’ve seen on the Xperia models, which usually have a glass finish. It also looks like the new Sony Xperia model will be the first to adopt a USB C-port for charging, but the 3.5mm headphone jack is here to stay.
Moto E3 is the new budget smartphone
The Motorola Moto E3 is the perfect smartphone for those not willing (or able) to splash out on a flashier model, as it boasts an impressive range of specs for a great price. For only £99, you’ll get a 5-inch HD display, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 2800mAh battery, 4G connectivity, microSD slot and Android Marshmallow at your fingertips! And that’s not all – we’re still awaiting the full list of specs to be announced, but the handset won’t be available until September at the earliest. However, it looks set to be definitely worth waiting for if you’re looking for a brilliant budget phone.
And that concludes our mobile news for this week! Be sure to visit The Hub again next Friday for your latest round-up.