With revelations from Nokia, big claims from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and sneak peeks at the Samsung Galaxy S8, it’s been a busy few days in the smartphone world. Delve into this week’s goody bag of mobile phone news and see which smartphones might be on your wish list in the coming months.
Microsoft CEO promises ‘ultimate mobile device’
Microsoft is ending its Lumia range but that doesn’t mean it’s taking a step back from smartphones altogether. In fact, CEO Satya Nadella has announced that he believes the company is now in the process of building the ‘ultimate mobile device’.
He suggested that Microsoft was looking towards innovation and a desire to create something unique, rather than to compete directly with rivals. His announcement has prompted a renewed round of rumours about a Surface Phone but whether one will be hitting our shelves any time soon remains to be seen.
Nokia confirms it will re-enter the mobile market
As Microsoft prepares itself to shake up its presence in the mobile market, Nokia is set to return with the launch of a new smartphone in 2017. The new generation of devices is rumoured to feature a 2K (QHD) display and Zeiss lens on the primary camera, but it may be a while until the full specs are unveiled.
However, it is known that Nokia will be partnering with Finnish company HMD and that the pair will spend in the region of £430m on marketing their new phones over the next three years – so we can expect to see them making a splash!
Samsung Galaxy S8 rumours: 4K display
Following the unfortunate flaws in the Samsung Note 7 battery, the manufacturer will be working hard to restore confidence – which means there’s a lot riding on the Galaxy S8. It looks likely that Samsung’s new flagship phone will be revealed at the end of February, at the Mobile World Conference in Spain.
But what are we likely to see from this new handset? According to rumours, there will be a 4K display and the S8 will be working with a Snapdragon 835 processor. Dual cameras also seem likely and some sources are claiming that it will feature Viv AI, a rival to Google Assistant and Siri.
Prank iPhone video crashing handsets
Be careful about where you find your videos for the next little while, as there’s a new ‘prank’ video that causes most models of the iPhone to crash. The video is on Sina Weibo-backed video-sharing app Miaopai and it seems to play normally but once it’s finished, it crashes the software.
The good news is that most phones only need a soft reset or a reboot to recover. Once they’ve been switched back on, affected iPhones all appear to be working normally. So be aware and don’t panic.
HTC Evo coming soon
The latest flagship device in the HTC range – a variant on the US-Only HTC Bolt – has just been released in Taiwan. Coming packaged with USB Type C-enabled headphones and with support for HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio (in the Evo 10 variety), the phone is sure to prove a hit with music-centric buyers.
Other highlights include a water-resistant aluminium build, split screen capabilities, Android Nougat right out the box and a fingerprint scanner that claims to open the phone in 0.2 seconds. The HTC Evo has been listed on the brand’s UK site so while release dates are unconfirmed, it’s likely it will be available at some point in the near future.
That’s all for this week, folks – be sure to swing by The Hub again next week for all the latest smartphone news.