Welcome back to another round-up of this week’s mobile news! This edition features the latest on a new WhatsApp feature, recent iPhone 8 Plus rumours, and new developments about the iPhone 8 design. Plus, we look at the new Samsung Galaxy S8 screen, which was recently rated the ‘best’ smartphone screen by DisplayMate Technologies.
iPhone 8 likely to have OLED screen
Apple has reportedly ordered 70 million bendable OLED screens from Samsung, fuelling speculation that the iPhone 8 will feature this technology. Boasting a brighter display and better power efficiency than their LCD counterparts, Samsung’s OLED displays are considered to be the best in the industry.
This would be the first time Apple has used OLED displays on its flagship device, as previous models have featured LCD screens.
WhatsApp to launch digital payment system
WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging platform, is reportedly set to introduce peer-to-peer payments within the next six months. Following Facebook Messenger and rival service WeChat, WhatsApp hopes to open their platform to businesses so they can easily interact with customers.
This payment service will initially launch in India – the company’s largest market with over 200 million users in the country. If the launch is successful, digital payments could potentially roll out to all users.
Samsung Galaxy S8 said to have the ‘best’ smartphone screen
After exhaustive testing, Dr. Raymond Soneira (founder of DisplayMate Technologies) stated the S8 is the ‘most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested, earning DisplayMate’s highest ever A+ grade.’
From resolution to pixel density, the Galaxy S8 outperforms the Galaxy S7 in almost every metric. The AMOLED screen is brighter than ever, and it features an impressively large colour gamut (the range of colours available to display on a particular device).
Apple developing iPhone graphics chips in-house
Imagination Technologies, the UK-based chip designer that provides graphics processors used in the iPhone, recently announced Apple has decided to cut ties with the company within the next two years. In a statement, Apple declared it’s ‘working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products.’
However, Imagination believe it would be difficult for Apple to create new chip technology without violating their patents and intellectual property rights.
The latest iPhone 8 plus rumours
According to recent reports, Apple may skip their ‘S’ model phone this year and launch the iPhone 8 Plus in its place. If that’s the case, this device could potentially feature a 5.8-inch curved True Tone screen, a powerful graphics chip, and a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the phone. There may also be two versions of the iPhone 8 Plus: one with an OLED display and one with an LCD screen.
That’s all for this week’s mobile news – we’ll see you this time next week for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile!