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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s the end of the week, the sun’s threatening to shine – that can only mean one thing! Welcome back to another edition of our mobile news. This week, we’re up-to-date with the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 news, we’ll take a look at what we can expect from the Moto Z2, and we’ll explore the HTC U. We’re also covering Apple’s plans to make future iPhones from recycled materials, and checking in on the iPhone 7s.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Rumours

Samsung’s latest device, the Galaxy Note 8, is the company’s next flagship phablet, which is set to be released this year. It’s rumoured to have Pixel-sense 4K resolution, a 6.4-inch screen, and a dual lens camera with both wide-angle and telephoto lenses to be combined for a 3x optical zoom. As the Note 7 launched in September, the Note 5 in August and the Note 4 in October, it would be wise to expect it in Q 3 or 4 of this year.

What to expect from Moto’s Z2

Motorola’s next high-end phone will be looking to pick up where they left off with 2016’s Moto Z. Going by previous form, the Moto Z2 should be announced sometime in June.  As for how it will look – rumour has it there’s still a strong focus on design, with a sleek metal shell that should thicken it up from the previous iteration. The screen ought to be roughly the same size, at 5.5 inches, while the camera is slated to have a lower megapixel count, with larger pixels and quality lenses for better low light images. It would be prudent for the company to keep their MotoMods available, so keep a look out for more accessories to enhance your smartphone experience.

iPhone 7s release dates and rumours

Speaking of iPhones, the 7s is rumoured to be released in September this year. While Apple seem to consider their iPhone 8 as the major launch to coincide with the company’s 10th anniversary, the 7s is not to be discounted. A sharp OLED display seems to be the biggest difference between the 7 and the 7s, an upgrade from the former’s LCD screen. This ties in with the rumours that the 7s may have a curved screen, but these are unconfirmed as yet. A change in size will also be evidenced, with two to choose from: 5-inches and 5.8-inches. When it comes to design and style, we’re looking at a curved glass back replacing the 7’s metal body, and the fingerprint scanner is set to move from the front to the back.

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iPhones to be made from only recycled materials in the future

According to Apple’s 2017 Environment Responsibility Report, the company aims to eventually make phones using only recycled materials. It’s a goal the company admit won’t be reached quickly, but have already stated that it’s not just iPhone getting the recycled treatment – they plan to do the same with their MacBook’s, iPods, iPads, and all other products. Apple also hope to increase their current 96% rating in using renewable energy in all facilities and stores. The company has already made steps to be more socially and environmentally conscious, having stopped buying cobalt and reassessing their supply chain after it was linked to child labour.

HTC U

Previously known as the HTC 11, it follows a slew of flagships this year, including smartphones from Samsung and LG. The biggest news about this device is that it will be controlled by squeezing the sides, a feature they’re calling Edge Sense. This will primarily be of use when launching apps and changing settings, and will exist in place of certain physical buttons. As well as side control, the U features an all-glass back panel, while the fingerprint sensor remains on the front of the phone. As far as specs go, expect a 5.5-inch screen, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, and a 12MP rear camera.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by again next week for the latest mobile news.

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