Welcome to our latest edition of mobile news! We’ve got the latest Nokia 9 rumours, an update on the budget Moto phone, and news about Samsung’s Premium Care service. We also have some sneaky iPhone 8 rumours and all the latest on the HTC One X10.
Nokia 9 rumours
A flagship Nokia phone could be with us from as early as July or August this year. HMD Global, who’ve been responsible for recent mid-range Nokia devices, are looking to announce a high-end Nokia 9 by the end of 2017. While the announcement was previously tipped to arrive in June, it’s now rumoured to be coming a couple of months later, with the phone itself available towards the end of Q3. This is supported by the fact that the handset will supposedly be using the Snapdragon 835, a chipset that won’t be widely available for another few months.
Rumours about the handset itself include a 5.5-inch QHD OLED screen, a water resistant all-metal body, a dual lens 22MP Carl Zeiss camera, plus a 12MP front-facing camera, as well as a 3D audio recorder and iris and fingerprint scanners.
Moto to release super-budget phone, the Moto C
Muscling in on the budget phone market, Moto is apparently going to add to their considerable range with a new pair of devices, the Moto C and the Moto C Plus. Rumoured to be taking a lot from their Moto G5 handset, the devices are to be a cheaper version to hone in on the current demand for less-expensive phones.
Rumours so far imply that both are to sport a 5-inch screen and microSD slots, with the screen resolution of the C at 854 x 480, and the C Plus at 1280 x 720. The C is due to have 1GB of RAM, while the C Plus will vary from 1-2 GB, depending on your region. While the leak is pretty well-rounded, it’s still a good idea to take the details with a hefty pinch of salt until the parent companies have their say.
Samsung launch Premium Care fixer services
Whether you’ve bashed it, dropped it, submerged it, or dinged it – if you’ve accidentally damaged your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung will fix it. The Premium Care service is in addition to your normal Samsung warranty – you can call a rep out to fix or replace your phone as soon as possible. There’s a cap of three call-outs in one year, and each costs $99 (£80), in addition to $11.99 (£9.50) for the service and your regular contract fees. The scheme is currently only available in the US – keep an eye out for it crossing the ocean soon.
HTC One X10 has a strong focus on style
Any news of the HTC 11 (or HTC Ocean) is still just wishful whispers, but there is much more substantial evidence about the HTC One X10. A new promotional image shows off the phone’s full-metal design, causing commentators to note that the company are really focusing on looks with this handset. It’s a sleek phone with a fingerprint sensor and single lens on the rear. It’s said to have a full HD 5.5-inch display, as well as 3GB of RAM, and it’ll run on the MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core chipset.
iPhone 8 updates and rumours
As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, rumours are rife that the latest device will be a significant overhaul from Apple. The company has a habit of releasing flagships in September, so there could be fewer than six months to wait for a launch. The biggest news, as far as design is concerned, is that the iPhone 8 could have a bezel-free design; all screen on the front, with the Touch ID sensor moved to the back of the handset, plus a vertically-oriented dual camera set-up. We’re also looking at a curved AMOLED display, no home button, and the screen itself is touted to be 5.8-inches.
That’s all the mobile news we have for you now! Join us again next week.