Huawei’s AI-Focused P11 Will Likely Be Launch At MWC 2018

New information points towards a MWC 2018 release for Huawei’s next flagship. The new rumor states that the Huawei P11 will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2018, following in the steps of previous P-series flagships. In addition to this, it’s also stated that a big focus would be put on the device’s camera, while AI is also expected to be the center of attention.

Considering Huawei chose a MWC debut for both the P10 and P10 Plus, it’s likely that a Q1 release for the P11 will mean a similar release at the annual Barcelona event. The new flagship is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Mate 10 Pro, by introducing a bezel-less design to the P series for the first time, something that will result in a pretty drastic redesign over the current generation – some rumors even point towards an iPhone X-like notch. Huawei is also said to be planning an all-new camera setup that should one-up the competition significantly. 

On the front of the device, the 8-megapixel sensor seen on the P10 is rumored to have been scrapped, and in its place the company is set to introduce a new 24-megapixel sensor, a significant upgrade over this year’s device. In terms of the rear camera, the changes are said to be even bigger. In recent generations, the Chinese company has opted for a dual-camera setup, with the P10 including a 12-megapixel color sensor, alongside a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor. For the P11, though, Huawei could add a third Leica-branded sensor on to the rear which together with the other two, could allow for 40-megapixel images and a 5x hybrid zoom.

Lastly, moving on to the AI aspect of the device, Huawei’s own Kirin 970 processor is expected to power the P11, meaning the device could include a dedicated neural processing unit. The Huawei P11 will not be the only big flagship release for the company next year, however. The company is said to be looking at striking deals with both Verizon and AT&T in order to launch its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro flagships in the US next month, with an initial announcement likely to take place at CES 2018 in Las Vegas next month.

Source: Roland Quandt Via: Pocketnow

The Next Tablet From Huawei Will Likely Be Called The MediaPad M5

A new Huawei tablet under the name of Mediapad M5 looks to be coming soon according to a new Bluetooth certification. The Chinese company launched the current Mediapad M3 back in October of last year, but recently details surrounding its rumored successor, the Mediapad M4, appeared online. Now, though, according to a new Bluetooth certification, it looks like Huawei may skip the number altogether.

It’s no secret that the number 4 is considered unlucky in China, with companies such as OnePlus and Nokia avoiding the number at all costs. Now, it appears Huawei will be the next company to do so by calling its next tablet the Mediapad M5. As the new certification reveals, the tablet will support Bluetooth 4.2 and will sport an 8.4-inch display, just like its predecessor, while the resolution is also expected to remain the same at 2560 x 1600p. Design-wise, not much is known about the device, but it will likely retain the premium aluminum build that the Mediapad M3 sported. In terms of internal specifications, HiSilicon’s octa-core Kirin 960 is listed – the same processor included in the Huawei P10 line – and is likely coupled with 4GB of RAM. Not only this but on the software side of things the tablet is expected to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo straight out of the box, though the company’s own EMUI 8.0 overlay will also be included. Other unconfirmed features include a fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port, with the stereo speakers seen on the Mediapad M3 also likely to make a return. Huawei is yet to officially confirm the existence of the Mediapad M5, but with the Bluetooth certification already granted, the device is likely to make its official debut sometime next month, with CES 2018 being the most likely bet.

If the company opts for a CES debut, the announcement is expected to take place alongside the official US debut of the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro which, according to the latest information, are likely to be available through both Verizon and AT&T shortly after. Nonetheless, for those who may be interested in Huawei’s upcoming tablet, they should expect a similar price to that of the Mediapad M3 once it goes on sale early next year, meaning a $350 price tag is likely.

Source: Launch Studio Via: Mobielkopen

Sony H8216 Spec Leak Shows Dual-Camera, Snapdragon 845

A new leak suggests the successor to the Xperia XZ1 will be yet another incremental update for the Xperia lineup. Sony has gained recognition for its dedication to their Omnibalance design language which originally debuted at CES 2013 with the original Sony Xperia Z. Now, nearly 5 years on, the company is still churning out devices with similar designs and, just like previous iterations, Sony’s next device is likely to be a minimal update over the previous device according to new information.

The device, which is known as the Sony H8216, looks set to once again stick with a 1080p panel, but the information does state that the size will be stretched to 5.5-inches. However, the actual size of the new device – expected to be called the Xperia XZ2 – is identical to that of its predecessor, at 148mm tall, 73.4mm wide and 7.4mm thick, meaning a taller screen aspect ratio is a possibility. The only apparant difference is in weight, with the Xperia XZ2 listed as weighing 156g, that’s one gram heavier than the Xperia XZ1. Regarding internal specifications, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is set to power the device and looks to be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Also, Sony appears to have increased the battery size significantly, with a 3130mAh power pack that supports Quick Charge. Moving on to the camera department, the Japanese company looks to have included a number of upgrades. The rear camera setup has been modified to include two 12-megapixel sensors, instead of the traditional single lens, while up front the Xperia XZ1’s 13-megapixel sensor is listed as having received a slight bump to 15-megapixel on the new device. In terms of software, the Xperia XZ2 looks set to come with Android 8.1 Oreo straight out of the box with Sony’s minimal overlay on top.

Sony is yet to confirm the existence of the device, but considering the company’s history of releasing upgrades pretty quickly, the Xperia XZ2 will likely make its debut at MWC 2018 alongside a successor to the Xperia XZ Premium. Nonetheless, it’s worth taking the leak with a grain of salt. After all, the size of the listed device remains identical to that of the company’s current flagship, yet the display and battery are significantly bigger and a dual-camera setup is also said to have been crammed into the same body. Another odd detail is the fact that the USB port is listed as microUSB, instead of USB Type-C. However, it is possible that the dimensions are simply a mistake. 

Source: Reddit Via: GSMArena

China Set To Lead Global $1 Trillion Autonomous Vehicle Market

China is reportedly placing a lot of efforts to embed itself as a major player in the ongoing push to grow the self-driving vehicle market and, according to IHS Markit, could be the country that spearheads the whole thing. The analytics group projects that the revenues created by the industry will reach $1 trillion in 2040 and cites China’s huge investments in smart cities as placing it ahead of the global competition. 
At the same time, Jim Burkhard, head of crude oil markets at IHS says that the real revolution bringing A.I.-assisted autonomous vehicles to the mainstream is still 5 years away. That’s in opposition to the ambitions of some companies throughout the world and comes down to consumer trust, government support, further testing, and technological investments. However, Andrew Dinsdale at Deloitte Digital believes that, in addition to China’s investments as a government, Chinese consumers are more than ready to embrace the technology and that the market’s growth in the region could happen much faster. 
With conflicting analysis results, it may be too early to conclusively draw a timeline for the widespread use of autonomous vehicles within the country. With that said, technological investment also seems to be there from Chinese startup companies looking to oust the predominant automobile manufacturers within the country and a shift in consumer perception may lend some credence to outlook with regard to where the country stands on autonomous vehicles.
China has currently invested in 290 smart city projects driven by A.I., with no fewer than 93 of those centering around mobility infrastructure.That’s already a much larger number than nearly every other region of the world, if not every other region. Those cities placing particular efforts in mobility, given that driverless cars will be arriving sooner or later, could see implementations of autonomous vehicle support technologies and software as part of the infrastructure. 
 Shanghai has also been utilizing at least one pilot testing zone since mid-2017 and has been testing 200 vehicles there. The country’s consumers also appear more ready to accept and use the technology than in other world regions. Deloitte Digital’s own study showed that while 47-percent of Americans don’t trust A.I. drivers to be safe, while that same figure is only 27-percent among Chinese consumers. 53-percent of Chinese consumers expect that the technology will arrive rapidly over the next few years.
 Meanwhile, several Chinese start-ups are already making headway, such as Byton, Nio, and Geely Automobile. Byton already operates across three countries as the Future Mobility Corporation but will be introducing a self-driving electric SUV at CES 2018. Geely Automobile, on the other hand, will premiere its efforts at the Shanghai Auto Show, while Nio will also introduce a self-driving sports car in 2018 called the EP9. Moreover, Chinese web services company Baidu launched an autonomous vehicle driving fund set at around $1.5 billion back in September.
With consideration for all of that, China is not the only country aiming to take the lead on the latest technological advancements. South Korea also plans to launch its own self-driving car revolution, beginning in 2019. On the other side of the world, U.S. manufacturer GM is making headway on its own and plans to launch as many as 25 of its own electric vehicles, many with self-driving capabilities, by 2023. The U.S.-based company also wants to unveil its first self-driven vehicle in 2019, with many other companies both in the country and out aiming for similar goals. China still has the edge, according to IHS research and other analysis, but that could change over the next few years.

OPPO Set To Launch New Years Anniversary Edition R11s Flagship

OPPO appears ready to turn last year’s unveiling of a New Years Anniversary Edition of its then-flagship – the OPPO R9s – into a tradition, with reports now surfacing that the company’s R11s will be getting an Anniversary Edition, as well. The anniversary edition also appears to feature the red color variant of the device. As with that prior special edition device, the changes being made to the OPPO R11s are purely cosmetic. However, fans of the company are sure to appreciate the small changes being made, which will definitely make OPPO’s flagship stand out from the rest.
As alluded to above, the changes being made to the device are relatively small and would really only be noticeable when viewing the back of the device. That’s because the device has been retrofitted with some striking gold accents on that side. Moving from top to bottom, that starts with the dual-camera surround on the R11s, which has been swapped to include a gold-plated finish. That same change has been applied to the company’s logo, which sits just below the camera array and has gone from silver to gold. Finally, a second gold-plated emblem has been included near the bottom of the device.
 There are no known changes being made to the device’s internal components and there don’t appear to be any further adjustments being made on the outside, either. That means, of course, that the specs will almost certainly stay as they are for the original OPPO R11s. That shouldn’t be too surprising since that device was only recently put up for pre-order and, as it is a flagship device, there aren’t likely to be a lot of improvements that can be made on that front.
Unfortunately, for those who are considering trading up to the New Year Anniversary Edition of the OPPO R11s, there is still no word as to how much it will actually cost. Moreover, there hasn’t even been any indication of which regions it will eventually be made available in or which operators it will work with. It is not expected to cost substantially more than the original OPPO R11s and it probably isn’t a stretch to assume it will function on the same networks and regions as the standard edition. However, that hasn’t been confirmed and it may be best not to jump to conclusions until the company officially provides more information. Source: Playfuldroid! Via: GSMArena

Infinix Zero 5: Price, Specs and Where To Buy It

Infinix Zero 5 debuts as the first amongst Infinix phones to come with dual back camera setup and optical zoom feature. Coming as a successor to the last year’s Zero 4 flagship, much is expected from the Zero 5 in terms of overall features and design.
The device scoured into the Android market in style after being unveiled in Dubai with a quite eye-catching and attractive body design. The Infinix Zero 5 also features the popular 18:9 screen ratio that has been in trends for smartphone makers.

    Infinix Zero 5 Key features

    • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with XOS v3.0
    • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Micro)
    • 4G LTE: YES, LTE
    • Screen Size : 5.98 Inches FHD IPS Touchscreen
    • Screen Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (403 PPI)
    • Processor Type: Octa-core 2.60 GHz Cortex, Mediatek chipset
    • RAM: 6GB
    • Internal Storage: 64GB or 128GB.
    • External Storage: microSD, up to 2TB
    • Back / Rear Camera: 12MP + 13MP camera & LED Flash
    • Front Camera: 16MP with LED flash
    • Battery: 4350 mAh (non-removable)

    Infinix Zero 5 Features Overview

    Infinix Zero 5 colors
    Infinix Zero 5 hosts a 5.98 inches (approximately 6.0 inches) screen with Full HD display, the screen has a 2.5D curve at the edges and a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels with 403 pixels per-square inch. Like we mentioned earlier the device has an 18:9 screen ratio.
    At the helm is powerful Octa-core processor that clocks at 2.6 GHz with Mediatek Helio P25 for a top notch processing  speed. On-board RAM capacity is 6GB which is really commendable, multi-tasking on a device with that ample RAM size will be a bliss.
    Android 7.0 Nougat is pre-installed on the Infinix Zero 5 out of the box with the company’s XOS v3.0 skin on top, Infinix XOS has been widely praised for it’s sleek and well designed user interface. Being a flagship device, the Zero 5 will most likely get the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
    Infinix Zero 5 comes in two internal storage variants; 64GB and 128GB. If the user requires more storage space, the ROM can be expanded to up to 2TB via external SD card.
    The Infinix Zero 5’s dual back camera setup sees a combination of 12 megapixels and 13 megapixels with a single LED flash for quality shots in dark conditions. The company boasts of optical zoom feature on the Zero 5 that is said to zoom an object up to 10 times closer.
    At the front is a 16 megapixels camera with it’s own LED flash beside it, designed to deliver quality selfie shots with the help of some pre-installed camera features like auto-focus, face detection, phase detection, beautifier and more.
    Infinix Zero 5 didn’t disappoint when it comes battery capacity, it houses a handsome 4350 mAh battery that has quick charge function. This is a much anticipated upgrade after the Zero 4 disappointed many Infinix fans by coming with 3200 mAh battery.
    Infinix Zero 5 official picture
    The Zero 5 finishes with metal unibody and a quite astounding design though not very unique, we have seen similar design in some Huawei flagships. Infinix Zero 5 is sold in three different color; Gold, Matte Black and Apple Red colors.
    The device has it’s fingerprint scanner positioned at the back below the camera region, apart from serving as a more convenient phone unlock system for the Zero 5, the fingerprint scanner will also serve for more security purposes for the device. The Infinix smartphone is a dual Micro SIM Android phone and supports dual standby with 4G network option.

    Infinix Zero 5 price and availability

    Infinix Zero 5 price in Nigeria ranges from 122,000 naira to 135,000 naira which reads about 310 USD, Ksh 10,999 in Kenya and Rs. 20,000 in India.
    The device will be available for purchase through various online and offline stores in India, Pakistan, Dubai, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and many other Asian and African countries. There have been no words as regards to whether we will see Infinix Zero 5 Plus anytime soon.

    Where to buy Infinix Zero 5

    Infinix Zero 5 Best Alternatives

    Tecno Phantom 8 could be the best alternative of the Infinix Zero 5, they both have very similar spec write-up with little differences in the battery and screen sections. Also consider other flagships with dual back camera setup like the Gionee M7 and Nokia 8.
    Sticking with Infinix? Then check out the Note 4 and Note 4 Pro, you may also consider the Infinix Zero 4 and Zero 4 Plus if the successor seems too overpriced to you.

    Infinix Zero 5 Detailed Specs

    2G NetworkGSM: 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz
    3G NetworkWCDMA: 2100 MHz (900/1700/1900/2100 MHz for LATAM)
    4G Network Yes, LTE (Global Support)
    SIMDual Micro SIM (Dual Standby)
    StatusLaunched: November 2017
    Dimensions–  mm
    – Weight: -g
    ColorsGold, Matte Black and Apple Red
    TypeFHD IPS, multi-touch touchscreen with 16m colors
    Size5.98 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 403 Pixels Per-square Inch
    Card slotMicroSD, up to 2TB
    Internal64GB or 128GB
    OSAndroid 7.0 Nougat (with XOS V3.0)
    Processors– Octa-core 2.6 GHz CPU
    – Mediatek Helio P25 chipset
    – Mali GPU
    Alert typesVibration, MIDI, MP3 ringtones
    Audio port3.5mm jack
    2GGPRS – up to 85.6 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
    3GUp to 42.2 mbps downlink; Up to 11.5 mbps uplink
    WIFIWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi direct
    BluetoothVersion 4.2, A2DP
    USBType-C (with OTG support)
    Primary– 12 MP and 13 MP, auto refocus, 10x Super Zoom and single-LED flash
    – FEATURES: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR
    Video[email protected]
    Secondary16 MP Camera with single Selfie Flash
    Capacity4350mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
    Talk timeN/A
    Music play
    SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Rear Fingerprint and Light sensor
    MessagingSMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
    Miscellaneous– FM radio
    – Quick charge tech
    – MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
    – MP4/H.264 player
    – Photo/video editor
    – Document viewer
    Price levelAbout 108,000 naira– 135,000 naira (310 USD) (10,999 Ksh)