Here is some good news for owners of the Essential Phone -- Essential has recently posted a tweet this week saying that Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system should now be available for installation. It is fair to say that the phablet has had an interesting Android update history -- it was previously on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but due to some issues related to system stability that were discovered about a couple of months ago, Essential had decided to skip getting the Android 8.0 Oreo altogether.
Ming-Chi Kuo, the noted mobile industry analyst from KGI Securities, has predicted before that Samsung’s follow up to last year’s Galaxy Note 8 would be equipped with a fingerprint reader underneath its display. But this week, Kuo has since revised his forecast, saying that the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 (expected to be released some time within the second half of this year) will not be sporting the feature after all. According to Kuo, unforeseen technical issues are to blame for Samsung’s decision to do away with the embedded fingerprint sensor, at least for its second flagship device offering for 2018.
Despite its recent setbacks, Huawei should still deserve a lot of credit for the way it has continued to build its impressive Honor lineup of smartphones. One of the newest additions to this range of handsets is the Honor View 10, which the world’s third biggest seller of mobile devices is eagerly positioning as an affordable choice for those looking to purchase a device with decent specs but do not have the money to buy a flagship offering.
Asus continues to expand its growing ZenFone brand by formally announcing its new ZenFone 5 lineup of phablet devices during this year’s Mobile World Congress in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. The new ZenFone 5 family consists of the ZenFone 5, the ZenFone 5Z, and the ZenFone 5 Lite.
Just in time for this year’s Mobile World Congress event, ZTE has decided to introduce a new addition to its existing Blade lineup of smartphone devices. Meet the ZTE Blade V9 -- a phablet that features a full screen design on the front side, and a camera built to capture images efficiently even in low light settings.
As promised a couple of weeks ago, LG is introducing a new variant to one of its flagship devices last year, the LG V30. Enter the LG V30S ThinQ -- the latest addition to the South Korean tech giant’s impressive V lineup of phablets. The V30S ThinQ is basically a V30 supercharged with several artificial intelligence features.
There is no doubt about it -- some Android fans will already be itching to get their hands on Samsung’s newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus phablets. Well, they will not have to wait for long -- the handsets will be made available for preordering starting on March 2nd, and exactly two weeks later on March 16th, the South Korean tech giant’s newest toys will hit store shelves everywhere.
Over the weekend, Samsung officially unveiled its latest additions to its ever impressive Galaxy S lineup of smartphone devices. Meet the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus, which feature some serious camera upgrades, Qualcomm’s super fast Snapdragon 845 chip, a headphone jack, and augmented reality emoji stickers, among many others.
Whoa. It turns out there was a secret fourth new color for the Essential Phone. Earlier this week, Essential had revealed that it was introducing three new limited edition colors of its flagship device. These colors are Copper Black, Ocean Depths, and Stellar Gray. The Ocean Depths color option is actually already made available by way of Essential’s official website. As for the Stellar Gray and Copper Black versions, they are coming on February 20th and February 22nd, respectively.
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