Yesterday, OnePlus announced that those who want to get their hands on the 3T have to move fast. The smartphone is running out of stock and won’t be available for purchase starting in June.

However, it looks like the OnePlus 3T will only get discontinued in North America, Europe, and Hong Kong. The company has recently said that the smartphone will still be available in India until “later this year.” You’ll be able to get both the 64 GB and 128 GB versions of the device from all three official sales channels: OnePlus’ online store, Amazon India, and the OnePlus Experience Store in Bangalore.

OnePlus will discontinue its flagship device because it’s gearing up to announce its successor. The OnePlus 5 is expected to be officially revealed sometime this summer, probably at the end of June or in July.

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The reason as to why the 3T will remain available in India probably has to do with the price. The OnePlus 5 is expected to be more expensive than its predecessor and the company wants to make sure it also has a more affordable option available for consumers.

Price is one of the most important factors that influences consumers’ purchasing decisions in the country. OnePlus wants to make sure its sales in India don’t decrease because of the higher price tag of its upcoming flagship. It sounds like a good strategy on paper and will probably work, especially if the OnePlus 3T gets a price cut as soon as the new model is announced.

Would you consider buying the OnePlus 5 if it will be more expensive than its predecessor? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

We have come across a great deal on the LG G6 over at Best Buy. The retailer is selling the flagship smartphone for just $287.76. Some conditions do apply though, as the offer is only available for the Verizon variant of the device. You’ll also have to pay it off over the course of two years — $11.99 per month.

Best Buy normally sells the LG G6 for $672 or $28 per month, which means that you’ll save exactly $384.24 if you get the deal. The smartphone is available in the Black or Platinum color option.

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LG officially took the wraps of the G6 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. The high-end device features a 5.7-inch QHD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels. You’ll find the Snapdragon 821 chipset under the hood along with 4 GB of RAM. There’s 32 GB of storage available that you can expand for an additional 256 GB with the help of a microSD card.

The smartphone comes equipped with two 13 MP cameras on the back and a selfie snapper that has a 5 MP sensor. Then there’s the 3,300 mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 7.0 Nougat. To learn more about it, feel free to check out our review of the LG G6.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on how long the deal will last for. If you want to get it, visit the retailer’s website by clicking the button below.

Huawei has just announced the Nova 2 (below) and Nova 2 Plus (above) at an event in China. Huawei confirmed last week that the handsets would be unveiled soon, and now we’ve got all the details.

Sequels to the original Nova and Nova Plus from 2016, the new devices once again come in metal unibodies with almost identical specs: the major differences between them lie in the display size and the battery, with the Plus model having the larger of both.

While last year’s phones were something of a letdown in the camera department, it looks like Huawei has aimed to address this on the successors, providing dual 12 MP + 8 MP rear cameras and 20 MP selfie cameras on both devices. If nothing else, these phones should deliver in the photography department: check out the core specs below.

Huawei Nova 2 specs

  • Display: 5-inch, Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) LTPS 2.5D display
  • Processor: octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with MaliT830-MP2 GPU
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage space, expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • Cameras: 12 MP + 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.25μm pixel size, PFAF, f/1.8 aperture. 20 MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 2,950 mAh battery
  • SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
  • Software: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1
  • Sound: AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip, 3D surround sound, 3.5 mm headphone jack:
  • Fingerprint sensor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 142.2 x 68.9 x 6.9 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / GLONASS, USB Type-C

Huawei Nova 2 Plus specs

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) LTPS 2.5D display
  • Processor: octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with MaliT830-MP2 GPU
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage space, expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • Cameras: 12 MP + 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.25μm pixel size, PFAF, f/1.8 aperture. 20 MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 3,340 mAh battery
  • SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
  • Software: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1
  • Sound: AK4376 audio chip, 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 153.9 x 74.9 x 6.9 mm
  • Weight: 169 g
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / GLONASS, USB Type-C

The Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus will be available in blue, green, gold, black and rose gold color variants, with the prices set at 2499 yuan (around $365) for the Nova 2 and 2899 yuan (around $423) for the Nova 2 Plus (note that the Nova 2 Plus model also comes with an extra 64 GB of internal storage space).

They’re up for pre-order now and will go on sale in China on June 16 but we don’t have any further availability details just yet. We reached out to Huawei regarding the matter and a spokesperson told us it had nothing to share right now but hoped to have more info soon.

What are your thoughts on the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus? Let us know in the comments.

LG has gotten itself into some legal trouble because of the bootloop issues Nexus 5X users have been experiencing. Fortunately for the company, one of the lawsuits has now been dropped. Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, the law firm that took LG to court, has filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of the case at the beginning of the month.

The law firm claims that it dropped the case because LG has decided to extend the warranty for some customers, is willing to repair affected devices and offer refunds in certain cases.

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However, it is worth pointing out that Chimicles & Tikellis LLP isn’t the only law firm that took LG to court. Girard Gibbs LLP is also suing the company over the Nexus 5X bootloop issue and, at least for now, the case is still open. LG just might ink the same deal with the law firm as it did with Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Read: What’s going on with LG and those bootloops?

Do you own a Nexus 5X? Have you experienced any problems with the smartphone? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

Samsung Electronics is already on the cutting edge of foundry process technology and continues to look ahead to the next big breakthrough. The company has just unveiled its plans to bring faster, more power efficient chips to the industry, having outlined its process roadmap down all the way to 4nm.

At the Samsung Foundry Forum, the company unveiled its roadmap for a range of major product points, ranging from 28nm technologies down to just 4nm. In order to make these smaller chips a reality, Samsung also confirmed reports that it will be debuting its Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography at these smaller nodes, along with its own Fully Depleted Silicon on SOI (FDSOI) technology for more cost effective 18nm solutions.

In the near future, Samsung plans to roll off revised 14nm and 10nm LPU products, which the company announced in the closing months of 2016, and should enter risk production sometime this year. These revisions are designed to save partners on costs and improve power efficiency. This will be followed up closely by Samsung’s first 8nm LPP technology, which will be the last node based on the company’s current FinFET design. This move will provide both incremental energy and performance benefits over Samsung’s current 10nm process used for today’s high-end smartphone processors.

Samsung to start using EUV

Samsung’s plan to shrink down its chips becomes even more aggressive after 8nm. The company plans to enter risk production of its first 7nm LPP EUV process sometime in 2018, which is faster than many had expected. Foundries have been pushing up against the limits of non-EUV lithography for a while now, so EUV is seen as key to actually realizing performance gains from shrinking processes any further.

Samsung’s upcoming 7nm process will be its first to use Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography technology.

Samsung states that its EUV efforts uses 250W of source power, a key milestone for hitting volume production. The development of which was a collaborative effort between Samsung and ASML. ASML being the company that sells Samsung its photolithography equipment.

Historically, EUV has been held back by high costs and difficulties achieving its high potential etching resolution and yields, so we will have to see if Samsung is able to keep its EUV plans on track. Even so, the company claims that the mask counts and costs will simply be too high to justify any other technology going forward.

A brisk march to 4nm

Once EUV makes its debut at 7nm, Samsung plans to quickly follow up with smaller and smaller process nodes, targeting 6nm, 5nm, and 4nm respectively. 6nm and 5nm are expected to tail just a year behind the company’s 7nm plans. Samsung says that 6nm LPP will incorporate its Smart Scaling solutions for better area efficiency, while 5nm LPP will be the company’s smallest FinFET solution that will also incorporating some innovations from its 4nm technology for better power savings.

Based on Samsung’s targets, its 4nm LPP technology could enter risk production as early as 2020. As well as shrinking transistors down further, the move to 4nm also comes with a switch to a next generation device architecture dubbed Multi Bridge Channel FET (MBCFET). MBCFET is Samsung’s unique Gate All Around FET technology designed as a successor to the current FinFET architecture. MBCFET makes use of a Nanosheet device to overcome the physical scaling and performance limitations of FinFET, allowing Samsung to hit 4nm in conjunction with EUV.

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Talking of timeframes, I should note that there’s no specific time link between risk production targets, volume production, and products hitting the shelves, and it varies from foundry to foundry. Usually volume can be ramped up in the months following final yield tests, but then there’s always a further delay between chips rolling off the line and customers buying products. So at best, peg these products for a consumer release a year later than the dates listed here, barring any delays.

Lower costs and IoT

The final announcement from the Samsung Foundry Forum is news of new Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator (FDSOI) processes. These products are intended for consumers looking for more budget oriented chips or those that don’t require cutting edge nodes. This move could make Samsung a more competitive choice to the likes of GlobalFoundries too.

Samsung is planning to extend its current 28nm option first by incorporating radio frequency and then eMRAM options, which it believes will be well suited for Internet-of-Things applications. This is to be followed up by a smaller 18nm process, which will offer enhanced performance, power, and area efficiency over the 28nm generations. Again, this process will be augmented up with RF and eMRAM options a year later, which could appear around the same time as Samsung’s 4nm.

The final word

Clearly, Samsung is undertaking an aggressive strategy in the race to smaller process nodes, aiming to be first to both 7nm and then 4nm. Not that we should be too surprised, given the huge investments that the company has been making into its chip production facilities lately. The introduction of EUV is important going forward, but how well refined this technology has become will be the crucial factor in determining if Samsung is able to stick to its ambitious roadmap.

In the mobile space, Samsung has been on top since the quick introduction of its 14nm FinFET technology and clearly wants to remain in pole position. We will have to see how TSMC, Intel, Qualcomm, and others react to Samsung’s plans.

Samsung has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a smartwatch with camera in its center. The patent, picked up by Russian website 3Dnews.ru, was filed last November but has only been published in the last month.

It appears that the watch’s camera would be built directly into its display and would feature an optical zoom, adjustable via the smartwatch crown (or perhaps the bezel). This would, naturally, render the center of the smartwatch unusable — for touch interactivity or purely as a display — and would likely get frequently covered in fingerprints. Still, it could be pretty damn cool.

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In addition, the smartwatch would make use of a wristband display. This appears to be similar to the Edge panel as seen on Samsung’s curved screen smartphones, with quick access to things like Settings, Gallery, Email, Music and Alarms. So, presumably, it would be a touchscreen panel — and it looks like it could even be used to launch the watch’s camera.

 

These are barmy ideas, but as someone who’s not particularly impressed with what smartwatches can do currently, I can’t help but find them exciting. And with Samsung said to be gearing up for foldable display technology releases, the wristband idea could definitely be something we see in the near future.

As always, patents aren’t proof of actual product development — there are no guarantees that anything like this will reach commercial availability. Are these the kind of innovations that would make you invest in a smartwatch, though? Let us know in the comments.

While having streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu and others have offered us a way to watch some of our favorite movies and TV shows when and where we want, you can’t record or store any of those videos once you leave the service. PlayOn has offered a way for people to record, store, and stream videos from Netflix and others for some time. This week, the company has launched the PlayOn Cloud app for Android, which offers a new way to handle those recordings.

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Previously, PlayOn let subscribers to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and others record and store their videos on a Windows or Mac PC. PlayOn Cloud, which launched for iOS several months ago and is now available for Android, does away with the need for a PC to store those videos. Now they can be contained in a cloud server for streaming or download anywhere. You even have the option to automatically skip any commercials that might pop up in some recorded TV shows.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that, unlike other cloud storage services that charge by the gigabyte, PlayOn Cloud charges customers per video recording. The typical cost is $0.40 per video, although the company is offering customers a way to purchase credits for as low as $0.20 for a limited time. Also, the recordings stay on the PlayOn Cloud server for only 30 days, so if you want to keep them, you need to download the videos to a PC or other compatible storage device before that deadline arrives.

While there are certainly some limitations with this setup, PlayOn Cloud does offer a way for users to store, download and keep movies and TV shows from Netflix and other sources that might disappear from those services in the next month. If you are wondering if all this is even legal, PlayOn says current laws regarding DVRs are on its side.

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force, and Moto Z2 Play.

Last year, Lenovo took the wraps off three Moto Z devices. These include the high-end Moto Z and Z Force and the mid-range Moto Z Play. All three stand out from the crowd thanks to their modular design that works a lot better compared to last year’s LG G5. You have the option of choosing between a few different accessories called Moto Mods, which simply snap on to the back of the smartphones.

Lenovo is expected to announce the next Moto Z generation soon. We have come across a bunch of rumors regarding the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play, which we have rounded up in this post. So if you want to know when the devices will be announced, what will they offer specs-wise, what will they look like, and how much you’ll have to fork out to get your hands on them, keep reading. You’ll find all these information and more down below.

As always, do keep in mind that these are just rumors for now. Although the company did share a few minor details regarding its upcoming smartphones so far, most specs and features haven’t been officially confirmed yet.

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Moto Z2 lineup: release date

The Moto Z and Z Force were officially announced at the beginning of June 2016 at Lenovo’s TechWorld event in San Francisco. They went on sale in July in the US but were exclusive to Verizon for the first few months. The unlocked version of the Moto Z then went up for pre-order in September with sales starting a month later. The Moto Z Force, on the other hand, remained exclusive to Verizon, as the unlocked version of the device was not released.

Things were a little bit different when it comes to the Moto Z Play. The mid-range smartphone was announced at a later date, at the end of August to be more exact. But it did go up for pre-order along with the Moto Z and also started shipping to customers in October.

Unlike in 2016, Lenovo is expected to announce the entire Z2 lineup at the same time. Although not confirmed, the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play will be revealed at an event on June 8. This is based on the leaked image of the Z2 Play (check the Design section below), which shows this date on its screen. As the Moto Z and Z Force were announced in June last year, the date does make a lot of sense.

Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when the smartphones will go on sale. Our best guess is that they will be released in July, with the unlocked versions coming at a later date, just like last year. What we do know is that unlike its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Force won’t be exclusive to Verizon. According to Evan Blass, you’ll also be able to get the smartphone from T-Mobile and maybe even Sprint and other carriers at launch. If true, this likely means that the other two smartphones, the Z2 and Z2 Play, will also be available at multiple carriers when they are released.

Moto Z2 lineup: specs

As a flagship, the Moto Z2 will obviously sport high-end specs. Just like its predecessor, it is expected to feature a 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution. We doubt that the smartphone will have a screen smaller than last year’s Moto Z, while increasing its size probably also isn’t a great option as that would push it into the phablet category.

The Moto Z2 will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and will have 4 GB or maybe even 6 GB of RAM. You’ll find a fingerprint scanner below the screen with support for various swiping gestures, like the ones already seen on the Moto G5 series.

We expect to see big changes in the camera department, as the device will have a dual-camera setup on the back. According to well-known leaker Ricciolo, Lenovo has opted for a lower megapixel count and larger pixels this year, which means that the camera should perform better in low-light conditions. No word on the front-facing camera so far, aside from the fact that it will have LED flash.

2017 #motoz #motox #Lenovo enhanced low light images LOWER MP Bigger μm Quality Lenses Laser AF OIS 😉 FIX this!Sorry for being TOO AHEAD !

— Ricciolo (@Ricciolo1) July 16, 2016

When it comes to software, the Moto Z2 will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. As usual, the company will add its own user interface on top that doesn’t change the look and feel of the OS much. It’s pretty close to stock Android, which is something a lot of users will welcome with open arms.

As expected, the Moto Z2 Force will be quite similar to the Z2 in terms of specs. Like last year, we can expect to see three differences. The first is the camera, which might offer more megapixels and should perform a little bit better. The second change is a larger battery, while the third is the ShatterShield display, which shouldn’t crack easily when you drop the phone on the ground, for example.

The Moto Z2 Play, on the other hand, will offer mid-range specs. According to Evan Blass, the smartphone will have a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution and will be powered by the Snapdragon 626 chipset running at 2.2 GHz. Others specs include 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, a 12 MP primary camera with dual auto-focus, and a selfie snapper with a 5 MP sensor.

Unfortunately, the Z2 Play will pack a smaller battery than its predecessor. Lenovo has confirmed that the device will feature a 3,000 mAh battery, whereas the one found in the Z Play has a capacity of 3,510 mAh. This means that the upcoming smartphone will likely be thinner, as well as lighter.

Moto Z2 lineup: design

Thanks to a few images that made their way online over the last month or so, we already know what the upcoming devices will look like.

Back in April, we obtained renders and a 360-degree video of the upcoming Moto Z2 Force in collaboration with OnLeaks. The smartphone looks quite similar to its predecessor, with a few minor exceptions. These include the dual camera setup on the back, more rounded edges, and a redesigned fingerprint scanner below the screen. You can check out a few images of the device and the 360-degree video down below.

 


What’s interesting is that the smartphone will feature the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which was missing on last year’s Moto Z Force. And that’s despite the fact that it will be thinner than its predecessor. The Moto Z2 Force is rumored to be 5.99 mm thick (8.50 mm with back camera bump), while last year’s Moto Z Force comes in at 7 mm.

Another image of the Moto Z2 Force has leaked recently, which gives us an even better look at the device. It has a gold back and a white front, but we do expect to see more colors once the device gets officially released.

Back in April, we also saw the first image of the Moto Z2 Play. As you can see, it’s almost identical to the Z2 Force and also comes in the exact same color option. A few differences worth pointing out are that the Z2 Play sports a single camera on the back and has the Moto logo above the screen, instead of below it.

The last smartphone to pose for the camera was the Moto Z2. The leaked image only shows the front of the device, which looks quite similar to the rest of the Z2 series. Again, there are a few differences including a slightly redesigned speaker grill and a different — black  color option.

One important thing worth pointing out that all three devices feature a modular design, just like the previous generation. They have magnetic pins at the back that are used to attach various accessories called Moto Mods. There are a few of them available including the JBL SoundBoost speaker, Moto insta-share projector, and Incipio offGRID Power Pack. These are all expected to be compatible with the new Moto Z series, however, we wouldn’t mind seeing a few more Moto Mods announced along with the upcoming smartphones.

Moto Z2 lineup: price

There’s no word on how much the Moto Z2 smartphones will retail for, but we can get a better idea of what to expect by taking a closer look at the prices of its predecessors.

When launched, Verizon sold the Moto Z for $624, while the Moto Z Force was available for $720. The unlocked version of the Moto Z, which was released at a later date, was initially priced at $699. The Moto Z Play was obviously more affordable, as you had to dish out $449.99 to get it.

The best case scenario is that the prices will remain more or less the same, as it’s highly unlikely that the smartphones will be cheaper this year. Although anything is possible, we doubt that this will happen. As always, there’s a chance that Lenovo might increase the prices a little bit, which is something no one probably wants to see, right?


These are all the rumors regarding the upcoming Moto Z2 lineup we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, do let us know what you think about the smartphones. Which one do you think will be the most successful among consumers? Share your opinion with us by posting a comment down below.

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