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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 : Rumors, News, Reports

    Samsung Galaxy S8: Rising from the Ashes

    The latest news, rumors, reports on Samsung’s newest flagship device

     After the fiasco with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s hopefully on its way to making a return with the Galaxy S8. With the excitement and even great expectations to their flagship phone, lots of rumors have come up.

     So we’ve compiled here the rumors to help you get on track:

     When would it be released?

     Launch is said to be on March 29 in New York with the release date on April 21. Another possible release date floating around is on April 18. UPDATE: Samsung just officially released a statement that their new flagship phone will be launched at 11am EDT in New York on March 29.

     It was originally believed that Samsung will launch the phone during the Mobile World Congress. But according to The Korea Herald the company will be launching the new Galaxy Tab S3. While we can expect the glimpse of the new Galaxy S8 with a video clip. Unveiling of tablet can be confirmed by the teaser tweet Samsung Mobile posted.

     Rumor has it that the launch delay of the smartphone is due to safety issues from the Note 7 explosions.


     What is/are sizes of the phone(s)?

     It’s speculated that the phone will have 2 sizes just like the previous flagship phones released: namely the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus.

     GSM Arena currently released these dimensions for the phones:


    Screen size/shape of the phone?

     The rumored screen size for the Galaxy S8 measures 5.8 inches while the Galaxy 8 “Plus” will be 6.2 inches (larger than the iPhone 7 Plus). What’s new and possibly an awesome feature is it will have an “infinity display”  covering the majority of the front panel. There wouldn’t even be room for a home button or maybe even Samsung’s logo!

     Korea’s ETNews reported that the company wanted to remove the home button and have it virtually integrated like the rumored iPhone 8/X. It was also released Samsung wanted to have an all-screen front. 

    The trend of a curved-edge display will be seen in the Galaxy 8 and combined with the next-gen organic light-emitting diode (OLED). The phone in the YouTube video published by Samsung Display may already be a glimpse of the new smartphone.

    There may also be an upgrade to 4K display especially with virtual reality currently trending. In addition this will also help Samsung if it has plans to push for their Gear VR. This updated screen will give an enhanced and less pixelated view.


    Possible new features to the phone/s?

    After the blast they had with the batteries of Note 7, Samsung made changes to make sure it won’t happen again. The new flagship phones’ batteries are tested with the company’s eight-point battery testing procedure and manufactured by a different company.

    In Galaxy 8, you might say hello to Bixby. This is said to be the AI assistant they’d be using for the phone which may also have its own button. The Viv Labs Technology-based assistant will likely replace the S Voice.

    Another unique component that Samsung’s new flagship phone might have is about their fingerprint sensor. A photo released by Cnet Korea shows that it will be on the back of the phone beside the camera.

    Galaxy 8 may have a better back camera too. We’ve seen an impressive one with the Galaxy S7 where they used “Dual Pixel” Technology plus a large f/1.7 lens aperture and 1/2.6-inch sensor. Right now, Samsung is in the works to perfect a 1/1.7-inch sensor for smartphones. Though no confirmation of this can be used in time for the Galaxy 8.

    There have been talks that the Galaxy 8 will be using USB-C instead of the Micro USB. It will be following suit from the Galaxy Note 7 and can be the best path since Samsung’s new Gear VR supports USB-C (originally paired up with Note 7). Fortunately, we have developed several Type C Accessories that are already available in case this rumor is true!

    To lose or not to lose the 3.5mm headset jack? One of the questions is if will see this in Samsung’s new flagship phone. There was a rumor that the headjack will be removed and Bluetooth headphones will be used, maximizing the USB-C port. Although a more recent rumor suggest the headset jack will stay.

    How Tech Armor plans to protect the phone?

    There is no doubt that we will support the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus with our flagship Ballistic Glass and we are currently in development as this article is released. The questions we are currently wrestling with are how to most effectively protect the curved edges with other materials as well. We are also currently looking into a completely clear 3D glass option (as opposed to the colored glass seen in many rumor sites) that would work on ALL device options. With such an extremely curved phone (similar to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge), our flat glass solution (although cost effective and case-friendly) does present some challenges.



    How much will the phone cost?

    Rumored prices for Galaxy S8 ranges from $850-$950 (USD) while the S8 Plus is at $958.65-$1,050 (USD).

    So far that’s the recap of most that’s been circulating all about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus up to date. Stay tuned for more updates on the phone and how we can help you protect it! ;)



  • WIN a Free iPhone 7 & Tech Armor Accessories with iMore!

    Tis the season for gifts, so we've teamed up with our friends at iMore to offer you the chance to WIN a free iPhone 7 and Tech Armor Protection Bundle! For the next 10 days, you can ENTER HERE for your shot at winning a brand new iPhone 7 in Matte Black including a Prime Glass Screen ProtectorShockFlex Case (Black), and mFi-certified Lightning Cable.


    6 Ways to WIN!

    You have better things to do this holiday season than fill complicated forms or take long surveys, so we've made entering our contest a breeze! In addition to joining our email list, we've included several more options that will add entries for you like following our Twitter page our checking us out on Instagram! BONUS ALERT: A purchase of any Tech Armor product adds FIVE bonus entries for you!

    The Prizes

    Only ONE lucky winner will receive the prize pack including:

    (1) iPhone 7 in Matte Black

    • The newest flagship phone from Apple, the iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience with an advanced new camera system, immersive stereo speakers, the brightest, most colorful display and the best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Did we mention splash and water resistance?!

    (1) Tech Armor Prime Glass Screen Protector

    • Made with Accessory Glass 2 by Corning®, Tech Armor PRIME represents the next evolution of glass screen protection and offers a completely new approach at the molecular level to produce a more durable barrier against scratching and breakage caused by day-to-day use.

    (1) Tech Armor ShockFlex Case (Black)

    • The Tech Armor ShockFlex case blends the rigid strength of a polycarbonate frame with the flexibility and shock absorption of a soft TPU exterior. Like crumple zones on a car, the ribbed, thermoplastic edging is designed to contract and absorb impact before it reaches your device.

    (1) Tech Armor mFi-certified Lightning Cable

    • The Tech Armor Apple mFi-Certified Premium Lightning Cables connect, charge, or sync your smartphone or tablet with top quality, dual-shielded technology and a durable, braided nylon jacket.

    The Rules

    There are many ways to enter, each with varying point values, so check out the widget at the bottom of the entry page. Complete all of the tasks for maximum entries, but keep in mind that all winning entries are verified and if the task was not completed or cannot be verified, a new winner will be chosen. This free giveaway is open until 11:59pm on December 17th, and the winner will be announced shortly after the close date.

  • Apple iPhone 7 Media Event Confirmed for September 7th

    Apple today sent out media invites for an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites (via The Verge) offer up a first look at the theme of the event and feature the simple tagline: "See you on the 7th."

    The fall 2016 event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices.

    Faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds are rumored, as is a jump in storage space with 32GB positioned as the new minimum and a 256GB option rumored at the high end (possibility limited to iPhone 7 Plus). Display improvements first introduced in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, including the True Tone feature able to adjust the display to match ambient lighting could be offered, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus is expected to have exclusive features like 3GB RAM and a dual-lens camera for crisper, brighter images.

    Apple may use the event to debut a second-generation Apple Watch, said to include better waterproofing, an improved processor, and a built-in GPS chip. Design changes are not expected for the next-generation Apple Watch, but new materials and new bands are always a possibility. Apple rotates its Apple Watch band offerings on a regular basis and we expect to see new designs this fall.

    Most of Apple's Mac lineup is due for an update, but the most highly anticipated machine, the MacBook Pro, will reportedly not be debuting at the event, coming later in the year instead. It's not known if other Macs will see a refresh announcement at the event, but it's unlikely, and we're also not expecting any iPad announcements at this time.

    We will, however, get an update on the prospective launch dates of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. We're expecting to see iOS 10 and watchOS 3 launch shortly ahead of the release date of the next-generation iPhone (rumored to beSeptember 16 or September 23), while macOS Sierra could come a bit later, perhaps towards the end of the month. tvOS 10, as a new operating system, could launch alongside iOS 10 or alongside macOS Sierra.

    In line with past events, the September 7 event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. As it has done with several past events, Apple is likely to stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TV.


    via MacRumors

    Update: Apple has announced it will indeed be live streaming the event.

    Note: We are already in production of Ballistic Glass and a brand new case line for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus! We're launching in step with Apple so you can protect your new iPhone 7 on Day ONE! Check out our website to stay in the know!!  

  • The iPhone 7 Will Obliterate the Galaxy Note 7

    The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone

    There are just a few weeks left before Apple finally unveils this year's new iPhones, and we already think we know what the company has in store for us. By all accounts, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are going to be so much more exciting than you think.
    Disregarding all the leaks and rumors, and looking at how Apple does things when it comes to the iPhone, I can tell you a few things about the iPhone 7. It’ll have better cameras and a better CPU/GPU than any previous iPhone – and these are two things Apple always insists on while presenting a new iPhone. And while Apple might not make this point on stage, I’ll bet you a rare Pokemon that the iPhone 7 will be the fastest smartphone in town this year. What makes me so sure? It’s all because of that iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy Note 7 speed test video we saw yesterday.

    By now it’s crystal clear that nobody can keep up with Apple when it comes to smartphone performance. Apple’s 64-bit chip is miles ahead of the competition, and Qualcomm and the others are still struggling to put out a mobile processor that can compete with Apple’s A-series chips when it comes to performance. Secondly, Apple’s ability to optimize software to offer a faster experience is something other smartphone makers can only dream of.

    Apple last year said that the A9 chip inside the iPhone 6s generation delivered 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU performance than the iPhone 6. If you made the jump from iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s you immediately notice the speed difference – and of course, the RAM bump helped as well.



  • Smaller iPhone 7 won't have a dual-lens camera, but leak shows a surprise in store - BGR

    Smaller iPhone 7 won't have a dual-lens camera, but leak shows a surprise in store - BGR

    Smaller iPhone 7 won't have a dual-lens camera, but leak shows a surprise in store
    Most people agree that the iPhone camera experience will be significantly different for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus buyers. Both devices should feature improved cameras, but the 5.5-inch smartphone will get a dual-lens camera that's going to have a few ...
    The camera on the smaller iPhone 7 could be getting a feature that's traditionally reserved for Apple's largest iPhoneBusiness Insider
    iPhone 7 camera may have optical image stabilization, just like the PlusThe Next Web
    Leaked iPhone 7 camera hints at big improvementsCult of Mac
    Mac Rumors -AppleInsider (press release) (blog) -iClarified
    all 15 news articles »


    via iphone 7 - Google News

    August 18, 2016 at 07:25AM

  • New Mockup Shows What the Rumored 'Space Black' iPhone 7 Plus Might Look Like

    A new set of iPhone 7 images have emerged online, this time showing a mockup of the larger-screened, 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus in Space Black (via TechTastic). Earlier in the year, a sketchy rumor hinted that Apple might be introducing a "Deep Blue" color option in the 2016 iPhone lineup, but more recent reports have clarified that "Deep Blue" will ultimately be a darker version of the current Space Gray, now depicted in today's pictures.

    Although the Space Black images fall largely in line with recent mockups and image leaks for the iPhone 7, there are a few inconsistencies. The dual-lens camera bump on the iPhone appears slightly less raised than previous depictions of the back of the iPhone 7, and the mockup designates the model as an "S" edition, which has been lacking from anyprevious reports and remains an unlikely moniker given the name schemes of the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

    The pictures also include a Smart Connector on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus, which, at best, has been an inconsistent rumor leading up to the launch of the new iPhone next month. More recently, mockups and image leaks have leaned more towards Apple's decision to not include the Smart Connector in the iPhone 7. The feature could also bespecific to the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus, or a third "Pro" model.

    Elsewhere, the Space Black variant keeps up with rumors of what the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will look like: no 3.5 mm headphone jack, two speakers (one likely to be cosmetic), and rearranged antenna bands on the back. Apple might be preparing an all-new, flush Home Button on the next-generation iPhone devices as well. But, like most image leaks, it's hard to be certain in the new pictures whether the Home Button is a new, pressure-sensitive option or just the traditional physical switch.

    The new pictures follow a collection of high-resolution photos of a Gold mockup of theiPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that were posted last week. Apple is expected to reveal theiPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7, with pre-orders beginning on September 9 and a potential launch one week later on September 16.

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    via MacRumors

  • Comment: iPhone 7 camera bulge a big improvement on iPhone 6, but iPhone SE still leads the way

    Comment: iPhone 7 camera bulge a big improvement on iPhone 6, but iPhone SE still leads the way

    One of the observations I made in first impressions piece on the iPhone SE was how pleased I was to lose the camera bulge of the iPhone 6/6s. It really seemed to me that, in the iPhone 6, Apple was prioritizing an inconsequential bit of extra slimness over a pleasing design.

    Assuming all the iPhone 7 mockup images are accurate, then Apple has smoothed out the edges on the upcoming model. I do think this is a big improvement aesthetically, and less likely to snag when removing it from a pocket. But when you put it up against the iPhone SE, as TWE has done with a mockup the site purchased from China, it still seems to me that the SE shows how it should be done …

    Sure, the phone has to be marginally thicker to allow the current-generation camera to sit flush in the casing, but really, who cares? The difference in thickness between the iPhone 6s at 7.1mm and the iPhone SE at 7.6mm is literally half a millimetre.

    That needs italics, I think. Half a millimetre. For that tiny difference – a difference nobody is going to notice unless you put the two down side-by-side on a desk, get your eye level down to the desk surface and stare hard – Apple has compromised the smooth aesthetics of the phone. That seems to me a great shame.

    What do you think? Is the camera bulge a price worth paying for a half-millimetre reduction in depth? Or would you rather have the phone marginally thicker to get a flush camera? Let us know in the comments.


    via 9to5Mac

    August 14, 2016 at 09:37PM

  • Alleged iPhone 7 assembly schematics seem to kill hope for dual-speakers & more

    Alleged iPhone 7 assembly schematics seem to kill hope for dual-speakers & more


    These alleged iPhone 7 schematics, according to NWE, leaked from an assembly plant that is presumably now kicking into production with little more than a month to go before the introduction of the device. While the leak doesn’t claim to show anything majorly new that we haven’t already seen in the non-stop leaks of the device in recent weeks, it does confirm much of what we’ve been seeing up until now if legit. On the other hand, it kills the hope some had for dual-speakers.

    One tidbit spotted in the documents is the fact that the second speaker grill appears to be indicated as a microphone and not a second speaker like some have speculated from previous leaks that also showed the design change.

    That second row of small holes along the bottom of the device is a change from the iPhone 6s and other current iPhones that only have one speaker grill with the headphone jack and microphone on the opposite side of the Lightning connector.

    Apple has included dual speakers (and speaker grills) in other devices like the iPad mini, but it’s also used dual speaker grills with only one speaker and the other used for a microphone with past iPhones like the iPhone 5. That latter option, if the leaked schematics turn out to be real, appear to be what Apple will do with iPhone 7.

    Yesterday an alleged iPhone 7 screen assembly leak appeared to hint at a redesigned Home button for the device, something we previously told you was rumored to be in the works. That hardware upgrade is expected to come alongside an improved camera system, repositioned antenna lines, the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the usual upgrade for other internal components. Several leaks have also now pointed at a possible new darker color option for the device with both space black and dark blue colors rumored.


    via 9to5Mac

    August 12, 2016 at 02:58AM

  • Tech Armor Announces Collaboration with Corning Incorporated to Introduce the Next Evolution of Glass Screen Protection

    Tech Armor Announces Collaboration with Corning Incorporated to Introduce the Next Evolution of Glass Screen Protection for Mobile Devices

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 10, 2016 –Tech Armor, the leading screen protection and mobile accessory brand, today announced the expansion of their top-rated screen protection line with the adoption of Accessory Glass 2 by Corning®. Accessory Glass 2 by Corning® offers a completely new approach to mobile screen protection at the molecular level to produce a more durable barrier against scratching and breakage caused by day-to-day use.

    No stranger to innovation, Tech Armor revolutionized the mobile accessory space with their industry-first no-hassle, limited lifetime warranty, leaving many brands scrambling to keep pace.

    “Tech Armor customers expect the best in protection and customer service, so it’s only natural that we would look to such an iconic leader in glass innovation like Corning to deliver products that will exceed this expectation,” said Eric Tong, co-founder of Tech Armor. “We had reached a ceiling with existing materials, having already sourced the best materials from around the globe to produce our flagship Tech Armor Ballistic Glass screen protectors. In order to truly change the game, we needed to tap into the science behind the materials with our new use of an aluminosilicate-based glass.”

    “This new collaboration will further push the industry forward, and it’s no surprise that Tech Armor is once again out in front,” Tong finished.

    Leveraging more than 160 years of research and development, Accessory Glass 2 by Corning® screen protectors provide superior performance versus screen protectors made from standard soda-lime glass or plastic film. Testing has shown a significant increase in scratch resistance and a dramatic improvement in drop performance.

    “Corning is excited to collaborate with Tech Armor to create a better user experience for screen protector consumers,” said Scott Forester, director, innovation products, Corning Specialty Materials. “Accessory Glass 2 by Corning is our latest innovation for screen protector applications which significantly reduces scratch frequency and visibility, the top attributes desired by customers.”

    Apple, Samsung, Google and other leading brands continue to innovate and release better devices while consumers can rest assured Tech Armor is keeping pace to safeguard their hardware with the best protection available by employing new materials like Accessory Glass 2 by Corning®.

    The new Tech Armor Prime Glass line featuring Accessory Glass 2 by Corning® will launch September 2016. Join the Tech Armor Nation by signing up for our newsletter below to receive advanced purchase notice.

    To read more about Accessory Glass 2 by Corning®, view their latest release here.


    About Tech Armor

    Since its inception in 2012, Tech Armor ( has quickly risen to the top of the mobile accessory industry by addressing the customer’s need to protect and connect the mobile devices they love at a price they can afford. Bypassing Big Retail and engaging directly with consumers through online marketplaces like Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Sears, and Jet (to name a few), Tech Armor offers higher-quality, better-performing accessories at a fraction of the price.

    Staying ahead of the industry curve, Tech Armor develops superior screen protection and accessories through diligent product development using the highest quality materials sourced from around the globe. More than just developing top-rated screen protection and mobile accessories, Tech Armor establishes lifetime connections and trust with their customers through exceptional customer service and an industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty.


    About Corning Incorporated®

    Corning® ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.





    Melody Chalaban

    VOS Communications


  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to Feature Pressure-Sensitive Home Button With Haptic Feedback

    iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to Feature Pressure-Sensitive Home Button With Haptic Feedback

    The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will feature a flush pressure-sensitive home button in place of the physical switch button found on previous iPhones, according to a Bloomberg report filed this morning.

    Citing people familiar with the matter, the news outlet said that the new models will have a pressure-sensitive button "similar to trackpads in the latest MacBook line" that will provide feedback to the user via a vibrating haptic sensation instead of a true physical click.


    Last month, Mac Otakara cited unspecified supply chain sources that it claimed confirmed the veracity of an April Stormmedia report suggesting the same thing. MacRumors has also heard the same rumor from DigiTimes and analysts at Cowen and Company, but Bloomberg's report today substantially increases the likelihood that the rumor is indeed accurate.

    In addition, the article claims that the dual cameras now widely expected on the larger iPhone 7 will produce brighter photos with more detail, "according to a person who has used a prototype version of the upcoming device".

    Both sensors, which each capture color differently, simultaneously take a picture, and the device produces a single, merged photograph, said the person.

    The dual system sharpens photos taken in low-light environments, the person said. The combination of the merged photos from the two camera sensors also allows users to zoom while retaining more clarity, the person added.

    Elsewhere, Bloomberg noted that the new iPhones will have no antenna bands running across the back of the handsets, and Apple will remove the headphone jack in favor of connectivity via Bluetooth and the Lightning port. That will make room for a second speaker, said the paper's source, who preferred to remain anonymous.

    Other rumored features for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus not included in the article include a faster TSMC-made A10 processor, faster LTE and Wi-Fi, a slightly larger battery, and a minimum 32 GB of base storage.

    Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus next month. Pre-orders could begin Friday, September 9, ahead of retail availability on Friday, September 16, according to noted leaker Evan Blass.


    via MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors

    August 7, 2016 at 08:56PM

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