Samsung Galaxy Note 8 codename “Gr3at” leaks, expected to launch at IFA 2017

Rumours about the Galaxy Note 8 have been rampant in recent months, with the flagship phone believed to get launched  ahead of iPhone 8’s September unveiling. Now, the Note 8’s internal codename has been leaked months ahead of the launch.

According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Note 8 is actually codenamed ” Samsung Gr3at”. The number 3 in the end might hint at the new features coming to the Note 8, though at this point this is pure speculation. Samsung could be adding new features to the Note 8 and thus codenamed the device “Gr3at”. In the past the Galaxy Note 8 was internally codenamed “Great”.

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It’s hard not to believe that how crucial the Galaxy Note 8 launch will be for Samsung, especially after the Note 7 fiasco. One cannot deny the fact that there will be immense pressure on Samsung to make a better device in the form of the Galaxy Note 8.

While Blass did not reveal any other details about the Note 8 other than the codename. But the phone is rumoured to come with the similar design and specifications as the Galaxy S8, barring a few changes here and there. It’s being said that the Note 8 will have a 6.3-inch QHD ‘Infinity’ display with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels, and no home button.

The phone will reportedly feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, and it will feature a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel  wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. A separate report had claimed that the Note 8 was being tested running Android 7.1 Nougat, rather than the beta version of the upcoming Android 8.0 which is Android O.

In April, Samsung itself confirmed its plans to release the follow-up to the ill fated Galaxy Note 7 in the second-half of the year but declined to exactly reveal when the launch would take place. Earlier this week, a report from South Korea had claimed that the Galaxy Note 8 could be launched in mid-August.

But a contradictory report from Sam Mobile suggests that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA 2017, which kicks off in Berlin on September 1. Samsung traditionally launches a new Galaxy Note device each year at the IFA tech show in Berlin, however, the Note 7 was exception which made its debut in New York in the first week of August.

Honor 8 Lite, UberPOOL Ola Share Ban, Reliance Jio Playing by Rules, and More: Your 360 Daily

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  • Stop using Windows XP or Vista by end of the year to continue using Gmail
  • LG’s Android Wear smartwatches priced close to Apple Watches
  • PS, Xbox piracy forums hacked, user details out in the open

Globally, carpooling is seen as a viable solution for semi-public transportation. But a technicality is preventing services like UberPOOL or Ola Share to operate in the state of Karnataka. Today, a day before the deadline for the operators to shut carpooling services, Uber seems to suggest that it is operating within legal bounds with UberPOOL. It will be unfortunate to see this service get disrupted because of an outdated law, as many people we personally know rely on it to get around the city at a reasonable price. Now, we continue with today’s other top stories.

Honor 8 Lite, UberPOOL Ola Share Ban, Reliance Jio Playing by Rules, and More: Your 360 Daily

1) Gmail will stop working on old Chrome browsers, Windows XP and Vista OS
All users of Google Chrome version 53 and below will not be able to use Gmail, the popular email service, by the end of this year. And since the last version released for Windows XP and Vista was Chrome 49, the two ancient operating systems will be affected as a result of this. Users will have to upgrade to the newest Chrome, the most recent being version 55, to continue, and upgrade from an OS newer than XP or Vista.

2) Huawei launches Honor 8 Lite in Finland
Huawei has launched a watered-down version of its popular Honor 8 smartphone. Dubbed the Honor 8 Lite, it comes with a comparatively inferior HiSilicon Kirin 655 SoC (Honor 8 had Kirin 950) and 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB available on the big brother. It does seem to retain the same shiny, slippery glass body of the superior model. Pricing when converted from euros comes to about Rs. 20,000.

3) Reliance Jio free usage plans playing by the rules, says TRAI
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has concluded that Reliance Jio’s free usage plans, which have strongly disrupted the telecom market in India, are compliant with regulations. This was in response to rival operators calling the plans ‘predatory’.

 

4) LG’s upcoming high-end Android Wear smartwatch to cost $349
We have been hearing rumours about LG launching two smartwatches that will run the latest Android Wear 2.0. Today’s rumours suggest that the more expensive of the two will cost $349 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the other will cost $100 less. Incidentally, the pricing is in line with the Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 1 in the US, respectively. It is also said that the new watches will support Android Pay.

In other smartwatch news, MIT made a smartwatch app that can understand the tone of a conversation. The technology could have some medical applications.

5) YouTube iOS app brings controls to lockscreen, Chrome for Android has new features too
The YouTube app for iOS got an update that got the much-needed playback controls to the lockscreen, when you’re playing videos via a streaming device like a Chromecast.

In other Google product related news, Chrome for Android got many new features too.

6) Apple may use in-house chip inside new MacBook Pro
Apple may be taking small steps to remove the reliance on Intel for its Mac computers. It is rumoured that the company is working on an in-house chip that may not entirely replace Intel Core chips on Macs in the near future, but integrate with it to perform low-end tasks.

7) PlayStation, Xbox piracy forums user data hacked
Popular sites for pirated content playable on the PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles were hacked, with data of over 2.5 million accounts said to be compromised. Details such as usernames, passwords, IP and email addresses were exposed due to the hack.

iPhone 8 Price, HTC 10 evo Launch, YouTube Go Comes to India, and More: Your 360 Daily Rohan Naravane, 09 February 2017

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  • It doesn’t seem like the sell-kidney-for-iPhone jokes are going to stop
  • YouTube Go is a dedicated app for watching and sharing videos offline
  • SoftBank loses $300 million in India after investing in Ola, Snapdeal

The world has already had enough of the selling-kidney-to-buy-iPhone jokes, but unfortunately those may not stop, as the high-end variant of the iPhone 8 is said to cost $1,000 (roughly Rs. 68,000) in the US. If true, after all the taxes and duties added, this iPhone SKU might end up costing upwards of Rs. 80,000 in India. One of the reasons cited for the price bump is a switch to OLED displays instead of LCD. Fortunately, this is said to be the pricing of the highest-end model in the lineup, with a cheaper ‘iPhone 7s’ and ‘iPhone 7s Plus’ starting out at the usual $649.

Let’s move on to the remaining top stories of the day.

iPhone 8 Price, HTC 10 evo Launch, YouTube Go Comes to India, and More: Your 360 Daily

1) HTC 10 evo launched in India at Rs. 48,990
The HTC 10 evo is available for sale in the country at a price tag of Rs. 48,990. It’s got a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, water-resistance and comes with Android 7.0 Nougat. What sticks sorely for this otherwise interesting high-end device is the use of the Snapdragon 810 chip from 2015, which was known for notorious heating issues in phones like the Xperia Z3+. We wonder at the response HTC will receive for the product.

2) YouTube Go launched in India for shareable, offline videos
A common sight when using public transport today in India is of people watching videos on their smartphones. To push YouTube adoption without paying for mobile data, the YouTube Go app is a standalone app from Google that lets you download videos and watch them offline later. It also has a convenient ‘send’ and ‘receive’ feature, that allows for transferring downloaded videos to other YouTube Go users locally, without using mobile data.

 

3) Android Wear 2.0 launched with two new LG smartwatches
After a delay of several months, the next major update to Android Wear – dubbed Android Wear 2.0 – is out. Two new watches from LG, namely the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, run this new operating system, while other compatible watches will get the update eventually. Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to the wrist, along with other features like the ability to install apps directly on the watch, Android Pay integration, keyboard input, etc. Those LG watches mentioned above are priced at $249 (roughly Rs. 17,000) and $349 (roughly Rs. 24,000) respectively.

4) 170 days after its release, Android Nougat only runs on 1 percent of all Android devices
This should come as no surprise, considering there are many stakeholders in the Android update process. Android 7.0 Nougat, the most recent version of Android, despite being launched almost half a year ago, only runs on 1 percent of active Android devices. Android 5.0 Lollipop, which was out in 2014, is still the most used Android version to date.

5) SoftBank loses $350 million on India investments like Ola, Snapdeal
Japanese company Softbank has reported an investment loss of $350 million (roughly Rs. 2,345 crores) on its investments in India, which include cab-hailing service Ola and e-commerce platform Snapdeal. The Japanese firm has so far invested close to $2 billion in India and earlier this year it stated that it is looking to scale up investments to $10 billion in next 5-10 years.

6) 5G is official now, has its own logo
The 3GPP cellular standards group has officially christened the next generation of wireless communication technology as 5G. The logo has a familiar design as the official 4G logo that came before it. The final specifications of 5G are said to complete by 2018, with the next phase being completed by 2020.

7) Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon argue GST’s tax collection at source provision
At a press conference organised by FICCI on Thursday, the heads of Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal all found common cause as they expressed their worries about the TCS (Tax Collection at Source) provision of the GST (Goods and Services Tax). Under this provision, online marketplaces are responsible for collecting – and paying – taxes on behalf of their sellers. This is something that all three companies, the major players in the e-commerce space in India, are against, as they argue it will hamper the growth of e-commerce.

8) Idea Money Adopts USSD-based digital payments
Idea Cellular today said it has enabled USSD-based platform for shopkeepers and customers to conduct digital transactions using Idea Money service. USSD is mobile short code that enables financial and banking transactions even on feature phones.

Sony WS623 Walkman launched for Rs 8,990

Sony is a water and dust proof headphone. It will be available in stores from June 15, 2017

Sony India has launched the new WS623 Walkman headphone with Bluetooth Wireless Technology for Rs 8,990. It will be available from 15 June 2017 at all Sony Centres and electronic stores across India.

Apart from the  Bluetooth Wireless Technology, its has an option of streaming music via  Near-field Communication (NFC), or through data stored in 4GB microSD card. WS623  has built in Mic to help you make or receive calls.

Sony  WS623 Walkman launched for Rs 8,990

The company claims it has a battery life of  12-hour battery life with the device. It terms of design it looks sturdy headphone and weighs around 32grams.  It has an IP65/68 certification which makes it water and dust proof. As per the release, one can swim with it underwater to a depth of two meters with up to 30 minutes of submerged time, and it can be taken to beaches and sand dunes without any worry. It has been optimised for sound levels for underwater listening and can endure extreme temperatures ranging from 5°C to 45°C.

iPhone 8 Render Leak Tips Rear Fingerprint Scanner, Bezel-Less Display

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  • iPhone 8 fresh render suggests rear Touch ID sensor
  • This refutes previous rumours that suggest display embedded Touch ID
  • Benjamin Geskin claims that this render is fake

Fresh iPhone 8 renders coming out of China seem to thicken the mystery surrounding the implementation of Touch ID on the smartphone further. The one rumour that has been on the see-saw for long has been the integration of the fingerprint sensor underneath the display or at the back of the smartphone. Now, a fresh leak, seems to refute other reports to claim that the Touch ID will be integrated at the back.

iPhoneros.com has leaked renders of an iPhone 8 prototype fully assembled, sporting a fingerprint scanner at the back, right beneath the Apple logo. The prototype also shows the vertical dual camera setup at the back, and the almost bezel-less front display as well. The flash also does not reside between the two sensors at the back, but is situated outside of the vertical camera ring completely, beneath the two sensors.

iPhone 8 Render Leak Tips Rear Fingerprint Scanner, Bezel-Less Display

Tipster Benjamin Geskin seems to suggest that this is a fake iPhone 8 render, and reiterates that the iPhone 8 will have Touch ID embedded under the display only. He has been leaking iPhone 8 information regularly, and in his latest tweet, he suggests that some case makers have got a whiff of what the iPhone 8 final design will look like, and they have already begun mass production of cases and covers for the phone. He also claims that the back of the iPhone 8 will be a unique alloy of glass and metal.

The iPhone 8 is also tipped to sport an OLED display panel, wireless charging feature, some form of AR features, and a 3D front camera. It is expected to be more waterproof and dustproof than before, and will be powered by the Apple A11 SoC.

iPhone 8 Dimensions, Renders Leaked; LG Reportedly Eyeing OLED Display Orders Next Year

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  • iPhone 8 dimensions tipped at 143.59×70.94×7.57mm
  • Renders tip an edge-to-edge display
  • It is expected to be thicker than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 8 rumours have been numerous in the recent past, and today’s leak brings more information on the dimensions of the iPhone 8. Renders have also been leaked alongside, and the iPhone 8 is seen being compared to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Samsung Galaxy S8+. Furthermore, LG is reportedly eyeing OLED display orders from Apple next year, and has made a large amount of investment to ramp up its OLED smartphone display production.

First up, iDrop News cites anonymous “factory workers with intimate knowledge” to report that the iPhone 8 will measure at 143.59×70.94×7.57mm. This makes the iPhone 8 wider and larger than the iPhone 7, but smaller when compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. To recall, the iPhone 7 dimensions are at 138.3×67.1×7.1 mm and the iPhone 7 Plus measures at 158.2×77.9×7.3 mm. Looking at the dimensions, the iPhone 8 is also thicker than both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

iPhone 8 Dimensions, Renders Leaked; LG Reportedly Eyeing OLED Display Orders Next Year

The report is unclear about the weight, but it is anticipated to be more than the iPhone 7 but less than the iPhone 7 Plus. The report has also leaked renders of the smartphone, based on the information it received. The iPhone 8 is seen sporting an edge-to-edge display in the front with no Home Button in the front as well. There is a small lip at the top edge of the smartphone for integrating the front camera and sensors. At the back, there is a vertical dual camera setup with the Apple logo, but no sign of a fingerprint scanner. This further cements rumours of a fingerprint scanner embedded underneath the display.

Furthermore, the iPhone 8 is also pegged against the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. To recall, the Galaxy S8 measures 148.9×68.1×8.0 mm, while the Galaxy S8+ comes in at 159.5×73.4×8.1 mm. If the rumoured dimensions are true, the iPhone 8 will be slimmer.

A separate report from ET News claims that LG is investing huge amounts of money to become Apple’s second supplier of OLED displays next year. This year, Samsung has reportedly bagged the exclusive deal for the iPhone 8’s OLED displays, but LG is reported to be ramping up its production facilities for OLED smartphone displays, and is switching from its previous focus on TVs.

“LG Display is planning to invest about $3.56 billion (KRW 4 trillion) into P10, which is its new factory in Paju, and construct production lines for 6th generation flexible OLEDs in 2018. Although it was planning to make investments mostly on large OLEDs for TVs initially, it is currently thinking about making investments on OLEDs for Smartphones first. It seems that LG Display is planning to secure its position as the second supplier for Apple iPhone by quickly increasing its production capability of OLED for Smartphone, the report said.

LG also believes that Chinese OEMs will follow Apple’s footsteps to integrate OLED displays, so if it doesn’t bag an order from Apple, it does have other options to partake from.

Primark is selling shoes that look almost identical to a Gucci pair for £8 instead of £480

Primark has done it again.

Known for its impressive “copies” of designer pieces — including the £8 Prada-like slippers we wrote about last month — the budget high street store is currently selling two varieties of floral loafers which look almost identical to a Gucci pair.

However, they cost £8, instead of the £480 the designer slippers will set you back.

The purse-friendly alternatives are available in either a flat black pump, or a backless pink loafer, both of which are adorned with colourful floral embroidery.

primark gucci Primark’s Gucci-esque loafers are available in pink or black and cost just £8. Primark

Gucci’s classic horsebit loafers have had a revamp over the last couple of years. In 2015, new creative director Alessandro Michele introduced some contemporary and fun elements to the staple shoe, including furry innersoles, and crystal embroidered bows.

The new styles of Gucci backless loafers — or high street versions of them — have been hailed by fashion bloggers as the “it” shoes of 2017.

The Gucci Princetown New Flora slipper is described as “a revamped version of the iconic Flora print by Vittorio Accornero.” Shown below, they cost £480.

Below, Instagram user @chantaalgs models the pink Primark loafers which look very similar. They cost £8.

Here, Instagram user @sartorialphil shows off another pair of the fun new style of Gucci loafers. This pair has Donald Duck details.

iPhone 8 Front and Back Panel Leaked Images Reveal Bezel-Less Design

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  • iPhone 8 is tipped to have a glass back
  • The front display is expected to be edge-to-edge
  • The fingerprint sensor is tipped to be underneath the display

iPhone 8 renders have been leaked on multiple occasions, but now the device’s individual parts are now cropping up online. These arrive just at the time when mass production of the iPhone 8 has reportedly begun. The latest iPhone 8 leaks show us the front and back panel, the camera ring at the back, and even the metal frame of the upcoming Apple flagship.

iPhone 8 Front and Back Panel Leaked Images Reveal Bezel-Less Design

A Reddit user named Kamikasky has posted front and back panel images of the iPhone 8, showing design iterations. He claims to have gotten hold of these from an industry source, who got it from the Chinese manufacturers directly. The leak shows that the iPhone 8 has a glass back, with the Apple logo and the vertical dual camera setup at the back. There is no cut out for the fingerprint scanner on the back panel, fortunately. The camera ring has also been leaked, and it shows places for two sensors, with the flash sitting in between the two.

At the front, there is no cut-out for a Home Button either, pretty much cementing the rumours that the iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor will be embedded into the display. Apart from the upper lip bezel for the front camera, speaker, and sensors, the bezels on the remaining three sides have been pushed back to give the front panel a nearly bezel-less look. The tipster has also leaked images of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus back covers, showing glass frames, indicating that wireless charging is coming to all three iPhones.

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Photo Credit: Reddit/Kamikasy

Separately, the iPhone 8 metal frame has been leaked by SlashLeaks as well, giving us an idea of how the components will be placed inside the phone. The frame is compared alongside the iPhone 6 case as well, indicating that the iPhone 8 will be a little taller and wider than the older variant. Apart from this, there is little else that the frame reveals.

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Photo Credit: SlashLeaks

The iPhone 8 is also expected to be powered by the A11 chip, feature an OLED panel, have a 3D front camera, and sport some AR features as well. While some report of a delay in launch, some reports claim that the iPhone 8 is on schedule and will launch in September.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras Tipped to Launch Mid-August

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  • Galaxy Note 7 was also launched mid-August last year
  • Samsung is reportedly working on three different camera modules
  • The smartphone is expected to feature Infinity display

The successful launch and sales of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones seems to have boosted Samsung’s confidence as the company has now been tipped to launch its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone around mid-August. Separately, the details about the dual rear camera setup on the smartphone have also been leaked.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras Tipped to Launch Mid-August

First talking about the tipped launch timeline, as per a report by South Korean publication The Bell, the South Korean conglomerate is said to be launching the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 flagship ahead of IFA event in September, which was earlier the launching ground for Note series smartphones until last year’s Galaxy Note 7. Notably, the company was earlier expected to delay the launch of its upcoming Note flagship as rushing the launch of Galaxy Note 7 last year resulted in faulty batteries that caused explosion cases associated with the smartphone. The company has reportedly kept the same timeline for launch as last year to get a headstart ahead of iPhone 8 launch. As Apple might have a few tricks up its sleeves at the launch event this year, this cannot be termed as a bad move.

Moving to the leak about Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera setup, a Weibo tipster has suggested that the smartphone will feature two 13-megapixel sensors at the back, as pointed out in a report by Phones Daily. Further, the tipster has mentioned that the company is working on three different dual camera modules. While Samsung Galaxy C10 has already been spotted featuring dual camera setup in different renders, we might have to wait to figure out the reference of the third dual camera setup.

 

To recall, well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 13-megapixel sensor.

Recently, reports suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be the first smartphone to feature Snapdragon 836 processor. Earlier leaks have suggested that the smartphone will come with a 6.3-inch Infinity display and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also said to pack 6GB of RAM, and offer up to 256GB of storage.

While earlier there were rumours of an integrated fingerprint scanner under the display, Samsung reportedly ditched the plans due to concerns regarding security of this feature.