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Lenovo: when a 26% drop in phone sales represents an improvement

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Lenovo has posted its third quarter financials, revealing a disheartening 67 percent drop in profit year-over-year. Meanwhile, its mobile division saw an improvement over its first and second quarter performance; but that “improvement” took the form of a 26 percent decline in smartphone sales.

In the first quarter of the 2016/17 financial year, Lenovo’s Mobile Business Group (MBG) saw a massive 31 percent decline in smartphone shipments. The second quarter saw that decline shrink to 28 percent year-on-year. Now, it’s down to 26 percent. So while that is undeniably “progress” it’s definitely a brand of “least worst” progress.

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Lenovo is blaming a weak macroeconomic environment, component supply constraints and struggling global market as the cause of its performance. Gartner reports five years of consecutive decline for the global PC market, even while Lenovo’s PC division saw a 2 percent increase in revenue, its first increase in almost two years.

Lenovo reported $12.2 billion in revenue, a drop of 6 percent. Profit fell to just $98 million for the quarter, far below the $300 million from this time last year and the almost $160 million analysts were predicting.

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

Chromebooks have been rising in popularity for quite a while now. They come in many different form factors and specs, but can all achieve essentially the same thing. Running Chrome OS, these notebooks can surf the web, use Chrome applications, and use Google apps in the specialized dock to do many of the things you would be able to do on a Windows or macOS notebook. Because of this, Chromebooks have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, which is why they’ve made their way into the education sector, something that the Chromebook N22 was designed for in particular.

Read: Chromebooks vs other laptops – which should you get?

This is the Lenovo Chromebook N22 review.

Body

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

The Lenovo Chromebook N22 is made of a thin black plastic material, and weighing just 2.7 lbs, can be thrown in a backpack without having to worry about ruining your back. It uses a clam-shell form factor which houses the keyboard and screen, which is relatively recessed into the top half of the notebook. One thing to note – this is not the thinnest computer in the world. It is  bulky for a reason, likely due to the fact that it was made for younger students in education, who are not particularly careful with their hardware.

The Lenovo Chromebook N22 has a webcam built into the top of the device which can rotate 180 degrees. This allows users to show those they are chatting with what the world is like around them, though the video quality is not exactly great. It uses a 720p sensor, so one would likely be better off using their phone camera if they want to show things off, but it can still be helpful in a pinch, especially for younger students who may not have a smartphone of their own.

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

The body comes in at a footprint of 11.83″ x 8.35″ x 0.86″, so while it is relatively small in overall form-factor, it is a bit thick. For what it’s worth though, the size is made less important by mere sturdiness and lightness, so as long as you’ve got enough room in your bag, it shouldn’t be a worry to haul around. There is also a handle built right into the top of the device, which is really nifty, and should be useful for school kids moving it from class to class. Was in necessary? Probably not. Is it cool? Heck yes.

Keyboard

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

I have to admit I am extremely pleased with the keyboard on this device. There is a decent amount of travel on each key, and the ‘snap-back’ feeling is very welcoming to the fingertips. This keyboard is anything but quiet, however, so if you’re someone that needs something that doesn’t wake the dogs at nigh, this might not be for you. If you love the sound and feeling of a loud snappy keyboard however, this thing delivers.

If you’re a heavy typist, the keyboard will express a decent amount of flex, but if that doesn’t bother you, it should do just fine. Each key is pretty tall and separated, so it is pretty easy to feel what you are typing, and your fingers should not get too tangled. This would be a great keyboard to help students learn typing on however, which again is what this laptop is really designed for.

I/O

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

The Lenovo Chromebook N22 comes with (2) USB 3.o ports which each offer data and charging. There is a 2-in-1 card reader present so you can transfer photos to your Google account and edit them with online tools, and HDMI port for video out, and a combo 1/8″ stereo headphone output port.

We’re actually quite impressed with this selection of I/O present on the device, as it allows for file transfer, traditional image input, video output, and a simplified audio jack. This is essentially everything one would need for daily work and school, so as long as you’re not someone who needs more than 2 USB ports, this should suit you just fine.

There is Bluetooth 4.1 built into the device, so you can use things like exterior speakers and headsets, as well as a mouse. Since it uses 2 x 2 Intel WiFi a/c, you’ll have a decent connection wherever you are, but don’t expect the absolute fastest speeds.

Screen

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

The screen in the Lenovo Chromebook N22 is an 11.6″ TN panel with touch compatibility. It looks pretty great especially for the resolution (1366 x 768), but it’s touchscreen abilities is pretty lacking. The sensitivity of the touch is pretty low quality, and sometimes I felt like I was pressing into the screen before it would actually register.

As mentioned before, the screen is slightly recessed into the body. This is likely to save it from drops or impact, but it does look a bit weird and makes the bezel more noticeable. Overall though, the quality is fine for the price, and gets plenty bright when you need to turn it up. It is also anti-glare, meaning you should be able to use it outside with no issues.

Battery

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

The battery life on the Lenovo Chromebook N22 is fantastic. Lenovo touts up to 14 hours, and I have to say I reached about 11 hours every  cycle. This was with watching videos and writing articles with multiple chrome tabs open however, so if you’re a lighter user you may get even more time out of this thing.

The device charges at a moderate speed, but it’s not going to shock you with how fast you can top it off. It uses a 45W charging bring from Lenovo which has a decently slim profile, so you should be able to carry it with you without issue.

Performance

Lenovo Chromebook N22 review

Consistent performance was the biggest issue for me when using this device. The notebook uses an Intel Celeron processor at 3 slightly different tiers, which is not exactly the highest performing chip in the world. Obviously it does quite a number for battery life, but performance is limited, especially since the notebook only comes with 2-4GB of RAM. Chrome is not exactly the most well optimized browser in the world, as it can use a huge amount of RAM and CPU usage. This is a pretty big issue in a lot of these notebooks, but especially using a processor like this can cause quite a bit of lag and stuttering. The first time I logged into Chrome, the device froze and wouldn’t do anything. It wouldn’t even turn off, so I had to wait for it to die to restart it. Fortunately, I never had this issue again, though I did experience some stuttering when I had too many tabs open.

For those using the notebook just for internet tasks, this will probably serve you well. If you’re a writer like me or a power user however, this laptop is probably not going to cut it.

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Wrap-up

The Lenovo Chromebook N22 is a pretty decent device at an amazing price. The highest end model with 4GB of ram and 16GB of storage comes in at just $179.99, or you can pick up the slightly lower end model for $149.00. If you just need something to browse the web that is light and portable, this is a fantastic choice. Though it is designed for early education, it could be a great addition to anyone who uses their phone for most things but would like something to use that has a big bigger screen and they can type on at a coffee shop or while they’re out.

Moto G5 Plus specs revealed in new leaked image

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About a month ago, images of the Moto G5 Plus leaked, showing us the smartphone in all its glory. Now, another picture of the upcoming device has appeared online that reveals most of its specs, thanks to the sticker placed over the display.

According to the new image, the Moto G5 Plus will come with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, which is smaller when compared to the 5.5-inch screen found on its predecessor, the Moto G4 Plus. The device will feature a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor under the hood, likely to be the Snapdragon 625, a 12 MP “rapid focus” rear camera, NFC, and a fingerprint reader located at the front, below the screen. There’s also a 3,000 mAh battery that supports TurboPower fast charging.

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Meanwhile, other rumors, which aren’t confirmed yet, claim that the Moto G5 Plus will sport 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for your apps, videos, pictures and other data. The selfie snapper on board is expected to have a 5 MP sensor, while the OS will be Android 7.0 Nougat.

You’ll be happy to hear that the announcement of the device is just around the corner. The Moto G5 Plus is expected to be unveiled in less than a month at MWC, along with the Moto G5. The company has already sent out media invites for its press event that will kick off on February 26 in Barcelona.

Moto Z Play: Android update tracker (Update: Nougat OTA arriving in India)

Update, February 7: The Moto Z Play Android Nougat update is now rolling out in India. The update brings improvements like Doze on the Go, direct reply for notifications and multi-window support as well as many others. Look out for the update arriving OTA in the coming days and discover all of the additions that it has to offer at the Motorola Mobility support page.

Thanks for the tip, Abhilash Singh!

Welcome to the Moto Z Play and Moto Z Play Droid (the Verizon-exclusive version) Android update tracker page. This page covers Verizon and unlocked versions of the Moto Z Play with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Moto Z Play and Play Droid update information but we won’t be covering general security patches in this list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Moto Z Play and Moto Z Play Droid Android Nougat update

Lenovo has rolled out the Moto Z Play Nougat update in Europe and India but it’s yet to hit the US. The company has, however, confirmed that it will land in the States in March for both the unlocked and Verizon versions.

Lenovo also recently launched a Nougat beta program for select users in its feedback network to assist with the Z Play’s software development before launch; this is still ongoing.

Moto Z Play / Moto Z Play Droid updates Android 6.0.1Android 7.0 Android 7.11
VerizonYesExpected: March, 2017TBA
US unlocked YesIn betaTBA

Compatibility

The Moto Z Play Droid is exclusive to Verizon and, as such, is incompatible with other networks. The US unlocked Moto Z Play is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile but is not available for purchase through the carriers themselves. Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play Droid are incompatible with Sprint as well as some other smaller networks.

For full carrier compatibility, check the official list.

Moto Z Play: Android update tracker (Update: Nougat OTA arriving in India)

Verizon Moto Z Play Droid update (XT1650-01):

  • January 18, 2017: Lenovo says the Nougat update will arrive to the Moto Z Play Droid in March.
  • December 29, 2016: Default notification volume level increased to match the volume level used in the original software release, you can increase or lower the notifications volume in Settings.

US unlocked Moto Z Play update (XT1635):

  • January 24, 2017: Lenovo seeks beta testers for the Nougat preview build.
  • January 18, 2017: Lenovo says Nougat update will arrive to the unlocked Moto Z Play in March.

International Moto Z Play update (XT1650-03):

  • February 6, 2017: Android Nougat starts rolling out to the Moto Z Play in India.
  • January 27, 2017: European Moto Z Play units begin receiving Nougat rollout OTA.

If you’ve received an update we’ve missed, hit the comments below or Tip Us!

Lenovo’s affordable Yoga A12 is an Android tablet focused on productivity

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This post originally appeared on our sister site, TabTimes.

If you’ve been eyeing Lenovo’s Yoga Book but aren’t too keen on the $500 price point, there’s now a cheaper option for you. Lenovo has just taken the wraps off its new Android-powered Yoga A12 tablet.

It’s clear the new Lenovo Yoga A12 takes plenty of design cues from the popular Yoga Book line, as it features the same Halo keyboard found on the pricier model. In case you aren’t familiar, the Halo keyboard is a fully flat, touchscreen keyboard that’s smarter than most other keyboards; it not only learns and adapts to your typing habits, it also features haptic feedback and built-in prediction and artificial learning software. It’s worth noting that the A12 does not come with the Real Pen stylus that comes packaged with the Yoga Book.

Also read: Lenovo Yoga Book review

With the A12, you’ll get a 12.2-inch HD display, two Dolby Atmos-powered speakers, an Intel Atom x5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a battery that will supposedly last around 13 hours on a single charge. As previously mentioned, this new device also runs Android and features what Lenovo calls a “multi-tasking hybrid UI”, as well as Google’s Productivity Suite.

The A12’s chassis is constructed of premium magnesium and aluminum, and comes in Gunmetal Grey and Rose Gold color options. It’s super thin, too, opening to just 5.4mm at its slimmest edge. And thanks to the A12’s 360-degree Yoga hinge, the device will be able to convert into four work modes. This will allow you to easily watch movies, browse the internet, and type out an essay on a number of different surfaces, work environment and settings.

Lenovo’s affordable Yoga A12 is an Android tablet focused on productivity

If you want to get your hands on the Lenovo Yoga A12, the device will be available starting February 8, 2017 on Lenovo’s website, with models starting at just $299.

Are you planning on picking up one of these new devices? Be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!

Hey Moto, how does it take 9 months to roll out Android Nougat?

We all have a love/hate relationship with updates. We want them fast, but when they arrive broken, we’re mad. We want them polished, but when they take too long, we’re sad. We can all agree there’s a sweet spot where we’re OK with an update taking a while as long as it arrives stable, functional and within a reasonable amount of time. So it’s no wonder folks are flaming up about Moto Germany’s recent tweet delaying the Nougat update for the Moto X family until May 2017: nine whole months after Android 7.0 first appeared.

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Now, it has to be acknowledged that the Moto X family is no longer Moto’s flagship line – that crown passed to the Moto Z family a while back. But Moto Germany also tweeted to admit the Moto Z Play update would also be delayed until March (two days after saying it was ready). Some other parts of Europe are already getting the update but Verizon’s Moto Z Play update is also delayed until March. Even the Moto G4 update has been delayed until February in Germany.

The reason these delays are so obnoxious is that Motorola has one of the most stock-like manufacturer skins of all, and the Moto X Pure Edition is so close to stock Nougat it’s not funny. And yet, Motorola, under Lenovo’s ownership, now seems incapable of rolling out Nougat in anything even resembling a timely manner. Even for the Moto X Pure Edition, which is still waiting.

According to some appearances on GFXBench, when the Moto X Style – or Pure Edition in the U.S. – does finally get the update, it might be to Android 7.1.1 which was released on December 5, 2016. But in the Moto Z Play delay comments, Moto Germany confirmed that device will updated to Android 7.0, not to 7.1.1. If the Moto X family follows suit, it will be nine months to get to 7.0 (or five months to get to 7.1.1). Taking anywhere near this long to essentially roll out stock with a few Moto apps and tweaks on top is nothing short of appalling.

Comments on Moto Germany’s announcement tweet are unsurprisingly hostile, especially in response to the company’s continued claims that Moto wants to “provide the best software for our users. Unfortunately that takes some extra time”. Sure, that may be the case, but practically every other other manufacturer has already rolled out Nougat updates with much heavier skins than Moto’s.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Motorola beat even Nexus devices to the most recent Android update. So if the second generation Moto G was capable of beating the Nexus 5 to Android Lollipop two years ago, how can Moto Germany possibly need nine months to achieve the same thing? The only answer seems to be that, short of some mass developer exodus, Motorola no longer prioritizes Android updates like they once did.

Even with the Marshmallow update, the Moto X Style got Marshmallow just five weeks after the update rolled out to Nexus devices and the Moto X Pure Edition was the first U.S. device to get the update less than a month later. This all happened a full year after Lenovo acquired Motorola, so what’s changed in the last year?

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Android Nougat does seem to have presented a lot of issues for OEMs trying to get the update out, with multiple delays, sudden rollout halts and bugs aplenty. But can it really be that radically different than previous Android releases? Maybe, but if that was the case it shouldn’t be too much to expect an OEM to throw additional resources at the problem. Again, plenty of manufacturers have managed just fine.

Moto’s restructuring under Lenovo, the issues Lenovo has had with the brand and Chinese New Year all may have a part to play, we just don’t know. It may take a while to get to the bottom of this bizarre situation, but rest assured, the more voices that are raised in objection to poor customer service like this, the greater the chance OEMs will do things differently next time. So even if you’re not waiting on the German update, go hit that comments section and let Moto know this is not OK.

What’s the longest you’ve had to wait for an update? Do you consider update performance when buying a new phone?

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

2017 is upon us and we’ve already seen the first smartphone announcements of the year in the form of the HTC U Ultra, Asus ZenFone AR, and the US release of the Huawei Mate 9. There’s also plenty of rumors swirling around LG, Samsung, and even Huawei’s next flagships.

In the first half of this post we talk about new Android phones that have either been formally announced or have been on the market for 90 days or less. In the second part we turn on our crystal balls and talk about phones that have yet to be confirmed, pointing out some of the biggest rumors we’ve been hearing so far.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting upcoming and new devices heading our way in the hopefully not too distant future!

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HTC U Ultra

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Things have been rough for HTC over the last few years, despite their best attempts to change the company’s falling fortunes. Enter the HTC U Ultra. The Ultra breaks some of the company’s traditions moving away from the HTC numbered nomenclature and ditching metal in favor of a glass-clad design.

While the HTC 11 is still expected to happen later in the year, the U Ultra currently stands as the company’s flagship, with the U Play filling the mid-range niche. 

Spec wise, the HTC U Ultra offers flagship worthy specs including a Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB RAM and a solid (on paper at least) camera package. Whether that is enough to gain HTC the much needed attention it is after? Only time well tell for sure. The HTC U Ultra has already been formally announced but won’t hit the market until March this year. However, if you are interested you can pre-order now.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super LCD5 display with Quad HD resolution
  • 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 2TB
  • 12 MP HTC Ultrapixel 2 camera, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with Sense
  • 162.41 x 79.79 x 3.6-7.99mm, 170g

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Asus Zenfone AR

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

The ZenFone line started out pretty modestly back in 2015 but over the years it has evolved quite a bit and this year it is set to climb even further heights. At CES 2017 Asus formally announced the ZenFone AR, the world’s first high-end Tango-powered handset.

Powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor with a whopping 8GB of RAM, the ZenFone AR is the very definition of a powerhouse device. Other key specs include a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, a 23MP rear cam, and all the special cameras and sensors required for Tango’s AR functions. Additionally, the AR will be completely ready for Google’s Daydream VR platform and will even offer its own VR headset that works with the standard.

As for when it is coming? That’s a less easy to answer question. Asus is no stranger to announcing phones and then waiting forever to actually launch them. For Asus’ part they currently suggest a Q2 launch, though exactly when in Q2 remains a mystery.  Nonetheless, this is certainly a phone worth looking out for.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch 1440×2560 Super AMOLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 256GB
  • 23 MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, extra cameras and sensors included for Tango experience
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 158.7 x 77.7 x 9 mm, 170g

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OnePlus 3T

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

We weren’t expecting OnePlus to release another new flagship in 2016, but it happened. If you were a fan of the OnePlus 3, you’ll certainly love the OnePlus 3T. While it has been around for a little bit now, it’s still relatively new enough to make this list for now.

With its powerful Snapdragon 821 processor backed by 6GB of RAM, the 3T absolutely flies through web browsing, gaming and most other everyday tasks. It also has a bigger battery this time around (3,400mAh to be exact), which is more than enough to get you through a full day of use on a single charge. In addition, the 3T now sports 16MP rear and front-facing camera sensors, a dual-SIM card slot, plenty of on-board storage, and a fast front-facing fingerprint sensor on the front.

Basically the OnePlus 3T is a better OnePlus 3, and we’re certainly not complaining. You can buy it right from OnePlus’ website in Gunmetal and Soft Gold color options.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

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Huawei Mate 9

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Huawei has done a great job at making its way to the mainstream over the past few years – first with the Huawei P9, and now with the Mate 9. While the Mate 9 has been on the market since late 2016, in January the company finally brought its flagship over to the US, making it a very new device for the US market and marking the first time we’ve ever seen a high-end Huawei flagship in the states.

With a big 5.9-inch display, powerful Kirin 960 processor, dual-SIM capabilities, and an impressive camera setup, the Mate 9 may be one of the best big phones of the year. While its display is ‘only’ 1080p and its software is a bit odd sometimes, we still think the high price tag is worth it. If you’re after a smartphone that offers exceptional battery life and incredible performance, the standard Mate 9 delivers in spades. If money is no object and you want a smartphone that is unattainable to most customers, the Porsche Design Mate 9 might be worth your while.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 20 and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm, 190g

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Samsung Galaxy S8

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Unofficial render of the Galaxy S8 based on rumors

With Samsung pulling the plug on the Note 7, it’s only natural that rumors would turn to the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the handset isn’t expected until sometime in late April (based on most recent rumors), there are a number of alleged features heading to the device.

First, the Galaxy S8 will reportedly offer up two variants. Previously it was believed they would  be 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch in size. More recently, we’ve seen an image leak that lends credence to a claim that Samsung is significantly jumping up screen sizes to 5.7 and 6.2-inches. While that seems pretty massive, these larger sizes are said to be achievable in much smaller than expected packages thanks to slim bezels, curved displays, and a tall screen ratio that sees Samsung ditch its physical keys in favor of software buttons.

Other rumors claim that Samsung will introduce a dual camera setup and will offer different processor configurations depending on the market: Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895. None of these changes are that unexpected, given Samsung’s past behaviors in terms of using mixed processors and adapting to new technology trends. Obviously there’s a lot unknown about this device, but below you’ll find some of the rumored specs — just keep in mind this list will be updated as we hear more.

Unconfirmed specs

  • Standard model: 5.7-inch AMOLED QHD, curved
  • Phablet model: 6.2-inch AMOLED (possibly 4K), curved
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895, depending on market
  • No solid rumors on RAM, but likely in the 4 to 6GB range
  • No solid details on storage, microSD or external UFS likely
  • 16MP/8MP dual camera setup
  • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner a possibility, that or an under-the-glass front scanner
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android Nougat

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LG G6

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

LG G5 pictured above.

While the LG G5 attempted to really change up the way LG designed its phones, ultimately it didn’t end up faring all that well in the market. The whole modular thing didn’t catch on quite like they had hoped, and frankly so many other OEMs were doing a better job last year that LG found in hard to keep up. Will things be different with the G6? LG certainly hopes so and for what it is worth, they seem to have pretty big plans.

First, the LG G6 is expected to ditch removeable batteries and modules in favor of a glass and metal design. Second, it will be moving to a taller format (similar to the rumored Galaxy S8) with a ratio of 18:9. Google and LG are also reportedly working together to bring Google Assistant to the LG G6 and we expect at least a few other tricks up the phone’s virtual sleeves as well.

As for the rest of the specs? Obviously there are a lot of unknowns at this point, though some of the rumors suggest we are looking at a Snapdragon 835 or 821 (depending on the rumor you believe) with 6GB RAM. It really comes down to when the phone plans to launch, as the Snapdragon 830 has yet to officially ship with any handsets and is still reportedly a little ways out.

Unconfirmed specs

  • 5.7-inch QHD display with 18:9 ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or 821
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB likely, microSD expected
  • dual camera setup, few details currently rumored
  • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android Nougat

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Huawei P10

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Huawei P9 pictured above.

Frankly, we don’t know much about the Huawei P10 for sure. We don’t even know if that will end up its name or not. All we know for sure is that Huawei has indicated that at MWC 2017 it will show off its next flagship, and it seems pretty likely that it will be a successor to the Huawei P9.

Based on current rumors, the Huawei P10 is said to be a mostly metallic flagship, as per Huawei’s usual style. Under the hood we can expect a Kirin processor, very possibly the same Kirin 960 found in the current Mate 9 phablet. One area where the P10 is supposedly going to differ from the P9 is the screen size, jumping from 5.2-inches to 5.5-inches. Additionally, the display is supposedly going to be an AMOLED with a QHD resolution, a jump forward from the LCD 1080p display of its predecessor. On the camera front, we expect the Leica partnership to continue, with the phone offering a dual-camera setup, though the specfics aren’t known just yet.

Bottom-line, there are a ton of unknowns about the next flagship from Huawei, all we know is it will be formally unveiled at MWC and is expected to hit store shelves sometime in March or April.

Unconfirmed specs

  • 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 or 6GB of RAM likely, possibly multiple configurations here
  • 32/64/128GB likely, microSD very likely
  • Dual camera setup, possibly similar or the same as the Mate 9’s
  • Android 7.0 Nougat

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What phones are you excited about?

Are there any phones we didn’t add to this post and you are looking forward to? Hit the comments and let us know! Also share your thoughts on the handsets listed above.

Moto Z Play Nougat preview could be on its way soon

Lenovo could soon roll out an early build of Android Nougat to the Moto Z Play. The news arrives via Android Police, who received word that people involved in the Moto Z “Feedback Network” are being asked if they would like to take part in the trial program.

Lenovo is reportedly aiming to move “quickly” with regards to the update process and has already confirmed a March rollout for the final software (details on which you can read at the link below.) Those that wish to take part must have a good standing in the Moto Owners Forum also, but it’s unclear whether those who own the Verizon branded Moto Z Play Droid will have access to the same testing phase.

Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that the higher spec’d Moto Z would receive Android Nougat in February.

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Owners of the unlocked Moto Z devices have been left disappointed by Lenovo’s recent rollout schedule, as the Verizon Moto Z variants, the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, were upgraded to Android Nougat last November. Lenovo’s going to have to make sure it sticks to the announced timeline if it wants to avoid any further backlash.

Chinese manufacturers’ market share in India grew exponentially in Q4 2016

Ramesh NG

India – boasting more than 300 million smartphone users now – is a lucrative market for every major smartphone manufacturer. That’s why companies like Samsung, VIVO, Huawei, and Xiaomi are fiercely competing one another to bring attractive devices without sacrificing affordability. And judging by Counterpoint’s latest data on the Indian smartphone market, Chinese OEMs are doing very well. For the first time ever, in Q4 of last year, no Indian brand figured among the top five smartphone makers; instead, the list was dominated by Chinese manufacturers.

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Counterpoint has released some interesting data about the world’s second largest smartphone market – India. Compared to the 3 percent growth that the global smartphone market saw, smartphone shipments in India grew by 18 percent. Among those smartphones, 7 out 10 were LTE enabled. Not too surprisingly, Samsung maintained the lead overall with 25 percent market share, followed by companies like Micromax, Lenovo, and Intex. Apple has been struggling to find ground in India, and although it did ship 2.5 million devices in 2016, it still remained 10th place.

What’s interesting is, however, the rate at which Chinese manufacturers are growing in India. Just a year ago or so, during Q4 of 2015, Chinese brands were merely 14 percent of all smartphone shipments in India. That’s trivial compared to 54 percent of Indian brands during the same period. However, in Q4 of 2016, for the first time ever, Indian brands were pushed out of top five rankings. Instead, the list was comprised of Samsung, VIVO, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Oppo. And the total shipments by Chinese brands jumped to a whopping 46 percent during Q4 of last year!

Just a year ago or so, during Q4 of 2015, Chinese brands were merely 14 percent of all smartphone shipments in India.

Chinese manufacturers are actively engaging in marketing that works within the local context – such as flash sales online – and they seem to be working closely with the government in the Make in India initiative. With luxurious designs and cheap price tags, Chinese OEMs are slowly dominating the Indian smartphone market. Though we will have to wait and see, it may not be too long until Samsung is dethroned by a Chinese manufacturer in India.

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro now available in India

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The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which was officially announced back in June 2016, has launched in India. The smartphone is already up for sale and can be yours for Rs. 29,990. It is exclusive to Flipkart and only available in one color — Champagne Gold.

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the first smartphone with Google’s Tango 3D depth-sensing camera technology. It comes equipped with four cameras that give it Augmented Reality powers: a 16 MP primary camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera, a motion tracking camera, and an 8 MP front-facing camera. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 chipset and is quite large, thanks to its 6.4-inch QHD IPS display.

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There is 64 GB of storage available for your apps, pictures, videos, and other data, which can be expanded up to 128 GB with the help of a microSD card. The device also sports 4 GB of RAM, a 4,050 mAh battery, the Dolby Atmos audio technology, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board. To learn more about the smartphone, take a look at our hands on with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro post.

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