Rinspeed Snap revealed ahead of CES 2018 debut

Swiss manufacturer Rinspeed has unveiled the quirky Snap concept ahead of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The concept, set to be revealed in Las Vegas next January, couples an autonomous ‘skateboard’ chassis with interchangeable body ‘pods’.

Those pods could be designed to fulfil a range of roles, potentially allowing people to convert their Snap from a practical delivery van to a comfortable passenger car by simply swapping bodies – like giant, Swiss automotive Lego. They could also, theoretically, be used as portable office spaces when they aren’t attached to a chassis.

Rinspeed’s idea behind the novel setup is simple; as technology advances, the computer hardware in cars is becoming obsolete faster than ever before. To illustrate the point, the company uses the example of in-house navigation systems, which are usually hopelessly outdated by the time the car reaches its second owner.

Above: The Rinspeed Oasis concept, displayed at CES this year.

The company also suggests this “irritating” problem could “quickly become a matter of safety in the near-future in self-driving cars”.

Rather than allowing the march of technology to make an entire vehicle obsolete, the Snap would allow owners to swap their ‘pod’ onto a new ‘skateboard’ as autonomous or powertrain hardware advances.

This isn’t the first time Rinspeed has taken a novel approach to autonomous driving, or electric cars. The futuristic Oasis debuted at CES this year, and was described by the company as “kind of like a trendy buddy of Star Wars icon R2-D2.″ With a table, television and sideboard inside, we’d argue it’s more like a tiny autonomous living room on wheels.

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2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo First Drive

Throughout its history, the BMW 6 Series name has defined long, shark-nosed coupes built for long-distance driving in comfort. That’s changed in recent years with the introduction of the 6 Series convertible and the 6 Series Gran Coupe four-door. And this year it changes further with the introduction of the latest 6 Series — a four-door hatchback.

The 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo bears little resemblance to the other 6 Series models, and that’s because it’s actually the successor to last year’s 5 Series Gran Turismo.

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo

A Hatchback by Any Other Name
In BMW nomenclature, Gran Turismo denotes a car with four doors and a swoopy hatchback rear end. The design provides additional interior space and cargo volume, so it’s becoming more popular elsewhere in the industry as a middle ground between sedan and SUV. When viewed in profile, you might see traces of everything from the Tesla Model X to the new Honda Accord.

Aside from the name change, the new Gran Turismo has a sleeker nose that’s sharpened in part by its standard LED headlights. It’s a little longer and lower, adjustments that help smooth out the awkward proportions of the previous model. More importantly, it trades the complicated and heavy two-mode hatchback of the 5 Series GT for one that opens in a more traditional manner. This change, and others like it, help the 6 Series Gran Turismo trim some weight compared to the 5 Series GT, which aids both its performance and efficiency.

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo

The Only Way You Can Get It
Only one trim will be available at launch, the 640i xDrive. It comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The setup is fortified with technology that uses information from the navigation system to prepare the transmission and engine for sharp turns, stops, or anything else that might require a downshift to smooth things out.

With 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the 640i accelerates effortlessly and quietly while the transmission makes near-imperceptible shifts. An array of drive modes can stiffen the suspension until you feel each bump in the road or make the steering wheel increasingly difficult to turn in the name of sportiness. Back it off to the default Comfort setting and the optional air suspension keeps things compliant, lowering the car at speed to improve airflow. This is the setting where the 640i performs best as it glides along smoothly and quietly with minimal driver effort.

The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster changes appearance depending on the drive mode, but it remains clear and easy to read no matter the setting. An informative and customizable head-up display is optional, but it disappears if you happen to wear polarized sunglasses.

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo

Department of the Interior
As with all hatchbacks, the Gran Turismo’s advantages over a traditional sedan are its rear headroom and cargo capacity. Big doors and frameless windows make for a welcome entry into an interior that feels massive, even with the standard sunroof. Occupants of all heights and sizes will find comfort inside. There’s even enough space for rear passengers to cross their legs.

Front passengers can enjoy the optional Luxury Seating package that adds soft, 20-way-adjustable front seats with heating, ventilation and massage. Rear passengers can find comfort in the optional power-reclining seatbacks and pillowlike headrests that conspire to make the backseat more desirable than the front.

As for cargo space, there’s 31 cubic feet available with the 40/20/40-split rear seats up. Fold those seatbacks and the space opens up to 65 cubic feet. The two cargo cover shades move out of the way easily for loading, and you can store them in a conveniently located slot under the floor.

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo

Connect the Dots
Wireless charging and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot are standard, and front occupants have access to two USB ports. Apple CarPlay is a $300 option and can be accessed wirelessly, a boon for iPhone owners with wireless charging capability. Alas, Android Auto is not supported. BMW’s ConnectedDrive suite of features is standard and approximates the experience of these two systems, provided you use the apps it supports.

Standard safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, daytime pedestrian detection, forward collision mitigation, speed limit info, rear cross-traffic alert, a backup camera and proximity sensors. If that’s not enough, there’s the Parking Assistant package that includes a sophisticated exterior camera system, parking sensors, and automatic perpendicular and parallel parking for when you simply want the computer to take over.

The next step up is the optional Remote Control Parking, which, as the name implies, can park your car without you in it. This option includes what BMW calls the Display Key, which is a traditional key fob with an actual information display screen. The key shows you whether your car is locked and how much fuel is left in the tank. We’re eager to play with the remote parking feature, but in our experience in other BMWs, the Display Key’s absence of a key ring hole and the need for charging are annoyances that undermine the coolness of the technology.

Aside from those minor issues, our first experience with the 6 Series Gran Turismo shows it will capably satisfy those looking for an ultra-luxurious yet utilitarian midsize hatchback that starts at just over $70,000. It’s a small niche, but this BMW has it covered.

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo

Galaxy A5 2018 Launch Day Could Incorporate Galaxy S8, Notice 8 Specifications

A modern leak indicates that the Galaxy A5 2018 model may attribute an infinity show, very similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Notice 8. The system render, intended to exhibit off a protective situation also exhibits a system with no household button and an 18:9:5 part ratio, but the system appears to have a flat show, fairly than a twin-edge curved show like Samsung’s latest flagships. The image was initially shared on Twitter, but has considering the fact that been deleted.

Samsung’s Galaxy A collection is a mid-range line, which usually incorporates layout features and options, very similar to the higher-finish Galaxy S and Galaxy Notice lines. Equipment in the line incorporate the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7, which are current yearly less than the same identify. New stories have indicated that the equipment may start to see cost hikes as Samsung carries on to add a lot more higher-finish features to the Galaxy A collection. An infinity show layout for the Galaxy S5 2018 is 1 this sort of instance.   

With an infinity show and no capacitive household button, the Galaxy A5 2018 could also attribute a rear-dealing with fingerprint sensor, very similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Notice 8. Rumors also suggest the equipment could operate Android 8. Oreo, which could make them the initial Samsung smartphones to attribute the OS natively. If real, it would necessarily mean the mid-range versions could see Oreo right before Samsung’s 2018 flagships. Nonetheless, there are also stories that the Galaxy A5 2018 may launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Other envisioned options incorporate an Exynos 7885 chip, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inside storage and quite possibly also a twin-digital camera set up.

Samsung notably released a twin-digital camera set up on the Galaxy C9 Professional system in advance of the Galaxy Notice 8 start. The mid-range Chinese unique system was likely a test mattress for the twin-digital camera right before Samsung released it to its higher-finish range. The Galaxy A equipment commonly see availability in Europe and South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy A equipment are commonly announced late in the yr, amongst November and December on the other hand, cost and launch specifics for the 2018 versions have not yet surfaced.

Fisker’s Semi-Autonomous All-Electric EMotion Headed To CES 2018

Fisker Automotive has announced plans to unveil its semi-autonomous all-electric EMotion at the January 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

The brainchild of mercurial car designer Henrik Fisker, the EMotion promises several Level 4 semi-autonomous features using partner Quanergy’s five S3 LiDar sensors. The EV will be capable of real-time 3-D mapping, object identification and tracking with integration into the body’s design. Other specifications include a carbon fiber and aluminum body, all-wheel-drive, and an otherworldly 400-plus mile range. The EMotion will also use an Ultra Charger™, a new proprietary charging technology that claims to deliver a nine-minute charge of 125-miles.

“The Fisker EMotion is set to be the next leader in electric vehicles and we are honored to be a part of this groundbreaking opportunity by providing our LiDAR sensors to help guide drivers on the road,” said Louay Eldada, Quanergy CEO. “Our leading LiDAR sensors will elevate the autonomous capabilities of the EMotion to support Henrik’s vision of a truly autonomous and connected experience in a luxury automobile that will further advance the world’s view of autonomous and electric vehicles.”

Over the years, Fisker has not been without controversy. Fisker’s first company, Fisker Automotive, filed for bankruptcy before being sold off to Wanxiang Group Corporation, one of China’s largest automotive component companies. The bankruptcy was spurred by mismanagement and poor production, with a batch of 2,000 vehicles rife with mechanical and software issues. Later, Henrik Fisker started a second company, Fisker Inc, which is behind EMotion’s development today.

The Emotion is expected to ship in 2019 with a $129,000 asking price, with plans to produce a more affordable model in the $30,000 range by 2020.


Black Ops 4 Rumored to be Call of Duty’s 2018 Title | Esports News & Videos

Sledgehammer Online games haven’t even launched their Contact of Duty title for 2017, but rumors of 2018’s title have already strike the web.

The three-yr cycle for Activision’s sequence now rotates amongst developers Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Treyarch. This provides each individual studio a complete of three several years to make a title, and like clockwork, they’re introduced the initially weekend of November each yr.

Infinity Ward’s Infinite Warfare launched in 2016 and it was a hard yr for Activision as their fiercely loyal supporter foundation showed for the initially time they’re not often heading to invest in a sport if the Contact of Duty label is on it.

Even with the setback, the company’s share cost wasn’t affected as well considerably, and with Contact of Duty WWII the most expected sport of the 2017 vacation time, issues are on the lookout back on keep track of.

For some analysts although, that usually means their notice has turned to the long run of the publisher, and market place analysts Cowen and Organization a short while ago downgraded Activision’s shares dependent on considerations more than the performance of the Overwatch League.

For most that monetary data is a very little unexciting, but 1 vital aspect individuals will be interested in is that the title Black Ops 4 was talked about as Treyarch’s Contact of Duty’s 2018 sport.


The data was presented during the report without comment, so it’s unclear if this was either a guess or an accidental leak of inside data.


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The Black Ops sequence launched on the 9th of November 2010, set during the Cold War, and went on to develop into the fifth greatest promoting title for the Xbox 360. The competitive scene was vivid for the sport in equally Europe and North America as unbiased tournament hosted tournaments across equally continents.

Black Ops II was launched two several years afterwards in 2012 and is broadly thought of 1 of the ideal Contact of Duty game titles of all time. The idea of the Contact of Duty globe championships was also launched, marking the initially time Activision hosted a real competitive event, such as a $1 million prize pool.

The most the latest Black Ops sport, quantity 3, was launched in November 2015, and was the initially sport to involve wall operating as aspect of the superior movement period.

If Activision and Treyarch were to release Black Ops 4, it would be the initially time in Contact of Duty record that they’ve launched a fourth sport in a sequence of stories, with the Fashionable Warfare sequence also on three now.

For all those dying to discover out 2018’s name, sad to say, it’s not likely we’ll discover out until eventually the center of 2018 when data is normally declared.

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Fisker Inc. And Quanergy To Debut All-New Fisker EMotion At 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

Fisker Inc. will showcase the all-new EMotion with Quanergy Systems Inc. in booth No. 3315 at the upcoming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In partnership with Fisker Inc., Quanergy Systems Inc., a provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, will be integrating five of Quanergy’s S3 LiDAR sensors into the Fisker EMotion, which will be showcased as part of the vehicle during CES from Jan. 9-12, 2018. CES will mark the first time media and showgoers will get an up close and personal look of Fisker’s newest vehicle creation.

Dedicated to bringing real-world autonomous driving to market, Fisker Inc. and Quanergy Systems Inc. are working closely in partnership to integrate autonomous hardware, specifically LiDAR, in the Fisker EMotion body design as a seamless part of the vehicle and not an aesthetic eyesore. Quanergy’s LiDAR sensors lead the industry in all six key commercialization areas of price, performance, reliability, size, weight and power efficiency, while meeting the mass deployment requirements of durability and dependability. The front end of the Fisker EMotion is inspired by the integration of the LiDAR in the center chrome piece ­– an aesthetic set to be the design DNA of all future Fisker vehicles. The smart sensing technology enables real-time 3-D mapping and object detection, tracking and classification. The Fisker EMotion will be available in 2019 and will feature the Quanergy S3 LiDAR sensor and all autonomous features as part of an optional upgraded package for customers.

“The Fisker EMotion is set to be the next leader in electric vehicles and we are honored to be a part of this groundbreaking opportunity by providing our LiDAR sensors to help guide drivers on the road,” said Louay Eldada, Quanergy CEO. “Our leading LiDAR sensors will elevate the autonomous capabilities of the EMotion to support Henrik’s vision of a truly autonomous and connected experience in a luxury automobile that will further advance the world’s view of autonomous and electric vehicles.”

“The EMotion has been a dream of mine for many years and bringing it to life has been a journey of finding the best partners to incorporate the leading technology and design to make the EMotion the best possible electric vehicle on the road ­ advancing the conversation and mainstream capabilities of all electric vehicles on the road,” said Henrik Fisker, founder and CEO of Fisker Inc. “Partnering with Quanergy to incorporate their LiDAR systems is the missing piece needed to elevate the technology needed to give customers a true electric, autonomous and connected experience.”

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Samsung Galaxy X: Samsung’s foldable smartphone to launch in 2018, will be a limited run

The Samsung Galaxy X is a strange one. Its existence is still something of a mystery – we know it’s definitely a thing (we’ve seen the concepts) and we know that it bends. The thing is, we don’t know how it achieves this technical wizardry, or know any concrete details surrounding Samsung’s fancy-pants smartphone for that matter.

There is one thing we do know, though: the Samsung Galaxy X will launch in 2018. Expected to make an appearance during the CES consumer technology show in January, Samsung is primed to make the grand unveiling. 

How do we know this? Well, just last month Samsung’s president of mobile business, Koh Dong-Jin, said the firm will launch its foldable smartphone next year under the Note brand, according to Bloomberg.

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Not only that, but recent internet rumblings indicate that the Samsung Galaxy X will be a limited run – exclusive only to South Korea with only 100,000 units produced. It seems the South Korean launch will be a test, and a way to drum up interest on Samsung’s foldable handset.

The Galaxy X has also recently passed certification in South Korea, too. According to Let’sGoDigital, the handset’s model number – SM-G888NO popped up in a certification filing from the Korean National Radio Research Agency, following a filing for its Bluetooth certification, and again popping up at the Wi-Fi Alliance, again for certification.

There’s no word yet on what this bendy phone will be called, so we’re sticking with the codename Galaxy X for the time being, at least until we hear any concrete details. That being said, here’s absolutely everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy X, including UK release date, UK price, specs and noteworthy features.

Samsung Galaxy X: Everything you need to know

  • Samsung Galaxy X slated for 2018 release
  • Limited 100,000 units at launch
  • Possibly a smartphone/tablet hybrid

Samsung has been teasing us with a foldable mobile for some time. In spite of this hype, the likelihood of Samsung planning a triple hit following the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 reveals earlier this year was always very low.

Now, our initial hope – although fleeting – was that the Galaxy X would get a mention during the Note 8 unveiling back in August 2017, but alas, there wasn’t even the faintest of whiffs.

Following that, IFA Berlin was cited as the next big tech event where we could see Samsung’s elusive foldable. Reports pointed at a grand unveiling at the annual tech conference but again, there was no such mention. Our next hope? The Galaxy X will be discussed early next year at CES.

Samsung Galaxy X: A hybrid design?

  • 5in mobile screen and rumoured 7in tablet display
  • Device might be 4K 
  • Patented on screen hinge technology

Samsung likes to keep people guessing. A 2016 Bloomberg report suggested they’re not just working on a Samsung Galaxy X but another folding device. The first glimpse of this concept was actually shown back in 2014 through a teaser video that demonstrated a “Flexible OLED Display Phone and Tab Concept”. More recently, leaked patents have shown something resembling a slightly more typical Galaxy device but with folding functionality.

Screen size has been hotly debated, leaked patent images via SamMobile suggest it’s altered through development. The hybrid model alone is suggested to have been cut from 8in to a 7in foldout screen. While the phone screen is rumoured to be in the 5in-5.5in ballpark. These claims give weight to reports Samsung have multiple devices in development. Samsung might even still be pondering what one will make it into the public’s hands.

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The tablet hybrid has seen popularity from audiences already, the latest fan concepts revealing how such a device could work can be seen in this video.

Samsung Galaxy X UK release date: When does it come out?

  • Reports suggest Q2 2018 reveal
  • Initially limited to 100,000 units
  • 2018 release

Given the unique stature of Samsung’s rumoured foldable, current speculation is that the company will only release a limited run of 100,000 devices seems valid. So, who’s going to nab one? According to SamMobile, the device will release in selected regions first to test interest prior to a wider push. Listing nine territories in total, the Samsung Galaxy X will reportedly hit the UK and US, as well as Poland and Samsung’s home of South Korea.

This could signal exclusivity with selected networks, akin to Apple’s O2 deal for the original iPhone. This is speculative at the moment, but Samsung did opt for this model last year with the Galaxy S7 Active, naming AT&T as sole US carrier. After all,100,000 units isn’t much for a brand used to owning roughly 40% of the smartphone market.

Galaxy X slated for 2018 release

The latest news suggests the Galaxy X will launch in 2018. The new details comes straight from the horse’s mouth itself, with Samsung’s own Koh Dong-Jin speaking to journalists on 12 September 2017. According to Bloomberg, the president of mobile business discussed the Galaxy X, and its 2018 release date: “As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” he said, continuing: “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.” Here’s hoping that 2018 release doesn’t get pushed back.

Samsung Galaxy X specs: What’s inside?

Details on what specs the Samsung Galaxy X will bolster remains very hush hush but those “close to the matter” are trickling out the odd bit of info via the Korea Herald. One outlandish claim in this report predicts the Samsung Galaxy X will feature a 4K resolution screen, certainly making it quite a showstopper. However, 4K seems ambitious for something utilising what is very new technology.

More plausible than 4K, the Galaxy X could bolster a Samsung prototype shown at SID Display Week 2016. A video filmed by SlashGear reveals a 5.7in, 1080p OLED display on an automated arm control, with a pixel density of 386ppi. Considering this was just last year, it does seem odd Samsung would not incorporate into a future product.

In terms of design, one of the crucial elements in various patent images is the hinge that would allow Samsung’s device to function as a foldable. In July 2016, Patently Mobile released a series of images for both a mobile and tablet concept showing how foldable tech would work. One Galaxy X design demonstrates a central fold in the middle of the screen, allowing the device to go into a compact mode. In November 2016, SamMobile released new patent images showing what is assumed to be the Samsung Galaxy X in much more detail. They give an even more in-depth view of the centrefold technology. However, these images didn’t seem to indicate a tablet hybrid (at least in this model).

Samsung Galaxy X: Dual-cameras?

One of the latest rumours from the Samsung Galaxy X rumour mill is the possibility that the foldable will boast a dual camera setup. While not much else is known about this, it would pit the Samsung Galaxy X against other highly rumoured smartphones that are also set to have a dual camera. The Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 may also have this feature. After all, Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note 8 – the firm’s first dual-camera smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy X: Who else is making a foldable?

  • LG could also reveal a foldable device
  • Lenovo pegged as another frontrunner

That’s not to say other companies aren’t also eyeing up foldable phones as the next big thing. So far we know LG are keen to take on Samsung in the early days of foldable smartphones, following a leaked patent from TrendyTechz that suggests it will also produce a phone/tablet hybrid. Patent images show a 7in folding tablet that can alter to a 5in phone at will, much in the same vein as Samsung’s rumoured hybrid. LG might even reveal at the same time as Samsung; the company did demonstrate a highly flexible screen back in 2014, with promise it could go into production sometime in 2017. At that time, LG’s folding tech was made with a special film instead of a standard plastic, although whether an LG hybrid will use this is unknown.

Lenovo is also penned as a frontrunner in the foldable phone game. Last year the company showed off a folding device, albeit in very early stages, doubling up as a wearable and a phone. All bets still point to Samsung firing the starting gun with the Samsung Galaxy X, but reports are putting others hot on their heels.

We will update this page as more is known about the Samsung Galaxy X.

KGI: iPhone 8 Plus selling better than expected as iPhone X delay pushes ‘super cycle’ into 2018

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is today out with a new investor note in which he further analyzes the iPhone X supply chain and production struggles. Kuo also looks ahead to 2018, noting of when Apple will hit full production of the iPhone X as well as what’s in store for the 2018 iPhone…

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Kuo says the “true super cycle” for the iPhone won’t actually take place until 2018. While many analysts have predicted that the launch of the iPhone X will prompt a super cycle for the end of 2017, the KGI Securities analyst says supply shortages will push that increased upgrade cycle into next year.

As he’s said in the past, the biggest bottleneck Apple faces in iPhone X production is the front-facing TrueDepth camera that allows for Apple’s Face ID technology. Those issues, however, should be resolved in 2018.

Furthermore, the 2018 iPhones will see a “longer sales period” than the 2017 iPhone X due to the improvements in availability as Apple perfects the production process. This implies that Kuo sees the 2018 iPhone X models being readily available right at launch, as opposed to the significant delays plaguing the current generation.

All in all, Kuo predicts 210 million to 220 million iPhone sales in 2017, while 2018 will see Apple ship between 245 million to 255 million units.

As for the iPhone 8, Kuo says the supply chain sentiment is “more conservative” as of late due in large part to the fact “visibility is still low for new products in 2018.” Once the holiday rush is over, he predicts a sharp quarter-on-quarter decline for iPhone 8 sales due to cannibalization from iPhone X. In the meantime, iPhone 8 Plus sales have been “better than expected” thus far.

Finally, Kuo predicts that 2018 iPhone models will “retain selling points found on the iPhone X.” With this paired alongside improved production, he says he’s optimistic on prospects for iPhone suppliers heading forward.

Kuo has vocalized iPhone X production concerns several times in the past and today’s report does much of the same. He previously lowered his iPhone X predictions from upwards of 45-50 million units down to 40 million units with Apple making under 10k units per day.

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OnePlus 6 release date news, specs rumors: OnePlus 5T no longer expected; next flagship handset to launch early 2018

The teaser poster for the OnePlus 5 launch in June 2017Twitter/OnePlus

Contrary to previous rumors, the minor iterative “T” upgrade for this year’s OnePlus 5 smartphone will not happen. Instead, OnePlus is expected to launch a completely fresh flagship version, the OnePlus 6. It is likely that the OnePlus 6 will be unveiled by the handset maker early 2018, boasting a powerful lineup of hardware specs.

According to the latest rumors, OnePlus will be dropping their OnePlus 5T plans. It was first believed that the company will repeat the same iterative update of OnePlus 3, in which they released an improved OnePlus 3T version.

It is suggested that there are no aspects of the current OnePlus 5 handset that can be further upgraded. For one, there are no reports that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will have its successor soon. If the OnePlus 5 will receive an iterative upgrade, it should have a chipset more powerful than the Snapdragon 835 that it is currently using.

Qualcomm was said to launch the Snapdragon 836 to replace the Snapdragon 835 as the top-tier mobile processor. However, it appears that the chipset maker will no longer release the said Snapdragon version, thus leaving no other options for OnePlus 5T but to be cancelled.

Furthermore, the OnePlus 5 already features a dual camera setup, and there are no other ways for a OnePlus 5T at this point to top the former’s camera features. To recall, the OnePlus 3T is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, an upgrade from OnePlus 3’s Snapdragon 820. The OnePlus 3T also had an improvement on the selfie shooter, and coupled with the chipset upgrade, the OnePlus 3T came out with a more expensive price.

For now, it is getting more likely that OnePlus will proceed with the launch of OnePlus 6. According to Inquirer, the OnePlus 6 may appear in the early months of 2018, possibly at the next Mobile World Congress (MWC). It is rumored that the OnePlus 6 will sport an all-screen display with reduced bezels at the top and bottom. The smartphone’s display will be massive, measuring up to 6 inches in width and featuring a 2,880×1,440 QHD+ resolution.

With the OnePlus 6 having an all-screen front design, the fingerprint sensor will be moved to the back of the handset. In terms of the processor, the next flagship device will receive the Snapdragon 845, which is expected to come next after the Snapdragon 835.

Expect Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) To Ride Cryptocurrency Wave Into 2018

Expect Nvidia, AMD To Ride Cryptocurrency Wave Into 2018

Barclays said in a note Wednesday it expects NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) to benefit from the extension of cryptocurrency tailwinds into 2018.

Analyst Blayne Curtis said mining received a lifeline, as the largest mineable currency, Ethereum, delayed Proof-of-Stake to provide additional time in order to implement the change.

With the Byzantium upgrade on Oct. 17, the analyst expects profitability to be reset to mid-September levels of $20-$35 average profit per card per month. The improvement in profit, according to the analyst, is a function of the average block time being cut from five Ethers to three Ethers.

The profitability will decline only toward the end of 2018, extending mining demand well into next year, the analyst added.

The analyst also said that the GPU market is still in shortage but would recover into the end of the year.

“The Crypto tailwind is hard to quantify but likely 2* the $170-$180M AMD/NVDA identified in June with some gaming card manufacturers seeing 50-70% of current demand from mining,” Barclays said.

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AMD’s GPU Business Challenged

The firm noted that AMD’s GPU business is challenged outside of mining, with its GPU business not seeing any material share gains. Also, the firm noted that Polaris in gaming, according to third-party data, and AMD’s next-generation Vega cards are more expensive than Nvidia’s 1080Ti despite the similar die size and more expensive memory.

Because of lagging performance, the firm said AMD is forced to price its product closer to the older 1070/1080 yielding potentially dilutive gross margins. With Volta launching, the firm expects the demand for older mid-tier RX 400/500 cards to fade into next year.

To reflect better near-term demand, the firm raised its 2017 and 2018 estimates for AMD by $108 million and $135 million, respectively. The firm said its price target for AMD goes to $10, as it does not see the company’s upcoming earnings as a positive catalyst. Also, the firm said long term, it remains cautious as share gains are not material enough to justify the current stock price.


Volta And Crypto Tailwind Boost For Nvidia

Barclays expects Nvidia’s Volta-based client GPUs to launch in early 2018, and it is seen as an improvement over the Pascal models. The firm noted that the Pascal model’s performance with AMD’s newest Vega GPUs is competitive.

Although gaming units were down year over year in 2017, Barclays expects Volta drive better ASPs, while also offering better mining price/performance. The firm is of the view the Volta adoption will drive reacceleration in its sagging data center segment.

The firm raised its 2017 and 2018 revenue and earnings per share estimates. Reflecting the crypto tailwind and the Volta optimism, the firm raised its price target for Nvidia shares to $200.

Latest Ratings for NVDA

Date Firm Action From To
Oct 2017 Barclays Maintains Equal-Weight
Sep 2017 Bank of America Maintains Buy
Aug 2017 Canaccord Genuity Maintains Buy

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