So NVIDIA GeForce has been a silent bunch since the launch of the highly successful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti but rumor is that a new card may possible be in the works. Posted over at Chinese sources and caught by Videocardz, this new card is rumored to be known as the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.
NVIDIA Rumored To Launch a Pascal Based GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Graphics Card With 8 GB G5 Memory
First of all, I would like to state that there’s no official confirmation of any sorts regarding this SKU so all of the details are rumors at best. The details allege that NVIDIA is working on what is to be a brand new Pascal graphics card. The card will be known as the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and feature a Pascal GP104 silicon.
Technically, this card will be similar to the GP104 based GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. The differences will lie in the configuration of the chip itself. It is stated that the GTX 1070 Ti will come with 2304 CUDA Cores and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory along a 256-bit bus interface. Now this looks to be an interesting graphics card as it will be sandwiched in between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080.
To be honest, that gap isn’t too huge to begin with. Also worth noting is that the GeForce GTX 1080 is retailing for $499 US while the GTX 1070 has an official MSRP of $349 US. The only price point I can think in between them is $399-$449. The former is too close to a GTX 1070 while the latter is close to a GTX 1080. And let’s just not talk about the GTX 1070 custom models which fall in the same price segment.
So maybe we are looking at a price drop on the GTX 1070 to around $299 US and a sudden intro of the GTX 1070 Ti after that. I know it sounds really weird but the only reason this rumor was worth a post was due to a picture a guy took with his mobile showing what seems to be ASUS’s GTX 1070 Ti STRIX OC (8 GB) model. Whether that’s true or not is yet to be confirmed but we will have a word with our sources if they have more details on the card. And no, Volta isn’t coming this year.
The iPhone 8 may not be what you expect it to be. In two days, we may all be talking about iPhone X, the presumptive chart-topping handset in Apple’s mobile line-up. And thanks to firmware leaks, the world may even be privy to iPhone X specs and features.
Indeed, it’s T-minus 1 day until the Apple event, and it’s starting to look like there are no surprises left. After the leak of the HomePod firmware back in August, 9to5Mac has now gotten its hands on iOS 11 GM, better known as the final build before the system is released to the public.
And there’s lots to unpack inside. In addition to confirming basically everything that was in the HomePod firmware, we’ve also learned a few new things about the next iPhone, and the picture of the new device has never been clearer. We even know the name. So we’re here to answer all of your questions about the new iPhone X.
So iPhone 8 is now called iPhone X?
One of the biggest questions we’ve had about the next iPhone has been what’s Apple going to call it. First it was the iPhone 8, then the iPhone Pro, then iPhone 8 again, then iPhone Edition. And now it appears as though they were all wrong. As evidenced by references in the iOS 11 code spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, Apple’s new phone will actually be called iPhone X.
Why X? Well, we won’t know for sure until we hear it from Apple, but presumably it’s a reference to 2017 being the tenth anniversary of the handset. Remember, Apple shifted away from the “X” branding last year in macOS Sierra, so there won’t be any confusion with the desktop. And besides, X is a super-cool letter.
Will there still be an iPhone 8?
Rumors say that Apple will be releasing an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus alongside the iPhone X, so it isn’t abandoning the old naming scheme altogether. The iPhone X is more like a special edition model like the iPhone SE or iPhone C.
But what about iPhone 9?
Hung up on names much? It all depends on what Apple plans to do with the lineup going forward, but remember, Microsoft jumped from Windows 8 to 10, so apparently tech companies just don’t like the number nine.
What does the iPhone X look like?
While nearly everything about the iPhone X will be different, all everyone will be talking about is the design. While we haven’t seen it in the flesh just yet (and please don’t count the dummy models made by case makers), identical icons inside the HomePod firmware and iOS 11 GM suggest it will be radically different from any iPhone that came before.
The iPhone X is presumed to feature a completely bezel-less, all-screen design, with a thin notch at the top (for the camera and other sensors) that juts into the top of the screen. It will likely be 5.8 inches, but with a significantly smaller form factor than the iPhone 7 Plus. With so much screen, you can say goodbye to the home button, a move that is sure to ruffle some feathers.
Elsewhere, the layout of the phone will be similar, with a power button on the right side (though it looks to be a bit longer than the iPhone 7’s) and volume buttons on the left, along with a dual camera on the back. This time, however, the camera array will likely be arranged vertically in the top left corner rather than horizontally.
What colors will iPhone X come in?
As far as color go, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says iPhone X will come in just three colors: silver, black, and a new coppery blush gold. Of note, he also says the front of the device will be black across all three colors, marking the first time Apple hasn’t offered a model of iPhone in white since the iPhone 3GS.
What about the iPhone X display?
Reliable reports say iPhone X will be Apple’s first OLED iPhone, meaning that each pixel directly produces light rather than being backlit like an LCD display. As we’ve seen in Android phones from Samsung, Google, and others, OLED colors are more vibrant with deeper blacks, greater brightness and superb contrast. In case you’ve never seen a Galaxy phone, you can see the benefits of OLED on the Apple Watch screen.
There are also battery benefits. With OLED screens, black pixels don’t produce any light, so the phone actually conserves energy by using dark colors. One drawback, however, might be supply. OLED screen are more difficult to manufacture, and Apple is going to need a lot of them. Recent rumors suggest there may be a long wait before the iPhone X gets into customers’ hands.
Won’t the iPhone X camera notch get in the way of apps?
While the notch will jut into a significant portion of the top of the screen, based on analysis of the iOS 11 GM, it won’t actually affect useable space. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has unearthed some interesting things about the status bar, which will split itself into two equal parts, with the time to the left of the notch and the cellular signal, Wi-Fi, and battery indicators to the right (no word on if Bluetooth or Location are going away).
So, while the background color and image might extend to the top of the screen, it’s really just for looks. All useable space will be below the notch, including the “back” button. However, while it would take some getting used to, the status bar might be more useful on the iPhone X. Troughton-Smith notes that developers will be “interactive,” and Apple will be using it to add activity indicators for things like recording and phone calls replacing the current method that adds a strip at the top of the screen.
How will the notch work in landscape mode?
It’s unclear, but presumably the screen will orient itself just short of the notch.
How will I use Touch ID without a home button?
Good question. According to the leaks, Apple will be dumping Touch ID in the iPhone X for a new system called FaceID.
What’s Face ID?
Face ID is the likely name of Apple’s new biometric system for unlocking and payments on the iPhone X. It will likely utilize a new 3D camera for accurate and secure scanning. In the iOS 11 GM, developer Guilherme Rambo found the full Face ID setup process, complete with toggles for using it to unlock, pay, and autofill; a screen that describes how it works; and authentication animation. We’ve had mixed results using facial recognition on other phones, but Mark Gurman of Business Insider says the system will be “quicker, more secure, and more accurate” than Touch ID.
So I won’t be able to use my fingerprint to unlock my iPhone X?
Unless Apple is hiding something big—like under-the-display fingerprint authentication—then no, you won’t be able to unlock iPhone X with your finger.
So, how will I get back to the home screen?
iPhone X should feature a new navigation system, so there will be a learning curve. Instead of tapping the home button to get back to the home screen, 9to5Mac has confirmed that there will a new navigation bar on the bottom of the iPhone screen. Pulling up from the button of the screen will now bring you back to the home screen, and a longer pull will bring up the new app switcher-Control Center combo.
How will I access Siri on iPhone X?
In addition to “Hey Siri,” Guilherme Rambo discovered a new method of summoning Siri by holding the sleep/wake button.
What are iPhone X camera features?
We don’t know a whole lot. Based on renders shared on Twitter, it’s all but certain that the iPhone X will sport a dual camera aligned vertically, but we don’t know if it will be better than the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras. Fast Company has also reported that the new iPhone will feature a 3D laser system on the main camera to aid with augment reality applications.
The biggest clues we’ve gotten come from the iOS 11 GM. According to 9to5Mac, there will be a new Portrait Lighting feature to go along with the wide-aperture Portrait Model that presumably uses the flash to adjust lighting. The settings the site found are Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light. Additionally, the camera will be able to record 4K video at 60 frames per second (up from 30 fps on the iPhone 7) and 1080p HD at 240 fps (up from 60 fps).
What about iPhone X storage?
We don’t know for sure, but rumors have suggested that the iPhone X will start at 64GB of storage, with 128GB and 256GB options.
What about the iPhone X battery?
We’ve heard nothing about the battery. In the iPhone X, but we’re willing to bet it will last at least as long as the iPhone 7 Plus. iFixit’s teardown revealed that the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900mAh, so the iPhone X will likely cross the 3,000mAh threshhold.
Will iPhone X support wireless charging?
Most likely, yes. Rumors and references from the HomePod firmware suggest that the iPhone X will support wireless charging, but it’s unclear if it will work with third-party chargers. Our money is on no.
This all sounds expensive. How much is the iPhone X going to cost?
The New York Times reported that the iPhone X will start at $999, but some reports have the upper end topping $1,200.
Will AirPods be included in the iPhone X box?
That would be nice, but we doubt it. The iPhone X will presumably come with the same Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm dongle in the iPhone 7 box. However, there will likely be a new model of AirPods coming, as evidenced by an animated GIF hidden in the iOS 11 GM code.
What is the iPhone X release date?
We’ll know more Tuesday, but assuming Apple follows the same schedule as prior years, preorders will start Friday. However, the design and OLED display could lead to massive supply shortfalls.
Samsung is one of the only companies able to reliably mass produce OLED displays suitable for Apple’s smartphone needs, giving Samsung a monopoly over OLED panel display and allowing the South Korean company to charge high prices.
In a new research note shared with investors this morning, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says OLED iPhone panel supply is “controlled wholly by Samsung,” with Samsung likely charging Apple $120 to $130 per OLED panel module, which is approximately $75 more than the 5.5-inch LCD module price of $45 to $55 for “Plus” sized iPhones.
The high price Apple is currently shelling out for OLED displays explain in part why we’re hearing rumors suggesting pricing on the upcoming OLED-equipped “iPhone 8” could start at somewhere right around $1,000 for the entry-level model. Along with an OLED panel, it also uses 3D sensor camera components for facial recognition and many other advanced components that could also add a premium to the price.
OLED displays being provided by a single manufacturer may also explains some of the rumors we’ve heard about manufacturing difficulties and supply constraints. We’re still expecting the new OLED iPhone to be available in limited quantities for several months after its launch.
Kuo says Apple urgently needs to find another company that can supply OLED displays, and Apple is making an effort to do so. Apple is said to be investing billions in LG’s OLED smartphone production with the goal of eventually securing 45,000 panels per month for future iPhones starting in 2019.
Apple is also rumored to have purchased OLED display production machinery from a company in Taiwan to research OLED technology in order to cut down on its reliance on Samsung, and there have been rumors pointing towards a partnership with Japan Display.
Until Apple is able to diversify its OLED supply chain, it will be difficult for the company to secure enough inventory at a reasonable enough price to build a full iPhone lineup with OLED panels, which is its ultimate goal for 2018 or 2019. This year, Apple will introduce one OLED iPhone and two iPhones that use standard LCD panels.
Tesla Motors will be dabbling in the commercial freight industry when it unveils its electric semi-trailer next month. But, with news of it only possessing a 200- to 300-mile range between charges, dabbling may be a best-case-scenario. Diesel-powered rigs traditionally run in excess of 1,300 miles between stops, even though they also go through hundreds of gallons of fuel in the process. And it’s all that burned fuel that makes the concept of an electric tractor-trailer so appetizing to the trucking industry.
However, the EV prototype “long-hauler” won’t be fit for cross-country trips due to its limited range — meaning the inevitable Smokey and the Bandit remake probably isn’t going to have the Bandit or Snowman driving Teslas.
According to Reuters, Scott Perry, chief procurement officer at Ryder, said he met with Tesla officials earlier this year to discuss the technology at the automaker’s main facility in Fremont, California. Perry explained the manufacturer’s goals centered around an electric day cab rig with no sleeper compartment, capable of traveling roughly 200 to 300 miles with a complete payload before needing to be recharged. But even among shorter distance day cab trucks, Tesla’s rumored range isn’t exactly competitive. Non-sleeper diesel tractors can easily clock 600 miles before having to worry about refueling.
“I’m not going to count them out for having a strategy for longer distances or ranges, but right out of the gate I think that’s where they’ll start,” Perry explained.
Tesla Motors is famous for teasing details and not providing the full story until the very last minute. It may already have something better waiting in the wings. Company CEO Elon Musk has expressed his desire for large-scale production of the Tesla Semi within a couple of years. It’s conceivable that the prototype could represent a modest offering, with longer range variants to follow. The company is also promising autonomous features that would eventually limit the need for a human operator.
“We’re getting [the trucking industry] closely involved in the design process, so the biggest customers of the heavy duty Tesla semi are helping ensure that it is specified to their needs, so it’s not a mystery,” Musk told shareholders in June. “They already know that it’s going to meet their needs, because they’ve told us what those needs are. So it’ll really just be a question of scaling volume to make as many as we can.”
The trucking industry has been monitoring Tesla’s trucking plans with healthy dose of skepticism, though. Servicing these already expensive vehicles could be extremely problematic and no fleet manager is going to green-light spending if the logistics don’t work. Range is also a critical factor within the commercial freight industry and these hypothetical EV trucks offer diminished distances and a lengthy recharging period.
Electric semi trucks are believed to lose their economic feasibility past a 300-mile range. Present-day battery technology would effectively limit it to around that threshold. Anything more and rigs would need to be equipped with heavy external power supplies, probably in the trailer — which would limit their usefulness.
“There is a certain amount of hype to Tesla’s announcement,” said Antti Lindstrom, an analyst at global research firm IHS Markit, last April. “It doesn’t seem that long-distance trucking is ready for electrification right now.”
Musk disagrees, obviously. “A lot of people don’t think you can do a heavy-duty, long-range truck that’s electric, but we are confident that this can be done,” he said.
Roughly 30 percent of U.S. trucking jobs are regional trips of 100 to 200 miles, according to Sandeep Kar, chief strategy officer of Toronto-based Fleet Complete, which tracks and analyzes trucking routes. “As long as [Musk] can break 200 miles he can claim his truck is ‘long haul’ and he will be technically right,” Kar said.
One thing is certain about Google’s fall event: A Pixel will steal the show. It just might not be the one that fits in your pocket.
A rumor published by Android Police says Google is working on a follow-up to its discontinued 2nd-generation Chromebook Pixel, which hasn’t been available for purchase since mid-2016. A new model would be a pleasant surprise for fans of the Google laptop, which was hailed at the time as the best Chromebook ever made. The third model could be the charm that brings premium Chrome devices mainstream.
The story behind the story: When a new Chromebook Pixel didn’t arrive last year, some speculated Google would retire the premium laptop as it focused on building its own smartphone. That assumption seemed correct when senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh seemingly declared the Chromebook Pixel dead earlier this year, bluntly stating the company had “no plans” to introduce a new model. However, Osterloh would quickly revise his statement with a less definitive, “we just have no plans to share at this time.” Now it appears Google will indeed have plenty to share at its fall event, especially since it will pack a killer feature: the ability to run Android apps.
Shiny and Chrome
Android Police’s report is extremely light on details, but a previous rumor about a “convertible” laptop arriving in the third quarter of 2017 (which could either mean a 360-degree hinge like Samsung’s Chromebook Pro, or a detachable keyboard like the Surface Pro) offered some more info: a 12.3-inch screen, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and 8GB or 16GB of RAM, all in a device around 10mm thick.(By comparison, Apple’s MacBook is nearly 13 mm thick, and the 2nd-generation Pixel was 16.3 mm thick.) The hybrid device is also expected to include an optional Wacom stylus.
But the biggest difference between a 2017 Chromebook Pixel and the 2015 one would be Android apps. While it’s highly unlikely that Android and Chrome will ever merge into a single OS (despite the persistent rumors), Google opened up the Play Store to Chromebooks last year and has slowly been rolling out Android app support with newer models.
The overall experience, however, remains pretty hit-or-miss. A Google-designed machine could spur more developers to optimize their apps for the platform. Chrome would be more viable to power users with a full catalog of Android apps. An app-empowered Chromebook Pixel could actually pose a challenge to Apple’s MacBook and iPad Pro. Add LTE connectivity and a stylus, and you have the world’s first must-have Chromebook.
While some nicer Chromebooks have shipped over the past two years (including the Dell Chromebook 13 and HP Chromebook 13), they’re still largely built for price rather than power. A new Chromebook Pixel—especially one that pushed the boundaries of design—would solidify the Pixel line as the premier brand for Google’s OS platforms. In short: The time is ripe.
Along with the new Chromebook, Android Police also says that Google will be introducing a new mini version of Google Home to challenge Amazon’s Echo Dot.
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Along with new Pixel smartphones, Google is apparently cooking up
a smaller Google Home smart speaker device powered by artificial
intelligence (AI), according to
Few details exist about a smaller model of the Google
Home, but there’s a high likelihood that it’ll simply be a
smaller version of the original Google Home.
It sounds like it could be similar to Amazon’s
$50 Echo Dot, which is also essentially a smaller and cheaper
version of the original
Echo, which usually costs $180 (it’s going for $100 on
Amazon at the time of writing).
With that in mind, a smaller and cheaper Google Home would let
you add more Google Home devices throughout your home without
thinning your wallet quite as much as multiple $130 Google Homes.
Alternatively, a cheaper Google Home could make a great entry
device for anyone who wants to try out a smart speaker.
It’s pure speculation, but the new mini Google Home could have
similar abilities as the regular Google Home, which is powered by
Google’s own artificial intelligent assistant called Google
Assistant. That means you could ask the mini Google Home for
answers to basic questions, control music playback, make phone
calls, manage your calendar, and control your smart home.
It’s unclear if the mini Google Home will have any additional
features over the regular model, like the Echo Dot has over the
original Echo. For reference, Amazon’s diminutive Echo Dot has a
few features that the original Echo doesn’t, like the ability to
connect to a separate speaker via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable.
Still, the mini Google Home in an unreleased, unconfirmed device,
and rumors about it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Apple Watch Series 3 models have entered the “final testing phase” in the manufacturing process, with mass production set to begin soon, according to a new Chinese-language Economic Daily News report [Google Translate].
The report, citing unnamed supply chain sources, said Taiwan-based manufacturer Quanta Computer will begin shipping Apple Watch Series 3 models to Apple in the fourth quarter, lining up with the smartwatch’s widely rumored September launch, alongside new iPhones and possibly a 4K-capable Apple TV.
Apple Watch Series 2 models and slightly upgraded Series 1 models launched last September alongside the iPhone 7, so it’s reasonable to assume that Series 3 models could launch this September as well. The original Apple Watch, now unofficially dubbed Series 0, launched in April 2015.
The rest of the report cites KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who recently claimed Apple Watch Series 3 will be available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE models in 38mm and 42mm sizes. Kuo said the cellular-enabled model will have an embedded SIM, but it might support VoIP calling only.
Apple Watch Series 3 models will also reportedly have improved performance and longer battery life, at least for the Wi-Fi-only version.
What’s less certain is whether the Apple Watch will be significantly redesigned for the first time since being unveiled in September 2014.
Apple blogger John Gruber recently said he heard Apple Watch Series 3 models could have an all-new form factor, but he stressed that the tidbit came from an unconfirmed source who could be wrong. Kuo, meanwhile, said Apple Watch Series 3 models won’t have any “obvious” form factor changes.
“It could also be that both my birdie and Kuo are correct,” said Gruber, in a follow-up post yesterday. “The phrase ‘will not feature an obvious new form factor’ leaves a lot of wiggle room with the word ‘obvious’,” he added.
Few other details are known about the next Apple Watch at this point, and no components have leaked from the supply chain yet.
We’ve received a couple of photos from Apple tipster Sonny Dickson this morning that depict a dummy model for the ‘iPhone 7s Plus’, one of three new phones Apple is said to be launching this year. Although marketing branding is unknown, the ‘7s’ devices are expected to iterate on the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus chassis.
One distinction will be the introduction of glass backs (rather than aluminium), which this dummy model incorporates. It is believed that the phones will support inductive charging. More pictures after the jump …
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Much of the attention for the 2017 iPhone cycle is on the iPhone 8 (again, what Apple decides to brand the phone is unknown), featuring an all-new chassis design, edge-to-edge OLED display and many other premium features (with premium price tag).
In addition to that device, though, Apple is expected to announce two additional new iPhone models, which will represent modest upgrades over the current iPhone 7 series. Internally, we expect the ‘7s’ phones to include A11 processors for better performance and perhaps a base-model storage bump to 64 GB.
It seems the major new feature will be ‘wireless’ inductive charging, allowing users to charge their iPhones on a new inductive charger pad rather than the traditional Lightning cable. Externally, rumors point to glass backs for both the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which helps make the inductive charging possible without adding holes to the rear case.
In the new photos, you can see the shiny glass backs where we are used to seeing aluminium. The antenna bands also appear to have gone completely in this dummy, presumably as glass allows antenna signals to freely pass through the material, whereas aluminium blocks most of the signals.
In general, though, aesthetically the 7s phones will seemingly not change that much. The leading theory is that the two 7s models will take the usual $650 and $769 price points in the lineup, whilst the radically-redesigned iPhone 8 will cost significantly more.
Apple is expected to announce all three new iPhones at a September media event. There have been many reports that the OLED iPhone will launch later in the year, perhaps late October, but Apple will almost certainly announce all three phones at the same time. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus look set to ship in the middle of September.
Apple supplier Wistron is preparing to expand its India-based iPhone manufacturing, with production geared towards the next-generation iPhone SE, according to local sources (via Focus Taiwan). Apple is hoping to build its share of the Indian smartphone market by giving Wistron the majority of the orders for the new iPhone SE, which is said to ship in the first quarter of 2018.
Wistron was targeted as a supplier for the new iPhone SE due to its existing status as a manufacturer for the current iPhone SE, which it officially began assembling in India in May at a plant in Bangalore. That same plant will be the location of assembly for the new iPhone SE as well, and the sources made an unlikely claim that Wistron will target India first when it begins shipping the device to market, and then expand the launch worldwide. Within India, the device will be aimed at customers looking for a cheaper and smaller device.
The supplier is even looking into expanding its production through talks with the local government.
Taiwan-based contract electronics maker Wistron Corp. is preparing for expansion of its production base in India to produce the next-generation smaller iPhone — the iPhone SE — according to sources in the South Asian country. According to the sources, Wistron is expected to start to ship the new iPhone SE — which is expected to be more affordable than larger iPhones for many Indian consumers — in the first quarter of next year.
They said that Wistron is in talks with the Karnataka government for an extra piece of land for its production expansion, hoping it will double or even triple its production capacity over the next five years.
Recently, a questionable rumor pointed towards a potential late-August introduction of the new iPhone SE. A debut early next year is more likely since we’ve already entered August and have yet to hear any other rumors corroborating such an event so close to the expected “iPhone 8” keynote in September. Otherwise, there’s been exactly one other rumor this year regarding a next-generation iPhone SE, related to the smartphone’s potential inclusion of a strengthened Ion-X glass display.
However, even that rumor was never clear in regards to the device in the image of the leak, which could also have been the upcoming “iPhone 7s.” If it was a new model of the iPhone SE, users can expect the small-screen iPhone to move away from the design of the iPhone 5s and instead include a form factor that matches it with the iPhone 7 family, alongside the usual internal upgrades.
Indian tech site Tekz24 recently reported that internals similar to the iPhone 7 are expected for the next-generation iPhone SE, although the details should be taken with the usual grain of salt due to the sketchy source. The report said the new iPhone SE will have an A10 chip, 2GB RAM, storage capacities in 32GB and 128GB (similar to current iPhone SE models), a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, and a 1700 mAh battery (slightly above current models’ ~1640 mAh). The device is also said to include “slightly thinner side bezels,” mirroring the lessened bezels on the iPhone 7.
We all have that friend whose phone screen looks like a mosaic. Some of us are that friend.
But shatter-resistant screens are here to put an end to the sadness. And it sounds Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 variant — the Galaxy S8 Active — will be merely the latest phone to get the goods.
How might it work?
In 2015, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 was one of the first flagship smartphones to brag about a screen that wouldn’t crack.
When CNET put that claim to the test, it turned out Motorola was right. The display was damn near invincible, and it was mostly thanks to a surprisingly simple old-school technique: Plastics.
Unlike hard glass screens, soft plastic ones don’t tend to crack on impact.
The more recently released Moto Z2 Force, too, features a shatterproof display with polycarbonate (aka plastic) layers. The downsides are that plastic doesn’t feel quite as nice to the touch and it tends to scratch easily — which is why the Motorola phones typically come with a factory-installed screen protector to start.
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Will Samsung do this?
Turns out it already has. The Galaxy S7 Active featured a screen that was made with a plastic/glass blend akin to the Motorola phones.
And now, it seems Samsung may give the S8 Active a similar treatment. A recent leak on Chinese Social network Weibo claims that the S8 Active could feature a shatter-resistant screen as well. It’ll also be a flat screen according to previous leaks, which could protect from corner impacts as well.
But that might not be the only way Samsung improves upon the Galaxy S8. The Weibo leak claims that the S8 Active could get the following:
4,000mAh battery (vs. the S8’s 3,000mAh battery)
MIL-STD-810G durability rating (meaning protection against things like extreme temperature, high altitudes, and shock)
Colors like gray and gold
And that’s in addition to maintaining the Galaxy S8’s IP68 water resistance and edge-to-edge display.
The S8 Active may also be slightly bigger and heavier than the S8, according to the leak.
When can I get one?
The S7 Active was released in July and the S6 Active in June. This could mean we’re in store for a summer release, but there’s still no official word yet. The closest we got to a confirmation of the phone was when it was mentioned in some Samsung documents back in June, but no release date was given.
Samsung declined to comment on this story.
What we do know: Every day brings us closer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 reveal on August 23.