Release date, specs, price & features rumor roundup

Update (11/1/17): Co-founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei are showing us the power of the new camera on the OnePlus 5T. We’ve added the pictures they’re sharing in our specs section.

Update (10/30/17): A new render of the OnePlus 5T has hit the scene. Be sure to check the design section of this post to check it out

Original post: With the OnePlus 5 no longer available and whispers about a follow-up getting louder and louder, we’re now turning our eyes to the rumored OnePlus 5T.

While OnePlus only released one flagship per year for the first few years of existence, 2016 brought us the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Since OnePlus skipped the number 4 for being bad luck in Chinese culture, it looks like this year we’ll be seeing the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. Much like the 3 and 3T, the 5 and 5T should keep many of the same specs with only a few, but important, changes coming to the phone.

OnePlus is keeping the details under wraps for now, but has been known to be a bit leaky in years past. It’s possible that it just hasn’t kicked the leaks into high gear yet. We have run across some rumors that give us a pretty good idea of the changes we will see in the OnePlus 5T which you can find below.

OnePlus 5T: Release date

Information on the release date has been hotly speculated by several sources so far.

We find it unlikely that OnePlus’ shelves will stay bare throughout the holiday season so expect to see the 5T hit before shopping season begins. We’ve seen two rumored dates pop up: November 16 and November 20. It’s entirely possible that the OnePlus 5T will be officially unveiled to the world on the 16 of November, while it will go on sale after November 20. The OnePlus 3T was released on November 15 last year so this timing matches up.

GizChina.it recently uncovered a some alleged marketing materials that backs up the November 16 date. This picture states that the phone will be exclusively available on Amazon so we’re assuming that this is for India as OnePlus has been selling its phone through Amazon for a while now. An interesting note about the pictures is that the release date is covered up which we believe lends some more credence that November 16 is the announcement date while it will actually be released after November 20.

OnePlus 5T: Specs

Update (11/1/17): It looks like co-Founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei are tweeting out photos they’ve taken with the OnePlus 5T’s new dual camera. In Pei’s photo, we’re shown what the portrait mode (bokeh effect) can do on the OnePlus 5T, while Lau’s picture shows what the camera can do is a low-light situation.

Original article (10/27/17): Rumors suggest that the OnePlus 5T will keep many, but not all, of the same internal specs as its predecessor. You may remember that the OnePlus 3 and 3T shared the same design and specs, save for a bump in the processor and battery capacity. But, if new rumors are to be believed, OnePlus is forming a new strategy with the OnePlus 5T.

Since nothing has come out to supplant the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, OnePlus will use it for the 5T. Last year’s OnePlus 3T featured an upgraded processor but that doesn’t appear to be an option this year.

The OnePlus 5T is also rumored to come in two spec packages that will be familiar to OnePlus 5 customers and fans. The first will have 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, while the upgraded version will have 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. These are identical to the options on the OnePlus 5. In the past, we’ve seen OnePlus leave out expandable storage and expect that to be the case here too.

Some leaks suggest the OnePlus 5T battery might get an upgrade. We’d expect it to be in the same range as the OnePlus 5 which came in at 3300 mAh, and according to an AnTuTu benchmark, the battery capacity sits at 3,450 mAh. A minor bump, but more battery capacity is always better. Unless it makes your phone blow up.

While the battery capacity is far from confirmed, we do know is that the OnePlus 5T will feature DASH charging. Every phone since the OnePlus 3 has featured the fast charging technology and its a major selling point for OnePlus.

The camera could see a small upgrade too, just like the battery. The OnePlus 5 has a dual camera setup that features a 16 MP RGB lens and a 20 MP monochromatic lens. If new leaks are to be believed, OnePlus will bump that to a 20 MP + 20 MP setup. OnePlus CEO Carl Pei recently tweeted a picture with the caption “Cool photo, must have come from a great camera ” This, obviously, set off speculation that the picture came from the upcoming OnePlus 5T. We must say, if this is the kind of low-light quality we can expect from the 5T, we’re excited too.

OnePlus 5T: Design

Update (10/30/17): We’re getting an even better look at the OnePlus 5T before its release. Evan Blass has tweeted out a render of the top portion of the OnePlus 5T where we get an even better look at the 6-inch display, bezel-less design, and rounded corners. Above the display, we can see a front-facing camera, sensors and an earpiece which looks to sit flush.

Evan Blass

Another render we brought to you last week shows off not only the front of the device but the back too. In it, we can see a familiar camera layout and flash. The back houses the new the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and OnePlus logo. At the top and bottom of the rear casing, we can faintly make out some antenna lines as well.

Origanl post (10/27/17): A change in design will be the major selling point of the OnePlus 5T. We brought you an exclusive teaser image that shows the OnePlus 5T’s brand new design. The OnePlus 5T will feature a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This follows the trend of phones in 2017 that have reduced the bezels to almost nothing and stretched out the displays from a 16:9 aspect ratio to an 18:9 aspect ratio.

To make room for the longer display, OnePlus looks to be removing the hardware buttons that have featured on its devices in the past. Since there will be no fingerprint scanner on the front of the device, we can only assume that it has been moved to the back like Pixel and LG phones. The teaser image also gives us a peek at the aluminum frame and bottom-firing speaker on the left side.

To add fuel to the all-display fire, a picture has popped up supposedly showing the phone in-hand. The picture comes from the Chinese social networking site Weibo and seems to backs up the teaser image we brought you. Interestingly enough, there are no navigation buttons shown on the display. Samsung and LG give you the option to drop the navigation buttons until you swipe up from the bottom of the device to reveal them. Could we be seeing something similar from OnePlus? Is this just a bad photoshop job?

Weibo

The Weibo post also compares the OnePlus 5T to the Oppo R11s. Oppo and OnePlus are closely linked and have been known to share the same design for their phones. Coincidentally, Oppo is releasing the R11s, a phone strikingly similar to the OnePlus 5T, at the beginning of November.

OnePlus 5T: Price

While we don’t have any firm leaks on the price of the OnePlus 5T, we can infer what it might be based on recent evidence. The base model OnePlus 3 launched at $399 and the OnePlus 3T carried a small increase and launched for $439. If OnePlus uses the same math for this refresh, then we could see the base model OnePlus 5T launched at $519 since the OnePlus 5 was $479 at launch.

The price of OnePlus devices has been steadily creeping up since the company released the OnePlus One for $299 back in 2014 which has lead to some fan dissatisfaction. One thing that is undeniable is that OnePlus’ flagship phones are still much cheaper than flagships put out by Samsung, LG, HTC, or Google, and often come with better specs to boot.


So far, these are all the rumors we’ve been able to dig up about the OnePlus 5T. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for more and update this post as we find out even more details.

In the meantime, head down the comments and let us know what you think of the OnePlus 5T. Will you be picking one up? If not, what features are missing for you?

Blackberry KEYone 2 release date, specs news: Follow-up device in development

BlackBerry’s comply with-up to KEYone is rumored to occur out in January 2018.BlackBerry

Blackberry makes an attempt another comeback with the successor to the BlackBerry KEYone.

The smartphone producer managed to come to be relevant once more when they unveiled the BlackBerry KEYone in April. Now that they’ve caught the eye of the community once more, they are planning to experience on their initial success by launching a sequel.

According to reviews, a comply with-up to the KEYone is now in progress. Bearing the product range BBF100-1, the smartphone will reportedly have the similar aesthetics as its predecessor as perfectly as some characteristics from the all-touch BlackBerry Movement.

It was also uncovered that the comply with-up for the KEYone will operate on Snapdragon 660 chipset, which has an octa-main central processing device (CPU) and the Adreno 512 graphics processing device (GPU).

While the smartphone in progress nonetheless has an unknown show sizing, it is touted to sport a monitor resolution of 1080 x 1620 pixels which will work out to an element ratio of 3:2.

Like the primary iteration, the documented KEYone sequel will be produced by TCL. But before the new unit will come out, BlackBerry will concentrate on clearing out KEYone stock as considerably as probable.

While the BlackBerry KEYone formally arrived out at the Mobile Planet Congress in late February, the phone’s prototype was now unveiled at the Shopper Electronics Show (CES) in January. If TCL will comply with its pattern, the comply with-up cellular phone could occur out in mid-January of following year.

At this time, reviews only discuss about some specs for the KEYone sequel but other specifics about the cellular phone device have still to be disclosed. Nonetheless, there is motive to believe that what has been uncovered so significantly is legit, supplied that the specifics originated from TCL.

The KEYone was created readily available to bulk of the nations around the world about the planet in the program of a year and its sequel ought to comply with suit, with the cellular phone corporation looking to concentrate on enterprise and enterprise consumers.

Razer Phone leaks with monstrous specs including 120Hz display, 4000mAh battery, dual cameras, and more

Razer obviously isn’t known for its smartphones. But with the company’s recent acquisition of Nextbit, many of us have been eagerly awaiting a potential Razer smartphone of sorts. Just two weeks ago, a picture of the alleged Razer device leaked showing off its dual cameras. Now, a mobile carrier in the UK has leaked a product page for the Razer Phone, and potato photo aside, it’s mighty interesting.

According to the product page that British mobile provider 3G UK posted, the Razer Phone will have some serious power under the hood. It’ll sport a 120Hz 5.72″ IGZO display, as well as 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a giant 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+, and THX-certified dual front-facing speakers with Dolby ATMOS. The dual camera setup out back consists of a 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle sensor and a 13MP f/2.6 zoom unit. There’s also something called “4G Super-Voice” listed, which appears to be some sort of tech that prevents dead zones. It looks like the phone will run a stock-ish version of Android, given the clean-looking lock screen. Oh, and check out that 13:37 Easter egg in the potatocam photo. Razer has a sense of humor.

The first image of the Razer Phone we saw.

Several specs aren’t listed here (and the ‘Specifications’ tab contains nothing), but we did come across a GFXBench page from a few weeks ago that says the Razer Phone will have a 1440p display, a Snapdragon 835, a 7MP front-facing camera, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Given how the rest of the specs listed there match up with those that 3G UK did provide, the authenticity isn’t questionable. The Nextbit Robin-inspired design matches up with the TechByte leaked image we saw initially, complete with near-90° corners and small circular buttons.

A reddit user (/u/The_King_of_Okay) did dig up two links pointing to Razer becoming an official partner with 3G UK and Three as a whole (3G is, confusingly, a subsidiary of Three), indicating that Razer is working hard to expand its smartphone brand. In fact, the 3G UK press release goes as far as to say, “We may even see Razer-branded handsets exclusively on Three, offering all the power needed by gamers.”

Razer is expected to have its “biggest unveiling” on November 1st, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Razer Phone ended up being the subject of it. After all, this is a big stepping stone for a primarily PC-focused company. Given the specs listed here, I personally can’t wait to see what Razer has in store.

HTC U11 Life specs confirmed, officially coming to T-Mobile

The only thing missing is pricing and availability info.

Following in the footsteps of the awesome, yet underappreciated HTC U11, we’re expecting to see two more HTC handsets by the end of the year in the U11 series – the U11 Plus and U11 Life. The latter of those two is a budget device that’ll be the second Android One phone available in the U.S., and thanks to a product listing on T-Mobile’s website, we now know everything about the phone ahead of its announcement.

First off, since the U11 Life was listed on T-Mobile’s site, this confirms a report that popped up a few days ago suggesting that the phone would be available on the Un-Carrier in the States. It’s unclear if the U11 Life on T-Mobile will be part of the Android One program or not, but either way, this is an excellent score for the company.

Snapdragon 630, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 2,600 mAh battery, Android 7.1.1.

As for the U11 Life itself, a lot of what’s featured here is similar to other rumors we’d previously heard. The phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 630 processor and 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 2TB) is available for all of your local files, and a 2,600 mAh battery should offer 13-17 hours of usage before needing to charge up.

Both the rear and front-facing cameras use a 16MP sensor, NFC is available for use with Android Pay, there’s an IP67 rating for dust/water resistance, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be available out of the box with HTC Sense.

Also included with the U11 Life is Edge Sense, Amazon Alexa, and a free pair of HTC’s awesome USonic earbuds that shipped with the regular U11.

Pricing and availability for the U11 Life are still unclear, but considering that the phone was already listed on T-Mobile’s site (it’s since been pulled), it’s safe to say we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer for an official announcement.

New iMac Pro release date – news, rumours, price, features and specs

Having promised that a professional-grade iMac was on the way back at a briefing in April, Apple gave us a first look at the new iMac Pro, a Space Grey beast of a machine, and promised that it will arrive in December this year.

In this article we gather all the information available about this powerful new machine, from its clever cooling design and impressive tech specs to its UK price and release date. We also have the latest on just how fast the new processors are expected to be, read on to find out!

iMac Pro release date

The iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December; Apple hasn’t been any more specific than that, but we’ll let you know if we hear any rumours on the grapevine.

Hopefully it won’t be delayed like the current generation Mac Pro was; in that case it was supposed to be available in December but shipping slipped to January and in some cases February and beyond.

How much will the iMac Pro cost?

The iMac Pro starts at $4,999/£4,949. That may sound a lot (and is!), but Apple claims that if you built a PC equivalent it would cost $7,000 without the display.

Another price comparison that’s a little closer to home: if you add all the build-to-order options to the top-of-the-range 27in standard iMac it tops out at £4,949… In this case, you might prefer to wait for the new machine to launch.

But, of course, it’s important to remember that the £4,949 figure is just a starting price. ZDNet has estimated that a full-spec build-to-order iMac Pro with an 18-core CPU, 128GB RAM, 4TB SSD and Radeon Pro Vega graphics with 16GB HBM2 memory could cost more than £17,000!

What has Apple revealed about the iMac Pro

Back in April 2017, talking to a small group of journalists, Apple VPs Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus acknowledged that the Mac Pro in its current form hadn’t been meeting the needs of many pro users, and revealed that the company planned to update the iMac to suit them.

“So many of our customers were moving to iMac that we saw a path to address many, many more of those that were finding themselves limited by Mac Pro through a next-generation iMac,” Federighi said.

Apple gave us our first peek at this new professional-grade iMac at WWDC in June 2017. At WWDC the iMac Pro appeared alongside updates to the rest of the iMac range. (If you want to find out more about the new 21-inch iMac, our review of that model is here: 21-5inch 2017 iMac review; and if you want to find out more about the 27-inch iMac, our review of that model is here: 27-inch 2017 iMac review.)

Apple has also given Final Cut Pro users a look at the new iMac Pro. The company showcased the new Mac at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit in October 2017.

Attendees at the FCP conference shared photos on Twitter of the iMac Pro:

Below we will look in detail at what Apple has revealed about the iMac Pro, as well as some of the expectations for the new machine.

iMac Pro design

The new iMac Pro, when it arrives, will have a new, darker look, shrouded in a Space Grey case.

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

But it’s not just the outward appearance that’s changed: on the inside, Apple has had to completely rethink the thermal architecture in order to house the new components. The result is a new fan system that offers a claimed 80 percent increase in cooling capacity. Apple says the new system “allows for upgraded internals without making more noise”.

A company spokesperson added: “We reengineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love. iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there’s never been anything like it.”

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

iMac Pro tech specs

Let’s take a look under the hood. Here are the tech specs of the 2017 iMac Pro.

Display – 5K, but not a touchscreen

The 27in iMac Pro will still offer 5,120×2,880 resolution 5K Retina display, like its non-Pro cousin.

As for whether the iMac display will double up as a touchscreen, the answer is no.

Back at the April briefing, Phil Schiller was asked about whether Apple would consider adding a touchscreen display to the iMac. His response was simple: “No”. His colleague Craig Federighi suggested that the iPad Pro offers a far better drawing experience.

Could Apple be planning to increase the pixels of the new iMac Pro display? Or could the new iMac Pro be available in a size larger than 27-inch? We think that there could be a market for either option.

The company has revealed that it is intending to launch a new display to sell alongside it’s Mac Pro, this new display could be even better than the Retina displays on the iMac, perhaps even offering 8K. Read more about the new Apple Display here.

Processor

The new iMac Pro will ship with 8-, 10- or 18-core Xeon processors making it the “most powerful Mac ever made”. Apple describes this as “workstation-class performance”, noting the 22 teraflops of GPU performance, fast storage and Advanced I/O.

Xeon chips are better suited to applications involving complex data – such as large, multi-layered Photoshop files, 4K video or 3D scenes with huge textures – as they are generally more robust and reliable than Core chips. They can also use ECC (error-correcting code) RAM, which can prevent errors that could, for example, crash your computer during a long render, explain our colleagues at Digital Arts.

During the keynote Apple talked often of machine learning and other high performance uses, in a bid to emphasis the pro nature of this machine.

Benchmarks for the soon to launch iMac Pro have appeared, according to reports in late October 2017. The chips in question are the 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon W-2140B and the 3.0GHz 10-core Xeon W-2150B chip.

The Xeon chips that appear to be being used in the new professional 10-core iMac offer a Multi-Core Score of 35917 in Geekbench 4.1. The single-core score is 5345. This score is faster than the current 12-core Mac Pro.

The 8-core iMac Pro’s average Multi-Core score was 23536.

The 18-core iMac Pro hasn’t been benchmarked yet.

This compares to our tests of the 3.4GHz 27in iMac which scores 14017 in Multi-Core and 4833 in Single-Core, while the 2.9GHz quadcore i7 15in MacBook Pro scored 15731 in Multi-Core and 4739 in Single-Core.

Apparently these first benchmarks do not match Intel’s existing Xeon lineup. It is thought that this indicates that these chips will be custom built – perhaps to offer a lower thermal design, according to Geekbench founder John Poole speaking to MacRumours.

Apple hasn’t actually confirmed the exact processor that it’ll be using in the iMac Pro, but it has long been thought that it’ll boast Intel’s Xeon Purley processors, as per this Pike’s Universum article from June 2017.

Pikes Universum found the information within the macOS High Sierra developer beta. Firmware files within the beta reference Intel’s server-class LGA3647 socket rather than the desktop-class LGA2066 socket. The 3647 socket is the one used by the Purley chips.

In July Intel revealed details of 50 Xeon chips, however, those chips don’t match the specs Apple revealed in the WWDC keynote, nor do they match the processors benchmarked above (the 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon W-2140B and the 3.0GHz 10-core Xeon W-2150B chip).

Apple said that the iMac Pro would offer 18-cores and run to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost but the most powerful Purley chip revealed by Intel maxes out at 4.2GBz with Turbo Boost, according to Mac Rumours.

The most likely explaination is that Intel hasn’t yet announced the relevant Purley chips yet. Another possibility is that Apple will use the next generation of Xeon chips in the iMac Pro. Cascade Lake is set to follow Purley, but it’s not expected until 2018, which might mean Apple would miss it’s deadline of 2017.

Reports also also suggests that the iMac Pro will have Secure Enclave, which means it could have an ARM coprocessor for additional security like the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar already has. In theory the security aspects of this would allow the addition of Touch ID capabilities for the iMac Pro, using a (so far unannounced) peripheral accessory, but that’s pure speculation at this point.

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

RAM

The iMac Pro will offer 32GB ECC memory as standard, but will be configurable to 64GB or 128GB, according to Apple.

Storage

The iMac Pro will offer a 1TB SSD as standard, but is configurable to up to 4TB SSD.

Graphics

The iMac Pro will offer “advanced graphics editing”, according to Apple, mentioning such uses as virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering.

The iMac Pro will ship with the just unveiled Radeon RX Vega graphics card with offers up to 16GB on-package high-bandwidth memory. This is the most advanced graphics ever in a Mac and it will delivers up to an 11 teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high-framerate VR, says Apple.

In comparison, the top-of-the-range 27in iMac offers 8GB video memory with the Radeon Pro 580.

AMD Is now rolling out the Radeon Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards.

During the keynote at WWDC, Apple went to lengths to demonstrate its eagerness to join the VR revolution. Read more: How to use VR on a Mac

Ports

The iMac Pro will boast 10Gb Ethernet, available on a Mac for the first time, and offering up to 10 times faster networking. You’ll also find four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports.

The latter will enable it to power two additional 5K displays or connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays.

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

New iMac Pro 2017 latest news

The new iMac Pro will ship with a Space Grey keyboard and trackpad to match its darker design.

Want to read more about Apple’s pro-class Mac line-up? Take a look at our Mac Pro 2018 preview. And if you’re thinking of buying a new Mac, read our Mac buying guide 2017 and our Which Pro Mac guide.