Moto X4 Smartphone info Revealed

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I have some questions about this.

1.  The phone looks like a flat hotdog bun. I miss the days of the Moto X 2014 where that bad boy was looking like it was ready to work the boardroom with some mobile class.

2.  I’m sad that the Moto Z is the flagship side of the line.  The Moto X did really well as the flagship. Modular is nice and all, this is a ploy to take hard earned money on some real expensive extras.

3.  Below is a leak from Android Authority showing the look of the device.  I wonder when we will see a Bezel-less Moto phone?  People haven’t barked about the bezels on this, so maybe we won’t see it for a while.

4. It’s always good to see a phone like the Moto X return. However I don’t know if this is the return that I want to see.   This is a mid-range phone that could have just been the G5 and call it a day.  Or the G5S. Now my head hurts. 

5.  There’s a Moto C too?  So now we have the Z2, X4, G5, G5S, some E ones, and a C?  Too many things.

The Moto X4 interesting to you?  Tell me why in the comments.

The iPhone 8 might not come in Rose Gold…

In news that may made me sad for the few seconds that I read this source; the iPhone 8 may let go of the Rose Gold iPhone option. The same Rose Gold option that’s become a staple for hardware since the iPhone 6s days. Since the unveiling of the iPhone 6s rose gold option, multiple devices across multiple manufacturers have made Rose Gold-esque options with phones, tablets, smartwatches, and even Laptops. It’s safe to say that the Rose Gold option became extremely popular as the years have gone by.

If rumors from securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are true, it looks like Apple will be pronouncing the Rose Gold color option dead. According to Kuo, the company will only launch the iPhone 8 in Black, Silver, and Gold.

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It does seem to fall in line with other leaks that came up recently with only 3 iPhone 8 color options being shown in the photo below. The Photo below only shows a gold, silver, and black option.

According to MacRumors, all 2017 versions of the iPhone will launch in only 3 colors. The Rose Gold option wasn’t necessarily a bad option, but there may be a solid explanation for getting rid of the Rose Gold option.

The iPhone 8 is also reported to support fast charging capability. Customers may need to purchase an adapter to utilize the fast charging capability. Kuo also predicts that all 2017 iPhone models will be announced next month. Availability, however, may be constrained until 1Q 2018 due to manufacturing delays.

The Rose Gold option could possibly launch at a later date in 2018. Apple did the same thing with the Project(RED) model of the iPhone 7/7plus. However, it may not be a huge deal that the Rose Gold option is gone. Only time will tell.

Hopefully all will go well with the upcoming iPhone 2017 updates!

Photo Cred: Macrumors



Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaks;

The latest rendition of the ruggedized outdoors version of the Galaxy S series of phones has leaked for the masses. Ever since the Galaxy S4 Active 4 years ago, the Active series of devices have been made available for those who want the latest smartphone specs, yet need a little more
protection for their phones to last the two years of typical usage that happens.

Each phone has the same general idea, military grade specs, a rugged body, and a larger battery to last against the elements. The S8 doesn’t stray too far from the pack here, with a 4000 mAh battery, rugged body, and a general “Active” look.

According to leaks presented to Android Police, the S8 Active will come with Android 7.0 Nougat (Samsung is notorious for letting Android OS versions be an after thought). The roughly 5.8” size that came along with the regular Galaxy S8, and other specs that are similar to the regular Galaxy S8.

The ATT Samsung Galaxy S8 will have the model number SM-G892A. The S8 Active will likely March the specs of the regular S8, with 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835, 64 GB of storage with MicroSDHC expansion, a 12MP rear cam, and an 8GB front facing cam along for the ride.

The Active is a pretty typical, pretty expected device. Anyone looking to get the Active? Or are you just going to rock with a rugged case and call it a day?

The leaker at least tried with the watermarking. Got to give him props to draw on the picture like that.

Keep it locked at The Tech Homie for more information.

Source; Android Police

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs leaked! UPDATE:  a new render appears!

Update: a new render found by popular tech review site Trusted Reviews has appeared!


The render found by Trusted Reviews was posted on twitter by Jonathan Endicott, CEO of Slickwraps, a company that specializes in making phone skins for many popular phones today.  The image is a CAD render, used to design smartphone accessories in time for the phone launch. The caption below the picture states,   “Working Hard on the Note 8”.  

The render does match up to the specifications that have been leaked about the Note 8 pretty much to a T.  While it does resemble leaks around the internet, and another design render as mentioned in the article,  it still may be too early to say whether the renders are real or not.  Who knows? 

This blog talks about current Galaxy Note 8 leaks made public ahead of the August launch.

We have now reached the time where the rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note flagship come full force.  After the Galaxy S8 the Note 8 will be the most important Samsung device to launch in 2017.  The Galaxy Note 8 will be an incredibly important release due to the complete and utter failure that was the Galaxy Note 7.

For those who happened to be living under a rock in 2016, the Note 7 had multiple issues with batteries exploding, and causing fires for the short amount of time the Note 7 was available.    The Galaxy S8 launched with huge success, and still sells in the millions to this date.  With August just a month away, it only makes sense that we are hearing more about the Note 8.

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Renders of the Note 8 have been revealed last week, and now we have specs leaked along with those renders.   According to sources found by BGR, the Note 8 will have a  2K resolution 6.3″ Super AMOLED Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, either Samsung EXYNOS 8895 or Snapdragon 835 Processors (depending on where you live) , 6GB of RAM,  a dual 12MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a 3300 mAh battery.  DeX support, an enhanced S Pen Stylus.

The specs make sense being compared to the S8+ 6.2″ Display.  The Galaxy Note Series always ends up as the largest of the Galaxy series of devices.  The specifications fall in line with other Note series of phones.  The Note 7 also had 6GB of RAM, and the 3300 mAh battery also makes sense considering Samsung’s renewed focus on battery safety.

First, as the picture above the article reveals,  Samsung has decided to leave the fingerprint scanner in the ridiculous position that the Galaxy S8 had the fingerprint scanner.  Doing this on a rather large phone like the S8 was bad enough.  Putting the fingerprint scanner on an even larger phone like the Note 8 is even more of a disaster. These Olixar case photos make me so sad for the Note 8.

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Now questionable fingerprint scanner placement aside, the Note 8 should be a very interesting device when it launches in August.  Rumors currently have the launch of the Note 8 in late August, while placing it just before the iPhone 8 (or X, or Anniversary Edition)  it will hopefully give the phone enough time to get any battery kinks out of the way before the phone hits prime time.

top photo credit: BGR

bottom photo credit:  Forbes

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Tech Homie Rumor Central: Pixel 2 edition

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Today’s blog is focused on the rumors surrounding the upcoming Pixel 2.

Phone rumors are always fun to check out. Especially if you are in the market for a new phone and you don’t have a clue what to get.  However, the biggest question that crosses our minds when it comes to rumors is whether to believe them, or to take them with a grain of salt.

When it comes to the rumors about the Pixel 2, it’s hard to say.   Here’s what we have found so far rumor-wise.  The first set of Rumors you see below come from 9to5Google.com:

  • LG will be (possibly) building the Pixel XL successor. If this is true, we could be looking at something modeled after the G6.  What does that mean for people like you and I? Easier time taking in media (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, playing games, etc) because of the new screen ratio that was introduced with the G6.
  • The XL version will have a nearly 6 inch 1440p OLED panel from LG.
  • The headphone jack may be leaving us. Now on the one hand, you can say goodbye to the tons of wired headphones (I’ve got about 4 myself) that you probably have. On the other hand, more people are getting Bluetooth headphones (I have a pair), and with the popularity of Bluetooth speakers, maybe it’s not so bad after all.  Up to you guys to decide on this one.
  • The codenames for the the Pixel are ‘walleye’ and ‘taimen’. Fish. Tasty. Maybe. Walleye will be made by HTC, and the Taimen model will either be made by LG, or by HTC.  as stated before there may be third model, which may be the LG model.
  • Walleye, will basically have the the same design as last years model.  Bezels will be larger, surrounding the 4.97 inch 1920 x 1080 display.  Not necessarily that bad, but with the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, folks who are longing for less bezels wont find it here.
  • The specs will be updated to match this years flagships specs.  Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB storage options.  Last year, the Pixel had a 32GB option and a 128GB option.
  • The Pixel models will stick to a single lens, staying away from dual camera crazy and deciding to be a little different.  Most folks don’t always have a need for dual cameras, so this may be a welcome change for a flagship phone.
  • Expect to see a slight change to the two tone back of the phones, as well.
  • From Japanese Blog Soku (found by way of BGR) traces of the Pixel 2 devices were found in the code of the squeezable HTC U11.  So will the both devices be made by HTC?  Or will LG have an option as well?

As the rumors come fast and furious for the Pixel 2 devices,  this blog will be updated.  The Pixel still stands as one of the more important devices to launch from Google.  Hopefully the devices will continue the trend.