Week 37 in review: Note7 troubles and iPhone 7 hype

Apple’s iPhone announcement event may be already left in last weeks archives, but the hype is still at an all-time high, especially now that the phone launched on the market. Everybody and their aunt appears to want a taste of Cupertino’s latest and greatest and amid all the commotion, the industry is busy plucking away at hardware specifics, teardowns, benchmarks and camera samples.

Sadly, there seems to be less of a party going on over at camp Samsung. The Korean giant is still dealing with the Galaxy Note7 battery drama. The damage control effort is going strong, but to make matters worse, the issues seem to be spreading to other company handsets (Galaxy S7 edge). This might have given way to a possible early release for the new Galaxy S8 flagship. But, nothing is really certain at this point.

Regardless of any flagship announcements, Samsung appears to be busy extending its “A” lineup. The Galaxy Tab A (2016), now complete with an S Pen is already a reality and the A3 (2016) and A7 (2016) will likely be joining it soon as well. In other news, Xiaomi is making headlines with a possible new flagship on the way. Dubbed the Mi 5S, it is said to run on Qualcomm’s overclocked Snapdragon 821 SoC and also use the company’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Samsung dragged to court over exploding Galaxy phone, and no it's not Note7

A Samsung Galaxy S7 edge unit had caught fire in the owner’s pocket, “causing him second and third degree burns.”

Extreme version of the Xiaomi Mi5 comes with overclocked CPU, GPU, and RAM

A Chinese retailer is selling an “Extreme” edition of Xiaomi’s current flagship.

iPhone 7 Plus camera samples show what the dual camera can do

Thanks to Sports Illustrated magazine, we can see some iPhone 7 Plus camera samples.

Apple announces new iPhone 7, 6s, and SE pricing for India

iPhone 7 starts at around $894, 6s and SE see significant price drops

Google Pixel 'Sailfish' leaks in 3D renders and 360-degree video

Same old stuff, but now in shiny 360-degrees!

Android 7.0 Nougat update hits Android One phones

Android One devices receive the latest software update the day after Google releases the Nexus factory images.

iPhone 7 runs AnTuTu, takes the crown

Apple’s newest smartphone demolishes all of its competitors in the benchmark.

How to tell if your Galaxy Note7 will explode

The Korean company has published a handy guide to let you identify safe units.

iPhone 7 has a 1,960 mAh battery, iPhone 7 Plus reaches 2,900 mAh

The official battery capacity figures are finally out for Apple’s newest phones, courtesy of TENAA.

Galaxy S8 model numbers leak, release may be sooner than expected because of the Note7's troubles

Also outed are the codenames for the two different S8 models that are currently in development.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 won't have Snapdragon variant, analyst says

The company had announced a Snapdragon 650 variant of its Redmi Note 3 smartphone just a few months after the original, Helio X10 model was launched.

Moto E3 Power arriving in India next week

The phone will launch on September 19.

Microsoft's Lumia line will be killed off in December, report claims

That is apparently when the company will cease sales for all Lumia devices.

Googles Nexus Launcher is now Pixel Launcher

Google’s Nexus launcher is now called Pixel launcher. Screenshots available too!

Apple iPhone 7 Plus disassembled on video

Now’s your chance to find out how Apple filled in the space left over by the 3.5mm headphone jack.

New leak reveals LeEco Pro 3 variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

The variant will sport a 5.7-inch display, feature a 13MP dual rear camera and 16MP front facing unit, and pack in a mammoth 5,000mAh battery.

OnePlus 3 sales restart in Europe and Hong Kong

A bit more than a month ago, OnePlus halted sales in Europe and Hong Kong to “give inventory time to replenish.”

Samsung wants to use AMD or Nvidia GPUs in its Exynos chipsets, plans to ditch Qualcomm for good in 2018

A new rumor claims the Korean company is in talks with both Nvidia and AMD in order to replace the Mali GPUs in its SoCs.

Android Nougat-based CM14 build (unofficial) available for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

An Android 7.0 (Nougat)-based CyanogenMod 14 build is now available for Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 smartphone (Snapdragon variant). Keep in mind that this is not an official build – someone over at XDA has…

Xiaomi Mi 5S with Snapdragon 821 SoC now spotted on AnTuTu

Aside from confirming the SoC, the listing also reveals full HD display and Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

Unreturned Samsung Galaxy Note7 units may be remotely deactivated

A Redditor from France has claimed that the remote deactivation process will start after September 30.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 owners can check online if the phone is defective

The company has put up a special website where Galaxy Note7 owners can check if their device is compromised.

Exynos 8895 will allegedly reach 3.0GHz and improve image processing speeds by 70%

New rumors arise out of China about the processor that could possibly run inside the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Leak confirms Qualcomms ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for Xiaomi Mi 5S

The next-gen technology – dubbed Snapdragon Sense ID – was unveiled by Qualcomm back in March last year.

Xiaomi Mi 5S certified in China, more specs revealed

The Xiaomi Mi 5S is believed to rock a Snapdragon 821 SoC with 6GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU.

iOS 10 has been bricking a small number of devices

The major iOS update seems to have had some issues at first release. It looks like Apple has since fixed the issue at hand.

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen

The tablet is currently only available in South Korea, where it carries a price tag of KRW 489,000 (around $435).

Now Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) spotted on GFXBench

This comes shortly after the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) was spotted on the benchmarking website.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) gets shown in leaked renders

It should become official soon as the successor to the original A8 from last year.

Galaxy A8 (2016) now spotted in AnTuTu benchmark, 64GB of storage in tow

This is the third benchmark database in which the upcoming smartphone has managed to show up.

New Samsung Galaxy Note7 battery pack to come from ATL

Insofar, Samsung counted mostly on its own subsidiary SDI to get the job of supplying the phablet’s battery pack.

Apple officially releases iOS 10 and watchOS 3

The company’s latest software updates for phones, tablets, and smartwatches are now available.