Phablet Smartphone News

The latest smartphone news headlines from PHABLIST.COM

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is too small to be a phablet in 2017

Xiaomi some took heat for the original Mi Mix last year. It featured a 6.4-inch screen that many complained was just too big. We loved it. Its enormous screen was pushed to the very corners of the phone’s frame, and the entire design of the device was driven by the goal to eliminate the bezel entirely. The Mi Mix was a pioneer of the borderless display that is quickly becoming commonplace. Xiaomi had a chance to make a big statement yet again with the Mi Mix 2, but instead decided to jump in line with companies like Samsung and LG by churning out a vanilla 2017 smartphone. People complain that the original Mi Mix was hard to use one-handed and hard to fit into a pocket, but that’s the price you pay for a big screen. Xiaomi had it right the first time, it’s not like it was a secret how big the Mi Mix was. Why would you intentionally … Continue reading The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is too small to be a phablet in 2017

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Android 8 Oreo update confirmed

Sony hit it big on the showroom floor at 2017 IFA by releasing some new phones with impressive flagship specs and a cutting edge operating system. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact will both ship with a freshly skinned version of Android 8.0 Oreo. And while it’s true that the Xperia XZ1 pair are great looking phones, phablet fans looking to get their taste of Oreo may feel left out since neither device is larger than 5.2″. Thankfully, the Japanese giant is keeping us in mind. Sony announced today on their blog that most of the 2016 Xperia handsets will be updated to Oreo, including the 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra. The update should help the device stay competitive with its rivals well into next phone season. There is no word on timing, or what Android 8 features Sony is going to make available. Like all new versions, the latest Android release is expected to be smarter, faster, and more powerful … Continue reading Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Android 8 Oreo update confirmed

Mysterious Sony phablet with 6.2-inch display and Android Oreo spotted on GFXBench

A new 6.2-inch Sony smartphone has appeared on the GFXBench benchmarking site. The new Sony phablet, simply labeled as G8541, could be the Sony Xperia XZ1 Ultra that will be arriving as a successor for the Xperia Z Ultra from 2013. GFXBench shows the mystery Sony smartphone boasting a 6.2-inch Full HD display, yet a second screen size of 12.3 inches that supports a 4K resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels is also listed. This means that either the benchmarking site made and error, or that the Sony G8541 would be available in both phablet and tablet editions. Under the hood, the new Sony phone is listed to sport an unnamed Qualcomm octa-core CPU @ 2.4GHz featuring an Adreno 540 graphics processor. This information indicates that the Snapdragon 835 chipset will most likely be powering the upcoming device. The SoC is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device will run on Android 8.0 Oreo … Continue reading Mysterious Sony phablet with 6.2-inch display and Android Oreo spotted on GFXBench

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 release date officially set for September 11

Xiaomi has just officially announced that they will be launching their next generation Mi Mix phablet on September 11 via a teaser image posted on Weibo. It’s likely that the bezels will be even thinner this time around, sporting a nearly 100% screen-to-body ratio. In October last year, Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix in China, a smartphone with an edgeless display having massive 91.3% screen to body ratio. The new image posted on Weibo is reminiscent of the Galaxy S8 infinity display advertisement, showing a night sky full of stars with the outline of a smartphone indicating an edgeless display. Nothing else about the phone is officially confirmed at the moment, although rumors/leaks so far indicate the device may come with a dual rear-camera setup. An alleged Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 spotted on Geekbench suggests that the Mi Mix 2 will be powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM 8998 processor along with 6 GB of RAM, running on … Continue reading Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 release date officially set for September 11

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 get July security patches

A new update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is on its way for European users that brings along Android security fixes for the month of July. The update comes not long after Samsung sent a similar one out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The update is posted as version N910FXXS1DQG5 and weighs in at a healthy 200MB. Aside from the latest security patches, the update fixes several bugs and improves the stability and performance of the three-year-old device. Samsung’s latest firmware transports patches for a total of 65 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the Android OS and 16 weaknesses in the firm’s Galaxy-branded smartphones. It’s unclear at this time if any kind of similar package is on its way to us across the pond. Meanwhile, back in the United States, the Galaxy Note5 has also started seeing a new update on T-Mobile, which brings along system improvements and security patches. This update is much smaller in scope, … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 get July security patches

This is why the Galaxy Note 4 still kicks ass in 2017

Following the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 and the uninspired performance of the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy Note 4 has grown to become the preferred device for phablet fans. Despite the fact that the Note 4 is now well over two years old, it packs some great hardware and features that have continued its viability within the smartphone market. A high-quality camera, a huge replicable battery, a solid processor and a stylus to boot – the Note 4 has just about every feature a smartphone owner could ask for. Rapid LTE data speeds and a 2K Super AMOLED display easily make the Note 4 equal to other top-rated handsets — even after all these years. If you’re operating on a budget or simply don’t want to spend the best part of $1000 on a new phone, here are the many reasons why you should consider buying the Note 4 over a new mid-range handset. Removable … Continue reading This is why the Galaxy Note 4 still kicks ass in 2017

Meet the Maze Alpha: A 6-inch smartphone packed into a 5.5-inch like body

Chances are you haven’t heard of smartphone maker Maze before. They are a new manufacturer who made their debut with their first Android smartphone, the Maze Blade, which received little fanfare thanks to a relatively boring design with huge bezels. Now it seems the young Chinese company has learned from its mistakes, coming out with a new flagship device aimed at phablet fans that features a bezel-less 6-inch screen that can be easily managed with one hand. The new Maze Alpha features a marvelous design, combined with a plethora of cutting edge hardware features packed inside. With almost no bezels on right, left and top side, the Maze Alpha features a rather thick bottom bezel that houses the 5MP front camera and a physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The main highlight of the phones face, of course, is the 6-inch Full HD AMOLED display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to a true edge-to-edge design, Maze has … Continue reading Meet the Maze Alpha: A 6-inch smartphone packed into a 5.5-inch like body

Galaxy Note8 Rumors: This could be the greatest phone of 2017

Last year, the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a disaster for Samsung. The phone had major issues with exploding batteries, which ultimately resulted in a total global recall. With the release of the Galaxy S8, the company was able to redeem its reputation, and Samsung will be looking to continue its 2017 success story with the launch of the rebooted Galaxy Note 8. The company’s next flagship device is expected to make its official debut at IFA 2017, which kicks off on Sept. 1 in Berlin. Although the expected release is still a few months away, rumors and reported leaks will be in abundance as we get closer to the day. In this post, we take a closer look at all the rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 8, including what to expect in terms of design, hardware, and more. Keep in mind that this is just a rumor roundup, however, so take these leaks and tidbits of information … Continue reading Galaxy Note8 Rumors: This could be the greatest phone of 2017

Essential Phone: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

After months of teases and hype, Android creator Andy Rubin has finally unveiled the first smartphone by his new company, Essential. And as expected, it’s a cutting edge Android phone with a minimalist design and a hefty price tag. The Essential Phone has a flagship Snapdragon 835 chipset featuring an octa-core processor that’s been paired with 4GB of RAM, so on paper this phone is just as powerful as the HTC U11 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The phone also has 128GB of storage (though seemingly no microSD card slot) and runs Android. It’s not clear how heavily skinned Essential’s take on the OS will be though. It’s not just a smartphone, the Essential Phone is part of a new ecosystem designed to offer an alternative to Google’s Android, with a focus on design, performance, and versatility. Here are 5 fast facts you need to know: 1. The Essential phone sports a 5.7″ Nearly Bezel-less Display It appears that 2017 … Continue reading Essential Phone: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a slight disappointment but worth the upgrade

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi on Thursday launched its next generation Mi Max phablet at an event in Beijing, China. It’s a 6.44-inch mid-range phablet with one outstanding feature: a 5,300-mAh battery that can charge the iPhone 7 Plus twice over. Much like its predecessor, the Mi Max 2 stays true to Xiaomi’s reputation of offering up decent specs at a competitive price but some would argue it’s a slight downgrade over the Mi Max when it comes to raw processing power. Below, we take a look at the Mi Max 2 and breakdown whether or not it makes sense to make the jump to the latest version. The display hasn’t changed The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has the same 6.44-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution display we saw on the original Mi Max smartphone with 2.5D curved glass, and a peak brightness of 450 nits. These are decent specs for a mid range device that give you a pixel … Continue reading The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a slight disappointment but worth the upgrade

8 Fast Facts about the Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 duo was officially revealed last week to glowing first impressions, and it’s easy to see why. It has a gorgeous infinity display, impressive internals, and a tried-and-true camera. Samsung is redefining the limitations of a smartphone and this is evident in the Galaxy S8. This year, the focus is on the big display and the large screen real estate of the S8 will blow you away. Here are 8 facts about the Galaxy S8 you might not know about: 1. The Samsung Galaxy S8 uses two different camera sensors Samsung has been known to make some of the best smartphone cameras in terms of performance and image quality. One of the reasons why they’ve gained that reputation is the innovation that goes into designing the Galaxy S series. As it turns out, Samsung is using two different sensors for the rear and front camera in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Units have been spotted using … Continue reading 8 Fast Facts about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

Another week goes by and we already have our first month of 2017 behind us, which means we are getting even closer to the annual MWC trade show and the release of the first exciting new flagships of the year. Below, you’ll find the biggest phablet stories of the week. The LG G6 is up first, making the biggest headlines of the week. We also got some new Galaxy S8 leaks to report, along with Android updates for a few T-Mobile phablets, and a new teaser by ZTE. LG G6 Leaks Everywhere We are just a few weeks away from the release of the LG G6 in Barcelona and photos alleging to be the upcoming 5.7-inch phablet have been popping up all over the place. New images obtained by Droid-Life show off what appears to be an early prototype of the LG G6, which reveal a metal exterior that LG is expected to use, with a minimal screen-to-bezel ratio around … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

8 Features expected to arrive with the new Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is getting ready to release a new pair of Galaxy S smartphones that are significantly different that anything we’ve seen from the lineup so far. Will these new features have what it takes to pull the tech giant out of its Note 7 quagmire and rebuild consumer trust? Here are eight features we are expecting to see on the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to various reports. 1. Bigger Edge Display with 18.5:9 Aspect Ratio Say goodbye to physical home buttons. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, sporting an almost bezel-less, edge-to-edge “infinity” display, according to details in a recent report by the Guardian. The two models, codenamed Dream and Dream 2, will feature 5.8- and 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED screens that cover 83 percent of their front panel. Because they will lack the traditional navigation buttons found on every Galaxy device until now, both S8 models will feature displays that are even larger than Samsung’s traditionally oversized … Continue reading 8 Features expected to arrive with the new Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

Samsung has just announced several new mid-range smartphone releases slated for launch in just a few weeks. The most notable of the bunch is the 5.7-inch Galaxy A7 phablet, now boasting a refined design with certified water/dust resistance and Samsung Pay capabilities. Rumors of the new Galaxy A series of smartphones have been leaking around the internet for weeks and it looks like what we have been hearing about these new premium mid-range phones is true. The Galaxy A features a premium metal frame and 3D glass back that mimics Samsung’s premium design found on its flagship models. The Galaxy A7 is the most premium of the three devices, sporting a 5.7 FHD AMOLED display (1080×1920), 3GB RAM, and a pair of 16 megapixel f/1.9 cameras. Other models in the lineup include the Galaxy A3 with a 4.7 HD display and the A5 with a 5.2 FHD display. While all three phones feature similar metal designs, they vary rather dramatically … Continue reading Samsung shows off a new Galaxy A7 phablet for 2017, now with water resistance

7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 literally hit the market with a BANG. After being released in August, the Note 7 was an instant success and highly popular. Then, all of a sudden, units started catching fire and it didnt take long for the internet to respond with all sorts of really funny jokes, images, and memes. We’ve compiled seven of the best Note 7 explosion memes for your viewing pleasure. Click any image to view full size. Note 7 + Gear VR = Regret. Gear VR owners were warned by Oculus against using their headsets with the Galaxy Note 7 until a replacement phablet could be obtained from Samsung. Many believe, as the saying goes, “There is a grain of truth inevery joke”, and this meme is no exception. A man traveling to Australia on business claimed that his Galaxy Note 7 phablet exploded overnight in his hotel room as he slept with it charging nearby the bed. The explosion caused … Continue reading 7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

It’s been a crazy month for Samsung and the Galaxy Note 7 after exploding batteries wreaked havoc across the globe, causing the tech giant to call back one million units following nearly 100 reports of injuries and property damage in the United States alone. The Galaxy Note 7 “Batteryexplosiongate” is among the largest smartphone recalls in history. Safety regulators in the United States have issued warnings in recent weeks cautioning consumers not to turn on their Note 7s on airplanes — and not to use their phones at all. Going down in the history books doesn’t always pay off, as Samsung has learned after losing more than $14 billion of its market share in the recall to cover the costs involved with providing loaner smart-phones and exchanging defective units in favor of other select Galaxy devices free of charge. Not to mention the additional parts and labor required to refurbish the phablets with new batteries. Samsung recently shipped 500,000 new … Continue reading I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card