Apple reportedly will launch the iPhone 7 from 32GB, ASUS unveils the ZenFone 3 Deluxe with 6GB RAM, FB Messenger to get end-to-end encryption, and more
Another great week has passed by folks, with more news and rumors emerging in the consumer technology market. We now are here now to summarize the best tech news that has happened throughout the week.
- According to market researchers, Apple may be on the verge of ending their long time 16GB model for a 32GB base variant of the next iPhone 7. Apple has been criticized in the past for making smartphones with just 16GB as the base model, when rival makers have 32GB on board for lesser the price. Research also indicates that the iPhone 7 will likely come with 2GB RAM onboard. The information was told by Kevin Wang, who is the Director of Market Research at IHS Technology. Check out more information here.
- More rumors float around the internet as new smartphone drawings indicate that the upcoming iPhone 7, and the iPhone 7 Plus may likely come with a smart connector, similar to the one found in the iPad Pro tablet. The new sketches also confirm the existence of a dual - lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus. Check out more.
- At the Computex 2016 event, ASUS unveiled three new smartphones of the ZenFone 3 series, namely the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the ZenFone 3 Ultra. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the most powerful of all, featuring the Snapdragon 820 processor, and 6GB RAM. The device holds a 23MP camera on the rear with Optical Image Stabilization. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra features a large 6.8-inch screen. Check out more specifications and details here.
- ASUS also launched three new Windows tablets, namely the Transformer 3 Pro, the Transformer 3, and the Transformer Mini, all differing in specifications and price. The 12.6-inch ASUS Transformer 3 Pro is aimed to compete with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, holding a similar kickstand on the rear side. The tablets feature the latest Intel processors, fast SSD storages, and Windows 10 out of the box. Check out more specifications and details here.
- Sony has officially unveiled a new budget smartphone called the Xperia E5, featuring a 5-inch screen, a quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, and 16GB inbuilt storage. The smartphone weighs about 147g, and houses a 2700 mAh battery. There is also a 13MP camera on the rear, a 5MP front facing snapper, and LED flash on both sides. Check more here.
- Rumors indicate that Facebook is planning to implement end-to-end encryption for its Messenger application, available for Android and iOS devices. Facebook has recently implemented end-to-end encryption for the WhatsApp platform, the world’s most highly used IM messenger platform. The information was hinted by the people working inside the project. Click here for more.
- ASUS has also unveiled the new ZenBook 3 that’s touted to be thinner and lighter than the Apple MacBook. The ultrabook is only 11.9mm thick, and weighs just 910g. ASUS says that the new device is made out of space grade aluminum alloy materials. The ZenBook 3 comes with the latest i5/i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB SSD. The display is 12.5-inch in size with 1080p resolution. Check out more information here.
- A company who goes by the name as Sirin Labs, has launched the world’s most secure Android smartphone called the SOLARIN, a device that holds chip-based 256-bit encryption. The catch is that the company is selling the smartphone for a whopping AED 64,000. While the device holds high-end specs such as the Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB RAM, 4000 mAh battery, and a 5.5-inch 1440p display, the main key feature of the smartphone is its secure switch, when triggered, encrypts all calls and messages, and blocks incoming calls. Click here to know more.
- At the Cards and Payments Middle East 2016 exhibition, Samsung showcased the wireless Samsung Pay payment technology with their latest Galaxy S7/S7 Edge smartphones and demo payment terminals. Exhibitors at the Samsung stall mentions that the Samsung Pay is planned to go official later this year in the UAE. Know more here.
- After two years, Samsung has unveiled a new smart fitness tracker called the Gear Fit 2, featuring a 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED display, a dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB internal storage. The new wearable is capable of operating as a stand-alone music player. Samsung will be releasing the Gear Fit 2 in two different sizes for small and large sized wrists. Check out more.