This week's workflow, the blueprints of the iPhone 8 flowed into the net. The smartphone was also compared to the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 on the renderers. Intel introduced its top-end processors Core X. Lenovo officially showed the expected smartphone Moto Z2 Play.
IPhone 8 Drawings
Latvian designer Benjamin Geskin (Benjamin Geskin), known for the organization of leaks, published through his Twitter account drawings and computer model of the upcoming iPhone 8, expected in the fall of 2017.
Apparently, Apple has already decided on the final design – a 5.2-inch smartphone with a display almost the entire front panel without a proprietary home button in front and a vertical double camera on the rear panel. Also, the drawings confirm that the Touch ID sensor will migrate to the rear panel, and will not be integrated with the display, as some leakages suggested.
Recall that in 2017, most analysts expect a great redesign, since Apple will celebrate 10 years with the release of the first iPhone. As one of the upcoming innovations most often mentioned OLED-display. It is rumored that the iPhone 8 will receive a touch screen in the entire front panel, the hardware Home button will turn into a virtual one, in fact, its functions, including fingerprint recognition of the Touch ID, will execute the screen section. Also reported on advanced biometric capabilities, improved mechanism of tactile feedback Taptic engine and wireless charging.
However, there is a version of minor changes in the following iPhone. According to sources from Taiwanese suppliers, Apple's new smartphones will not be iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. At the same time, they will become updated versions of the current generation, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, without significant design changes. The main innovation will be the A11 processor, but rumors of a glass case and wireless charging are not justified. In addition, it is reported on the appearance of an additional color option – red. It also assumes the output of an average 5-inch iPhone with a dual camera, mounted vertically, and not horizontally like the iPhone 7 Plus.
The latest leak, however, predicts the appearance of three versions – the luxury iPhone 8 or iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED-screen costing more than $ 1000, and a 4.7-inch model with an LCD-display under the probable name iPhone 7s and 5, 5-inch LCD iPhone 7s Plus, which will receive fewer differences from the current generation of Apple smartphones. In addition, the profile resource iDropNews published renders with the comparison of the size of the iPhone 8 with the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. Renders were exclusively received by the resource from the same Latvian designer Benjamin Geskin (Benjamin Geskin).
Finally, Steve Hemmerstoffer, founder and editor of NowhereElse.fr, also known for organizing leaks through @OnLeaks Twitter account, published an interesting image that clearly compares the size of the iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with flagship smartphones Based on Android.
Intel Core X
At Computex 2017, which takes place from May 30 to June 3 in Taipei, Intel introduced a new line of Core X processors. This is a series of high-performance desktop chips aimed at enthusiasts, gamers and creators of resource-intensive content.
The line includes more powerful versions of existing models Core i5 and Core i7, as well as the long-awaited flagship series Core i9. Representatives of Core X range from quad-core to the first 18-core desktop processor of the consumer class Core i9 Extreme for $ 1999. The youngest model was Core i5-7640X with four cores and 4 streams for $ 242. The Core i7 X series ranges from a 4-core chip with 8 threads for $ 339 to a 10-core with 20 threads for $ 599. The Core i9 series includes four models, in addition to the Core i9 Extreme – from a 12-core chip with 24 streams for $ 999 to 16-core with 32 threads for $ 1699.
All desktop processors Core X are designed to work with the new Intel X299 chipset. As for architecture, most Core X processors are based on the updated version of the Intel Core platform of the sixth generation Skylake, which the manufacturer calls Skylake X. At the same time, two quad-core models in the lower price segment, i5-7640X and i7-7740X are based on Kaby Lake X.
In a number of top models, the new technology Turbo Boost Max 3.0 is used. As the manufacturer notes, while increasing the number of cores improves performance in multitasking, Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology increases the performance of each core separately. According to Intel, the Core X series is 10% faster in multi-threaded performance than the previous generation and 15% in single-threaded performance.
Moto Z2 Play officially
As expected, Lenovo officially introduced the smartphone Moto Z2 Play, which replaces last year's Moto Z Play. The smartphone became thinner and lighter, but for this purpose I had to sacrifice the capacity of the battery.
The smartphone is equipped with 5.5-inch AMOLED-display with a resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 12-megapixel main camera with technology Dual Pixel, laser autofocus and dual flash, 5-megapixel front camera, also with flash. Hardware base was the eight-core processor, probably Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, 3 or 4 GB of operating and 32 or 64 GB of internal flash memory with the ability to expand microSD cards. With the updated fingerprint scanner, the user can activate the smartphone control function with gestures like Moto G5 with G5 Plus. The work is performed under the operating system Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Like the previous models of the Moto Z series, the Moto Z2 Play smartphone supports working with the Moto Mod modules. The Moto Z Play used a 3510 mAh battery, and the Moto Z2 Play had 3000 mAh. As a result, up to 30 hours are stated in the talk mode instead of the previous 50 hours. Supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, there is a USB Type-C port and a 3.5-mm jack. The dimensions are 156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99 mm, and the weight is 145 grams. The smartphone Moto Z2 Play starts selling in Brazil today, it will appear in other regions beginning in June. The price in Brazil is 1999 Brazilian real, that is about 619 US dollars. In the US, a smartphone will appear in the summer at $ 499.
Other important news of the week
- Customs gives good: "gray" Xiaomi smartphones started to be sent to Russia
- AMD showed a 16-core Threadripper
- North Korea re-invented the iPad
- Skype next generation received self-destroying stories
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