(Update: silver version) Evan Blass gives us a first look at the upcoming Nokia 8

Evan Blass

Update, July 18: Evan Blass had “one more thing” to share about the new Nokia flagship. Here’s the silver version of the device:

Original post, July 17: After teasing us with a close-up image of a dual-lens camera, which was assumed to be from an upcoming Nokia device, the infamous blogger and phone leaker Evan Blass has finally given us an official render of the upcoming Nokia 8.

Nokia, the brand that was once essentially omnipresent, was ill-prepared for the smartphone era and lost its competitive edge in the Android vs. iOS war. Many thought Nokia would disappear into oblivion forever, and that’s why the announcement that a Finnish startup called HMD would be making Android-powered smartphones under the Nokia name was so surprising. We’ve already seen devices like the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 launch in several markets, the last of which sold out in just one minute in China.

However, things started to get even more interesting when a video surfaced in May, showing a mysterious unannounced Nokia-branded smartphone. Shortly after, we saw alleged photos of a prototype of this high-end device. Rumors claimed that Nokia would launch at least one more phone – something more high-end – dubbed the Nokia 8 or the Nokia 9 (or even both). Well, according to Evan Blass, it’s the Nokia 8 that we’ve been seeing the past few months, and it’ll be the company’s first Android-powered flagship device.

As you can see, the design seems to match what we saw before: in the promo video as well as in the images published by FrAndroid, we saw the exact same dual-lens set-up on the back of the phone. As expected, the Nokia 8 will come with two rear-facing cameras with Carl Zeiss optics. It should also feature a 5.3-inch QHD screen as well as a Snapdragon 835 processor. Indeed, it looks very similar to the three Nokia smartphones that are available right now, except it has a home button which presumably doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

Will there be a Nokia 9 that might be more in line with what we'd expect from a 2017 flagship?

I have to say, if the Nokia 8 does launch with these alleged specs, it might be a very impressive smartphone in terms of performance. However, in an era where $600+ smartphones are going more “futuristic” – bezel-less, new aspect ratio, unique materials, and so on – the Nokia 8 looks like something out of its old Windows phone days. So the question is, how much will Nokia ask for this device? (and unfortunately, according to a leaked document by a Scandinavian retailer, it’s not going to be cheap). And will there be a Nokia 9 that might be more in line with what we’d expect from a 2017 flagship?

We will see very soon as Evan Blass claims the phone could be unveiled as early as July 31.

Would you spend over $600 on the Nokia 8? Do you think Nokia will ever be able to compete with companies like Samsung and Apple? Let us know!

Evan Blass Publishes Renders of Project Joan (LG V30), Features Slider Secondary Display

While we can’t wait for the OnePlus 5, the other companies work hard to surprise its users. Newest renders show what’s perhaps one of the most interesting-looking phones coming this year, courtesy of LG no less. @evleaks presented the LG V30 — the third smartphone of the V line, which is expected to be released in a few months.

The V series always brings something unique, with the two first devices of the series featuring a ticker display. The next generation of the LG uber-flagship will feature a slider secondary display. A picture is worth a thousand words, so please, take a look:

The LG V30 is internally called Project Joan. Its secondary screen has a slider mechanism similar to the one used in BlackBerry Priv, revealing a display instead of a keyboard. The screen will be fully interactive, and Evan Blass provided some usage scenarios as well.

We don’t know much about the project, and Mr. Blass notes the phone’s direction might have changed since these renders were created. The phone should be released in a few months, though, and we should (at the very least) expect something unique, again, for LG’s V line. If these renders are true and the concept hasn’t been scrapped, the LG V30 could be quite interesting.

What do you think about the LG V30? Do you like its design? Let us know in the comments!

Source: @evleaks

Amazon’s Touchscreen Echo Renders Leaked, Available In Two Colors

Amazon is apparently working on a touchscreen Echo device, which we first learned about thanks to a report from CNET. The rumors are starting to gain some credibility, as we now have a chance to see some alleged renders of the device.

Yesterday, AFTVnews leaked some rather low-quality images of a device they purport to be the touchscreen Amazon Echo. Later on that same day, Evan Blass, a famous leaker from VentureBeat, shared his own high resolution images of the same device. These images clearly show two things – the device will be available in two colors and will also have Alexa integration. Users will be able to issue voice commands to speak to Alexa as usual, but this time can see information on the device’s screen.

Black variant:

White variant:

Alexa is a voice-command service developed by Amazon. It’s a direct competitor to Google Assistant. Users will be able to check the news, a weather forecast, or play music using voice commands. The render suggests that some sort of the messaging application is kept in the top-right corner. It’s safe to assume that the touchscreen will add video playback support to Alexa.

The new Amazon Echo will also sport a camera at the top, so there is a big chance that the device will offer video calls. The camera can also be utilized as a selfie shooter, we presume. We don’t have any details about the hardware components used in the device as of yet.

There is no mention of the release date, but these seemingly accurate renders may suggest that the unveiling is near.

Source: @evleaks

Google and LG’s Watch Sport and Watch Style Launching with Android Wear 2.0 on Feb 9

Android Wear 2.0 is the next iteration of upgrades planned for connected smartwatches. While Developer Previews have been around for a while, the last one was rolled out in mid December as Developer Preview 4. So it’s only expected that we start getting impatient for the final release once new information starts rolling in.

While it was widely known that the Android Wear 2.0 update will be rolling out in early 2017, we now have a specific date to set our eyes on. Notable leaker Evan ‘evleaks’ Blass has leaked the date on which we can expect Android Wear 2.0 to launch.

In his blog post on VentureBeat, Evan has also leaked the upcoming new Android Wear smartwatches. Meet the new Watch Sport and Watch Play:

Evan reports that Google has teamed up with LG in a ‘Nexus-style’ partnership to produce the first devices powered by Android Wear 2.0. The watches will be launched along with Android Wear 2.0 on February 9th, and will begin selling in the US from the next day. The watches will also be given prominent placement at LG’s booth at MWC 2017.

Evan notes that the mockups from Android Police closely resemble the shipping products. The Watch Sport will be 14.2 mm thick and will sport a 1.38″ OLED display with 480 x 480 resolution. The Watch Sport is the flagship product, with 768MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and 430 mAh battery.

The smaller Watch Style will be 10.8mm thick and will sport a 1.2″ 360 x 360 OLED display. Evan specifically mentions swappable straps, although something like that should be a standard feature, so we will have to see what that means. There is 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 240 mAh battery on this device.

Both the watches will come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and the Sport will throw in 3G and LTE connectivity along with GPS and NFC as well. This will allow the watch to take advantage of Android Wear 2.0’s Android Pay capability. There’s a heart rate sensor on the Sport, too.

One more point of differentiation on the Sport and Style is the water and dust resistance certification. The Watch Sport will bear IP68 certification, while the Watch Play will have it limited to IP67.

On the other hand, both the watches will have iOS compatibility, will include Google Assistant integration and boast of handwriting recognition. There is also a digital crown button to facilitate UI navigation.

The Watch Sport will come in titanium and dark blue colors, while the Watch Style will come in titanium, silver and rose gold colors.

Pricing for the devices is not known yet. Assuming this is a ‘Nexus style’ partnership and not a ‘Pixel style’ partnership, we hope the watches are priced competitively and not at a hefty premium. We will have to wait until the launch announcement to know more.

What are your thoughts on the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: VentureBeat Image Credit: Android Police