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Thanks to ZTE’s carefully-planned US strategy, it could soon overtake LG

ZTE’s smartphone shipments increased by 36 percent this past quarter, and if its growth continues, it might soon overtake LG to become the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the US.

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Even just few years ago, ZTE had essentially no brand recognition in the US – nobody bought it, and nobody knew what it was. However, the Android world has changed drastically since, with Chinese OEMs rising rapidly against more established brands like Samsung and LG. And ZTE is no exception. While its presence in China isn’t as strong as that of Huawei or Vivo, its carefully-planned US strategy seems to be paying off in what is arguably one of the most difficult markets to penetrate.

ZTE’s US smartphone shipments increased by 36 percent during the second quarter of this year to a commendable 4.8 million units.

According to the latest data by Counterpoint Technology, ZTE’s US smartphone shipments increased by 36 percent during the second quarter of this year to a commendable 4.8 million units, making it the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the country. ZTE had a 10.1 percent market share during the first quarter, which increased to 11.5 percent during the second quarter. In comparison, Samsung and Apple led the market with about 30 percent each with LG as a distant third with 15.4 percent.

As Lixin Cheng, the chief executive of ZTE’s mobile devices, explains, the US is a particularly difficult market to break into but offers a lot of opportunities:

The U.S. is the most competitive market, but we believe if we can manage the challenge well, it will drive the overall competitiveness of our company.

And Cheng is right – if ZTE manages to keep up its relationship with US carriers and bring affordable yet capable devices, its growth might continue and help the company overtake LG. LG’s smartphones aren’t doing well stateside, whose premium smartphones are priced too high to be competitive. However, as The Wall Street Journal points out, some analysts say that ZTE must build more rapport with US carriers. After all, most smartphone purchases are made through carriers in the US, and ZTE’s reliance on Amazon and Best Buy might hurt its chances to break into the top three.

Do you own a ZTE device? Do you think it could see continued growth over the next few quarters? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Weekly Plan Spotlight: 2 Cricket Unlimited plans for $80

Welcome back to this week’s showcase of the best mobile plans near and far. Today’s steal comes from Cricket: a pair of Unlimited plans that will save you $ 30 every single month.

What’s the scoop?

This new offer from Cricket gives you two lines of unlimited data for $ 80 per month. Considering the usual price for their Unlimited plan is $ 55, we’re calling this a pretty stellar deal.

Here’s how it works: you’ll get the first line for the usual price of $ 55, but when you add the second line, they’ll chop more than half of the monthly price off. So you pay $ 55 for the first line and $ 25 for the second line.

Cricket’s adding a little bit of extra sugar to the offer as well. In addition to the monthly savings, the carrier will also give you a crisp $ 50 bill just for signing up.

Okay, so it’s not a literal Ulysses S. Grant being mailed to you in a clean white envelope. Cricket will give you $ 50 credit to your account when you bring your number to them. You’ll get that applied within 2 months.

Okay, where’s the fine print?

Not much fine print on this one. As is par for the course for these kinds of deals, you’ll have to pay any taxes, surcharges, and applicable fees. This deal also isn’t eligible for autopay or GroupSave discounts.

Cricket Unlimited Plan in a nutshell:

  • Unlimited talk, text to/from US, Canada and Mexico
  • Unlimited data with max data speeds of 3Mbps running on AT&T’s network (users of more than 22GB in a month may notice temporary reduction in speeds during times of high network traffic)
  • Video streaming at SD quality (480p)

Ready to stop monitoring your data every month or overpaying for the freedom of unlimited? Click the button below to see if Cricket is offering something better than you’ve currently got!

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Two years in, Sundar Pichai facing his toughest moment as CEO

Sundar Pichai was announced as the new CEO of Google back on August 10 2015, just a little over two years ago, after Larry Page and Sergey Brin moved to preside over Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. Over the past two years, Pichai has overseen the launch of the Pixel smartphone range, rapid Android growth in emerging markets, and cloud computing, to name just a few. Alas, he has also had to deal with Google’s share of controversy and scandal.

So, let’s recap the CEO’s two year tenure as head of the world’s most powerful internet company.

Leading with AI

Sundar Pichai inherited Google in excellent shape, but has made a number of distinctive transitions that has shifted the company’s direction over the past two years. Google has previously moved from search to mobile, but under Pichai there has been an increased focus on “AI first”. This was a note Pichai made a particular point of making at the most recent Google I/O. Almost all of Google’s latest announcements have revolved around AI in some way, from its second generation TPU chips for cloud computing, to improved imaging algorithms for Google Photo and camera improvements, and the steady march into the smart home.

It’s been a gradual transition though, with the introduction of Google Cloud for business all the way back in 2011, which has rapidly expanding under Pichai’s leadership.

The company’s growth in cloud computing and the increasing use of neural net computing saw the company enter the hardware games with its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) in 2016, with a followup announced this year. Google now uses its expansive neural networking capabilities for image recognition, video analytics, speech recognition, translations, YouTube and advertisement recommendations, and has even helped out in the mapping of DNA sequences to assist with medical science, among many other uses. This early focus on neural networks, AI, and software has not only paid off on the software side, but has also given the company a big boost when it comes to making its hardware offerings stand out.

Google has quickly transitioned from a mobile first to AI first company, using neural network computing across its products.

Chief among one of Google’s most ambitious plans under Pichai is the launch of its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones last year – two high-end machines aimed squarely at taking on Apple and Samsung. Google wasn’t a complete stranger to hardware development, having partners with other OEMs for previous releases, but an expensive campaign to establish itself in the flagship tier market was an uncommonly bold move.

While the Android enthusiast crowd was reluctant to see the end of the Nexus line and the subsequent higher price point of the Pixel’s, in the end the range was universally praised and has done plenty to raise Google’s profile in the minds of consumers regarding both smartphone software and hardware. The gamble will perhaps be Google’s biggest win of the past few years, if the company can build on this success with the upcoming Pixel 2.

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Few would have predicted the appeal of the Pixel back in 2015.

Google in numbers

This isn’t to say that Google hasn’t had its share of controversy and issues over the same period. The company has continually been in and out of court in the US and Europe for cases ranging from patent infringement to anti-competitive practices. Just this summer, Google was handed a record breaking fine by the European Commission for giving its own shopping comparison tool an illegal advantage over the competition, to the tune of €2.42 billion (~$ 2.7 billion). The company has also had to abandon installing its own search technology as the default option in its Chrome browser in Russia, and has been unable to shift China’s attitude towards its apps and services.

Of course, there’s more to Google than just AI and Pixel phones. Despite the split-up under Alphabet, Google is still responsible for overseeing YouTube, Search , Maps, Apps, Ads, and, of course, Android. There have been a number of changes, trends, and developments made across all of these segments even just over the past year or so. It would be to lengthy to delve into all of these individually, so instead here’s a quick glance at just some of Google’s recent achievements Pichai can attach his name too, to see how things have changed over the past two years.

  • Google announced over 2 billion active Android devices in May 2017, compared with 1.4 billion in September 2015.
  • Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube a month, up from just over a billion 2015, and 80 percent of these now come from outside the US. Revenues are also up two folder year-on-year.
  • Google Photos contained 50 billion photos and videos in 2015, but now users are uploading 1.2 billion pictures every single day.
  • Mobile search results overtook desktop results for the first time in 2015 m, increasing to 60 percent in 2016.
  • In 2016, Google generated $ 63.11 billion in net digital ad revenues worldwide, an increase of 19.0% over 2015. That’s roughly 32% of the world’s digital ad market.
  • Google reached $ 25.8 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from $ 21.2 billion the year before.
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That’s not mentioning that Google has managed to expand into many new territories over the past few years, with mobile rapidly driving internet and business service growth in India and other countries. Clearly, Google is bigger, more powerful, and more profitable than every before under Pichai.

Pichai’s most testing month

While Sundar Pichai’s time at Google has been a successful one, at least from an external point of view, sailing hasn’t been so smooth inside Google. As the recent James Damore memo scandal, whistleblowers, and subsequent sexism debate is now revealing.

Silicon Valley has often been seen as particularly sensitive to such seemingly taboo subjects, and Pichai himself condemned parts of the memo as “offensive” and stated that the memo violated Google’s own Code of Conduct. James Damore, the memo’s author, was subsequently fired, a move that arguably caused more controversy than the text itself. Pichai had been scheduled to discuss the issue with all of Google’s 60,000 worldwide employees, but the meeting was cancelled after employee questions and identities were leaked, resulting in harassment and threats to those named.

Regardless of your position on the wider issue, the debate has revealed some troubling cultural problems within Google, with some staff feeling unable to express their opinions for fear of harassment and losing their careers, while others are concerned that the they are unable to work comfortably alongside those with differing views. This is a far cry from the picture the company has often painted of an innovative, open, and relaxed workplace.

The concern that both sides have rightly raised is whether this current culture is going to start hurting Google’s ability to hire the best and brightest, and continue innovating. Pichai’s biggest problem right now is how to solve this cultural divide, rather than simply picking a side.

Working at Google clearly isn’t all beanbag chairs, slides, and foosball breaks.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only high profile sexism case that has made headlines under Pichai’s leadership. In 2016, more than 800 Google employees appended the word Lady to their job titles after an investor addressed a question to “the lady CFO“, Ruth Porat. The “Redefine Women” campaign started by advertising employees Georgia Patch and Kiah Nicholas from Sydney, Australia also caused a stir by criticising a number Google’s dictionary definitions.

Google is currently also under investigation by the US Department of Labor for “systemic compensation disparities” between male and female employees, following the filing of a DOJ lawsuit back in January. Google denies that it has a gender pay gap, but is now also facing the prospect of a class action lawsuit filed by employment law firm Altshuler Berzon LLP on behalf of women currently or formerly employed at Google.

What’s next for Google?

While Google’s efforts in cloud computing, neural networking, and “AI” are already bearing fruit in today’s technology, we’re just at the start of the journey, and these areas are almost certain to be a major part of consumer and business technology in the coming years. Hence why Google has been so keen to make it clear that its future vision doesn’t just lie with mobile. Even though the latest scandal and debate might be framing the headlines we associate with Sundar Pichai today, his final legacy will almost certainly be far more defined by Google’s current and upcoming contributions to the world of tech.

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Of course, there’s virtual reality, augmented reality, self driving vehicles, Tango, Project Loon, Fibre, Fi, and various other projects that Google is working on too. Any number of which could end up being a major part of our more connected future.

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T-Mobile officially unveils its “feature-packed” Revvl with a fingerprint sensor and budget price

After several rumors and leaks, some of which came from T-Mobile itself, the magenta-colored carrier officially unveiled its self-branded Revvl smartphone.

T-Mobile touts the Revvl as a “feature-packed phone” that will not break the bank, and it certainly seems that way on paper. The Revvl features a 5 MP selfie camera above the 5.5-inch, HD-resolution display, as well as a fingerprint sensor and 13 MP camera around back. Under the hood, the Revvl sports a quad-core MediaTek MT6738 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, and 32 GB of storage that is augmented by the microSD card slot.

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If most of this sounds familiar, that is because we originally broke the news just a few days ago. We also reported the Revvl being announced today is only the first in a line of Revvl-branded smartphones that includes two other pricier, more powerful devices. As such, the Revvl is expected to be the cheapest of the bunch.

Speaking of cost, T-Mobile said the Revvl will go on sale tomorrow, August 10 in “participating stores” and through its online store for $ 5 down and $ 5 a month or $ 125 outright. For what the Revvl offers, it is not that shabby of a price, though the Moto E4 Plus, Moto G5 Plus, and others have shown to be solid alternatives.

Interestingly enough, the Revvl was not the carrier’s only announcement – T-Mobile also unveiled Smartpicks, a curated list of affordable smartphones that the carrier thinks is worth your while. Along with the Revvl, this list includes the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime, LG K20 Plus, LG Aristo, and ZTE ZMAX Pro.

You can pick those phones up on an 18-month lease, or you can do so through Jump! On Demand, which T-Mobile slightly altered to allow folks to pick up any phone on the Smartpicks list. If you think of doing so through the latter, you can pick up any of the aforementioned phones for $ 0 down and either $ 7 or $ 8 a month.

We are not sure why someone would want to switch between budget phones every 30 days, but at least the option is now there.

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Newly leaked videos show the upcoming LG V30 in the wild


Not only can we see LG’s upcoming phablet from every angle, but we also have photo and video samples from its dual-lens camera.

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Ever since the LG V10, LG has partnered with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to promote its flagships’ audio and camera capabilities, and this year’s V30 is no different. LG and his production website – HitRecord – are joining forces to promote the LG V30, and fortunately for us, a bunch of photos and videos of the V30 have leaked on HitRecord. You can click here to see all the photos and videos.

As you can see from the screenshots above, the videos on HitRecord show the upcoming LG V30 from every angle: the front looks almost identical to the LG G6 with a 2:1 aspect ratio FullVision screen (confirmed to be P-OLED) although both sides of the glass seem slightly curved this time around. The back is unmistakably LG, featuring two camera lenses, a laser sensor, and a fingerprint scanner. Interestingly, it looks like LG might adapt Samsung’s approach and offer different color options for the back but have a uniform black front panel for all variants.

The website also gives us an idea of what to expect from the V30’s cameras – both rear- and front-facing. Although we will have to wait until we have our hands on an official device, both front-facing and rear-facing camera samples look clear and well-exposed. Video-recording has always been the V-series’ forte, so it’s not surprising to see stabilized and detailed footage even in low light (see: “lg renaye fixing makeup”).

Both front-facing and rear-facing camera samples look clear and well-exposed.

As expected, the LG V30 will ditch the series’ signature secondary ticker but will implement a software-based “floating bar” for notifications and app shortcuts.

What are your thoughts on LG’s upcoming phablet? Excited for the new OLED screen or disappointed that there won’t be a secondary screen? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Google’s Preview Program now gives Google Home owners first dibs on upcoming updates

It is not unusual for companies to provide its users several features before the rest of us. One of the ways Google does this is through its Preview Program, which was first introduced for the Chromecast last year. Now, the search giant has expanded the program to include the Google Home.

As previously alluded to, the Preview Program gives folks early access to new features, but Google stresses that the program is not a beta – the updates they receive are the same as those the rest of us receive. Rather, people who sign up for the Preview Program are first in line for these updates and, as such, are encouraged to provide Google with feedback.

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If you want to sign up for the Google Home’s Preview Program, here are the steps you need to take:

  1. From your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app
  2. In the upper right corner of the home screen, tap Devices to see your available Chromecast and Google Home devices
  3. Scroll to find the device card for the device you’d like to enroll in the Preview Program
  4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu
  5. Tap Settings > Preview Program. If you don’t see Preview Program, we aren’t accepting new members at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities become available.
  6. Choose whether to receive email notifications by moving the slider to the right or left. Note: We recommend allowing email notifications so you’ll know when new updates are pushed to your device.
  7. If you opt-in to email notifications, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account if you haven’t already.
  8. Review the contents of that page, and tap Join Program.
  9. Review the contents of the page, then tap OK, GOT IT.

When we checked out the Google Home, we thought it showed plenty of promise that might be fulfilled with future software updates. This Preview Program is a chance for folks to possibly see that potential realized ahead of other folks while being able to help Google fix some kinks along the way.

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OnePlus teases new OnePlus 5 variant “coming soon” (Update: Gold variant likely)

Update (8/3): Thanks to new information uncovered by MobiGyaan, it looks like OnePlus is planning to launch a gold variant of the OnePlus 5. Found in the source code at this link, there’s a reference to a URL that mentions “OP5/gold/”.

Check out a screenshot of the link below:

As we mentioned previously, OnePlus has launched Soft Gold variants of the OnePlus 3 and 3T, so it wouldn’t be too farfetched to think that the 5 would also get the gold treatment.

Original post (8/2): The OnePlus 5 has been on sale for more than a month now, and despite receiving critical acclaim, it has made the news for all the wrong reasons since launch. Between the jelly scrolling effect and the failed 911 calls, OnePlus’ flagship phone has certainly caught some flak.

However, the latest news from OnePlus seems positive. Just a few hours ago, on its official Facebook page, the company teased that “5omething new” is coming soon. The message arrived alongside an image of the two flavors of the OnePlus 5 currently available and an uncolored outline of a third OnePlus 5 unit.

As could be expected, some users in the comments joked that it might be the unveiling of the OnePlus 5T, however, this is highly unlikely. The OnePlus 5 already features the latest and greatest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 835, boasts more than enough RAM for just about anything, and comes with a superb dual camera — any upgrade that could be made right now would be comparatively minor.

This leads us to believe that OnePlus might instead be introducing a new color option for its flagship handset. Currently, the color selection is limited: the OnePlus 5 comes in either Midnight Black or Slate Gray, two very similar colors. A lighter option could allow OnePlus to widen its potential user base to those who aren’t impressed with the exclusively dark palette that’s available right now.

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While we don’t know for sure what the new color would be, we do have some clues. A month before the announcement of the OnePlus 5, the Chinese company took to Twitter to ask its followers what color they’d prefer for their next handset: black, red, gold, or a finish that OnePlus dubbed “unicorn,” which looked like a gradient between cyan and magenta.

We doubt that OnePlus would release a slightly different black than the one it already has, so that’s out of the window. The unicorn color is definitely unique, but also could prove divisive, which dramatically lowers its chances of it featuring on a smartphone (they are, after all, mass market products).

All things considered, we’d wager that OnePlus will release either a red option of its latest device, or a gold one. And considering that gold is a tried and tested OnePlus color, that seems like the most likely choice.

Which color would you like to see from OnePlus’ next device? Would you consider buying a unicorn-color handset? Let us know in the comments.

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OnePlus 5 vs LG G6 camera: zoom or wide-angle?

With the OnePlus 5 now in many people’s hands, there is plenty to consider with what has been the company’s best effort to date. With a second camera that brings proper zoom, we have yet another dual camera in the Android space. While there is a lot to compare between our two phones today, I also wanted to ponder the notion of camera choice — is it more useful to have zoom or a wide angle secondary camera? For that question, we bring in LG’s latest device.

Although there’s a difference in some of the handsets’ other hardware specifications, and the LG G6 has a few extra frills to its name, we’re going to just focus on the camera hardware for now, and both companies are proposing different high-end camera philosophies.

For starters, both of the front facing cameras are decent performers, with the only real advantage going to the OnePlus 5 with its higher resolution at 13 versus 5 megapixels. But the quality isn’t too different from one to the other, you can simply crop selfies from the OnePlus 5 a little better.

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If we’re picky, the G6 tends to overexpose a little, while the OnePlus 5 might be a little oversaturation. But the bottom line is that both are fine shooters out of the box, so your choice might boil down to the secondary sensor.

As far as straight quality and processing go, on the rear camera, there is some give and take between these two. When using the main regular lenses, we found some photos were better on the G6 and other were better on the OnePlus 5. There’s little to suggest that one camera is leaps and bounds better than the other, but if we pixel peep we do see some processing differences.

The LG G6 tends to overexpose a bit more than the OnePlus 5, whose software tends to make use of HDR as much as possible. The result is a slightly more contrasted and higher saturated photo from the OnePlus, which is sure to please a lot of general users and shooters. The G6 seems a bit muted in comparison, but that does more often lead to a more accurate capture of the scene. However, once you’ve thrown a filter on there’s little difference, and both are dab hands at shooting 4K video with both their lenses too.

While we can be picky if we really want to be, both cameras offer up great default performance out of the box that won’t be a night or day difference in most scenarios.

Zoom or wide?

Which brings us to the question — would we rather have an extra zoom or wide angle lens to augment the already great regular shooter?

It probably comes as no surprise to you that I’m going to suggest really knowing what you want out of your camera when making a decision. When I went to Comic Con, I found the zoom lens on the OnePlus 5 to be pretty useful for getting tighter shots when I was in the back of a crowd, like in the following shot where I got a picture of former Smallville star Tom Welling. Or when I was part of a large group of photographers taking pictures of these incredible Overwatch Mercy cosplayers. When the subject is far away, zoom definitely helps, even if the quality can dip when going beyond the 2x threshold.

There is another reason why the zoom is helpful, as well: combined, the two lenses work great as a portrait mode, much like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. By using a tighter focal length and software processing, a bokeh effect can be added to a photo of anyone or anything that is within a certain range. While this might be one of the more used features of the camera, it isn’t perfect — the subjects have to be clearly defined so that the software can draw the line accurately.

Some breaks in the general subject line meant that unwanted parts of the photo were in focus. When it works, it’s a crowd pleasing feature. When it doesn’t work, photos just look a bit weird. And forget about using this feature in low light – it won’t even activate unless there is enough light for the software to differentiate the subject from the background.

Speaking of low light, that is where the OnePlus 5 definitely falls behind the LG G6. In these shots of some Walking Dead cosplayers, there was more detail in the G6 photos than in the OnePlus, which smudged up the finer points due to its noise reduction.

While optical zoom is useful, wide angle lenses are more fun and can make even the most boring shots look more interesting.

Which brings us to the wide angle lens of the LG G6. Clearly, there are times when zoom makes perfect sense, but I would argue that having a super wide angle lens is actually more fun. Users never have to worry about getting everyone in the frame if the frame is as wide as possible, and the results usually add a lot of drama to the shot. Not to mention how cool it looks when using the wide angle for stuff like video and vlogging.

Even the most mundane of photos can be made more appealing when there is plenty more to share outside of just the subject. And, as it stands right now, the wide angle lens is pretty much LG’s signature and we haven’t seen it recreated in any other phones yet.

Ultimately, it matters what is more practical to you. The zoom lens is probably going to be more useful for anyone that is typically far away from the subjects they want to capture, but remember that a wide angle lens can be better at sharing one’s overall experience. Maybe you want to focus, quite literally, on one subject at a time or try to get everything you possibly can into view. Come to think of it, that’s probably the best way of describing both respective phones in this comparison, the former being the OnePlus 5 and the latter being the LG G6.

Which one is more important to you? Let us know in the comment sections below which type of camera you would prefer.

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Update: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active render gives us a better look at the rugged flagship

Update (7/30): We may already have a pretty big list of leaked Galaxy S8 Active specifications, but now, thanks to a new press render revealed by @evleaks, we’re getting a much better look at the upcoming rugged device.

As you can see in the tweet below, the device looks to feature one of Samsung’s new 18.5:9 aspect ratio displays, complete with rounded corners. What’s notably absent, however, are the curved edges on the left and right sides of the screen. This makes the device’s front panel almost look like an LG G6.

Original post (7/28): Photos of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaked only a few days ago, so we already have some idea of what it will look like. Now, more images have popped up online, potentially revealing the key specs of the device.

What appear to be leaked Samsung slides appeared on Chinese social media website Weibo (via fonearena) earlier today, and they look legit. The S8 Active would sport a 5.8-inch shatter resistant display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 2960 x 1440-pixel resolution. It would not, however, be curved on the sides like the one on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (as the earlier photos had also indicated).

The images also suggest that the unit would be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and come with 4 GB of RAM. Other details include a 12 MP primary camera, an 8 MP selfie snapper, 64 GB of internal storage, Android Nougat, and the same awkwardly positioned fingerprint scanner as found on the back of the S8 (it’s off-center, next to the camera).

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Of course, there are also a few differences between the Galaxy S8 Active and the standard version of the device. The leak reveals that the Active model will have a bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, a full 1,000 mAh larger than the battery in the Galaxy S8. In addition, the device would be slightly larger and heavier: coming in at 152.14 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm and weighing 207 grams, compared to 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm and 155 grams.

True to series tradition, the Galaxy S8 Active is anticipated to be a far more rugged variant of Samsung’s regular flagship as well. The device should be able to take a beating thanks to MIL-STD 810G standard protection and polymer bumpers on all four corners. Just like the other two Galaxy S8 smartphones, it would also sport an IP68 rating, which means it could survive under 1.5 meters of water for a period of 30 minutes. You can check out all the leaked images that show us the specs of the device in the gallery below.

When it comes to colors, the Galaxy S8 Active is said to arriving in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold. There’s no word on exactly when it will be released, but given how much has already been leaked, a reveal should be just around the corner. Like its predecessors, expect it to be another AT&T exclusive.

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