Week 17 in review: Galaxy S8 still making headlines, iPhone 8 rumors intensify

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The Galaxy S8 once again occupied the news in the past week. The main reason were some issues with red tint on the display and fast-charging troubles with old charging pads. We also heard more of the refurbished Galaxy Note7 that is allegedly coming out in June.

In other news, a phone named “iPhone 8” appeared on Geekbench, but just two days later a rumor from Foxconn hinted that we might not see an anniversary iPhone at all. A KGI statement backed such info since the OLED iPhone supply might not be on schedule.

We also heard Huawei is once again the leader on the Chinese smartphone market, and Google might present three phones with Snapdragon 835.

Check out the top 20 most-read articles for the past seven days below.

iPhone 8 allegedly runs Geekbench, destroys the competition

Past iPhones, Samsung’s newly released Galaxy S8 duo – none even come close to the results obtained by the next iPhone’s chipset.


OnePlus 5 renders leak showing dual rear camera

The next “flagship killer” will allegedly keep the metal construction of its predecessors from 2016.


ZUK Mobile is shutting down, all new devices will be named Lenovo Moto

The reorganization is another attempt by Lenovo to make Motorola profitable.


In case you were wondering, The Galaxy S8’s Always-on home button won’t burn-in

A little investigation with some business cards confirms that the Galaxy S8 has implemented a mechanism to prevent the button from burning it into the pixels.


Moto E4 and E4 Plus full specs leak along with pricing info

We must be very close to the launch of these two, since today every possible detail has been outed.


Refurbished Galaxy Note7 launches in Korea in June for $250 less

The devices will arrive with smaller battery capacities than the exploding Note7 units.


Samsung Galaxy S8+ screen replacement to cost dearly

Screen replacement from authorized services to cost around €250 in EU.


Refurbished Galaxy Note7 inches closer to release, gets Wi-Fi certified

Several versions of the device received certification.


Samsung says nature of AMOLED displays causes red tint

The company says it has conducted thorough inspection of the device.


Google's three new Pixel devices for 2017 will all have the Snapdragon 835 inside

The information was revealed in code commits within the Android Open Source Project.


ZTE Axon 7s detailed: dual camera, bigger battery and Snapdragon 821

We knew about the updated chipset already, but the additional camera was a surprise.


No iPhone 8 this year, according to Foxconn gossip

An insider allegedly spilled the beans that Cupertino only placed an order for iPhone 7s and 7s Plus units.


Samsung and Qualcomm in talks over Snapdragon 845 for the Galaxy S9

The next generation flagship chipset may or may not be built at Samsung’s 10nm fabs.


Huawei moves past Oppo to retake the lead in China's smartphone market

Huawei’s sales for Q1 2017 have outpaced both Oppo and vivo.


Galaxy S8 US pre-orders were record-breaking for Samsung

The company has reiterated that it’s working on a software update that should fix the infamous ‘red tint’ issue on some S8 devices.


KGI: OLED iPhone facing supply issues, manufacture may be pushed back a couple of months

This anniversary iPhone is slated to bring much bigger updates than the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.


Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets a new color: Bronze Pink

The yet to be released flagship gets a pop of color to go with its Black and Chrome options.


Gionee M6S Plus is official with more RAM and twice the storage

The M6S Plus is here, building on the the M6 Plus formula with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.


Samsung confirms Galaxy Note8 in quarterly financial report

A flagship launch in the second half of this year will help maintain profitability.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 may have a new, better earpiece

The unorthodox earpiece on the original Mi Mix did not sound great in calls.


Acer Announces Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop: Core i7, GeForce GTX 10 Series, & 1 TB SSD

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Acer this week announced its new high-end gaming laptop, the Predator Triton 700. Designed to strike a balance between features and weight, the laptop features a quad-core Intel CPU, a yet unspecified NVIDIA GPU, 16 GB of memory, as well as a mechanical keyboard. Meanwhile the laptop measures in at just 18.9 mm thick and weighs around 2.6 kilograms, or roughly about the size of a mainstream notebook from a decade ago.

The Acer Predator Triton 700 comes with a 15.6” FHD display and is based on Intel’s Core i5-7300HQ or Core i7-7700HQ processor, depending on exact model. The laptop is equipped with 16 GB of DDR4-2400, up to two 512 GB SSDs, Rivet Networks Killer DoubleShot Pro network solution (featuring a 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a GbE controller), Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and other features one would expect from a high-end laptop.

Acer Predator Triton 700
  i7-7700HQ i5-7300HQ
Display 15.6″ IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution
CPU Core i7-7700HQ (4C/8T, 6 MB, 2.8/3.8GHz) Core i5-7300HQ (4C/4T, 6 MB, 2.5/3.5GHz)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series with G-Sync support for external displays
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2400 (upgradeable to 32 GB)
Storage Up to two 512 GB SSDs with PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA interface
Wi-Fi Rivet Killer Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
Ethernet Rivet Killer E2x00 GbE controller
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Thunderbolt × USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connector
Display Outputs 1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI 2.0
Keyboard Mechanical backlit keyboard with programmable keys
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jacks, webcam (with HDR imaging)
Dimensions Width: 393 mm/15.47″
Depth: 263 mm/10.35″
Thickness: 18.9 mm/0.744″
Weight 2.6 kilograms
Price Starts at $2999 or €3399, depending on configuration and market

In terms of overall design, the Predator Triton 700 is one of a number of recent thinner-and-lighter high-end gaming laptops to hit the market in recent years. As the popularity of gaming notebooks has continued to rise, various makers of such PCs started to diversify their lineups with thinner machines aimed at gamers, essentially splitting these niche products to classes that differ by performance and weight/dimensions. With the Predator Triton 700, Acer is looking to bring the performance of a gaming desktop to the “thin-class” gaming laptops, and gives us an idea what to expect from next-gen gaming notebooks in general.

A feature of the Predator Triton 700 that Acer is especially proud of – and is a major component of allowing the laptop to be as small as it is – is its cooling system, which has five heatpipes and two thin AeroBlade 3D fans with curved metal blades that create increased airflow. A large Corning Gorilla Glass plate that acts like a touchpad covers the cooling system and the innards of the laptop, whereas the backlit mechanical keyboard resides towards the user, giving the system a very distinctive look.

Meanwhile, one of the things that Acer is not disclosing are the graphics processors options available: the only thing we know is that the system runs an undisclosed GeForce GTX 10-series processor, and that the high-end configuration scores ~17,000 points in 3DMark11 (based on Acer’s presentation). Such a performance level is common for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU (when working with the i7-7700HQ), but this GPU consumes 110 W of power, so it’s not clear whether a 15.6”/18.9mm chassis with two blowers offers enough cooling capacity to prevent significant throttling. Typically, relatively thin gaming notebooks use GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chips with around 80 W TDP, but such GPUs hit around 12,000 – 13,000 in 3DMark11 (with the same CPU). It’s highly probable that Acer will be offering a GTX 1060 version as a mid-range configuration anyhow, so the real question is what exact GPU will go into the high-end configuration. NotebookCheck.net speculates that the Predator Triton 700 is equipped with a yet unannounced version of NVIDIA’s GP104 GPU with a considerably reduced TDP.

Wrapping things up, the Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop will be available in Europe and North America this August. MSRPs will start from €3399 and $2999, depending on configuration, with exact specs and prices varying from market to market.

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Priyanka Chopra heads back to the US

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Our ever vigilant photographers caught Priyanka Chopra at the Mumbai airport. The actress was heading back to the US for Baywatch promotions after her whirlwind five day sabbatical to India. Bon Voyage! 

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Testosterone brigade

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We spotted the b-town hunks Sunil Shetty, Rohit Shetty and Ayushmann Khurrana along with the singing sensation Sonu Nigam at the airport recently, and boy the temperature did go up automatically! 

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Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor slay

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The paparazzi caught a rather off-guard Alia Bhatt in her car at Juhu, but she nailed it effortlessly. Don’t you think she looks cute even in these candid pictures? She does! Shraddha Kapoor on the other hand surely knows how to slay it with casuals and she totally made the denim workpants look ever so sexy on her. Slay Queens!

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Parineeti Chopra and Ayushmann Khurrana spotted at Filmistan Studios

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The Meri Pyaari Bindu duo Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra were recently clicked by our eagle-eyed paparazzi at a promotional event for their upcoming comedy. The duo looked casual yet chic.

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Deepika Padukone√Ęs ponytail is anything but basic

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Deepika Padukone’s ponytail is anything but basic

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

Safely flaunted as a gym staple, the humble pony has the power to be anything but basic. From cuffs and twists to chignons and braids, you can take your pony from simple to sleek, messy or whatever you fancy.

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Akshay Kumar angry about frauds

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Akshay Kumar is angry that some fraudsters were using his name to make some easy money. It came to his notice that fake sites claiming to be associated with the upliftment of our soldiers have come up and have been soliciting money using the action stars name. He took to the social media to warn his fans about such fraudsters. This is what he said : “Sad to know & share lots of fraudulent apps/sites are doing the rounds, the only initiative I am associated with is http://bharatkeveer.gov.in.” Point noted.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali cancels Padmavati shoot honouring Vinod Khannas demise

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali cancels Padmavati shoot honouring Vinod Khanna's demise

Some may call the film industry heartless, but sometimes you also hear of gestures that make you believe it has a beating heart still. It was magnanimous of Karan Johar to cancel the premiere of Baahubali 2 after hearing of veteran actor Vinod Khanna’s demise and now we hear that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had gone for an equally large-hearted gesture. The filmmaker apparently cancelled the shooting of his forthcoming historical drama Padmavati as soon as he got the news and was said to be emotionally disturbed by it.
It’s rumoured that SLB was approached to launch Khanna’s youngest son Saakshi.

Tiger Shroff to pay special tribute to Michael Jackson

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Tiger Shroff to pay special tribute to Michael Jackson

Tiger Shroff, who is a self-confessed Michael Jackson fan, will be recreating his idol’s iconic dance moves in a special song Beparwah Jhoomega from his forthcoming film Munna Michael that’s been shot on the occasion of International Dance Day.
Tiger Shroff, who plays a street dancer, will be seen as a contestant for a dance reality show in the film. The song in question has been shot as a live show, with the young star performing for a crowd of over 5000 people and has been designed by choreographers from Los Angeles along with Ganesh Acharya.

Madhur Bhandarkar relieved Preeti Jain sentenced for three years

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Madhur Bhandarkar relieved, Preeti Jain sentenced for three years

Madhur Bhandarkar must be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Preeti Jain, the woman who allegedly had given supari to gangster Naresh Pardeshi for killing the filmmaker was sentenced to a three year imprisonment term. The court also sentenced two of her aides — Naresh Pardeshi and Shivram Das — to three years in jail on charges of conspiracy. Two other aides were acquitted for lack of evidence.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone to walk the red carpet together at Cannes

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone to walk the red carpet together at Cannes

The Cannes red carpet this year will see Indian beauties like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone jointly representing the cosmetics giant L’Oréal Paris. Here’s a statement by the beauty brand confirming the rumour. “We’re happy to announce that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor will be representing L’Oréal Paris and India at the Cannes Film Festival this year. This year is very special to us as L’Oréal Paris celebrates two decades of being the official makeup partner for Cannes. This year, the brand is not only introducing an innovative and phenomenal collection of products but plans to bring Cannes closer to our consumers through the hottest new makeup and fashion trends, and also giving them a unique experience of #LifeatCannes,” said Raagjeet Garg, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris, in a press release.

International stylist Paris Libby to dress up Jacqueline Fernandez for the Justin Bieber event

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International stylist Paris Libby to dress up Jacqueline Fernandez for the Justin Bieber event

According to Mumbai Mirror, Jacqueline Fernández will be styled by Hollywood celebrity designer Paris Libby for the Mumbai leg of the Justin Bieber tour on May 10.
Libby has a host of Hollywood biggies like Vin Diesel, Liam Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, among others, on his roster.
This is what Jacqueline had to say : “It’s true. We have handpicked three key looks with a mix of contemporary and ethnic designs. I briefly met Paris during the XXX: Return Of Xander Cage press tour in India and we connected instantly.” Paris too commented that he was a great fan of Indian design and is looking forward to meeting a few Indian directors and designers on the forthcoming trip.

Fardeen Khan all set to be a father again

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Fardeen Khan all set to be a father again

It’s said Fardeen’s wife Natasha is pregnant with their second child

According to a report in the Mumbai Mirror, Fardeen Khan and Natasha Madhwani are said to become parents the second time. It’s been rumoured that Natasha, who is currently in London, is pregnant and well into her first trimester. The child would be born in London. An ecstatic Fardeen recently flew down to the British capital to spend some time with the mommy-to-be.
The couple, who got married in 2005, have a threeyear-old girl named Diani Isabella Khan.

This crazy device can read your mind

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Science. Amirite? Sometimes you need to clear your mind and relax, but the task is easier said than done. We’ve all got a lot on our minds, especially these days. Believe it or not, there’s actually a device out there that can help you relax by reading your mind. No, seriously. The Muse Brain Sensing Headband wraps around your forehead as you try to relax or meditate, and it plays weather sounds. It can sense if you’re calm, and if your mind begins to wander the band will play more intense sounds in order to distract you and get you back on track. It sounds bizarre, but you really have to check it out.

Here are some key details from the product page:

  • Muse is your personal meditation assistant
  • Sometimes your mind is calm and sometimes it’s active. Muse will guide you to a calm mind
  • Put on the Muse headband, put on your earbuds, start the app, and close your eyes. Immerse yourself within the sounds of a beach or rainforest.
  • While you meditate, Muse measures whether your mind is calm or active, and translates that data into weathers sounds.
  • When you’re calm, you’ll hear peaceful weather sounds. When your mind wanders, the weather will intensify, guiding you back to a calm state.
  • After each session, review your data, set goals, and build a deeply rewarding meditation practice that gets better every time.
  • Kindly refer to the User Manual, FAQs, and Tech Specs for more information.

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