jeudi 23 février 2017

Leaked Render Claims to Reveal the Galaxy Tab S3 with a Keyboard

The new Galaxy Tab S3 premium tablet from Samsung seems to finally be on the verge of its official reveal, after months of leaks and speculation.

What was originally rumored to be launched in the fourth quarter of last year had seemingly been delayed (or the rumor was just plain wrong) as another rumor pegged it for release during the first quarter of this year. Many were expecting it last year since the original Galaxy Tab S was launched in July of 2014 and its successor, the Galaxy Tab S2, was launched in September of 2015.

Releasing a new tablet year after year is less important than a smartphone these days, but there were still people anxiously waiting for Samsung's next flagship tablet to be released so they can upgrade. Any more news about the Tab S3 fell pretty silent after that Q1 release rumor, but then that changed this month. Samsung sent out a press release for MWC 2017 and people started speculating they would launch the new tablet there. We even saw alleged pricing, specifications, and the month of release unveiled on that very same day.

Then last week we saw a render of what claimed to be our first look at the 2017 high-end tablet from Samsung. This was accompanied with an S Pen as it is believed that Samsung will include one with the Galaxy Tab S3. The S Pen looks flat compared to what we're normally used to seeing since the stylus will allegedly not be stored inside the device itself. Considering previous rumors that the device will only be 5.6mm thick, this makes a lot of sense.

Then just last night, Evan Blass (@evleaks) posted a press render of what his sources tell him is the upcoming Galaxy Tab S3. Though we don't get to see an S Pen in this render, we do get a look at what is assumed to be a 1st-party keyboard accessory. The device essentially looks identical to the 2015 model, but Samsung has most certainly upgraded the internal hardware, and the build materials are hopefully more premium this year.


Source: @evleaks



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Press Render of The Huawei P10 Leaked Ahead of its Official Launch

Huawei is expected to launch its next flagship, the Huawei P10, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a few days. The device has been subject to numerous leaks for the past few weeks, which have allegedly revealed most of what we should expect from the Chinese OEM's upcoming device so far.

Now, we have a leaked press render of the device, shared by none other than Evan Blass (@evleaks):

The leaked press render is inline with the previously leaked images of the Huawei P10. On the front, you can clearly see the device's flat display panel and its very slim side bezels, with a front-mounted fingerprint reader placed just beneath it. Moving to the back, the device has its signature Leica-branded dual-camera setup accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash.

If rumors are to be believed, the Huawei P10 will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display and it will be powered by an in-house Kirin 960 octa-core SoC (the same as the one found in the Huawei Mate 9). It will also have 12MP dual-cameras on the back and a 5MP front-facing shooter, and as typical of Huawei devices it will come in multiple storage variants. Last week, the device also received FCC certification, which revealed that the P10 will have a 3,100mAh battery.

While not shown in these renders, rumors are also pointing towards the existence of a Plus variant of the Huawei P10 with a 5.7-inch QHD dual-curved edge panel and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, unlike the P10's front-mounted placement, with other key hardware specifications being the same. This ultimately wouldn't be too surprising, as it wouldn't be the companies first Pro model of a flagship device.

The Huawei P10 along with P10 Plus is scheduled to launch on February 26 in Barcelona, Spain, where the company will also showcase its new Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch 2.


Source:  @evleaks



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TWRP v3.1.0 will Bring Support for Backing up Directly to your PC

If you've come to the XDA forums looking to install mods, ROMs, or kernels onto your device, there's a very high chance that your device has TWRP flashed onto it.

TWRP has evolved from being an alternative to ClockworkMod recovery back in the HTC Evo 4G days to becoming the most widely used custom recovery in the Android community. Its feature-set has greatly expanded over the years, and it now supports virtually every device with an unlockable bootloader. The open source project led by TeamWin is always hard at work fixing bugs and porting the recovery to new devices, but work on new features continues behind the scenes.

One feature that has actually existed for quite some time in the TWRP respository but which has never been shipped in an official build is ADB backup. That will soon be changing, however, as we have learned that version 3.1.0 of TWRP will finally ship with ADB backup support, thus allowing you to make full data/system application backups straight to your computer.

ADB backup is a command line tool which allows you to make entire data and system backups, which is what most people seek when performing what's known as a NANDROID backup. If you issue the right commands, you can create a backup of your applications and their data without needing root access or a custom recovery.

ADB Backup Syntax

If you are comfortable with the command line, then this shouldn't be too difficult to understand. However, many users are not comfortable with ADB or the command line in general, and would prefer having a nice and easy way to take advantage of this functionality. That's where TWRP's new function will come in.

TWRP will offer the ability to perform an ADB backup for you – all you have to do is select a few options and slide to confirm, something you are probably much more familiar with. Doing an ADB backup means you can skip having to save several gigabyte-sized archive files onto your phone. This is especially useful for when you want to make regular backups but don't have a lot of internal storage space left to sacrifice. Instead, you'll be streaming backups straight to your PC over a wired ADB connection. An added benefit of this is that this will reduce wear and tear on your device's internal storage, as you will forego writing potentially thousands of files into an archive located on your internal storage.

Making regular backups of your data is essential if you are frequently flashing new mods, kernels, or ROMs onto your device. There's no telling when something you flash or something you changed will cause an irreversible bootloop, leaving your only way back to your daily setup a backup made via TWRP. If you've been putting off making regular backups because of how much space they take up, then I highly recommend you take advantage of this new feature – when it comes out.

Remember, the developers behind TWRP (and any freely available software on our forums) put a lot of work into these projects, but they still have regular lives and jobs they need to attend to. An update to TWRP will be done when it's done; we don't know when that will be and we can't expect the developers to give us an exact timetable. Just be patient and, most importantly, don't ask for an ETA.


TWRP App Update

Back in the middle of December, we announced that the first official TWRP was finally available in the Google Play Store. Since its initial release, the application has seen a number of updates enhancing functionality. One of the major new features is the ability to backup existing boot and recovery partitions, in case you ever need to restore one of these for whatever reason.

On the UX front, the application has undergone some simplifications to make it easier to tell when you are flashing an image and when flashing is successful. Finally, they've also changed the background colors so it doesn't appear as jarring as it once did. Now, the UI somewhat resembles the actual TWRP recovery interface, which while fairly simplistic is very easy on the eyes. Check it out!

Download the TWRP App from the Play Store



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New Leak Seems To Have Revealed Specifications Of The Galaxy S8+

Samsung's upcoming flagship has been making a lot of buzz around the web as its release date approaches. After the Galaxy Note 7's mashup, all eyes are now on Samsung's next big thing, the Galaxy S8.

Thanks to a series of rumors and leaks so far, not much has now remained unknown about the Galaxy S8 at this point. Earlier rumors have shown that there will be two smartphones: the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and that the Galaxy S8 will sport 5.7-inch screen while its bigger sibling, the Galaxy S8 Plus, will feature a 6.2-inch screen.

Now, a new leak by Evan Blass adds some value to the previous rumors. Evan Blass has shared an image on his Twitter account which claims to reveal most of the specifications of the Galaxy S8+.

As per the leaked image, the Galaxy S8+, the physically bigger variant of the Galaxy S8, will sport a 6.2-inch — 6.1-inch when factoring in the corners — QHD+ Super AMOLED display, 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera and 8MP front shooter, 4GB RAM with 64GB onboard storage, iris scanner, Samsung Pay and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The leak also shows the Galaxy S8+ will have a waterproof design, Samsung Knox security suite, and Wireless charging. While the leak doesn't reveal which SoC will be powering the device, it's believed that the both devices will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and perhaps the new Exynos 9 for international markets.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at the end of March so we're still a month away before we learn more about Samsung's upcoming flagships for 2017.

Source:  @evleaks



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EX Kernel Manager Update Optimizes the Code, Adds Simple/Advanced Modes and More

EX Kernel Manager from XDA Recognized Developer flar2 just received a huge update. It should work on all devices running Android 4.4+, should support any custom kernel, and had lots of changes happen under the hood that optimized the code.



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Latest Huawei Security Advisory Highlights a Privilege Elevation Vulnerability

Huawei has just announced a new vulnerability that is currently possible on both the Huawei Honor 7 and the Huawei Mate S. This is said to be a privilege elevation vulnerability that is possible thanks to an arbitrary file upload in Huawei Themes. The vulnerability already has an update ready to fix it and devices susceptible to this simply needs to apply the latest update to be safe from it. As of right now, we don't have any details about how quickly this update is going out to devices though.

Huawei tells us this vulnerability was initially reported to Huawei PSIRT by Nicky (Wu Huiyu). Nicky works in Tencent's Security Platform Department and is responsible for finding vulnerabilities in various products and services. We're told Mr. Wu followed proper protocol to contact Huawei and coordinated the vulnerability disclosure so they can keep their customers as safe as possible.

We're told this vulnerability impacts the Huawei Honor 7 that is running software versions newer than PLK-UL00C17B385. Meaning, if you have the Honor 7 from Huawei and have the PLK-UL00C17B385 firmware (or newer), then your device is safe from this attack. This attack is also possible on the Huawei Mate S, but it was fixed in software version CRR-L09C432B380. So again, if you have the Mate S from Huawei and are running the CRR-L09C432B380 firmware (or newer), then you're safe as well.

This was not a remote attack and you were only at risk when certain conditions were met. You would have had to have someone trick you into installing a malicious theme on your device for it to infect it. This was possible because of a lack of a "theme pack check" since it allowed the theme to include some malicious files which would have been executed once installed.

Source: Huawei



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Samsung Launches the Exynos 9 Series 8895 Octa-Core Processor on 10nm FinFET Process Technology

After a bit of teasing, Samsung has unveiled the Exynos 9 Series Processor with the launch of the Exynos 8895. This is the latest flagship SoC from Samsung, and is built on the industry leading 10nm FinFET process technology.

The Exynos 9 Series 8895 is the latest premium application processor from Samsung Electronics, and is the first from Samsung to take advantage of 10nm FinFET process technology. This allows up to 27% higher performance while consuming 40% less power when compared to 14nm technology.

The Exynos 8895 is an octa-core processor, comprising four of Samsung's 2nd generation custom designed CPU cores for improved performance and four Cortex-A53 cores for efficiency. The CPU also features upgraded Samsung Coherent Interconnect (SCI) technology which supports Heterogeneous System Architecture that enables faster calculations for areas like AI and deep learning.

For the GPU, the Exynos 8895 packs in an ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU to provide next level 3D graphic performance that minimizes latency for 4K UHD VR use cases. With 20 graphic processing cores, the performance is claimed to have been improved by up to 60% from its predecessor.

The Exynos 8895 also supports displays up to WQUXGA (3840×2400) and 4K UHD (4096×2160). It also supports LPDDR4x Memory, as well as eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 and SD 3.0 for storage.

The multimedia experience for the Exynos 8895 gets a hand from the advanced MFC (Multi-Format Codec), which allows it to support video recording and playback at 4K UHD at 120fps with the latest video codecs including HEVC(H.265), H.264 and VP9.

For camera, the ISP on the Exynos 8895 supports 28MP sensors for both, the front and rear, as well as support for Smart WDR and PDAF. It also supports dual camera support with a 28MP + 16MP combination. The dual ISP in the SoC consists of one ISP dedicated for high quality, while the other is dedicated for low power.

The Exynos 8895 also features a separate processing unit for enhanced security solutions that are needed in mobile biometric solutions like iris and fingerprint recognition. There is also an embedded Vision Processing Unit (VPU) that can recognize and analyze items and movements for better video tracking, panoramic image processing and machine vision technology.

That is not all. The Samsung Exynos 8895 is also the first mobile processor to integrate a gigabit LTE modem in the  industry that supports 5CA (Carrier Aggregation) for downlink, supporting maximum speeds of up to 1Gbps (Cat.16) as well as 2CA uplink with maximum speed of up to 150Mbps (Cat.13).

Samsung mentions that the Exynos 9 Series 8895 SoC is currently in mass production, though they do not provide any official word on the first device that will come with it. It won't be too much of a stretch to guess which one it will be though.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 Soc? How do you think the processor will fare against the competition? Let us know in the comments below!

Source 1: Samsung Newsroom Source 2: Samsung Semiconductor



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