Top 10 Smartphones – 2016

2016 has been a year of innovations with many smartphone manufacturers pushing the boundaries while others failed to gain the spotlight. In the following article, we will be reviewing the top 10 smartphones of 2016. Beginning in a descending order, the list goes

1. Google Pixel

Google has undoubtedly brought their best foot forward by creating the new Pixel lineup. The phone has been designed entirely by Google and is the only phone in our list where Android shines without any gimmicky manufacturer setup. Even though Pixel has a lot to love, however, Google did cut down at various spots which reduced our rating for the device. Despite all of that, Google’s Pixel is still the best Android phone.

Pros:

* Smooth Android Interface

* Best Smartphone Camera

* Palm-friendly

Cons:

* Peculiar Design

* No Stereo Speakers

* No Water Proofing

Specifications

Display Panels:

* Pixel XL: Quad HD

* Pixel: Full HD

Snappers:

* Rear: 12MP

* Front: 8MP

SoC: Snapdragon 821

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 3,450mAh

2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

S7 Edge, the larger of the two phones is bestowed with a beautiful curved design that makes it pleasing to hold and beautiful to look at. The edge display is an added bonus and maximizes screen real estate in a manner that is comfortable to the hands. Under the hood, the device is identical to the S7 except in terms of battery.

Pros

* Water Resistance

* Amazing Camera

* Premium Design

Cons

* TouchWiz

* Plastic Feel At Times

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 5.5-inch

* Resolution: 1440 x 2560

Snappers:

* Rear: 12MP

* Front: 5MP

SoC: Exynos 8890

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 3,600mAh

3. iPhone 7 Plus

The larger variant of the iPhone 7 is the best iPhone in the market. Coupled with two rear cameras, the phone allows for exceptional photography. Furthermore, there is additional RAM and battery which would give the phone a considerable advantage over its smaller counterpart.

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 5.5-inch

* Resolution: 1080 x 1920

Snappers:

* Rear: 12MP +12MP

* Front: 7MP

SoC: A10 Fusion Chip

RAM: 3GB

Battery: 2,900mAh

Pros

* Exceptional Camera

* Impressive Performance

* Water Resistant

Cons

* No Headphone Jack

4. iPhone 7

Apple decided to brush up their phones by giving minute cosmetic touchups in the designing department. It would not be wrong to say that the only changes made in the iPhone 7 from the iPhone 6 in terms of design are the shifting of antenna bands. However, the new iPhone 7 does come bundled in with additional features that give it a significant advantage over its predecessors.

First up, the phones have received a water resistant rating making them easier to work with. The SoC has also received an incredible bump which would allow for better battery optimization along with significant performance edge on other phones. The phone did lose on the headphone jack but made up for most of the deals by introducing minute changes that resonated well with the Apple audience.

Pros

* Water Resistant

* Great Camera

Cons

* No Clear Design Upgrade

* Battery Life Better But Still Unimpressive

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 4.7-inch

* Resolution: 750 x 1334

Snappers:

* Rear: 12MP

* Front: 7MP

SoC: Apple’s A10 Fusion Chip

RAM: 2GB

Battery: 1,960mAh

5. Samsung Galaxy S7

Even though Samsung has received a massive loss from its Note 7 lineup, however in the same year, Samsung’s S-Series performed spectacularly well. The phones are priced reasonably and offer one of the best camera experiences. There are minute occasions where TouchWiz becomes erratic; however, after recent updates, the OS has become quite tame. Endowed with exceptional processing prowess, Samsung’s S7 is not one to be messed with.

Pros

* Water Resistance

* Amazing Camera

* Premium Design

Cons

* Touch Wiz

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size:5.1-inch

* Resolution: 1440 x 2560

Snappers:

* Rear: 12MP

* Front: 5MP

SoC: Exynos 8890

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 3,000mAh

6. ZTE Axon

ZTE, a relatively new player in the flagship smartphone market came out with all guns blazing and offered a spectacular phone that blends both iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy S phones. The phone offers the best value for money and has high ambitions, promising to be the first phone to be Daydream ready when the platform gets setup. The phone is designed exceptionally well blessing it with a premium look and the Snapdragon processor underneath the hood fails to break even under massive stress.

Pros

* Dirt Cheap Considering Specifications

* High Performing Components

Cons

* Mediocre Camera

* UI Needs Polishing

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 5.5-inch

* Resolution: 1440 x 2560

Snappers:

* Rear: 20MP

* Front: 8MP

SoC: Snapdragon 820

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 3,250mAh

7. OnePlus 3

OnePlus, the company that managed to sway all heads ever since its inception came out with the third flagship killer in 2016 and boy was the phone packed with power. Furthermore, the phone offered a ridiculously good value for money. The company worked hard to do away with all the issues that fans had improving RAM optimization and streamlining the Android system. The design language of the phone has changed considerably and now the phone flashes a completely comfortable premium look.

Pros

* Perfect Value For Money

* Spectacular Performer

* Camera Still Underperforms

Cons

* Battery Life Isn’t Spectacular

* Display Panel Isn’t As Crisp As Other Flagships

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 5.5-inch

* Resolution: 1080 x 1920

Snappers:

* Rear: 16MP

* Front: 8MP

SoC: Snapdragon 820

RAM: 6GB

Battery: 3,000mAh

8. Moto Z

Motorola, the company that received a change of management as the company was bought off by Lenovo revealed one of their best smartphones of all time in the form of Moto Z. The phone borrows the modular phone idea from LG and implements it in an amiable manner. The add-on can be plugged in by an easy snap.

The phone is the thinnest smartphone on the planet. However, this came at a cost as the phone lost its headphone jack and had a reduction in the battery capacity. However, despite these issues, the phone is tough to compete against because it has received significant upgrades in other departments.

Pros

* Creative Accessorial Mods

* Thinnest Phone

Cons

* Reduced Battery

* Loss of Headphone Jack

* Huge Camera Bump

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 5.5-inch

* Resolution: 1440 x 2560

Snappers:

* Rear: 13MP

* Front: 5MP

SoC: Snapdragon 820

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 2,600mAh

9. LG G5

LG has been hard at work. The company has tried to differentiate itself from the rest of the market and in its quest has come up with the idea behind the G5. The phone is equipped with a spectacular camera and the ability to connect various upgradeable modules to bestow your phone with additional capabilities. The design is somewhat questionable; however, LG has definitely set a new trend in the market.

Pros

* Fantastic Performer

* Dual Camera Setup

Cons

* Poor Battery, but it is upgradeable

* Peculiar Design

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 5.3-inch

* Resolution: 2560 x 1440

Snappers:

* Rear: 16MP

* Front: 8MP

SoC: Snapdragon 820

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 2,800mAh (additional through modules)

10. HTC 10

HTC raised the bar for smartphones with the release of its HTC One M8; however, the successor to the device M9 didn’t quite catch the world’s attention leading people to believe that perhaps the golden days of HTC are long gone. But HTC didn’t let that failure define them and instead went back to their drawing boards and designed this amazing phone that has an elegant body, a light but premium feel and has a superb camera. Furthermore, HTC has also embedded an excellent audio system in the device which lets it pump high-quality audio.

Pros

* Elegant Design

* Amazing Audio Quality

Cons

* Camera (despite being better than predecessors is not great enough against the competition)

* Boomsound Not As Great As One Would Expect

Specifications

Display Panel:

* Size: 5.2-inch

* Resolution: 1440 x 2560

Snappers:

* Rear: 12MP

* Front: 5MP

SoC: Snapdragon 820

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 3,000mAh

Apple Leaks Reveal Details About MacBook Pro

Apple has scheduled a new event titled as Hello Again and as per rumors the company would be unveiling their new MacBook lineup in the event. A few days ago, Apple released the macOS Sierra update; the code of which contained hidden images of the highly anticipated and much-awaited MacBook Pro. If the images represent the finished product, then they shed light on more than a few details.

The first noticeable difference happens to be OLED touch strip above the keyboard which seems to be embedded with a Touch ID sensor. The strip is rumored to be called as the Magic Toolbar and might serve to push important notifications while also allowing the user to quickly make Apple Pay payments using their MacBook instead of authenticating their device with their iPhone or Apple Watch.

However, this new implementation has served to eliminate a few keys that people regularly use. The primary of which is the Escape key. Even though the Esc key is not as vital in the macOS, when compared to other operating systems, however, deleting it altogether would make many tasks more cumbersome. Considering Apple’s recent killing of the headphone jack makes this idea seem less farfetched. But, this depends primarily on how Apple implements the mechanism.

Other decipherable hints come in the designing department. It seems that the new Pro version would also employ the same butterfly mechanism as its 12-inch counterpart. It seems that audio system might also be getting an upgrade with the adoption of top-mounted speakers. The metal hinges also seems to have changed, however, a top-down view only serves this much.

The leaked image provides no idea on the connectivity ports and whether the new MacBook would feature the headphone jack. Similarly, nothing could be discerned about the performance of the laptop or what it packs under the hood. With just one day to go in the Hello Again event, it seems that most of our wait is over.

Samsung Confirms That Note Series Will Live

Samsung Electronics, a Korean conglomerate that is facing one of the biggest corporate nightmares for a smartphone company that is exploding cell phones. The fault occurred in the company’s premium flagship devices and was due to a faulty battery included in the smartphone. The problem was a major blow for the company and resulted in tainting the image of the Galaxy Note Series. The problem culminated in the form of a massive loss in the company’s value.

Samsung tried hard to reverse this process, making a worldwide recall of the sold smartphones. However, that didn’t work out so well, as the revised cell phones had similar reports of exploding batteries. This led to the company terminating the Note 7 altogether. The termination gave birth to various rumors such as the company pushing the Galaxy S8 earlier than its scheduled date. Another rumor was that the company is thinking of dumping the Note Series altogether, however Samsung has dispelled all these through their latest announcement.

Samsung has decided to offer an opportunity to Note 7 users in South Korea by announcing to allow users of Note 7 to upgrade to Note 8 at half the actual price. The price of the not-yet-unveiled smartphone was not revealed. This was announced amidst the ongoing recall program that is happening in South Korea. The company did not confirm whether this program would roll out to other countries.

This also confirms that the Galaxy Note lineup, one that has been Android fans’ favorite for a long time would still carry on. The company when questioned if this program would extend to other countries stated that this would depend on each country’s situation.

The announcement happens to be the latest incentive that Samsung Electronics has offered to Note 7 users in order to keep them loyal to the brand. In the US, the company is offering users $25 in credit when they refund their defective phone or if they decide to exchange it with another phone. Furthermore, if the user decides to upgrade to a Samsung phone, the credit will immediately bump up to $100.

Head-to-Head: Speed testing Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Plus

Google recently unveiled their smartphones titled as Pixel and it would not be wrong to say that the phones have Android fans drooling over them. The phone was jam-packed with cutting-edge specifications and seems to be holding the throne in the Android community as the Note 7 had a tough demise. Pixel devices also happen to be the first Android smartphones that are manufactured completely by Google. This has led many tech enthusiasts to question how the phone stacks up against Apple’s offering of 2017 that is the iPhone 7.

It would be interesting to note that Apple is king when it comes to optimizing software and hardware for a stellar mobile experience. Even though the company does not focus much on numbers and speeds, however for the past couple of years, the company has been able to outperform all of its rivals from the Android community with relative ease. This is because Apple has strict control over both its software and hardware end.

Google happens to be the only company in the vast market of Android smartphone manufacturers who have been able to mirror Apple’s actions. The Pixel line released by Google is a testament to that. Google has marketed the devices as being made by Google and rightly so. The company claims that they took no aid from their manufacturing partner, HTC or any other third-party for the designing of the Pixel phones. With the software control already in Google’s hands, the company would now be able to freely optimize their devices.

With that clarified, let’s move on to see how these devices stack up against each other. Briefly put, Google’s Pixel devices can hold their own, with the Pixel being able to outperform all Android phones. However, despite this, Pixel does not manage to outperform or even be neck-to-neck against Apple’s offering.

As far as raw benchmark scores go, Google scored 1565 whereas iPhone 7 Plus had a score of 3488 in Geekbench single-core test. In the multi-core setup, Pixel registered 4103 while iPhone had a score of 5590.

In real-world speed tests, Pixel manages to come close to the iPhone when it comes to lightweight applications. However, as far as heavy-duty applications or complex games that have 3D renders are concerned, Apple’s iPhone 7 shines brilliantly.

Android 7.1 Developer Preview Rolls Out To Beta Program Devices

Google recently unveiled their Pixel devices and as with every new phone released under the header of the search engine giant, the phone received an update in the Android Operating System. The Pixel devices were the first devices to run Android 7.1 out-of-the-box. However, the yet-to-be retired Nexus devices were not promised an upgrade nor a timeframe was given out as to when the update would roll out.

This infuriated the Nexus owners and many people were quick to call out Google on the lack of transparency after which the company promised that Nexus devices would be receiving the update before the year ends. However, the search engine giant made another shift to the timeline promising a developer preview for devices before the month is out. This announcement was made last week and as promised the Developer Preview has started rolling out to Nexus devices that are part of the Beta Program. The build number of the Developer Preview is NPF10C and the update is titled as Android N-MR1.

It should be noted that the developers at Android have labeled the upgrade as an incremental one; however, there are still plenty of goodies baked into the system which sweetens up the deal. Most of the changes are developer-facing, that is, the implementation would be dependent when games and other popular apps decide to integrate the changes into their applications.

Circular Icons

Many people were disappointed with the circular icons seen on the Pixel devices. However, circular icons are the direction that Google wishes to adopt and are being included in the update.

Image Support on Keyboard

Google has now expanded the type of content that users can send via their keyboards. The new keyboard allows users to send content such as GIFs and Stickers. Maybe, in the future, Google might also consider porting Gboard to Android.

App Shortcuts API

The Android team has listed an App Shortcut API which would allow developers to create shortcuts that are placeable in the user’s launcher. This resembles to Apple’s 3D Touch minus the elegance. Now users would be able to directly access various shortcuts of the application directly.

Storage Manager Intent

With the new devices, Google has focused much on storage. An app would directly take you to a settings page which would you in clearing unused files, thereby clearing storage.

The new update seems promising. However, we are yet to see how bug-free the new Android experience would be.

Google Pixel & Pixel XL: Review

Google, the search engine giant and the brains behind Android has been hard at work. In order to show how Android should work, the company formed the Nexus lineup of smartphones. However, surprisingly the company’s breed of Nexus phones was something in which Google contributed only ten percent in the designing bit with the third party manufacturer working on the remainder. In order to change that, Google created a new brand under its head named as Pixel with the first version of the Pixel being launched a few weeks earlier. Google’s phones come in two variants: a standard sized Pixel and a slightly larger phablet named Pixel XL. In the following article we will be reviewing both the variants.

Both the Pixel phones have been manufactured by HTC, however, Google had complete authority on the development and design this time around. Coincidentally, the first Nexus was also manufactured by HTC. The only difference in the two devices happens to be in display size and quality. The rest of the specification including the processor, RAM and even the camera is identical on the two devices.

DESIGN

The phones are manufactured using aerospace grade aluminum in a unibody metal design that is accentuated with Gorilla Glass. In the hand, the phones feel lighter than the usual HTC phones, however they seem sturdy and comfy to use.

CAMERA

During the event, Google unveiled that their phone’s camera received the highest DXOMark rating and they weren’t joking. The camera application sees the return of the HDR+ mode and the pictures clicked from both the phones were identical. However, the color ranges differed due to dissimilar display panels.

PERFORMANCE

Both the Pixel devices come equipped with Snapdragon 821 Processors which are snappier and less power-consuming than their predecessors Snapdragon 820. However, interestingly Google has capped the processor at 2.15 GHz rather than let the processors work on their maximum power of 2.4 GHz. Despite this the transitions worked with fluid-like smoothness and this is because Google has optimized the devices in such a way that the battery life gets conserved. The battery performance is also stellar with the Pixel devices outsmarting the Note 7 by five minutes before needing a power outlet.

PIXEL ADVANTAGE

Google wanted to value the customers who tap in to order their Pixel devices. So in order to sweeten the deal, the company opted to allow consumers to get Daydream VR for free on the preordering of the Pixel devices. Furthermore, the company has made it clear that it will restrict Google’s AI Assistant to Pixel devices. The cherry on top happens to be unlimited storage in Google Photos allowing owners to save pictures in their original resolutions.

Conclusion

Even though Google managed to make a few fumbles in the designing department and the rating of the phone is also IP53 which means it’s less resistant than both the iPhone and Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones. However, Google has laid a strong foundation with their Pixel devices and they definitely deserve applause for that.

How To Hide Applications On Android | Hide Android Apps

Have you ever suffered from a min panic attack whenever you are handing your phone over to someone else with you constantly monitoring the activity of that particular person who has access to your phone? Perhaps you have some applications that you want to keep private away from prying eyes. In any case, we will review some of the easiest way to inhibit access to or hide android applications that are displayed in your application launcher.

Hiding Applications On Android

Hiding applications on Android phone is easy with various applications both premium and free designed to cater to the task. Even though there are various manufactures who add such features by default. However, stock Android (even Nougat) does not come embedded with these features. Therefore, a third party application is needed to gain control.

Non-stock Launcher

The first and foremost way of hiding applications in Android is by using a non-stock launcher. There is an abundance of launchers on the Play Store which would give you plenty of options to choose from.

Nova Launcher

The widely used Nova Launcher is perhaps the best non-stock launcher available on the Play Store. Offering a wide range of options that give you granular control and fine tweaking your home screen according to your needs.

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher comes in two variants, a free version and a Prime version. While the free version is good enough to do many things however it is not provided with the ability of hide android apps. Once you purchase the Prime version you can hide android apps by

Nova Settings -> App & Widget Drawers -> Drawer Groups -> Hide Apps

Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher is another stand-alone launcher that offers the ability to hide apps Android, but does not require a paid upgrade. In order to access this:

Apex Launcher

Settings -> Drawer Settings -> Hidden Apps

Locking Apps

Even if you have hidden your applications, they still won’t be as secure as you want them to be. In order to secure android apps, there are a multitude of applications available that will lock access to the applications.

AppLock & AppLock – Fingerprint

Both applications support Fingerprint locking and security code locking. Once you access these applications, you can choose the applications you want to lock. After locking the applications, you would need to enter a security code or unlock the applications with your fingerprint. Furthermore, both these applications cannot be uninstalled unless you enter the security code. A premium version that removes ads and offers other upgrades is also available.

App Lock Fingerprint Unlock

Complete Covert Hiding

There are various applications that hide your applications without leaving a trace on your phone. Some of them are:

Hide It Pro

The application describes itself as a regular audio manager and allows you to safely hide your applications. Holding the audio manager logo of the application will allow you access to hidden files and applications. Several other features are also embedded in the application, but require separate add-ons to be installed.

Hide It Pro

Smart Hide Calculator

Same mechanism as the other application mentioned above. The application is a fully functional calculator that also allows you to hide android apps. However, it requires root permissions to be fully operational.

Smart Hide Calculator

Microsoft official confirms two Nokia Android phone coming in Q2 2017

The Nokia brand pretty much lost an active space from the smartphone manufacturing side for a good couple of years. However, it is still viewed favorably by many tech enthusiasts, primarily due to brand recognition and because of the company’s vivid legacy of feature phones. Despite its absence, many users were avidly waiting for the company to make a strong comeback, with many fan boys rooting the company for devising a Nokia branded Android smartphone. This hope and dream kept alive by leaks and rumors that kept surfacing regarding Nokia’s projects. The wait is however, over now as a confirmation by a Microsoft executive has stated that the second quarter of 2017 will witness at least two new Android-powered smartphones released under the Nokia brand.

How is Microsoft related to Nokia?

The Redmond-based company was responsible for acquiring Nokia back in 2013, with the deal being finalized in 2014 but later on, Microsoft decided to sell off the brand as Microsoft’s Windows Phone ecosystem didn’t gain much traction with Nokia and Lumia phones.

Present Day: Who owns Nokia?

Microsoft finalized the deal for selling Nokia off to another Finnish company, HMD Global. The company was formed by former executives on Nokia’s Panel namely Florian Seiche and Arto Nummela. The company has acquired commercial rights for the Nokia brand for a period of ten years.

The rumors about Nokia releasing new Android-powered devices comes from the CEO of Mobile Device Commodities at Microsoft Asia who stated that HMD Global has scheduled the launch of two products in the last quarter of 2016 with two new smartphones slated for a release in the second quarter of 2017.

This statement is in line with the previous reports that were released regarding Nokia which stated that Nokia is all set to release new smartphones in the market in 2017. The devices were rumored to be Android-powered and might have a flavor of Nokia with Nokia Z Launcher layered on top of the latest version of Android. The devices slated for end of the year have also been sprinkled with similar rumors stating that the device would be Android-powered having metallic housings and equipped with 2K displays. HDM Global is allowed to build Nokia-branded devices with full access to patents owned by Nokia; however we are yet to witness if the devices would roll out in the allocated timeframe.

Samsung Introduces Industry’s First Mass-Produced System-on-Chip Utilizing The 10-Nanometer FinFET Technology

Samsung Electronics, one of the key players in the technology industry is currently working on pushing an advanced semiconductor technology. The company announced today that they have started mass production of a SoC which would be utilizing the 10-nanometer FinFET technology. The first generation of SoC has been titled 10LPE. The interesting bit is the fact that this would be the first SoC in the industry that would be manufactured on a 10nm process.

The news comes after Samsung successfully produced the first FinFET based application processor for mobiles in January of 2015. Speaking to the media, Jong Shik Yoon who heads the Foundry Business at Samsung stated that this would be the first mass production of a SoC that would be utilizing the 10nm FinFET technology. Furthermore, Yoon also stated that Samsung could continue innovating and providing differentiated solutions to their consumers.

In order to manufacture the SoC, Samsung has utilized an advanced three-dimensional transistor structure which has made the SoC well equipped with process technology as well as design enablement., In comparison to its predecessor which was manufactured using a 14nm FinFET technology, there would be a substantial increase of over 30 percent in terms of area efficiency while a significant improvement of about 27 percent in the performance department. Additionally, the newly manufactured SoC would also consume 40 percent less power from its older counterpart. In order to overcome the limitations in scaling, Samsung has utilized newly developed techniques which include triple-patterning which would allow bidirectional routing while still retaining the design and flexibility in routing that was present in the prior nodes.

Samsung has also unveiled its roadmap, stating that first generation of processors 10LPE are already in the manufacturing zone whereas, the second generation, 10LPP which is expected to be equipped with a substantial performance boost would be unveiled in the second half of 2017. The company intends to incorporate these processor chips in a wide variety of applications and has stated that in collaboration with its consumers and partners, the company intends to cultivate a proper 10nm foundry ecosystem. This would thereby allow the inclusion of reference flow verification along with IPs and libraries.

According to the company SoC utilizing the 10nm process technology are expected to be launched early next year with widespread availability being promised as the year progresses.

Samsung About To Unveil A Reportedly Premium Chromebook; Just Like HP’s

Samsung Electronics is set to unveil a Chromebook this year and according to the recent rumors, it would be totally premium and in line with the latest Chromebook offering that was released by Hewlett-Packard, earlier this year.

Surprisingly, a new feature is in the works of being embedded in the Chromebook ecosystem and that is, a stylus. This would be the first time that nay Chromebook would be bestowed with a stylus and hints that the Chromebook would be following a more Android-like ethos from now.

Other specifications that have been slated for Samsung’s Chromebook includes a 12.3-inch display panel, fully equipped with touch screen capabilities and also endowed with a premium resolution of 2,400 by 1,600. The display would be able to rotate a complete 360 degrees and would come packed with slimmer than usual bezels and would have a chassis having minimal thickness of 0.5-inch. Furthermore the chassis is all-metal and would contribute to the complete weight of 2.38 pounds. The Chromebook would perform well with 4GB of RAM packed under the hood and the storage would be the standard 32GB which is the apparently the maximum storage for all cloud-centric Chromebooks. In the battery department, the device is set to perform for at least 10 hours.

Samsung has in many cases preferred its own breed of ARM processors and it seems that this time around, the Korean conglomerate has decided to stick with the same decision or at least that is what appeared on the Samsung Korea’s web page.

According to rumors, the device would be priced at a staggering $499 which is pricier when compared to the regular Chromebooks which sell between the price range of $199 and $399. However, despite that, the Chromebook is still cheaper when compared to Windows laptops which sport a similar resolution screen and an all-metal design while being less than 2.4 pounds.

It should be noted that none of the details have yet been confirmed by Samsung and the company is yet to comment on the matter.

Earlier this year, HP decided to unveil a premium Chromebook as well with the starting price being $499 and sporting stellar specifications such as the presence of a QHD+ display coupled with a 0.5-inch thick metal chassis. The offering had similar amount of RAM with an 8GB option also present. The differentiating factor was that the HP offering is equipped with either Intel Pentium 4405Y or the 6th Generation Skylake processors.