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MEIZU M6 Note with 5.5-inch display, dual cameras and Snapdragon 625 goes official

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“The M6 Note flaunts a pair of 12MP and 5MP cameras at the rear and a premium design” MEIZU has today unveiled its latest M Note series smartphone at an event in its home market of China. Dubbed the MEIZU M6 Note, the brand’s latest offering is a mid-range device with a premium metal unibody design, a fingerprint sensor embedded into its home button and a dual camera setup at the rear. MEIZU M6 note front Talking about the dual cameras first, the MEIZU M6 Note gets a 12MP main sensor at the rear, mated to another 5MP snapper. The phone comes with Sony IMX362 or Samsung 2L7 CMOS camera sensors, four LED flash units, Dual PD focussing technology that can focus on the subject in just 0.03 seconds, f/1.9 aperture and a 6P custom lens. For selfies, the phone gets a 16-megapixel shooter. MEIZU M6 Note FB As for the other specs, the MEIZU M6 Note offers a 5.5-inch full HD display, and boots Flyme OS based on Android Nougat 7.1.2. The phone is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The device comes in two RAM configurations – 3GB and 4GB, and three storage variants – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. A 4,000mAh battery with mCharge technology keeps the phone running. MEIZU EP52 MEIZU has also introduced a pair of earphones alongside the M6 Note called the EP52, which offer Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, waterproof design and eight hours of continuous usage on a single charge. Coming to the pricing, the MEIZU M6 Note with 3GB/16GB has been priced at RMB 1,099 (~Rs 10,500), the 3GB/32GB at RMB 1,299 (~Rs 12,500) and the 4GB/64GB at RMB 1,699 (~Rs 16,350). The phone will be available in China starting September 1st.

Posted Date:23/08/2017.

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Nuu Mobiles debuts in India with four VoLTE smartphones priced between Rs 9,999 and Rs 15,999

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“Nuu Mobiles has entered in the country with 4G and VoLTE-enabled handsets” Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacturer Nuu Mobiles has entered the Indian market. The company has debuted in the country with four 4G and VoLTE-enabled smartphones called the Nuu Q500, Q626, M3 and X5. The Nuu X5 is the most expensive offering of the lot, while the Nuu Q500 is the most affordable. Nuu X5 Talking about the Nuu X5 first, it is a mid-range offering with a zinc-aluminium alloy body and a fingerprint sensor. The phone offers a 5.5-inch full HD display, and boots Android Nougat. It comes with an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T SoC, mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The other specs include a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front shooter and a 2,950mAh battery. Nuu M3 The Nuu M3 offers a metal body and Android Nougat. It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 8MP/5MP cameras and a 3,200mAh battery. The Nuu Q626 features a glass front and back, a 5-inch HD display, a quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 8MP/5MP cameras. Lastly, the Q500 offers a metal body, a 5-inch HD display, a MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter. As for the pricing, the Nuu Q500 has been priced at Rs 9,999, the M3 at Rs 12,499, the Q626 at Rs 12,999 and the X5 at Rs 15,999. They will be available via major brick-and-mortar stores across the country starting September.

Posted Date:23/08/2017.

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Android O to be called Oreo? Watch the launch event live later today

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“Android O’s unveiling will be live streamed on the official website” Google is all set to announce the official name of the Android O (v8.0) later today. Ahead of the announcement, we have been treated with a number of leaks and reports saying Android O could be called Android Oreo. Now based on the filename for a video recently posted and pulled down on Google+, the Oreo name for the next Android iteration has almost been confirmed. Android Oreo name Google will be live-streaming the unveiling of Android O today. The countdown page reveals that the unveiling will be held in New York, and will be live-streamed on the website at 2:40pm EST (12:10am IST). The Android O page also has a link to live stream the solar eclipse set to occur today. Android O 8.0 will be rolled out starting tomorrow, and the Pixel and Pixel XL (review) smartphones will be the first ones to get it. Soon after, a number of other Android devices will be getting the upgrade.

Posted Date:21/08/2017.

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Coolpad Mega 4A and S1 Changer launching soon in India

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“The Coolpad Mega 4A is a budget offering, while the S1 Changer is a mid-range smartphone” Yesterday, Coolpad unveiled its latest smartphone called the Cool Play 6 (first impressions). At the launch event, the company also announced that it will be bringing the Coolpad Mega 4A and S1 Changer to India. While the brand hasn’t provided an exact time frame for the launch, it did mention that these phones will land in the country before Diwali. Coolpad mega 4A Coolpad hasn’t provided the full specifications of the Mega 4A at the moment. However, the brand did reveal that the smartphone will offer a 5-inch display, Android Nougat, dual-SIM slots and 16GB of storage. The phone will be priced at Rs 5,999, and will be available exclusively via major brick-and-mortar stores across the country. coolpad-changer-s1 As for the Coolpad S1 Changer (first impressions), the phone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor. The smartphone comes in three different variants: 4GB RAM / 64GB storage, 6GB RAM / 64GB storage and 6GB RAM / 128GB storage. For shooting, the smartphone employs 16MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front respectively. Coolpad has also joined hands with Harman Kardon to power the Changer S1’s speakers. Fuelled by a 4,070mAh battery, the smartphone will run Android Marshmallow with a skin of EUI 5.8 on top. There’s no word regarding its pricing at the moment.

Posted Date:21/08/2017.

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Exclusive: ASUS ZenFone 4 series to launch in India in September

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“The ASUS ZenFone 4 series will be landing in India by end of September” Earlier this month, ASUS introduced the ZenFone 4 series smartphones in Taiwan, with sales set to begin soon. Now 91mobiles has learned that the brand is all set to launch the ZenFone 4 series in the Indian market. While we don’t have an exact launch date, we have been informed that the company could launch these phones in the country by September-end, just before Dussehra. ASUS ZenFone 4 official To recap, ASUS introduced the ZenFone 4 series in multiple variants, including the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Max and ZenFone 4 Max Pro. ASUS ZenFone 4 series detailed specifications – ASUS ZenFone 4 Display – 5.5-inch full HD Super IPS+ Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 / Snapdragon 660 RAM and storage – 4GB / 6GB and 64GB Camera – 12MP+8MP rear snappers and 8MP selfie shooter Software- Android Nougat Battery – 3,300mAh ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro Display – 5.5-inch full HD Super IPS+ Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 RAM and storage – 6GB and 64GB Camera – 12MP+16MP rear and 8MP front Software – Android Nougat Battery – 3,600mAh ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Display – 5.5-inch HD IPS Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 RAM and storage – 4GB and 64GB Camera – 16MP rear and 20MP+8MP front Software – Android Nougat Battery – 3,000mAh ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Display – 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 RAM and storage – 3GB/4GB and 64GB Camera – 16MP rear and 12MP front Software – Android Nougat Battery – 3,000mAh ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Display – 5.5-inch HD Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 / Snapdragon 430 RAM and storage – 4GB and 64GB Camera – 13MP+5MP rear and 8MP front Software – Android Nougat Battery – 5,000mAh ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro Display – 5.5-inch HD Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 / Snapdragon 430 RAM and storage – 3GB and 64GB Camera – 16MP+5MP rear and 16MP front Software – Android Nougat Battery – 5,000mAh We expect ASUS will be revealing the pricing and availability of the ZenFone 4 series in India in the coming days, so stay tuned

Posted Date:21/08/2017.

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Gionee X1 with 5-inch HD display, fingerprint scanner and metal body launched for Rs 8,999

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“The Gionee X1 is a budget offering with a quad-core SoC, Android Nougat and VoLTE” Earlier this month, Gionee launched the A1 Lite smartphone in India. Today, the company has expanded its range of budget offerings in the country with the launch of the Gionee X1. The pocket-friendly smartphone features a premium all-metal unibody design, Android Nougat, a fingerprint sensor, 4G LTE and VoLTE support. Gionee X1 The Gionee X1 comes with a 5-inch HD display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, mated to 2GB of RAM. The storage on board is 16GB, which can be further increased up to 256GB by inserting a microSD card. The camera department includes 8-megapixel shooters on both front and rear. A 3,000mAh battery keeps the handset working. The Gionee X1 has been priced at Rs 8,999, and is being offered in black and gold. The phone will be available via major brick-and-mortar stores across the country. The launch offers include 10GB of extra data per month for six successive recharges for Airtel users and PayTM cashback offers.

Posted Date:21/08/2017.

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Videocon Metal Pro 2 with 5-inch HD display and Android Nougat launched for Rs 6,999

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“The Videocon Metal Pro 2 is a budget offering with a quad-core SoC, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage” Videocon has added a new budget smartphone to its portfolio in India with the launch of the Metal Pro 2. The pocket-friendly offering comes with a premium metallic back that’s available in two shades – gold and space grey. The entry-level phone runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box, and offers 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity options. Videocon Metal Pro 2 Coming to the other specs, the Videocon Metal Pro 2 offers a 5-inch HD display. The phone utilises a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, mated to 2GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 16GB, which can be further expanded up to 128GB by inserting a microSD card. The camera department includes a 13MP rear snapper with an LED flash and a 3.2MP front shooter. The dual-SIM offering is fuelled by a 2,000mAh battery. The Videocon Metal Pro 2 carries a price tag of Rs 6,999, and will be available via major brick-and-mortar stores across the country by the end of this month. The phone comes bundled with one-year subscription of Eros Now, a Gameloft game and 100 days replacement policy.

Posted Date:21/08/2017.

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Exclusive: Live images of JioPhone reveal presence of front camera

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“The JioPhone will let you make video calls through a front camera” JioPhone Leak-1At RIL’s 40th AGM last month, Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani officially unveiled the JioPhone – a feature phone with 4G VoLTE support. The official specifications and images of the device we received at the time pointed to a basic device with a 2.4-inch display, and a single VGA rear camera. However, 91mobiles has now managed to obtain live images of the JioPhone from a Delhi-based retailer, which show a device with a front facing camera. Do note, the background in the images has been blurred to protect the identity of the retailer. JioPhone Leak-2The images only give us a view of the front panel of the phone, where you can see a colour display, front camera and earpiece at the top and alphanumberic keyboard at the bottom. The green call button also has a small icon for video calling, which interestingly was also present on the official render. The official spec sheet of the JioPhone which we also received from the retailer doesn’t mention the front camera, so it’s possible that this is an entirely different model. We haven’t been able to confirm if this is the final device that will be made available to consumers, or if it will be a different variant that’s priced higher. JioPhone Leak-3Interestingly, the spec sheet we obtained also mentions Facebook, which confirms support for the social networking app. WhatsApp, unfortunately, isn’t listed, but is expected to be supported in the future. 91mobiles has also learned that retailers interested in selling the JioPhone would need to make pre-bookings with the company through the BHIM app. For customers, pre-booking for the JioPhone opens on August 24th, but you can register your interest in the device through the Jio website or SMS. While Reliance claims the JioPhone is ‘free’, customers will still need to make a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500, which they can claim on returning the device after a period of three years. There are also reports claiming Reliance might offer users a partial refund if they choose to return the device before the stipulated time frame.

Posted Date:20/08/2017.

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LG V30 appears in official looking render ahead of launch

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“The LG V30 will feature a bezel-less display and dual cameras” LG has already set the date for its much-awaited V30 flagship phablet launch, which will be unveiled at an event in Berlin on August 31st ahead of IFA. However, the leaks and rumours around the handset does not seem to be stopping. Now we have the best look at the upcoming device from all angles, courtesy the famed tipster Evan Blass aka @evleaks. We already know all the specs of the handset thanks to numerous leaks in the past. In the new image, we can see that the upcoming handset will feature an all metal design with a slight curve to the rear as well as front panel à la LG G6 (review). The bezel-less front of the handset has no physical buttons, whereas the rear panel is a home fingerprint scanner, horizontal dual camera module, LED flash and laser autofocus. The SIM tray and volume buttons are on either side of the device. For those in the dark, LG V30 will flaunt 6-inch P-OLED FullVision display (18:9) with QHD+ resolution. Also, the upcoming smartphone will feature f/1.6 aperture, the largest on any smartphone camera to date. To recap on the specs of the device, the handset is expected to come with a Snapdragon 835 SoC mated to 6GB RAM, a non-removable 3,200mAh battery, an IP68 rating for water resistance and a new ESS quad DAC.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Xiaomi to open its first Mi Home store in Delhi NCR on August 19th

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“Mi Home stores house the brand’s entire product portfolio” Earlier this year, Xiaomi opened its first Mi Home store in India in Bengaluru. Soon after, the company launched two additional Mi Home stores in the same city. Today, the brand has announced the launch of the first Mi Home store in Delhi NCR. The new store is part of the vendor’s plan to open 100 Mi Homes across the country in two years. Xiaomi Mi Home Delhi 91mobiles 01 The first Mi Home store in Delhi NCR is located in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. It will open to the public on August 19th at 10am. Xiaomi users can pre-book a device by paying a small fee from the company’s website and via its Mi smartphone app. After pre-booking, users can fix a slot when they want to pick up the device (s) from the Mi Home on August 19th. Xiaomi said that it already has 12 large format retail partners like Sangeetha, Poorvika and BigC across the country. The brand currently has 600+ Mi preferred partner stores in over 11 cities. Th pricing of Xiaomi smartphones in third-party offline stores is slightly higher than the online prices. However, in Mi Home stores, the products are priced the same as what’s listed online. At Mi Home stores, customers can experience and buy Xiaomi devices. These stores have the company’s entire smartphone portfolio and other products like accessories on display.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Exclusive: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact renders

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“Your first look at the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact” Sony is expected to unveil the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact at its pre-IFA event on August 31st. Yesterday, we saw leaked renders of the Xperia XZ1 flagship, and today, we’ve obtained exclusive factory CAD-based renders and a 360-degree video of the smaller Xperia XZ1 Compact in collaboration with @OnLeaks, who has a great track record when it comes to reliable pre-launch smartphone renders. Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact exclusive leak 91mobiles (2)From the images, it’s apparent that the XZ1 Compact follows almost the same design standard as the XZ1, albeit in a smaller, chunkier form factor. Notably, while the renders of the XZ1 show a device with rounded edges, the Compact version seems to have more geometrical, straight lines. The Xperia XZ1 Compact appears to be constructed entirely out of metal, with ample bezels on the top and bottom. Above the display, you can see the front camera, earpiece, sensors and Sony branding, while below is a cutout for the speaker. Given the small display size, we can expect capacitive Android navigation keys under the screen. Exclusive: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact renders 1 of 11 On the left spine, there’s a compartment to house the SIM card and microSD card slots. On the right, there’s a volume rocker followed by a power button, which is expected to integrate a fingerprint sensor. Below this lies Sony’s trademark camera shutter button. The bottom edge is home to a USB Type-C port and microphone, while the top edge features a 3.5mm audio jack and secondary microphone. The back panel features a single camera, with an LED flash and some sensors placed beside it. Xperia branding and an NFC logo complete the setup at the rear. As for the specifications, we can confirm that the XZ1 Compact will feature a 4.6-inch display, with dimensions of 129.5 x 64.5 x 9.4mm. The rest is just speculation at this point – earlier reports have indicated that the device will feature a HD resolution screen, along with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM and a 2,600mAh battery. We expect the device to run Android 7.1.1 at launch, with an upgrade to Android O in the future.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 series to get Android O update by mid-2018

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“The ZenFone 3 series will get the Android O update with ZenUI 4.0 by next year” Earlier today, ASUS unveiled its latest ZenFone 4 series smartphones at an event in Taiwan. The new ZenFone offerings are camera-centric devices with a premium metal design. ASUS has equipped the new ZenFones with Android Nougat and its custom ZenUI 4.0 skin on top. The company has also announced that the ZenFone 4 series will be upgraded to Android O. In addition, the brand has confirmed the same for the ZenFone 3 series. asus_zenfone_3_deluxe_4 At the event, the company said that the ZenFone 4 series smartphones will be getting the Android O update first. After this, the entire ZenFone 3 series range will be upgraded to the latest Android iteration, while the custom skin will move over to ZenUI 4.0. The brand didn’t reveal exactly when when the update will be delivered. However, ASUS has specified that Android O will be gradually rolled out to these devices until the end of the first half of 2018. It’s worth mentioning that ASUS has a bad track record when it comes to upgrading its devices to newer Android versions. But now, the brand aims to win back customers by assuring the latest Android O update to its previous and new ZenFone series devices.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop launched in India for Rs 1,29,999

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“The Helios 300 flaunts a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and up to GeForce GTX 1060 graphics” Last month, Acer launched the Nitro 5 gaming notebook in India. Today, the company has expanded its range of gaming notebooks with the launch of the Acer Predator Helios 300. The new Predator notebook is a flagship offering with a premium matte black chassis and the brand’s AeroBlade 3D fan, which is the world’s thinnest metal fan blade at only 0.1mm. Predator_Helios_300_04 Talking about the performance department first, the Predator Helios 300 notebook is powered by up to a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, mated with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop can be configured with either an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti graphics processor. The AeroBlade 3D fan inside the notebook keeps it cool while you play graphics-heavy games. Acer Predator Helios 300 As for the other specs, the Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display. It offers a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage. The notebook features a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, dual-band Wi-Fi, Ethernet port, a backlit keyboard, Dolby Audio Premium, Acer TrueHarmony, and Skype for Business. The Acer Predator Helios 300 has been priced at Rs 1,29,999. The gaming notebook will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting today.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Comio debuts in India with the budget C1, S1 and P1 smartphones, prices start at Rs 5,999

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“All three Comio smartphones are budget offerings with 4G, VoLTE and 32GB of storage” After making smartphones for many Indian brands like Micromax, Chinese original device manufacturer (ODM) Topwise has forayed into the Indian market with its Comio range of devices. The company has launched three smartphones under the Comio brand called the C1, S1 and P1. All three phones are budget offerings with 4G and VoLTE support. Comio S1 new Talking about the Comio C1 first, the phone offers a metal frame available in Mellow Gold and Space Black hues. It comes with Hi-Fi music to deliver an immersive media experience. The device offers a 5-inch HD IPS display, 1GB of RAM, a 2,200mAh battery, an 8-megapixel autofocus rear snapper and a 5-megapixel front shooter. The Comio S1 features a metal unibody design with curved edges and is available in Royal Black and Sunrise Gold hues. The phone offers a 5.2-inch HD IPS display and a fingerprint sensor. It comes with 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel autofocus rear snapper with an LED flash, an 8-megapixel front shooter and a 2,700mAh battery. The Comio P1 is the most high-end offering of the lot with a massive 5,000mAh battery, which is rated to deliver 24 hours of talk time and 30-days of standby time. The handset comes with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor. It gets a 13-megapixel rear snapper and an 8-megapixel front shooter with screen flash. All three Comio smartphones offer quad-core 64-bit MediaTek processors, Android 7.0 Nougat, 4G LTE, VoLTE (voice over LTE) support and 32GB of internal storage. The brand is offering a free one-time screen replacement within six months of purchase with these phones. As for the pricing, the Comio C1 has been priced at Rs 5,999. The Comio S1 costs Rs 8,999, while the Comio P1 will set you back by Rs 9,999. They will be available via major brick and mortar stores in North India in the coming week, and in West India from the third week of September. As part of the launch offer, Comio buyers will get 5GB of extra data with Reliance Jio. There’s also a Comio upgrade offer that allows you to get an assured 40 percent return on your old Comio handset when upgrading to another from the brand in the future.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 live images leaked

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“These images show off the upcoming Note8 in all its glory” The launch of Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy Note8 is barely a week away, but that doesn’t mean that the internet has to stop giving us more details about the phablet. While we’ve already seen renders of the latest offering in Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, now we have live images of the curvaceous bezel-less smartphone. The leaked images are in line with our exclusive renders of the device which we published in June. These images pretty much confirm what we’ve known so far – the Note8 is the enlarged Galaxy S8 / S8+ (review) with its 6.3-inch display, including the curved edges and minimal bezels. We can also see the fact that the device merges with the background while using its camera because of the all-screen front. Talking about the optics, the phablet will be the first offering from the South Korean giant with dual cameras, which are rumoured to be rated at 12-megapixels. Similar to the S8 duo, the Galaxy Note8 will have a combination of a metal and glass design. The fingerprint sensor is also visible at the rear. Thanks to the live images, the button and port placement of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 are also confirmed. Just like its siblings, the power button is available on the right spine, whereas the volume rocker and Bixby button are towards the right. The top hides the ejectable SIM slot. While there’s no image of the bottom edge, we can safely assume that you’ll find the 3.5mm audio interface and the USB-Type C port there. As per the leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 will be powered by Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. The dual cameras on the device are expected to offer 2x optical zoom. The S Pen-toting phablet is rumoured to draw power from a 3,300mAh battery. With the unveiling of the Note 8 set on August 23rd, we won’t have to wait for long to see if these specs are true or not.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Micromax Evok Dual Note with 5.5-inch full HD display and dual cameras launched, prices start at Rs 9,999

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“The Evok Dual Note comes in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants” Micromax has expanded its Evok series with the launch of the Evok Dual Note. Micromax Evok Dual Note The mainstay of the handset the 13MP + 5MP camera duo on the rear panel with Sony IMX258 sensors. The 5MP front selfie snapper is accompanied by a soft selfie flash. Speaking of the front panel, it comes with 5.5-inch display with full HD resolution, and a physical home button with a fingerprint scanner beneath it. Under the hood, there is MediaTek MT6750 SoC mated to either 3GB or 4GB RAM for multitasking and 32GB of expandable storage. The device is powered by a 3,000mAh battery, which can offer talk time of up to 11 hours. Other core features include 4G, VoLTE, USB OTG and USB Type-C. The newest dual camera device on the block is a Flipkart exclusive and will go on sale starting midnight on August 21st for Rs 9,999 onwards. The handset will be available in a gold hue, with an additional Prussian Blue colour for the 4GB variant. Micromax is offering Idea users 84GB of data with no daily limit and unlimited calling at Rs 443 for three months, on purchase of the handset.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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[Price drop]: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and A7 (2017) now available for Rs 22,900 and Rs 25,900 respectively

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“The Galaxy A5 and A7’s 2017 variants have received a permanent price drop of up to Rs 5,000 in India” Samsung has announced a price drop on the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones in India. The Galaxy A5 that was earlier retailing for Rs 26,900 is now available for Rs 22,900. The Galaxy A7 that was earlier being sold for Rs 30,900 is now retailing for Rs 25,900. The latest price drop is permanent, and the devices are available at the reduced price tags across channels in the country. samsung_galaxy_a5_galaxy_a7_2017_27 For a recap on the specs, the Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 variants flaunt metal and glass sandwich designs and IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. They come with fingerprint sensors, 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, NFC, Samsung Pay and fast charging support. They sport 16-megapixel cameras at both the front and rear. samsung_galaxy_a5_galaxy_a7_2017_15 Individually, the Galaxy A5 (2017) (review) offers a 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen, a 1.9GHz octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A7 (2017) (review) comes with a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display and a 3,600mAh battery, while the rest of its specs are similar to the Galaxy A5 (2017).

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Coolpad Cool M7 with 5.5-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 625 SoC launched in China

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“The Cool M7 is a mid-range offering with a premium design, 64GB of storage and a 13MP selfie shooter” Coolpad has expanded its range of Android smartphones with the launch of the Cool M7 in its home market. It is a mid-range offering that flaunts an all-metal unibody design and a fingerprint sensor integrated into its home button. The phone boots Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with a new Journey UI on top. Coolpad Cool M7 The Coolpad Cool M7 features a 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D curved glass display. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with Adreno 506 graphics and 4GB of RAM. The device comes with 64GB of expandable storage. The camera department includes a 12-megapixel rear snapper with f/2.2 aperture, dual-tone LED flash and a Sony IMX362 sensor, and a 13-megapixel front shooter with f/2.2 aperture and a 79.8-degree field of view. The connectivity features of the Cool M7 include 4G, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, and GPS with GLONASS. The phone is powered by a 3,200mAh battery. The Coolpad Cool M7 has been priced at RMB 2,699 (~Rs 25,900), and is up for grabs on Chinese e-tailer JD.com. It will go on sale in China from August 26th in Matte Black and Blue hues.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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MSI launches GT75VR Titan, GE63VR and GE73VR Raider gaming laptops in India starting at Rs 1,49,990

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“MSI’s new notebooks pack powerful hardware to deliver an immersive gaming experience” Taiwan-based notebook manufacturer MSI has launched three new gaming laptops in India dubbed the GT75VR Titan, GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider. The brand’s new gaming-centric notebooks flaunt the latest 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA’s latest-gen graphics processors, and are VR ready as well. MSI GT75VR Titan Talking about the MSI GT75VR Titan first, the notebook flaunts a Rapid Mechanical RGB keyboard made by SteelSeries that offers tactile feedback. Users can customise the backlight colour of every key.The notebook features a 17.3-inch full HD display, and is powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU with over 4GHz overclock speed. There’s 32GB of RAM on board alongside a 512GB SSD, a 1TB HDD, and Killer N1535 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipset. The laptop can be configured with three different NVIDIA GPUs including the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 SLI and GTX 1070. The notebook also offers a sophisticated cooling system, True Color Technology 2.0, NAHIMIC VR, an upgraded Dragon Center and more. The MSI GE63VR and GE73VR Raider laptops come in 15-inch and 17-inch variants. They come with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070 GPUs, per-key RGB backlit gaming keyboard by SteelSeries, an advanced cooling solution called Cooler Boost 5, sharper HDR ready visuals, Giant Speakers by Dynaudio, Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSDs, 1TB HDDs, and Killer N1435 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipsets. As for the pricing, the MSI GT75VR Titan is the most expensive offering at Rs 3,24,990. The MSI GE73VR Raider and GE63VR Raider cost Rs 1,85,990 and Rs 1,49,990 respectively.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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Teaser by designer Philippe Starck shows what the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 could look like

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“The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 appears to have even slimmer bezels than the Samsung Galaxy S8” Xiaomi is all set to launch the successor to the Mi Mix smartphone in the second half of this year. Ahead of the unveiling, we have already seen a number of leaks and reports regarding the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 flagship. Now Phillippe Starck, the French designer tasked with designing the Mi Mix 2, has posted a teaser video of the phone. XIaomi Mi Mix 2 teaser The video reveals that the Mix 2 will have even slimmer bezels than its predecessor. The phone will have practically no bezels on the top, and both sides of the screen. However, below the display, you will a little bit of a chin. It appears that just like its predecessor, the Mi Mix 2 will also have its selfie camera integrated into the bottom bezel. The teaser confirms reports that suggested that the Mi Mix 2 will flaunt a screen-to-body ratio of 95 percent. Furthermore, the teaser reveals that the Mi Mix 2 will feature a metal frame running around the sides, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom, alongside two speaker grills. The phone will boast a slimmer waistline than its predecessor. It’s worth mentioning that Starck’s teaser video for the Mi Mix 2 has a fine print at the bottom that reads “Conceptual Product Design WIP v3”. It appears to be a work in progress prototype of the device, so the final device could look a tad different

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Max go official alongside their Pro variants

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Tweet “The ZenFone 4 series smartphones deliver impressive camera features” ASUS has been teasing the launch of the ZenFone 4 series smartphones for a while. Today, the company has officially launched the ZenFone 4 devices in alongside their Pro variants at an event in Taiwan. The newly launched devices include the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Max and ZenFone 4 Max Pro. The ZenFone 4 Max was already unveiled a couple of weeks ago. ASUS ZenFone 4 official Starting with the ZenFone 4, the phone sports a premium metal unibody design with a fingerprint sensor that’s integrated into its home button. The device flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD Super IPS+ display, and boots Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone comes with Snapdragon 660 SoC in some markets and Snapdragon 630 in others. The handset offers 4GB or 6GB of RAM, coupled with 64GB of storage expandable up to 2TB. It brings a 3,300mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DTS Headphone: X 7.1 channel surround sound support. As for the camera features, the ZenFone 4 gets a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor at the rear with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and OIS, aided by an 8MP Omnivision 8856 sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 120-degree lens. In the front, the handset sports an 8-megapixel Omnivision 8856 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree wide-angle lens. ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro official photo The biggest star of the ZenFone 4 series is indeed the ZenFone 4 Pro. This one flaunts the top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, mated to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone boasts a 12MP Sony IMX362 camera at the rear with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, Qualcomm’s Spectra 180 sensor, TriTech+ autofocus technology and ASUS SuperPixel picture engine. The main sensor is aided by a 16MP Sony IMX351 sensor with a 2x optical zoom lens. In the front, it offers an 8MP Sony IMX319 snapper with f/1.9 aperture. The handset is also fitted with a beefier 3,600mAh battery. ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie official Coming the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie, the phone gets dual cameras on the front rather than the rear. The selfie camera setup includes a 20MP snapper, aided by an 8MP shooter. At the rear, it gets a 16-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus. The other specs include a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, a Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery. The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro offers a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor on the front with an f/1.8 lens that can be set to produce 24MP output, which the company is referring to as the 24MP DuoPixel feature. This shooter is also accompanied by a 5MP Omnivision 5670 sensor with f/2.2 aperture. At the rear, it gets a 16-megapixel Sony IMX351 shooter with f/2.2 aperture and SuperPixel picture engine. This one packs a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery. ASUS ZenFone 4 Max official The ZenFone 4 Max offers a 5.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 425 or 430 SoC depending on the region, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery, a 13MP + 5MP dual camera setup at the rear, and an 8MP selfie snapper. The ZenFone 4 Max Pro offers a 16MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup, a 16MP selfie shooter, up to 3GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage and a 5,000mAh battery. Its display size is the same as the ZenFone 4 Max. ASUS ZenFone 4 series official As for the pricing, the ZenFone 4 will be available starting at $399 (~Rs 25,600), while the ZenFone 4 Pro will cost $599 (~Rs 38,400). The ZenFone 4 Selfie starts from $279 (~Rs 17,900), while the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro will set you back by $379 (~Rs 24,300). Pricing of the ZenFone 4 Max variants will be announced soon. The company has also revealed that the ZenFone 4 series devices will be upgraded to Android O, followed by all the ZenFone 3 series smartphones.

Posted Date:19/08/2017.

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iBall Talkathon49 Bluetooth headset launched for Rs 2,195

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“The headset features six-hour battery life and a 10-metre range” iBall has added a new Bluetooth headset to its ever-growing roster of products. Dubbed the iBall Talkathon49, the Bluetooth headset has been priced at Rs 2,195 and comes with a one-year warranty. iBall Talkathon49 featured The iBall Talkathon49 boasts a six-hour battery life and comes with a range of up to 10 metres. The headset can be paired with two devices simultaneously and also comes with clear-voice-call (CVC) noise reducing technology. iBall is also bundling a free case to store the headset.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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Nokia 5 will go on sale across India starting tomorrow

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“The Nokia 5 is a budget offering with a 5.2-inch HD display, a fingerprint sensor and Android Nougat” After delaying the availability of the Nokia 5 in India, HMD Global recently announced it would make the device available in the country by mid-August. Today, the company has announced that the phone will finally go on sale across India starting tomorrow via major brick-and-mortar stores. Nokia-5-first-impressions-91mobiles-01_thumb.jpg The Nokia 5 budget smartphone has been priced at Rs 12,499. The phone will be available in four different hues – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper. The launch offers for the device include 5GB of data per month at Rs 149 per month for three months for Vodafone users and Rs 2,500 discount on hotels and domestic flights booking on MakeMyTrip. To recap on the specs, the Nokia 5 (first impressions) features a 5.2-inch HD display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, mated to 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 505 GPU. The phone offers 16GB of storage, a 13MP primary snapper, an 8MP front shooter, a fingerprint sensor, Android Nougat and a 3,000mAh battery.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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The OnePlus 3 and 3T won’t get any major updates after Android O

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“The OnePlus 3 and 3T will continue to get future security patches” Soon after Google released the first developer preview of Android O, OnePlus was one of the first companies to announce the latest software update for some of its devices. The company’s CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the OnePlus 3 (review) and3T (review) will be getting the Android O update later this year. Now in a Q&A on the brand’s forums, Oliver Z, the Head of Product at OnePlus has revealed a few more details about the future of software updates for the OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones. Android O_featured Z has revealed that the OnePlus 3 and 3T won’t be getting any major software updates after they get the Android O update. However, the company will continue to release security patches for these devices for the foreseeable future, and offer support for individual app updates. The Android security patches for these phones will be released soon. These devices will also be getting the OxygenOS 4.5 build in the next one or two months. The OnePlus 3 and 3T will catch up with the OnePlus 5 (review) in terms of the OxygenOS version. However, some features from the latest flagship will not be available to the earlier phones like Reading Mode, off-screen gestures and DCI-P3 screen calibration, since they don’t have the compatible hardware. The company’s Head of Product has also revealed that after the OnePlus 3 and 3T get the Android O update, the Open Beta program for the OS will be moving to the OnePlus 5 flagship.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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LG reveals UX 6.0+ features for the V30, V30 Plus leaked as well

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“The V30 will come with a Floating Action Bar and Face Recognition” LG is all set to unveil the next-gen V series flagship, the V30, at a pre-IFA event on August 31st. Ahead of the unveiling, the company recently revealed the key camera specifications of the flagship. Now, the brand has revealed that the phone will come with the new LG UX 6.0+ alongside detailing key features of the new UI. In addition, a report by etnews claims that the LG V30 and V30 Plus will launch at the same time. LG V30 floating Action Bar The new UX 6.0+ will debut on the V30. The new UX has been optimised to work even better with the immersive 18:9 OLED FullVision display of the phone. We already know that the LG V30 will be ditching the secondary display, a major feature present on its predecessors. Instead, the UX 6.0+ on the V30 will offer a secondary Floating Bar. The semi-transparent Floating Action Bar will offer quick access to frequently used functions, and can be dragged completely off the display when not needed. LG V30 Always On The UX 6.0+ will also come with a configurable Always-on Display, Face Recognition security feature, Voice Recognition capabilities thanks to Qualcomm’s Aqstic voice UI technology, and Haptic Feedback. As for the V30 Plus variant, etnews claims that the phone will be launched alongside the V30 in Berlin on August 31st. The V30 will get 64GB of storage, while the V30 Plus will offer 128GB of storage. The Plus model is also expected to come with an advanced audio system and wireless charging. The V30 will be priced at 8,00,000 KRW (~Rs 44,990), while the V30 Plus will cost one million KRW (~Rs 56,200). Both the phones are said to go on sale on September 15th.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 to allegedly feature up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

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“The Mi MIX 2 is expected to offer a higher screen to body ratio than its predecessor” Earlier this year, Xiaomi’s CEO confirmed that the brand will launch the Mi MIX 2 flagship in the second half of this year. Recently, the phone was spotted on the benchmarking website Geekbench with a couple of key specifications. Now a new report from MyDrivers claims to have revealed more features and th alleged pricing of the upcoming Xiaomi flagship. xiaomi-mi-mix-fb As per the report, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will feature a higher screen to body ratio than its predecessor. The phone will also arrive in a bright silver variant. The device will come in two RAM and storage configurations – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. The former will set you back by RMB 3,999 (~Rs 38,400), while the latter will cost RMB 4,999 (~Rs 48,000). As per the earlier reports, the device will feature a 6-inch display from JDI. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, mated to a 3,400mAh battery. The camera department is said to include a 12MP Sony IMX386 rear snapper and a 5MP front shooter. The MyDrivers report also suggests that the Xiaomi MI MIX 2 will be unveiled on September 12th. It appears that the brand is launching the phone just before Apple is expected to unveil its bezel-less iPhone 8.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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The ZTE Blade Z Max is a budget phone with dual cameras and a 4,080mAh battery

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“The Blade Z Max is a budget offering with a 6-inch display, dual cameras and a massive 4,080mAh battery” ZTE has expanded its range of Z series smartphones with the launch of the Blade Z Max. The phone comes as the successor to last year’s ZMax Pro. Similar to its predecessor, the Blade Z Max brings loaded specs for a budget. At just $129 (~Rs 8,260), the phone offers a dual camera setup at the rear and a beefy battery under the hood. ZTE Blade Z Max The ZTE Blade Z Max features a combination of 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras at the rear. The phone allows you to choose from a number of modes like bokeh, monochrome and portrait. In the front, the device gets an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The handset features a textured back panel with a fingerprint sensor. The Blade Z Max gets a 6-inch full HD IPS LCD display with a layer of 2.5D curved Dragontrail glass. It utilises a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC, mated to 2GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 32GB, which can be further increased up to 128GB. The 4,080mAh battery under the hood supports Quick Charge 2.0 and delivers up to 31 hours of talk time. The Android Nougat-powered offering comes with a headphone jack and a USB Type-C port. The phone is up for pre-order from the US telecom operator MetroPCS. There’s no word on when the brand is planning to launch the device outside the US at the moment.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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Sound One Compact Power Banks with dual and triple USB ports launched for Rs 1,199

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“Both power banks flaunt a capacity of 10,000mAh and LED flashlights” The Hong Kong-based portable audio device brand, Sound One is foraying into the Indian market, with a couple of power banks. The brand today announced Sound One Compact Power Bank Dual USB Port 10000mAh and Sound One Compact Power Bank 3 USB Port 10000mAh, both of which are made in India. Sound One 3 port charger - IMAGE The common denominator of both these power banks is the capacity, which stands at 10,000mAh for both, with 2.1A output for fast charging. They also come with features like intelligent PCB circuit and multi-level protection modules to safeguard your smartphone. These portable and light-weight devices also feature LED flashlights and light indicators. Also, as the names suggest, one of them come with two USB ports, whereas, the other features three USB ports to let users charge multiples devices at once. The brand has announced that both power banks will be up for grabs on Amazon, Ebay and other selected retail outlets in the country. Both devices have been launched for a special introductory price of Rs 1,199 on the occasion of Independence Day.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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Google Pixel 2 to be manufactured by HTC, feature a squeezable ‘Active Edge’ frame

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“The Pixel 2 is expected to flaunt the same squeezable frame found on the HTC U11 flagship” Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 flagship smartphones later this year running Android O. Ahead of the unveiling, we have already seen a number of leaked images and renders of these phones. Now, the alleged Google Pixel 2 has stopped by the FCC certification agency website, which has revealed quite a few details about the upcoming flagship. Google Pixel 2 FCC leak The application for the next-gen Google Pixel on FCC has been filed by HTC, which confirms the brand as the manufacturer. The sample screenshots included in the FCC documentation suggest that HTC is bringing its squeezable frame from the U11 flagship (review) to the Pixel 2. The feature will be called ‘Active Edge’, and it will allow you to activate Google Assistant by squeezing the device. The Pixel 2 spotted on the FCC runs Android 8.0.1 with the August 5th, 2017 security patch, which could be the near-final build of the next Android version. The certification website lists the device with 64GB of built-in storage, but we expect more storage options to be available as well. Lastly, the number “8998” in the baseband information suggests that the phone could be powered by either the Snapdragon 835 or the upcoming Snapdragon 836 chipset. We will have to wait until mid-October to get an official confirmation from Google regarding the features of the Pixel 2.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A allegedly spotted on TENAA in multiple configurations

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“The Redmi Note 5A will come in different processor, RAM and storage variants” The successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (review), the Redmi Note 5, has been the subject of a number of reports in the past, but is yet to be officially unveiled. Now it appears that the company is already working on an affordable variant of the phone, which will be launched as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A. Ahead of the unveiling, the device in question has allegedly been spotted on the Chinese certification website TENAA in multiple variants. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A TENAA FB As per the certification website, there will be two higher-end models of the Redmi Note 5A featuring 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. It’s not clear from the listing, but they are expected to utilise a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. These models will offer a 16-megapixel rear snapper and a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. The lesser-specced variants of the Redmi Note 5A are listed on TENAA featuring 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The SoC of these models is also not clear, but they are expected to feature a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset. These variants will come with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter. The four variants of the Redmi Note 5A are expected to come with different network configurations, which is why there are separate listings. The common specs of all the Redmi Note 5A devices detailed by TENAA include 5.5-inch HD displays, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Infrared sensors, microSD card support up to 128GB, fingerprint sensors and 3,000mAh batteries. If the reports are to be believed, the company could unveil the Redmi Note 5A on August 21st in China in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro with 5 ATM water resistance to reportedly be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note8

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“The Gear Fit2 Pro will be launched globally on August 23rd” It is now no secret that Samsung has scheduled an event for August 23rd, where it plans to launch the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, the brand will also launch the next generation of its GearVR headset and its latest fitness smartband, the Gear Fit2 Pro, according to a report by VentureBeat. Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro The Gear Fit2 Pro builds up on the last generation Gear Fit2 and is powered by the brand’s own Tizen OS. The new fitness band flaunts 5 ATM water resistance, which means it can survive underwater up to 165 feet. To make full use of the same, the device can be synced with the Speedo On app for swim tracking. It features GPS, similar to its predecessor. Additionally, the fitness band comes with a music playback option, which also can be used to play offline tracks from Spotify. One of the grievances with the Gear Fit2 was the flimsy snap clasp, which has been taken care of as Gear Fit2 Pro comes with a more conventional watch clasp. Compatible with both Android and iOS, the new fitness tracker will come with a year’s subscription to Under Armour’s premium tier of digital services. While we know that the device is coming on August 23rd, the pricing has not been revealed yet. Stay tuned to know more in the coming weeks.

Posted Date:16/08/2017.

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HTC U11 Life with Edge Sense and 5.2-inch full HD display to come later this year

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“The HTC U11 Life will flaunt IP67 certification and USonic earbuds” The Taiwanese handset maker, HTC recently launched its flagship device, the HTC U11 (review) with the unique Edge Sense feature, earlier this year. Now, the brand is all set to add another handset viz. HTC U11 Life to the lineup. HTC-U11-Life-front-AA The upcoming smartphone will come flaunting a 5.2-inch Full HD display on the fascia and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. It has been revealed that the device will come with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 with 32GB of expandable storage, while the amount of RAM is not known as of now. On the optics front, the handset gets the same 16MP front camera as the U11, and a 16MP rear camera with phase detection auto focus. However, the mainstay of the handset is the proprietary Edge Sense, which was first seen on the HTC U11 and lets users perform tasks by simply squeezing the sides of the device. It has also been confirmed that the handset will flaunt IP67 certification and come with HTC USonic earbuds with active noise cancellation included in the box. As of now, there has been no confirmation regarding the pricing of the upcoming U11 Life, except for the fact that it would be a toned-down version of the HTC U11 and land sometime later this year.

Posted Date:12/08/2017.

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Samsung unveils a range of headphones and wireless speakers in India, prices start at Rs 1,899

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“The company has unveiled three speakers and two earphones in India” Samsung has expanded its range of audio accessories in India by launching a range of products. The company has launched three speakers, a pair of in-ear type Bluetooth headphones and a pair of in-ear wired headphones. Samsung Bottle SpeakerThe first of the three speakers launched by Samsung is called the Level Box Slim which boasts a compact design and an IPX7 rating for protection against water. The speaker ships with a 2,600mAh battery which offers up to 30 hours of music playback and also functions as a portable charger for smartphones and tablets. The speaker also features a built-in mic which has been backed by noise-reduction and echo-cancellation technology to ensure good call quality. The second speaker in Samsung’s latest range of accessories is the Bottle design speaker. The speaker offers a 360-degree surround sound experience and comes with mood-lighting which can be tweaked to showcase different patterns via the Lux Manager app. The company claims that the speaker can last buyers up to four hours with the LED lights and the music playing in the background. However, buyers can up extend the battery life up to 8-hours with the LED lights off. Furthermore, buyers can charge the speaker via a standard microUSB port or even opt for wireless charging with the Bottle speaker. Samsung Scoop designFinally, the company has also unveiled the Scoop design speaker, which comes with a splash-resistant design and features up to eight hours of music playback. The speaker also gets a built-in mic, which is again backed by the company’s noise-reduction and echo-cancellation technology. Moving on the earphones, Samsung has launched the Level Active Bluetooth earbuds which come with a splash-resistant design and S-Health app integration. Buyers can monitor their workout via the Active Key function of the Level Active earphones and see their progress on the S-Health app. Specs-wise, the earbuds are powered by a 5mm dynamic unit and come with two microphones. The earbuds support Qualcomm’s apt-X and SBC codec and stream music over Bluetooth 4.1. A 100mAh battery powers the entire package which the company claims offers up to 250 hours of standby time. Level-Active_Main_2 Lastly, the company has launched the in-ear Rectangle design headphones which come with a 10mm dynamic woofer unit and an 8mm tweeter unit. The earphones feature a flat-style cable, get a built-in remote for music playback and connect to compatible devices via a 3.5mm headphone jack. As for the pricing, the Samsung Level Bo Slim is available for Rs 6,699 while the Bottle speaker will set interested buyers back by Rs 4,999. The Scoop speaker retails for Rs 2,799 with the Level Active earphones cost Rs 4,999. Last but not the least, the Rectangle headset can be picked up for Rs 1,899.

Posted Date:12/08/2017.

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Micromax to launch its first Infinity series smartphone with a bezel-less display on August 22nd

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“The Infinity series from the brand will bring bezel-less displays to the affordable segment” One of the most popular trends that caught on this year has to be the Infinity displays with bezel-less form factors, first introduced by the likes of the LG G6 (review) and Samsung Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8 Plus (review). It was only a matter of time before other brands followed suit and now it seems that Micromax is joining the bandwagon. image001 Micromax has been teasing the new Infinity series for a while, and has now sent out media invites for the launch event. The invite says “Let’s put a number to Infinity“, along with the date of the event on August 22nd. It also gives us a glimpse of the first handset to launch in the series and shows off its front panel. The image clearly indicates that the upcoming smartphone will sport a bezel-less fascia with rounded corners. While the specs of the handset is yet to be revealed, it’s expected to pack a Snapdragon SoC and powerful optics. While Micromax will be launching one handset from the range on the 22nd, the brand plans to launch three devices from the series before Diwali. Notably, LG launched its Q6 smartphone recently with a bezel-less screen and aspect ratio of 18:9 in the mid-range. Micromax is also expected to make such displays mainstream and affordable with the Infinity series.

Posted Date:12/08/2017.

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OPPO F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition in Rose Gold launched for Rs 19,990

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“The OPPO F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition flaunts the actress’ signature and initials on the rear” OPPO is known for launching limited edition variants of its existing devices. It has now added another such device to its porfolio – the OPPO F3 (review) Deepika Padukone Limited Edition. OPPO F3 Deepika Limited Edition (2) The new OPPO F3 variant comes in a Rose Gold colour and has the signature of the actress etched on the rear panel. Another addition to the handset is the specially designed logo with Padukone’s initials. Apart from the cosmetic changes, the new launch is identical to the regular variant. To recap, it comes with a dual camera setup on the front comprising of 16MP and 8MP sensors. The handset features a 5.5-inch inch full HD display. At its core, the device has a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek processor mated to 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. Other salient features of the handset include Android Marshmallow, a 13MP rear snapper, 4G, VoLTE and a 3,200mAh battery. The OPPO F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition has been priced the same as the regular variant – Rs. 19,990. It will be up for grabs starting August 21st from Flipkart and all offline stores across India.

Posted Date:12/08/2017.

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Ziox Duopix with 5-inch HD display and dual selfie cameras announced

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“The Ziox Duopix is a budget smartphone with dual selfie cameras” Ziox has announced its latest smartphone series in India called Duopix. As the name suggests, it will comprise of dual camera phones. The Ziox Duopix is the debut device from the brand in this series. Sushant Singh Rajput -Brand Ambassador of Ziox Mobiles The front panel of the handset features a 5-inch display that comes with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and pixel density of 296ppi. While the SoC powering the handset has not been revealed, it has 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of expandable storage. The mainstay of the handset, however, is the 8MP + 2MP selfie shooter on the front, with the latter being a wide angle sensor. There’s an 8MP camera module on the rear panel with LED flash. The Ziox Duopix is powered by a 2,500mAh battery, which also comes with support for quick charging. It boots Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and offers support for 21 regional languages, dual-SIM, 4G and FM Radio. Ziox has not revealed information regarding the pricing and availability of the device in India as of now. However, it did mention that the Duopix will be available across all retail stores in a few weeks’ time.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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Lenovo K8 Note with dual cameras and Helio X23 SoC launched in India, prices start at Rs 12,999

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“The Lenovo K8 Note flaunts Dolby Atmos and Theatermax support” Lenovo has launched the newest member of its K Note series in India, the K8 Note. Also, with this smartphone the brand is finally getting on the dual camera bandwagon in India. The new smartphone features a metal unibody design and flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass and a splash resistant coating. At its core, the handset has a MediaTek Helio X23 deca-core chipset (4 x 1.4GHz + 4 x 1.53GHz + 2 x 2.2GHz). It comes in two variants – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. On the imaging front, the device gets 13MP + 5MP dual rear cameras with bokeh effects. There’s a 13MP snapper with a selfie flash for low light imaging. The device runs a stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is powered by a 4,000mAh battery. There is also a dedicated music button on the left spine of the handset, which can be mapped to open a certain app, start camera, turn on the flashlight or take a screenshot. The dual-SIM handset supports VoLTE and ViLTE, and comes with a dediated microSD card slot for expansion. The Lenovo K8 Note is available in two hues – Fine Gold and Venom Black. While the 3GB + 32GB variant is priced at Rs 12,999, the 4GB + 64GB option will set you back by Rs 13,999. The device will go on sale on August 18th via Amazon India.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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ASUS ZenFone 4 and Zenfone 4 Pro specs and price revealed

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“The ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro are expected to go official on August 19th” ASUS has been teasing its next generation of ZenFone devices on social media for a while now, ahead of the launch later this month. Now, we have some clarity regarding the specs and price of the ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro. Also, according to the recent leak, the Zenfone 4 is expected to be priced at ~$400 (~Rs 25,500) and the ZenFone Pro at ~$650 (~Rs 42,000). The notable tipster, Roland Quandt has revealed in a series of tweets that ASUS ZenFone 4 will come with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, whereas the ZenFone 4 Pro will have 6GB of RAM with 64GB storage storage. On the spec front, the ZenFone 4 will have the Snapdragon 630 chugging at its core and ZenFone 4 Pro will feature the top-end Snapdragon 835 SoC. Both smartphones will flaunt dual camera modules on the rear panel, details of which are yet to be known. While there is no concrete information regarding the ZenFone 4, we do know that the Pro variant will have a 5.7-inch display with quad-HD resolution. ASUS is slated to unveil the ZenFone range on August 19th, which is expected to include the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4V. It’s worth mentioning that the company already announced one model called the ZenFone 4 Max last month.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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Karbonn A41 Power with 4-inch display and VoLTE launched for Rs 4,099

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“The Karbonn A41 Power features Android 7.1 Nougat and a 2,300mAh battery” Karbonn has launched a new entry-level smartphone called Karbonn A41 Power in India. This handset happens to one of the most affordable 4G VoLTE-enabled options in the Indian handset market. Karbonn-A41-Power The front panel of the A51 is adorned by a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The Android 7.1 Nougat booting smartphone comes with an unknown 1.3GHz quad-core processor mated to 1GB of RAM. It 8GB of onboard storage, which can be further expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. On the imaging front, there is a 2MP camera with LED flash on the rear panel and VGA (0.3MP) snapper on the front. The handset sips power from a 2,300mAh battery. Karbonn is offering the newest launch in Black-Champagne, Black-Red, and White-Champagne colour options. The device can be picked up online as well as via offline retailers for a price tag of Rs 4,099.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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Gionee A1 Lite with 20MP selfie camera and 4,000mAh battery launched for Rs 14,999

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“The Gionee A1 Lite features a 5.3-inch HD display and 3GB RAM” Gionee has added a new member to its newly launched A-series in the form of Gionee A1 Lite (first impressions). Gionee A1 Lite 30 The Gionee A1 Lite comes equipped with a 5.3-inch display with 720p resolution and a 2.5D curved glass panel. It boots Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo 4.0 UI on top. The handset has a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor mated to 3GB RAM to drive performance and multitasking. It gets a 13-megapixel snapper on the rear panel but the mainstay is the 20-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash on the front. The brand mentions that A1 Lite uses a 4-Cell technique, which takes in more light for better selfies. Under the hood, there is a 4,000mAh battery fuelling the device. The Gionee A1 Lite has been launched in Black and Gold hues, and can be picked up from major retail stores across India. It will go on sale starting August 10th for Rs 14,999.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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OPPO R11 FC Barcelona edition launched in China

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“The limited edition OPPO R11 gets an 18K gold plated emblem on the rear” OPPO’s partnership with one of the leading football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, spawned the F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition in May 2016. Now, the OPPO R11 gets to don the colours of the team. R11 FCB (2) The mainstay of the device is the attractive blue and red colour scheme with the 18K gold emblem on the rear. Apart from this, the specs remain unchanged. The handset sports a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display on the front panel. It packs a Snapdragon 660 SoC mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Moving to optics, the OPPO R11 gets a 20MP selfie snapper and dual 16MP + 20MP telephoto lens on the rear panel. It boots Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with ColorOS 3.1 on top. The smartphone gets a 2,900mAh battery, which also supports VOOC Flash Charging (OPPO’s proprietary quick charge technology). As of now, the handset will only be available in China starting August 18th with a price tag of 3,499 RMB (~Rs 34,000). The Indian availability has not been revealed by the brand at the moment.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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Panasonic Eluga A3 and Eluga A3 Pro launched for Rs 11,290 and Rs 12,790 respectively

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“The Panasonic Eluga A3 and A3 Pro come equipped with the ARBO virtual assistant” Panasonic has expanded its smartphone lineup with two new devices – the Eluga A3 and Eluga A3 Pro. These two smartphones are the first in the series of 11 smartphones which Panasonic has lined up for the Indian handset market. Panasonic A3 The front panel of both Eluga A3 and A3 Pro are adorned with a 5.2-inch display with HD resolution and Asahi Dragontrail glass. Coming to the spec sheet, while the Eluga A3 is equipped with a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC, the Eluga A3 Pro has a 1.3GHz, octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, both mated to 3GB of RAM. On the storage front, Eluga A3 and A3 Pro get 16GB and 32GB of expandable storage, respectively. Both smartphones get 13MP rear cameras with Phase Detection Auto Focus and 8MP front cameras. On the software front, these handsets run Android 7.0 Nougat and are powered by a 4,000mAh battery with quick charge support. Other core features include fingerprint scanners, multi-window feature, USB OTG and 4G VoLTE. Also, the brand has equipped both smartphones with its proprietary ARBO assistant, which was first introduced with Panasonic Eluga Ray Max (first impressions) and Eluga Ray X. Panasonic has launched the Eluga A3 and Eluga A3 Pro with a price tag of Rs 11,290 and Rs 12,790 respectively. Both handsets will be available starting August 10th and can be picked up from all Panasonic brand shops and other retail outlets across the country.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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TCL P2 and C2 Android smart TVs launched, prices start at Rs 62,990

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“The TCL P2 and C2 come with Google certification and Harman Kardon Technology” TCL has launched its new smart TVs in comprising of the C2 and P2. They are Google-certified 4K UHD Android smart TVs. TCL P2 The brand is offering the newly launched TVs in two display sizes – 65-inches and 55-inches with 4K UHD resolution. These televisions have been equipped with an HDR Pro feature for accurate reproduction of light and dark shades. Moving on to the sound department, the brand has partnered with Harman Kardon for integrated speakers and combined them with Dolby and DTS technology. These technologies work in tandem to offer immersive 5.1 Surround Sound. The new televisions also come with a proprietary Smart Volume function, which has been designed to automatically adjust volume. Moving to the smart TV aspect, the spec sheet includes a 1.5GHz quad-core SoC of unknown make mated to 2.5GB RAM and 16GB storage. Being Google-certified, they come pre-loaded with Google apps including the Google Play Store, Games, Music, Movies, Cast and Voice Search. TCL has already started taking pre-bookings for the new TVs on Amazon India, starting today until August 15th. The C2, which is available in a 65-inch size, will set you back by Rs 1,09,990. The P2 will cost Rs 99,990 and Rs 62,990 for 65-inch and 55-inch models, respectively. TCL is also offering a pre-order benefit, where buyers get a 32- and 24-inch TV free on purchase of 65- and 55-inch units, respectively. As of now, these are Amazon India exclusives, but starting next month they can also be bought from TCl offline stores and online stores.

Posted Date:10/08/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active with military-grade durability standards announced

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“The rugged handset also features a bigger 4,000mAh battery” Samsung has finally announced the rugged variant of Galaxy S8 dubbed as the Galaxy S8 Active. The all new device ditches the metal and glass sandwich design in favour of a thicker chassis with metal sides and a polycarbonate back. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Another prominent change on the new device is the missing dual curved display, which is now flat but with same bezel-less design. According to the brand, these changes were necessary to ensure the military grade protection, which the Active series of smartphones are known for. Also, the Active button will be replaced by a Bixby button, just like the flagship sibling. Talking of the spec sheet, Samsung has beefed up the battery to 4,000mAh as compared to the 3,000mAh unit on regular S8, while rest of the specs remain the same. For the uninitiated, the handset will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The cameras on the device are identical and the fingerprint scanner is still awkwardly placed on the rear panel. The new handset is ab At&T exclusive in the US and will be available to pre-order in two colour variants, Titanium Gold and Meteor Gray. Since previous Active series Galaxy phones haven’t been launched in India, it’s unlikely that the the S8 Active will be available in the country.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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Xiaomi to launch its first dual camera smartphone in India next month

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“Xiaomi is expected to launch either the Mi 5X or Mi 6 in India” Xiaomi’s India head Manu Kumar Jain took to Twitter today to announce that the company is gearing up to launch its first dual-camera smartphone in India next month. While Xiaomi hasn’t specified which device it will be launching, we expect it to be either the recently launched Mi 5X or the flagship Mi 6. There are chances that it could very well be the former since according to various reports, Xiaomi has no plans of launching its flagship device in India. The Xiaomi Mi 5X’s rear panel is home to 12MP + 12MP camera modules, along with a 5MP front shooter. Talking of the spec sheet, the budget dual camera smartphone features 5.5-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage and 3,080mAh battery. The device is priced aggressively at RMB 1,499 (~ Rs. 14,200) in China, so we can expect similar pricing if and when it’s launched in India.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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LG V30 surfaces in leaked promo video, reveals dual cameras but no secondary display

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“The LG V30 is expected to flaunt Snapdragon 835 and 6-inch quad-HD display” It remains no surprise that LG is all set to launch its next flagship V30 on August 31st. The brand has already sent out media invites for the event. However, real life leaks of the handset have appeared on the Internet much before the scheduled event. LG V30 1 The brand recently partnered with HitRecord, wherein, the upcoming smartphone was sent to early testers who were required to post content on a closed community. However, a glitch left the content public and open for all to see. It has been taken down since but several screengrabs made it out into the wild thanks to Gizmodo. From these images, one can make out that the device will have dual camera module, slimmer bezels than G6, familiar manual camera mode and glass/metal sandwich design. The photos also reveal that unlike LG G6 (review), the V30 will feature a slightly protruding camera module. It is also clear now that the upcoming handset will be missing the secondary display on top. It is expected that the device will come powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC mated to 4GB RAM and sport a QHD+ 6.0-inch FullVision OLED display. There has been no indication of the price so far but we can expect it to be priced in the same range as the G6.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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Mafe Shine M810 with 5-inch display and VoLTE launched for Rs 4,599

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Tweet “The Mafe Shine 810 comes with a 5-inch FWVGA display and selfie flash” Mafe, a relatively new name to the smartphone business has launched a budget smartphone in the Indian sub-continent. Dubbed the Shine M810, the smartphone offers VoLTE support at an affordable price. Mafe Shine M810 The Mafe Shine 810 comes with a 5-inch FWVGA display and is powered by a Spreadtrum quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The handset gets 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card. For optics, buyers get a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie-shooter with both cameras equipped with a dedicated flash module. The Mafe Shine M810 is fuelled by a 2,800mAh battery and runs Android Marshmallow upon first boot. Interested buyers can pick the Mafe Shine M810 for Rs 4,599. The smartphone comes in two different colours of Black and Gold and is available at over 14,000 retail stores and popular e-commerce websites.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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Samsung U Flex headphones with bendable neckband and Bixby button announced

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“The Samsung U Flex can bend up to 100 degrees and is splash-resistant” Samsung has announced a new pair of headphones called the U Flex. True to its name, the device comes with a flexible neckband, which can be bent up to 100 degrees. However, the mainstay of the headphones has to be the dedicated Active button, which can be mapped either to Samsung S-Voice or Bixby. The Active button can also be used to access other functions like Clock, Timer, Samsung Health and Favorites. These advanced settings of the headphones can be accessed and adjusted using the accompanying app called Samsung Level, which needs to be installed on a paired Android smartphone. Coming to audiophile perspective, the U Flex flaunts two-way speakers with 11mm woofers and 8mm tweeters. It also features Samsung’s Scalable Codec technology which filters out Wi-Fi signals for better Bluetooth connectivity. Moving on to the build quality, the headphones feature P2i nano coating technology that protects the device from accidental splashes. The U Flex also comes with a vibration notification feature. Furthermore, on a single charge, the pair can deliver a playback time of 10 hours. Pricing and availability of the headphones haven’t been announced as yet.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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Swipe ELITE VR and KONNECT Star launched for Rs 4,499 and Rs 3,333 respectively

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“The Swipe ELITE VR is the most affordable VR smartphone in India” Indian smartphone manufacturer Swipe has announced two new smartphones in the budget segment. The first announcement comes in the form of Swipe ELITE VR, which is the being touted as the most affordable VR handset in the market. The company has also launched the Swipe KONNECT Star alongside the ELITE VR. Swipe ELITE VR 1Coming to the specs, the Swipe ELITE VR comes with a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The smartphone gets a gig of RAM and 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. In the camera department, the ELITE VR comes equipped with a 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. Fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery, the handset runs Android Marshmallow upon first boot. The Swipe ELITE VR comes bundled with a VR headset too, allowing users to immerse in virtual reality. Swipe ELITE VR 3As far as the Swipe KONNECT Star is concerned, the handset ships with a 4-inch display and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor. There’s 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage onboard the Swipe KONNECT Star and the smartphone runs Android Marshmallow with a skin of Indus OS upon first boot. Fuelling the entire package is an 1,800mAh battery. Swipe ELITE VR 2The Swipe ELITE VR has been priced at Rs 4,499 and is available exclusively at Shopclues. On the other hand, the Swipe KONNECT Star carries a price tag of Rs 3,333.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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Bezel-less Apple iPhone 8 reaffirmed in yet another leaked image

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“The new leak comes from premium case maker, Urban Armor Gear” The calendar year 2017 seems like the battle of bezel-less smartphones as brands like Google and Apple gear up to launch their upcoming flagships. However, the most hyped device has to be the Apple iPhone 8, which is expected to come with all screen design much like the Essential PH-1 announced earlier this year. The famed tipster, Evan Blass (@evleaks) has tweeted a new image showing off the design of the iPhone 8 inside a case. From the looks of it, the case appears to be the Citron coloured Plasma Feather-Light case from the premium case maker, Urban Armor Gear (UAG). The brand is known for manufacturing rugged cases for flagship smartphones. In the leaked image, the iPhone 8 continues to show off the all screen fascia with a cutout on the top for the front camera, earpiece, and other sensors. As expected, the Touch ID sensor is missing from the front and is speculated to be mounted either on the power button, which is elongated this time around, or on the rear panel. There are also speculations that Apple might forego Touch ID entirely for its new facial recognition software. The Cupertino-based brand is expected to launch the iPhone 8 along with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in coming month. According to speculations, the Anniversary edition iPhone from the brand will be the most expensive iPhone so far.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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You can now get the OnePlus 5 in a limited edition Soft Gold hue

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“The new variant of the OnePlus 5 is available in only a 6GB + 64GB configuration” The OnePlus 5 (review), which was originally launched in Midnight Black and Slate Gray hues, is now available in new colour variant. As expected, it’s Soft Gold, a hue we have already seen on the OnePlus 3T last year. OnePlus 5 Soft Gold Apart from the change in colour, the smartphone remains the same in terms of the specifications. To recap, the device features a 5.5-inch FHD Optic AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor. For imaging, it has a 16MP + 20MP dual rear camera setup, and a 16MP selfie snapper. VoLTE support, a fingerprint sensor and a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charging complete the remaining specs. The device is available in two variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, priced at Rs 32,999 and Rs 37,999 respectively. The OnePlus 5 Soft Gold variant is available only in a 6GB RAM + 64GB storage option. It goes on sale starting August 9th at 12am on both Amazon India and the OnePlus Store. The device will also be available to experience and purchase at the OnePlus Experience store in Bengaluru, Mall of India in Noida and Select Citywalk in New Delhi while stocks last. Additionally, OnePlus has also announced that the Slate Grey colour option will now also be available in the top-end 8GB + 128GB configuration which was earlier only restricted to Midnight Black.

Posted Date:08/08/2017.

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iPhone 8 Can Scan Your Face When Lying Flat; iPhone 7s Has Wireless Charging: Reports

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iPhone 8's Face ID facial recognition system said to replace Touch ID It's supposedly capable enough to work when the phone's lying flat iPhone 7s Plus has been spotted with a glass back panel The iPhone 8 rumours continue this week with a slew of leaks and some new interpretations derived from the HomePod firmware code, which has proven to be a veritable gold mine thus far. The fresh spate of reports include details about the iPhone 7s Plus, which along with the iPhone 7s is expected to be launched alongside the iPhone 8 come September. Finally, a report reiterates Samsung's large role in the iPhone 8's OLED display supply chain. Starting with the iPhone 8 rumours, the latest piece of information to be derived from the HomePod firmware indicates the anticipated Face ID facial recognition feature will work even when the phone's lying flat. The code contains the words 'resting' alongside 'unlock', leading to the assertion, and was spotted by iHelp BR - the same site that spotted the code pointing to the iPhone 8's ability to record 4K videos on both front and rear cameras. The detail that the iPhone 8's facial recognition feature will work when the smartphone's lying flat on a table isn't especially new, with KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo making the same assertion last month. Kuo, separately, now notes that Apple will do away with Touch ID entirely - not even including it on the power button, matching earlier rumours that said the company will rely solely on Face ID instead as a means of unlocking the phone and authenticating the user. Plans for embedding Touch ID below the glass of the display have been scrapped, Kuo reiterates. A separate leak of the iPhone 8's display assembly, shared by SlashLeaks, shows no space for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Another leak shows the vertical dual camera alignment of the iPhone 8, and comes from tipster Benjamin Geskin. As seen from the schematic shared on Twitter, the smartphone appears to have two camera sensors on the rear panel, with Geskin adding the smaller represents the wide-angle lens, and the larger represents the telephoto lens. Next up, is the iPhone 7s Plus. 9to5Mac cites tipster Sonny Dickson as the source of new iPhone 7s Plus dummy images. The dummy is seen to sport a glass back, pointing to the inclusion of the wireless charging feature that's long been anticipated for the iPhone series. There are also no antenna lines visible, a design decision that could be due to the use of the glass material. Finally, South Korea's ET News reports that Samsung has ramped up its OLED display production to full capacity this month, thanks to the demand it has from Apple and the iPhone 8. At full capacity, it is expected to produce 124 million 6-inch panels and 130 million 5.8-inch panels, however, the report adds that the yield on the panels is very low that's to the design Apple has proscribed.

Posted Date:07/08/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to Feature In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor: KGI

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Samsung to skip in-screen fingerprint scanner on Galaxy S9 Apple has been said to ditch fingerprint scanner on iPhone 8 Galaxy Note 9 smartphone is expected to come out next year Reports have suggested for months now that the in-screen fingerprint scanner has been a tricky feature to implement for both Apple and Samsung. As per a new report by research firm KGI Securities, the latter company will only be introducing the under-display fingerprint sensor with its Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. This effectively means that the company will be skipping this feature with the next year's Galaxy S series models. As per KGI's report, Samsung doesn't have to risk the quick implementation of the under-the-display fingerprint scanner with Galaxy S series models as Apple has reportedly dropped its plans to use it on iPhone 8 this year, as pointed out in a 9To5Google report. KGI predicts Samsung will place the fingerprint scanner at the rear of the Galaxy S9 flagship models next year, just like it did with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. However, in its report, KGI has said that the Galaxy S9 models will come with some other selling points including advanced iris recognition as well as dual cameras. These features have been said to provide the company with some time that will allow it to introduce an under-the-display fingerprint scanner. Notably, the report has also suggested that Samsung will be switching from Synaptics to Egis to supply the fingerprint sensors on the Galaxy Note 9. To recall, In June, Vivo and Qualcomm gave the first look of how the under-display fingerprint technology works at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017. While several reports have suggested that Apple has ditched the idea of an under-the-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung is expected to retain the fingerprint scanner at the back of Galaxy Note 8, albeit in a different design than Galaxy S8 models.

Posted Date:07/08/2017.

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ASUS ZenPad Z8s with 7.9-inch display and Android Nougat launched

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“The ASUS ZenPad Z8s is an 8-inch tablet with a 4,680 mAh battery and 4G LTE” The Taiwanese electronics major ASUS has just added a new tablet called the ZenPad Z8s to its line-up. However, as of now, the tablet happens to be a Verizon exclusive and is available only in the US. asuszenpadz8sverizon The front panel of this tablet is dominated by a 7.9-inch display which offers a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and IPS panel. It features an octa-core processor of unknown make, which has been coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The 4G LTE enabled tablet boots Android Nougat with ZenUI running on top. The imaging requirements are taken care of by a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie cam on the front. Under the rear panel is a 4,680mAh battery delivering the power required to run all day. The brand is offering this new tablet in a single grey hue right now, and it is up for grabs only on Verizon online stores. At this point, there is no indication regarding whether the tablet will be launched worldwide or not.

Posted Date:06/08/2017.

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Pebble Storm Bluetooth speaker with FM Radio launched for Rs 1,899

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“The Pebble Storm features a 10W speaker, a Bluetooth range of 25 metres and six hours of battery life” Mobile accessories manufacturer Pebble has launched a new wireless speaker called the Storm. It is a multi-functional speaker that comes in a cylindrical design and offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The accessory comes with a 10W speaker for an immersive media experience. Pebble Storm Apart from Bluetooth connectivity, the Pebble Storm speaker also comes with an aux input to let you play audio from sources that don’t support wireless connectivity. The speaker comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for up to six hours. The accessory has a Bluetooth range of up to 25 metres, a headphone jack, and FM Radio as well. It can play music off a flash drive, thanks to the presence of a USB port, and from a microSD card too. The Pebble Storm speaker carries an MRP of Rs 2,750, but is being offered for a discounted price of Rs 1,899. The accessory is available on Pebblecart and e-commerce platforms like Amazon.

Posted Date:06/08/2017.

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New iPhone SE is coming in early 2018, rumor says

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The iPhone SE was launched in March of last year, so by now it's gotten pretty old. Thankfully though, Apple hasn't forgotten the smallest of its smartphones and is preparing a refresh of the model. According to the latest rumor on the matter, the new iPhone SE will hit the streets in the first quarter of next year (so before the end of March) - nearly two years after its predecessor. The revamped model is said to keep the affordability of the original, but add the A10 chipset from the iPhone 7 to the mix. The screen size should be in the 4" to 4.2" neighborhood, while storage options will be 32GB and 128GB. The handset will naturally launch running iOS 11. It will feature a 1,700 mAh battery, ever so slightly larger than the 1,624 mAh cell of the first SE. The new iPhone SE will be made in India by Wistron, a Taiwan-based contract electronics maker. It's already assembling the first generation model in the subcontinent since May, and will add a new production line for the next generation device. The new phone will launch in India first, interestingly, spreading to other places at some later point.

Posted Date:06/08/2017.

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Grab Huawei Honor 8 for as low as $259 ($140 off)

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If you are a Huawei fan in the US, and are in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to checkout the deal Amazon is offering on the Honor 8 smartphone. The carrier is selling the device for as low as $259. Specifically, white and blue color models that have 32GB storage are being offered for $259, which - if you compare - translates into a discount of $140 given the fact that the Chinese company is officially selling these variants for $399.99. Aside from this, the gold model with 64GB storage, which usually goes for $449.99, is currently listed on Amazon for $349.82. So you get to save around $100 in that case. There is currently no information on when these offers expire.

Posted Date:06/08/2017.

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T-Mobile REVVL T1 leaks again, this time courtesy of the carrier itself [Updated]

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Update: Pricing and availability information for the device has now leaked. The REVVL will carry a tag of $170 and will be available starting next week: August 10. Original story follows: Back in May a leak told us to expect a new line of own-brand Android smartphones from T-Mobile to land at some point this year. It would be called REVVL, and the first device in the series was going to be the REVVL T1. Today the existence of this upcoming handset was confirmed by T-Mobile itself, because someone working for the carrier uploaded the relevant support documents already, even if the REVVL isn't official yet. This gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Although the documents simply call the phone REVVL, every detail they reveal lines up perfectly with what we had heard about the REVVL T1. So either T-Mobile forgot to add the T1 suffix, or perhaps it changed its plans and won't have an entire REVVL line, just one device. Time will tell. Anyway, this REVVL comes with a 5.5-inch touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage. Its main camera is a 13 MP unit, while the selfie snapper has 5 MP resolution. A 3,000 mAh battery is there to give you power. Disappointingly, the REVVL does not have the latest Wi-Fi standard built-in (802.11ac). Its display resolution is unclear at this point - the carrier's website says it's "HD" (which should mean 720p), but the initial leak claimed it would have a 1080p panel. There's also some confusion about the Android version on board, since this is listed as 7.1 on one page, and 7.0 on another. At least it's certain that it will be Nougat. The official renders above reveal what looks like a front-facing LED flash, a speaker inside the bottom bezel, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and the T-Mobile brand plastered over the lower back. Nothing is known about pricing or the REVVL's release date, but now that the support documentation is up on T-Mobile's website we expect the launch to happen very soon.

Posted Date:06/08/2017.

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Now T-Mobile Alchemy leaks: dual-rear camera setup and stock Android

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Looks like the REVVL T1 isn't the only smartphone T-Mobile is currently working on. A new leak reveals the magenta carrier is also working on another phone, dubbed Alchemy. The leaked image for the device shows a textured back, dual rear-camera setup, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, as well as speaker and carrier logo towards the bottom on the back. Other known details for the handset include microSD card slot, stock Android, MicroUSB connectivity, and headphone jack. The Alchemy will likely be a budget offering, although pricing is currently not known. There's no word on availability as well.

Posted Date:06/08/2017.

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New Philips S310X pops up on TENAA

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Philips has been keeping a rather low profile on the smartphone scene lately. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, the Dutch company's last Android handset release dates back to the end on 2015. This might change soon, as a mysterious Philips S310X recently passed through the TENAA Chinese certification authority. Typically, this is indicative of an imminent release, however, the published information has a few confusing points. For one, it appears the device or devices that TENAA received run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow - a rather unorthodox and outdated choice for a still unannounced device. There is also the small matter of the memory configurations, listed for the Philips S310X. The RAM field reads: "1GB, 2GB, 3GB" and the storage one has: "8GB, 16GB, 32GB". While this could hint at three distinct variants for the smartphone, the more likely scenario seems to be that Philips still hasn't made up its mind on which configuration to use and is testing a few. As for other specs, as per reported by TENAA, the Philips S310X will have a 5-inch HD display, 2,000 mAh battery and an undisclosed quad-core chipset, running at 1.25 GHz. The 8MP primary camera, backed up by a 2MP selfie one, with support for non-HD video capture are another indication of the low-end nature of the device. On a more positive note, though, the listing does mention a microSD expansion slot, for up to 32GB of extra storage and 4G LTE support on bands 38,39,40,1 and 3, even complete with VoLTE.

Posted Date:06/08/2017.

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The Mesuit case infuses Android and dual-SIM functionality into your iPhone 6/6S, yours for Rs 9,990

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“The case lets iOS users experience Android without hassle” E-commerce platform Yerha announced the launch of Mesuit Android case for iPhones. The case allows iPhone users to boot Android with a tap of a button on their iPhone 6 (review) /6S (review). Mesuit Case 2 The case itself is powered by a MediaTek octa-core processor which comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The Mesuit case allows users to run Android-based Mesuit OS 1.0 and transfer files from the phone to the case or dual-boot apps like WhatsApp and Facebook. Moreover, the case comes with a 1,700mAh battery of its own and doubles up as a battery pack for the iPhone as well, extending the phone’s battery life by up to seven hours. Furthermore, the case also allows buyers to use two additional SIM card slots. Mesuit Case 3The Mesuit case is available at Yerha.com for Rs 9,990. Buyers can also avail EMI options to purchase the case through the website.

Posted Date:05/08/2017.

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The SoundBot SB565 Bluetooth earphones are water-resistant and cost Rs 1,990

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“The SB565 could be an option if you need affordable Bluetooth earphones as jogging companions” California-based audio company SoundBot has unveiled the SB565 Bluetooth earphones in the Indian market. One of the highlights of these earphones is that they’re resistant to damage from water, but don’t cost a bomb. SB565_2The SB565 earphones utilise Bluetooth v4.0 to connect to compatible devices. The company claims that the earphones can last for up to over six days on standby and offer 6.5 hours of talk time off a single charge. The earphones are said to retain their Bluetooth connection from up to 33 feet and come with a built-in mic to handle calls. SB565-4The SoundBot SB565 retail for Rs 1,999 and come in black. Interested buyers can pick the earphones up from Amazon.

Posted Date:05/08/2017.

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Xiaomi rejoins the league of the world’s top 5 smartphone companies

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“Global smartphone shipments grew six percent annually with 360 million units shipped in Q2 2017” The market research firm Strategy Analytics has released its latest report on global smartphone shipments for the second quarter of this year. As per the source, Samsung remained at the top spot, while Xiaomi grabbed fifth place. The report also says that overall global smartphone shipments increased in Q2 2017 as compared to the same period last year. Strategy Analytics Q2 2017 As per the report, Samsung shipped 79.5 million smartphone units in Q2 this year, as compared to 77.6 million units shipped in Q2 2016. The overall market share of the South Korean tech giant was 22.1 percent globally. Apple remained on the second spot with 41.0 million units shipped and an 11.4 percent market share. The last three spots of the top five vendors were occupied by Chinese companies. Huawei claimed the third spot with a 10.7 percent market share by shipping 38.4 million units. OPPO grabbed the fourth spot with an 8.2 percent market share and 29.5 million units in shipments. As for Xiaomi, the company claimed the fifth spot by shipping 23.2 million units and grabbing 6.4 percent of the global market share. The report says that Xiaomi surged 58 percent annually and rejoined the top five rankings for the first time this year. Talking about the global smartphone shipments, it grew six percent annually from 341.5 million units in Q2 2016 to 360.4 million in Q2 2017. As for the wearables market, the report says that Xiaomi is now the world’s largest wearables manufacturer, beating Apple and Fitbit as well. The brand has managed to sell 3.7 million wearables in Q2 2017, raking in a 17.1 percent market share.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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Moto X4 design appears in leaks again, said to be final

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“The Moto X4 will flaunt dual cameras and a glass/metal design” Last month, Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) known for his gadget leaks, tweeted an image showing the design of the upcoming Moto X4 in all its glory. The render showed the device in a golden hue with an attractive glass and metal sandwich design, along with a dual camera module on the rear panel. Now, the tipster has tweeted saying that he has seen the final design of the handset and admits that the leaked render from last month was possibly an early render. The actual design is one shown in his latest tweet. The main design difference in both renders is the camera module, where the dual-tone LED flash is positioned above the dual camera module and the circular camera module is all black, instead of having a horizontal strip of matte black around the camera module. There has been no new information regarding the spec sheet of the handset, so we can assume that they remain unchanged. For the uninitiated, the Moto X4 is expected to come with a 12MP + 8MP dual camera module, a 16MP front camera, a 5.2-inch display and will boot Android 7.1.1 out of the box. The handset is expected to be powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. It will likely get 64GB of expandable storage and a 3,000mAh battery. According to the earlier leaks, the smartphone will have the same front-mounted fingerprint scanner with gesture support mimicking the functions of navigation buttons.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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Honor Note 9 expected to come with dual 12MP cameras and 4,600mAh battery

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“The Honor Note 9 will come flaunting an edge-to-edge display” Last year, we saw Honor following up the launch of Honor 8 (review) with the Note 8 and we can assume the same this year as well. The sub-brand of Huawei has recently launched the flagship Honor 9 (first impressions) in China and the Honor Note 9 is soon to follow. Honor Note 9 - 1 According to leaks that have surfaced online, the Honor Note 9 is expected to come with a massive 4,600mAh battery. Notably, this is a slight bump over the Note 8’s 4,500mAh battery. On the performance front, the handset is likely to come flaunting the newest HiSilicon Kirin 965 mated to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Notably, the Note 9 will be the first smartphone from the brand to come with this chipset. As seen in the image, the handset will come with an edge-to-edge display, the size of which is still unknown. However, we can expect it to be at least 6-inches, considering the Note 8 was a 6.6-inch giant. In the imaging department, the new device could get a 12MP dual camera setup. It is expected that the upcoming phablet will go on sale starting September on the company’s online store. Honor is most likely to price it in the mid-range segment, just like its predecessor.

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Reliance JioPhone expected to get WhatsApp support

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“The brand has already got Facebook onboard for its ambitious feature phone” Last month, Reliance started another revolution by launching the JioPhone for an effective price of free at its 40th annual AGM meeting. Combined with the ultra-cheap tariffs of services on the Jio network, and the free JioPhone, Reliance has managed to take another positive step towards a truly digital nation. JioPhone official However, what came as a bummer was the fact that the JioPhone would be a single SIM device and will be missing WhatsApp support. While the network provider, with nearly 125 million subscribers, has its own JioChat instant messaging, it cannot match the user base of WhatsApp. Especially when WhatsApp boasts of one billion daily active users. It has now been revealed that officials from Reliance and WhatsApp are in talks to launch a version of the app which will work optimally on the JioPhone. As it was predicted earlier, the JioPhone could get WhatsApp support soon, but the exact timeline of when that’s likely to happen is up in the air as of now. Notably, Reliance has already gotten Facebook onboard. Getting WhatsApp support will boost the market for JioPhone considering how popular the instant messaging service is in India.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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Kult Beyond with 13MP selfie camera and Android Nougat launched for Rs 6,999

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“The Kult Beyond flaunts 5.2-inch HD display and a dedicated memory card slot” The home-bred brand, Kult has today expanded its family of one with a new smartphone launch dubbed as Kult Beyond. Notably, the brand made its debut in the Indian handset market with the Kult 10 last year. Kult Beyond Coming to the latest smartphone, the Kult Beyond comes flaunting 5.2-inch HD IPS On-Cell display. The Android Nougat booting smartphone gets a 1.25GHz quad-core 64 bit processor, which works in tandem with 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. Unlike other budget devices, Kult Beyond comes with dedicated memory card slot so that users do not have to compromise on dual-SIM connectivity. Moving on to cameras, handset features 13MP cameras on both front and back. The rear shooter boasts autofocus and is accompanied by a dual tone LED flash, while the snapper on the front is a fixed focus one with its own dual LED flash. Powering up the handset is a 3,000mAh battery, which offers up to 25 hours of talktime, as per the brand. The smartphone also gets a multifunctional fingerprint scanner on the rear, which can be used to select applications, answer calls, play and pause music and movies, turn off the alarm and scroll the home screens, apart from letting you unlock the phone with your fingerprints. The handset is an Amazon exclusive and can be picked up for Rs 6,999 starting August 18th.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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Coolpad goes offline with the Note 5 Lite C, a Nougat-powered 5-incher priced at Rs 7,777

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Tweet “The Note 5 Lite C utilises a Snapdragon 210 processor” Chinese smartphone manufacturer Coolpad has launched a new smartphone in the Indian market. Dubbed the Note 5 Lite C, the handset is being targeted towards budget buyers and comes with VoLTE capabilities. Note 5 Lite C (1)-minSpecs-wise, the Note 5 Lite C comes equipped with a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 210 processor clocked at 1.1GHz. The handset comes with 2GB of RAM and an internal memory of 16GB, which can be further expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card. In the camera department, buyers get an 8MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary shooter. A fingerprint sensor has been positioned at the back for added security as well. The Coolpad Note 5 Lite C is being fuelled by a 2,500mAh battery and is the first smartphone from the company to come with Android Nougat out-of-the-box in India. Interestingly, the device also marks Coolpad’s foray into the offline smartphone retail space in the country, following other brands like Xiaomi and Moto that have recently made the same move. Note 5 Lite C (3)-minInterested buyers will have to shell out Rs 7,777 for the Note 5 Lite C which will be available offline across 3,000 multi-brand stores starting August 5th. Buyers can pick the smartphone up online from Amazon from August 20th as well. The handset will ship in two different hues of Grey and Gold. The company is also expected to unveil a flagship smartphone on August 20th.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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Android O expected to launch in the coming week, might be called Oatmeal Cookie

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“Rumours state that Android O will be called Oatmeal Cookie and not Oreo” Google recently announced the developer preview of the next iteration of Android, dubbed Android O (top features of Android O). Now, sources claim that the Mountain View giant might unveil the final version of Android O in the coming week. Android O Dev preview featuredFollowing the launch of the third and fourth developer previews in the month of June and July respectively, Google is on course to launch Android O in the coming days. This lies in accordance with the timeline listed on the official Android Program Overview, which states that the final version of Android will be launched in the third quarter of 2017. According to David Ruddock, Android Police, the next version of Android should hit the Pixel smartphones as early as next week. Rumours also state that Android O will be called Oatmeal Cookie and not Oreo, contrary to popular belief. The references for the same were found in Google I/O 2017 slides. For more information on Google’s next Android delicacy, stay tuned to our blog.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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Nokia 2 appears in new leaked images, shows off its front and back panels

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“HMD Global might launch the Nokia 2 on August 16th” HMD Global, the owner of the rights to the Nokia phone brand, is expected to launch the Nokia 8 this month, and it is being speculated that it might launch a budget smartphone dubbed as Nokia 2 along with it. As of now, the Nokia 3 (unboxing) is the lowest configured smartphone from the brand. New images of the Nokia 2 have turned up on the web, showing the front and back panels. We can see that it follows the current design adopted by the brand and is on the lines of the Nokia 3 with loudspeaker being moved to the rear panel. Taking a peek at the spec sheet, in all likelihood it will come with a 4.5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 212 processor, 8GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Also, since it is Nokia device, we can expect it to boot stock Android 7.1 Nougat operating system out of the box. If we take specs into consideration, the Nokia 2 would be the new base level device from the brand and will be pitted against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. We can expect the handset to be priced in sub-Rs 8,000 segment.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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Swipe KONNECT Power with 3,000mAh battery launched for Rs 4,999

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“The KONNECT Power comes with a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM” Indian smartphone manufacturer Swipe has launched yet another handset in the sub-continent. Dubbed the KONNECT Power, the smartphone’s USP is its competitive price and a 3,000mAh battery. Konnect Power The Swipe KONNECT Power comes with a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor which works in tandem with 2GB of RAM. The handset gets a pair of 8MP and 5MP sensors on the back and the front respectively, and can support two SIM cards at once, both capable of running on 4G VoLTE networks. There’s 16GB of internal storage and buyers can expand it up by another 32GB via a microSD card. There’s an option to expand the storage through a compatible pen drive as well, since the smartphone comes with OTG support. For software, the smartphone boots Android v6.0 Marshmallow. The Swipe KONNECT Power has been priced at Rs 4,999 and will be up for grabs exclusively on Snapdeal starting August 7th.

Posted Date:04/08/2017.

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The Vivo Xplay 7 could feature five cameras and an under-display fingerprint sensor

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“The Xplay 7 will feature three cameras at the rear and two on the front” It appears that Vivo may be getting set to launch a smartphone with five cameras. Ahead of the unveiling, a couple of images of the upcoming Vivo Xplay 7 have been leaked, which reveal the device will come with two selfie and three rear cameras. The photos leaked on Weibo seem to have been captured from a power point presentation. In addition, a couple of renders based on the power point slides have also appeared on the social networking website. The images reveal that the Vivo Xplay 7 (codenamed X20) will get three cameras in a vertical arrangement at the rear and two on the front. The device will come with a dual-curved, almost bezel-free display. Apart from revealing five cameras, the photos also suggest that the Vivo Xplay 7 will be the world’s first smartphone to utilise Qualcomm’s under the glass fingerprint sensor. It’s worth mentioning that Vivo showcased the prototype of the world’s first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint sensor recently. Unfortunately, there’s no word regarding when Vivo will be unveiling the Xplay 7 at the moment.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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Huawei Mate 10 flagship to reportedly be unveiled on October 16th alongside Lite variant

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“The Mate 10 will allegedly be the brand’s most expensive smartphone till date at around Rs 70,800” Last week, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, revealed a couple of key specifications of the brand’s upcoming flagship, the Mate 10. Yu said that the company is gearing up to compete against the 10th-anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone with the Mate 10. Now the Polish website Tabletowo claims to have revealed the specific launch date of the Mate 10. Huawei Mate 9_Mate 9 Pro The report, citing unnamed inside sources, claims that Huawei Mate 10 flagship will be unveiled in Munich on October 16th. Alongside the flagship, the company will launch a Lite variant of the device, claims the source. The report suggests that the Mate 10 will cost the equivalent of around Rs 70,800, while the Mate 10 Lite will set you back by around Rs 35,400. Unfortunately, the source didn’t reveal any other details regarding these devices. As per the brand’s CEO, the phone will flaunt a full-screen display, and will offer a much longer battery life with faster charging. The device will get better imaging capabilities and many other features to compete against the next iPhone. Some reports suggest that the device will get a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 18:9. It’s worth mentioning that the Huawei Mate 10’s predecessor, the Mate 9 (first impressions) with loaded specs like Leica-branded cameras was launched for around Rs 50,000. So the report by the Polish publication is making some wild claims, and we expect Huawei to price the Mate 10 more reasonably.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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Jabra unveils the fitness-focussed Elite Sport wireless earbuds for Rs 18,990

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“Jabra’s Elite Sport offers up to 4.5 hours of music playback” Audio giant Jabra took to the stage today to announce a pair of truly wireless earbuds. Dubbed the Jabra Elite Sport, the earphones come with fitness features and a cord-free design. JABRA_ELITE_COLOR_VARIANT_04AThe Jabra Elite Sport ear buds are targeted at fitness enthusiasts and feature an IP67 rating for resistance against sweat and water. The ear buds promise up to 4.5 hours of music playback on a single charge and are housed inside a charging case which adds another 9 hours of battery life. The Elite Sport ship with support for all major mobile platforms and come with two microphones on each ear bud, one to tackle the noise and the other capture the voice. JABRA_ELITE_COLOR_VARIANT_02The Elite Sport also features an in-ear heart rate monitor, which the company claims is accurate by up to 90 percent. The companion app offers fitness testing, a race-time predictor, and a recovery analysis. Buyers also have the option to receive their fitness updates in real-time via in-ear coaching to avoid interruptions whilst working out. Jabra Elite Sport Liza LockUpThe Jabra Elite Sport has been priced at Rs 18,990 and comes with a three-year warranty against damage caused by sweat. The ear buds come in two different hues of Black and Lime Green and will go on sale starting August 8th.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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Karbonn Aura Note Play with 6-inch HD display and Android Nougat launched for Rs 7,590

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Tweet “The Karbonn Aura Note Play features 4G VoLTE and 3,300mAh battery” The home-bred handset manufacturer, Karbonn has extended its Aura series of handsets with a new member, dubbed the Karbonna Aura Note Play. Karbonn Aura Note Play Coming to the specs, the Karbonn Aura Note Play flaunts a 6-inch display with HD resolution and full lamination. It boots Android Nougat and has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM humming at its core. The onboard storage has been pegged at 16GB, which can be further expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. For imaging, the smartphone gets an 8MP camera on the rear and 5MP front facing shooter. The 4G VoLTE enabled device gets the power to run from a 3,300mAh battery. It also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Karbonn is offering the device in two hues – Black and Champagne. It can be picked up for Rs 7,590 from major retailers in the country.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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LG V30 to flaunt 6-inch P-OLED FullVision display with QHD+ resolution

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“The LG V30 flagship will feature a QHD+ FullVision screen” LG has announced that it will be making the switch to plastic OLED in its upcoming flagship, the V30. The brand has revealed that its next major flagship will flaunt the first-ever P-OLED FullVision display. LG V30 teaser In a press release, LG goes on to explain the benefits of the OLED FullVision display technology. One of the benefits of this tech as per LG is that “the edges can be curved to allow for a more ergonomic design and a better feel in the hand”. The screen will offer a QHD+ (1,440 x 2,880 pixels) resolution. The plastic OLED screen will also offer better battery life and durability, according to the company. In the release, LG has confirmed that the V30 will offer a 6-inch display. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The brand says that the upper and lower bezels of the screen have been reduced by 20 to 50 percent when compared to the LG V20. The company’s logo has also been moved to the back panel. In a separate report, Android Authority says that the LG V30 will feature rounded corners, HDR 10 and Google Daydream support out of the box. It will allegedly be the first smartphone to offer a camera with an f/1.6 aperture, along with a Crystal Clear Glass Lens and better transmittance. The report also claims that LG is dropping the trademark secondary display from the V30 in favour of a floating bar. LG recently sent out invites for a pre-IFA press event that’s taking place on August 31st, where the brand is expected to launch the V30.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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OnePlus 5 to get a new colour variant on August 7th

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“Apart from the Midnight Black and Slate Grey hues, the OnePlus 5 will soon be available in a new colour” OnePlus 5 new colour option teaser OnePlus recently launched its latest flagship, the OnePlus 5 (review), in two colour variants – Midnight Black and Slate Grey. Now the company is all set to release a new colour option for the device soon. The company has tweeted that the new colour variant will be unveiled on August 7th. While the teaser doesn’t reveal the new hue, a recent listing on TENAA had mentioned “Mint Gold” as a third option, which is likely to be the same soft gold variant as the OnePlus 3T . To recap, the OnePlus 5’s Slate Grey model comes with 6GB of RAM and is priced at Rs 32,999. The 8GB model that comes in Midnight Black is being offered for Rs 37,999. There’s no word if the upcoming third colour variant will be available for both 6GB and 8GB RAM models or not. For the initiated, the OnePlus 5 sports a 5.5-inch FHD display, 64GB and 128GB storage variants, a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 16MP + 20MP dual rear camera setup, a 16MP selfie snapper, VoLTE, a fingerprint sensor and a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charging.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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Samsung Leadership 8 flip phone with two displays and Snapdragon 821 SoC goes official

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“The new Samsung flip phone flaunts a premium aluminium design, two 4.2-inch screens and wireless charging” The successor to the Samsung W2017 flip phone has been the subject of a number of leaks and reports recently. Now, the company has officially launched the phone as the Samsung G-9298 by listing it on its website in China. The new Samsung folder phone is also called the “Leadership 8”, when translated from Chinese. Samsung G-9298 feature phone The Samsung Leadership 8 flip phone features two 4.2-inch full HD AMOLED displays – one on the outside and one on the inside. The Android-powered offering flaunts an aviation grade 6013 aluminium alloy design. The device is fuelled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 64GB, which can be further increased by inserting a microSD card. The camera department on the Samsung G-9298 includes a 12-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel front snapper with f/1.9 aperture. The phone comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 2,300mAh battery with wireless charging support, an always-on screen, a configurable hotkey, Samsung Pay and S Voice. As we’ve seen with the earlier flip phones from Samsung, it’s quite unlikely that the Leadership 8 will be released in markets other than China. Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed the pricing and release date for the phone in China at the moment.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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Motorola launches Moto Hub offline stores in six locations across India

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“The Moto Hub stores will house the full portfolio of Motorola devices, including those available exclusively online” After shutting shop in 2012, Motorola re-entered in the Indian smartphone market in 2014. The company was later acquired by the Chinese tech giant Lenovo. Now after almost four years of operation in the country, Motorola has opened six offline exclusive Moto Hub stores in India. Moto Hub 01 The first Moto Hub store was launched at the Great India Place Mall in Noida. Five other Moto Hub stores have also been opened at Logix Mall in Noida, Shipramall in Indrapuram, and Xperia Mall, Korum Mall and Viviana Mall in Mumbai. The brand has plans to open 50 additional stores by the end of this financial year. As part of the inaugural offer, buyers at Moto Hub stores will get a free Motorola accessory on the purchase of Moto E, C and G series devices, and 50 percent off on Moto Mods along on purchase of the Moto Z2 Play (review) along with easy EMI options. Moto Hub 03 The Moto Hub stores house the full portfolio of Moto devices, including those available exclusively online. The brand says that these stores will be “a key destination for consumers to experience the latest Motorola technology and get a hands-on demo of the entire product portfolio, in a fun, easy to access set-up that is conveniently located at consumer hangout areas”. It’s worth mentioning that Lenovo started selling some Moto smartphones through its distribution network across India over the past couple of months. Today, with exclusive Moto Hub stores, the brand is aiming to strengthen its offline presence in the country. These could also help the brand to better compete against companies like Xiaomi, which are rapidly increasing their offline presence in India.

Posted Date:03/08/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 press render leaked ahead of global launch

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“The Galaxy Note 8 will be the brand’s most expensive smartphone till date” Samsung is all set to unveil its latest Galaxy Note flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 8, at an event in New York on August 23rd. Ahead of the unveiling, we’ve already seen a number of alleged renders and images of the device. Now, the reliable gadget tipster Evan Blass aka @evleaks has posted a press render of the Galaxy Note 8 Midnight Black edition. The render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 only shows the front of the device. The image reveals it will sport a bezel-free Infinity Display. The handset will get a dedicated button to trigger the Bixby voice assistant. Apart from the selfie shooter, the device also seems to house an Iris scanner at the top. As per the earlier reports, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a 6.4-inch 2K display, and will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 836 SoC, mated to 6GB of RAM. The phone will get a dual camera setup at the rear with 3X optical zoom, Android Nougat and a 3,300mAh battery. As always, it will ship with an S Pen stylus. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be priced at around Rs 75,000, which will make it the brand’s most expensive smartphone till date. The launch is just around the corner, so stay tuned for more details.

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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Lenovo K8 Note will be an Amazon India exclusive, launching on August 9th

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“The K8 Note will be a successor to the last year’s K6 Note” Lenovo has been teasing the launch of the K8 Note smartphone in India for a while. The company recently revealed that the phone will be unveiled on August 9th. Today, it has been revealed that the phone will be available exclusively on Amazon India. Lenovo K8 Note Amazon Exclusive While the brand hasn’t revealed any specifications of the Lenovo K8 Note, a few features of the device recently unearthed on Geekbench. As per the benchmarking website, the phone will boot Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. It will be powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM. The K8 Note will be the successor to the last year’s Lenovo K6 Note (review), which was launched in the country in December 2016 for Rs 9,999.

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BlackBerry KEYone with QWERTY keypad and Snapdragon 625 lands in India, yours for Rs 39,990

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Tweet “The KEYone features a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage” At this year’s CES in January, the BlackBerry KEYone Android smartphone was officially announced. The full specifications of the QWERTY keypad-toting device were unveiled at a pre-MWC event in February. Today, at an event in New Delhi, Optiemus Infracom, the licensing partner of BlackBerry in India, has launched the KEYone in the country. Optiemus says that it is designing, manufacturing and selling BlackBerry phones in India. BlackBerry-KEYone-feat1 The KEYone (first impressions) features a fingerprint sensor integrated into the space bar. The phone sports a QWERTY keyboard with support for capacitive gestures. The Android Nougat 7.1-powered offering is loaded with BlackBerry’s usual suite of applications and security features. As for the other specs, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a 4.5-inch display bearing a resolution of 1,620 x 1,080 pixels. Handling the performance is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. BlackBerry-KEYone-20 The camera department on the BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12-megapixel primary shooter with 4K video recording support and an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper. The connectivity features include 4G LTE, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, USB Type-C (USB 3.1), Bluetooth 4.2 and A-GPS. A 3,505mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 keeps the phone running. The BlackBerry KEYone is a high-end offering with a hefty price tag of Rs 39,990, and comes in a limited edition black colour. The phone will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting August 8th. The launch offers include bonus points on purchases made via American Express cards and 75GB of extra data for Vodafone prepaid and postpaid users.

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Infinix makes its debut in India with the Hot4 Pro and Note 4, prices start at Rs 7,499

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“The Hot4 Pro and Note 4 are budget smartphones” Earlier this year, China’s Transsion Holdings launched its Tecno Mobiles smartphone brand in India to compete in the offline market. Today, the company has launched the Infinix brand in the country to focus on the burgeoning online market. It’s debuting with the sub-Rs 10,000 Hot4 Pro and Note 4. Infinix Hot4 Pro Talking about the Infinix Hot4 Pro first, the budget device comes with a textured back with a fingerprint sensor that’s located at its rear. The phone features a 5.5-inch HD TFT display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737W processor, mated to 3GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 16GB, which can be further increased up to 128GB. The camera department includes a 13MP autofocus rear snapper and a 5MP front shooter, both aided by LED flash units. The 4G and VoLTE-enabled offering boots XOS based on Android Marshmallow, and is fuelled by a 4,000mAh battery. Infinix Note 4 The Infinix Note 4 comes with a bigger 5.7-inch full HD display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of expandable storage, a 13MP rear camera with FHD recording and an 8MP front shooter, both accompanied by LED flash units. The 4G and VoLTE-enabled offering is fuelled by a 4,300mAh battery that supports XCharge fast charging. It also gets a fingerprint sensor, which is integrated into its home button. As for the pricing, the Infinix Hot4 Pro has been priced at Rs 7,499, while the Note 4 will set you back by Rs 8,999. They will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart starting August 3rd. The launch offers include two months of free subscription to Hotstar Premium, one-time screen replacement within 100 days, up to Rs 8,500 off on exchange of your old smartphone, extra 15 percent off on Flipkart on fashion and lifestyle products on August 5th and 6th, and 84GB of free data with no daily limit for 84 days for Idea users at Rs 443

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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ASUS ZenFone 4 series expected to be unveiled on August 19th

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“The ZenFone 4 range is expected to include five new ZenFone models” ASUS has been teasing the launch of the ZenFone 4 series for a while now. The company has now finally sent out press invites for an event in the Philippines, which is scheduled for August 19th. At the event, the brand is expected to unveil a number of new ZenFone 4 series models. It’s worth mentioning that the company already announced one model called the ZenFone 4 Max last month. ASUS ZenFone 4 range invite The ASUS ZenFone 4 range is expected to include five devices – the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4V. One of the brand’s teasers recently confirmed that one of the ZenFone 4 models will get a dual primary camera setup. This device is expected to come with high-end specs like a quad-HD display and a Snapdragon 835 SoC. We will have details regarding their pricing and availability later this month.

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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Intex launches Turbo+ 4G VoLTE feature phone for Rs 1,999

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“The Turbo+ 4G is the brand’s first VoLTE phone” Soon after Lava and Reliance Jio introduced their 4G and VoLTE-enabled feature phones, Intex has also joined the segment with the launch of the Turbo+ 4G. Apart from this, the company has also launched eight 2G-enabled feature phones in the Eco, Turbo, Ultra and Lions series. All the new devices have been launched under the brand’s new ‘Navratna’ series. Intex 4G feature phone range Talking about the Turbo+ 4G first, the device comes with support for 4G LTE and VoLTE (voice over LTE) networks, and is powered by KaiOS. The phone is backed by a dual-core processor, mated to 512MB of RAM. The other specs include 4GB of expandable storage up to 32GB, a 2,000mAh battery, a 2MP rear camera and a VGA selfie shooter. The Eco series feature phones including the Eco 102+, Eco 106+ and Eco Selfie come with up to 1,800mAh batteries, phonebook support of up to 1,500 contacts, multi-language support, GPRS and rear cameras. The Eco selfie also gets a front-facing shooter. The Intex Turbo Shine and Turbo Selfie 18 feature phones come with 2.4-inch displays, selfie and rear cameras, up to 1,800mAh battery capacities, phonebook support for up to 2,000 contacts, expandable storage up to 32GB and multi-language support. The Intex Ultra 2,400+ and Ultra Selfie come with a 2.4-inch and 2.8-inch display respectively. The former gets a 2,400mAh battery, while the latter is backed by a 3,000mAh cell. The Intex Lions G10 gets a 2.4-inch display, phonebook support for up to 2,000 contacts, expandable storage, a rear camera and a 1,450mAh battery. Intex’s new 2G feature phones have been priced between Rs 700 and Rs 1,500. There’s no word regarding their exact pricing and availability at the moment. The Turbo+ 4G is priced at Rs 1,999 and will be available sometime around Diwali. The company is in talks with leading OS developers to create a software platform for the device.

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge now available with up to Rs 12,000 cashback

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“Samsung is running the Independence Day offer on its previous Galaxy S series flagships” Samsung has announced cashback and exchange offers on the Galaxy S7 flagship range ahead of Independence Day. The company is offering up to Rs 8,000 assured cashback on the Galaxy S7 (review) and Galaxy S7 edge (review). You can also get a cashback of up to Rs 12,000 under the old smartphone exchange program. The offer is available across the company’s online and offline channels. Samsung-Galaxy-S7-vs-Galaxy-S7-edge-01_thumb.jpg The Samsung Galaxy S7 that’s priced at Rs 39,400 is available with a Rs 4,000 cashback on purchases made via debit and credit cards. The Galaxy S7 edge 32GB variant that’s priced at Rs 42,900 is available with a cashback of Rs 8,000. The Galaxy S7 edge’s 128GB model is priced at Rs 48,900, and is available with a cashback of Rs 8,000 as well. Samsung is also offering up to 180GB of free 4G data to Reliance Jio users. The brand has also introduced a 24-month EMI option for the phones as part of the Independence Day sale.

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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Xiaomi Mi 6C with Surge S2 processor and dual cameras reportedly in the works

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Tweet “The Mi 6C will allegedly offer up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage” There have been several reports in the past, which have suggested that Xiaomi is working on a new variant of the Mi 6 (first impressions) smartphone that will be called the Mi 6C. Now a new report from the Chinese publication IT Home suggests that Xiaomi will be unveiling the Mi 6C in the fourth quarter of this year. The source has also revealed the key specifications of the phone. Xiaomi-Mi6-18 As per the report, the Xiaomi Mi 6C will feature a double-sided 2.5D curved glass design, which will appear quite similar to the Mi 6’s four-sided curved edge design. The screen-to-body ratio of the device will allegedly be higher than that of the Mi 6. The phone will feature a dual camera setup at the rear – a 12MP Sony IMX386 CMOS sensor and a 5MP depth of field secondary sensor. Xiaomi-Mi6-31 The report adds that the Mi 6C will be powered by the brand’s in-house Surge S2 processor, which could also end up being called Surge X1 chipset. The SoC is being produced using the 16nmTSMC fabrication process. The chipset will have four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores in an octa-core arrangement. The source further suggests that the Mi 6C will be launched in two RAM and storage configurations – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. The former will allegedly be priced at RMB 1,999, while the latter will go on sale for RMB 2,499.

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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You can now register your interest in the Galaxy Note 8 on Samsung India’s website

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“The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a large 6.4-inch Infinity display and a Snapdragon 836 SoC” Samsung has already confirmed that it will be launching the Galaxy Note 8 flagship at an event in New York on August 23rd. The phone’s “Unpacked” event page is now live on the company’s Indian website, where you can also register your interest in the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render evleaks Image Credit – @evleaks To register your interest in the upcoming Galaxy Note flagship, you will need to fill in your personal information like name, email, mobile number and pin code. Samsung has also asked users what they are looking in the next Galaxy like a superior camera, a premium design, enhanced VR experience and more. Do note that this isn’t a registration form to buy the Note 8, and is simply to provide updates about the device launch and availability. As per the rumour mill, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature an Infinity display, a fingerprint sensor at the rear and a new S-Pen stylus. The phone will feature an Iris scanner alongside the front camera. The device is expected to come with a 6.4-inch display, a Snapdragon 836 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and Android Nougat. More details about the device will be available later this month, so stay tuned.

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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RCom now offers prepaid users 1GB of 4G data per day for 28 days at Rs 147

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“RCom’s new Rs 147 pack is available for all 2G, 3G and 4G smartphone users” Last week, Reliance Communications launched its new Rs 349 Freedom pack for prepaid users. The plan offers 1GB of data and 150 minutes for voice calling per day for 28 days. Now, the company has launched yet another data-centric plan. Using phone As per Delhi-based Manoj Telecom, the new RCom plan for prepaid users is priced at Rs 147. The data pack offers 1GB of data every day for 28 days. Users can utilise the data on all 2G, 3G or 4G-enabled smartphones. Unfortunately, this plan doesn’t offer any voice calling benefits.

Posted Date:02/08/2017.

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Micromax Selfie 2 with 8MP front camera and selfie flash launched for Rs 9,999

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“The Selfie 2 features a 5.2-inch display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage” Last week, the Micromax Selfie 2 smartphone was spotted on the company’s website without pricing or availability details. Today, the company has launched the phone for Rs 9,999. The selfie-centric offering will be available via major brick-and-mortar retail stores across the country starting tomorrow. The phone comes with a 100-day replacement warranty. Micromax Selfie 2 front The Micromax Selfie 2 features an 8-megapixel front shooter with an LED flash. The front camera also gets a real time bokeh effect, an 84-degree wide angle lens, Face Beauty mode and one touch shot. At the rear, the device gets a 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash. The handset comes with Gallery 4.0, which uses image and facial recognition to allow you to search for photos in the gallery. Micromax Selfie 2 back As for the other specs, the Micromax Selfie 2 features a metallic design with a fingerprint sensor that’s located at its rear. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display, and boots Android Nougat out of the box. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, mated to 3GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 32GB, which can be further expanded by up to 64GB by inserting a microSD card. The connectivity features include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. A 3,000mAh battery completes the list of the specs.

Posted Date:31/07/2017.

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RCom announces 4G Wi-Pod bundle offer with 1GB of data per day at Rs 500 per month

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“RCom’s new Wi-Pod dongle and data bundle offer gives you 1GB of 4G data per day at Rs 15/day” Reliance Communications has launched a handful of new plans for its prepaid and postpaid mobile users in the last couple of weeks. Now, the company has launched a new plan for its dongle users. The new offer is for the 4G Wi-Pod dongle, which gives you 1GB of data per day for a year. RCom Wi-Pod Dongle offer The new 4G Wi-Pod offer is available on the company’s e-commerce portal – rcom-eshop.com. The 4G hotspot and data bundle offers 1GB of data every day for 365 days. The cost of this bundle is Rs 5,199, which you can also avail at monthly instalments of Rs 500 for 12 months. The device is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 150mbps. The Reliance Wi-Pod offers 4G LTE connectivity under three bands – the band 3, band 5 and band 40. The dongle is fuelled by a 2,300mAh battery, and is capable of delivering seven hours of battery with a single charge.

Posted Date:31/07/2017.

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Acer Nitro 5 gaming notebook launched in India, prices start at Rs 75,990

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“The Nitro 5 features an Intel Core i7 SoC and NVIDIA GeForce 1050Ti” In May this year, Acer introduced the powerful Nitro 5 gaming notebook. Today, the company has finally brought the notebook to India. The laptop features a red backlit keyboard, and red outlined WSAD keys and touchpad. It gets a matte black chassis with a hairline finish. acer-nitro-5-1-1 The Acer Nitro 5 features a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display. It comes powered by 7th-gen Intel Core i7 or i5 processors, mated to 16GB of RAM. The notebook can be configured with either an NVIDIA GeForce 1050 or 1050Ti graphics card featuring 4GB of DDR5 video RAM. The laptop is equipped with dual fans and Acer Coolboost technology, which the brand claims can cool the CPU and GPU by more than 11 percent. Users can also manually control the cooling process when heavy use requires an added boost. The Acer Nitro 5 comes with a 128GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD for storage. It features Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology to deliver an immersive media experience. The connectivity features include a Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port with power-off charging, two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port. The Acer Nitro 5 gaming notebook will be available at a starting price of Rs 75,990 on Flipkart and Acer stores.

Posted Date:31/07/2017.

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iPhone 8’s bezel-less display and facial recognition features spotted in HomePod firmware

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Tweet “The iPhone 8 will sport a new bezel-less form factor” Several reports and leaks in the past have suggested that the 10th-anniversary edition of the iPhone will sport a bezel-free display. Now, the Cupertino giant itself has left a clue about the same feature in the firmware of the HomePod smart speaker. The firmware has also revealed that the iPhone 8 may ditch a TouchID sensor in favour of an infrared camera for facial recognition. View image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on Twitter Follow Steve T-S ✔ @stroughtonsmith I can confirm reports that HomePod’s firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere 7:33 AM - Jul 31, 2017 45 45 Replies 829 829 Retweets 1,106 1,106 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy A tweet from developer Steve Troughton-Smith reveals that the code of the new HomePod firmware contains most of the codebase for the iPhones inside it. The code reveals the existence of the upcoming iPhone’s infrared face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere. The camera will be used to detect your face, even in the dark. In reply to Troughton-Smit’s tweet, another developer has posted a photo from the code. The tweet reveals that the upcoming iPhone will feature a new bezel-less form factor. The iPhone 8 has been rumoured to sport a bezel-free display from the beginning of this year. Various rumours suggest the TouchID sensor will be placed below the screen, beneath the power button or at the rear of the iPhone 8. It’s also being speculated that the company may just ditch the sensor altogether. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 at its fall event.

Posted Date:31/07/2017.

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Samsung’s Snapdragon 835 SoC-powered flip phone leaks in new renders (updated)

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“The leaked render has revealed everything about its design” [Update: July 31st, 2017]: Soon after leaking the alleged press render of the Samsung W2018 smartphone, the same source has also posted a couple of live images of the device. Samsung W2018 leak Multiple reports in the past couple of weeks have suggested that Samsung will soon be introducing a new flagship clamshell phone. Now ahead of the unveiling, the Samsung SM-G9298 flip phone’s alleged press render has hit the interwebs, which has revealed the device’s design from all angles. Samsung Sm-G9298 As per the leaked render, the Samsung SM-G9298 will feature a single camera at the rear. Below the camera is what looks like a fingerprint sensor. The phone’s volume rocker key will be placed on the left, while the power button will sit on the right. The device will come with a single loudspeaker at the bottom alongside the USB Type-C port and a microphone. According to the earlier reports, the Samsung SM-G9298 will be launched as the Samsung W2018. The phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC, mated to 6GB of RAM. The device will come with a 4.2-inch FHD display, 64GB of storage, a 12MP rear snapper, a 5MP front shooter, Android Marshmallow and a 2,300mAh battery. It is rumoured to be priced around at Rs 1,28,000. There’s no word when the brand is planning to unveil the device at the moment.

Posted Date:31/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 receives FCC certification

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8 has received FCC certification, marking another necessary step before release to the public. You know what that means - another line of hideous markings on the back of the phone. The Note7 that wasn't meant to be now lives on as the Note FE Seriously though, the US telecom regulator has carried out the required testing and deemed the Note8 consumer ready. There are, of course, piles of technical documentation on the FCC website you can sift through if that's your thing. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is to be unveiled on August 23 in New York City, and should hopefully help us finally put the whole Note7 behind us once and for all.

Posted Date:30/07/2017.

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LG V30 to go on sale on September 15 in Korea, US gets it on the 28th

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The LG V30 is the second most highly anticipated phablet to be announced this fall (it's safe to say that the Note8 wins that title), and it's set for an August 31 unveiling at IFA in Berlin - 8 days after its Samsung archrival has gone official. It has now been revealed that the V30 will go on sale in its home country on September 15. In the US, the V30 will go on pre-order on September 17, while you'll be able to pick one up in a store starting September 28th. The current V20 will likely lend its dual camera setup to the V30. The info comes courtesy of an internal LG document obtained by AndroidAuthority, so it's not strictly official. Additionally, it doesn't mention other regions, but the September 28 date is cited as the global rollout date, so that may be all we need.

Posted Date:30/07/2017.

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EU prices of the Moto G5S and G5S Plus to be about €300 and €330 respectively

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Prolific things-finder Roland Quandt has dug up information on European pricing of the upcoming Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. According to a tweet of his the smaller model will carry a price tag around €300, while the Plus will command a small premium for a total of €330. He points out that the numbers come from Eastern Europe. We've previously heard a number in the INR20,000 ballpark for the Moto G5S Plus in India, which equates to about €265, so EU prices are higher. The Moto G5S and G5S Plus are shaping up to be surprising updates to the still recent G5 and G5 Plus. Perhaps the most notable change is the dual camera of the Moto G5S Plus, which is rumored to be 2x13MP, instead of the 2x12MP of the G5 Plus. We'll need to wait until their official release for an answer to the pressing 'Why?'.

Posted Date:30/07/2017.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 (G8341) goes through Geekbench, leaves Snapdragon 835 footprints

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The Sony G8341 was spotted again, this time in Geekbench scores. The benchmark confirms the suspected Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM, though it only showed Android 7.1 Nougat. Other leaks about this phone – supposedly the Xperia XZ1 – suggested it will run Android O instead. Considering that Google is still tinkering with the OS, we wouldn’t jump to any conclusions yet. Sony G8341/SO-01K (Xperia XZ1) on Geekbench Sony G8341/SO-01K (Xperia XZ1) on Geekbench Additional leaked specs include a 5.2” 1080p screen and a price tag of $860/€760. The phone has another code name, SO-01K (for Japan) and we’d like to point out that the Xperia XZ was the SO-1J, so this is clearly the successor. By the way, there’s another phone – G8441 – which is expected to be the Xperia XZ1 Compact with a 4.6” 720p screen as is the tradition. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for these and other Xperias at the upcoming IFA.

Posted Date:30/07/2017.

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iPhone 8 to be out in October-November with iris scanner, sans side-mounted TouchID

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The famed and hyped iPhone 8 with its near-bezelless OLED display can't seem to keep itself out of the news, not even for a day. A new report out of Asia, based on supply chain sources, now tells us that this model will only start shipping in October or early November (in very limited numbers), though it will probably be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus at a launch event that's slated to occur on September 7, 8 or 9. Those devices may be released on September 17 (but that's a Sunday and Apple usually starts sales on a Friday, so take this with a grain of salt). The sometimes rumored hypothesis of Apple placing the fingerprint scanner inside the side-mounted power button in the iPhone 8 (which is bigger than in previous models) is being contradicted this time around. Apparently the official cases for the phone don't have a hole for that button so the probability of TouchID hiding in there is low. As is, by the way, that of Apple figuring out how to make it work underneath the screen. So according to this rumor, either Apple places a fingerprint sensor on the back of the handset, or skips one altogether. The latter route might be what it chooses, considering that the iPhone 8 may feature an iris scanner. The image above shows a purported screen protector for the device, and as you can see it has way too many sensor holes for a phone without an iris scanner. Whereas if such a setup is in, all of those cutouts suddenly make sense. The system could be called FaceID. The iPhone 8 will only have a black front fascia, which means there's a distinct possibility that it will only be offered in one color version - black. With its glass back, it will support Qi wireless charging, a first for Apple.

Posted Date:30/07/2017.

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Nokia 8 to be announced on August 16

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Nokia has reportedly started sending out invites for an August 16 event on which it will make the Nokia 8 official. This will be the first Nokia flagship in 3 years, and the first Android-powered premium handset with the Nokia brand. It will also be the the first smartphone by the Finns with a dual-camera. The Nokia 8 is expected to have a 5.3" 1440x2560px display, a Snapdragon 835 chipset that will likely be paired with 6 gigs of RAM. There will be dual 13MP Zeiss-branded cameras on the back. It will come in Steel, Blue and Gold-Copper (or maybe copper-gold)

Posted Date:30/07/2017.

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New iPhone 8 leaked renders allegedly show finalized design

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If you can't wait to pick up an iPhone 8 on launch day, hopefully you started saving as soon as we first heard that it would be Apple's most expensive smartphone ever. A new leak is once again confirming that this will be the case, even saying that the starting price for the handset will be around the $1,100 to $1,200 mark. To make that only slightly more palatable, the entry-level model may have 128GB of storage (with a 256GB version also offered, for more cash of course). Aside from the pricing information, this leak brings us a new set of renders of the iPhone 8. And these allegedly depict the finalized hardware design for the device. They're based on information from sources in Apple's supply chain, turned into pictures by a case maker. The 5.8-inch OLED screen's bezels will be around 4mm on all sides, to make the iPhone 8 less prone to accidental input from the palm in which it's held than Samsung's latest flagships. The render of the bottom edge confirms that the 3.5mm headset jack won't make a return in this smartphone, and the Lightning port lives on (at least for now). The iPhone 8's charging cable could have USB-C at the other end, however. This might bring along fast charging for the first time in an Apple handset. And that may very well be a must, since the battery will apparently best the iPhone 7 Plus' endurance, despite the fact that the iPhone 8 will be physically smaller. The stereo setup using a combination of the bottom speaker and an amplified earpiece will make an appearance in the new iPhone too. It's also once again rumored to come with an enlarged power button, which is where the Touch ID fingerprint sensor might make an appearance in case the under-display version doesn't make the cut. How that will pan out is still a mystery, but with the elongated power button Apple has a Plan B within easy reach. How iOS 11 will accommodate the cutout at the top of the screen, where the selfie camera and various sensors reside, is another uncertain thing at the moment. The source of this leak speculates that the top left and top right parts of the UI will be used only to display connectivity and battery status, with notifications being shown at the bottom in a "function area".

Posted Date:30/07/2017.

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Huawei’s upcoming Mate 10 flagship will feature a bezel-free display

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“Huawei is gearing up to compete against the much-anticipated 10th-anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone” Last November, China’s Xiaomi became the first mainstream manufacturer to kickstart the trend of bezel-free smartphones by launching the futuristic Mi MIX smartphone. Now, bezel-less displays have started making their way to flagships such as the Galaxy S8 siblings and LG G6 (review), launched earlier this year. Now it appears that Huawei will also be shifting towards an all-screen front with its upcoming flagship. Huawei Mate 9_Mate 9 Pro In an interview with Bloomberg, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, revealed a few key details regarding the company’s upcoming flagship, the Huawei Mate 10. As per the report, Huawei is gearing up to compete against the much-anticipated 10th-anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone. The Huawei Mate 10 will be unveiled right around the time when Apple introduces the iPhone 8. Yu said that the Mate 10 will feature a full-screen display, and will arrive with a much longer battery life with quicker charging speeds. The phone will carry better photography capabilities and many other features to compete against the next iPhone, Yu added. The CEO practically confirmed the rumours and reports surrounding the Mate 10 featuring a bezel-free display. Evan though Yu revealed these details, he didn’t confirm on the exact configuration of the aforementioned features. As per the reports, the Mate 10 will come with a 6-inch full HD Full Active display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It will offer an octa-core Kirin 970, Leica-branded dual rear cameras with 3D sensing. Bloomberg’s report added that Huawei is aiming to grow its mobile shipments by only a modest amount this year. The brand is giving up on budget devices because the margin in this is very low, and it’s not making enough profits for the company.

Posted Date:29/07/2017.

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Micromax Selfie 2 with selfie flash and fingerprint sensor listed on company’s website

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Tweet “The Selfie 2 features an 8MP front camera with selfie flash and 3GB of RAM” In 2015, Micromax launched the Canvas Selfie 2 smartphone. Now the company has quietly introduced a new variant of the smartphone called the Micromax Selfie 2. The phone is listed on the company’s website, but the brand hasn’t revealed the pricing and availability at the moment. However, it’s available on Amazon India from a third-party dealer for Rs 11,900. Micromax Selfie 2 front The Micromax Selfie 2 features an 8-megapixel front shooter with an LED flash, a wide-angle lens and real time bokeh effect. At the rear, the phone offers a 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and 5p lens. The device boots Android Nougat out of the box, and comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The handset comes powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, coupled with 3-gigs of RAM, while the storage capacity on board is 32GB. There’s no word regarding its display size and connectivity features at the moment. Micromax Selfie 2 back The Micromax Selfie 2 will be available with a 100-day replacement warranty. We will update you as soon as the company officially announces pricing and availability of the device.

Posted Date:29/07/2017.

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RCom’s Rs 193 plan offers 1GB of data per day and calling benefits for 28 days

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Tweet “RCom’s new prepaid plan offers 30 minutes of calls to all networks per day” RCom recently launched a new prepaid plan for Rs 149, which offers 70GB of 4G data for 70 days. Now to compete against Reliance Jio’s new plans, the company has launched a new monthly plan that’s priced at Rs 193. Using phone RCom’s new Rs 193 plan offers you 1GB of 2G / 3G / 4G data per day. The plan also offers 30 minutes of free local and STD calling to all the networks per day. The validity of this pack is 28 days. Pricing, data and voice calling benefits of this plan may vary depending on the telecom circle. The price of this plan we mentioned here is for the Delhi region. The company offered a similar plan in June, but it only included data benefits.

Posted Date:28/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active complete specs leaked ahead of launch

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“The Galaxy S8 Active will be rugged offering with a 5.8-inch sAMOLED display and a Snapdragon 835 SoC” Several reports in the past have indicated that Samsung will soon be launching a rugged variant of the Galaxy S8 in the form of the Galaxy S8 Active. The phone’s alleged live images were leaked recently. Now the complete specifications of the device have leaked on the Chinese social networking website Weibo. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active As per the leaked images, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will feature a shatter resistant Super AMOLED 5.8-inch quad-HD Infinity edge display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It will come with an IP68 water resistant body with military-grade certification. The phone will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, mated to 4GB of RAM. The device will come with 64GB of storage, which will be further expandable up to 256GB. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active specs leak The camera department on the Galaxy S8 Active will include a 12-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The connectivity options will include Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi, NFC and A-GPS. The Android Nougat-powered offering will have a 4,000mAh battery with fast wireless charging support. The handset will also have a dedicated Bixby button. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is expected to launch in the coming weeks in the US for the users of AT&T telecom operator. We will inform you as soon as any new information pops up regarding the device.

Posted Date:28/07/2017.

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Reliance Jio to discontinue services of non-Prime members?

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“All the new and revised plans from the telco are only meant for Prime members” While of late, the focus has been on Reliance’s effectively-free 4G VoLTE-capable JioPhone, another thing that’s important for Jio subscribers is the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer which ended yesterday. The company has already announced new tariff plans for its users, along with updating the benefits offered in previous plans. But what caught our attention was the fact that there are now no packs for non-Prime members. jio-mukesh-ambani.jpg For those who are unaware, the Mukesh Ambani-owned company announced Prime membership in February this year, which promises better tariffs and benefits for an annual subscription of Rs 99. However, at the time of announcement, it was mentioned that those who don’t wish to become a Prime member can continue using their Jio number, albeit without access to the same offers. Jio did have separate plans for Prime and non-Prime members when it launched the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer. But that doesn’t seem to be the case now. Related read: All you need to know about Reliance Jio’s Prime membership We scanned through all the new plans on Jio’s website, and none of them are for non-Prime members. We also enquired about this in offline stores, and got the same response. Interestingly though, one store owner did tell us that you can recharge your number for Rs 498 to get 84GB data (with an FUP of 1GB / day) with a validity of 84 days, which essentially makes you a Prime member (Rs 399 plan +Rs 99 for the membership). This suggests that Jio might not be planning to continue the service of non-Prime members. Jio already claims to have witnessed the largest migration of free to paid services with more than 100 million subscribers enrolling for the Prime membership out of its 125 million user base. Reliance Jio prepaid plans We got in touch with a Reliance Jio representative, who stated that the company doesn’t have any plans for non-Prime members at this moment. Jio has nine plans (along with three recharges offering a validity of less than a week) for prepaid users, and five tariff options for postpaid consumers. None of these are for non-Prime members. The latest upstart in the telecom space has catapulted into the fastest growing telco in the world, thanks to its Welcome offer which debuted with its launch in September 2016, followed by the Happy New Year offer that started in January this year. The company tried to continue similar benefits for another three months with a one-time recharge under the Summer Surprise offer, but had to suspend this due to TRAI’s intervention. But it did manage to offer something similar in the form of the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plans. However now that Jio has successfully grown its subscriber base, its focus now seems to be on increasing its revenues.

Posted Date:28/07/2017.

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Airtel and Vodafone launch Rs 449 plans with unlimited calls and 1GB data per day for 84 days

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“Airtel and Vodafone are taking on Jio’s new Rs 399 plan with their own respective packs” Reliance Jio’s Dhan Dhana Dhan offer ended on July 26th. Ahead of this, the company introduced a handful of new plans for its prepaid and postpaid users. One of the brand’s long validity plans is priced at Rs 399, which offers 84GB of data and unlimited calling for 84 days. To compete against Jio’s latest offering, Airtel and Vodafone have also introduced similar plans. phone-using-fb Airtel and Vodafone have both introduced a new Rs 499 plan for their prepaid users. Their new plan offers 1GB of data per day and unlimited local and STD calling to any network for a period of 84 days. While FUP details for Vodafone’s plan are not confirmed yet, Airtel’s plan has a cap of 300 minutes of outgoing calls within a single day or calls to 100 unique numbers with a week. The price and validity of Airtel and Vodafone’s new prepaid plan may vary from telecom circle to circle. These plans are only available for users of 4G-enabled smartphones.

Posted Date:28/07/2017.

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Lenovo teases K8 Note, Geekbench listing reveals Helio X20 SoC and 3GB RAM

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“The Lenovo K8 Note will be a mid-range offering with Android Nougat and a deca-core SoC” Lenovo recently teased the launch of a new K Note series smartphone in India. Today, the company has released a couple of new teasers for the upcoming device. While the speculations indicated that the brand will launch the K7 Note in the country, the new teasers suggest toward the launch of the K8 Note. Also, the alleged K8 Note has also been spotted on Geekbench, which has revealed a couple of specs of the handset. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Lenovo India ✔ @Lenovo_in Not as simple as it looks! Solve & drop your answers to guess the name of the next #KillerNote! 9:00 AM - Jul 28, 2017 207 207 Retweets 440 440 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Lenovo’s new teasers have a couple of math problems, which when solved, suggest towards the launch of the K8 Note. As for the Geekbench listing, the benchmarks reveal that the phone will arrive with a 1.39GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM. The device will boot Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. It has a single-core score of 1659 and a multi-core score of 4,844. Follow Lenovo India ✔ @Lenovo_in Don't get stuck between the 1s & 0s. Your answer might reveal what the next #KillerNote will be called! 11:00 AM - Jul 28, 2017 44 44 Retweets 124 124 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy The Lenovo K8 Note will arrive as the successor of the K6 Note (review), which is retailing for around Rs 9,999. The phone features an all-metal design, a fingerprint sensor, a 5.5-inch FHD display and 32GB of expandable storage. It gets an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, 16MP/8MP cameras, 4G LTE and a 4,000mAh battery.

Posted Date:28/07/2017.

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[Price drop]: Vivo V5 Plus gets a price cut of Rs 3,000, now available for Rs 22,990

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“The V5 Plus flaunts an all-metal design, two selfie cameras, a 5.5-inch FHD display and 4GB of RAM” In January this year, Vivo launched the selfie-centric V5 Plus (review) in India for Rs 27,990. In April, the brand launched the Vivo V5 Plus IPL Limited Edition in matte black for Rs 25,990. Now, the company has dropped the price of both the smartphones by Rs 3,000, which were earlier selling for Rs 25,990. Both models are now available on Flipkart for Rs 22,990, and possibly via the brick-and-mortar retail stores across the country as well. Vivo V5 Plus To recap on the specs, the Vivo V5 Plus flaunts two selfie cameras – 20MP + 8MP, aided by a front-facing flash. At the rear, the phone comes with a 16MP shooter with 4K recording and an LED flash. It comes with a metal unibody design and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. The other specs include a 5.5-inch FHD display, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 4G LTE and a 3,160mAh battery.

Posted Date:28/07/2017.

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Nokia 3310 3G variant spotted on FCC, could be heading to the US

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“The modern avatar of the Nokia 3310 currently only supports 2.5G networks” At MWC in February, HMD Global introduced the 2017 variant of the classic Nokia 3310 (review) feature phone. The phone is now available to buy in several markets like India, but is yet to land in some markets like the US as it’s a 2G only device. In the US, 2G networks have been dismantled already. However, now it appears that the company is working on a 3G-enabled variant of the modern Nokia 3310. Nokia-3310-19 Ahead of the unveiling, the 3G-enabled Nokia 3310 has passed FCC certification with the model number TA-1036. FCC’s listing also reveals the 2G or 3G bands it will support in the US. The phone will support GSM bands including 850 and 1900, and other bands like WCDMA Band II and Band V. HMD Global had already dropped hints about a 3G variant of the new Nokia 3310. If reports are to be believed, the device could be unveiled at the brand’s event on August 16th in London.

Posted Date:27/07/2017.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 CAD renders and 360-degree video leaked

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Tweet “The Pixel 2 and XL 2 are expected to be the first smartphones to sport the Snapdragon 836 SoC” Google is expected to unveil second-gen models of the Pixel smartphone later this year. Ahead of the unveiling, we have already seen a fair share of leaks, renders and reports of the upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. Now, MySmartPrice has obtained CAD design based renders and a 360-degree video of these devices in collaboration with @OnLeaks. Google Pixel 2 and XL 2 CAD renders The alleged CAD based renders of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 suggest that they will sport a similar design. They will feature a similar display as the one seen on the LG G6, which has slim bezels on all sides. The phone will get a speaker grill below the display, and power and volume rocker keys on the right side. They appear to sport a glass plate at the rear with the primary camera embedded into it, and a metal housing below with a fingerprint sensor. The source claims that the dimensions of the Google Pixel 2 will be 145.3 x 69.3 and 7.8mm (8.2mm with camera bump). The Pixel XL 2 will measure 157.6 x 76.3 x 7.9mm (8.6mm with camera bump). Unfortunately, the report didn’t reveal any specifications of the phones. As per the earlier reports, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be the world’s first smartphones to utilise the upcoming Snapdragon 836 processor. They are expected to go official with the final build of the Android 8.0. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHKEryVLwv0

Posted Date:27/07/2017.

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MEIZU Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus with dual displays and dual cameras go official

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“The new MEIZU flagships come with secondary sAMOLED displays at the rear” MEIZU has refreshed its flagship smartphone line up with the launch of the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus at an event in China today. The brand’s new flagships flaunt a premium metal design. The biggest highlight of the phones is that they are equipped with a secondary Super AMOLED display at the rear, which shows notifications for calls, messages and more, apart from allowing you see yourself on the screen while capturing images from the rear. Meizu Pro 7_1 The secondary display can also be configured to showcase several live wallpapers. Following the dual camera boom on the smartphones, MEIZU has fitted the new flagships with two 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 cameras at the rear, one RGB and one monochrome. For selfies, both the handsets get 16-megapixel shooters. They are also equipped with independent audio processing chips. Individually, the MEIZU Pro 7 flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display from Samsung. The phone comes in two processor configurations – one with a Helio P25 and the other with a Helio X30, both mated to 4GB of RAM. The Helio P25 variant comes with 64GB of storage, while the Helio X30 model gets 128GB of memory. The device boots the latest Flyme 6 OS that’s based on Android Nougat, and gets a fingerprint sensor in the home button. It features a 3,000mAh battery that supports mCharge 3.0 fast charging technology. MEIZU Pro 7 official The MEIZU Pro 7 Plus on the other hand is loaded with a bigger 5.7-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display. It gets a massive 3,500mAh battery that supports 5V/5A mCharge 4.0 fast charging technology, which is faster than OnePlus’ Dash Charge technology which is rated at 5V/4A. It is powered by a 10nm 2.6GHz deca-core MediaTek X30 processor, mated to 6GB of RAM. The storage options include 64GB and 128GB. As for the pricing, the Helio P25 SoC variant of the MEIZU Pro 7 costs RMB 2,880 (~Rs 27,400), while the Helio X30 model will cost RMB 3,380 (~Rs 32,200). The 64GB Pro 7 Plus costs RMB 3,580 (~Rs 34,100), while the 128GB model will set you back by RMB 4,080 (~Rs 38,800). They come in black, silver, gold and red hues. The brand has also introduced a pair of earphones for these devices that costs RMB 499 (~Rs 4,700). They will go on sale in China across channels in early August.

Posted Date:27/07/2017.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 goes on sale in offline stores for Rs 17,499

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“The Mi Max 2 is now on open sale via Xiaomi’s online and offline partners” Xiaomi recently launched its latest premium phablet – the Mi Max 2 in India. The company held special sales of the phone on Mi.com and in Mi Home stores on July 20th and July 21st. Today, the device is finally available via open sales on the brand’s online and offline networks. Online, the handset is priced at Rs 16,999, but to purchase it offline, you will have to shell out Rs 17,499. The device comes bundled with 100GB of additional 4G data for Reliance Jio users. Buy Mi Max 2 online here – Amazon / Tata Cliq Xiaomi Mi Max 2 In Pictures 001 To recap, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 offers a premium metal unibody design with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It comes with a 6.44-inch full HD display, and boots MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat. The Snapdragon 625 SoC-powered smartphone comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The camera department includes a 12MP rear snapper and a 5MP front shooter.

Posted Date:27/07/2017.

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Report: Xiaomi could overtake Samsung to become India’s biggest smartphone brand

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“Chinese smartphone makers including Xiaomi, Vivo and OPPO are seeing massive gains in India” In January, Singapore-based research firm Canalys reported that Chinese smartphone makers were giving domestic vendors in India a hard time. The firm reported that Chinese brands dominated the country’s smartphone market in Q4 2016. Now the firm has released its report for India’s smartphone market for the second quarter of this year, and things don’t look so good for domestic vendors this time around as well. Canalys Q2 2017 India report According to the report, Samsung led the smartphone market in Q2 2017 with a 25 percent share. The company’s low-end J series devices are helping the brand to sustain its lead. The recently launched Galaxy S series flagships helped the brand win back some premium customers. However, the company is under immense pressure from Chinese players in the mid-tier segment. The report says that Xiaomi held the second spot during the period, and quadrupled its shipments to 4.8 million units this year. The company seems to be getting close to achieving the number of units Samsung shipped in the period, which is a little over 6.5 million. Vivo took third place by shipping an all-time high of 3.4 million devices, owing to its rising demand among tier-two and tier-three cities. OPPO took over Lenovo’s fourth position with the latter sitting on the fifth with 1.9 million units shipped in Q2 this year. Similar to Q4 2016’s results from the firm, not even a single domestic company managed to enter the top five spots. Collectively, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Gionee and Lenovo control over 50 percent of the country’s smartphone market. The report further revealed that the Indian smartphone market declined for the first time in history. The shipments to the country fell four percent year on year to just under 27 million devices shipping in Q2 2017. The firm adds that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that kicked off from July 1st across all products has adversely affected the market this year.

Posted Date:27/07/2017.

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Samsung is reportedly prepping a Snapdragon 835-powered clamshell Android smartphone

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“The upcoming Samsung flip phone will allegedly have 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage” Earlier this year, a new Samsung clamshell smartphone was spotted on the Chinese certification agency TENAA’s website as the W2018. Now Twitter gadget tipster @mmddj_china has revealed some key specifications of the upcoming flip folder phone from the South Korean tech giant. As per the source, the Samsung W2018 will be a powerful device with the top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The SoC will be paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Unfortunately, the tipster didn’t reveal any other specifications of the handset. According to the listing on TENAA, the Samsung W2018 will arrive with a 4.2-inch full HD display. It will come with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The other tipped specs include the outdated Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 2,300mAh battery. If the reports are to be believed, the phone will carry a hefty price tag of around Rs 1,28,000.

Posted Date:27/07/2017.

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Report: Reliance Jio planning to offer free Wi-Fi to 38,000 colleges across India

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“Jio has already made a presentation before the HRD ministry last month regarding the plan” According to a report by Hindustan Times, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is now planning to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to over 38,000 colleges across India. The brand has allegedly submitted a tender to the HRD (Human Resource Development) ministry to offer free Wi-Fi to thousands of technical and non-technical institutions across the country. broadband-internet The report claims that Jio has already made a presentation regarding the plan to the HRD ministry last month. The newcomer telco is currently waiting for the final decision from the department. To ensure that a fair chance is given to all operators across the country, the ministry is planning to release a tender to ensure transparency and fairness in the procedure. The report suggests that the universities that will be included in this plan are: Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Central University-Himachal Pradesh, Central University-South Bihar and Central University-Jammu. The free Wi-Fi from Jio will allow students to get an internet connection and use educational resources available online on the SWAYAM platform through the National Knowledge Network. It’s worth mentioning that the HRD Minister has already announced the launch of free Wi-Fi connectivity to 38 universities that will begin on August 31st this year.

Posted Date:26/07/2017.

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Vodafone’s new Rs 244 prepaid plan offers 70GB of data and unlimited on-net calls for 70 days

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“There’s also a new Rs 346 plan that offers 1GB of data per day and unlimited local and STD calls” Soon after launching new plans for postpaid users, Vodafone has introduced a new voice and data combo plan for its prepaid subscribers. The brand’s new Rs 244 plan offers 1GB of 3G or 4G data per day and unlimited Vodafone to Vodafone calls for a period of 70 days. Vodafone Rs 244 prepaid plan The new Rs 244 first recharge plan will be valid for 70 days, and on the second recharge, users will get a validity of 35 days for the same amount. The company is also offering a five percent cashback on the plan via its app in the form of Rs 9.70 talktime. Apart from the new FRC plan, the brand has also introduced another prepaid plan priced at Rs 346. This package offers 1GB of data per day and unlimited local and STD calls (max 300min/day and max 1,200min/week) for 56 days. The five percent cashback on this pack comes in the form of a talktime of Rs 17.30. It’s worth mentioning that price of the new Vodafone prepaid plans will vary from circle to circle.

Posted Date:26/07/2017.

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Xiaomi introduces the affordable Mi AI Speaker with 360-degree audio sensing

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“Xiaomi takes on Google, Amazon and Apple with the Mi AI Speaker” Artificial intelligence-powered smart speakers are going to be the next big thing with major companies like Amazon, Google and Apple already having launched their devices in this segment. Xiaomi showcased a tiny smart speaker called the Mi Bunny at CES in January. Today, the brand has introduced the Mi AI Speaker alongside the Mi 5X smartphone in China. Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker 1 The Xiaomi MI AI Speaker is powered by the brand’s own SoundMi artificial intelligence technology. To ensure it can hear voice commands from all corners of a room, Xiaomi has equipped it with a six-microphone array, 360-degree audio sensing and advanced echo cancellation. It also acts as a hub for all of your smart home appliances. You can use voice commands to turn on / off smart lights, switch on / off a smart TV, and much more. Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker 2 Similar to the other smart speakers on the market, the Xiaomi MI AI Speaker is also capable of answering your queries using voice commands. It has a large content library for music, audio books, children stories, live radio etc. You can also enable more add-ons and plugins for the speaker using the Mi AI Speaker app on your smartphone. Coming to the most interesting bit, the Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker has priced at just RMB 299 (~Rs 2,800). It appears to be one of the most affordable smart home speakers in the market at the moment. To compare, the Google Home is available starting at around Rs 8,300, while the Amazon Echo speaker retails for approximately Rs 11,500.

Posted Date:26/07/2017.

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Nokia 2 spotted on Geekbench, renders leaked alongside

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“The entry-level Nokia 2 will come with a Snapdragon 212 SoC and 1GB of RAM” HMD Global is expected to launch the Nokia 8 flagship on August 16th in London. The company is also working on an entry-level smartphone dubbed the Nokia 2. We have already seen a number of leaks and reports surrounding the device. Now, a new alleged render of the Nokia 2 has surfaced, which reveals its front and rear design. In addition, a listing on Geekbench has revealed a few details regarding its specs. Nokia 2 render As per the leaked render, the Nokia 2 will offer rounded corners and thick bezels surrounding its display. In the front, the phone will get a selfie camera, an earpiece and the Nokia logo. At the rear, the device will have a speaker and a rear camera with an LED flash. Nokia 2 geekbench According to the Geekbench listing, the Nokia 2 will boot Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The phone will be powered by a 1.27GHz quad-core processor, which could the Snapdragon 212. The device will get 1GB of RAM. While the storage was not detected, it is expected to be 8GB. The Nokia 2 is rumoured to be priced at Rs 7,000. The company could unveil the handset alongside the Nokia 8 on August 16th.

Posted Date:26/07/2017.

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Xiaomi Mi 5X with 5.5-inch FHD display and dual 12MP cameras goes official

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“The Mi 5X is a loaded offering with a Snapdragon 625 SoC and a 3,080mAh battery” After several teasers, Xiaomi has finally unveiled its latest smartphone dubbed the Mi 5X at an event in its home market of China. The new Xiaomi smartphone flaunts a premium metal unibody design, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup at the rear. The phone boots the freshly introduced MIUI 9, which is based on Android Nougat. Xiaomi Mi 5X official 3 Talking about the camera department first, the Mi 5X boasts two 12-megapixel cameras at the rear – a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens, aided by a dual-LED flash unit, portrait mode, background blur mode, optical zoom and more. For selfies, it gets a 5-megapixel camera. The Xiaomi Mi 5X sports a 5.5-inch full HD display, and is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, assisted by 4GB of RAM and Adreno 506 graphics. The device comes with 64GB of storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB by inserting a microSD card. The connectivity department includes 4G LTE, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, Infrared sensor and A-GPS. A 3,080mAh battery keeps the phone running. The Xiaomi Mi 5X has been priced quite competitively at RMB 1,499 (~Rs 14,200), and comes in three hues – black, gold and pink. It will first go on sale in China starting August 1st, and the registrations for the sale are already open.

Posted Date:26/07/2017.

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Jio Phone will utilise Qualcomm or Spreadtrum chipsets

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“Reliance 'Jio' has partnered with both Qualcomm and Spreadtrum to power the JioPhone” After months of waiting, Reliance Jio introduced the JioPhone last week. The complete specifications of the 4G and VoLTE-enabled feature phone weren’t mentioned at the launch event. However, now both Qualcomm and Spreadtrum have announced that their chipsets will be powering the JioPhone. This is in line with our exclusive report earlier this month. Qualcomm tweeted that the JioPhone utilises its entry-level Qualcomm 205 Platform. To recap, the Qualcomm 205 platform was unveiled in March this year, and is targeted at entry-level feature phones with LTE and VoLTE support. Spreadtrum, on the other hand, hasn’t revealed which of its processors is powering the JioPhone. It could be the Spreadtrum 9820 processor that is being utilised by the Lava 4G Connect M1. Since Jio has enlisted two chipset makers for the JioPhone, it appears there will be multiple variants of the device, each with slightly different internals. The phone’s trials will begin on August 15th, and it will be available to pre-order starting August 24th. The device will be shipped sometime in early September to those who have booked it.

Posted Date:25/07/2017.

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Bingo F1 and F2 fitness trackers launched for Rs 1,499 and Rs 1,699 respectively

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“The Bingo F1 and F2 are budget fitness trackers with heart rate monitors” Last December, Bingo Technologies introduced the M2 Smart Band, an entry-level fitness tracker with dust and water resistance. Now, the company has expanded its range of wearables with the launch of the Bingo F1 and F2 fitness bands. Similar to the M2 Smart Band, the Bingo F1 and F2 fitness trackers also come with IP67 ratings for dust and water resistance. The wearables are also equipped with heart rate monitors. Bingo F1 and F2 fitness trackers The Bingo F1 and F2 come with 0.71-inch OLED touch-enabled displays. They can count the number of steps taken and calories burnt. The smart bands offer alerts for incoming calls on a connected device, as well as reminders, SMSes and notifications from apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and more. They feature sleep monitors, sedentary reminders and 70mAh batteries with up to 300 hours of standby time. The Bingo F2 also gets a push button. As for the pricing, the Bingo F1 and F2 fitness trackers have been priced at Rs 1,499 and Rs 1,699 respectively. They are up for grabs from most e-commerce portals like Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm in a number of hues – blue, pink, green, black and purple.

Posted Date:24/07/2017.

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Celkon CliQ with 5-inch HD display and 16MP camera launched for Rs 8,399

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“The Celkon CliQ features an 8MP selfie camera and VoLTE support” Celkon has launched a new budget smartphone called CliQ. As the name suggests, the CliQ is a camera-centric device. Celkon Cliq The smartphone’s display is a 5-incher with HD resolution and 2.5D curved glass. The mainstay of the device is the 16MP primary shooter and 8MP selfie camera, both with f/2.0 aperture. The primary camera comes with features like Bokeh, Mirror Image, Voice capture and Smile Shot. The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB. The VoLTE-enabled handset runs on a 2,500mAh battery and boots Android Marshmallow out of the box. The CliQ features a BOOM audio player with BOOM Surround Sound. Celkon has also integrated some Smart Functions, which include smart wake and a three finger gesture to take a screenshot. The device has been priced at Rs 8,399 and will be available via major retailers across the country.

Posted Date:24/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt with 5.5-inch HD display and 3,000mAh battery launched for Rs 11,490

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“The Galaxy J7 Nxt is a budget offering with a 5.5-inch sAMOLED display and a selfie flash” Last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy J7 Pro and J7 Max smartphones in India. Now, the company has quietly released the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt in the country. The phone is available to buy on the company’s official e-store in the country for Rs 11,490. The device is being offered in two hues – black and gold. Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt The Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, and boots Android Nougat out-of-the-box. The phone is powered by an unknown 1.6GHz octa-core processor, mated to 2GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 16GB, which can be further increased up to 256GB by inserting a microSD card. The camera department includes a 13MP rear snapper and a 5MP front shooter, both accompanied by LED flash units. In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt is equipped with dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+ and GPS with GLONASS. A 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3,000mAh battery completes the list of the specifications.

Posted Date:24/07/2017.

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Moto Z2 Force to reportedly come with a Snapdragon 835 SoC and dual 12MP cameras

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“The Moto Z2 Force is expected to be unveiled on July 25th with a shatterproof display” Lenovo recently sent out media invites for its #hellomotoworld event in New York on July 25th, where it is expected to launch the Moto Z2 Force. Ahead of the unveiling, popular tipster Evan Blass aka @evleaks recently shared a press render of the phone. Today, Blass has reported the key specifications of the device on VentureBeat. Moto Z2 Force leaked According to the report, the Moto Z2 Force will arrive with a 5.5-inch shatterproof ShatterShield Super AMOLED POLED display. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, mated to 4GB or 6GB of RAM, depending on the region. The phone will come with a pair of 12-megapixel cameras at the rear. In the front, the device will get a 5-megapixel shooter, just like its predecessor. The source notes that Lenovo has reduced the thickness of the already slim Moto Z2 Play, and has fitted the Moto Z2 Force with a smaller 2,730mAh battery. The phone doesn’t get any ingression rating, but it is said to be covered with a water-repellent nano-coating. We will have official details regarding the device next week, so stay tuned to 91mobiles for more updates.

Posted Date:23/07/2017.

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LG Q8 announced with 5.2-inch screen, dual cameras and Snapdragon 820

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“The LG Q8 is a watered-down version of the LG V20 and boasts a secondary display” LG introduced the Q series of smartphones to offer signature features of its flagship offerings at an affordable price. The Q6 was the impish LG G6 (review) and now the brand has taken covers off the Q8, which is the watered-down variant of LG V20 (review) albeit with trademark features retained. LG Q8 post The LG Q8 gets a 5.2-inch QHD IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 4 on the front with a familiar secondary screen up top with a resolution of 1,040 x 160 pixels. This secondary screen displays panels with quick tools, app shortcuts, recent apps, quick contacts, music controls, signature and upcoming events. The device boots Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, skinned with LG UX 5.0. The performance of the device is driven by the Snapdragon 820 SoC mated to 4GB of RAM. The on-board storage of 32GB can be further expanded using a microSD card. The rear panel of the handset houses a 13MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.4) camera module, whereas the front panel has a 5MP shooter. The device also boasts IP67 certification, which makes it resistant to water and dust. The handset has already been launched in Japan and is now going to be made available worldwide. However, the brand has not disclosed the exact launch date or price yet.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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ASUS ZenFone 4 Max with dual cameras and 5,000mAh battery unveiled

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“The ZenFone 4 Max is a mid-range offering with up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage and two 13MP rear cameras” ASUS is expected to launch its next-gen ZenFone 4 series of flagship smartphones in Europe in September. Ahead of the unveiling, the company has launched the ZenFone 4 Max in Russia. The mid-range smartphone features an all-metal unibody design, a dual camera setup at the rear and a massive 5,000mAh battery. ASUS ZenFone 4 Max The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max features a 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D curved IPS display. It comes in two processor configurations – a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC and a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor, depending on the market. There are three RAM and storage options on offer – 2GB + 16GB, 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB, all of which support microSD cards up to 256GB in size. The camera department on the ZenFone 4 Max includes two 13MP rear shooters and an 8MP selfie snapper. The phone offers 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS for connectivity. The other specs include Android Nougat with ZenUI 3.0 on top, 5-magnet speakers with NXP Smart Amp amplifier, dual noise-cancelling microphones and a fingerprint sensor. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max’s price starts at 13,900 Rubles (~Rs 15,170). It is available in three hues – black, gold and pink.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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ASUS posts ZenFone 4 official teasers, dual cameras confirmed

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“The ZenFone 4 is expected to come with a quad-HD display and a Snapdragon 835 SoC” Last month, ASUS sent out invites for a press event, which is scheduled for September 21st in Rome. At the event, the company is expected to unveil its ZenFone 4 series smartphones. Now ahead of the unveiling, the company has teased the ASUS ZenFone 4. ASUS ZenFone 4 teaser ASUS has posted four promotional photos for the ZenFone 4, which confirms the presence of dual cameras on the device. However, the company hasn’t released any images of the actual device at the moment. As per the earlier reports, the phone will come with high-end specifications like a quad-HD display and a Snapdragon 835 SoC. If reports are to be believed, ASUS will launch four models in the ZenFone 4 series. These models will be the standard ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Pro and ZenFone 4 Max. The company recently unveiled the ZenFone 4 Max with dual cameras and a 5,000mAh battery.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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Moto Z2 Force to reportedly come with a Snapdragon 835 SoC and dual 12MP cameras

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“The Moto Z2 Force is expected to be unveiled on July 25th with a shatterproof display” Lenovo recently sent out media invites for its #hellomotoworld event in New York on July 25th, where it is expected to launch the Moto Z2 Force. Ahead of the unveiling, popular tipster Evan Blass aka @evleaks recently shared a press render of the phone. Today, Blass has reported the key specifications of the device on VentureBeat. Moto Z2 Force leaked According to the report, the Moto Z2 Force will arrive with a 5.5-inch shatterproof ShatterShield Super AMOLED POLED display. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, mated to 4GB or 6GB of RAM, depending on the region. The phone will come with a pair of 12-megapixel cameras at the rear. In the front, the device will get a 5-megapixel shooter, just like its predecessor. The source notes that Lenovo has reduced the thickness of the already slim Moto Z2 Play, and has fitted the Moto Z2 Force with a smaller 2,730mAh battery. The phone doesn’t get any ingression rating, but it is said to be covered with a water-repellent nano-coating. We will have official details regarding the device next week, so stay tuned to 91mobiles for more updates.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders leaked again, confirm dual cameras and Infinity display

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“The Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and two 12MP cameras at the rear” Samsung recently confirmed that it would be unveiling the Galaxy Note 8 flagship at an event in New York on August 23rd. Ahead of the unveiling, we have already seen a number of leaked renders of the handset. Now BGR has posted new renders of the Galaxy Note 8, which show off the same design as you may have seen in our exclusive CAD-based renders of the device. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders According to the report, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone will come with two 12MP cameras at the rear alongside a fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a stylus. It will feature 6GB of RAM, an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 processor, a 3,300mAh battery and an updated S Pen stylus. The report suggests that these images are not official renders created by Samsung. These are only mock-up images created by a third-party case maker.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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Jio’s 10-month journey in numbers

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“India has overtaken USA and China in terms of mobile data consumption” Today, at its 40th AGM, Reliance finally announced the much awaited and highly anticipated 4G VoLTE-capable feature phone dubbed JioPhone. But apart from that, the company revealed some fascinating figures and numbers about its journey, especially since the commercial launch of Reliance Jio. Related read: JioPhone tariff plans: everything you need to know JioPhone Reliance Jio reached its target of 100 million customers in under 170 days. That accounts to an impressive average of about seven new Jio customers per second in that period. As of now, Jio has over 125 million customers, making it one of the leading telecom players in the market. Moreover, given the low tariffs and attractive offers, Jio users make more than 250 crore minutes of voice and video calls every single day. In six months since Jio’s launch, mobile data consumption in India has grown six fold from 20 crore GB per month to 120 crore GB per month. Now that number stands at 125 crore GB per month for Jio customers alone, including 165 crore hours of high-speed videos every month. All this has resulted in India overtake USA and China, and claim the first rank in terms of mobile data usage. reliance-jio The company also aims to bring India to the number one position in mobile broadband penetration in the coming months, which would be a huge jump from India’s 155th rank before the launch of Jio. In fact, Jio aims to cover 99 percent of the country’s population in the next 12 months, and have over 10,000 Jio offices across the country. The rise of Reliance Jio has been a dream run for the company, which now has over 100 million paid subscribers to boast about.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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ZOPO Speed X with 5-inch HD display and dual cameras launched for Rs 9,499

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“The ZOPO Speed X features a 13MP front camera with selfie flash” ZOPO has launched its first ever dual camera smartphone called Speed X. The device sports two 13MP + 2MP cameras at the rear which offers bokeh functionality. Zopo Speed X The device features a 5-inch full HD display and a fingerprint sensor located at the rear. The Speed X sports a 13MP front camera accompanied by a soft LED flash. The performance of the handset is driven by MediaTek MT6753 SoC, mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable onboard storage. It boots Android Nougat out of the box and offers dual-SIM and VoLTE. The handset is fuelled by a 2,680mAh battery. ZOPO has priced the handset at Rs 9,499 and it will be available on major e-commerce websites starting today. You can take your pick from charcoal black, royale gold, orchid gold and space grey colours.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launching on August 23rd in New York

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"The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a 6.4-inch FHD display, a Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB of RAM” Earlier this month, Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh told South Korean media that the Galaxy Note 8 would arrive in August. A recent report by the The Bell suggested that the next iteration of the Galaxy Note series will be unveiled on August 23rd. Today, the company has finally sent out invites for a Galaxy Unpacked event on August 23rd, where it is expected to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 invite FB Samsung’s invite for the Galaxy Unpacked event depicts two slim top and bottom bezels of a device with no edges. It suggests that the Note 8 will sport an Infinity display like the one on the Galaxy S8 Plus (review). The teaser also has the brand’s proprietary S-Pen. The event will take place in New York, and will be live streamed on the company’s website as well. As per the reports, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will flaunt a 6.4-inch full HD display, and will be powered by either a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor. The phone will come with 4GB of RAM, a water-resistant design, dual cameras, Android Nougat and a beefy battery.

Posted Date:22/07/2017.

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Google starts rolling out Play Protect to Android devices

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“Google Play Protect adds another level of security to Android devices by protecting against malware” In May, Google introduced Play Protect to improve the security of Android-powered devices. Now the company is rolling out the comprehensive security features of the same to all devices running Google Mobile Services v.11 and higher. Google Play Protect Google Play Protect can automatically scan apps from the Play Store which are installed on your device to ensure they don’t compromise your data. The service tests apps and checks to make sure they’re clean. If the service finds any app leaking information, it will be blocked or removed from your device. Apart from scanning apps, Google Play Protect also safeguards your Android devices against malware. The new feature automatically runs in the background, but users can also start a scan to check for suspicious apps. The security features are being rolled out in phases, so not all Android devices will get it right away.

Posted Date:21/07/2017.

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Exclusive: Reliance’s LYF 4G VoLTE feature phone to go on pre-order starting July 22nd

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“The feature phone would be available to pre-book soon after the official launch tomorrow” Reliance Jio’s 4G VoLTE feature phones have been hogging headlines since January this year. While their launch has been delayed quite a bit, we’re getting more details as we inch closer to the announcement date – which we beileve to be tomorrow, July 21st, coinciding with the RIL AGM. And today, another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place, thanks to a Delhi-based retailer, who wishes to remain anonymous. Reliance Jio feature phone - FB feat We’ve learnt that the LYF-branded feature phones will go on pre-booking starting this Saturday, i.e. just a day after the AGM. This is similar to the strategy that the Mukesh Ambani-owned company opted for with the commercial launch of its Jio telecom services last year. The Jio SIM cards were available under the Welcome Offer within a couple of days after the 39th Annual General Meet held on September 1st. Our source further says that those interested would be able to pre-book the feature phones across offline stores in the country. Sadly, there’s no information regarding the price or the pre-booking amount that the potential buyers would need to shell out. To recap, the Jio feature phone is expected to be a game-changer by bringing segment-first features such as support for 4G VoLTE for voice calls, Wi-Fi, USB tethering and more. The phone is expected to come in two variants – one powered by Spreadrum chipset and other based on the Qualcomm 205 platform. Both models are expected to offer 2.4-inch displays, 512MB RAM, 4GB expandable storage, and a VGA camera at the front. They’ll also support Jio’s apps such as JioCinema, JioMusic, etc. We won’t have to wait long to know more about the upcoming feature phones. But the most important aspect would still be the pricing, with some analyst reports suggesting that they could be priced as low as Rs 500, reminding one of the the ‘Kar lo duniya mutthi mein’ campaign all over again.

Posted Date:21/07/2017.

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Intex Aqua Lions 3 with 5-inch HD display and 4,000mAh battery launched for Rs 6,499

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Tweet “The Aqua Lions 3 flaunts a front LED flash and 2.5D Drgaontrail Glass” Intex has now added a new member to its Lions series of smartphones, the Intex Aqua Lions 3. The device is the third iteration in the lineup, and is targeted towards IPL fans and named after the Intex-owned franchise, Gujarat Lions. Intex Aqua Lions 3 The new launch from the brand boots Android 7.0 Nougat with minimal visual changes to the interface. At its core, there is 1.2GHz quad-core processor mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. Coming to the imaging department, the smartphone features 8MP snapper on front and rear panels, which are fixed and auto focus, respectively. Both cameras are accompanied by an LED flash. The front panel of Aqua Lions 3 has a 5-inch HD IPS OnCell display protected by Dragontrail glass. Underneath the rear panel is a 4,000mAh battery providing the power required to this 4G VoLTE enabled handset. The Intex Aqua Lions 3 is available in Champagne and Black hues with a price tag of Rs 6,499.

Posted Date:21/07/2017.

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Lenovo teases new K Note series smartphone in India

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“Lenovo is expected to launch the successor to the K6 Note in India soon” Lenovo introduced its K Note series budget smartphones in India with the launch of the K3 Note (review) in June 2015. Launched in December 2016, the Lenovo K6 Note (review) was the last K Note series smartphone to be launched in the country. Now the brand is all set to introduce its the latest addition to the range. Lenovo has teased the launch of an unnamed smartphone on its social channels, and the teaser says that “The next #KillerNote will be uncaged soon!”. It is expected to be the successor to the K6 Note, and is speculated to be called the K7 Note. There are no rumours or leaks regarding the handset at the moment, but it is expected to be a loaded budget offering. To recap, the Lenovo K6 Note was launched in the country at a starting price of Rs 13,999, but is now retailing for around Rs 9,999. The phone features an all-metal design, a fingerprint sensor, a 5.5-inch FHD display and 32GB of expandable storage. It gets an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, 16MP/8MP cameras, 4G LTE and a 4,000mAh battery.

Posted Date:21/07/2017.

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Sennheiser CX 7.00BT wireless headphones with neckband design launched for Rs 11,990

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“The Sennheiser CX 7.00BT offers up to 10 hours of audio playback” Sennheiser has added a new member to its audio accessories portfolio in India in the form of the CX 7.00 BT wireless headphones. The in-ear pair headphones come with a lightweight neckband design. The wireless accessory features Bluetooth 4.1 and Qualcomm apt-X support for true Hi-Fi sound, and also gets NFC for quick pairing with compatible devices. Sennheiser CX 7.00BT The Sennheiser CX 7.00BT lets you pair up to two devices at the same time. It offers a frequency response of 17Hz – 21,000Hz, voice prompts to notify you of the pairing status and low battery, a three-button remote, high-quality microphone and three-way calling support. The wearable comes with ear adapters in four different sizes. It gets a 170mAh battery that delivers up to 10 hours of audio playback and takes 1.5 hours to charge completely. The Sennheiser CX 7.00BT has been priced at Rs 11,990, and will be available via major brick-and-mortar stores and on Amazon India in a single black hue.

Posted Date:20/07/2017.

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Google Glass makes a comeback in new Enterprise Edition

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“The new Google Glass features an improved camera and battery life” Google Glass, the search engine titan’s smart, connected eyewear with a head-mounted display, was introduced in 2013 and was released to the public in 2014. Unfortunately, the futuristic product wasn’t very successful, and the company discontinued the prototype in January 2015. However, the company is now back with the second version of the wearable dubbed Google Glass Enterprise Edition. Google Glass Enterprise Edition FB With the second iteration of the Google Glass, the company is focusing on the enterprise market instead of the public. The new variant of the wearable works with prescription lenses, and comes with an improved camera and battery life. The camera has been upgraded from 5MP to 8MP, and eliminates the red light to indicate that a video is being recorded. Google claims the Enterprise Edition us being used by hundreds of employees from companies like GE, Boeing, DHL and Volkswagon. Google has customised glass for workers in industries like manufacturing, logistics, field services and healthcare. Google mentioned that workers at AGCO, an agricultural machinery maker, are using product to reduce machinery production time by 25 percent and inspection times by 30 percent, thanks to Glass’ ability to pull up information easily. Google is now working towards to improve the efficiency of the wearable.

Posted Date:20/07/2017.

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HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela resigns, effective immediately

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“Nummela’s departure comes right before the expected Nokia 8 launch” Arto Nummela HMD Global, the company that holds the license to manufacture and market Nokia-branded smartphones and feature phones has announced that its CEO Arto Nummela will be leaving the company, effective immediately. HMD has appointed its President, Florian Seiche, as acting CEO in his stead. The company hasn’t divulged many details regarding Nummela’s departure, simply stating that it was a ‘mutual agreement’. “Arto Nummela has played a key role in the creation of the HMD Global operation, building the team and launching our first products. On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Arto for his contribution and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Sam Chin, Chairman of the Board, HMD Global Oy said in a statement to the press. Before his stint at HMD, Nummela was Nokia’s head of Microsoft’s Mobile Devices business in Greater Asia, Middle East, and Africa. The sudden leadership change, right before the expected Nokia 8 launch suggests an internal conflict of some sort, although HMD hasn’t elaborated on this.

Posted Date:20/07/2017.

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LG V30 with Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM allegedly spotted on Geekbench, cases leaked too

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“The LG V30 will be a flagship phablet with a dual camera setup at the rear” Earlier this month, LG announced a launch event for August 31st in Berlin, where the brand is expected to unveil its next-gen V-series flagship, the LG V30. Ahead of the launch, we have seen a number of reports and leaks regarding the device. Now, the alleged LG V30 has been spotted on the benchmarking website Geekbench. In addition, a couple of images of Ringke cases for the device have also surfaced on the interwebs. LG V30 geekbench As per Geekbench, the LG V30 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with a clock speed of 1.90GHz. The phone will get 4GB of RAM and boot Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box. The single-core score on Geekbench is 1899, while the multi-core score is 6350. LG V30 cases The leaked Ringke cases suggest that the phone will come with a dual camera setup at the back. The camera sensors will be accompanied by an LED flash and what seems to be a laser autofocus system. The cases also suggest that the phone will come with a fingerprint sensor, which will be located at the rear. According to the reports, this year’s V-series flagship will not feature a secondary display like its predecessors. Since the phone isn’t launching for at least a couple of weeks, we can expect the rumour mill to come up with more details about the device.

Posted Date:20/07/2017.

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Nokia 8 spotted on company’s China website, expected to be unveiled today

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“The Nokia 8 is expected to come with a 5.3-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 835 SoC and Carl Zeiss optics” It appears that HMD Global is hours away from launching the Nokia 8 flagship. Ahead of the unveiling, a couple of press renders of the phone were leaked. Now, the phone has been spotted on the company’s website in China. A user on the Chinese community website Baidu was able to grab a screenshot of the Nokia 8 listing before it was pulled down. Nokia 8 official website spotted The design of the Nokia 8 in the official render resembles the earlier leaks. The phone has a physical home button, which is expected to integrate a fingerprint sensor. If the date mentioned on the render is any hint, the phone could be officially unveiled in China later today. Nokia 8 new leak As per the earlier leaks, the Nokia 8 will be a flagship offering with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The phone will come with a 5.3-inch QHD display, dual 13MP cameras at the rear with Carl Zeiss lenses and Android Nougat.

Posted Date:20/07/2017.

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New Nokia 105 and 130 feature phones announced, prices start at Rs 999

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“The new Nokia feature phones offer long-lasting batteries and Snake Xenzia game” HMD Global has introduced new versions of the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130 feature phones. The phones come as successors to 2015’s Nokia 105 and 2014’s Nokia 130 respectively, which were launched by Microsoft. The new Nokia 105 features a candy bar design, which closely resembles the new Nokia 3310 (review). The Nokia Series 30+ platform-based device comes pre-loaded with games like Snake Xenzia, Doodle Jump and Crossy Road. The Nokia 130’s 2017 variant is also equipped with Snake Xenzia and five try-and-buy games from Gameloft. Nokia 105 new The new Nokia 105 comes with a new island keypad, and is encased in a tough polycarbonate shell. It features a 1.8-inch QQVGA colour display, 4MB ROM, a standard headphone jack and micro-USB charging port. For entertainment, it is also loaded with an FM Radio. The new Nokia 105’s 800mAh battery is rated to deliver up to 15 hours of talk time and one month of standby time. The phone comes in blue, white and black – each with a matte finish. NOkia 130 new The new Nokia 130 features a 1.8-inch QQVGA colour display. It gets a built-in FM Radio, music player, Bluetooth connectivity, microSD card support up to 32GB, Nokia Series 30+ software platform, a 1,020mAh battery and 8GB of storage. It will be available in red, black and grey hues. Both the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130 come with an LED torchlight. The new Nokia 105’s single-SIM variant has been priced at Rs 999, while its dual-SIM model will set you back by 1,149. The new Nokia 130 gets a global average price of $21.50 (~Rs 1,380), excluding taxes and subsidies. It will also be released in single and dual-SIM variants, and will go on sale in India next month.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Kodak Ektra smartphone with 21MP camera and Helio X20 SoC launched for Rs 19,990

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“The Kodak Ektra features a 13MP selfie camera, 3GB RAM and 3,000mAh battery” Kodak, the camera brand of yesteryear has launched the Ektra, a camera-centric smartphone aimed at enthusiastic photographers in India. Kodak-Ektra-04 The USP of the Kodak Ektra (first impressions) is the large 21MP Sony IMX230 sensor at the back with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, PDAF and dual-LED flash. In the front, the smartphone features a 13MP shooter with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture. Kodak has tried to emulate a retro camera look for the device and has wrapped the Ektra in artificial leather. The processor powering the device is a 2.3GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 chip with 3GB of RAM provided for multitasking. The 5-incher sports a full HD display and 32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded to 128GB via a microSD. The device is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging. Kodak-Ektra-43 The Ektra’s camera UI comes with a scene selection dial that allows users to access different shooting modes like Manual, Sports, Bokeh, Landscape, Macro and more. It comes with Google’s Snapseed photoediting app, as well as the Super 8 app for applying effects similar to Kodak’s Super 8 films. The smartphone runs the dated Android Marshmallow out-of-the box, and there’s no word on if an update to Nougat is in the pipeline. Interested buyers will have to shell out Rs 19,990 for the smartphone. The Kodak Ektra will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting 4pm on July 18th.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Samsung to recover 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt and copper from recycled Note7 units

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Tweet “The Samsung Galaxy Note7 turned out to be useful after all” Samsung had to drive multiple global recall cycles of the disastrous Galaxy Note7, and managed to recover over four million units of the device. Some unopened units of the Note7 were refurbished into the recently launched Galaxy Note FE. As for the rest, Samsung is now working on the mammoth task of recycling these devices. The process is estimated to recover around 157 tonnes of rare metals like gold, silver, cobalt, and copper. samsung-galaxy-note7_1Apart from the metal, device components like AMOLED displays, memory semiconductors, and camera modules will also be separated through eco-friendly processing methods. Samsung plans to use some of these components as service units while selling the rest. Samsung has tied up with various foreign and domestic organisations to extract material. The process is slated to start by the end of the month.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Latest Apple iPhone 8 renders show off a dual camera setup and a button-free display

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“The renders reveal a larger power button that could hide a fingerprint sensor beneath” Earlier this month, a live video of a very realistic-looking iPhone 8 prototype hit the interwebs. Now, Forbes has acquired a CAD design of the iPhone 8 from case designer Nodus and created some 3D renders based on them. The renders reveal a larger power button on the right side, which the source suggests, could hide a fingerprint sensor beneath. Apple iPhone 8 forbes In line with the earlier leaks, the new renders reveal that the iPhone 8 will feature a metal unibody design with an almost bezel-free display and a high screen-to-body resolution. The phone will get a dual camera setup at the rear with a dual-LED flash sandwiched between them. The phone’s volume rocker will be placed on the left side alongside the ringer button. The source further suggests that the iPhone 8 could sport a 5.8-inch display. The phone will get a Lightning port, which contradicts the earlier report. Apple iPhone 8 forbes 2 The Apple iPhone 8 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The phone is rumoured not to come with wireless charging on launch day, with the feature expected to be enabled via software updates later. The device is expected to go official at Apple’s event in September.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4A is the brand’s smallest TV, costs around Rs 10,000

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“The Mi TV 4A is the company’s most affordable TV as well” Xiaomi has just introduced its smallest Mi TV in its home market of China. Dubbed the Xiaomi Mi 5V 4A, the new model sports a 32-inch display and carries the lowest price tag in the Mi TV range. The smart TV runs Android-powered Xiaomi TVPatchWall system, which is capable of learning the user’s video consumption patterns and offer content recommendations accordingly. XIaomi Mi TV 4A 32-inch The Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 32-inch features a plastic housing and weighs just 3.9kg. The display bears a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The television is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, mated to 1GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP3 GPU. It comes with two HMDI ports, an AV port, an S/PDIF output, DTMB, a USB port and two 5W stereo speakers. There’s 4GB of storage on board as well. The Mi TV 4A 32-inch has been priced affordably at RMB 1,099 (~Rs 10,450), and will first go on sale in China on July 23rd. The company’s entire TV range is currently exclusive to China, and there’s no word when the brand plans to launch it outside the country.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Xiaomi 5X with dual rear cameras and MIUI 9 launching in China on July 26th

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“The Xiaomi 5X will be a mid-rung offering with a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch HD display” Earlier this week, a poster of the upcoming Xiaomi 5X hit the interwebs, which revealed a few details about the device. Today, the company has officially confirmed that it will be unveiling the Xiaomi 5X in its home market of China on July 26th alongside the brand’s latest custom skin – MIUI 9. Xiaomi 5X invite The teaser posted by the brand on Weibo depicts the popular Chinese actor Kris Wu holding the Xiaomi 5X. In line with the earlier reports, the phone has a dual camera setup at the rear with a dual-LED flash module, and a fingerprint sensor underneath. The device will boot MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. As per the earlier leak, the Xiaomi 5X will feature a 5.5-inch full HD display, and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, aided by 4GB of RAM. The phone is expected to be priced at Rs RMB 1,999 (~Rs 19,000). We will have more details next week, so stay tuned for regular updates.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Xiaomi to launch two more Mi Home Stores in Bengaluru later this month

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“Xiaomi will soon be opening a Mi Home Store in Delhi as well” In May, Xiaomi launched its first Mi Home (in pictures) store in India in the city of Bengaluru. Now in a bid to increase its foothold in the country’s offline smartphone market, the company has announced the launch of two more Mi Home Stores in Bengaluru. One of these stores will be launched at LIDO Mall on July 22nd, while the other one will be operational at Orion Mall starting July 29th. Xiaomi Mi Home_14 At Mi Home stores, consumers can experience and buy Xiaomi products. These stores have the brand’s smartphones and other products such as the Mi Band 2, air purifiers, power banks, audio devices including headphones and speakers, and other accessories on display. In case a device is not in stock at the Mi Home Store, users will get an F-code to purchase the same online. Xiaomi is planning to launch 100 additional Mi Home Stores across the country in the next two years. The brand will also be opening one soon in Delhi as well.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Huawei introduces the Band 2 and Band 2 Pro with all-day heart rate monitoring

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“The Band 2 and Band 2 Pro are water-resistant wearables with a Breathing Coach feature” Huawei has introduced two new fitness trackers dubbed the Band 2 and Band 2 Pro. The new wearables are listed on the company’s international website, suggesting they will be launched in all major markets. The new Band series wearables are water-resistant with 5ATM water-proofing technology, which protects them for up to 50 meters under water. They also come with all-day heart rate monitoring. Huawei Band 2 and Pro The Huawei Band 2 features a PMOLED display, and is capable of measuring heartbeat, pace, distance, speed and direction. The wearable displays notifications, messages, alarms and more from a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth. The device comes with a Breathing Coach feature that monitors and delivers instructions on breathing. The Huawei Band 2 Pro is the higher-end of the duo and comes with VO2 Max that measures the amount of oxygen your body can take in. The wearable also comes with a built-in GPS, the brand’s TruSleep virtual sleep hygiene and Sports Coach feature. Its other specs are the same as the Band 2. There’s no word regarding the global availability and pricing of the new Huawei wearables at the moment. We do know that they will be available in three hues – blue, black and red.

Posted Date:19/07/2017.

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Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera launched for Rs 3,29,990

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Tweet “The Sony a9 is positioned at wedding and sports photographers” Sony has launched its most expensive consumer-grade mirrorless camera called the a9 in India. The camera utilises the world’s first full-frame 24.2-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor. The snapper is positioned at professional wedding photographers and sports imaging enthusiasts. Sony Alpha 9 The Sony a9’s 24.2MP stacked CMOS sensor allows you to shoot up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images with continuous AF/AE tracking, and capture blackout-free continuous shooting at 20fps. The camera utilises the brand’s upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front-end LSI to maximise the overall performance. The camera’s advanced autofocusing system is capable of accurately tracking complex and erratic motion. It utilises a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage. The Sony a9 offers vibration-free shooting at shutter speeds of up to 1/32,000 second. It can shoot 4K movies with much higher resolution and detail as it utilises full pixel readout without pixel binding to collect 6K information. The camera is capable of full recording at 120fps at a bit rate of up to 100mbps. The other specs of the Sony a9 flagship include a three-inch tilting touchscreen display, support for the uncompressed 14-bit RAW format, tough magnesium alloy body, micro-HDMI, EVF, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Sony a9 has been priced at Rs 3,29,990 for the body only. Bundled with various Sony lenses, between Rs 1,39,990 and Rs 1,99,990. The camera will be available via all Sony Center, Alpha flagship stores and other electronic stores across the country from July 29th.

Posted Date:18/07/2017.

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Nokia 8’s leaked press renders show off a dual camera setup with Carl Zeiss optics

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“The Nokia 8 will be a flagship with a 5.3-inch QHD display, dual 13MP rear cameras and up to 6GB of RAM” Earlier this month, a report suggested that HMD Global is planning to launch the Nokia 8 flagship smartphone on July 31st. Also, earlier today, the popular tipster Evan Blass aka @evleaks posted a teaser for an upcoming Nokia smartphone featuring a Carl Zeiss-branded dual camera setup. Now the leakster claims that the phone will be launched as the Nokia 8, and has even posted a press render of the same. As seen in the renders, the Nokia 8 will carry two cameras at the rear with Carl Zeiss branding, aided by laser autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. The phone’s power and volume rocker buttons seems to be placed on the right side. The device will get a physical home button, which is expected to hide a fingerprint sensor beneath, since there’s no sign of the same at the rear panel. The handset will also come with two capacitive keys for navigation. As per the earlier reports, the Nokia 8 will come with a 5.3-inch QHD display, and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, mated to either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The phone will get a pair of 13MP cameras at the rear with Carl Zeiss optics, and will boot Android Nougat out of the box. The device is expected to go official by the end of this month.

Posted Date:18/07/2017.

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Weekly poll results: Detail levels the key to a great camera

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The polls have closed, it’s time to count the votes. This week we asked you to share your favorite way of photo processing and the responses are quite interesting indeed. The most important aspect it turns out is fine detail. So using the smartphone’s camera only for social media purposes (where compression takes away most of the detail anyway) isn’t as prevalent as it may seem. The second most popular option was low noise levels - unfortunately processing is mostly about finding the balance between detail and noise reduction so those two rarely work together that well. Still, monochrome secondary cameras and modes such as the HDR+ on the Pixel phones have made vast progress in those areas. And we can only hope we’ll some day get these two different solutions to the problem working together and delivering even more impressive results. In terms of color rendering realistic beat oversaturated by a three-to-one margin. The days of overly colorful shots that have little to do with the actual scene captured are seemingly behind us. Or is just that everyone prefers to apply their own filters after that. Finally, wider dynamic range ended up more important than great contrast. Given these results, it’s no surprise that the comments section brought fond memories of the Nokia 808 PureView. We are probably unlikely to see a true successor to the large-sensor beasts in a market overly obsessed with slim and sleek phones, but there might be a niche for it if someone does make one.

Posted Date:16/07/2017.

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Report: Nokia 8 with Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB RAM to launch in Europe this month

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“The Nokia 8 with a Snapdragon 835 SoC will allegedly be priced at around Rs 44k” Earlier this week, a report had suggested that the upcoming Nokia 8 smartphone would be powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. However, a new report by the popular tipster Roland Quadnt on Winfuture.de suggests that the Nokia 8 will utilise a top-notch Snapdragon 835 SoC instead. The report has also revealed a few key details about the phone’s other specs, colour variants and pricing. As per the report, the Nokia 8 will be a flagship that will be fuelled by Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 835. The SoC has an octa-core CPU with a maximum clock speed of 2.45GHz. The phone will be fitted with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone is expected to come in single and dual-SIM variants, depending on the region. The report suggests that the Nokia 8 will be available in at least four hues – blue, silver, gold / blue and gold / copper. The source finally adds that the phone will be priced at €589 (~Rs 43,400) and will first go on sale in Europe by the end of July.

Posted Date:15/07/2017.

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Aircel’s new FRC 348 plan offers unlimited calls and 1GB data per day for 84 days

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Tweet “Aircel’s new plan is currently only available for users in UP East” To counter Reliance Jio’s latest plans, Aircel has launched a new plan for its prepaid subscribers. The company’s new FRC 348 plan offers users unlimited calls and 1GB of 3G data everyday for 84 days. Using phone_featured According to Aircel’s press statement, its new FRC 348 plan is available only in UP East at the moment. However, it is expected to be available for all users in the other telecom circles where Aircel operates as well. The new offer is available to all Aircel users with 2G, 3G or 4G handsets in UP East. The company hasn’t confirmed if the plan is for new or existing Aircel users at the moment.

Posted Date:14/07/2017.

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Nokia 6 to go on sale via Amazon India on August 23rd, registrations now open

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“The Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage” Earlier this week, a report suggested that HMD Global had delayed the availability of the Nokia 6 (review) smartphone in India until mid-August. Today, Amazon India, the exclusivel online sales partner for the Nokia 6, has opened registrations for the device. The e-tailer mentions that the phone will go on sale on August 23rd. Nokia-6-review-91mobiles-02.jpg The Nokia 6 was launched in India in June for Rs 14,999. The Made in India smartphone comes bundled with a couple of offers including Rs 1,000 cashback for Amazon Prime users for payments via Amazon Pay, up to Rs 300 off on Kindle e-books, Rs 2,500 off on Make My Trip and 45GB of free data to Vodafone users for five months. To recap on the specs, the Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, Android Nougat and a fingerprint sensor. The phone utilises a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, mated to 3GB of RAM. The device comes with 32GB of expandable storage, a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front shooter and a 3,000mAh battery.

Posted Date:14/07/2017.

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India’s telecom user base crosses the 1.2 billion mark

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“Reliance Jio led the growth momentum by adding 4.7 million new users in May” TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has announced that the country’s telecom subscriber base crossed the 1.2 billion mark in May. The number of telecom users in India increased from 1,198.89 million at the end of April to 1,204.98 million by the end of May this year. phone-using-fb As per TRAI’s latest report, total wireless users increased by 0.53 percent to 1,180.82 million at the end of May, from April-end’s number of 1,174.60 million. Emerging telco Jio lead the growth momentum by adding 4.7 million new users, accounting for about 75 percent of new mobile services users. Bharti Airtel added 2.09 million new users, BSNL 1.35 million, Vodafone 1.13 million and Idea Cellular 0.19 million, while Aircel and RCOM added 0.17 million new users each. The report further reveals that out of the total 1,180.82 million users, 1,019.55 million users were found active in May. The landline user base declined to 24.16 million at the end of May, as compared to April’s 24.30 million users. However, the broadband user base increased by 2.6 million with a total of 291.61 million at the end of May. Another interesting reveal from the report is that during May, a total of 5.37 million requests were received for mobile number portability.

Posted Date:14/07/2017.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom with dual 12MP cameras launching in India next month

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“The ZenFone 3 Zoom features a 13MP selfie camera and Snapdragon 625” At this year’s CES in January, ASUS introduced the ZenFone AR (first impressions) and ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphones. The ZenFone AR was launched in India just yesterday. Now, the Taiwanese tech giant is all set to launch the ZenFone 3 Zoom in the country. asus-zenfone-3-zoom At the launch event of the ZenFone AR, Peter Chang, Regional Head, South Asia & Country Head, ASUS India, said that the brand is planning to launch the ZenFone 3 Zoom in the country soon. While Chang didn’t reveal a specific launch date, 91mobiles’ sources suggest that the phone will land in the country in the second half of August. Unfortunately, we don’t have a specific launch date for the device yet. For a recap on the specs, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom’s main highlight is its dual 12MP camera setup at the rear. It comes with TriTech+ optimisation for fast image capture. The other highlights include a 13MP selfie camera, a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB / 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB / 128GB storage and a 3,300mAh battery.

Posted Date:14/07/2017.

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WhatsApp for Android now lets you share any type of file

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“WhatsApp will also display multiple photos in chats as a gallery with the new update” WhatsApp has been adding a stream of new features to its app. An recent update brought pinned chats to Android, which allows you to pin priority conversations on top of your chat list. The latest update to WhatsApp’s Android app improves the file sharing functionality. WhatsApp new media support Earlier, WhatsApp supported sharing images, videos and document files spanning .pdf, .docx, .xlsx, and similar extensions. Now Android users can share just about any type of file they want, including APKs and ZIP. All of these file types are available for sending from Attach > Document pop up. Plus, when you share a photo from your documents folder, it will be sent uncompressed, so it won’t lose its quality. WhatsApp Image 2017-07-14 at 14.23.37 (1) Another change in the new WhatsApp update is the usability for media sharing. Now when someone sends you multiple photos, they will be grouped in a gallery instead of showing individually. All these features are available on version 2.17.261 of the app.

Posted Date:14/07/2017.

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XOLO Era 1X Pro with 5-inch HD display and dual-LED selfie flash launched for Rs 5,888

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“The Era 1X Pro sports a quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 2,500mAh battery” Last September, XOLO launched the entry-level Era 1X smartphone. Today, the company has launched the successor of the phone – the Era 1X Pro. A 5-megapixel selfie camera with a dual-LED flash seems to be the biggest highlight of the smartphone. The budget offering boots Android Marshmallow and comes with 4G and VoLTE (voice over LTE) connectivity. XOLO Era 1x Pro FB The XOLO Era 1X Pro features a 5-inch HD display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, mated to 2GB of RAM. The phone comes with 16GB of storage, which can be further increased up to 32GB by inserting a microSD card. At the rear, the device gets an 8-megapixel shooter with an LED flash. The device offers several camera tweaks like Slow Motion Video, Live Photos, Time-Lapse Video, Audio Note, Beauty Mode and Burst Mode. A 2,500mAh battery completes the list of the specs. The XOLO Era 1X Pro has been priced at Rs 5,888, and comes in black and gold. The phone will be available exclusively on Snapdeal.

Posted Date:14/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s design may have been revealed by the company’s tweet

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“The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to go official on August 23rd” Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy Note 8, has been the subject of a number of leaks and reports lately. Now Samsung’s latest tweet might, shared by the Exynos team, might have given us our first glimpse at the design of the Galaxy Note 8. The tweet talks about the Exynos 8895 processor. However, the phone pictured in the image looks nothing like the brand’s latest flagships – the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. So it’s quite possible that this is our first official look at the phone, since it is expected to be powered by the Exynos 8895 chipset. It’s worth mentioning that this smartphone may very well be a general mockup, since the image doesn’t depict a power button, which is usually located on the right side. That said, if the reports are to be believed, we will have our first good look at the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd, the day the brand is rumoured to unveil the device.

Posted Date:14/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 allegedly coming on August 23

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Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note8 on August 23, multiple Korean sources reported. The phablet will be announced in New York at a separate event instead of the IFA just like its Note5 and Note7 predecessors. Samsung will launch the phone in August, so it can start sales ahead of the iPhone 8 launch. The Koreans might have even more of an advantage this time as Apple may be forced to delay shipping to October. The Galaxy Note8 is expected to come with 6.3” screen, S Pen and Infinity Display. It also is going to be the first global Samsung smartphone with dual cameras

Posted Date:13/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) hands-on

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Samsung positions the J series as affordable and stylish smartphones. The 2017 edition of the Galaxy J7 surely captures the eye, especially the Matte Black unit we got. An interesting fact is that this black phone looks indigo or navy blue under certain light conditions. Here are our initial thoughts and don’t forget to check back this time next week for the complete review. The Galaxy J7 (2017) has a year in its name, suggesting a follow-up with a slight update over the previous version. However, it comes with more differences than similarities when compared to the Galaxy J7 (2016). The first and most noticeable distinction is the body. This time you get a full-metal unibody not unlike the Galaxy A-series at the expense of your access to the battery. Things are also overhauled on the inside. The phone comes with Android 7.1 Nougat which is a step ahead of its upper mid-range siblings - the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) which run on Android Marshmallow. The user interface is new to the J series and inherits a lot of similarities from the Galaxy S8 duo. The Galaxy J7 (2017) looks so good and comes with a solid list of upgrades such as the Full HD resolution, the bigger battery, an always-on fingerprint scanner, improved cameras – it almost sounds too good to be true. Well, yes, not everything is perfect. The Galaxy J7 (2017) insists on using the older micro USB port instead of the USB-C. You should also take good care of it and keep it away from dust or liquids as it only has a rather low IP54 rating. There is also the Exynos 7870 chipset, which although incredibly power-efficient, is the same as on last year’s model. We certainly wouldn’t have minded getting the higher-grade Exynos 7880, which is utilized in the Galaxy A5 (2017). The J7 (2017) comes with a higher price - it is about 20% more expensive than the 2016 iteration of the Galaxy J7 back when it launched. It remains to be seen whether all the new features are worth the higher price tag? We will have the answer to this one once the review is done. Stay tuned!

Posted Date:13/07/2017.

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Lenovo P2 gets a price cut, now available starting at Rs 13,499

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“The Lenovo P2 features a 5.5-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 625 SoC and up to 4GB of RAM” The Lenovo P2 was launched in India in January in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, which were priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 17,999 respectively. Now, these models are available on Flipkart with a discount of up to Rs 3,500. The 3GB model is now available for Rs 13,499, while the 4GB model is retailing for Rs 15,499. The company hasn’t confirmed this, but it could be a permanent drop on the device. lenovo_p2_review_15 For the uninitiated, the Lenovo P2 (review) is a mid-range offering with a premium metal unibody design and a fingerprint sensor. It comes with a massive 5,100mAh battery that supports fast charging via a 24-watt charger, which the brand claims can deliver up to 71 hours of talk time and up to 32GB of standby time. The phone comes with USB OTG, which allows it to act as a power bank as well. As for the other specs, the Lenovo P2 features a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, and boots Android Marshmallow. The phone is powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, mated to an Adreno 506 GPU. It comes with 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear snapper, a 5MP front shooter, 4G LTE and NFC.

Posted Date:13/07/2017.

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ASUS ZenFone AR with 5.7-inch 2K display and 8GB RAM launched in India for Rs 49,999

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Tweet “The ZenFone AR is compatible with both Google Tango and Daydream” At this year’s CES in January, ASUS unveiled the ZenFone AR as the world’s first smartphone to boast 8GB of RAM. Today, the company has launched the handset in India. The ZenFone AR is also the world’s first smartphone that is compatible with both Google’s Tango augmented reality platform and Daydream VR platform. ASUS-ZenFone-AR-first-impressions-91mobiles-01.jpg The ZenFone AR (first impressions) flaunts a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 camera with a dual-tone LED flash. The phone gets two more cameras at the rear, one of which supports depth sensing while the other supports motion tracking. The camera setup also features three-axis EIS and laser autofocus. As for the selfie camera, it gets an 8MP shooter with an 85-degree wide-angle lens. The ASUS ZenFone AR features a 5.7-inch quad-HD (2K) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The phone is powered by a modified version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, which is optimised to deliver a VR experience. The device comes with a massive 128GB of storage, which can also be further increased by inserting a microSD card. ASUS ZenFone AR first impressions - 91mobiles 07 The Android Nougat-powered ZenFone AR gets a 3,300mAh battery, which supports Quick Charge 3.0, allowing its battery to refuel up to 60 percent in 45 minutes. The connectivity department includes dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor. The device also gets Hi-Res Audio, dual microphones, ASUS SonicMaster-powered speakers and DTS Headphone: X with virtual 7.1 surround sound. The ASUS ZenFone AR has been priced at Rs 49,999, and will be available exclusively on Flipkart. It comes with some launch offers including Rs 2,500 discount on the Google Daydream View VR headset, no cost EMI up to nine months and 100GB of free data for Jio Prime users.

Posted Date:13/07/2017.

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Moto teases the shatterproof Z2 Force flagship ahead of July 25th event

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“Moto’s new teaser clearly suggests that a shatterproof smartphone will be the star of its next event” Lenovo-owned Motorola recently sent out media invites for its #hellomotoworld press event, which is scheduled for July 25th in New York. At the event, the brand is expected to introduce the Moto Z2, Z2 Force and X4 smartphones. Now the company’s new teaser for the event has all-but has confirmed the launch of the shatterproof Moto Z2 Force. Moto Z2 Force invite The Moto Z2 Force will arrive with the brand’s latest ShatterShield display technology. It is expected to come with a 5.5-inch quad-HD display, and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. It will reportedly feature dual rear cameras, support for Moto mods and offer 1Gbps LTE speeds. Motorola is also expected to unveil two new Moto G series smartphones including the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. Most of the details regarding these phones have already surfaced on the interwebs. The unveiling is just around the corner, so watch this space for more updates

Posted Date:13/07/2017.

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Moto G5S Plus to reportedly feature all-metal body, dual cameras and Snapdragon 625

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“The G5S Plus is expected to flaunt an all-metal design, a 5.5-inch FHD display and a Snapdragon 625 SoC” Lenovo will soon be launching two new smartphones in the Moto G series, allegedly dubbed the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. Ahead of the unveiling, details regarding these devices including some renders have already been leaked. Now, VentureBeat has shared more details about the Moto G5S Plus alongside a promotional image of the device. Moto G5S Plus leaked According to a promotional document obtained by the source, the Moto G5S Plus will arrive as a more premium variant of the G5 Plus. The phone will come with a full metal unibody design with subtle antenna bands. It will sport a new dual rear camera module featuring two 13MP sensors at the rear (one RGB and one monochrome), to deliver bokeh effects, background replacements and more. In the front, the device will get an 8MP shooter with a selfie flash. Furthermore, the source suggests that the Moto G5S Plus will come with a 5.5-inch full HD display, and will be powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. Lastly, the report claims that the phone will come with 64GB of storage. Lenovo is expected to unveil the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus alongside the Moto Z2 Force on July 25th.

Posted Date:13/07/2017.

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Sony MHC V50D portable music system with inbuilt party lights launched for Rs 33,990

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“Sony’s new audio system flaunts built-in party lights and support for karaoke mode” Sony has expanded its One Box Audio line-up in India with the launch of the MHC V50D. The portable music system flaunts inbuilt party lights, support for karaoke mode and motion control. The audio system even allows you to plug in a guitar. Sony MHC V50D The Sony MHC V50D audio system features a built-in DVD / CD player, and gets USB ports, an audio input port, an HDMI output port, and a built-in FM radio tuner. The device also has Bluetooth and NFC connectivity to pair with smartphones. The audio player’s motion control technology lets you shake your smartphone to change tracks or play/pause music. The Sony MHC V50D also features an LED touch panel to let you control music playback and can beam multi-coloured light through a lens from the ceiling to the floor in time with the beat. Users can download the Music Center app to customise effects for voice, music and lighting. The audio system has been priced at Rs 33,900, and will be available via major brick-and-mortar stores across the country starting July 13th.

Posted Date:12/07/2017.

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JioFiber preview offer accidentally posted on official website, offers 100GB free data at 100Mbps

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“JioFiber is expected to initially launch in nine cities across the country” It appears that Reliance Jio is all set to commercially roll out its JioFiber FTTH (fiber to the home) broadband service. The company has been testing the service in select cities for a few months now. Now ahead of the launch, details of the JioFiber preview offer have been accidentally posted on the company’s website. We managed to take some screenshots of the website before it was pulled down. JioFiber preview As per the website, the JioFiber preview offer will include a 100Mbps connection for three months. While the service is free, there is a security deposit of Rs 4,500, which users can get refunded if they don’t want to continue after the preview period. Users will get 100GB of data per month at 100Mbps, and the speed will be reduced to 1Mbps after the data cap has been crossed. JioFiber preview details As per the website, the JioFiber service will initially be launched in nine cities – Ahmedabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Surat, Vadodara, and Vishakhapatnam. It appears that the company has already indexed various apartments and complexes in these cities, as selecting the PIN code revealed these details. Jio FIber router Since the information was posted on the website, we expect Jio to officially announce it soon. The company is expected to launch the preview offer at its upcoming AGM meeting on July 21st, so watch this space for more updates.

Posted Date:12/07/2017.

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Report: Xiaomi planning to launch a new sub-brand to take on OPPO and Vivo

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“Xiaomi is allegedly prepping a new brand to compete against OPPO and Vivo in the offline markets” According to a report by Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is planning to launch a new sub-brand to compete against the rivals like OPPO and Vivo in China. There’s no word regarding the name of the sub-brand at the moment, but the source reveals that it will focus on offline retail. In addition, an alleged render of the first smartphone under the new brand has surfaced on the interwebs. Xiaomi new sub brand phone The source suggests that the new Xiaomi sub-brand is being developed in order to better compete against BBK Electronics subsidiaries like OPPO and Vivo. These brands have captured a fair share of the market in China in the past few quarters via offline channels. Xiaomi will also be targeting the offline market with the new sub-brand. The leaked render of the first smartphone under the new sub-brand suggests that the device will come with a dual camera setup at the rear, aided by a dual-LED flash. It will also get a metal unibody design and its antenna bands will be placed at the rear edges. The render bears close resemblance to the OnePlus 5, so it’s possible that this is just a modified image. There’s no way to confirm the authenticity of this leak, so take it with a pinch of salt for now.

Posted Date:12/07/2017.

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LG V30 renders and 360-degree video leaked, no secondary display in sight

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“The LG V30 is expected to be the brand’s most expensive smartphone till date” Several reports in the past have indicated that LG is working on its next-gen V series smartphone. Recently, a report suggested that the next phone in the series, the LG V30, will be unveiled sometime in August, ahead of IFA. Now, a handful of factory CAD-based renders, alongside a 360-degree video of the phone, have been leaked. LG V30 leak new FB The renders posted by MySmartPrice in collaboration with notable tipster @OnLeaks suggest that LG is ditching the secondary display on the V30, which has been the one of the main USPs of the V series. It appears that the phone will be arriving with a 6-inch display with slim bezels and rounded corners. The device will get a dual camera setup and a fingerprint sensor at the rear. It will offer a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The report suggests that the phone could also sport wireless charging. As per the earlier reports, the LG V30 could arrive in three storage variants – 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. It is said to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_WSJynLii8

Posted Date:12/07/2017.

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Google Pixel XL 2 render leaked, tipped to sport a squeezable frame

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“The Google Pixel XL 2 will feature minimal bezels and a single rear camera” Last month, the alleged Google Pixel XL 2 was spotted on the benchmarking website GFXBench, which revealed a few key specs of the phone. Now Android Police has posted an alleged render of the Pixel XL 2 while revealing a few important details about the device. Google Pixel XL 2 render As per the render, the Google Pixel XL 2 will sport a new design. The phone will get the same metal and glass combo at the rear, but will feature much slimmer bezels. The fingerprint sensor of the phone will be located on the metal housing instead of glass on the Pixel series. The source also claims that the Pixel XL 2 will sport a squeezable frame, just like the HTC U11 (review) flagship. Moving on, the report suggests that the Google Pixel XL 2 will feature an LG-made 6-inch AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 2:1. The phone will sport a flat display with curved glass at the edges. It’s not evident if the device features a 3.5mm headphone jack. The handset appears to sport only a single camera at the rear. Google is expected to unveil the next-gen Pixel devices at an event in early October.

Posted Date:12/07/2017.

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Jio launches new Rs 399 plan with 1GB of data per day for 3 months, old plans revised too

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“Jio new and existing plans still offer unlimited calls, free SMSes and access to Jio’s premium app suite” With the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer coming to an end, the company has introduced a new plan for its prepaid and postpaid users. The brand has also increased validity and data benefits on the existing plans. Keeping up with its promise, all the plans still offer unlimited voice calls, free SMSes and access to Jio’s premium app suite. Jio prepaid plans Jio’s new plan is priced at Rs 399, which offers 1GB of data per day for 84 days to prepaid users and 90 days for postpaid users. The company’s earlier prepaid plans including Rs 309, Rs 349 and Rs 509 plans now come with a validity of 56 days each. The Rs 309 and Rs 509 plan offer 1GB and 2GB of data per day respectively, while the Rs 349 pack offers a total of 20GB of data. The more expensive prepaid plans priced at Rs 999, Rs 1,999, Rs 4,999 and Rs 9,999 offer increased data and validity as well. They offer up to 780GB of data and 360 days validity, and don’t come with any daily FUP limit. Jio postpaid users Jio’s postpaid plans are priced at Rs 309, Rs 349, Rs 399, Rs 509 and Rs 999, and come with a validity of up to three months and up to 120GB of data. The brand hasn’t yet announced any new plans for the non-Prime users. However, these users can avail the new plans by paying Rs 99 for a Prime membership.

Posted Date:11/07/2017.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Special Edition with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage launched in China

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“The Mi Note 2 features a Snapdragon 821 SoC, a 22.5MP rear camera and a 4,070mAh battery” Xiaomi was expected to introduce the Mi 6 Plus smartphone in China today, but instead, the company introduced the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Special Edition. The new variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The earlier Mi Note 2 model was released in three RAM and storage configurations – 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB and 6GB + 128GB. Xiaomi Mi Note 2 FB Apart from 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the rest of the specs of the Mi Note 2 Special Edition are the same as the earlier model. The phone offers a 5.7-inch QHD curved OLED Sunlight Display Pro screen, and is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor that’s clocked at 2.35GHz. The device boots MIUI 8, which is based on Android. The Mi Note 2 Special Edition features a 22.5MP rear camera with EIS and 4K recording, and an 8MP front shooter. The phone gets NFC, 4G LTE+, a USB Type-C port, GPS with SAP and a 4,070mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The new variant has been priced at CNY 2,899 (~Rs 27,500). There’s no word regarding its global availability at the moment.

Posted Date:11/07/2017.

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Xiaomi smartphone with 6GB RAM and 4,000mAh battery launching on July 11th in China, Mi 6 Plus expected

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“The Mi 6 Plus will allegedly sport a 22MP rear camera, a 4,000mAh battery and NFC” Several reports in the past have indicated that Xiaomi is planning to launch a Plus variant of the Mi 6 (first impressions) smartphone. Now the Xiaomi Store in China has posted a teaser of a new smartphone launch on July 11th on its Weibo account, which is expected to be the Mi 6 Plus. The teaser poster reveals that the phone will come with 6GB of RAM. Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus The teaser image depicts a smartphone featuring a curved glass back panel, which is also present on the Mi 6. The company has also released a short promotional video on its official channels, which suggests that the device will offer a Snapdragon 800 series processor, UFS storage, a 4,000mAh battery, a 22MP rear camera with 4K recording support and DDR4 type RAM. The promo video goes on to reveal that the device will feature a USB Type-c port, fast charging, an IR blaster, NFC and 4G LTE for all networks. The device will be unveiled tomorrow, so stay tuned for all details.

Posted Date:11/07/2017.

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Exclusive: Samsung takes on Xiaomi over offline retail partnerships

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“Xiaomi’s offline popularity seems to have made Samsung sit up and take notice” Xiaomi is the uncrowned king of India’s online smartphone market, so its recent decision to start selling its devices in retail stores would have undoubtedly ruffled feathers of Chinese offline stalwarts like OPPO and Vivo. But in what may come as a surprise, Xiaomi’s offline strategy has also made Samsung – India’s top smartphone brand – take action. Samsung vs Xiaomi About two months ago, Xiaomi introduced its Preferred Partner program for the offline market, under which a few select retailers would have the license to sell Xiaomi products in their stores. As per our sources, there are over 100 Xiaomi Preferred Partners in New Delhi alone, with plans to expand to other Indian cities soon. Under this partnership, Xiaomi has also begun the process of installing its branding outside these stores, which is what caused Samsung to sit up and take notice. According to three retailers 91mobiles spoke with independently, Samsung hasn’t taken lightly to its branding being replaced by Xiaomi’s. Samsung has gone so far as to stop billing with these retailers. Ashok Kashyap from Harshit Communications, located in the Karol Bagh district of New Delhi was one of the retailers affected. “About two months ago, we became a Xiaomi Preferred Partner store and began sales of Xiaomi smartphones. Samsung stopped billing with us after this. We are a multi-brand store and we can sell phones of any brand and put up any brand’s board outside our store.” Xiaomi Redmi 4 offline Some retailers claim that Samsung is taking Xiaomi’s growing popularity in the offline segment very seriously. Our sources tell us that while phones of some brands are sold at MOP, customers are willing to pay even more than the MRP for Xiaomi phones, although Xiaomi has not allowed this. Vikrant Badhwar of Beecham’s, a popular store in Connaught Place, New Delhi, also recently became a Xiaomi Preferred Partner and began selling the brand’s devices. “Samsung discontinued its billing from our store which is totally wrong. We have not signed any document with Samsung that prevents us from removing its board from our store. We are a multi-brand store and no company can stop our billing. Samsung has been associated with the Indian mobile industry for almost 20 years and retailers like us have helped to build the brand. If Samsung does not resolve this issue within the next one week, then we are obliged to take legal action.” Badhwar is entitled to an opinion of course, but there may not be a violation of any sort, and it’s likely that this is a common industry practice. A retailer who spoke to 91mobiles on the condition of anonymity said “Samsung does not want to continue the conflict with Xiaomi and is trying to reach middle ground. The issue is causing losses for the company. This issue is happening with many retailers, but some have reached agreements and their billing has also been restarted.”

Posted Date:11/07/2017.

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Alleged iPhone 8 prototype appears in new video, reveals its high screen-to-body ratio

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“The iPhone 8 prototype reveals a dual camera setup and under-display fingerprint sensor” Last month, a new video of the alleged Apple iPhone 8 dummy unit was posted online, which revealed the phone’s design from all angles. Now, Lewis Hilsenteger of the popular YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has posted a video of a very realistic iPhone 8 prototype, which is our best look yet at the upcoming handset. Apple iPhone 8 prototype The prototype of the iPhone 8 suggests that the fingerprint sensor of the handset will be placed below the screen, like the one we’ve seen on a Vivo XPlay 5 prototype. The device appears to have an vertical dual camera setup, Iris scanner and a selfie flash as well. One of the highlights of the iPhone 8 is expected to be a very high screen-to-body ratio. Even though the prototype features a 5.8-inch display, the video reveals that it’s only slightly taller and wider than the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Hilsenteger further claims that the iPhone 8 won’t have wireless charging on launch day, and this will be made available via software update later. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 in September. watch a 360 design https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WHMgBs_C3s

Posted Date:11/07/2017.

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Airtel to let postpaid subscribers carry forward unused data as part of Project Next

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“Airtel postpaid users can now carry forward up to 200GB unused data to the next billing cycle” Airtel has introduced “Project Next”, which is an extension of the brand’s two-year old Project Leap program. As part of the new program, the company has made several announcements for its postpaid users and introduced next-gen Airtel Stores as well. Using phone_featured Starting August 1st, Airtel postpaid users will be able to carry forward their unused monthly data to the next billing cycle. Users can track their usage and data carried forward on the MyAirtel app. Postpaid users will need to stay on the same data plan to get the rollover benefits. Users can accumulate up to 200GB of data as part of this process. Airtel postpaid users will also be able to add multiple postpaid connections to their account and get up to 20 percent data savings under the ‘Family Promise’ offer. This will also allow family members to pool and share their data benefits. The new MyAirtel app also lets you add Airtel prepaid connections to a Family postpaid plan, and make the switch from prepaid to postpaid without the hassle of going to the store and doing paperwork. Airtel has also introduced ‘Airtel Secure’, which allows its users to protect their smartphones against accidental / liquid damage for up two two years. If a user’s device is accidentally damaged, Airtel will arrange for a pick-up of the device, get it repaired and deliver it back to the user. Lastly, Airtel has introduced its next-gen Airtel Stores, two of which are now open in Gurgaon. These stores will let users design their own solutions on a touchscreen table. In addition, the new stores have Digital Entertainment Hubs, which will allow users to explore and experience Airtel’s digital content offerings.

Posted Date:11/07/2017.

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New Sony smartphone with Snapdragon 835 and Android O spotted on AnTuTu

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“The upcoming Xperia flagship’s alleged specs have spotted on a benchmarking website” Earlier this month, the user agent profile of an upcoming flagship Sony smartphone with the model number G8441 was spotted on the brand’s website. Now the same handset has visited the AnTuTu benchmarking website, which has revealed its key specifications. Sony G8441 specs leaked As per AnTuTu, the Sony G8441 will feature the top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The phone will boot the upcoming Android O out of the box. The device will get 4GB of RAM, an Adreno 540 GPU and 32GB of storage. The listing on the benchmarking website suggests that the new Xperia device will sport an HD display, but speculations indicate toward a full HD one. Lastly, the benchmarking site suggests that the handset will come with an 8MP camera at both the front and rear. Sony is expected to unveil the G8441 under the Xperia X series at IFA in Berlin, which will be taking place between September 1st and 6th.

Posted Date:11/07/2017.

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You can now pre-order a gold-plated Vladimir Putin Nokia 3310 in Russia

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“The limited edition Nokia 3310 features a gold-plated portrait of the Russian president” HMD Global recently resurrected the iconic Nokia 3310 by launching its modern avatar at MWC in Barcelona, Spain. The new Nokia 3310 (first impressions) comes in several peppy colours, and is priced at around Rs 3,500. Soon after the launch, Russian phone customisation company Caviar has announced a luxurious model of the modern Nokia 3310. Nokia 3310 Putin edition Caviar’s Nokia 3310 is inspired by the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Called the Caviar Nokia 3310 Supremo Putin, the phone flaunts a gold-plated portrait of Vladimir Putin on the rear, and a gold seal with a quote from the country’s national anthem. The phone also sports a gold plated button in the front. Caviar is taking pre-orders for the limited edition Nokia 3310 Supremo Putin for a premium price tag of 99,000 Russian Rubles, around Rs 1,13,200. The luxury phone comes in a premium wooden box. The Nokia 3310 has a huge fan base, but we think paying Rs 1.13 lakh for a feature phone (albeit a gold-plated one), is a bit over the top.

Posted Date:09/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ now available in new Orchid Gray colour in India

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“The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold apart from the Orchid Gray hue” Samsung has launched a new Orchid Gray colour option for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India. The latest Samsung flagships are now available in the country in Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Gray hues in the country. The Galaxy S8+ (review) is being offered in an additional Coral Blue variant as well. Samsung Galaxy S8 Orchid Gray The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Orchid Gray models will be available to pre-order from July 5th to July 11th on Flipkart and the company’s online store. They will also be up for grabs at select brick-and-mortar stores across the country From July 12th. As part of the launch offer, the buyers will get a free convertible wireless charger worth Rs 4,499 and Rs 3,000 cashback on transactions made via HDFC credit cards.

Posted Date:08/07/2017.

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Moto X4, Z2 and Z2 Force expected to be announced on July 25th

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Tweet “The next-gen Moto X and Z series smartphones are expected to flaunt dual rear cameras” It appears that Lenovo-owned Motorola is all set to launch is next range of flagship smartphones soon. The company has scheduled a #hellomotoworld event in New York on July 25th. The invite doesn’t mention which device (s) Motorola is planning to launch at the event. However, reports suggest that the brand could launch the Moto X4, Moto Z2 and Z2 Force. Moto July 25 event The Moto X4’s render was recently leaked. The phone is rumoured to launch with a dual camera setup at the rear, a selfie flash, a metal and glass sandwich design and a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button. It will allegedly feature water-resistance, a 5.2-inch display, Android Nougat, a 16MP selfie snapper, a Snapdragon 630 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3,000mAh battery. The Moto Z2 is expected to boast a modular design like its predecessor. It will purportedly offer a 5.5-inch 2K display, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. The device will get 64GB of storage, Android Nougat, 12MP dual rear cameras, a 5MP front shooter, 4G VoLTE and a USB Type-C port. The Moto Z2 Force is expected to boast a ShatterShield shatterproof display and 1Gbps LTE support. There’s no word regarding its other specs at the moment.

Posted Date:08/07/2017.

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Hydrogen One is the world’s first smartphone with a holographic display

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“The Hydrogen One will let you view holographic content without wearing glasses” Professional camera manufacturer Red has entered the smartphone market with the launch of the Hydrogen One. The device is being touted as the world’s first smartphone to flaunt a holographic display. The brand also claims that you won’t require any glasses to view the content on the holographic display. Hydrogen One According to the company, the Hydrogen One comes with a 5.7-inch “professional holographic display”, which features nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic content, 3D content and interactive games, in both landscape and portrait modes. The Android-powered phone gets the brand’s proprietary H3O algorithm, which converts stereo sound into multi-dimensional audio. The Hydrogen One also comes with a modular design, which allows you to attach additional camera modules to the phone’s rear, just like the setup on the Moto Z series smartphones. The phone will be compatible with the brand’s cameras like Scarlet, EPIC and Weapon. The handset will get a headphone jack and a USB Type-C port. Further details regarding the display technology and specifications aren’t available at the moment. The Hydrogen One comes with a steep pricing. The phone’s aluminium variant costs $1,195, while the Titanium model costs $1,595. The device is up for pre-order on the brand’s website, and will start shipping in Q1 2018.

Posted Date:08/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy On Max with 5.7-inch full HD display and selfie flash launched for Rs 16,900

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“The Galaxy On Max is a mid-range device with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage” Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy On Nxt 64GB variant in India. Today, the company has added yet another On series smartphone to its portfolio in the country with the Galaxy On Max. Samsung Galaxy On max The Samsung Galaxy On Max features a 5.7-inch full HD TFT display. The phone is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6757V processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 32GB, which can be further expanded up to 256GB by inserting a microSD card. The camera department includes a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 13MP front shooter with f/1.9 aperture, both with LED flash. In terms of connectivity, you get 4G LTE, VoLTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. A 3,300mAh battery keeps the handset running. Software-wise, it boots Android Marshmallow and comes with Samsung Pay Mini. The Samsung Galaxy On Max has been priced at Rs 16,900, and will be available exclusively on Flipkart in black and gold hues.

Posted Date:08/07/2017.

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Upcoming LG Q6 spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 430 SoC and 3GB RAM

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“The LG Q6 appears to be an affordable version of the G6 flagship” Just yesterday, LG confirmed that it will be launching the Q6 smartphone in Poland on July 11th. Ahead of the unveiling, the phone has been spotted on the benchmarking website Geekbench, which has revealed a few key specs of the device. LG Q6 invite As per the Geekbench listing, the LG Q6 has a single-core score of 622 and multi-core score of 1,777. The phone is listed on the website as the LGE LG-M700. It will come with a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, mated to 3GB of RAM. The device will boot Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box. LG Q6 geekbench According to the earlier reports, the LG Q6 will feature a 5.4-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 13MP rear camera. We’ll have more details after the launch event next week.

Posted Date:08/07/2017.

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Honor Band 3 fitness tracker with heart rate sensor announced in India

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“The Band 3 is a budget wearable with a water-resistant design and up to 30 days of battery life” On the sidelines of the launch of the Honor 8 Pro, the company also announced the Honor Band 3 fitness tracker for the Indian market. The wearable was first introduced in China last month. The Honor Band 3 will be available in India later this month exclusively on Amazon, and its price will be announced closer to the sale date. Honor Band 3 design The Honor Band 3 is a budget fitness tracker with a 0.91-inch AMOLED display and a heart rate sensor. The water-resistant accessory comes with NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. It offers up to 30 days of battery life with regular usage and up to 10 days with intensive usage. The wearable displays notifications for calls, messages and reminders from a paired smartphone. The Honor Band 3 is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 KitKat or above and iOS 8.0 or higher. It is priced at around Rs 2,200 in China.

Posted Date:07/07/2017.

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Vivo X9s and X9s Plus with 20MP and 5MP dual selfie cameras go official

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“The X9s and X9s Plus come with full HD AMOLED displays, octa-core Snapdragon SoCs and 4GB of RAM” Vivo has expanded its range of selfie-centric smartphones with the launch of the X9s and X9s Plus in its home market of China. The brand’s latest selfie smartphones flaunt a dual front camera setup comprising of a 20MP main shooter, aided by a 5MP secondary snapper, both with f/2.0 aperture. The phones also get a front-facing LED flash for low-light selfies. vivo X9s At the rear, the Vivo X9s and X9s Plus feature 16-megapixel rear shooters with 1/2.8 inch sensors, phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. They feature all-metal unibody designs and fingerprint sensors, which are embedded into their home buttons in the front. Software-wise, they boot Funtouch OS 3.1 based on Android 7.1 Nougat, while the connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. vivo x9s Plus Individually, the Vivo X9s features a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC, mated to 4GB of RAM. The phone comes with 64GB of expandable storage and a 3,320mAh battery with fast charging support. The Vivo X9s Plus gets a bigger 5.85-inch full HD AMOLED display. It is fuelled by an octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. The handset gets 64GB of expandable storage and a 4,015mAh battery with fast charging support. The Vivo X9s has been priced at RMB 2,698 (~Rs 25,690), while the X9s Plus will set you back by RMB 2,998 (~Rs 28,500). They will go on sale in China later this month in matte black, gold and rose gold hues. International availability isn’t known at the moment.

Posted Date:07/07/2017.

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OPPO R11 and R11 Plus first impressions: the OnePlus 5’s affordable avatars

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“The R11 duo are the first smartphones to be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor” It’s well known that OPPO and OnePlus are part of the same group, and if there was ever a doubt, the same got quashed when it got known that the OnePlus 5 (review) is reportedly being made in India by the former. What’s interesting however, is that before the launch of OnePlus’ latest flagship killer, OPPO introduced the R11 and R11 Plus in China, and if you keep all these phones next to each other – you’ll see they’re nearly identical. We got our hands on the OPPO R11 duo at the company’s booth at MWC Shanghai. Considering that the company’s R series phones are usually launched under the F moniker in India with some minor changes, we decided to bring you our initial impressions about OPPO’s latest offerings. First, the similarities – the OPPO R11 and R11 Plus are built out of single slabs of aluminium, just like the OP5. The phones are really slim (in fact, the R11 is thinner than the flagship killer – 6.8mm vs 7.25mm) and fit in the hand well. The placement of the buttons is also the same as the OnePlus’ newest smartphone, i.e. a fingerprint scanner at the front, flanked by two capacitive keys and both the power toggle and the volume rocker placed on the right. However, instead of the next-gen Type-C port, the R11 phones stick to micro-USB ports. Of course, you won’t find an Alert Slider on the left edges of OPPO phablets. And if you notice closely, there are some subtle differences. In case of the OnePlus 5, the antenna lines are neatly hidden in the top and bottom portions which taper towards the edges. But in case of the R11 duo, they are clearly visible. The phones are available in three colour options of black, gold and rose gold, along with a special edition red hue. Just like the OnePlus 5, the R11 is built around a 5.5-inch display, but as the name indicates, the R11 Plus boasts a larger 6-inch panel. Both the IPS screens bear a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, which ensures good sharpness levels. The colour reproduction is pleasing, and the brightness seems to be quite adequate. The latest Gorilla Glass 5 acts a protective layer, making the display resilient against scratches. OPPO R11 and R11 Plus first impressions 91mobiles 16 While OPPO has always pushed the envelope in terms of the selfie capabilities of its devices (the F3 with dual cameras at the front is the latest example), the R11 siblings mark the first phones from the company’s stable with a pair of snappers at the back. The camera setup is the opposite of what you get on the OnePlus 5, i.e. a 20MP main camera, accompanied by a 16MP lens. Their implementation however, is the same – 2x lossless zoom (we don’t know if just like the OnePlus 5, OPPO is also actually offering just 1.6x optical zoom) and the portrait mode. For selfies however, the R11 and R11 Plus one-up the OP5 thanks to their 20MP secondary shooters. OPPO R11 and R11 Plus first impressions 91mobiles 08 While most things seem to be almost the same till now, they become quite different we take a peek under the hood. The OnePlus 5 is being hailed as the fastest Android phone on the planet with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and up to 8GB RAM, but on the other hand, the R11 duo comes equipped with the recently-announced mid-range SoC by Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 660. The latter brings forth flagship-tier features to the upper mid-range. For multitasking, the SoC is mated to 4GB or 6GB RAM for the OPPO R11 and R11 Plus, respectively. The storage needs are taken care of by 64GB or 128GB flash memory. OPPO R11 and R11 Plus first impressions 91mobiles 20 Software-wise, the OPPO R11 and R11 Plus come with Android 7.1 Nougat layered with the proprietary Color OS. For connectivity, the dual-SIM phones support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Powering the show on the R11 is a 3,000mAh battery, whereas its bigger brother sips juice from a 4,000mAh cell. Both the phones can be recharged quickly, thanks to the company’s VOOC charging tech. OPPO R11 and R11 Plus first impressions 91mobiles 16 In China, the R11 is priced at RMB 2,999 (~Rs 29,000), while the OPPO R11 Plus will set you back by RMB 3,699 (~Rs 35,000). As mentioned above, it’s highly unlikely that the phones will make their way to India, but they might launch with minor changes under the F series. If they do, these phones will be succeeding the F3 (review) and F3 Plus (review), and should be able to gain popularity in their respective segments, provided they’re priced well.

Posted Date:07/07/2017.

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Nokia 3310 gets a new see-through retail box

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“The new retail box of the Nokia 3310 gets a transparent cover” In May this year, HMD Global launched the 2017 variant of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone in India. The phone is seemingly enjoying a warm reception in the country, despite retailing on the higher-end of the price spectrum at Rs 3,310. Now it appears that HMD Global has started packaging the Nokia 3310 in a new transparent retail box. Nokia 3310 new retail box According to a photo obtained by Nokiapoweruser, the new retail box shows off the colourful design of the new Nokia 3310 (review) thanks to the see-through cover. Until now, the Nokia 3310 arrived in a regular box, which also contains a pair of earphones and the wall charger. The phone is available in the country via major brick-and-mortar retail stores.

Posted Date:06/07/2017.

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Nokia smartphones to come with Carl Zeiss optics

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“HMD Global has partnered with Carl Zeiss to bring the latter’s lens expertise back to Nokia phones” Several reports in the past have indicated that one of the upcoming Nokia flagship smartphones will flaunt Carl Zeiss optics. Now putting the rumours to an end, HMD Global, the brand that now holds the licence to sell Nokia smartphones, has announced a partnership with Carl Zeiss to equip upcoming Nokia phones with the latter’s optics. Zeiss, in case you don’t know, is a highly reputed maker of optical systems and lenses. carl-zeiss-fb It’s worth mentioning that this is not the first time Nokia has partnered with Carl Zeiss. During its glory days, the brand launched a handful of Nseries and Lumia smartphones featuring Nokia PureView cameras featuring Zeiss technology. Follow Nokia Mobile ? @nokiamobile A partnership we’re truly proud to announce. #BetterTogether The two brands haven’t yet revealed specifics of the launch dates of upcoming Nokia phones that will come with Carl Zeiss cameras. However, HMD Global is expected to launch the Nokia 8 or 9 flagship featuring a 22MP Carl Zeiss camera in the coming weeks.

Posted Date:06/07/2017.

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Honor 8 Pro with 6GB RAM and dual 12MP cameras launched in India for Rs 29,999

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“The Honor 8 Pro flaunts a 5.7-inch 2K display, an octa-core SoC and a 4,000mAh battery” Last month, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor announced it will be launching the Honor 8 Pro flagship smartphone in India. Today, the company has finally released the phone in the country. The device is priced at Rs 29,999, and will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting July 10th. The phone’s biggest highlight is its premium all-metal unibody design and dual camera setup at the rear. Honor 8 Pro FI 007 The Honor 8 Pro’s (first impressions) dual rear camera setup includes two 12-megapixel shooters – one RGB and one monochrome. The phone gets an 8-megapixel snapper for selfies. It comes with a 5.7-inch quad-HD display, and boots Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top. It is powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core Hi-Silicon Kirin 960 processor, mated to 6GB of RAM. Honor 8 Pro The Honor 8 Pro comes with 128GB of storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB by inserting a microSD card. Other features include a fingerprint sensor, 4G, VoLTE, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, USB OTG and a 4,000mAh battery. For the first 30 hours, the Honor 8 Pro will be exclusively availablee for Amazon Prime users on July 10th. Launch offers include 15 percent cashback on purchases made via HDFC credit and debit cards, no cost EMI for 12 months and 45GB of free data for five months to Vodafone users when they purchase the 1GB 4G data pack.

Posted Date:06/07/2017.

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Alleged Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 835 SoC and 6GB RAM

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“The Mi Mix 2 is expected to flaunt a curved AMOLED display and up to 8GB of RAM” Earlier this year, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the company will be launching the Mi Mix 2 smartphone in the second half of this year. Now ahead of the unveiling, the alleged Mi Mix 2 has been spotted on the benchmarking website Geekbench, which has revealed the key specifications of the handset. XIaomi Mi Mix 2 Geekbench As per Geekbench, the purported Mi Mix 2 will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with a clock speed of 1.90GHz. The phone will come with a massive 6GB of RAM, and will boot Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box. Unfortunately, the benchmark listing didn’t reveal any other specs of the handset. As per the earlier reports, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will feature a curved AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent. The phone will offer a ceramic design, a fingerprint sensor embedded under the screen, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

Posted Date:06/07/2017.

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HMD Global could have the Nokia 2, Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 in the pipeline

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“HMD Global is planning to launch new Nokia smartphones alongside some accessories soon” It appears that HMD Global is all set to launch the second wave of Nokia smartphones soon. In an interview with the Finnish publication mobiili.fi, HMD Global’s Marketing Director, Pekka Rantala has revealed that the brand is all set to launch the second batch of Nokia smartphones soon, but the company has no plans for Nokia tablets, at least for this year. Nokia 3 Unboxing 002 Rantala said that apart from smartphones, HMD will be launching Nokia branded accessories. When asked about the rumoured Nokia 9 flagship, he didn’t provide a proper answer, but gave a hint by saying that it is logical from the vendor to use Nokia 7, Nokia 8 or Nokia 2 names, going by the naming convention of the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. Rantala also said that HMD won’t be launching a phone with Nokia 4 name as the number four is considered unlucky in China and some other Asian markets. Unfortunately, we still don’t have an exact launch date for the upcoming Nokia smartphones at the moment.

Posted Date:05/07/2017.

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nubia N2 with 16MP selfie camera and 5,000mAh battery launched in India for Rs 15,999

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“The nubia N2 is a mid-range offering with a 5.5-inch HD display and 64GB of storage” nubia has expanded its range of budget smartphones in India with the launch of the nubia N2. It is a mid-range offering that was unveiled in China recently featuring an all-metal unibody design and a fingerprint sensor embedded into its home button. The phone boasts a massive 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging technology. nubia N2 In Pictures 001 As far as the other specs go, the nubia N2 (first impressions) features a 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass on top. The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. The storage capacity on board is 64GB, which can be further increased up to 128GB by inserting a microSD card. The camera department includes a 13MP rear snapper with PDAF and full HD video recording, and a 16MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture and 80-degree wide angle lens. Software-wise, it boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow with nubia UI 4.0 on top. The nubia N2 has been priced at Rs 15,999, and will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting today.

Posted Date:05/07/2017.

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Apple is reportedly testing 3D face scanning for the iPhone 8

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“Apple hopes to replace the Touch ID sensor entirely with its 3D face scanning tech” Multiple reports in the past have suggested that the iPhone 8 will feature a large screen-to-body ratio. The phone is rumoured to sport either an under-display Touch ID sensor or a rear-mounted one. However, a fresh report by Bloomberg suggests that the Cupertino tech giant is testing 3D face detection for the iPhone 8, alongside eye-scanning. Apple iPhone 8 Concept The Apple iPhone 8 concept – credit – Handy Abovergleich As per the report, the new 3D face detection sensor will be used both for unlocking devices and authorising mobile payments. The improved security feature will allow users to login and launch secure apps by scanning the user’s face. According to Bloomberg, the face detection sensor will be able to scan the user’s face and unlock the phone in mere milliseconds, and will work even if the phone is lying flat on a table. Apple’s intent is to replace the Touch ID fingerprint sensor entirely with this tech, but it might not be ready in time for the iPhone 8’s launch. The report further suggests that the iPhone 8 may feature ProMotion display technology, which was first introduced on the new iPad Pros last month. This display tech is capable of updating at a higher refresh rate, which reduces motion blur especially when scrolling. The report cites a new dedicated chip internally referred to as the Apple Neural Engine that will help drive the ProMotion screen as well as AI tasks. Furthermore, the source claims that the iPhone 8 will flaunt glass on both the front and back that curves at the edges. The phone will use an OLED screen with a large screen-to-body ratio, fitting a display the size of the iPhone 7 Plus into the body of the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are also expected to be announced alongside the iPhone 8 this fall.

Posted Date:05/07/2017.

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HTC ‘Ocean Life’ with Snapdragon 660 and Edge Sense reportedly in the works

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“The Ocean Life appears to be a mini version of the U11 flagship” HTC-U11-20 It appears that HTC is working a mini variant of the U11 flagship smartphone. According to the HTC tipster @LlabTooFeR, the company is working on a mid-range smartphone under the code name ‘Ocean Life’. As per the source, the phone will feature the Edge Sense feature which debuted on the U11 (review). As per the tipster, the HTC Ocean Life will feature a 5.2-inch full HD display, and will boot Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Sense 9.0 on top. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The device will feature a 16-megapixel camera at both the front and rear. A 2,600mAh battery will keep the handset running. The handset will also come with HTC USonic audio and Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately, the tipster hasn’t yet revealed when the company is planning to launch the HTC Ocean Life. We will let you know as soon as the company announces anything, so stay tuned.

Posted Date:05/07/2017.

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Xiaomi X1 with Snapdragon 660 SoC and dual rear cameras reportedly in the works

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“The Xiaomi X1 is expected to be a high-end offering with dual rear cameras” According to a tipster on the Chinese social networking website Weibo, Xiaomi is planning to launch a new smartphone called the Xiaomi X1. As per the source, the phone will be launched in two variants – one with a regular display and the other with a bezel-less screen. In addition, the source claims that the company has cancelled the Redmi Pro 2 owing to poor sales of its predecessor. Xiaomi Mi 6_15 As per the source, one of the Xiaomi X1 models will feature a 5.5-inch display bearing a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and will come with an IMX362 or IMX386 camera system, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As per the report, the standard Xiaomi X1 will be available for RMB 1,999 for the 4GB + 64GB model, while its 6GB + 128GB variant will cost RMB 2,499. Its higher-specced bezel-less model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will set you back by RMB 2,299, while the 6GB + 128GB edition will cost RMB 2,799.

Posted Date:04/07/2017.

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Exclusive: Jio’s 4G VoLTE feature phone to launch under the LYF brand with an MRP of Rs 2,369

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Tweet “The VoLTE feature phone could launch as early as next month” Last month, we reported that Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio would be launching two VoLTE-capable feature phones in the country. Today, we have learnt from our source that the phones will be launched under Reliance Retail’s smartphone brand, LYF, and not with Jio’s moniker as was speculated earlier. reliance-jio-affordable-4g-volte-phones-feat Our source has further indicated that the higher-end variant will carry a sticker price of Rs 2,369. While the company is expected to launch two feature phones – one powered by a Qualcomm 205 chipset, and other with a Spreadtrum processor, we can’t confirm which chipset will be powering this version. In our previous report, we mentioned that the manufacturing cost for the Spreadtrum-powered feature phone is around $27 (~Rs 1,730), while the Qualcomm 205-equipped phone costs around $28 (~Rs 1,800) to make. The high MRP of Rs 2,369 could be attributed to the recent implementation of GST, but it’s likely that the phone will retail for a lower price. To recap, the LYF feature phone will feature a screen size of 2.4-inches. For memory, it will offer 512MB RAM and 4GB of expandable ROM, which concurs with our previous report. The phone will be fuelled by a 2,000mAh battery. It will also offer a VGA camera at the front for video calling purposes. While the launch date for the phone isn’t confirmed yet, our source indicates that it could be as early as next month. With these VoLTE feature phones, Jio will get a much-needed push to reach more subscribers, considering that the proliferation of 4G smartphones is still low in India.

Posted Date:04/07/2017.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to launch in India this month, to be available offline as well

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“The Mi Max 2 is expected to be launched in India on July 26th” In May, Xiaomi unveiled its latest Mi series phablet dubbed the Mi Max 2 in its home market of China. Almost a year ago, the phone’s predecessor the Mi Max, was launched in India in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. Now according to our sources, the company is all set to launch the Mi Max 2 in the Indian market. Xiaomi Mi Max 2_FB As per our sources, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2’s tentative launch date in India is set for July 26th. The phone will be initially sold via online channels, but will also be available via offline channels later. There’s no word regarding the Indian pricing of the phablet at the moment, but its Chinese pricing suggests that it will be priced under Rs 20,000 in the country. Our sources add that the brand is also planning to launch one more high-end smartphone in India this month. To recap the specs, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch full HD display, and boots MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat. The Snapdragon 625 SoC-powered offering comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage variants, a 12MP rear snapper, a 5MP front shooter, 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, infrared sensor, a USB Type-C port and a 5,300mAh battery with fast charging.

Posted Date:03/07/2017.

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Moto M2 with 5.5-inch 1080p display and up to 6GB RAM reportedly launching in October

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“The Moto M2 will feature a MediaTek SoC, up to 64GB of storage and a full HD screen” Last November, Moto unveiled the mid-range Moto M (review), in China, and launched the phone in India in December. Now it appears that the company is working on the successor to the phone. Ahead of the unveiling, a couple of key specs and launch timeframe of the alleged Moto M2 has hit the interwebs. According to gadget tipster Andri Yatim, the Moto M2 will be launched with a MediaTek processor of unknown name. The phone will come with a 5.5-inch full HD display. It will come in different RAM and storage configurations – 4GB / 6GB and 32GB / 64GB. The device will be unveiled at some point in October this year. To recap, the predecessor to the Moto M2, the Moto M, flaunts a metal unibody design, a fingerprint sensor and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch HD display, a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front shooter and a 3,050mAh battery.

Posted Date:03/07/2017.

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nubia N2 with 5,000mAh battery launching in India on July 5th

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“The nubia N2 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage” ZTE’s sub-brand nubia recent launched the M2 Lite in India featuring a 16MP selfie shooter. Now it appears that the company is all set to launch a new smartphone in the country soon. The brand has started teasing the launch of a new smartphone in India on July 5th, which is expected to be the nubia N2. For the uninitiated, the nubia N2 was unveiled in China in March featuring a 5,000mAh battery. The phone features a 5.5-inch full HD display, an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 16MP front shooter, a fingerprint sensor, 4G LTE and a 5,000mAh battery with fast charging.

Posted Date:03/07/2017.

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TCL MOVETIME smartwatch with heart rate sensor launched in India for Rs 9,999

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“The MOVETIME sports gesture controls, and offers notifications for messages and calls from paired smartphones” TCL Communications has expanded its range of wearables in India with the launch of the MOVETIME smartwatch in the country. The brand’s latest smartwatch flaunts a heart rate sensor, and tracks activity, monitors sleep, counts calories and calculates distance travelled. The wearable also offers notifications for calls, messages, calendar alerts and more from your paired smartphone. TCL MOVETIME The TCL MOVETIME features gesture control, which allows you to take a picture or play music on your connected smartphone by twisting your wrist. The smartwatch comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a 350mAh battery. It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The TCL MOVETIME has been priced at Rs 9,999, and is being offered exclusively on Amazon India. The accessory comes with a one year warranty.

Posted Date:02/07/2017.

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Honor Holly 3+ with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage launched for Rs 12,999

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“The Holly 3+ features a 5.5-inch HD display, an octa-core SoC, 13MP/8MP cameras and a 3,100mAh battery” honor_holly_3_first_impressions_4 In October last year, Honor launched the budget Holly 3 (first impressions) as its first Made in India smartphone. Priced at Rs 9,999, the phone arrived in a single variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Now the company has launched a slightly upgraded variant of the device called the Honor Holly 3+. According to the independent mobile retailer Mahesh Telecom, the new variant comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Apart from the higher RAM and storage capacity, the Honor Holly 3+ offers the same set of specs as its predecessor. The phone offers a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz octa-core Kirin 620 processor. It comes with expandable storage up to 128GB, Android Marshmallow, a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front shooter, 4G, VoLTE, dual-SIM slots and a 3,100mAh battery. As per the retailer, the Honor Holly 3+ has been priced at Rs 12,999, and is available via major brick-and-mortar stores across the country.

Posted Date:02/07/2017.

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LG G6 Mini to be reportedly launched as LG Q6

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Back in April this year, we came across a report which revealed that LG was working on a smaller version of the G6 which was probably called the G6 Mini. Now, according to a latest report, it turns out that this G6 Mini will actually be called LG Q6. LG G6 Mini to be reportedly launched as LG Q6 LG G6 This information comes from none other than reliable leakster Evan Blass. He revealed this information on Twitter while revealing some of the specifications of the LG Q6. Unlike the G6 which comes with a dual camera setup, the Q6 will come with a single 13 MP camera. This will be known as the LG Q6 (recently hit FCC under model number M700) — also 18.5:9, but with a single 13MP camera & 3GB RAM. https://t.co/JdSJi8e4wL — Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 30, 2017 Moreover, Blass also revealed that the Q6 recently made it to FCC with model number M700, and, will come with 3 GB RAM as opposed to 4 GB on the G6. The Q6, like the G6, will flaunt a bezel-less design and will have a 5.4-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. For now, that’s all we know about the LG Q6, however, as the device has already reached FCC for certification, we might see LG unveiling it within a couple of months, and hopefully, will see more information about it surfacing online.

Posted Date:01/07/2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 might have 64 GB &128 GB storage variants

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New rumors regarding the Galaxy Note8 are vouching for two variants of the device. The two variants differing only by their storage size. The rumor by OSEN media says a Samsung official has revealed this tidbit of info. The phone will have a 64 gig variant and a 128 gig variant. As opposed to the Galaxy Note 7 which had a 64 gig variant only. Apart from that, they will also be equipped with a microSD card slot for up to 256 GB memory expansion. Samsung Galaxy Note8 might have 64 GB &128 GB storage variants Moreover, the same source also quoted the official saying the Galaxy Note8 will cost $1000. And add to that another $100 if it is not the country of origin. Well, all this points to one thing. Samsung wants to compete with Apple in the price segment as well. As it is already believed the iPhone 8 will be the most expensive device Apple has ever made. However, you will also be getting an unparalleled flagship experience. Further, consistent leaks have shown the humongous phablet will sport a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, a Snapdragon 836 or an Exynos 8895 chip, at least 6 GB of RAM and dual cameras at the back. Sadly, no on-screen fingerprint technology this year from Samsung.

Posted Date:01/07/2017.

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Reliance Jio Introduces New JioFi Bundle With Offers Worth 1,999 INR For 1 Year

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Ever since the commercial launch of the Jio 4G services, the company has been offering an array of offers for the consumers, providing a great value to its users over the other networks. The company launched the JioFi devices as well, which is essentially a Wi-Fi modem that allows the Jio 4G data to be used even on non-4G devices. We saw the company launching a couple of different variations of the same like JioFi 2, JioFi 3, etc. and now, it looks like we some new offers for the same. As you can see from the screenshots that are embedded below, the company has come up with a new offer in which the users buying a JioFi device worth 1,999 INR will get one year worth of free Jio services, which stacks upto the cost of the JioFi device. Well, the offer is pretty much self-explanatory. It is as simple as buying a new JioFi device and getting offers worth 1,999 INR. First of all, to begin with, this could be a great offer for someone who is yet to get a Jio SIM since he/ she does not have a 4G smartphone. This is pretty much the best offer that is out right now for the JioFi device. Well, in order to avail these benefits, there are certain things which you need to follow. First of all, you have to purchase a new JioFi device for this. So the existing JioFi users won’t be able to take advantage of this offer. However, as mentioned earlier, if someone is planning on buying one, then this is the right time to do so. Once you purchase the JioFi device, you need to get a new SIM card with JioFi offer plan as well. There is a total of four offers to choose from. Also, it is worth noting the fact that this is a Jio Prime exclusive offer only and hence it is mandatory to have the Prime membership. However, this is not something to worry about since it is included in the value which you are getting back. Talking about the FRCs (First Recharge Coupons), they are all listed in the screenshots above. As you can see, they include the 99 INR for Jio Prime membership as well