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Xiamoi had great success with its phenomenally designed Redmi Note series, and just as the Redmi Note 7 made to the news by featuring a 48-MP phone camera earlier this year, Redmi Note 8 Pro is also coming up with a big camera lens. Realme semi-revealed its XT with the same sensor a couple of days ago, but the company is making it official now.
The camera phone with extra hardware and software capabilities are no longer surprise anyone. This is something almost everyone expects nowadays. But 48MP seems huge. Why would someone want a 64-mega pixel camera lens on a phone?
Another curious thing is - Is the image produced by a 48-mega pixel camera on a phone a high definition image? or the processing is done at some other level. Generally, mobile phones can't handle such a lens. There are two sensor designs in Redmi Note that are grouped together in fours for better light sensitivity. Using this technique a 48 MP camera phone will produce an only a 12-megapixel image. While Samsung 64-MP sensor gets you 16 MP resolution which is physically large, so it will capture more light.
In some situations, you might want to shoot in 64MP camera mode, but mostly 16MP mode will be useful. Realme has provided the sample images that were taken by the Redmi Note 8. The images do indeed presents lots of detail in certain areas of the image, though the heavy-duty processing was done on the software end.
There are a 6.55-inch 1080p screen and a quad-camera setup including that 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide, and two assistive 2-megapixel sensors along with a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The Note 8 Pro uses MediaTek's gaming-focused Helio G90T processor paired with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage.
Xiaomi India released another phone in the budget category today for just Rs. 9,999. The same phone was launched earlier in China, with an almost similar price tag. Redmi 9 Prime manages to impress its fan base with premium features like FHD+ resolution supporting display, heavy processor, a massive battery, and quad rear cameras.
The Redmi 8 Prime has an attractive Aura 360 design. It features a 3D unibody with concentric circles around the rear cameras. The phone case has an anti-fingerprint ripple texture feature for a better grip. The Redmi 9 Prime features a 6.53-inch IPS LCD with a waterdrop notch. The device comes with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is shielded by Gorilla Glass panel 3. The screen of the device features a pre-installed screen protector. The phone comes with Android 10 OS with MIUI 11 on the top.
The phone is powered by a processor that is a gaming-centric Helio G80 chipset by MediaTek powers. The Redmi 9 Prime features a 4GB RAM and has two internal storage options available in 64GB and 128GB. You can extend the storage via a microSD card slot on the phone. The device has an AI-powered quad-camera system on the rear side that includes a 12-megapixel primary camera lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera lens, a 2-megapixel depth assist lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens with 2cm focal length. At the front, the Redmi 9 houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera with portrait mode.
The device is powered by a massive 5,020mAh battery that can last up to 2 days with medium usage. The Redmi 9 Prime comes with a 10W charging through USB-C that allows users to charge the phone with 18W fast charger from the Xiaomi. Other features that are available on the Redmi 9 Prime are wireless FM radio, dual SIM slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 1217 ultra-linear speaker, USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Lastly, Xiaomi is offering a transparent protective case in the retail package of the device.
At one point, it looked like 2020 would be a bad year for Huawei everywhere outside of the company's home country of China. The tech firm has endured eighteen months of consistently terrible press in the United States of America and Europe, and although it has consistently and angrily denied that it uses its equipment to spy on western nations, the accusations have stung its performance when it comes to sales. After Donald Trump's administration took the unprecedented step of putting the company on the 'Entity List' - effectively a blacklist - there appeared to be no way for Huawei to stay active in western markets. Huawei might now have found a way to avoid that becoming the case.
The main difficulty faced by Huawei under the terms of the blacklisting - or so it appeared - is that it wouldn't have access to Google apps. The entire Google Play store would be off-limits to the manufacturer, which would leave users unable to install or use many of the apps that smartphone users now take for granted. This would include hugely popular communication tools like WhatsApp, and also the apps used by social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Even accessing social media sites using a web browser would have been difficult, as the majority of web browsers also come in the form of apps that can only be downloaded through the relevant store.
Mobile gamers would also have been affected by the ban. Games like PUBG and Fortnite, as well as the Call of Duty franchise, have had their apps downloaded millions of times through Google Play. Playing games through new Huawei phones would have been almost impossible. Non-app based games, such as online slots or casino games, wouldn't have been affected in theory. Users would still have needed a web browser to gain access to online slots websites, though, and so even they may have remained off-limits. In practice, it would have been hard for users to play paypal slots, play any other games, or perform any activities beyond basic calling and texting. It would have been impossible to justify spending full price on a phone handset that didn't have these features - but now, all of these features may be back on the menu.
According to reports that have appeared in the press this week, Huawei is looking to exploit a loophole in the blacklist ruling. They may not be able to gain access to Google's Play Store, but they might instead be able to place apps in their own 'App Gallery' - and it's thought that Google might grant them permission to place Google apps inside App Gallery and allow users to gain access to them anyway. Google is understood to be keen to continue co-operating with Huawei, and so if the loophole exists, then they're unlikely to take any steps to prevent Huawei from making use of it. The most recently released Huawei smartphones have arrived without core Google apps like Maps or Gmail pre-installed, but affected users may soon be able to download the apps through App Gallery and continue as if the problem didn't exist.
Within Huawei, this is seen as a preferable alternative to attempting to proceed with their own operating system. Huawei can't currently make use of the latest versions of Android, and spent money in 2019 developing an alternative OS called 'Harmony.' The new OS is yet to appear on any Huawei-built smartphone, with the manufacturer instead deciding to continue using the most recent version of Android that it still has access to. This may yet cause issues in the future when Android eventually stop providing support for outdated versions of the software in favor of upgrading more recent builds and producing future variants. The 'open source' version of Android that they have access to is in itself contentious, and if US lawmakers have their way, they may yet lose access to it in the future.
If Google agrees, it wouldn't be the first time they've granted permission for their apps to be used in places where users wouldn't necessarily expect to see them. As Apple users are aware, almost all of Google's apps can currently be downloaded through Apple's app store even though Apple and Google are, metaphorically speaking, at war with each other in the smartphone market. It appears that Google's priority is to make their software available to as many users as possible as opposed to restricting access to only those devices that run approved versions of Android. If they agree to this request, then there would theoretically be little difference between a Huawei phone and, for example, a phone made by Samsung when it comes to app availability, and the impact of the ban would be almost totally nullified.
This isn't the only way that Huawei appears to be getting around at least some aspects of the ban. The terms of the blacklisting specifically prohibit firms from the United States of America from doing any business with Huawei whatsoever, and yet their P40 phone has been found to contain parts built by several different American manufacturers. The P40 was released long after the terms of the ban came into effect, and so it's not yet known whether any of the companies who have seemingly provided parts or technology to Huawei are in breach of prohibition. Theoretically, there should be no US-built components in any Huawei phones, but their presence suggests that the company has found a way to incorporate them anyway. One possible explanation is that the parts were initially sold overseas to a company that isn't covered by the ban. The overseas company would then be free to sell the parts on to Huawei without being encumbered by US law.
Although Huawei reported a loss of around ten billion US dollars last year in the wake of being blacklisted, it's clear that the company has no intention of giving up its presence in American or European markets. Given that it will be involved in the rollout of the 5G network in the United Kingdom, it may even gain more ground in the twelve months to come. Huawei was definitely knocked down by the ban, but they weren't knocked out, and in coming back, it's conceivable that they may ultimately become even stronger than they were before.
The specifications of an unknown Realme XT Pro just got leaked via a benchmark listing. According to the sources, the device is powered by the latest Snapdragon 730G chipset and the new 64MP quad-camera setup. The company has stepped on the gas with several smartphones it is launching this year. Along with the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro being launched in August, now we have the Realme XT as well as the Realme Q being released in September. The leaked spec sheet suggest another high-end Realme device ready to be launched in the market.
Just like its predecessors and other devices, even the reported Realme XT Pro will feature a four-camera system. It will have a 64MP f/1.8 primary camera, implementing the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor. It also has an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 119 degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera will house a 32MP lens. The camera specs are very similar to the Realme XT. However, the key difference comes with the processing ability that is similar to what powered the Redmi K20. This is so most powerful snapdragon chipset so far, which also beats the processing speed of 845 and 855. According to the listing, it will be paired with 8GB of RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.
The upcoming Realme XT pro seems to like be pretty much like the Realme XT, which is not surprising. This includes a 6.4-inch AMOLED display panel with a Full HD+ resolution. For the security purpose, the device is using an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometrics. The battery is rated at 4,000mAh with support for 30W VOOC fast charging from the 20W we are used to seeing from other Realme devices. It is unclear if the smartphone uses a pop-up camera for the selfies as we have it on the Realme X, or there will be a different housing.
Recently, Realme released two smartphones as part of its budget series - C12 and C15. This smartphone aims to offer users with phones that can last long with a single charge, which they do. They also fill the widening pricing gap between the Realme's C-series and its number series. Realme's new C1x models, including the C11, however, overlap the pricing of C3 and Narzo somewhere. In this article, we will look at the Realme C15, but more importantly, explore Realme's budget series to see which phones are worth buying.
The Realme C15 is a budget-friendly smartphone from Realme, price starting at the Rs. 10,000. Just like the old Realme C12, the C15 isn't meant to replace any existing model but rather compliments these. The device is virtually the same as C12 in terms of design and specs. However, C15 comes with 18W fast charging that justifies its higher price as compared to C12 to some extent.
Another significant difference between c12 and C15 is the number of cameras. The Realme C12 has three cameras in total, whereas the Realme C15 has three cameras. You get the same 13-megapixel primary camera, but also get an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera lens, a monochrome, and a retro camera. The Realme C15 skips the dedicated macro camera, which is present on the Realme C12. The C15 also gets an 8-megapixel selfie camera instead of 5 megapixels.
The Realme C and Realme C2 are still listed on the company's official website, although you can't buy these easily. The Realme C2( Review) is more than a year old, but at Rs. 6,999 (2GB + 32GB), it's still not bad if you are just looking for a simple Andriod phone. However, the 3GB and 32GB variants available at Rs. 7,499 doesn't make much sense with the arrival of C11 that offers a bigger 5,000mAh battery and a new SoC. However, in our experience, the 2GB of RAM felt inadequate and lack performance in general. The Realme C12 has a bigger battery and a fingerprint scanner but has relatively weaker Helio C35 Soc. The top-end variant of the Realme C15 with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage at Rs. 10,999 seems like a difficult-to-sell device, as for extra Rs.1,00 you can get the Nazro 10, which is way better than C12 or C15.
We have all been there at some point of time or the other; we see a video we like a lot on Facebook, but can't really save it, although we know it will eventually get lost amidst everything else on our timelines. VideoDuke promises to be the perfect solution to such predicaments by offering the best possible solution for downloading videos from Facebook. As it happens, that's not all VideoDuke can do, because its application covers a much wider area of use than that of simply downloading videos from FB on Mac.
An Overview of VideoDuke as a FB Video Downloader for macOS Devices
If you have a MacBook Lite, MacBook Pro or any other device running macOS, you don't need to be told twice that the OS is quite limiting in what it allows. VideoDuke however, is unaffected by those limitations. As a result, you can actually download any video from Facebook you wish, without limitations in quality or quantity. Visit the official website to know exactly how to download Facebook videos on Mac with VideoDuke.
What Else Can VideoDuke Do for the Mac User?
The simplest answer to that question would be, there isn't much that the software can't do for Mac users, as far as downloading web video content is concerned! While it's more popular as a Facebook video downloader, the truth is that VideoDuke can practically download video content from nearly all websites out there. To provide the reader with an idea about the kind of limitless possibilities we are talking about here, here's a list of some popular sites that VideoDuke can extract videos from and download them for you.
- 123 Movies
If you aren't already impressed, then know that this only lists a fraction of the 1,000+ websites that VideoDuke can download Videos from! Short of actually testing it out, there is probably no way to tell whether or not there are any websites that VideoDuke can't pull a video from.
Features Beyond Simple Downloading
While the list of supported websites is quite impressive for downloads, there's even more to using VideoDuke. For example:
- You can download entire playlists from YouTube or even all content uploaded by a channel on YouTube.
- Conversion of YouTube videos to MP3 format is supported if you are downloading an audiobook or your favorite track
- VideoDuke supports downloading of videos in resolutions as high as 8K and as low as 144p.
- On the flip side, you can also download 8K videos in more storage-friendly resolutions, ranging from 144p - 5K.
- From cartoons and anime shows, to live TV shows, reality dramas, and movies, VideoDuke supports downloading of any and all video content.
Finally, after looking through some of its most prolific features and trying them out for ourselves, we can confidently say that VideoDuke is not just a video downloader for Facebook at all; it is a complete, standalone video downloader package that works for nearly all websites out there, with Facebook being just one of the hundreds of other supported sites.
Another day Another leaked Wallpaper form the upcoming flagship, HTC One (M9) with Sense 7.0 UI. 6 days to go until the launch day and 6 wallpapers left for us to download. So far all the wallpapers looks amazing, flat and colorful.
The resolution is 2160 x 1920 pixels, suggesting it will span you two full home screens on the 1080p display of the M9. You can Download all 8 Leaked wallpapers from the Google Drive folder below, we update this folder daily with every new wallpaper.
It was only a matter of time before Sprint and Verizon launched their own "buy one, get one free" offer for the Galaxy S7 as AT&T and T-Mobile already had launched their own. There is a catch however, if you even consider it a catch that is. As of now, Sprint is not offering the Galaxy S7 Edge as a part of this package but only the regular Galaxy S7. Nonetheless, if you are keen on picking up a Galaxy S7 Edge from Sprint, you will get it at half the retail price from them.
Sprint has even incorporated the Galaxy Forever lease program into both their offers. This particular program allows you to exchange your old Galaxy device for the latest one, after just twelve months. The lease on the other hand will continue as before until the contract ends or you decide to keep exchanging as future Galaxy smartphones keep launching.
Verizon has taken a slightly different approach when compared to Sprint because they are offering both the S7 and the S7 Edge in their Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer. In fact, they have actually taken it a step further by allowing the customer to get both devices at the price of one. What this means is that you can buy a S7 Edge and choose to take a regular S7 instead of another S7 Edge as the free device.
If you are considering any of these offers then keep in mind that they all require the customer to get into a contract with the concerned company and the offer will take anywhere between eight-ten weeks to get validated via a prepaid card. We urge you to go through the terms and conditions carefully before taking a decision. There is now denying though, that these offers do make the S7 series of smartphones seem like much better value for money products.
It was just yesterday that we brought to you images of a leaked case which provided us with multiple alleged external details of the upcoming Galaxy S8. Take a look at another one today coming in from Ghostek, featuring one of their Atomic Shock resistant cases for the S8. Before we delve into the details, keep in mind that this is just a render and nothing is guaranteed to be right at all.
We can see a single rear camera, which is consistent with all the recent rumors, but the cut-out on the case itself is suspiciously big enough for a dual camera module. No fingerprint scanners on the back and a lacking Home button in front indicates that Samsung is opting for an optical fingerprint sensor which will be placed under the glass. Just like the render by Slashgear had suggested, both the volume keys and the Power button can be seen on the left side.
Do you like what you see? Or do you think it's a complete hogwash? Let us know in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, we will have to wait a little while longer to see what is what as Samsung prepares the S8 for a mid-April launch (or is it going to be a February launch?).
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As it happens, the Galaxy S8 leaks have been coming in droves lately. We now have the specifications, press renders, live images, videos and everything in between. Today's leaked images are brought to you by BGR and they seem to be legit. Granted that the leak doesn't reveal anything that we didn't know already, it's still another look at the most anticipated device of the year, almost a month prior to its release. Therefore, it's definitely worth looking at!
One of the images gives us a very up close and personal look at the 3.5mm audio jack, the USB Type-C port and the bottom speaker. This more or less confirms that Samsung isn't ditching the popular headphone jack yet, like many thought it might. We can also see the front camera, the iris scanner, the onscreen Home and navigation buttons, the LED notification light, quite a few sensors and of course, the giant borderless display. From the side view, we can see the Volume buttons and the Power button at the left side, with a dedicated Bixby button on the right. Let us know in the comments, if you spot anything else.
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The launch might still be 12 days away, but we already have had a pretty comprehensive look at the Galaxy S8 in all its glory. Today, we get to look at the S8 once again in black, courtesy of a Chinese source on Weibo. However, there isn't much we can tell you that we haven't told you already. The borderless display blends in seamlessly with the almost non-existent black bezels, making us believe that this is probably going to be the best color for the S8 and the S8+.
On the back, we can see the fingerprint scanner, the heart rate sensor, the camera module and the flash. The Samsung logo can be seen sitting at the back, below all the sensors. The only thing is that we did not see the Always On virtual Home button in these pics, which leads us to believe that the phone was switched off while being clicked. What do you think? Do you see anything that we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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It is no secret that Samsung doesn't exactly consider the iPhones to be much more than fanfare and they have seldom stopped their marketing team from taking a dab or two at the Cupertino giant. This time is no different as Samsung has just released an ad which clearly and openly ridicules all iPhones in general and even delivers a clever little jab at the mighty iPhone X! Take a look at the video above, just in case you have not seen it yet.
In the off chance that you missed it in the ad, the photo above should show you how the Korean OEM has cleverly poked fun at the iPhone X's twin notches, without even mentioning or showing it anywhere in the ad. It's basically just a guy shifting to a Note 8 after years of being frustrated with his iPhones and their multiple shortcomings. To be honest, great as iPhones might be, their Android counterparts do hold some significant advantages over them, especially when it comes to smartphones such as the stylus touting Note 8.
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Samsung has managed to keep the Galaxy S9 and S9+ surprisingly under the lid this year, as compared to any other year in recent memory. Not that there is much left to the imagination really, given that we know most things about it already and have seen enough renders to know what it will look like. Even then, there have hardly been any videos or images that have so far shown the S9 or the S9+ live. We may have seen a dummy unit, but it's still not the real thing. Nevertheless, we have more renders for you today and this time it comes from Evan Blass of @evleaks himself.
Aside from confirming certain facts that we knew already (like the dual camera on the S9+), the leaked render unveils a new color to us, the Lilac Purple. In case you are not yet familiar with the most probable specs of the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+, do take a look at the following highlights.
6.2-inch (S9+)/5.8 -inch (S9) Super AMOLED 1440p Infinity Display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC (US and China)/Exynos 9810 (international version)
4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (S9)/6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage (S9+)
Dual rear camera (12mp + 12mp at f/2.4 and f/1.5) for the S9+ and just a single rear camera for the S9
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By now we have all had our fair share of look at the Galaxy Note 9 or identical replicas anyway. Even then, nothing is confirmed until the official release and that's what makes every leak interesting till then. On that note, we have another one for you today!
After seeing the image above, we are sure that you have probably noticed that it looks remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note 8, which is not surprising at all, given that's exactly what everyone expects the Note 9 to look like. Nevertheless, what you are seeing here is probably the real deal as Android Headlines strongly stated that their source is as authentic as it can be at this point. We don't see anything too significant though to be honest. Sure, the corners are probably a bit rounder and the bottom bezel might be a bit smaller, but it does look almost identical to the Galaxy Note 8. Even the front sensors seem to be in the exact same spots as on the Note 8 from 2017. Do let us know if you see any changes we missed.
The year 2019 is about to end, and it is reported that the company is planning to launch the Oppo Reno S in India in December with a 64MP camera, 65W fast charging and a snapdragon 855 Plus Soc. There are rumors about the next Reno called Oppo Reno 3 which could be launched soon with quad-camera setup, 90Hz display.
The device has a 4500mAh battery which is good enough to keep the phone alive with a single charge for a whole day even with heavy use. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 735 Soc processing chip. The Reno 3 has an upgraded version of the processing chip over its predecessor. The Snapdragon 735 Soc is yet to be announced by Qualcomm. This chip is also expected to have integrated support for the 5G network.
Oppo Reno 3 is rumored to include a 60MP main camera sensor supported by 8MP, 13MP, and 2MP camera. The Reno 2 is offering a 32MP camera for the selfies. The phone is said to house a 4500mAh battery with support for 30W VOCC 4.0 fast charging. There's no clarity if the shark-fin pop-up module seen on the Oppo Reno 2, will make a return or not. The tipster suggests that the phone will sport an in-display fingerprint scanner and come with 5G support.
As mentioned, Oppo Reno 3 price and specifications have leaked on Weibo. According to the tipster, the Oppo Reno 3 will be priced at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 33,400) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB model, and CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 36,400) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB model.
Oppo Reno has been one of the successful smartphone series last year and apparently, Oppo wants to create more cash out of its success by releasing another phone. The specs are not very much different from the existing Reno 3 smartphones, and so far, the series isn't going anywhere. As per the official website, there is another Reno 3 vitality edition, officially up and ready for pre-orders on both websites jd.com and opposhop.cn.
As per some related leaks, the Vitality is similar to the Vanilla Reno 3 with some internals swapped and new colors.
The first major change is around the processing chip. The Vitality device is using Snapdragon 765 chipset in the place of Mediatek MT6885Z Dimensity 1000L. This makes it slightly faster than the vanilla Reno 3 and something around the Pro variant. Though the Reno 3 Pro is slightly faster than the Reno 3 Vitality due to better variants of the same processing chip. Overall, the performance speed isn't much higher or even noticeable unless you are using multiple apps at the same time. Oppo has a different stance on the difference and relates it to 5G connectivity.
The other big change the vitality variant brought is the camera lens being used. The device is using a 48MP primary camera lens. Again this bridge the gap with the Pro version. The vitality also seems to skip the higher memory tier of the vanilla Reno 3 and is currently only being offered in an 8GB, plus 128GB configuration. The company has offered the phone in three new colors - Moonlight black, sky mirror white, and streamer gold. Other than these changes, the phone is almost identical to the standard variant. It has the same 6.4-inch display with 1080 pixel resolution and super AMOLED display. The front camera has a teardrop notch and houses a 32MP camera lens. The phone has the same 4025mAh battery with 30W fast charging support, 3.5mm audio jack, and NFC. Currently, it is priced at CNY 2,999, or just around $430.
Oppo launched the A72 4G variant back in June and just now, the company has released its 5G variant. The phone was spotted in multiple ads and has now been made official. The Oppo A72 5G isn\'t just different from 4G in terms of network capability but also has some other changes as well. The 5G variant is powered by a MediaTek processor instead of Snapdragon 655 in the 4G variant. This new model also features a higher refresh rate for the display as compared to its non-4G sibling. Oppo A72 5G features a triple camera system and a hole-punch design for the front-side camera.
The Oppo A72 5G comes with a single 8GB RAM and a 128GB internal storage. The phone is available in three color options - Neon, Oxygen violet, and plain black. The device is priced roughly around Rs. 20,200 and currently up for pre-order on the official website. The phone features a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with 9.5 percent screen to body ratio. It runs ColorOS 7.2 with a 90Hz refresh rate.
The device has three cameras on the rear side of the phone including a 16-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel camera that takes black and white photos. The front camera is housed in a hole-punch design and features a 16-megapixel sensor.
The phone gets 128GB in terms of internal storage. The device is powered by a 4,040mah battery that comes with support for 18W fast charging. Connectivity options on the Oppo A72 5G include Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, and more. The phone is just 7.9mm thick and weighs 175 grams.
For a lot of people Windows 10 sounds like the a dream come true. The net installment of the popular OS promises universal apps across all hardware platforms and versions and perhaps even more exciting compatibility with every Windows Phone 8 handset out there.
Things looked even better after the US tech giant announced its plans to captivate the Chinese market by offering legal upgrades to both genuine and non-genuine Windows installs. Another piece of the Windows 10 puzzle has surfaces today, courtesy of a leaked China presentation and it could potentially show a slightly darker aspect of the upcoming OS.
The information has to do with "Secure Boot" the feature that once enabled, prevents unauthorized installation of other operating systems on the device. It has been around for quite some time, but, unlike with previous Windows versions, where Microsoft has allowed and in some cases even required OEM's to make the setting user-adjustable, Windows 10 will be a lot stricter on the matter.
With the new OS, Microsoft will no longer prevent OEM's from permanently enabling "Secure Boot" on their personal computers, which could potentially mean that a lot of new laptops and even some OEM desktop builds might not allow users to install anything but the Windows 10, supplied by the manufacturer. This, of course means no dual booting, no Linux, no Hackintosh, basically no actual freedom to exploit the hardware you own and have paid for.
And while the decision of whether or not to lock "Secure Boot" on a PC is entirely up to OEM's and could shift either way, things are really looking bad for Windows 10 on mobile devices. Microsoft will reportedly mandate all manufacturers, producing Windows powered phones, tablets and similar mobile tech to have "Fast Boot" permanently enabled. This could be a major hindrance to the software modding and developer community and once again, kind of locks you out from the hardware you legally own.
Ever since Motorola was acquired by Chinese company Lenovo, the company is releasing low-to-mid range smartphone every year. This year, Moto has released a few budget range smartphones but it seems that company has more to offer. Recently, the first image of Moto E6 plus surface over internet and know we know how it will look.
The Moto E6 plus has the most modern design we have seen on E-series phones so far, which justifies the ‘plus' tag. It features a water drop notch display with relatively slim bezels at the top and bottom. There are also two rear cameras on the back side along with the LED flash and fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the iconic Moto logo. We don't have the confirmed specs of the E6 Plus but surely, this isn't similar or remake of E6.
The moto E6 plus likely to have Android Pie out of the box just like the E6. The Moto E6 was codenamed surfna. The display is 5.45-inches with a resolution of 1440 x 720 and is powered by the Snapdragon 430. In regards to the camera situation, the Moto E6 has a single 13MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, in addition to a 5MP f/2.0 front-facing camera. Other highlights include 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
While there are companies like Samsung and Huawei designing foldable devices, the Moto Razr V4 is expected to be one of the first affordable foldable. The launch date for the device is rumored to be November 13, at an event in Los Angeles, so it could be available long before the Huawei's foldable. According to the latest rumor, it will be cost around $1500. Since the prices can be different in other regions, it could be something around the base price. The main selling point of the mobile phone is its foldable screen. The first hint came from Lenovo's CEO, who said, "With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design. So hopefully what you just described [the Motorola Razr brand] will be developed or realized very soon."
Then, at MWC 2019, Motorola vice president and general manager Anthony Barounas, said, according to TrustedReviews: "If you go around the stores today, for me the phones all look the same. It's difficult to see if it's a Motorola, or [another brand]. How we differentiate to the consumer, show them something different, that's where foldable comes in. And that's where Motorola also has a very big investment. I can't say much but we have one franchise that will have a very big impact there."
We have finally seen some leak images of the possible design of the upcoming Moto Razr 2019, and they are expected to be like a clamshell-like design with a screen of 6.2-inches that folds in the middle. The size would be much smaller than the other foldable devices when folded. There will be a small camera bump and a power button on the front. When open, there seem no visible hinge. There are also some pictures of the Moto Razr v4 patent pointing to the folding screen.
The rumors suggest that there will be a secondary screen that can be used to display notifications and clock, or to interact with the Google Assistant when the device is closed. It sounds like it won't have the full functionality of the main screen if this rumor is right. The device might be powered by Snapdragon 710 and have 4/6 GB RAM with a 64/128GB storage configuration. Finger crossed, let's see what Moto bring for its fan base in the foldable category.
If you own any one of the two Samsung flagship smartphones, you should receive a notification for another new update very soon. This one will upgrade the firmware to version FXXU1APE9. The Korean OEM wasn't particularly famous for releasing fast and rapid updates, but this year, things have changed for the good. Multiple updates have been rolled out since the two phones were released in March, addressing bugs and improving stability in the process.
This one fixes a complex issue in which the power saving mode was disabled as soon as Google Now was launched. It will also resolve the initial flickering that some users complained about while playing back recorded footage. Users will be able to save files to the SD card without any problem now and according to Samsung, "icon location cycle has been changed to improve screen clarity" on the Always On display.
The update is a midsized 332MB file for the S7, and a 353MB one for the S7 Edge. It is an OTA update as usual and we recommend the use of Wi-Fi for downloading them. Although you should receive an automatic notification, you can always check from Settings >About device >Check for updates to see if the patch has arrived on your device yet.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
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For one reason or another Poland has been chosen as the Lollipop testing ground and the Galaxy S5 is receiving its 2nd Lollipop update. This one patches up issues found in the first version which includes Stability and Performance Enhancements along with some reported bug fixes for the most part.
You can update over the air (Settings > About > Software update) or you can use Samsung Kies. Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) owners can also download the firmware and flash it themselves, though at this point it will probably be smarter to wait for the official rollout.
The new update weighs in at 371MB and has the following PDA number G900FXXU1BNL7. An official changelog is not available.
Samsung has not had a great time with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ due to the calling issues which most of the models are facing. Calls are either being muted, distorted or dropped entirely by the smartphone and this has even led some Israeli users to sue the company for malpractice and negligence. The unfortunate news is that certain unofficial reports are claiming that the problem cannot be solved with updates at all as the issue is with the hardware itself. This could also explain as to why so many updates have so far failed to bring any significant solution to the problem. Nevertheless, Samsung has just started sending out another patch via OTA, that could potentially solve this issue.
The good news here is that plenty of users have since reported that this might have fixed all the calling issues on the S9 and S9+ after all! So, if you own either the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9+, do make sure that you have downloaded and installed firmware versions G960FXXU1ARD4 and G965FXXU1ARD4 for the S9 and S9+ already, provided of course, it has become available to your region. Let us know what your experiences are post the update.