In mid-February, the premiere of two flagships Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro was released in an online event. But due to Coronavirus outbreak company decided to delay the launch. The flagships have top-end characteristics, an attractive design and many functionalities, but it seems that the company is planning for more.Until today, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro was a high-end phone of the premium category and occupies a leading position in the portfolio of smartphones of the company. But it may happen that it won't be the able to hold the same position for long time, and all because of the release of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro +.
Rumors have confirmed the upcoming announcement of the plus version. The phone has a slogan "Look beyond the world". The ultimate flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ should have a 100 megapixel sensor in the main camera, support for 12x optical zoom, a display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the top-end Snapdragon 865 platform and fast 65-watt charging.
The authenticity of this news remains to be verified. According to rumors circulating in the network, in the second half of the year, Xiaomi plans to show five more flagships based on the Snapdragon 865. There are also predictions that the company will release a device with 6.67-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio HDR10 + display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone will be powered by Octa Core (1 x 2.84GHz + 3 x 2.42GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz Hexa) Snapdragon 865 7nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 650 GPU. Xiaomi Mi 10 may feature a high-quality 108MP rear camera with 1/ 1.33″ Samsung sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.69 aperture, OIS, 8P lens LED flash. 13MP 123° ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture. 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture, 8k at 30fps, 4k 60fps, 960fps at 720p.
OnePlus recently confirmed camera specs through its official twitter page. The company has confirmed that the 8T will have an ultra-wide camera on the rear side. This confirms the earlier rumors about the rear camera specs. The leaks also suggest that the company has placed rear cameras in a relatively large rectangular protrusion, that looks similar to one we have in Samsung's latest phones.
OnePlus also confirmed that the 8T will have the same refresh rate as the OnePlus 8 pro. That will give the display refresh rate a boost from 90Hz to 120Hz to reach peak frame rates of 120 frames per second. While phone manufacturers are moving the refresh rate to a higher level, some apps and softwares seem to lag behind. If you are using an app that is incompatible with such a higher refresh rate, the phone will return to 60Hz or 90Hz depending on the app. This mean that the interface of the phone will experience some shuttering or lag while switching to normal refresh rate.
Another leak suggest that the phone will be using the 2.5+D flexible panel. This also means that the phone will be much brighter than before with a peak brightness of 1100 nits. Those high levels of brightness, coupled with AMOLED panel and the graphics processing capabilities will also ensure the screen is displaying HDR10+ content. The phone covers 100 percent DCI-P3, which is the best color accuracy you can find in any android smartphone by today.
Other details include the 65W warp charging technology that can get a 4,500mAh from zero to hundred percent in less than 40 minutes, plus a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED display. Additional rumored specs suggest a flat display with the curved panel on the OnePlus 8. The phone features a single hole-punch camera in the top-left corner of the display. The phone is expected to be announced on 14 October, at which point we will know the rest of the details on hardware and software.
This year we witness a few affordable 5G smartphones but the cheapest one is yet to come. The latest Realme 7 will hit the market on November 30 and while it costs only $370, Amazon has an introductory price starting at $300. This makes it the cheapest phone with 5G network support in the UK. The Realme 7 has a 6.5-inch display with 1080 x 2400 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset. The phone will be available in two models for 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM with a 128GB internal storage option for both.
As per the listing, the phone has a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging. The phone has an advanced 7nm Gaming Processor, delivering high-quality gaming experiences. It supports advanced 5G+5G DSDS technology, enabling seamless network switching. The phone has a 30W dart charge that brings an unparalleled charging experience. With a massive 5,000mA battery, you can watch movies, play video games all day long without getting worried about the battery. With a 5,000mAh battery you get 17 hours of YouTube, 25 days standby time, 35 hours call time, and 9 hours gaming time condition to fair usage.
With additional support for OTG reverse charging, you can charge your IoT device anytime, anywhere. Realme7 also has a super power-saving mode to kick-in when you fall below 10% battery. With this option, you can last up to 28 hours on standby with just a 10% battery. The phone has 48Mp primary camera lens, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a macro lens with a 4cm focus distance. The front camera has a 16MP in-display selfie lens with AI and beauty modes.
It has been reported that Xiaomi is working on an upgraded version of the Mi5, dubbed as the Mi5s. The biggest upgrade that this device will feature is a pressure sensitive display which will bring Apple 3D-esque features to their customers. In case you are not aware, a pressure sensitive display allows users to light-press or hard-press the display to bring up various menus, depending on the content.
An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner (Qualcomm made) and dual camera sensors on the back may also be found on the upcoming device. After the LeEco Le Max 2 and the OnePlus 3 was launched a while earlier with 6GB of RAM, it looks like Xiaomi is now ready with a response of their own as 6GB RAM is supposedly an assured feature of the Mi5s. What would be interesting to see is if the Chinese OEM would use the Snapdragon 823 SoC that will supposedly power the Galaxy Note 7 as well, when it comes out in August. If this news got your attention, then you should be happy to know that the Mi5s will apparently be released this year only, along with the rumored Mi Note 2.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Xiaomi is known mainly as the budget king of the smartphone world, but in an effort to outshine even the likes of the S7 Edge, today it has launched its most expensive smartphone in China. However, considering the beastly specifications that it boasts of, we would say it still is a budget device, if you consider the price-to-performance ratio. Just take a look at the specs unveiled today to get an idea about the proposition.
Display: 5.7-inch dual curved QHD display (Flexible OLED).
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz)
Internal storage: 64GB/128GB
Primary camera: 22.56-megapixel Sony IMX sensor with EIS and f/2.0 aperture
Secondary camera: 8-megapixel
Even the staunchest of Samsung or Apple fans must admit that these are some impressive specs, at least on paper anyway. Once you consider the price, we are sure that you will find it even more interesting. The 4GB/64GB version is priced at CNY 2,799 ($410) and the 6GB/128GB version is available for CNY 3,499 ($515). The good news is that the 6GB/128GB variant will see international release, with global support for 37 LTE bands. We cannot wait to see how the Xiaomi Note 2 performs once it's released.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Xiaomi Mi Max has just been announced and it is going to be a huge one, quite literally! There will be three versions of the handset with slightly different hardware and internal storage capacities, but all versions will sport the same 6.44-inch 1080p display with a ppi count of 342. The enormous phone measures in at 173.1mm × 88.3mm × 7.5mm and weighs in at 203 grams. Initially, the device will only be available in China at a price of RMB1499 ($230 approx.), RMB1699 ($260 approx.) and RMB1999 ($307 approx.) for the respective models.
From what we know so far, all three models will share the same 6.44-inch FHD display, 3 gigs of RAM 5mp/16mp front and rear cameras, expandable memory, fingerprint scanner, metal build, USB 2.0 port and the massive 4850 mAh battery. Difference between the model priced at RMB1499 and the one that is priced at RMB1699 lies in the chipset used and the in-built memory. If you are ready to pay the higher price, you can own the 64GB model with the octacore Snapdragon 652 chipset. The cheaper one on the other hand will offer you less internal storage (32GB), as well as the slightly weaker Snapdragon 650 hexacore SoC. Xiaomi is offering the MI Max 128GB version at RMB1999 and this one will come with 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB. The SD 652 SoC will power this one as well while all other specifications will remain the same.
The Max will be made available for purchase in China, starting May 17, but no such plans for the US have been declared yet. If you really like the specifications and the "giant" form factor, there is always the option of importing one though. What do you think? Would you like to see the Xiaomi Mi Max being launched in your country or would you give it a pass?
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
We all love to play video games on our smartphones but playing video games like pubG or other games with complex controls aren't a natural fit for handheld devices due to tapping and swiping limitations. But this is going to change with Xiaomi's latest gaming smartphone released earlier this year. It had a display with a magic touch feature that reduces the friction. The phone relies on the device sensitive display that let you reassign controls to a more convenient location on the display. It works similar to 3D touch on the iPhone and changes the screen's response depending on how hard you push on it, except is more useful.
You can activate the magic touch feature while playing the video game in the landscape mode. To activate in-game you need to swipe in from the top right corner of the screen. It will ask you to choose which two button mappings you would like to change, and where you would like to have them on the display. Obviously, the way you choose is entirely up to you, but the idea here is to reduce finger movement while you are playing the game.
PUBG on mobile is a great example to illustrate the difference between regular display and shark 2's pressure sensitive screen. Originally, PUBG's controls put the sprint button where you naturally place your finger. Magic touch let us create a secondary action right over the sprint button, that when pressed opens the inventory on the right side without lifting a finger. Magic touch isn't limited to one game. You can use it on any landscape-oriented game that has controls. However, this kind of screen is available only with Xiaomi Shark 2. So try buying this phone if you are crazy about video games and even play on your smartphone.
After Samsung and Huawei's foldable smartphones, and other smartphone manufacturers trying to hide the notch, Chinese giant Xiaomi took a completely impossible path altogether. The company unveiled the Mi Mix alpha, a smartphone with a front display that fully wraps around the back. The device is made of a single piece of sapphire glass with ceramics and aerospace-grade titanium allow. So what does the extra display get you? Nothing new in fact. The back display lights up and takes over the front screen's duty when you flip the phone.
Xiamoi says that the Mix alpha is a concept phone, so it is going to have a limited number of sets. The smartphone will go on sale in China in December for $2,800. While the size of the display is unknown, it boasts a 180.6% screen-to-body ratio. The device is powered by a powerful and greatest snapdragon 855+, coupled with 12GB of RAM and 512GB UFS storage. It also supports 5G network support. The device features a 4050mAh battery and supports a 40W wired fast-charging, the company claimed. The Mi Mix alphas is running android Pie-based MIUI 11 software.
The front side of the display doesn't have any camera. Instead, there is a three-camera system at the rear side: a 108MP primary sensor is developed in collaboration with Samsung, a 20MP wide-angle camera sensor and a 12MP telephoto sensor. At the event, Xiaomi also launched the Mi 9 Pro, the follow up the MI 9 handset that the company unveiled earlier this year. The Mi 9 Pro which is almost priced at $250. It is one of the low-cost devices to support the latest 5G network. It also supports 40W fast charging.
Xiaomi Note 10 series is one of the most awaited smartphone series that is expected to be launched later this week. Much like its predecessor Redmi Note 9 series, the new lineup is going to have more than one devices - that includes standard Redmi Note 10 and all the way up to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. In recent weeks, we have seen several leaks about the upcoming devices, which have given us lots of hints on the design and hardware specs. However, nothing was official until now.
Xiaomi India's Managing Director, Manu Kumar Jain, recently tweeted to announce that the Redmi Note series is finally going to use AMOLED panels with the upcoming Redmi Note 10 series. The tweet states: "Excited to share that #RedmiNote10 series will feature #SuperAMOLED display - 1st TIME EVER ON a #RedmiNote!"
He also uploaded a short clip that displays results from a Twitter poll that was conducted last year by the company. The poll asked users to choose between a 120Hz LCD panel and a standard AMOLED display panel. As anyone can guess, an overwhelming majority of poll participants choose AMOLED screen over the high refresh rate LCD panel. Although the poll is not active on the social network it seems the company decided to go with the user's opinion. N the video, the company further mentions that the Redmi Note 10 series will feature not just any OLED display but a super AMOLED panel.
There isn't anything on the refresh rate from official sources, but earlier leaks suggest that the company may include the top-of-the-line Redmi Note 10 Pro Max may include a 120Hz super AMOLED display. If that's the case, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max will definitely be in the news for having a super AMOLED display on the budget in 2021.
The Redmi Note 10 series will be a 4G device that will run MIUI 12 out of the box. It features a quad-camera system on the rear side with a 64MP primary camera sensor, a wide-angle camera, a macro camera, and a depth sensor. It will be powered by a large 5,050mAh battery along with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage. The vanilla 6.53-inch FHD+ display and will run on Qualcomm's SM7 15 processor platform. The device also includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a triple camera setup on the rear, and a single selfie camera sensor within a waterdrop-style notch on the front.
Xiaomi has recently unveiled a new smartphone called the Xiaomi Mi 10S in China. The device looks somewhat similar to the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra in terms of design, but at the core, the device has entirely different specifications. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 870 chipset, the Mi 10S has borrowed few specs from the Mi 10 5G that was released last year in February. The phone has arrived with a starting price of $500 or 3,299 Yuan.
Xiaomi Mi 10S features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with curved edges and a hole-punch placed at the upper-left corner. The display offers a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. The screen features 1120nits brightness, a 5000000:1 contrast ratio, and 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and shielded by Gorilla Glass 5 panel.
The Snapdragon 870 device powers the device and has 12GB RAM with 256 internal storage configurations. The phone is powered by a 4.780mAh battery with 33W wired fast charging. You can charge the device from zero to 100% in just 56 minutes. The phone has 30W wireless charging that takes slightly more than usual and 10W wireless reverse chagrin.
The phone features an under-display optical fingerprint scanner, an accelerometer, and a compass. The phone will be available in Titanium Black, Ice Blue, Pearl White for the starting price of 430 EUR. The phone runs on Android 11, MIUI 12 out of the box with Adreno 650 GPU. Under the hood, the phone is equipped with vapor chamber liquid cooling technology to save the device from overheating when playing video games or watching movies for a longer period of time.
The Xiaomi Mi 10S features a 20MP selfie camera. At the rear side of the phone, it features a quad-camera system within a camera housing that looks similar to one that exists on the back panel of the Mi 10 Ultra. The vertically ranged camera module has a 108MP primary camera sensor with optical image stabilization feature and f/1.69 aperture, a 13MP ultra-wide camera lens with a 123-degree FOV, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth of field lens. The camera also supports dual-LED, dual-tone flash, HDR, and Panorama features. You can shoot a video up to 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps. The front camera allows you to shoot 1080p video at 30fps or 270p@120fps.
Yesterday, Honor launched its large screen premium smartphone, the Honor X10 max in China. This is the only smartphone by the company which offers such a massive 7.09-inch display screen, ideal for watching movies or playing games. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Density 800 chipset, making it the third such Huawei/Honor device in the past few weeks. The phone follows a similar design as the Honor X10 was announced early in May. This includes a rectangular camera like the Honor X10. The Max variant features a traditional waterdrop display on the display. Thanks to the design team, the company decided to retain the 3.5-mm headphone jack as well as the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and power button, similar to its smaller variant.
The Honor X10 max comes with an RGBW color display replacing the traditional RGB. The additional W stands for white sub-pixels that are supposed to reduce the power consumption of the panel when white color is the display. The company claims that by using RGBW that have successfully reduced the power consumption. The panel also filters out harmful blue light that emits from the mobile phone screen especially at night time.
The Honor X10 max comes with 6GB RAM and 8GB Ram and has up to 128GB internal storage. To keep the prices of the handset, the company decided to skip the 256GB ROM option. The phone features a three-camera system at the rear side including the primary camera on the phone that it 48MP paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP depth sensor lens. For taking selfies, you get an 8MP selfie shooter housed in a waterdrop notch. Given the display screen size, the phone needs a large battery as well. You get a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. The X10 comes with a 4,300mAh battery. The Honor X10 max uses 1217 linear stereo speaks with smart PA for amplifying its sound. The phone comes in three colors - Racing blue, black, and silver. The honor X10 max will go on sale from July 3 across all major retailers in China.
Now that we all know that the LeEco Le Pro3 is on the verge of release, LeEco seems to be all set to unveil two new phones once again. The company has been really at it in 2016 with new releases hitting markets around the world every few months or so. Nevertheless, one cannot disagree that they do bring absolutely top end hardware at unbelievable prices. For example, the LeEco Le Pro3 is coming with a Snapdragon 821 SoC but is expected to cost only around $340 or less. Unfortunately, we don't have much info about the two mysterious upcoming phones from the Chinese OEM, except the image that you see above.
The good thing is that the image does reveal a curved display and if it is truly that then we could see the first curved screen LeEco smartphone in November. On the other hand, rumors around a LeEco smartphone with 8GB of RAM have been flying around a lot lately. Could it be that the rumoured Le 2S with 8 gigabytes of RAM is about to make an appearance next month with a curved display? We certainly hope so!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Unknown to many, Sharp was the original company who introduced the world's first bezel-less or borderless Android smartphone with the Aquos Crystal. Although the credit has to go to Xiaomi for refining it further with the Mi Mix and giving us the world's most advanced bezel-less smartphone at the time. However, Sharp is not about to go out of the game it seems as the latest leak on Weibo is pointing towards another borderless smartphone from the Japanese company. From what we can see, it may resemble the Essential Phone in the way that it has a hole near the top of the display to allow for the front camera.
Rumored to be the FS8010, this one won't be packing flagship specs like the upcoming Mi Mix 2 or any other borderless smartphone. Check it out below (based on what the rumors have provided us with so far).
5.5-inch 1080 x 2040 flat, borderless LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC
64GB internal storage
Single 12-mp camera
8-mp front camera
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Rumors and reports have only begun to surface that Samsung could be unveiling the technology behind their first foldable smartphone next week, but a much smaller firm has beaten Samsung to it by revealing what is being touted as the "first foldable phone" by them. In all honesty, it looks like a foldable prototype than a marketable device!
The FlexiPai by Rouyu Technology is rumored to be released very soon but if it is going to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/8150 SoC like Ice Universe tweeted, then that's not going to happen. Also, we kind of hope that Rouyu Technology waits a little longer before actually releasing the device because as of now, it really looks unfinished! Nevertheless, this is definitely a rough look into the future that's waiting for smartphone evolution in general. Check out the key specs below.
· 7.8" truly flexible display with just 7.6mm thickness
· Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/8150 SoC
· 6GB RAM + 128GB storage/8GB RAM + 256GB storage/8GB RAM + 512GB storage
· 16MP wide-angle + 20MP telephoto pairing
· Starting price will exceed $1,290 and will go up as high as $1,860+
Realme is planning to release the X7 series smartphones on September 1. The company announced the launch date today through a teaser video posted on Chinese social network platform Weibo. The upcoming smartphone series will be containing two phones: Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro both supporting 5G connectivity. The Realme X7 series is also teased to come with a 120Hz display refresh rate. Further, Realme is like to offer the phone with thin bezels and hole-punch display design.
As per the teaser uploaded on Weibo, the Realme X7 series will support the 120Hz AMOLED display. This will be the first phone by the company so far as its current phones support 120Hz with LCD panels. The teaser released by Realme also mentions the Realme X7 Pro alongside the Realme X7. As per the video, the phones will support 5G to highlight the presence of the next-generation cellular network. The video also mentions a curved display design on the Realme X7 series. That teaser also suggests the hole-punch design.
The Realme X7 series comes with 65W fast charging and weighs less than 200 grams. The series is likely to come with a 4,500mAh battery, while the other phone could include a 4,300mAh battery. The Realme X7 series will be launched in China at 2 pm CST Asia on September 1. However, we don't know when the phone is available in other parts of the world. The Realme X7 series will be equipped with more than one rear camera and might bring significant improvements in hardware and software specifications over the existing X series.
Vivo's spin-off brand iQOO is known for its dispensing affordable gaming smartphone devices like the iQOO 3 5G. Today the company introduces its first flagship device to its product portfolio in China. The phone has features like premium phones with a 144Hz refresh rate. The phone comes with a super-fast Snapdragon 865 mobile processor, Wi-Fi 6, and dual-mode connectivity support for 5G.
The design of the iQOO Neo3 looks quite similar to the iQOO 3 in terms of shape and the position of the camera module. It comes in two variants with gradients. The smartphone features a triple camera module. The phone is available in two color variants with gradients. The phone features triple cameras on the rear side. For the front camera, there is a hole-punch display on the display. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side and the stereo speakers on the top and the bottom edges.
The iQOO Neo3 features up to 12GB of LPDDF4X RAM, and UFS 3.2 storage technology. The internal hardware capabilities can support gaming apps up to 144fps, as well as Vivo's Multi-Turbo 3.0, which features Central Core Acceleration Engine, AI Acceleration Engine, Network Acceleration Engine, Game Acceleration Engine, Thermal Acceleration Engine, and Compilation Enhanced Acceleration Engine, leading for sustained high performance. To compensate for the over-heating due to continuous video gaming the device has an 11-layer heat dissipation system.
The device comes with HDR 10 certified and comes with a single hole-punch at the top right corner of the display. The phone is using an IPS display panel. The triple rear camera system on the rear side includes a 48MP primary camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera sensor, and a 2MP macro camera lens. The hole-punch on the front side features a 16MP selfie shooter. The phone has a 4,500mAh battery and supports Vivo's super flash charge fast wired charging at 44W. You can get your phone charge from zero to 100 percent under an hour and 50% battery in almost 20 minutes. The phone comes with Android 10 out of the box.
Vivo Apex 2020, a concept phone by Vivo was supposed to be unveiled at the event, but because the event was canceled due to coronavirus, it was doomed to be a footnote in the history despite its amazing features. Vivo intends to create more distinct devices than anyone else is creating reight now. The company was teasing the launch on the X50 series on Weibo, highlighting its main selling feature - the Gimbal camera system on the X50 Pro in particular.
Vivo X50 series has three phones -Vivo X50, X50 Pro, and X50 Pro+. All of these feature 6.56" FHD AMOLED display with 90Hz display refresh rate except Vivo X50 Pro+ that has 120Hz refresh rate. The camera module of the X50 Pro includes a periscope telephoto camera (like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, and the OPPO Find X2 Pro), the other two are normal camera lenses (most likely an ultra-wide-angle camera and a normal telephoto), and a much larger module that is the primary camera. The lens rotates as the module is manipulated by a robotic gimbal. The key benefit here is image stabilization.
Vivo is also adding a Gimbal Radar with the Camera UI which will be depicting as a small animated ball to reflect the gimbal's movement. This will let the users know when the frame is being stable. Other techniques are being used as well, including motion-deblur algorithms and continuous focus tracking to enhance the final result and clear video. The camera system also includes super night mode and Astro mode, which enable users to captures night time photography of the streets, city, or scenes, etc.
Vivo X50 series smartphone uses Android 10 out of the box with Funtouch OS 10.5 on the top. The front camera is 32MP for all three phones, whereas the rear camera starts from 48MP to 50MP for Vivo X50/Pro and X50 Pro+ respectively. The phone has launched in China but we don't know when it is going to be available in India or other markets.
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If you are looking for a decent affordable Android Smartphone with a cool holographic display, then look no further. The new Takee 1 Holo 3G is made to set your needs. It's available for $129.99 on GearBest now.
Takee is a fairly new player in the mobile market but with great ambitions, they are trying to go after many of the popular phone devices available in the market. Takee recently launched the Takee 1 Holographic 3G Phablet in China, it's 3D phone with a front camera which watches the eye movement of the user and shows the user 3D effects from different viewing angles. Pretty cool, check the specs below.
Takee 1 Full Specification:
Service Provide: Unlocked
OS: Android 4.2
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
SIM Card Slot: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
SIM Card Type: One is Standard SIM Card, the other is Micro SIM Card
Cores: 2.0GHz, Octa Core
RAM: 2GB RAM
External memory: TF card up to 64GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: GSM, A-GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 1900/2100MHz
Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: with flash light and AF, 13.0MP
Front camera: 5.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Picture format: JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Music format: AMR, MP3, WAV, AAC
Video format: MP4, RMVB, 3GP, AVI
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: PDF, TXT
Live wallpaper support: Yes
Games: Android APK
I/O Interface: TF/Micro SD Card Slot, Micro USB Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port
Sensor: Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Google Play Store: Yes
Notification LED: Yes
Additional Features: GPS, MP3, MP4, 3G, Proximity Sensing, Wi-Fi, Light Sensing, Bluetooth
Battery Capacity (mAh): 1 x 2500mAh Battery
Battery Type: Lithium-ion Polymer Battery
Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 15.2 x 7.73 x 0.99 cm / 5.97 x 3.04 x 0.39 inches
Package size: 19.5 x 19.5 x 4.5 cm / 7.66 x 7.66 x 1.77 inches
Product weight: 0.175 kg
Package weight: 0.580 kg
Samsung has just officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S6 with an all New Metal-frame design and Dual-Glass panels (font - back). The new combination of materials works great indeed and the Galaxy S6 is arguably, the most beautiful Galaxy smartphone to date. However, this time around the Galaxy S6 isn't dust and water proof though.
Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 5.1" Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution resulting into the amazing 577 ppi density. It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The hardware Home key once again doubles as fingerprint sensor and supports the new Samsung Pay service.
Samsung Galaxy S6 duo comes with a new ISOCELL camera sensor with 16MP resolution. The camera is enhanced with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and has a single-LED flash. Quite expectedly, 4K video recording is supported.
Finally, the Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Out-of-the-box enhanced with the latest TouchWiz UX with Material design and cleaner interface and lost of new features included on the new TouchWiz UX. This time around Samsung has partnered with Microsoft, instead of Dropbox, and will be offering 115GB OneDrive storage for 2 years to each Galaxy S6 user.
The S6 is powered by the Samsung's own 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset, built on a 14nm process and thus more energy-efficient and producing less heat compared to 20nm Snapdragon 810.
Samsung Galaxy S6 will launch on April 10th in 20 markets, followed soon by even more countries in May. The Galaxy S6 will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz.
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ was just been officially revealed with bigger display and lots of improved specs, The new Super AMOLED stretches to 5.7 inches and keeps the resolution at Quad HD, which adds up to 518 ppi pixel density.
The Exynos 7420 powerhouse is once again powering a Galaxy flagship, just like it did the Galaxy S6 edge. It offers an Octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A53 @1.5GHz and 4x Cortex-A57 @2.1GHz, Mali-T760MP8 graphics and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
The main camera seems to be the unchanged a 16MP snapper with optical image stabilization and f/1.9 aperture. A front 5MP selfie shooter is also onboard, again with a bright f/1.9 aperture. The connectivity package is as impressive as it can get - LTE Cat.9/Cat.6 (market dependent), Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2 with ANT+, NFC, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou), plus support for Samsung Pay via Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST).
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ is powered by e 3,000 mAh battery and is capable of fast charging both on cable and wireless charger. The phone comes wireless charging enabled, buy you'll need to by the charger itself separately. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop skinned with the latest TouchWiz UI. It also supports the newest KNOX version.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available in 32GB and 64GB flavors. The color options you will be able to choose from are Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and White Pearl.
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ open tomorrow with actual availability coming on August 21. The smartphone will be available via all major US carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless) as well as BestBuy. Starting tomorrow you will also be able to experience the handset yourself by visiting one of the 7,000 Samsung experience shops across the US.
As expected, Huawei has made it official that the Mate 8 will be released as the company's most advanced flagship smartphone. In accordance with what was teased before, this device is powered by the Chinese firm's latest Kirin 950 SoC with octa-core CPU and Mali T880MP4 GPU, and features a 6-inch FHD IPS display.
For those who are still in the dark, the Kirin 950 chipset comes with four high-power Cortex-A72 cores, clocked at up to 2.3 GHz and an additional four power-saving Cortex-A53 ones, clocking at 1.8 GHz.
There's also an i5 coprocessor that "supports speech recognition, low-power consumption MP3, all the functions of a sensor hub, fused location provider (FLP) navigation, and reduces location-based power consumption," as per the statement given by the company in a press release. The SoC is manufactured by following TSMC's 16 nm FinFET process. Made from aerospace-grade aluminum and 2.5D curved diamond cut glass, the Mate 8 also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In terms of camera, the smartphone has Sony's latest IMX298 16MP sensor at the rear end and an 8MP snapper on the front.
There will be three versions of the Mate 8, based on RAM and storage. Here's the breakdown:
- 3GB RAM/32GB storage: 2999 CNY ~ $470
- 4GB RAM/64GB storage: 3699 CNY ~ $580
- 3GB RAM/128GB storage: 4399 CNY ~ $690
The press release reveals that the handset is currently available in China. The international availability details will be made public at CES in January next year.
Samsung is planning to release a New flagship Phablet this year, that will be called "Galaxy Note 5". As we used to every year, we are hearing a lot of rumors and reports about the Note 5 regarding the device's specifications, release date, hardware components.. etc.
We gathered here all the Info we have about the Galaxy Note 5 so far. We would like to remind that this is all rumors and reports that are not officially confirmed yet.
Galaxy Note 5 Display
According to the latest reports, Samsung will start manufacturing Ultra HD Super AMOLED display panels with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels for Galaxy Note 5. Samsung's Semiconductor and Display Technology leaked road-map workshop last year hinted again at having higher-resolution UHD smartphone displays in the pipeline for late 2015.
These panels will use "diamond pixel", a non-standard pixel matrix arrangement that is closer to PenTile, packing a 762ppi pixel density nobody would notice the individual pixels on the screen anyway.
Galaxy Note 5 Performance
We already reported before that Samsung Mobile has already began mass production of a 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory chips on the market and consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts) too.
These 4GB Ram chips will be Available by Late 2015 and it's reported that the Galaxy Note 5 will pack the same LPDDR4 4GB Ram chips.
Galaxy Note 5 Release Date
Looking at Samsung's unpacked events date in the past 3 years, we can surely expect the Galaxy Note 5 to launch sometimes during the period between September - October this year . The Korean giant will held a 2nd episode of it's 2015 Unpacked event for the Note 5 and will probably unveil a New Galaxy Gear VR and Gear Smartwatch.
Samsung is planning on taking over Apple in terms of sales by launching its upcoming flagship before the new iPhone arrives. According to a confirmed report from Wall street Journal, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will launch in Mid-August.
At the same time, Apple is planning on releasing the 5.5" iPhone 6 PLUS by early September along with the new iOS 9. In this way, Samsung will make its new flagship Phablet available on markets before the iPhone 6 PLUS in a way to attempt beating Apple and scoring higher sales in the US and global markets.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is expected to pack a 5.67" Dual-edged display with 2160 x 3840 resolution) 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, USB Type-C and lots more.
It's been six months already when POCO launched M3 and now the company has decided to come up with an upgraded version with 5G network capability. The vanilla M3 is relatively an entry-level smartphone. And even the 5G phone has almost similar specs. The biggest difference between the Pro version and standard version is its design.
The designers behind the smartphone have come up with an absolutely new design for the pro model. The camera module is, although, a vertical housing, but the large black rectangular design that used to feature the tiple camera setup has been removed. The M3 Pro has a new back cover design with two rounded shapes near the camera with the company's logo inside. While the standard phone has some leather-like material on the back, the Pro model uses a mirror-reflecting coating.
The Pro model has an LCD display with 1080 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The water drop selfie camera housing has been replaced with a hole-punch screen. The hole size is kind of large that a few users may not like much but considering it a 5G mobile phone with a 90Hz screen and smaller price tag, it could be ignored.
Now when it comes to the battery, the POCO M3 Pro uses the same battery as the M3, it only supports 18W charging power, but the box contains a 22.5w charger. 18w charging power is still slow to fill the 5000mAh battery. Half an hour charges to 35%, and one hour to charge to 67%. It takes 116 minutes to fully charge to 100%.Compared to the M3, this smartphone is just about 5G support and a higher refresh rate. Although you may like the design too. The phone is currently available for just $338 on Chinese E-commerce website and hopefully will hit the other regional markets soon.
Nokia once enjoyed the lead position that Samsung does today, but with more authority than even the Korean giant. A large part of that leader status was achieved through a combination of quality products and a loyal fan-following. It did not survive the smartphone revolution due to a series of bad decisions that ultimately resulted in its telecommunication production department being sold off completely to Microsoft. However, Nokia is about to make a comeback to compete against the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and a host of other companies that are all dedicated to the cause.
We have a report from Weibo that the flagship Nokia smartphone (NOT the D1C) which will be released in 2017 may sport a 5.2-inch/5.5-inch 2K display. Additionally, Nokia (HMD) is bringing the Carl Zeiss optics from the Lumia-series to this one as well. Unfortunately, rumors are also indicating that Nokia will opt for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Given that the chip is already not flagship-grade anymore, since the Snapdragon 821 is out and about, I would be very surprised if Nokia releases a flagship phone that's powered by the SD 820 in 2017, when most of the other premium phones will be powered by the Qualcomm SD 835 SoC.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
HMD Global has just released another smartphone in the mid-range category - Nokia 7.2 just two weeks after its debut at IFA 2019 in Berlin. The latest mid-range smartphone from HMD global boasts an attractive design, with a gradient design at the rear panel looks astonishing for the mid-range phone. The Android One smartphone will be available in two variants in India. One has the 4GB RAM variant and available at $260, another phone has 6GB RAM and cost around $275. Both the variants will be available for sale in the country starting September 23 from offline stores, Flipkart, as well as the Nokia online store. The phone will be available in two new colors - Charcoal and Cyan Green colors.
The device comes with a 6.3-inch Pure display that offers full HD+ resolution and HDR10 support. It uses an IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colors and has resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. For the protection it has corning gorilla glass 3. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, which is paired with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB storage which can be expended further. The android One smartphone has a triple rear cameras with a 48MP primary sensor and ZEISS optics. You also get a 20MP selfie camera, fingerprint sensor for security at the rear side, a USB type-c port for connectivity, and a 3500mAh battery.
It is stylish mid-range smartphone with strong hardware features and promises a smooth user experience. It has a dedicated physical button for the Google Assistant. Nokia 7.2 is guaranteed to get two major OS updates in the future and security updates for three years. If you are interested to purchase the Nokia 7.2 from offline stores using HDFC bank credit card. If you buy the phone from Nokia online store, you will receive a gift card. These offers are valid till October 31.
HMD Global was expected to launch its upcoming smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona but the company had to delay the release due to coronavirus pandemic. The company called the successor of the Nokia 9 as a Nokia 9.3 PureView. A fresh wave of leaks suggests that the next smartphone is said to feature 108-megapixel primary camera and 120Hz display. The smartphone might feature an array of camera sensors at the rear side - just like the Nokia 9 PureView. One of these camera sensors will be able to offer the optical image stabilization technique as well. The phone is now expected to available in the second half of this year after the first release was canceled due to coronavirus situation.
A reputable Nokia Tipster has shared some leaks about the smartphone. The phone might be using either a 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung or a 64-megapixel sensor from Sony. These sensors will be used to record video from the mobile camera. As per leaks, HMD CPO wanted to use only the 108-megapixel sensor and abandon the system of simultaneous operation of several sensors. The configuration of other cameras is unknown right now, but it is safe to guess that there will be telephoto, macro, and depth sensors along with the primary camera.
To display a high-refresh-rate at 120Hz the phone needs a high-capacity processor under the hood. The company will use the OLED screen on the display and a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor. The previous model used Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus. Another leak suggests the color options - Polar night, bold and lighter shades similar to copper hues HMD Global has already introduced before.
You can expect a good smartphone around $400 that will do most of the stuff people would want from a mobile, but what about a phone that costs almost half of that? HMD Global launched a new smartphone that costs just $199, and yet it doesn't sound too bad when it comes to its specs and features. The Nokia 5.3 has a large screen although, this isn't as sharp or bright as most phones are nowadays, but works great at this price.
The rear side of the device is plastic-made but comfortable to hold. The display is 6.55-inch large and weighs only 185 grams. It is manageable with one hand. There are two buttons on the phone - the power button and the volume button. On the opposite side, you can find the button for Google assistant which is pretty easy to mess up when picking up the phone or holding in one hand. The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a single speaker at the bottom.
On the back of the side, there is a quad-camera system that is housed slightly above the fingerprint sensor. The design is okay and doesn't look too cheap or ugly that screams ‘cheap' when holding in your hands. The phone is available in cyan, sand, and charcoal color. Even the phone is only priced at $199, but it comes with four lens camera sensor.
The primary camera is of 13-megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture, with a secondary 5-megapixel ultra-wide camera lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. The selfie camera is housed inside the teardrop notch and of 8-megapixel. Nokia's 5.3 camera isn't good though. It could still improve as the software is too slow for four-cameras. I'd rather take a single camera phone than a four-camera phone that takes mediocre phones and painfully slow.
The phone is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM. It's the same chip used in the Motorola Moto G8, the Moto G Fast, and the G Power, and the results are similar. That means you can play games on the device but its' not a ROG phone 2. It may not give you the smoothest experience but never halt or devolves into an unplayable situation.
Nokia C3 is one of the most budget-friendly smartphones you can find today and it just got released in China. It comes with a relatively large display and old-fashioned design with thick bezels on the top and bottom. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor that has a single camera on the rear side. The Nokia C3 is up to sale at CNY 699 or roughly $100 for the sole 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It comes with Nordic blue and gold sand color options. It is currently available for pre-orders in the country and will be sold in markets starting August 13.
The Nokia C3 is a dual-SIM phone that runs on the latest stable version of Android with a custom user interface on the top. It features a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS display with 400 nits of brightness. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor, believed to be from Unisoc, and paired with 3GB RAM. The phone has a single 8-megapixel camera on the rear side with an f/2.0 lens. The device also has a LED flash. For selfies, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel image sensor with an f/2.4 lens, housed in the giant bezel on the top of the display.
The Nokia C3 comes with 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card slot. The phone uses Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS for connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack to listen to music or radio, and a Micro-USB port for charging. The phone is powered by a 3,040mAh battery with 5W charging that can sustain a single charge up to 31 hours of audio playback and up to 7 hours of video playback as claimed by the company.
The sensors on the Nokia C3 include an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, acceleration sensor, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. There is also an Xpress button that can be mapped with a feature or an app for quick access. The phone measures 159.9x77x8.69mm and weigh 184.5 grams.
HMD Global has officially made an announcement about its first-ever Nokia-branded 5G smartphones in the budget category. These phones are named Nokia X10 and Nokia X20. These devices feature the almost similar set of hardware specifications other than a few areas like camera, storage, and colors. Let us have a deeper look at their specs, price tag, and availability in the region.
Recently launched budget smartphones Nokia X10 and Nokia X20 have a great build made by a polycarbonate material. Both of these devices share an exact 6.67-inch LCD panel on the front with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels (FHD+), 20:9 aspect ratio, 450 nits peak brightness, and a punch-hole featured in the center of the display. Both of them measure 168.94 x 79.7 x 9.1mm but the Nokia X10 is slightly lighter at 210g compared to 220g weight of Nokia X20.
Nokia X10, X20 are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processing chip. The Nokia X10 comes with two memory configurations - 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage. On the other hand, the Nokia X20 comes with 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration. Both devices run Android 11 with Android One user interface on the top. The tech giant decided to offer 3 years of Android updates and security patches for both of these devices which is really great if you like to keep your phone for at least 3 years with you. The phones are powered by a reasonable 4,470mAh battery that comes with 18W fast charging support. But unlike other budget smartphones in the same category, you don't get the charger in the box and have to purchase one separately.
Other features include USB Type-C port, a dedicated Google Assistant key, a MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a fingerprint sensor placed on the side of the device. Nokia X10 is available in forest and snow colors, while Nokia X20 is available in Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue. The Nokia X10 is priced at 309 euro and Nokia X20 is priced at 349 euro. The latter will hit the market in May, followed by the former in June.
HTC is working on its most advanced smartphone till date, to regain the lost market share after releasing series of not so successful smartphones. Specifications of the yet to be unveiled device, codenamed as ‘Perfume' is supposed to be sold in the market as the One M10.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will be supported and HTC's Sense 8.0 UI will customize the smartphone. The 5.1-inch Perfume will be very first smartphone with a 1440 x 2560 QHD display - which seems like a AMOLED type, as per the person who gots hands-on with the prototype. HTC will also bundle a fingerprint scanner, embedded in the home button just like the Samsung Galaxy.
This device is powered by Qualcomm's latest top-notch processor, the Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip backed by Adreno 530 graphics. The prototype had 4GB of RAM and 23GB of free internal disk space (complemented by a microSD slot) - which makes it 32GB total, excluding operating system and rest of the preloaded software. There might be difference in the design of the prototype and the final device.
Perfume will feature a 12-UltraPixel snapper in the back which will also have laser-assisted autofocus. Both of the cameras in the front and back will have optical image stabilization. There is a drawback when it comes to the quality of sound - there won't be any Boomsound audio experience.
The HTC One M8 is now six months old. But HTC is certainly developing a successor to the M8, which may or may not be called The "One M9" or may be the "One M+"... Who knows!
Of course, HTC hasn't confirmed anything about this, but we heard that an M9, and even an M9 Prime could be released in early 2015. Until and if that happens, allow us to introduce you to a new as opposed to the old ones HTC M9 concept design that might not be too different from a real HTC-made device.
This new HTC M9 concept proposes a 7mm-thin body made with aluminum and titanium. The imaginary handset is obviously a high-end one that brings improvements over HTC's current flagship. Its display should be a 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD) sapphire crystal one. Other features: BoomSound+ speakers, 5.1 MP front-facing camera, 12 MP Duo rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 3500 mAh battery. Storage space varies from 32 GB to 128 GB.
HTC is rumored to be preparing for a new phablet to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 in the market. HTC is reported to be named the HTC One M8 Max, it has also gone under the code name HTC One Prime, but new reports indicate that the handsets are the same but the final market name is not known yet.
HTC One M8 Max, is reported to have an impressive Snapdragon 805 chipset under the hood. This would make it a significant upgrade over the previous HTC One Max, which, disappointingly, only packed a Snapdragon 600 processor. THe display size will be 5.5" which is 0.5" bigger than the original HTC One M8.
Giving the HTC One M8 Max a larger screen and a faster processor just may make the device more alluring than Samsung's Note 4, especially since the Max will more than likely carry HTC's trademark aluminum casing. The premium feel, coupled with performance that is on-par with Samsung's Note line, should do well to sway consumers to pick an HTC phablet over a Samsung one.
HTC One M8 was a huge success for the Taiwanese manufacturer this year, the firm is already working on its 2015 flagship which is codenamed "M9" but this name will changed before the device hit the markets.
Alleged specs of the HTC One M9 smartphone made the rounds on Chinese social media. The high-end handset will likely debut in the first quarter of next year with the model number M9.
HTC One M9 is tipped to pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3GB RAM. The display of the device is a 5.5" QHD unit. A 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, 3,500mAh battery, and stereo speakers with Bose tech round up the leaked specs.
The specs you see above appear legitimate for a flagship smartphone, though we advise you to take a pinch of salt when you read through them. Quite frankly, we will be surprised if the Taiwanese manufacturer's next flagship doesn't ship with 64-bit Snapdragon 810 silicon.
We saw many specs and documents leaked that suggests HTC upcoming flagship will have a QHD display. The latest leaked Wallpaper form the HTC One M9 Plus firmware has a 2880 x 2560 pixel resolution which confirms that the device has a Quad-HD display.
Indeed, if you've been keeping track of this particular side story to the One M9, you'll know that the walls we've seen so far all had a resolution of just 2160 x 1920 (scrollable), suggesting a 1080 x 1920 display for the smaller flagship. In case you didn't know, word on the street is that the One M9 Plus will have a slightly larger (5.1 or 5.2 inches), more pixel-dense screen.
Samsung has officially release its largest tablet ever to the worldwide market and it's called the "Galaxy View". The Samsung Galaxy View packs a huge 18.4" TFT LCD display of 1080p resolution resulting in a pixel density of 123ppi.
The Galaxy View comes with a handle for an easy carry, as it weighs 2.65kg and measures 275.8 x 451.8 x 11.9mm. Rubber feet at the bottom keep it from sliding about and the back features a 2-way stand. Samsung says the tablet's 5700mAh can provide up to 8 hours of continuous video playback, although it's pretty clear you won't be going away from a power socket often. You'll be further enjoying the video content with a dual 4W stereo speaker setup.
Powering the Galaxy View is an 1.6GHz octa-core CPU and 2GB of RAM, part of the Samsung Exynos 7580 chipset. Internal storage is either 32GB or 64GB and is expandable via the microSD card slot on board. Above the display, there's a 2.1MP camera for video conferencing. The connectivity suite includes Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and an LTE model with a nano-SIM slot.
The company is shipping the tablet with a Media UX skin on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop and is placing a strong accent on video watching. The Samsung Galaxy View is available online from US store Adorama reveals with a price of $599 for the LTE version.
Editor: Mo Cheng
Samsung has added a new budget phone to the J series in the Chinese market after making many unofficial appearances. In terms of specifications the new phone, Galaxy J3⑥ is almost similar to Galaxy J5 and Galaxy On5 (launched in India this month). It is available in the chinese website and in every listing ⑥ is listed in the title.
A Super AMOLED 5-inch HD display and big battery (2,600 mAh) are the most important features here, given that they are the two features that aren't quite common on budget devices. The J3⑥ sports an unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 8GB of expandable storage. The phone's width is of 7.9 mm, which also matches with the J5.
The software is powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop along with Samsung's latest TouchWiz UX, with option to remove preinstalled apps (facility is available only in China). The Korean company is also giving 72 yuan (roughly $11) worth of downloadable games prepackaged in the device, although the price of the handset is not yet out. It is expected that the price should be close to $200. The phone is exclusive to China Telecom, and you can check out the list of stores to find out the availability from the link given below:
It's a known fact that Samsung is revamping its Galaxy A series and is bringing a refreshing design and some cool new features to the A-series smartphones. Till now, the 2016 variants of the Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8, and A9 have surfaced online and we have seen the metal-and-glass body of some of these phones.
And now a user agent profile has managed to reveal the screen resolution of one of the device. The Galaxy A5 (2016) will be sporting 720p resolution which also happens to be the as that of its previous version.
The user agent profile doesn't tell us anything else about the device, but as per speculations the screen size will hover around 5" or 5.2". The new Galaxy A5 would also be powered by the in-house Exynos chipset with octa-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
The camera in the back would be a 13 MP unit, while the camera in the front will have 5 MP resolution. The battery capacity will be 2,900 mAh as per the FCC. The smartphone will support Android 5.1 Lollipop. And like the first generation A5, it will also sport a full metal body.
Smartphone geeks can not be stopped from thinking about what 2016's top line models will look like, and a credible report has provided answer to some of the questions, we now know a quite a few things about Samsung's soon to be launched Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets.
The Wall Street Journal is giving reference of people familiar with this and reporting that next year's Galaxy S7 smartphone will feature some major upgrades compared to the currently available model. As per this report, the upcoming Samsung smartphone will come with a pressure-sensitive screen, like the one that Apple launched with its iPhones. It will enable the phone to react differently depending on whether the user is simply touching or pressing the screen.
Also Samsung Galaxy S7 will include a retina scanner, although this feature is currently available in some of the selected models, and might not actually be available in the market. The Galaxy S6 models already sport a fingerprint scanner, and along with a retina scanner, possibly with similar functionality to the iris scanner found on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, Samsung is planning to compete in the biometric sensor arena.
The Galaxy S7 is supposed to support Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be powered by an Exynos 8890 processor (or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC in some devices), backed by 4GB RAM along with fast wireless charging, LTE Cat. 12 and USB Type-C connectivity.
It is no secret that a lot depends on the Galaxy S8 and its success for Samsung as they continue to struggle against the huge losses suffered recently. In fact, we are pretty sure that Samsung is going to leave no stone unturned in order to make the upcoming smartphone as close to perfection as it can be. In spite of Samsung officially trying to keep a lid on things, rumors have been getting out about the S8 ever since day one and the latest rumor suggests that the Korean giant could be opting for a flexible OLED panel this time around.
The alleged Full-Screen flexible OLED panel with a resolution of 4K will bend around the eyes to make VR experience as immersive as it possibly can be. Keep in mind that Samsung had been using AMOLED displays for its flagship and high-end devices for a long time now and since AMOLED panels too are a type of OLED panel, we are not entirely sure what the difference would be in terms of real life performance in that respect.
What really sounds interesting is that according to Park Won-sang, an engineer of Samsung Display, Samsung may remove most sensors and even the physical Home button completely from the front side of the S8. In his own words, "Samsung Display would roll out a full-screen display whose display area ratio (a scale that measures space taken up by a display on the front part of a handset) reaches more than 90 percent next year."
The senior engineer further added that the screen-to body ratio might go up to as high as 99%, which is even higher than the only edge-to-edge phone we have seen till date, the Xiaomi Mi Mix. A Samsung flagship smartphone that will sport a 4K edge-to-edge flexible OLED panel! We would say Samsung has got our attention.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Just recently, we were presented with a vivid render/blueprint of the upcoming Note 6 (or Note 7) and it showed us a lot of details about the next Note. However, it had silenced the rumor about the Note 6 featuring a curved Edge display as it showed no such design elements. If you are like us, then you would have preferred the Edge variant and we do have good news for you then. Another leak has surfaced just recently and it shows that the Note 6 WILL sport a Dual Edge display.
Considering that this render was leaked by @ShaiMizrachi, who has provided us with pretty accurate leaks till now, we are quite confident that this could be the real deal. The smartphone shown here is 7.8mm thick, 153mm long and 74.5mm wide. Well, apart from the volume rockers at the left and the power button on the right, that is about all the information that we can decipher from them. If this news got you excited, you will be more excited to know that another rumor has pitched the final unveiling date for the mysterious Samsung Galaxy Note on August 2.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S7 is still going hot and we already have rumors circulating about next year's Samsung Galaxy S8. Among these rumors, the most popular one seems to be concerned with the display of the flagship smartphone. It speculates that the S8 may feature an Ultra High Definition 4K Super AMOLED panel. Considering that the display will only be a 5.5-inch one, some may ask if it is even necessary to make it 4K, and they would probably be right. There's a limit to what the human eye can perceive and on a 5.5-inch display, UHD might just be overkill. Nonetheless, the UHD resolution would definitely improve VR experience on the S8 and we are sure that is the main reason as to why Samsung might opt for such a high resolution display in the first place.
This assumption or rumor originated after Samsung showcased one of its 5.5-inch Ultra High Definition panels at the SID tradeshow, 2016. Since it has been predicted by analysts that Samsung will start manufacturing these displays on an industrial scale in a matter of months, it would actually not be very surprising to see the panel making its debut with the S8. There is also the trend of Samsung endowing its flagship smartphones with a higher resolution display after every two years and it has already been two years since the S-series started sporting QHD panels (S6 and S7).
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After the C5, it was time for the C7 to reveal its specs and we like what we see. It is going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, 4GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch FHD display and a 3,300 mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The Galaxy C7 will come in two storage options, 32GB and 64GB; both are expandable via micro-SD thankfully. The rear camera will have a 16-megapixel sensor, while the selfie cam will sport an 8-megapixel one. It will run on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box as expected.
The handset will weigh in at 165g and measure in at 156.6 × 77.2 × 6.7mm. The Home button will act as a fingerprint scanner as well. The Galaxy C7 will be available in Rose Gold, Gold, Gray and Silver color options. NFC will be supported, along with Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS and 4G LTE. We even have the price for you here; $395/RMB 2,599 for 32GB of internal storage and $425/RMB 2,799 for 64GB of internal storage.
We are really interested to see how the new Snapdragon 625 performs inside the C7. It houses an octa-core CPU (Cortex-A53) clocked at 2.0GHz and an Adreno 506 GPU.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Feuds on Twitter are definitely not a new thing and according to Motorola, neither is Samsung's Always On Display or AOD. In fact, Motorola went as far as calling it stolen technology on twitter in light of the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which has the AOD feature. In their exact words, "In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phone's cool features?"
Apparently, they are of the opinion that Samsung stole the idea of their Always On Display from the Moto X which Motorola had unveiled more than three years ago in 2013. The Moto X 2013 had a similar feature that had been termed as the Active Display. While it can be argued whether or not Samsung had copied the idea behind its own AOD from the Active Display, Motorola was probably not right in asserting that they are the pioneers in the technology. Nokia had done it back in the year 2009 with the Nokia N86 and had again brought the technology to the fray in 2013 with the Glance Screen found on their Lumia series of Windows powered smartphones. To be frank, it is difficult to claim a particular piece of tech as your own "property" if we are to ensure advancement of the tech world as a whole.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It has just recently come to public attention that the upcoming Galaxy S8 is codenamed Project Dream. The moniker may have a lot to do with VR and the next steps that Samsung will take to enhance the technology. Even though it is just too early in the day to know in details about the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone for 2017, sources are pointing towards a 4K Ultra High Definition display (3840 × 2160) on a 5.5-inch panel. They are also pointing towards an independent VR device named Odyssey that will compete with the likes of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
It is rumoured that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 SoC to power everything, with an Exynos equivalent for the international version of course. However, we are pretty sure that the chipset would have to be extremely powerful to run VR apps at 4K resolution! Considering that the Oculus Rift with a lower resolution (2160 × 1200) requires a minimum of a GTX 970 (high end GPU for desktops) to be used properly with a fully fledged desktop, the chipset will have to be significantly more powerful than what we have seen so far on smartphones.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A new rumor is in the market and it suggests that the Korean OEM could be planning to release five flagship devices in 2017. This theoretical list consists of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Edge, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy Note 7 Edge and the rumored Galaxy X. The design of the Galaxy X is based on what ETNews from Korea had reported last month about a tablet-smartphone hybrid being developed around Samsung's foldable display technology.
Also dubbed as Project Valley, this concept phone consists of a 7-inch 4K display panel that can be folded into a more pocketable 5-inch screen when required and vice versa. Although Samsung has not yet made any official remarks as to the authenticity of these claims, it was the Korean company which had originally given birth to these rumors by showing off the Youm foldable OLED display panel. Since it has now been more than five years since that day at the CES 2011, we would not be surprised if Samsung is truly on the verge of making a foldable smartphone by building on that piece of technology.
Many market analysts believe that the Galaxy X could be the pioneer for the perfect smartphone in terms of display. Portability has always been a problem with phablets while smartphones with small displays are just not adequate enough to fully enjoy video content on them. If something is introduced into the market that brings both the portability and the large screen aspect together in a single device, it could potentially end the halt in smartphone business that the industry is experiencing right now.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)