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.
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Nova Series is one of the most profitable series of Huawei. The company launched the smartphone series earlier this year and it included Nova 7i, Nova 7 SE, Nova 7, and Nova 7 Pro. In October, the last member of the Nova 7 series came which was targeted towards Youth. It also had support for 5G connectivity. The Chinese manufacturer unveiled the Nova 8 SE last month that was powered by Dimensity 720 and Dimensity 8000U processing chips. Today, Huawei unveiled the Nova 8 series consisting of Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro. These two smartphones feature a 120Hz refresh rate display, Kirin 985, and many other exciting features.
Huawei Nova 8 features 6.57-inch OLED display panels and Nova 8 pro has a larger 6.72-inch OLED panel. The Nova 8 features 1080x2430 pixel full HD+ resolution, up to 90Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 pro has 1236x2676 full HD+ resolution up to 120Hz refresh rate, and 300 touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 series features 8GB of RAM and 128GB and 256GB of internal storage but does not support external storage. The phone comes with EMUI 11 preinstalled based Android 10 operating system. The same chip has been previously used on phones like Nova 7, Honor V30, and Honor X10.
The standard Nova 8 has a 64-megapixel primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens with 120-degree FOV, a 2-megapixel macro camera with 4cm focal length, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Nova 8 has a 3,800mAh battery that supports 66W super-fast charging technology by the same vendor whereas the pro model gets a bigger 4,000mAh battery. The Nova 8 supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS. Huawei Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro models will be available in black, purple, green, and white that come in gradient shade. Both phones are up for pre-orders in the home market and are scheduled to go on sale on Dec. 30.
As we progress more into the new year, we are getting more leaks and news about the upcoming smartphones this year. The latest rumor is about the OnePlus release date. According to the news, the OnePlus 9 series is expected to be launched in the first half of 2021. The report also suggests that a Lite variant could also unveil alongside OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The lite variant will be further available in two different models and will be launched in China and India. The device could also be released for the European countries later on but so far, there isn't any news confirming the assumption,
Tipster TechDroider said in a tweet that the OnePlus 9 Lite will be available in two different variants - LE2100 and LE2101. The tweet further said that "It is Coming to China and India. Might come to the EU, can't confirm as of now. The device will feature a Snapdragon 865 5G CPU," Another leak suggests that the smartphone will use last year's Snapdragon 865 processing chip instead of the Snapdragon 888 which we will likely see integrated into the OnePlus 9 regular model and the Pro model. Some tech enthusiasts suggest that the Lite model will be a slightly upgraded version of the OnePlus 8T. The Lite could retain some features of the 8T as well, including a 120Hz refresh rate as well as the same primary camera and ultra-wide camera. But the 9T could be less expensive than the previous phone.
According to other leaks, the device features a 6.55-inches Full HD+ display with a flat display instead of a curved display. We don't have any official statement regarding the release of the phone yet, though rumors hint that the OnePlus 9 series could be announced in the first or second week of March. OnePlus 9 series is going to have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage on the board. The device is going to have a triple camera system without any optical zoom capability. So far, no OnePlus camera has a periscope camera either, which means the optical zoom ranges are likely to be around 3x. Another rumor suggests that the device is coming with 65W fast charging, 30W fast wireless charging, and a 4,500mAh battery on the board.
So far, this year has been a great year for Xiaomi. The company has already launched the Redmi K20 series that includes the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro in India. This year Xiamoi\'s sub brand Redmi become an independent brand on its own. The company has launched several smartphones starting with the Redmi Note 7 series early this year. Now the company is planning to introduce more smartphone in the upcoming days. Earlier this week, Redmi\'s General Manager Lu weibing confirmed that the engineers at redmi are working on a 64MP camera phone that comes with four rear cameras.
We don\'t have a fixed release date yet, neither company gave a hint. But considering that company is heavily promoting this one, we can expect a launch in upcoming a few months from now. Ahead of the launch, company has reveals that the 64MP camera will be able to take high resolution images of up to 20MB in size. This seems a great deal for those who love to take pictures with their smartphones. Pictures taken at such a high resolution means there won\'t be any loss of detail even if you decide to zoom in for some reasons. According to the company, the pictures taken by this camera will be able to produce pictures better than 8K resolution.
Xiamoi has further gave some details about the number of camera stating that the smartphone will have four cameras on the rear panel. The specs of other three camera lens hasn\'t been revealed yet. The name of the phone hasn\'t confirmed by the sources but tech enthusiasts suggest it to be Redmi Note 8 Pro. With the 64MP camera phone, Redmi is clearly aiming to compete with Realme and Samsung who are also planning to launch 64MP camera phone by later this year.
Xiaomi has a quite diverse range of phones, even more variety in its home country - China. This diversity allows the company to access a wider range of customers with different budgets and design preferences much more effectively. The company already has its premium phones Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro available in China for a few months now, but both of these smartphones fall into the premium category with the Snapdragon 865 and doesn\'t cost heavy on your wallet. Now, the company is expanding its product portfolio further by adding Mi 10 Youth Edition 5G in China.
The device has a 6.57\" full HD AMOLED display with a 180Hz touch response rate. The phone uses corning Gorilla glass 5 with a waterdrop notch. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. The phone comes with 6GB RAM/128GB storage, 8GB RAM/128GB storage, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage. The phone is powered by a 4,160mAh battery that supports Qualcomm\'s quick charge 4+. Earlier, the Chinese company posted some teaser on its official Weibo page. The company is teasing a diamond pixel arrangement to deliver diamond quality. The factory is working on each unit for color accuracy. The display comes with a slight color difference noticeable less than 0.7.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition will come with the dewdrop notch featuring the front-facing camera. Under the hood, the phone will support 5G connectivity. In terms of photography, the phone is supporting the quad rear camera module with a 48MP primary sensor, and an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a periscope lens. The periscope lens will allow up to 50x digital zoom and optical image stabilization. The new phone is light-weight and weighs only 192g. You can purchase the phone in a variety of color options such as blue, black, green, pink, red, and white as disclosed by the Chinese company. The phone can create video up to 4k at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps/120fps. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
It took some time for Xiaomi to ship its latest Mi 10 5G smartphone in India because of the coronavirus situation in the country and all over the world but, finally, it was launched today. The main selling key of the phone is its extraordinary 108Mp camera, which the company takes lots of pride. The phone was already in the news for its camera specification but other highlights are its super-fast Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, and a 4780mAh battery which comes with wireless and wired fast charging feature.
The devices come with a 3D glass back design with corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection available in coral green and twilight grey colors. The Mi 10 features a 6.67-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz display refresh rate. The smartphone has a multi-layered cooling chamber to cool down the device while you are playing video games on it. To supplement the hardware specs, the phone comes with much better software and apps integration. Google apps such as the Dailer, messages, and contact app will replace Xiamoi's apps to speed up the whole Android experience for the end-users.
The phone features a 108MP camera sensor that is much larger than the 48MP and 64Mp sensors that have been trending recently. There is also a 13MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP portrait camera with auto-focus, and a 2MP depth sensor as part of the camera system. The Mi 10 can capture up to 8K video at 30fps and 4K video at 60fps. The phone has 128GB and 256GB storage. The phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack and has a USB Type-C audio interface instead. The company also launched the Mi 30W wireless charger that is available at Rs. 1999 for a limited period and will go back to the regular price at Rs. 2299 after the discount periods end. The price in India starts at Rs. 49,999 for the 8GB and 128Gb version while the other variant is priced at Rs. 54,999. The pre-orders have already started today.
POCO, a spin-out brand out of Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is making its transition towards being an independent firm. The POCO F2 Pro, just like its predecessor hit the high price tag. It features an edge-to-edge 6.67-inch full HD+ AMOLED display screen with 2400 x 1080 pixels. The device is equipped with the latest network technology to support 5G connectivity. It has an in-screen fingerprint scanner that is fast enough to give users a smooth unlocking experience. The phone has a quad-core rear camera system with a pop-up front camera that tucks away when not needed without making any mechanical sounds. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack that is often missed by flagship smartphones.
The device comes in two variants: one model has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that is roughly cost around $540. The other model features 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage that cost around $560. Both of these models operate on Android 10 and went on sale starting Tuesday through Chinese E-commerce sites. The company also has a plan to sell it on Amazon and other international big websites including its official website. The phone support dual-SIM, a popular feature in many Asian countries.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm's flagship octa-core Snapdragon 865 processor, with Adreno 650GPU. The company also claims to design the largest vapor chamber to support liquid cool in any smartphone. This technology helps to keep the device cool even when a user is playing graphic-intensive games such as Fortnite and Pubg on the mobile phone. The phone has a 64MP camera by Sony as a primary lens, with a 13MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro, and one 2MP depth sensor lens in the camera system. The selfie-camera is housed in a pop-up camera casing. The front camera can take pictures up to 20MP. The rear camera system is capable of recording videos in 8K resolution at 24fps and 4k at 60fps. The phone is available in Neon Blue, Electric Purple, Cyber Grey, and Phantom white colors. The battery is 4,700mAh with support for fast charging and ships with a 33W charger in the box.
Xiaomi has taken the lead in the budget category smartphone once again by introducing the entry-level phones Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia with a starting price of less than $100(RM 360). Both phones feature a large-sized display screen, reasonably big batteries, and up to three rear cameras. The phones are equipped with an IPS LCD panel of 6.53-inch. The dot-drop notch display produces an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Both devices come with large 5,000mAh batteries. These devices have 2 GB of LPPDR4x RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage.
For additional storage, these devices come with a microSD card slot. The Android operating system along with MIUI 11 comes preloaded on the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C smartphones. The Redmi 9A is powered with the powerful Helio G25 octa-core processor that works at 2GHz whereas the Redmi 9C has Helio G35 octa-core SoC that ticks at 2.3GHz. Both smartphones house a 5-MP camera for selfie and front videos.
The Redmi 9A has a single rear camera of 13-MP whereas the Redmi 9C has a triple-camera system module that includes a 13-Mp primary camera lens, a 5-MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor with LED flashlight. The 9C features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security but the Redmi 9A doesn't have this security feature. The Redmi 9A and 9C come with other common features like dual SIM slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, IR blaster and 3.5mm audio jack.
Huawei was working on a new operating system after Trump administration enforced a ban on Huawei and Google announced to ceased its support of Android for the company's smartphones. And now, Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS, the OS that is supposed to replace its reliance on Android. In China, the software is referred to as Hongmeng. The company says that the OS is based on a microkernel distributed OS, and can be used in everything from smartphones to in-vehicle systems. This will create a shared ecosystem across devices. The OS will be released as an open-source platform to encourage developers to work on it.
Since the US ban on Huawei back in May, the Chinese Govt. has shown its full support to the company and company announced that it is going to work on its own OS, but so far, we aren't sure about its reliability and global acceptance. Huawei plans to launch the new OS on a smartphone first before expanding it to other devices like wearables over the next three years. The first devices that will be getting HarmonyOS are expected to be unveiled on Saturday. The focus of this os is the Chinese market at first before Huawei expands it to other markets.
n a statement, the CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, says that HarmonyOS is "completely different from Android and iOS" because of its ability to scale across different kinds of devices. "You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices," the CEO says. Although the OS has the ability to power more devices, in a follow-up press release, Huawei said that for the time being, they are going to use it only on the upcoming smartphones. It will continue using Android on its existing phones. Whether it can continue to do so is another matter. In a press conference following the launch, Yu said that the situation was "unclear" as to whether Huawei can still use Android, and that the company is "waiting on an update" to find out.
Realme India is launching a new phone and has already started to sent out invites to the launch of the Realme X50 Pro 5G in India. The interesting thing here is that the device supports 5G connectivity and users have to pay for this extra feature, but there is no 5G in India yet. The 5G-enabled flagship smartphone will be launched in India on February 24 at an event in New Delhi at 2:30 PM IST. The company announced to release the phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on the same day. Since the event has already canceled due to mobile manufacturers leaving the event after the Coronavirus outbreak. Realme X50 Pro 5G will now make its debut at an online-only event.
Realme is proud to announce that India will have its first 5G smartphone, as it will be launched a day before the iQOO 35G in the country. While 5G support will undoubtedly make the Realme X50 Pro 5G future-poof. Although not many people would buy the phone just for this feature alone, this will be India's first 5G device. So far, there are three companies are ready for 5G trials, but commercial 5G rollout in the country seems a distant dream.
Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865 processor. Realme has also confirmed that the phone will have a 90Hz AMOLED display with dual-punch cameras, a 4500mAh battery, and 65W super dart fast charging technology. The screen is 6.5-inches and has 1080 x 2400 pixels. The device has corning gorilla glass. It has built-in 256GB storage and 12GB RAM. It has a quad-camera system that supports 64MP primary camera, 12MP, 8MP, and 2MP camera lenses. For the front camera, it uses a 32MP and 8MP camera lens. For security, the device uses fingerprint scanning technology.
We already know that Realme X3 SuperZoom will be launching in India but there isn't any official announcement yet. However, we don't have to wait as recently, an Indian blog, 91Mobiles, has revealed that the Realme X3 superzoom will be announced on June 26. This information was provided by a realtor. The device has already launched in Europe and the launch date in India is exactly a month after its first debut. There is no mention if the phone is launched in an unveiling event with any other phone or not, but we may expect at least one more mobile with it.
Another product that may launch on this event is the Realme Buds Q. The TWS earbuds were already launched in Europe and China last month, and will also be available in India as well. The device is set to be sold under $30. The Realme X3 SuperZoom launch event will be the perfect chance to announce the earbuds.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom has a price tag of INR 42,738 in Europe. While the Indian market gets the discounted price due to the difference in price. It may be around INR 40,000 when launches. It may have a slightly different processor as hinted by the company's CMO. The phone has a 6.6-inch Full HD display with a staggering 120Hz refresh rate. The display has a punch hole camera for two selfie cameras - a 32MP primary camera lens and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera lens.
The device is powered by Snapdragon 855+ processor under the hood along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Realme X3 SuperZoom also has a 64Mp quad-camera with a 5x optical zoom and 60x digital zoom. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB Type-C port. Its battery is 4200mAh and there is support for 30W fast wired charging. The Phone comes with Android 10.
Last month Vivo launched its smartphone Vivo Y17 with water drop notch display and now there is another phone Vivo Y12 from the same series is joining the line. The specifications of Y12 has already been reported in the magazines. The rumors suggest that it will cost less than $200 to consumers. The phone has a 6.35-inch full view display with high definition resolution at 1080 x 2340 pixels. The waterdrop style notch allows phone to let user experience videos and games at an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. The appearance of the phone is similar to the Vivo Y15 and Y17 smartphones.
It is powered by MediaTeck Helio P22 processor that includes a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor. It will be available in market in two models such as 3GB Ram/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The device comes with a microSD card slot which can be used to expand memory. Both of these variants will have slightly different price tags but still affordable. The Vivo Y12 has a non-removable 500mAh battery, dual-SIM option, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The device is coming with FunTouch OS 9 UI based Android 9 Pie OS. It will be the most affordable phone with the triple camera feature in a mainstream series. It is expected to feature an 8MP f/2.2 aperture sensor, a 13-MP f/2.2, aperture lens and 2MP lens with f/2.4 aperture sensor. For front camera, it has f/2.0 aperture 8MP camera with Artificial Intelligence. For security, the Vivo Y12 is rumored to have the fingerprint scanner and face unlock features. This phone seems like packed with lots of features. If you are Vivo user, share your experience with this phone in the comments section below. You can tell us, what you like most about Vivo? And will you upgrade your phone to Vivo Y12?
Vivo recently introduced the U-series of smartphones in India by launching the first Vivo U10. There has been a lots of hype around U3x before its arrival. Well, the Vivo U3x has now gone official in Vivo's home land and it appears to be a rebranded version of the Vivo U10 featuring the similar design and hardware specification. The main selling points of Vivo U3x are the device mega battery - 5000mAh, triple rear cameras, and support for Vivo's proprietary 18W dual engine fast charging technology.
The Vivo U3x comes in two variants for the base 3GB memory + 32GB, storage and the 4GB memory + 64GB storage model. The upper-end of the smartphone is now up for pre-order in china and available in deep lake blue, red tea red, and midnight black color options, with the first two has a gradient finish. Vivo has announced offers free accessories for early buyers. As of now, Vivo hasn't declared any date for the Vivo U3x in market.
The dual-SIM vivo U3x runs funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android OS. It has a 6.35-inch display with HD+ resolution at 1544 x 720 pixels. Vivo U3x runs over the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. ivo U3x is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W Dual Engine fast charging, and also supports reverse charging for juicing up accessories such as Bluetooth earphones and fitness bands. However, the OTG cable needed for reverse charging must be purchased separately. Storage on the Vivo phone is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Vivo U3x features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and also supports face unlock for authentication.
Vivo has already launched the Vivo X50 series in China and may hit the Indian markets at the beginning of July. One of the main selling points of the series is that the Vivo X50 Pro phone comes with a gimbal optical image stabilization technology for its main camera. A new poster by the Chinese firm has released a coming soon text suggests that the X50 series may come the upcoming month.
The Vivo X50 series is likely to arrive in multiple markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and Thailand. The series has three devices refer as Vivo X50, Vivo X50 Pro, and Vivo X50 Pro plus. It remains to be seen whether all these phones make to the market mention above. The Vivo X50 series features a Full HD+ display with a super AMOLED screen and a punch-hole design. The X50 has a flat display panel, whereas the other two upper-tier models have curved edges. The X50 and X50 pro support 90Hz refresh rate whereas the pro model comes with 120Hz refresh rate support.
The snapdragon 765G Soc with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM powers the X50 and X50 pro models. The device has huge internal storage up to 256GB that is enough to store all images, videos, and files of yours. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC powers the X50 Pro plus with up to 12GB of RAM and 256G of native storage. The Vivo X50 trio has 4,315mAh batteries. The X50 and X50 pro support fast charging of 33W whereas the X50 pro plus supports 44W fast charging. The trio phone series is loaded with FunTouch OS 10 on the top of Android 10 OS. The three phones feature 32-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The Vivo X50 has a 48MP camera with optical image stabilization technology as its primary camera, a 13MP portrait camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens, and a 5MP macro camera lens camera system. The Vivo X50 Pro also features 4 camera system module with a 48MP with gimbal OIS, an 8MP periscope telephoto lens with OIS, a 13MP portrait camera lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens. The phone is available in black, blue, and pink colors. The Vivo X50 is expected to price around $500+.
The Vivo Y51 is the last mid-range smartphone to be launched in India. The same phone was launched in Pakistan almost a month ago. However, the phone launched in India comes with slightly different specifications. The Vivo Y51 is now available in India and comes in two color options like Titanium sapphire and crystal symphony. You can purchase the phone in installments, Baja Finserve EMI enables users to buy a Vivo phone by paying Rs. 101, and Jio benefits worth Rs. 7,000.
Vivo Y51 features a 6.58-inch IPS LCD panel with a dewdrop notch. The tall aspect ratio screen has a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 662 and runs 8GB of RAM. The phone uses native internal storage of 128GB which can be further extended using an external storage slot. The phone comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera that comes with the Aura screen filter feature for shooting better selfies in low-light conditions. The rear panel has the same design as the Vivo x50 and V20 series. The phone features a triple-camera system with a 48-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera sensor, and a 2-megapixel sensor for adding depth sensor.
The phone uses an intelligent super night algorithm that automatically brings light in the darkness to reduce noise and mitigate overlay. The result is sharp and bright images even in the low-light situation. It supports both the front and rear cameras - allowing you to take vibrant and sharp selfies and capture amazing photos. The FunTouch OS 11 based Android 11 comes pre-installed on the Vivo Y51. The smartphone offers other specs such as dual SIM support and uses 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C for connectivity. It also offers a side-facing fingerprint reader for security measures, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The new Vivo Y12s has been launched in India. The phone features a massive 5,000mAh battery that could be its main selling point at an affordable price. The new Vivo phone features a waterdrop display notch to feature the front-facing camera. The device comes in two different color options and has 3GB of RAM. The phone runs the Funtouch OS11operating system and competes with the latest Redmi 9 prime, Realme Narzo 10, and the Samsung Galaxy M11. Its predecessor Y12 was launched in India in mid-summer last year.
The phone has support for dual-SIM and runs on the Android 10 operating system out of the box. It features a 6.51inch HD+ display with IPS and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC with 3GB RAM. Earlier official reports mentioned that the device will be using a MediaTek Helio P35 processor but later on company released a press release to issue the correction.
On the rear side of the phone, Y12s features a 13MP primary camera sensor with an f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor with an f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP camera. For the front-facing camera, the phone features an 8MP camera sensor with f/1.8. Vivo Y12s comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be further extended using a microSD card. It offers connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM Radio, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Vivo Y12s features a massive 5,000mAh battery that has supports 10W fast charging. The device is lightweight and weighs only 191 grams. The phone is up for sale for only Rs. 9990 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can purchase the phone in Phantom black and Glacier blue colors. You can order the phone online at its official website, Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, and across the country from its official retail stores.
Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for Windows, finally out of beta previews. The final version packs lots of new features and optimized for Windows 10 release. The one-time price is $149.99 or Office 365 subscriptions start at $69.99 per year, and deliver continuous app updates as well as other integrated services such as Yammer, Delve, and Skype for Business.
Office 2016 comes with support for co-authoring, Skype in-app integration, and Office 365 Groups inside Outlook 2016. Additionally, Outlook 2016 has smart search, automatic removal of low-priority mail, and support for cloud-based attachments.
Excel 2016 includes integrated publishing to Power BI, as well as new chart types. Throughout Office, there's a most recently used documents list which lets you quickly jump back in.
OnePlus 7 Pro & OnePlus 7
OnePlus is expected to launch for 14 May. As the Indian market is big, OnePlus is going to launch the phone immediately after the launch in two variants - OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 pro. Reports suggest that phone will get complete redesign and premium features. It will have triple camera system with rear camera, and 3x optical zoom. Oled display with in-screen fingerprint sensor and will be powered by snapdragon 855 processing chip.
Oppo announced two new devices for 2019 - Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x this month. This is the first smartphone to feature a new shark-fin style pop-up camera. The device is equipped with a rear 48MP primary sensor + 8MP ultra-wide sensor + 13 MP periscope lens which has 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processing chip. It has 6/8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. It will have 4,065mAh battery.
Honor is bringing 3 models of 20 - Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, and the budget variant Honor 20i. It has a 6.2-inch full HD display and is powered by its own Kirin 710 processor. The device will run over a 3,400mAh battery and has 4/6GB RAM. The phone has a triple camera setup: 24MP primary sensor + 8MP wide-angle +2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has used a 32MP selfie camera.
Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung has released it's a series to break-in the competition. Galaxy A80 is the first smartphone by Samsung that uses a pop-up rotating camera which works as front and back camera. The camera has 48MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a TOF 3D camera sensor - it moves up and rotates to front. This has enabled device to get a full 6.7-inch display without a notch. It is powered by Snapdragon 730 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage. The devices has 3,700mAh battery. For security, it has an on-screen fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, fast-charging support.
Nubia Red Magic 3
Red Magic is a phone for people who loves to play games on their devices. The latest in the series is red magic 3. It has a 6.6-inch display and powered by Snapdragon 855 with 12GB RAM and comes with an internal fan to cool the phone. The battery is huge up to 5,000mAh with fast charge support, a 48MP rear camera with 8K video recording, 16MP front-camera and fingerprint scanner for security reasons.
Today vivo launched a new smartphone called Vivo Y3. The Y3 is a mid-range smartphone but it is packed with high-end hardware specs and sleek design. Perhaps, the brilliant feature is the triple AI camera that adorns the back. The device is powered by 5000mAh battery. Since the smartphone is a budget phone, it has LCD HD+ display with a 720 x 1544 pixels resolution.
The Vivo Y3 has a water drop notch which features the selfie camera. The device has 6.35-inch screen with narrow bezels on all sides, leaving it a screen ratio of 89%. At the rear side, the Y3 uses a new nano-scale coating process. The device is available in three different color variants; peacock blue, peach pink, and ink bule. The handset has a 16MP HD front camera for taking selfies. There are three AI cameras at the rear side comprised of a 13MP primary camera. The secondary sensor is a 120-wide angle, with the third lens is a depth of field camera. For security, device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the device. As an extra security layer, the Y3 also feature a face unlock.
The Y3 has a MediaTek MT6765 processing chip paired with 4GB of RAM while there is 128GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB with microSD card. Y3 equally comes with 9V/2A flash charging and support OTG reverse charging. It is great smartphone anyone who play video games as it has built-in game box which provides an immersive gaming experience such as built-in e-sport made 2.0. The device runs Android 9 Pie as its OS. The connectivity options are a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The CES 2015 has passed and Samsung didn't show us the Galaxy S6. Business Insider reports confirmed that this future flagship will come in both Regular and Edge variants. The successor to the Galaxy S5 will mark yet another step in Samsung's gradual move to a more premium build, with confirmation yet to come whether that will mean a true unibody or aluminum accents. However, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be a limited Edition.
Hardware will most likely be region-dependent, but with the never-ending rumors of Qualcomm's problems with the Snapdragon 810, all versions may get the in-house Exynos 7420 chipset, paired with 3GB RAM. Previously speculated at 5.5 inches, it won't be surprising if the Galaxy S6 ends up closer to 5.2-5.3 inches, which makes sense.
Following much criticism, Samsung abandoned the all-plastic bodies with the Alpha lineup and the latest Galaxy Note 4, and the Galaxy series will follow suit. We will also be treated to a dual edge screen version, building on the Note Edge's hype. The speculated unibody of the regular Galaxy S6 will however result in the loss of the beloved replaceable battery, that's been a strong selling point of the lineup.
Samsung has just announced that its new flagship, Galaxy S6 edge+, will be launched in India. The phone is priced at INR 57,900 ($888) for the 32GB model and will be available for purchase starting August,28th.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ is essentially the bigger variant of the Galaxy S6 edge. It has a larger 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh battery and wireless fast charging, with the rest of the specifications being identical.
The korean giant also announced that the S6 edge+ is also available for Pre-orders in the UK starting from £749. If you don't feel like ponying up that much cash upfront, you can also opt for a contract with an operator. Vodafone, O2, and Three are all offering up the Galaxy s6 edge+ with a myriad of different Pay Monthly plans. One of them will surely suit your particular needs. The operators all seem to expect shipping to start on September,4th.
Yesterday, Samsung has just launched its new phablet smartphone, Galaxy Note5 in India at a local event in New Delhi. Priced at INR 53,900 ($800) for the 32GB model, and INR 59,900 ($890) for the 64GB model.
The Galaxy Note5 is the latest in Samsung's line of Note devices. Internally, the phone is quite similar to the previously launched Galaxy S6 but features a larger 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, bigger 3000mAh battery, and Fast Wireless Charging. It also has the S Pen stylus that the series is known for.
Compared to the previous Galaxy Note 4, the Note5 loses the faux leather back finish, instead opting for the new glass back similar to the S6. The battery is also sealed in this time and there isn't expandable memory, again like the S6. The Note5, however, loses the IR blaster, that both the S6 and the Note 4 have.
The Note5 will be available in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium starting September,20th.
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TCL is known for its Tv-sets and now they are making smartphones. TCL launched its first official smartphone in Australia yesterday - TCL Plex. As you may be amused by its official branding and TCL's background, the news smartphone is talked about for its movie-making capabilities. According to the TCL "The Plex boasts a dedicated 'NXTVISION' display engine with an advanced processor, which can apply "HDR-like video enhancement with increased contrast, amplified color, brighter highlights, and darker shadows".
The device has a 6.53-inch FHD+ display and thus produces sharper images and visual contrasts using 2D edge and 6-axis color enhancement technologies, with several automatic viewing modes designed to reduce eye strain. Plex isn't only capable of displaying a high-quality video, but it is also able to record 4K video via its rear camera setup, which includes a 48MP ultra-high-resolution Sony sensor, along with an additional dedicated camera for taking a video which contains a 2MP low-light sensor.
The device can record a video at 960fps super slow-motion HD video while other smart video recording features allow for moving objects to be detected and tracking using automatic zooming and stabilization. The third camera on its rear side has a 16MP 123-degree wide-angle lens. For taking selfies TCL has created a small pinhole display cutout, which was called ‘dutch' by the manufacturer. The phone has a Snapdragon 675 chipset, something that is empowering Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A70 smartphone. It has a 6GB RAM for faster video response and gaming experience. The phone comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box. TCL also claims to boost the Bluetooth functionality of the phone. The phone is available to purchase at $499 only.
Techno launched Spark 6 Air and mini pod M1 single-ear wireless earbud in India. Both products belong to the entry-level device category and boast an impressive specification for the price. The Techno Spark 6 Air comes with a massive 6,000mAh battery and a 7-inch display. On the other hand, the Techno mini pod M1 can play 18-hours of music with a single charge and comes with IP4 water resistance. Both the spark 6 Air smartphone and Minipod M1 single-ear wireless earbud will be available on Amazon Prime day.
The Techno Spark 6 smartphone is available in single 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage model for Rs. 7,999. You can purchase the phone in comet black or ocean blue colors. The Techno mini pod M1 is priced at Rs. 799 and available in white color with a multi-color silicone protective case. Both products will go on Sale online and offline from August 6.
The Techno Spark 6 Air comes with Android 10 and HIOS 6.2 on the top. It features a large 7-inch HD+ display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio processor. It comes with 2GB and 32GB expandable storage options that can be further extended up to 1Tthrough a dedicated card slot. The battery is 6,000mAh and enough to keep it alive the whole day even if you are a heavy user. The phone has a triple camera setup that includes a primary 13-megapixel camera sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera houses an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 lens. For connectivity, it uses a Bluetooth 5.0. The phone has the environment noise cancellation feature that allows you to have a seamless voice quality during the call.
Black Shark isn't just any other smartphone. It is a power back specifically designed to play mobile games for users who love to play games on their smartphones. The device launched in China as the company's third gaming smartphone for this year. The company also partnered with Tecent games. The phone comes in two colors - sky fall black and crystal blue. It will be available in 12GB RAM with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB internal storage options. They are priced at $573, $616, and $687 respectively.
The newly launched device comes with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The device features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 270Hz touch sample rate. The phone is optimized for playing games, comes with a blue light filter, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The company uses its gaming engine that was built in-house and Tecent SolarCore to deliver the best gaming experience possible. The phone has a similar design as its predecessor from H1 2020. That means we will be getting another heavy and big smartphone with an asymmetric triangle module at the rear side for the four cameras and charging pins.
The phone runs Joy UI 12 based on Android 10 which is a slightly modified user interface by Xiaomi. The black shark 3 and black shark 3 Pro that was released earlier this year will get an update to this software shortly as well. The phone is backed by a 4,700mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging via USB Type-C and 18W magnetic charging. The phone comes with four camera setup that includes a 64MP (wide) + 13MP (ultra-wide) + 5MP (depth) triple camera setup, 20MP selfie camera. The device uses a sandwich liquid cooling system to keep the phone cool while you are playing games on it.
POCO has been focusing on one smartphone for nearly two years, but now the company has tried to add multiple smartphones to its existing and new series in 2020. They have introduced a new smartphone - called POCO M3, which is a direct successor of the relatively recent smartphone POCO M2. Usually, the successor phones take a similar design but the company has completely redesigned the new phone on the rear side and put a new chipset from Snapdragon instead of choosing a chip from MediaTek.
The most obvious change in the M3 is the rear design. The brand completely redesigned the back design, making it more of today's design and youth-centric. The design looks expensive as compared to the price tag which is really a refreshing option among its cheaper-looking rivals. The camera is placed in a rectangular shape housing on the top left corner like many other budget series mobile phones, however, the camera unit is placed inside a larger, all-black housing with a big POCO logo on the right side in the vertical fashion. The phone features a large 6.53-inch IPS LCD waterdrop/ dot-drop display as its predecessor with FHD+ resolution and has a gorilla glass protective cover to save the phone in case of accidental fall. The phone also comes certified with TUV Rheinland's low blue light certification.
The POCO M3 comes with a large 6,000mAh battery inside that should keep you going for more than a day. This is a significant upgrade from the 5,000mAh battery found on the POCO M2. And what's surprising is that both phones have the same weight despite of the battery difference. The phone still supports only 18W charging, so it should take even longer to fully charge this battery.
The previous model had a quad-camera system with the ultra-wide-angle sensor which the company decided to skip this time, leaving you with a triple camera setup instead of a quad-camera setup found on its predecessor. But to compensate for the loss of an important camera sensor, M3 has come with a larger 48MP f/1.79 as a primary camera sensor. There are two other camera sensors, a 2MP macro camera sensor, and a 2Mp depth sensor. On the front side, you get an 8MP f/2.0 selfie shooter. The phone is running MIU12 for Poco, which is based on Android 10. The phone is available with 4GB RAM and 64GB and 128GB internal storage for $129 and $149 respectively.
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.
Nokia is known for its affordability and extraordinarily long battery life. And now at the end of the year, HMG Global released another smartphone in the budget category- known as Nokia 2.4. The smartphone runs the latest stock Android 10 operating system out of the box and the latest entry in the budget-category by the company. The phone is an affordable handset and its specifications also fell in the same category.
It features a 6.5-inch HD+ display with 700x1600 pixel resolution, which is good enough to watch videos or play games. The device has a water drop notch in the front. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and is run by a large 4,500 battery pack with the regular 5w charging support which definitely disappoints users looking for fast charging.
The phone isn't too slow or too fast. It features 3GB of RAM which is great if you are a medium level user. The phone is available in two variants with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be further extended via a microSD card slot. Since the device runs on Android One, it runs on the stock Android 10 OS, and most properly receives the Android 11 update as well.
The phone has a dual-camera setup on the rear side, with a 13-megapixel primary sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth lens for portrait shots. The selfie camera is a 5-megapixel camera and the device sports the usual connectivity features like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, micro USB port for charging. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side with a separate physical button for Google Assistant. The phone only weighs 189 grams. Nokia 2.4 will be available in India for 10,399 INR (estimated around $140). You can purchase the phone in the dusk, Fjord, or charcoal color. It is currently available for pre-booking throughout India, and so far, we don't have any official date when it will hit the market. So, stay tuned for more updates.
After getting news of the Nokia 5.4 mid-range, the company has finally launched the smartphone on the European continent. The phone is meant to replace the older Nokia 5.3 that was released in March this year. While the phone features a round-shaped camera house just like its predecessor, it has a different punch-hole design to house the front-facing camera. Some of the major highlights of the Nokia 5.4 smartphone include a tall aspect ratio screen.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 662 processing chip. Nokia 5.4 has one of the best build quality and is known for its reliable smartphones. The company offers a 2-year warranty as standard but the phone usually lasts much longer than that. The Nokia 5.4 comes with 3 years of monthly security updates, and up to 2 sets of operating system upgrades.
Nokia 5.4 offers a larger landscape for streaming, gaming, and internet browsing on an impressive 6.39-inch HD+ screen. The has generous two-day battery life that is supported by Adaptive battery technology that prioritizes power to the things you use the most, you are in control the whole day. The phone features a 48MP quad-camera that gives you total creative control with advanced video recording and cinematic effects to capture the world in stunning detail.
The phone runs on Android 11 out of the box. The front camera is a 16MP front camera. The rear panel features a 48MP primary camera sensor, a 5MP ultrawide camera sensor, and a 2MP camera sensor for macro shots and depth data. There is a capacitive fingerprint scanner below the camera sensor. The phone has 4GB RAM as standard and offers two variants of internal storage in 64GB and 128GB. You can further extend the internal storage via microSD. The phone ships with Android 10 through an update to Android 11 is already in the works. The Nokia 5.4 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery that charges over USB-C at 10W speed. The phone is available in purple and blue color options and will sell for 189 euro in the European area.
2020 has ended and we have seen many new smartphones by some major and small mobile phone manufacturers. In the smartphone department, Nokia started last year with the launch of Nokia C2, which was then followed by Nokia 5.3, Nokia 8.3 5G, and Nokia C3. The Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 were released in September. They completed their launch of new smartphones with the Nokia C1 plus and Nokia 5.4. So, we got three devices from the C series, two from the 5 series and one from the 1,2,3, and 8-series each. If we keep the count of last year's smartphones we might get to see the new Nokia 6,7, or 9 this year before anything else.
As the last year was about to end, there was some news about three new Nokia batteries being certified by the authorized bodies. According to the new certifications, the future Nokia smartphones might carry the 3,900mAh, 4,470mAh, and 5,050mAh batteries. The first two models were certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan and the latter by Element Materials Technology.
At least three new Nokia smartphones can be expected based on these certifications. We are not sure if there will be only three models or more that will appear as Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 5.4 share the same battery, so we can expect the same for the future smartphones as well. Currently, the maximum battery capacity supported by Nokia smartphones is 4,500mAh battery, that too only in Nokia 8.35G and Nokia 2.4. Hence, a 5,000mAh+ will be the first significant upgrade Nokia phones are going to have this year. Hopefully, it will come with the fast charging option. We don't know what next year will bring for us but I think it is time for Nokia to introduce bigger batteries and fast-charging technology to more devices.
Just when people were starting to think that the "Made for Samsung" program which Samsung had announced at the CES in January was scrapped, the Korean company just declared their first endeavor in that line. As it turns out, Samsung's partner in this particular initiative is The Weather Channel and together, they have launched the first application within the Made for Samsung program. The application is exclusively available for the Note 5, the S6 Edge+ and the S7 Edge.
The app offers brand new features, among which, one in particular sounds quite interesting. Apparently, the Smart Weather alarm clock will wake up the user before point, if it decides that the weather conditions might delay the user from being ready in time. Other features of the application include Floating Shortcuts, in-app live wallpapers that are customizable and Edge Alerts for updating the user with the latest changes in weather conditions on the Edge panel.
The application is only available via Galaxy Apps and in case you have one of the three supported smartphones, check it out by searching for "Weather Channel" within the store. If however, you cannot see the application or cannot download it in spite of having the right handset; chances are that it is probably not yet available in your locale. In that case, you can download the APK file directly and give it a try, if you so want.
Evan Blass, a tipster posted a tweet on Friday, disclosing that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be released in the U.S. on Friday, March 11th. We anticipate that the latest flagship smartphone will be announced on February 21st during Samsung's Unpacked 2016 event. This is also the day before the 2016 Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona.
As per the latest speculations surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S7, it will feature a 5.1-inch display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. According to user's location the device will be backed by either the Snapdragon 820 chipset (US. and China) or the Exynos 8890 SoC (for the rest of the world) developed in-house. There will be 4GB RAM is along with 64GB built-in storage as revealed in a recently conducted AnTuTu benchmark test. The camera in the back will be of 12 MP and the front one will have 5MP.
During the release of Galaxy S7, it is expected that the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with larger screen will also be made available. This variant will feature a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution display. Some are saying that the Galaxy S7 series will get couple of features initially found on 2014's Samsung Galaxy S5 that that were not available in 2015. For example: a microSD slot, IP67 certification (proof of protection from dust and water), and a replaceable battery.
We knew that a Blue Coral version of the Galaxy S7 Edge was coming, but now it's almost here. The new color variant will be launched tomorrow in South Korea. While a new color is usually not something that receives too much attention, the Blue Coral is more than just a color. It is reminiscent of the Note 7 which met its untimely death as a result of faulty engineering. Samsung has used the same popular blue color that it had used with the Note 7 to make the new variants of the S7 Edge more appealing to their customers. As the holiday season approaches, it would be interesting to see if the new release manages to make up for at least some of the sales loss that Samsung is sure to suffer due to the absence of the Galaxy Note 7.
The smartphone on its own however, will not be different from all the other color variants in any way. It will come in 32GB and 64GB variants via SK Telecom, LG Uplus and KT in South Korea. The back cover of the S7 Edge will sport the Blue Coral color with Rose Gold rims. The front bezels too will be blue, just as the back. As it will even be priced in the same manner as the existing S7 Edges, will you be opting for one?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Tab S3 Android tablet was launched by Samsung as expected at the MWC, but so were two other tablets. The tab S3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 9.7-ich QXGA Super AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage, expandable micro-SD card slot, 13-mp and 5-mp cameras at the rear and the front, 4G LTE, 6,000mAh battery with Quick Charge support, USB Type-C and the new S-Pen with "tilt" detection.
Both the Galaxy Books are powered by Windows 10 and come with keyboard docs for added productivity. The low-powered 10-inch version comes with a Full HD 10.6-inch LCD display, a 7th-generation Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB RAM, 5-mp front cam, 64GB/128GB storage and expandable MMC support. The more powerful Galaxy Book 12 features a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels. Powering it are a 7th Gen. Intel Core i5 (Kaby Lake) dual-core processor clocked at 3.1GHz, 4GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of SSD storage with MMC support. Both the Windows devices will have support for the advanced S-Pen and all its features. In order to take advantage of the stylus, along with some added features, the two Windows tablet-laptop hybrids will come with quite a few pre-installed Samsung software suits.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy tab S3 is one of the premier Android tablets in a world where Android tablets are becoming rarer with each passing year. Most companies have stopped manufacturing premium tablets and even the companies like Samsung that do release a model every now and then, have stopped releasing them outside a few selected regions. However, with the Tab S3 just being released in Russia, fans from other countries can have their hopes up a bit too. Both the LTE and the Wi-Fi only variants have now been listed on the company's website in Russia.
Unfortunately, the price of the tablet in Russia is alarmingly higher than what it costs in the US or the UK. The 32GB Tab S3 costs around $599 officially in the US, while the same variant will cost someone picking it up in Russia, a whopping $965/RUB 54,990! That's $365 more than the US version, but they are identical to each other in every way. I am not sure how much of that is import duty, but whatever the reason may be, if the price difference is that much in your country as well, you are probably better off avoiding it. The Google Pixel will likely be a better deal if you can leave without the S-Pen, provided that's even available in your region of course.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
While f/1.7 aperture was only starting to gain recent popularity among select flagship handsets, Samsung has just launched a smartphone which boasts of an exclusive f/1.5 aperture. In case you are wondering, lower is better here. A lower aperture translates to clearer pictures in low light situations so this is great news. The smartphone in question is the W2018 and it's a flip phone! Yup, you read that right, Samsung is still holding onto the flip phone formula in China and yes, it's a China exclusive phone unfortunately.
Other specs of the device are more or less in line with major flagship handsets from Samsung and they are as follows.
Twin 4.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED displays
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
6 GB of RAM
64GB of internal storage (a 256GB model could be in the pipelines)
12-MP rear camera/5-mp front camera
2,300 mAh battery
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Colors: Elegant Gold and Platinum
Price: Possibly close to $2,000 or higher!
If it was available near you, would you pay $2,000 for this? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although it's not really anything new because all rumors and leaksters had been saying the same thing for a long time now, but it's still worth mentioning because this is the first time that this has become official; The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona next month. As this plan was revealed by the head of Samsung Mobile, DJ Koh himself at the CES 2018 earlier, it can be considered as authentic news without a doubt.
While we are yet to see any convincingly real live images of the device, you should not expect the S9 or S9+ to sport any radical changes in terms of the design language. They may look quite similar to the S8 and S8+ in fact, with perhaps the exception of the rear mounted fingerprint scanner that will in all likelihood be moved to the center of the back. Also, Samsung might copy Apple (that it has so often been blamed for doing) and reserve the dual camera setup only for the bigger and more expensive S9+. We will find out more soon so stay tuned.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A few days ago, a rumor began circulating that the Galaxy S10 will be launched quite early and as a result, it would be released early as well. However, it is to be noted that the same rumor circulated about the Galaxy S9 as well, so we would not recommend taking this one too seriously. You can argue that the Galaxy S9 was indeed launched early as compared to the Galaxy S8 but that's only because the Galaxy S8 was delayed intentionally to iron out all the battery issues that ruined the infamous Note 7. Traditionally, Samsung has always released the S series of flagship phones near the last week of February and the S9 just got back on routine this year after the exception of the Galaxy S8. Therefore, the January launch date which a report by The Bell seems to indicate is unlikely.
Some are of the opinion that this change in schedule might be brought on due to the impending release of Samsung's first foldable smartphone next year, but things are way too vague at the moment to give any credence to such reports. We will keep you updated as things develop.
Google has released Pixel 4a officially - months after we have been listening to the rumors. The new Pixel 4a smartphone, which is the successor to the Pixel 3a, features a fresh display with a hole-punch design. This device is also a light variant of the Pixel 4 that Google has launched the previous year. That's why it offers a similar camera and user experience as well. The device has a single camera for the front and rear sides. Other features of the device include a Titan M security module and a 3,5mm headphone jack, as well as a fingerprint sensor on the rear side of the device.
Google Pixel 4a roughly started at $349 for the 6GB and 128GB storage version. The phone is available for pre-order in the US for the time being and if you are interested, you can place the order via the Google Store or Google Fi. It will be available in the market starting August 20 offline and online. Google will be launching the device in India by October and you can purchase it via Flipkart. The phone is available in a single, jet black color option. The company hasn't revealed the price for the Indian market yet. Its predecessor Google Pixel 3a was launched at $399 for the 4GBRAM and 128GB storage variant.
The Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, UK, Canada, and in some countries of Europe as well. The device runs on Android 10 out of the box and comes with a list of features that debuted on Pixel 4 in October last year. The phone also comes with a new Google Assistant that allows users to send text messages and control apps much faster than before. You will also get the recorder app with real-time transcription support in English. Further, the Pixel 4a comes with the live caption support.
The Google Pixel 4a features a Full HD+ 5.8-inch OLED display. The display has always-on feature supports by HDR. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processing chip. The device has a 12-MP camera sensor at the rear side with an f/1.7 lens and an LED flash module.
As promised at the Google I/O earlier, a new Beta section has arrived in the Google Play menu for beta testers. If you are testing beta software on your Android device, you should now be able to find them under My apps & games > Beta in the Play Store.
The best part about the section is that it will let you opt out of the beta testing as well, if you so choose. Conversely, the user will also be able to sign up for new beta testing options from the same menu. In order to see this section on your smartphone, the required Google Play version is 6.7.13 as per reports.
Although this isn't something that will interest the average user, tech-enthusiasts should find the new feature pretty useful. We like the option of being able to experience new features for our favorite apps before others, but beta testing can cause performance issues on your smartphone. If you are facing such problems from any of the beta apps, you can now opt out of the program with ease. Provided that your Play Store is up to date and you still cannot see the options, you will possibly need to wait a while before the update arrives for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google officially announced the firs Android 11 beta yesterday. This means the end of the developer preview cycle and the beginning of the beta cycle, which is pre-requisite software before the stable launch. Usually, Google has a big unveiling event to announce something like that. However, the COVID-19 situation is changing in the tech industry just like it is changing the whole world. Instead of delaying it, Google decided to go for an online-only event instead, but then those plans were also squashed by the ongoing protests of the black community to the death of George.
Now, Google simply launched the Android 11 beta along with some informational videos and content. The company says that this will allow people to consume at your own pace when the time is right for you. It's not as glorious as having a big Google event, but it is the best Company could come in amid several bad conditions.
So, what's new in Android 11?
So far, there doesn't appear to be too much difference between the previous Android 11 DP4 and today's Android 11 beta. We are currently getting the beta installed on our own devices and will be able to investigate any new features and goodies Google may have introduced. For now, though, all we have to go on is Google's announcement, and there's nothing there that we haven't already seen.
You can check out our running roundup of the newest Android 11 features on the way, but the biggest changes will be easier access to conversation notifications, enhanced user privacy and security options, and better control over the other devices you usually connect to your phone.
Now, the bad news is you can't install it on your non-pixel device yet. Unfortunately, the new Android 11 beta isn't yet compatible with any other device than Google Pixel. The new beta will work on the most recent pixel device only. This is a major shift from the tradition where we see dozens of other phones offer beta support for Android beta versions.
Today, Facebook unveiled a new version of its social network, called "Facebook At Work", with an emphasis on organizational communication for employees at a single company. The service, which is set to launch as a free app on Android's Google Play and iOS' App Store later today, will still require participating companies to receive an official invite, but upon launching the service, employees will enter an ad-free, no-subscription version of Facebook that connects employees only to each other, as opposed to the wider world.
Facebook hasn't revealed many screenshots or any demo footage ahead of the app's launch, but Facebook offered Ars a brief description: "Facebook at Work is a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect and collaborate efficiently using Facebook tools, including many that they're likely already using, such as News Feed, Groups, messages, and events." In that respect, the service will both mirror those of corporate communication tools like Yammer and Slack and offer its own familiar twist for employees who have already gotten hooked on Facebook's style.
In the meantime, creator Lars Rasmussen made the interview rounds on Wednesday to describe what users can expect from the work-only version. In short, users will be allowed to have both their personal and work logins running at the same time, though in separate apps; they'll be able to share documents through the Work site but not yet edit them; and much of the way posts and links are presented will resemble Facebook Groups.
Facebook has just officially published "Facebook Lite" v188.8.131.52 App on the Google Play store. The main reason for this App is to make a lite, fast Facebook App for Low-end Android smartphones, as the current Facebook App is very large in size and performs slow on low-spec devices with less Ram and CPU power and uses less data and works in all network conditions
Facebook Lite is relatively tiny for an app from a major social network, weighing in at only a quarter of a megabyte a crucial stat if you live in a place that can only get 2G data access. There's a good reason for that, too: it looks like Facebook Lite isn't much more than a WebView wrapper for the mobile site, plus native Android notifications.
That might indeed be very useful for someone who just wants to check in on Facebook without loading up the admittedly heavy Chrome app, but for most current users it won't add any real functionality. Facebook Lite does include a few extra bells and whistles that aren't available on the web, like the ability to peek into your phone's contacts to see if there's anyone you've ever spoken to that isn't your Facebook friend yet.
Facebook Lite main features:
- Fast to install, the app is less than 1 MB
- Quick to load
- Efficient with data
- Designed for 2G networks and areas with limited network connectivity
Oppo just released two new smartphones in the Reno4 series in China. The Reno4 and Reno4 belong to upper mid-range smartphones with some premium features. The main selling point for the phone is its powerful camera, embedded AI software for the optimized images and its weight. Yes, it is one of the slimmest phones you have ever watched.
The Oppo Reno4 Pro has a curved AMOLED display at the front and a 3D curved design at the back of the phone for better handling. Both phones use a triple camera system at the rear side, but the pro model has a more powerful setup. The Oppo Reno4 features a 48MP f/1.7 primary camera that comes with an 8MP 119-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP black and white sensor. The Reno4 Pro has the same 48MP camera but with an Optical image stabilization feature for without shaky-ness in images. The second camera lens is 12MP 120-ultra-wide-angle f/2.3 shooter and a 13Mp f/2.4 telephoto shooter with 5x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom.
They both have a laser focus sensor. Both variants come with Oppo\'s ultra-clear low light algorithm, which was developed within the company for more than a year. The new algorithm creates many clear and colorful videos even in low-light situations. Both phones have Oppo\'s video anti-shake 3,0 technology when using the ultra-wide-angle sensor for the front camera as well.
The new Reno4 models add a live HDR video mode and 21:9 custom movie shooting mode with manual parameter adjustment options which the company claims offer a more professional shooting experience. This paired with OPPO\'s Sloop video editor which features classic movie filters and soundtracks, you can produce high-quality videos right from your Reno4 smartphone. Both phones support up to 4K 30fps and up to 720p 240fps slow-motion video shooting from its back cameras. The front cameras are also capable of 1080p 30fps videography.
The Reno4 comes with a dual punch-hole design to house the front camera that is 32Mp primary lens and a 2MP secondary lens. The pro model comes with one single 32MP front selfie shooter. Both models have a stabilization algorithm for front videos and AI smart beauty algorithm known as face repair that removes blemishes and scars to some extend. Both phones have Snapdragon 765G processor with Adreno 620GPU with liquid cooling to ensure that phones don\'t overheat with intensive tasks. Both phones come with 5G connectivity support. The Reno4 has just 8GB of RAM with 128GB and 256GB storage options, but the Reno4 Pro includes a top-end 12GB RAM and 256GB ROM variant too.
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.
OPPO just recently released the K7 5G smartphone officially in China. It is the next model of OPPO K5 that was launched last year with the Snapdragon 730G processing chip. The successor model comes with 5G connectivity support and is available only for 1,999 Yuan, which is approximately $286. The OPPO K7 5G comes with some premium-like features such as fast charging support, a quad-camera system, and a 32-megapixel selfie camera sensor. The phone measures 160.3 x 74.3 x 7.96mm and it weighs 180 grams. It comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display screen Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. It is equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor to prevent any unauthorized access to the phone.
The OPPO K7 5G is another pone that is powered with the Snapdragon 765G processor. The device is coupled with high-speed UFS 2.1 internal storage and LPDDR4x RAM. You can expand the memory further via an external microSD card. The device has a 4,025mAh battery to keep it alive all day long. The phone has a quad-camera system on the rear side with a 48-megapixel as a primary camera, a super-wide camera of 8-megapixel, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a depth camera of 2-megapixel.
The phone runs on the latest stable version of Android 10 OS with colors 7 user interface on the top. The available connectivity features are dual SIM slot, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB-C, and 3.5-mm audio jack. The phone will be available in the market in China on Aug 11. The device comes with 8GB RAM with 128GB and 256GB internal storage options. The phone is available in color options such as sea night, mystery black, flowing cloud, flow flame, and gradient yellow.
OPPO unveiled the A53 smartphone last week in Indonesia and soon after its release, the company teased the phone's release in other countries including India. The phone has now officially been released in India under a budget-friendly category. The phone costs only Rs. 12,990 and offers some high-end features and specs like 90Hz display, Snapdragon 460 processor, 16-megapixel triple cameras on the rear side. The device comes with a massive battery with fast-charging support.
The OPPO A53 has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD punch-hole display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 720 x 1600 pixels HD+ resolution. The phone also supports a high display fresh rate up to 90Hz. The phone is using the ColorOS 7.2 user interface based on the latest Android 10 out of the box. It is the first phone to be launched in India with the latest Snapdragon 460 chipset. The phone also has a shared SIM slot to add a microSD card slot. The SoC is coupled with up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128 GB of storage. The handset comes with features like dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The OPPO A53 has a rectangle-shaped camera module at the rear side of the device that houses 3 camera lens, a 16-megapixel being the primary camera lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front side of the phone uses a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The phone is available in two options in India, such as 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage, and 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage. These models are priced at Rs. 12,990 and Rs. 15,490 respectively. You can purchase the phone from Flipkart after its available online. The device comes in two color variants - electric black and fancy blue.
Google just released the stable version of the latest Android 11 last week, and with the release, it rolled out the operating system on its own Pixel devices without any delay. A few hours later a few smartphone manufacturers kicked off their beta programs and user interfaces build on Android 1. Now, Oppo is revealing its new ColorOS 11 in full, and it might be the biggest roll out you see on Oppo devices.
With ColorOS 11, Oppo has shifted away from the heavy skins you usually have to experience on smartphones from China. The whole user experience is a little bit closer to the traditional Android experience. It has its usual navigation but using most of Android 11's core features including message bubbles and notification mechanisms.
On top of Android 11, Oppo has moved one step ahead and introduced its features. With ColorOS 11 you can adjust the shape of icons, create your wallpapers or designs, and much more. Oppo users can even select three different tones while in dark mode and have that change throughout 24-hours.
Google introduced a screenshot feature with Android 11. Oppo users can take a screenshot just by holding and dragging three fingers on the display. With the latest update, you can also translate the text in that screenshot with just one click. This feature is powered by Google Lens, and so far, people seem to like this feature and find it useful as well. If you need translated text for any purpose, this can come quite handy.
Oppo also brought up a new battery saving mode, performance optimization, productivity feature, and even some privacy enhancement with the latest update. Here is the list of mobile phones by Oppo to get the beta version.
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OPPO released the Reno 4 series almost 6 months ago and now the company announced the Reno5 series in China today that includes a pro model as well. The Reno 5 series has come with an upgraded design language. The company says the new patented process features a pyramid-like crystal structure to design the back panel of the mobile and that's its secret for an extra shine. They have also added an oleophobic coating to reduce any finger smudges and scratches. The series includes another variant called the Galaxy Dream version of the two phones and has a color-shifting feature as a result of the different refractive indexes of the thousands of nano-film coating used. OPPO has also added a fluorescent coating at the top of the smartphone and the camera housing that enables it to absorb light and then glows in the dark.
Both phones are lightweight and thin. The Reno 5 is only 172 grams with a thickness of 7.9mm while the pro model is 173 grams but is thinner at 7.6mm. The Reno 5 and Reno 5 Pro will be available in Galaxy Dream, Aurora blue, and moonlit night color variants. The Reno5 features a flat 6.43-inch OLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution. The display has a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. It features a pixel density of 410 PPI and a peak brightness of 750nits. There is a hole at the top left corner of the phone that houses the front-facing camera.
The regular Reno5 model is powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor as the Reno 4. The phone will be available in two configurations - 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage and 128GB RAM with 256GB of storage. The storage type is UFS 2.1 and you can't extend the storage capacity of the phone. The device has four rear camera systems on the rear side. The primary camera is a 64MP with a 6P lens and it comes along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and another 2MP camera for capturing depth. There is no support for optical image optimization in the phone but the company suggests an electronic image stabilization technique as a replacement.