2019 was the year of success for OnePlus. In 2020 the company isn't likely to slow down, as we have already witnessed a new streak of rumors about OnePlus 8 series as these devices are on the way. There is also a rumor about a new mid-range or budget-friendly device coming from the company, which is tagged as OnePlus 8 Lite. If it does launch, it would be the first mid-range smartphone from the company since the OnePlus X, that was launched back in 2015.
The mid-range device OnePlus 8 Lite was named as "Lite" by rumors because it seems more sensible than using the X, as OnePlus did in the past. It might be possible that the Lite version has some other name, but until we hear from the company, we will continue to use the OnePlus 8, Pro, and Lite. As per leaks, the devices will be launched in May of 2020. It's predecessor OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 6 both were released in May.
As per leak images, the OnePlus 8 looks slightly different than the OnePlus 7. There is an addition of a lens on the rear side of the device. Earlier, the phone had only two lenses. On the front side, the waterdrop notch is gone. Instead, the company adopted the punch-hole route by adding a single camera lens for taking selfies as a cutout in the upper left corner.
As per the physical buttons are concerned, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the power button is a layout on the right side along with the alert slider. The USB-C port is in its usual place and there is still no 3.5mm headphone jack. From the back, the device looks similar to the OnePlus 7T Pro. The camera has left-of-center ToF sensor, all arranged in pretty much a similar way as in 7T pro. In short, the OnePlus 8 Lite is different than any other OnePlus phone from the front side.
As per confirmed leaks, the OnePlus 8 series is going to have a 120Hz display refresh rate. With its predecessor, the display rate was 90Hz. However, it is unlikely that the Lite version will feature such a high refresh rate. OnePlus could use wireless charging with the upcoming series.
Huawei released the P40 series this year in April with a 5G phone as well. The cutting-edge Kirin 990 5G chip is super-fast and takes the user experience to the entire next level. But Huawei P40 Pro and Pro plus are just too expensive for some users. The Huawei P40 Pro with 256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM comes around $900. The higher-tier of smartphones in the series goes even higher in terms of price.
Now, the company decided to launch a new smartphone in the P40 series but that would be a more economical version of P40. The Huawei P40 lite 5G is an upgraded version of the Huawei P40 Lite that the company released in April 2020. The phone features upgraded silicon, a better camera equipped with AI software, and of course, 5G connectivity support.
The phone has a 6.5-inch LCD panel with HDR 10 support at Full HD+ resolution and has 1080 x 2400 pixels. The phone is powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G octa-core chipset compared to the Kirin 810 on the previous model. The phone features a quad camera setup on the rear side of the phone. The primary camera is of 64MP and uses Sony IMx582 sensor with f/1.8, the secondary camera is of 8MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4, the third camera is of 2MP super macro lens with f/2.4, and the fourth camera is of 2MP with depth sensor lens and f/2.4. The front camera can take up to 16MP photos with f/2.0. The phone has 6GB internal storage with 128GB RAM.
The phone has a 4,000mAh battery with a 40W proprietary fast-charging capability. This much battery is good enough for an average user to sustain his phone for more than 24 hours with a single full charge. You can charge your phone up to 70% in 30 minutes as per the company's official statement.
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, and 5G support. The phone comes running EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. The design is similar to Huawei Nova 7 SE that was launched in China last month. The phone comes in three colors - Space silver, Crush green, and Midnight black. If you living in any part of Europe, you can pre-order the phone right now. The phone will go on sale starting on May 29 for a price of $430.
Facebook has just officially published "Facebook Lite" v18.104.22.168 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
Facebook has officially published "Facebook Lite" App on the Google Play store a few days ago as way to reduce the data usage for Facebook users. Today, Facebook update its "Lite" app to version 22.214.171.124.10 and it's Now Rolling-out on the Play Store.
Facebook fixed a lot of bugs and issues that existed on the first release version of the App, Here's the official change-log:
- You can now quickly save photos from the app to your phone.
- We've fixed issues to make the app more reliable.
Facebook has officially published "Facebook Lite" App on the Google Play store as a lighter version of it's original App. Today, Facebook updated its "Lite" app to version 126.96.36.199.30 and it's Now Rolling-out on the Play Store.
Facebook fixed a lot of bugs and issues that existed on the first release version of the App, Here's the official Change-log for this version:
- More bug fixes issues to make the App more reliable.
Facebook has officially published the "Facebook Lite" App on the Google Play store as a lighter version of it's original App long time ago. Facebook has just updated its "Lite" app to version 188.8.131.52.192 and it's now rolling-out on the Play Store to all lite users.
Facebook fixed a lot of bugs and issues that existed on the first release version of the App along with a new feature.
Official Change-log for this version:
- Push notifications now available on all phones
- Improvements to make the app faster on slow connections
Limefuel Lite is a 15,000 mAh Dual-USB Battery Charger Pack With LCD Screen which will cost you only $34.99. Just think about what you could charge with a 15,000 mAh battery. Flagship Android smartphones pack a 3,000 mAh battery on average, so the Limefuel would provide about 5 charges.
And because this unit has dual-USB ports, with 1A and 2.1A output, you could charge your tablet with it, but also your Bluetooth earphones and speakers, Android Wear watch, MiFi router, and more.
The Limefuel Lite also packs a handy LED flash for those power outages or dark nights, and an LCD screen to show you exactly how much battery you have left and which ports you are using. It measures 5.8 × 2.8 × 0.9 inches and weighs only 12 ounces, making it close to the size of 3 Galaxy S5s stacked on top of each other-not bad!
Even at the risk of being ostracized by the huge list of fans who love their Nintendo Switch, I must say that the Switch Lite is a big letdown. Before you reach for your pitchforks, at least go through what I have to say. At the end of reading this article, some of you might actually agree with me.
Why the Lite Version Makes NO Sense
The Switch is already powered by hardware that's aging for even mobile gaming, since the current gen SD 855, Kirin 980 and the Exynos 9820 found inside the flagship handsets are multiple times more powerful than the Tegra X1 chip powering the Switch. As far as fully fledged consoles such as the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro are concerned, the comparison is not even fair.
However, all of that that wasn't a problem because of Nintendo's exclusive and an absolutely fascinating game collection. Aside from that, I personally, always considered the Switch to be a handheld gaming console, rather than something you would connect to the big screen.
Unfortunately, there comes a time, when the developers have to downgrade everything within a game, just to make it run on outdated hardware. Whether that time has come for the Switch or not, is a debatable affair, but with the release of a new iteration, one would think that Nintendo would upgrade the hardware.
Instead of taking that logical and happily anticipated step, Nintendo has downgraded everything about the external hardware and has even put in the same, old and outdated chip to power it all.
The Pros and Cons List
If you have any doubts about my conclusion, just check the pros and cons list, then verify it on the web.
· It's about $100 cheaper (officially)
· Slightly better battery life
· Smaller screen size (5.5")
· Negligible weight difference, unless a .27lbs/.12kg difference matters to you!
· The Switch Lite isn't compatible with all games
· You can't use a dock to connect it to the TV
· The controllers are non-detachable and therefore, harder to replace or repair, if not impossible
· No IR motion camera, HD Rumble or even the kickstand!
· Uses the same outdated chip, slow USB-C charger and port, 720p resolution LCD and 32GB internal storage with micro-SD slot
· Bluetooth connectivity is also not added to the "new" console
The question is, are you willing to sacrifice so much to save $100? Especially when discounted options are often there for the full sized console, which will easily shave off at least $25 from the original price.
Stay away from the Nintendo Switch Lite if you already have a Switch and if you don't have one yet, just spend the extra $70 - $90 and get the original! The Switch Lite is cash grab and we expect better from Nintendo.
Do you need a phone with a bigger battery size but with a less price tag? Motorola has recently unveiled the Moto G8 power lite, an affordable phone with a huge 5,000mAh battery. Just a couple of months ago, the company introduced the Moto G8 Power smartphone. The Lite version offers almost the same specifications but comes with a reasonably impressive price that is less than $200.
The device has a 6.5-inch HD+ display, the Moto G8 Power lite is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. The device comes with an expandable storage option that allows you to increase the storage up to 256Gb with a microSD card. As this is a power device it lives up to its name by featuring a high-capacity battery but relies on a micro USB port with charging at up to 10W speeds.
When it comes to the photography section, the device doesn't take it lite. At the rear side, you will find a triple camera array that has a 16-megapixel primary sensor, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera has an 8-megapixel lens and is housed within a display notch. There is also a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner to open the phone using biometric prints.
The only drawback here is that the device is still relying on the older version of Android Pie rather than Android 10 out of the box. Moto isn't very good with software updates and that makes us wonder that if the users will get the updated OS anytime sooner or not. The company has launched the phone in two amazing colors - turquoise and blue. It will be soon available for sale in selected markets like Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania over the coming weeks.
The security patch for January 2017 has started to roll out to the Galaxy J2 Prime and the Galaxy Grand Lite. While it's only natural for the J2 Prime to receive the update as it was only released last November, it is both surprising and good to see that Samsung still remembers the Grand Lite which was released almost three years ago in 2014. However, an upgrade to Lollipop is not officially on the cards for the Grand Lite as it continues to run on the ancient Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS.
The firmware version containing the update for the J2 Prime is G532GDXU1AQA4, while the one for the Grand Lite is I9060CUBS0AQA1. If you have an old Samsung smartphone that you want to upgrade but an official upgrade from Samsung is highly unlikely, head over to our firmware section and find the right custom ROM for your particular handset model. The only thing is that we recommend taking a look at our tutorial at least once before attempting to flash any ROM updates.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We are nearing the end of the month's third week, but Samsung has only just started rolling out this month's updates to its arsenal of eligible smartphones. The latest names on that list are those of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy J7 pro and the Galaxy A9 Star Lite, which are receiving the June patch in USA, India and China respectively.
In case you own a Galaxy A6 or A6+, expect the same update to start hitting the two models very soon as well. The thing is that the Galaxy A9 Star Lite is the rebranded Chinese version of the Galaxy A6+ and that means the update for the A6+ should go live any day now. The more interesting question is, where is the June security patch for the Galaxy S9 and S9+? In spite of being the latest flagship smartphones in the company's arsenal, Samsung has not been very regular or prompt with updating the two devices and that is raising some questions. On the other hand, this also shows that Samsung does not restrict security patches from rolling out to low - mid range phones, just because the same for the more expensive devices are not yet ready.