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Vivo has released a new smartphone, the Vivo Z5x in the budget category. The launch has been official placed in China and will probably be available in Indian market in near future. But when? We don't have an official timeline for this yet. The phone has moderate specifications usually comes within this price range, but it has two features that are premium-like: It's 6.53-inch full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2340x 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The device is equipped with a powerful 5,000mAh battery and the company supplies an 18W fast charger, which is called dual engine flash charging. The battery is big enough to keep you going with a single charge for a whole day, even if you love to talk selfies. The phone will go on sale from the 1st of June.


The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710SoC main processor. The Android Pie version 9 with Vivo's funTouch OS 9 will run the device. It has three cameras at the back side: 16MP, 8MP, and 2MP. The last being the depth sensor, and in the front a punch hole type notch houses a 16MP selfie camera. The phone is available in three colors: Aurora, Extreme night black, and Phantom black.


For the security, Vivo Z5x has fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with 4GB, 6GB, 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB storage options, expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The smartphone has been launched in China started at Yuan 1,398 which is approximately Rs. 14,500. The other variants are available for 15,400, 17,400, and 20,500 in Rupess. ensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Vivo Z5x measures 162.39 x 77.33 x 8.85mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 204.10 grams.


Desire A11

 

Looks like HTC is working on Mid-Range Smartphone for the Desire family. Its codename is "HTC A11". We got the first leaked photos of an A11 proto-type.

 

The A11 is going to be a mid-range offering, but one that will come with a 64-bit chipset, which will be the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916). This is the first ever 64-bit SoC from Qualcomm, and it was unveiled in December of last year. It has a 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, and an Adreno 306 GPU.

 

Desire A11

 

HTC's upcoming handset will also sport a 4.7-inch FWVGA (480x854) touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera sans LED flash, and a VGA front snapper. It shall run Android 4.4.2 KitKat with an HTC overlay on top. As you can see from the images above, it won't have dual front-facing speakers like higher-end devices in HTC's portfolio.

 

 

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HTC M8

 

According to a new unconfirmed rumor, HTC is going to release a handset called "HTC One M8i" at some point this year. It's currently codenamed M8_QL. The name in use here implies that it will resemble the One M8, which is pictured to the left, perhaps in terms of design. On the inside, however, the M8i will be a midranger through and through.

 

It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, namely the MSM8939. This has an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor. Four of its cores can be clocked at up to 1.7 GHz, while the rest only go up to 1 GHz.

 

Unfortunately we don't yet have any other specs to speak of, but the chipset choice indicates we might also see changes in other hardware areas compared to the One M8.

 

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Although the Galaxy Note 7 is not exactly enjoying a good reputation right now due to the faulty and hazardous batteries that some of the units are shipped with, there is no denying that the iris-scanner which the smartphone boasts of is one of its kind at the moment. The good news is that according to DJ Koh, the iris-scanners will also be seen on mid-range devices from Samsung as it becomes more cost-effective to do so, with time. He also mentions that he was personally associated with its development and in the coming months, Samsung will concentrate towards keeping the technology secure from all kind of privacy or security threats that it may encounter.


Here are some excerpts from the president of Samsung Mobiles speech at the "Unpacked" event press conference in New York.


"We did not put iris scanning in the flagship model just to do 'unlock'. In the long run, through third parties and API, we want to connect it with apps. For mobile banking, we are thinking of applying iris scanning for large transactions, and are already talking with banks in some countries,"


"Through continued cost cutting, iris scanning can trickle down to mid-end models,"


"There is a view that Android is weak in security compared to its competitor and we want to expand software security that can overcome this image"


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Nexus 5X was rolled out to the market as a part of Google's 7th gen Nexus smartphones (along with the Nexus 6P), in October 2015 as the descendant of the Nexus 5 from 2013.


Both Nexus 5 and the 5X are made by LG, but 5X is way ahead of what the predecessor was at the time of launch: though it is established that the Nexus 5 was a high-end smartphone, the Nexus 5X has been built as per 2015 and 2016 standards, like of a mid-range device. In addition to this, at launch, the Nexus 5X will cost more than 5. Here are the reasons that make this phone the best mid-range smartphone currently available in the US:


  • The Nexus 5X is powered by stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow (now upgraded to 6.0.1) which will give you unparalleled Google experience

  • The fingerprint scanner, known as the Nexus Imprint is the fastest scanner out there.

  • Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P also sport the same rear camera sensor: a 12.3 MP Sony IMX377 one with more-than-conventional pixels (1.55 μm), laser auto focus, and 4K video recording.

  • It has got USB Type-C port, the 2700 mAh non-removable battery that gets fully charged in an hour and hour; enough to last for a day.

  • Google Nexus 5X boasts a 5.2-inch IPS screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels and 423 ppi, which is quite sharp.

  • The 16GB variant will cost $299 and the 32GB variant would cost $349.


 


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When it comes to tablets, there is just no competition between what Apple has to offer and what Google and all its partners have on the market at the moment. Sure, the Galaxy Tab S series has always been a premium one and they are all excellent, but they do not compare to what the iPad Airs, iPad Minis and iPad Pros have to offer.


However, if we skipped the iOS comparison and looked solely at the Galaxy Tab S5e as a just released mid-end Android tablet (that has been released before the flagship Tab S5 for some reason), it's good, bt not great. The Tab S5e falls short due to one continuing inherited flaw that we will discuss later on.


While you can easily look up reviews on Google, let's make the decision easy for you by pointing out the most important factors which will matter to most users.


·        Qualcomm SD 670 SoC with Adreno 615: Dated chip with decent performance


·        10.5", 1600 x 2560, Super AMOLED, 16:10 display with slim bezels


·        4GB RAM and 64GBinternal storage/6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage


·     A more improved version of Dex and a keyboard cover makes it a decent laptop look-alike (NOT a replacement)


·        Expandable storage up to 1TB


·        Quad Stereo Speakers


·        7,040mAh battery with 18W quick charger


           Costs about $400 for the 4GB/64GB variant


If you are looking for an Android tablet with an excellent display and great sound for watching content on the go, you just can't go wrong with the Tab S5E.


Unfortunately, Samsung's insistence on using dated chips in their tablets continue and the SD 670 is a deal breaker for me at least. Don't get me wrong, it can play games, run movies and most apps just fine, but it makes no sense to buy the Tab S5e with that underpowered chip for $400+, when you can buy the iPad Mini at just $399.


The Mini has one of the most powerful chips in the market at the moment, a great display (although the OLED display on the S5e is better) and a plethora of apps that has been exclusively redesigned for the iPads. Even the iPad Air starts at $499, which is in my opinion a better deal than the S5e, even if you have to pay the extra $100 for it, to not lose out on the screen real estate.


If you must buy an Android tablet from Samsung, just wait it out till they release the Tab S5, which will in all likelihood, be a premium device with another dated chip from last year, but significantly more powerful compared to the S5e.


Saikat Kar


 

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We are still waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launch on Sept,3rd. However, it looks like we might a Mid-Range Note beside the upcoming flag-ship, the Rumor saying that Samsung is most likely to release a "cheaper" version of the Note 4 with lower specs to target more audience. What will this Mid-range Note phablet pack ?

 

Based on info from the GFX benchmark site, up its sleeves. Samsung's Mid-range Note will be codenamed SM-G739F . The phone does come with a 5.5-inch screen, with resolution of 720 x 1280. Under the hood is a Quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with the Adreno 305 GPU handling graphics.

 

Note mid

 

The unnamed model will also carry 1.3GB of RAM and 12GB of native storage. There will be a 7MP snapper on back, with a 2MP camera in front. Both will be capable of shooting 1080 x 1920 video. Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed, out of the box. Outside of the above specs, not much information is available about the phone, including availability and pricing. But we will keep our eyes peeled, and as soon as we know more, you'll know more.

 

 

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Mid-range Lollipop


Samsung has mostly finished updating most of its latest flagship smartphones to the Android 5.0 Lollipop. Now, the Korean giant is looking for its Mid-range devices. Today, We got confirmations regarding the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update for some mid-range devices on the market currently.


Confirmed Samsung Mid-range devices to get Official Lollipop Update:
- Samsung Core Prime
- Samsung Grand Prime
- Samsung Galaxy Mega 2
- Samsung Galaxy K zoom
- Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
- Samsung Galaxy S5 mini duos
(Lollipop updates are currently In-development for these devices, no ETA).

 

 

Galaxy Grand Prime Lollipop Update

 

grand prime

 

Currently, Galaxy Grand Prime official Android 5.0 Lollipop update is under development, it's expected to start rolling-out by late Q2,2015 (June - July) but this Date is still not confirmed. The update will bring an updated TouchWiz UI with Material design along with some new features.


Galaxy Core Prime Lollipop Update

 

core prime

 

The Galaxy Core Prime official Android 5.0 Lollipop update has already been confirmed before by Verizon, but now we confirm it's coming to the unlocked variant worldwide, probably by the end of this Quarter. The Update will bring a Material Design TouchWiz UI, new lockscreen, new notification menu, bug fixes and performance enhancements.

UPDATE: Core Prime Lollipop 5.0.2 is Rolling-out HERE.

 

 

Keep checking the Samsung Official Android Lollipop updates page for latest updates.


Android Lollipop

 

Samsung is working hard on bringing updates to all its devices, both High-end and Mid-range handsets. The Korean giant released many Lollipop 5.0 Updates and working on the Android 5.1 Lollipop updates for some devices, Here's the progress so far...

 

Android 5.1 Lollipop Progress

 

Galaxy S6 5.1.1

 

Samsung is confirmed to be developing Firmwares based on Android build 5.1.1 Lollipop for various devices such as Note 4, Note Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Grand Prime, Mega 2 .

 

So far, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 5.1.1 Lollipop firmwares are out of Testing and ready to start rolling-out by Next month (June, 2015). Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Firmwares still In-development and expected in the next 3 months if everything went smooth.

 

Galaxy S6 5.1.1

 

Samsung hasn't confirmed any plans to update the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S4 to 5.1.1 yet, but it's highly expected that both of those device will get the new build in the upcoming months, we can't put timeframe for any undergoing development.

 

Mid-range Updates Progress

 

Grand Prime

 

As for the Mid-range devices (such as Mega 2) their Lollipop 5.1.1 firmwares has just hit the "In-development" status, while the Grand Prime Lollipop update is ready and should start rolling-out very soon, the Android 5.1.1 update will bring lots of performance improvements including a fix for the Memory leak bug that affects the device's performance on a long run, (Screenshot below of Gran Prime runnig Lollipop 5.0.2).

 

Grand Prime Lollipop

 

So far, Only the Grand Prime and Mega 2 are confirmed to get this new build, no information regarding other mid-range devices yet. Note that Samsung may release 5.0.2 update for those devices first (as the are still running 4.4) followed by 5.1.1 update later.

 

Keep track of all upcoming Follow the Samsung official Lollipop updates page.


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