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.
Vivo iQOO Z1 5G is the latest gaming phone to feature the MediaTek flagship chipset for the first time. The company has already launched two gaming phones this year - iQOO 3 and iQOO Neo 3. Although snapdragon chops dominate the android phone in recent years, the MTK density series is in a better position for the high-performing needs. Let's talk about the display first. The phone has 1080MP LCD at a 144Hz refresh rate. The Z1 has scored over 520,000 points in the Antutu benchmark, but this isn't as good as 597,000 points of the Neo 3 running the Snapdragon 865. We see the GPU performance of the MTK chipset is much close to the Snapdragon chipset.
The gaming experience is not very different from what you can have on the Snapdragon since there are not many games that require extremely high CPU or GPU performance from Android phones. Most games support up to 60 fps frame rate. There are a few games that can lock the frame rate under 30fps like Asphalt 9. The game got a z1 shutter sometimes, but it still reaches at 29fps on an average. With games that don't lock the frame rate, Z1 could offer a super smooth gaming experience with its 144Hz display. If you continue to play games for a long time, the frame rate may drop down to 90fps to prevent any heating issues.
The phone comes with a 44W charger that takes only 23 min to charge up to 50% of the power and an hour to fully charge the phone. The one-hour PUBG mobile game consumed around 16% of the power. That means you can continue to play for another 5 hours of the game. The phone isn't perfect and has a performance gap between Snapdragon 865 and the Dimensity 1000 plus. However, with most android games, the gap is really hard to perceive due to frame rate limits. Z1 cost around $300 and is one of the cheapest gaming phones this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung released a few mid-range smartphones last year, mainly to compete with the Chinese smartphone manufacturers. The Galaxy A31 was one of the phones with a low price tag and all the right specs for everyone who just need a basic smartphone with not-so-heavy usage requirements.
This year Samsung brought the Galaxy A32 that is powered by a MediaTek processing chip, the Helio G80, but the company decided to bring some upgrades to make it a slightly attractive option than its predecessor.
The Galaxy A32's MediaTek chip can handle more frames per second and its the same GPU as the Helio P65 that powered the Galaxy A31 while the clock speed of the GPU is higher this time which makes it capable to provide a higher refresh rate. The Galaxy A32 features a 90HZ super AMOLED display, with a higher-resolution rear camera, and runs over the latest version of Android and One UI 3.1 out of the box.
The main selling point of the device is its higher refresh rate that has been seen mainly on the flagship smartphones until now and that makes it better than the previous smartphones of the same series.
Although there isn't anything crazy when it comes to the design of the Galaxy A32 many people probably will like the phone's exterior look as well. The phone features a 6.4--inch display and looks very cute in the blue color. Not having the camera sensors placed in a separate housing looks even better.
If you are someone like me who doesn't like fancy gradients, this phone is designed especially for you. Like the predecessor, the Galaxy A32 isn't very heavy despite having a massive 5,000mah battery. The phone casing is made of plastic that further removes the need for having a case. The phone is priced around $230.
LG Velvet is the first phone to take advantage of LG's rebranding initiative. Velvet was announced to be released on May 7 and now the company has confirmed its launch through an official Korean blog post. So, what's new about this phone? We know some detail on its specs due to its official teasers, but now the specs have been confirmed as well. LG velvet features a very minimalistic design. It has a large 6.8-inch OLED FHD+ display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. LG called their display Cinema Full vision display.
For the rear-side camera, the company decided to skip the latest trend of adding huge rectangular camera modules as Samsung and iPhone 11 are using. Instead, the camera features a new waterdrop triple camera design, which is inspired by the natural representation of the falling droplets of rain. The three camera lenses are placed vertically stack in descending order of size, with the flash at the bottom of the pile. The phone has display curves at the edges, which are rounded off and give an impression of a bigger display area. LG calls this the 3D arc design, which you may find similar to already existing designs.
LG Velvet rear camera system is pretty much standard and consist of primary, ultra-wide, and depth-sensor lens combination. The front side camera is 16MP and the rear cameras consist of ultra-wide, 8MP ultra-wide-lens, and standard primary camera. LG's phones mostly contain Sony's image sensors, so there's like a Sony IMX586. For video, the LG velvet includes a voice out a feature that can distinguish the ambient and background noises from videos.
The phone is powered by Snapdragon 765. The phone accessory includes a stylus pen that can be bought separately and doesn't come with the phone. To keep the phone running, LG put a 4,300mAh battery that is enough for whole day usage. It also comes with a low-power software algorithm that minimizes any unnecessary power consumption by shutting down background apps, not in use.
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.
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.
Since Motorola has re-surfaced, it is flooding the smartphone industry with mobile phones of almost similar options. Almost a month ago, the company launched the OneFusion plus, and now we have another model in the mid-range phone. The Motorola one function isn't anything special when it comes to the hardware specs. It is a more economical version of its predecessor Motorola One fusion plus.
The major difference between the One Fusion and the earlier One Fusion plus, the latter features a 16-MP front-facing camera that rises to the occasion. The One Fusion's unspecified front camera, in contrast, hides insides a tiny waterdrop notch on the phone's massive 6.5-inch display screen. Despite its size, however, that Max Visions display HD+ resolution.
The Motorola One Fusion is powered by an old Snapdragon 710 with 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB as internal storage but that can be extended if you want to. There is also a traditional fingerprint scanner for security on the rear side, though we don't know anything about the headphone jack yet. The Motorola One Fusion's selling point is its battery and cameras.
The phone features a 5,000mAh battery that is advertised to last up to 48-hours, depending on how you use it. The One Fusion sports a 6.5-inch Max Vision HD+ display with a waterdrop notch, unlike the notch-less One Fusion+ screen. Optics-wise, it boasts a 48MP main camera with Quad Pixel technology. This is joined by an ultra-wide-angle lens with a 118-degree field of view, a Macro Vision camera, and a depth sensor.
There isn't any news on the price yet, but the One Fusion is expected to get a lower price than the 300 euro for the plus variant. The phone is available now in various countries of Latin America and will be launched in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the next month.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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.