OnePlus has officially announced that it will be using its fast warp charge technology for the next flagship smartphone. That's to say, the OnePlus 8T will have a 65W warp fast charging adapter in the box. The company has confirmed the news via a press release it recently released and states that warp charge 65 will be able to fully charge the 4,500mAh battery in the OnePlus 8T in less than 40 minutes.
The OnePlus 8T won't be a case of ‘A day's power in half an hour' but would upgrade to a day's power in 15 minutes. A lot of the speed delivered by these fast chargers is achieved in the first 0 to 70 percent of the charge. Specifically, OnePlus claimed that you will be getting from 0 to 58 percent within 15 minutes of charge. That's almost double the speed the warp charge 30 offered with the OnePlus 8.
As we all know that OnePlus' warp charge and Oppo's VOOC charge has been the same charging technology. It is safe to say that this 65W charging is quite similar to the 65W super VOOC charging that is used in the Oppo Find X2 Pro. To achieve such a fast charging technology without heating up the smartphone too much, the company uses a battery that's manufactured using the two individual cells, or rather, its two smaller 2,250mAh batteries to make the total 4,500mAh capacity.
OnePlus has verified that each battery can charge at 30W speeds simultaneously while the design of the adapter and cable ensures that the device doesn't get overheated. It has a built-in temperature sensor to monitor the internal temperature of the phone as it charges and adapts the speed of the phone is about to overheat. The OnePlus 8T is going to be unveiled on 14 October 2020, and you can read more about its leaks and rumors in the upcoming blog posts.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei spoke to Chinese media on Tuesday a few days after U.S President Trump issued orders to blacklist Huawei's business in the United States. He seems relaxed and confident despite of the situation that may cause a huge damage to the company. He said, United States underestimates the company's strength. Many suggest that it is an attempt to stop the company's global ambition and possible domination in next-generation 5G technology. He said, Huawei's 5G will absolutely not be affected. In terms of 5G technologies, others won't be able to catch up with Huawei in two or three years.
Last year, Trump declared a so-called national emergency which empowers him to blacklist companies seen as ‘an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States' - which seem to be clearly aimed for Huawei. At the same time, the US commerce department announced an effective ban on American companies to stop them to have any kind of business with Huawei. Ren said, we cannot be isolated from the world. We can also make the same chips as the US chips but it doesn't mean we won't buy them.
Google's operating system Android powers most of the smartphones in the world. After trump administration bans, Google announced to cut-off its ties with Huawei and suspended its licenses for Huawei. Although the company can still use the open-source version of the operating system. This move could have some serious negative implications on the company and its consumer, as the telecom company will no longer be able to access Google's proprietary services such as Gmail, Google maps etc. The US commerce department gave 90 days temporary license to deal with the impact, but Ren said, that we are ready. Huawei said, that Google and the company is working on terms how to deal with the ban as it referred the Google as a highly responsible company. A company spokesperson in Australia said the US actions "will not impact consumers" with a Huawei tablet or smartphone in the country, or those planning to buy a device in the future.
Huawei officially confirmed the release of another smartphone that will be hitting the market alongside another smartphone - the Huawei Mate 40. The mate 40 series is the next smartphone series of the earlier Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 pro E. The phone was first known with a code-named LIO-ANoom as per the ministry of internet industry and information technology informatics. According to the report, the specs are almost the same as the previous one.
Huawei Mate 40 series will be launched on October 22, as per official announcement. Both the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro are expected to be announced during the event. The devices are powered by Kirin 9000 SoC processor, which is the last processor due to the US sanctions carrying TSMC chips. Both are rumored to have 50MP rear cameras, in addition to an 80MP ultra-wide camera for Mate 40 pro. The design will be similar to Mate 30 series from the past, with a massive circular camera bump on the back housing.
As per the reports, the phone features a curved display screen with bangs. The phone comes with a pre-built sky blue cover. The upcoming device will contain a circular camera housing with 32MP to 40MP camera sensor. The phone will feature a 6.53-inch OLED display with Kirin 990 processor with 5G network support. The device has a high refresh rate up to 60Hz. Huawei powered the phone with 40W fast charging that can charge 4,400mAh battery in less than half-hour. The design resembles the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, with a 5G version. We don't know the price yet, but the basic features of the phone hint an affordable price range for the phone.
As per reports, Realme may soon launch three smartphones with model numbers RMX2121, RMX2176, and RMX2200 / RMX2201 have been certified by TENAA authority of China. TENAA has full specs and images of the RMX2176 phone. However, the Chinese telecom regulatory body has little information on the specs of the phone. A reliable tipster from China reported some information on the upcoming Realme 8 series phones.
According to the tipster, the upcoming smartphone is a standard Realme series and a higher model. The first device has a 4,300mAh battery and the second has a 4,500mAh battery. Both phones support 65W fast charging. The phone is also reported to be lightweight with long battery life. The Flagship variant is only 4,500mAh and 65W all series that don't exceed 200g. The Realme series has taken a slim profile serious with only 8.xmm phone size. From the weight and slim profile of the unknown series, we can safely assume that the tipster isn't talking about the Realme X series or V5 series as the upper-end variants of these sires houses a larger 4,980mAh rated battery.
The RMX2176 has an AMOLED display with a hole-punch design. It also supports a full HD+ resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core processor that comes with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. The phone available in China may come in 128GB and 256GB storage options. The phone has a 32-megapixel front camera with a quad-camera system on the rear side. The rear camera system includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel, a 2-megapixel, and a 2-megapixel phone. The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system is expected to be released in blue, white, and symphony color options.
Realme is planning to release the X7 series smartphones on September 1. The company announced the launch date today through a teaser video posted on Chinese social network platform Weibo. The upcoming smartphone series will be containing two phones: Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro both supporting 5G connectivity. The Realme X7 series is also teased to come with a 120Hz display refresh rate. Further, Realme is like to offer the phone with thin bezels and hole-punch display design.
As per the teaser uploaded on Weibo, the Realme X7 series will support the 120Hz AMOLED display. This will be the first phone by the company so far as its current phones support 120Hz with LCD panels. The teaser released by Realme also mentions the Realme X7 Pro alongside the Realme X7. As per the video, the phones will support 5G to highlight the presence of the next-generation cellular network. The video also mentions a curved display design on the Realme X7 series. That teaser also suggests the hole-punch design.
The Realme X7 series comes with 65W fast charging and weighs less than 200 grams. The series is likely to come with a 4,500mAh battery, while the other phone could include a 4,300mAh battery. The Realme X7 series will be launched in China at 2 pm CST Asia on September 1. However, we don't know when the phone is available in other parts of the world. The Realme X7 series will be equipped with more than one rear camera and might bring significant improvements in hardware and software specifications over the existing X series.
Vivo launched an updated version of S-series in March with a new model called the Vivo S6 5G. The phone was the only phone in the series with 5G network ability but it is also one of the few Vivo phones powered by an Exynos process. As per leaks, the company is about the release of a new S-series phone next month. According to the leaks, the Vivo S series will be updated next month. The company could launch a new device known as the Vivo S7.
Last month it was reported that the company will be launching a new phone called Vivo S6 Pro 5G. the phone is yet to be launched and we aren't sure if the upcoming device is going to be Vivo S6 Pro 5G or Vivo S7 to be exact, as we are still in the dark; guessing. But we can be optimistic about the phone support for 5G.
We don't know much about the specs, but it might not be drastically different than its predecessor Vivo S6. The phone has a 6.44-inch large display with 1080x2400 pixels. The phone uses Android 10 with Funtouch 10.0 on the top of the operating system. As mentioned earlier, the phone is powered by the Exynos 980, octa-core CPU, and Mali-G76 GPU. The device comes in 128GB/8GRAM and 256GB/8GB RAM variants. The phone has 48MP primary camera, with an 8MP secondary ultra-wide camera lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth lens. You can shoot 4K video at 30fps and 1080pixel video at 30fps. The selfie camera is 32MP. The phone has an under-display optical fingerprint sensor and comes with a 4,500mAh battery. You can buy the phone in black, blue, white/blue, or streamer secret colors. The phone is set to launch in India on July 16.
With roughly half a week left until the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially revealed on August 2, let us take a look at what we know already through leaks and rumors. To be frank, there isn't much left to the imagination as we have come across enough renders, leaked images and videos to have a pretty good idea about what to expect.
The Galaxy Note 7 will be a pioneer for Samsung in two departments; it will be the first device to both sport a USB Type-C port as well as a first of its kind iris scanner. It will also be the first Note from Samsung's arsenal that will only be available in a dual Edge curved display variant. There was a flat screen variant as well and we have seen enough proof to convince us, but sadly, it never left the prototype stage.
Contrary to the popular rumor, the Note 7 will not be sporting a 5.8-inch display, but will stick to the 5.7-inch 1440p formula for now. There is a bit of controversy regarding the chipset that Samsung will use as it could be the same Snapdragon 820 SoC we are now used to seeing inside all major flagship devices of the year, but other more popular rumors/sources seem to indicate that the Note 7 will be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC (Exynos 8893 for the international version).
There is a speculation that suggests the Note 7 will come in three variants in terms of internal storage and two variants in terms of RAM. It appears that there could be both a 4GB and a 6GB version, separated by the price tag of course. Internal storage options will be 64GB, 128GB and a whopping 256GB! The camera setup will remain the same with the 12mp/5mp configuration seen on the S7 and S7 Edge.
It will come with the same water and dust resistant ratings of IP68 as the S7-series and will be available in Onyx, Blue Coral and Silver Titanium color variants. The Galaxy Note 7 will possibly run on Android Marshmallow, although, some rumors seem to be indicating that it could feature Android Nougat (7.0) right out of the box. We will just have to wait and see to find out more on August 2. In the meanwhile, check out this trailer we found on Samsung Mobile Korea's YouTube channel.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be launched in roughly a month, but are you ready for it? Well, aside from oodles of cash which the phones will surely demand, here is everything you need to know to about the S9 and S9+.
• It will be launched during the last week of February, at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona
• There will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 variant and a Exynos 980 variant, just like always
• Both versions will sport 4GB of RAM as well
• The 18.5:9 form factor will be retained at the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch sizes as the S8 and S8+ respectively
• The displays won't be 4K as Samsung will stick to the beautiful HD+ AMOLED displays
• The fingerprint scanner will remain at the S9's back, but it will be moved to a more comfortable position in the middle and below the camera
• Basic storage will begin at 64GB
• Dual camera setup is expected on both the devices (contrary to previous rumors)
• One of the two cameras will sport a revolutionary f/1.5 aperture size for incredible lowlight photography
• Improved face scanning with a 3D lens is rumored
• Better battery life is expected, but Samsung may not give these handsets a bigger battery.
This, in a nutshell is what we know about the Galaxy S9 and S9+ till now, but feel free to fill in the gaps as you see fit.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The year 2019 is about to end, and it is reported that the company is planning to launch the Oppo Reno S in India in December with a 64MP camera, 65W fast charging and a snapdragon 855 Plus Soc. There are rumors about the next Reno called Oppo Reno 3 which could be launched soon with quad-camera setup, 90Hz display.
The device has a 4500mAh battery which is good enough to keep the phone alive with a single charge for a whole day even with heavy use. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 735 Soc processing chip. The Reno 3 has an upgraded version of the processing chip over its predecessor. The Snapdragon 735 Soc is yet to be announced by Qualcomm. This chip is also expected to have integrated support for the 5G network.
Oppo Reno 3 is rumored to include a 60MP main camera sensor supported by 8MP, 13MP, and 2MP camera. The Reno 2 is offering a 32MP camera for the selfies. The phone is said to house a 4500mAh battery with support for 30W VOCC 4.0 fast charging. There's no clarity if the shark-fin pop-up module seen on the Oppo Reno 2, will make a return or not. The tipster suggests that the phone will sport an in-display fingerprint scanner and come with 5G support.
As mentioned, Oppo Reno 3 price and specifications have leaked on Weibo. According to the tipster, the Oppo Reno 3 will be priced at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 33,400) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB model, and CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 36,400) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB model.
At MWC 2015, Qualcomm just officially announced the Snapdragon 820 Soc (System-on-chip). The chipset will be built on a FinFET manufacturing process, but Qualcomm didn't specify if this means TSMC's 16nm or Samsung's 14nm tech will be used the SD 820.
The star of the Snapdragon 820 chip, which debuts Qualcomm's Zeroth platform. It promises to be a cognitive computing platform, which means that it can anticipate users needs and actions in advance. One real-life application of the platform as demoed on stage is a camera recognizing the subject of the photo.
Inside the chip Qualcomm's custom ARMv8 CPU core also makes a first appearance. Dubbed Kryo, it sports 64-bit architecture, but at this point there aren't any more details regarding it.
Qualcomm says it will start sampling the Snapdragon 820 in the second half of 2015. This leaves us to anticipate the first devices rocking the chip early 2016. Expect more information about the Snapdragon 820 as it becomes available.
We all know about Trump's obsession to ban Chinese products and apps. And just recently, trump administration banned a popular Chinese social media app, WeChat. This new US sanction would force Apple to delete the app from its App store so no one could use it. The action taken wasn't appreciated by Apple and many other tech companies doing business with China as this may result in a significant setback from the Chinese public. A new report suggests that Apple plans to push back on the ban because of the negative impact company has to face due to the ban. A survey being conducted says that more than 95 percent of Chinese users would rather replace the iPhone with an Android phone than lose WeChat.
At the moment, it is not clear that if the ban on the WeChat app is strictly restricted to just the US App Store or applies internationally. Tencent, the parent company of WeChat, stated that they believe that the ban is limited to US states but the ban may need some clarity from the Trump administration. According to another survey at Bloomberg, around 1 million Chinese Apple users said that they would rather switch to an Android device than use an iPhone if they don't get WeChat. A HongKong user said that banning WeChat would make an iPhone into electronic trash. Another stated that all of his family members use WeChat for day-to-day communication.
A Wall Street Journal report also revealed that more than a dozen big tech and E-commerce companies are reluctant to accept the order including Apple, Ford, Walmart, and Disney. These companies are pushing back against the ban. They have decided to pursue and talk with White House representatives about the negative consequences of a ban that WeChat might have on their business. With WeChat being used to payments, E-Commerce, and marketing as well, the company is confident that US businesses may find it very difficult to sell smartphones in China without the app.
Blizzard received a lot of fan hate when they confirmed that the newly announced Diablo Immortal is going to be exclusive to smartphones and there is ample reason to justify the outrage, but they were right about one thing though; smartphones are now more powerful than ever before and they can become excellent portable consoles all on their own, as long as there are enough good games to play. As 2019 is all set to be big for Android and iOS games, the question is, are you equipped with a smartphone that can handle modern games?
The CPU-GPU Combo
In smartphones and tablets, the graphics card and the processor comes in as one single unit and in order to have the best experience with modern games such as PUBG or Fortnite, your phone needs to have any of the following SoCs.
· Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
· Kirin 980
· Apple A12 or A12x Bionic
· Exynos 9810
Not that anything less than a flagship won't do, but the experience won't really be comparable to what any of the above SoCs can offer.
The Big Screen
The era of the small smartphones is practically over, especially since even the 6-inch form factor is so manageable these days due to the widescreen aspect ratios and negligible bezels. Look for a smartphone that has a 6-inch+ OLED display. The resolution itself is not as important as long as it's at least 1080p, because a lower than QHD+ resolution will actually make for a better gaming performance. The Galaxy Note 9, the iPhone XS Max and the Vivo Nex are great devices to consider in this respect.
This is where the flagship smartphones usually sacrifice but in 2018, that has not always been the case. You will get huge 4,000mAh batteries with the Galaxy Note 9, the Vivo Nex, the liquid cooled Pocofone F1 and the Razer Phone 2. Do not buy anything that has a battery smaller than 3,500mAh.
These are the top specs that you need to be looking for, if playing games is what you want to do the most on your smartphone. The upcoming Huawei Mate 20 X looks very promising on every regard too, but we will have to wait and see if it is released anywhere outside Asia.
Few months ago, SamsungUK has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, However, in these past few months we didn't see any Lollipop firmware entering the testing or development process so far.
Now, SamsungUK is still confirming that the Note 3 Neo is indeed getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update as soon as it is ready... which will take a long time since the firmware has NOT entered the "In-Development" stage yet.
@Abhishek5990400 The Note 3 Neo will be receiving the Lollipop update. As soon as it's ready, we'll be sure to let you know! ^ES— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) October 11, 2015
It's not clear whether the device will receive an Android 5.0.2 or 5.1.1 firmware build, we will keep you updated regarding this matter so stay tuned and keep your eyes on the official Samsung Updates Page.
Samsung promised to update its latest Galaxy Tab S series to Android 5.0 Lollipop. After few weeks of testing, Samsung has released the update to Galaxy Tab S 10.1 (Wi-Fi/LTE) variants to Lollipop 5.0.2 via an OTA (Over-the-air) package last month. Now, we just got reports that the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 update is ready for release.
Galaxy Tab S 8.4 users should expect the official Lollipop to start rolling-out Over-the-air anytime in the next few days. The Wi-Fi variant of the Tab update should start this month, while the LTE variant will come a little later.
The firmware update brings latest Android build 5.0.2 to the with lots of Performance enhancements, security fixes, bug fixes, New screen-lock, New notifications bar, updated TouchWiz UX with Material Design optimized for tablets and lots of new features.
Samsung is already rolling-out the Latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S6 , Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S5. Now, it's the ALPHA's turn. We got reports indicates that the Korean giant is preparing to release the same update for various mid-range devices and high-end devices too, as we reported before.
Further more, Samsung France has confirmed through its official twitter that the Samsung Galaxy ALPHA (SM-G850) official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is "Ready for Deployment", which means that the update status is "Pending" and will start rolling-out in the upcoming weeks.
@Vito4503 Absolutely! This must be imminent for yours, thank you for your patience :)— Samsung FR (@SamsungFR) June 19, 2015
SamsungFR said that the Galaxy ALPHA 5.1 update imminent and it will depend on the user's carrier, as the all the OTA updates are rolled-out in waves region-by-region.
Samsung Galaxy ALPHA Lollipop 5.1.1 Update will pack RAW support for Camera API, better connectivity (4G and WI-Fi), performance enhancements and various bug fixes to increase the overall stability of TouchWiz UI.
Although no one can really tell when it will actually be making its way onto your particular smartphone model and region, what we can tell you is that the monthly security patch for July is finally ready and Samsung could be rolling it out to your smartphone anytime now. Unfortunately, that "anytime" encompasses a very long time for some handsets, but latest higher end and flagship models should be seeing the update notification by next week.
In order to keep the securities and vulnerabilities from being exploited, Samsung has not unveiled them all as you would expect. Nevertheless, feel free to check out the public info which is available here. It seems that this month's base Android Security Maintenance Release addresses 65 common vulnerabilities and bugs shared by all Android-powered smartphones. Of course, as always, Samsung will also include some of his own patches (16 this month) specific to its own smartphone models. If any of you have already started to receive the July security patch on your Samsung smartphone or Tablet, do inform us in the comments.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
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