Today, Xiaomi Founder, Lie Jun, announced launching a new special edition smartphone Mi 10 Youth. It's a new Ice & Snow set limited edition. The phone will be launched in a unique color. The founder made this announcement through his official Weibo account, a Chinese alternative of Twitter. The special edition was made possible with a partnership of a known Chinese ice cream brand, Zhong Xuegao. The phone comes in a unique orange color that matches the color of ice cream, the company makes. The new color is being inspired by the Grapefruit color.
The company decided to deliver a box of ice cream with a smartphone for every person who buys the phone. The phone will run on the Android 10 operating system and powered by Octa-core (2.4 GHz, Single core, Kryo 475 + 2.2 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 475 + 1.8 GHz, Quad-core, Kryo 475) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Chipset. It has 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The device features a super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 resolution and 401 PPI pixel density. It has an aspect ratio of 20:0 and a screen-to-body ratio of 87.41%.
The front camera is 16MP whereas, on the rear side, there is a 48MP primary camera with 8MP wide-angle, 8MP, and 2Mp camera with features like Digital zoom, touch to focus. The device is powered by a 4160mAh battery. The phone has WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity support. The phone is likely to be Rs. 22,690 in India. The regular Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth phone will available in deep gray, blue-green gradient, milk green, and pink-white gradient colors.
Huawei usually announces two premium smartphone series every year: The P series and the Mate series. The P series has already arrived in the market in the early months, while the Mate series is still on the hold and we can expect it somewhere in the second half of the year. With the Huawei P series already being announced, all tech enthusiasts are waiting for the Mate series. Especially, with the Trump administration's actions against Huawei, things are quite interesting with the Chinese smartphone users, as nothing to seem to stop the company from rising against the odds.
The Huawei Mate 10 was the first phone in the series and was introduced almost 3 years ago in 2017. The Mate 20 was launched in the next year in October 2018 , and the Mate 30 series was introduced in September 2019. This gives us a hint that the Mate 40 series might launch somewhere in October, as rumors suggest. While we don't have any official announcement or date yet, we can assume easily that the phone will be launched in near future.
The Huawei Mate 30 was initially priced around €799, while the Pro model started at €1099. The Mate 30 Pro with 5G was sold at €1199. We are expecting something similar pricing model for this year's Huawei Mate 40 series smartphones. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will have prominent camera housing at the rear side with possibly a triple camera for the vanilla model and a quad camera for Mate 40 Pro smartphone. As per rumors, the Huawei Mate 40 will have a 6.4-inch or 6.67-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate.
Mate 40 will be using the Kirin 9000. With the US trade ban in place, companies can't manufacture any new chip and as per resources, this is the last phone from the company that will use already-stockpiled chips. The Mate 40 offers 6/8GB of RAM and Mate 40 Pro comes with the higher 12GB option. In terms of battery, we expect to see at least 4,000mAh or 5,000mAh battery. To answer your curiosity, as we all know, there won't be any Google Apps or services. Which means you can't use apps like Whatsapp or banking apps.
By now, you are probably familiar with the many advantages of using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to reroute your internet traffic, but do you know how to actually set it up? It's not that hard really, but the steps still can be a bit confusing at first though. After you go through the guide we have for you, that should not be a problem anymore.
Download your VPN directly from the Play Store first, because it's by far, the easiest and most natural way to get started with VPN for Android. Make sure that it's a reliable provider like Surfshark, because just like the rest of the apps on the Play Store, not every VPN application you will see is worth your attention.
In case you are unable to access Surfshark from your Android device, or if the device isn't compatible, just download the APK file directly from the Surfshark VPN website and you are all good to go.
Install the application via Play Store, or with the APK file and follow the onscreen instructions. The Surfshark interface is easy to use and it will guide you through the rest of the process automatically.
You will need to allow some degree of phone access to the application, mostly related to your mobile and Wi-Fi networks, but it will do the heavy lifting all on its own. That's about it really, and by the time you are done, public Wi-Fi connections will be safer, you will be able to access Netflix content from any location in the world (you will still need a paid Netflix account though!) and even your ISP will have no idea about your browsing history. In case you are somewhat interested in the dark web, you should really get a VPN!
Realme is ready to launch its next flagship smartphone - Realme 6i on July 24, Friday at noon. Flipkart has already uploaded a dedicated web page to show off the phone and its specification detail. As per the specs listing on Flipkart, the device is powered by the Mediatek Helio G90T SoC. Only a day ago, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth tweeted that the Realme 6 series will be updated with a powerful addition. The phone was already expected in the mid of this month. Several reports suggest that new Realme 6 device may be launched alongside the Realme C11. Flipkart also listed some details on the device but later on the website took off the page.
Yesterday, Sheth announce about the new addition to the Realme 6 series on Twitter. He said, "Expanding this series soon with another powerful addition!". While the tweet didn't mention any specific model of the upcoming phone, it set off some ripples that Realme may be teasing the imminent launch of the Realme 6i in India. The same phone has already launched in Myanmar in March, but the model expected in India is also rumored to be the rebranded version of the Realm 6s, which was launched in Europe in May.
The specs listed on Flipkart's explore Realme 6i features. As mentioned above the phone is powered by the powerful processor MediaTek Helio G90T Soc, specially tuned for gaming on phones. The images placed on the web page show more details on the design aspects. The phone is going to have a hole-punch design on the front side with a quad-camera setup on the rear side. The phone is expected to be the rebranded version of the Realme 6s. The phone features an Android 10-based Realme user interface, a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with 1080 x 2400 pixels, LCD hole-punch display with 90Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Helio processor, a 4GB RAM, 64GB built-in internal storage with a dedicated microSD card slot.
To keep your phone out of the hands of unwanted access, the phone uses a side-mounted fingerprint reader. The phone has a 4,300mAh battery with 30W flash charge support. Connectivity options on the Realme 6s include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v5, GPS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, and more. The device has a quad-camera system aligned vertically with a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP secondary, and two 2MP cameras.
Vivo S7 is expected to be launched in China in the first week of the next month. The phone is going to feature a dual-camera for the front and a triple camera system. Recently, an alleged render of the upcoming 5G phone has been leaked. The leaked images show the device's front and rear design, with its gradient rear panel. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has confirmed yesterday that the company is launching in China on August 3.
As per the leaked image and report by Gizomchina, a Chinese tipster shared a render of Vivo S7 5G. it showed a gradient design on the rear side of the panel along with the camera alignment. Going by the leak, the Vivo S7 will feature a notch display on the front side, featuring dual selfie shooters. On the back, the phone render is shown to have a triple camera setup, which looks similar to the camera setup on the Vivo X50.
Another tipster posted some detail on the specification and pricing of the upcoming phone last. The leak suggested that the phone might come with a dual-camera system on the front side featuring a 44-megapixel primary lens and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor along with a super-wide-angle-lens. The triple camera system on the rear side includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with a super wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel sensor with a portrait lens. The phone will come with 8G RAM options with 128GB and 256GB internal storage. The phone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon with Android 10. The device might have a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The Vivo X60 series has received much appreciation since it first launched a few months back in its home country - China. The series also made their way to the other part of the world - Europe with 5G network capability last month. The Chinese user got the same phone with a curved display. Now, the company is ready to release the next-generation series that will be reportedly launched as the Vivo X70.
According to the reports, the Vivo X70 series will be available in India in September. However, what makes the launch more interesting is the company's partnership with the Indian Premier League which Vivo has sponsored before. It has already been reported that the matches will be played after summer in UAE due to pandemic spread in India. However, we don't know the exact date of the launch yet.
Vivo X70 smartphone runs on the Android 11 operating system. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor and runs on the Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon SoC. The phone has an AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels and 398 PPI pixel density. The phone has the quad-camera system on the rear side with a 48 MP primary wide camera sensor, 13 MP portrait camera sensor, 2x optical zoom, 8 MP ultrawide camera sensor, and a 5 MP macro camera sensor.
The phone's camera has features like digital zoom, auto flash, face detection, touch to focus. Regular Vivo X70 is backed by a 4,500 mAh battery. The connectivity features in the smartphone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, and more. Vivo X70 smartphone will be priced somewhere around Rs.25,400 for the Indian market. As far as the color options are concerned, the Vivo X70 smartphone might come in black, blue, and pink colors.
Latest Samsung's flagship devices were quite successful in terms of sales and build quality, as the Korean Giant is finally switching from Plastic to Metal, just like HTC. Various reports on the Web claim that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will be redesigned from scratch to keep the Korean OEM on top in terms of sales. Today, we also got its main Preliminary Specifications!
The Chinese portal cnmo.com suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S6 might have already been spotted in the AnTuTu benchmark. The numbers shown in the leaked screenshot show that the Samsung Galaxy S6 may contain a 5.5-inch display with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. And if the screenshot is correct, it appears that Samsung will make use of the 64-bit architecture.
The Galaxy S6 might ship with the 1.8 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 CPU. It also could feature an ARM Mali-T760 GPU, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. The S6 may have a 20-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Samsung will annouce the device on Early 2015 and set for release later Q1,2015 if all goes well.
Apparently there has been a business arrangement made in between Nokia Technologies, Microsoft, HMD Global and Foxconn that will see Nokia come back into the smartphone business under HMD Global, a fellow Finnish corporation. However, Nokia will enjoy significant control over the handsets manufactured and branded under its name. Nokia will also become a board member within HMD, in addition to setting "mandatory brand requirements and performance provisions." If you are a Nokia fan, we have more good news for you because Arto Nummela will become the head of HMD as a result of this arrangement. Nummela currently holds the position of VP at Microsoft, but hails originally as an executive of Nokia back in the day.
Nokia was the pioneer and at one point, had enjoyed the number one position in the phone business for years at a stretch. Customers used to (many still do) trust the company for quality, innovation, service and durability and it would be interesting to see if this joint venture can bring the same things to consumers with their upcoming Android smartphones. Since HMD Global is basically run by ex-Nokia executives, the chance of that happening seems good right now. Things aren't looking good for Microsoft though as this news once again shows that the mighty software giant is almost on the verge of giving up on their smartphone business.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
2016 is the year that has given the hopes to the Nokia fans owing to its return to the smartphone arena. As per the terms of buyout by Microsoft, the Finnish giant's mobile business could not compete with Microsoft and hence didn't manufacture any smartphone under the Nokia brand. That agreement became void on December 31, 2015 and the fans can quite excited by the sheer imagination of what could happen in the future. One probable smartphone for a 2016 release came into limelight in leaked images before a few weeks and now once again different set of pictures of the same device have found their way to the internet.
If there is one sure shot information that can be told about the design of the smartphone, then we'd say that the device is quite boxy. This is not in a negative way, especially taking into account the all-metal body, crossed only by a pair of antenna lines on the back. Other device controllers that can be spotted on the phone are a volume adjuster on the left side and a power button below the device. On the other side, we can see a well isolated cover, most likely a space for the SIM tray and microSD card slot. That can mean IP rating, but let's not go overboard.
It is also quite compelling to see that the newly released pics of the phone seems to be from different unit, as doesn't have prototype marks of the first one. This actually adds to the genuineness of the leak and eventually would mean that the smartphone is essentially one of the three new Nokia smartphones going for a release this year.
HTC has just released a new flagship device called, HTC One A9, that packs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with an updated Sense 7.0 UI.
As always, every time HTC releases a new UI, it packs some new amazing colorful wallpapers. We have these wallpapers available for download in full resolution (2160 x 1920 pixels) and in JPEG format. You can Download them all or choose the best one for you from the Google Drive folder below.
We reported few days ago that HTC decided to cancel it's Smartwatch project because it won't be a very good competitor in the current market. This was disappointment for some HTC fans after a long year of rumors about it.
However, Looks like HTC will take its time on preparing its first Smartwatch to make an impact on the market, Latest reports from CNET suggests that HTC Upcoming Android Wear Smartwatch is set to launch on Early 2015, giving the company the time it needs to improve its watch.
The rumored name of HTC's first Smartwatch is the "HTC One Watch"... kinda like Apple Watch naming. let's wait and see what this Taiwanese giant have in the works for us.
Whenever we hear the name "Samsung," we are reminded of electronic consumer products like televisions, smartphones, air-conditioners, etc. Skin care is probably the last thing that comes to mind! However, the tech giant is about to change that with what is to be the first of its skincare products; the Lumini.
A part of Samsung's experimental projects in the C-Labs, the Lumini is going to be unveiled at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The skin-scanner will photograph the user's face and then use the built-in skin-analytics software to determine the quality of the skin and the problems on it, before sending the information to a dedicated application on the user's smartphone. Along with the information, the app will also advise you on how to treat the problems found on your skin. You can even chat with a dermatologist via the app for a more professional and customized opinion on the matter.
The Lumini isn't the only skin care product coming out of the C-Labs though, because the S-Skin will be accompanying it. This one is a microneedle patch, armed with a skin-scanner and LED lights to keep the quality of your skin at optimum level through injection, hydration and enhanced absorption. Would you buy any of the experimental skin-care products from Samsung if it was available near you?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We knew that something like this was coming but now we have confirmation. The Galaxy S8 has dethroned two flagship devices from their respective number one positions in the AnTuTu Benchmark test rankings. With a score of 205284, the S8 has officially dethroned both the OnePlus 3T (162423) as the number one Android handset on the list and the iPhone 7 Plus (181807) as the number one handset across all platforms. Check out the video here and see it happen live.
If you are wondering which chip the S8 in question is using, we are not entirely sure. It could be the Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895, but whichever one it is, we doubt the results will differ by much on either. What we can tell you is that this is the Galaxy S8 that is being tested in the video, as made evident by the SM-G950 model number and the "Galaxy S8" confirmation given by AnTuTu at the end of the video. Now that we have a new king of benchmarks among us, would you be buying it when it comes out in April?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has managed to keep the Galaxy S9 and S9+ surprisingly under the lid this year, as compared to any other year in recent memory. Not that there is much left to the imagination really, given that we know most things about it already and have seen enough renders to know what it will look like. Even then, there have hardly been any videos or images that have so far shown the S9 or the S9+ live. We may have seen a dummy unit, but it's still not the real thing. Nevertheless, we have more renders for you today and this time it comes from Evan Blass of @evleaks himself.
Aside from confirming certain facts that we knew already (like the dual camera on the S9+), the leaked render unveils a new color to us, the Lilac Purple. In case you are not yet familiar with the most probable specs of the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+, do take a look at the following highlights.
6.2-inch (S9+)/5.8 -inch (S9) Super AMOLED 1440p Infinity Display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC (US and China)/Exynos 9810 (international version)
4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (S9)/6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage (S9+)
Dual rear camera (12mp + 12mp at f/2.4 and f/1.5) for the S9+ and just a single rear camera for the S9
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Oppo has recently sent invites to media for the media briefing about the phone. The phone is confirmed to feature a four-camera system with a 48MP ultra-wide camera sensor. The company has also revealed that the phone will pack an 8GB RAM, and has 128GB storage. The camera will have other features like ultra-night-mode for the night photography and video stabilization feature.
The company revealed about its quad-camera setup with a 48-MP primary sensor via a tweet one day before its launch. It also stated the detail about its storage, memory, and ultra-night-mode. The phone will be available in four colors - white, blue, purple, and black. For security, it has an extra security layer of the fingerprint sensor at the backside just underneath the quad-camera. The Oppo A9 has three sensors aligned vertically, and another small sensor positioned at the side beneath the flashlight.
There will be a waterdrop notch to hold the 16-megapixel front camera for the selfie, similar to its predecessor. The smartphone will be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC processing chip. The predecessor Oppo A9 was powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC coupled with half the amount of RAM, and just dual rear cameras. The phone belongs to the budget-friendly mobile category. It will have a .5-inch LCD with a resolution of 1,600x720. The smartphone's sale comes at a time when smartphone shipments in India through online channels have started increasing. Sales increased by 26% in April to June quarter of 2019. Counterpoint's market report suggested. Oppo's sub-brand Realme held 17% of the share.
Oppo Reno is ready to be launched in India today. The launch event will be conducting online due to coronavirus pandemic and will begin at 12:30 IST where the company will reveal its specs, availability, and pricing. Oppo Reno 4 is said to be made for the Indian market and falls in the upper tier of the budget category. A recent leak suggests that the Oppo Reno 4 Pro will have some changes in the specs and price for the Indian variant. The phone that was launched in China earlier was powered by Snapdragon 765G processing chip.
The company is looking to host an AR launch even for the device in India. The event will be streamed live on YouTube via the Oppo Mobile India channel. As per the recent leak, the phone will be available for Rs. 32,990 in India. The rumored colors are Starry night and silky white color options and are slated to go on sale on Flipkart as well. As per reports, the Oppo Reno 4 pro teaser confirms a 3D borderless sense hole-punch display with the cut-out placed on the top left side of the screen. It is also teased to come with supercharging technology that can charge the device from zero to 100 percent in just 35 minutes with 65W super VOOC 2.0 technology.
The phone features a 90Hz display refresh rate. Teasers also confirm a quad-camera system at the rear side of the phone with the four sensors aligned one below the other. The rear camera system includes a primary 48-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel secondary camera, a 2-megapixel camera sensor. There will be a 4,000mAh battery to power the device to keep it live for day long. All the other specs are reported to be identical to the Chinese variant of the phone including the 32-megapixel selfie camera lens. The device is tipped to be powered by Android 10-based colorOS 7.2
The increase in the sale of smartphones has also increased the use and popularity of mobile apps. People are spending their time pursuing their favorite hobbies and passions, and many are even winning big.
The blacklist prepared by the Trump administration raised concerns over the future of Chinese smartphone companies like Huawei. But Trump seems to have retraced his steps in the G20 summit and provide a sigh of relief to Chinese manufacturers. Interestingly, Huawei is already looking forward to a bright future, with record sales that can even overtake Samsung in the coming years.
But why did Trump blacklist Huawei in the first place? And how does Huawei plan to take advantage of the backtrack?
Before we go into the details, let's first take a brief look at Trump's move.
The Blacklisting of Huawei
The US Commerce Department decided to add Huawei to an entity list in May 2019. The move disallowed the Chinese company to purchase components like microprocessors from American companies. The allegation against Huawei was that the company helped Beijing in espionage attempts and posed a security threat to the country. Huawei, on its part, has always denied the allegations.
Consequently, Huawei got a breather when President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Japan in June. The presidents had a talk that obviously involved Huawei, and on June 29, Trump told reporters that US companies are allowed to sell components to Huawei. He also added that the move implies that there was no significant security threat from Huawei to the nation.
Huawei Welcomes the Move
Like mobile betting on a sports event, Huawei appears to have placed their "mobile bets" already, being quick to welcome the move and took to Twitter to express their happiness. The company described the move as a "U-turn" and revealed that they are again allowed to purchase American technology.
The move by Trump to lift the ban seems to have been fueled by deep concerns over losing US business. A lot of American companies supply components to the Chinese giant and the blacklisting could have resulted in losses of billions of dollars.
Huawei would also have scrapped American companies from its supply chain, something not very beneficial to the US economy. Trump said that he would allow American companies to sell products to Huawei even though it may surprise many people.
Huawei Looks Forward to a Bright Future
Huawei had already been posting an impressive profit and sales figures before the blacklist was announced. The company recorded a 40% year-to-year increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2019, amounting to US$27 billion. In the face of the blacklist, Huawei tuned down their forecast and announced cutting smartphone shipments by around 30%.
After the backtracking from Trump, Huawei now plans to sell more than 260 million units of smartphones in 2019, overtaking their earlier forecast of 250 million units. Huawei already holds 50% market share in China and sells its products in numerous countries. In fact, if things go according to the forecast, Huawei may overtake Samsung as the top global manufacturer by 2020.
Do you think Huawei will be able to beat Samsung as the number one smartphone company? Leave your opinions in the comments!
HTC's Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi has announced in a tweet that Android 4.4.3 is coming to Verizon's version of the HTC One M8 on Wednesday, September 10th. In addition to the higher release number, the over-the-air update will also include the long-awaited Extreme Power Saving mode.
This update will land a week after the feature arrived, ironically, on Verizon's version of the HTC One M7. With this OTA, a feature that debuted with the global launch of the M8 will have managed to hit every other version of the handset and last year's flagship before making it to Verizon's. Even for the Big Red, that's something to be proud of.
Android "M" is almost here and it looks like Google will set some new rules regarding software updates. One of the most popular problems facing Android users is "Updates", even if you have a Nexus device.
Google is looking to end the confusion once and for all, according a new report. Android "M" will set a lifetime for updates which makes it explicitly very clear "How long the device will be supported ?" so that you will know how long you'll get official software updates for your Android device.
Google Nexus phones running Android M will get 2 years of major OS version updates to future Android versions and 3 years of security updates after the OS release or 18 months after you buy a device from the Google Play Store, whichever is longer. Other manufactures should announce their updates lifetime plans too, check the info below for more information.
Android "M" Update Lifetime:
• Major System Updates (OS level updates): 2 years
• Security Updates: 3 years after OS release
• Security Updates: 18 months after date of purchase from Google Play Store.
Updates Lifetime support Schedule:
• Nexus 4: OS updates done, security updates until end of 2015.
• Nexus 7 (2012): OS updates done, security updates through this summer 2015.
• Nexus 7 (2013): OS updates until Q3 2015, security updates until Q1 2016.
• Nexus 10: OS updates done, security updates until early Q1 2016.
• Nexus 5: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2016.
• Nexus 6: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2017.
• Nexus 9: OS updates through Q3 2015, security updates through Q3 2017.
Samsung is the leading smartphone business right now, but there was a time when Motorola was the undisputed king of smartphones, before being dethroned by Nokia. While that time may have truly come and gone, the Moto RAZR continues to be one of the most iconic smartphones of all time for more reasons than one. If you were lucky enough to have used a Moto RAZR back in the day and you secretly regret not having anything similar available for purchase today, we have good news for you. According to multiple sources, most notably the Wall Street Journal, a new Moto RAZR is all set to be released, but as an Android smartphone this time around! While the report is still shrouded in mystery, go through the following to know everything that has been rumored and reported about the upcoming Moto Razr so far.
· It will feature a foldable display, instead of the bottom half being a keypad
· The first batch of 200,000 units might be exclusive to the US and only Verizon at that
· The price of the smartphone is expected to be around the $1,500 mark
· It could launch next month, i.e. in February
Personally, I can't wait to experience this device first hand, provided Lenovo doesn't end up ruining it, because that is a highly likely scenario here.