Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to launch today: How to watch live stream and exclusive on Amazon India

It's a big day for Samsung as it gears up to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone to the world. The South Korean giant is hosting a Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event in New York at 11am EDT (8.30pm IST) on Wednesday, August 23. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a lot to redeem, given its predecessor Galaxy Note 7 was recalled due to faulty batteries that posed a fire hazard. The Galaxy Note 8 will be available on Amazon India exclusive. We are just a few hours away from the official launch and Amazon India website show a page about Galaxy Note 8 but this page don't see any specification details.

As mentioned, the Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event will begin at 8.30pm IST (11am EDT in New York), and it will be live streamed by Samsung for the global audience to see. All of you can refer to this link for streaming the live. In case, you are more comfortable with a website in hindi, you can also refer Samsung Bharat website. Additionally, like all other major events, Samsung will also be streaming the launch on its official YouTube channel.

An Orchid Gray variant of the Galaxy Note 8 has leaked, along with a possible 256GB storage variant of the phablet. The leaked render of the Galaxy Note 8 was shared by Evan Blass on Twitter, and only confirms past speculations. The design language of the Galaxy Note 8 has become quite evident now with almost no bezels on the sides, and thin bezels forming the top and bottom parts. The phablet doesn’t house a home button, and features a rear fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy S8 duo. The Galaxy Note 8 will possibly come with dual-camera module at the rear, according to leaks.

ALSO READ: Nokia 6 set to go on sale for the first time on Amazon India at 12PM

Tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass recently suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 will be made available for pre-orders starting August 24, just a day after its launch and will be released by the company on September 15. Additionally, Blass suggests that the users who pre-order the smartphone will get an option of either a free 256GB SD card and wireless charger or a free Samsung Gear 360 camera. In Europe, the pre-orders will come with a free DeX dock.

Lately, the internet has been flooded with Galaxy Note 8 speculations and teasers. Just yesterday, a report claimed to have the alleged official pricing of the new phablet. According to the leak, there will be three variants of the device, all of which will be equipped with 6GB of RAM. Reportedly the Galaxy Note 8 will come with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. Prices are likely to start from RMB 6,288 (approximately Rs 60,500), RMB 7,088 (approximately Rs 68,200), and RMB 7,988 (approximately Rs 76,900) respectively. 

Although if we compare, these prices are a tad lower than what was speculated by leakster Evan Blass. He suggested the Galaxy Note 8 will be priced at RMB 7,455 (Rs 71,800 approximately), but he didn’t specify which variant.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications, features

As for the rest of the specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to feature a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with Quad HD resolution. It will possibly be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC or Exynos 8895 SoC, depending on the region it is being sold. 

Its expected dual-camera module could be a either a pair of 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras, or 12-megapixel sensors. The setup is said to of one with a wide-angle lens and f/1.7 aperture, and the other a telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, and 2x optical zoom capabilities. The phablet is rumored to be fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery, and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. 

Galaxy S8

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Moto G5s Plus to unveil on August 29, will be an Amazon India exclusive

The launch of the Moto G5s Plus has long been anticipated, but the final date of release has been a blur. However, the carousel on the Amazon India website now reveals the date of unveiling of the device. According to the image on the e-commerce platform, the Moto G5s Plus will be unveiled on August 29 at 12PM, and will be an Amazon India exclusive.

While we are still awaiting the official launch of the smartphone is India, the Moto G5s Plus was launched in Europe earlier this month, where it was the Moto G5s Plus was priced at €299 (Rs 22,700 approximately). The Moto G5s Plus was launched along with Moto G5s, which was priced at €249 (Rs 18,900 approximately). That also gives the idea of how much will the devices be priced in India. In Europe, the smartphones were launched in Lunar Gray and Fine Gold color options.

ALSO READ: Micromax Canvas Infinity with 5.7-inch 18:9 Display, 16MP front camera launched in India, Price at Rs. 9,999: Specs and features  

Moto G5s Plus specifications and features

As for the specifications, the Moto G5s Plus will feature a 5.5-inch full HD display. It will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. It comes in two variants, one which has 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In terms of optics, it features two 13-megapixel camera sensors at the back, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with LED flash up front. The Moto G5s Plus is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery along with TurboCharge support, and will run on Android 7.1 Nougat. The smartphone also features a fingerprint sensor which is embedded on the Home button up front.

Moto G5 Plus

Micromax Canvas Infinity with 5.7-inch HD+ display, 16MP front camera launched at Rs 9,999: Specifications and features

Moving beyond offering just a large screen, Micromax today launched its Canvas Infinity smartphone, which boasts a higher screen ratio of 18:9. Popularized by Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG Q6, a higher screen ratio aims to enhance the display experience with an edge-to-edge illusion. Micromax Canvas Infinity is priced at Rs 9,999, and will be available exclusively via Amazon India initially, with offline availability scheduled for later. The registrations for purchase on Amazon India opens today, while the sale will begin starting 12PM on September 1, 2017.

The USP of the Canvas Infinity is that Micromax is bringing a higher screen ratio at an affordable price. It is also said to be the first Micromax smartphone to boast a narrow-bezel display. Other than the larger screen ratio, the smartphone boasts entry-level specifications.

Micromax Canvas Infinity specifications, features

The smartphone boasts a 5.7-inch display with HD+ (720×1440 pixels) resolution, which Micromax calls the Infinity display. Under the hood, the smartphone packs, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card. There are dedicated slots for microSD card and dual SIM cards.

For photography, the Micromax Canvas Infinity is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera, along with a 16-megapixel camera on the front. The rear camera is supported with single-tone LED flash. 

Keeping things ticking is a 2,900mAh battery. On the software front, the smartphone runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box. It is further equipped with a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Google adds six-second video preview feature to mobile search results

In a major update, search engine giant Google has added six-second video previews to its mobile search results, the media reported. Google would use some of its machine learning capabilities to actually analyse the entire video and then decide what six-second portion to pick for review.

The new update would now let searches in Android’s Google app or Chrome to show little previews of each video. “Any video on the web is eligible for inclusion, though Google may not have a preview for some of the newest videos available yet because it takes the servers a bit of time to build the previews”, Emily Moxley, Google’s Director of Product Management for this project, was quoted as saying by TechCrunch.

The sneak peeks will only show up on Wi-Fi by default and users can opt-out of them in the settings for both the Google app and Google Chrome for Android, in case they do not wish to consume mobile data. Google on 17 August added the “Questions and Answers” feature to Google Maps and mobile search to help users get information about places they want to go to.

Users can ask or answer a question — or read the existing questions and answers about a place — by simply searching for the location on Google Maps or mobile Search.

Samsung Bixby globally rolling out ahead of Galaxy Note 8 launch

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's unveiling this coming Wednesday pretty much a sure thing, Samsung has started rolling out updates for its personal assistant Bixby on a global basis. Updates to Bixby, Bixby Global Action, Bixby Dictation, Bixby Wakeup and Bixby PLM have been seen in markets such as the U.K., South Africa, India, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Afghanistan, Iran, the UAE, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia  and Pakistan. While compatible handsets in those markets received the updates, Samsung still needs to press the button that will allow these Bixby related features to start working in the aforementioned markets.

ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) price cut in India; now start at Rs 22,900

Samsung could be getting ready to activate Bixby Voice in countries outside of the U.S. and South Korea, where it is already operational. There is some speculation that Bixby Voice will be enabled globally on August 22nd, the day before the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is announced. One report has the dictation feature working now in Germany, although the quality of the transcription apparently was nothing to write home about (okay, okay; pun intended). In other markets where the update was pushed out yesterday, like the U.K., the feature is not working.

If you want to see whether or not the dictation feature is working for you, and you don't live in the U.S. or South Korea, press the Bixby key on your Samsung default QWERTY and start dictating. If it doesn't work (which is likely), try again after Samsung unveils the latest version of its high-end phablet. The odds favor that it will work after the Galaxy Note 8 is introduced to the public.

Galaxy S8

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Apple Park 4K drone footage offers close look at Steve Jobs Theater

Apple Park is gradually approaching its construction wrap up, and the latest drone video shows new updates from the site. As the work continues to be in progress, the drone footage uploaded by YouTuber Matthew Roberts shows new shots of the park and greenery around Steve Jobs Theater. The theater has been named after company’s late co-founder, and is said to be one of the major attractions at the campus.

The latest drone footage has surfaced online despite Apple’s attempt to restrict drone flying over the construction site. According to VentureBeat, several drone operators reported of Apple hiring security agencies to keep drone from flying above the Apple Park in order to maintain security, and privacy of its employees. Looking at the new video that shows the construction progress in the month of August, it seems the Apple Park has still not be declared as a No-Fly zone by the state.

About the updates on Apple Park, as it appears in the video a significant growth in greenery can be seen inside the “spaceship”. According to AppleInsider, keeping up with Job’s vision the administration is said to have around 9,000 trees on the premises with kinds of apple, apricot, cherry, and persimmon trees. To approach such numbers of trees, the Cupertino-based giant is pushing local contractors to get the foliage even from California, if push comes to shove. 

Alongside the flora, Apple Park is said to feature a number of other environment-friendly facilities which also include company’s data center powered by an on-site solar farm. Apple ”spaceship” will also utilize other sources of renewable source of energy and climate control.

Apple iPhone 6 (Gold, 32GB)

Android O will officially launch on August 21

August 21 is a very important day for both NASA and Google. While NASA will be live streaming the first eclipse to pass over the United States in the 21st century; Google has chosen the same day to reveal the name of its next Android version. Google has also put up a teaser site with the countdown for an Android O announcement scheduled this Monday, August 21.

The tech giant will hold a special event for Android O in New York City on August 21, starting at 2:40 PM ET (12:10 AM IST). A countdown to the big event is already live on the Android website. Google’s teaser site mentions, “On August 21st, a solar eclipse will sweep across the entire United States for the first time since 1918. Android is helping you experience this historic natural phenomenon so you can learn more about the eclipse and count down to the big day—when you’ll meet the next release of Android and all of it’s super (sweet) new powers, revealed via livestream from New York City at 2:40PM ET.”

Along with the countdown for the upcoming event, Google’s page also has links to the NASA live stream, which starts at 12:00PM EST (9:30PM IST), allowing users to watch the eclipse, and spend some time before the Android O event kicks starts.

Once the latest Android version is launched, the Android O release will be called Android 8.0 <dessert name> with the most popular guess still being Android Oreo. If given more thought, launching Android O on the same day as eclipse, hints even more towards the Android version being called Oreo. Just like Oreo’s creamy white layer is covered between two black discs, the moon too covers the sun during an eclipse. Also apart from Android Oreo, there have been no new names suggested for the upcoming Android OS. Some older reports suggested Android Oatmeal Cookie, which doesn’t sound that appealing. However, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer recently revealed that the company has scheduled the releases after “tasty treats” like Pizza. He has also put up an image suggesting few names for the upcoming Android O. 

Well, that is not the only case where Google hinted that the Android O might NOT be called Oreo. According to 9to5Google, a teaser posted on Google+ reveals a different name for the upcoming Android version. The video’s file name posted on Google+ reveals the name as GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4. However, the file was later taken down and instead another file going by the name OctopusTeaser.mp4 was put up. But the file name was later changes to OatmealCookie_Teaser.mp4.

Google has earlier this year rolled out preview versions for the upcoming Android O. The first developer preview arrived in mid-March, with the second developer preview during Google I/O in May, and the third in mid-June. The fourth and final preview arrived in mid-July. Reports also suggest that the public beta of Android 8.0 for supported Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices will be out most likely in late August or early September. 

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) price cut in India; now start at Rs 22,900

Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) in India, priced at Rs 28,990 and Rs 34,490, respectively. Both smartphones have now received a flat price cut of Rs 5,000.  Post price cut, the Galaxy A5 (2017) is now selling for Rs 22,900, whereas the Galaxy A7 (2017) will set you back by Rs 25,900. With the pricing now under Rs 26,000 mark, the smartphones will now compete with the likes of Vivo V5 Plus, Honor 8 Pro and Motorola Moto Z2 Play.

Samsung says that the price cuts for the Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) are in line with the upcoming festive season in India. Both the smartphones feature a glass and metal design which was introduced with last year’s model. The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) also come with an always-on display, fingerprint sensor, Samsung Knox, and S- Voice. Samsung has also introduced Samsung Pay, its payments service with the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017). Both smartphones also come with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features and specifications

The Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with a slightly smaller 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED display as compared to the Galaxy A7 (2017). This year’s edition takes forward the glass and metal design introduced with last year’s model. Under the hood, the smartphone comes with 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 7880 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The smartphone comes with a dedicated slot for storage expansion up to 256GB via microSD card. 

For photography, the Galaxy A5 receives a boost as compared to its predecessor. It now boasts 16-megapixel camera both in the front and rear with f/1.9 aperture. The rear camera is supported with a LED flash whereas for selfies, the screen doubles up as a flash. In comparison, the older Galaxy A5 (2016) comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front snapper.

There is also an increase in battery capacity in this year’s model. Fuelling the Galaxy A5 (2017) is a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities, up from 2,900mAh in the older model. On the software front, the smartphone runs Android Marshmallow. Connectivity options include 4G LTE support, dual-SIM compatibility, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type C, NFC, and ANT+.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) features and specifications

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy A7 (2017) only differs in terms of display and battery capacity. It boasts a larger 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display and under the hood is the same chipset as seen on the Galaxy A5 (2017) with an option for expandable storage.

The camera specifications also remain the same with 16-megapixel rear and front camera. The Galaxy A7 (2017) is fuelled by a larger 3,600mAh battery with fast charging capabilities. On the software front, the smartphone runs Android Marshmallow. Connectivity options include 4G LTE support, dual-SIM compatibility, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type C, NFC, and ANT+.

Galaxy A7 2017 

Galaxy A5 2017 

Galaxy J7 Pro

Friday, August 18, 2017

Nokia 8 likely to launch in India during Diwali

Finnish company HMD Global launched its much-awaited flagship device Nokia 8 that will be available in India during the festival season. Available in four colors — polished blue, polished copper, tempered blue and steel — Nokia 8 would be available at the global price of 599 euros ($705) through September, the company said in a statement. The device boasts three industry-first features for Android smartphones, including a collaboration with ZEISS optics, Nokia ‘OZO Audio’ and ‘Dual-Sight’ mode.

With only 4.6mm thin at the edge and 7.3mm slim on average, the flagship device’s unibody is made from 6000 series aluminium with select models featuring a high-gloss mirror finish. “People are inspired by the content they consume. It’s these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience, and powerful performance,” said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global.

Nokia 8 enables its users live stream videos on social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube using its Dual-Sight feature that uses both the front and rear cameras simultaneously in a split screen visual for both photos and videos.  The front and rear-facing cameras on the Nokia 8 have been co-developed with ZEISS optics for ‘bothie’. Users also get unlimited photo and video uploads to Google Photos. 

Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio. OZO spatial 360 degrees audio brings an immersive experience to 4K video. The phone features Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, offers pure, secure and updated Android experience and is Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatible for 3,090 mAh battery. The device comes with a lightweight, water, sweat, and dust-proof premium Nokia ‘Active Wireless Headset’.

It comes with a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage that can be extended up to 256GB. It has a 5.3-inch IPS LCD QHD display and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Asus Zenfone 4, Zenfone 4 Pro, and 4 other Zenfone smartphones launched: Price, specifications, features

Asus has today taken the wraps off its Zenfone 4-series of smartphones at a global launch event in Taiwan. The company has launched six different models under the new series – Zenfone 4, Zenfone 4 Pro, Zenfone 4 Max, Zenfone 4 Max Pro, Zenfone 4 Selfie, and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. However, the highlight of the event was the Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 4 Pro.

The Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 4 Pro are the flagship devices, followed by the Zenfone Selfie and Zenfone Selfie Pro, which are mid-rangers with a focus on the front camera. The Zenfone Max and Zenfone Max Pro too are mid-range smartphones with their focus on the battery performance.

Asus has currently revealed the price of only four models. The Zenfone 4 will start from $399 (Rs 25,500 approximately), while the Pro model will cost $599 (Rs 38,400 approximately). On the other hand, the Zenfone Selfie and Zenfone Selfie Pro will set you back by $279 and $379, which translates to roughly Rs 17,800 and Rs 24,300 respectively.

ALSO READ: Asus ZenFone Zoom S with With dual rear cameras, 5000mAh battery launched in India, Price at Rs. 26,999: Specs and features

Asus Zenfone 4, Zenfone 4 Pro specifications, feature

In terms of design, both the smartphones look very similar with metal and glass design with a textured back. Up front, the there is a 2.5D glass that is blended with an aluminum frame, giving both the smartphones a premium look. There are the capacitive buttons along with fingerprint scanner embeded into the home button. The only difference that can be noted in both the smartphones is at the back. The Zenfone 4 Pro comes with a camera that is slightly more protruding as compared to Zenfone 4. The ZenFone 4 Pro also comes with a glossy finish to add to its metal body.

There is not much of a difference in Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 4 Pro smartphones. Both feature a 5.5-inch display. The Zenfone 4 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. While the Zenfone 4 comes in two variants – one with Snapdragon 630 SoC, and one with Snapdragon 660 SoC. Both variants come with 6GB of RAM, and internal memory that can be expanded up to 64GB. Keeping the smartphones ticking are 3,300mAh and 3,6000mAh batteries respectively. On the camera front, the smartphones come with a 12-megapixel rear camera. The Zenfone 4 Pro model, however, comes with a sensor for 2X zoom, while the Zenfone 4 comes with a 120-degree wide-angle lens instead.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie, Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro specifications, feature

As the names suggest, the Zenfone 4 Selfie, Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro smartphones come with their focus on the selfie camera.  The Zenfone 4 Selfie comes with 20-megapixel front snapper, while the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro model comes with a 24-megapixel camera up front. However, only Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro smartphone users can take wide-angle selfies. Apart from this, the smartphones feature a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, with the Pro variant featuring a full HD display, and the standard variant featuring an HD display. In terms of processor, the Pro-model is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, whereas the Zenfone Selfie comes with Snapdragon 430 SoC. Both the smartphones come paired with 4GB of RAM  and a 3,000mAh battery. 

Asus Zenfone 4 Max, Zenfone 4 Max Pro specifications, features

Asus launched the Zenfone 4 Max smartphone last month in Russia. The USP on both devices is the massive 5,000mAh battery underneath. The Zenfone 4 Max Pro comes with just a few upgrades over the Max version. It features a 16-megapixel dual-rear camera as compared to 13-megapixel dual-rear cameras on the Zenfone 4 Max. 

Both the smartphones feature a 5.5-inch display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution. It is available in two variants – one powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, and other with Snapdragon 425 SoC. The smartphone further includes up to 4GB of RAM with 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. Asus did not reveal much about the Zenfone 4 Max Pro at the event.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

LG V30 press renders reportedly leaked ahead of August 31 official launch

LG is reportedly looking at the official launch of the LG V30 smartphone. While press invites sent by the company earlier was centered around the camera of the LG V30, another press invite tips the smartphone could go official on August 31 at 9 AM BST (2 PM IST). Now, latest reports suggest new renders of the smartphone that have leaked ahead of the launch.

According to new renders tipped by Evan Blass, the smartphone looks very similar to what we have seen in images leaked earlier. The renders look very graphic and detailed giving a better idea about the upcoming smartphone. The V30 smartphone is expected to include curves as part of its design, compared to the LG G6 flagship launched earlier this year, which was mostly about straight lines.

There have been several leaks of the V30 smartphone in the past, and a lot is already known about the device. However, we’d know for sure only once the smartphone is officially launched. From what we know, the smartphone will feature the proprietary FullVision display by LG with 18:9 aspect ratio and thin bezels running across it. We also expect a curved display, as LG is said to utilize plastic OLED panels keeping the display flexible to bend on edges.

From the renders, the smartphone appears to have a metal unibody design with a distinctive antenna band design. On the back, is a dual-camera setup with LED flash placed on the right-hand side and outside the camera ring. Below the primary camera is the fingerprint scanner followed by the V30 logo and LG branding. 

In terms of specification, the V30 smartphone is said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone will offer 64GB of internal storage to begin with, but it’s not clear if LG will support expandable storage on the V30. The dual-camera setup is said to come with 4K video recording, f/1.6 aperture that is the largest on a smartphone ever.


Nokia 8 with Snapdragon 835 SoC, dual cameras launched: Price, specifications, features

HMD Global was yesterday taken the wraps off its first Nokia-branded flagship device – Nokia 8. Unlike the Nokia Android smartphones already launched, this new device comes with premium design, top-of-the-line specs, and will compete in the high-end market segment.

In terms of design, the Nokia 8 shares a lot of similarities with the Nokia 5. It features an unibody design built using a single block of aluminum. The device is quite slim with an average thickness of 7.3mm, and 4.6mm at the edges. Despite the slim profile, HMD Global is ensuring there is no overheating, when the smartphone is being pushed to its limits. Underneath is a graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates heat across the length and breadth of the handset.

The highlight of the Nokia 8 is no doubt the dual-camera setup at the back. Back in July, HMD Global announced its partnership with Carl ZEISS, and the Nokia 8 is the smartphone to boast the camera technology. The camera setup includes a pair of 13-megapixel sensors – one clicking photos in RGB, and the other in monochrome. The primary sensor comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and PDAF support, f/2.0 aperture, and IR range finder. Up front, there is a 13-megapixel snapper with PDAF support, f/2.0 aperture, and display flash.

HMD Global has only launched one variant of the Nokia 8 that is priced at €599. When converted into Indian currency, it translates to approximately Rs 45,000. The smartphone will be available globally starting early September. Buyers will be able to choose from four color options – Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue, and Steel.

Nokia 8 specifications and features

As far as specifications are concerned, the Nokia 8 flaunts a 5.3-inch IPS 2K resolution display with an insane 700nits of brightness. Protecting the display is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SOC paired with 4GB of RAM. There is also 64GB of storage on offer, which can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card.

The Nokia 8 also features three microphones for audio recording. It uses Nokia’s OZO Audio technology to capture audio with 360-degree spatial surround sound. The rest of the specifications include a fingerprint sensor, 3,090mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, IP54 certification making it splashproof. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots (select markets only), 4G LTE, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0.

As is the talking point on Nokia smartphones, the Nokia 8 too runs on stock Android OS. The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, but the company promises that Android O update will be rolled out as soon as Google releases it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Huawei Mate 10 renders leaked, reveals bezel-less display, dual-camera setup

The Mate 9 successor has been awaited for a while now, and looking at the increased frequency of leaks, it seems we are getting closer to the final launch of the Huawei Mate 10 duo. The recent rumor, which is adding curiosity is a leaked render of the Huawei Mate 10 that shows off the smartphone in its full glory.

According to a leak on Weibo, which was spotted by The Inquirer, this is the near-official render of the Mate 10 smartphone, giving us a fair idea of what the smartphone would look like. As per the render, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Mate 10 will sport a full-screen display, with extremely narrow bezels on the top and bottom. This, according to the accompanying specs spillage, will be a 6.1-inch QHD AMOLED screen, and Huawei will be ditching the LCD panel used on last year’s Huawei Mate 9.

Apart from the leak, the full-screen display was confirmed by Huawei as well, when the company boldly claimed that the upcoming device will “surpass” the Apple iPhone 8 with its bezel-less display. “The Mate 10 series will surpass Apple’s iPhone 8 as our phone will have much longer battery life, a full-screen display, much faster-charging speed, much better camera and photographic capability, as well as much better overall user experience,” claimed Richard Yu Chengdong, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, as reported by the publication.

Moving back to the renders, the images reveal a dual-camera setup at the back of the device, which is powered by Leica, and placed vertically. On the left of the dual-camera assembly sits the dual-LED flash. And right below the camera setup, the fingerprint sensor is placed. The back of the purported Mate 10 seems to be topped with a metal body, covered with matte finish. At the bottom, we can spot a USB Type-C port on the device, while the 3.5mm headphone jack seems to have been ditched. 

Specifications of the smartphone also reveal that the Huawei Mate 10 will be powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 SoC, which the company claims can take on the Snapdragon 835 processor. The chipset will be accompanied by “at least” 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage, and microSD expansion up to 256GB. 

Google Allo for web finally goes live, only pairs with Android phones at launch

Google’s answer to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, Allo, has been updated with a new feature that brings support for the web. Starting today, Google Allo for Android will allow users to chat on their computers, similar to how WhatsApp Web works.

In order to use Allo for web, all you need to do is open the app on your smartphone -> Go to Menu -> tap on Allow for Web -> Scan the QR code with your phone. Once you scan, you will be able to chat on the computer. Akin to WhatsApp, Allo for Web requires you to have the app installed and running on the smartphone. At the moment, the feature is limited to Android, and will soon be rolled out to iOS. It is also worth pointing out that Allo for web only works on the Chrome browser, and you must have the latest version installed.

Allo, launched in September, is the successor to the GChat service by Google. However, unlike the GChat service, which required only the Google account for access, Allo works in sync with the mobile number, bringing it straight in competition with WhatsApp.

Google marketed Allo for its ‘smart replies’, font customization for a personal touch, built-in photo editing tool, stickers, and support for Google Assistant. While most of these features are also available on the web version, the ability to take photos, delete conversations or starting a chat with someone who is not part of the contact list is not supported.

Despite its smart capabilities, the app has not been able to match up WhatsApp’s scale of popularity. As of March, the app was downloaded only 3.1 million times on Android and 264,000 times on iOS. In comparison, WhatsApp boasts over 1.3 billion monthly active users, while Facebook Messenger recorded 1.2 billion monthly users as of April, 2017.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) with Helio P20 SoC, 4GB RAM spotted on Geekbench

Samsung appears to be preparing the launch of a new smartphone from its C-series. Rumored to be called the Galaxy C7 (2017), the smartphone has now been spotted on benchmarking website Geekbench. Other than hinting at the performance of the Galaxy C7, the listing also throws light on some of its key specifications.

Listed as Samsung SM-C710F, the purported smartphone achieves a single-core score of 883, and a multi-core score of 3,959. Based on the Geekbench listing, the Galaxy C7 could use a MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 octa-core SoC under-the-hood, paired with 4GB of RAM. In addition to that, the listing reveals that the smartphone could run the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.

The new Samsung Galaxy C7 will be the successor to the model released in 2016, and is expected to bring in a range of improvements. The smartphone has been previously spotted on certification websites TENAA, Bluetooth SIG, and Wi-Fi Alliance, all suggesting an imminent launch. Recently, the smartphone’s support page also went live on Samsung’s website. Interestingly, some of the past rumors indicated that the smartphone could feature a dual-camera setup, which could possibly make it the first Samsung smartphone to feature the new camera technology. 

However, it is widely believed that the Galaxy Note 8 – successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 – will be the first smartphone from Samsung’s portfolio to stand up against the likes of Apple iPhone 7 Plus, OnePlus 5, and the Honor 8 Pro among other dual-camera smartphones. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to make its debut on August 23 and hence, we can expect the Galaxy C7 launch to be pushed further.

What also stands in contrast to the latest Geekbench listing is the use of processor. If past reports are to be believed, the Galaxy C7 will be powered by either Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC or Snapdragon 660 SoC. However, the new listing indicates the use of a Helio chipset. Whether it will indeed be the first smartphone to boast a dual-camera setup or run Qualcomm chipset, is something we will have to wait for either the company to announce or the rumor mill to churn out. 

Nonetheless, past rumors suggest that it could feature a 5.5-inch full HD display and will arrive in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and another with 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. While there is lack of clarity on the dual-camera setup, it could be a combination of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors. Up front, the smartphone could pack a 16-megapixel front camera. It is expected to be fueled by a 2,850mAh battery.

Galaxy C7 Pro 

Galaxy C9 Pro 

Android O official name, release expected on August 21, the day of the solar eclipse

The second half of the year is when Google updates Android and this year, it’s Android O. While there have been a lot of leaks and rumors around Android O features and specifications, we’re still waiting for the finer details. As per naming convention, Android O would be named after a popular dessert. Though no official date has been unveiled by the company, considering August is almost half gone, the official announcement cannot be far off. As per latest reports, Android O will be officially announced and rolled out starting August 21. That is barely a week from now. 

Along with beginning the official roll out, the announcement will resolve one of the biggest questions surrounding Android O – the official name. With Android K or KitKat, Google for the first time announced a partnership with a popular brand. Android O could very well tread a similar route. Rumor mills have long since suggested that Android O will be called Android Oreo, the most beloved cream cookie. Google and Oreo could announce the partnership on August 21. Similar to Android KitKat, there could be special contests and events planned around the two big names. However, the official announcement is still not here and Google could surprise us all by choosing a completely different name.

The leak regarding the official announcement came from Twitter user David Ruddock who posted a series of tweets regarding the event. Though he confirmed that Google will definitely announce the next version of the OS later this month, he refrained from spilling the beans as to what would the name be. He did confirm though that he would not shy away from revealing the truth if some other publication managed to carry the actual name. Also, along with revealing the name, Google is reportedly planning a big event around the next OS unveiling. The details regarding the event are unknown, but it is likely to be something around the solar eclipse as US will witness its first ever complete solar eclipse in over a century on the same date.

August 21 will be when US will witness the event. Google has timed the launch of Android O with the eclipse considering during the solar eclipse, it is just the ring around the sun that is visible in the sky, in the shape of a big O. Apart from Android Oreo, there have been no new names suggested for the upcoming Android OS. Some of the older options suggested are Android Oatmeal Cookie. However, a recent developer’s preview of Android 8.0 showed an Octopus, which has now confused people as to what the actual name might be, Not only Ruddock, but even Evan Blass has mentioned on Twitter that Android 8.0 will officially arrive on August 21.

Android O Beta version has already been rolled out to developers and old Google smartphone owners who signed up for the update. Android O is expected to come with battery enhancements, picture-in-picture feature in apps as well as changes in notifications panel. Google pixel owners are the first in line scheduled to get the new update followed by Nexus devices. As the Android O version is adapted by other OEMs, flagship smartphones from the likes of Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others will soon start getting the updates. This is expected to be one of the last Android OS versions on many older flagship smartphones like the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Apple iPhone 6 32GB Gold variant now available in India at Rs. 26,999

While the iPhone 6 was launched only in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options, a new 32GB variant of the smartphone has cropped up on Amazon India. Interestingly, the new storage variant is only available online for now in India, though the iPhone 6 32GB has cropped up in other markets as well. The iPhone 6 32GB Gold variants launched in India and selling started during Amazon Great Indian Sale (9 - 12 Aug). The iPhone 6 32GB Gold Priced at Rs. 26,999 but during Great Indian Sale offer for Prime member Priced at Rs. 24,999. Launching day offers - SBI debit and credit card holders will get up to 15 percent caseback and Vodafone user get 45GB additional data.

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On the specifications front, iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, A8 processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and 1810mAh battery. The smartphone is powered by iOS 8 out-of-the-box which can now be upgraded to iOS 10.

iPhone 6 32GB Gold

Friday, August 11, 2017

Micromax Canvas Infinity likely to launch on August 22 featuring Galaxy S8-like 18:9 display
In line with the recent leak about Micromax working on a smartphone with infinity display, the company has now sent out invites for a launch event on August 22. Though the teaser does not mention the smartphone’s name, it is beyond obvious that it would be the Canvas Infinity.

What confirms it to be the Canvas Infinity is the tagline in the invite that reads, “Let’s put a number to infinity”. Earlier leaks have teased Micromax to be working on a smartphone with a 5.7-inch display, which will feature an aspect ratio of 18:9. That is similar to the ‘Infinity Display’ the Samsung Galaxy S8 duo feature.

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If that comes true, Micromax will become the first Indian smartphone manufacturer to adopt the new 18:9 aspect ratio. To recall, LG was the first brand that came up with the new aspect ratio known as FullVision, when it launched the LG G6. Samsung followed suit with its Infinity display with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. 

Beside that, the mentioned leak had also revealed an alleged photo of the Canvas Infinity, which showed off the front of the device, placed next to a Samsung Galaxy S8. The purported Micromax Canvas Infinity featured thin side bezels, with tiny upper and lower bezels as well. However, in comparison to Samsung Galaxy S8, the smartphone looked broader.

The image also revealed the volume rocker and power button placed on the smartphone’s right, while the micro-USB port and the microphone sat at the bottom. The Micromax Canvas Infinity has also been speculated to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, however, the processor series is unknown at the moment. 

Asus Zenfone 4, ZenFone 4 Max details leaked ahead of official launch on August 19

Asus is all set to unveil the Zenfone 4-series smartphones at a launch event on August 19 in Taiwan. Now, ahead of the launch, specifications and pricing of Asus Zenfone 4 Max and Zenfone 4 (ZE554KL) smartphones have been leaked online.

The details come from the famous leakster Roland Quandt, who goes by the Twitter handle, @rquandt. To begin with, the highly anticipated Asus Zenfone 4 (ZE554KL) is said to feature a 5.5-inch full HD display. It is expected to be powered by the new Snapdragon 630 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. On the photography front, the device is rumored to sport a dual camera setup at the back with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors. Armed with a 3,300mAh battery, the smartphone could be priced 499 Euros, which is Rs 37,600 approximately.

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Next in line is the Asus Zenfone 4 Max (ZC520KL) which is said to come with a 5.2-inch display, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. With 32GB of internal storage, there is no word on whether the storage is expandable or not.

On the camera front, the Zenfone 4 Max is also expected to come with dual camera setup – 13-megapixel main camera supplemented with a 5-megapixel camera. The smartphone is expected to be armed with 4,100mAh. The Zenfone Max is likely to be priced at 229 Euros (Rs 16,500 approximately).

Recently, Asus had announced an Asus Zenfone 4 Max with 5,000mAh battery and dual camera. However, the smartphone in question comes with a 5.5-inch display with full HD resolution. On the camera front, the smartphone packs a pair of 13-megapixel primary camera with autofocus and 13-megapixel wide-angle camera with f/2.0 aperture. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and 140-degree panorama selfie mode.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 users start receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update

Xiaomi has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update for Redmi Note 4X users in Greece. The update comes in line with the company’s recent announcement of the confirmed smartphones receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update soon. The list included Redmi Note 4X, which was launched as Redmi Note 4 in India. Flipkart had also teased the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Redmi Note 4 in India, although a specific date wasn’t mentioned.

Redmi Note 4 users in Greece posted screenshots of the Android 7.0 Nougat on the Facebook group, “Greek Xiaomi Lovers” (spotted by GSMArena). The update is sized 1.3GB and features MIUI 8.5 along with Google’s Android July security patch. The smartphone will also receive the MIUI 9 update on August 11 along with the Mi 6. With Android Nougat released now, it shouldn’t be long before MIUI 9 starts rolling out for the Redmi Note 4.

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The Redmi Note 4 along with the Redmi 4 are the best selling smartphones under Rs 10,000 in India, according to Counterpoint. The Redmi Note 4 starts at Rs 9,999 for the base variant. The smartphone is available in three variants of 2GB RAM plus 32GB storage, 3GB RAM plus 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM plus 64GB storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 specifications

Continuing with its specifications, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz. For photography, the Redmi Note 4 packs a 13-megapixel rear camera of f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. Up front, it houses a 5-megapixel front camera of f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone is fuelled by a 4,100mAh battery, and offers connectivity options like dual SIM support, 4G with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.1. The smartphone currently runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. 

Nokia 3310 3G variant to arrive in late September or early October

HMD Global brought a healthy dose of nostalgia with the announcement of the Nokia 3310 handset during MWC 2017. The feature phone lacked one key feature – 3G connectivity. Nokia is now expected to unveil a 3G variant of the iconic feature phone. Last month, a reported 3G variant of the device cleared FCC certification, giving rise rumors that the announcement of the device isn’t far off. A recent report now states that the Nokia 3310 3G will not arrive before late September or early October. However, there has been no official word from HMD Global with regards to the new 3G model.

The leak comes from an Irish telecom carrier, Three Ireland, that took to Twitter to share the news. The tweet simply says, “We will be ranging the 3G version of the Nokia 3310, the current launch date of late is September early October” that confirms the availability with the Irish carrier but also hints at the possible arrival date of the feature phone. Just like the Nokia 3310, the 3G variant is also expected to first be announced internationally and then in India at a later date. In terms of design and specifications, there are not too many changes expected in the device. 

The FCC listing revealed that the Nokia 3310 3G will come with the model number TA-1036 and the dimensions mentioned match those of the existing model. The 3G feature phone will come with 116mm length and 51mm width. Apart from the dimensions and confirmation that the device will be a 3G device, the FCC listing does not give any clue to any other specifications of the phone.  In terms of design though, HMD Global is not expected to bring any drastic changes to retain the nostalgia element of the device. However, the Nokia 3310 3G variant is expected to be priced higher than the current one, which retails at Rs 3,310 in India.

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Nokia has been announcing multiple special editions of the feature phone and recently unveiled a Nokia 3310 worth Rs 1.6 lakh. The device was launched to mark the meeting of US President Donald Trump with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. The Nokia 3310 Putin-Trump Summit Edition features a coin-like design on the back with the faces of both the Presidents. On the bottom is a golden plaque with the Summit details. The special edition is designed using Titanium and Black velvet, giving it a different look and finish. The area around the buttons is in Gold. The significance of the Presidents facing the same direction on the back is the united look for US and Russia.

HMD Global is expected to soon announce the flagship Nokia 8 and multiple leaks have already been doing rounds. Recent leaks hinted at a 13-megapixel front selfie camera as well as dual 13-megapixel sensors at the back of the smartphone. Nokia released a video to celebrate International Cat Day, which shows a previously unseen Nokia smartphone, believed to be the Nokia 8. The smartphone is expected to run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM. The internal storage is likely to be 64GB. The smartphone is expected to be unveiled in London on August 16.

Vivaldi browser 1.11 adds enhanced reader mode, GIF control, Accessibility features and more

Vivaldi browser v1.11 has been introduced along with new features such as the enhanced reader mode and control over GIF and animation settings. The highly customizable browser is pretty much the next-generation upgrade to Opera, which used to be popular before Google Chrome began its reign.

Despite being young and facing competition with the biggest force of Google Chrome in the desktop browser space, Vivaldi has managed to surpass 1 million users already as MacRumors reports. As the company says, Vivaldi is made for heavy internet users and those who like to tweak around with browser settings for a more personalized browsing experience. You can download Vivaldi browser from its official website. It’s available for both macOS and Windows. Here are a bunch of features from Vivaldi.

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Enhanced Reader Mode

About the enhanced reader mode, the feature cleans up the web page from advertisements and any unwanted distraction while you are reading the article. The enhanced reader mode also lets you customize font type and size. You can also adjust line height and column width. The browser offers you the option to switch between dark mode or a white theme depending on your reading preferences.

Toggle GIF animations

While GIF is one of the most popular ways of interaction online, it can get irritating at times. Vivaldi extends a certain level of control and lets you turn off or on a GIF animation on the web page. Click on the “Toggle Images” icon in the status bar at the bottom and choose from the provided “Always” “Once” and “Never” options.

Editable Mouse Gestures, Themes and more

Making the platform as refreshing as it goes, Vivaldi lets users perform certain tasks by just drawing gestures with the mouse. In the v1.11, developers of the browser have made few upgrades to the feature. Now users can set a minimum stroke length for the gestures control. For personalization, users can choose from different “Themes” settings and even apply it to the reader’s mode. Users can also create their own custom theme within the browser and even schedule a time for themes to change automatically. 

Vivaldi has a minimalist UI and capturing a web page absolutely seamless. You can capture a full web page or even make a selection. Users can click on the screenshot icon from the Status bar at the bottom and save the file in an image format of their choice. The tabs in the browser are adaptive in nature and can be distinguished from varied colors. Draw prominently from the web page currently open. You can group tabs for a common purpose together an also tag them with colors. For instance, Facebook can be marked blue, Gmail in red and so on.