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Huawei Mate 10 launch details

Huawei has been sending out invites for a launch event in Munich on October 16, giving rise to speculation that the company might unveil its Huawei Mate 10. Over the last few weeks several leaks about the upcoming flagship have made the rounds. A new render of the smartphone has also surfaced on the Internet.

A teaser shared by 9To5Google, shows the company saying “Meet the device worth waiting for” and there is a shadow of numeral 10 in the background. Alleged renders of Huawei Mate 10 have now been shared on Chinese website Weibo showing bezel-less display of the smartphone.
According to reports by renders Huawei Mate 10 will have minimum bezels at top and bottom of the display, much like Galaxy S8 models, and that will feature a dual camera setup in ve a tical orientation. The phone will mostly come with a battery with more than 4000mAh capacity and pack 6GB RAM. The smartphone could cost around CNY 4,000 (roughly Rs. 38,500).
Huawei CEO confirmed last month said the company’s upcoming Mate 10 smartphone will come with a bezel-less display will compete with iPhone 8, which is also heavily rumoured to feature a near bezel-less display. Earlier in the month, reports claimed the Mate 10 will come with facial recognition, support for AR, and could have 3D sensing as well. The phone might also have iris scanning feature and is expected to be powered by Huawei’s HiSilcon Kirin 970 SoC, which will be based on the 10nm fabrication process.

The Huawei Mate 10 will most likely sport a 6-inch (1080×2160 pixels) display with a taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9, same as the LG G6. The phone is also said to come with Leica-branded lenses, just like in the case of Mate 9.

Huawei’s Mate 9 launched November last year and features a 5.9-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. It is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor and it comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card, packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Huawei Mate 9 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery. It measures 156.90 x 78.90 x 7.90 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 190.00 grams. It’s priced at Rs. 64,900 in India.

Android Nougat-powered Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ launched: Faces stiff competition

Panasonic Eluga series smartphones are quite popular in India and are pitted against handsets from brands like Xiaomi, Motorola, Micromax and others. Now the company has expanded the series with a new model – Eluga I2 Activ – that takes on the sub-Rs. 10,000 priced phones in the market. Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ is strategically configured to attract buyers, but the phone is greeted with tough competition from its rivals. Handsets like Xiaomi Redmi 4, YU Yunique 2, Moto E3 Power and others pose

Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ is strategically configured to attract buyers, but the phone is greeted with tough competition from its rivals. Handsets like Xiaomi Redmi 4, YU Yunique 2, Moto E3 Power and others pose an imminent threat to the newly-launched Eluga I2 Active. But the company is optimistic about its success.

“With the launch of Eluga I2 Activ, we aim to target users who wish to own stylish and selfie camera-specific smartphones. This smartphones comes with 5-inch HD display which can be easily carried in your pocket and used on-the go. Consumers nowadays prefer using their smartphones as an everyday
pocket camera,” Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India, said in a statement. Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ features a metallic body with a large camera module at the back and visible

Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ features a metallic body with a large camera module at the back and visible antenna lines. The overall design of the phone is in line with most budget smartphones in the market. In terms of specifications, the handset has an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 5MP front snapper.

Sadly, unlike many phones in its price range, the Eluga I2 Activ lacks a fingerprint scanner. “A recent research by Counterpoints Research stated that nearly 33 percent of users prioritise a better selfie camera or fingerprint sensor for their next smartphone purchase,” Rana said. But does it justify the missing feature that has become a standard across most budget and premium phones?

Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 chipset with 1GB or 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage up to 128GB. The handset comes with a 2,200 built-in battery, supports 4G VoLTE and weighs 133 grams. Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ with 1GB RAM is priced at Rs. 7,190 and the higher-end model with 2GB RAM costs Rs. 7,990. With these specs and price, the Eluga I2 Activ stands a slim chance against Xiaomi Redmi 4, which was launched recently in India for Rs. 6,999.

In comparison, the Redmi 4 comes with a 13MP rear facing camera with dual LED flash and PDAF and a 5MP front snapper. The handset has a massive 4,100mAh battery, which is almost twice as much as the Eluga I2 Activ and there is 2GB RAM in the base model. Joining the list of better value specs, the Redmi 4 also has a fingerprint scanner at the back of its metallic body, which is missing in the Eluga I2 Activ.

Nokia 8: The new flagship Android phone details

Ahead of its launch today, we bring to you all the details that are out there for the HMD Global Oy’s much-anticipated flagship phone Nokia 8. The phone will be unveiled in London.

Nokia 8 will likely be more like the Nokia 5 that will boast a 2.5D curved glass. It has camera on the left corner with speaker-line beside just below it, there is a capsule shape sensor, according to leaked images.  The physical home button-cum-fingerprint sensor in the shape of a curved rectangle is at the bottom. It will be made available in three colour options: Tempered Blue, Silver (Steel) and Copper Gold.

Nokia 8 will likely have a smooth high-grade metal shell at the back and additional metal strip on top. The phone will sport a 5.7-inch QHD (2K: 2560x1440p) screen with Gorilla Glass 5 shield with 2.5D curved glass on the edges. It is said to measure 151.55mm in height (diagonal) and 73.7 mm wide.

The phone is expected to come packed with Snapdragon 835 octa-core, Qualcomm’s most powerful processor to date, and will be backed by 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage.

 

Recent reports have indicated Nokia 8 will come with two 13MP cameras on the back and the front, with 4K video recording capabilities. Nokia 8 will be the company’s first 2017-series phone to house state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss camera sensors.

The phone will have Li-ion based battery, most probably having 3,300mAh minimum (or more) capacity with Type C v3.1 USB charging port with fast charging capabilities. Other features may include Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0 and A-GPS/GLONASS support.

The price of the phone is expected to be around €589 (roughly $675/ Rs 43,416) and it will hit stores initially in Europe, by September.

Nokia 5 Details:

Nokia 5 smartphone was launched in February 2017, and comes with a 5.20-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. It is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and it comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage. The Nokia 5 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 149.70 x 72.50 x 8.05 (height x width x thickness) .

How to get a Reliance JioPhone?

From August 24, you can start booking your JioPhone both online and offline, while pre-orders in select stores in Delhi-NCR region have already begun.

Documentaion, price and other details have been given below.


JioPhone booking: You need to submit a copy of your Aadhaar card with the authorised Jio retailer to get the handset. You can get only one phone through one Aadhaar card.  Your details will be uploaded into centralised software that will assign you a token number, which will be required when you pickup the phone.
JioPhone price: The handset is free of cost but while getting it you need to pay a security deposit of Rs. 1,500, which is refundable. You will not have to pay anything when you submit your Aadhaar number, the payment will have to be made only when you pick up the handset. The refund cannot be claimed before 36 months of using the handset.
Delivery: If you order right after the bookings open then delivery will be between September 1 and September 4. As the number of bookings increase, delivery may be further delayed. Reliance aims to deliver 5 million units a week to consumers.
The online bookings for the handset begin on August 24 via the MyJio app.
JioPhone tariffs


JioPhone users are eligible for Dhan Dhana Dhan monthly pack for Rs. 153, which gives free voice, texts, 4G data with 500MB daily cap and access to MyJio apps for 28 days. JioPhone users can also get Jio Phone TV-Cable to stream phone’s content on any television. For that, users will need a Rs. 309 recharge pack, which includes all the benefits of Dhan Dhana Dhan and screen mirroring of movies, TV shows and more from MyJio apps from JioPhone to TV screens.

The Jio 4G feature phone will have a 2.4-inch display, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, microSD card support, 2-megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. With 4G VoLTE support, buyers will be able to access digital content with the help of the free subscription to Jio apps.

How to install Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4?

Xiaomi launched the latest Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM for its best-selling smartphone in India – the Redmi Note 4. The new software brings series of improvements to the device, making it a must for all Redmi Note 4 owners.


Android Nougat based MIUI 9 adds Google’s latest security update along with a series of new features, including multi-window support, night mode, Universal Search, Smart Assistance, and overall improved performance.

With MIUI 9, users can assign priority apps that will allocate dynamic resource to launch the apps faster. The update is available right now, and can be downloaded over-the-air. To do so, users can head over to the phone’s Settings, choose Updater App and check for software update.

Make sure you are connected to a secure and stable Wi-Fi to download the large file over the air, so the installation is not disrupted mid-way. In case the software isn’t available for download automatically, which saves a lot of time and effort, it can be installed manually.

If you wish to install MIUI 9 on your Redmi Note 4 manually, it is important to follow a set of rules and proceed with precaution. The flash-able factory images are available for download on the company’s official support page. Users will need a PC and the phone (fully charged) to proceed.

It’s worth mentioning that the MIUI 9 is available only for the Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm chipset variant in India. Before getting started, make sure you have backed up any important data on your phone, and wipe your device clean.

Once ready, download the MIUI ROM file for Redmi Note 4 on your PC. You can find the downloadable file HERE. Make sure you choose the right build, which is Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm Global and not Redmi Note 4 MTK Global or Redmi Note 4 MTK China. The file weighs 1.5GB.

“If you upgrade from MIUI Stable ROM based on Android M to MIUI Developer ROM based on Android N, please flash it via Fastboot update. Recovery update might cause upgrade failure,” Xiaomi’s instruction guide reads.

Once downloaded, connect your phone to the PC and copy the ROM file to the internal storage of your device. The file will be found in the folder “downloaded_rom”.


Now, launch the Updater app on your Redmi Note 4. Now click on the three dots on the top right hand corner and select update package. Now choose the ROM file that you just transferred to the phone and wait till the upgrading is completed. This process will take a few minutes and finally boot to the new version once it is successfully completed.

You’ll see a new homescreen with MIUI 9’s default wallpaper, which will ensure the new software update was successfully installed. To confirm, you can go to Settings and About Phone to verify the updated version – Android Nougat and MIUI 9.

Nokia 5 India sales begin on August 15: Price and specs

The Nokia 5 is here after pre-orders and sale is yet to start on August 15. The phone will be available with offline retailers exclusively in more than 10 cities in India, including Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Calicut.


The Nokia 5 will be available in four colour options – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – however initially only the Matte version will be available.

The Nokia 5 is priced at Rs. 12,499, and launch offers will be provided, including Vodafone customers getting 5GB data per month at Rs. 149 per month for 3 months on the smartphone. Also, Rs. 2,500 off (Rs. 1,800 on hotels & Rs.700 off on domestic flights) can be availed on Makemytrip.com.

 Specifications:

The Nokia 5 sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) display, runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 2GB RAM, 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. The phone packs a 13-megapixel camera on the back along with a flashlight and a 8-megapixel sensor in the front.

It comes with a fingerprint scanner mounted on the home button and measures 149.7×72.5×8.05mm and houses a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The Nokia 6, on the other hand, will be available on Amazon India exclusively, and registrations have already begun. The sale will likely happen on August 23. Nokia 6 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch. It will be powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor processor and come with 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB. In optics, the Nokia 6 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 154.00 x 75.80 x 7.85 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 167.00 grams.


Everything to know about LG V30 and LG V30 Plus

LG’s V30 is set to be launched in Berlin on August 21, and rumours claim the plus version of the phone may also be unveiled on the same day.


A report from South Korea’s ET News claims V30 Plus will get 128GB storage and include wireless charging support, and will come with a different “audio” system. However, the V30 Plus and V30 won’t be much different than each other.

Earlier reports said the V30 could include Bang & Olufsen audio technology, but now it might be available in the  V30 Plus.

LG V30 Plus will be priced approx Rs. 56,000, while the V30 will cost approx Rs 44,859.

Both the V30 and V30 Plus will have similar specifications, including the 6-inch OLED screen and the Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM, IP68 dust and water resistance, and a 3200mAh battery. The phone will feature an f/1.6 aperture dual camera. A dual camera setup is also expected with 16MP (standard angle) and 13MP (optical angle) lenses.

“LG Electronics (LG) will incorporate an F1.6 aperture camera and glass lens in the dual camera of its upcoming V30 flagship smartphone, introducing industry-leading innovations that bring a new level of photographic innovation to the mobile industry,” the blog said.

The smartphone will face tough competition from Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8. Both of the phones are expected to launch this year.

LG V30 and V30 Plus will release on both the devices to mobile networks on September 15, which is also the release date for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.

Earlier there have been rumours that LG will feature OLED in the new device that will sport a FullVision display — making it less bezel. The phone’s display will take on the 18:9 FullVision aspect ratio, just like the LG G6. The company said it will cover 109 percent of the DCI-P3 colour space and support HDR10 as well.


“Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for smartphones. With competition in the global smartphone space fiercer now than ever, we felt that this was the right time to reintroduce OLED displays in our mobile products,” LG Electronics Mobile Communications President Juno Cho said while talking about the impending launch.

Earlier rumours also said the LG V30 may sport Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and Daydream support. The phone’s dimensions could measure at 151.4×75.2×7.4mm.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Lenovo K8 Note: Choosing the right Note for you

Smartphone shopping in India is not as easy as it used to be. The intense competition between OEMs has brought new and competitive devices at attractive price points, which is confusing buyers. But not all phones with an affordable price tag are worth buying.


Xiaomi is one of the top smartphone manufacturers of low-price, high-value phones in India, but it is not without competition. After the company announced a significant milestone for its Redmi Note 4 hitting 5 million sales in the first 6 months of 2017, there are several new phones trying to take the top spot in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price category.

Lenovo K8 Note is one of the top contenders, which offers great value for the money spent on a phone. Priced at Rs. 12,999 for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and Rs. 13,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, Lenovo K8 Note is ideally targeting Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and other phones in India.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with similar configuration of 3GB RAM and 32GB storage costs Rs. 10,999 and the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs. 12,999. There’s a minor difference in price between the two phones and Xiaomi turns out to be a cheaper option.

But what about the phones being worth their price? To solve that mystery, we pit both Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K8 Note against each other.

Display and design

Both phones have a metallic unibody, but the Lenovo K8 Note has one-upped with splash resistant coating on its aluminium 5000 series metal body. The displays in both phones measure 5.5 inches, have a 2.5D curved glass, Full HD resolution and good viewing angles.

In terms of design and display, both phones are at par with each other and it comes down to buyer’s personal choice.

Camera

Lenovo K8 Note has a dual rear camera setup with 13MP + 5MP sensors with dual LED flash and a 13MP front snapper with f/2.0 aperture, five element lens, Pro mode, Beautify mode and wide-angle field of view.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 4 has a 13MP rear-facing snapper with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide angle view of field with Beautify and Pro modes.

It is quite clear here that Lenovo’s smartphones offers better optics as compared to Xiaomi.

Battery

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 4,100mAh battery with 5V/2A charging support and the Lenovo K8 Note has a 4,000mAh battery with 15W Turbo Charger. In terms of battery life, we don’t have any doubts that both phones will last equally long under identical usage conditions.

Performance

Lenovo K8 Note is powered by MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core chipset, while the Redmi Note 4 has a Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU under the hood. The RAM and storage options are identical in both phones, and they also have microSD card support for additional storage up to 128GB.

The prospect of Lenovo K8 Note’s deca-core chipset looks better than Redmi Note 4’s octa-core processor, but we doubt users will find any major difference on a day-to-day basis.

Add-ons

Both phones have a fingerprint scanner, dual SIM card slots and 4G VoLTE support. The Lenovo K8 note additionally offers Dolby Atmos sound system, dedicated physical Music button, and TheaterMax support. Unlike the Redmi Note 4’s hybrid slot, Lenovo K8 Note features a dedicated microSD card slot in addition to two SIM card slots, which some might find useful.

5 features to know about the Google camera version 4.4

Google has unveiled the Google Camera app version 4.4 for Pixel, Nexus and Android One devices in its Google Play store that will bring large camera improvements.


If the official update is not available then it can be downloaded via an APK, which has been approved by Google and comes with a cryptographic signature.

Some of the features of the version are as follows:

  • The new feature allows users to switch from video to camera by usinh a button on the camera app screen. Earlier, users had to swipe on the viewfinder to make the switch.
  • With the new feature, zooming in and out gets easier as users can double tap on any photo that will make the photo zoom in by 50 percent and double tapping it again will return it to normal dimensions. Earlier, it was required to pinch in and out to use the zoom function.
  • Easier access to front and rear camera is possible using the icon.
  • The new app version comes with a feature called “selfie flash” that will allow you get a clear picture when the photo is taken in low-lit areas. Just taking an image from the front camera the screen light will go white, to throw light at the subject that will make the click very clear.
  • With the new version, a bigger shutter button will make it easy to take images faster.




Below are few tips to take a great photo:

  • Always frame your shot correctly. Ideally the shot must be split up into nine rectangular segments. On Android, tap the menu button and choose Settings then Show grid in viewfinder; on iOS, go to Photos & Camera in the main Settings app and toggle the Grid switch to on.
  • Try to keep your hand firm while taking a shot, or look for a support. Shaky hands may disrupt the frame.
  • Changing focus is always necessary, so when shooting with an iPhone or Android tap the screen anywhere to change the focus of the shot. This also changes the exposure level to match the spot you’ve selected. iPhones users can tap and hold to lock the focus and exposure.
  • In order to get a steady click, use physical volume buttons to take a picture, using the software shutter button in the middle of the screen may your handset to shake.
  • Always make sure that your lens is clean, so that you get a clean and clear picture.

 

 

OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T will receive Android O, and that’s it: Open Beta Program shifting to OnePlus 5

OnePlus smartphone users have long been waiting to hear something on the software update cycle for older smartphones, and there’s finally some news on that. Owners of OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T needn’t be in the dark for long about the next software update as the company’s product head has confirmed a major rollout is underway sooner than later.


Oliver Z, head of product at OnePlus, revealed during a Q&A session on Friday that Android O will certainly arrive on OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. But there’s bad news with that. If you have been expecting to get other major OS updates after Android O, Oliver said the OnePlus 3/3T won’t be eligible.

The company is shifting focus to OnePlus 5 and the Open Beta Program, which releases new features once every month, will be shifted to the company’s latest flagship OnePlus 5 as soon as Android O is rolled out to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

“Android O is going to be the last Android version update we’ll release for OP3/3T. We’ll continue to release security patch updates for the foreseeable future, and offer support for individual application updates. After the OP3/3T have been updated to Android O, we’ll start moving the Open Beta Program from OP3/3T to OP5,” Oliver said.

Compared to OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T have received lot less updates, but the former flagship smartphones will soon be updated to OxygenOS 4.5 in a matter of 1 or 2 months. Before that, users can expect the August security patches for both 2016 flagships.

Even though Android O’s arrival for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T is great news, being excluded from major OS updates in the future is sheer disappointment as the OnePlus 3 is 14 months old and the OnePlus 3T is just 9 months old.

Android O’s official release is pegged for this month, and the OnePlus smartphones will quickly follow up with the new software by the end of this year. Users have a lot to look forward to with the new update.


Android O, which is the eight iteration of Android, is expected to bring revamped user experience with improvements to performance, battery and security to compatible devices. New features such as picture-in-picture mode for multi-tasking, Smart Text Selection for better copy-paste function and machine learning elements, will add value to the phones.

But Oliver also warned that OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users won’t get some features that are available in OnePlus 5 due to hardware differences. For instance the Reading Mode won’t be available in older-gen phones due to the lack of RGB sensor along with new off-screen gestures and DCI-P3 screen calibration.