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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.

Honor 8, Honor 7, Honor 5X sale ahead of Independence Day

Huawei Terminal brand Honor has come with discounts for its online customers with offers on Honor 8, Honor 4X, Honor 7, Holly 2+, and the Honor 5X.

“We are very excited to include the Honor 5C and several other popular Honor devices as part of our Independence Day offer on our HiHonor India website. Despite the flood of offers during this period, given the quality and robust performance of Honor smartphones which has withstood the test of time, we are confident that our consumers will log on and avail of these lucrative offers without any hesitation,” Allen Wang, Director Product Center at Huawei India Consumer Business Group, said.


Honor 8, which was launched in October last year, will now be available for Rs. 16,999. The market price for the phone is Rs. 29,999. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 423 pixels per inch. It is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 950 processor and it comes with 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and runs Android 6.0. The phone comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The phone, which has a 3000mAh non removable battery, measures 145.50 x 71.00 x 7.45 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 153.00 grams.

The Honor 7 smartphone has a market price of Rs. 22,999 and will now be available for Rs. 14,999. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 424 pixels per inch. It is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 935 processor and it comes with 3GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and runs Android 5.0. The phone packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It measures 143.20 x 71.90 x 8.50 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 157.00 grams.

The company is offering a Rs. 3,000 discount on Honor 5X smartphone with a price now of Rs. 10,999. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. It is powered by 1.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor and it comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and runs Android 5.1. The phone packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The phone measures 151.30 x 76.30 x 8.20 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 158.00 grams.

Honor 5C now costs Rs. 8,999 from Rs. 10,999. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 424 pixels per inch. The phone is powered by 1.7GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 650 processor and it comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Honor 4Xis priced at Rs. 7,999 down from its market price of Rs. 9,999. The Honor Holly 2+ is available with a Rs. 1,300 discount, down to Rs. 7,699 from its Rs. 8,999 market price.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie, Zenfone 4 Pro price, specs revealed ahead of August 17 launch

Asus has a fresh line of smartphones ready to be launched. The company has already sent out invites for its upcoming event on August 17, where new Zenfone 4 smartphones will be unveiled. As the eagerness around these new phones grow, Asus just spilled the beans a bit too early.


Ahead of the official launch event on next week, Asus listed two models on Zenfone 4 series on its France site, NDTV reported. It’s worth noting that the product listing on Asus website has been taken down since, which could mean that it was put up in error. But the products weren’t taken down before their pricing and specs were widely reported.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie and Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro were listed online for EUR 299.99 (roughly Rs. 22,550) and EUR 399.99 (roughly Rs. 30,050), respectively. More than their pricing, the key specs are worth considering for Asus fans in India.

The two new Zenfone 4 models, as their names suggest, have strong front cameras to attract selfie lovers. The Asus Zenfone 4 Slefie Pro features a dual camera setup with 24 megapixel sensor and 5 megapixel sensor, while the Zenfone 4 Selfie has a combination of 20 megapixel and 8 megapixel sensors on the front. As for the rear, both phones share the same 16MP cameras.

Diving into the details of the specs, both phones seem identical with slight differences. The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset clocking speeds at 2GHz.

On the other hand, the Zenfone 4 Selfie sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and both phones are paired with 4 gigs of RAM for seamless multi-tasking. The display size of the Zenfone 4 Selfie is same as the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, but the resolution is lowered to 720×1280 pixels and uses an LCD panel instead.


The rest of the specifications are the same in both phones. The Zenfone 4 Selfie and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro come with 64GB built-in storage with microSD card support up to 128GB, dual SIM card slots, Android 7.0 Nougat and a 3,000mAh battery.

The phones come with 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 and have a fingerprint scanner integrated within the home button. The listing of both the products on Asus France website does not facilitate buying, but the upcoming launch event will certainly unlock that.

There’s a lot of uncertainty that the phones will arrive in India at the same time as they would internationally, but give it a month or two and Asus might release the phones in India as well. Besides Zenfone 4 Selfie and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, the company is expected to launch Zenfone 4, Zenfone 4 Pro and Zenfone 4V with varying features and prices to match the needs of different customers.

Lenovo K8 Note vs Gionee A1 Lite: Right smartphone for the right price

Lenovo and Gionee went on a face-off battle with their two smartphones in India on Wednesday, offering customers a fighting chance. Gionee’s A1 Lite and Lenovo’s K8 Note bring great value to the sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphone category, where customers are looking for a premium phone with affordable price tag.


The sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphone category is a sweet spot for manufacturers if they get it right, and Lenovo and Gionee have compelling devices worth considering. Both phones have great potential with top-of- the-line specs, but there can only be one winner.

The differences between Gionee A1 Lite and Lenovo K8 Note start with the pricing. The high-end variant of the K8 Note is priced at Rs. 13,999, which we have picked for this comparison, and the Gionee A1 Lite costs Rs. 14,999 in India. The latter will be available in retail stores from August 10 onwards, while Lenovo’s smartphone will be exclusively available via Amazon India from 12PM, August 18. If you have your mind set on the budget and where you can pick them (online or in stores), the choice is pretty clear. But if you’d like to see how these two phones compete against each other in terms of specs, read on.

Design & Display

Lenovo K8 Note has a metal unibody with 5000-series aluminium, designed to resist regular splash of water, thanks to the water-repellent nano-coating. The handset features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. On the other hand, Gionee A1 Plus also has a premium metal finish and a 5.3-inch display with 720p resolution screen, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. In comparison, the Lenovo K8 Note turns out to be a better deal in terms of screen resolution and durability.

Camera

Lenovo K8 Note features a dual rear-camera setup with 13MP+5MP sensors to capture depth-of- field effects like Bokeh – a trend which is quickly catching on. The rear camera is accompanied by dual-LED CCT flash for natural lighting effect. For the selfies, Lenovo K8 Note packs a 13MP snapper on the front, which also has a dedicated LED flash. As for the Gionee A1 Lite, the handset gets treated with a 13MP single lens at the back with LED flash. But the front snapper is of prime focus, which has a 20MP sensor with soft LED flash for improved selfies. If you love clicking selfies to get those “likes” and “hearts” on social media networks, Gionee’s smartphone is the way to go, but if you want to shoot some candid portraits of your pet, garden, toys or your friend, the K8 Note has you covered.


Battery

Both smartphones feature reliable 4,000mAh batteries, which should easily last a full day. While Gionee puts the phone’s estimated runtime at 30 hours with web browsing, reading or even playing videos, Lenovo promises up to 24.7 hours of talktime. Lenovo tries to win over with fast charging enabled by the 15W rapid charger in the box.

Performance

Under the hood, Lenovo K8 Note is powered by a 1.4GHz deca-core MediaTek MT6797 chipset, which is paired with 4GB RAM for seamless multi-tasking. The handset runs stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and offers 64GB onboard storage with microSD card support up to 128GB. Gionee A1 Lite features a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753V processor with 3GB RAM, which is a decent configuration for day-to- day operations. The handset runs Android 7.0 Nougat-based Amigo OS 4.0 and offers 32GB storage, which is expandable up to 256GB. Both phones have fingerprint scanner at the back, 4G VoLTE support and dual SIM card slots.

Amazon Great Indian Sale Day 2: Best smartphone deals you must check out right now

Amazon India is following the tradition of offering great discounts on a wide range of products, including electronics, clothing, accessories, automobile parts and more, as a part of its Great Indian Sale. In a bid
to attract shoppers, the popular e-commerce giant has a bundle of exclusive offers, which are hard to
resist.


Amazon Great Indian Sale started on Wednesday, August 9, and it will go on till August 12, 2017. During
this time, shoppers can make the most out of the limited-period sale. If you have any specific item in
mind, head straight to it and you’ll be sure to find some sort of discount. At the very least, Amazon India
is offering additional cashback of 15 percent on app and 10 percent on site for using SBI debit and credit
cards.

Lucky shoppers are also entitled to win a trip to Bali. Only ten shoppers will be picked for this bonus
extravaganza. To gain extra points and savings, make sure you sign up for Prime membership, which
gives access to additional bonuses, exclusive deals, and free one-day delivery.
Smartphone shoppers will have a gala during Amazon’s Great Indian Sale. From budget smartphones to
premium phones, discounts are raining.

Let’s take a look at some of the top smartphone deals during Amazon Great Indian sale:

Apple iPhone 7 32GB: Rs. 42,999 (Rs. 6,000 off)
Apple iPhone 6 32GB: Rs. 23,999 (Rs. 3,096 off)
Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro: Rs. 6,990 (Rs. 1,000 off)
Motorola Moto G5S Plus: Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 2,000 off)
Honor 6X: Rs. 10,999 (Rs. 1,000 off)
Motorola Moto G5: Rs. 10,999 (Rs. 1,000 off)
OnePlus 3T 64GB: Rs. 27,999 (Rs. 2,000 off)
Coolpad Note 5: Rs. 8,999 (Rs. 3,000 off)
Lenovo ZUK Z2 64GB: Rs. 10,999 (Rs. 9,000 off)
Moto G4: Rs. 8,999 (Rs. 3,500 off)
Coolpad Cool 1: Rs. 8,999 (Rs. 3,000 off)
Google Pixel XL: Rs. 48,999 (Rs. 18,001 off)
Nubia N2: Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 3,000 off)

In addition to these direct discounts, customers can avail no cost EMIs and one-day delivery. If you are
keen on saving more, check out Amazon’s Golden Hour Deals between 9PM and 12AM, where products
will be available at their best prices for a limited period. This is exclusive to app only.

Exclusive smartphones such as Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A, OnePlus 5 are also available with cashback offers and generous exchange bonuses.


If you have no plans to upgrade your smartphone, Amazon India’s Great Indian Sale is also offering
discounts on smartphone accessories such as earphones, mobile covers, power banks and more.
Shoppers can find discounts up to 60 percent on headphones from brands like Bose, Sony, Skullcandy
and more. Headphones by Sennheiser can save you up to 50 percent.

Shoppers can also find discounts on wearables. Apple Watch models are 20 percent cheaper, FitBit
trackers get up to 30 percent discount and Samsung gears get flat Rs. 2,000 off. Power banks from Intex,
Xiaomi, and Lenovo are 65 percent cheaper.

Everything to know about Gionee A1 Lite

Looking for a great selfie camera, Gionee’s new A1 Lite could be your option. While promising great captures, the phone also boasts of an amazing battery life with its 4000mAh battery. The phone is priced at Rs. 14,999 and will be available in a store near you from August 10.


“India is an extremely important market for us and we have our full focus on bringing in customized products for the Indian consumer. We are putting all our energy in understanding the consumer behaviour and providing products that facilitate and enhance the user experience,” Alok Shrivastava, Director – Business Intelligence and Planning, Gionee India said during the launch. “Keeping up with the growing demand for high quality smartphones with superior photography capabilities, we are thrilled to launch the latest in A1 series – A1 Lite. With the newest in line dual rear camera that delivers professional quality images and videos, and a trendy design, A1 Lite will surely be the next game changer.”

Specifications:

The Gionee A1 Lite runs on Android 7.0 Nougat based on Amigo OS 4.0, features a 5.3-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, powered by the 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753V octa-core processor paired with Mali T-720 GPU and 3GB RAM. The hybrid dual-SIM slots (Nano + Nano/microSD) comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage expandable up to 256GB.

The phone’s highlight is its 20-megapixel front sensor with soft LED flash support, which comes along with a a 13-megapixel rear sensor. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery, which can keep your device up and running for up to 30 hours. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and USB OTG. The Gionee A1 Lite measure at 150.5×74.4x8mm.

Fingerprint on the phone is fount below the rear camera. Available colours are Black and Gold.

During the MWC 2017, the company launched Gionee A1 and Gionee A1 plus that later hit the Indian market at Rs. 19,999 and Rs. 26,000

The Gionee A1 Lite is the cheaper version of the previous lot. Here’s the difference between them.

Gionee A1: The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels, powered by 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 processor and 4GB RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The phone has a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 4010mAh non removable battery.


Gionee A1 Plus: The phone comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage and runs Android 7.0. The phone packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 20-megapixel front shooter for selfies, and has a 4550mAh non removable battery

Swipe Elite VR brings virtual reality without drilling a deep hole in the pockets: Price, specs, availability

Smartphone shopping can get tricky with the various options that are presented to buyers. Rest assured that you will not be stranded no matter what budget they’re looking into. Starting from Rs. 4,000 all the way up to Rs. 40,000 and more, there are phones that come with challenging features to justify the price.


Swipe Technologies – the maker of affordable smartphones – took the affordable smartphone battle to a new level. The company just launched the world’s cheapest VR-enabled smartphone – Swipe Elite VR – in India on Tuesday, giving a tough time for all the other smartphones in the sub-Rs. 5,000 smartphone space.

Swipe Elite VR comes with a bundle of features, but its virtual reality support makes it unique at such low price point. Intex Aqua 5.5 VR owned the title of world’s cheapest VR-enabled smartphone at around Rs. 5,000, but the Elite VR by Swipe certainly takes the higher spot with a slight difference in price.

By offering VR-support in a sub-Rs. 5,000 smartphone, Swipe Technologies is offering a chance for budget shoppers to experience the latest technology that immerses users into a virtual world. There are apps for VR in Google Play Store, most of them free, which can deliver a refreshing experience for normal smartphone users.

From a technical standpoint, the Elite VR must support gyroscope sensor to enable VR capabilities, but the company has nowhere mentioned it online. Swipe Elite VR essentially requires a cardboard VR headset, pre-fitted with lenses that turn the phone’s screen into a VR-monitor. Plug in your headphones and enjoy VR content on the phone.

But the virtual reality offering isn’t the only reason to buy Swipe Elite VR. The affordable smartphone has got the looks and specs to challenge any other sub-Rs. 5,000 smartphone in India. The handset comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. While this is not ideal for VR, it does a decent job since it is hard to expect a 2K screen at this price point.


The optics includes a 13MP rear facing snapper with LED flash and a 5MP front snapper for selfies. It is powered by a quad core MediaTek MT6737 processor, which is paired with Mali T720 GPU for graphics, 1GB RAM and a 3,000mAh battery that guarantees a long lasting runtime.

Swipe Elite VR has 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded further using a microSD card slot. It has dual SIM support, micro USB port for charging and 4G VoLTE support. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Swipe Technologies has associated with Shopclues for the exclusive sale of its ultra-affordable Elite VR. Buyers can choose from four colour options, including red, grey, black and gold. The product listing on the popular e-commerce site says the phone comes with one year warranty, but fails to mention if the VR headset is part of the package or buyers must get it separately.

Google Pixel 2 live images leak online: 5 major takeaways

Samsung, LG and OnePlus have had their share of attention with the launch of respective flagships this year, but we are still not done. While Apple is yet to make its annual announcement for a new iPhone this September and Samsung will launch its Galaxy Note 8, Google isn’t the one to sit on the sidelines and watch.


Google Pixel and Pixel XL marked the end of the Nexus line, and the new series will continue as one would expect. This year’s Pixel series will include two models, the Pixel 2 and an XL variant, to compete against the Galaxy S8 series as well as the upcoming iPhone 7S series.

Leading up to the launch of Google’s new Pixels, fans have been treated a lot of details about the unannounced phones. Leaked renders of the Pixel XL and the Pixel 2 gave a brief idea of what to expect from the upcoming phones, but there’s more for you to look at with the freshly leaked live images of the smaller model.

At first glance, one may not find the details, but there’s more to the images than meets the eye. The photos of the phone were shared by an anonymous source to GSMArena and we’ve listed five major takeaways based on them.

Design

This is the first thing anyone would notice in the images of the Pixel 2. The front portion of the design looks rather ordinary, but the tipster noted that the in-hand feel of the handset is better than the original Pixel. The Pixel 2 is said to be sleek and elegant.

By the looks of it, the Pixel 2’s shape appears more rectangular, which is clearly the reason behind its handiness. Due to this new shape, the corners look a bit sharp despite having rounded edges.

Turn over the phone, and we see what’s been reported previously. There is a slimmer glass panel with a fingerprint scanner sitting at the center, while the rest of the cover is aluminium. There’s a single lens, which will be responsible for the optics that will try to match up to the dual-camera-powered Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone series.

Speakers move to the front

Front facing speakers in the front remind us of HTC, and it looks like the Taiwanese tech giant might have something to do with the Google Pixel. After all, the original Pixel series were also made by HTC without any visible credit. The leaked images show speakers at the top and bottom bezels of the phone, and what better way to claim ownership without throwing its name around.


Bezels are here to stay

Front facing speakers seem like a good idea, and a practical one in terms of better audio performance. But the problem is that the speakers sit on thick bezels. This wouldn’t be a problem a year ago, but 2017 has so far been a year for bezel-less phones. Removing bezels from the side is no longer a priority, OEMs are also forced to trim the top and bottom bezels to make space for larger displays in compact phones. Take Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 for instance.

Goodbye jack!

As disheartening it was to bid adieus to Jack in the movie Titanic, Google smartphone fans must prepare for a similar ordeal. Apple encouraged this trend of jack-less smartphones, relying on wireless headphones of a Type-C connector earphones. Google Pixel 2 doesn’t seem to come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you’ll have to carry that tiny USB Type-C to 3.5mm connector to plug in your wired headphones. Given the new trend, it shouldn’t get hard to find USB Type-C headphones in the future.

It’s worth mentioning that the leaked live images of the Pixel 2 are photos of a developer model, and the final model may be different. But any massive changes are unlikely, considering the nearing launch date for the Pixel 2, which is probably in and around September.