Google Pixel 2: Will it be the flagship of the year or just another overpriced smartphone?

Everyone’s talking about the Apple iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but they are not the only premium flagship smartphones that are worth waiting for this year. Samsung will launch its phablet flagship August 23, while Apple fans must wait until September to witness the iPhone 8 launch.


But before the year ends, Google will surprise everyone with the Pixel 2, at least that is what the rumours about the new phone are suggesting. Google Pixel 2 will succeed the already-popular Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which made quite an impact in the premium smartphone segment despite stiff competition from rivals Apple, Samsung and LG.

Several rumours have pointed towards an October launch for the Pixel 2 series, which will likely be accompanied by a larger variant called the Pixel 2 XL. If the current generation Pixel series is any indication, the Pixel 2 series will be nothing short of extra-ordinary. But Google must be vigilant of the competition as Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 are going to make the flagship race tense in the market.

So far, there have been several leaks about the Pixel 2 series, all of which point towards a solid rival to iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8. In a recent FCC filing made by HTC, which is likely to be the manufacturer of Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 will have a squeezable “Active Edge” frame. The Pixel 2 XL, which is reportedly being made by LG, will also sport the squeezable frame.

There will be no compromise on the choice of specifications for the Pixel 2, which will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 or even the SD836 chipset depending on availability. The phone will have 4GB RAM and 64GB storage built inside.

Owing to the popularity of bezel-less designs, Google Pixel 2 will also have slim bezels. Leaked renders have showed no evidence of a 3.5mm headphone jack in the phone, so it is likely the phone will have a USB Type-C port for charging as well as audio. If the departure of the audio jack is saddening, some might even find the placement of the fingerprint scanner at the back of phone disappointing.


Vivo has demonstrated a technology where the fingerprint scanner can be placed seamlessly under the display, so the loss of bezels doesn’t compromise the placement of the popular biometric sensor. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was criticised in the Galaxy S8 series, and Samsung seems to follow it for the Galaxy Note 8 as well. By using the latest under-display fingerprint scanner, Google could gain an edge over its rivals.

Other than that, the Pixel 2 is expected to have a 4.95-inch Full HD display while the larger Pixel 2 XL will boast of a 5.99-inch screen with QHD aka 2K resolution. The cameras will include a 12MP rear-mounted sensor and a 7MP front-facing snapper. With all these specs, the Pixel 2 pricing is expected to start at around $649 and $769 for the XL variant.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) Prices reduced in India

Samsung on Friday announced price cuts for its Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) in India. As per the new price Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) will now be available at Rs. 22,900, down from an earlier price of Rs. 26,900 and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) will cost Rs. 25,900, down from Rs. 30,900.


Both the phones launched in India in March at a launch price of Rs. 28,990 for A5 and Rs. 33,490 for the A7 model. Both the phones have Galaxy S7-style design, cameras with low-light optimisation, a simplified camera UX, and IP68-rating for dust and water resistance. Samsung has also introduced Samsung Pay, its payments service with the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017).
Specifications for Galaxy A7 (2017):  The phone comes with a 5.7-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels.It is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 7880 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB. It packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3600mAh non-removable battery. It measures 77.60 x 7.90 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 186.00 grams. The dual sim phone accepts Nano-SIM.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India).
Specifications for Galaxy A5 (2017): The phone comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. It is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 7880 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB. The phone packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. It measures 146.10 x 71.40 x 7.90 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 157.00 grams. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Barometer.

Looks like an iPhone 7 Plus, costs half as much: Coolpad Cool M7 is here for you

Coolpad is making an appeal with the launch of its latest smartphone Cool M7 in China, which mimics the popular design of Apple’s current flagship, iPhone 7 Plus. Coolpad Cool M7 is unique on its own terms, but the attractive design offered at half the price of an iPhone 7 Plus is a good enough reason to survive.


For those who cannot afford an iPhone 7 Plus or prefer Android over iOS without giving up on the classy look, Coolpad Cool M7 serves a great purpose. Packed in a slim metallic unibody with no visible bezels on the sides and a minimalistic overall look, the Cool M7 will be available in China starting August 26. The handset is priced at ¥2699, which is roughly about Rs. 25,900.

Coolpad hasn’t shared any intention of launching the iPhone 7 Plus-lookalike in India, where it has a series of budget phones with great reception from consumers. Coolpad Cool M7 comes in two colours, matte black and blue, and mimics the iPhone 7 Plus to the tiniest detail of having a circular home button with a fingerprint scanner.

Unlike the iPhone 7 Plus, the Cool M7 features a single camera at the back and has a USB Type-C port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. Except for the looks, everything about the Cool M7 is different than the iPhone 7 Plus.

Coolpad Cool M7 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a 2.5D curved glass on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa core chipset clocking speeds at 2.Ghz, which is paired with Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The rear camera module on the Cool M7 looks a lot like the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera setup, but the former has a single 12 megapixel Sony IMX362 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and dual tone LED flash. Towards the front, the Cool M7 packs a 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and 79.8-degree wide-angle lens to capture selfies.

Under the hood, Coolpad Cool M7 packs a reasonable 3,200mAh battery, which is expected to last a day with average consumption. The handset supports 4G VoLTE, dual SIM card slots, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS as standard connectivity options. The handset runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Cool UI on top to offer a customized user experience.


Since the phone is available in China currently, it can be pre-ordered within the country from the popular e-commerce site JD.com.

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.