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    Vivo recently introduced the first smartphone in the world with an in-display fingerprint sensor followed by Huawei Mate RS Porche Design. Now OPPO appears to be the third one in the list as the company's new patent which was received from State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) reveals a fingerprint scanner under the display. The documents are backed by multiple images that reveal the scanner might be used not only for unlocking the device but also for authorizing payments. The images briefly show how the sensor works and what parts of the actual finger will be recognized. Since the is seen working even when the screen is on, it is different to what Synaptics developed which is a sensor that is emitting light underneath an OLED panel and then reading the fingerprint. OPPO has filed for the patent back in May 2017 with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) in China. The patent was approved on March 30, 2018, and shows various images of Oppo smartphones with a built-in fingerprint sensor under the display. With OPPO widely rumored to re-introduce a premium flagship phone in 2018 there's a chance that this sensor will make its way on it. With OPPO scrapping off the Find 9, it leaves ...

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    Apart from accessing information and other details, one of the advantages of the smartphone over the feature phone is the option to customize or design it to match their personality or current mood. One way of expressing themselves through the device is to simply change smartphone’s home screen, or lock screen, wallpaper or sometimes both. Every wallpaper has some aesthetically pleasing elements that ring to everyone according to their personality. When it comes to OnePlus devices be it OnePlus 3, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, we have seen some wallpaper be it acrylic brush strokes, emotive textures, abstract close-ups and much more. These are the wallpapers that are carefully designed with attention to detail by a Swedish artist who goes by the name Hampus Olsson. Apart from designing wallpapers for OnePlus, Hampus Olsson also designs websites, illustrations, branding, games, apps, and fashion to his client including Spotify, GANT, Nestle, Hard Rock Hotel, Holiday Inn, AT&T, and more. Going back in time, Olsson made his work debut for OnePlus with OnePlus 2 where he tried out clean, fluid art style with layered colored elevations. With each successive phones, Olsson tried out different styles including liquid metallic-style wallpapers for OnePlus X, acrylic brush strokes in a ...

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    Flipkart at its BigOnFlipkart event in partnership with ASUS has announced that it will launch Zenfone Max Pro, a new mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 636 in India on April 23rd. The company said that the phone will be a game-changer and will be disruptive, but it did not reveal any other specifications of the smartphone. ASUS already has Zenfone Max Plus and Zenfone Max so we are expecting the Max Pro to feature a FHD+ 18:9 aspect ratio screen, Android 8.0 (Oreo), dual rear cameras, fingerprint and a huge battery. Flipkart also signed a long-term strategic partnership with ASUS to launch innovative, disruptive products exclusively. ASUS confirmed that the Zenfone 5 is coming to India soon, but it did not share any specific time-frame or date for the launch. The purpose of this partnership not only covers sales and marketing of products by Flipkart, but will also include the following scope: Flipkart will be the primary sales channel for ASUS ZenFones. The MOU will further provide customers with the opportunity to enjoy exclusive access to ASUS ZenFones on the ecommerce platform Both companies will collaborate in the co-creation of new products for the Indian market based on consumer insights On the marketing front, both companies will extensively ...

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    Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy Note8 smartphone in India in  Midnight Black and Maple Gold colors back in September last year, now it has launched new Orchid Gray color variant in India. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzmnz8oX2HY Samsung Galaxy Note8 specifications 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display with 522ppi, 18.5:9 aspect ratio Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, wide-angle lens, OIS, secondary 12MP camera with telephoto lens, f2.4 aperture, OIS, 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom 8MP auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture, wide-angle lens Water and dust resistant (IP68) Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor Dimensions:162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm; Weight: 195g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C 3.1, NFC, MST 3300mAh battery with fast charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) The Samsung Galaxy Note8 comes in Orchid Gray color variant is available from Samsung Shop ...

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    Yesterday Xiaomi confirmed that the Mi 6X that will be announced on April 25th will feature 20-megapixel cameras on the front and back. Today it has shared images of the smartphone in Blue, Pink, Red, Black and Gold colors. This also shows sleek metal body and a flash for the front camera. The fingerprint sensor is present on the back and there is a Xiaomi logo as well. Another images give a closer look at its camera. The arrangement looks similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Some rumors say that the phone will also come with MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, while other say it will be Snapdragon 660 or Snapdragon 626. [embed]https://v.mifile.cn/b2c-mimall-media/f58fecac0ee4fde23ef3213e3518d566.mp4[/embed] Xiaomi Mi 6X rumored specifications 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display 2.2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 626 Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU / Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU 4GB RAM,  64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Hybrid Dual SIM (micro + nano/microSD) 20MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 8MP camera with f/1.8 aperture 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 158.88×75.54×7.3mm; ...

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    Chipset maker MediaTek and Microsoft today announced a partnership to deliver Azure Sphere MT3620 chipset to drive Internet of Things innovation with built-in security and connectivity. Microsoft's Azure Sphere is a solution for creating highly-secured, connected MCU powered devices at an affordable price.  The dedicated MediaTek and Microsoft's specialized chipset features a Wi-Fi connected controller built around a processor that is designed to run Azure Sphere’s IoT operating system. It also includes built-in support for Microsoft’s latest security protocols. MediaTek says that these chipsets will be sold as part of the Azure Sphere solution. This will enable customers across a broad set of industries to easily connect their MCU powered products and devices that they are protected and secured by Microsoft. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lki7HOOkFjU With significant drops in the cost of connectivity,  billions of Microcontroller Unit (MCU) powered devices, from household appliances and health monitors to children’s toys and industrial equipment, will be connected. With the same thought, MediaTek and Microsoft worked together to accelerate the market transition from standalone MCUs to secure, cloud-connected MCUs. Microsoft is building a new ecosystem, which consists of silicon vendors, original device manufacturers, and original equipment manufacturers from a broad range of industries and better understand the opportunities and risks associated with the growing number of IoT devices. MediaTek is currently ...

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    ZTE's Nubia brand introduced theNubia Z18 mini last week. Now the Nubia NX606J smartphone, which is expected to be Z18 has been certified by TENAA in China. This reveals 5.99-inch FHD+ 18:9 display, up to 8GB RAM, dual rear cameras, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a  3350mAh battery. Earlier AnTuTu listing already revealed Snapdragon 845 SoC for the phone. Nubia Z18 rumored specifications 5.99-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) 18:9 FHD+ In-Cell 2.5D curved glass display 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 8GB / 6GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB internal storage Android 8.0 (Oreo) with nubia UI Dual SIM 24MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, secondary rear camera 8MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 148.58×72.54×8.55mm; Weight: 172g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 3350mAh battery The Nubia Z18 is expected to come in Black and Golden colors. We can expect an official announcement later this month or early next month. Source

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    Motorola has been expanding its retail footprint across India rapidly. Earlier this year it opened 50 new Moto Hubs in New Delhi,  recently in opened 25 stores in Kolkata, 50 stores in Mumbai, 100 Moto Hub stores in Karnataka and 100 Moto Hub stores in Tamil Nadu. Now the company has announced the opening of 60 new Moto Hubs in Madhya Pradesh that includes 25 Moto Hubs each in Indore and Bhopal and 10 in Jabalpur, with a focus of strengthening retail store in the central region. The Moto Hub store will house the entire portfolio of Motorola devices, including the online exclusives such as Moto X4 and Moto MODs as well as accessories like on-ear and in-ear headphones, moto shells and covers. The company already said that it is planning to open 1000 new Moto Hubs in top 100 cities by the end of 2018, in the second phase of retail expansion. Commenting on the launch of new stores in the state, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Regional Sales Lead, Motorola Mobility India said: Motorola has been expanding retail presence across the country and we are now entering the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh with our first Moto Hub stores in three of the most prominent cities - Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur. ...

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    ZTE's nubia brand recently announced that it will launch a new Red Magic gaming phone on April 19th. Now a blurry image of the phone has surfaced online that shows new design. It is said to be powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB RAM and come with air-cooled body to compete with Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone that was introduced last week. The phone is expected to feature lights on the back, black colored body made of unique mater and three-dimensional structure for easier cooling when playing intensive games. The company's CEO recently shared an image of the phone that shows curved edges, metal frame and an unique design. The phone is rumored to feature a full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) screen and stereo speakers along with Android Oreo with nubia UI on top. We should know all the details about Nubia's gaming phone when it goes official in a couple of days. Source 1, 2, 3

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    Panasonic today launched P101, the company’s latest budget smartphone and a variant of the P100 that was launched earlier this year. It has a 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek SoC with 2GB RAM, runs Android 7.1 (Nougat), has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, both with LED flash. It has dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 2500mAh battery, but it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. Panasonic P101 specifications 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display 1.25 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory with up to 128GB microSD Android 7.1 (Nougat) 8MP rear camera with LED flash 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash Dimensions: 148.8x72x9.1mm; Weight: 145g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 2500mAh battery The Panasonic P101 comes in Black color, is priced at Rs. 6999 and is available from offline retailer Sangeetha Mobiles. It also comes with 60 GB data for Idea’s new and existing customers (10 GB additional data on recharge of Rs. 199) and cashback of Rs. 2000 for Idea customers Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India, said: In ...

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    Samsung Galaxy S9 was just announced, and we are starting to hear first-hand details about the Galaxy S10 which will be coming only in 2019. While foldable phones are slowly making their way, Samsung seems to be taking it slow with foldable phones. Yes, the Galaxy S10 and the S10+ will retain the same old Infinity display just like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 according to a report. Samsung seems to be keeping the foldable phone separate from its primary flagship lineup, as the foldable phones will have completely different user experience for consumers. Samsung made it clear that it will only launch the foldable phone once the company is confident of “delivering the best user experience" and won’t be a gimmick and will only be launched. It is also learned that Samsung has finalized the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ display specifications and shared them with Samsung Display. Like the S9, S9+, the S10 duo will also have 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch displays, respectively. However, it is not unclear if the authenticity of the report is based on factual information or just an assumption from the publication’s sources. It is also said to feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, and it might very well happen considering in-display fingerprint ...

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    The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned the Chinese maker ZTE from using American technology for seven straight years for violating the terms of a sanctions settlement. The company was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran, the U.S said the officials.  This is a serious deal breaker for ZTE as 25% to 30% of the components used in the ZTE’s equipment is from the American companies that include smartphones and gear to build telecommunications networks. The company failed to comply with an agreement with the U.S. government and it pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Texas to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran. ZTE was previously fined for shipping telecommunication equipment to Iran and North Korea. It went on to pay $890 million in fines and penalties, with an additional penalty of $300 million that could be imposed. ZTE also paid full bonuses to employees who engaged in the illegal conduct. The company later failed to issue letters of reprimand and lied about the practices to U.S. authorities. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in the statement said:“Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.” As per the agreement, ZTE ...

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    Google Translate gets a new update which brings some useful features if you are a constant traveler. It gets an offline translation, instant camera translation from English to 7 Indian languages, and more. These seven Indian languages include Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Offline translation lets you download a file so that you can translate even when you don't have a data connection. Instant camera translation is an extension of that. However, this feature will only work for the English language in offline mode. The official changelog reads,  Offline translation, including instant camera translation from English, for more languages (Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu). Minor bug fixes. Improved stability. Google Translate for Android is currently rolling out through the Play Store, but if you haven't got the update, you can download the APK to side-load it. Via

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    Huawei has kickstarted its global analyst summit 2018 edition in Shenzhen, and during the event, the company detailed its plans for the next year. With 5G set to take over the market in 2019, Huawei has announced that it will debut its first 5G phone in Q3 2019.  [HTML1] [HTML2] It is possible that Huawei Mate 30 (if this year's model is dubbed Mate 20) will be the first 5G phone from the company given the timing which perfectly lines-up with previous Mate launches. Whats interesting is that it will use the company's own 5G modem; Balong 5G01 chip which it unveiled at Mobile World Congress.  It is said to deliver a bandwidth of 2.3Gbps. Considering the size of the Balong chipset, it is most likely to be used in mobile hotspots and self-driving cars rather than phones, but Huawei is also working on a 5G modem especially designed for phones. Huawei is also said to be looking to be an end-to-end services provider for 5G which will deliver network equipment to service providers when the 5G-ready hardware is available to consumers. The company is also predicting that there will be 1.1 billion 5G connections by 2025, along with 200 million 5G-connected cars. That's an interesting target; it needs to be seen ...

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    OPPO A3, a variant of OPPO F7 recently got certified by TENAA and has also appeared on Geekbench listing. This has a similar 6.23-inch Full HD+19:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 with up to 6GB RAM, runs on ColorOS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) and has a 16-megapixel raer camera with LED flash, but this has an 8-megapixel front camera instead of 25-megapixel front camera on the F7. It has model numbers PADT00 and PADM00. It should come with Face unlock, but there is no sign of fingerprint sensor. OPPO A3 rumored specifications 6.2-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771) 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB internal memory, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) ColorOS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash 8MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, Dirac HD Dimensions: 156×75.3×7.8mm ; Weight: 159g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3400mAh (typical) / 3300mAh (minimum) battery The OPPO A3 is expected to come in Red, Blue, Silver, ...

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    Samsung today started its 4-day Samsung 20-20 Carnival on Amazon India. This offers up to Rs. 3000 discount on smartphones, No-cost EMI with select Credit/Debit cards and exchange offers. Samsung is the principal Sponsor of Mumbai Indians and 20 luck winners will stand a chance to win official Mumbai Indians will win official jersey everyday. Samsung Galaxy A8+ – Rs. 29,990 (Rs. 3000 off) Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime 64GB  – Rs. 12,990 (Rs. 2000 off) Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime – Rs. 10,990 (Rs. 2000 off) Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro – Rs. 6,990 (Rs. 2500 off) Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro – Rs. 6,490 (Rs. 1500 off) You can check out more offers on Amazon.in. The limited-period offer ends this Saturday, April 21st. Regarding the sale, Sandeep Singh Arora, Senior Director, Online Business, Samsung India, said: We are the Principal Sponsor of Mumbai Indians, and through our 20-20 carnival on Amazon, we wish to spread the excitement around IPL to cricket lovers across the country. During the carnival, we are announcing exciting offers and attractive no cost EMI scheme on select products that will allow consumers to purchase and enjoy their favourite Samsung products. Noor Patel, Director – Category Management, Amazon India, said: Samsung Carnival on Amazon.in has always resonated well with customers across the country. This cricketing ...

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    Xiaomi launched the new 10000mAh and 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i as ‘Made in India’ power banks back in November last year and the power banks were launched on Amazon.in and Flipkart last month. Today the company has increased the price of the power banks by Rs. 100, which are now available for Rs. 899 and Rs. 1599, respectively. Reason for the price hike is not clear. Other than the name, the design and specifications of the new Mi Power Bank 2i are similar to the old ones, but the dimensions are slightly different. Both these come with two-way fast charging and low-power mode that can be activated by pressing the power button twice, to charge devices like Mi Band and Mi Bluetooth headset. The 10000mAh Mi Powerbank 2i has a metal design and the 20000mAh Mi Powerbank 2i comes with ABS plastic body for a better grip. Mi.com and  Amazon.in are selling the power banks at new price, but Flipkart is selling the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i at old rate, so you might want to grab one quickly before the price hike.

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    Amazon has silently has launched lite Android web browser - Internet: fast, lite and private. The main aim of launching this lightweight browser is to offer a medium where access to mobile data and high-speed connectivity is limited if not poor. The app is currently available on PlayStore, and it is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 or higher. Like with most lite apps, the Amazon browser is also just a 2MB download. To put that into perspective, Chrome (21MB), Edge (54.5MB), Firefox (19.9MB) and Opera (14.7MB), are nowhere close to the Amazon's 2MB browser. The Play Store description reads 'Private' which means that it doesn’t ask for extra permissions or collect private data like other browsers do. Firefox is one such browser which blocks website trackers. It also supports Private tabs so that you can browse without saying browser history. Other features include tab previews, an automatic full-screen mode, integrated news reader, and more. News reading experience is another indication that the browser is only meant for Indian users. The browser homepage displays news, cricket, and entertainment from top sources, and cricket. Amazon also offers a Kindle Lite app in India. You can download the Amazon Lite browser directly from the Play Store . Via

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    Microsoft today has launched the Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Chrome. It is a Chrome extension that includes a list of malicious URLs that will be blocked in Chrome. If the malicious link matches one on the list, Windows Defender Browser Protection will show a red warning screen letting you know that the web page you are about to visit is known to be harmful, giving you a clear path back to safety with one click. The main goal of this extension is to block malware from entering into PCs from malicious sites and prevent phishing emails from being successful. Google already provides its own security protections against malicious links within Chrome. While the Microsoft's extension acts as an extra layer of protection. The company claims that its Windows Defender protection against phishing is 99% efficient, compared to 70% for Firefox. It is a welcome addition to any case if you are overprotective. The Microsoft's Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Chrome is free to download and you can download it from the Chrome Web Store. Via

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    Motorola has been expanding its retail footprint across India rapidly. Now the company has announced the opening of 50 new Moto Hubs in  Telangana, across top 8 cities including Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Khammam, Nizamabad, Mancherial to further strengthen their retail presence in the southern market. Earlier this week it opened 60 Moto Hub stores in Madhya Pradesh. Moto Hub is a key destination that provides easy access and availability of all Motorola products to customers; where they will be able to experience the entire portfolio of Motorola devices at convenient locations including the online exclusive devices like the popular moto e4 plus and moto g5s plus, apart from the newly launched moto x4 and moto z2 force. The company already said that it is planning to open 1000 new Moto Hubs in top 100 cities by the end of 2018, in the second phase of retail expansion. Commenting on the launch of new stores in the state, B. Mallikarjun Rao, Regional Sales Lead, Motorola Mobility India said: Our customer centric strategy has helped us immensely to get closer to our customers. We have received encouraging response to the previously opened Moto Hubs across Telangana and will continue to enhance our retail presence across ...

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