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    Vietnam-based Mobiistar has forayed into the Indian market with the XQ Dual, a selfie-focused smartphone. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 Mobile Platform with 3GB of RAM and runs Android 7.1 (Nougat). The main highlight of the smartphone is its 13-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel secondary front camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens for group selfies and face beatuty. There is also an LED flash on the front to capture selfies even in low lighting conditions. The phone has a 13-megapixel camera on the back with dual-tone LED flash. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, comes with hybrid dual SIM support and packs a 3000mAh battery. Mobiistar XQ Dual specifications 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Asahi Dragontrail 2.5D Glass display Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 ( 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex A53) 64-bit Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.1.2 (Noughat) Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD) 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture 13 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, secondary 8MP front camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack, ...

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    Along with the XQ Dual, Mobiistar also launched the CQ, a budget selfie smartphone in India. It has a 5-inch HD screen, is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC with 2GB of RAM, runs Android 7.1 (Nougat), has an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 13-megapixel camera on the front with face beauty. It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. It has dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3000mAh battery. Mobiistar CQ specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD 2.75D curved glass display 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 Mobile Platform with 500MHz Adreno 308 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 8MP rear camera with LED Flash 13MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, ViLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS 3000mAh battery The Mobiistar CQ comes in Black and Golden colors, is priced at Rs. 4999 and will be available exclusively from Flipkart starting from May 30th. The company says it will have 1000 service centers across India from Day 1. It comes with an offer from Flipkart that lets you exchange any smartphone for Rs. 1000 discount and complete mobile protection at Rs. ...

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    Google and LG have teamed up to produce an ultra high-resolution OLED panels that are intended for the next generation of VR headsets. Reports regarding the high-end OLED panel were first discussed back in March, and now it has been officially unveiled at the Display Week 2018 expo. The OLED display sports a 4.3-inch 4,800x3,840 (18MP) size with a 120Hz refresh rate and 120x96 field of view (FoV). It also happens to be the world's highest-resolution OLED on glass display panel. Google's new panel is vastly superior when compared to those on the market today. Google also clarified that two of these displays could be used in tandem; one for each eye and will be powered by a mobile chipset. However, the refresh rates might have to be reduced to 75Hz for specific applications. And, for transmitting a large amount of data, Google and LG are using a custom driver integrated circuit (IC) and foveated rendering which only renders what the user is currently seeing in high resolution. However, there is still no information on when we can expect to see the new OLED displays will be available but should be worth a wait. Source

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    After several rumors, HTC has officially introduced its flagship U12+ smartphone. It has a 6-inch QHD+ display with support for HDR10, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM, runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) with HTC Sense UI, has a 12MP Wide-angle rear camera with HTC UltraPixel 4, OIS along with a 16MP Telephoto camera. There is also 8MP dual front camera 84° field of view, Bokeh mode, AR sticker, Face unlock and more. It has a 3D glass body with ultra thin borders that are 2mm narrower than HTC U11’s and the phone comes with Dual 4G VoLTE support as well. It has Edge Sense 2 that lets you Squeeze to access apps or control the phone, is water and dust resistant with IP68 ratings and packs a 3500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 that lets you charge the phone from 0 to 50% in just 35 minutes. HTC U12+ specifications 6-inch (2880 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display with HDR10, DCI-P3 and sRGB support, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB storage (UFS 2.1), expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 8.0 ...

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    Huawei’s Honor brand confirmed Android Oreo update to several devices including the Honor 7X recently. It even started beta testing the Oreo update for the phone in March, before the stable roll out. The company started rolling out the update in batches in India for couple of weeks. Now the company has rolled out the update for all the users in the country. This will bring several new features including a new floating navigation dock, photo gallery recycle bin, Seamless LinkedIn integration, option to connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time as well as VoLTE support for Vodafone,Idea and Reliance Jio, however some say that Idea VoLTE is not enabled yet. Check out the complete changelog below. ANDROID 8.0[Oreo] upgrade with EMUI 8.0 is available for your device. This will upgrade your system from BND-AL10C675B161CUSTC675D001 to BND-AL10 8.0.0.320(C675CUSTC675D4). ● VOLTE calls enabled for Vodafone,Idea and JIO. ● EMUI 8.0 not only brings you the latest version of Android (8.0), it's also boosted with a lot of great features and improvements to make your device more intuitive, faster and safer. We highly recommend updating now. ● A new floating Navigation dock lets you perform frequently-used operations from anywhere on the screen. Newly added home screen shortcuts let you quickly ...

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    Xiaomi M1804C3CC, M1804C3DE and M1804C3CE models have been certified by TENAA in China. This reveals  a 5.45-inch HD+ screen, Android 8.1 (Oreo) and 5-megapixel front camera for these smartphones. The M1804C3DE model has dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor on the back, so it could be Redmi 6, and the other model without a fingerprint sensor and single rear camera could be Redmi 6A. Xiaomi Redmi  6 rumored specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core processor 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary rear camera 5MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 147.46×71.49×8.3mm; Weight: 146g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3000mAh battery Xiaomi Redmi 6A rumored specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Quad-Core processor 2GB RAM with 16GB storage / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front-facing ...

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    Acer has announced a bunch of products including the Predator Helios gaming notebooks, Swift 5 Notebook, Chromebooks, Predator Orion Gaming Desktops, and Nitro 50 Desktops at its New York event. Except for the Chromebooks, all these products are powered by the Windows 10. The Acer Swift 5 sports a 15.6-inches Full HD display with narrow bezels; 87.6% screen-to-body ratio, maximizing the viewing experience. It is powered by the latest Intel Core processors and packs up to 1TB of SSD storage and up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory. Connectivity ports include 1XUSB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader. It runs on Windows 10 with Cortana digital assistant. It also supports Windows Hello through a fingerprint reader for fast and secure login. It features Acer Color Intelligence technology, which dynamically adjusts gamma and saturation in real-time, optimizing screen color and brightness without clipping or oversaturation. It weighs less than 1kgs. Next on the list is the Predator Helios 500 Notebook; it sports a 17.3-inches with either Full HD or 4K resolution and has 144Hz refresh rates for blur and tear-free gameplay. It is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i9+ processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs. It features Intel Optane memory which increases responsiveness ...

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    Xiaomi has announced Mi Credit service in partnership with KreditBee for Xiaomi users with MIUI. KreditBee is offering loans from Rs. 1,000 up to Rs. 100,000, and is aimed at young professionals. "The loan can be initiated in less than 10 minutes with a simple KYC verification such as Aadhaar card and PAN card, tenure between 15 days to 90 days with interest rate of 3% per month," says Xiaomi. It also said that all verification and user information input is done on partner platforms, with Mi Credit currently only listing all agents. You can check out more details on the official website here. Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India said: Xiaomi provides internet services to give our users a complete mobile internet experience, and MIUI functions as an open platform for us to deliver our wide range of internet services, such as content, entertainment, financial services and productivity tools. The connectivity between our devices and the seamless integration between hardware and internet services enable us to provide our users with better user experience. Mi Credit is another big step in bringing an important internet service to India and we trust that our users would be able to truly benefit as ...

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    Google at the I/O 2018 showcased a bunch of new features including the real-time detection which is the ability to identify and add interactive elements to objects that you want information about. This new feature is now rolling out along with a redesigned interface with white U.I. Other visual changes include a new rounded card at the bottom of the screen replacing the black overlay interface. The new White U.I which on pulling up provides examples and instructions on how to use Lens. It looks like Google has tweaked the "Remember this" or "Import to Keep" shortcuts in Lens, as the functionality doesn't appear to be present in the new updated interface. The real-time detection now shows a button on the item which on tapping will present more information about it. This new behavior replaces the good old stop and taps objects in the viewfinder before Lens can recognize it as an object that is capable of providing information. Now it can detect more than just one object if it has identified more than one item as capable of providing information in the scene. It appears that Google Assistant is now missing from the frozen-screen images when you back out from the Lens dialog. Google Lens has already started rolling out to ...

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    There were rumors and reports on Chinese social network Weibo from earlier this week suggesting that the upcoming Gear smartwatch might run on the Wear OS instead of Tizen. While these rumors might be a hit or a miss, now comes another confirmation from none other than Evan Blass who said to have spotted Samsung employees wearing Gear watches running not Tizen, but Wear OS. Seen on the wrists of Samsung employees: Gear watches running not Tizen, but Wear OS. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 23, 2018 Though the information sounds appealing and leads us to believe that Samsung might be changing its gear for the Gear smartwatch, it doesn't necessarily mean that the company would bring this to the masses ditching its own Tizen OS. But it is sure looks like the company is toying with the idea. Samsung's default go-to OS for wearables has always been the Tizen since for quite some time now, but the long lacking developer support has always been a burning issue for Samsung and its user base. Either way, it still needs to be seen which way Samsung would take at the end of the day. It would definitely be interesting to see Samsung experimenting by launching Gear Smartwatch in ...

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    Microsoft is bringing a very interesting feature to its SMS Organizer app; the app can now deliver your CBSE Class 10, Class 12 board exam results directly to your inbox even when you are offline. Instead of refreshing your browser to check results, you can register on the app to get them delivered directly. Microsoft had partnered with CBSE to display the board exam results on bing.com back in 2016, and is now extending the experience to Microsoft SMS Organizer as well. To get your results, firstly you need to have SMS organizer app installed and then look out for the notification from SMS Organizer to register for CBSE results. Click on the notification and register with your details like your roll number, school code, and date of birth to complete registration. Once you are registered, on result day, you will get a notification of your result, and you just have to click to see your scorecard. This is really an easy way to get your results delivered directly to your mobile as soon as they are released. This works even without an internet connection on result day. Source

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    Vivo, official smartphone sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at an event in Beijing  announced several campaigns and introduced a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia V9 Blue limited edition. To commemorate Vivo’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup, a Vivo limited edition smartphone will be immortalised at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. "This will be the first-ever limited edition smartphone to join a prestigious collection of significant artefacts and memorabilia, which chronicle the growth of football into a global culture," said the company. "My Time, My FIFA World Cup" campaign include the Vivo Super Fan Photographer programme, providing fans with  pitch-side, stadium and warm up session access, as well as the Vivo Super Time project, which will elevate the fan experience during the FIFA World Cup performance segment. It also introduced Vivo Super Fan Photographers’ programme, which will recruit football fans, consumers and special guests who are passionate about photography to participate in the 2018, 2022 FIFA World Cup, and document extraordinary moments through unprecedented close-up access. There is also  Vivo Super Time project, where there will be a series of unique music-themed activities throughout the tournament, including the Vivo Super DJ show at all 64 matches. For the FIFA World Cup ...

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    Xiaomi started rolling out MIUI 9.5 in March and as per the schedule Redmi Note 5 Pro was supposed to get the update in April. Towards end of April, company revised the schedule and said that it will roll out MIUI 9.5 update for Redmi Note 5 Pro in May with a surprise. MIUI 9.5 for Redmi Note 5 Pro was leaked last month and it was based on Android Oreo 8.1, so it was not difficult to guess what surprise Xiaomi kept for users. Earlier this week, users on Mi Community started reporting that they started receiving MIUI Global Stable 9.5.6.0 update on their Redmi Note 5 Pro. MIUI 9.5.6.0 brought Treble support along with Android Oreo 8.1 and March security patch to Redmi Note 5 Pro. This update also enabled New Notifications Shade and Full Screen Gestures on device but it is the same buggy version which was leaked last month and soon after updating, users started reporting laggy performance and degraded camera quality issues. As per our sources, Xiaomi had no plans to release this version but it was rolled out accidently and so Xiaomi pulled back the update and deleted update announcement thread within an hour without ...

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    Exactly after a year from launching the Galaxy Wide 2, Samsung in partnership with SK Telecom has announced the Wide 3 smartphone which like its predecessor will be exclusive to South Korea. The Galaxy Wide 3 sports a 5.5-inch HD display, and packs a 13MP rear camera.  The Samsung Galaxy Wide 3 is powered by an Octa-Core processor, packs 2GB of RAM with 32GB storage. It runs on Android Oreo right out of the box. According to the company, both Wide and wide 2 combinedly have sold more than 1.3 million units. Among those who have purchased the Wide 2,  about 70% of customers over 40 and 25% of customers under 10. Samsung Galaxy Wide 3 specifications 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display 1.6 GHz octa-Core processor 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable up to 400GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 1080p video recording 13MP front-facing camera,  f/1.9 aperture 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ GLONASS 3300mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy Wide 3 will be available in silver and black colors and is priced at 297,000 won ($275 or Rs. 18,829 approx.). The phone will be available from tomorrow. SK Telecom Smart Device Group head of the palace said: We ...

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    Huawei today has announced affordable protection plans for Huawei and Honor smartphones. It has partnered with OneAssist, ubiquitous platform for assistance and protection programs to provide these plans to consumers in India. The new protection plan is available on all smartphones available on Amazon.in. The protection plan is available for Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20 lite, and all Honor smartphones including Honor 7X, Honor V10, Honor 8 Pro, among others. The protection plans start from Rs. 1249 and are valid for one year from the date of the activation of the program. According to the company, the new protection plans will cover any kind of accidental and liquid damage to the device, including unintentional drops. Under these plans, the customers are entitled to free pick up and drop, 24x7 on-call assistance, cashless claim service among others. The free pickup-drop service is available for customers on a PAN India basis. The plan auto-activates within 15 days of purchase. Huawei currently has 21 exclusive service centers and 250+ authorized service centers. Commenting on the new plans, Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India - Consumer Business Group, said in a statement:  At Huawei, we are focused towards creating consumer centric service environment for hassle-free customer care. Having collaborated with one of the ...

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    It is already known that Huawei is working on a foldable smartphone that might be launched sometime this year or early 2019. Today, new reports emerge from Korea’s ET News outlet who claims that Huawei has teamed up with Chinese display maker BOE to supply the display for an 8-inch foldable smartphone.  This new report comes just over a month after we learned that the company might push forward the foldable phone launch date to November to have upper hand against Samsung. The new report interestingly reveals that BOE is said to be working on a total of four foldable smartphones for two companies, probably Samsung could be one among them, it wouldn't be surprising if other local brands, such as Xiaomi or Oppo team up with the local display maker. Xiaomi back in 2016 had filed a patent for a device with a foldable display. OPPO has also produced a foldable phone patent. The SID Display Week expo in Los Angeles where the company specifically touted foldable displays at its booth, we have a rough design idea of the foldable smartphone display. The company has already announced that it will showcase a 5.99-inch foldable smartphone and a 7.56-inch foldable tablet. It also detailed the new WQHD AMOLED foldable screen at the expo, furthermore, the foldable ...

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    Details about the LG V35 ThinQ, an upgraded version of the V30S ThinQ  surfaced last month, and the press renders of the surfaced earlier this month. Now the phone has passed through Wireless Power Consortium database that reveals minimal bezels, and no notch for the smartphone. ETNews has also detailed the specifications of the phone that reveals HDR10 support for the OLED display. LG V35 ThinQ rumored specifications 6-inch (2880 x 1440 pixels) QHD+ OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, HDR10,  538 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB / 256GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) with LG UX 16MP rear camera with f/1.6 aperture, 71-degree wide-angle lens, secondary 16MP camera with 107-degree super-wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture, LED flash 8MP front camera with 80-degree wide-angle lens,  f/1.9 aperture Fingerprint sensoron Water, dust resistant (IP68), MIL-STD 810G certified 3.5mm audio jack, 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC Dimensions: 154.7x78.1x8.6mm 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 3,300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging The Korean site also said that the company will also introduce X5 (2018), which will be the ...

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    Amazon Alexa digital assistant is part of the Echo devices that Amazon ships out. The job of Alexa is to answer questions when asked and respond to commands among many others. In what can be seen as the most embarrassing moment, according to an Oregon family who claims that their Amazon Echo has recorded a conversation and then sent it to a random person on their contact list. Two weeks ago, the person who happens to the employee of the husband has sent the couple the audio files of their chats that he received from their smart speaker. Like everyone, the couple has set up their Alexa-equipped devices to control heat, lights, and security. As soon as the incident happened, the family unplugged them all and has contacted Amazon. According to the couple, Amazon responded saying that they have checked the logs and reciprocates to what the couple is claiming. The Amazon support has also appreciated for bringing the issue to their attention since this is something that needs to be fixed. The company has also offered to de-provision' the family's Alexa communications to keep it from using the device suite's smart home functionality, but it looks like the couple is seeking for a full refund. Amazon even provided ...

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  • 05/25/18--02:07: Mobiistar XQ Dual Review
  • Mobiistar, yet another new brand has made its debut in the Indian market earlier this week with XQ Dual with Dual front camera setup at a competitive pricing of Rs. 7999 . How good is this mobile? lets check it out. Video Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1m08noqCvE Display, Design and Hardware The smartphone has a 5.5 in Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The display is bright, offers good color output and the sunlight legibility is good even in bright outdoor. The screen also has Asahi DragonTrail toughness glass protection that protects it from scratches. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="253261,253260"] Talking about the placements, the device has 13MP + 8MP dual camera set up next to the earpiece along with the usual set of sensors, notification LED and flash. There is a big bezel down the screen with three capacitive buttons corresponding to multi-tasking, home, and back. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="253257,253256,253259,253258"] The SIM slot and the power button are present on the right side and the volume rocker is present on the left side. Loudspeaker grill, MicroUSB port, microphone are crammed at the bottom, while the 3.5mm audio jack is placed on top. It has a hybrid SIM slot, so you can use two nano SIMs or a ...

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    Motorola has scheduled an event in Brazil on June 6th where the company is expected to launch the Moto Z3 Play. The smartphone has been in the news for quite some time now and most of the specifications and press images are already out in the open. The company has started sending out media invites, but as expected there is nothing in the mail that links to the Z3 Play launch.  The Motorola Moto Z3 Play was spotted back in March passing through the FCC. The FCC certification has revealed specifications which said that it will come with a 6.1-inch Full HD+ display and will be powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC, 4GB RAM with 32GB or 64GB storage variants. It will come in single SIM and dual SIM variants depending on the region. The Z3 Play also like any Z-series phone comes with 16-pin connector down below the camera module. It is also said to feature a 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear cameras and a 3000mAh battery on board. Moto Z3 Play rumored specifications 6.1-inch (1080 x 2160 pixels) Full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass  protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB LPDDR4 RAM with 32GB / 64GB storage, ...

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