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    Qin AI Phone, a new 4G VoLTE feature phone is now available for order from Xiaomi's crowd funding platform in China. It has a 2.8-inch QVGA color display with T9 keyboard and runs Android-based Mocor 5 OS. The main highlight of the smartphone its AI voice features that promises real-time voice translation in 17 languages. The AI can also tell a story or poetry to children, in addition to answering questions. It doesn't have rear or front camera, but it features infrared sensor that lets you control home appliances like AC, TV and others. The 1480mAh battery promises up to 15 hours of talk time and 420 hours standby, and it charges via USB Type-C port. There is also a 2G version of the phone with Nucleus OS, MediaTek MT6260A ARM Cortex A7 SoC, 8MB RAM and 16MB internal storage. Qin AI Phone specifications 2.8-inch (320 x 240 pixels) QVGA display 1.3GHz dual-core SC9820E ARM Cortex A53 processor with  ARM Mali T82 GPU 256MB RAM, 512MB internal storage, expandable memory with microSD Android-based Mocor 5 OS Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 3.5mm audio jack, AAC 1511 box speakers IR sensor Dimensions: 132x53.8x8.5mm 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, USB Type-C 1480mAh battery The Qin ...

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    Apple is rumored to launch the updated iPad Pro at its hardware event and this new iPad Pro is expected to feature a brand new designed, along with with the TrueDepth sensor, FaceID, no 3.5mm headphone jack. Thanks to iOS 12 beta 5 update many interesting things are being revealed about many upcoming Apple products, freshly the new finding more or less confirms a new bezel-less design. The new Accessibility settings as a part of the battery usage UI shows that the upcoming iPad Pad might not come with a home button, this means that it will rely on Apple's FaceID technology. Furthermore, it will have thinner bezels, thanks to a tiny glyph found in an OS. However, notably, the only thing that is missing from the glyph is a notch. This method in AccessibilitySettings confirms Face ID on the new iPad Pro (J3xx) pic.twitter.com/oeJQ0GxOoM — Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 1, 2018 This means that the 2018 iPad Pro will not pack a notch like the three upcoming iPhones. The name of the asset specifies “iPad”, it’s new to iOS 12 beta 5 and there are no references in the system yet. So, it is clear that this model we are seeing is the upcoming iPad Pro slated to ...

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    Snapchat's Stories now feels like one great feature as everyone now wants to jump on it. It was Instagram who directly ripped off the feature and later was added to Facebook and Messenger, now it is YouTube who wants in. The feature on YouTube was first spotted a while ago and it looks exactly like the one we are using on Instagram.  The U.I displays a red ring around new Stories, and when you tap on it, stories will be opened much like how it is on Instagram. If you'd think Google might tweak the switch the UI up a bit, then you are in for a big disappointment. Another difference compared to the stories of Instagram is the presence of the Subscribe button and the inability to comment or reply to the story. As mentioned, the company is still testing the feature, so it might be limited to a section of creators or users as it is a server-side roll out for selected users. Source | Via

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    Optiemus just launched the BlackBerry Evolve and EvolveX smartphones in India, as expected. Both the phones have a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, run Android 8.1 (Oreo) with secured DTEK app and feature a 16-megapixel front camera. The Evolve is powered by Snapdragon 450 with 4GB of RAM and dual 13-megapixel rear cameras, while the EvolveX is powered by Snapdragon 660 with 6GB of RAM, and has a 12-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 13-megapixel camera with real-time  depth of field effect for portrait shots. These pack a 4000mAh battery and the Blackberry EvolveX also comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support and wireless charging. These come with soft touch back panel and grade 7 aluminium frame, and have a fingerprint sensor on the back. BlackBerry Evolve and EvolveX specifications 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with  Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection Evolve - 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU EvolveX - Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB (Evolve) / 6GB (EvolveX) RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD ...

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    With 5G launch right around the corner, companies are moving at a fast pace to launch products with the latest technology and one among them is Lenovo. The company is now claiming to be the first one to launch a 5G smartphone, using a currently unannounced Qualcomm chip. Lenovo's  VP Chang Cheng on Weibo said that the company will offer the world’s first 5G mobile phone, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. However, the post is now deleted. The Snapdragon 855 chipset is said to enter mass production later this year, which would make it possible for the chip to make an appearance in early 2019 phones. Qualcomm earlier this year announced that it has signed 5G modem and Snapdragon chip agreements with smartphone makers. It also vaguely mentioned that it is working on with an unspecified customer to bring their first 5G devices to market as early as the end of this year. Though Qualcomm is expected to debut their 5G phones early next year, the company could announce the Snapdragon 855 at a planned Snapdragon event before this year. On the other hand, it is rumored that Lenovo-owned Motorola is working on a 5G moto Mod that will go along with ...

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    Vivo India today announced its Freedom Carnival,  Independence Day offers starting from 7th to 9th August exclusively on its e-commerce store, shop.vivo.com/in. During the sale, it offers discounts, coupon deals and cashback offers on select range of Vivo smartphones and accessories. It will also be offering NEX and V9 via flash sale for just Rs. 1947 and accessories such as earphones, and USB cable at Rs.  72 . The flash sale for both the smartphones and accessories will commence at 12 noon for all three days and will last till stocks last. During the sale, it offers Rs. 4000 cashback on select models on all credit and debit card transactions, 12-month no-cost EMI scheme on all Vivo smartphones, and free Bluetooth earphones worth Rs. 1200 on purchase of NEX, X21 and V9 smartphones. Coupon Deals Rs. 50 Coupon on purchase of  Vivo earphones and USB cable Rs. 200 Coupon on purchase of  Vivo Premium earphones Rs. 2000 Coupon on purchase of Vivo V7 Rs. 3000 Coupon on purchase of Vivo V7+ These coupons are redeemable on select smartphones and accessories. The Vivo Freedom Carnival sale starts at midnight of 6th August. Commenting on the sale, Jerome Chen, CMO, Vivo India, said: Vivo wanted to make the 72nd Independence Day special for all its customers. ...

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    Xiaomi is celebrating 5th anniversary of Redmi phones, as first Redmi device was announced on 31st July 2013. In a tweet, the company's  VP and India Head, Manu Kumar Jain shared a picture of Redmi devices he used till date, surprisingly, the picture shows a device with red rear panel which is yet to be introduced in India. #5YearsWithRedmi: 5 yrs since 1st #Redmi phone was launched globally. Today @RedmiIndia is the most loved smartphone series in India ❤ 1st Redmi phone in India was #Redmi1S & I've used every single Redmi device. Still have all of them! Can u identify them? Which is ur fav 1? pic.twitter.com/Jx2fTYFPoj — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 2, 2018 In China, Xiaomi recently introduced flame red variant of Redmi Note 5 (called Redmi note 5 Pro in India) but company has not yet launched red variant of any Redmi device in India. Last year, Xiaomi launched Red variant of Mi A1 in India but since then we have not seen any Xiaomi device in red color in Indian market. In India, company sells limited color variants of devices including Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue. The red color device in the picture looks like Redmi 5 which was ...

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    Infinix has launched Smart 2, the company’s latest smartphone in its new ‘Smart series’ in India. It has a 5.45-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by MediaTek MT6739 with up to 3GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with XOS 3.3 on top, has a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and 8-megapixel front camera with dual LED flash. It lacks a fingerprint sensor, but it comes with face unlock that can unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds. It features dedicated dual SIM slots and a microSD card slot, Dual 4G VoLTE and packs a 3050mAh battery. Infinix Smart 2 (X5515) specifications 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with 18:9 aspect ratio 1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 2GB RAM with 16GB storage / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128 with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with XOS 3.3 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture 8MP front-facing camera with dual LED flash, f/2.0 aperture Face unlock Dimensions: 148x 71x 8.4mm; Weight: 138g Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS 3050mAh battery The Infinix Smart 2 comes in Sandstone Black, Serene Gold, ...

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    Google released final Android P Beta 4 (DP5) for Pixel smartphones last month. It already said that the final stable Android P 9.0 release for the Pixel smartphones is expected sometime Q3. Now @evleaks has tweeted that the launch date is set for August 20, which coincides with the Android O launch on August 21 last year on the day of solar eclipse. pic.twitter.com/ovby4pC3ph — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 2, 2018 First Android P beta was introduced at the Google I/O 2018, couple of months after it released the first developer preview in March. DP1 brought several features such as Indoor Positioning with Wi-Fi RTT, Display cutout or notch support, Enhanced messaging experience, Multi-camera support, HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and the Beta 1 (DP2) update brought several features including adaptive battery, and support for gestures, finally. You can check out the new features here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQXnd3VHZDw Google is also expected to announce the name of Android P on August 20th. What do you think Android P will be called?

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    ASUS launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone in India back in April, and the phone went on sale from May 3rd in 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage versions starting at Rs. 10,999. The 6GB RAM with 64GB storage version with 16MP primary rear and 16MP front camera went on sale in India last week for Rs. 14,999 in June. How good is the 6GB RAM version in terms of performance and the camera quality compared to the 3GB and 4GB RAM models? Let us find out in the review. Display, Hardware and Design There is no change in the display. The 5.99-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and a pixel density of 403. Contrast ratio of 1500:1 and 450 nits brightness is good, but the auto brightness is not consistent depending on the environment, which the company should fix via software update. The 6GB RAM model has a 16-megapixel front camera with soft LED flash and f/2.2 aperture compared to the 8-megapixel camera on the 3GB and 4GB RAM versions. We will discuss more in the camera part. It has dedicated dual SIM and a microSD card slots, arranged in a single tray. [gallery link="file" ...

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    Samsung has accidentally pushed out the official intro video for the Galaxy Note9 that was pulled immediately. This has confirmed 512GB storage version, which can be expanded further with 512GB microSD card. It also shows off the new S Pen stylus, 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom and powerful battery, thanks to 4000mAh battery, which will also support wireless fast charging technology. The S Pen will have a button on its surface along with a clicker on the bottom, according the image. On the back there are dual rear cameras arranged very much like the Galaxy Note 8, and the fingerprint sensor is now present below the camera module along with Samsung branding. The phone will retain the Iris scanner on the front. The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be powered by the Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 depending on the market, the camera sensors are expected to be the same as the Galaxy S9+. Samsung will also debut Bixby 2.0 which will offer improved response times. The phone is said to come in Black, Blue, Gray, Lavender and new Brown colors, and could be priced similar to the Galaxy Note9 , within the sub $1000 price range. We should know more details ahead of official ...

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    YouTube is said to be experimenting with new swipe-based gesture navigation and this would make the navigating between videos in the YouTube app a whole lot easier. You can slide with your finger to swipe between videos.  YouTube is testing this feature with its native app that we are familiar with and just adds swiping. Dragging to the left or right pulls you from video to video within the queue. However, this isn't widely rolling out yet and might take sometime before it rolls out to everyone. However, both Google and YouTube might decide to cancel this feature altogether even before the official rollout begins, since these kinds of tests are pretty common. At this moment, details about this feature are pretty slim, we should know more details when YouTube makes an announcement of the same. Source | Via

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    Google is rolling out a new update to Gboard which is bringing support for 16 new language variants, Handwriting Input for 4 others, though the official changelog says 18 new languages. Furthermore, it is adding support for Japanese in Android TV and improvements to Morse code.  New language support includes Buryat, Lower Sorbian, Cypriot Greek, Gondi, Hakka, Cornish, Mandeali, Siberian Tatar, Shekhawati, Talysh, and Mundari. The Google Handwriting Input has added support for four more languages: Amharic, Armenian, Georgian, and Tigrinya. More importantly, it is adding support for Android P compatibility, adds recognition support for Amharic, Armenian, Georgian and Tigrinya, accuracy improvements for several languages, and various bug fixes. You can download the Gboard and Google Handwriting Input from the Play Store. The official changelog includes: More reliable language downloads Morse code improvements Japanese support for Android TV 18 new language varieties, including: Buryat, Lower Sorbian, Cypriot Greek, Gondi, Hakka, Cornish, Mandeali, Siberian Tatar, Shekhawati, Talysh, and Mundari Adds recognition support for Amharic, Armenian, Georgian and Tigrinya. Accuracy improvements for several languages. Android P compatibility. Various bug fixes.

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    Update: Option to expand notifications by swiping down is now back with MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.8.2, so chances are high for Xiaomi to bring back this feature to stable update in future. Earlier: MIUI Notification panel was amongst the things that users hated back in MIUI 8 days because it didn’t have basic stock android features like bundled notifications and had painful two finger swipe down gesture to expand notifications. Xiaomi addressed the complaint and announced New Notification Shade with MIUI 9 and started rolling out the feature to MIUI Global Beta ROM users in November 2017 but MIUI Global Stable ROM users had to wait till March 2018 as company enabled New Notification Shade with MIUI 9.5 update. Redmi Note 5 Pro users are yet to receive this feature as MIUI 9.5 update for Redmi Note 5 Pro is expected to be rolled out this week. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="254568,254569,254557"] Now, it seems like MIUI 9 Notification Shade didn’t go well as company removed a feature and it also got a makeover with MIUI 10. We already brought you first impression of MIUI 10 (China ROM) on Redmi Note 5 Pro, later we also tried leaked MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.6.14 on Redmi ...

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    Update: OPPO has launched the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version of the A3s smartphone in India for Rs. 13990. It is now available from offline stores, and should be available from Flipkart as well soon. Guess what? Your favourite #OPPOA3s is now available in 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM also. Head on over to Flipkart and offline stores to get your very own A3s today!#DualPowerDualCamera. Know more: https://t.co/GgQiRkRZr2 pic.twitter.com/l76y0BJ9T4 — OPPO Mobile India (@oppomobileindia) August 2, 2018 Earlier: OPPO has launched A3s in India, which is a re-branded version of the  A5 smartphone that was introduced in China last week. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and  87.8% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 450 with 2GB of RAM and runs ColorOS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo). It has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots and an 8-megapixel front camera with AI beautify features that intelligently recognizes 296 facial features. It has dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a huge 4230mAh battery that promises 14 hours of video playback and 11 hours of gaming. It comes only in 2GB RAM with 16GB storage version, unlike  the A5 that comes in 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version. OPPO A3s specifications ...

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    ASUS launched its flagship Zenfone 5Z smartphone in India last month at a competitive price tag of Rs. 29,999. Today the company has started rolling out a new update that brings several new camera features, including option to save images in RAW format, shoot Panorama pictures, turn EIS on or off, several camera improvements, WiFi stability improvements and bug fixes. Check out the complete changelog below. Camera: Enable RAW file support Enable Panorama feature Add on/off button for EIS Enable flash feature in Pro mode Filters upgraded to Real Time Filters Camera Improvements Improve HDR functionality Improve camera stability Improve auto exposure Improve photo sharpness Improve auto focus functionality Improve slow motion quality and file size(720p) Boost audio quality in video to 192kbps bitrate Improve general Video quality Improve WiFi stability Other Bug Fixes  

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    Panasonic today has launched the VL–SW274 video door phone that is targeted at Single house Apartment and Condominium residential market. It comes with features like wireless monitoring, night vision with LED lights, voice change function, picture recording and electric lock release support. The VL – SW 274 comes with a high expandable nature, which allows it to connect with up to 6, wired and wireless, monitors. It is also capable of connecting to 2.4GHZ wireless sub monitors connected across the house, the users can check visitors from the comfort of their own space. Furthermore, its electric lock release feature enables the user to unlock the door from anywhere in the house. The VL – SW 274 comes with a voice change function, which enhances the user’s voice to make it sound similar to that of a grown man. Additional security features include picture recording, which allows the main monitor and the extension monitors to record images from up to 50 door phone calls. Further, its door station comes embedded with LED lights, which enables a clear display of visitor at a distance of about 50 cm at night. The Panasonic VL – SW 274 video door phone is priced at Rs. 33,450 and is available in India already. The ...

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    Asus today teased the launch of a new laptop in India on August 13th. According to the teaser and the official listing on Asus India website, it is confirmed that it will be ZenBook Pro 15, which was introduced at the Computex in June. This has a 5.5-inch Full HD resolution ScreenPad, an interactive display that intelligently adapt to match whatever you’re doing, making it easier and quicker to multitask and get things done. It can change functions automatically when you switch apps, and you can create your own shortcuts. A magnificent finish and sophisticated design make this notebook a beauty to behold. #TouchTheFuture, and feel the preciousness in every touch on 13th August 2018. pic.twitter.com/bcMpomeZk4 — ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) August 3, 2018 The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) comes with 8th Generation Intel Core i7/  i9 hexa-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU, 1TB PCIe x4 SSD, gigabit-class Wi-Fi, fingerprint sensor, and Thunderbolt 3 ports. It sports a 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge PANTONE validated display with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, features Harmon Kardon certified audio system and a 71Wh 8-cell lithium-polymer battery with up to 9.5 hours battery life. We should know the price when it is launched later this month.

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    The Vivo Nex is a hard to forget device. When we reviewed it a few days back, we went as far as to call it a milestone that will be remembered as a pivotal point in smartphone history. From the barely there bezels, the motorized slider, in-screen fingerprint reader and the top of the line internals, this is as close as you to get to a near perfect smartphone spec sheet. All Screen Design A key element chased in modern smartphone design is minimal bezels. From gigantic bars on all sides, we’ve evolved to the point where you have a mere sliver at best. But why? What is to be gained by this constant pursuit of complicated engineering? Immersiveness. Getting rid of bezels leaves you with a clean canvas that brings you face to face with your media and content. On the Vivo NEX, interacting with the smartphone is an extremely pleasurable experience because of the way the icons hover on the screen. The giant 6.59” screen merely acting as a conduit between your world of media consumption, creation and more. While Xiaomi’s Mi Mix may take the credit for starting the trend, the Vivo NEX has come the closest to the final ...

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    This week Android users in India reported Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) toll-free helpline number saved in their phonebook automatically. After a sudden uproar on Twitter, UIDAI responded saying that it has not asked or communicated with any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility and the said '18003001947' is outdated and invalid UIDAI toll-free number. Today, Google has responded saying that it is responsive for this since the helpline number was accidentally coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India back in 2014, and it has remained there since, so it got transferred to the contacts on any new device. This makes sense since some of the iOS users also saw the UIDAI contact in their phonebook, so it must have got synced when they moved from Android to iPhone. Google also assured that this is not an unauthorised access of their Android devices. It is working on a fix, which will be rolled out to all OEMs in an upcoming release of SetUp wizard. In a tweet, Google said: Our internal review has revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of ...

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