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    Xiaomi just launched the Redmi 6A, the company's latest budget smartphone in the Redmi series and the successor of last year's Redmi 5A in India, as it had promised. It has a large 5.45-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display with 80.5% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 12nm Quad-Core SoC with up to 2GB of RAM, has a 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera both with AI Portrait mode, AI beautify, polycarbonate back panel with a brushed metal-like finish. It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor but has face unlock. It has dedicated dual SIM slots compared to hybrid dual SIM slot in the Chinese version, and also has Dual 4G VoLTE, making it one of the few budget phones with this feature. This lets you keep two 4G or 4G VoLTE SIM cards active in your phone, in standby, which means you will be able to receive VoLTE call in any of your SIM cards at any one time. It packs a 3000mAh built-in battery, same as the predecessor. Xiaomi Redmi 6A specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1000:1 Contrast ratio 2GHz Quad-Core MediaTek Helio A22 12nm processor with IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB / 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up ...

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    Xiaomi just launched the Redmi 6, the company’s latest smartphone in the Redmi series and the successor of Redmi 5 that launched earlier this year, as it had promised. It has a 5.45-inch HD+ display 18:9 aspect ratio display with 80.7% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 12nm processor and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI on top, packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera for AI portrait shots. It has a 5-megapixel front camera with face unlock and AI portrait as well as AI beautify features. It has a polycarbonate back panel with a brushed metal-like finish, features a fingerprint sensor on the back, has dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and Dual 4G VoLTE support that lets you keep two 4G or 4G VoLTE SIM cards active in your phone, in standby so that you can receive VoLTE call in any of your SIM cards at any one time. It packs a 3000mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than the 3300mAh battery on the Redmi 5, but the company says that it is more power efficient with the new 12nm SoC. Xiaomi Redmi 6 specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek ...

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    Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 6 Pro the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the Redmi series, as it had promised. It packs a 5.84-inch FHD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch, is powered by Snapdragon 625 with up to 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 on top, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with flash along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera for AI portraits and AI scene detection. There is also a 5-megapixel front camera with AI portrait, AI Face unlock and portrait features. It has a aluminum back, fingerprint sensor on the back, dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 4000mAh battery. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro specifications 5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with 500 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 84% NTSC Color Gamut 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to MIUI 10 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, EIS, secondary 5MP camera with Samsung S5K5E8 sensor, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.2 ...

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    With iPhone X, Apple got rid of the fingerprint scanner, and replaced it with the TrueDepth Camera System for Face ID as a biometric authentication method. Having said that, the company is planning to follow the same strategy with the upcoming iPhone devices as well according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, Apple's 2019 iPhones won't be supporting the In-display fingerprint scanner either. He also added that Android manufacturers are adopting In-display fingerprint just to differentiate their device from the iPhone. Furthermore, he also predicts 500% growth on smartphones with in-display fingerprint scanner by the first half of 2019. Apple's arch-rival Samsung is expected to include fingerprint on display technology for its Galaxy S10 during the first quarter of 2019. Moreover, the other companies like Samsung also adopted facial recognition technology, but he mentioned that it is not as secure as Apple's TrueDepth Camera System. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, says: All main Android brands currently treat FOD as the important function to differentiate themselves from iPhone (we expect 2H19 iPhone models will not support FOD). The reasons are as follows: (1) The user feedback on the iPhone is lower than expected. (2) The user feedback on the first FOD smartphone, Vivo's X21 FOD ...

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    ZTE's nubia brand just announced the Nubia Z18, the company’s latest flagship smartphone in the ‘Z series’ in China, as it had promised. It has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display with 91.8% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with nubia UI 6.0 on top, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.6 aperture, PDAF, OIS along with a 24-megapixel secondary rear camera for portrait shots. It has AI scene recognition that can recognise 500 scenes. It has an 8-megapixel front camera with support for Face unlocking that scans up to 106 facial points and also lights up the screen when you lift the phone to unlock the phone quickly. It has a glass back that also has a Corning Gorilla Glass protection, all-metal Aluminum alloy frame and comes with a dedicated voice button. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3450mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4. Nubia Z18 specifications 5.99-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) 18:9 FHD+ In-Cell 2.5D curved glass display, 96% NTSC color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB ...

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    Vivo just announced the V11, the company's latest mid-range smartphone. It has a 6.41-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1.76 mm slim bezels on the sides, 91.27 % screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which it calls Halo FullView display, is powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE with 6GB of RAM, but there is also V11i that it powered by MediaTek Helio P60 SoC and 4GB of RAM, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots, AI scene recognition, Dual PD focus for 0.03 seconds of focus and a 25-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature. There is funmoji, similar Apple's Animoji, comes with AI gaming mode, It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3,400mAh battery with Dual-Engine 18W fast charging . Vivo V11 / V11i specifications 6.41-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU (V11) / Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU (V11i) 4GB (V11i) / 6GB RAM (V11), 128GB ...

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    Google Chrome turns 10 today! To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Google is rolling out Chrome with a new design and features across all browsers including desktop, iOS, and Android. First up, new-look for chrome. Starting today, users will see more rounded shaped corners, new icons, and a new color palette. It also comes with new rounded tabs, which is designed to be easier to see and useful for those who like to have too many tabs open in their browser. Secondly, Google also made some tweaks to the auto fill department as well. The latest version called Chrome 69, it will accurately fill in passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers into forms. All this information is saved to your Google account, and can also now be accessed directly from the Chrome toolbar. Thirdly, the company is getting an improved password manager, where Chrome will now generate one for you and will save it, and next time you sign in, it’ll be there, on both your laptop and phone. With these updates, the Omnibox in chrome will now show your answers directly in the address bar without having to open a new tab. If you find yourself with two dozen tabs open across three ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand along with the Honor 8X also announced the Honor 8X Max in China. It has a 7.12-inch Full HD+ display with narrow bezels and 90.5% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 660 or 636 with up to 6GB of RAM, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI scene recognition, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portrait shots. It has an 8-megapixel front camera. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, packs a 5000mAh battery with support for reverse charging to charge other phones, as well as 9V/2A fast charging. Honor 8X Max specifications 7.12-inch (2244×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18.7:9 2.5D curved glass display, 72% NTSC Color Gamut Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU / 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB internal storage / 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 2MP secondary camera, f/2.4 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 177.57×86.24×8.13mm; Weight: ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand just announced the Honor 8X, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in China. It has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 4.25mm narrow chin and 91% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Kirin 710 SoC with 6GB of RAM, has a 20-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI scene recognition that can identify up to 500 scenes, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portrait shots. It has a 16-megapixel front camera with 4-in-1 pixel binning technology and AI beautify. It also has 4D gaming experience with real-time recognition of the game scene that vibrates the phone to intelligent match up to 30 different senses promising more realistic game scene experience. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3750mAh battery with support for fast charging. Honor 8X specifications 6.5-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Kirin 710 12nm (4 x 2.2GHz Cortex-A73 +4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 Dual SIM (nano ...

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    In a recent development, Cupertino giant Apple has filed two patent for bigger Apple Watch displays with curved edges and anti-burn-in solution for OLED displays. As per the patent application, "The display may include full-strength pixels and may have a band of antialiasing pixels having selectively reduced strengths relative to the full-strength pixels." Having said that, the pixels may be OLED pixels, LCD pixels, or other display pixels. With this Apple Watch, one can expect an all-new edge-to-edge display with 15% bigger displays for both sizes of Apple Watch. Apple's patent application 20180246363 titled "Pixel Array Antialiasing to Accommodate Curved Display Edges," was filed back in Q2 2018. It's worth mentioning that, the Apple was granted a patent in April 2018 covering both round and curved display advancements for a future Apple Watch interface. The Cupertino giant also comes up with a patent that will help to solve the burn-in issue. A few days back, Apple had officially scheduled the event on September 12 at Steve Jobs Theater located at the company Apple Park campus. At this event, Apple is expected to announce three iPhone – 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X successor and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model all with ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand along with the Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max, also introduced Honor Band 4, successor of Honor Band 3. It has a 0.95-inch AMOLED color 2.5D curved glass touch screen display in addition to Home button, comes with continuous heart rate tracking and is also water resistant up to 50 meters with Swim stroke recognition. It has Huawei Huawei TruSleep 2.0 uses cardiopulmonary coupled dynamics spectrum (CPC) to monitor complete sleep structure including deep sleep (REM) to analyse sleep and offer personalized sleep recommendations. The Huawei TruSeen 2.0 heart rate technology offers 24-hour continuous heart monitoring when running, walking, cycling and more. The company has also introduced Honor Band 4 Running Edition with POLED black and white screen, without the heart rate sensor and a smaller 77mAh battery with up to 20 days of standby. The 6-axis sensor offers improved running detection by measuring cadence, step length, ground contact time, foot strike pattern, landing impact, eversion excursion and swing angle. It is also water resistant up to 50 meters. Honor Band 4 specifications 0.95 inch AMOLED touch display Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Compatible with Android 4.4 (or later) or iOS 9.0 (or later) Pedometer, Sleep tracker, Exercise tracker, Sedentary reminder 6-axis sensors; infrared wearing ...

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    Xiaomi devices are well-known for the awesome custom ROM support, thanks to the developer community. Unlocked bootloader is required to flash custom ROM on devices, and whether a user should unlock the bootloader of devices or not seems a never-ending debate. Resellers on global shopping portal used to take advantage of bootloader unlocking policies of some OEMs to install bloatware and modify software before shipping devices. As a resolution, Xiaomi introduced a wait time of 72 hours (3 days) to unlock the bootloader, which was recently increased to 360 hours (15 days). Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched the POCO F1 recently, which went on sale for the first time on 29th August in the country resulting in a turnover of above 200 crores. Similar to other Xiaomi devices, POCO F1 also got the attention of developer community and custom recoveries and modules such as TWRP and Magisk were available within couple of days of the first sale but users were waiting for 15 days to get over so that they could unlock the bootloader of their devices. Some users took the issue to Mi Community and Twitter, and product head Jai Mani responded to the users saying that the company has updated ...

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    Update - September 6, 2018 - A new render of the smartphone has surfaced. There are no additional details, but this reveals the model number as PVG100. Earlier: Palm seems to be taking steps to enter back into the smartphone space as the company's first smartphone since the Pre 3 release in 2011 has surfaced. The Palm's upcoming Android smartphone is currently codenamed 'Pepito,' and might be headed to Verizon. The upcoming Palm's Android phone sports a 3.3-inches 720p LCD screen and it is easily the smallest smartphone to go on sale in 2018. It will have an 800mAh battery and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC Octa-Core processor. It packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and it is possible that the phone might pack more than one variants with more storage. It is expected to run on Android 8.1 Oreo, weirdly enough the phone doesn't seem to have a 3.5mm audio jack. It packs a single rear camera, LED flash, but the phone doesn't seem to have a fingerprint sensor. However, there are no details regarding the launch and the pricing details, so it needs to be seen when the company is expecting to launch the phone. Source 1, 2

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    Vivo just launched the V11 Pro, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in India, as it had promised. It has a 6.41-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1.76 mm slim bezels on the sides, 91.27 % screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which it calls Halo FullView display, is powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE with 6GB of RAM, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots, AI scene recognition, Dual PD focus for 0.03 seconds of focus and a 25-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature and IR face unlock that now accurately scans 1,024 facial feature dimensions to unlock your phone instantly. It has funmoji, similar to Qmoji in Huawei phones, comes with AI gaming mode. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3,400mAh battery with Dual-Engine 18W fast charging. Vivo V11 Pro specifications 6.41-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 12MP Dual PD rear camera ...

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    Social networking giant Facebook has filed a 118-page complaint against BlackBerry Ltd in San Francisco federal court. As per the complaint, Facebook claimed that Blackberry of stealing its voice messaging technology and other patented technology as well.  In addition to the voice messaging technology, Facebook also accused BlackBerry of using its patented technology that improves how a mobile device delivers graphics, video and audio and another that centralizes tracking and analysis of GPS data. The company is asking for unspecified damages for infringement of six patents. Having said that, BlackBerry didn't respond yet to the accusation made by Facebook. Earlier this year BlackBerry sued Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps for copying  features like unread count from BlackBerry’s proprietary and patent-protected Messenger app, BBM. Source 1,2

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    Vivo just announced X23, the company's latest top-end smartphone in the 'X series' at an event in China, as it had promised. It has a 6.41-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1.76 mm slim bezels on the sides, 91.27 % screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which it calls Halo FullView display. It is powered by Snapdragon 670 AIE with  8GB of RAM, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a 13-megapixel 125-degree wide-angle secondary camera to capture 3D depth of field information. It has IR face unlock and packs a 12-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature. It has a 3D glass body, Jovi AI, fourth-generation in-display fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.35 seconds and packs a 3,400mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. Vivo X23 specifications 6.41-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa-Core Snapdragon 670 ( 2 x 2GHz Kryo 360 (performance) + 6 x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (efficiency)) 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 615 GPU 8GB RAM, 128GB storage Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.8″ sensor, 1.4μm aperture, secondary 13MP camera with  125° wide-angle lens 12MP ...

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    Search engine giant Google is slowly updating its web service both in terms of feature and visual appeal. It's a known fact that Google has revamped Gmail, Chrome (Chrome 69) and now, its time for Google Photos. The company has started rolling out the new version 4.0 with new ‘Material Theme’ that was briefly introduced at I/O 2018. With this update, the company brings refreshed icons, a new search bar with slightly rounded corners. At the bottom, the bar features material theme icons for Photos, Albums, Assistant and Sharing, all with bold outlines. Having said that, most of the changes are in font and iconography. In addition to it, the company has also added a swipe-up gesture that allows users to check information about the photos without opening the menu. In case if you can't wait for the update, you manually install it by APK file from here. Via

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    After several rumors, Google has officially announced its hardware event on October 9th in New York City. The invite has the number '3' to indicate that the Pixel 3 series will be unveiled. The company is also expected to introduce other hardware products like last year, but the Pixel Watch is not expected as the company wants to "focus on improving Wear OS" while working together with other hardware manufacturers. According to recent rumors,  the Pixel 2 will have a no-notch 5.5-inch (2160 x 1080) 18:9 aspect ratio display, dual front speaker, glass + metal back, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB internal storage, Dual 8.1MP front cameras with f/1.8 and f/2.2 aperture, respectively, one for IR face unlock and a 2,915mAh battery. The Pixel 3 XL is said to pack a 6.2-inch (1440 x 2960) 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch, while other specifications are expected to be similar the Pixel 3, but it will have a slightly bigger 3430mAh battery with support for wireless charging. Both the phones are said to come bundled with a USB Type-C headphones. We should know all the details including the price when the next-generation Pixel phones go official next month. As usual, Google will live stream ...

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    After rumors of Nokia phone with 5-camera lens on the back, the design sketch of it surfaced earlier this year. Now a prototype of the smartphone has surfaced in China with a similar design. Earlier rumors revealed that Foxconn is working to design and wil manufacture the phone. It has a model number TA-1094 and is rumored to release as Nokia 9 sometime early next year. On the back there are 5 lenses arranged in 1-1-3 formation, one LED flash, an unknown sensor on a circular ring. This doesn't show a fingerprint sensor on the back, so there are chance for the company to introduce 3D face unlock like Apple or go for an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone is rumored to pack a 5.9-inch Quad HD OLED screen, Snapdragon 845, up to 8GB of RAM and OZO audio. HMD Global recently acquired 'PureView' brand, that Microsoft acquired right after the purchase of Nokia’s Devices and Services business back in the day, so there are chances for PureView to come back with Nokia 9. Source

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    Amazon has introduced its 8th Generation Fire HD 8 for this year. This is almost similar specifications as the previous Fire HD 8 model, but this comes with Alexa hands-free that lets you ask Alexa to play a song, pause a movie, video call a friend or family member, and more—using only your voice, even when your screen is on standby. It has a new 2-megapixel front camera, up from VGA in the previous generation, and also runs new  Fire OS 6, but it is still based on Android Nougat. Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) specifications 8-inch (1280×800 pixels) IPS display at 189 ppi 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor 1.5GB RAM, 16GB (9.8GB available to user) or 32GB (23.8GB available to user) of internal storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Android Nougat-based Fire OS 6 2MP rear camera 2MP front-facing camera Dimensions – 214 x 128 x 9.7mm; Weight 363 grams Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth with support for A2DP, USB 2.0 3.5 mm stereo jack, Built-in microphone and integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Accelerometer, ambient light sensor Battery life of up to 10 hours mixed use The new Fire HD 8 comes in Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow, is priced at $79.99 for 16GB of storage ...

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