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    In an unreleased Android Pie firmware that is meant for the Galaxy S9, present are the references of upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 chipset as well as Samsung’s first foldable smartphone that is code-named “Winner.” Samsung's foldable smartphone doesn't come as a surprise since the rumors about the phone are in the news for a while now.  Samsung has already confirmed that Foldable phone, but the launch date still remains as a confusion. We know that it will come with triple rear cameras, OLED display. Samsung said to have showcased an in-folding prototype of the foldable smartphone to the industry partners at a secret meeting during the CES 2018 earlier this year. The prototype said to pack three OLED panels of 3.5 inches each, two of them when combined creates a 7-inches screen when the smartphone is unfolded, while the third panel was placed on the outside of the in-folding prototype as an information ticker. When unfolded, the phone is said to follow the footprints of the Galaxy Note 8. According to rumors, the device was initially expected to launch early next year as the mass production is said to begin early November. But contradicting reports suggest that there are chances of Samsung introducing it later this ...

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    Slotting in between the Nokia 7 Plus and the 6 series, the all new Nokia 7.1 is an interesting device that is bringing the best of  Nokia's design chops to the mid range segment. A device that is predominantly designed to make inroads in the European markets, it plays it safe but makes the right additions to make it all the more appealing. We spent a bit of time checking out the phone and came out quite liking what the company has done here. Follow along for our quick impressions.  Nokia 7.1 specifications 5.84-inch (2244 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ HDR 10 display with 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 3GB LPPDDR4x RAM with 32GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage / 4GB LPPDDR4x RAM with 64GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) 12MP (RGB) rear camera with dual LED flash, f/1.8 aperture,1.28 um pixel size, ZEISS optics, 5MP (Monochrome) secondary rear camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1.12um pixel size 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 84-degree FOV Fingerprint sensor ...

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    HMD Global, along with the Nokia 7.1 also introduced the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and the Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones. The True Wireless Earbuds weighs just 5 grams per earbud and promises 3.5 hours play time, and the charging case can hold three charges giving a total of up to 16 hours of talk time. The Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones has a neckband design, offers up to 10 hours of playback time from a single charge, has a built-in vibration function alerts user of incoming calls, and the smart magnetic earbuds lets you just separate them from each other to answer calls or play music. Both are sweat and splash proof. Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones features and specifications  Bluetooth 4.2 with multipoint connection for up to 2 devices HD audio experience delivered by Qualcomm aptX technology Magnetic functions Clip earbuds together to end calls or pause music; unclip to answer calls or resume music Power on/off, answer/end call, reject call, volume control, track control buttons Sweat and splash protection 3 pairs of ear buds (S, M, L) and 3 pairs of ergonomic ear tips (S, M, L) Earbud height 2.56cm, Neckband (resting) 17.8cm x 13.1cm, Neckband (full length) 45cm, Earphone cord 27.5cm; Weight 45g Audio playback of up to 10 hours on a ...

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    It is already known that Samsung is expected to launch a smartphone with four-rear cameras on October 11h. The device is rumored to be Galaxy A9 Star Pro which is said to sport a 6.28-inches Super AMOLED display and is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC. Now, we know most of the specifications of the device.  The Galaxy A9 Star Pro will have quadruple cameras on the back and a fingerprint sensor. It sports a 6.28-inch sAMOLED display with FHD + (2220 × 1080) resolution with in-display buttons for navigation. As for the optics, among the four cameras; it will have a 24MP main sensor with optical image stabilization and an aperture of F1.7. A 5MP depth-sensor for live focus with F2.2 aperture, an 8MP 120 ° wide-angle lens with F2.4 aperture, and a 10MP optical zoom camera with F2.4 aperture. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 So, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage that is further expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. It will have a 3720mAh battery with USB Type-C port.  At the moment, unfortunately, nothing is known about the price or the sale date, all we know is the October 11th launch date, so we will have to wait for some more time to know more details. Source

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    Google today announced that it is rolling out a new way to easily book ride services with your Google Assistant. With your Android phone, iPhone, Google Home, or any smart speaker with the Assistant you can book a cab by saying “Hey Google, book a ride" or “Hey Google, get me a taxi." You will be given a list of popular ride services to select from, including Uber, Lyft, Ola, Grab, GO-JEK and many more, along with more information on estimated pricing and wait times from each service. You then need to tap your preferred ride service on your phone, and the app will open to let you confirm the booking. The feature will be available in English and is functional in any country where one of the supported ride service partners operate. However, Google plans to expand to more languages in the coming months. Source 1, 2

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    Apple and Amazon explicitly deny that their servers were compromised by Chinese chips. The report from Bloomberg claims that China spies were able to infiltrate the USA's biggest tech companies by inserting microchips which is the size of “a grain of rice” into the Chinese-manufactured servers that are a part of the tech giants’ infrastructure. This probably happens to be the boldest and surprising hardware hacking by a nation that is ever publicly reported. Furthermore, the chip is said to be infiltrated in nearly around 30 US companies, and all the companies said to have discovered the chips on their own and notified US authorities, but both Apple and Amazon are refusing the claim and saying that there is no truth in the story. Furthermore, the chip is said to be siphoning off data and letting in new code like a Trojan Horse. Bloomberg also reports that Amazon and Apple discovered the hack through internal investigations and reported it to US authorities. However, the report doesn't state any direct evidence that the data of users was stolen or tampered with, but both Amazon and Apple silently worked on removing the compromised servers from their infrastructure. The attack was reportedly carried out via the US-based company Super Micro Computer Inc. The ...

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    Samsung India today has launched the new Air Purifier; the AX5500 that can rapidly purify your living spaces with aerodynamic airflow technology. The Samsung AX5500 comes with the capability of drawing air inside from the front side, covering a wider area that removes ultrafine dust, harmful viruses, and gases with its 4-step purification system. Samsung AX5500 has Dual Smart Sensor that detects the air quality in real time and the Air Digital Display numerically shows PM2.5/ PM10/ Gas Pollution Level to the consumers. The first-of-its-kind Filter Life Indicator lets you track the life of the filter so that you can stay aware. It comes equipped with 360° wheels making it easily movable at any time and anywhere based on the requirement. The Samsung AX5500 is designed to quickly purify a wider area and the Front Air Inflow easily draws in air from the front allowing and the power fan spreads clean air out in 3 directions – top, left and right side, enabling it to reach a much wider area of upto 60 sq. meters and purifiers faster achieving a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) of 455 cu. meters per hour. The Pre Filter extracts larger dust particles, such as pollen. The Deodorization ...

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    Lately, we’ve been consuming a lot of content about OnePlus 6T on the Internet in some form including leaks, rumours and speculations. Shaping up to be one of the interesting smartphones from OnePlus’ stable, the OnePlus 6T is expected to arrive in the Indian market on October 17. In the midst of the OnePlus 6T phenomenon, the upstart has announced an unbelievable deal, rather in a good way, which will attract non-OnePlus users. According to OnePlus, the latest premium flagship, the OnePlus 6 will be sold starting at Rs. 29,999, starting from October 9th as part of Amazon’s Great Indian Festival. In fact, this is the first time a OnePlus smartphone will ever be available at a discounted price. Additionally, the user can avail an extra 10% discount using SBI debit and credit cards as well. This stellar deal makes the OnePlus 6, the only premium flagship smartphone available in the country under Rs. 30,000. While the launch of OnePlus 6T around the corner, this could be the last and best chance to get your hands on OnePlus 6. During the Amazon sale, the users can also avail benefits like No Cost EMI and free screen replacement. It's worth mentioning here that the ...

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    Samsung has launched Galaxy S9+ in Burgundy Red that joins the Sunrise Gold, Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple color variants. It has also launched the Lavender Purple version of the Galaxy Note9 in the country that joins the Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper color variants. Regarding the new color  variants, Samsung said: The Burgundy Red edition is one of the deepest red colors available featuring restrained gloss for added density and a look that is contemporary and traditional – perfect for users who appreciate luxurious design. The unique Lavender Purple colour embodies class, with a modern and vibrant look, which helps young millennials stand out. Royal and suave, the Lavender Purple edition of Galaxy Note9 is a head turner. It not only appeals to all users by bringing a stylistic touch of high fashion but also wraps the smartphone in an elegant glow and sophistication. Both Galaxy Note9 Lavender Purple and Galaxy S9+ Burgundy Red are  available at selected offline stores, online portals and Samsung Shop. Samsung is also offering Galaxy Note9 buyers Galaxy Watch worth Rs. 24,990 for INR 9,999. HDFC and Paytm Mall consumers will get a cashback of Rs. 6,000 when they purchase Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note9 using their ...

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    After teasers, POCO has officially announced that the Rosso Red Edition of the POCO F1 smartphone will go on sale in India next week. This joins the Graphite Black, Steel Blue and Armored Edition with Kevlar back that were on sale from August. POCO F1 specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18.7:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 84% NTSC color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB / 128GB/256GB (UFS 2.1) storage, expandable memory with up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, Sony IMX363 sensor, Dual Pixel auto focus, secondary 5MP camera with Samsung sensor 20MP front-facing camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor, IR face unlock 3.5mm audio jack, Dirac HD, Dual Smart PA Dimensions: 155.5x 75.3x 8.8; Weight: 180g Dual 4G+ VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging The POCO F1 Rosso Red version will go on sale from 11th October, 12 AM on Flipkart and Mi.com starting at Rs. 20,999.

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    It has been over one year since Lenovo launched a smartphone in India. After the launch of K8 Plus and K8 smartphones back in September last year, the company is gearing to launch its Killer smartphone in India. The company calls its K series Note smartphones 'Killer Note' so there are chances we can expect the successor to the K8 Note that was launched back in August last year. The invite shows a smartphone with a metal frame and rounded corners without giving any other hints about the design of features. Lenovo recently launched  Z5 smartphone in China, so the smartphone that is launching in India this month could be a rebranded version of it, or a completely new phone. We should know more details about the mystery phone as well as the launch partner in the country in the coming days.

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    Samsung has posted its earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2018, which reveals that it will post an all time high 17.5 (17.4 ~ 17.6) trillion Korean won ($15.5 billion approx.) in operating profits for the quarter, 20% up from a year earlier. This will beat the 15.64 trillion won ($14.4 billion) profit that it had posted in Q1 2018. The main reason for jump in profits is likely to be due to strong memory chip sales, which account for nearly 80% of Samsung’s operating profit. Even though its profits fell in Q2, we are yet to see if Samsung will continue its profit streak in fourth quarter from continued high demand for semiconductors. In the third quarter, revenue will rise about 4.7% from a year earlier to 65 (64 ~ 66) trillion Korean won, says Samsung’s forecast. Samsung did not announce the performance of each business division. We should know the exact profit amount and division-wise results when Samsung releases its full earnings results later this month. Source

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    Motorola launched  One Power, the company's first Android One smartphone in India last week priced competitively at Rs. 15,999. The phone went on sale for the first time  exclusively on Flipkart at 12 noon. The company said that the phone went out of stock instantly and also said that it sold around 100 units per second, however it did not share the number of units sold. The second sale is scheduled for 11th October at 00:01 midnight onwards during the Big Billion Days Sale on Flipkart, and the company has promised that it will have more stocks. It also comes with several offers during the sale that includes: 10% instant discount with HDFC bank debit/credit cards and EMI transactions. No Cost EMI starting Rs. 2667 per month 50% buy back policy available at Rs. 149

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    Huawei will be launching the Mate 20 series later this month, while we have been hearing rumors and leaks about the flagship on and off for quite some time, we don't have a concrete first look. However, that changes today, as the Mate 20 surfaces in press images revealing the flagship in its full form.  Mind you, we are seeing the Non-Pro variant, the regular Mate 20 which sports a 6.43-inch TFT LCD (2244x1080 pixels) display with nearly edge-edge bezels. It does have a waterdrop-notch where the selfie shooter is present and no laser sensor for facial recognition like the Mate 20 Pro. Under the hood is the Kirin 980 Octa-Core SoC which Huawei introduced at the IFA. It is expected to pack 4/6/8GB RAM coupled with fast 64/128GB UFS 2.1 memory coupled with microSD card slot for memory expansion. The fingerprint sensor is present below the rear-camera module and not within the display. It has three rear cameras and a dual LED flash. The 40-megapixel main sensor of the P20 Pro is expected to return. The Mate 20 will have a 4000mAh battery which is rumored to be supported by the new 40-watt charger from Huawei. If rumors are to be believed, Huawei Mate 20 might not ...

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    Earlier this week LG took the wraps off two new devices, its high-end phone offering in the V40 ThinQ and a hybrid smartwatch in the W7. I was on site and went hand on with both. I came away mostly impressed. Let's dive in. [caption id="attachment_265386" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Shot on LG V40 ThinQ[/caption] The star of the show was the V40 ThinQ, a smartphone which the company is dubbing “The 5 camera phone.” For good reason, since it does indeed have 5 cameras! This is clearly the selling point of this device, and they are again going after the creators with this years offering. They had some very prominent professional rock climbers on hand who they gave the phone early, and they came away with some impressive shots. After the announcement was finished we were allowed to play with the phones ourselves. They even had a faux building for us to climb with the Queensboro Bridge in the background, check it out, shot on the V40 ThinQ. Three of the five cameras live on the back of the phone, a telephoto, a wide-angle, and regular lens. That is three different focal lengths so you can frame your video or photos in any way ...

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    Lenovo-owned Motorola's upcoming launch will be the Moto G7-lineup since it just launched the G6 series earlier this year. The G7 series lineup will include the regular G7, G7 Plus variant, and G7 Power edition is also expected. While the specifications of its are still under the wraps, we now have our first look at the G7.  From the first look, it is quite evident that the G7 will packs a tear-drop notch on the top. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, the screen-to-body ratio of the G6 boast a higher screen-to-body ratio compared to its predecessor. The inclusion of a notch suggests that 2019 Motorola smartphones might also pack a similar design. Since G7 is a regular base variant, it has got a considerable amount of chin at the bottom. At the rear, the Moto G7 appears to feature a 3D curved glass back similar to the Moto X4. We also see dual-rear cameras on the back with features like Bokeh mode. Below the camera module is a fingerprint sensor that is embedded inside the Motorola logo. At the bottom, we find a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker grille. The volume and power controls are present on the ...

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    Google's march towards dark theme continues as the company is now pushing the update to Google News after rolling out to YouTube, Android Messages, the new Google Discover feed, Gboard. The Google News update v5.5 update brings the much-hyped dark theme.  The dark theme in Google News can be found under Settings -> Dark theme. Since it is a toggle, you can always turn on or off, as well as have it automatically turn on with the battery saver and/or at night. Google might be using your location to judge when it is night time for you and change the theme accordingly. Google News used to show some articles in black background, but this update turns everything into the black. Apart from the black theme, the update doesn't appear to bring any other major changes except for some reorganization of the settings. Since the Play Store update might take a while, you can download the APK and side-load it. Via

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    Google app is getting a new update and besides small tweaks, there is not much on the surface, but a tear down of the app reveals that Google resumed its work on allowing services to stand in for Notes and Lists functionality with Assistant. The recently re branded Discover section which is formerly Feed was not fully changed before this version. The navigation menu still had a section named Customized Feed until it was changed with the V8.24 version to Customize Discover. At the launch of Google Home, the company used 'Google Keep' as the automatic recipient of notes and lists. While this was pretty good, the implementation had a lot of bugs, but it was easy enough to open the Keep app to make manual changes if necessary. About a year and a half ago, Google moved the shopping list functionality to Google Express. A tear down of Google app suggested that notes and lists would soon allow third-party developers to register their own apps to fill this role. While there hasn't been much development, the new Google app tear down confirms the feature is still in development, but with no hint of the launch. Last few Google app updates have been slowly adding ...

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    Google Pixel 3 event will take place in three days, but we already know most of the details about the flagships that is there to know. The non-stop leaks about the Pixel 3 continues to flow as a new carrier ad from a retailer’s magazine leaks the Pixel 3 “Top Shot” camera feature, as well as hinting at a Google Home Hub launch date. For one, the UK magazine ad once again shows off the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL with its notch display in white color. The listing also has pricing for them in the UK. The smaller Pixel 3 is listed at £58/month and the Pixel 3 XL having a higher £63/month price through EE. Moving along, the listing also highlights the camera feature of the Pixel 3 dubbed 'Top Shot' which will enable the phone to “capture the perfect shot every time." The ad also mentions “groupie selfies,” which might be referring to the wide-angle camera sensor on the front of each Pixel 3 device. Another detail gathered here is that Google is clearly going to be using Digital Wellbeing as a selling point on these devices, and also mentions that flipping the phone face down to activate Do Not Disturb mode. Finally, the ad also ...

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    We saw some details about the upcoming third-generation Pixel smartphones few hours back, now both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been listed by Canadian Carrier Freedom Mobile that shows the phone in new 'Not Pink' color variant in addition to Just Black and Clearly White. It also revealed the complete specifications of the phone, which already know.  The operator is also offering Google Pixel stand as a pre-order gift.  It also revealed the price of the phone. It doesn't mention the details about the second camera on the front, so it could be IR face unlock camera. Check out the rumored pricing in Canada below. Pixel 3 64GB - CA$ 999 (US$ 771 / Rs. 57,115 approx.) Pixel 3 128GB - CA$ 1,129 (US$ 871 / Rs. 64,550 approx.) Pixel 3 XL 64GB - CA$ 1,129 (US$ 871 / Rs. 64,550 approx.) Pixel 3 XL 128GB - CA$ 1,259 (US$ 971 / Rs. 71,980 approx.) Google Pixel 3 rumored specifications 5.5-inch (1080 x 2160 pixels) FHD+ AMOLED display Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 4GB DDR4X RAM, 64GB / 128GB storage Android 9.0 (Pie) 12.2MP rear camera with LED flash, OIS, EIS, 4K video recording 8MP front camera Fingerprint sensor Water and ...

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