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    After passing through the FCC, Huawei's P Smart has finally surfaced online revealing the design in its full glory. The device comes with a waterdrop notch and much like recent Huawei and Honor phones, it too will come in new gradient colors. Apart from the different color scheme, the looks of the P Smart is largely identical at first sight. As for the specifications, it is expected to sport a 6.2-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) LCD display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio. The teardrop notch accommodates the front camera. It will be powered by the Huawei's own Kirin 710 Octa-core SoC clocked at 2.2GHz. It will have different variants ranging from 3/4GB to 32/64GB. While there is very little information available about the device, the camera details remain a complete mystery. But going by the recent lineup of Huawei, it should pack in a 24-megapixel camera on the front, while a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary camera for recording depth information. It has a moderate 3200mAh battery and might run on Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top. Since the company launched the original P Smart back in December 2017, we expect the 2018 edition to go official in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. Source

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    It is already known that Google is testing Fuchsia operating system for months now, though it never spoke about it publicly. It is also speculated that eventually, Fuchsia will replace the Android operating system completely, and possibly even Chrome OS too. While we know nothing about the OS, we now know that Huawei could be the first OEM to boot Fuchsia OS.  The company is allegedly test-driving the OS on the Honor Play. A new commit in the Fuchsia source code has revealed that Huawei has managed to boot the Zircon kernel on the Honor Play. The Zircon kernel–separate from the Linux kernel Android is based on–in its finished state will serve as Fuchsia’s kernel. While it is still far from being finished or stable, it is still a good start. The patch adds support for the HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC to the Zircon kernel, and the Honor Play is one of the smartphones with this chipset. Apart from Honor Play, there is the Huawei P20 lineup, the Huawei Mate 10 lineup, the Honor 10, the Honor View 10, and more. However, this means nothing to the end user since Fuchsia is currently in an unfinished state and we have no clue when it will be. Right now, it is just a ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand is all set to launch the Honor 8C, successor of the Honor 7C in India next week. Here we have the unboxing of the smartphone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWYvfmG6fw0 Box Contents Honor 8C smartphone in Aurora Blue color 2-pin charger (5V-2A) Micro USB Cable SIM Ejector tool Clear protective case Quick start guide and warranty information The Honor 8C has a large 6.26-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 1520 × 720 pixel resolution. Powered by Snapdragon 632 SoC with 4GB of RAM, it runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2. Inside the notch there is an 8-megapixel camera that offers AI beautify features, earpiece and the usual set of sensors. It has a chin below the display with Honor branding. On the back there is a 13-megapixel primary rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 2-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture for capturing depth information in portrait shots. It also has AI scene recognition to recognize over 500 scenarios in 22 categories. The phone has an eye-catching 3D nano-level texture design that combines the gradient color and glare, offering a unique light and shadow circulation effect. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the back. It has Dual 4G VoLTE support, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD slots, ...

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    OPPO has launched A7, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in India. It was introduced  in China last week and packs a 6.2-inch HD+ display with Waterdrop Screen with screen-to-body ratio up to 88.3%, is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 SoC with 4GB of RAM, has 13MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera and features a 16-megapixel front camera with AR stickers. It has unique patters on the back, comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, has dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and a huge 4230mAh battery. OPPO A7 specifications 6.2-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) FullView 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 16MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 155.9×75.4×8.1mm; Weight: 168g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB OTG 4230mAh (typical) / 4100mAh (minimum) built-in battery The OPPO A7 comes in Glaring Gold and Glaze Blue colors, is priced at Rs. 16,990 and will be available from Flipkart starting next week. Pricing ...

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    Realme already confirmed that it will launch the Realme U1, world's first smartphone powered by  MediaTek Helio P70 12nm SoC exclusively on Amazon.in on November 28th. It already said that it will feature Dewdrop notch that was introduced with the Realme 2 Pro and said that it will come with most powerful selfie camera ever for capturing flawless selfies. Now the specifications of the smartphone has surfaced online. This reveals a 6.3-inch FHD+ display, 13-megapixel +2-megapixel dual rear cameras, 25-megapixel front camera and a 3500mAh battery. Realme U1 rumored specifications 6.3-inch (2350 x 1080 pixels) 19.5:9 Full HD+ IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection Octa Core MediaTek Helio P70 12nm processor (Quad 2.1GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 900MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB  storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 2MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, AI, Sony IMX576 sensor Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3500mAh battery We should know the price of the smartphone when it goes official next Wednesday. Source | Via

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    Vivo has launched Y95, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’ in India. It was introduced packs a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with  Halo FullView display and 88.6% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 439 12nm SoC with 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4.5, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for potraits, as well as a 20-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock and AI beautify features. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, features a gradiant design and packs a huge 4030mAh battery. Vivo Y95 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core (Quad 1.95GHz Cortex A53 + Quad 1.45GHz Cortex A53) Snapdragon 439 Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 2MP secondary camera 20MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 155.11×75.09×8.28mm ; Weight: 163.5g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 4030mAh battery The Vivo Y95 comes in Starry Night and Nebula Purple colors, is priced at Rs. 16990 and is ...

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    Samsung launched the Galaxy A9 2018, world's first smartphone with quad rear cameras in India earlier this week. Here we have the unboxing of the smartphone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blu1mNH4KFk Box Contents Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) in Lemonade Blue color 2-pin Adaptive fast charger (9V-1.67A/5V-2A) USB Type-C Cable Headset SIM Ejector Tool Clear protective case Quick start guide and warranty information The new Galaxy A9 packs a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display without a notch, is powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC with up to 8GB of RAM, comes with a 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and runs Android Oreo. It has 128GB of internal storage, in addition to a dedicated microSD slot that accepts cards up to 512GB. The main highlight is its quad rear cameras, compared to triple rear cameras in the company's latest Galaxy A7 (2018) that we reviewed recently. The phone features a 24-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 10-megapixel Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture for 2x loss-less zoom, an 8-megapixel 120° Ultra Wide Lens for wide-angle photos and there is also a 5-megapixel sensor to capture depth information for portrait shots. There is a small LED flash below the sensors. It has a glass back with gradiant design, rear mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3,800mAh ...

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    Infinix Mobility just launched the Note 5 Stylus, an Android One smartphone with a X Pen stylus that offers 4096 level pressure sensitivity and fine tip. You can open menu, new menu and switch between pen and eraser with just a click. X Pen menu lets you launch notes, write memos, take a screenshot, view files and and more. It has a 6-inch Full HD+ screen, is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 SoC with 4GB of RAM and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo).  It has a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 16-megapixel front camera with AI features, soft LED flash. It has a unibody metal design, fingerprint sensor on back and packs a 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging. Infinix Note 5 Stylus specifications 6-inch (2160×1080 pixels) FHD+ 18:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display, 500 nits brightness, 1000:1 contast ratio, 85% NTSC color gamut. 2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 16nm processor with 800MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 16MP rear camera with Dual LED flash, f/1.8 aperture 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, soft ...

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    LG is planning to take its smartphone camera up a notch as the Korean company filed a patent with USPTO for a smartphone with 16 camera lenses. The patent was granted on 20 November 2018. The lenses are placed in a specific curvature within a matrix arrangement on the rear side. The lenses are available from multiple perspectives, and you can also choose to select multiple lenses. Images shot from different lenses at the same time can be combined into a moving image. A part of the photo can be taken by another lens, and it is also possible to combine several parts or different photos together. You can also select a head or object, after which you can turn it into almost any desired position. Besides the cameras, there is also a mirror on the back, and it can be used in a self-portrait fashion. Also, the patent describes the possibility of integrating a second display on the back of the device. However, the screen is not shown in the patent sketches. The speaker grill is placed on the rear, and this speaker works in conjunction with the front speaker, to create a stereo sound. Since this is still early phases, we are not sure if ...

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    Asus launched the Zenfone Live L1 (ZA550KL) and Zenfone Max (M1), two budget smartphones in India last month. Here we have the unboxing of both the smartphones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bu6cCOr-vQ Both these feature a 5.45-inch (1440 ×720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display and are powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Mobile Platform. The  Zenfone Max M1 comes with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="269420,269425,269424,269423"] The Zenfone Max M1 has a polycarbonate body, has 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and dedicated dual SIM and expandable microSD slot that accepts cards up to 256GB with microSD. The Zenfone Max M1 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and also comes with a fingerprint sensor. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="269417,269416,269415,269414"] The Zenfone Lite L1 also has a polycarbonate body, packs 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and dedicated dual SIM and expandable microSD slot that accepts cards up to 256GB with microSD. This has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.4 aperture with support for face unlock. Both the phones run Android 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5.0. It also has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5P lens, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, but it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor on the back. The ASUS Zenfone Lite L1  and Zenfone Max M1 pack 3000mAh and 4000mAh ...

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    Nokia has announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with OPPO. Under the agreement, OPPO will make payments to Nokia for a multi-year license period. However, the terms of the agreement remain confidential between the parties at the moment. This is a new agreement for both Nokia and OPPO and serves as multi-year license period. OPPO will now make payments to Nokia for using the licenses under Nokia's name. Nokia has already made several deals with top companies including Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, Microsoft and more. Maria Varsellona, Nokia Chief Legal Officer and President of Nokia Technologies said: OPPO is one of the leaders in the smartphone industry and we are pleased to welcome them as a Nokia licensee. This agreement further validates our global licensing program. Source

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    Coolpad has announced M3, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in China. It has a 5.85-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by 1.5 GHz Octa-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 processor and runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo). It has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a shiny finish on the back,  fingerprint sensor that unlocks the smartphone in 0.2 seconds and packs a 2800mAh battery. Coolpad M3 specifications 5.85-inch (1512 x 720 pixels) HD 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP secondary camera 5MP front-facing camera Dual SIM Dimensions: 149.8 x 72.3 x 8.95mm; Weight: 171g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS / GLONASS 2800mAh battery The Coolpad M3 comes in two types of Blue colors, is priced at 799 yuan and will go on sale through jd.com starting from November 28th. Via

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    Undoubtedly, iPhones are the most popular smartphones in the world with its own set of pros and cons. With that being said, the Cupertino tech giant has been slowly cranking up the average cost of the iPhone especially in the past couple of years. This move was abhorred by most of the people including few hardcore Apple fans. As a result, the company has limited the production of the recently launched iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS max. While few remain loyal to iOS, there are lots of consumers out there, wanting to switch to Android eco-system due to its open-end possibility and affordability. If you are the one planning for a switch, this could be the best time to shift from your iPhone to the OnePlus 6T for some premium Android experience. One of the major reasons is its price point. Carrying a retail tag of Rs. 37,999, the OnePlus 6T is more than half the price of the iPhone XR. Another reason is based on Android customisation. As per the Google claims, Android Pie is one of the major updates in the Android's history which in different direction focussed heavily on Assistant's and AI's, with increased automation at the core ...

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    Ever since OPPO introduced VOOC charging a few years back, it has taken the mantle of being the fastest charging standard around. However, as smartphone usage becomes ever more integrated into our life, there is a need for an even faster charging solution. Earlier this year, OPPO debuted the successor to VOOC and it puts every competing standard to shame. Follow along as we talk in depth about OPPO’s Super VOOC charging technology.  Let's start with the basics. OPPO's Super VOOC takes a leap ahead of VOOC Flash Charge and dramatically improves on charging times. Super VOOC can give you a 40% charge in 10 minutes. Realistically, we’re talking about a full day’s worth of charge in the time it takes you to make a cup of coffee. This is a drastic improvement over the first generation VOOC technology that took half an hour to charge up to 60%. So how does it work?  A standard charger tops off a phone with a constant charge. This takes a really long time to charge your phone. In comparison, fast charging technologies are able to give you a lot of power quickly but then taper off once the battery has reached a certain percentage. The first generation ...

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    Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was amongst the best selling devices launched last year in India, despite launching in 2017 it was launched with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and was updated to Android 7.0 (Nougat) in August 2017. Redmi Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mobile platform, the same processor which powers Redmi Note 5, Redmi Y2 and Redmi 6 Pro that run on Andriod 8.1 (Oreo). Xiaomi recently announced the list of smartphones eligible for Android Oreo/Pie update, but Xiaomi's best seller from 2017 is not included in the list and now we can assume that Redmi Note 4 will not receive any Android update. In case you wish to enjoy the latest version of Android on your Redmi Note 4, you can use custom ROM on your device. We tried Android Pie 9.0 based Arrow OS on our unit and here are our impressions, Performance and Benchmarks: [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="large" ids="269449,269450"] Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is a decent performer, we obtained AnTuTu score of 81212 on Arrow OS. We experienced a smooth and reliable day to day performance. The device exhibit RAM management issue and was unable to keep more than 3 apps in memory, most of apps reload incase you have more than 3 apps ...

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    It is known that Samsung is working on Infinity O display packed Galaxy A8s which is scheduled to launch in December. It will be the first smartphone for Samsung to pack Infinity O which will have a small cut out at the top to accommodate the front cameras. We have already seen the renders of the phone based on the concept.  As for the specifications, it will have a 6.39-inch Infinity-O display with FHD+ resolution. However, the display panel is suspected to be manufactured by BOE and should be an LCD panel. It will have a 3400mAh battery and have USB Type-C port. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.  In terms of camera, the device will have triple rear cameras with a resolution of 24MP, 5MP, and 10MP. Though we don't know much about the full details on the cameras, they should be similar to the Galaxy A7. On the front, there is a front camera with 24MP. It will have a 6.7mm diameter hole in the display. The Galaxy A8s measures 159.11 x 74.88mm and 7.38mm thickness. It will be available in gradients. The exact information regarding the price or the availability is not available at ...

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    Not stopping with Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google seems to be working on Pixel 3 Lite and the device's live images recently surfaced online. Today, we are getting to see more images of the device and is being compared with other major phones in the segment for dimensions.  The Pixel 3 Lite which might launch before the year-end or early 2019 is now seen next to the original Pixel XL, the latest iPhone XS, XR, Google's own Pixel 3 XL, and finally the original iPhone X. The Pixel 3 Lite is the trim down variant in the Pixel 3 line-up with a plastic build and 3.5mm audio jack. It is powered by the latest Snapdragon 670 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage.  The Pixel 3 Lite is codenamed “Sargo” and we have heard rumors of the same back in October in the ARCore code. As for design, it looks almost similar to the regular Pixel 3 with 18:9 aspect ratio and tall display. There is volume rocker, bright green power button on the right and on the left, there is a slot for a SIM card, speaker. At the top, a second microphone and 3.5 mm audio jack. It sports a 5.56-inch IPS-display with a ...

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    Google Chrome for iOS packs gesture navigation making it easier to surf the internet. It allows you to go back or forward a page by simply swiping right or left. However, the company seems to be working on bringing this to Android, according to a new commit posted on Chromium.  It is an early work-in-progress version of gesture navigation for Chrome’s Android app. By “over scrolling” to the left or right, you will be able to quickly navigate forward or backward through your history. Chrome for Android offers a vertical ‘pull to refresh’ gesture, which is being used as the basis for these new horizontal gestures. As it’s still in the work-in-progress state, it may be a few weeks before we see the new navigation gestures in action. It would first become available to Chrome Canary Android app. Once it does arrive for testing, the gestures will still need to be enabled with a flag. Gesture navigation certainly needs a solid amount of testing, as there are surely mobile-friendly sites that use a swipe to the left or right to do things like change pictures in a gallery or open a context menu. Furthermore, the Chromium team is also working out when certain native pages, like the New ...

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    Google app gains a new update bringing the version number to V8.59. It brings wider availability for continued conversations and is testing an interesting new feature for the home screen Search widget. To the right of the oblong bar is a new expand button which when tapped opens a search field overlay at the top of the screen. Continued Conversation is a nifty feature that essentially keeps the mic on Google Home speakers turned on for a couple of more seconds after a response. This allows users to ask follow-up questions without having to repeat the Ok/Hey Google hotword. In recent months, it has begun rolling out to other countries when English is selected as the default language. Google app 8.59 plans to widen the availability, noting that “Continued Conversation is currently available for all English users.” Google Assistant’s Your people feature allows users to assign the personal relationships between themselves and others. For example, you can directly tell Assistant which contact is a family member, or when their birthday is. Google app 8.59 is testing the ability to expand the home screen home screen widget. To the right of the oblong bar is a new expand button that when tapped opens a search field ...

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    After Moto G7 and Moto G7 Plus surfaced earlier this month, Moto G7 Play, sucessor of the Moto G6 Play has passed through the FCC revealing some of the specifications of the phone. The certifid site shows a notch display that houses the earpiece, front camera and a flash. It has a single rear camera with LED flash and a  fingerprint sensor on the back with Moto logo, same as the Moto G6 Play, however the micro USB port has been replaced by USB Type-C Port. It comes in both single and dual SIM models, and the dual SIM version has a dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots arranged in a single tray. The certification site also reveals 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 632 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU, compared to the Snapdragon 430 SoC in the predecessor, however the 4000mAh battery on the G6 Play has been downgraded to 3000mAh. The Moto G7 Play is expected to come in Black and Blue colors. We should know more details in the coming weeks. It could go official sometime in December or in January along with the Moto G7 and G7 Plus. Source

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