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    HMD Global has started sending out invites for the launch of a new smartphone in India on December 6th in Delhi. Based on the 'Expect more' teasers, the company is expected to launch the Nokia 7.1 with a notch that was introduced in October. Stay tuned to #ExpectMore from your display and experience old memories in a new way. pic.twitter.com/DQ2DGpFYgz — Nokia Mobile India (@NokiamobileIN) November 26, 2018 The phone has a 5.84-inch Full HD+  19:9 screen with a notch, 80% screen-to-body ratio, has support for HDR and also supports SD to HDR real-time conversion. With HDR10 support; 1 million: 1 dynamic contrast ratio; 500-million pixels processed per second providing smooth and accurate HDR video.The display also adapts to indoor and bright outdoor sunlight. The company calls it PureDisplay. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) but the company has promised Android 9.0 (Pie) update . It has a 12-megapixel (RGB) + 5-megapixel (Monochrome) dual rear cameras with ZEISS Optics and fast accurate autofocus. The 8-megapixel AI enhanced front facing camera supports facial recognition.  It has a 6000 series aluminium frame and uses dual-anodised diamond cut coloured edge. It packs a 3060mAh battery with support for USB Type-C fast charging that can charge the phone from 0 to 50% ...

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    Huawei has launched its flagship Mate 20 Pro smartphone at an event in India, as it had promised.  It has a 6.39-inch QHD+ OLED DCI-P3 HDR display with 86.90 screen-to-body ratio,  powered by Kirin 980 7nm SoC with Dual NPU, runs Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0 on top, has an in-display fingerprint scanner with 10-level Dynamic Pressure Sensing (DPS) technology and 3D Face Unlock as well as 3D Live Emoji and AI live model. It has triple rear Matrix camera system with OIS. It is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens). The AI Portrait Color video mode uses AI to isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights. It has NM Card slot, that lets you use replace the second SIM with a NM Card, making these first phones with the feature, features a glass back with unique Hyper Optical Patterns glitter in the emerald green version that offers good grip and is resistant ...

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    Huawei’s Honor brand launched its mid-range Honor 8X smartphone in India last month in Black and Blue colors starting at Rs. 14999. Today the company has launched new Red color variant of the smartphone in the country. Other features are same including a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display, Kirin 710 SoC with up to 6GB of RAM, 20-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI scene recognition, 2-megapixel secondary camera , 16-megapixel front camera , face unlock and AI beautify, fingerprint sensor on the back, dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and a 3750mAh battery. Honor 8X specifications 6.5-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display, 85% NTSC color gamut 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 + nano + microSD) 20MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, 2MP secondary camera, 480 fps slow-mo recording 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 160.4×76.6×7.8mm; Weight: 175g Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3750mAh (typical) ...

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    OnePlus and McLaren just sent out invite for a joint ‘Salute to Speed’ launch event on December 11th globally and December 12th in India. The partnership incorporates both McLaren Automotive and McLaren Racing, one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3JzkyEcAHQ OnePlus is expected to launch the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition at the event, which might be in Red or Orange color as teased in the invite. OnePlus teamed up with Parisian retailer Colette to produce the OnePlus 3T x Colette 20th Anniversary Edition, and the company worked with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to produce the OnePlus 5 x JCC+Limited Edition. Earlier this year it teamed up with Marvel Studios for OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition. The event takes place at Richardson and Cruddas, Byculla, Mumbai, 6PM IST on December 12th. It takes place at McLaren Technology Centre in the UK on December 11th at 9:30 AM GMT (3PM IST). Commenting on the partnership, OnePlus CEO & Founder, Pete Lau said: McLaren and OnePlus were born in a similar way - with a big dream to create something special. Starting from nothing, we challenged ourselves to never settle. Today we unveil a true testament to innovation, a salute to speed. Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, said: The OnePlus brand ...

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    Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 will be powered by the Exynos 9820 that is an 8nm SoC with Tri-cluster CPU, integrated NPU, up to 2Gbps LTE-Advanced Pro modem. Before the official launch, the first Galaxy S10 Exynos 9820 benchmark has surfaced online. It is internally referred to as “beyond2” and should be branded as the Galaxy S10+ when it goes official. Samsung’s Exynos 9820 processor that is announced two weeks back will power the Galaxy S10. It features a fourth-generation custom processor, an LTE Advanced Pro modem and a separate neural processing unit for artificial intelligence tasks. The specifications of the device used to run this benchmark include a 6.4-inch 2280×1080 pixel resolution display. However, the resolution of the display shouldn't come as a surprise as these tests don't always give a full picture of the specifications. The Exynos 9820 processor is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s also the Mali-G76 MP12 graphics processor which promises a 40 percent improvement in performance compared to the Galaxy S9’s Exynos 9810. The highest frequency of the chipset clocked in this benchmark was 2.7GHz. Whether or not this will be the final frequency remains to be seen. This Galaxy S10 Exynos 9820 benchmark scored 325,076 points on AnTuTu. It’s ...

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    After rolling out Android Pie update for the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus smartphone last month, HMD Global today started rolling out stable Android 9.0 (Pie) update for the Nokia 7.1 smartphone as it had promised at the launch last month. Since the update has started rolling out, it might take sometime to reach everyone. Note that, as always, we have a phased roll-out to ensure we deliver you the highest quality and experience - some markets with longer technical approval cycles will follow as soon as possible. — Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) November 27, 2018 Android P includes Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps, App Actions that helps you raise the visibility of your app and help drive engagement using machine learning, and Slices are a new way to surface rich, templated content in places like Google Search and Assistant. The company already announced that Android Pie update will be coming to Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco in November, so we have to wait for few more days to find out.

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    Samsung launched the Galaxy A9 2018, world’s first smartphone with quad rear cameras in India last week. We already brought you the unboxing, here we have the benchmarks.  The phone is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 64-bit 14nm Mobile Platform that has four Kryo 260 CPUs clocked at 2.2GHz per core and other four Kryo 260 CPUs are clocked at 1.8GHz per core, comes with Adreno 512 GPU and has 6GB of RAM, however it also comes in 8GB RAM version. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo). Check out the synthetic benchmark scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y2NUi-VDgw AnTuTu Benchmark 7 It scored 1,41,356 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark 7 and grabbed the second spot. Geekbench 4 Single-Core It scored 1602 points in the Geekbench 4 Single-Core benchmark and grabs the third spot, behind the Mi A2. Geekbench 4 Multi-Core It scored 5711 points in the Geekbench 4 Multi-Core benchmark and grabs the second spot, behind the OPPO F7. 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited It scored 25674 points in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited GPU benchmark and grabs the fourth spot, behind the A8 Star. Basemark OS II In Basemark OS II benchmark it grabs the third spot scoring 2800 points. These are just synthetic benchmark scores. We will bring real life performance test results in the complete review soon.

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    Samsung is said to be planning to invest close to $40 million in Pokémon Go game creator Niantic in a deal to bring out “exclusive games,” according to sources. The deal could be announced within the next few weeks and will also see Niantic's games come pre-loaded on Galaxy smartphones. The main focus will be an exclusive Harry Potter game which will utilize Samsung's S-Pen stylus as a makeshift magic wand. However, it's currently unclear whether this will arrive as a reworked version of Niantic's incoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite title, which will be released in 2019 or a whole new game designed for Galaxy handsets. The deal would also include Niantic's location-based Ingress title, but the firm's Pokémon Go franchise won't be included as part of the deal. Further details on the deal remain a mystery at the moment, but it comes at a time when Niantic and Samsung are said to "desperate for each other". Niantic needs to raise money to support an IPO, while Samsung is "looking to differentiate itself from its smartphone competitors". There is a possibility that the announcement might come alongside Samsung Galaxy S10 reveal in March 2019. Both the companies did not respond on the speculation. Source

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    Google last year introduced 'Fast Pair,' a set of specs that make it easier to connect Bluetooth headsets and speakers to Android devices. The company announced that it is making it easier to connect Fast Pair compatible accessories to devices associated with the same Google Account. Fast Pair will connect accessories to a user's current and future Android phones (6.0+). Google also mentioned that it is adding support for Chromebooks in 2019. Fast Pair provides stress-free Bluetooth pairing for your Android phone. Google has been working closely with dozens of manufacturers, many of which are bringing new Fast Pair compatible devices to market over the coming months. This list includes Jaybird, who is already selling the Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones, as well as upcoming products from prominent brands such as Anker SoundCore, Bose, and many more. Google also mentioned that it wants to make it easy for manufacturers to ship compatible products with minimal additional engineering effort. It collaborated with industry-leading Bluetooth audio companies such as Airoha Technology Corp., BES and Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. (QTIL) to add native Fast Pair support to their software development kits. Source

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    LG recently filed patents for the foldable and flexible smartphones names, and now the company has filed patents for a smartphone with a large borderless flexible display that is wrapped around the entire housing and packs very small bezels.  LG Display has filed the design patent with KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office), and the patent was granted and published on 23rd October 2018. The patent sketches showcase a bezel-less smartphone with a large screen that covers four sides of the smartphone and shows a rimless smartphone with a flexible screen. The screen can be unfolded to tablet format, but housing itself cannot be folded. When unfolded, you have the housing and the display on the left, meaning you will have a flexible display. The design is therefore significantly different from that of Samsung and Royale; both manufacturers showed their foldable smartphone design earlier this month. The LG display design patent is currently only granted in Korea. LG is rumored to showcase the foldable smartphone design at the CES 2019, meaning we still have to wait some more time to know more details. Source | Via

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    Realme just launched the Realme U1, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in India, as it had promised. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Dewdrop notch and 90.5% screen to body ratio, is powered by  MediaTek Helio P70 12nm SoC with AI engine and GPU acceleration with gaming mode. It has up to 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) based on ColorOS 5.2, comes with a 13-megapixel raer camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots. It also has AI features, 25-megapixel front camera with Sony IMX576 sensor, 4-in-1 pixels, AI beautify feature that scans 296 facial recognition points and studio portrait lighting modes. It has a shiny back with diffraction grading since it has 13 layers of Laminated Technology, which it calls Light Pillar Design. It comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back, has dedicated Dual SIM and microSD slots, has Dual 4G VoLTE and packs a 3500mAh battery. Realme U1 specifications 6.3-inch (2350 x 1080 pixels) 19.5:9 Full HD+ IPS display with 1500:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits brightness, 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 ...

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    Realme, at the launch of Realme U1 smartphone also introduced the Realme Buds, the company's first earphones. These have 11 mm audio drivers that promise 160% louder bass. The company says that it is the first wired headphones in India to use magnetic locking in the price range, so that it make carrying and tidying the earphones easy. It has break-resistant kevlar fiber cord that protects wiring from wear and tear and the braided jacket feels premium and prevents the cord from tangling easily. The ear tips are bent 45° for a snug wear and is comfortable even after long hours of use. It has a three-button in-line remote. Realme Buds specifications 11 mm drivers Impedance: 32Ω, Sound Pressure Level: 106dB, Total Harmonic Distortion: <1% (1KHz, 1mW), Frequency Rate: 20-20,000Hz Rated Power: 3mW In-ear headphones  In-line Remote 1.25m cable with enameled copper wire and kevlar fiber Copper-clad aluminum coil Weight: 13.5 g The Realme Buds comes only in Black color and is priced at Rs. 499. It should go on sale along with the Realme U1 starting next month.

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    TPV Technology has launched a new range of Philips Televisions which will be available with variants across 22” to 65-inch. It is also introducing the Philips patented Ambilight technology. The 65” 65PUT6703S/94 is the largest screen in the range and is fully LED TV's equipped with 3-sided Ambilight. The intelligent LEDs around the edges of the TV cast onscreen colors onto the walls, and into the room, in real time. There is an ‘Ambilight music mode’ which will sync with the music converting your living room into a virtual sound and light show. The latest line-up comes with Pixel Precise HD, an engine that optimizes picture quality to deliver crisp images with beautiful contrast. Philips 4K TVs (6100/ 6700 series) are also equipped with HDR Plus and packs features like SAPHI, an intuitive operating system that brings ease of navigation and access to content through a user-friendly icon-based menu. The ‘Micro Dimming’ software analyzes the picture in 6400 different zones and adjusts it accordingly. There is support for DTS HD that optimizes sound processing by preserving the original sound content. The 22-inch Full HD LED TV is priced at Rs.9990 and the high-end 65PUT6703S 65-inch TV costs Rs.149,990. The new range of TVs will be available ...

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  • 11/28/18--02:28: OnePlus 6T Review
  • Undoubtedly, the OnePlus is ruling the charts since its inception in the Indian market. Following the launch of much-celebrated OnePlus 6, the company has launched the mid-cycle refresh of the device called as OnePlus 6T. In this case, there are a couple of noteworthy upgrades -- Screen Unlock and bigger battery. We got hold of the device for some time and came up with a review. Do swirl through. Display, Hardware and Design OnePlus 6T sports a 6.41-inch FHD+ Optic AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels translating to a pixel density of about 402 PPI and with a water-drop notch. It has rounded corners with bare minimum bezels just to make more space for the display. It has an 85.6% screen-to-body ratio. Talking about the display, the Blacks are deep, the colour reproduction and viewing angles are good, it has a perfectly readable display under bright sunlight too. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 to avoid scratches. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="269566,269572"] Just like its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T gets the DCI-P3 colour profile, along with the standard sRGB, Adaptive mode, and a Custom colour profile. It retains Reading Mode, which completely changes the ...

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    HTC has announced that the company would work along with Sprint to create a 5G mobile smart hub in the first half of 2019. HTC aims to lead the U.S. 5G industry, and 5G is expected to bring impressive data speeds and reliable wireless signals. Sprint plans to launch its mobile 5G network in nine of the largest cities in the USA: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., with additional markets to be announced. The upcoming device will use the Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem with its Gigabit LTE and 5G capabilities. Sprint says that Massive MIMO technology is a key part of Sprint’s award-winning 5G strategy and network build. This technology dramatically increases the capacity of Sprint’s LTE Advanced network and is software upgradable to 5G. Cher Wang, Chairwoman, and CEO of HTC said: Through building a strong foundation for the 5G ecosystem, HTC is bringing the world to the very turning point of truly embracing the next technological age. While smartphones still play a crucial part as the heart of our digital lives, we believe that in the next decade, technologies that VIVE Reality embodies will rise as the true agents of change – AR, VR, AI, blockchain, ...

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    Xiaomi launched the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A in India last year running MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), and got it MIUI MIUI 9 as well as Android Nougat updates later. Today it has started rolling out MIUI 10 Stable update for both the smartphones. The new update comes as MIUI 10.1.1.0.NAMMFI for the Redmi 4 and is about 316MB in size. It comes as 10.1.1.0.NCCMIFI for the Redmi 4A, which is 268MB. These are based on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat).Xiaomi has not updated the Android security patch on Redmi 4A and it runs on July, 2018 security patch, while Redmi 4 has October, 2018 security patch. MIUI 10 brings major changes like Full-screen gestures, Redesigned Notification Panel, Redesigned Volume Sliders, Improved multitasking management, natural sound system, and a lot more, for more details on MIUI 10 refer to this post. You can download the recovery ROM here for Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A and flash it using the recovery method or download the fastboot ROM here for the Redmi 4A  and flash it using the fastboot method. Other devices from the second batch are also expected to receive MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM update soon. Check out the changelog below. Designed for full screen Experience All-new full screen gestures will change the way you interact with your device. They can do ...

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    ZTE's Nubia has introduced  Red Magic Mars, the company's latest gaming smartphone in China, as it had promised.  It has a 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 10GB RAM,  includes both liquid cooling and air cooling to reduce the temperature by up to 13.2 degrees and improve CPU performance by up to 70%. It runs Android 9.0 (Oreo) with Redmagic OS on top, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, along with an 8-megapixel front camera with support for Face unlocking. The phone comes with two-sided Red Magic touch game buttons, offers 4D gaming experience with real-time recognition of the game scene that vibrates the phone to intelligent match more than 40 game scenes and DTS 7.1 channel + 3D surround sound. It also has an unique LED light strip on the metal back. It packs a 3800mAh battery with support for Neocharge fast charging. Nubia Red Magic Mars specifications 6-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) 18:9 FHD+ In-Cell 2.5D curved glass display 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB LPDDR4 RAM with 64GB (UFS 2.1) storage, 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage,  10GB RAM with 256GB internal storage, ...

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    OnePlus has rolled out OxygenOS 5.0.7 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones. This brings the latest Android security patch, and enables support for OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones by default, so you don't have to enable it by going to OTG Storage from the Settings -> Advanced, as we had mentioned in the unboxing of the OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones earlier this month. The OnePlus 3 and 3T OxygenOS 5.0.7 update is 71MB in size, and is rolling out gradually. If you are still using beta OS on the 3 or 3T, you have to flash the stable ROM manually by downloading it from downloads.oneplus.net. The company already said that it will provide Android security updates till November 2019. It also said that the phones will get Android Pie update, after the OnePlus 5 and 5T sometime next year, and will skip Android 8.1 (Oreo) update. Check out the complete changelog of OxygenOS 5.0.7 below. System Updated Android security patch to 2018.11 Supported OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones General bug fixes and improvements Source

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    Google is expanding Project Fi to more phones including the majority of Android devices and iPhones. Owing to this occasion, the company is also rebranding Project Fi to 'Google Fi.' Users can now sign up for Fi with popular Android and iPhones (in beta). Google says that some plan features will depend on the Android or iOS device you use. The compatible phones include special hardware and software to move effortlessly between Google Fi’s networks and provide you with even more security and reliability through Fi’s new enhanced network feature. Google is celebrating the occasion by offering the choice of travel gift cards in return if you’re new to Fi or already a subscriber and a buy a phone from Google Fi. The trave gift cards can be spent on flights with Delta and Southwest or lodging with Airbnb and hotels.com. Alternatively, if you’d rather set up Google Fi on your current phone, you’ll earn $200 of Fi service credit when you sign up. Source

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    WatchOS 5.1.2 for Apple Watch Series 4 to bring ECG functionality, according to an internal Apple Store training document. The version is currently in beta testing. WatchOS 5.1.2 will feature an ECG app that can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation, a serious form of irregular heart rhythm, or a normal sinus rhythm. Apple Watch Series 4 is capable of generating an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram. ECG and other heart data will be collected in the Health app on a paired iPhone. Apple's document lists a minimum requirement of an iPhone 5s or later running iOS 12.1.1. To take an ECG reading from the Apple Watch, users will need to place a finger on the Digital Crown while wearing the watch. The reading is completed in 30 seconds, allowing users to determine whether their hearts are beating in a regular pattern or if there are signs of atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, Apple's training document reveals that the ECG app is regulated and only available in regions where it is cleared for use. The app will initially be available in the United States, where Apple has received FDA clearance, but Apple Watch Series 4 models sold worldwide include the electrical heart sensor for ...

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