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    Vivo has announced Y93, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y series’ in China. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio waterdrop notch display, is powered by Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC, has 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 blur in portraits, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock. It has rear mounted fingerprint sensor, dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 4030mAh battery. Vivo Y93 specifications 6.22-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) 19:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory  with microSD Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera 8MP front-facing camera Dimensions: 155.1 × 75.09 × 8.28mm; Weight: 163.5g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS 4030mAh (typical) built-in battery The Vivo Y93 comes in Starry Black and Nebula Purple colors, is priced Rs. 13,990 and is available from Vivo online store, Amazon.in as well as other online and offline stores.

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    Xiaomi just announced Mi Play, the company's latest smartphone in the new Play series in China, as it had promised. It has a 5.84-inch FHD+ display with a water-drop notch, is powered by the yet-to-be announced MediaTek Helio P35 12nm SoC with CPU/GPU Turbo, 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information in portait shots, AI scene detection and a 8-megapixel front camera with AI Beautify and AI portrait mode. It has a glossy glass-like finish on the back with gradiant finish in some colors, comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3000mAh battery. Xiaomi Mi Play specifications 5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1500:1 contrast ratio with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection 2.3GHz Octa-Core (ARM Cortex A53)  MediaTek Helio P35 12nm Processor with 680 MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10 Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, EIS, 2MP secondary camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 147.76×71.89×7.8mm; ...

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    According to sources in the Apple supply chain, Apple is said to be prepping a new fifth-generation iPad mini for the first half of 2019. This will be followed by a new entry-level iPad in two versions. The report claims that Apple is preparing to launch a low-priced iPad mini 5 in the first half of next year in an attempt to boost the declining sales of iPads.  The mass production is expected to start by the end of December. Apple hasn't updated its smallest iPad since September 2015. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in October that Apple is working on a new version of the iPad mini with an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel. He, however, mentioned that it might be released in 2018 or early 2019, adding more weight to the new development. As for Apple's entry-level iPad, the latest report claims that Apple would replace its sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad with a similarly priced model that features a 10-inch display within a narrower frame. Apple is said to be launching two low-priced versions of the iPad in 2019 to boost sales growth. The latest report goes on to say Apple plans to reduce production costs of the two iPads by reducing the amount to LED ...

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    According to sources, Microsoft is said to be planning on making a return to the webcam market as the company is working on a new 4K-capable camera that could work with both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. The Microsoft webcam will provide Windows Hello-based authentication, making the first time the company has provided this capability on a standalone camera. Microsoft has only provided Windows Hello functionality via the camera systems built into its Surface PCs only so far. On Xbox One, the upcoming webcam will let users sign-in automatically simply by moving in front of the camera. This will work with multiple users, too. Microsoft’s new webcams might be linked to the new USB-C-based webcam that it will ship alongside Surface Hub 2 later this year. The device comes with multiple USB-C ports around its periphery so that you can mount a single camera, or use multiple cameras. The upcoming Microsoft webcam will be enterprise-focused. No details regarding the launch timeline are available yet. Source

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    Xiaomi launched Mi Car Charger in India with a full metal body and two USB ports last year. Today it has launched new Mi Car Charger Basic with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging in the country. It also comes with standard USB port so that you can charge two devices simultaneously. Highlights of Xiaomi Mi Car Charger Basic Comes with dual ports to charge two devices simultaneously Supports 12V and 24V input, available on most cars and 1 (Red) x 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A (Quick Charge 3.0), 1 (Black) x 5V/ 1A 4 layers of protection against output over current, output over voltage, short circuit, high temperature Compact size Made from high quality polycarbonate material Blue LED ring light helps to locate the ports during night The Xiaomi Mi Car Charger comes in Black color, is priced at Rs. 449 and is available from mi.com in India.

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    After creating Guinness World Record by building the largest light mosaic (logo) in the world, back in September and inaugurating over 500 Mi Stores simultaneously at the exact same time in November. Xiaomi at the launch of Mi Play smartphone today achieved a new  Guinness World Record by building largest animated mobile phone mosaic using Mi Play smartphone in China. Even though it was already done using 504 mobile phones, Xiaomi has used 1008 mobile phones to form a Christmas tree pattern for achieving the new Guinness World Record. Xiaomi said that it took two weeks of preparation. It started building the 7.9-meter-high Christmas tree mobile phone mosaic at 4AM and it was completed by 4PM. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said that when he arrived at the venu, he realized how complicated it was. The whole process required simultaneous control of more than a thousands mobile phones and required playing Christmas videos. Source

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    Update: The OPPO R17 smartphone is now available in India from Amazon.in. It also comes with several offers including up to 3.2TB 4G data and benefits up to Rs. 4900 for Jio users, One Time Screen Replacement, Extra Rs. 5000 off on Exchange as well as No Cost EMI Earlier: Along with the R17 Pro, OPPO has also launched R17  smartphone in India, as expected.  It has 6.4-inch Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 91.5% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC and an in-display fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.41 seconds. It features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 5-megapixel secondary camera for portrait shots and AI scene recognition, 25-megapixel AI front camera, comes with a a gradient glass back, metal frame and a 3500mAh battery with VOOC Flash charge fast charging. OPPO R17 specifications 6.4-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with  91.5% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection 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 internal memory Dual SIM ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with ...

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    Update - December 25,2018: Xiaomi has started rolling out Mi A1 Android 9.0 (Pie) stable update for more users widely, including users in India. It has build number PKQ1.180917.001.V10.0.3.0.PDHMIFK, compared to v10.0.2.0 that rolled out earlier this month and is 1069.1MB in size, slightly smaller than the 1074.9MB. It brings December Android security patch. If you haven't received the update, you can download it from here (or here) and flash it manually. If you have already reveived or flashed v10.0.2.0 update, you will receive a small update to 10.0.3.0 probably to fix bugs. Earlier: Last week we reported that Xiaomi started rolling out Android Pie beta update for closed beta tester. The update was also rolled out as stable update in some countries such as Netherlands. In addition to Android Pie 9.0 features including Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps, Adaptive Brightness, new Pill based navigation gestures and recommended Apps and Actions based on user context using machine learning, the update also finally brings Dual 4G VoLTE support in as well support for FM Radio. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="270469,270470"] We tested it both on Jio and Airtel, and Dual 4G VoLTE worked fine, but it doesn't work on ...

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    Xiaomi India launched the Redmi 5 running MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat back in March. Last month it was updated to MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM which was based on Android 7.1 (Nougat) only but the company started rolling out Android 8.1 (Oreo) based  MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM towards the end of last month. Now, Xiaomi has started rolling out Android 8.1 (Oreo) based MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the smartphone. [gallery size="full" ids="271516,271518,271517"] The new Android Oreo-based update comes as MIUI 10.1.3.0.ODAMIFI and is 1.3 GB in size, Xiaomi has updated the Android security patch as well and now it runs on Nov 2018 security patch. Though the update is labeled as Stable in the screenshots, it may be in the partial rollout stage. If you haven’t received the update on your device, you can download the Recovery ROM here and flash it using the recovery method. As expected, the Oreo-based update also brings Dual 4G VoLTE feature to the device which was recently enabled in a MIUI 10 Global Beta update. As per users on Mi Community, Xiaomi has not enabled Portrait mode and Face Unlock with the update. Check out the changelog below, System Android Oreo update Camera Fix: Fix camera bug of stability Fix: Face detection frame didn't appear after the age recognition option ...

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    Xiaomi's POCO launched the F1 smartphone in India in four versions, including a Kevlar Armored Edition with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, now it has launched a new 6GB RAM with 128GB storage Armored Edition of the smartphone in the country. The Armored Edition that uses Kevlar aramid fibre for a premium look and feel. The POCO F1 got MIUI 10 update recently, and soon after it also received the most expected Android 9.0 (Pie) update along with MIUI 10.1. Earlier this month it got a Rs. 1000 permanent price cut across all the variants and is available starting at Rs. 19,999. The POCO F1 Armoured Edition with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 23,999, just Rs. 1000 more than the standard edition, and is available from Flipkart as well as mi.com. 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 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel ...

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    OnePlus has released OxygenOS 9.0.0 Android 9.0 (Pie) stable update for its 5 and 5T smartphones, after it rolled out beta update couple of weeks back. This comes after the OnePlus 6 got the stable Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0 update back in September. The update brings new navigation gestures for the 5T, Google Lens integration in camera, Gaming mode 3.0 and more features. The OnePlus 5 / 5T Android 9.0 Pie stable update is 1.74 GB in size and also includes Android security patch for December 2018. Check out the complete change log below. System Updated system to Android™ 9 Pie™ Brand new UI for Android Pie Brand new navigation gestures (Available for OnePlus 5T only) Updated Android security patch to 2018.12 Other new features and system improvements New Gaming mode 3.0 Added text notification mode Added notification for 3rd party calls Do Not Disturb mode New Do Not Disturb (DND) mode with adjustable settings Camera Integrated Google Lens mode Source

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    Samsung has finally started rolling out Android Pie update to Galaxy S9 and S9+. The stable Android Pie update based on One UI is rolling out to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Germany. The update is released for those running on Android Oreo and Pie beta testers as well. The software version for the final update is G960FXXU2CRLI and G965FXXU2CRLI for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ respectively. The update is around 1.7GB and brings December security patch as well. One UI based on Android Pie brings a brand new look to the interface. The company recently started beta testing the Pie update for the Galaxy Note 9, so it isn't clear if stable is rolling out to Note 9 as well. if you’re a Galaxy S9 or S9+ user, do check for the update from the Settings » Software update. As said, the update is rolling out to both those running on Android Oreo and Pie beta testers. Source

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    Apart from rolling out the stable Pie update to S9 and S9+, Samsung has also provided a detailed timeline of when the new One UI interface based on Pie will be available for which device. The list shows Pie update to Note 9 in February and March for Galaxy S8 and Note 8 series.  Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablet that are confirmed to get Android 9.0 (Pie) update with One UI starting January 2019 Galaxy S9 (January 2019) Galaxy S9+ (January 2019) Galaxy Note9 (February 2019) Galaxy S8 (March 2019) Galaxy S8+ (March 2019) Galaxy Note8 (March 2019) Galaxy A8 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy A8+ 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy A7 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy A9 2018 (April 2019) Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (April 2019) Galaxy J4 (May 2019) Galaxy J4+ (May 2019) Galaxy J6 (May 2019) Galaxy J6+ (May 2019) Galaxy A8-Star (May 2019) Galaxy J7 2017 (July 2019) Galaxy J7 Duo (August 2019) Galaxy Xcover4 (September 2019) Galaxy J3 2017 (September 2019) Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (September 2019) Galaxy Tab A 2017 (October 2019) Galaxy Tab Active2 (October 2019) Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (October 2019) However, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge won't be getting the Pie update based on UI which ...

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    It is known that Samsung is working on Galaxy M-series and the smartphones are slated to release in the coming months. The new series is expected to replace the current Galaxy J, Galaxy On, and Galaxy C series devices in the company’s lineup. The Galaxy M-series has three smartphones in development; Galaxy M10, M20, and M30 respectively. The Galaxy M30 has now appeared on the Geekbench website, revealing some of its specifications. As per the Geekbench listing, the Galaxy M30 will be powered by an Exynos 7885 SoC, 4GB of RAM and Android Oreo 8.1 onboard. Earlier reports suggest that the Galaxy M30 will come in 64 GB and 128 GB storage variants. Despite the Android 9.0 Pie roll out, the Galaxy M-series will launch with Oreo. It is common for brands to develop and test prototypes with older components and software, so, there is still a possibility for the Galaxy M30 to launch with better specs and updated software. The listed specs don’t appear very different from current Galaxy mid-range devices. So, it needs to be seen whether these would be the final specs or if Samsung would change specs for the final version. Source | Via

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    After No. 1 Mi Fan Sale from Dec 19 to 21 on its website, Xiaomi today started its No. 1 Mi Fan Sale on Amazon. In the sale, it is offering discounts on Mi Smartphones Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Credit & Debit Cards and more. Discounts on Xiaomi smartphones on Amazon Mi A2 (6GB+128GB) – Rs. 16,999 (Rs. 2000 off) Mi A2 (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB+64GB) – Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) – Rs. 10,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi Y2 (3GB + 32GB)  – Rs. 8,999 (Rs. 1000 off) It is also offering 5% Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Credit & Debit Card EMI. This limited-period offer lasts till December 28th.

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    Samsung Electronics has announced that it will showcase eight innovative new projects related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are developed from its C-Lab (Creative Lab) program at CES 2019. In addition, eight start-ups which have been spun off from C-Lab will showcase their newly released commercial products.  The eight new C-Lab projects include an in-video virtual ad service ‘Tisplay’, an ASMR sound recording solution ‘aiMo’, an instant video-making service ‘MEDEO’, an AI news  analysis service ‘PRISMIT’, a custom perfume making service ‘Perfume Blender’, an auto-adjusting monitor ‘Girin Monitor Stand’, an AI desk light ‘alight’, and a hearing assistant  solution ‘SnailSound’. This announcement will help C-labs to refine the projects and prepare the prototypes that will eventually become finished products to take to market. In addition to these projects, eight start-ups which have been spun off from Samsung C-Lab – MOPIC, LINKFLOW, lululab, WELT, Cooljamm company, MONIT, BLUEFEEL, and analogue plus will participate at CES 2019 to showcase their newly released commercial products. C-Lab is Samsung's in-house idea incubation program that encourages a creative corporate culture and nurtures innovative ideas from Samsung employees. Inkuk Hahn, Vice President and Head of the Creativity & Innovation Center at Samsung Electronics said: We will present promising C-Lab projects leveraging AI technologies ...

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    Apple is reportedly working on 5th-gen iPad mini and entry-level 10-inch iPad for 2019. The manufacturing is already underway this month. Before the official launch, we are getting to see the first iPad mini 5 case that shows off a couple of interesting details. There are few notable changes if the leaked case ends up being a legitimate case. There's an oblong camera cutout that matches up with the new iPad Pro camera configuration. This means that the upcoming iPad Mini 5 will be getting a flash to go along with its camera. The rear camera will have a vertical arrangement in-line with current iPhones. It’s difficult to tell, but it looks like a headphone jack cutout is included with this case in the top right corner. There’s also a cutout in the middle of the device on the edge, bringing up the possibility for Apple’s first-gen smart connector. Although this could also be a functional part of the case not related to Apple’s hardware. Back in October, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the iPad mini 5 would arrive in either late 2018 or early 2019. He also mentioned that it would include a “lower-cost panel” but didn’t predict a price point. Considering a low-price ...

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    Sony just launched the WH-CH700N, the company's latest mid-range wireless noise cancelling headphones in India. The Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancelation (AINC) analyzes background sound and adjusts it for optimal performance on airplanes and other noisy environments. You can activate the feature with just a press and hold of the NC button. It has NFC connection to parit with NFC-enabled devices and comes with Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) feature. The companys says that theheadphones will be optimized for Google Assistant with an update. The headphones are also equipped with built-in microphone for voice assistant commands and hands-free calls. Users can attend to calls without even taking their phone out of the pocket or bag. It offers up to 35 hours of battery life and has Quick Charge that gives 60 minutes of playback from 10 minutes of charge. Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones highlights and specifications Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancellation (AINC) analyses background sound and adjusts it for optimal performance on aeroplanes and other noisy environments. Just press and hold the NC button on your headphones to activate it. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology makes complex set-up sequences a thing of the past. Simply touch selected NFC-enabled devices to the on-body N-mark for a quick, ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand just announced V20, the company's latest top-end smartphone in the 'V series' in China, as it had promised. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ screen with 91.82% screen-to-body ratio, 25-megapixel front camera with just 4.5mm cut out. It is powered by Kirin 980 SoC with GPU Turbo 2.0,  liquid cooling and 8GB of RAM. It has a 48-megapixel rear camera with  Sony IMX586 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) sensor, uses 4-in-1 light fusion that outputs better low-light images at 12MP resolution and 4-times improved HDR support. It also has a TOF 3D secondary rear camera that lets you play games using 3D gesture recognition by capturing body movements. It has Link Turbo automatically analyze users’ usage models and network conditions to switch seamlessly between Wi-Fi or 4G networks and boost downloading speed by simultaneously adopting both networks. It has a V-shaped texture on the glass back, metal frame, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 4000mAh battery with support for fast charging. Honor V20 specifications 6.4-inch (1080 x 2310 pixels) FHD+ LCD IPS display with 96% NTSC Color Gamut HUAWEI Kirin 980 (2 x Cortex A76 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex A76 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex A55 1.8 GHz) processor with  720 MHz ARM Mali-G76MP10 ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand introduced the Honor V20 smartphone in China yesterday. Now Honor India has started teasing the launch of the global variant of the smartphone - Honor View20 in the country on Amazon.in. You can also click 'Notify Me' to get notified about the launch in the country. To remind you the phone has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ All-View screen with 91.82% screen-to-body ratio, 25-megapixel in-display front camera in the small 4.5mm cut out. It is powered by Kirin 980 SoC with GPU Turbo 2.0,  NINE liquid cooling and up to 8GB of RAM. It has a 48-megapixel rear camera with  Sony IMX586 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) sensor, uses 4-in-1 light fusion that outputs better low-light images at 12MP resolution and 4-times improved HDR support, has AI scene detection to recognize over 60 categories and 1500 scenarios. It also has a TOF 3D secondary rear camera that can calculate distance based upon the time-of-flight of a light signal, and has functions including depth sensing, skeletal tracking and real-time motion capture to play 3D motion games. It features a V-shaped texture on the glass back using nanolithography technology to develop an invisible nano texture on the body. The fourth generation of nano-vacuum coating and invisible aurora ...

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