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    OPPO introduced world’s first camera module with 5X optical zoom at the MWC 2017, but we didn't see any phone with the tech. Today the company has scheduled an event on 16th January in China, to introduce 10X optical zoom technology, ahead of this year's MWC next month. According to earlier design drafts and leaks, the phone will have a periscope structure to divert light 90-degrees through prism into a telephoto lens. It also revealed triple rear setup for the smartphone. Last month Sina Technology interviewed the head of the OPPO Imaging Laboratory who revealed several OPPO multi-zoom technology related patents also confirmed that OPPO is indeed exploring multiple or even 10x hybrid zoom technology. We should know all the details about OPPO's 10x optical zoom technology on Wednesday. Source 1, 2

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    After leaks, Samsung has officially announced that its Galaxy 'M Series' smartphones will launch in India on January 28th exclusively on Amazon.in. Based on earlier rumors, we can expect the Galaxy M10 (SM-M105F), Galaxy M20 (SM-M205F) and Galaxy M30 (SM-M305F) smartphones. Galaxy M20 even showed up on the Samsung India support site recently. The invite shows Infinity  U display with a camera inside the notch and the earpiece is present on the top bezel. Official teaser images also reveal curved edges, power button and volume rockers on the right side, dual rear cameras and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone will also come with support for fast charging. Looks like Samsung is finally moving from micro USB to USB Type-C for its mid-range smartphones.  Samsung Galaxy M20 rumored specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 display Octa-Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) Exynos 7885 14nm processor with Mali-G71 GPU 3 GB RAM, 32GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP f/2.2 depth camera 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimension:156.4 x 74.5 x8.8mm Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS ...

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    Samsung along with the regular and a plus-sized Galaxy S10 is said to be prepping a 5G variant whose name is said to be finalized as Galaxy S10 X. Considering that it is the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series, it emphasizes 'X', and it also has meanings such as eXperience and eXpand. The Galaxy S10 X is also touted to be the world's first smartphone with 5G network support. Samsung Electronics confirmed the first 5G smartphone to the Galaxy S10 X and delivered the main contents such as specifications and functions to three carriers. It is rumored to come with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, an Axis 5100 chipset, a rear quad camera, and a front dual camera. In addition, it is said to be equipped with a 5000mAh large capacity battery, up to 10GB of RAM, and whopping 1TB memory. Most of all, the smartphone is said to feature a 'life pattern' mode. The technology to automate the smartphone function based on artificial intelligence (AI); based on consumer smartphone usage pattern is applied for the first time. The Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus are scheduled to go on sale on March 8th after February 20th announcement. The 5G version of the Galaxy S10 X ...

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    Apple rumored to be working on 7th-generation iPod touch, according to a report. Several suppliers at CES 2019 reportedly confirmed that a 7th-gen iPod Touch might be in development as a replacement for the 6th-generation version. However, details regarding the launch or features it might include are nowhere reported yet. Apple last updated the hardware in the iPod touch in July 2015 with an A8 chip, an 8MP rear camera, and six color options. The iPod touch lineup was last refreshed in July 2017 when Apple streamlined the available capacity options and introduced new pricing tiers. Currently, the iPod touch costs $199 for the 32GB version and $299 for the 128GB version. Though iPod has been replaced with iPhones and iPads off late, there is a possibility of new model clicking if it comes with more modern hardware like an improved rear camera and a faster A-series chip. In another report, the next-generation iPhone coming in 2019 could potentially include a USB-C port. According to "those who are working on it." However, it has not reached a design reference and whether or not the new iPhones will use USB-C over Lightning is not yet fully established. This is not the first time we are hearing reports of 2019 ...

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    Google has announced that it is upgrading default messaging on eligible phones to RCS on Project Fi. In the coming weeks, all compatible phones designed for Fi will get faster data coverage in more places around the world. Google says that with RCS in Messages, you can do and share more when you message friends, family members, groups, and even businesses who are on RCS. You’ll be able to see typing indicators and read receipts, share high-resolution videos, and message over Wi-Fi or data with others that have RCS enabled. RCS will be available on phones designed for Fi and compatible Android phones. If you’re using a phone designed for Fi, RCS will be automatically enabled. If you’re on a compatible Android phone, you’ll need to download Messages and set it as your default messaging app. Google also announced that in the next few weeks, it will upgrade 33 of these countries to faster 4G LTE coverage on phones designed for Fi. Source

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    According to Apple's operating chief COO Jeff Williams testimony in the ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm, the company wanted to use Qualcomm's 4G LTE modems in its newest iPhones, but the chipmaker wouldn't sell to it. This had a major effect on how quickly Apple can make the shift to 5G.  Qualcomm, however, continues to provide Apple with chips for its older iPhones, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple COO Jeff Williams said during the US Federal Trade Commission's trial against Qualcomm. However, the San Diego chipmaker won't provide Apple with modems for the newest iPhones since both the companies began their fight over patents. Jeff Williams believes the royalty rate Apple paid for using Qualcomm patents $7.50 per iPhone is too high. The FTC has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers including Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. FTC has also said that Qualcomm forced Apple to pay licensing fees for its technology in exchange for using its chips in iPhones. The trial started on Jan. 4 in US District Court in San Jose, California. Testimony covers negotiations and events that occurred before March 2018. Apple relies on third-party chips for network connectivity. Qualcomm has been the sole supplier for iPhones ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand has launched Honor 10 Lite, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in India, as it had promised. It was introduced back in November last year, has a 6.21-inch Full HD+ waterdrop notch display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio, is powered by Kirin 710 SoC with up to 6GB RAM, has support for GPU Turbo 2.0 and runs Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0 on top. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for AI portraits and AI scene detection for detecting 22 different scenes. It also comes with a 24-megapixel front camera with AI selfies, has gradiant finish on the back, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3400mAh battery. Honor 10 Lite specifications 6.21-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Kirin 710 12nm (4 x 2.2GHz  Cortex-A73 +4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU 4GB / 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 13MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, secondary 2MP rear camera 24MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Dimensions: 154.8×73.64×7.95mm; Weight: 162g Fingerprint sensor Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + ...

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    Vivo has announced Y91, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y series’ in India. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio Halo FullView display, is powered by Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC, has 2GB 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 Y91 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 2MP secondary camera, f/2.4 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/1.8 aperture Face unlock Dimensions:155.11×75.09×8.28mm; Weight: 163.5g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS 4030mAh battery The Vivo Y91 comes in Starry Black and Ocean Blue colors, is priced Rs. 10,990 and is available from Amazon India, PayTM, Vivo India E-store and all offline partner outlets. Like all Vivo devices, ...

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    Huawei has announced that Mate 20 Pro and HUAWEI P20 Pro now support Netflix HD & HDR content. The support for HD & HDR content has been made possible through Widevine L1 support. It can deliver 720p+ video content, supports adaptive streaming quality and licensing key exchange to protect the content from being pirated. The company says that it is creating ultimate consumer and product experience and is rolling out EMUI 9.0 on P20 Pro, the latest upgrade to the company’s skin over Android Pie. The new update brings gesture-based user navigation, second-generation GPU Turbo and redesigned settings menu among other things.

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    Sony Mobile has started sending out invites for its MWC 2018 event on February 25th in Barcelona. This year's invite possibly shows the sides of the smartphone in Blue color with gradient finish. The invite doesn't give us any other hints about the smartphone. As we already know, we can expect the flagship Xperia XZ4 smartphone at the event. Earlier rumors  revealed that the phone will come with a tall 6.55-inch QHD+ OLED HDR display with 21:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB storage, triple rear cameras and a 3,900mAh battery with support for Wireless charging. The company did not announce Xperia XA3, XA3 Ultra, and L3 at the CES this year, so we can expect these smartphones to be announced at the MWC next month. The Xperia XA3 is said to feature a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display and the Xperia L3 is expected to come with a 5.7-inch HD+ display and 3GB of RAM. The Sony Xperia MWC 2019 event on February 25th, 2019 takes place at Hall 4, Gran Via, Barcelona and starts at 8:15 AM CET (12:45 PM IST). As usual it will offer live stream on its sonymobile.com website. Source | Via

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    After rumors, Amazon has confirmed that V40 ThinQ penta camera smartphone will go on sale in India from January 20th exclusively on Amazon.in with early access for Prime members starting January 19th at 12PM. The phone was introduced  back in October last year and packs a 6.4-inch FullVision OLED display, triple rear cameras with 16MP 107-degree super wide-angle, 12MP standard angle and 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom and Triple Shot feature stitches together the images captured with each of the three lenses into a short video file for easy sharing. It has 5MP wide-angle lens and 8MP standard camera on the front for bokeh effect with an on-screen slider to adjust the amount of background blur. It has Dual PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) for automatic focusing that is 50% faster, advanced HDR feature analyzes and determines the right exposure settings to create perfectly lit shots,  AI Auto White Balance (AI AWB), AI Shutter selects the right shutter speed, especially useful when trying to capture fast-moving subjects, Cine Shot, 3D Light Effect, Makeup Pro, Custom Backdrop, My Avatar and AR Emoji. It still has 3.5mm audio jack with 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and Boombox Speaker that was introduced in the G7 ThinQ. It uses Silky Blast process ...

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    Google has announced that Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites will be getting a new look and feel on the Web. While there may not be any functionality changes, users will notice visual improvements including Interface typography that uses Google’s custom-designed and highly-legible typefaces, controls and more.  Controls such as buttons, dialogs, and sidebars are updated with consistent iconography that is legible and crisp. The four products in this update join other G Suite products like Gmail and Calendar in sharing a common design language. Google says that this style change is part of a new, consistent design approach from Google and users can expect to see similar changes across other G Suite applications in the future. This new material design interface for Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites is already rolling out and full roll out will begin by February 11th. Source

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    Apple has introduced new Smart Battery Cases designed for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. The design of the cases is similar to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7 with a bump to add the extra battery pack and each offer varied battery life depending on the device.  The iPhone XS Battery Case offers up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback. The iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case offers up to 37 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback. While the iPhone XR Battery Case offers up to 39 hours of talk time, up to 22 hours of internet use, and up to 27 hours of video playback. Apple hasn't introduced a smart battery case since the launch of iPhone 7, mostly because of the introduction of wireless charging since the iPhone 8. There hasn't been a battery case for larger iPhones, with prior cases limited to the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 7. Apple's product listings also confirm that the new Smart Battery Cases are compatible with Qi-certified wireless chargers. The new Smart Battery Case provides an ...

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    Google's Gboard is getting a new update bringing few visible changes on the surface and few tweaks from the inside. The update hints at a new and larger batch of emoticons are coming to Gboard. It also looks like Gboard might get the ability to send its own stickers to Whatsapp using WEBP format. Gboard has added as many as fourteen different categories for emoticons, some containing as few as two emoticons and another coming in with twenty-four. However, you will find a lot of similar common themes in emoji including expressions, animals, and utility emoticons like pointers. Emoticons are made up of a few symbols from various languages that form a picture. When these are enabled, the categories will appear in the symbol keyboard. It looks like Gboard might be working on integration with WhatsApp to display IM platform's own stickers, or maybe for sending Gboard's own stickers to Whatsapp using the more efficient WEBP format. But nothing yet is confirmed or official, so it is just a guessing game at the moment. Gboard's 'Make a GIF' feature may be testing output in MP4 format, and this probably will make videos smaller and look better than they would in a standard animated GIF format. ...

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    Apple is en route to launch three new iPhones in 2019 and it is already known that the high-end model is expected to pack triple-rear cameras at the back. Adding to the existing rumors, a new set of leaked renders showcase the 2019 high-end iPhone variant with the triple rear cameras that are arranged horizontally instead of vertically.  Based on the renders of the iPhone (2019); the device could retain a similar front body as the current iPhone but will have a smaller notch and slightly thinner bezels. As said, the big difference in terms of design is on the rear where the triple camera setup is horizontally stacked at the center. It has three camera sensors, circle flash around the center camera lens and there is a microphone below the center camera. The volume rocker is placed on the left along with silent switch. The power button is situated on the right. All is not good since the last leaked render showcased different rear-camera setup. One with Mate 20 like the square setup and the new one with the horizontal arrangement. As the 2019 iPhones are still in the very early production process, nothing is confirmed yet but both leaks are 100% ...

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    Sony Electronics has introduced the α6400 its new inclusion to the E-mount mirrorless camera lineup. The α6400 boasts the world's fastest autofocus (AF) acquisition of 0.02 seconds, and also brings the new advanced "Real-time Eye AF" and "Real-time Tracking" capabilities. It also includes high-speed shooting at up to 11 fps with AF/AE tracking. It comes with the new-generation BIONZ X image processing engine that produces excellent image quality, 4K video recording, a full 180-degree tiltable LCD touch screen and much more. The new a6400 features 425 phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection AF points that are placed densely over the entire image area, covering approximately 84 percent of the image area. The Sony α6400 also introduces "Real-time Tracking." This mode utilizes Sony's latest algorithm including artificial intelligence (AI) based object recognition and processes color, subject distance (depth), pattern (brightness) as spatial information to ensure that all subjects can be captured with accuracy. The Sony α6400 is equipped with a 24.2 MP APS-C sized image sensor that is paired with an upgraded BIONZ X processor. The Standard ISO ranges up to ISO 32000 for both still and movie and is expandable up to ISO 102400 for still images. It offers the ability to record 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) movie recording with full ...

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    Xiaomi has launched Mi Micro USB Braided Cable in India. It has a sturdy structure since it is made of DuPont Keblar fiber, features a tangle-free design, comes with extra tough joints and is 100cm / 3.2-feet long.  Highlighs of Mi Micro USB Braided Cable Made with DuPont Kevlar fiber renowned for being ultra-strong and tangle-free Extra tough joints to prevent breakage caused via normal wear and tear Multi-Layet Protection - High-Strength braided layer on the outside, PTE protection later, Copper plated zinc later, Aluminium foil later and Kevlar Fiber Comes with up to 2A charging and up to 480Mpbs data transfer speed Xiaomi Mi Micro USB Braided Cable comes in Black and Red colors, is priced at Rs. 249 and is available for purchase from mi.com. Since a lot of smartphones now come with support for Type-C, hope we can expect a USB Type-C Braided Cable cable with QC 3.0 fast charging from Xiaomi.

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    Amazon launched its Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote in India back in 2017. Now it has launched a new Fire TV Stick all-new Alexa Voice Remote with TV control that lets you TV functions from Fire TV remote itself. The all-new Alexa Voice Remote on Fire TV Stick lets you control your complete entertainment experience and helps you quickly find the content you want, using your voice. With far-field technology, you can also pair any Echo device with Fire TV Stick to control  entertainment experience hands-free. You can ask Echo to play and search for movies and TV shows, launch apps and control playback on Fire TV. Combining Bluetooth, multidirectional infrared technology and powered by Amazon's proprietary cloud-based service, the all-new Alexa Voice Remote allows you to power on and control volume on your compatible TV with a single remote. The Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is priced at ₹ 3,999, now available for pre-order from Amazon.in, and shipts from January 23rd. Existing Fire TV Stick customers can also get the new Alexa Voice Remote separately for ₹ 1,999. For a limited period of time, the all-New Alexa Voice Remote will be available at a discount of 50%-for just ₹ 999 on ...

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    Vivo India has launched Vivo Xchange program, a new trade-in offer that lets you exchange old phones and upgrade to a new Vivo smartphone on Vivo’s in-house e-store website shop.vivo.com/in. The company has partnered with leading online re-commerce brand Cashify.in for seamless exchange process. As an introductory offer, Vivo is offering an additional Rs. 1000 bump-up exchange of their old Vivo smartphones from 16th – 19th January 2019. To avail the exchange offer follow these steps: Go to Vivo e-store and choose the device that you want to buy Click on the “check availability” to know whether the exchange offer is applicable for your City Get the Exchange quote for your old smartphone, powered by Cashify.in and place the order after accepting the quote The new Vivo smartphone will be delivered to your address, once the order is placed Further, Cashify.in will schedule the pickup of your old device and they will give instant payment for it, as per the quote agreed earlier Commenting on the partnership, Jerome Chen, Senior VP, Vivo India, said: Being a customer centric brand, Vivo has always aimed to offer great value to its fans. Under this partnership, customers can now seamlessly exchange their old phones and upgrade to a ...

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    Samsung has finally started rolling out Android 9.0 (Pie) One UI stable update for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note9 smartphones in India, as it had promised.  Apart from the One UI visual changes, there are many other changes and new features including new adaptive themes for the keyboard that change based on the app you’re currently using, charging information in Always On Display, Scene Optimizer for the Camera app, and the ability to run DeX with a USB Type-C to HDMI cable while also being able to use the phone when DeX mode is active. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ update has build G965FXXU2CSA2 and is 1756.19 MB in size, while the Samsung Galaxy Note9 has build N960FXXU2CSA2 and is 1592.26MB in size. Check out the complete change log below. Upgraded One UI for Android Pie One UI brings you Android Pie, with exciting new features and a whole new look and feel based on feedback from users in Samsung and Google. We recommend that you back up your important data to keep it safe before the upgrade. Some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Internet, Samsung Health, Samsung Notes, Samsung Members, and Samsung Pay, need to be updated individually after you update your OS. Here’s what’s new. One UI - ...

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