Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Nokia 8 goes official with dual 13MP carl zeiss camera

HMD Global, the new house of Nokia, resurrected the Nokia brand earlier this year, with the launch of three Android smartphones. Unfortunately all these were budget devices, and what fans were craving for was a top-end flagship device. The wait is finally over. 

As expected, the company at an event in London has unveiled the Nokia 8, which comes as the first true Nokia flagship running Android. However, it does not boast any killer feature like bezel-less design or squeezable edges, instead it just packs the basic hardware you did find in this years flagship smartphone including dual-cameras into a premium body.

Design-wise Nokia 8 sports a Series 6000 aluminum unibody with mirror finish and has IP54 splash resistance rating. Color options include Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel and Polished Copper. The home button below the display houses the fingerprint sensor, and is flanked by old-school capacitive back and menu buttons on either sides. The device runs pure stock Android Nougat with no bloatware, and Nokia promises Android O update as soon as the final build is ready, as well as monthly security updates.

In terms of specifications, the Nokia 8 comes with 5.3-inch QHD LCD display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. On-board storage is 64GB, and is expandable via microSD card.

For photography, the Nokia 8 flaunts dual 13MP cameras (Color + Monochrome sensor) at its rear, with Carl Zeiss optics. It offers OIS (optical image stabilization and 4K video recording). For selfies you get a 13MP shooter at the front that is capable of recording 4K videos. 

The phone's camera app comes with a feature called "Dual-Sight" mode (boathie), that lets you use both front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and video. This feature also lets you stream directly to Facebook and YouTube Live as well in real-time.

Connectivity duties of Nokia 8 is handled by dual-SIM slots (hybrid), 4G LTE, VoLTE, WiFi 802.l1ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack and GPS. A 3090mAh battery backed by Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 runs the show. It also include Nokia OZO surround sound for 3D audio capture

The Nokia 8 has been priced at 599 Euros ($700 | Rs. 45,000), and will hit major markets in early September. It is expected to arrive in India by late September or early October.

Swipe Elite 4G entry-level 4G VoLTE enabled smartphone launched at Rs. 3,999

Swipe Technologies is expanding its Elite line up with the launch of Elite 4G. It is an entry-level smartphone running the outdated Android Marshmallow, and supports 4G VoLTE.

The Swipe Elite 4G comes with 5-inch 400 x 800 pixels display with Gorilla Glass protection and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chip) with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card. It has 8MP rear camera with an LED flash and 5MP selfie camera on the front.

The dual-SIM phone is fueled by 2500mAh battery and supports 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS for connectivity.

The Elite 4G has been priced at Rs. 3,999, and is exclusively available on Flipkart in Black, Grey and Gold hues.

Sony Xperia XZ1 poses for the camera

Sony is expected to introduce two flagship devices at IFA 2017, Berlin. One of them is the Xperia XZ1, and real-life photos along with specs of the flagship has hit the interweb.

As seen in the photos, the Xperia XZ1 will have the same omni-balance design language with a metal unibody build featured on the Xperia XZ line up. It will have large bezels above and below the screen. Also the power button at the side will house the fingerprint sensor, and the device will have a dedicated camera shutter button. Thankfully Sony is retaining the 3.5mm audio jack, and the phone has a sticker on the front that lists key specs.

The Xperia XZ1 is expected to come with 5.2-inch Full HD HDR-capable display, Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, a 19MP MotionEye camera capable of recording 960fps video, 13MP front camera, front facing stereo speakers and IP65/IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

The Xperia XZ1 alongside another Xperia XZ device are expected to be unveiled at Sony's August 31, IFA event. 


Vodafone 348 Prepaid Recharge Offer: 1GB daily data for 28 days and unlimited voice calling

Vodafone India has announced a special offer for its prepaid users in Rajasthan, with the launch of a new Rs. 348 Prepaid Recharge offer.

The Rs. 348 packs offers 1GB data daily with unlimited local & national voice calls for 28 days. The plan is valid for all handset users including 2G, 3G or 4G, which is a plus point, given that most of the telecos launch new plans for only 4G-enabled handset. Also the new offer can be availed by both new and existing customers.

The new pack is available at all the leading Vodafone Stores, Vodafone Mini stores, and muli-brand outlets across the state. Customers can also avail this recharge through MyVodafone App.

Thanks to Reliance Jio, top telecom operators in the country having been coming out with affordable data & voice calling packs. Last month Vodafone launched FRC 244 for new customers, which offers 1GB of 4G data per day for 70 days, along with unlimited local and STD calls within Vodafone network.

Panasonic launches Eluga I2 Active, price starts at Rs. 7,190

After releasing Eluga A3 and A3 Pro, Panasonic India is back with another Eluga series budget smartphone. Dubbed Eluga I2 Active, it runs Android Nougat out of the box, and supports 4G and VoLTE (voice over LTE).

The Eluga I2 Active features 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor backed by Mali T720 GPU. It comes with 16GB of expandable storage, and will be offered in two variants: 1GB or 2GB RAM.

For photography, It gets 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 5MP front shooter for selfies. It packs 2200mAh battery, and for connectivity supports hybrid dual-SIM slots, 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.

The Panasonic Eluga I2 is priced at Rs. 7,190 for the 1GB RAM version and Rs. 7,990 for the 2GB RAM version, and comes in Gold, Rose Gold and Grey colors.

The Panasonic Eluga I2 Active comes in Gold, Rose Gold and Grey colors and is priced at Rs. 7,190 for the 1GB RAM version and the 2GB RAM version costs Rs. 7,990.

Razer Atheris wireless mouse promises 350 hours of battery life

Popular gaming accessories maker Razer, and announced Atheris, a wireless mouse, which according to the company boasts world’s longest-lasting battery life and lag-free wireless gaming-grade performance.

Razer says the Atheris offers up to 350 hours (14.5 hours) of continuous use on a single pair of AA batteries, providing power for even the most enduring boardroom meetings or intense gaming sessions.

It is equipped with Razer's proprietary wireless Adaptive Frequency technology (AFT) [2.4GHz wireless dongle that slots into the mouse when not in use], for providing reliable and stable connection; and a 7200 DPI optical sensor for extreme accuracy. It also has built-in Bluetooth LE, so the mouse can directly connect to the laptop without the need of a dongle.

The wireless mouse sports a sleek and compact ambidextrous design with enhanced rubber side grips, and is suitable for both left and right handers. It weighs just 66g.

The Razer Atheris is now available in the U.S for $49.99.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A/Redmi 5A gets certified by TENAA

The successor of the record-breaking Redmi Note 4 is already in works. Redmi device with model numbers MDT6 and MDT6S belived to be the Redmi Note 5A/Redmi 5A passed through TENAA, indicating the release is right around the corner.

Both models have 5.5-inch screen, 3000mAh battery and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat based MIUI 9. They will be offered in a variety of colors including Blue, Red, Pink, Grey, Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Gold and White.

Usually Redmi Note line up boasts Full HD display, but TENAA lists HD resolution for the Note 5A. This could be an error, or the device is affordable version of Redmi Note 5 or the Redmi 5A.

Individually, the MDT6 model will be a lower-end device featuring quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and 13MP/5MP cameras. It will give the fingerprint scanner a miss. The same device, previously leaked in press render, and was claimed to be the Redmi 5A.

The MDT6S on the other hand will be an upgraded model boasting specs like octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 16MP/13MP cameras and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner.

According to rumors Xiaomi has an event on August 21 to announce the Redmi Note 5A/Redmi 5A.

Samsung outs fast, affordable external solid state drives

Samsung has announced its latest external solid state drive (SSD): T5 that will let you carry up to 2TB of files. The South Korean tech giant says the portable SDD is designed especially for content creators, business and IT professionals as well as mainstream consumers to give instant, easy access to data.

The T5 is built on Samsung's in-house 64-layer V-NAND technology, and offers transfer speeds of up to 540mbps, which is up to 4.9 times faster than external hard drives.

It supports USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 interface, and is compatible with Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs. It comes with USB-C to C and USB-C to A connection cables, and the drive is backed by AES 256-bit hardware encryption. 

The portable drive also boasts a durable design sporting aluminum exteriors with metal finishes, and the company claims, it can withstand accidental dropes up to 6.7 feet. It is light-weight weighing mere 51g, and measure 74 x 57.3 x 10.5mm.

Backed by limited three-year warranty Samsung will sell the T5 in Deep Black (1TB and 2TB storage capacity) and Alluring Blue (250GB and 500GB storage capacity) colors. The price starts at $129.99 (Rs. 8,360) for the base model with 250GB storage capacity, and the external drvice is now rolling out globally.

Qualcomm announces second-gen Spectra ISP for 2018 phones

Qualcomm has announced expansion of its Spectra Module Program, with the addition of the new Spectra ISP and second-generation camera modules. The next gen technology is designed for smartphones and HMD (head mounted display) and is capable of improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing.

For the uninitiated, Qualcomm's Spectra ISP is designed to communicate with the camera module. It dictates the speed, the camera can focus and snap a shot, and the photo's image quality. Previous gen ISP and camera modules focused on dual-cameras with low-light photography and video recording with smooth zoom. It is now widely deployed in many 2016 and 2017 flagship smartphones powered by Snapdragon 820 and 835..

The next gen ISPs is most likely to be used in Snapdragon 845 and features a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power-efficiency for the the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. It consists of three system: an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing module and an active depth sensing module.

The new Spectra ISP offers multi-frame noise reduction for superior photographic quality, along with hardware-accelerated motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF), and inline electronic image stabilization (EIS) for superior camcorder-like video quality.

The low-power, high-performance motion tracking capabilities of the Qualcomm Spectra ISP, in addition to optimized simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, are designed to support new extended reality (XR) use cases for virtual and augmented reality applications that require SLAM. 

The Qualcomm Spectra family of ISPs and new Qualcomm Spectra camera modules are expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform, which is most likely to be Snapdragon 845.


Google Pixel 2 shows up at FCC

Google is most likely to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones later this year. Now the smaller Pixel 2 carrying model number G011A has passed through FCC, and reveals some of the key details.

The FCC filing confirms that HTC is going to the manufacturer of the smaller Pixel 2, and the sample screenshot included in the documentation suggest that HTC is bringing U11's Squeeze feature function to the device. It will be called Active Edge, and will allow users to activate Google Assistant by squeezing the edge of Pixel 2.

The Pixel 2 certified by FCC, runs Android 8.0.1 and the security patch is dated August 5. The listing further reveals that Pixel 2 will utilize Snapdragon 835/836 Mobile Platform (reference: basedband number 8898)  and house 64GB of storage, but only 50.66GB is available.

Previous reports suggest that Pixel 2 will have a design that's similar to last year's Pixel, but with smaller glass back. It's expected to feature 5-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, single camera, front facing stereo speaker, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, and sadly there will be no headphone jack.

If you were craving for a bezel-less design on Pixel, Google has got you covered with the bigger Pixel XL 2. It will be manufactured by LG, and is said to have 6.44-inch display with very slim bezels.

Nexus 6 is finally getting Android 7.1.1

After much delay Google rolled out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to Nexus 6 earlier this year.  However, the Pixel maker halted the update due to bug issues, and rolled out a fresh update that downgraded, the Nexus 6's software to Android 7.0.

Now Google is finally pushing Android 7.1.1 build to Nexus 6. The update weighs around 370MB and includes the latest security patches, and should fix all the bugs reported by users.

In order to get stable Android 7.1.1, your Nexus 6 must be on Android 7.0 build, and if you happen to be on the previous version of Android 7.1.1 (pulled by Google),  you need to flash back to the main update track.

To recap, Android 7.1.1 Nougat will bring new emojis, circular icons, GIF Keyboard support and app shortcuts to Nexus 6.

It's worth mentioning that Android 7.1.1 will be the last major software update Nexus 6 will receive, and there's no Android O, since the phone is reaching its end of life status. However, it will continue to receive security updates. 

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Solar Red HTC U11 now up for pre-order in India

HTC India has started taking pre-orders for the Solar Red color variant of the company's flagship U11. To recall, the HTC U11 was introduced in a total of five colors Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White and Solar Red. 

In India, the HTC U11 was initially available in Amazing Silver and Brilliant Black hue, followed by Sapphire Blue, and Solar Red will be the fourth color option. There is still no word when the Ice White color variant will be available in the country.

The Solar Red HTC U11 has bee priced at Rs. 51,990, and will start shipping on August 26, for customers who pre-ordered. The company is also throwing in a free Car Charger 20W with every purchase of Solar Red U11.  

According to HTC "Solar Red embodies the strength and majesty of the sun. The deep reds change in the light and transform to shimmering golds and yellows. A color like this can only be made in the heavens."  

Features and specs of HTC U11
The HTC U11 is the world's first smartphone to boast Edge Sense technology. The tech allows you to trigger certain actions like opening camera, send text by voice, check email and more by squeezing the edges of the phones.

It comes with 5.5-inch QHD Gorilla Glass 5 display, Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage with microSD card expansion and 3000mAh battery.

HTC claims that the U11 has received the highest-ever DxOMark rating for a smartphone camera for both photo and video with a rating of 90. For photography, it gets 12MP UltraPixel 3 camera at the back with f/1.7 aperture, UltraSpeed auto-focus, OIS, dual-LED flash, HDR Boost, Hyperlapse shooting and 4K video recording capabilities. On the front there's 16MP selfie camera with HDR Boost, BSI sensor and Full HD video recording.

It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat of the box and supports dual-SIMs, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type-C port. Other specs include fingerprint scanner, IP67 water and dust resistance, and BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers. 


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Moto G5S Plus is coming to India this month

Motorola unveiled the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus earlier this month. And now the bigger Moto G5S Plus is all set to arrive in India. For the past few days, Moto India on its Twitter handle has been teasing the launch of the phone, however, an exact launch date is yet to be set. Rumors point out at August 22.

The Moto G5S Plus is an upgraded version of Moto G5 Plus, and comes with a bigger display and dual-camera setup.  Also the new Moto G5S Plus sports an all-metal unibody design, that's crafted from a single piece of high-grade aluminum instead of Moto G5 Plus' metal & plastic build. Apart from these upgrades, the rest of the specs sheet is same as Moto G5 Plus.

The dual-camera system consists of two 13MP units (one color sensor, and the other black-and-white sensor), just like the Moto Z2 Force. The dual-cameras offers features like capturing depth information for bokeh effect, background replacement, and make select part of photo black-and-white. 

It comes with a bigger 5.5-inch Full HD display (vs. 5.2-inch Moto G5 Plus), Snapdragon 625 Mobile Platform, 8MP wide-angle selfie camera, 3000mAh battery w/ Turbo Charging, fingerprint scanner and NFC. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and has dedicated slots for dual-SIM and microSD card slot.

The Moto G5S Plus comes in two variants: 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage (in Lunar Gray and Brushed Gold), and both are most likely to be launched in the country. In Europe, the Moto G5S Plus has been priced at 299 Euros (Rs. 26,000), but the India pricing could be below Rs. 20,000.