Thursday, 1 December 2016

Moto M Heading to India Early December

Moto M is being by the company’s Twitter account, as it is  heading for India to launch early December. The phone which will be the first Moto phone to sport a fingerprint sensor at the back will feature  5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D IPS display with a pixel density of 401ppi. Running a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P15 chipset with a 2.2GHz CPU and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
The Moto M will come with  32GB of inbuilt storage and have microSD card expandability(up to 128GB) via a  hybrid SIM slot with a  Micro-SIM or microSD card in the second SIM slot.
The new series of Moto is coming your way. Stay tuned to know what’s different and better!
— Moto India (@Moto_IND) November 29, 2016

For Optics the Moto M sports a 16 MP main shooter with PDAF and f/2.0 along with an 8 MP front camera. With a 3050 mAh battery the phone will support a turbo charging via the supplied turbo charger Type – C in the box. The Moto M works with 4G LTE networks in India and will support VoLTE. The Moto M comes with a USB – C port and also has NFC. The Moto M is expected to launch for Rs. 18,999 in India making it a good prospect for under 20k phone.

Nokia D1C to have two hardware versions, specs leak

2017 will be the year of the Nokia brand's re-entry into the smartphone space. This has already been confirmed multiple times by the Finnish company itself, most recently a couple of weeks ago. One of the first new Android-powered devices to bear the Nokia name is set to be the D1C, which we've so far seen leaked in three different benchmark databases. And while one of those pegged its screen size at 13.8", the reality is that this will in fact be a phone, according to a new rumor on the matter.
Well, not one phone, but two actually. Apparently we're set to see a lower-end 5-inch Nokia D1C with a 1080p touchscreen, 2GB of RAM, a 13 MP main camera, an 8 MP selfie shooter, and 16GB of built-in storage. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, sporting a 1.4 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and an Adreno 505 GPU. It will run Android 7.0 Nougat.
Another D1C variation will keep all of those specs, except for packing a bigger 5.5-inch display (with the same 1080p resolution though), a 16 MP rear camera, and 3GB of RAM. Both models are already in the prototype testing phase, say purportedly reliable sources. Additionally, one or both of them might look similar to what's pictured in the renders above.
No clues about pricing have been outed yet, or any specific release time frame. Nokia could make these official at MWC in February, or it may hold a special event of its own at some other time for their introduction.

Android Nougat Open Beta 8 now available for OnePlus 3

Good News for OnePlus 3 users. The company has finally rolled out Android Nougat Open Beta 8 forOnePlus 3. Earlier this month, OnePlus said that it will release the beta version of Android Nougat this month with the stable build to be released next month.
Note that, you will have to flash this version manually (no OTA) even if you are running on previous betaversions. Also, once installed you cannot go back to Marshmallow without resetting the Operating System. For that, we would strongly recommend you to contact the OnePlus support to help you install the previous stable build again. This new beta 8 brings in all the features from Android Nougat such as new notification design, new settings menu, multi-window view, notification direct reply, custom DPI support etc. Apart from this, OnePlus has also included a bunch of extra features including status bar icons, quick launch for third-party apps, and new customizations for Shelf.
Further, since this is a beta version, there will be bugs. Also, OnePlus apparently revealed that Android Pay may not work properly on this build. Apart from that, we expect some stability and performance issues as well.
Nevertheless, it's good to see OnePlus sticking to its words which would mean that we might see the stable Nougat build for our beloved OnePlus 3 next month as mentioned by the company before. If you can't wait for the stable build, you can download the .zip file from the link given above, or else wait for the official stable build which would be pushed via OTA (Over-The-Air) sometime next month. Also, we would not be surprised if OnePlus release Android Nougat beta for OnePlus 3T in the coming week.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is now available for purchase in US

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, which has been available for purchase in India and a couple of other Asian markets so far, has now been launched in the United States as well. Amazon has the black colored variant listed for around $285 - the model is compatible with all GSM providers in the country.

Specs-wise, the phone is powered by Exynos 7870 SoC and sports a 5.5-inch HD display. RAM is 3GB, while internal memory options include 16GB and 32GB. In terms of camera, the handset offers a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. It runs Android 6.0.1, packs in a 3,300mAh battery, and features a fingerprint sensor as well.

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro may come with a humongous 5.7 display

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro may have a 5.7-inch display that has full HD (1920x1080 pixels) resolution and 5 finger gesture support. As per the listing on GFXBench.
The listing further revealed that it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 2.2 GHz octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. It will have 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage out of which 52GB is reserved for users.

Just yesterday only, some other leaks pointed out that Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro will have 16-megapixel front and rear camera.
Even GFXBench listing has confirmed that Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro will have 16-megapixel front and rear camera. The rear camera will support autofocus functionality and will come with a LED flash. It will also have face detection, HDR photo and touch focus features. On the connectivity front, it will have features like Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and NFC.
Earlier, Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro was also spotted on GeekBench benchmarking website and on Indian export import website Zauba. The new C series smartphone from Samsung has the model number SM-C7010 in all the listings.
Along with Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro, Samsung is also working on Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro which will come with the model number SM-C5010. Both the devices seem to be successors to Galaxy's C5 and C7 which were launched in June 2016. However, Samsung failed to launch both the devices in India so we are not so sure if the Pro variants will launch in India or not.

LG V20 will be in stores from today for Rs 54,999-Retailer

LG V20 smartphone, which was launched in September this year, will be available in India from today (30th Nov).
A Mumbai-based mobile phone retailer, Mahesh Khatri of Mahesh Telecom, revealed the same on his twitter handle along with the price of the device. He tweeted, "V20 smartphone will have a Best buy price of Rs 54,999 and the MRP of the phone would be Rs 60,000. The smartphone will be bundled with complimentary B&O headset." Further, he claimed that the exchange program will also be applicable on the V20 smartphone

Even the product page is now live on the LG's India website. However, as of now its shows LG V20smartphone as "Coming soon". Earlier, Gadget 360 claimed that the smartphone will be launched for Rs 49,990, so we have to wait for the official announcement to see who stands correct.
LG V20's body is made of aluminium AL6013 alloy, which is being used to build aeroplanes and boats as well. LG also claimed that the smartphone can withstand extreme environmental conditions including shock for which it has got MIL-STD-810 certification. The LG V20 features a Dual display including a primary 5.7-inch Quantum display that comes with QHD (2560×1440 pixels) resolution and a secondary 2.1-inch screen with 160 x 1040 pixels resolution. The smartphone is armed with quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, which is paired with Adreno 530 GPU. It comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, and expandable storage of upto 2TB with micro SD card. The LG V20 is the first smartphone which comes pre-installed with Android 7.0 Nougat.
On the rear panel of LG V20, there are two cameras of which one is of 16-megapixel resolution that comes with OIS, Hybrid Auto-Focus (includes Laser auto-focus, PDAF, contrast auto-focus), f/1.8 aperture and dual-tone LED Flashlights. The second camera is a wide-angle 8-megapixel fixed focus unit. The V20 has a 5-megapixel selfies camera in its front. The smartphone houses a fingerprint scanner, which is integrated on the back panel and also comes with USB Type-C port.
The LG V20 comes packed with 3200mAh removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Besides, the smartphone offers 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and NFC. Moreover, LG V20 comes with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) thus promising superior audio experience through wired headphones. Further, it comes bundled with B&O Play earphones.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Samsung releases third Android 7.0 beta for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung has released the third Android 7.0 Nougat beta for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in the UK in as many weeks.

The latest build brings improvements to the notification shade. You can now choose the grid layout for the toggles and also choose to have the brightness slider at the top of the toggles. The update also gets rid of the Edge feeds feature. Other than that, there are a bunch of minor improvements and bug fixes but the update also has some issues of its own, such as the slow lighting of the screen when you wake up the phone and intermittent Wi-Fi disconnections.
The update can be downloaded as an OTA if you're running the previous builds of the beta build.

OnePlus 3T fixes on December 2 as India launch date

OnePlus is all set to launch it new flagship smartphone OnePlus 3T in India on December 2. Vikas Agarwal, General Manager of OnePlus India had recently hinted about OnePlus 3T on his twitter handle hinting at the Indian launch. Later he put up a 'Truth or Dare' contest on the company's Facebook page and said that he would announce the results for launch date after the contest. Finally, the launch data of Dec 2 has been announced.
The OnePlus official twitter handle also tweeted about the launch date of OnePlus 3T. The tweet reads "The results are in and our fans have spoken. Watch @Vikas_AGL bungee jump to reveal the launch date. #OnePlus3T".
OnePlus had recently launched OnePlus 3T at $439 (Rs 29,800) for 64 GB variant and $479( Rs 32,500) for 128 GB variant. The OnePlus 3T is now available in the US starting November 22 i.e today and will be available in Europe on the 28th of this month. So it would be safe to predict a price between Rs 31-33,000 here in India.

Talking about the specifications and changes in the new OnePlus 3T, not a lot has changed from OnePlus 3 with the same 5.5 inch 1080 x 1920 Optic-AMOLED display, 6GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. What has changed is the new Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.35 GHz coupled with the same Adreno 530 GPU. The front camera has seen a huge upgrade with double the resolution this time of 16 megapixel Samsung sensor. The battery has also seen an improvement with a jump from 3000 mAh in OnePlus 3 to 3400 mAh in OnePlus 3T. Also, the Graphite colour is gone and is replaced by a new Gunmetal variant apart from the Soft Gold variant. Lastly, the camera lens at the back has got sapphire glass protection now.
Coming barely six months after OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T surprised a lot of observers, but by staying true to its premise of affordable flagships, the OnePlus 3T will probably get a solid reception this time too.

OnePlus 3 gets an update for the current OS version

Oneplus has rolled out the OxygenOS 3.2.8 update for the OnePlus 3 smartphone. The update will bring major security improvements and bug fixes to the device. The update is currently being rolled out via OTA(over-the-air) and will reach to all OnePlus 3 users globally soon.
OnePlus said in a forum post "The OTA will reach a small percentage of users today, and we'll begin a broader rollout in a few days". The users can also manually check for software by going to Settings >> About Phone >> System Updates >> check for the new firmware.

The OxygenOS 3.2.8 update brings support for 1080p video recording at 60fps and emergency call feature for India. This feature will activate SOS calling by rapidly pressing the power button three times after the update.
The update also brings optimisation for Snapchat to fix the video calling and lags in scrolling. Moreover, the update will result in improved system stability and general bug fixes.
The update has been rolled out while remaining on Marshmallow operating system only. OnePlus 3 will also get Android Nougat update next month.
Just to recall, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India for Rs 27,999 in June this year. It has a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has full HD resolution. Just below the screen lies a home button which also acts as a fingerprint sensor. It has Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system based Oxygen OS. The OnePlus 3 has the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, Adreno 530 GPU and huge 6 GB RAM.
There is a 3000 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery which has state-of-the-art Dash Charge technology that claims to replenish over 60 per cent of the battery within 30 minutes. OnePlus 3 boasts a16 megapixel rear camera with f2.0 aperture, 1.12 µm Pixels, phase detection autofocus feature and Optical Image Stabilisation. An 8-megapixel camera is there in its front for selfies.
The all-metal OnePlus 3 is just 7.3 mm thin and comes with an alert slider key as well. Besides, it has dual SIM, GPS, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth, Hall sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, and eCompass.

Monday, 21 November 2016

HTC Desire 10 Pro launching on November 24 in India

HTC is all set to launch HTC Desire 10 Pro in India on November 24 as the company has started sending out media invites to various media organisations. We had spotted HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle smartphones listed on HTC India's website some time back.

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle was launched for Rs 15,990 and HTC Desire 10 Pro was listed with coming soon message on the company's website. It will be available in Stone Black, Polar White, Royal Blue and Valentine Lux colour.
HTC Desire 10 Pro has a 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080 pixels) IPS display with 400ppi pixel density. It has an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 4 GB of RAM, HTC BoomSound stereo speakers in the front, and Dolby Audio technology. The smartphone comes with a 20-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, BSI sensor, laser autofocus ƒ/2.2 aperture and 27.8mm focal length, Auto HDR mode, Panorama mode, Continuous shooting. For selfies, it comes with a 13-megapixel front camera. The HTC Desire 10 comes with 64 GB inbuilt storage which can be expanded through a micro SD card to up to 2TB. This Android 6.0 Marshmallow based smartphone has HTC's Sense UI on top and a 3,000 mAh battery with power saving mode which is said to offer upto 19 hours of talk time and 20 days of standby time on 3G network. The device also features a fingerprint sensor on the back.
For connectivity, the Desire 10 Pro dual SIM offers 4G, WiFi, GPS/AGPS + GLONASS, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC 3.5 mm stereo audio jack and micro-USB 2.0. It comes with the Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass sensor, Sensor Hub and Motion G-sensor. The phone measures 156.5 x 76 x 7.86 mm and weighs around 165 grams.

Lenovo Vibe K6 Power with 4000mAh battery likely to launch in India soon

Lenovo is all set to reveal its new smartphone in India soon. Company is teasing its upcoming smartphone from quite a while now. Yesterday, Lenovo has shared a new teaser with alphabet 'K' with #KickassPower, which hints towards the most likely launch of Lenovo Vibe K6 Power with 4000mAh battery, that was unveiled in September during the IFA event in Berlin, Germany. The smartphone comes in Dark gray, Gold and Silver colour options.
As far as the specifications of Lenovo Vibe K6 Power is concerned, it has a metal unibody design and features a 5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display. The Vibe K6 Power is powered by a Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, along with Adreno 505 GPU. It comes with 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable memory via microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and gets its juices from powerful 4000mAh battery.

The Vibe K6 Power also houses a fingerprint scanner, which is integrated on its back panel. On the camera front, the smartphone flaunts a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED Flash and PDAF. On its front, it has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, a microUSB port and Dolby Atmos audio. The handset measures 141.9 x 70.3 x 9.3 mm and weighs 145 grams.

OnePlus 3T review

Inexpensive smartphones have always been about compromise. You may save a few hundred dollars over an iPhone, Galaxy S, or other high-end phones, but you have to give up something, whether that’s performance, build quality, camera quality, display, software experience, or any combination of those. This year, there have been many Android phones that challenge that convention, and none flipped it on its head more than the OnePlus 3, released in June.
The OnePlus 3 retailed for just under $400, significantly less than a high-end $700 Samsung or Apple phone. Despite that price, it had the fastest processor available to Android phones, premium build quality and design, and a cruft-free software experience. Compromises were few and far between and you really had to dig to find them: no support for CDMA networks such as Verizon or Sprint, and no water resistance, which has become a headline feature of high-end smartphones recently. The OnePlus 3 was easily the best value, best-balanced smartphone to arrive this year.
But now you can’t buy the OnePlus 3. Instead, OnePlus has decided to replace it with an even better version: the OnePlus 3T. The 3T shares many of the same qualities as the 3, including the same materials and design; same size and resolution display; same 6GB of RAM; and same rear camera. But it has an even faster processor, a bigger battery, a better front camera, an option for more internal storage, and a new, darker gray color option. It still doesn’t work on Verizon or Sprint and still doesn’t have water resistance, but in other important metrics, it’s a slightly better phone than before. Even at its higher starting price of $439 for a 64GB model ($479 will get you 128GB of storage), the OnePlus 3T is even less of a compromise than its already-excellent predecessor.

4K video recording, though available on the 3 as well, is slightly better thanks to improved electronic image stabilization. It’s not as freakishly steady as the Pixel’s video capture, and the autofocus will hunt back and forth during filming, but it’s an improvement over the 3. Likewise, the new 16-megapixel front camera, which replaces the 8-megapixel unit from the 3, is a little better than before, but not dramatically so.
I’ve been using a OnePlus 3T for nearly two weeks, comparing and contrasting my experience with it to the OnePlus 3 and other similarly specced phones, including Google’s new Pixel. In terms of speed, the 3T is as fast as anything else and might even be faster, but the differences in real-world use are negligible at best. The rear camera, though now covered in a more durable sapphire glass, is the same as the 3’s, which means it’s good, but doesn’t quite keep pace with the Pixel, iPhone 7, or a Samsung Galaxy S7. The differences are largely felt when the 3T’s camera hunts for autofocus more than the others, though the output also isn’t as impressive.

While the processor and camera improvements were hard to see in practice, I certainly noticed the extra stamina afforded by the 3T’s larger battery. It is a 3,400mAh cell compared to the 3,000mAh battery in the 3, yet the thickness and weight of the phone remain unchanged. (OnePlus assures me this will not result in a Note 7-like explosion.) That’s only a 13 percent increase in capacity, but I’ve been able to get extraordinary battery life from the 3T, even when I’ve used it while traveling. Most days I’ve been able to eke out more than five hours of screen time on it before it dies, with location, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE all enabled and the screen brightness set to automatic. Most phones, even the better ones, will struggle to meet 4 hours of screen time with my average use before calling it quits.

I suspect the 3T’s excellent stamina is a combination of its larger battery and new software optimizations implemented by OnePlus. It is running a newer version of Oxygen OS, the company’s lightweight take on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and it likely has improved power management. Though the 3T is disappointingly notlaunching with Android 7 Nougat, OnePlus says that it and the 3 will be updated to the new platform by the end of this year. (Going forward, the company says that the 3 and the 3T will be on the same software update cycle, so owners of the 3 won’t miss out on anything coming to the 3T.)
Like the 3, the 3T uses OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charging fast charging system, which promises to provide "a day’s power in half an hour" of charging. It lives up to that claim, rapidly charging the 3T’s battery in just a few minutes. But it’s not compatible with Qualcomm’s much more common Quick Charge platform, and it only works with OnePlus’ charging brick and USB cable.

The questions OnePlus 3 owners might be pondering are why did OnePlus release a better phone just months after launching the 3, and is it something they should consider upgrading to? OnePlus says it made the change because it had the opportunity to offer an even better experience and it didn’t want to wait a full model cycle (typically 12 months in the smartphone world) to provide it. That might not appease someone that just recently purchased a OnePlus 3, but I also don’t think the differences between the two are that great to warrant much concern. The most noticeable change is in the battery life, and while it certainly is better, the OnePlus 3’s battery life wasn’t terrible, so it’s a small improvement.
That leads to the question of do the improvements justify the 3T’s higher cost, and I think they do. For $40 more, you get a phone with better battery life; for $80 more, you get that better battery life and twice as much storage. The OnePlus 3T remains the best overall smartphone value you can buy, when balancing performance, features, and experience versus price.

There are certainly reasons to choose a Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7, or iPhone 7 instead of a OnePlus 3T (and if you use Verizon or Sprint, OnePlus isn’t even an option), but the gap is narrower than ever. If OnePlus is able to keep up this pace of progress, and is able to maintain its excellent value proposition, a year from now, I wonder if there will be any reason to spend $700 or more on a new smartphone.