Monday, 26 September 2016

Samsung Galaxy On8 to come with 3GB RAM and huge battery

Samsung is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy On8 duringFlipkart's Big Billion Day event, which is scheduled to take place from 2nd to 6th October.
Flipkart has also created the product page for the upcoming On series smartphone as per which the device will have Super AMOLED full HD display. Now today we found the product page is updated with new information that says the smartphone will come with 3GB of RAM and will have a long lasting battery.

Last week, Samsung launched the Galaxy On7 (2016) model in China. The Samsung Galaxy On7 2016 has a price tag of 1599 yuan (approximately Rs 16,035). Alongside Galaxy On7 (2016), Samsung has also teased the Galaxy On5 (2016) but has not revealed its price. As per a teaser, the Galaxy On5 (2016) will come with Snapdragon 617 chipset with octa-core 1.5 GHz processor. Samsung has not revealed anything about it.
On the other hand, the Galaxy On7 2016 has a 5.5-inch display with full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. It has the 2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and Adreno 506 GPU. The phone has 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, 128GB expandable memory slot, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and a 3,300 mAh battery with fast charging facility. The smartphone comes in a full metal unibody and has a home button-embedded fingerprint sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy On7 2016 offers a 13-megapixel rear camera which has f/1.9 aperture. An LED flash light is in its back while an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture is in its front. On the connectivity front, the device offers Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS. The handset measures 151.7 x 75 x 8 mm and weighs 167 grams.

Samsung Note 7, Apple iPhone 7 to be launched in India on the same day?

Samsung is reportedly planning to launch its Galaxy Note 7 in India on the same day when Apple will launch its iPhone 7 in India – October 7.
Samsung unveiled the Note 7 on August 3 and it received good reviews after its launch in several counties. But soon a grave manufacturing defect was found in Note 7 following incidents of blasts during charging reported from various parts of the world. Many airlines had banned flyers from using the phone on board as well and Samsung was forced to recall the phone and deferred its launch in many counties including India.
It was a big setback for Samsung but now the South Korean handset maker seems to be trying hard to make up for the lost ground. In India, the best thing Samsung could do is to launch the Note 7 before or on the same day of launch of Apple iPhone 7.
And as per reports, Samsung could price Note 7 very aggressively to gain consumers attention.
However, these are just speculations. Samsung is yet to announce anything about the Note 7's launch in India.
The Galaxy Note 7 will be available with Octa-Core Exynos 8890 (quad 2.3GHz + quad 1.6GHz) processor in all markets except USA where it will be available with Quad Core Snapdragon 820 processor. However, both versions have 4GB RAM. The smartphone comes preinstalled with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system with the latest TouchWiz UI on top and a 3500 mAh battery with fast charging technology on both wired and wireless charging modes. It has a USB Type C port.
The Galaxy Note 7 has 64 GB of internal storage and you can use a micro SD card of up to 256 GB in its expandable storage slot. Note that it has a hybrid dual SIM slot which means if you use a micro SD card, you have to forgo the SIM2.
It has a fingerprint sensor as well as an Iris scanner. Besides, the phablet offers Samsung's Knox security app. Apart from this, the device also features barometer, gyro, geomagnetic, proximity, and ambient light sensors.
The smartphone boasts a 12-megapixel autofocus rear camera that comes with dual pixel technology, LED flash, PDAF, optical image stabilisation, and f/1.7 aperture. A 5-megapixel front facing camera with f/1.7 aperture is there in the Note 7 for selfies and video calling. On the connectivity front, the device offers 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS with AGS/GLONASS, NFC and USB type C. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 measures 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm and it weighs 169 grams.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Lava A56 with 5-inch display, 5MP rear camera launched at Rs 4,199

Lava has silently launched a smartphone called Lava A56. The phone has a price tag of Rs 4,199 and comes in Black and White colours. The phone is listed on its official website with full specifications and price.
The Lava A56 has a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display, thereby offering pixel density of 196 ppi. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor which is clubbed with 512MB RAM. The smartphone runs on an older Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
The Lava A56 comes with 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable by up to 32GB via micro SD card. On the camera front it has an 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, Digital Zoom, HDR, Photo Timer, Grid and a VGA front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
The smartphone is powered by a 1850 mAh Li-ion removable battery. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 2G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, 3.5mm jack, USB 2.0, Accelerometer and additional features like ATorch, Sound Recorder. The handset measures 147 x 72.2 x 9.9mm.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

500,000 safe Galaxy Note7 units arrive in the US

Even if you don’t follow tech, the chances are, you’ve heard a thing or two about the self-combusting Galaxy Note7. Shortly after its launch in mid-August, reports about the Note7 exploding and causing damage started to trickle in; before we knew it, Samsung launched an official recall program, including in the US. The whole process has been rather confusing with different procedures and programs in each country, but Note7 owners in the US will be happy to learn that 500,000 safe Galaxy Note7 units have finally arrived in the US.

The past few weeks have been hectic for Samsung, I would imagine. And it’s been hectic for Galaxy Note7 users around the world as well. In the US, Samsung has urged current Note7 users to return their devices and wait for new units to arrive, but things haven’t really been smooth. Though Samsung claimed that Note7 users would get the Galaxy J as a loaner phone, users have complained that in reality, carriers often did not have loaner devices ready in stock or were simply unaware of the program.
To add to this chaos, both FedEx and UPS have refused to ship Note7 units back to Samsung due to safety concerns. It makes sense since one single unit that its user has forgotten to power off could mean a potential fire hazard. This meant users had to walk into a carrier store and turn it in themselves. But as data have suggested, many users were unwilling to do that until new units were available.
Well, Samsung is now saying that 500,000 safe Note7 devices have been distributed across the US, so in the next few days, you can go to a store near you and see if they have new units in stock. Mind you, Samsung has sold a total of one million Galaxy Note7 units in the US that all need to be replaced but so far has only provided 500,000 safe units. That means you are only guaranteed to be able to exchange it on the condition that stores around you are stocked with new Note7 units.
The safe units will come in a box with a black square marking, and you will also see a green battery indicator on the status bar instead of a white one. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you get your hands on a safe Note7 unit in the coming days!

HTC announces Desire 10 Pro and HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle

As expected, HTC today unveiled HTC Desire 10 Pro and HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle smartphones. Both the smartphones come in Black, White, Navy Blue and Baby Blue color variants. The company has not revealed their prices though. The HTC Desire 10 Pro will be available in October while the Desire 10 Lifestyle will be available later this month.
HTC Desire 10 Pro has a 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080 pixels) IPS display with 400ppi pixel density and is equipped with an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, which is clubbed with 4 GB of RAM. HTC Desire 10 features HTC BoomSound stereo speakers on the front, which is complemented by Dolby Audio as well.
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 in-built storage which can be expanded through a micro SD card to upto 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 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.
On the other hand, HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle comes with a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) screen. It boasts a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 3GB RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is powered by a 2700 mAh battery which is said to offer upto 24 hours of talk time and 28 days of standby time on 3G network.
The Desire 10 Lifestyle offers 32GB internal storage of internal storage, which can be further expandable up-to 2TB via micro SD card. The smartphone has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, Autofocus, BSI sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture and 28mm focal length, HDR mode, Video Pic, Panorama mode and Continuous shooting. There is a 5-meagpixel shooter in its front for selfies and video calling. For connectivity, there is dual sim, 4G, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) dual-band, WiFi direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS -AGPS/ GLONASS, and a micro USB 2.0 in the phone. The handset measures 156.9 x 76.9 x 7.7 mm and weighs 155 grams. The smartphone also offers HTC BoomSound with dual microphone for noise-cancellation. The sensors include Ambient Light, Proximity, Compass and Motion G Sensor.

Moto Z to launch in India this Diwali season

Back in June, Motorola unveiled two new flagship smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Both the phones are only available in US, UK and Latin America up till now. Yesterday, Moto Z unlocked version was also made available in the United States (preorders).
Today Motorola India has confirmed that, Moto Z will come to Indian markets this festive season.
Sudhin Mathur, Lenovo India Executive Director Mobile Business Group told PTI: "We will launch 8 new devices, of which six we have already announced, in this festive season... This includes the Moto Z,"
Though the exact date or event hasn't been revealed but rumours has it that the device might actually launch in 1st or 2nd week of October which is when Google Pixels phones are set to launch.
Recently, we have been seeing a lot Lenovo centric changes to the Motorola devices. Interestingly, it is the first time since Lenovo acquired Motorola from Google back in 2014.
For those who are not aware, Moto Z is Motorola's this year's flagship with standard flagship top notch specs. In addition to the beastly specifications, Motorola has introduced its own concept of modular phones with the Moto Z. At the back of the Moto Z lies some unique magnetic ports which are used to connect easy to snap on Moto Mods.
As of now, Motorola has released Mods like camera optical zoom mod, camera shutter mod, battery pack mods etc. Though Motorola is pretty confident that there concept of modular phones is the future, it is still in the early stages with these Moto Mods being pretty expensive. Motorola has built the Moto Z as thin as a phone can be resulting in smaller battery but Motorola claims that it has Moto Battery Pack Mod for it.
As of now, Motorola has not revealed Moto Z's price for the Indian market but it should be on the higher side given its premium quality built and top specifications.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Google Pixel phones will be unveiled October 4

We've been hearing about Google’s upcoming Pixel phones for a very long time now, and finally, we know when they will be unveiled: October 4th. With a very cryptic teaser video, Google has now officially confirmed that the event will begin at 9AM Pacific Time on October 4th.

Google Pixel smartphones spotted on Geekbench, might come with dual camera

                                 Devices will feature 4GB of RAM

Google this year is expected to launch a new series - Pixel - instead of its Nexus series. Now the allegedGoogle Pixel series devices have been spotted on Geekbench website.
As per the listing, the devices have 4GB of RAM. The processor though is a mystery but it seems to be from Qualcomm and clocked at 1.59 GHz. A lot of rumours suggests that Google will introduce Snapdragon 821 in both the devices. Contrary to that, GSM Arena happens to go with the Snapdragon 820 (2nd Version) which is said to improve performance and battery optimisation.

Another confirmation is that both Google Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat which will be a minor yet important update over Android 7.0. The updates is said to bring some minor bug fixes and Google's own Nexus/Pixel launcher. Further this update, the OS is also likely to come with better Google Now integration which reports suggest that will be limited to Google devices only. So this year we might see Google's own Android Nougat.
Concluding the previous rumours, Pixel (codenamed : Sailfish) will be the smaller of the two with 5.2 inch screen and Pixel XL (codenamed: Marlin) will be the larger one with 5.5 inch screen. Both the phones are manufactured by HTC even though they will have Google branding this time.
Another report on GSM Arena reveals the possible cases/covers for both the phones with abnormally wide camera holes which might be an indication of implementing dual cameras. Well, that is being too ambitious as the case manufacturer is not authentic and no such rumour came out up till now. Nevertheless, a dual camera in Nexus (sorry Pixel) devices will be welcomed given it performs on par with other flagships.

Moto E3 Power with 3500 mAh battery set to launch in India today

The smartphone will be exclusively available through the e-commerce website Flipkart.

Motorola is all set to launch its new smartphone, the Moto E3 Power, in India today. The live streaming of launch is scheduled to start at 3PM today. The smartphone will be exclusively available through the e-commerce website Flipkart from 23.59 PM onwards.
Last month, Motorola launched Moto E3 Power smartphone in Hong Kong with a huge 3500 mAh battery for HKD 1,098 (Rs 9,470 approximately) and later it was found listed on Indian export import website Zauba as well.
The Moto E3 Power has a 5-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS display and is powered by a 1.0GHz quad-core Mediatek (MTK6735) processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up-to 128GB via microSD card. The smartphone comes packed with 3500 mAh battery.
The Moto E3 Power runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. The phone has an 8-megapixel auto-focus rear camera, a rear LED flashlight and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video chats. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G/LTE, WiFi, GPS, a micro USB port, and a Rear ported speaker (1W).
The Moto E3 Power seems to be the upgraded version of Moto E3 which was launched in the UK earlier in July this year at Euro 99 (Rs 7,397 approximately).

Xiaomi to announce Mi 5S on September 27

Xiaomi is likely to announce the much speculated Xiaomi Mi 5S on September 27.
The Chinese company has just posted a teaser on its Weibo account that comes with the letter "S" and the date "2016.9.27" which indicates the purported Mi 5S is finally launching on 27 September 2016. The teaser however does not say anything about the specs of Xiaomi Mi 5S. The event will be held at the Beijing National Convention Center in China.
As per media reports, Xiaomi might also announce Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus along with Xiaomi Mi 5S. The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is rumored to come with a Snapdragon 821 processor and a 5.7-inch dual-curve screen display. The device is claimed to come with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. However, there is no information on its RAM, internal storage or camera resolution.

Recently, a live photo of Xiaomi Mi 5S was shared by a China based person Kjuma. It showed a circular home button which is quite similar to that of iPhones; two capacitive buttons are also there alongside the home button. The circular button is expected to double up as a fingerprint scanner.
Earlier reports claimed that the Xiaomi Mi 5S will have a Qualcomm's Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint technology. The Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor technology can be used to works through materials like glass, plastic, steel, and aluminium as they use ultrasonic sound to recognize fingerprints. The fingerprints will reportedly work even when your hands are wet.
Xiaomi Mi 5S was recently spotted on Antutu benchmarking website as well as on the website of CCC (China Compulsory Certificate).
As per earlier reports, the Xiaomi Mi 5S has a 5.15-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display, 6GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, 16 megapixel rear camera, and a 3,490 mAh battery. The device is said to have connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, NFC and WiFi 802.11ac. Reportedly, it measures 144.5x69.2x7.2 mm and weighs 147 grams. The handset is expected to have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC, Adreno 530 GPU, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

Google Allo rumored to be launching on September 21

According to Evan Blass, Google might be launching the hotly anticipated Allo on Wednesday, September 21. Mark your calendars!
Google announced their brand new Allo messaging service at IO, this year. We didn’t know exactly when it would launch, but the Search Giant did mention it was coming “later this summer”. Well, summer is about to end and we haven’t heard a thing about Google Allo… until today.
Evan Blass was a very popular personality online, mostly known for his leaks track record. Now he has retired from that ninja life, but still pops up from time to time to give us some murmurs. Today he is taking it to Twitter to let us know Google Allo is launching this week.
Out of the loop? Google Allo is a messaging service that promises self-expression, Google Assistant features and security/privacy. Some people compare it to WhatsApp, as it pulls users from your contact list, but it has its own set of features. These include a plethora of emojis and stickers, as well as smart replies, a virtual assistant, an incognito mode and more.
It is looking to be a good service, so let’s keep our eyes open for more details. Just keep in mind this is a rumored launch, so don’t hold your breath on it. It does seem very likely, though, considering the summer is ending this week and we were promised a late summer release.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime launched in India at Rs 18,790

Samsung is holding an event in Gurgoan today where it is expected to announce a J series handset. Samsung has not revealed which handset it is going to launch at the event. However, it is most likely to launch recently spotted Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. Meanwhile, the handset has been listed on SamsungIndia's estore at Rs 18,790. The smartphone comes in Gold and Black color options.
Earlier, the handset was spotted on at the same price of Rs 18,790.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime has a metal body and a 5.5-inch 2.5D glass display that comes with 1920x1080 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, which is paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. An expandable storage slot is there for a micro SD card of up-to 256 GB capacity. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and also offers a fingerprint scanner, which is integrated on the home button.
The Galaxy J7 Prime has a 3300 mAh battery with S Power Planning mode to extend battery life and comes with S Bike mode. To activate S Bike mode, all you have to do is attach an NFC tag, which comes bundled with the phone, with your bike (like on the petrol tank). Just before getting on your bike, the user just needs to tap the phone with the NFC tag that will turn on the S Bike mode. Once activated, callers will hear a message that the person is riding and they can leave messages.
The smartphone offers a 13-megapixel rear camera. There is an LED flash in the back panel as well. The rear camera has f/1.9 aperture. For selfies and video calls, the phone offers an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with aperture f/1.9 and wide angle lens. Further, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G, WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/Glonass, and a micro USB port. The handset measures 151.7 x 75.0 x 8.0mm and weighs 167 grams.