This is The Upcoming Moto X4 with Motorola’s First Curved Display and Dual Cameras

Lenovo has already launched some notable Motorola phones recently (Motorola C comes to mind) almost all of them were aimed at the budget market. It looks like the PC hardware maker is ready to launch another mid-high end phone in the market. The upcoming phone will be called Moto X4 and while some details such as a dual camera setup were already leaked in past, now a new leak has confirmed that the phone will have a curved screen too. Evan Blass, which is one of the most trusted leakers in the word tweeted about it recently. It looks like the phone will come with a with a round-shaped camera panel with two sensors and LED flash at the bottom and a screen on the front which will be curved similar to recent Samsung flagship phones. The Moto X4 will be unveiled in the fourth quarter this year. In terms of design, the Moto X4 has been said to come with an aluminum body and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD display.

The key feature of Moto X4 is dual camera setup on the rear end with an 8-megapixel and another 12-megapixel sensor. It carries a 16-megapixel camera at the front for taking selfies. The phone will also come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating and a fingerprint scanner at the front that allows users to unlock the device as well as provides other navigation controls. The phone will probably run on Android 7.1 Nougat and processor will be an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz with 4GB of RAM. Phones storage will be 32GB inherent flash drive and battery 3000mAh battery.

Project Fi MVNO service is also included in the phone that allows users to switch seamlessly between the different carriers. Other than Google’s phones, Moto X4 will be first to provide this utility.

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Everything We Know About Upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

In 2016, Google hit the home run with its Pixel phone launched, it’s not that Google’s Nexus program was dead -far from it, but Pixel phones were the first time when Google had designed the complete phone and it sold like hotcakes. Google is supposedly releasing two devices by this year. Walleye (Pixel 2) and Taimen (Pixel XL 2), former being the successor to the Pixel, while the latter will the success to the larger Pixel XL. And this time the hardware developer may be LG (Last year, HTC manufactured the Pixel phones).

Rumors have said that the phones may launch this fall as was the case for Pixel last year. As you can expect, both phones will ship with high-end specs, and the company may take the newer, taller than usual aspect ratio approach in designing the phone. Both phones will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4 to 6 GB of RAM. A 64 GB storage version will default but we find another 128 GB storage version to release. Pixel XL 2 will have almost all specs similar to its smaller sibling, except for a bigger battery and a larger display. The Pixel XL 2 may come with a 5.99-inch QHD display.

Google Pixel 2 Concept

Pixel 2 is said to feature two front-facing stereo speakers, however, the to use headphones with 3.5 mm headphone jack, you will need an adapter as the company will probably remove the port this year.  Unlike other phones in market Pixel 2 and Pixel XL2 won’t have a dual-camera setup on the back. Nevertheless, we expect a great camera. The Pixel XL 2 is also supposedly water and dust resistant. It is expected to be either IP67 or IP68 rated, meaning it will survive water 1 to 1.5 meters for a period of 30 minutes. As a refresher, the current Pixel generation is only IP53 rated, which basically means it won’t die on you if it’s sprayed with water here and there, but definitely isn’t suitable for anything more than that.

Both will run Android O, the OS’s debut. Google Pixel series was far from affordable at $649 (32 GB) and $749 (128 GB), while the XL was $769 (32 GB) and $869 (128 GB) although there were talks about a cheaper, less powerful Pixel phone’s launch, it doesn’t seem to be happening this year. In order to increase sales, the best thing that Google can do is to lower prices but it is not really necessary as the Pixel phones have always sold out. It will be interesting to see how the phones compare in value against Galaxy S8 Plus or even the OnePlus 5.

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Samsung Launches Galaxy J5 Pro, A Beefed Up Version of Previously Launched J5

This Tuesday Samsung announced new Galaxy J5 Pro smartphone, an upgraded variant of Galaxy J5. At the time of writing, the phone is only for sale in Thailand at THB 9,990 (roughly $290 or Rs. 19,000), but we can expect the phone to launch in other countries including US and India soon. The J5 Pro’s key feature is its RAM and storage increase while other almost all other specs are the same as previously launched Galaxy J5. Galaxy J5 Pro comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is a bump from 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage of the previously launched Galaxy J5. Both may find new markets internationally in next few month. J5 handset already had a metal design, fingerprint sensor, VoLTE support, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

Galaxy J5 Pro (2017)
Galaxy J5 Pro (2017)

Apart from RAM and storage, J5 Pro has a dual-SIM slot, a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display and the phone is powered by a  1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor coupled with Mali T830 GPU. Expandable storage via microSD card is supported up to 256GB. As for optics, the Galaxy J5 Pro includes a 13-megapixel rear and front camera with LED flash on both sides. The rear sensor offers f/1.7 aperture while the front sensor offers f/1.9 aperture.

J5 Pro has a 3000mAh battery which is upto the market standards. Its channels for connectivity include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, Micro USB port, and GPS. It’s dimensions are at 146.3×71.3×7.9mm, shaping it very much like the Galaxy J5, the Galaxy J5 Pro’s fingerprint scanner is embedded in home button.

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5 Reasons Why Android is Better Than iPhone’s iOS

Just like Xbox and Playstation have been a deciding factor of friendships in recent years, picking the correct mobile OS whether its iOS or its Android is becoming increasingly difficult. In early years, iPhones were the easy choice fo people who were looking for phones that just work. However, since Android 4.4 Android has improved itself massively and most reasons to go for iOS are have started to become moot. Lets take a look at 5 Reasons why Android is a better mobile Operating System than Apple’s iOS.

Android Has Far More Free Apps Than iOS

Free apps and games on Android are a clear win over iOS, which expects you to pay more frequently. A large number of apps have heavy price tag on iOS, that are freely available on Android. Big difference when you are paying extra money to iOS and buying the same, sometimes even less functional version. Then there are freemium and ad-supported version on PlayStore.

Google Assistant and Google Now are far superior on Android

If you use Google services, using Google Now is kind of a no-brainer. While iOS has a decent app for Google Now, the Android version has always been getting new features first and runs efficiently. Technology is forwarding to offer real convenience boosts to our routine jobs. Tough competition. Nonetheless, for now, the predictive and pre-emptive nature of Google Now is best suited on Android. The same goes for Google Assistant, sure Siri is OK, but compare it to Google Now and you will find that Google’s offering on Android is far more powerful.

Custom ROMs

Chroma is a well known Android Custom ROM

While Custom ROMs have lost some of their popularity in recent years, they still matter a lot to geeks and tech enthusiasts. It makes a big difference when you can get Lineage OS offering you the vast liberty to use your apps and games in newer ways while inviting custom ROM builders too to open platform of innovation as opposed to locked and rigid iOS.

Android has better support for multi-window multitasking

Multitasking in Android 7
Multitasking in Android 7

That is a definitive upvote to Android. You just can’t open multiple windows on an iOS phone. Simultaneously writing a mail, checking your notebooks and surfing on the internet at once is possible on Android phones running Nougat with its ability to run two apps on the same screen at once. That is a very big privilege of Android users putting it right ahead of iOS.

Android Phones are far more customizable

Evie is my favorite Android Launcher

Only Android gives you a whole range of launchers, only Android gives you a huge variety of customization widgets, and only Android has a myriad range of shape and sizes of smartphones to suit for a taste. Where iOS gives you a feel of uniformity, Android invites you to a fancy-dress party. Don’t like how the icon of Facebook or Google Chrome looks? with Android, only a quick trip to Play Store will do the trick, but on iOS, it just is not possible.

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Everything You Should Know About The Upcoming Moto G5S and S Plus

At MWC 2017, Lenovo launched, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus which are company’s  two budget smartphones with premium aluminum designs, fingerprint sensors, and updated software. Now that both phones are selling like hotcakes, the company is prepping to launch successors soon. It has been known that new versions of phones will be called Moto G5S and 5S Plus, following the naming convention that Apple set off a few years ago. Let’s talk about everything that we know about the devices.

Moto G5S | Credit: Android Authority

Moto G5S Plus will look a lot like the regular G5S with only differences in color and camera sensors. Plus is to come in full gold and gray, as well as white face/silver back and white face/gold back versions. The G5S Plus will sport a dual camera setup on the back as well, making this the first Moto device to do so along with including 1080p video recording and a dual-LED flash.

Both the G5S and G5S Plus will have a full-metal design, almost similar to the G5 and G5 Plus. giving a feel of high-end build quality. The front of G5S will have a 5.2-inch Full HD while G5S Plus will have a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. G5S Plus will come with a 64-bit Octa-core processor possibly including Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 or 630 platforms in these new phones. We expect G5S and G5S Plus to have variants in 32 & 64 GB storage and  2 or 4 GB RAM, alongside with expandable memories using microSD cards. The company will probably pack a battery with a capacity of 2,800 mAh to 3,000 mAh which will be noticeably lower than recently launched Moto C.

When will these devices will be released, or how much they’ll cost are still not revealed. Being higher end models, we expect them to cost a bit more than the standard G5 and G5 Plus, going for £169/€199 and $229. Lenovo didn’t launch the Moto G5 in the United States, but only the G5 Plus. So there’s no guarantee that these devices will even come to the U.S. However, with those two high-end smartphones in market Lenovo jumps one step ahead to secure its coming pieces in this flagship.

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Xiaomi’ Upcoming Phone Codenamed ‘Riva’ Just Got Leaked on Geekbench

Xiaomi is trying its best to hold against its rivals namely Oppo and Vivo in India. Now that Xioami’s Mi 6 is on the market and some details about the Mi 6 Plus are out, details about some other phones from the Chinese phone maker are out too. The company is looking forward to releasing numerous new devices soon as the information about Redmi Pro 2 is therein market, another phone as ‘Riva’ too is sought after. According to a benchmark, it will hold entry-level specs and hence, the phone should not be too expensive when it launches in the market.

Xiaoami’s new phone codenamed ‘Riva’ was found on a GeekBench benchmark listing by The Android Soul, the Xiaomi Riva has a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm SoC processor with 3GB of RAM and the phone was running on the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat version. Other details, however, are not yet known but considering that the phone did not score high marks and it’s SoC, we can be sure that Xiaomi Riva will be an entry level phone. It has scored 560 in single-core and 916 in multi-core benchmark tests.

Xiaomi Redmi Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Pro

The information is scarce as of now but Xiaomi is all set to announce the launch a number of smartphones this year, including a Redmi Pro 2 with 3GB of RAM, and a 4GB RAM variant. The Redmi Pro 2 would contain a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel sensor and rear camera will be 12-megapixel instead and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor in a dual camera setup. The front, on the other hand, will likely have a 16-megapixel sensor. While there is no official word from Xiaomi on the launch of the Redmi Pro 2, it should be coming this month.

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Everything We Know About The Upcoming Nokia 9

Nokia’s comeback is now a folklore of legends. The Nokia 3 has already launched in India and the Nokia 5 and 6 are scheduled to launch on July 7 and July 14. Now with the Nokia 9, the company will compete with Samsung and not just low-end companies like Xiaomi. Many details about the upcoming Nokia flagship have already been leaked, let’s have a look at what we know about the phone so far.

Nokia 9 is expected to have Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor Snapdragon 835 which is the world’s first 10nm chipset. If this goes, Nokia 9 will join an elite group of smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and OnePlus 5, powered by the Snapdragon 835. The phone may come with 2 variants one with 6GB RAM and another with a whopping 8GB if memory. Nokia 9 will also have Adreno 540 GPU, a 3,800mAh battery with QuickCharge 4 support, 62 or 128GB of internal storage depending on the variant and a 5.5-inch Quad HD OLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is expected to come with a 13MP dual lens Carl Zeiss camera at the rear with OIS, support for 4K video and a dual-LED flash alongside a 12MP front shooter for selfies. An IP68 dust and water resistance is added to compete with leading brands as the audio section too, will be of top class with ‘Nokia OZO audio’ enhancements for Dolby Atmos audio and a 3.5mm jack. A fingerprint scanner on the front is also expected.

Credit: PhoneDesigner
Credit: PhoneDesigner

In the optics departments, the smartphone is expected to come with a 13MP dual lens Carl Zeiss camera at the rear with OIS, support for 4K video and a dual-LED flash alongside a 12MP front shooter for selfies. An IP68 dust and water resistance may also be added to compete with leading brands. And the leaks have also suggested that the phone the phone will come with ‘Nokia OZO audio’ enhancements for Dolby Atmos audio and a 3.5mm jack. A fingerprint scanner on the front is also expected.

The Nokia 9 is expected to undercut competition at a price Rs 44,499 in India, $700 is the US and 750 Euros in Europe. As its competitors Samsung and HTC have higher prices for similar specs, this adds another spell in Nokia’s weaponry.

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Galaxy Note 7 is Back From Dead, And it’s Launching Really Soon

There have been many speculations and leaks about it but, it looks like Samsung is not going to dump thousands of Note 7 devices after all. Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition will soon be available in South Korea. It is a smartphone that will be last of the series of Note 7. In fact, a phablet, that attempts to overcome the bad reputation Note 7 achieved for its battery issues. It had been rumored to come with several different names but will finally have no ‘7’ in its title instead, the phone will be called a fan edition.

Galaxy Note Fan Edition Leaked Image
Galaxy Note Fan Edition Leaked Image

The leaks show the phone in blue color. Other variants are expected too. The phone will be priced at KRW 699,600/ $620  ( almost Rs 39,500) while a discount may be availed later. The device will be under speculations from fans all over the world after Note 7 debacle. “The launch of ‘Galaxy Note FE’ is also meaningful in that it is an eco-friendly project that minimizes waste of resources by utilizing ‘Galaxy Note 7’ parts”, Samsung has announced in a recent statement.

There will only be 400,000 units available for sale in South Korea, depending on demand and response, Samsung will release additional units for other markets. This Fan Edition is expected to come in a design similar to the Galaxy Note 7. It is made with the parts from Note 7 and sourced from the recalled, unsealed units of the smartphone. Except for the batteries, which Samsung continued to claim was the main culprit behind the blasts. Samsung has tried to reuse all the internal hardware too, while battery, will be toned down to a 3,200mAh. Samsung has also put the battery through an 8-point battery test (just like it did with the Galaxy S8 and S8+) to ensure that the disaster is not repeated again.

The other changes include native Bixby Voice Assistant. Bixby has been facing problems learning languages like Mandarin and English – though it is already adept on Korean. Leaked images reveal a new packaging – a sleek black box with a blue heart on top, logo on the rear panel, towards the bottom. It will be somehow a collectors edition for those who loved Note 7 otherwise but despised the battery issues, a renewed charming form of the classic.

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Real World Test Shows That OnePlus 5 is Faster Than iPhone 7 Plus

OnePlus 5 has already beaten many some of the most popular flagship Android Phones in speed tests and now tests show that the phone is faster than Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, the most powerful phone made by the Cupertino company.

In a video speed test by YouTube channel PhoneBuff, David Brahimi set OnePlus 5 against iPhone 7 Plus in a speed test of two laps of launching certain apps and games. Previous tests had ruled iPhone the winner consistently since iPhone 6s. But this term, OnePlus 5 launched the apps faster than iOS.

Although there are some things to consider, as speed tests are not definitive the indicators of a phone’s performance. They just take the launching apps to judge. The speed of copying files, performing other tasks in the OS is not taken into consideration. OnePlus 5 also had some help as it has its shorter app launch animations. While iOS 10 has extensive animations slowing it down, OnePlus’ animations are shorter. However, considering the phone does come with an impressive 8GB of RAM and Snapdragon 835 SoC, OnePlus 5 is hard to face hiccups in performance.

The OnePlus 5 was announced globally last week. The phone was launched in India last Thursday at Rs. 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM, and Rs. 37,999 for 8GB RAM. The phone has a 5.5-inch full-HD screen, Android 7.1.1 Nougat with OxygenOS skin, and comes with 64GB or 128GB storage. Camera on the back consists 16-megapixel and telephoto 20-megapixel sensors. The front camera has 16-megapixel resolution. It packs a 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge support for quick-charging.

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GST Effect: Apple Just Cut The Prices of iPhones And MacBooks in Country

As soon as GST is taken into the application, Apple iPhone’s MRPs have fallen, along with iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBooks throughout the market, though with few exceptions. The price drop varied from 1200 Rs. to 6,600 Rs. respectively for 32GB iPhone SE and 256GB iPhone 7 Plus.

For iPad models drop is from Rs. 900 to Rs. 3,900, as newly announced iPad Pro models have gone cheaper too. That too is before anyone could buy them.

MacBook Air prices have not differed, but MacBook and MacBook Pro models have new fallen prices benefitting Rs. 5,100 and Rs. 11,800. Mac Pro too has got quite a reduction after the last big revamp. And the newly refreshed Mac models also have price cuts even before market availability, while top-end 27-inch iMac models and Mac Mini are at the receiving end of a slight price bump.

All of this had a sudden and customer benefitting changes brought by GST. Arguably the same had been opening as many markets such as private transport and goods retail. It is deemed very near that not just Apple, but the whole smartphone market is going to react to GST as soon as it graduates on its path.

Here is the new pricing for iPhones in India:

iPhone SE

Before GST

After GST

32GB

₹ 27,200

₹ 26,000

128GB

₹ 37,200

₹ 35,000

iPhone 6S
32GB

₹ 50,000

₹ 46,900

128GB

₹ 60,000

₹ 55,900

iPhone 6S Plus
32GB

₹ 60,000

₹ 56,100

128GB

₹ 70,000

₹ 65,000

iPhone 7
32GB

₹ 60,000

₹ 56,200

128GB

₹ 70,000

₹ 65,200

256GB

₹ 80,000

₹ 74,400

iPhone 7 Plus
32GB

₹ 72,000

₹ 67,300

128GB

₹ 82,000

₹ 76,200

256GB

₹ 92,000

₹ 85,400

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(Source: NDTV Gadgets 360)