Smartphone market already has a seemingly infinite number of decent middle range phone and Moto added one more to the list with the launch of Moto G6 Plus. The beefed-up version of Moto G6 which was launched not a long time ago.
Aside from adding “Plus” to its name, the phone has some interesting changes compared to its smaller brother. The phone now has 6GB RAM compared to 4GB which was in Moto G6 and the phone also has a bigger display and this one doesn’t have a notch too.
Other specs of the phone include a Snapdragon 630 Processor and Adreno 508 GPU. In the optics department, the phone has dual rear cameras. The first one in the duo is a 12 Megapixel sensor and the second one is a 5 megapixel with f/2.2 aperture and 79-degree lens. The front of the phone packs a 16-megapixel selfie camera and just like the rear camera, there is a flash on the front of the phone too.
Storage wise, the phone will come with 64GB internal storage and it will support memory cards up to 128 GB in size. The battery pack of the phone is average 3200 mAh and it will cost Rs 22,499 in India.
Considering the phone is popular in the country, it will be interesting to see how it sells compared to the competition.
NEXT STORY: LG Q Stylus+ is Launched As Galaxy Note 9 Killer
If you desperately crave for a phone with a big screen and a stylus but don’t want to spend more than $1000 for the Galaxy Note 9, it looks like LG has a phone for you. The company recently unveiled the new LG Q Stylis+ at an event.
The phone is basically a mid-range large screen smartphone that comes with a stylus.
On the front of the phone is a 6.2-inch screen which does not have a notch, a huge plus point for people looking for devices like Note 9. The phone is packed with an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM which should be plenty for most users. There is a single 16-megapixel sensor on the back and the phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.
But enough about specs, let’s talk about the USP of the phone -the stylus. The phone can record and recognize handwriting even when the display of the phone is off. The stylus can be used to manipulate videos and photos on the phone and just like Note 9, you can create GIFs from Videos.
The phone will sell for Rs 21,999 in India, which is roughly $306. Considering the fact that there is basically no competition on the market, at least in the mid-tier, the phone may be worth picking if you are a hardcore stylus user.
NEXT STORY: The Nokia X7 Has Leaked And It Will Come With A Notch
If you recall correctly, Moto launched Moto P30 last week, an Android phone which looked a lot like iPhone X. Today, welcome P30 Note, a phone which comes with a notch, looks a lot like iPhone X and borrows some of its name from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9.
Getting a bit disappointed by the naming and phone design aside, the P30 Note does come with decent specs for its price. The phone has a quite large 5000 mAh battery which should be enough for most hardcore phone users. The phone has a Snapdragon 636 Processor and it will come in 4Gb and 6 GB RAM variants.
Now onto the cameras, the phone comes with a typical dual camera system, on the back is a 16 Megapixel main sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for taking depth data. The front of the phone is equipped with a 12-megapixel camera for taking selfies.
The phone supports dual sim and dual LTE connections and it comes with a USB-C port. At the time of launch, the phone will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo but the company has stated that it will get Android Pie OTA.
P30 Note may be a good phone for you if you dig how iPhone X looks but you don’t want to shell out $1000 for it.
NEXT STORY: The Nokia X7 Has Leaked And It Will Come With A Notch
Love them or hate them, it looks like Notches are there to stay, Nokia, a brand that has been behind many unique designs in past is also following it. The last launched phone, Nokia X6 had one and it looked a lot like the iPhone X and the newly leaked Nokia X7 will also come with a notch as it seems.
An image from a Foxconn employee was leaked recently which showed a display panel frame of the upcoming Nokia phone, the X7. The frame shows that X7 will come with a taller than usual aspect ratio and a Notch at the top of the phone.
Also, looking at the photo, we can be sure that Nokia X7’s display will be larger than 6 inches.
The report also stated that Nokia X7 will cost around CNY 2,000 which will be roughly 20,400 in Indian Rupees. Still, it’s pretty early for concrete information, we will have to see how the phone sells compared to other phones in the market.
NEXT STORY: Samsung Just Launched Galaxy A8 Star With Infinity Display
It hasn’t been many days since Samsung launched Galaxy A8, just today, the company added another phone to its lineup. The Galaxy A8 Star is almost exactly same as Galaxy A9 Star which was launched in China earlier.
Its a fairly mid-range device and as such, the phone runs on a Snapdragon 660 SoC which is paired with 6GB of RAM. RAM amount is a bit overkill for the processor, but sure Samsung, why not. Apart from the processor and RAM, probably the biggest USP for the phone is its 6.3 inches Super AMOLED display which has gorilla glass protection.
On the rear, A8 Star comes with an unimpressive pair of dual cameras, one with a 16-megapixel sensor and another with a 24-megapixel sensor. The front camera is also has a 24-megapixel sensor but it comes with some software features such as Smart Beauty and Pro lightning and of course, AR stickers.
The inbuilt storage of A8 Star is 64GB and it can be expanded by added a microSD card with up to 400GB size.
The phone has bee priced at Rs 34,990 which equals to almost $570. For the price, there are some better specs available on other phones such as my daily driver OnePlus 6. It will be interesting to see how the phone performs on the market.
NEXT STORY: Move Over Apple, Galaxy Note 9 Has The Best Display Now
It has only been a few months since Google launched Android Go but it looks like the plan has a bright future. After Nokia and some other smaller brands, Samsung just recently launched its first Android Go phone in the country.
As usual for phones running the Android Go platform, the J2 trades high-end specs for a cheaper price while still providing acceptable performance.
The phone will come with a Quad-core Exynos 7570 SoC and 1Gb of RAM. Under the hood, the phone will run Android 8.1 Oero Go edition with some Google optimized apps including Files Go, Assistant Go, GBorad and Gmail Go.
Probably most interestingly, phones with Android Go get updates directly from the mothership and the J2 Core will also be devoid of bloatware and apps that Samsung installed on its other phones.
Apart from the unimpressive specs of SoC, the phone will come with a 5-inch qHD display and an 8-megapixel camera on the back with an LED flash. Samsung has also added a 5-megapixel sensor on the front.
“The Galaxy J2 Core offers a complete smartphone experience, incorporating some of the key features available on high-end devices with improved battery, storage, and performance that is particularly appealing to first time owners,” said Junho Park, VP of Global Product Planning.
The company has not announced the exact price of the phone yet, but we can expect it to be quite cheap considering its OS and its specs.
NEXT STORY: This is The Google Pixel 3 And Its Kinda Ugly
Pixel Phones have been a sure shot success for Google. Both OG Pixel and Pixel 2 have received praise from most users and the phones have sold well too. With this, Google is working to launch new Pixel Phones somewhere around October. And, we have some photos of the upcoming phone.
TechCrunch shared some photos of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL recently. And let me tell you, if you are not a fan of Notches, this one is going to be a big disappointment for you.
Sure, other Android phones have come with Notches in past even Google added support for Notches on the latest release of Android Pie, but Pixel 3 XL’s notch seems to be one of the deepest we have seen. Almost twice as thick than iPhone X’s and the phone still has a sizable chin at the bottom.
But all the news is not bad, probably the smaller Pixel 3 will come without a notch and the phone will also have some new colors. Apart from that, the phone will probably have the best cameras at the time of launch as Google has done in the past two years.
Still, I long wait for the days when Notches will be gone as a tread just like Flip Phones, Qwerty phones and Plastic back phones have.
NEXT STORY: BixBy May Become A Pain In The Ass For Galaxy Note 9 Users
It hasn’t been long since Samsung launched it’s the latest phablet the Note 9, while most of the changes in the new phone are great and are being welcomed, it looks like some users may not like how Samsung is treating Bixby.
Galaxy Note 9 has a dedicated Bixby button on the left side of the phone which can be disabled so that users don’t open it accidentally. Before Note 9, on earlier devices with dedicated Bixby buttons such as Galaxy S9, Note 8, users could remap the Bixby key for other actions or apps.
But a user reported on XDA forums that the app bxActions, which is used to remap Bixby on Note device is no longer working. As it makes it clear that Bixby will stay assigned to the button even when users may want to change it to launch -often much useful- Google Assistant.
This is especially disappointing for users living in countries like India where many of Bixby’s features are disabled to making it the lame duck of AI assistants.
Sure, Bixby is not completely terrible, but Samsung is already charging almost one grand for the phone and it feels sad to see a company like Samsung desperately trying to force users to use an inferior product.
Only time will tell if someone could figure out another way to remap the Bixby kee on Galaxy Note 9 and other Bixby 2 equipped devices.
NEXT STORY: Samsung Galaxy A6+ is A Lot Cheaper Now
The Galaxy A series is Samsung’s mid-range phone lineup which cuts some corners in camera, specs, and displays to get phones to cheaper prices. Just like the South Korean Smartphone makers did with its last year flagship last week, Samsung has given Galaxy A6+ a price cut treatment.
The phone, which was originally launched at Rs 25,900 ($370), now costs Rs 21,900 or $315. On Samsung’s official site, Amazon and PayTm mall.
For the price, the Galaxy A6+ comes with a large 6-inch super AMOLED display and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC and comes in a single 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant.
Onto optics, the phone has a dual rear camera setup, the first one is a 16-megapixel setup with f/1.7 aperture and the other one with a f/1.9 sensor with 5-megapixel resolution. The selfie camera of the phone has a rather large 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture. Probably more interestingly, both cameras come with LED flashes.
The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and it has a 3500mAh battery under the hood.
NEXT STORY: Looks Like Apple Will Copy Samsung in The Next iPhone
Now that the Galaxy Note 9 is on the market and in the hands of some customers, Samsung has officially slashed the prices of all Galaxy Note 8 phones.
The price cut can be seen on the company’s official website and on its Amazon page.
After the price cut, the phone will cost Rs 55,900 (Almost $800) which is Rs 12,000 (or $170) cheaper than what the phone cost just a few weeks before.
Apart from the straightaway price cut, a buyer can get Rs 4000 cash back with an HDFC credit card and a possible Rs 4,000 additional exchange value on the phone.
While the Note 8 is not as powerful as the latest Note 9, the device still has some decent specs, one of the best mobile displays on the market and it comes with the trademark S-Pen for doodling and note-taking.
The cameras are the second in the world to come with flexible aperture. Also, the phone version I discussed comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. You can add up to 512 GB microSD card to expand the storage too.
At the time, the phone comes with Android Oreo but the company has stated that an OTA will be released in future to update the phone to Android Pie.
NEXT STORY: Google Just Launched The Latest Version of Android And This One is Called Android Pie