LG V30 is Probably The Best Phone The Company Has Ever Made

After countless leaks and constant teasing, At IFA2017, LG has finally launched its V30, a candidate for a premium segment match that has got features to compete with Note 8 and iPhone 8.

At a flick, V30 includes Bang & Olufsen audio, voice recognition, MIL-STD 810G rating for durability, and IP68 dust and water resistance certification, boasting to be its USP, which means the gadget is gonna be tough and suitable for quality music experience.

Then for photography, it has dual rear camera setup with a f/1.6 aperture which is quite impressive too. It’s OS is Android 7.1.2 Nougat featuring and almost all of the front of the phone is dedicated to a 1440×2880 pixel OLED Full Vision display with 538ppi and HDR10 support Daydream compatibility.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC is coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM to power it. As another USP, LG V30 features “Ok, Google” integrated within the apps. You can even unlock the device with your voice and it will seamlessly work with music playback and many other LG appliances supporting voice-driven actions.

As the member of a premium league, the phone has IP68 certification, a fingerprint scanner at the back, and it supports wireless as well as quick charging along with facial recognition technology, as the one last seen on Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones, which can unlock the device by just looking at it.

The inbuilt storage is 64GB, while for the LG V30+ variant there is 128GB. The battery is 3300mAh with Quick Charge 3.0, connectivity is through 4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v5.0 with BLE, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0 support with compatibility for USB Type-C 3.1, and which measures 151.7×75.4×7.3mm and weighs 158 grams.

It is to be available in color variants of Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, and Lavender Violet color options.

LG V30 incorporates a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by Bang & Olufsen. The smartphone comes with the earphones manufactured by B&O Play with three digital filters that adjust to myriad preference. It also comes with support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology for high-resolution audio streaming. Considering iPhone 8 is launching really soon and Google Pixel 2 is round the corner too, it will be interesting to see how V30 performs in the market.

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Moto Launches G5S and G5S Plus to Take On Samsung’s Mid Range Phones

Moto G5S and G5S Plus have officially been launched in India to be on sale starting today at 11:59 pm IST. The G5S Plus sells at Rs. 15,999 through Amazon and at Moto Hub offline stores; it has two color variants: Lunar Gray and Blush Gold. G5S will sell at Rs. 13,999 in Lunar Gray or Fine Gold.

Discount worth Rs. 1,000 on exchanging old devices, and up to 80 percent off on Kindle books (up to Rs. 300), no cost EMI on all credit cards, and up to 50 GB additional data on Jio’s 4G network are other add on for those devices.

On Specs ground, Moto G5S sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Snapdragon 430 chipset. It has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It has 16 MP camera with a f/2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus. Front selfie snapper features a 5 MP sensor.

The phone has a 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower support. It has a metal body and comes with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

Moto G5S Plus, on the other hand, has a larger 5.5-inch Full HD display and a more powerful Snapdragon 625 chipset. It also has 4 GB of RAM but offers more storage at 64 GB., a dual-camera setup on the back with two 13 MP sensors. An 8 MP snapper up front in added for selfies.

Motorola has been doing great with its Moto G Seris, the phones have been competing well with competitors including Xiaomi’s budget phones and Samsung’s Galaxy J Series.

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Here is Why Galaxy Note 8 Has A Smaller Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is lavishly launched in New York. Great specifications, high expectation but one important part may become a tough swallow: the battery. The battery was the issue that shrugs the reputation of Samsung in case of Note 7. And again, though for entirely different reasons, the battery is perhaps about to be a headache for them as it packs only 3300mAh when it is notable that Samsung devices are notorious for sucking power like an oil driller.

Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh has clarified that it is to prevent the fear of bursting that forced them to carry out a worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7. He, however, claimed that 10nm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 SoCs improves the smartphone’s power efficiency by 30 percent, to make it up.

“There are some reasons why we can reduce the battery capacity. One of them is the 10-nanometer processor that has enhanced the phone’s power efficiency by 30 percent. Users are also allowed to adjust their battery use based on their smartphone use patterns, which increases battery efficiency overall. Now I can guarantee battery safety. The phone will maintain more than 95 percent of battery capacity even after two years of use,” Koh said.

So now the real test will be in the market as the experts fact-check the claims, Koh, for now, has also dumped rumors of closing the Note series soon.

“I have been frequently asked about the possibility of abandoning the brand. But we cannot give up on a brand that has been nurtured for years and has loyal customers,” he established.

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Samsung’s Galaxy J7 Plus Leaks With A Dual Camera Setup

In the upcoming smartphones by Samsung, we can expect dual cameras to be a regularity. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 which will be a hot-wait of the coming year 2018, will surely include it, but fortunately, we need not wait that long to buy a phone with this feature.

Samsung’s first dual camera smartphone, a brand new endeavor, was announced on Wednesday. After Note 8 is released firstly, we may look forward to tech advances by the South Korean tech group and launch its new phone.

Some details about the phone were leaked online recently. The phone will be called J7 Plus. It will house a 5.5-inch, 1080p, AMOLED display, 2.4 GHz octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage expandable up to 256 GB. It will include a fingerprint scanner, a 3,000 mAh battery, and will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box along with Samsung Bixby support added.

A midrange handset, it should be excellent in photography with a dual camera 13 MP sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and a 5 MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture. As an addition, “Live Focus” portrait feature is introduced with the Galaxy Note 8 — which utilizes both lenses to make subjects stand out from their backgrounds — it is to be present in the J7 Plus too. Its front camera is also going to be a powerful one 16 MP with a f/1.9 aperture.

The J7 Plus will feature a metal unibody in black, pink, and gold color variants. No news about it getting sold outside Asian territories for now, though the Galaxy J7 V and Galaxy J7 Perx were popular among US carriers earlier this year.

Though in India, it has become a sensation for mid-budget range for a while. Samsung has been regularly updating the Galaxy J series phones in the last couple of years and it will be interesting to see the new phones perform in the market.

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This Android App Makes It Simple for Anyone to Hack Into Your Phone

That Android sucks at security is not a new news, but that hackers are now better equipped certainly is. As now there is an app that basically lets anyone without even coding knowledge can create an Android ransomware.

And now that can be done on any Android phone.

ZDNet recently reported about a new  TDK  that can be used to create to create an Android trojan app straight into an Android phone that does not require any complex code creation. In other words, anyone can now have destructive and criminal powers, bully us for ransom money with the help of any Android phone.

The free Trojan Development Kit (TDK) app can be downloaded from hacking forums. It has a simple interface with which you can create your own ransomware.

“The entire process of creating a ready-to-use piece of malware is done on a smartphone without any requirement to write a single line of code,” Dinesh Venkatesan, Principal Threat Analysis Engineer at Symantec explained.

The app requires you follow instructions and fill out forms to customise your malware appear on display or lock screen, along with unlock options and animations on the screen.

As you hit the ‘create’ button, a one-time payment to the app developer is done onward and the user can distribute the ransomware.

Umbrella Corporation anyone?

It locks the device and displays a message to the victim demanding a ransom. To boost your imagination a little more Venkateshan has also recently said so:

“Even hardened malware authors could find these easy-to-use kits an efficient alternative to putting the work in themselves. We expect to see an increase in mobile ransomware variants as these development kits become more widespread,”

Compared to Android, iOS is better in case of these attacks, if you hate Android, Saurabh advised that Windows Mobile is a good choice if you must have privacy.

To stay safe from these attackers, I would advise you to think carefully before installing apps from outside of Google’s own Play Store.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ Just Got Cheaper After Note 8 Launch

Right after the launch of larger, and probably better Galaxy Note 8, Samsung is seemingly focusing on selling more flagships. The price of the Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB in India was earlier cut by Rs. 4,000 (around $62). The retail price became Rs. 70,900. Weirdly, there is another price cut of Rs. 5,000 in the country making it available for Rs. 65,900 (which is around $1029) now, which is only 1000 rupees more than the 4GB, 64GB variant.

Let’s recall its specs. Samsung Galaxy S8+ India variants is powered by the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC and the US version come with Snapdragon’s 835 SoC. The processor is an octa-core using that Samsung has clocked at 2.35GHz, and a quad-core module clocked at 1.9GHz. It has an a12-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture. And on the front, an 8-megapixel camera set with autofocus. A key feature of the Galaxy S8+ is its Infinity Display with narrow bezels and taller aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

The phone has 4G LTE (Cat. 16), Wi-Fi802.11ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, and GPS. And adds an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, magnetometer, and proximity sensor, along with NFC and MST connectivity. The phone also has iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition.

It packs a 3500mAh battery and measures 159.5×73.4×8.1mm and weighs 173 grams. And with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, it had been amongst the most awaited premium phones in India now available on Amazon and FlipKart. Considering the fact that Apple’s iPhone 8 is very close to the launch, it will be interesting to see how much effect does the price drop can make for the phone.

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Lamborghini Just Launched A $2,450 Smartphone For Filthy Rich People

Budget smartphones in fact rule the market for they encompass the majority, Motorola’s C series and Xiaomi’s recent launches . But what creates the charm is the premium line of gadgets. Manufacturers have always been attempting to shorten the gap and bring premium design and specs to budget smartphones. However, some companies go for strictly high end so that people who just hate their pile of money can get some satisfactions. And if you are into like Lamborgini then you may come up with something like Alpha-One Android smartphone priced $2,450 which is around 1.57 lakhs INR.

A devilishly charming aspect of Alpha-One is its Italian handmade black leather back with ‘Raging Bull’ logo with an Italian leather phone case with the box. Other aspects of the phone though may may not elate you much.

It has a 5.5-inch WQHD (1440×2560) display powered by ancient Snapdragon 820 SoC. It runs on Android Nougat and features 4GB of RAM with 64GB of inbuilt storage. Obvious expandable microSD card up to 128GB is added in. This is a dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) device with a fingerprint sensor on the back. It includes a 3250mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 as well.

For optics it has smartphone features a 20-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording, OIS, and EIS. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera is there for selfies. It has a dual front-facing speakers that feature Dolby Atmos Digital Surround too.

Apart from the leather finish, the rest of the specs don’t give any particular euphoria to us. It must be hard to think of spending 8 times the money only for logo and design. Alfa is currently launched in UK exclusively and at Harrod and the UAE across multiple retailers. It is not the only phone for filthy rich people to waste their money, we have covered some of them in past, but it certainly is one of the (for some people) best looking.

Considering the newly launched Note 8 costs less then half of this Lambo monstrosity, I will only recommend this phone to my enemies, but hey, if you hate your money, buying this phone is one way to get rid of it.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is Finally Here And It Looks As Impressive As Ever

Last year launched Galaxy Note 7 had a reputation for all the wrong reasons, the phone was recalled back because of explosions in the battery. While most mobile industry pundit’s said that the company may kill off the series, Samsung announced that the phone will not be dead and after almost countless leaks, Note8 is ready for general public.

Samsung, at a media event in New York on Wednesday, unveiled the Galaxy Note 8, its large screen gadget inline for competing with the upcoming iPhone 8 and Google Pixel phones. It comes in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue colors and will be available for pre-orders on Thursday. In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 base variant is priced between $930 (roughly Rs. 59,500) on AT&T and $960 on (roughly Rs. 61,500) on Verizon.

Galaxy Note 8
Galaxy Note 8

Note 8 has a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of 1440×2960 resolution, and the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. It packs 64GB of internal storage and whopping 6GB of RAM. It has Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Cat 16 for connectivity.

For photography, it has dual 12-megapixel cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS) on both the f/1.7 wide-angle lens and the f/2.4 telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom. A f/1.7 8-megapixel camera is on the front for selfies.

It has 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. IP68 water and dust resistances, and support for wireless charging are also included along with support for NFC and MST for Samsung Pay and a USB Type-C port.

Galaxy Note 8, whose predecessor Note 7 did cost the company about $5.3 billion (roughly Rs. 35,433 crores) for blasting batteries, has to carry the burden of re-establishing the brand value for Samsung and wrestle with the top smartphones in the market, it will be interesting to see how it goes for south Korean smartphone giant.

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Galaxy Note 8 Got Leaked (Again), Will Come With 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage

We have seen leaked specifications, we have seen leaked photos and we have even seen leaked videos, it will be interesting to see if Samsung has a surprise left to talk about on the official launch of the phone. The company will unveil its new flagship Galaxy Note 8 on Wednesday after a long series of leaks. Some new leaked images show that Galaxy Note 8’s 256GB storage variant will include few premium gifts for its home country.

Dutch website Techtastic had published a report that confirmed the presence of the 256GB storage variant and suggested that the customers will get the choice of either getting a free AKG Bluetooth speaker or Nemonic printer with the handset when they preorder the phone, as reported GSMArena.

Samsung is also offering coupons of KRW 100,000 (roughly Rs. 5,650) accessories that can be used to get a Gear VR for the 64GB storage smartphone. 256GB variant might be launched exclusively for now in South Korea while 128GB version should be available everywhere.

As we already know from leaks, the phone is to sport a 6.3-inch QHD (1440×2960 pixels) Infinity Display with the aspect ratio of 18.5:9, which is the same as new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Th phone will be powered by Exynos 8895 SoC globally but will come with a Snapdragon 835 in the US. As did the the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It will include a dual camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors. The primary wide-angle lens f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus, the secondary telephoto one is f/2.4 aperture, both with OIS.

6GB of RAM will elevate the phone over the competition, there will be an emperor edition of the phone too, which will have a totally overkill 8GB of RAM. The phone’s dimensions will be 162.5×74.6×8.5mm and it will have a 3300mAh battery with wireless charging as well.

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Xiaomi Just Launched Affordable Redmi Note 5A With A 16 MP Front Camera

Xiaomi has now launched its Redmi Note 5A in China. It is a budget smartphone with the base model priced at CNY 699 (approximately Rs 6,800/$106). There are different storage variants for it, namely, 2GB base model, then 3GB RAM+ 32GB internal storage at CNY 899 ( Rs 8,700), and a 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage model, at CNY 1,199 (Rs 11,600).

We do not yet know when will the smartphone make it to the Indian market or the US market.

The phone weighs 150g in a metal unibody design. Tthe base model has no fingerprint scanner, but 3GB/4GB RAM models do have a biometric sensor at back. Its display is a 5.5-inch HD IPS panel and the phone is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, paired with 2GB/3GB/4GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storages expandable up to 128GB.

It includes a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and a 16-megapixel front selfie camera with video-calling and LED flash. 3,080mAh battery powers this smartphone that runs on Android-powered MIUI 9, a modified OS for targeted users. Considering the phone will be competing with Motorola’s Moto C, the phone looks to be beefed-up accordingly.

Xiaomi has been facing a stiff competition in Indian, Chinese and US market lately, and most of it is coming from Oppo and Vivo, it will be interesting to see what effect does Redmi 5A can make for the company.

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