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It was not a long ago when Samsung released a high RAM version of Galaxy S8+ in the country to compete with other flagships, the upgraded phones had a little higher price tag, but included a 6GB of RAM (bumped up from standard 4GB RAM) and 128 GB of storage, just yesterday, the company announced some prices drop on the high specs variant of phone.
No matter what the reasons are, it’s a letter bit better to buy S8+ for the users now that the phone is slightly cheaper. Interestingly enough, the changes on Price tags are only on Samsung’s official online store and in retail stores, at the time of writing, the phone sells for the same old price on Flipkart.
It may be possibe that Samsung wants to show the phone as a better competitor as similorly specced, but cheaper OnePlus 5. The price drop may also be due to other reasons, I will update the post, if there is any more information about it.
The phone is a fairly well equipped with specs, the phone has a 5.7 inch Full HD display and t runs on an octa-core MediaTek MTK P25 SoC, in which 4 cores are clocked at 2.39 GHz and remaining are clocked at 1.69 GHz to conserve power. The phone has 4 gigs of RAM and it comes with 32 GB of internal storage, which, Just like Galaxy S8, can be expanded up to 256 GB using microSD cards.
Looking at the specs, it seems clear that the company has focused most of its efforts on the camera department. The phone has a 13-megapixel front camera and the rear camera is the same. The front camera has a f/1.9 aperture and the rear one has the aperture set to f/1.7 which should perform better in low-light condition. Interestingly enough, both front and back cameras come with LED flash.
Galaxy On Max will support Samsung Pay Mini for making cardless payments and it has NFC and VoLTE too. The phone will cost around $260 (almost 17,000 INR) and should be available in stores soon.
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OnePlus launched the much rumored and long awaited OnePlus 5 last month and the company seemed to be proud of its new dual rear camera setup, so much so that almost all of companies promotions were centered around taking photos. Well, it looks like OnePlus 5 is not that good in terms of camera performance when compared to other flagship phones in the market. The phone was reviewed by DxOMark and it failed to score higher marks that Google Pixel and Galaxy S8.
The OnePlus 5 scored 85 which is actually a quite impressive number in terms of camera performance. The phone’s 87 score is higher than iPhone and LG V20 reviews. But the phone got beaten by Galaxy S8 (it has a score of 88 and Google Pixel (the phone has a score of 89) considering that OnePlus 5 is cheaper than almost all the phones in competition, the marks are still very good. In case you are wondering, the best DxOMark camera score for a smartphone belongs to recently launched HTC U11, which scored 90 in its test.
One takeaway from the test is that more rear camera’s don’t necessarily affect the performance in tests as GS8, Google Pixel, and U11 don’t have the feature but they win in terms of photo capture quality.
DxOMark said in the review that the camera, while performed admirably in general, tends to loose very find details in low-lighting conditions and images suffer from a ghosting effect sometimes in outdoor conditions. On the positive side, the review noted that phone maintains accuracy in white balance in all lighting condition and it has a consistently smooth autofocus even in darker environments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
This week is no different story either, a render of the Galaxy Note 8 was shared by Slickwraps CEO Jonathan on Twitter. This time, the leak is in form of a design render of the phone which appears to be made in a CAD application. The render, as you can see, shows the back of the upcoming phone, outlining the camera, flash and fingerprint sensors. The Image may have been shared with third-party and first party accessory makers so that they can start production when the phone is launched.
In case you did not know, Slickwraps itself is a mobile skin maker, just like well-known Dbrand Skins.
The leaked render is very similar to the phone render that was leaked a few days ago, accept that CAD variant does not show that color of phone, but that is understandable.
Other leaks about the phone have reveled that the phone will have a display similar to Galaxy S8 Plus right down to its taller than usual aspect ratio, 6GB RAM and that the phone will run on either Snapdragon 835 or soon to be released Snapdragon 836 SoC. Note 8 may also be Samsung’s first phone to ship with a dual rear camera setup, however, Samsung C10 may take that honor from Note 8 if it comes out sooner.
What do you think about the design and considering that Note 8 will cost around $800, will you be getting one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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 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.
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.
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.