The past week has seen a few leaks and rumours regarding Xiaomi’s next Mi 6 flagship smartphone. On Friday, some leaked renders of the smartphone surfaced online, further hinting at a dual camera setup for the back along with a possible April 11 launch date. Now, another rumour seems to list the price of the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus in all expected models.
According to a leak by GizChina the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 will allegedly be launched in 4GB of RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB + 64GB, and 6GB + 128GB variants priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 19,000), CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 21,800) and CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 25,600), respectively. The bigger Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand is tipped to be be offered in 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB, which will reportedly be priced at CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 24,700), CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 28,500) and CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 33,200), respectively.
Of course, without an official confirmation from the company, one should take these models and prices with a pinch of salt. However, if they do remain true, the prices seem very competitive, which one has come to expect from the company. The previous Mi 5 flagship was priced extremely well in India and the smartphone itself ticked all the right boxes in our review and Xiaomi will look to take it up a notch with the Mi 6 smartphone.
From what we know so far, the Mi 6 Plus flagship has been tipped to sport a Quad HD 2K OLED display with dual curved edges and dual rear camera setup, while the Mi 6 will allegedly sport a flat display. Both the flagships are expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and come with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology for fast charging support. The smartphone is also expected to house a 4000mAh battery, although this will likely be for the Mi 6 Plus. Once again, we would like to remind our readers no specifications have been announced by the company just yet.
After surprising the world with the unexpected release of Nokia 6 early this year, HMD Global took to MWC 2017 to launch the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5. While all three smartphones are slated to released in Q2, launch details of Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 have been scarce. But now, HMD Global has confirmed the release date of its Nokia-branded Android smartphones for 120 markets.
Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 release plans
The company told NokiaPowerUser that it will be launching the entire lineup of smartphones in the second quarter in almost 120 markets at the same time. “HMD has ambitious plans to release Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in 120 markets at same time in Q2 2017. This is ambitious because HMD is de facto a start-up, though it has support from Nokia and Foxconn,” the company said in a statement.
From the official Nokia Mobile Twitter account, the company tweeted, “We’re aiming to release worldwide in Q2 2017 (April – June) at an affordable price and great quality.” Nokia 6 was released in January in China, and HMD further unveiled the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 at MWC last month.
HMD Global’s Vice President India, Ajey Mehta told Gadgets 360 that the Nokia Android phones would hit India by around end-May to early-June, however he did hint that the Nokia 3310 (2017) may launch a bit sooner. Mehta also said that the phones will launch on both online and offline channels in a mutually exclusive manner, and also said the company is exploring the ‘Make in India’ option.
Gadgets 360 also caught up with HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela, and he shed light on the company’s transparent relationship with Nokia during this comeback journey. He ruled out the introduction of WhatsApp on the new 3310 feature phone, and also spoke about the company’s focus on regular software updates for the smartphones. Nokia also recently confirmed that Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 will get monthly security updates.
Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 prices
For pricing, the all-new Nokia 3 has been priced at EUR 139 (roughly Rs. 9,800) while the Nokia 5 has been priced at EUR 189 (roughly Rs. 13,500). The Nokia 6, on the other hand, will be available at EUR 229 (roughly Rs. 16,000). The Nokia 3310 (2017) remains in the budget range with a price tag of EUR 49 (approximately Rs. 3,500).
While the Nokia 3 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, the Nokia 5 smartphones runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. Both will be available as a single SIM and dual SIM variants though availability could be different depending on the markets. The Nokia 3 sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 8-megapixel front and rear camera, and a 2650mAh battery.
The Nokia 5 sports a fingerprint sensor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage, 5.2-inch IPS LCD (720×1280 pixels),13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 3000mAh non-removable battery. Lastly, the Nokia 6 features a fingerprint scanner, a 5.5-inch full-HD display, a Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 3000mAh battery, 16-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture.
As expected, Motorola has launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in Barcelona at MWC 2017. The new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have received a much needed design refresh, with a metal chassis and a circular camera frame at the back. Specifications
The Moto G5 will start at EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 14,000) and the Moto G5 Plus will start at EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 15,300).
Lenovo is expected to launch the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in India sometime in March. The devices are expected to launch in various markets, with India being in the priority list. Motorola announced that India is on the second spot when it comes to market share, and rakes in about 10 percent of overall sales. Other international markets include the US, and UK as well.
Both the smartphones come with fingerprint scanners in the front underneath the Home Button. However, the big highlight is that the devices integrate Google Assistant, a feature first exclusive only to the Pixel devices. Both the smartphones come with Motorola exclusive features such as Moto Display, Actions, twist gesture, and a new one-hand mode on the larger G5 Plus as well.
Beginning with the Moto G5, the smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor. It offers 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, with the option to expand further via a a microSD card slot(up to 128GB). The Moto G5 packs a 2800mAh removable battery with support for fast charging. As for optics, the Moto G5 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera for selfies.
Coming to the Motorola G5 Plus, the smartphone features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is powered by the 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, and offers RAM from the range of 3GB to 4GB. It offers 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).
In the camera department, the Moto G5 Plus sports ‘the most advanced’ 12-megapixel rear camera with dual autofocus, 4K video recording, f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The Moto G5 Plus packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower charging that claims to give you six hours’ worth of battery life in just 15 minutes.
ZTE has cancelled the Kickstarter for its ambitious phone called Hawkeye . This comes after a troublesome campaign in which the product didn’t exactly fit consumer expectations. The irony is not lost on us.
Hawkeye, also known as Project CSX, was devised based on how the public saw fit, or so they thought. ZTE collected votes to decide on the product’s marquee features, but the final product pitched on Kickstarter didn’t exactly match up.
Cancelled late in its drive for consumer interest and money, ZTE only managed a small fraction of its fundraising goal. This comes after Jeff Yee stated that the company is listening to feedback and will work to meet customers at eye-level moving forward.
And while a cancelled Kickstarter clearly isn’t great news, ZTE isn’t finished with the project. The company has confirmed that it plans to release a similar offering by the end of 2017, complete with eye-tracking and self-adhesive capabilities, as well as higher-end specifications, the latter of which many felt that ZTE under delivered on with Hawkeye.
Speaking with Engadget, Yee said “This is maybe not exactly what we wanted at this stage, but we are able to swallow our pride and recognize that the specs that we listed were not exactly what the community wanted.”
We got our hands on the Hawkeye prototype at CES 2017 and we liked what we saw. Here’s to hoping that ZTE can strike the balance between making exactly what the people want without amping up the price too much during the process.
It’s been a long time since there’s been any news about a premium Android tablet. What was once a burgeoning product category has fallen flat as high-end phones become bigger and more powerful, and most new tablets that have been released over the past year are either targeted at budget buyers or children. But with the Galaxy S8 delayed until the spring, Samsung has all but confirmed it will be bringing a new high-end tablet to Mobile World Congress this year.
And it looks to be a solid upgrade. The Galaxy Tab S2 has been on shelves since 2015, so Samsung has had a lot of time to think about what it wants from its flagship Android tablet. And while most people will probably still be talking about the Galaxy S8 teaser Samsung is expected to unveil at its MWC event, the Tab S3 isn’t a throwaway release.
With the Galaxy Tab S2, Samsung offered two sizes, an 8-inch model and a 9.7-inch one. According to a report from South Korea-based Naver News, the Tab S3 will reportedly narrow down those choices to just the bigger size, with a 9.6-inch, 2048×1536 display. And if you like the design of the S2, you’ll love the Tab S3. Based on the rendering that has been leaked on German-based WinFuture.de, the tablet looks to be nearly identical to the S2 it will replace, with a pill-shaped home button/fingerprint scanner flanked by a pair of standard navigation buttons. However, it is expected to be thinner than its predecessor, which is only 5.6mm thick, and come in black and silver, rather than the standard white.
But while it might look like a Tab S2, the S3 will get a significant upgrade under the hood, as you’d expect from a tablet that hasn’t been updated in nearly a year and a half. It starts with the chip, and the new tablet is rumored to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a change from the Exynos chip that was used in the S2. Additionally, it will get 4GB of RAM (up from 3GB in the S2), as well as a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera (bumped from 8MP and 2MP, respectively). And as always, it will come in both Wi-Fi and LTE variations.
Additionally, the tablet will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, though it’s unclear whether Samsung will bring any additional features for the larger screen. One of the biggest issues with Android tablets is their lack of larger-screen features and app support, so we’ll have to see what Samsung has cooked up to spice up the experience.
The most interesting addition to the year’s tablet, however, could be the inclusion of an S Pen. While it wouldn’t be the only Samsung tablet to ship with the stylus, it would be a first for the Galaxy Tab S line. Unfortunately, Sammobile has reported that there isn’t a Note-style slot for it on the device, but the tablet will ship with an S Pen in the box, which could position the tablet as a more professional companion to the upcoming Galaxy S8.
Samsung has announced that it will be unveiling its new device at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm CET (1 p.m. EST) at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. According to the Naver report, the tablet is expected to cost a bit more than the $500 S2, likely coming at $600. It’s not entirely clear from the rumors we’ve heard why Samsung would be charging more the S3, though the inclusion of the S Pen would certainly add to the cost.
This story, “Everything we think we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3” was originally published by Greenbot.
While many Android phones are still waiting for the first taste of Nougat, Google is pushing ahead on the latest version of Android for its Nexus and Pixel devices. Or rather, most of them.
Available for users enrolled in the Android Beta Program, the next release is, according to Google’s blog description, “an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bug fixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” That means you probably won’t see any differences in your day-to-day use, unless you were consistently bothered by a particular bug.
However, if you happen to own a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9, you’re out of luck. Not only is the device unable to install the beta, Google says that the general release of 7.1.2, which is expected to land in a couple of months, will be available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices. Notably excluded from that list are 2014’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, 2014 devices released by Motorola and HTC, respectively, that were on board with the previous Nougat updates. While Google doesn’t specifically say they will be excluded from future releases, it would appear that they have reached the end of the line for updates.
The 7.1.2 public beta is available through the Android Beta Program, which you can sign up for at android.com/beta with a Google account and one of the supported phones. If you’ve already enrolled in the program, your phone will receive the update within the next few days, according to Google. To check to see if an update is available, you can go to the About tab in Settings and tap on System updates.
While it may be sooner than expected, it was pretty inevitable that Google would stop supporting the 2014 Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices sometime this year. When Google announced its updated security efforts for Nexus devices ahead of Marshmallow’s release in 2015, it vowed they would “continue to receive major updates for at least two years.” More importantly, it will continue to deliver security patches “for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store.” So you don’t need to toss them in the recycle bin just yet.
This story, “Google pushes out 7.1.2 beta, but Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t get it” was originally published by Greenbot.
In case you haven’t heard, Android Wear 2.0 is here. Well, almost here. The first two watches to run it will be released on February 10, and within weeks, a whole assortment of new and old watches will be able to take advantage of the new features, which are nearly nine months in the making.
But while the new version of Android Wear isn’t all that different from the version that was previewed at Google I/O last May, it is a pretty major upgrade to the long-in-the-tooth wearable OS on current watches. It’s not a complete overhaul of Google’s original concept, but it adds and changes enough things to make the overall experience feel fresh and new, and whether you have an old watch or plan on buying one of the new ones, you’ll be able to dive right in without needing to learn a whole new set of instructions.
Here are some of the highlights of the new Android Wear overhaul you should check out first.
Learn the layout
The first version of Android Wear wasn’t exactly complicated, but it also wasn’t as intuitive as it could be. With the second release, Google has simplified things all throughout the system, from the way we change watch faces to how we access notifications. There’s a new circular interface for selecting apps, direct access to Google Assistant via the power button, and, with the new LG-Google watches, easier scrolling and selecting with the rotating crown. Everything is friendlier and simpler, and this time around, your first instinct is probably the right one.
Check out the Play Store
Apps on our watches aren’t as necessary as they are on our phone, but it’s still fun to check out what’s new in the Play Store. With Wear 2.0, you won’t even need a phone to do it. Head into the app screen and you’ll find a new Play Store icon, which will let you explore and install apps just like you would on your phone. It’s fast and convenient, and it also means you won’t need to clutter your phone up with a bunch of apps you might not need. And now, even iPhone users can get in on the fun. Only a handful are available at launch—among Google’s own offerings, AccuWeather, Foursquare, Telegram, and Uber—but many more will surely be landing soon.
In previous versions of Android Wear, you had to load an app on your phone, which would push the watch component over. Now, watch apps stand alone, which means you can have an app on your watch without a corresponding app on your phone at all.
Start a workout
Google Fit has always been a fine workout companion in Android Wear, but in version 2.0 it’s become a full-fledged personal trainer. In addition to step counting and bicycle riding, the new app tracks a ton of extra activities, including pace, distance, and calories burned, in addition to measuring weight-lifting reps, push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. Some features will require new watches with new sensors, but even for older watches, Google Fit should be able to do more to keep you in shape.
Ask a question
Previous Android Watches could execute a set of voice-controlled actions and answers, but with Android Wear 2.0, Google has built Google Assistant right into your wrist. Available via “OK Google” or by long-pressing your watch’s power button, Google Assistant opens up Android Wear to a whole new world of hands-free information. Google provides a few examples to get you started: “Ask your Google Assistant about the weather or remind yourself to bring an umbrella. Make a restaurant reservation or navigate to work. You can even update your shopping list right from your wrist.” But as Google Assistant matures and integrates with more apps, the possibilities are endless.
Write a message
One of the best features of wearing a smartwatch is being able to get notifications on our wrists, but responding to them has always been an issue. With Android Wear 2.0, Google has made it easier to interact with notifications as they arrive, letting you write and return messages just by tapping an incoming alert. And with dictation and handwriting support, and even a new on-screen keyboard, you can draw letters and even emoji to create quick replies. You’re probably not going to want to use it to write anything more than a few words at a time, but you won’t need to pull out your phone anymore just to tell your friend that you’re on the way.
One of the coolest features of Android Wear 2.0 is support for Android Pay, provided your watch has a built-in NFC chip. And most don’t—including the smaller LG Style watch that is just going on sale. But it’s sure to be a feature that makes its way into most future releases. All you need to do to pay with your watch is verify your cards in the Android Pay app, press the side button to bring up your available cards (or open the app), select the one you want to pay with, and hold your watch next to the payment reader. And your wallet won’t even know what happened.
This story, “The six Android Wear 2.0 changes you should check out first” was originally published by Greenbot.
Mi Note 2 Pro may be Xiaomi’s first phone with Snapdragon 821
The handset is expected to come in 4GB and 6GB of RAM models
Mi Note 2 is rumoured to launch on July 25
Xiaomi’s alleged Mi Note 2 smartphone is already making rounds on the Internet and is rumoured tolaunch later this month. Now, the alleged Mi Note 2 Pro, which is believed to be the successor to theXiaomi Mi Note Pro that was launched last year, has leaked online.
According to a Chinese tipster, the Mi Note 2 Pro will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD Amoled display and will pack a 12-megapixel rear camera. The handset is said to be backed by a 3700mAh battery. One of the biggest highlights of the Mi Note 2 Pro will be the recently unveiled Snapdragon 821 SoC. It is likely to come in two versions packing 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage, and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. The Chinese tipster claims that the Mi Note 2 Pro will also come with a fingerprint scanner on the front, much like the Mi 5. The alleged Mi Note 2 Pro is expected to launch in the month of August.
Additionally, a new Xiaomi device codenamed Altun has been spotted in Geekbench listing. The listing was reported by Twitter user Krispi and also claimed that it appeared multiple times on Geekbench listing. The Xiaomi ‘Altun’ in Geekbench single core tests scored 980 while in multi-core tests scored 4076.
All these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Xiaomi has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable.
A recent report claimed that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 may be priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the standard 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage model while the 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage high model will come at CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 30,000). There are rumours that a third top-end variant featuring 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will be also launched priced at CNY 3,499 (approximately Rs. 35,000).
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world’s largest contract chipmaker and an Apple Inc supplier, said it expects a third-quarter pick-up as customers stock up on chips for new launches in time for the year-end holiday season.
Revenue for July-September is expected to reach between TWD 254 billion ($7.93 billion) and TWD 257 billion, up from the second quarter’s TWD 221.81 billion, TSMC said after announcing results for April-June on Thursday.
Supplying chips for smartphone makers is TSMC’s main business driver. TSMC’s co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Liu said that higher demand is expected to kick in for the second half, with the fourth quarter set to see its usual pick-up in demand.
Still, TSMC stuck to its forecast for revenue and operating profit to grow between 5 percent and 10 percent in 2016.
Capital expenditure for the year was revised upwards to a range between $9.5 billion and $10.5 billion, up from its earlier estimate for between $9 billion to $10 billion.
The slight increase is to do with stronger demand for its advanced technology wafer-making for next year, company executives said, speaking at an investor conference Thursday.
TSMC said earlier that net income in the April-June period totalled TWD 72.51 billion, down 8.7 percent from the same quarter a year earlier, but up nearly 12 percent from the first quarter.
That beat analysts’ average estimate of TWD 67.98 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.
Business in the second quarter, which came in a bit above the company’s own guidance given in April, was bolstered by shipments that had been delayed after a February earthquake in Taiwan.
Mobile manufacturers have demanded roll back of new import norms that mandate companies to provide bank guarantees for availing duty concessions.
They claimed that due to new import rules this fiscal, funds to the tune of Rs. 15,000 crores of mobile companies have been blocked and manufacturing in the country has become very complex.
“Mobile companies are estimated to have provided up to Rs. 15,000 crores in bank guarantee and surety to government when they import components under new IGCR rule. This needs to be changed for ease of doing business in the country,” Indian Cellular Association Nation President Pankaj Mohindroo said.
The requirement of continuity bond backed by surety for availing of the concession duty is a new condition under Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty for Manufacture of Excisable Goods (IGCR) 2016.
“The result is that the transaction cost and compliance cost, instead of coming down, has actually increased. Industry feels that there should be a trust based system. As it is, the checks of registrations and penalties for misuse are more than sufficient to deter the black sheep. In case of misuse, the defaulters can be subjected to exemplary penal action,” ICA said.
The industry body has demanded that government should go back to the simple bond with undertaking system as envisaged under the original IGCR 1999.
In the new rules utilisation period of the imported goods has been reduced to three months compared to six month period allowed earlier. ICA has requested government to restore old rule in this case also for ease of doing business.