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Ahead of MWC 2017, Huawei has quietly launched its new smartphone in Finland. The Honor 8 Lite is up for pre-orders, and is priced at EUR 269 (roughly Rs. 19,600). It is set to go on sale in the country on February 17.

Finland site Suomimobiili reported of this development in the country. The Honor 8 Lite, specifications wise, is very similar to the refreshed Huawei P8 Lite (2017) launched recently, albeit with minute differences. One of the big highlights of the Honor 8 Lite is that it runs on EMUI 5.0, based on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.

As for specifications, the Honor 8 Lite features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by the company’s in-house Kirin 655 octa-core CPU paired with 3GB RAM. Just to compare, the Honor 8 sports a Kirin 950 SoC with 4GB RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of internal storage with the option to further expand it via microSD card (up to 128GB).

As for optics, the Honor 8 Lite sports a 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera as well with a 77-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery and comes in four colour options – Black, Blue, Gold, and White. However, the report claims that the company will make available only the Black and White variant right now and launch the Gold variant sometime in the end of the month. The Blue variant will be launched sometime in March. There’s no word yet on availability in international markets.

 

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The Honor 6X (Review), which was launched in the country last week with registrations for the first sale opening on the same day, has gone on sale via Amazon India on Thursday at 2pm IST. The smartphone was launched in two variants in India – 3GB RAM + 32GB inbuilt storage priced at Rs. 12,999, and 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage at Rs. 15,999. Only the former is going on sale in India on Thursday, with the latter being made available later this month. It’s available in Gold, Grey, and Silver colour options.

Amazon’s launch offers on the Honor 6X include 10 percent cashback on SBI credit cards, up to 14GB of free data on select Airtel recharges, and up to 80 percent off on Kindle ebooks up to a maximum of Rs. 300.

The Honor 6X’s smartphone’s biggest highlight is its dual rear camera setup. It bears one 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor that supports PDAF (autofocus time of 0.3 seconds is being touted) and an additional 2-megapixel sensor right below it, helping provide depth-of-field or Bokeh effects with a combined wide aperture range of f/0.95 – f/16. On the front, Honor 6X bears an 8-megapixel front camera with a 77-degree wide-angle lens and 1.25-micron pixels.

A hybrid dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone, the Honor 6X runs EMUI 4.1 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company says a beta version of EMUI 5.0, based on Android 7.0 Nougat, will be available for buyers at launch, with the final version due to release in Q2 2017. The Honor 6X display measures 5.5-inch and has full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution, 2.5D curved glass protection and pixel density of 403ppi – the company is also touting an ‘eye-comfort mode’ that filters out blue light. The new Honor smartphone is powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) SoC. The inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD (up to 128GB).

Honor 6X connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS/ A-GPS. The new smartphone is powered by a 3340mAh battery, rated to deliver up to 600 hours of standby time and up to 11.5 hours of video playback. Honor 6X battery features fast charging support that charges the whole battery in 2.5 hours. It measures 150.9×72.6×8.2mm and weighs 162 grams. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer.

 

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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 smartphone will be going on sale again in India on Friday. The biggest highlight of the next sale will be the availability of the most-basic and cheapest Redmi Note 4 (Review) model, which will be going on sale for the first time in the country. Considering the price point of the basic model, it is expected to receive the maximum traction compared to other versions in India.

To recall, Xiaomi unveiled three variants in India – the 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage model was priced at Rs. 9,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model was priced at Rs. 10,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model was priced at Rs. 12,999. The smartphone will be available via Mi.com.

On Friday, all the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 variants will be available in Gold and Grey colours. A new Matte Black colour variant of the Redmi Note 4 is also expected to debut in India soon, though there are no availability details at the moment.

Last month, Xiaomi announced that 250,000 units of the Redmi Note 4 were sold in 10 minutes in the smartphone’s first sale in the country.

The Redmi Note 4 seems set to be a very popular smartphone in the country, following in the footsteps of its predecessor the Redmi Note 3. Some of the highlights of the Redmi Note 4 are solid metal body, processor performance, and improved camera compared to the Redmi Note 3. To refresh on the specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. At the rear, there is a 13-megapixel camera sensor with dual-LED flash and a fingerprint sensor. In the front, the smartphone houses a 5-megapixel sensor. It sports a large 4100mAh battery, supports VoLTE, and runs on MIUI 8 based android 6.0 Marshmallow.

 
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Google started rolling out Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta to all compatible devices just a few days ago. The reportedly brings the fingerprint ‘swipe for notifications’ gesture to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones. This feature was first introduced only in Pixel devices even though all the smartphones contain the same fingerprint sensor hardware required for the feature.

As we mentioned, Google exclusively introduced the ‘swipe for notifications’ gesture in Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. 9to5Mac reports that Nexus 5X users who have the latest beta installed, are being able to use this gesture feature. Nexus 6P users haven’t got the latest beta release yet, but this feature is likely to be introduced for them as well, whenever the release hits, 9to5Mac speculates.
If your Nexus 5X is running on Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta, you can find the feature in the Settings menu under Moves to enable it. The swipe for notifications gesture lets you open the notification panel just by swiping down on the fingerprint sensor at the back.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta version is arriving for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices as of now, while the company has confirmed that an update for Nexus 6P can be expected to be released soon. The Android 7.1.2 public beta images are also available to download for compatible devices. The final release of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat is expected to be made available in a couple of months.
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Swipe has introduced its new Elite Power smartphone in India. The latest Swipe Elite Power is now listed on e-commerce website Flipkart and will be going on sale from Tuesday. Unfortunately, the pricing of the smartphone has not been revealed as of now. Interested consumers can sign up on Flipkart to get notified when the Swipe Elite Power goes on sale.

The Swipe Elite Power packs a 4000mAh battery which is the highlight of the smartphone. The online listing confirms that the smartphone sports an all-metal body and supports 4G with VoLTE. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It packs 16GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). The online listing reveals that the Swipe Elite Power comes with hybrid-SIM slot and supports a Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM.

The smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on-board as well. The Elite Power also sports a fingerprint scanner at the back panel. It measures 156.5x77x8.8mm and will be available in Space Grey colour.

Swipe Telecom earlier this month launched the Konnect Grand in India at Rs. 2,799. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and was available exclusively via ShopClues in Black colour. Other specifications of the Swipe Konnect Grand include a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display; a 1.2GHz quad-core processor; 1GB of RAM; 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

 

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After the first live photo leak of the Samsung Galaxy S8, accompanied by its full specification reveal, there’s very little that is not known about the device. As the launch date draws near, leaks are picking up pace, and the latest one comes in the form of a concept render – the first one of the upcoming flagship.

The render has been made by Twitter user Benjamin Geskin who claims to make ‘realistic renders based on rumours and leaks’. It’s important to reiterate that this image is not the official one, and is just inspired from the hordes of leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The image shows the hardware Bixby button on the right edge, and the volume and power buttons on the left edge. The back has the fingerprint scanner and the camera sensor sitting side by side, and the Samsung logo is at the back as well.

The front is occupied mostly by the large dual-edge curved display. There is no Home Button or navigation buttons seen at the bottom. The top chin of the display has sensors positioned slightly different than what was seen on the panels leaked earlier. The Galaxy S8 is tipped to come with an iris scanner in the front as well.

The smartphone is tipped to launch on March 29 at an Unpacked event in New York, and go on sale on April 21. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be priced at EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 7,300) more than its predecessors – 5.8-inch model tipped to be priced at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 58,100) and the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus model tipped to be priced at EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 65,400).

Past rumours indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S8 variants will run on the latest Snapdragon 835 processor (or a 10nm in-house processor depending on regions) paired with 4GB RAM, and offer 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Galaxy S8’s front camera sensor will be at 8-megapixel, the rear camera at 12-megapixel, with both maintaining the f/1.7 aperture of their predecessors. The battery capacity will be 3000mAh and 3500mAh for the two variants, but will come with other optimisations to improve on overall usage time.

 

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ZTE has sent out invites for the launch of a new smartphone in India this week. The event will happen on Friday, February 3, and will be the first smartphone to launch this year from the company. Judging from the teaser image attached with the invite, ZTE is expected to launch the Blade A2 Plus smartphone in the country.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus was launched in China last year. The teaser, also posted on Twitter by ZTE India CMO Sachin Batra, just shows the device’s half-back revealing the square shaped camera, flash and fingerprint scanner, sitting one below the other vertically. A separate tweet touts the smartphone’s battery performance. This is similar to what is seen on the Blade A2 Plus sparking speculations. The big highlight if the device is its massive 4900mAh battery that supports fast charging.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels full-HD display, and it is powered by the 64-bit MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor paired 3GB or 4GB of RAM and Mali T860 GPU. The inbuilt storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further (up to 128GB via the microSD card).

As for optics, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, dual-LED flash. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with LED flash as well. The hybrid dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Mifavor 3.5 OS. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Lastly, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus weighs 189 grams, and sports dimensions of 155×76.2×9.8mm.

In China, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus comes in Gold and Silver colour options. The 3GB variant was priced at CNY 1499 (roughly Rs. 15,000) and the 4GB variant was priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17000) respectively. It remains to be seen what configurations and colours make its way to India. All of that, and the pricing, will be unveiled on Friday.

 

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Vodafone said on Monday it was in talks to merge its Indian operations with rival Idea Cellular in an all-share deal that would create a new market leader better able to cope with the brutal price war convulsing the industry.

India’s three leading mobile operators, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, have all been hammered by the arrival of Jio Infocomm, a new operator owned by the billionaire Mukesh Ambani which has shaken up the market by offering free voice and data to customers.

Vodafone confirmed growing media speculation that it was in talks with Idea’s parent, conglomerate Aditya Birla, over a deal that would result in Idea issuing new shares to Vodafone.

Vodafone’s stock jumped 3 percent after it said a deal would enable it to deconsolidate the asset, or take it off its books, and receive a dividend from the combined group.

Bharti and other local rivals, including Vodafone’s India unit, have slashed prepaid tariffs and unveiled cheaper data plans to compete against Jio.

But analysts warn that the strategy will extract a cost, with Vodafone forced into a $5 billion writedown of its India business last year because of competition in the country.

Vodafone has been looking to spin off its Indian business but said on November 15 it would wait for market conditions to stabilize before listing Vodafone India’s shares.

 
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Alongside the iOS 10.3 beta 1, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 has also been released for Mac developers. This arrives a day after the commercial release of macOS Sierra 10.2.3 that bought along mainly bug fixes and improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 introduces the much needed ‘Night Shift’ feature to encourage users to snooze a bit more. This feature works just like f.lux, and automatically shifts your display colour to the warmer end of the spectrum as night falls. This is done to put less strain on the eyes, and encourages shut-eye time. The yellow tinge in Night Shift mode is essentially light that’s devoid of the blue wavelengths that tend to keep people surfing the Web more, cause strain on the eyes, and prevent sleep. The Night Shift mode makes the screen warm-orangey automatically, putting less strain on the eye, and reminding the user to take some time off from the screen.

Furthermore, just like the iOS 10.3 beta, it also brings Siri support for checking cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the International Cricket Council (ICC). The digital assistant will give you real-time ball-by-ball update of IPL and ICC cricket games, a handy feature for all cricket fans in the country and across the world. iOS 10.3 beta version also brings support for AirPods in Find My iPhone, improved Spotlight search, transition to the new APFS file system, new API to give the developers the ability to ask reviews from customers, and a revamped Settings app.

 
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Intex on Wednesday unveiled the successor to the Cloud Q11 smartphone, the Cloud Q11 4G, in India. Priced at Rs. 6,190, the new Intex Cloud Q11 4G will be available exclusively via Amazon India – same as its predecessor.

Intex is promoting the new in-house VAS feature, LFTY, which will come preloaded on the Cloud Q11 4G. The company is also touting artificial intelligence experience on the Cloud Q11 4G for online shopping on the handset.

The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Q11 4G runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 269ppi. The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737V processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, the Intex Cloud Q11 also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an LED flash. It bears 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, 4G with VoLTE, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Measuring 153×77.5×10.3mm, the Intex Cloud Q11 4G is backed by a 2800mAh battery. It weighs 176 grams and bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. Amazon India has listed the Intex Cloud Q11 4G in Champagne colour. To recall, the Intex Cloud Q11 was launched last year in September priced at Rs. 4,699.

Earlier this week, Intex introduced its new budget Cloud Style 4G smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 5,799, the new Intex Cloud Style 4G was listed on the company’s site.

 
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