Archive for June, 2017



Xiaomi is expected to launch the Redmi Pro 2 soon having launched the Redmi Pro in the month of July last year. Last month, some of the specifications of the Redmi Pro 2 had briefly appeared on the company’s website, but a new report now gives us a better look at some of the specifications that can be expected from the upcoming smartphone.

 

GizChina claims to have got hold of the specifications sheet of the Redmi Pro 2 and it looks like the smartphone will indeed have a 3GB variant as previously reported. However, there is no sign here of a 4GB variant, but given that the Redmi Pro was offered in a 4GB+128GB options, you can expect the Redmi Pro 2 to follow suit.

Moving on to the camera, it was previously noted that the Redmi Pro 2 would sport a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel sensor. However, the latest leak suggest that the primary camera will be 12-megapixel instead and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor next to it. The front, on the other hand, will likely have a 16-megapixel sensor, which is a major bump from the 5-megapixel camera from last year’s model.

The latest specifications leak does not mention the display size and processor, but based on the past listing, the Redmi Pro 2 could sport a 5.5-inch display similar to its predecessor and will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC. Notably, GizChina’s leak mentions an LCD display with a full-HD resolution instead of an OLED display as previously rumoured. If true, this would seem like a disappointing step back as the Redmi Pro features a full-HD OLED display, and one would be wise to take this new leak with a grain of salt.

Additionally, the Redmi Pro 2 is expected to come with Wi-Fi, gyroscope, Bluetooth, magnetometer and accelerometer. As of now, there’s no official word on when the Redmi Pro 2 will be unveiled, but all probability points to a July unveiling.

 

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Nokia 3 customers will get 4GB of free Vodafone 3G/ 4G data as part of the partnership between the telecom operator and HMD Global, the new custodian of the Nokia mobile phone brand. In addition to this, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 buyers will also get 4GB and 9GB of free data from Vodafone when the two smartphones become available to purchase in July. Of the three Nokia Android phones, only the Nokia 3 is available to purchase at present. The free Vodafone data will be available for both prepaid and postpaid customers buying the smartphones.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 free Vodafone data offer
With the new Vodafone India offers, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 users will be able to avail additional 4G or 3G data. Prepaid subscribers with Nokia 3 or Nokia 5 phones will get 4GB additional data with the purchase of a 1GB recharge, for 3 months or 3 recharges (whichever comes first) at Rs. 142; this means they will get 5GB data at the price of 1GB. Similarly, Nokia 6 users will get total of 10GB data from Vodafone on purchase of a 1GB recharge, for 3 months or 3 recharges at Rs. 251. The company notes that prices will vary depending on the circle.

As for postpaid subscribers, Vodafone says Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 users will also get the same extra 4GB data for three consecutive billing cycles, if they have a minimum of a 1GB data plan activated. Nokia 6 users will likewise get 9GB of additional 4G or 3G data.

Vodafone adds that the additional data offers for Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 smartphone users are valid across all Vodafone circles, while customers in Vodafone’s ICR circles (AP & Telangana, MP & CG, Bihar & Jharkhand, HP & J&K) will get the data at 2G speeds.

Announcing this initiative, Sandeep Kataria, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India said, “We are delighted to partner with HMD Global to roll out this exciting offer that enables our customers to get the most out of their new Nokia smartphones.”

Commenting on the partnership, Ajey Mehta, Vice President India, HMD Global, said, “This partnership showcases our commitment to provide the best possible experience to our Nokia smartphone consumers who are Vodafone subscribers.”

 

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Domestic mobile and tablet manufacturer Lava on Wednesday announced that it has partnered with Microsoft and Intel to launch its first ever laptop – Helium 14. Priced at just Rs. 14,999, the Lava Helium 14 is a budget laptop that features a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and a sleek lightweight design. The new portable from Lava has already been made available online for purchase exclusively from Flipkart and will also be made available with select retail stores and other multi-brand outlets across Delhi NCR, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Bangalore from the first week of July.

The Lava Helium 14 C141, as the name indicates, sports a 14.1-inch full-HD display and comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home Edition. The new laptop from Lava is powered by an Intel Atom processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The Helium 14 comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via SD card.

Lava’s first ever laptop houses a 10,000mAh battery, which has been claimed to offer “all day usage” by the company. In order to provide security from the hardware side, the Helium 14 has a built-in microchip called “Trusted Platform Module (TPM)” that has been said to provide all round protection to the laptop. The Helium 14 weighs 1.4kg and has been made available in Silver and Purple colour variants by the company.

Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Country General Manager, Consumer & Devices Sales at Microsoft India, commented on the launch by saying, “We have been working closely with our partners to develop powerful yet affordable personal computing devices to enable Digital India. We are happy to collaborate with Lava to create devices that run on a secure and robust Windows 10 platform, which provides users with enhanced productivity, improved functionality and unified experiences.”

 

 

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Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2, the successor to last year’s Mi Max phablet, last month. While the smartphone was initially launched just in Gold colour option, the company has now introduced a new Matte Black variant of the smartphone as well. The new colour variant has been launched just for Hong Kong and comes with same specifications as the Gold variant of the handset.

Priced at HKD 1,899 (roughly Rs. 15,685), the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Just like its predecessor, the new iteration of the smartphone features a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The Mi Max 2 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with PDAF support and dual-LED flash. The rear camera setup features a Sony IMX386 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels for better handling of different lighting situations. At front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for taking selfies.

While the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 comes in two storage variants, i.e. 64GB and 128GB of built-in storage, the Matte Black variant is only being offered with the 64GB of inbuilt storage. The Mi Max 2 houses a large 5300mAh battery, which has support for Quick Charge 3.0, and the connectivity options offered by the smartphone include 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

There is a fingerprint scanner at the back of the handset. The phone also features an IR blaster, which can act as a universal remote for TV and air conditioner. Xiaomi at the China launch claimed that the Mi Max 2 comes with improved one-handed use.

While there has been no official announcement regarding India launch of the smartphone, Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain suggested that the company might be gearing up for Xiaomi Mi Max 2’s India launch in July.

 

 

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After being launched in India, HMD Global is expanding the availability of Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 Android smartphones. Both the phones will be going on sale in the UK starting next month.

The Nokia 3 will be going on sale in the UK from July 12, and will be available unlocked at GBP 129.99 (roughly Rs. 10,600). The Nokia 5, on the other hand, will be going on sale sale on July 19 and will be priced at GBP 179.99 (roughly Rs. 15,000). Currently, interested consumers in the UK can pre-order the Nokia 3 or Nokia 5 via Amazon or Clove e-commerce websites.

Notably, Clove also mentions that July 12 and 19 are official launch dates for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 respectively. Surprisingly, there’s no availability detail on the Nokia 6, which completes the trio of new Android smartphones from HMD Global.

The company unveiled the trio of Android smartphones in India earlier this month. The Nokia 5 price in India is Rs. 12,899, and will be available for pre-booking starting July 7 through offline channels. Nokia 3, is the cheapest of the three, has been priced at Rs. 9,499, and is now on sale in India. The Nokia 6 has been launched in India at Rs. 14,999. The Nokia 6 registrations for the first sale will start on July 14, but the company has not announced when the smartphone will go on sale.

The Nokia 5 features a 5.2-inch HD display and runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is powered by the Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB inbuilt storage and also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Nokia 5 packs a 13-megapixel sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor at the front. The handset features a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button and it houses a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The Nokia 3 is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget and features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card support. Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.

 

 

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While Moto G5S Plus has already seen its fair share of leaks, the yet-to-be-announced smartphone’s battery capacity and price estimates have now been leaked by a tipster. While earlier it was estimated that the Moto G5S Plus might be priced at Rs. 17,999, the new leak suggests that the smartphone will be priced slightly higher than the previous estimate.

 

Popular tipster Andri Yatim said in his tweet that the Moto G5S Plus will be priced between Rs. 18,999 and Rs. 19,999 by the company, as pointed out in a report by GSMArena. Yatim has further suggested that the smartphone will house a 3068mAh battery, which will put it in the same bracket as the Moto G5 Plus that comes with 3000mAh battery.

Apart from the information mentioned above, Yatim also shared some of the renders of the smartphone that show the dual cameras and two colour variants of the smartphone. Notably, the renders shared by Yatim are strikingly similar to the renders of the Moto G5S Plus that were leaked earlier. To recall, it was previously suggested that the handset will be made available in in four colours: Gold, Grey, Silver (with White front), and Gold (with White front).

Some of rumoured specifications of the Moto G5S Plus include 5.5-inch full-HD display, octa-core processor, and Android 7.0 Nougat. As seen in the leaked images, the handset will feature fingerprint scanner at the front.

 

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Asus has launched its new Vivobook S laptop with up to seventh-generation Intel Core processor at a starting price of $699 in the US. The highlight feature of the new Asus laptop is thin bezels on the display, described as NanoEdge by the company.

 

NanoEdge bezel provides the laptop with an impressive 80-percent screen-to-body ratio. With the use of this display, the Asus Vivobook S is able to fit a full-size 15.6-inch display into a 14-inch laptop frame, the company says on its website.

The new portable from Asus Vivobook series runs on Windows 10, features a 15.6-inch Wideview colour rich display with full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and viewing angle of up to 178-degrees. The laptop is available with up to Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop is available with up to 1TB of HDD storage and a combo option of 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD as well.

 

The connectivity options on the new Asus Vivobook S include a fingerprint sensor, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and HDMI. The new Vivobook S is just 0.7-inch thick and weighs around 1.6kg. It measures 14.2×9.6×0.7-inches and comes with a 42WHrs rated 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion battery. Asus claims that the battery on the laptop can be charged up to 60 percent of its capacity in just 49 minutes.

The Asus Vivobook S laptop is already available for purchase and can be bought either from Asus’ own online store or through third-party retailers like Newegg in the US.

 

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In November last year, Sony started pushing the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its premium line of smartphones. The Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact got the Nougat update in December and now users report the company is rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to these devices. As per a report, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat is being released to most of the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact users along with the June Android security patch update.

According to Xperia Blog, the new update for Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact brings Android 7.1.1 Nougat through a new build number 34.3.A.0.194. It also comes with the latest June Android security patches for Xperia X and Xperia X Compact. It is not clear whether the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is rolling out globally.

 

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brings a number of features such as app shortcuts, support for circular app icons, keyboard image insertion, new emojis, and more. However, a few Xperia X and Xperia X Compact owners report that the app shortcuts feature doesn’t seem to be working on the handsets. Some other features like the clock widget also appear to be missing. There is a possibility that Sony may have chosen to do away with these features as Android versions customised by OEMs do not always have the exact Android features as packed in Google’s Pixel and Nexus smartphones.

For the specifications, the Sony Xperia X Compact features a smaller 4.6-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It also sports a 23-megapixel rear camera with IMX300 sensor. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Xperia X Compact also comes with USB Type-C port and Quick Charge 2.0 support. On the other hand, Sony Xperia X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM; 32GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable storage support up to 200GB via microSD card. It has a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid autofocus, and pulse LED flash, apart from a 13-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

 

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Luxury phone brand Vertu on Tuesday announced its agreement with TCL Communication which will let the former use the latter’s smartphone technology for its Vertu-branded phones. The partnership will enable Vertu and TCL to come up with a new line of devices.

 

The company in a press statement confirmed that this is the first agreement signed by Vertu since the company was purchased by entrepreneur Hakan Uzan in mid-March of 2017.

The agreement worth $40 million will allow Vertu to use TCL’s technology. The partnership will see 30,000 handcrafted Vertu phones being manufactured under TCL partnership, and they will be produced at the Vertu facility in Church Crookham, Hampshire.

Commenting on the announcement, Hakan said, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with TCL Communication. It is the first of many, considerable investments we are making into the business. TCL Communication is a valued partner of Vertu and we hope that this will be the start of a prosperous new chapter in our relationship.”

Vertu also confirmed that it’s going through a “substantial restructuring and modernisation” of all its business units.

 

“Customers will have access to limited, special edition Constellation X products as soon as mid-July, with full ramp up by early September. The new generation of Vertu Concierge Services will start being introduced in mid-July in limited markets, with a new wide ranging portfolio of Vertu Life Style Products becoming available in Vertu Boutiques in early September,” Hakan added.

The parent company Vertu AK France also revealed plans to launch new services and products in September alongside announcing several exclusive luxury partnerships with global brands. The new products will be sold in the key markets such as France, UK, China, Asia, Russia, Western Europe and the Middle East.

Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President of TCL Communication said on the partnership, “TCL Communication is very pleased to extend our successful relationship with Vertu. Combining our advanced smartphone technology with Vertu’s superb craftsmanship and commitment to superior design and performance, it will help create an outstanding experience for its discerning customers.”

Vertu claims to have sold over 500,000 devices worldwide so far and has phones starting at EUR 7,500 with more than 225,000 registered users.

 

 

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Intel has joined Team8, an Israeli creator of cyber-security startups, as a strategic partner and will help with the formation of companies that address the largest cyber-security problems, Team8 said on Wednesday.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, joins Team8’s syndicate members Microsoft, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, Citigroup, Accenture, Nokia, Bessemer Venture Partners and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.

Israel has some 450 cyber startups, which receive 20 percent of global investment in the sector. Although the need for security is growing quickly, the proliferation of start-ups means that several companies compete in every subsector.

Team8 has already launched two cyber companies, Claroty and Illusive Networks, and two others will follow suit soon.

Team8 co-founder and CEO Nadav Zafrir told Reuters that one company will move out of stealth mode in a few weeks while another will do the same in early 2018 without elaborating.

He noted that each of the syndicate members has a different perspective on cyber.

 

“Citi enables us to see the world from a financial standpoint. With Intel joining we will see the challenges going forward in cyber-security like computing, automotive, cloud, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things),” Zafrir said. “Together we can address the (cyber) problems before they emerge.”

Intel will also collaborate with Illusive, which catches attackers once they break into corporate networks using deception technologies, to help combat so-called advanced persistent threats (APTs).

The alliance between Illusive and Intel extends deception-based cyber security from software to hardware, Illusive said.

“Our collaboration with Illusive networks provides users with more effective defences against sophisticated APTs, in the early stage of the attack, that otherwise go undetected and pose a great threat to enterprises and individuals,” said Jacob Mendel, general manager of Intel’s platform security division.

 

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