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After its big bang Galaxy S8 launch, Samsung has announced a mediocre budget device called the Galaxy Feel. The device is up for pre-booking in Japan on NTT DoCoMo site, and the sales are expected to begin sometime in the middle of June. There is no word on pricing as of yet.

The Samsung Galaxy Feel has been made available in White, Pink, and Black colour variants. The fingerprint sensor is situated underneath the Home Button in the front, and it seems to sport a glass back with metal edges. The volume buttons sit on the left edge and the power button on the right edge. There’s a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack seen at the bottom edge of the device.

The pre-booking listing has let the specifications out of the bag, and the Samsung Galaxy Feel runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software. It sports a 4.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED screen, and is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM.
Talking about optics, the Samsung Galaxy Feel sports a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video chats. As for internal storage, the smartphone offers 32GB of space. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, and Bluetooth version 4.2.

The Samsung Galaxy Feel’s dimensions measure at 138x67x8.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 149 grams. It also sports dust and water resistance with an IP6X rating. It packs a 3000mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 170 hours of standby time and supports quick charging. The company claims that the phone will fully charge in 110 minutes.

 
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As expected, Huawei has launched the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus smartphones in China. The big highlights of the successors of the Huawei Nova and Huawei Nova Plus are its 20-megapixel selfie camera, the dual camera setup on the back, and the latest Android software. The only differences between the two smartphones are its storage capacity, battery, and screen size. The Huawei Nova 2 is priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the Huawei Nova 2 Plus is priced at CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 27,200). Both the smartphones will be made available from June 16.

The Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus sport a metal finish with a fingerprint scanner at the back. The smartphones will be available in Green, Rose Gold, Black, Gold, and Blue colour options. The speaker grilles and the USB Type-C port are at the bottom edge, while the power and volume keys are seen on the right edge of the device. The Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus seem to be inspired by Apple, with antenna bands placed in same way as seen on the iPhone 7. There’s no Home Button in the front, and no capacitive buttons are seen as well.

Both the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat based on EMUI 5.1 OS. Specification wise, the Huawei Nova 2 smartphone has dual-SIM support, and sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS in-cell display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by a 2.36GHz octa-core Kirin 659 processor and is paired with ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 64GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).
The big highlight of the smartphone is its dual camera setup at the back and the 20-megapixel front camera. The dual camera setup consists of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture for a wider-angle, and another 8-megapixel telephoto lens for more zoom. There’s also OIS support, and a Portrait mode with the ability to change focus after taking a picture. The front camera sports a 20-megapixel sensor with intelligent fill light for low light photography and beauty filters to enhance selfies further. The Huawei Nova 2 packs a 2950mAh battery with fast charging support as well, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth support.

Coming to the larger Huawei Nova 2 Plus, the smartphone sports a similar design and specifications except for a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and a larger 3340mAh battery. The inbuilt storage also sees a bump up to 128GB.

Apart from the smartphones, Huawei also launched accessories like a mobile bracelet at CNY 298 (roughly Rs. 2,800), a panoramic camera accessory at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,500), and a Bluetooth headset at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,500).

 
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Sony on Monday announced a new entry-level smartphone, called the Xperia L1. The company highlights a sharp display on a near edge-to-edge screen. The new device is being offered in Black, White, and Pink colour options.

The smartphone follows Sony’s design language of near bezel-less displays. The Xperia L1 features an almost edge to edge display. However, bezels on the top and bottom remain thick as was the case with the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XA1 Ultra smartphones that were launched at MWC last month. The smartphone features smooth rounded edges for ease of hold.

The Xperia L1 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280) LCD display. The smartphone is powered by a 1.45GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T SoC and Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The handset comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card.
Optics on the Xperia L1 include a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera with 24mm wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, and USB Type-C.

The dual-SIM Xperia L1 packs a 2620mAh battery with Sony’s STAMINA mode for battery saving. The smartphone measures 151x74x8.7mm and weighs 180 grams. Sony has also added Xperia Actions to the budget smartphone which adapts the device to your time and surrounding.

As of now, there has been no mention regarding the price of the Xperia L1, but according to AndroidHeadlines, the smartphone is expected to launch in select markets including Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America in April.

 
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Google has confirmed that it is working on the successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL devices, and a recent report even outed their codenames – Muskie and Walleye. Now, a separate report tips that the tech giant is working on a third device as well, much larger than the other two, and this one is codenamed Taimen.

Taimen is another type of fish known for its large size, and Droid Life claims that Google is working on a third large-display device scheduled to launch this year. The device is codenamed Taimen, however, apart from that there is little else that is known about the device.
Android Police cites its internal source to claim that Taimen could be a phone, but the surety of this is very little. This Taimen device could be a tablet as well, or could be large Pixel-branded phone. Alternatively, it wouldn’t sport Pixel branding at all be a completely different device with a unique branding of its own. There is no clarity on this matter as of now. As time of launch nears, more details on this mysterious third device should be known.

As for Muskie and Walleye, they are tipped to be the codenames of the successors of the Pixel phones. Walleye is the name given to the base variant (Pixel 2), whereas Muskie is reserved for the larger model (Pixel XL 2). Previous leaks suggest that the Pixel 2 may come with an improved camera, a better processor, and be water and dust resistant as well.
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After much negative feedback from users over the removal of the old Status feature, WhatsApp has decided to bring it back. The old WhatsApp Text Status feature was first seen in the ‘About’ section on Android beta, and now WhatsApp has officially confirmed its arrival.

The Facebook-owned IM app told TechCrunch that the old Status feature will be revived. In fact, all WhatsApp users on Android will get the feature over the next week and iPhone users will get it soon as well.

“We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we’re continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day,” the company issued a statement to the publication.
This WhatsApp Text Status feature will work just in the same way as it was seen on Android beta version 2.17.95. Users will be able to set a text WhatsApp Status in the ‘About’ section which will change only when you want it to. Your contact list will be able to see the Status message by opening your contact, when starting a new chat thread, or viewing group info.

In any case, the new WhatsApp Status stories feature isn’t going anywhere and will remain a constant in a separate tab. You can add photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like Snapchat. The tab also lists all the new updates from your contacts in the same format as you see on Snapchat. Unfortunately, there’s no way (yet) to disable this WhatsApp feature completely.

Facebook also introduced a similar feature on its Messenger service, named ‘Messenger Day’. This feature also lets you post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, but it’s a little more invasive than WhatsApp as it changes a lot of the interface behaviour jarring people’s habitual patterns.

 

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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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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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