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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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Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has asked a US court to force Apple to pay up royalties for phone patents owned by Qualcomm.

Apple has stopped paying royalties to contract manufacturers for phone patents owned by Qualcomm over an “unresolved issue” – a move that will hit the US-chip maker’s financial results.

In a court filing, Qualcomm asked for a preliminary injunction against four of Apple’s suppliers – Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal – all of which it began suing for breach of contract earlier this month, The Verge reported on Thursday.

According to Qualcomm, Apple had instructed these companies in April not to pay royalties for devices they made using Qualcomm technology.

“Apple could litigate against Qualcomm indefinitely; it has virtually unlimited resources (more than $256 billion in cash reserves) and already has filed multiple cases against Qualcomm not just in this court, but around the world. And when those cases end, Apple can file more cases,” Qualcomm wrote in the court filing.

Qualcomm also alleged that Apple was trying to force a settlement by throwing its weight around.
“It goes on to say that Apple ‘has chosen commercial ransom over judicial process’ and that it’s trying to get an unfair deal on Qualcomm’s technology ‘through coercion enabled by its enormous market power,'” the report added.

Because of the missing payments, Qualcomm would suffer a loss of $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,222 crores) in revenue this quarter alone.

Earlier in April, the US chip manufacturer lambasted Apple for breaching deals between the two companies and urged that the lawsuit filed in January against it by the iPhone maker should be rejected.

Qualcomm also accused Apple of harming its business and sought unspecified damages.

Apple sued Qualcomm in January for nearly one billion dollars over royalties, with the Cupertino-based tech giant alleging the wireless chipmaker did not give fair licensing terms for its processor technology.

But Qualcomm refuted the allegations, saying that Apple had intentionally mischaracterised the agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology they had invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers “through our licensing programme”.

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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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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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