Nokia 8.1’s extensive leak confirms it’s the X7 global version

This is a big one. An unexpected leak just confirmed what we’ve suspected all along – the upcoming Nokia 8.1 powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset is indeed the codenamed Phoenix smartphone we’ve been hearing about.

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Nokia 8.1 front and back

It’s all in the leaked press materials explicitly saying “Phoenix” more than one time and at first glance, the hardware is identical to the Chinese Nokia X7. The leak comes just in time to clear the confusion before the December 5 event in Dubai. We can now say with almost complete certainty that the Nokia 8.1 would be one of the three phones introduced there.

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PUBG Mobile update: 14 changes in PUBG that you may have missed

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PUBG Mobile update: 14 changes in PUBG that you may have missed

PUBG Mobile has gained a lot of traction in the past few weeks and it is doing whatever it can at its end to keep the payers engaged. With regular updates, PUBG players are getting a lot to discover each day while enjoying the game itself. Recently a major update rolled out to users across the globe that not just has new vehicles but new rifles as well as a more difficult mode and several opti[“source=forbes]misations. In case you missed it, here’s everything new:

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Oppo A7 Photos, Specifications, and Price Leaked; Launch Tipped for November 22

Oppo A7 Photos, Specifications, and Price Leaked; Launch Tipped for November 22

After leaked renders of the Oppo A7 surfaced last week, the device has leaked once again in promotional images, and the report also outs the probable launch date and full specifications of the phone. The Oppo A7 will be the cheaper variant of the Oppo A7x, and the smartphone is now reportedly expected to launch on November 22. The promo images reveal that the Oppo A7 looks similar to the Realme 2, and may just be the rebranded version for the Chinese market.

Mr. Gizmo reports that the Oppo A7 will launch in China on November 22, and the price of the smartphone will be at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,500). The publication also got its hand on a few promotional images, and it shows the Oppo A7 sporting a waterdrop-shaped notch, a dual camera setup stacked horizontally, and a rear fingerprint sensor. It is seen sporting three gradient finishes – Gold, Green, and Rose Gold.

The report states that the Oppo A7 will run on ColorOS 5.2 based on Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The smartphone is expected to sport a 6.2-inch (720×1520 pixels) FullView Display with 2.5D curved glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by the 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 64GB, further expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie sensor tipped as well. The Oppo A7 packs a 4,230mAh battery, and connectivity options reportedly include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS with A-GPS, and GLONASS.

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Sharp Aquos R2 Compact With Dual Notch Display Launched: Price, Specifications

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact With Dual Notch Display Launched: Price, Specifications

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact smartphone has been launched in Japan. The handset tries to keep up with the trend of display notches, and goes one step further, by incorporating two notches -one waterdrop-shaped notch is on top of the display housing the camera sensor, while a slightly wider notch sits at the bottom, housing the fingerprint scanner. The Aquos R2 Compact packs the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC, offers 5.2-inch of display, 64GB of inbuilt storage, and is waterproof and dustproof as well.

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact price, design

Sharp hasn’t revealed what the pricing of the Aquos R2 Compact is going to be. The smartphone is going to be available through SoftBank in Japan from mid-January. As mentioned, the phone comes with two notches, unlike its predecessor which had a large chin at the bottom to house the fingerprint scanner. The smartphones sports an aluminium frame, power and volume buttons are situated on the right edge, and there’s a single camera setup at the front and back of the smartphone.

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact specifications

As for specifications, the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact features a 5.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 2.5D tempered glass protection. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 64GB with microSD slot support for further expansion of up to 512GB.

Optics include a 22.6-megapixel rear with sensor with high speed autofocus, f/1.9 aperture, OIS, and electronic hand shake correction as well. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone packs a 2,500mAh battery, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port. The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact dimensions are at 131x64x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 135 grams. The smartphone supports both face unlock and fingerprint scanning.

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Realme MediaTek Helio P70 Smartphone to Launch Under New ‘U’ Series Soon

Realme MediaTek Helio P70 Smartphone to Launch Under New 'U' Series Soon

MediaTek launched the Helio P70 SoC in October, and Realme soon after announced that it will be the first brand to launch a smartphone globally with the new processor integrated. The Helio P70 went into mass production last month itself, and was reported to be made available to clients in November. Now, Realme has again teased the arrival of the Helio P70 smartphone, and the company says that the MediaTek SoC will be integrated into a device that is a part of a completely new ‘U’ series.

Realme took to Twitter to announce that it will be introducing the world’s first MediaTek Helio P70 smartphone, under the company’s brand new ‘U’ series. With this, Realme confirms that it will be introducing a new ‘U’ series soon, expanding its portfolio further. Currently, the company offers the Realme 1 ₹ 10,490, Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro ₹ 13,990, and the Realme C1 ₹ 8,840 in the Indian market.

Unfortunately, the company hasn’t detailed on the exact date for the upcoming new ‘U’ series. Apart from the fact that the smartphone will be the first to be powered by the new MediaTek Helio P70 processor, other specifications, design, or pricing information of the upcoming device are not known yet. The Helio P70 features an enhanced AI engine, upgraded imaging and camera support, boosted gaming performance, as well as improved connectivity when compared with previous generations.

The MediaTek Helio P70 is an octa-core SoC that’s been built on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process, and it is meant to power “full-featured smartphones at affordable price points.” It bears four ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 2.1GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz. These are arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration, while the SoC also features an ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU that’s clocked up to 900MHz. The Helio P70 SoC comes with a multi-core APU clocked at up to 525MHz for better edge-AI processing.

It comes with a 4G LTE modem with up to 300Mbps peak download rates, and also supports dual 4G VoLTE. The SoC supports up to 32-megapixel single cameras, or 24+16-megapixel dual cameras, and comes with three independent image signal processors (ISPs) for reduced power consumption (up to 18 percent less compared to previous Helio dual-camera setups).

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Wear OS ‘H’ Update Unveiled by Google, Brings Battery Saver Changes, Smart App Resume, and More

Wear OS 'H' Update Unveiled by Google, Brings Battery Saver Changes, Smart App Resume, and More

Google has unveiled Wear OS update called the ‘H Update’, bringing features like an updated Battery Saver mode, improved off body efficiency, smart app resume for all apps, and two-step power off. H Update will be a part of Wear OS 2.2.

“In the next few months, you should soon see a system update on your device labelled ‘System Version: H’,” a Community Manager at Wear OS, Google wrote in a support post on Thursday. The Wear OS by Google Twitter handle also tweeted about the upcoming update.

The new battery saver mode that would come with the Wear OS ‘H Update’ would extend the device battery further by turning on ‘Battery Saver’ to only display the time once your battery falls below 10 percent.

“Additionally, after 30 minutes of inactivity your watch will go into deep sleep mode to conserve battery,” the post added, detailing the improved off body efficiency.

With the introduction of Smart App Resume feature for all apps, users would be able to pick up where they left off across all apps on their watches.

The search-engine giant is also included a two-step power off functionality that would enable users to turn off their watches by holding the power button until they see the power off screen and then choose to either “power off” or “restart.”

“This update will be progressively rolling out over the coming months. Your device may not immediately be eligible for this update and will be determined by your watch manufacturer. Some functionality may vary by device,” the post said.

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Oppo A7 Photos, Specifications, and Price Leaked; Launch Tipped for November 22

Oppo A7 Photos, Specifications, and Price Leaked; Launch Tipped for November 22

After leaked renders of the Oppo A7 surfaced last week, the device has leaked once again in promotional images, and the report also outs the probable launch date and full specifications of the phone. The Oppo A7 will be the cheaper variant of the Oppo A7x, and the smartphone is now reportedly expected to launch on November 22. The promo images reveal that the Oppo A7 looks similar to the Realme 2, and may just be the rebranded version for the Chinese market.

Mr. Gizmo reports that the Oppo A7 will launch in China on November 22, and the price of the smartphone will be at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,500). The publication also got its hand on a few promotional images, and it shows the Oppo A7 sporting a waterdrop-shaped notch, a dual camera setup stacked horizontally, and a rear fingerprint sensor. It is seen sporting three gradient finishes – Gold, Green, and Rose Gold.

The report states that the Oppo A7 will run on ColorOS 5.2 based on Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The smartphone is expected to sport a 6.2-inch (720×1520 pixels) FullView Display with 2.5D curved glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by the 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 64GB, further expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

Optics include a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie sensor tipped as well. The Oppo A7 packs a 4,230mAh battery, and connectivity options reportedly include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS with A-GPS, and GLONASS.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Starts Receiving Android Nougat-Based MIUI 10 Global Beta Stable ROM Update

Xiaomi Redmi 5A Starts Receiving Android Nougat-Based MIUI 10 Global Beta Stable ROM Update

Xiaomi has started to roll out the MIUI 10 Global Beta Stable ROM for the budget Redmi 5A smartphone, which was launched in India on November 2017. Xiaomi has been rolling out MIUI 10 to its compatible devices in a phased manner ever since its launch. To recall, MIUI 10 was first announced in July, and the mobile maker has been busy testing it on handsets with beta releases and eventually rolling out stable releases in September. The first wave of phones to get the stable releases was the newly launched Redmi 6 series, following which many handsets got the MIUI Stable ROM update (Global and China) eventually. Earlier this month, Xiaomi had confirmed that 21 more smartphones in its lineup will start receiving the MIUI 10 update, including the Redmi 5A.

As per a post by a moderator on MIUI forum, Xiaomi has kicked off the rollout of the MIUI 10 Global Beta Stable ROM to the Redmi 5A smartphone. The update, which carries build number 10.1.1.0.NCKMIFI, is being rolled out over-the-air (OTA) for Redmi 5A users. The post also notes that this is a Beta Stable ROM, and only being pushed out to select users randomly. It should be released to everyone without the beta moniker in the near future after feedback. As per screenshots shared by a user on the MIUI forum, the update is still based on Android Nougat and does not bring Android Oreo. It should, however, include a bunch of new developments, but Xiaomi has not updated the full changelog yet.

If you have the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, you can check for the latest MIUI 10 Beta Stable ROM by going to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates. You can also go to ‘Updater’ and check for updates. Meanwhile, folks at XDA Developers have managed to provide the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM package for the Redmi 5A. It is available in the form of recovery ROM and is based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Since the MIUI 10 Global is already available in the form of recovery ROMs for the Redmi 5A, we can safely speculate that an OTA update for both handsets will also arrive in the coming days. We don’t recommend users install the update from the recovery ROM, and instead wait for an official rollout to reduce the chances of bugs that should be eliminated in the interim.

To recall some of the specifications, the Redmi 5A, launched last year, runs MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, coupled with 2GB/ 3GB of RAM and 16GB/ 32GB inbuilt storage options. The Redmi 5A bears a 13-megapixel rear sensor with features like f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, and PDAF. On the front is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. There is a 3000mAh battery, with a claimed 8-day battery life, under the hood.

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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Android Pie Beta-Based One UI, Free Themes Come With a 14-Day Usage Limit

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Android Pie Beta-Based One UI, Free Themes Come With a 14-Day Usage Limit

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 ₹ 44,690 and Galaxy S9+ ₹ 51,900 have finally started receiving the latest Android 9.0 Pie beta software update in South Korea and the US. Android Pie beta arrives as part of the latest One UI update, which Samsung announced as a successor to its Samsung Experience UI that would be optimised for one-handed operation. The latest software brings plenty of changes including a design overhaul. Apart from that, reports coming in suggest that Samsung’s One UI will now allow free themes to be applied on your handset for only 14 days after which they will be automatically removed.

Tipster Ice Universe took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal the changelog of the Android 9.0 Pie beta-based One UI update rolling out to Galaxy S9 units in South Korea. This was soon followed by the same update rolling out to customers in the US, as reported by Sammobile. The changelog reveals a file size of about 1.9GB and an update to the latest November 2018 Android security patch.

The beta update is reportedly available for T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in the US. To register, open the Samsung+ app and click on the link with “One UI with Android 9.0 on Galaxy S9/S9+” text mentioned, on the home page. The beta update can then be downloaded by going into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.

One UI brings a lot of new features such as a redesigned interface, redesigned notifications with the ability to reply directly from the notification panel, new Unicode 11.0 emojis, adaptive themes, Device Care and power saving features, new clock styles for the Always On display, improved Bixby search, redesigned Phone app, and more. You will be able to use Samsung DeX with supported HDMI adapters, without the need for a DeX station.

To recall, Samsung had previously confirmed that the stable Android Pie-based One UI update will roll out to the Galaxy S9 lineup sometime in January. The open beta is expected to soon go live in other markets of Europe and Asia as well.

While this update brings a lot of functionality and new features to the Galaxy S9 range, it also has a frustrating time limit for free themes. Android Pie, with One UI on top, restricts the usage of free themes on your Galaxy S9 to just 14 days, reports Sammobile. After this time limit, the theme will forcefully automatically reset to the stock theme.

A notice is reportedly being sent by Samsung to users on the latest update. Samsung clarifies the change by saying that it has “changed the policy in order to help our designers continue to create high quality products and also to provide stable and satisfactory services for you.” Samsung will notify users 10 minutes before the theme reverts to the original one. It is not known yet as to whether the previously applied theme will be rendered unusable or can be used again at a later stage

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro India Launch Set for November 22

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro India Launch Set for November 22

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is now all set to launch in India a week from today, on November 22. Xiaomi has shared launch invites with the media, and while the invite doesn’t clearly mention which phone will be launching on that date, it does say “The New Note Rises” – leaving no doubt as to which series will be launched in the country. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the highly anticipated successor to the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro handset, and was only recently unveiled in Thailand.

In the meanwhile, Xiaomi Global VP and Managing Director Xiaomi India Manu Kumar Jain in a tweet confirmed that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is indeed launching in India on November 22, and has shared a countdown page.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India (expected)

To recall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro was launched in Thailand back in September in only a single variant – 4GB RAM/ 64GB of inbuilt storage. We can expect the company to launch more variants in India. The Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India can be expected to be similar to the Thailand launch price of THB 6,990 (roughly Rs. 15,300). The company on its countdown page has also revealed when the first Redmi Note 6 Pro sale in India will be – 12pm IST (Noon), on November 23.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro runs MIUI on top of Android, and sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD full screen panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 86 percent screen-to-body ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset is powered by a 14nm octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 509 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage. There could be other configurations as well, but they haven’t been revealed yet.

In the camera department, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 1.4-micron pixels, and AI portrait 2.0. On the front, the mid-range smartphone bears another dual camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, coupled with with 4-in-1 super pixel and AI face unlock capabilities. Like before, there is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood that is claimed to last up to 2 days on single full charge.

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