iPhone 7 to Launch in the Week of September 12: Report

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The iPhone 7 Plus may sport the dual camera setup
  • Noted tipster claims early/mid-September launch
  • The iPhone 7 will sport the new A10 processor

Apple traditionally holds its iPhone launch event in September every year, but there is no official announcement on the iPhone 7 event date yet. However, a fresh leak now points at a tentative launch time frame. The iPhone 7 may be launched in the third week of September, specifically in the week of September 12.

This time-frame comes from tipster Evan Blass, who is noted for his accuracy when it comes to leaks. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on September 9, however it came to India a month later. The same pattern is also expected this year.

The iPhone 7 was expected to launch in three variants – iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and a new iPhone 7 Pro version. However, new leaks hint that Apple may just stick to two variants this year. There is also expected to be a new base storage variant – 32GB. The probable storage offerings are going to be shuffled to 32GB, 128GB, and a possible new 256GB variant.

Apple may also introduce a new dual camera setup in its large iPhone 7 Plus variant. There is also going to be the addition of the Smart Connector at the back, again exclusive to the large variant only. To accommodate all this new hardware, the iPhone 7 Plus may get a bump to 3GB RAM.

The variants are expected to sport slightly bigger batteries, and the new Apple A10 processor for faster performance. The Home Button is expected to perform multiple functions, and be Force Touch enabled. Because of the new chip (and if the rumoured death of 3.5mm audio jack is true), the iPhone 7 is also expected to be at least 1mm slimmer than its predecessor.

There’s also a lot of chatter about the 3.5mm audio jack. Conflicting reports on the removal of the audio output make it difficult to really nail a presumptive conclusion on whether it will be included this year or not. There’s also expected to be a new Space Black colour variant with this year’s launch.

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Sony teases Xperia XA Ultra India launch for Monday

Sony Xperia XA Ultra features a 16MP front-facing camera with optical image stabilisation and LED flash

Sony could launch its Xperia XA Ultra smartphone in India on Monday. Sony had launched Xperia X and XA in India on May 30.

Sony Xperia X series smartphones were first showcased at Mobile World Congressin February. Back then, Sony had announced Xperia X, XA and X Performance as the initial lineup. The company had announced dual SIM variants of Xperia X and XA in India.

Sony Xperia X series features edge to edge display and they all come in wide range of colours. Sony Xperia XA Ultra is pitched as a camera-centric device here. The Xperia XA Ultra is the first smartphone to feature to OIS in the front camera.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with a 6-inch display, offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone is 8.4mm thick and weighs 202 grams. The display features a scratch-resistant glass and supports up to 4 finger multi-touch.

Under the hood, Sony Xperia XA Ultra is powered by an octa-core Mediatek Helio P10 processor coupled with Mali-T860MP2 graphics processor. The MediaTek Helio P10 processor used here is clocked at 2.0GHz. The smartphone comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, further expandable up to 256GB.

On the camera front, Sony Xperia XA Ultra gets a 21.5MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Interesting feature of Sony Xperia XA, however, is its 16MP front camera with optical image stabilisation. There is also a front LED flash and the front camera supports 1080p video recording.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra is backed by a non-removable 2,700mAh battery and is likely to be launched in White, Graphite Black and Lime Gold colour options.

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Creo Mark 1 Gets July Fuel OS Update With Focus on Privacy Features

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Creo Mark 1 runs the India-developed Android-based Fuel OS
  • Creo promises a ‘new phone every month’ with OS updates
  • This is the third update Creo has rolled out since April

Creo, the maker of the Mark 1 smartphone, on Wednesday announced the July update to its indigenously-developed Android custom ROM ‘Fuel OS’. To recall, the Creo Mark 1 was launched in April, and the company had promised monthly updates to the OS to add new features.

The third, July update for Fuel OS is “aimed at letting users reclaim privacy on their smartphones.” Nearly 66.7 percent of the Fuel OS community members said that they would use pro-privacy features that allowed them to lock apps and hide photos and videos, the company said in an emailed statement.

The updated Fuel OS provides a deep integrated privacy setting that allows users to lock apps and hide photos and videos in a secret hidden folder.

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Fuel OS users can now use a pattern or a pin code to lock and unlock applications. When a user has to pass on the phone to someone, all they need to do is to simply toggle on the ‘App locking’ mode from the notification shade. This prevents others from accessing any locked app on the user’s phone.

User can now also securely move private images and videos to Hidden Files, in order to remove them from the gallery. The hidden files folder will only be viewable after the lock pin code is entered. The company in its statement reiterated that user suggestions from the Fuel Community are looked at closely for potential integration in Fuel OS.

“The July update to Fuel OS is designed to give users privacy with the toggle of a button,” said Sai Srinivas, CEO and co-founder, Creo, in the statement.

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Lenovo Vibe A1000 launched in Russia: Specifications, features

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Lenovo Vibe A or Vibe A1000 has been launched in Russia and features a 4-inch display, plus 3G connectivity.

Lenovo has launched another budget smartphone in Russia: Lenovo Vibe A or Vibe A1000. The pricing of the budget smartphone has not been revealed, although reports say it is unlikely to launch in India. Lenovo Vibe A1000’s launch comes close on the heels of Vibe C2 in Russia.

Lenovo Vibe A has a 4-inch standard WVGA resolution display, with a 1.3 Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The storage can be expanded via microSD with 32GB as the limit. Lenovo Vibe A is a dual-SIM smartphone, which supports HSPA + technology for connectivity, and has Bluetooth and WiFi support.

It has a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. It comes with Android Lollipop 5.0 version.

Lenovo Vibe A weighs around 132 g and will come in two colour options: white pearl and onyx black. Lenovo is promising 9 hours of talk time and 12 days standby time on the phone, although the battery size is not specified on the Lenovo Russia website.

Lenovo recently launched the Vibe C2 in Russia which has a 5-inch HD resolution display, MediaTek MT6735P processor and 1GB RAM along with 8 or 16GB internal storage.  Lenovo Vibe C2 is a dual SIM device and supports 4G LTE. It sports an 8MP rear shooter and a 5MP front camera and runs Android Marshmallow.

The Vibe C2 is not a replacement for the budget Moto E smartphone, which was launched by the company yesterday at a special event in the UK.

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iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 7 Pro prices leak on Chinese website Weibo

A leak on Chinese social networking website Weibo has revealed the prices of all three variants of the iPhone 7. Read on to find out the speculated prices for the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 7 Pro.

Apple’s upcoming flagships IPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 Pro are slated to launch in September this year. As trends have it, rumours regarding the specs of the Cupertino tech giant’s next smartphone have been doing the round of the web for a while now. This time around, a leak on Chinese social networking website Weibo has revealed the prices of all three variants of the iPhone 7.

As per the post on Weibo, the 32GB variant of the iPhone 7 is expected to be priced at CNY 5288 (Rs. 52,983), while the 64GB variant of the same may cost CNY 6088 (Rs. 60,999), followed by the 256GB version at CNY 7088 (Rs. 71,018). As far as the iPhone 7 Plus is concerned, the 32GB variant may be priced at CNY 6088 (Rs. 60,999), followed by the 128GB and 256GB versions, rumoured to be priced at CNY 6888 (Rs. 69,014), CNY 7888 (Rs. 79,014) respectively.

The third and the highest variant of the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Pro, is expected to be priced at CNY 7088 (Rs. 71,018) for the 32GB base variant, CNY 7888 for the 128GB variant (79,014), CNY 8882 (89,000) for the 256GB variant.

Although these prices seem close to Apple’s flagship pricing every year, when it comes to India, Apple fans can expect at least a 5-10K price difference when compared to pricing in China. Last year, Apple’s iPhone 6s saw lower than estimated initial sales, at the time of launch. The phone reportedly sold lesser number of units when compared to its predecessors iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This was due to the high initial pricing of the devices.

When it comes to the iPhone 7, analysts and leaks suggest that the phone might not include a home button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is also predicted that the iPhone 7 is set to feature a waterproof chassis, along with a design overhaul that will see the antenna stripes being removed from the rear of the device, leaving Apple to lend a first redesign to the iPhone since 2014’s iPhone 6. Other reports suggest that the upcoming Apple IPhone 7 Plus may house a dual-camera imaging system, along with 3GB of RAM to power the additional processing required for the camera setup. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, by now famous for his iPhone predictions, stated at a call to investors that the iPhone 7 Plus would house a dual-camera imaging system with optical zoom capabilities.

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Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace Neo Goes Official

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Galaxy J1 Ace Neo features a 4.3-inch display
  • It is powered by a quad-core processor
  • It supports 4G LTE

Soon after launching the Galaxy J Max and Galaxy J2 (2016), Samsung has now introduced the Galaxy J1 Ace Neo smartphone. The new Galaxy J-series handset is now listedon the company’s South Africa site. Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing or availability details of the Galaxy J1 Ace Neo. The handset is now listed in Black, Blue, and White colours.

Featuring a 4.3-inch Super Amoled display with a screen resolution of 480×800 pixels, the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace Neo smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM and comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The single-SIM device sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera and also comes with 2-megapixel front camera. The Galaxy J1 Ace Neo supports 4G LTE apart from GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ Glonass, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB connectivity options. The handset is backed by a 1900mAh removable battery. It measures 130.1×67.6×9.5mm and weighs 131 grams. Similar to other Galaxy J-series handsets, the Galaxy J1 Ace Neo comes with Ultra Power Saving Mode.

Last week, both the new Galaxy J2 (2016) smartphone and Galaxy J Max tablet were unveiled for the Indian market. The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) was priced was launched at Rs. 9,750 while the Galaxy J Max tablet was launched at Rs. 13,400. One of the biggest highlights of the new Galaxy J2 (2016) is its next-generation LED notification system which Samsung calls Smart Glow.

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Xiaomi Mi Max Variant With 16GB Storage, 2GB RAM Launched

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The price of the 16GB variant is at roughly Rs 12,100
  • The new Mi Max variant is only available in China for now
  • Xiaomi sells the 32GB/ 3GB Mi Ma variant in India

When Xiaomi launched the Mi Max in May, it offered storage options at 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. However, the company has now silently launched the 16GB variant as well. The 16GB storage/2GB RAM bundle variant is being sold by several Chinese vendors at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,100).

Xiaomi has not officially announced the new variant.GizmoChina reports that the Mi Max 16GB variant sold by vendors in China is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. All the other specifications remain the same.

Just to recap, the 32GB variant is powered by the same processor, comes with a 3GB RAM, and is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,000). The 64GB storage / 3GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,000); and the 128GB storage / 4GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,500). The 64GB and 128GB variant are powered by the 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor.

The Mi Max was launched in India last week along with the MIUI 8 global ROM. Currently only the 32GB storage/ 3GB RAM bundle has been made available, but the company has confirmed that the 128GB storage / 4GB RAM will soon be available in the country at Rs. 19,999. The 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 14,999, and at the moment can be purchased only through flash sales on Mi.com. There’s no word yet on when – and if – the 16GB variant will launch in India.

The Xiaomi Mi Max sports an all-metal body, and comes with a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) 342ppi display. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel selfie camera with 85-degree wide-angle view, and a f/2.0 aperture. The hybrid dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs 203 grams.

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‘Space Black’ would be one more reason to buy the Apple iPhone 7

Master of all Apple renders (he recently took a shot at the MacBook) Martin Hajek has pushed out yet another render of the upcoming iPhone 7. The render is a bit updated compared to those of the past and Hajek has added in more recent bits from the rumour mill, kind of completing the package in the beautiful images we see below. While we have seen plenty of leaked chassis photographs (and at times even the whole iPhone 7) Hajek’s new post focuses on one more thing, and that is the new finish expected from Apple this year called ‘Space Black’.

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While you drool away at the renders, one must note that while we do know about Apple’s plans to come up with a few more colour options this year, the Space Black inspiration comes from an Apple Watch. With that in mind, you also need to ponder over how Apple will come up with the finish shown in the renders (before you begin dreaming) as the Space Black Apple Watch is made of steel.

With that out of the way, its time to drool over the details over a smartphone that many may not want to upgrade to when launched in September.

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Browsing through what appears to be life-like photographs of the upcoming iPhones placed alongside the iPhone 6s and another deep blue variant of the iPhone 7, the Darth Vader black (since we may also have “Force” Touch home button) finish on the front of the smartphone does stand out. Moving to the back we have more matte finished stealth black complete with black filler material for the antenna gaps. While the antenna gaps have grown thicker, they look a bit more subdued thanks in part to the black colour (which Apple being Apple will obviously not utilize).

Also visible on the back is the new, bigger camera module which may be a reason for some to upgrade to the iPhone 7. Oh yes, and even Hajek thinks that it will protrude but in a more subtle way compared to the rudimentary approach visible on current iPhones.

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Next is the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack. A new set of EarPods have been beautifully rendered to look very similar to the current earphones, but once again in a dreamy black instead of the standard white and they plug into the lightning port.

Additionally, we also get a glimpse of the new Home Button, one that is expected to pack in Force Touch capabilities and host the new and updated scanning (presumably ultrasonic) technology, that could come from Sonavation (since there’s no Qualcomm in here to battle Sense ID on its Android competition).

Indeed, Martin Hajek has been inspired by the current rumours, and we are expecting a ‘Space Black’ iPhone 7 Pro or iPhone 7 Plus to show up on the artist’s blog as well. The iPhone 7 Plus is expected to pack in a dual camera module. One that may or may not work in a manner similar to Huawei’s P9 smartphone. Additionally, rumours also point to the presence of a smart connector on the back of the device. It isn’t clear what it will be used for, but since, Apple is not too keen about modular devices, this will in all probability be used for a Smart Keyboard Cover similar to its iPad Pro models.

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Vivo X7, X7 Plus With 4GB of RAM, 16-Megapixel Front Camera Launched

  • Both the X7 and X7 Plus are powered by Snapdragon 652 SoC
  • Both come with 64GB inbuilt storage
  • The X7 and X7 Plus sport fingerprint scanner at the front

Chinese manufacturer Vivo has launched its X7 and X7 Plus smartphones in its home country. Priced at CNY 2,498 (approximately Rs. 25,000), the Vivo X7 will go on sale in China starting July 7 while the Vivo X7 Plus will be available starting July 15. The company will be announcing the pricing for the X7 Plus at the time of local release. Both the smartphones will be available in Gold and Rose Gold colours.

The Vivo X7 and Vivo X7 Plus launch comes just few months after the unveiling of the Vivo X6S and Vivo X6S Plus.

The Vivo X7 and X7 Plus come with a lot of identical features such as unibody metal design and 16-megapixel front camera, which is also highlight of both the devices. The front cameras are also accompanied by an LED flash. The handsets also sport a fingerprint scanner, which is embedded into the physical home button, and 4GB of RAM. Under the hood, both the X7 and X7 Plus are powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976) processor clocked at 1.8GHz. and come with 64GB inbuilt storage.

For specifications, the dual-SIM Vivo X7 features a 5.2-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD Super Amoled 2.5D display and run Funtouch OS 2.5.1 which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The X7 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and PDAF (phase detection auto focus).

Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G, and Micro-USB. The company listing confirm that the Vivo X7 is compatible with Indian LTE bands. It measures 147.3×71.8×7.2mm and weighs 151 grams. The handset is backed by a 3000mAh battery with fast charging.

The Vivo X7 Plus, on the other hand, features a 5.7-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD Super AMOLED 2.5D display. The company listing confirms there will a 128GB inbuilt storage model.

The dual-SIM X7 Plus runs Funtouch OS 2.5.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and PDAF. It is backed by a 4000mAh battery which also supports fast charging. The Vivo X7 Plus comes with same connectivity options as the X7. It measures 158.8×77.9×7.4mm and weighs 183 grams.

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ZTE Nubia Z11 With 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 820 SoC Launched

  • The 6GB RAM model is priced roughly at Rs. 35,000
  • The 4GB RAM variant is priced at roughly Rs. 25,000
  • The ZTE Nubia Z11 will be available starting July 6 in China

Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE has unveiled the new Nubia Z11 smartphone. The smartphone will go on sale in China starting July 6 and it comes in two variants. The ZTE Nubia Z11 will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000), with another variant sporting 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage priced at CNY 3,499 (approximately Rs. 35,000).

The ZTE Nubia Z11 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D display and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from scratches. The handset runs Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Both the Nubia Z11 models support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 200GB).

The smartphone comes with hybrid dual-SIM which means it supports one micro-SIM and another either nano-SIM or microSD card. The ZTE Nubia Z11 is powered by a quad-core 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual tone LED flash, phase detection auto focus (PDAF), and optical image stabilisation (OIS) features. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f2.4 aperture.

The smartphone houses a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel. Connectivity options on the handset include Bluetooth, GPS, Glonass, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G, GPS/ A-GPS, 3G, and USB Type-C. The handset is backed by a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0. It measures 151.8×72.3×7.5mm, and weighs 162 grams. Some of the other features that the ZTE Nubia Z11 packs include Dolby Atmos technology and for enhanced audio experience sports SmartPA amplifier.

Much like the ZTE Nubia Z11 Max, the Chinese company has launched a special edition of Nubia Z11 with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo signature at the back. It will be available in Obsidian Gold colour.

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