Nokia 6 Gets Over 1 Million Registrations for August 23 Amazon India Sale

Nokia 6, priced at Rs. 14,999, has received over one million registrations on Amazon.in and customers can buy the smartphone from August 23. Registrations for the first sale began on July 14. The Amazon India launch offers for Nokia 6 include Rs. 1,000 cashback for Amazon Prime users when they purchase the device using Amazon Pay balance. Vodafone users will get 10GB data per month at Rs. 249 per month for 5 months on their Nokia 6. All buyers will also get 80 percent off on Kindle eBooks (up to Rs. 300), and Rs. 2,500 off on Makemytrip.com (Rs. 1,800 on hotels & Rs.700 off on domestic flights).

Nokia 6 Gets Over 1 Million Registrations for August 23 Amazon India SaleNokia 6 specifications

Nokia 6 specifications include a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor. The Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and is powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset packs 32GB inbuilt storage, and supports microSD cards up to 128GB capacity, and houses a 3000mAh battery.

On the camera front, the Nokia 6 sports a 16-megapixel rear sensor, while the front camera’s resolution is 8-megapixel and both come with an f/2.0 aperture. The handset has USB 2.0 port for connectivity, fingerprint sensor in the front, dual stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio enhancement.

In India, HMD Global launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 in June, but only the Nokia 3 is currently available in the market. In a statement, HMD Global has detailed its performance in India, and has confirmed that the Nokia 5 will not be available to buy until mid-August.

Xiaomi to Open Mi Home in Delhi-NCR ‘Very Soon’, Says India Head

Aiming to ramp up its offline presence in the country, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is all set to open its ‘Mi Home’ signature retail store in the Delhi-NCR region, a top company executive has said.

Xiaomi opened two Mi Homes in Bengaluru earlier this year.

“Delhi-NCR will get its ‘Mi Home’ sometime very soon. Perhaps in next few weeks,” Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, told IANS on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi.

“I can not tell you the exact date as of now unless the store is completely set up,” Jain added.

Xiaomi has created the world’s largest grain mosaic art spanning 6,000 square feet at Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi to celebrate the success of record sales of its ‘Redmi Note 4’ device.

“In about six months time (from January 23-July 23 this year), we sold over five million units which is incredible when compared with some of the best-selling phones like Samsung J2. Last year, 3.3 million units of J2 were sold in the first six months,” Jain said.

The mosaic art was measured and certified by Unique Surveyors, a land surveying company.

Nearly 40,000 kg of foodgrain, including pulses and rice, was used to create the mosaic. The grain was later given to the Robin Hood Army NGO which would donate it to nearly five lakh people on Independence Day as part of a Xiaomi initiative.

The Robin Hood Army has pledged to feed one million people across India and Pakistan during this Independence Day and Xiaomi’s mosaic art would be the biggest contributor to this mission.

Xiaomi to Open Mi Home in Delhi-NCR 'Very Soon', Says India HeadActor Boman Irani, Mithali Raj, captain of the women’s cricket team and former cricketer Virender Sehwag also attended the Xiaomi event. A team of eight artists led by art director Taj Naqvi worked on the mosaic installation with the support of 10 students.

Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4 became the best-selling smartphones in the competitive sub-Rs 10,000 segment in the second quarter of 2017, said market research firm Counterpoint Research’s report released last month.

“Xiaomi’s comeback can be attributed to strong demand for its sub-Rs 10K portfolio, making the Redmi Note 4 the top-selling model in the first half of 2017. This is the first time any brand has been able to topple Samsung, which has held the best-seller slot for its models over the last four years,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint Research, in a recent statement.

The brand is aiming to strengthen its base not only in metropolitan cities but also in tier II and III cities and rural areas that have limited reach and less exposure to e-commerce sites.

“We are making a significant progress in rural areas too. We are doing some pilot programmes in tier II and III cities and villages like taluka headquarters. We are working with retailers there in a very different and innovative way,” Jain said.

Oppo F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition Launched in India: Price, Specifications

After launching the Rose Gold and Black Limited Editions, Oppo has now unveiled another special edition of its F3 smartphone. The company on Friday unveiled the Oppo F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition in India. Priced at Rs. 19,990, the Oppo F3 Deepika Limited Edition will go on sale starting August 21 via Flipkart and all offline stores across India.

The company will also be offering consumers a special photo frame gift package with the purchase of the new limited edition. The Limited Edition will be available in Rose Gold, and sports Deepika’s laser signature engraves on the back. The company has also announced a social media campaign for the new Limited Edition phone.

Oppo F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition Launched in India: Price, SpecificationsTo recall, Oppo F3 features a front-facing dual camera setup, the biggest highlight of the smartphone. There’s one 16-megapixel 1.3-inch sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and another double view wide-angle camera that has an 8-megapixel sensor. While the former sports a 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, the latter sports a 120-degree wide-angle lens that allows for 105-degree field-of-view group selfies. The Oppo F3 comes with various camera features, including the Beautify 4.0 app, Selfie Panorama, Screen Flash, and Palm Shutter.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Oppo F3 runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) In-Cell TFT 2.5D curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 401ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750T6 octa-core SoC coupled with Mali-T860 GPU and 4GB of RAM.

LG V30 Schematics Leak, Tip Narrow Bezel Display and Dual Camera Setup

LG is expected to launch its upcoming V30 flagship smartphone on August 31 and while the smartphone has been among leaks for quite some time, we might now have a better idea about its design. The schematics of the LG V30 have been leaked and suggest that the smartphone will share some of its aesthetic elements with its predecessor LG V20.

The LG V30 outline, shared by popular tipster @OnLeaks on Twitter, shows that the smartphone will have a dual camera setup at the back and the fingerprint scanner beneath the sensors. Interestingly, this new image suggests a design quite similar to the one seen in alleged render video of the LG V30, which was leaked last month.

The leaked outline image of the LG V30 also matches a recent leak of the alleged back cover of the smartphone, which also shows cutouts for a centre-aligned dual camera setup and fingerprint sensor.

There are not many leaked specifications regarding the upcoming LG V30 smartphone but if we go by the leaked image, it is currently unclear if the company will retain the second screen, which has become unanimous with V series, or drop the feature on its upcoming smartphone.

Notably, LG V30 has been tipped to come with an f/1.6 aperture, which is usually not seen even in the highest-end smartphones, as per a report by Slash Gear. The bigger aperture essentially allows the smartphone camera to capture more light while clicking images and therefore allows users to take better pictures even in conditions of low light.

LG V30 Schematics Leak, Tip Narrow Bezel Display and Dual Camera SetupFaryaab Sheikh, former Editor-in-Chief at Sammobile, has earlier suggested that LG will be bringing V30 to Europe. Apart from this, there have been several reports that have suggested that LG V30 will feature an OLED display, like seen on Samsung smartphones, instead of the LCD display generally used on LG flagships.

As per previous leaks, the display of the LG V30 might be around 6-inches and the handset is expected to measure 151.4×75.2×7.4mm. The smartphone has been tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and house a 3200mAh battery. It is expected to come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

In audio department, LG V30 has been rumoured to come with ESS’ new Quad DAC. Lastly, the LG V30 has been said to be offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage capacities.

Notably, latest leaks have also dismissed the possible inclusion of a secondary slide-out display that was previously seen in earlier mockups of the handset.

OnePlus 5’s New Colour Variant Teased, Mint Gold Expected

OnePlus 5 has been declared as the most successful OnePlus launch till date by the company and it seems like potential buyers are soon about to get a new option to choose from, apart from the rather similar two options currently. Of course, the OnePlus 5’s colour variants also signify the RAM/ storage variants. the Slate Gray offering features 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the Midnight Black variant offers 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, priced at Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 respectively. Now, OnePlus has posted a teaser image to suggest that a new colour variant for the handset is coming soon.

In the teaser image, posted by company’s original Weibo account, OnePlus has shown the two existing colour variants of OnePlus 5 and a transparent version of the smartphone. In its teaser, the company has said, “Who Is Coming?” to indicate the launch of a new entry in the smartphone series.

OnePlus 5's New Colour Variant Teased, Mint Gold ExpectedNotably, OnePlus India has also posted a similar image with a caption “5omething new coming up! Can you guess what it is?” Considering that India is one of the main target markets for OnePlus, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the new colour variant makes its way to India soon after launch.

TheAndroidSoul has pointed out that the TENAA listing of the OnePlus 5 had previously indicated the presence of a Mint Gold variant of the smartphone, which was not launched alongside the other colour variants last month.

OnePlus recently started rolling out OxygenOS 4.5.7 update for the OnePlus 5, which adds electronic image stabilisation (EIS) for 4K video recording, amongst other new features, optimisations, and bug fixes.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Goes on Sale in India Today, via Amazon, Flipkart, Tata Cliq, Paytm Mall, Mi.com

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Review) is up for sale in India on Thursday, via Amazon, Flipkart, Tata Cliq, Paytm Mall, and Mi.com. The sale began at 10am IST, and the smartphone is only available in its Black colour variant, with a 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage configuration. To recall, the smartphone was launchedin India in July, and apart from weekly online sales, is also available to buy from a range of offline stores across the country. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 price in India is Rs. 16,999, and buyers can enjoy up to 100GB additional Reliance Jio 4G data with the purchase. Users will get up to 10GB additional data on every recharge of Rs. 309 or above, limited to 10 recharges up to May 31, 2018.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specifications

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Mi Max 2 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat (with features like Split Screen added), and it sports a 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with a pixel density of 342ppi, a brightness rated at 450 nits, a 72 percent NTSC colour gamut, 2.5G curved glass, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The company also touts its sunlight legibility. The smartphone is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Goes on Sale in India Today, via Amazon, Flipkart, Tata Cliq, Paytm Mall, Mi.comXiaomi Mi Max 2 camera configuration comprises a 12-megapixel rear.camera with a Sony IMX386 sensor (with 1.25-micron pixels), PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and dual-LED flash. On the front, the Mi Max 2 bears a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and real-time beautification options.

In terms of storage, Xiaomi has launched the 64GB inbuilt storage variant in India, and the storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). As for connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 supports 4G VoLTE, as well as dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C, Bluetooth v4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS. The smartphone features an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, infrared sensor, fingerprint sensor, and proximity sensor.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 weighs 211 grams, and measures 174.1×88.7×7.6mm. It runs on a 5300mAh battery that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (0 to 68 percent charge in 1 hour), and is rated to deliver up to 57 hours of talk time, 18 hours of video playback time, and 31 days of standby time.

Xiaomi Mi 6c Renders, Specifications, and Price Leak Hints at Imminent Launch

Xiaomi Mi 6’s toned-down version – Xiaomi Mi 6c – has been spotted earlier, but this time around renders and specification details have surfaced, laying more weight at its imminent launch. Xiaomi Mi 6c price, storage variants, specifications, and design details have been leaked in China, hinting that the launch is near.

The renders and details were spotted on Chinese social site Baidu. The renders show a sleek Xiaomi Mi 6c with the same chamfered edges at the back that are exist on the Mi 6 as well. However, there is no dual camera setup at the back, and only one main sensor is situated at the top left along with the flash module. However, the leak seems to suggest that the black window next to the flash is a secondary camera with a 5-megapixel sensor. The placement of the sensor, so close to the flash, makes us wonder about the legitimacy of these renders.

In any case, the home button is retained, and this is where the fingerprint sensor will be housed presumably. The dual speaker grilles and the USB Type-C port are situated at the bottom edge of the device, while the render sports a White colour variant of the Mi 6c.

Xiaomi Mi 6c Renders, Specifications, and Price Leak Hints at Imminent LaunchThe leak also suggests that the Mi 6c will be launched in two variants – the 4GB RAM/64GB storage model is tipped to be priced at CNY 2,000 (roughly Rs. 18,900), and the 6GB RAM/128GB storage model is expected to be priced at CNY 2,500 (roughly Rs. 23,600).

Bezels on all sides have been trimmed, with 2.5mm-wide side bezels and 10mm top bezels. The front display is protected by 2.5D glass, and the Xiaomi Mi 6c is 0.2mm thicker than the Mi 6. Just like the Xiaomi Mi 6, the Mi 6c is also tipped to not have a 3.5mm audio jack. Camera wise, the Xiaomi Mi 6c is expected to support optical image stabilisation and use a Sony IMX386 sensor.

Previous leaks suggest that the Xiaomi Mi 6C may be powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor based on a 14nm FinFET process and provides 4K video capture and playback capabilities, and Vulkan API support. It will run on Android 7.1 Nougat, have a 5.1-inch full-HD display, 6GB RAM, and 64GB of storage. The rear camera is expected to be at 12-megapixel, while the front is tipped to be at 4-megapixel.

Karbonn Aura Note Play With 6-Inch Display, 4G VoLTE Support Launched: Price, Specifications

Karbonn Mobiles on Thursday launched its Aura Note Play smartphone with 3300mAh battery in India at Rs. 7,590. The smartphone is already available for purchase in India and can be bought through offline retail stores in the country. Notably, the affordable smartphone comes with support for 4G VoLTE.

Coming directly to the specifications, the Karbonn Aura Note Play runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a massive 6-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor that’s tagged with LED flash, apart from a 5-megapixel camera at the front for taking selfies.

Karbonn Aura Note Play With 6-Inch Display, 4G VoLTE Support Launched: Price, SpecificationsThe Karbonn Aura Note Play comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). As mentioned earlier, the smartphone houses a massive 3300mAh battery. The connectivity options offered by the Karbonn Aura Note Play include 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, OTG, and Micro-USB. It measures 161.3×84.9×8.6mm and weighs 214 grams.

Commenting on the launch, Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles said, “We, at Karbonn, are committed to innovation and bringing the best technology to our consumers. With the launch of Aura Note Play, we dwell deeper into providing value added services that are relevant to our customers which also creates a differentiating factor for our device in its segment. We are extremely delighted to announce the launch and will continue to strive and bring in such technological innovations for consumers in future as well.”

Google Pixel 2 rumor roundup: Camera, waterproofing, chipset, and more

While Google’s Pixels might still have that new phone smell, there are already signs that Google is hard at work on the follow-up to its first officially branded Android phone. Google made a huge and somewhat surprising splash with the launch of the Pixel last fall, and all eyes will be on whether the next version of its handset can start to chip away at Samsung’s dominance.google pixel in hand

The details are extremely sparse so far, with the only real juicy tidbits coming out of a report from 9to5Google and a few tweets. However, stay glued to this article, as we’ll keep updating it with the latest solid information.

Google’s first crack at a premium handset checked off a lot of boxes, but one of the major ones it missed was waterproofing. Already a feature in premium handsets like the Galaxy S7, it was surprising that Google opted to skip it, but it appears it is working to rectify that in its next handset. As 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall explains, the feature is “on the table” for the Pixel 2, although sources had previously informed him that it was a priority for the next release.

The Pixel already has one of the best cameras in an Android phone, but that’s not stopping Google from making it even better. Like the iPhone, 9to5Google reports that Google won’t be focusing on megapixels with the Pixel 2, but rather will “compensate in extra features.” It’s unclear exactly what that means, but Hall says the camera will be a “major focus” in the development of the Pixel 2 as Google looks to retain its position atop the smartphone camera rankings.

It’s pretty much a no-brainer that the Pixel will launch with whatever the latest version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor will be, and 9to5Google reports that Google is indeed testing the Pixel with the new 835 chipset. But it’s also exploring other options. According to Hall’s sources, Google is also trying out Intel chips, though it’s not clear whether that refers to modems or full processors. If Google does opt to use an Intel SoC for its new Pixels, it would be quite a coup for Intel, which has struggled to make much headway in the smartphone world.

When the Pixel launched, it commanded a price commensurate with its premium features, and it doesn’t look the Pixel 2 is going to be any different. In fact, in might cost more. 9to5Google reports that Google’s next handset will be “at least” $50 higher than this year’s model, meaning it could start at $699 for the 5-inch model and top $800 for the Pixel XL.

However, there may be some relief for users who don’t want to spend quite so much on a phone. 9to5Google reports that Google is also testing a “Pixel 2B” handset, which would serve as a budget version of the flagship phone. As Hall writes, the phone would bring less-powerful specs along with its cheaper price, with a goal of bringing the “Google experience and the Google phone to emerging markets.” It was recently reported that Google was eyeing a U.S. launch for its Android One program, so a budget Pixel would certainly fit with those plans.

This story, “Google Pixel 2 rumor roundup: Camera, waterproofing, chipset, and more” was originally published by Greenbot.

Fragmentation nixed a Cisco-Android network partnership

Cisco Systems tried to give Android devices the same kinds of integration it later provided for iPhones and iPads but gave up because the Android ecosystem was too fragmented.Android statues

A Cisco-Apple partnership announced in 2015 gives iOS devices capabilities that other wireless clients don’t have on Cisco-based enterprise networks. Among other things, enterprises can designate work-related applications like videoconferencing for priority on the wireless link between iOS devices and a Wi-Fi access point.

The partnership will also make it a little easier for Apple fans to work with the Spark Board all-in-one meeting device that Cisco announced on Tuesday.

Android doesn’t have those advantages. It’s not that Android devices don’t work at all with Cisco networks or the Spark Board: Most Spark Board interactions are possible on Android through things like public APIs. But things might have gone a different way.

“We started with Android,” said Rowan Trollope, Cisco’s senior vice president of IoT and applications, in a press briefing after Tuesday’s launch.

When Trollope and Cisco collaboration guru Jonathan Rosenberg went to Google to propose ways to help Android devices work better on Cisco networks, the company was enthusiastic, he said. But because so many players, including carriers and phone manufacturers, can craft their own variations on Android, Google couldn’t hash out integrations with Cisco on its own, Trollope said.

“We like your ideas,” he recalled Google saying. “Go talk to Samsung and HTC and, oh yes, you have to go to Verizon, too.”

Some Android users decry the modifications that device companies and carriers make to Google’s open-source OS, which they say can hobble important features. In addition, vendors and service providers usually upgrade users’ phones to the next release of Android only after long delays, or don’t offer upgrades at all. Apple fully controls iOS and offers new releases to all users at the same time, though older devices can’t necessarily run the latest version.

Cisco did approach Samsung, the biggest manufacturer of Android products, but that still left a lot more vendors to deal with. “One by one by one,” Trollope said. “We don’t have the resources to do that.”

Mobile operators might not even want to give their versions of Android all the capabilities that Apple developed with Cisco, he added. For example, the Cisco-Apple integration helps enterprises shift voice calls from the carrier network to a wireless LAN without losing things like call logging for compliance.

“It’s not necessarily in the operator’s best interest,” Trollope said. “Apple can do it, and Apple did do it.”

Google did not respond to a request for comment. A Samsung representative declined to comment.