Moto G5 Plus Blue Sapphire Colour Variant Also Spotted

Lenovo brand Moto’s newest offerings, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, were launched at MWC 2017 last month. The Moto G5 Plus went on sale in India last week and it is now being reported that pre-orders for the smartphone have opened up in the UK. It also looks like the larger model will be offered in a Sapphire Blue variant, after press renders of the Moto G5 were leaked on Wednesday.

Moto G5 Plus Blue Sapphire Colour Variant Also Spotted

On Wednesday, some press renders of the Moto G5 in a new Blue Sapphire colour were leaked online by tipster Roland Quandt. The same source, later tweeted a press render of the Moto G5 Plus in Sapphire Blue, confirming that the colour option will be available for both the devices. It is yet to be announced when the new colour will be made available. So far, both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were available in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colour variants with the Sapphire Blue being announced exclusively for three carriers.

Coming back to the Moto G5 Plus, the smartphone has been listed for pre-order on UK-based Carphone Warehouse. The site lists only a 32GB storage option for the handset, and there’s no mention on when the 64GB variant will be available. The Moto G5 Plus will be available in Fine Gold and Lunar Grey colour options with the Sapphire Blue variant not being listed as of now.

The Moto G5 Plus was launched in India starting at Rs. 14,999. The smartphone sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC and is coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM in India. The handset is offered in 16GB or 32GB of internal storage in the country, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Optics for the Moto G5 Plus include a 12-megapixel rear camera, complete with dual autofocus pixels, 4K video recording, an f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a wide-angle lens. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, Bluetooth v4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. The Moto G5 Plus is fitted with a 3000mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower charging. It measures 150.2x74x9.7mm and weighs 155 gram.

Moto G5 Plus India Launch Set for March 15

Lenovo has started sending media invites for an event in India on March 15, where the company is set to unveil the Moto G5 Plus. The invite shared by the company confirms that the Moto G5 Plus will be unveiled at the event though there is no mention whether the Moto G5 will be also announced at the same event.

Moto G5 Plus India Launch Set for March 15

To recall, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were unveiled at the company’s Sunday launch event in Barcelona at the side-lines of MWC 2017 trade show. The new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have received a much needed design refresh, with a metal chassis and a circular camera frame at the back. Specifications also see a bump in many departments, while the price stays in the affordable range.

For pricing, the Moto G5 starts at EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 14,000) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant while the Moto G5 Plus has been priced at $229 (roughly Rs. 15,300) for the 2GB of RAM with 32GB storage model, and EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 19,700) for the 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage variant. The price of the 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage variant of the Moto G5 Plus has not been announced as of now.

Both the smartphones feature fingerprint scanners at the front underneath the Home Button. The highlight of the devices however are they integrate Google Assistant, a feature first exclusive only to the Pixel devices.

Both the smartphones come with Motorola exclusive features such as Moto Display, Actions, twist gesture, and a One Button Nav mode that lets users navigate the interface with swipes on the fingerprint scanner, which would be useful as a one-handed mode on the larger G5 Plus. Also, the duo runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

For specifications, the Moto G5 features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor; 2GB or 3GB of RAM; 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage; option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB); 2800mAh removable battery with support for fast charging. As for optics, the Moto G5 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera for selfies. Coming to the Moto G5 Plus, it features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; powered by the 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor; 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB RAM models depending on the region; either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage; with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual autofocus, 4K video recording, f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The Moto G5 Plus packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower charging that claims to give you six hours’ worth of battery life in just 15 minutes.

ZTE Blade V8 Mini, Blade V8 Lite Launched at MWC 2017: Release Date, Specifications, and More

Joining the bandwagon, ZTE has also launched two mid-range devices at MWC 2017. The ZTE Blade V8 Lite and ZTE Blade V8 Mini have been announced in Barcelona, with the former coming at an affordable price, while the latter’s big highlight is the dual camera setup at the back. The pricing of both the smartphones will be region-specific, and will be announced at a later date.

ZTE Blade V8 Mini, Blade V8 Lite Launched at MWC 2017: Release Date, Specifications, and More

Starting with the ZTE Blade V8 Mini, it is pegged to be the ‘perfect smartphone for photography lovers’. The device comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with Adreno 505 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage, which is further expandable via microSD slot (up to 256GB).

As for the camera, the ZTE Blade V8 Mini sports a 13-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel second sensor for depth sensing. It brings bokeh feature support, post capture focusing, automatic HDR, and even a 3D shooting mode that allows for creating 3D images as well. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera for selfies with LED flash support. The smartphone packs a 2800mAh battery, has a fingerprint sensor at the back, and measures 143.5x70x8.9mm. The ZTE Blade V8 Mini will first launch in European and Asian markets sometime in Spring.

As mentioned, the ZTE Blade V8 Lite is a more affordable variant with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a MediaTek 6750 octa-core processor. It packs a 2GB RAM, 16B of internal storage with a microSD card slot for further expansion.

As for optics, the ZTE Blade V8 Lite sports an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED Flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. It packs a 2500mAh battery, measures at 143x71x8mm, and has a fingerprint sensor at the back. It will be made available in Italy, Germany and Spain first, and in Asia Pacific and European markets later on. Both the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, along with ZTE’s Mifavor 4.2.

BlackBerry DTEK60 With 5.5-Inch Display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Launched

BlackBerry DTEK60 With 5.5-Inch Display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Launched

BlackBerry Ltd launched its third Android-based phone on Tuesday, opting to price the device cheaper than competing products like Apple’s iPhone 7 and Android-maker Alphabet Inc’s Pixel.

The Canadian smartphone pioneer, which has lost most of the market to Apple and others, last month said it planned to outsource the development of its smartphones to focus on its more profitable business of software and managing mobile devices.

That means the Android-based DTEK60 will be the last phone for which BlackBerry buys components itself, which carries a heavier risk if it does not sell well.

“This one is our phone,” BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said in an interview. “This is fully our responsibility.”

The device, which has a 5.5 inch touchscreen, will be priced at $499. Apple’s iPhone 7 with the same screen size starts at $769, while the equivalent version of Google’s Pixel starts at $649.”If you look at feature by feature by feature, and you’re looking at dimensions and weight and the display and the memory and the camera, the battery, it is a very strong comp to both those devices,” Beard said.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry does not have any distribution deals with telecom companies that typically offer devices along with connections to their communications networks.

Instead, it is pitching the phone directly to companies, governments and other large organizations, as well as selling it on its own websites in the United States, Canada, and several major European countries.

“It’s not necessarily an anti-carrier strategy,” Beard said. “It’s more that we see this as the most efficient and most cost-effective way to get to that customer base.”

The DTEK60 is based on a reference design from manufacturer TCL Corp, a Chinese electronics company that makes phones as well as televisions, air conditioners and other household appliances.

BlackBerry launched its first Android device, the high-end Priv, in November last year and followed it with the much cheaper DTEK50 in July.

The company last month wrote down $137 million of inventory and supply commitments in the six

BlackBerry DTEK60

BlackBerry DTEK60

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.6 GHz quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

21-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Videocon Ultra50 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Features

Videocon Ultra50 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Features

  • The Videocon Ultra50 is priced at Rs. 8,990
  • It sports a fingerprint sensor underneath the Home Button
  • It comes with a 5-megapixel selfie camera LED flash

After the Cube 3 launch last month, Videocon has launched the Ultra50 smartphone in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 8,990, and will be available on offline and online platforms from the first week of November. It has been launched in Space Grey and Gold colour options.

The big highlights of the Videocon Ultra50 are its 5-megapixel selfie camera LED flash, VoLTE support, fingerprint sensor, and its dual-SIM capabilities. The smartphone has a pre-installed emergency response app called ‘SOS-BE Safe’ that utilizes power button of the smartphone as the panic button to send an alert to the numbers added in the emergency list at the time of crisis.

It also has the dual WhatsApp feature that allows users to use two different WhatsApp accounts simultaneously. The Videocon Ultra50 also supports gestures to perform various functions. For instance, drawing ‘O’ will start the flash light, ‘M’ will start playing music, and ‘C’ will launch the camera.

To detail all the specifications, the Videocon Ultra50 features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD IPS display with Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).The dual-SIM device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and packs a 3000mAh battery. The company claims that the battery can last up to 8 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time. Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, and dual-LED flash. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash as well for low light selfies. The Videocon Ultra50 measures at 148.1×72.8×11.27mm, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and FM radio.

The fingerprint scanner is integrated at the front underneath the Home Button. Apart from the emergency app, EROS Now, Gameloft Games, Opera Mini, SwiftKey, Office suite, ChillX, PayPlutus, SBI Buddy, Daily Hunt, and ChillX are also pre-installed on the smartphone.

Videocon Ultra50

Videocon Ultra50

  • KEY SPECS
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Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3 GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1080 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

New OnePlus 3 Variant With Snapdragon 821 May Launch Soon

OnePlus 3 Production Reportedly Halted to Make Way for New Snapdragon 821-Based Variant
New OnePlus 3 variant may feature Snapdragon 821 SoC
It may come with LCD panels instead of Amoled panels
The OnePlus 3 was launched in India at Rs. 27,999
OnePlus may soon halt production of its OnePlus 3 smartphone to make way for a new variant, as per industry sources, and it may be called the OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus. The Chinese company is said to be working on a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 which will come with the upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor. The existing OnePlus 3 models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

Another major change expected on the alleged new OnePlus 3 variant is in terms of the display. The new variants may sport LCD panels instead of Amoled panels, according to industry sources cited by GizmoChina. One of the reasons to opt for LCD panel is said to be the shortage of Amoled panels. The report speculates that the new variant may be called OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus.
Notably, the official Twitter handle of OnePlus India is teasing a possible launch. The tweet shared by OnePlus India read, “What do you think OnePlus is up to? All shall be revealed soon” with some of the options included for Twitter users to choose from including new smartphone colour variant, new product unveiling, new shopping experience, or new software experience. We expect that OnePlus may be gearing for all the above listed options and may showcase a new smartphone with a new colour option, updated software and new purchasing options. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the company is planning to launch a new variant of its highly appreciated OnePlus 3 smartphone. But we may soon hear more about the plans soon.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently dropped a hint that Android 7.0 Nougat update may soon start rolling out to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. To refresh, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India back in June at a price of Rs. 27,999.

Samsung Engineers Unable to Isolate the Reason for Galaxy Note 7 Explosions

Samsung Engineers Unable to Isolate the Reason for Galaxy Note 7 Explosions: Report
Samsung has halted production indefinitely
Galaxy Note 7 controversy to cause losses in billions
Engineers unable to find flaw in the handset
In a move that could cost the company billions, not to mention the priceless goodwill of the market, Samsung has completely halted production of the Galaxy Note 7. After the ‘safe units’ started to catch fire, the South Korean electronics giant was forced to shut down its manufacturing engine off for pure safety reasons. Now, a fresh report states that Samsung’s move is mostly because it has no clue on what is causing the fire, and its team of hundreds of engineers are stumped. The main cause of halt in production and uncertainty of future moves is because the Samsung team is unable to isolate the cause of these explosions.

 

The New York Times cites an anonymous internal source from the company, and claims that after the safe units started catching fire, Samsung’s entire engineering team went back to work to find a solution, but hasn’t found one even after conducting many tests for over a week.

 

Early in August, Samsung had touted the Galaxy Note 7 to be the best Note device so far, and had even broken tradition to launch it a bit early to fend off competition from Apple. However, the move backfired terribly, and reports of many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units exploding while on charge started coming in. Samsung had to then stop sales temporarily to assess the issue. Soon after, the company reportedly blamed an in-house SDI battery fault to be the cause of the problem, and restarted production and sales by sticking to one of its third-party battery providers. It even started to recall old handsets as a safety measure, and replaced them with new ‘safe units’.

However, safe units also started catching fire, and because Samsung was unable to find a solution, it just decided to halt production and global sales. It gave up trying to stay afloat without a life jacket, and just surrendered in silence.

 

Whether Samsung should bring back the Note 7 or kill it altogether for safety reasons is another debate altogether, but these series of events and the damage it has done to the brand’s reputation will take some time to recover. Furthermore, because of this fault, Samsung’s other product lines like refrigerators and washing machines are also now in the scanner.

 

The Galaxy Note 7 has managed to cause a scare on planes, set a jeep on fire, and incurred damages of $1,400 to a hotel. While investigators take their time to find the new flaw, we just hope that casualties remain to a minimum, and that Samsung does everything in its power to remove these hazardous units off the market.

Samsung Expects Q3 Profit Jump as Chip Surge Eases Galaxy Note 7 Recall Blues

Samsung Expects Q3 Profit Jump as Chip Surge Eases Galaxy Note 7 Recall BluesSouth Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co expects third-quarter profit grew 5.6 percent, beating estimates, as a pickup in chip and display earnings likely offset the impact of a global smartphone recall that has roiled the tech giant.

The world’s biggest smartphone maker said in a brief filing on Friday its operating profit for July-September was likely KRW 7.8 trillion ($7 billion), compared with the KRW 7.4 trillion tipped by a Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate of analysts’ forecasts. A year earlier operating profit was KRW 7.4 trillion.

The firm won’t issue full results until late October and gave no details on the cost of recalling about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones after batteries caught fire. Analysts have said the Galaxy Note 7 woes – rumbling on with Wednesday reports of a smoking battery in a replacement device – could have undercut mobile earnings by at least KRW 1 trillion (roughly Rs. 5,986 crores).

 

Revenue for the quarter likely fell 5.2 percent to KRW 49 trillion (roughly Rs. 2,93,352 crores), the South Korean firm said, less than the Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate of KRW 51.1 trillion.

“Obviously the Galaxy Note 7 recall costs were reflected but (business) segments such as memory and Oled (organic light-emitting diode) displays did well and will probably continue to do so until at least next year,” said IBK Asset Management fund manager Kim Hyun-su.

Samsung’s semiconductor business – the world’s top memory chip maker – is thriving as Apple and peers boost the global market, seeking chips for new iPhones and other products launched ahead of the peak year-end sales season. Germany’s Dialog Semiconductor Plc, an iPhone chip supplier, said on Thursday its revenue beat expectations.

Galaxy Note 7 Chip Boost?
Ironically, the Galaxy Note 7 problems could also boost Samsung’s chip business. Industry executives say the sudden need for chips in 2.5 million replacement phones is exacerbating already tight memory market conditions, which could push prices higher.

Paul Romano, chief operating officer at US-based electronic component distributor Fusion Worldwide, said the firm’s clients, which include Samsung, are currently having a harder time procuring memory chips. Some smartphone makers are also trying to secure more of the chips as they see an opportunity capitalise on Samsung’s mis-steps and boost handset sales, Romano said.

“Sometimes this creates a seize mentality – everyone tries to manage the risk,” said Romano. “Often the response is to procure new product, trying to grab what’s left of a shrinking pile of supply.”

 

Researcher TrendForce says contract prices for DRAM chips – used in temporary data usage – will rise by more than 10 percent in October-December. Demand is outpacing supply in the market for NAND chips used for long-term data storage during the third quarter, the researcher added, tipping prices to continue rising.

Samsung shares were up 0.5 percent at KRW 1.7 million at 0220 GMT (7:50am IST), compared with 0.3 percent fall for the broader market.

The stock touched a record high of KRW 1.716 million on Thursday after Samsung said it was “carefully reviewing” the proposals by activist investor Elliott Management for a radical corporate makeover that would split Samsung Electronics into a holding vehicle for ownership purposes and a separate operating company.

Samsung didn’t comment on Friday on how it plans to respond to the Elliott proposals.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

iBall Andi Wink 4G With VoLTE Support, 5-Megapixel Camera Launched

iBall Andi Wink 4G With VoLTE Support, 5-Megapixel Camera Launched at Rs. 5,999iBall on Friday launched its budget-friendly 4G smartphone – iBall Andi Wink 4G – to its Andi smartphones portfolio. The major highlight of the iBall smartphone is the VoLTE feature at a budgeted price of just Rs. 5,999. The smartphone comes in a Grey colour and is available in India starting Friday.

The dual-SIM supporting iBall Andi Wink 4G runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and is powered by a quad-core processor (chipmaker unspecified) coupled with 2GB of RAM. It packs a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixel) display that the company claims to give ‘soothing graphics and tender transitions effortlessly’.

The iBall Andi Wink 4G bears a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras have flash modules for low-light photography and video capturing. The company claims that the front camera along with the flash module is especially designed for ‘video chatting’.
The Andi Wink 4G sports a 2300mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to a day of battery life, claimed the company. The smartphone is VoLTE-enabled, allowing users to make voice calls over a 4G network – especially relevant in the wake of the recent launch of Reliance Jio 4G services.

The smartphone has 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Other connectivity options in the iBall Andi Wink 4G include GPRS/EDGE, GPS, A-GPS, FM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB On-The-Go. The smartphone also comes with call-recording feature. Bundled with a free protective cover, the iBall Andi Wink 4G will enter the market to compete with smartphones like Intex Cloud 4G Smart in the budget segment.

iBall Andi Wink 4G iBall Andi Wink 4G
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.00-inch
Processor
quad-core
Front Camera
2-megapixel
Resolution
854×480 pixels
RAM
2GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
16GB
Rear Camera
5-megapixel
Battery capacity
2300mAh

Several iPhone 7 Users Facing Issues Pairing Android Wear Smartwatches

Several iPhone 7 Users Complain About Pairing Issues With Android Wear SmartwatchesMultiple iPhone 7 users are complaining that their Android Wear smartwatches are not pairing with their smartphones. Google has acknowledged the issue and has confirmed that the “Android Wear team is actively working to fix” it. Several iPhone 7 users took to Google’s product forum page to post their frustration about the issue.

The pairing issue primarily affects Tag Heuer, Moto 360 Gen 2, Asus ZenWatch, Fossil, and Mk watch users who are unable to pair their iPhone 7.

Google employee Ernest has acknowledged the issue on a product forum page, saying, “It has come to our attention that there is a serious pairing issue that affects Tag Heuer, Moto 360 v2, Asus Zenwatch, Fossil and MK Android Wear watches which are unable to pair with the new iPhone 7. We would need more information from you, so please “Send us feedback” through the Android Wear app: Gear icon> Feedback > Send Feedback,” said Ernest. He also added that Google has reported the issue to Apple.
One of the users wrote on the Google product forum post, “I’ve got a Tag Heuer connected that was working fine with my iPhone 6 even after I upgraded to iOS 10, but then since I unpaired to connect to my new iPhone 7. I haven’t been able to pass the pairing screen. I’ve tried with both phones, even tried to after downgrading the iPhone 6 to 9.3. I’ve also tried to a factory reset through the ‘Android dead robot’ as advised by Tag, but didn’t help, none of the phones get the code from the watch. Thanks!”

Another user reported, “Can’t get my Moto360 Gen 2 to pair with my iPhone7 (iPhone 6 and 6s with iOS10 was no problem). My iPhone7 sees my Moto360 in the Android Wear App and in the Bluetooth list when trying to pair but I never get the “accept message” on my Wear App when trying to pair so the pairing keeps failing.”