HMD Global launched its trio of Nokia Android smartphones earlier this year,. Today,, the Nokia 5 is available for pre-booking in various cities such as Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Calicut. The Nokia 5 costs Rs. 12,899 and will be available exclusively through offline retail. The Nokia 3 went on sale late last month, leaving only the Nokia 6, which is all set for its July 16 release, which will be available exclusively through Amazon India.
The Nokia 5 has a fingerprint scanner mounted on the home button and a 5.2-inch HD display (720×1280 pixels). Nokia 5 has a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a flashlight and an 8-megapixel sensor on the front. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 2 GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).
Samsung Galaxy On Max launched as Flipkart exclusive Samsung has launched a new mainstream smartphone, the Galaxy On Max, priced at Rs. 16,900 and will be exclusive to Flipkart. Some of the highlights include the presence of 4 GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch full-HD display, front-facing flash, wide-aperture cameras, and support for Samsung Pay Mini. It is powered by a MediaTek MTK P25 SoC, 4 GB of RAM and features a 13-megapixel rear camera. The Samsung Galaxy On Max does not yet have an exact release date and is listed on Flipkart as ‘coming soon’‘.
OnePlus five camera gets a DxO score of 87. The camera setup on the OnePlus 5 (Review) is its defining feature, but when we tested it in our camera comparison, it wasn’t quite able to stand up to other flagships like the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8+. Our findings are now supported by the popular photography benchmark, including the results from DxOMark, which awarded the OnePlus 5 a score of 87. This puts it behind the Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, and even the recent HTC U11. We think it’s back to the drawing board for OnePlus.
Nubia M2 with dual cameras launched in IndiaDual rear cameras are a new trend in the smartphone space as Nubia has just launched a new model, the Nubia M2, in India for Rs. 22,999. The Nubia M2 features two 13-megapixel Sony CMOS sensors, a 5.5-inch full-HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. This phone is available exclusively through Amazon India and will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime members during the Prime Day Sale starting July 10.
Vivo X9s, Vivo X9s Plus with Dual Selfie Cameras LaunchedVivo, a popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer in India, has just launched two new smartphones – the Vivo X9s and the Vivo X9s Plus in China. The big highlight of both smartphones is their dual selfie camera setup and the fact that they run on a custom ROM based on Android 7.1 Nougat. The prices for the Vivo X9s and the X9s Plus are 2,698 (approximately Rs. 25,600) and CNY 2,998 (roughly Rs. 28,500), respectively. It’s only a matter of time before they make their way to our shores.
Microsoft’s White Space Project in Trouble, Google’s Free Wifi Project, and Facebook’s recent Express Wifi Project have helped millions of Indians get online for free. However, Microsoft’s White Space initiative, which uses the unused TV spectrum to send internet-carrying signals to various villages in India, has been three years in the making and has yet to get off the ground. The company had pledged to provide affordable internet connectivity to more than 500,000 villages in the country by 2015. The company tested the project in Harisal earlier this year. Still, it halted it a few months after the government refused to renew the spectrum band for commercial deployment, according to a report.
Xiaomi’s record quarter, MIUI 9, launches before August 16. Xiaomi’s custom Android skin is due for another major version bump, bringing it to MIUI 9. after. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had previously said that MIUI 9 will be smoother and more powerful than previous versions and include split-screen mode and picture-in-picture mode as some of the new features.
In more Xiaomi news, CEO Lei Jun confirms that the company managed to ship 23.16 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2017, a 70 percent increase from the previous quarter, marking a record quarterly smartphone shipment during the life of the company. Jun also stated that India’s sales were up 328 percent year-on-year in the year’s first half.
#HelloMotoWorld event scheduled for July 25 Lenovo is gearing up to add more smartphones to its Moto lineup as it has sent our invites to an event planned for July 25 in New York City. We have no idea what devices to expect as the invite doesn’t reveal much, but if we were to take a chance, we could see the Moto X4 smartphone unveiled. I think we’ll know in a few weeks.
iPhone 8 faces a shortage of 3D NAND storage chips. Apple is under a lot of pressure for the next version of the iPhone, and a new report suggests Apple could turn to Samsung to help provide 3D NAND chips for storage on iPhone 8, the new phones. 3D NAND is still a new technology, and Apple’s suppliers have reportedly failed to meet the demand for this year’s batch. With Samsung reportedly preparing the Galaxy Note 8, Apple can’t afford to have supply bottlenecks, especially given the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.
RBI limits customer liability in online banking fraud. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has established standards that essentially define customer liability in online banking fraud. The new standard requires banks to credit the account holder with the amount involved in the unauthorized electronic transaction within ten working days. Banks may also, in their sole discretion, waive any liability on the customer’s part in unauthorized electronic banking transactions, even in the case of the customer’s negligence.
LeEco founder Jia Yueting resigns as chairman. The Chinese billionaire, and founder of LeEco resigned on Thursday as chairman of its main publicly traded unit. Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing said Jia Yueting will remain the controlling shareholder without any role after he resigned as chief executive in May to focus on the electric car industry, which he now chairs.
Qualcomm filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against AppleChipmaker Qualcomm has filed a lawsuit against Apple for unlawful and unfair use of the chipmaker’s technology. “Qualcomm’s inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and go well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s executive vice president and general counsel. Qualcomm is therefore asking for a ban on the import of some iPhones.