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Xiaomi Poco F1 with 8GB RAM listed on Geekbench

Xiaomi Poco F1 with 8GB RAM listed on Geekbench

Xiaomi Poco F1 with 8GB RAM spotted on Geekbench ahead of the launch event in India on August 22

The renowned Chinese brand, Xiaomi is all set to announce the flagship phone from its new sub-brand, Poco on August 22 in India. The first flagship smartphone from Xiaomi’s new sub-brand will be called ‘Poco F1.’

Specifications and Features

Now, just ahead of its launch, the new Poco F1 aka Pocophone F1 has been spotted on Geekbench, which reveals that the device will be available with up to 8GB of RAM. While the 6GB of RAM variant of the smartphone is expected to be available in 64GB and 128GB of storage variants, 8GB of RAM is expected to come in 256GB storage variant.

The recent Geekbench listing of Poco F1 with 8GB of RAM scored a 2,451 in single-core performance and 8,998 in multi-core performance. Last week, a Geekbench listing of a 6GB RAM variant of Poco F1 showed a score of 2,467 in single-core performance and 9,081 in multi-core performance.

The device is expected to feature a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with 2246 x 1080-pixel resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch at the top. The Poco F1 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with “LiquidCool Technology,” to keep the thermals in check during extended gaming sessions.

Poco F1 also boasts a dual-camera setup with a 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel dual-pixel autofocus lens. It will have a front facing 20-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. The phone will carry a 4,000 mAh battery and run on Android 8.1 Oreo.

The device will reportedly have a metallic build and will come in special grey, blue, gradient, and Kevlar color options. Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, speaker grills at the bottom, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0 support, Bluetooth 5.0 and other standard connectivity options.

Poco F1 will be launched as a Flipkart-exclusive in India on August 22. Also, Xiaomi has started teasing the device on its official online store, mi.com.

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OnePlus 6T likely to launch in October at a price of $550

OnePlus 6T likely to launch in October priced at $550

OnePlus 6T tipped to be released in October as T-Mobile Exclusive in the US at a price of $550

In May this year OnePlus released its “flagship killer” OnePlus 6 that offers power, style, and up-to-date features. Now, a new report from CNET reveals that the Chinese smartphone company, is likely to launch its next-generation flagship, OnePlus 6T, tentatively set for a price of $550 in October.

OnePlus 6T a ‘T-Mobile exclusive’

Citing people “familiar with the launch plans”, CNET said that OnePlus is reportedly working on OnePlus 6’s predecessor – OnePlus 6T – and is set to offer a specific, optimized version of the OnePlus 6T for T-Mobile network in the U.S., including the new 600 MHz band of spectrum.

Apparently, OnePlus has signed an exclusive deal with US carrier T-Mobile, which means OnePlus 6T will the first smartphone from the Chinese company to be sold by a U.S. based network carrier. Also, the company will sell its standard unlocked global version that can run on AT&T as well as networks overseas.

Currently, OnePlus is going through the process of getting “technical approval” for use on the network from the carrier. This could potentially delay the launch in the US and maybe around the world.

Specs and Features of OnePlus 6T-

Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T too will probably run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. Unfortunately, not much information about OnePlus 6T’s specifications and features are available. It is rumored that the “T” variant is likely to be a minor upgrade and may look similar to the upcoming Oppo R17.

OnePlus follows a half-yearly cycle for launching smartphones, which means we could very soon get to hear more about the OnePlus 6T model. Keep watching this space for more updates, as this is a developing story.

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Google Pixel 3XL design and specs revealed in a massive leak

Google Pixel 3XL design and specs revealed in a massive leak

Leaked video of Google Pixel 3XL shows 6.7-Inch QHD+ Screen and a Triple-Camera Setup

Google’s upcoming flagships, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL is expected to be released this October. However, a new unboxing video has revealed Pixel 3XL in its entirety. A Ukrainian blogger by the name Ivan Luchkov has posted a video of a white Pixel 3XL that uses the AnTuTu app. This reveals specifications, in-box content, and more regarding the forthcoming third-gen Pixel smartphone. The same blogger had earlier posted an unboxing video of Pixel 3XL confirming the addition of USB-C headphones.

Watch the leaked video Of Pixel 3XL specifications:

The video reveals that the Pixel 3XL will have a massive 6.7-inch screen. This is 0.7-inches bigger than the Pixel 2XL and 0.3-inches bigger than the newly launched Galaxy Note 9. The Pixel 3XL is the largest mass-market smartphone ever made. Other specs reveal that the phone will have a 2960×1440 display and 494ppi. It will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable onboard storage. The device is also shown running Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and a Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The Pixel 3 XL will apparently boast three front-facing cameras, all of which are 8.1MP. It will also have a single 12.2 MP camera on the rear. The device is by a 3,430mAH battery, which is disappointingly smaller than the 3,520mAh battery included in Pixel 2 XL.

Images from the unboxing video also reveal that the Pixel 3 XL will come with a USB-C cable, USB adapter, 3.5mm adapter, and a pair of headphones that looks similar to Pixel Buds with a USB-C connector.

Since the Pixel 3 XL is still in the processing stage, there are chances that the hardware and features may vary when the Pixel 3 XL is finally launched.

Source: Android Police

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Samsung announces the Galaxy Note9 with an AI camera and new S-Pen

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note9 with an AI camera and new S-Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note9 launches with a new AI-powered camera and more powerful S-Pen

Samsung finally unveiled its most-awaited ‘phablet’ Galaxy Note9 at its Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday. The South Korean giant claims that the Galaxy Note9 will ‘raise the bar for speed and power once again.’

“The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation, and Galaxy Note9 is no exception,” DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics told an audience at the Samsung Unboxed event in New York.

“It’s designed for a level of performance, power, and intelligence that today’s power users want and need.

“Note fans are Samsung’s most loyal; we know they want it all, to get the most out of work and play, and Galaxy Note9 is the only phone that can keep up with their busy lives.”

On the specification front, Samsung Galaxy Note9 includes a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, that’s nearly bezel-less on the sides. Samsung claims its all-new Galaxy Note9 is ‘super powerful’. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset for the US model, and in-house Exynos 9810 SoC for other markets. It provides cellular download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps (gigabits per second) with the Snapdragon X20 4G LTE modem.

The Note9 will also offer powerful gaming performance with the Adreno 630 GPU and it ships with Android 8.1 Oreo. The smartphone is powered by a huge 4,000mAh battery – the largest ever on a flagship Galaxy phone – which Samsung is promising will deliver “all day” battery life.

Samsung Note9 is available in two variants: 8GB RAM + 512GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. Like the Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 will also have a dual-rear camera setup comprising of a 12-megapixel primary lens with a dual aperture that can shift from f/2.4 aperture to a wider f/1.5 in low light conditions. The secondary camera has a 12-megapixel lens with f/2.4 aperture, while there is an 8MP selfie camera on the front.

What’s new is that the camera has a “scene optimizer” feature that uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to automatically identify the environment or thing you’re shooting. It will automatically detect what it’s looking at, and adjust the settings accordingly to take the best possible picture. Also, if the camera detects that a picture has any imperfection, like a blur or shut-eye, so they can quickly take another picture. It features Dual Aperture technology, which Samsung introduced earlier this year on its Galaxy S9 range. This adjusts the camera lens to light in the same way as the human eye.

The biggest highlight of Note9 is the new Bluetooth-enabled S-Pen that allows you to control the camera. In other words, you can set up a group photo and use the S-Pen as a makeshift camera shutter button, or can use it to pause and resume music playback, or scroll through PowerPoint presentations. The new S-Pen charges while it’s stored in your phone and a one minute charge lasts a half hour.

The Galaxy Note9 will be made available in four colors: Black (with Black S-Pen), Purple (with Purple S-pen), Copper (with Copper S-Pen) and Ocean Blue (Yellow S-Pen)

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note9 begin on August 10th and the phone will be available on August 24, starting at $999.99 for the 128GB model and $1,249.99 for the 512GB model at all major carriers or direct (and unlocked) from Samsung.

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Android phones cannot have more than 2 notches on display, says Google

Android phones cannot have more than 2 notches on display, says Google

Google directs Android smartphone manufacturers to allow only two display cutouts

In one of the latest posts on the Android Developer Blog, Google has laid down ground rules for Android phone manufactures that allows them to have one or even two display cutouts in devices, but not more than that.

Google has explained how developers should make changes to their app’s code to include only up to two notches and displays with 18:9 or more aspect ratios.

“You won’t see multiple cutouts on a single edge, or more than two cutouts on a device,” said Meghan Potoski, Android UI product manager in the blog post.

For those unaware, the display notch trend was kickstarted by the Essential with its PH-1 Android smartphone, and the trend was carried forward by Apple with the iPhone X. Due the success of iPhone X, phone manufactures are making it the norm to include it on 2018 flagship phones in the process. Until now, there are 16 Android devices from 11 OEMs that feature display cutouts.

Therefore, in order to ensure consistency and app compatibility, Google is working with their device manufacturer partners to mandate a few requirements regarding notches.

According to Google, the first requirement is to ensure that cutouts do not negatively affect apps and user experience. For instance, when the device is in portrait mode with no special flags set, the height of the status bar must extend to at least the height of the cutout so that the content can be displayed in the window below. Similarly, if the device is in full screen or landscape orientation, then the entire cutout area must be letterboxed so that none of the content is displayed in the cutout area.

The second requirement mentioned in the blog post is that devices can have only one cutout on each short edge of the device, which means that a single edge cannot have multiple cutouts, or more than two cutouts or notches in total. Also, the cutout cannot be placed on the left or right long edge of the device.

The blog post also explains how developers can make their apps compatible with devices that support display notches. Google has laid down these mandates so that developers can make apps that offers a consistently great experience across devices with one or two display cutouts, as well as devices with 18:9 and larger aspect ratios.

Earlier this year, Google had announced that the forthcoming Android P, its ninth major version of the Android operating system, will have display cutout support that will enable full-screen apps to house notches. With the final version of Android P expected to be released soon, one could see more devices embracing the notch in the coming months.

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Fortnite Mobile for Android might not be available on the Google Play Store

Fortnite for Android may not be available on Google Play Store download, will come to these 40 Android smartphones

While “Fortnite” has been available for iOS devices since March, it is yet to be launched on Android devices. However, in May this year, Epic Games, the studio behind the insanely popular battle royale game, “Fortnite”, had announced that they would be bringing the game on Android this summer.

To that effect, we had even recently reported  of Samsung collaborating with the renowned gaming firm, Epic Games to launch “Fortnite” on Android with its upcoming flagship, Galaxy Note 9 next month. Apparently, the game will be “exclusive” to the Galaxy Note 9 for 30 days and then arrive on other Android handsets shortly after that.

Also check out – Install Fortnite on Android

Now, Epic Games has officially disclosed the list of 40 Android devices, which would support Fortnite Android version. The smartphones that will be eligible for the viral game are as given below:

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10 Lite
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Huawei P8 Lite (2017)
  • LG G6
  • LG V30
  • LG V30+
  • Motorola Moto E4 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5s
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
  • Nokia 6
  • Razer Phone
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Sony Xperia XA1
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Sony Xperia XZs
  • Sony Xperia XZ1

If your handset is not mentioned in the above list, and wish to check the eligibility of your phone for Fortnite, you can do so by visiting Epic Games’ sign up page for the game. In the coming weeks, the studio is likely to add other Android smartphones to the list.

According to XDA developers, while the minimum specifications required to play Fortnite on Android will be 3GB of RAM, it would also require latest chipsets and graphics like Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, MediaTek MT6737 and Exynos 7870 among others.

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Fortnite for Android to come as Galaxy Note 9 “Exclusive” at launch

Fortnite for Android to come as Galaxy Note 9 “Exclusive” at launch

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumored to offer Fortnite on Android

If rumors are to be believed, then Samsung is reportedly collaborating with the renowned gaming firm, Epic Games to launch “Fortnite” on Android with its upcoming flagship, Galaxy Note 9 next month. According to 9To5Google’s source, “Fortnite” for Android will be exclusive to the Galaxy Note 9 for 30 days and then arrive on other Android handsets shortly after that.

While “Fortnite” has been available for iOS devices since March, it is yet to be launched on Android devices. However, in May this year, Epic Games had announced that they would be bringing the insanely popular battle royale game “Fortnite” on Android this summer.

In a separate report, a source also told XDA, that Samsung is interested in advertising the Galaxy Note 9 as a gaming smartphone and the device is going to be the first phone to launch and have Fortnite Mobile on it. In order to support gaming on the smartphone, Galaxy Note 9 will come with a vapor chamber heat pipe to prevent thermal throttling while playing games. It is also rumored to feature high-end specs, which include Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage.

Further, the partnership between Samsung and Epic Games will see the South Korean giant offering a promotion worth $100-$150 of V-Bucks (Fortnite‘s in-game currency that can be used to buy skins, customizations, and the works) for people who pre-order a Galaxy Note 9. For those who aren’t interested in the V-Bucks, Samsung will offer a package that nets you a set of wireless AKG headphones. It is reported that Samsung has been even added the note series’ S-pen functionality to the Fortnite in some way.

While the combination of Samsung and Epic Games definitely sounds exciting, nothing has been officially confirmed by either of the parties. With the Galaxy Note 9 expected to be launched on August 9th, we shall soon find out if the rumors are accurate or not. Keep watching this space for more updates!

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Microsoft rumored to be working on its own Android smartphone

Microsoft rumored to be working on its own Android smartphone

Is Microsoft planning to release its own Android powered smartphone?

Last year, Microsoft had discontinued its Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia series of phones, withdrew the Lumia project citing disappointing sales and exited the smartphone market. However, the company has not stopped creating or adapting software for Android and iOS smartphones to make their presence felt in the market.

Now, a Microsoft Store employee (who wanted to remain anonymous) in a series of messages with a Windows Latest journalist has revealed that the Redmond giant is currently working on a new line of phones that will be powered by Google’s Android operating system and sold on Microsoft Store. Besides this, the representative did not disclose any significant information regarding the design or features of the handset.

When the journalist asked if the Microsoft representative was referring to a new series of Lumia smartphones, he replied, “Our Windows phone engineers are focusing on releasing a new model. However it’s not yet announce what type of models they’re gonna create or release.”

Below is a little excerpt of the text conversation that were exchanged between the anonymous employee and the journalist:

Journalist: Do you mean a new Windows Phone model? But Windows Phone has been discontinued.

Employee: Not Windows phone per se, I was referring with our engineers but it’s definitely not Windows phone this time. / We will be creating a new line of phones for Microsoft phones […]

Journalist: it won’t run Windows 10 Mobile?

Employee: It’s like a new edition for Microsoft phones. / It’s gonna be powered by Android that’s for sure.

When the Microsoft Store employee was questioned if the Microsoft brand would be behind the phones, the employee said they will “be under our Wing” without giving any further clarifications. In other words, the smartphone would be sold under Microsoft’s own brand.

Usually, Microsoft Store employees are not informed of the company’s secret plans regarding upcoming product launches. Also, it’s likely that he is referring to the Microsoft Edition Android phones from other OEMs that are already sold through the Microsoft Store. Hence, we suggest that you take this rumor with a pinch of salt, as there are high chances that the employee had incorrect information.

Since, there is no official confirmation from Microsoft yet, it’s better we wait to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.

Source: Windows Latest

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus may sport five cameras

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus may sport five cameras

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus might pack five cameras

It looks like three cameras aren’t enough for Samsung, as leaks suggest that the South Korean giant is planning to come up with five cameras in its next flagship Galaxy S10 Plus early next year.

As per the latest information leaked by the South Korean publication The Bell, the Galaxy S10 Plus (codenamed ‘Beyond 2’) is expected to make its debut next year, which will boast of five cameras in total. The report claims the smartphone could feature a triple camera setup at the back and dual cameras on the front. The triple lens camera on the back will sport a new 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view, a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens sensor for optical zoom and Portrait Mode photos.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus would have a front-facing camera that will apparently feature a standard camera sensor along with a secondary front-facing shooter for Portrait Mode selfies. It will also feature infinity display design with smaller bezels and an optical fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the screen.

Besides the premium Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the report also claims that that there will be another two versions of the smartphone, which is a lower-cost entry-level Galaxy S10 (codenamed ‘Beyond 0’), and regular S10 (codenamed ‘Beyond 1’). The entry-level Galaxy S10 will have two cameras on the back, and one on the front, while the regular S10 will have three rear cameras and one front camera. The other two variants, which is the entry-level Galaxy S10 and regular S10 are also expected to have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the device.

Samsung’s typically releases its new Galaxy S lineup in late February at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show. However, this may get delayed as the company is reportedly planning to debut a third new flagship phone series in Barcelona next year, the foldable Galaxy X line.

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Samsung patents biometric camera to compete with Apple’s Face ID

Samsung patents biometric camera to compete with Apple's Face ID

The U.S. Patent Office grants Samsung a patent for biometric camera 

When Apple launched its cutting-edge iPhone X smartphone, it also introduced the ‘Face ID’ feature that uses 3D face sensing technology to unlock the device and authenticate mobile purchases and payments with a mere glance.

It was rumored that Samsung too was working on a similar feature likely to debut in its next-generation Galaxy flagship phone in 2019. Now, a new report from Patently Apple, suggests that Samsung has been awarded a patent for its 2014 filing of a biometric camera by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in late Q2 2018.

According to Patently Apple, the biometric camera integrated into a mobile device will feature iris recognition that would be used to scan a user’s iris through a handset’s front-facing camera. The patent document reveals that the biometric camera system includes a NIR (near infrared) light source on the mobile device when capturing an image to address ambient light challenges.

It also includes an extended depth of field (EDOF) lens, a bandpass filter to filter out ambient light, and an imaging sensor to convert an object’s optical image into an electronic signal for processing. Further, it also includes a processor meant to receive video images of a user’s iris from the sensor that attempts to match it with previously registered images stored in an iris database, wherein if a match is found, the user is authenticated.

Samsung patents biometric camera to compete with Apple's Face ID

Additionally, the biometric camera could optionally perform functions including “proximity sensing, night-vision camera, 3D time-of-flight sensor, eye position and gaze tracking camera, and structured light for 3D sensing.” Besides, mobile handsets, the biometric technology may also be used for televisions, notebooks or desktop computers, according to the patent.

It’s worth noting that not every patent that is granted is converted into a finished commercial product or even a prototype. Although the new patent has just recently been granted by the USPTO to Samsung, it is not clear when Samsung plans to introduce the newly patented biometric system into its future flagship phones.

Source: Patently Apple

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