Thursday, 23 February 2017

HTC 10 receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update in India

After Europe and U.S, the HTC 10 units in India are now getting Android Nougat. The Nougat update for HTC 10 carries the version number 2.41.400.5 and is 1.21GB in size. It is gradually rolling out to all as an OTA update, so Nougat should hit your HTC 10 soon.

Nougat update for HTC 10 brings new features like multi-windows support, improved notification bar, Night mode, improved doze, system enhancement and several bug fixes, along with the latest Android security patch.

To refresh the specs, the HTC 10 features 5.2-inch QHD Super LCD 5 display, Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, 12MP/5MP cameras, 4G LTE, NFC, USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner and 3000mAh battery. Currently it is being offered at Rs. 47,990.

HTC last month also promised that the One M9+ and One A9 India units will also get Nougat treatment soon. 


AMD announces Ryzen 7 high-end desktop CPUs

AMD has officially announced its Ryzen desktop processor family, a chip its says can match the benchmark performance of Intel's Core i7 chips at more affordable price. The first three CPU in the new Ryzen line include Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X and Rs. 7 1700 and are specifically designed for PC games, creators and enthusiasts. 

The new Ryzen chips are based on AMD's Zen Architecture. AMD said it has exceeded its set goal of pushing 40 percent more instructions per clock for chips with its new Zen CPU cores compared to previous Excavator architecture, and managed to achieve a 52 percent improvement.

All three Ryzen 7 models are manufactured on a 14nm process and have eight cores and supports 16 threads. The top of the line Ryzen 7 1800X is claimed to be the fastest eight-core chip available in the market right now. It has a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4GHz. 

AMD touted that its high-performace 1800X chip can outperform "a similarly configured 8-core, 16-thread Intel Core i7-6900K in Cinebench R15 multi-threaded and Handbrake-based video transcoding, as well as showing comparable 4K gaming performance."

The Ryzen 7 1700X has base clock speed of 3.4GHz and boost speed of 3.8GHz, while the Ryzen 7 1700 offer clock speed of 3GHz, and boost speeds of 3.7GHz. The 1800X and 1700X have 95W TDP ratings while the 1700 have 65W.  

The Ryzen 7 1800X is priced at Rs. 37,999 ($499 in the U.S) compared to the $1050 price tag of Intel's Core i7 6900K. The Ryzen 7 1700x and Ryzen 7 1700 are priced at Rs. 24,999 ($399 in the U.S) and Rs. 24,499 ($319 on the U.S), roughly $25 less expensive than Core i7-6800K and Core i7-770K, which they will compete against.

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Huawei P10 press render leaked, runs through GFXBench

Huawei P10 has surfaced again in press renders, just few days before the official unveiling. Few days back Evan Blass shared render of P10 with color options like Blue, Gold and Green. The new official looking renders again shared by Blass shows the P10 in Dark Grey/Black color.

Nothing new is revealed in the render, except for the new color options and power button which is red colored. The P10 will sport a sleek metal unibody design with slim bezels, include a physical home button below the display, that will hide the fingerprint sensor. The render again confirms that the dual rear cameras of P10 will sport LEICA SUMMARIT lenses, the same found on Huawei's P9 and Mate 9.

Meanwhile, the Huawei P10 was also spotted on GFXBench benchmarks revealing the complete specs. According to the listing the P10 will feature 5.1-inch Full HD display, Kirin 960 chip, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, dual 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and run Android Nougat based EMUI 5.1.

Apart from 4GB RAM/64GB storage, it can also be expected Huawei will offer the P10 in multiple variants with 6GB RAM and 128GB/256GB storage. The battery capacity is rumored to be 3100mAh, and will support fast charging.

There's also a plus version of P10, called P10 Plus which will offer the same specs as P10 but come with a larger display, with curved edges on both side, similar to Galaxy S7 Edge, or the Huawei's Mate 9 Pro.

Huawei will take the wraps off the P10 on February 26 at MWC, Barcelona, which is just a few days away. 

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Airtel to acquire Telenor India as Jio threat grows

Airtel, the country's largest telecom operator has announced that it will acquire Telenor India. As part of the agreement, Airtel will acquire Telenor India's running operations in seven telecom circles – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West) and Assam. Telenor holds 1800MHz band in the aforementioned circles.

The acquisition will include the transfer of Telenor India's assets including including spectrum, licenses and operations, including its employees and customer base of 44 million as well as outstanding spectrum payments and other operational contracts, including tower lease.

Airtel promises to provide quality services to Telenor India's subscribers, while offering them the added benefits of its product portfolio. With the acquisition, Airtel will further strengthen its overall customer base and network in the country.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, and until the completion of the transaction, Telenor India's operations and services will continue as normal. The financial terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, however, the deal is expected to close within 12 months.

The news come soon after Reliance Jio announced it has hit 100 million subscribers, and announced Jio Prime membership, under which Jio users have to pay Rs. 99 for a year, to continue enjoying Jio's Happy New Year benefits (unlimited voice calling, internet browsing w/ FUP of 1GB and access to Jio's suite of apps) at Rs. 304 per month.

Last month, Vodafone's India arm confirmed it is in merger talks with Idea Celluar, while a most recent report suggested that Tata Teleservices is planning to merge with RCom-Aircel and MTS.

Apple's spaceship campus 'Apple Park' will open in April

Apple's spaceship campus in California, which we have been hearing about for years' is finally ready for operation. The 175-acre campus called Apple Park will be ready for employees in April. However, the process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, while the construction of buildings and parklands will continue through summer.

Apple Park, Steve Jobs vision as a center for creativity and collaboration, will have a ring shaped 2.8 million square-foot main building clad entirely in the world's largest panels of curved glass. Moreover in honour of Steve Job's (would have turned 62 on February 24) memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater.

The 1,000 seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon fiber roof situated atop a hill inside Apple Park overlooking meadows and the main building. The doors of the auditorium will open later this year.

Apple park will also include visitors center with an Apple Store and public cafe, a 100,000 square-foot fitness center for employees as well as secure research and development facilities. The parklands will offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, and also have orchard, meadow and pond withing the ring's interior grounds.

Apple Park will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. It will have one of the largest on-site solar energy installations thanks to the 17 megawatts solar rooftop. It is also the site of the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.

Meizu to demo new wireless technology at MWC on February 28

Just days ahead of MWC, Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is confirming its presence at the event. This will be the very first time Meizu will be making an appearance at the event. 

Meizu's MWC event will be held on February 28 and according to the press release, the company will demo new cutting edge wireless solution of the company and products including a major technical achievement that promises to offer a significant enhancement in user experience.

The company also mentioned that it has been working on the new technologies in its R&D centres for over a year, and will be used in smartphone later this year.  

Meizu also shared an invite for the event, that has a charging sign, indicating the cutting edge wireless solution it is talking about has to something with wireless fast charging.

In addition,Meizu will also showcase it's entire line of latest and popular products and accessories at its MWC booth (Hall 7, Stand 7K5).


Sony announces the world's fastest SD card

Sony has announced new SF-G series SD cards, which it claims to be the world's fastest SD card with read/write speeds of 300MB/s and 299MB/s respectively.

Sony says that the SF-G series SD cards are fast enough to support continuous shooting of high-res images with high performance DSLR and mirrorless cameras supporting the UHS-II interface. 

It was able to achieve such speeds using Sony's algorithm, that "prevents decrease of data-writing speed and contribute to the camera's ability for successive high speed shooting."

The SF-G cards are shock proof, water proof, temperature resistant and X-ray proof. It will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. 

Sony hasn't revealed the pricing details of the SD card, but says the SF-G card will be available sometime in March. Apart from the new faster SD cards, the company will also sell a high speed SD memory card reader, MRW-S1, for use with the SF-G series to transfer the data faster to a PC with USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface. 

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LG G6 leaks in Black color

LG is all set to unveil its new flagship, the G6 coming Sunday, February 26 at MWC in Barcelona. We have already been treated to all kind of G6-related leaks, while LG has confirmed some of them. Now a new official looking press render courtesy of Evan Blass, and live images of G6 sitting next to G5 has hit the interweb.

The new render show the LG G6 painted in Black, with a glossy like finish, just like Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus' Jet Black hue. Apart from this change, nothing new is revealed. The render is in line with previous leaked images, and confirms minimal bezels on top and bottom of the display with rounded corners with metallic frames. At the back there's the V20-like dual-rear cameras and fingerprint scanner below it.

In the live photo, the LG G6 is shown in a new White color hue next to the silver/black G5. As seen in the image, the size of LG G6 with 5.7-inch display is almost same as the 5.3-inch LG G5. This is mainly due to the thin bezels on the G6, allowing the display to take most the smartphones front space. 

Here's whats known so far about the LG G6 (✔ = confirmed)
No modular design (✔)
5.7-inch QHD (1440 x 2880 pixels) Full Vision display with 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio (✔)
Very slim bezels, carrying a screen-to body ratio greater than 90 percent
Snapdragon 821 processor instead of Snapdragon 835 chip, because Samsung has claimed initial supplies
Google Assistant integration
13MP dual-rear cameras with 125-degree wide-angle lens (✔)
Fingerprint scanner (✔)
LG UX 6.0 (✔)
USB Type-C port (✔)
Waterproof (✔)
Heat pipes to lower the heat and ensure safety (✔)
3.5mm audio jack (✔)
Non-removable battery
Android Nougat (✔)
Glossy Black, White or brushed metal back finish

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ specifications list leaked

Samsung's next flagship, the Galaxy S8 is due for release in the coming months. As the launch nears, the complete specs sheet of the bigger Galaxy S8+ has hit the interwebs courtesy of Evan Blass.

Based on the leak, the Galaxy S8+ will sport either a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED "full rectangle" display or 6.1-inch when factoring in the rounded corners. This indicates that the Galaxy S8 will have an edge to edge display with very slim bezels on all four sides, as a result, the home button is getting an axe.

The Galaxy S8 +will house 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card. It will get 12MP 'Dual Pixel' rear camera and 8MP front camera. Earlier reports have suggested that the main camera is the same, found of Galaxy S7/S7 edge, but with improvements and tweaks.


Other specs mentioned in the leak unclude IP68 for water and dust resistance, 4G LTE, Samsung Pay support, Iris scanner, Wireless charging (charging pad sold separately), Samsung Knox, and bundled earphone tuned by AKG. 

Although not mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will be powered by Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chip depending on the market, and run Android Nougat out of the box. It is also expected to come with rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and Samsung's own AI assistant, Bixby, which is capable of linking to third party apps and perform visual searches.

According to earlier rumors Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 at an event on March 29 and will hit the market mid-April.

Samsung intros 10nm Exynos 9 series 8895 chip

Samsung has announced their latest premium application processor, the Exynos 9 Series 8895. It is the company's first processor built on 10nm FinFet process technology with improved 3D transistor structure. This provides up to 27 percent higher performance, while consuming 40 percent less power than the 14nm technology.

The Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor is an octa-core processor comprising of Samsung's second generation custom designed CPU cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores. It packs ARM's Mali G71 GPU and supports up to 4K Ultra HD (4096 x 2160 pixels) display resolution for 4K virtual reality experience. The chip also supports videos recording and playback at a maximum resolution of 4K UHD at 120fps.

The processor is also first of its kind to embed a gigabit LTE modem that supports five carrier aggregation (5CA). It includes LTE Cat.16 modem that provides maximum download speed of 1Gbps (Cat.16) and upload speed of 150Mbps (Cat.13) with 2CA.

The chip also has separate processing unit for security solutions required for mobile payments that use iris or fingerprint recognition as well as an embedded Vision Processing Unit (VPU) that can recognize and analyze items or movements for improved video tracking, panoramic image processing, and machine vision technology.

The Exynos 9 Series 8895 is currently in mass production. It will most likely to be used in some models of the upcoming Galaxy S8, while the others will be powered by Snapdragon 835 chip.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Honor 8 Lite with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage announced

Huawei sub-brand Honor introduced the Honor 8 Lite in Finland earlier this month. It was a toned down version of Honor 8 with single camera, Kirin 655 processor, and was available with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage.

Yesterday, Honor at the Honor V9 launch event announced more variants of the Honor 8 Lite with the option of 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage.

The 3GB RAM/32GB storage model is priced at CNY 1099 ($159 | Rs. 10,700), the 4GB RAM/32GB storage variant costs CNY 1399 ($203 | Rs. 13,600), and the higher 4GB RAM/64GB storage variants is priced CNY 1599 ($232 | Rs. 15,550).

Apart from more storage and RAM, the rest of the specs remain unchanged. The Honor 8 Lite will feature 5.2-inch Full HD display, Kirin 655 processor, 12MP PDAF rear camera, 8MP front camera, fingerprint scanner, hybrid dual-SIM slots, 4G VoLTE and 3000mAh battery. It runs Android Nougat based EMUI 5.0.

The Honor 8 Lite will be available in China from February 28 in Gold, Blue, Black and White colors.


HP Omen gaming laptops and desktop launched in India

HP is expanding its gaming-focused Omen series in India with the launch of new laptops, a gaming desktop, and accessories like headset, keyboard, mouse and mousepad.

The  HP Omen laptops, called Omen 15 and Omen 17 run Windows 10 and comes with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch screen sizes respectively with Full HD IPS display. They feature the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics. Both also include Bang & Olufsen Audio with Dual Speakers.

The 15-inch Omen gaming laptop has seventh-gen quad-core Intel Core i7-700HQ Kaby Lake processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card  and 1TB HDD/128GB SSD.

The 17-inch Omen on the other hand is VR ready, meaning it is capable of powering HTC's Vive and Oculus' Rift VR headset. It features 7th gen Intel quad-core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card (6GB GDDR5) and 1TB HDD/256 SDD.

The Omen 870 desktop also features Intel's seventh-generation quad-core i7-770HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card , 16GB DDR4 RAM, and dual 2TB HDD/128GB SDD storage.

The Omen 15 and Omen 17 laptops price start at Rs. 79,990 and Rs. 1,39,990 respectively, while the Omen desktop starts at Rs. 1,39,990.

As for the accessories, the Omen keyboard features 5-zone backligthing capable of 16.8 million colors, one touch combo to program 88 built-in macro keys, as well as anti-ghosting support for 20 keys in the most used gaming areas. The Omen Headset features retractable mic and  3.5mm mobile adapter. The Omen mouse has 1:1 tracking and intelligent RGB illumination, while the mousepad sports a non-slip rubber base.

The Omen keyboard, headset, mouse and mouse pad are priced at Rs. 9,999, Rs. 7,499, Rs. 5,499 and Rs. 2,199 respectively.

HP's new Omen products will be available from March 15 through, select HP World stores and leading e-commerce portals.


Black Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 to go on sale in India on March 1

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India with three color options Dark Grey, Gold and Matte Black. So far, only the Dark Grey and Gold Redmi Note 4 were up for grabs.

Today Xiaomi has announced that the Matte Black Redmi Note 4 will go on sale in the country on March 1 at 12pm at Flipkart and

The Redmi Note 4 comes in three configurations ― 2GB RAM/32GB storage priced at Rs. 9,999, 3GB RAM/32GB storage priced Rs. 10,999 and 4GB RAM/64GB storage priced at Rs. 12,999. Currently it is unknown whether all or only one variant will be offered in Black color during the sale.

To recap the specs, the Redmi Note 4 will feature 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 13MP/5MP cameras, 4G VoLTE, hybrid dual-SIM slots, fingerprint scanner, Android Marshmallow based MIUI 8 and 4100mAh battery.

The Redmi Note 4 is already one of the best selling online-only smartphone in the country, and given the huge popularity of the phone expect a huge demand for the Matte Black colored Redmi Note 4.