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Nokia 3310

No, not the Nokia 3310 from 17 years ago (though you should probably avoid that too). I’m talking about the rebooted version of the popular handset that’s sweeping across the world. Everything You Need to Know About the New Nokia 3310 Everything You Need to Know About the New Nokia 3310 Nokia has launched a brand new version of the legendary 3310. This is the Nokia 3310 brought up to date for 2017, but with a heavy dose of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. 

Honestly, I’m not clear why anyone would buy this device, other than in a vain attempt to be a hipster:

  • It can’t run modern messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
  • It runs on the 2G network, so won’t work in the United States.
  • There’s no front-facing camera. Forget taking selfies!
  • Typing text relies on the old-school T9 approach.
  • It doesn’t have any form of smart assistance.

If you buy one, you won’t look cool, you won’t look retro, and you won’t be the envy of your friends. You’ll just be a wally.

 

Source:MUO

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One Plus 3

The OnePlus 3 (left) and new OnePlus 3T (right) are identical with the exception of the darker gunmetal color.

OnePlus 3 owners might be upset at the rapid refresh — I’d be upset too if my phone was suddenly outdated in less than six months — but OnePlus waits for no one, not even its most loyal customers. Pushing forward as quickly as possible is built into the company’s “Never Settle” ethos.

So what’s new and what’s different and does the new justify the higher pricing ($450 for 64GB and $480 for 128GB)?

The OnePlus 3T is to the OnePlus 3 as the iPhone 6S was to the iPhone 6. That is, design-wise, the OnePlus 3T is identical to the OnePlus 3, save for the new darker gunmetal color (it’s also available in “soft gold”).

Fingerprint sensor is embedded into the touch-sensitive home button.

 

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Which isn’t a deal breaker at all since the OnePlus 3’s design drew inspirations from all of the best premium phones and was already superb. Nothing’s changed on the OnePlus 3; it still feels amazing.

The 5.5-inch AMOLED screen is still “only” full HD resolution and very bright even out doors, and the home button/fingerprint sensor below the screen is still super fast.

You don’t get water-resistance, but at least the headphone jack is still there and the port is USB-C.
Modest speed boost

With the OnePlus 3T, OnePlus focused on on inner beauty. There’s a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB RAM, the aforementioned 128GB storage (still no expandable storage, though), and 3,400 mAh battery that lasts 13 percent longer.

As per Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 821 provides a performance boost of up to 10 percent — a very modest improvement.

The gains were mostly negligible.

And true enough, in my tests, the gains were mostly negligible, if not inconsistent. Some apps like Twitter and Feedly actually opened slower on the OnePlus 3T compared to the OnePlus 3, and other times, like launching Instagram and loading up websites, loaded up faster on the OnePlus 3T.

And for some reason, even though they were on the same Wi-Fi network, the OnePlus 3T always took longer to download the 750MB file for Need For Speed No Limits.

But like most modest performance updates, you wouldn’t notice the difference unless you had the two phones running side-by-side.

At least it has a headphone jack, which means you can charge and listen to music at the same time…

 

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Functionally, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow customized with OnePlus’s “OxygenOS” add-ons still runs like a champ with buttery smooth performance and no real slowdown.

The 13 percent longer battery life is also welcome and got me through nearly two days if I was judicial with my usage. Heavy users should have no problem getting through a full day. Plus, the Dash charging is still the quickest fast charging technology around, juicing up the OnePlus 3T from 0% to about 60% in 30 minutes.
Stock Android gets dressed up

The OnePlus 3T runs OxygenOS, which is based off of stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

 

The OnePlus 3T runs OxygenOS, which is based off of stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Don’t be alarmed…yet.

While the OnePlus 3T is still based off of stock Android, the customized OxygenOS software is starting to show signs of deviating from Google’s clean experience.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice some of the icons are different (i.e. Messages, Calculator, Settings and Clock). Open some of the apps and you’ll see some small and subtle differences, but nothing as overbearing as the skins on other Android phones (I’m looking at you Samsung, LG).

As always, all of OyxgenOS’s extras (Shelf, gestures, dark theme, touch-sensitive/onscreen buttons, etc.) are customizable.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) to feature 16 MP front camera, IP68 water resistance

 

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The Galaxy A7 (2017), which will bear the model number SM-A720F, is rumored to feature a 5.68-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture. It is expected to come equipped with the Exynos 7880 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz, 3GB LP-DDR4 RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The 7.8mm (157.69 x 76.92 x 7.8mm) thin body of the Galaxy A7 (2017) is rumored to be IP68 certified for resistance from water and dust, a feature Samsung currently offers only on its flagship smartphones.

The upcoming smartphone will most probably feature a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port along with regular connectivity options including LTE, dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The Galaxy A7 (2017) is rumored to come packed with a large 3,600mAh battery. We currently don’t know the operating system version that will come pre-installed on this device, so it could either be Android 6.0 or Android 7.0 (the former is more likely if the A7 (2017) comes out in December, a year after its predecessor). None of this information is confirmed at this point, so do take everything with a pinch of salt.

Source: Sammobile

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Lenovo’s Phab 2 Plus featuring 6.4-inch display

The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a massive 6.4-inch display.

Lenovo today launched the Phab 2 Plus in India, which sports a massive 6.4-inch full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display. The smartphone starts at Rs 14,999 ($225) and will be sold exclusively through Amazon India.

The company says it is trying to offer full immersive experience with the Phab 2 Plus. It is doing so by upping the camera and speaker experiences. There’s a dual 13-megapixel Futjitsu Milbeaut sensors on the back, and an 8-megapixel front-facing sensor. The camera comes with an “AR” feature which adds creatures like dragon and cat on top of anything you have in view. A company executive confirmed to Mashable India that it’s a software feature and Lenovo India could consider trickling it down to other smartphones as well.

You can also change the background in photos you click from the phone or even adjust the focus after clicking a photo to get a bokeh effect.

Source: Mashable

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Gionee S9

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Gionee has unveiled the Gionee S9 at an event in China. The Chinese manufacturer’s new smartphone arrives with dual 13 MP and 5 MP rear cameras (developed by Sony and Samsung respectively), 4 GB of RAM and an octa-core Helio P10 processor.

Gionee looks like it has taken cues from the iPhone with the design of the S9 from the front, with the soft corners, volume controls, and sensor setup followingly closely to that of Apple’s flagship product. What sets it apart is 2.5D curved glass display.

Check out the Gionee S9 specs below:

  • 5.5-inch (1920 × 1080 pixels) Full HD LTPS 2.5D curved glass display
  • 2 GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor with Mali T860 GPU
  • 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM, 64 GB internal memory, expandable up to 12 8GB via microSD
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Amigo OS 3.2
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • 13 MP rear + 5 MP dual rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 13 MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 154.2×76.4×7.4mm; Weight: 168.2g
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 3000 mAh battery

Source: Weibo

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XIAOMI

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Xiaomi’s share of China’s smartphone market is heading in the wrong direction, but a phone as fine as the Mi MIX may change that—and inspire competitors. The stunning handset, designed by Philippe Starck, shuns bezels with an edge-to-edge display that covers more than 91 percent of the front surface area.

There’s so much screen that the selfie camera is at the bottom, because there’s simply no room at the top. The display measures 6.4 inches on the diagonal, but the bezel-free design should make it feel like a smaller phone. The ceramic body is fused to the glass without glue, which should feel different too.

Xiaomi didn’t skimp on the specs. The Mi MIX sports a quad-core 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 system chip—the same guts as Google’s Pixel phones—with configurations ramping up to as much as 6GB RAM and 256 gigs of storage. It promises insane battery life, thanks to a 4,400 mAh battery. The back side features a 16-megapixel camera and a fingerprint sensor.

A phone with this much screen up front needs clever design workarounds. The Mi MIX features a piezoelectric actuator behind the screen instead of a conventional earpiece speaker, which simply wouldn’t fit. If that doesn’t sound too reliable, at least there’s Bluetooth and a headphone jack.

The one complaint? Screen resolution. At 1080×2040, pixel density is around 362ppi—much lower than other flagship phones. Xiaomi went with an LCD display, which is surprising given the screen’s rounded edge-to-edge corners. It could also give the phone less battery life compared to the same setup with an OLED display.

If you want one, fire up WeChat and holler at your buddies in China, because this phone isn’t slated for US release. Still, the design will surely inspire the look of handsets that do come to the States, especially since the Mi MIX costs less than a Pixel or an iPhone 7. A top-of-the-line model is $590—a price almost as attractive as the phone.

Source: Wired

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Huawei P9

Huawei P9 Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Huawei P9 Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi Pro: Specs fight!

Both smartphones are about the same in terms of processing power. Huawei P9 Plus comes with HiSilicon Kirin 955 based on 2.5GHz octa-core. Along with it is Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. This Huawei phone also packs a 4GB RAM under the hood. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Pro comes in three versions with the different processor: MediaTek Helio X25 with Deca-core 2.5 GHz, MediaTek Helio X25 with Deca-core 2.3 GHz, and Mediatek Helio X20 with Deca-core 2.1 GHz. There is also two version of RAM, 3GB and 4GB RAM.

Both phones are ideal for photography. Xiaomi Redmi Pro comes with a dual camera on the rear. That is 13MP main camera supported by 5MP one. They are supported by f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED flash. Talking about Huawei P9 Plus camera, it has a dual 12 MP camera on the back, with f/2.2, Leica optics, phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED flash. In exchange, Huawei P9 Plus has better selfie camera, with 8MP resolution. The one on Xiaomi Redmi Pro has just 5MP resolution.

 

Source: Gsm Arena

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Google Pixel

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Google pixel ip53

Google’s new Pixel phones are rated IP53 for dust and water resistance, the company confirmed to us today. I know the IP53 rating was rumored pre-launch, but now that the phones are official and that rating doesn’t seem to appear on any of the specs lists provided by Google, we just wanted to make sure you knew exactly where the Pixel and Pixel XL stand.

At IP53, you are looking at a “Dust Protected” (5) category for solids, which means dust isn’t “entirely prevented,” but unless massive amounts of it enter your phone, it should be fine. As for liquids, the Pixel falls under the “Spraying water” (3) category, which means they are safe from “Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.”

For reference, the HTC 10 is also IP53. Funny, since HTC manufactured the Pixel for Google.

You probably shouldn’t shower with your new Pixel phone.

Source Droid Life

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Android 7

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Android 7.1 Will Hit Current Nexus Devices and Pixel C as Developer Preview Before 2017
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The following news is important for current Nexus owners, so listen up. Google has confirmed that Android 7.1, the version that ships with the Pixel and Pixel XL, will indeed eventually make its way to Nexus devices and the Pixel C. While this is great news, there is a downside. Google states that Android 7.1 will first be made available as a Developer Preview, which will roll out no later than the end of Q4. Put more simply, expect an update near year’s end, but only if you are enrolled in the Android Beta Program.

To go along with this, it is also unclear which Nexus devices will receive Android 7.1 support. While we can say with near certainty that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will see it, it’s up in the air for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. On top of that, the Android 7.1 that newer Nexus device owners see is rather different from what is showcased on the Pixel phones.

On the Pixel and Pixel XL, there are certain features that probably won’t ever come to the Nexus lineup. For example, Google’s Support tab, the 24-7 customer support feature, likely won’t ever be available on Nexus devices. Additionally, the Pixel Launcher, with its filled-in navigation buttons, and even Google’s highly promoted Assistant feature, also may not come to Nexus devices.

At this time, without Google going into too much detail for what will and will not carry over from Pixel to Nexus, 6P and 5X owners will need to remain optimistic and hope Google doesn’t screw them too badly. After all, these are Nexus owners, and they expect timely updates ahead of everyone else, as they should.

If your Nexus device isn’t already enlisted in the Android Beta Program, you can begin that process here. It’s very easy and will only take you a moment.

Source Droid Life

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