Oppo F3 Plus With Dual Selfie Camera, 4000mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 30,990: Release Date, Key Features, and More

Oppo F3 Plus has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 30,990. At an event in New Delhi on Thursday, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer announced that the new Oppo F3 Plus (Review) will go on sale from April 1, both online and offline. Pre-orders for the new Oppo smartphone begin on Thursday itself, and will extend till March 31. It will be available in Black and Gold colour variants.

Oppo F3 Plus With Dual Selfie Camera, 4000mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 30,990: Release Date, Key Features, and More

The highlight of the Oppo F3 Plus is its dual selfie camera setup. It bears one 16-megapixel 1/3.1-inch sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and one 8-megapixel sensor. While the former sports a 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, the latter sports a 120-degree wide-angle lens that allows for 105-degree field-of-view group selfies. Users can choose which lens they want to use, and, the smartphone comes with a Smart Facial Recognition feature that Oppo says automatically suggests which lens is ideal. The smartphone comes with various camera features, including the Beautify 4.0 app, Selfie Panorama, Screen Flash, and Palm Shutter.

Oppo F3 Plus key specifications

The Oppo F3 Plus also bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button, said to unlock the smartphone in as little as 0.2 seconds. The company is touting fingerprint activated app and call shortcuts as well.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Oppo F3 Plus runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It bears a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) JDI In-Cell 2.5D curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by a 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 653 SoC that’s coupled with the Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB of RAM.

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On the rear, the Oppo F3 Plus sports a 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, with dual-PDAF, an f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The smartphone bears 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (256GB). The smartphone bears a triple-slot tray, letting users utilise two SIM cards and one microSD card at the same time.

Connectivity options on board the Oppo F3 Plus include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB with OTG. It is powered by a 4000mAh battery with the company’s own VOOC Flash Charge fast charging tech that is claimed to deliver up to 2 hours of talk time in 5 minutes of charging. Sensors on the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It measures 163.63×80.8×7.35mm, and weighs 185 grams.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Leaked Teaser Hints at Iris Scanning; Retail Box Spotted

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are set to launch in under a week, and every new day brings a new bag of leaks. Fresh reports shed light on the changing display resolution feature, more pictures that show the phone from various angles, a video teaser that hints at iris scanning, photos of the internal battery, and images of the retail box.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Leaked Teaser Hints at Iris Scanning; Retail Box Spotted

First up, tipster Ice Universe has shared multiple images of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ showing us the device’s front and a unique screen resolution changing feature. According to the image shared, the smartphones will give you three options for screen resolution: HD+ (720×1480), FHD+ (1080×2220), and QHD+ (1440×2960). Of the three, the default resolution is QHD+, and this option is given to users who prefer smaller icons and need more to fit on a screen. This isn’t a new Samsung feature, and has been spotted on previous versions as well.

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The same tipster also leaked the retail box of the Galaxy S8+ confirming that the larger variant will sport the ‘+’ symbol, and not the word Plus. The retail box also reveals that it will contain a charging adapter, a Micro-USB connector, and a pair of headphones. According to previous leaks, Samsung is expected to bundle AKG-made earbuds, but there’s no clarity on that from the leaked retail box.

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Separately, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ batteries have been leaked by Slashleaks. The battery images confirm that the smartphones will pack 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries, reiterating previous rumours. If this leak is true, then the Samsung Galaxy S8 will sport the same battery as its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S7, and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will have a smaller battery capacity than the Galaxy S7 Edge, which packs a 3600mAh battery. Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has the same battery as the Galaxy Note 7 that was shelved last year. As for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ battery specifications, even though they haven’t increased on paper, Samsung presumably should have integrated internal optimisation for more juice. The other reason for not pushing the limits on battery size could be the disaster that ensued with the Note 7 last year, and given the casualties, we are glad Samsung is taking the safe road.

Samsung’s new teaser has also been outed, and it hints at iris scanning capabilities. The video teaser shows a man standing in a green field, and once the camera pans out to show the whole garden’s aerial view, it forms the shape of an eye. This could mean the introduction of iris scanning on the Galaxy S8, a feature that was also seen on the Galaxy Note 7. See the video teaser here.

The smartphones are all set launch at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event on March 29 in New York, and it will kick off at 11am EDT (9:30pm IST). According to the rumour mill, the Samsung Galaxy S8 price will start at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 56,000), Galaxy S8+ at EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 63,300), new Gear VR will cost EUR 129 (roughly Rs. 9,000), new Gear 360 will be priced at EUR 229 (roughly Rs. 16,100), and an accessory that could provide a Continuum-like called DeX could be priced at EUR 150 (roughly Rs. 10,500).

Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra Smartphones Launched at MWC 2017

As expected, Sony has launched the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, and Xperia XA1 Ultra smartphones at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. The XZ Premium is a high-end variant of the Xperia XZ, while Xperia XZs is essentially a smaller variant. Similarly, the Xpera XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra are successors to the Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra smartphone launched last year.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra Smartphones Launched at MWC 2017

Starting with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the smartphone sports a 5.5-inch Triluminos HDR display with 4K (2160 x 3840) resolution. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (Gigabit LTE speeds with X16 LTE modem) paired with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. The new Xperia XZ Premium offers 64GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD slot (up to 256GB).

The new Xperia XZ Premium camera on the back has a 19-megapixel sensor with Sony’s new Motion Eye camera system (based its new memory stacked 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor) that provides 5x faster image scanning and data transfer. This means you can create videos by recording in 960 frames per second, providing Super slow motion video playback that is apparently four times slower than other smartphones in the market. There’s also a 13-megapixel front camera with 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor for selfies.

Sony XZ Premium packs a 3230mAh battery, runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, measures at 156x77x7.9mm, and weighs 195 grams. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, and USB Type-C (USB 3.1) port.

The new Sony Xperia XZ Premium will be available globally sometime in late Spring in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black colours. Sony will also launch a range of accessories including the Quick Charger UCH12Wix which offers hours of battery time by plugging in for just a few minutes and Bluetooth Headset with Speaker SBH56 which enables hands free talking through the loud speaker whilst multi-tasking and has a remote camera shutter.

The Sony Xperia XZs is essentially a smaller variant of last year’s Xperia XZ smartphone with a 5.2-inch (1080×1920 pixels) Triluminos display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB RAM. The new Sony smartphone offers 32GB and 64GB of internal storage options with the option to expand further via microSD slot (up to 256GB).

Sony Xperia XZs battery is capacity is rated at 2900mAh, and the device measures 146x72x8.1 mm, and weighs 161 grams. All of the other Sony Xperia XZs specifications are identical to that of Xperia XZ Premium. The smartphone will be available in select markets from April onwards in Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black colours.

Design wise, Sony Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra resemble the previously launched Xperia XA smartphone a lot. Starting with the larger Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, it features a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core (quad core 2.3GHz + quad core 1.6GHz) SoC with Mali T880 MP2 900MHz GPU and 4GB RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable further via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

The big highlight of Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is the cameras at the back and front. At the rear, there is a 23-megapixel Exmor RS image sensor with hybrid autofocus, 24mm wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, 5x zoom, and HDR mode. The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra bears a 16-megapixel Exmor RS sensor at the front with front flash, 23mm wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and autofocus. The battery is a 2700mAh, and the smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Connectivity options include LTE (4G), LTE Cat6/4, GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), and UMTS HSPA+ (3G).

The smaller Sony Xperia XA1 smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, packs a 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and offers a 2300mAh battery. The Sony Xperia XA1 front camera is at 8-megapixel with no front flash or OIS. All the other specification details remain the same as the XXperia A1 Ultra smartphone. Both the smartphones will be made available in Spring in White, Black, Pink, and Gold colours. Sony will also launch matching Style Cover Stands alongside in White and Black colours, along with a range of complementary accessories. Price of all the smartphones will vary depending upon the regions.

Moto E3 Power With 3500mAh Battery Goes on Sale

Moto E3 Power With 3500mAh Battery Goes on Sale

  • It is priced at roughly Rs. 9,500
  • The Motorola E3 Power offers 16GB of inbuilt storage
  • It support dual-SIM slots

Motorola unveiled the Moto E3 smartphone in July, revealing a few specifications, a price tag of GBP 99 (roughly Rs. 8,800), and early September availability in the UK. Now, a variant called the Moto E3 Power has gone on sale via a third-party retail site in Hong Kong – with no official announcement for it yet. As the name suggests, the smartphone comes with a better battery, and it also bears a few upgrades to other specifications, and sells at a price tag of HKD 1,098 (roughly Rs. 9,500).

There has been no official announcement by Motorola, so there is no clarity on whether the smartphone will be launched in international markets or not. As for the specifications, the Moto E3 Power offers more memory, more inbuilt storage, and of course the above mentioned larger battery, when compared to the Moto E3.

The Moto E3 Power features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 64-bit 1GHz MediaTek MT6735P quad-core SoC paired with 2GB RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD (up to 128GB).

Optics include a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus. A 5-megapixel selfie camera also sits in the front. The Moto E3 Power runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and supports dual-SIM slots (Micro). It packs a 3500mAh battery, and offers connectivity options like 4G LTE, GPS, Buetooth, and Wi-Fi. The online availability in Hong Kong was first reported by Playfuldroid.

With respect to the Indian market, Motorola hasn’t even introduced the Moto E3 yet. The company launched the Moto G4 in June for Rs. 12,499, and is selling it exclusively on Amazon India. The smartphone has been made available in Black and White colour variants.

 

LG X cam With Dual Rear Cameras, 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India

LG X cam With Dual Rear Cameras, 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India

  • The smartphone features a 120-degree wide-angle lens
  • It also bears a 5.2-inch 3D Arc Glass display
  • It’s powered by an octa-core SoC and 2GB of RAM

LG has launched its X cam smartphone in India, featuring a dual rear camera setup with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 19,990 and will be available in its Titan Silver colour variant from Friday across stores in India.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) card supporting LG X cam was first unveiled in February ahead of MWC 2016, but only started rolling out globally in March.

Apart from the dual rear camera setup, the other highlight of the LG X cam is its 3D Arc Glass design. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the LG UI 5.0 skin atop. It sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) In-cell display, is powered by a 1.14GHz octa-core SoC, coupled with Mali-T720MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

As for optics, the LG X cam bears a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup, with the second sensor coupled with a wide-angle lens. On the front, the smartphone bears a 5-megapixel camera. LG is also touting a Pop Out Picture feature that combines 6 images into a moving image. The X cam comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in the hybrid dual-SIM card slot.

Connectivity options on board the LG X cam include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio with RDS. Sensors on board include proximity, accelerometer, magnetometer, and ambient light sensor. The smartphone weighs in at 118 grams, and measures 147.7×73.6×6.9mm. It’s powered by a 2520mAh battery.

 

OnePlus Bullets (V2) In-Ear Headphones With In-Line Remote Launched

OnePlus Bullets (V2) In-Ear Headphones With In-Line Remote Launched

  • OnePlus announces successor to its Silver Bullet earphones
  • Availability for Bullets (V2) earphones not announced yet
  • The Bullets (V2) are priced at $19.95 (roughly Rs. 1,300) in the US

OnePlus has announced the successor to its Silver Bullet earphones, launched back in 2014, in the form of OnePlus Bullets (V2) earphones. Although the global availability for the in-ear headphones has been revealed as of now, its pricing in the US is $19.95 (roughly Rs. 1,300), EUR 19.95 (roughly Rs. 1,500) in the EU, or GBP 15.99 (roughly Rs. 1,400) in the United Kingdrom. The earphones will be made available in Black and White (closer to Gold) colour options.

The OnePlus Bullets (V2) in-ear earphones have a frequency range of 20-20000Hz, sound pressure level of 107dB, 9mm dynamic drivers, rated power of 3mW and Total Harmonic Distortion of less than 1 percent (at 1000Hz, 1mW) as per the company’s website. The coil material used is copper-clad aluminium and the earphones come with an Aryphan Polyarylate diaphragm.

Bullets (V2) have an impedance of 24 Ohms and come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The earphones come with a cable length of 1.25 metres, weigh 14 grams, and contain an in-line remote as well.

On the official page for Bullets V2, the company says, “We’ve partnered with the German audio experts over at LOFO, who have over 88 years of experience in diaphragm technology. The Bullets are fitted with an Aryphan polyarylate diaphragm, known for its light weight and high vibration frequency. Carefree, comfortable, well-rounded reproduction ensures your music sounds just the way it was intended to.”

The company has further claimed that the Bullets (V2) earphones are wrapped in high-end Japanese black copper to ensure consistent listening experience. Silicone buds have been carefully shaped to minimise distortion for balanced and clearer sound, it adds.

 

Sony Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Spotted on Company Site; Image, Specifications Leaked

Sony Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Spotted on Company Site; Image, Specifications Leaked

  • Sony is hosting an event on September 1
  • It is expected to also launch the Sony Xperia XR smartphone
  • The Xperia XR is tipped to sport a 5.1-inch display

Sony is all set to host its event at IFA on September 1 and the company is widely expected to unveil the Sony XR smartphone. However, mentions on the company site indicate the Sony may launch the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact instead. In the meanwhile, prolific tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has posted a leaked image of the latter smartphone.

Let’s start with the company site listings of the two smartphones, though nothing is detailed beyond the names. Spotted by Netherlands-based website TechTastic, Sony’s Czech site mentions the Xperia XZ with the caption “photography”, and the Xperia X Compact with the caption “pictures without blur”, evidently pointing to some impressive optical performance.

Reports speculate the Xperia XZ that’s now been spotted is in fact the Xperia XR that was rumoured earlier. However, there’s not much clarity on this. In the meanwhile, tipster Evan Blass has shared animage of what he claims to be the Sony Xperia X Compact. This is the first time we’ve heard of a Compact variant in the X series. It sports a similar design as seen on other smartphones in the same series.

Sony killed off its flagship ‘Z’ series to replace it with the new X series. In May, the company announced the aesthetic re-branding at MWC in Barcelona, and launched the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance smartphones.

If the Sony Xperia X Compact rumour is true, it should ideally be the smaller variant of the 5-inch Xperia X smartphone. TechTastic has also leaked some specifications of the Xperia X Compact, claiming it will feature a 4.6-inch display, be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC, either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, USB Type-C port, and a 2700mAh battery

As mentioned, there is also noise that Sony will unveil the Xperia XR smartphone at IFA as well. Leaks suggest that the Xperia XR will feature a 5.1-inch display, and be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor. With this smartphone, Sony is also expected to finally make the switch to USB Type-C ports. There is also a pegged dual-LED flash module coming next to the rear camera, and the dimensions are tipped at 146.4×71.9×8.1mm.

The TechTastic report indicates that the Xperia XR or Xperia XZ will feature a 5.2-inch display instead, be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM, sport a 23-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus apart from a 13-megapixel front camera.

In any case, the event is just a week away and official details will be out soon. While Sony has clearly not given up on its smartphone business just yet, it has decided to put less effort into the second largest market in the world. The Japanese company recently was claimed to reduce focus in the Indian market due to unsatisfactory performance. Sony predicts only a 0.3 percent growth in US, China, and India in the future.

 

iPhone, iPad Had Higher Failure Rates Than Android Counterparts in Q2 2016

Image result for iPhone, iPad Has Higher Failure Rates Than Android Counterparts in Q2 2016iOS devices had a 58 percent failure rate in Q2 iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate of 29 percent

Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat among top apps to crash on iOS

When it comes to reliability and performance, Apple iPhones and iPads are failing more often than Android smartphones, a study has revealed.

According to the study global data security firm Blancco Technology Group, iOS devices had a 58 percent failure rate while Android smartphones reported an overall failure rate of 35 percent in the second quarter of 2016.

It is the first time that Apple’s devices have a lower performance rate compared to Android, Softpediareported.

iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate of 29 percent, followed by iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

For this, the study revealed the device failure rates by operating systems, manufacturers, models and regions.

In the first quarter of 2016, Android smartphones had an overall failure rate of 44 percent.

“Samsung, Lenovo, and LeTV were among the manufacturers with the weakest performance and higher failure rates. Samsung scored 26 percent in failure rate, while Motorola just 11 percent,” the findings showed.

iOS devices failed more frequently in North America and Asia compared to Android and the quality of the devices being shipped may be one of the reasons.

The main problem iOS users faced was not being able to connect to a WiFi network, dropped connections, slow speeds and incorrect password prompts.

Android smartphone users struggled with camera issues, battery charging, touchscreen issues and app crashes.

According to the results, 50 percent of iOS applications crashed compared to 23 percent of Android apps.

Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were among the top apps to crash on iOS devices.

 

LG V20 Spotted in the Wild Ahead of September 6 Launch

LG V20 Spotted in the Wild Ahead of September 6 Launch

  • The live image shows the front of the LG V20
  • The smartphone will not sport the modular chin
  • LG is unveiling the smartphone on September 6

The LG V20 is all set to be unveiled on September 6, and Google has confirmed that the smartphone will be the first new smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Running up to the launch event, we’ve seen several render leaks, and now a live image of the LG V20 has surfaced online.

The LG V20 was snapped in the wild by Twitter user@TechMan72, and shows the front of the smartphone only. Even though the image is grainy, the LG branding at the bottom cannot be missed. There seems to be very thin bezel around the edges, and the front camera is where it was seen in past renders – on the top left of the smartphone.

This image was a response tweet to Evan Blass’s LG V20 render leak yesterday. Techman72 replied to Blass’s leak tweet, “Here’s a real pic of the V20, not some render.” Blass’s render image also showed the smartphone front. The render image shows the buttons forged into the display, and the second screen is seen on top. Renders of the LG V20 have been leaked by OnLeaks in the past as well, and they show the smartphone from all angles. There’s a dual camera setup expected at the back, with the fingerprint sensor sitting right below it. The USB Type-C port, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the speaker grill are all seen situated at the bottom of the device.

 While there were earlier rumours of LG introducing the LG G5-like modular design on the LG V20, the latest renders show no release button hinting at a regular unibodied smartphone. The company has been boasting of the smartphone’s audio and sound capabilities, claiming that it will be the first in the world to sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback.

LG is placing its bet on the V20 to revive its smartphone business, after the dismal performance of the LG G5. The flagship smartphone had weaker-than-expected sales following production difficulties, and LG reported a total operating loss of roughly $132 million in the second quarter of 2016.

 

Snapdragon 800, 801 SoCs Said to Lack Support for Android 7.0 Nougat

Snapdragon 800, 801 SoCs Said to Lack Support for Android 7.0 Nougat

  • Rumour suggests Nougat update will not come to older Qualcomm devices
  • Due to presence of Vulken API, older devices will not get the update
  • Snapdragon 800/801 devices not getting graphic driver updates

There are some rumours that are easy to dismiss but then there are others that are backed by some information that provides them some level of authenticity. A new rumour that is doing rounds suggests that the devices with either Snapdragon 800 or 801 CPU will not be eligible to get an official Android 7.0 Nougat update.

According to the HTC-focused mobile developerLlabTooFer, who has provided several HTC-related tips in the past, Android 7.0 Nougat update will not be officially released for the HTC One M8 or other devices running the Snapdragon 800 or Snapdragon 801 CPUs because Qualcomm has not made corresponding graphics drivers for the new Vulkan API is present in the latest version of Android to improve gaming performance.

Due to Vulken API, Qualcomm has decided to not release graphics drivers for the devices with its older CPUs, making it impossible for OEMs (and apparently, even Google, for the LG Nexus 5) to provide official Android 7.0 Nougat updates for them.

When Android 7.0 Nougat update started rolling out earlier this week, it became clear that it won’t be making its way to Nexus 5 as other recent Nexus devices were provided with the latest version of Google’s mobile platform. Considering that Nexus 5 comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, the rumour seems plausibly true as of now.

If this information indeed turns out to be true, there will a host of Android devices that will be left out of the Nougat treatment by the California-based company. Such devices include the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G2, LG G3, OnePlus X, and HTC One M8.