Vivo X9s, X9s Plus Smartphones Set to Launch on July 6

Vivo is all set to launch X9s and X9s Plus smartphones next week, as the company has started sending out press invites for the unveiling on July 6 in Beijing. While the launch teaser doesn’t reveal much information about the smartphones, the image suggests that Vivo X9s might carry some of the design elements from its predecessor.

The launch teaser image, shared by Playfuldroid, shows the rear of the X9s smartphone and it looks similar to its predecessor with camera panel located towards the top left of the smartphone. There hasn’t been any information about the Vivo X9s smartphone in past leaks, but the Plus variant of the smartphone has earlier been spotted in a TENAA listing, as pointed out by GSMArena.

Vivo X9s, X9s Plus Smartphones Set to Launch on July 6

As per the specifications leaked by TENAA listing, the Vivo X9s Plus runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and features a 5.85-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone has been tipped to be powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.95GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Vivo X9s features a 16-megapixel primary camera at the back. At front, it has been said to come with a dual camera setup with one 20-megapixel and another 5-megapixel sensor. As per the TENAA listing, the Vivo X9s comes with 64GB of built-in storage and houses a 3920mAh battery.

As these are just leaks, we would advise you to wait till official information comes through Vivo itself for any confirmation.

Gionee Offers Up to 60GB of Reliance Jio 4G Data to Smartphone Buyers, Unveils Paytm Cashbacks

Gionee India has announced strategic partnerships with Reliance Jio and Paytm to roll out offers on the purchase of its smartphones. These offers are on a vast portfolio of smartphones, and while Reliance Jio offers additional 4G data benefits of up to 60GB, Paytm offers cashbacks of a maximum of Rs. 500 on a shopping of Rs. 700 or above on the Paytm Mall app.

Starting with the ‘Jio-Gionee Additional Data’ offer, eligible Gionee smartphones purchased after June 16 are entitled to get additional 4G data. For instance, if consumers buy a Gionee Pioneer P5L or a Gionee P7, they entitled to get 2GB of additional 4G data per recharge. Similarly, Gionee Elife S6, Gionee Elife S7, Gionee Marathon M5, Gionee S Plus, Gionee S6s, Gionee F103 Pro, Gionee Marathon M5 lite CDMA, Gionee Marathon M4 , Marathon M5 Lite, Gionee P7 Max, and Gionee F103 buyers are entitled to get 5GB of additional 4G data per recharge.

Lastly, Gionee A1, Gionee Marathon M5 Plus, Gionee S6 Pro, and Gionee Elife E8 are entitled to get 10GB of 4G data per recharge. All of these above mentioned smartphones are entitled to a maximum of six recharges of Rs. 309 or above, performed on or before March 31, 2018. This means that Gionee A1, Gionee M5 Plus, Gionee S6 Pro, and Gionee Elife E8 buyers are entitled for up to 60GB of additional Reliance Jio 4G data.

Gionee Offers Up to 60GB of Reliance Jio 4G Data to Smartphone Buyers, Unveils Paytm Cashbacks
Separately, Gionee has also partnered with Paytm to offer customers two Paytm cashback vouchers of Rs. 250 each on the purchase of the Gionee A1 or P7 Max. Each voucher will ensure Rs. 250 cashback into the customer’s Paytm wallet on a minimum purchase of Rs. 350 on Paytm Mall.

Rohit Khattar, Director – Trade Marketing, Gionee India said, ‘’Gionee has always invested in offering its consumers the best experience. We believe that this association with Reliance Jio and PayTm is a true value add and will help Gionee customers do and enjoy more. As a company, we believe in creating new possibilities for our customers and through these offers we hope to give our consumers another reason to buy their favourite Gionee devices.’’

Lenovo K6 Power, K6 Note Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update in India

The Lenovo K6 Power and K6 Note were launched in India late last year running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the company has now confirmed that the Nougat 7.0 update has started rolling out for the smartphones in the country. The update will bring features like multi-window support, data saver, smart notifications, and quick app switching to the smartphones, both of which are available on Flipkart and via retail outlets.

Lenovo says that the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the K6 Power and K6 Note will let users experience a new interface wherein they will now be able to reply directly from the notification bar, save on battery life with an updated Doze mode, and play around with the font and display size, among other things.

To recall, the Lenovo K6 Power was launched starting at Rs. 9,999 and features a 5-inch display with full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC with a choice of either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is at 32GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Lenovo K6 Power, K6 Note Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update in India
The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX258 sensor, PDAF and LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX219 sensor and a wide-angle lens. Connectivity options on the dual-SIM (Nano SIM) K6 Power smartphone include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, Micro-USB, and GPS/ A-GPS.

Meanwhile, the Lenovo K6 Note starts at Rs. 13,999 and features a larger 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage respectively, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Optics for the Lenovo K6 Note includes a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS.

Google Pixel 2 Phones Leak Tips Design and Specifications

While there have been several leaks about the upcoming second generation Pixel smartphones in recent months, the specifications of the handsets have now allegedly been leaked on the Internet. Though both Walleye and Taimen, tipped codenames of the successors to Pixel and Pixel XL respectively, have been tipped to feature Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB of RAM, their designs are expected to be different from each other.

First coming to the larger variant of the upcoming Pixel 2 series of smartphones, ‘Taimen’ Pixel XL 2 will feature a 5.99-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display that will be manufactured by LG, as per an XDA Developers source who has reportedly handled at least one of the two Pixel devices. This sits in line with the earlier report that suggested that Google will be using LG AMOLED displays on the upcoming Pixel smartphone.

While Taimen has been tipped to feature narrower bezels than the Pixel XL, the smartphone is still said to retain a similar glass and metal design like its predecessor. Notably, the glass part is said to be reduced and no longer includes the fingerprint sensor within it, as per the XDA report. The smartphone will reportedly be made by LG, which goes in line with information leaked earlier.

As mentioned earlier, Taimen is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at up to 2.45GHz and will pack 4GB of RAM. Interestingly, the smartphone has been tipped to feature a single rear camera with dual-LED flash support. If you were expecting dual cameras, now is the time to sigh.

While the presence of 128GB storage variant has been suggested, other variants are also likely to be introduced.

Google Pixel 2 Phones Leak Tips Design and Specifications
Moving to the smaller variant of the Pixel 2 smartphone, Walleye is said to come with a 4.97-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Just like the larger variant, it is also expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC and pack 4GB of RAM. Notably, Walleye has been suggested to come in a 64GB storage variant as well, which was missing from last year’s models.

In terms of design, the Walleye is said to feature “almost identical” design as the original Pixel smartphone but ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack to make way for a set of stereo speakers. This means that the successor to the Pixel smartphone will feature the same thick bezels that were present on last year’s model.

Interestingly, the pre-production software on the Taimen referred to the fingerprint sensor as ‘Nexus Imprint’ while the one on Walleye referred to the same as ‘Pixel Imprint’, as per the XDA Developers report. This could potentially indicate a difference in terms of branding that the smartphones will be offered under.

Previous leaks have suggested that Google has ditched the third variant of the smartphone that was earlier under consideration and Taimen is going to be largest among the Pixel 2 variants that will be launched by the company.

However, as these are leaks, we would advise our readers to take this information with a pinch of salt till the official confirmation from the search giant comes through.


OnePlus 5 Without Volume Button Allegedly Sold in India

A OnePlus 5 buyer in India claims that he received the smartphone without the volume rocker. The image proof posted on social media shows the left panel of the device with cut-outs for the volume button though there’s no sign of the actual buttons. The buyer has reportedly been offered a full refund by Amazon India since the OnePlus 5 is currently out of stock in India. Notably, his tweet doesn’t confirm that he bought the OnePlus 5 from Amazon India.

Twitter user Kapil Tandon in tweeted showing the OnePlus with missing volume controls. “The just delivered OnePlus 5 volume button/switch missing,” Tandon wrote in a tweet accompanied by an image. Tandon is cited by BGR India to claim the OnePlus 5 retail box had the volume buttons loosely placed inside the box.

Gadgets 360 has reached out to OnePlus India for comment, and will update the story when we get a reply. It’s worth mentioning that this is just the first such case reported, and might be a faulty unit. We, however, wait for the company’s version of the incident.

OnePlus 5 Without Volume Button Allegedly Sold in India

OnePlus 5 price in India, specifications
The OnePlus 5 smartphone was launched in India at starting price of Rs. 32,999, and will be an Amazon India exclusive. Apart from being available online, the OnePlus 5 was also made available through offline pop-up events held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai last week.

The OnePlus 5 comes in two variants in India: Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage. Some of the highlight features of the phone are it runs on OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The dual rear cameras are touted to be the biggest highlight feature as it ships with a 16-megapixel main camera and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. There’s a 16-megapixel front camera on board.

Apple Acquires SensoMotoric, a German Firm Specialising in Eye-Tracking Tech

If Apple’s announcement of ARKit at WWDC 2017 was not proof enough for company’s dedication towards augmented reality, it has now acquired a computer vision company that specialises in augmented reality. As per the latest information, Apple has acquired German company SensoMotoric Instruments, which provides eye-tracking solutions.

While a MacRumors report first suggested that the company has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, the Cupertino-based company gave Axios its standard boilerplate statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” While Apple almost never officially discloses acquisitions to public, this standard response can be seen as a confirmation.

As SensoMotoric Instruments provides eye-tracking technology, which plays a key role in the development of augmented reality applications, it is clear that Apple might be focusing heavily on this area going ahead.

Apple Acquires SensoMotoric, a German Firm Specialising in Eye-Tracking Tech
However, this should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been tracking news regarding the company currently headed by Tim Cook in last two year. Tim Cook himself has openly made several statements where he has talked about the potential that augmented reality holds.

As we mentioned, Apple introduced ARKit along with the announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC 2017. The ARKit provides fast and stable motion tracking, ambient light estimation and so on which is made possible by using the sensors in the iPhone and iPad devices. “This will make ARKit the largest AR platform in the world,” Craig Federighi said at the event.

As there is no official information available from the company’s side, currently it is unclear what Apple is planning to do with its new acquisition. However, we can now expect the company to make an announcement regarding its augmented reality efforts sometime in the near future.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Sells 1 Million Units in India in 30 Days, Company Claims

Xiaomi launched the Redmi 4 smartphone in India last month, and now 30 days later, the company has announced that it has managed to sell as many as one million units of the Redmi 4 through flash sales and pre-orders. This is a huge milestone for the company, which has been breaking records ever since it started its journey in the country.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 price in India starts at Rs. 6,999 for the variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The models with 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage is priced at Rs. 8,999, whereas the Redmi 4 variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs Rs. 10,999. The smartphone was sold on Amazon India and via flash sales and pre-orders every week since its launch in May.

At the launch of the Redmi 4, Xiaomi had confirmed that it had managed to sell over 40 lakh units (4 million) of the Redmi 3S variants in India ever since their launch last year. This apparently made the Xiaomi Redmi 3S “highest selling smartphones online” in India, collectively. Furthermore, CEO Lei Jun had also confirmed last month that Xiaomi had managed to sell as many as 3 million units of the Xiaomi Mi Max ever since launch in China.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Sells 1 Million Units in India in 30 Days, Company Claims
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Specifications
Coming to the Redmi 4, the dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) device runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB of RAM.

The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. It is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

Xiaomi is touting several features on the Redmi 4 smartphone. These include App Lock (password and fingerprint locks for apps), Second Space (allowing multi-account profiles), and Dual Apps (allowing users to utilise two different WhatsApp accounts simultaneously). Special beta preview of Android Nougat-based MIUI will be available to users out-of-the-box. The infrared sensor on board allows the smartphone to be used as a universal remote control.


OnePlus 5 to Get EIS for 4K Videos, Wi-Fi Issue Fix With Future Update

The OnePlus 5 was launched last week, and the smartphone is now available on Amazon India in an open sale. Alongside the launch, OnePlus hosted an AMA on Reddit answering all its fans’ questions. In the AMA, OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will receive the Android O update before the end of this year. It also confirmed several things about the OnePlus 5, including the fact that EIS for 4K videos and a Wi-Fi issue will be resolved with a future update. Furthermore, OnePlus 5 early access buyers were complaining about not receiving their units still, and the company informed that the buyers will receive their devices ‘normally’ this week.

Because of the absence of electronic image stabilisation in 4K videos on the OnePlus 5 (Review), handheld videos appear very shaky, as reported by early adopters and reviewers – including us. Also, some early adopters have noticed that the even though the smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi, the OnePlus 5 cannot access the Internet. OnePlus, in its AMA, confirmed that both these issues will be resolved in a future update.

OnePlus 5 to Get EIS for 4K Videos, Wi-Fi Issue Fix With Future Update

The company also touched upon the delay of the OnePlus 5 early access packages, and said that customers who ordered the OnePlus 5 last week should see their parcels arrive this week. This was received with disappointment by many fans as they expected to flaunt their devices much before the regular buyers.

Apart from this, OnePlus also confirmed that it has no plans to launch microSD card slots for memory expansion, and that a tablet is not on the cards. However, the company did claim that a premium device with a $800 (roughly Rs. 51,600) price tag could be a possibility in the future.

The OnePlus 5 was launched in India last week, and was made available on Amazon India the same day in an early access sale. The 64GB variant is priced at Rs. 32,999, while the 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 37,999.

OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 5 smartphone last week. and on Monday, OnePlus held an AMA on Reddit to answer all fan questions. One such query was about when the promised Android O update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T would arrive. OnePlus then confirmed that both the phones will receive Android O before the end of this year. The company also confirmed that it has no plans of introducing expandable storage and that a tablet is not in the making as of now, but a $800 premium device may be on the cards.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had already confirmed that both the devices will receive Android O whenever it arrives, but it has now even confirmed the timeline before which you can expect it. If OnePlus stays true to its timeline, then it’s quite ambitious of the company to roll out the software update so soon after Android O’s commercial release. Android O has been released in developer betas, and is expected to go commercial sometime in October with the launch of the new Pixel devices.

The name of Android O has not been unveiled yet, but the latest evidence points to Android Oatmeal Cookie. Android Oreo has also been rumoured if a cross promotion deal is made, similar to Android KitKat. In any case, Google will unveil the final name in due course. The latest preview confirmed the Android version to be Android 8.0, something that was kept under wraps when Android O was first announced.

OnePlus 3, 3T to Get Android O Before the End of 2017, and More Revealed at Reddit AMA

In the AMA, OnePlus was also pulled up for not living up to promise of updating the older devices on time, or dropping support for them very quickly. Co-founder Carl Pei also confirmed that OnePlus may never consider making a tablet but a premium device with a $800 price tag is on the cards. It was also asked about the recent benchmark cheating issue, but did not respond.

OnePlus also touched upon the delay of the OnePlus 5 early access packages, and said that customers who ordered the OnePlus 5 last week should see their parcels arrive this week. The company also confirmed that it will bring EIS for 4K video to the OnePlus 5 in a future software update, and address the Wi-Fi issue some early adopters are now reporting. You can read all the questions and responses asked in the AMA right here.

The OnePlus 5 was launched in India last week, first going up via Early Access Sale on Amazon India, and pop-up events across the country where it made the OnePlus 5 available offline as well. From Tuesday, it is available in an open sale on Amazon India, the OnePlus Store, and OnePlus Experience Store in Benglauru.


OnePlus 5 Goes on Open Sale in India via Amazon India, OnePlus Store

OnePlus 5 (Review) went on open sale in India at 12am IST on Tuesday, June 27, within a week of its global unveiling. The smartphone can be purchased via Amazon India and OnePlus Store online, and OnePlus Experience Stores offline. Notably, this is not the first OnePlus 5 sale in India, as the smartphone was available to purchase in an Early Access Sale and at pop-up events last week. The smartphone is still in stock for interested buyers, and comes with exchange discount of a rather measly Rs. 920 for both variants.

To recall, the new flagship from Chinese startup OnePlus was launched in India last week. The OnePlus 5 price in India is Rs. 32,999 for the Slate Grey 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, and Rs. 37,999 for the Midnight Black 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. The smartphone’s accessories, including screen protectors and cases, have already gone on sale via the OnePlus Store.

OnePlus 5 launch offers
On Amazon, OnePlus 5 India launch offers include a Vodafone offer that gives prepaid users 10GB of data per month at the price of 1GB for 5 months. Vodafone’s postpaid subscribers of the operator will get 9GB of additional data free for 5 billing cycles if they are on plans with 1GB or more data; on top of this, Vodafone Red users with 4G SIM will get 10GB of extra free data per month for 3 months through by logging into the MyVodafone app. Both postpaid and prepaid users will get free access to Vodafone Play for three months.

Separately, SBI credit and debit card holders will get flat Rs. 1.500 cashback on the OnePlus 5 price, on top of the up to Rs. 1,000 exchange offer the company is running (valid till June 28 across all authorised retail channels). Kindle users who purchase the handset between June 22 and July 31 will get promotional e-book credit worth Rs. 500 when logging into the app from the smartphone. Sign in on the Amazon Prime Video app on the phone to get Rs. 250 cashback in Amazon Pay balance. All OnePlus 5 users will be eligible for 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on downloading the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it with an initial deposit of Rs. 1,000.

OnePlus 5 Goes on Open Sale in India via Amazon India, OnePlus Store

There are several improvements the OnePlus 5 brings over its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, and you can check out our What’s New and Different piece for specifics. The smartphone, with the highest ever price tag for a OnePlus device, also enters the premium league – competing with flagships from established manufacturers like Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi. Check out our comparison of the OnePlus 5 vs Xiaomi Mi 6 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8.

The dual-SIM OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and just this week received its second major update since launch, bringing it up to OxygenOS 4.5.2. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz) coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

As for the camera, the OnePlus 5 sports a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel telephoto lens equipped sensor that together provide depth of field effects like Bokeh. On the front, it bears a 16-megapixel sensor.

The OnePlus 5 comes with either 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, which is not expandable. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C (2.0). The OnePlus 5 bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm, and weighs in at 153 grams.