InFocus Turbo 5 With 5000mAh Battery Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

InFocus on Wednesday launched its newest smartphone for the Indian market. The InFocus Turbo 5 features a massive 5000mAh battery, its highlight feature. The smartphone will be exclusively available via Amazon India from July 4 in Mocha Gold and Pure Gold colour variants.

The InFocus Turbo 5 price in India is Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant. The dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) smartphone sports an all-metal design with a fingerprint sensor on the back claimed to unlock the smartphone in 0.5 seconds. The company is also touting fingerprint sensor shortcuts for selfies and flashlight.

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The smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass on top. The InFocus Turbo 5 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC (clocked at 1.3GHz) coupled with Mali T720 MP1 GPU and up to 3GB of RAM.

As for the cameras, the new InFocus smartphone houses a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Both front and rear cameras have an f/2.2 aperture. It is offered with either 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options offered by the InFocus Turbo 5 include 4G VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM radio.

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Of course, the major attraction here is the 5000mAh battery pack that is rated to last almost two days on a single charge, deliver up to 34 days of standby time, 50 hours of continuous music playback, and 23 hours of video calling. The smartphone can be used as a power bank for charging other devices, thanks to its reverse charging feature. The InFocus Turbo 5 is 8.95mm thick, weighs 164 grams, and sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and range sensor.

At the event, InFocus said it would focus on ‘full-screen’ bezel-less smartphones until the rollout of the 5G wireless mobile networks, and that it would launch a bezel-less smartphone later this year. The company says it is targeting sales of 6 million mobile units in 2017.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Renders Leaked Alongside Video, Dual Rear Camera Setup Tipped

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, and not necessarily for all the right reasons. After the debacle of last year’s Galaxy Note 7recall, the successor has a lot to redeem. The smartphone has been leaked on several occasions in the past, and fresh leaks show us a full blown look at the Galaxy Note 8 from all angles.

OnLeaks in collaboration with 91Mobiles has publishedrenders, a 360 degree CAD video, and some additional information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. According to the render, the most notable change is the horizontal dual camera setup at the back with the fingerprint scanner located right beside in the top centre at the back. If true, this would be the first dual camera smartphone from Samsung. The back is made from glass, and the bottom edge is seen sporting the USB Type-C port, the speaker grille, the S Pen slot, and the 3.5mm audio jack. The volume and Bixby keys are both situated at the left edge of the device, and the power key is sitting alone at the right edge.

The front sports an almost bezel-less display barring the top chin where all the sensors and earpiece are located. The edge screen is still intact, and the phone sports a Black colour variant, however the report says that the smartphone will launch in Blue and Gold colour variants as well. The phone is reportedly also expected to be slightly thicker than the predecessor with 162.4×74.5×8.4mm dimensions, while the the Note 7’s measurements were 153.5×73.9×7.9mm. Perhaps this decision will not squeeze the battery as it had in the now infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Renders Leaked Alongside Video, Dual Rear Camera Setup Tipped

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is said to feature a 6.3-inch display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and support for 2K resolution. The dual camera setup on the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport two 12-megapixel sensors and come with independent OIS (optical image stabilisation) for each lens. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to pack 6GB of RAM and be powered by Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 SoC (depending on the market). It is expected to house a 3300mAh battery, which is notably less than the 3500mAh battery on Galaxy S8+. However, after the explosion cases that were caused due to battery last year, reducing battery capacity might not be the worst of ideas. The battery will support fast charging and wireless charging.

The Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to support split-screen multitasking, the ability to pin notes to the Always-On Display, and the DeX dock. As per a recent news report, the South Korean company might launch the smartphone in late September at a price tag of EUR 999 (roughly Rs. 72,100).

OnePlus 5 Trade-in Offers Launched in Europe

OnePlus 5 was launched last week and while a bump in price over predecessors was already anticipated, the company officially announced that the two memory variants of its latest flagship will be offered at EUR 449 and EUR 499. It seems like the company knows its user base fairly well and in order to avoid the complications caused due to price sensitivity, it is now offering trade-in offers for the OnePlus 5 (Review) smartphone in Europe. With the OnePlus 5 trade-in offer, users will receive vouchers in exchange for their old smartphone in the next 2-6 weeks, and these vouchers can be used to purchase anything from the OnePlus online store.

How OnePlus 5 trade-in offer works
The open sales for the OnePlus 5 were started from Tuesday, which means that users can now order the device from company’s website and get receive shipments without any waiting period. Interestingly, the company has announced that there are trade-in offers available with the purchase of both 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage models. With these offers, customers will get certain amount of cashback in return of their old smartphone or tablet.

However, it seems like the company is not offering a great value in return of the devices submitted by customers. For example, if you try submitting an iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) that has no scratches, no liquid damage, and basically in mint condition, you would only get a cashback of EUR 250. If the phone has some scratches or scuffs, the value is likely to come down further.

OnePlus 5 Trade-in Offers Launched in Europe
Notably, the trade-in offer on the OnePlus 5 is available only for next 5 months. The offer is currently available in all European countries but not in other regions.

OnePlus 5 specifications
OnePlus 5 was launched last week, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display with wide colour gamut. It runs on OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, and comes in two variants: 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. One of the highlights of the smartphone is the dual rear camera setup, featuring a 16-megapixel main camera and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. There’s a 16-megapixel front camera on board, along with 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge support.

 

Asus ZenFone 4 Series Tipped to Launch With Five Phones in July; ZenFone 4 Selfie Specifications Leaked

Asus is known for its confusing lineup of smartphones, and by the latest leak, this year is going to be no different. Asus has been tipped to launch the successors to the ZenFone 3 family in July, and as many as five smartphones are incoming. The ZenFone 4 family will be divided into five variants at least – ZenFone 4 Pro, Zenfone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Max, two ZenFone 4 variants, and a Asus ZenFone 4V.

The five Asus smartphones have been listed on the Google Play Store support sheet (shared on ZenTalk forum), and the phones are named – Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL), Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL), Asus ZenFone 4 Pro (Z01GD), Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie (Z01M), and Asus ZenFone 4V (V520KL/A006).

The Asus ZenFone 4 model has been listed in two variants and it may be because the company looks to offer it in two RAM/ storage variants. The Asus ZenFone 4 Pro model is a new variant in the mix, and it could be the most premium of all. The Asus ZenFone 4V is thought to be a Verizon exclusive variant.

Asus ZenFone 4 Series Tipped to Launch With Five Phones in July; ZenFone 4 Selfie Specifications Leaked

The Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie was spotted on GFXBench as well, tipping specifications. The device is listed as Z01M and it expected to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and be powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. The selfie-focused smartphone will sport a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 12-megapixel front sensor – both with 4K support.

Lastly, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max model will be the direct successor of the Asus ZenFone 3 Max, and previous leaks indicate that the smartphone will support 4G, have a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display, and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The processor could be either the Snapdragon 625 SoC or the Snapdragon 660 SoC. The smartphone is expected to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Qualcomm octa-core processor will be clocked at 1.4GHz paired with 3GB RAM and Adreno 505 GPU. The device is expected to offer 32GB of inbuilt storage. Lastly, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max is expected to sport a dual camera setup – one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor – at the rear. There is an 8-megapixel sensor at the front for selfies and video chats.

All of these smartphones were first expected to launch in May, but now they are rumoured to launch sometime in July.

Qualcomm Antitrust Lawsuit to Proceed, US Judge Rules

The Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm can proceed, a federal judge ruled late on Monday, meaning the iPhone chip supplier must now wage a fight with US regulators even as it contests a separate $1 billion lawsuit filed by Apple.

US District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California in San Jose denied Qualcomm’s motion to dismiss the FTC’s lawsuit, saying the agency’s allegations would amount to anticompetitive behaviour on Qualcomm’s part if proved true.

In response, Qualcomm said the case is still in its early stages. “FTC will have the burden to prove its claims, which we continue to believe are without merit,” Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The FTC sued Qualcomm in January, alleging the company engaged in anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly on the chips that let cell phones connect to mobile data networks.]

The FTC highlighted Qualcomm’s “no licence, no chips” policy under which the San Diego company refuses to sell chips unless customers also sign a patent licence agreement and pay Qualcomm fees. Qualcomm refused to grant licenses to its rivals in order to keep a monopoly, the FTC alleged.

Qualcomm asked Koh to throw out the case, arguing that even if all the FTC’s allegations were true, they would not amount to wrongdoing.

Qualcomm, the largest independent maker of chips used in smartphones, is a major supplier to Apple and Samsung Electronics for modem chips that connect phones to wireless networks.

Qualcomm Antitrust Lawsuit to Proceed, US Judge Rules
Intel and Samsung, which are not parties to the case, filed briefs opposing Qualcomm’s attempt to the have the case dismissed.

Koh rejected Qualcomm’s arguments, ruling that the FTC had “adequately alleged” anticompetitive behaviour.

“We look forward to further proceedings in which we will be able to develop a more accurate factual record,” Qualcomm’s Rosenberg said in the statement.

Separately, Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion in January. Last week, Apple argued Qualcomm’s chip licenses are invalid under a ruling last month from the US Supreme Court. Apple’s contract manufacturers such as Foxconn stopped paying Qualcomm as that case proceeds, which in turn prompted Qualcomm to sue the contract manufacturers.

In addition to the complaint from the FTC, Qualcomm has faced a series of antitrust rulings and investigations from regulators across the globe, including China and South Korea.

The FTC’s case is No. 5:17-cv-00220 in the Northern District of California.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Flash Sale in India at 12pm IST Today, Price Starts at Rs. 9,999

The popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will go on sale in India at 12pm IST on Wednesday via e-commerce site Flipkart and the company’s own online store, Mi.com. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999, and the smartphone is available in Gold, Grey, Matte Black, and Silver colour variants. The smartphone was launched in the country in January in three variants – the 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 specifications
The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review) runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a 401ppi pixel density. Powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC, it comes with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, depending on the SKU.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Flash Sale in India at 12pm IST Today, Price Starts at Rs. 9,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4’s rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB).

As for connectivity, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Micro-USB, and Infrared. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, and proximity sensor. Redmi Note 4 battery capacity is rated at 4100mAh battery, and the new Xiaomi smartphone measures 151x76x8.35mm, and weighs 175 grams.

OnePlus 5 Receiving OxygenOS 4.5.3 Update With Wi-Fi Drop Issue, Other Fixes

The OnePlus 5 (Review) is now receiving its third OxygenOS update since launch, with OxygenOS 4.5.3 now rolling out to units in India. To recall, the OnePlus 5 received the OxygenOS 4.5.1 update on the day of the global unveiling, and earlier this week, began receiving the OxygenOS 4.5.2 update with several bug fixes and optimisations.

The latest OxygenOS 4.5.3 brings several bug fixes and optimisations to the OnePlus 5. Let’s start with the bug fixes – the company claims to have resolved an expanded screenshot display issue, Google Translate stutters, and Wi-Fi occasional drops. Notably, the OnePlus team during its Reddit AMA on Monday said it would release a fix in a future update for a Wi-Fi issue where the OnePlus 5 is connected to Wi-Fi but cannot access the Internet.

OxygenOS 4.5.3 brings some optimisations to the OnePlus 5 as well, as we mentioned. These include optimisations for system stability, camera effect and stability, effects of auto-brightness adjustment, as well as accuracy of data usage statistics. Weighing in at 54MB, the OxygenOS 4.5.3 update brings to build number to A5000_22_170624.

OnePlus 5 Receiving OxygenOS 4.5.3 Update With Wi-Fi Drop Issue, Other Fixes

Fixes in the OxygenOS 4.5.2 update for the OnePlus 5 include an ‘app installation issue’ as well as ‘system update failure’. Optimisations include changes for the camera, Bluetooth stability, network stability, system stability, and third-party app compatibility.

To recall, the OnePlus 5 gets several additions on the software front, thanks to the higher version of OxygenOS used by the company compared to the OnePlus 3T. These additions include features like App Priority, Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots, Translucent App Drawer, Auto Night Mode, Off-Screen Gestures, Customisable Vibrations, Gaming DND Mode, and Secure Box.

 

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.’’

Samsung Smart Switch Website Updated, Makes It Simpler to Transfer Data

One would think that Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones with their near bezel-less design and top-of-the-line hardware are enough to attract consumers towards them, but Samsung wants to make sure the transition is smooth and simple. The South Korean tech giant has updated its Smart Switch website that makes it ever more simpler to transfer content from your phone to your new Galaxy handset.

Smart Switch, which is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry handsets, lets you transfer content from your phone to a Galaxy device in three ways – directly over Wi-Fi using the Smart Switch app, by connecting your old and new device via USB, or through the Smart Switch computer software. Once you’ve established connection through any one of these options, Smart Switch will guide you through the content you wish to transfer and will do so quickly.

Using the desktop app lets you also backup your phone and Samsung says that the desktop interface makes it easy to restore your content on a new Galaxy smartphone. It also provides a simple way for you to conduct firmware updates.

Samsung Smart Switch Website Updated, Makes It Simpler to Transfer Data
Keep in mind that Smart Switch will transfer content from any phone or OS to Galaxy devices ranging from Galaxy S2 to the current Galaxy S8 smartphones (including tablets) running Android 4.0 and above. Additionally, certain devices running Android 4.0 and above may not support wireless transfer in which case you will need to use the other two options mentioned. Meanwhile, transfers between Android to Galaxy devices via USB cable require Android 4.3 or above as well as MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) USB support.

While Samsung updates its own Smart Switch app, Apple too has been trying to attract Android users to its iOS platform having recently launched three new ad campaigns for its Move to iOS app, which works in a similar fashion to the Smart Switch, helping you easily transfer essential files to an iOS device.