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.

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.

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.

Telegram App Used in Saint Petersburg Bombing, Says Russia

Russia’s FSB security agency on Monday said the Telegram messaging service was used by those behind the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, the latest salvo by authorities after they threatened to block the app.

“During the probe into the April 3 terrorist attack in the Saint Petersburg metro, the FSB received reliable information about the use of Telegram by the suicide bomber, his accomplices and their mastermind abroad to conceal their criminal plans,” the FSB said in a statement.

They used Telegram “at each stage of the preparation of this terrorist attack,” it said.

Fifteen people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was claimed by the little-known Imam Shamil Battalion, a group suspected of links to Al-Qaeda.

Telegram is a free Russian-designed messaging app that lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000. It has attracted about 100 million users since its launch in 2013.

But the service has drawn the ire of critics who say it can let criminals and terrorists communicate without fear of being tracked by police, pointing in particular to its use by Islamic State jihadists.

The FSB charged that “the members of the international terrorist organisations on Russian territory use Telegram”.

The app is already under fire in Moscow after Russia’s state communications watchdog on Friday threatened to ban it, saying the company behind the service had failed to submit company details for registration.

Telegram App Used in Saint Petersburg Bombing, Says Russia
Telegram’s secretive Russian chief executive, Pavel Durov, who has previously refused to bow to government regulation that would compromise the privacy of users, had called that threat “paradoxical” on one of his social media accounts.

He said it would force users, including “high-ranking Russian officials” to communicate via apps based in the United States like WhatsApp.

The 32-year-old had previously created Russia’s popular VKontakte social media site, before founding Telegram in the United States.

Durov said in April that the app had “consistently defended our users’ privacy” and “never made any deals with governments.”

The app is one of several targeted in a legal crackdown by Russian authorities on the internet and on social media sites in particular.

Since January 1, internet companies have been required to store all users’ personal data at data centres in Russia and provide it to the authorities on demand.

Draft legislation that has already secured initial backing in parliament would make it illegal for messaging services to have anonymous users.

 

UberPASS Rollout Begins in India, Flat Fees Start From Rs. 49

Last week, Uber had announced the launch of a new feature called UberPASS in select cities as a pilot. Now, the company has started rolling out the option to users. With UberPASS, you pay a flat fee to ride, with no cancellation fees or subscription – however, at least during the current pilot, you have to complete a minimum number of rides this week, to continue accessing it next week. The UberPASS fares are being applied to UberGO rides, and don’t apply on shared rides, or higher car categories.

The UberPASS feature is being rolled out to users in a phased manner – the only way to access it is if Uber sends you an email or SMS alert. After that, you can select it while booking the car.

According to the company, select riders will receive an email to unlock the feature. There is no specific eligibility criteria, but about 10 percent of riders in the four cities will get access to UberPASS. These riders will then get offers (which could include flat fares) on UberGO rides, which would vary from city to city. This in turn would unlock UberPASS.

UberPASS Rollout Begins in India, Flat Fees Start From Rs. 49
In Mumbai, for Rs. 99, you can take an Uber for up to 8km, and Rs. 159 for 8-15km. As mentioned above, there are no cancellation charges or subscription fees with UberPASS, and no promo code either; UberPASS is simply an option in the ride types, along with UberX and UberGO.

In Bengaluru, the company is offering fares of Rs. 49 for 6km, and Rs. 99 for up to 12km. An Uber representative who spoke to us said it wouldn’t be able to share a city-specific breakup, but it appears that the Chennai fee is Rs. 100, and it’s pointed out that actual drop location and pickup location must be entered correctly – changes could mean that the flat fee does not apply.

 

Telegram App Used in Saint Petersburg Bombing, Says Russia

Russia’s FSB security agency on Monday said the Telegram messaging service was used by those behind the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, the latest salvo by authorities after they threatened to block the app.

“During the probe into the April 3 terrorist attack in the Saint Petersburg metro, the FSB received reliable information about the use of Telegram by the suicide bomber, his accomplices and their mastermind abroad to conceal their criminal plans,” the FSB said in a statement.

They used Telegram “at each stage of the preparation of this terrorist attack,” it said.

Fifteen people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was claimed by the little-known Imam Shamil Battalion, a group suspected of links to Al-Qaeda.

Telegram is a free Russian-designed messaging app that lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000. It has attracted about 100 million users since its launch in 2013.

But the service has drawn the ire of critics who say it can let criminals and terrorists communicate without fear of being tracked by police, pointing in particular to its use by Islamic State jihadists.

The FSB charged that “the members of the international terrorist organisations on Russian territory use Telegram”.

The app is already under fire in Moscow after Russia’s state communications watchdog on Friday threatened to ban it, saying the company behind the service had failed to submit company details for registration.

Telegram App Used in Saint Petersburg Bombing, Says Russia
Telegram’s secretive Russian chief executive, Pavel Durov, who has previously refused to bow to government regulation that would compromise the privacy of users, had called that threat “paradoxical” on one of his social media accounts.

He said it would force users, including “high-ranking Russian officials” to communicate via apps based in the United States like WhatsApp.

The 32-year-old had previously created Russia’s popular VKontakte social media site, before founding Telegram in the United States.

Durov said in April that the app had “consistently defended our users’ privacy” and “never made any deals with governments.”

The app is one of several targeted in a legal crackdown by Russian authorities on the internet and on social media sites in particular.

Since January 1, internet companies have been required to store all users’ personal data at data centres in Russia and provide it to the authorities on demand.

Draft legislation that has already secured initial backing in parliament would make it illegal for messaging services to have anonymous users.

Facebook Reportedly in Talks to Produce Original TV-Quality Shows

Facebook Inc is in talks with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The social networking giant has indicated that it was willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, in meetings with Hollywood talent agencies, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Facebook is hoping to target audiences from ages 13 to 34, with a focus on the 17 to 30 range. The company has already lined up “Strangers”, a relationship drama, and a game show, “Last State Standing”, the report said.

Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment.

The company is expected to release episodes in a traditional manner, instead of dropping an entire season in one go like Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc, WSJ reported.

Facebook Reportedly in Talks to Produce Original TV-Quality Shows
The company is also willing to share its viewership data with Hollywood, the report said.

Apple Inc hired co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, earlier this month, to lead its video-programming efforts.

Apple began its long-awaited move into original television series last week, with a reality show called “Planet of the Apps”, an unscripted show about developers trying to interest celebrity mentors with a 60-second pitch on an escalator.

The company’s future programming plans include an adaptation of comedian James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment from his CBS Corp show that will begin airing in August.

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.

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.