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Poco M2 Pro launched with a quad-camera setup, support for 33W fast charging, and more
Poco has launched the Poco M2 Pro in India. It comes with a 6.7-inch FHD+ screen, a quad-camera setup, a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 33W, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Prices start at INR 13,999 (US$187) for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device will be available for purchase on Flipkart starting July 14.
Ubisoft enters the Battle Royale arena with Hyper Scape
Ubisoft's highly-anticipated Battle Royale title Hyper Scape is finally available for Twitch streamers. The game pits 100 players against each other in a futuristic urban map. Players can obtain a key for the game by watching it live on Twitch.
OnePlus launches a new line of affordable smart TVs
OnePlus has unveiled its new range of smart TVs for the Indian market. The OnePlus TV Y costs INR 49,999 (US$670) and comes with a 55-inch 4K-ready HDR 10 screen, MEMC, and OnePlus' in-house Gamma Colour Magic chip. The OnePlus TV U retail at INR 22,999 (US$307) and INR 12,999 (US$173) for the 43-inch 1080p and the 32-inch 720p versions, respectively.
The OnePlus Nord will come with a 5G-ready Snapdragon 765G SoC
Two separate sources have confirmed that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC will power the upcoming OnePlus Nord. The first one is OnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei, and the other is Qualcomm. The phone will be released in India on July 10th.
Realme C11 launched with Redmi 9C-like hardware
The Realme C1 is the company's latest affordable smartphone that costs RM 429 ($100). It comes with a MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, a 5,000mAh battery, two rear cameras, and a micro USB port. The phone is up for sale in Malaysia and is expected to make its way to other markets in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi unveils the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia
Xiaomi Malaysia has just listed the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C on its official Facebook page. Both phones come with a MediaTek Helio SoC, 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 10W, a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, and a paltry 2GB of RAM. The Redmi 9A is priced at RM 359 ($83), while the latter costs RM 429 ($100)
The MediaTek Helio G35 and Helio G25 aim to offer a superior gaming experience on affordable smartphones
MediaTek has unveiled two new gaming-centric chips for entry-level smartphones. The Helio G35 and Helio G25 come with eight Cortex-A53 cores, a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, and support for MediaTek's HyperEngine technology. The former will allegedly make its debut alongside the Realme C11, while the latter will be featured in the Redmi 9A.
Indian government bans 59 prominent Chinese apps; TikTok, Mi Community, UC Browser, and more affected
The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese-origin apps in the country. Some of the banned apps include TikTok, Share It, UC Browser, WeChat, Mobile Legends, UC Browser, and Club Factory. The directive also instructs Google and Apple 24 hours to take the apps off their respective platforms.
New Harry Potter RPG is reportedly in the works; release date set for late 2021
Back in 2018, screenshots of what appeared to be a Harry Potter-themed RPG emerged online. Some more information has emerged about the yet-to-be-released title. According to Jason Schreier, it is billed to be announced in August 2020 and will hit the shelves in 'late' 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus BTS edition will be available for pre-order in India starting July 1
Samsung India announced that the BTS-themed version of the Galaxy S20 Plus would be available for pre-order starting July 1. While Samsung hasn't mentioned the exact price yet, we can expect it to retail at around the INR 90,000 ($1,191) mark. The phone is exclusive to Samsung's website for the moment, and will not be available on other online and offline platforms.
The OnePlus Nord will come with two selfie cameras
The OnePlus Z will reportedly ship with two selfie cameras featuring a 32MP sensor assisted by an 8MP wide-angle lens. An earlier leak suggested that the phone would come with a quad-camera setup at the rear. The device is slated for a July 10th release and will allegedly retail at $300.
Leak suggests that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus will be released in July
Qualcomm will reportedly unveil the Snapdragon 865 Plus sometime in July, according to a Weibo post by Ice Universe. The chip is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Fold 2, and the ASUS ROG Phone 3. It is billed to power most flagships released in the latter half of 2020 as well.
Bethesda moves QuakeCon 2020 online; event to start on August 7
Bethesda has announced that this year's QuakeCon will be streamed live. We can expect the company to tell us more about the upcoming Doom: Eternal DLC, Starfield, and more. We should know more about the event's specifics in the coming days.
Realme Buds Q TWS earbuds launched in India for INR 1,999
Realme has launched a new pair of affordable TWS earbuds in India. The Realme Buds Q has a 10mm driver, offers up to 20 hours of playback with the charging case, is rated IPX4 for dust and water resistance, and comes with a 119ms low-latency gaming mode. It will be available for sale on July 1st on Amazon and Realme's official website for INR 1,999 ($27).
Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom launched in India; prices start at INR 24,999
Realme has officially launched the Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom in India. Both phones come with a 6.6-inch 120Hz LCD panel, a 4,200mAh battery that can be charged at 30W, quad-rear cameras, dual-selfie cameras, and more. Prices start at 24,999 ($330) for the Realme X3 and 27,999 ($370) for the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
Redmi K40 tipped for a July launch; will feature a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, 144Hz screen, and more
Prolific leaker Digital Chat Station states that Xiaomi is expected to release a phone powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 1000+ SoC in July. It is very likely the Redmi K40, as earlier leaks speculated that it would come with a MediaTek chip, 144Hz screen, and support for 33W fast charging.
Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor released with a 49-inch curved screen, 240Hz HDR10+ QLED panel, and more; will retail at $1,699
Samsung unveiled its colossal 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor at CES 2020 this year. It has a resolution of 5120×1440 and comes with a QLED panel clocked at 240Hz. The monitor is now available for purchase globally at $1,699.
OnePlus Z gets a dedicated Instagram account; July 10th release date teased
OnePlus is all set to release the affordable OnePlus Z smartphone on July 10th. The information comes via a couple of teasers posted on the phone's newly-created Instagram page. The phone will reportedly be 5G-ready, come with a quad-camera setup, and retail at around $299.
Acer refreshes the Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop with 10th-generation Intel CPUs; prices start at $999
Acer has released a new version of its Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop powered by 10th-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 chips. One can choose from a wide range of NVIDIA GeForce GTX and RTX GPUs, starting with GTX 1650 and maxing out at the RTX 2070 Super. Prices start at $999 for the base variant, and the desktop will be available for purchase this August.
Acer's Nitro 50 gaming desktop is now available with 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake CPUs, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU, and more
Acer has unveiled a new version of its Nitro 50 gaming desktop featuring 10th-generation Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs. It can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and a variety of storage options. The desktop will be available for purchase in Europe this August and in North America in September.
Acer Predator Orion 9000 launched with a liquid-cooled Intel Core i9-10980XE, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, tempered glass side panel, and more
The refreshed Acer Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop comes with 10th-generation Intel Core i9 chips that can be paired with up to two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 Super, or RTX 2070 Super GPUs. One can add up to 128GB of RAM and up to four hard disks and three NVMe SSDs. It will be available in select regions in October and will retail at €2,799 ($3,155).
ASUS ROG Phone 3 slated for a July release in China; global launch to follow soon
According to ASUS's official Weibo handle, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 will be unveiled in China this July. ASUS has partnered with Tencent, allowing the latter to optimize its in-house titles for the smartphone. The phone is also billed to come with a 144Hz OLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will reportedly feature a 120Hz QHD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, and more
Hands-on images of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have been posted online. The phone is billed to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, a QHD+ LTPO panel that runs at 120Hz, new camera features, and more.
Nokia will release a Snapdragon 690-powered 5G smartphone later this year
HMD Global's Chief Product Officer said that Nokia is reportedly working on a low-cost 5G smartphone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 690 SoC. The phone will very likely be the Nokia 6.3 or Nokia 7.3. It will probably be unveiled alongside Nokia 9.3 PureView later this year.
TCL launches a new range of 4K and 8K QLED TVs in India; prices start at INR 45,990
TCL has unveiled its new range of QLED TVs for the Indian market. The C715, C815 series of smart TVs have 4K panels of varying sizes, while the X916 has only one 75-inch variant that is 8K-ready. Prices start at INR 45,990 ($602) for the 50-inch C715, and the X916 will set you back by INR 2,99,990 ($3930).
Poco M2 Pro spotted on BIS website; Indian launch imminent
The yet-to-be-announced Poco M2 Pro has just made an appearance on the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) website, indicating that it is ready for launch in the country. Not much is known about the phone other than the fact that it will reportedly feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC.
Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered iQOO 3 Pro gaming smartphone reportedly in the works
Vivo's sub-brand iQOO is reportedly working on a gaming smartphone that will feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC. The phone will come with a 6.5-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, a 4,500mAh battery that can be charged in 30 minutes, and more. Prices are expected to start at CNY 3998 ($565) for the entry-level version.
One UI 2.1 update rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung's newest One UI 2.1 update is now making its way to Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus users. The update includes all the One UI 2.1 features, including Pro Video Mode, Quick Share, and more. It is rolling out in Germany and will be available globally in the coming days.
Acer Veriton N small form factor desktop PC released in India; prices start at INR 9,999
Acer Veriton N is the company's newest compact PC for the Indian market. It can be configured with 8th and 9th generation Intel processors, up to 64GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. Prices start at INR 9,999 for the entry-level variant.
EMUI 10.1 update rolling out for some Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro users in Europe
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro users in Europe will be pleased to know that they'll soon be at the receiving end of Huawei's highly-anticipated EMUI 10.1 update. The software is making its way to some users in France and will be available widely in the coming weeks.
MediaTek's 8K-ready S900 chip is ready to hit smart TVs worldwide
The S900 is MediaTek's newest SoC that is custom-designed for smart TVs. It is powered by ARM's Cortex A-73 cores, and is compatible with the HDMI 2.1A standard, allowing it to deliver 8K videos at 60 fps and 4K content at 120 fps. The chip also uses machine learning to improve picture quality in real-time.
Motorola One Fusion+ likely to be released in India soon
It shouldn't be long before Motorola unveils the Motorola One Fusion+ in India. The company has been teasing the device's release on its Twitter handle, and we can expect an official announcement soon. If the phone's European pricing is anything to go by, we can expect it to retail in India for around INR 20,000 ($263).
Samsung reportedly working on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered Galaxy S20 Lite
An industry insider states that Samsung is working on a Lite version of the Galaxy S20 series. There are three variants of the Galaxy S20 Lite in the works, all of which will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. They are billed to launch with One UI 2.5 out of the box and 128GB of internal storage.
Acer launches new range of Nitro 5 gaming laptops in India
New versions of the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops are now available for purchase in India. They are all powered by 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors. Choices of CPUs include the Core i5-10300H and Core i7-10750H. On the GPU side of things, one can pick an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650TI or RTX 2060. Prices start at INR 72,990($962), and the laptops are available for purchase on Acer's official website.
Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition featuring 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors launched in India; prices start at INR 41,999
Xiaomi has launched a wide range of affordable laptops for the Indian market. The Mi Notebook 14 is restricted to the 10th-generation Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, while the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition allows users to upgrade that to an Intel Core i7-10510U. Prices start at INR 41,999 ($555) for the base variant and max out at INR 57,999 ($765). Both notebooks will be available for purchase on June 17th on Xiaomi's website.
Leak suggests that Xiaomi has five new affordable flagships in the works
Prolific leaker Digital Chat Station states that Xiaomi will release five Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered smartphones in the coming months. The phones are codenamed J20, J21, J1, J1S, and J1T, two of which could be Redmi devices. The leaker further adds that the phone codenamed J1S is already in the production line.
Redmi 9 listed on Xiaomi Spain's website; MediaTek Helio G80, quad-camera setup and 5,000mAh battery confirmed
Xiaomi Spain has officially listed the Redmi 9 on its website ahead of the phone's June 25 release. The phone will feature a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC coupled with 3/4GB of RAM, 32/46GB of internal storage, a quad-camera setup, a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports charging at up to 18W. It will retail for €149($169) in Spain.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 finally gets the One UI 2.1 update
The highly-anticipated One UI 2.1 update is finally making its way to Galaxy Note 9 users in Germany. It brings forth all the key features such as Single Take Mode, Pro Video Mode, Quick Share, and Music Share. The software will be available globally in the coming days.
Samsung will allegedly show ads on some low-cost phones with One UI 2.5
Leaked screenshots from Samsung's One UI 2.5 software showcase egregious lock screen ads that effectively prevent users from unlocking their phones for fifteen seconds. However, Samsung will only run these on some low-cost Galaxy A and Galaxy M devices. We should have more clarity on the matter once One UI 2.5 is released later this year.
OnePlus will unveil new, low-cost smart TVs in India on July 2
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to Twitter to announce that the company would be releasing a new line of affordable smart TVs in India. Sources familiar with the matter state that prices could start at $200, making it an attractive buy for those on a budget.
OnePlus Z slated for a July 10th launch in India; will allegedly retail at $330
A user survey conducted in India has shed light on the upcoming OnePlus Z's price and specifications. The phone will allegedly come with a triple-camera setup, a 6.5-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, and a 4,300mAh battery that supports charging at 30W. It will be launched in India on July 10th via an online event and will retail for INR 24,990($330).
Leaked Redmi 9 image showcases the phone's quad-camera setup; will likely be released on June 25th
More details have emerged about Redmi's upcoming budget Redmi 9 smartphone. The device will feature a quad-camera setup at the rear, a 5,000mAh battery which can be charged at 18W, a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, and up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It will reportedly make its debut on June 25th and cost around the $150 mark.
Huawei updates the list of devices eligible for the EMUI 10.1 update
According to Huawei's updated roadmap, a total of 36 devices are eligible to receive the EMUI 10.1 update. It includes both Huawei and Honor smartphones, of which the latter will get the update in the form of Magic UI 3.1. The software is already rolling out in Europe and will be available to eligible devices in the coming weeks.
Galaxy Note 20+ will come with the Galaxy S20 Ultra's 108MP module; will replace the ToF sensor with a laser focus sensor
Prolific leaker Ice Universe just revealed what could be the camera configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+. The upcoming flagship will reportedly come with a 108MP sensor coupled with a 13MP periscope lens and a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. Samsung will also replace the ToF sensor with a laser focus sensor.
EMUI 10.1 roadmap for Europe revealed; rollout to start in June
The EMUI 10.1 and Magic UI 3.1 update is expected to arrive in Europe starting June. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will receive it first in June, followed by Mate 20, Mate 20 X, Huawei Nova 5T and Mate 20 Pro, which will get the software in July. The Honor View 20, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are also billed to receive Magic UI 3.1 mid-July.
Epic Games Store coming to Android and iOS soon
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny said in an interview that the company plans on bringing the Epic Games Store to Android and iOS soon. The Fortnite launcher on Android has been rebranded as the Epic launcher, implying that its release could be sooner than we think.
Samsung releases new Exynos 850 SoC for low-cost smartphones
Merely a week after it released a 5G-ready Exynos 880, Samsung has released a new Exynos 850 SoC. The 8nm chip consists of eight ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, comes with a Mali G-52GPU, and supports a single 21MP or dual 16+5MP camera configurations. Samsung hasn't specified as to when the chip will make its debut, but we can expect it to feature in an upcoming Galaxy A or M series phone.
Vivo TWS Neo earphones launched with 14.2mm drivers, aptX Adaptive support, Bluetooth 5.2, and more
Vivo has unveiled its latest wireless audio product for the Chinese market. The Vivo TWS Neo supports Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive codec, Bluetooth 5.2, and even has a low-latency mode for gaming. The earphones retail at CNY 499($70) and are available for purchase on Vivo's official website. There is no word about its international release.
A MediaTek Dimensity 800 powered Nokia mid-ranger is reportedly in the works
Nokia is reportedly working on a 5G-ready smartphone that is powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 800 series of chips. However, the mystery device will only be unveiled by Q1 2021. In the meanwhile, Nokia has other 5G phones in the pipeline as well.
Acer Swift 3 launched in India; features an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, Wi-Fi 6, and more
Another AMD Ryzen 4000 series powered laptop has arrived in the Indian market in the form of the Acer Swift 3. An AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor powers the notebook, which can be coupled with up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM. The base variant of the laptop costs Rs 59,999($796) and is available for purchase on Acer's official website.
Redmibook 13 slated for a June 11th launch in India
Xiaomi will reportedly unveil its first-ever laptop for the Indian market on June 11th. It is rumored to be a rebranded Redmibook 13 model featuring 10th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The entry-level model will likely retail at Rs 45,000 ($597).
McLaren confirms that it is no longer working with OnePlus
McLaren has just acknowledged that its partnership with OnePlus has ended. The company doesn't explicitly state why the nearly two-year-old endeavor came to an end and hopes that it can work with OnePlus in the future. OnePlus still might release a limited-edition version of its upcoming flagship later in the year, though.
Refurbished iPhone XR units are now available for sale in the US on Apple's website
Refurbished Apple iPhone XR models are now available for purchase on Apple's website. The 64GB version costs $499, while the 128GB and 256GB variants retail at $539 and $629, respectively. Apple says that all phones come with a new battery, along with a one-year warranty.
OxygenOS 10.3.3 brings 960fps video recording, lens stain detection, and more to the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro
OnePlus has released the OxygenOS 10.3.3 update for OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. The update lets users record slow-motion videos at 960fps, adds a 'lens smudge detection' feature to the camera app, and more. It is rolling out in India and will be available globally in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi India teases laptop release; Mi Notebook and Redmibook likely to go on sale soon
Xiaomi will soon unveil some new laptops in India, according to a teaser posted by the company's Twitter handle. We can expect to see a range of Mi Notebooks and Redmibooks on the marketplace soon.
Steam opens up registrations for Steam Cloud Play, but only for developers
Steam has finally entered the cloud gaming arena with Steam Cloud Play. Unlike its competitor's offerings, Steam Cloud Play will only serve as a link between an existing platform and Steam. Developers can register for the service now, but it'll be a while before it is available to the general public.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will feature ARM's newest Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 super core
The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC will come with ARM's latest Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 cores. The chip's configuration will likely consist of a single Cortex-X1 core coupled with three Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex A-55 cores. The Snapdragon 875 will be unveiled sometime in Q4 2020, and will reportedly make its debut on a Xiaomi phone.
OnePlus reportedly working on a barrage of affordable products including mid-range smartphones
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau stated that the company wants to get back to its roots as an affordable gadget provider. We can expect to see a host of reasonably-priced OnePlus gadgets and smartphones on the market soon. It is all part of a plan to create a wider ecosystem centered on the OnePlus brand.
Google Chrome has been a broken, buggy mess on several OnePlus phones since late last year
Google Chrome and Android's default web browser —Android Webview— have been witnessing crashes and instability on OnePlus phones for over six months now. The problem doesn't seem to be affecting everyone but is persistent across a wide range of OnePlus phones, all running Android 10. Google and OnePlus are yet to acknowledge the issue officially
Moto G8 Fast leaked ahead of time; US release to follow soon
Motorola accidentally revealed the details of its upcoming Moto G Fast smartphone. While the contents of the spec sheet remain unclear, we know that the phone will come with a triple-camera setup, a Qualcomm 6xx series chip, 3GB of RAM, and a 4-5,000mAh battery. It is likely to retail at the ~$180 -$200 mark.
Redmi 10X and Redmi 10X Pro are the most affordable 5G phones yet powered by MediaTek's new Dimensity 820 SoC
Redmi has unveiled two new affordable 5G-ready smartphones for the Chinese market. Dubbed as the Redmi 10X and 10X Pro, both phones come with a MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC, a 6.57-inch AMOLED panel, a 4,250mAh battery, and more. The former starts at 599 yuan (~$224) for the entry-level version, while the latter will set you back by 2,299 yuan (~$322.) Both phones will be up for grabs in China next week and should make their way to global markets soon.
Redmi Earbuds S TWS earphones launched with low-latency gaming mode, IPX4 rating, and more
Redmi has launched a new pair of TWS earphones in India called the Redmi Earbuds S. It boasts of up to four hours of continuous playback on a single charge, splash resistance, and a 122ms low-latency mode for gaming. It is available on Xiaomi's website for Rs 1,799 (~$24.)
HTC billed to release a 5G smartphone later this year; a mid-ranger is in the works too
HTC is all set to make its highly-awaited comeback in July this year with its first-ever 5G smartphone. The company is also working on a mid-range HTC Desire 20 Pro that will come with a Snapdragon 6xx chip, 6GB of RAM, and a triple-camera setup.
Leak suggests that the Redmi Monitor 1A is a cheaper version of the Mi Display 1A
Redmi's upcoming monitor will be called the Redmi Monitor 1A, according to well-known leaker Ishan Agarwal. Much like the Mi Display 1A, it will also come with a 60Hz 23.8-inch IPS LCD panel. The monitor will reportedly cost around $85 and will be unveiled alongside a host of other products on May 26th.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 inches closer to the Apple Watch Series 5 with ECG functionality
ECG support has finally arrived for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 in South Korea. The feature was supposed to be released alongside the wearable but got delayed. International availability will vary on a country-by-country basis, and it will entirely depend on how long it takes for it to pass through the government machinery of a nation.
Galaxy Note 20 to come with a periscope camera minus the 100x zoom functionality
Insider reports state that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will come with a periscope camera. Samsung is likely to use a modified version of the Galaxy S20's 108MP lens, and ditch the ToF sensor altogether.
Mi Band 5 billed to come with an SPO2 sensor, Alexa, and more
Xiaomi's upcoming Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will bring forth a host of new features, according to a source familiar with the matter. Some of them include an SPO2 filter to monitor blood oxygen levels, support for Alexa out of the box, a menstrual tracker, new activities, and more. The band was initially supposed to drop in June, but that date got pushed back to August or September due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sharp Aquos Zero 2 gaming smartphone is now available for purchase outside of Japan
Sharp's Aquos Zero 2 gaming phone is now available for purchase outside of Japan. It comes with a 6.4-inch OLED panel that refreshes at a whopping 240Hz, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It is currently up for sale in Taiwan for $730. We should know if the phone will be released internationally in the coming days.
Xiaomi likely to release a new electric screwdriver in India
Xiaomi India has teased the release of a new electric screwdriver in the market. It could likely be the successor to Xiaomi's Mijia Wiha screwdriver set, which was released over two years ago. Unfortunately, there is no release date mentioned anywhere, but we should know more about it in the coming days.
Amazon is all to set to challenge the food delivery duopoly in India
Amazon Foods is the company's food delivery app for the Indian market. It is available only in some areas of Bangalore for the moment. A nationwide deployment will follow suit in the coming months.
Latest update for Galaxy S20 series brings forth better Night Mode performance and other camera improvements
The Galaxy S20 series is billed to receive additional camera improvements via a software update. Although Samsung hasn't specified what they are, user reports suggest that it has improved the camera's low-light performance. The software is only available in Korea for now and will be rolled out globally in the coming weeks.
Galaxy S21 likely to come with BOE a panel instead of Samsung's in-house offering
Samsung is reportedly in talks with Chinese display maker BOE to source some panels for its upcoming Galaxy S21 series. The news confirms an earlier report which suggested that at least one device in the series would come with a BOE panel. We can also expect to see the hardware in some of Samsung's upcoming mid-rangers.
Latest firmware update unlocks 120Hz refresh rate for Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro
The Meizu 17 and 17 Pro users can now operate their screens at 120Hz, thanks to a firmware update. It also adds more DC dimming options and adds HDR support. The software is rolling out in batches, and will be available to eligible devices in the coming weeks.
The Last of Us 2 themed PlayStation 4 Pro up for pre-order; will be released alongside the game on June 19th
The Last of Us 2 zealots will be pleased to know that they can now play the game on an exclusively-themed PlayStation 4 Pro console ($399). It also comes with a similarly-designed controller ($64.99), headset ($99), and external hard drive ($89), though the last two have to be purchased separately. The console is now available for pre-order on Sony's website and will ship out on June 19th.
Vivo X50 Pro will be the world's first smartphone to feature Samsung's 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor
Samsung's latest 50MP camera sensor will reportedly make its debut alongside the upcoming Vivo X50 Pro. The phone is rumored to come with ''gimbal-like stabilization", according to some promo material.
MIUI 12 global rollout to commence in June; Redmi K20 and Mi 9 to get the update first
Xiaomi has just unveiled the global roadmap for MIUI 12. The rollout will begin in June, and the software will make its way to the Redmi K20 and Mi 9 series first. Other devices will get the update later. Additionally, beta builds of MIUI 12 will be available to sideload starting next week.
Walmart's newest Onn tablets offer Android 10 and USB-C starting at $99
The successors to Walmart's Onn range of affordable tablets have arrived as the Onn 8 Tablet Pro and Onn 10.1 Tablet Pro. Both devices run a 2.0 GHz SoC coupled with 2/3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Android 10, 5MP front and rear cameras, and a USB Type-C port. The base variant starts at $99, while the larger one will set you back by $129.
Epic Games Store issues partial refunds on games that were purchased before they went on sale
Epic Games is now refunding the difference between a game's retail and sale price to those who bought it at the former. It applies only when a game is bought 'shortly' before a sale starts, though it is unclear to what qualifies as shortly.
GTA V giveaway has taken Epic Games Store's servers hostage
The Epic Games Store has been bought to its knees by a deluge of gamers looking to redeem their free copy of GTA V. Users have been greeted with a plethora of errors while trying to do so. If you are unable to get your hands on a copy, you should try later as the game will be available for free on the platform until May 24th.
Magic Keyboard reportedly causes massive battery drain on some iPads
Several iPad users are complaining about accelerated battery drain when the tablet is paired with the keyboard. One user lost nearly 25% battery with just two hours of continuous keyboard use. The problem appears to be software agnostic as it persists on the beta and stable version of iPadOS.
LG V40 ThinQ gets Android 10 update on AT&T
AT&T variants of the LG V40 ThinQ are receiving the Android 10 update ahead of schedule. It appears to be a staged rollout as the software has landed on only a handful of devices.
GTA V will be free to download on the Epic Games Store starting today
The massively popular GTA V will be free on the Epic Games Store later today. Once redeemed, the game is yours to keep forever and will be tied to your Epic account. The promotion is expected to end on May 24th.
Nokia 3.1 Plus gets Android 10 update
The Android 10 update has arrived for the Nokia 3.1 Plus. The rollout has begun now and should conclude by May 18th, according to the official Nokia Community Forums.
OnePlus 8 Pro's Color Filter lens can see through some plastic objects
Some diligent users on Twitter and Reddit discovered that the OnePlus 8 Pro's camera could see through some thin plastic objects. One simply needs to navigate to the camera app and switch the 'Photochrom' mode on for the magic to happen. The trick, however, works only on a handful of materials that do not have IR shielding.
MediaTek's latest Dimensity 1000+ chip nets a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu
iQOO's upcoming iQOO Z1 managed to get a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu. The phone is powered by MediaTek's newest Dimensity 1000+ SoC, and is expected to launch on May 17th.
Motorola Edge+ guaranteed to receive at least two major software updates
Motorola has confirmed that the Motorola Edge+ will receive two major software upgrades. The phone was initially promised only one update, much to the annoyance of everyone. Since the device launched with Android 10, it is guaranteed to receive Android 12.
Poco F2 Pro launched with Snapdragon 865, motorized selfie camera, headphone jack, and a €499 price tag
Poco finally lifted the veil off the Poco F2 Pro. It is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro that comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a quad-camera array at the back, a pop-up selfie camera, 4,700mAh battery, and more. Prices start at €499 for the base variant with 6/128GB of RAM/Storage, and €599 for the one with 8/256GB.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla will not be able to run at 4K 60FPS on Xbox Series X
Fans excited to try out Assassin's Creed: Valhalla on the upcoming Xbox Series X will be disappointed to know that the console will not be able to run the game at 4K 60FPS. A Ubisoft spokesperson, however, confirmed that the game would be able to run at 4K 30FPS at the very least.
Leaked Poco F2 Pro render further confirms that it is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro
A Poco F2 Pro render has appeared in the wild, just a day before its release. It looks a lot like the Redmi K30 Pro, as foretold by earlier rumors centered around the device. The phone is expected to come in both 5G and 4G-only variants, depending on the market.
iPhone 12 lineup to start at $649; base variants will come with 128GB storage
Prolific leaker Jon Prosser confirms that there will be four variants in the iPhone 12 series this year. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will come with a 60Hz OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup. Prices start at $649 and $749, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with a 120Hz display, triple-camera+LiDAR setup, 6GB of RAM, and will retail at $999 and $1099, respectively.
Diablo 2 remaster reportedly in the works; slated for a Q4 2020 release
Blizzard and Vicarious Visions are reportedly working on a Diablo 2 remake. The game will be unveiled later in the year at Blizzcon and will be available for purchase on Q4 2020.
Vivo reportedly working on an in-house chipset
A trademark application filed in September 2019 reveals that Vivo is reportedly working on an in-house chipset. It reveals very little about the specifics of the chipset, or even if it is intended for smartphones. It does, however, give credence to an earlier rumor that said Oppo was working on an in-house chip.
Square Enix's Stay At Home and Play bundle nets you over 50 classic games for just $39
Over 50 classic Square Enix titles are now on sale at 95% off on Steam. The 'Stay at home and play' bundle consists of a plethora of classics such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Thief, and more. Square Enix says that all the proceeds from the sales will go to charities across Europe and North America.
Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 768G chip will make its debut alongside the Redmi K30 5G Speed Edition on May 11th
Redmi is all set to unveil yet another member of the K30 family in the form of the Redmi K30 Speed Edition. It will also be the world's first phone to run Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 768G chip. The smartphone will be unveiled on May 11th at an event in China.
Doom Eternal's single-player DLC screenshots showcase some interesting new environments
The official Doom Twitter handle just Tweeted what it claims to be screenshots from the upcoming single-player DLC for Doom Eternal. Each screenshot showcases a different environment, indicating that the DLC will span across multiple regions. Bethesda is tight-lipped about the release date of said DLC, unfortunately.
Android 10 has arrived for the Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus
Sony has started updating the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus with Android 10 in some regions. The software is bundled with the March 2020 security patch along with all the standard Android 10 features. It will make its way to eligible devices OTA in the coming weeks.
MIUI 12 will be available globally starting May 19th
The highly-anticipated MIUI 12 update will make its way to Xiaomi and Redmi devices starting May 19th. A total of 32 devices will be eligible for the MIUI 12 open beta before the final release hits the airwaves. Users on the beta version of MIUI 11 will get the software via an OTA while those on a stable version will have to sideload it.
One UI 2.1 update for Samsung Galaxy A51 now rolling out
The One UI 2.1 update is now available for Samsung Galaxy A51 owners. It comes with the April 2020 security patch but is missing a lot of features such as Single Take Mode, Pro Video Mode, Selfie Tone, and more. The firmware is available for download globally OTA and via Samsung Smart Switch.
Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly feature a penta-camera array with a 150MP primary sensor
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a penta-lens setup, according to a Korean tech forum. The primary 150MP sensor will be assisted by a 64MP telephoto lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP macro lens, and a ToF sensor. It will also come with Laser Autofocus, and OIS on two of the lenses.
NFC-based wireless charging will make its way to future smartphones
It will soon be possible to charge appliances using your smartphone's NFC chip. The Global NFC Forum just approved a standard that allows for wireless charging at 1W via the medium. It is meant for devices such as smartwatches, wireless earbuds, and fitness trackers that require low power.
Xiaomi opens up MIUI 12 pilot testing program in India
Xiaomi India is now accepting registrations for its MIUI 12 pilot testing program. At the moment, it is only available for Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro users. Xiaomi says that it will expand the program to more devices and regions in the coming weeks.
Snapdragon 720G-powered Poco M2 Pro is reportedly in the works
Xiaomi India's RF exposure page has confirmed the existence of a new Poco device called the Poco M2 Pro. It will reportedly feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. We can expect Poco to tell us more about it in the coming weeks as the company has been putting out several teasers on its official Twitter handle.
Samsung India offering Rs 4,000 in-store credit with every Galaxy S20 pre-order
In an attempt to bolster Galaxy S20 sales in the subcontinent, Samsung India is now throwing in a voucher worth Rs 4,000($53) for everyone who pre-ordered a Galaxy S20 series phone. The offer is eligible for pre-ordered devices that are activated between May 4th and May 20th, and is only valid for purchases made via the Samsung India website.
Flipkart and Amazon to resume operations in some districts
E-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart will now be allowed to resume operations in orange and green zones in the Indian subcontinent. People residing in red zones will have to wait till their region is upgraded to green/yellow or until the nationwide lockdown measures are lifted on May 17th.
OnePlus Z likely to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 chip instead of the MediaTek Dimensity 1000
The upcoming OnePlus Z will allegedly ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC. Previous leaks hinted that the phone would feature MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 chip. OnePlus may have planned on using a MediaTek chip initially but switched to Qualcomm at the last moment.
One UI 2.0 update postponed for several devices in India
Samsung users running Android 9.0 Pie will have to wait a bit longer for the One UI 2.0 update. According to a notification on the Samsung Members app, the rollout will be 'slightly delayed.' This only applies to users based in India, and it is unclear if other regions will also be affected.
Xiaomi's default web browser allegedly records users' browsing habits
Security researchers have discovered that Xiaomi's default web browser records and transmits user data to remote servers. It includes potentially sensitive information such as search engine queries and browsing history, and the behavior persists even in the supposedly anonymous incognito mode. A Xiaomi spokesperson has denied allegations of wrongdoing and states that this is standard practice.
Microsoft will show us actual Xbox Series X gameplay footage on 7th May
Xbox fans will be pleased to know that Microsoft will show off actual Xbox Series X footage on May 7th. We can expect to see some third-party titles such as Assassins Creed: Valhalla at the event.
AMD and Samsung's upcoming mobile GPU reportedly 'destroys' the Adreno 650 in GFXBench
AMD's upcoming mobile graphics chip reportedly outperforms the Qualcomm Adreno 650 by a significant margin on GFXBench. According to a post on a Korean tech forum, the yet-to-be-named chip trounced the Qualcomm GPU by a factor of three in some tests. We can expect to see Samsung unveil this new GPU by 2021.
Alleged OnePlus Z hands-on image showcases hole-punch display, optical fingerprint scanner, and more
Here's our first look at what could be OnePlus' yet-to-be-announced OnePlus Z. The hole-punch camera looks a lot like the one on the Galaxy S20, and the device appears to have a non-curved screen. OnePlus will reportedly unveil the phone sometime in Q3 2020.
HMD Global to release newer versions of the Nokia 150 and Nokia 125 soon
HMD Global will reportedly unveil newer versions of the Nokia 150 and 125 later this year. Both phones will likely be 4G-ready versions of the nearly three-year-old devices. There is no word about their prices, which should be around the ~$30 mark.
Google Pixel 4a slated for a late May release, according to leaked documents
With Google I/O 2020 canceled entirely, there was some uncertainty around the Google Pixel 4a series' release date. Internal documents sourced from Vodafone Germany indicate that Google's upcoming Pixel 4a will hit the shelves on May 22nd. General availability could vary a little, depending on your location.
T-Series will release up to ten movies directly on Netflix
T-Series is reportedly negotiating with Netflix India to release eight to ten movies on the platform. With movie theaters remaining shut due to the nationwide lockdown measures, a lot of studios are moving their cinema releases to video streaming platforms.
HERE WeGo maps now available for download on Huawei AppGallery
Popular navigation app HERE WeGo is now available for download on Huawei's Play Store alternative AppGallery. The application has been around for a long time offers several useful features such as turn-by-turn navigation, a voice assistant, and offline maps.
One UI 2.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 reportedly under development
A Samsung Community forum moderator has stated that the company is reportedly working on delivering the One UI update to Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 users. Unfortunately, there is no word about when the firmware will be available for download, but it is reassuring to know that it will make its way to the devices eventually.
A string of text with Sindhi characters is crashing iOS devices worldwide
A particular string of characters in the Sindhi language seems to be wreaking havoc on iOS devices worldwide. Upon receiving the text in question, iOS crashes completely. A force restart is required to get the iPhone/iPad operational again. The only workaround is to disable notifications for all instant messaging applications until Apple rolls out a fix.
Samsung likely to remove the ToF sensor from the Galaxy Note 20 series
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series might not come with a ToF sensor. The company cites a lack of user interest as one of the primary reasons. Additionally, some of the ToF sensor's work can now be done via software.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available on Xbox Game Pass starting May 7th
Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on May 7th. It comes with a trade-off, however, as Grand Theft Auto V will no longer be available for subscribers from that day onward.
iQOO Neo3 5G gets you a 144Hz screen, Snapdragon 865, and more for just $380
iQOO just unveiled its latest gaming smartphone in the form of the iQOO Neo3. It comes with a 6.5-inch 1080p 144Hz HDR 10-ready IPS LCD panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with up to 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, a 4,500mAh battery that supports 44W wired charging, and more. The device will be available for purchase in China next week. Prices start at CNY 2698($380) for the base variant.
Xiaomi working on all-screen fingerprint unlocking technology
A future Xiaomi device could be host to the company's first-ever all-screen fingerprint sensor. A few images posted on Twitter showcase the tech in action, indicating that it is development. There is no word about when it will make its debut, though.
iQOO Neo3's battery specs showcased by company's official Weibo handle
Vivo-owned iQOO is all set to unveil its newest flagship in the form of the iQOO Neo 3. The device will come with a 4,500W battery that supports wired charging at 44W. It takes about an hour to charge the battery completely.
Death Stranding's PC release date pushed back to July 14th
Death Stranding's PC release date has been delayed due to a Kojima Productions employee testing positive for COVID-19. The developers' office has been shut down as a precautionary measure, and employees are now working from home. The game will be available for everyone to play on July 14th.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 will soon be able to monitor your blood pressure
Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 just got certified by South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) to measure blood pressure. It works by reading input data from the wearable's heart rate sensor and comparing it with pre-calibrated values measured via a traditional cuff-based blood pressure monitoring system. The feature will be available to everyone by Q3 2020.
OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7T prices in India slashed by Rs. 6,000, and Rs. 3,000 respectively
OnePlus has slashed the prices of its 2019 flagships in India. The OnePlus 7T Pro will set you back by Rs. 47,999($626) instead of Rs. 53,999($704). Similarly, the OnePlus 7T's cost has dropped from Rs. 37,999($495) to Rs. 34,999($456). The offer is only valid on OnePlus India's official website.
PlayStation 4 firmware update 7.50 reportedly forces some consoles into a boot loop
Some PlayStation 4 consoles have reportedly been rendered inoperable by the latest software update. The 7.50 firmware allegedly forces some consoles into a boot loop. Other users state that their disk drives stopped working after installing the update.
Galaxy Note 10 Lite gets stable One UI 2.1 update
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is now receiving the One UI 2.1 update. Apart from all the standard One UI 2.1 features such as Quick Share and Single Take Mode, the update also comes with the April 2020 Android security patch. The software is now available in Spain and the United Arab Emirates, and will be available in other regions soon.
WhatsApp will soon allow more users in group audio and video calls
A future version of WhatsApp will allow more than four users to participate in group audio and video calls. There is no word about what the revised upper limit will be just yet. Since the feature is still in development, it will be a while before it is available to everyone.
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite now available for pre-order in the Netherlands
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is now available for pre-order in the Netherlands. The Wi-Fi version of the tablet costs €379.00, while the LTE variant retails at €439.00. Pre-order bonuses include a cover worth €69.99, and four months of YouTube Premium and Spotify Premium.
Galaxy Note 9 users might get the One UI 2.1 update after all
There is still hope for Galaxy Note 9 owners who are eagerly anticipating the arrival of One UI 2.1 on their devices. A Samsung Community moderator said the process is under review, but it'll be a while before the update is rolled out.
Nokia 8 Sirocco gets stable Android 10 update
Nokia 8 Sirocco is finally receiving its highly-anticipated Android 10 update. It is rolling out now and will be available to users in batches. Nokia says that everyone should get the software by April 20th.
Nokia 9.3 PureView to take on Samsung and OnePlus with a 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 865, and more
Some details have emerged online that shed light on Nokia's upcoming flagship. Nokia 9.3 PureView will reportedly come with a 120Hz screen, a 108MP camera sensor, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. The phone doesn't have an official launch date just yet and is expected to drop later this year.
Motorola Edge+ slated for an April 22nd launch
Motorola will finally unveil its flagship offering on April 22nd. It will very likely be the Motorola Edge+. The phone is expected to come with a waterfall display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz. Other features include a 108MP camera, Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5G connectivity, and more.
Galaxy S21's in-display selfie camera will likely come with OIS
Samsung is reportedly working on two selfie camera modules, one of which supports OIS. It is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy S21 next year. This will be the first time an OEM incorporates OIS in a phone's front-facing camera after Sony did it four years ago with the Xperia XA Ultra.
Android 10 update for the Galaxy A70 reportedly bricks some variants of the phone
The Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy A70 reportedly causes some variants of the phone to stop working. You can get around the problem by sideloading Android 9 Pie on to your phone. If that isn't an option, the only way out is to get a hardware replacement from a Samsung retailer.
Android 10 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 is now available in more regions
Samsung's massively popular Galaxy A50 is now receiving its Android 10 update. It comes in the form of One UI 2.0 and brings forth exciting features such as support for Google's new navigation gestures, a dedicated screen recorder app, and more. The update is rolling out worldwide and should be available to eligible devices in the next few days.
Samsung throwing in a free Galaxy A50 with every Galaxy S20+ purchased in the US
You can now get a Samsung Galaxy A50 for free with every Galaxy S20+ in the US. The offer is only valid Verizon, AT&T and Sprint variants of Samsung's 2020 flagship. The promotion also holds for those who want an unlocked version of the phone, but it'll cost an extra $50.
MediaTek allegedly cheated on a host of popular mobile benchmarking tests
MediaTek has been accused of artificially inflating benchmark scores on some of their devices. The shortcoming came to light when a reviewer found that a Helio P95 chip outperformed a Dimensity 1000L in PCMark. Some digging revealed that MediaTek has 'whitelists' for popular benchmarking apps. Whitelisted apps are allowed to push the device's SoC far beyond its limit, resulting in higher benchmark scores.
Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 release date to remain unaffected despite global slowdown
Samsung is expected to release its upcoming flagships —Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2— as per schedule. Both devices will be unveiled sometime in late July or mid-August at an online event. It could be a while before both devices are available for purchase via retail channels, though.
How to stay disciplined while working from home
While working from home may have its advantages, it can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being over the course of a few weeks. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make your work from home experience better.
Android 10 update for Nokia 3.2 now available for download
Nokia 3.2 is the latest Nokia device to receive the Android 10 update. It brings forth all standard Android 10 features such as a system-wide Dark Mode, improved privacy settings, and more. Much like Nokia's previous software releases, this one is also staged, meaning that it may take a while for you to receive it.
WhatsApp limits forwards to one chat at a time in a bid to combat fake news
WhatsApp just announced that it will let users forward messages to only one chat at a time. The move comes shortly after the company found out that users have been misusing the feature to spread fake news about the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. WhatsApp also says that it is working closely with several governments and NGOs to help users get access to accurate information about the coronavirus.
OnePlus 8 series officially confirmed to support wireless charging
OnePlus fans will be pleased to know that the OnePlus 8 series will finally come with wireless charging capabilities. The phones can reportedly be charged at speeds as high as 30W via a dedicated charger. Other Qi-capable devices can also use OnePlus' wireless charger, but the speed will be restricted to 5W.
Several Xiaomi Mi TV models in India get Patchwall 3.0 update with Disney+ Hotstar integration, new UI and more
Mi TV owners in India will be pleased to know that Xiaomi has released the Patchwall 3.0 update for their TVs. The update brings forth a host of changes such as Hotstar Disney+ integration, the ability to scroll horizontally, and new content from Docubay and Lattu Kids. Patchwall 3.0 is rolling out now and will make its way to eligible devices in the coming days.
Latest iPhone 12 leak showcases screen sizes, LiDAR sensor, camera setup, and more
Apple's much-awaited iPhone 12 series is reportedly in its final prototyping stages. The base iPhone 12 will come with a 5.4 or 6.1-inch screen and two cameras, while the larger iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with three cameras and 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens respectively. Both phones will also feature a LiDAR sensor next to the camera array. All three iPhone 12 variants will come with Apple's latest A14 SoC and will be 5G-ready out of the box.
Amazon reportedly working on a game streaming service called Project Tempo to take on likes of Stadia, GeForce Now and Project xCloud
Project Tempo is Amazon's upcoming game streaming service. It was expected to make its debut later this year, but got delayed due to the ongoing crisis. We can expect to know more about Project Tempo and the games that will be available on it in the coming months.
Moto G8 Power Lite announced with MediaTek Helio P35, 5,000mAh battery, and more
Motorola just unveiled the Moto G8 Power Lite earlier today. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ panel, a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, a triple-camera setup at the back, and a 5,000mAh battery. The phone will retail at €169 ($185), and will be available first in Mexico and Germany.
Galaxy Tab S6 gets stable Android 10 update in Germany
Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update is now making its way to Galaxy Tab S6 owners. It brings forth all the standard One UI 2.0 and Android 10 features, and is bundled with the March 2020 Android security patch. Currently, it is only available in Germany for the LTE variant of Samsung's flagship tablet. A wider rollout should commence in the coming weeks.
Galaxy Note 20+ 5G flexes its muscles for the first time on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G has been spotted on Geekbench for the first time ever. Based on its single and multi-core test results, it appears to be a Snapdragon 865-powered variant of the phone. The device specifications showcased in the listing are bound to change, as the device in question is very likely a pre-production model of Samsung's upcoming flagship.
Samsung is now promising a guaranteed 50% cashback on every Galaxy S20 phone purchased
Samsung has just announced a buyback program for its Galaxy S20 line of phones. Users can now get at 50% of the phone's value back anytime in the next two years as store credit. The offer is only available for devices purchased in the U.S from Samsung's official website or app.
Future version of WhatsApp could let you run the application on multiple devices
Users will soon be able to use a single WhatsApp account across multiple devices. The feature was first spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp, and is expected to make its way to a stable release in the near future. The chances of cross-platform support, however, look grim.
Android 10 update for Nokia 7.2 now rolling out globally
HMD Global just announced that the Nokia 7.2 will receive the Android 10 update starting today. You may have to wait a few days to get it, though, as it is a staged rollout. Head over to your devices' Settings app to try and trigger the update manually.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro will be available for purchase in Europe starting tomorrow
Realme will unveil the European pricing and availability of its latest mid-rangers —Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro— on March 31st. Prices are expected to start at £189 for Realme 6 and £249 for the Realme 6 Pro. Both phones come with a 90Hz screen, support for wired charging at 30W, and more.
Android 10 update for Realme X2 is now available for download
Realme X2 owners will be pleased to know that they'll receive the much-awaited Android 10 update soon. It comes to the Realme X2 in the form of Realme UI and brings forth a host of new features such as a three-finger screenshot gesture, a 'smart sidebar', and more. The update is rolling out now and will be available to eligible devices in the coming days.
Netflix is down for a lot of users in the United States
It appears that Netflix is experiencing some kind of an outage in the United States. Reports coming in from various sources indicate that both the app and browser versions of the streaming service are affected. A Netflix spokesperson has acknowledged that the company is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Indian launch postponed amid nationwide lockdown
Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain just Tweeted that the Mi 10 series' Indian launch would be postponed. Both phones were supposed to be unveiled on March 31st via an online-only event. The delay is likely due to the nationwide lockdown put in place by the Indian government to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
One UI 2.1 update rolling out to Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 users
The One UI 2.1 update is finally here for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series. It adds a host of new features including new camera modes, and Samsung's file-sharing service Quick Share. The update is currently rolling out in Germany and Switzerland. It will be available to users in other regions in the coming weeks.
Vivo indefinitely suspends V19 launch in India
Vivo just announced that it would suspend all launches in the Indian subcontinent. The move comes after the Indian government enacted measures that restricted the operations of 'non-essential' business. The company also announced that it would help Indian authorities fight the epidemic by providing them with medical equipment.
Realme teases new Narzo line of smartphones for the Indian market
Realme India Tweeted out a teaser for a new line of smartphones called Narzo. The company claims that the devices will be centered around 'uniqueness' and 'high-resolution cameras'. The phones are expected to compete with the likes of Redmi, Poco, Xiaomi, and the likes. We can expect Realme to tell us more about its Narzo-branded phones in the coming weeks.
Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro launched with 120Hz QHD+ screen, 65W charging, and more
The highly-awaited successor to the Oppo Find X is here in the form of the Oppo Find X2 and Oppo Find X2 Pro. Both phones come with a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz AMOLED panel, 12GB of RAM, a 4,200mAh battery that can be charged at 65W, and more. The Oppo Find X2 can be had for €999($1,129) and the Oppo Find X2 Pro €1,199($1,355) in Europe.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro launched in India with 30W charging support, 90Hz screen, and more
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro are Realme's latest mid-range offerings for the India market. Both phones come with impressive specs such as a 90Hz screen, a 4,300mAh battery that can be charged at 30W, a quad-camera array at the back and more. Realme 6 is priced at Rs. 12,999($178) for the base variant, and the Realme 6 Pro at Rs. 16,999($233) for the entry-level option.
Realme X50 Pro 5G to go on sale in India at noon today
Realme X50 Pro will be available for purchase today at noon. It will be available on both Flipkart and the official Realme website. Users can also take advantage of a host of benefits such as cashback, no-cost EMI, and exchange offers. The base variant of the Realme X50 Pro with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will retail at Rs. 37,999($517).
Huawei likely to partner with Indus OS to develop Google Play Store alternative
Huawei has been hard at work developing its own Play Store alternative for quite some time now. The company is reportedly negotiating with Indian app developer Indus OS to create one for the country. Indus OS is an established player in the region and has over 400,000 apps on its platform.
OnePlus 8 release date slated for sometime in April
OnePlus will reportedly launch the OnePlus 8 series of smartphones in April, according to a source familiar with the matter. The company is expected to release three devices this year; the OnePlus 8 Lite, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus 8 Lite will be the world's first phone to run MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 SoC.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro prices leaked ahead of launch; will reportedly start at Rs. 9,999
Prices of the upcoming Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro smartphones have been leaked. The former will reportedly cost Rs. 9,999($138) while the latter will retail at Rs. 14,999($193). Realme will officially unveil both phones at a launch event on March 5th.
Realme 5 Pro and Realme X get Android 10 update
Realme has unveiled the Android 10 update for Realme 5 Pro and Realme X. It is based on Realme UI and brings forth some new features such as Smart Sidebar, three-finger screenshot, Focus Mode, and more. Users can expect to receive the update in the coming week, as it is a staged rollout.
India to get its first official Apple Store by 2021
India could finally get its first Apple Store in the near future. Tim Cook discussed this idea at a recent investor meeting. The store will likely be located in Mumbai, and is expected to be operational by 2021.
Huawei P40 Lite is now available in Spain for €299
Huawei's first P40 phone is here, in the form of the Huawei P40 Lite. It comes with a 7nm Kirin 810 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a quad-camera setup, and a 4,200 mAh battery that can be charged at 40 W. You can pre-order it now from Huawei's website for €299($326).
iQOO 3 launched in India with a Snapdragon 865, quad-camera setup, and more
The veil has finally been lifted off the highly-awaited iQOO 3. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, up to 12 GB of RAM, a quad-camera setup and a 4,400 mAh battery that supports charging at 55 W. Prices start at 36,990($515) for the base variant, while the maxed-out 5G version can be had for 39,990($556).
Redmi K30 Pro 5G to be released sometime in March, according to a Twitter user
The highly-awaited Redmi K30 Pro 5G is will reportedly be launched sometime in March. This information comes via to a Twitter user who managed to get his hands on some promotional material. The device is expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 120Hz screen, and a 5,000mAh battery, among other things.
Black Shark 3 to be unveiled on March 3rd; will feature a 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 865 and more
Chinese gaming smartphone manufacturer Black Shark will release the highly-awaited Black Shark 3 on March 3rd. It is powered by a a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, making it the world's first 5G gaming smartphone. The device will also come with a 120Hz AMOLED panel, , up to 16 GB of RAM, and a battery that can be charged at 65W.
Reliance Jio's Rs. 2,121 plan has you covered for 336 days with 1.5 GB of data per day, and more
Reliance Jio has announced its Rs. 2,121 ($30) plan that gives subscribers 1.5 GB of mobile data per day along other benefits such as 12,000 minutes of talk time for other networks, and access to Jio apps. The announcement comes shortly after rivals Airtel and Vodafone announced their long-term plans.
Apple might let users set third-party apps as defaults in a future version of iOS
Apple may soon let you set third-party apps as the default on iPhones. Currently, users are forced to use Apple's offerings as the default app for opening links, emails, navigation, etc. The feature is expected to make its way alongside iOS 14.
iQOO 3 5G specs leaked ahead of launch; will pack a quad-camera setup, Snapdragon 865 and more
The upcoming Vivo iQOO 3's specs have been leaked just five days before its February 25th launch. It will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that has a refresh rate of 90Hz and a 4,400 mAh battery that charges at 55W. Pricing starts at Rs 35,000 (~$490) for the LTE variant and Rs 40,000 ($560) for the 5G version.
Apple will use Qualcomm's 5G chips on iPhones till 2023, according to report
Apple will reportedly use Qualcomm's 5G chips on iPhones for the next four years. This revelation comes from a document published by the United States International Trade Commission. It also states that Apple is slated to release a 5G-ready iPhone in 2020, which will be powered by a Snapdragon X55 5G modem.
Indian social media users risk losing online anonymity amid controversial law
The Indian government is reportedly in the final stages of drafting a law that will force social media companies to divulge the personal information of anonymous social media users. The proposed law will apply to all social media and instant messaging platforms. Authorities can request for said information without a warrant and can hold on to it for up to 180 days.
Essential ceases operations; ends all software support for Essential Phone
Essential just announced that it will cease operations starting today. The Essential PH1 will no longer receive security updates. One has to look for third-party software alternatives such as LineageOS to keep their devices up to date. The company's email app Newton Mail will cease to operate on April 30th 2020.
Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's latest $1,380 foldable phone
Samsung has finally unveiled its second foldable smartphone in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip. It comes with a 6.7-inch screen that folds in two, a Snapdragon 855+, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It will be available in limited quantities in the U.S and Korea starting February 14, and will retail at $1,380
Samsung Galaxy S20 series announced with 120Hz screens, 8K video recording capacity, and more
The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra are now live. All three devices come with a 120Hz screen, 8K video recording capabilities, Samsung's version of AirDrop aka Quick Share, and more. Unfortunately, there will be no headphone jack, but Samsung will include a pair of AKG tuned headphones out of the box. The maxed out variant of the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the world's first smartphone to come with a whopping 16 GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy M20 gets Android 10 update in Europe
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is now receiving its much-awaited Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update in Europe. It is currently available in Germany, Luxembourg, and Greece. Users in other regions should receive the update in the coming days.
Here's why the Redmi K30 Pro will be a roaring success in the Indian market
Even though Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the Redmi K30 Pro, the device appears to have tremendous potential to disrupt the Indian market, despite the increased competition from the likes of Realme. The lack of a Poco F1 successor will go a long way towards bolstering the Redmi smartphone's sales numbers.
Leaked Galaxy Buds+ spec sheet highlights larger battery, an additional microphone and a $149 price tag
Galaxy Buds+ are expected to release alongside the Galaxy S20 series. The headphones will come with upgraded batteries, 2 way dynamic speakers, an extra microphone, and a dedicated iOS app. It will reportedly be priced at $149.
Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite available for purchase in Spain for €659 and €609 respectively
Samsung's newest mid-rangers —the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite— are now available for purchase in Spain for €659 and €609 respectively. Both phones come with a 6.67-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel, a 4,500 mAh battery and 128 GB of internal storage.
The Outer Worlds will make its way to the Nintendo Switch on March 6th
The Outer World's will be released on the Nintendo Switch on March 6th 2020. It will retail for $59.99 and will only be available in digital format. Physical copies of the game will just be a piece of plastic with a download code on it.
Motorola's stylus-wielding phone just made an appearance on Geekbench as the Moto G Stylus
Motorola's upcoming stylus-ready phone will be called the Moto G Stylus, according to a Tweet by Evan Blass. Additionally, a Geekbench for the device has also surfaced, corroborating Evan's Tweet. We can expect Motorola to tell us more about the device at MWC 2020.
Realme X2 Pro gets VoWiFi functionality, January security patch, and more via latest update
Indian Realme X2 Pro users will soon be able to use VoWiFi on Reliance Jio and Airtel. The functionality comes via its latest software update which also brings the January security patch. It is rolling out now and will be available to users over the coming week.
NBTC certification listing confirms existence of Oppo Find X2 Pro
The Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro just made an appearance on Thailand's NBTC certification website . Both devices will reportedly come with a 120 Hz WQHD+ screen, and support Oppo's 'Super VOOC Charging' at 65W. The expected release date for both phones is sometime in Q1 2020.
India is now the world's second-largest smartphone market after China
India is now a larger smartphone market than the US according to a report by Counterpoint Research. Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme accounted for nearly 72% of the 158 million devices shipped in the country. Despite the increased popularity of Chinese devices, Samsung has still maintained its position as the second-largest smartphone brand in the country.
Xiaomi-owned Poco is now an independent brand in India
Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain just announced that the company's sub-brand Poco is now an independent entity. The Poco F1 made quite the impact on the market back in 2018, and that's why Xiaomi is confident that it can operate on its own. Although there is still no official word about the Poco F1's successor yet, we can expect to hear about it in the coming weeks.
Horizon: Zero Dawn reportedly coming to Steam and Epic Games Store sometime this year
PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn is reportedly coming to PC sometime in 2020, according to a report by Kotaku. The title will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Google Stadia to get over 120 new games in 2020, 10 of which will be exclusives
A Google Stadia spokesperson stated that the platform will be getting over 120 games in 2020, of which 10 will be exclusives. The company also promised some QoL upgrades such as 4K gaming on the web, better Google Assistant functionality, and more. These features will make their way to Stadia subscribers in the coming months.
PlayStation skipping E3 for the second consecutive year
A Sony spokesperson just confirmed that the company won't be attending E3 2020, because it thinks that the event is not an ideal platform to unveil the PlayStation 5. This makes it two years in a row, as Sony was absent from E3 2019 as well. The company is likely to reveal the PlayStation 5 at one of its in-house events.
Might & Magic: Chess Royale coming to Android and iOS on January 30th
Might & Magic: Chess Royale is Ubisoft's upcoming mobile game. It is an Auto Chess game based in the Might and Magic universe. The game will release on January 30th on Android and iOS, and is available for pre-registration now.
Realme 5i launched in India with four rear cameras, Snapdragon 665 and more
The Realme 5i is now available in India for Rs 8,999 (~$129). It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC coupled with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. The device will be available on Flipkart and Realme.com starting Jaunary 15th.
Samsung launches the Galaxy XCover Pro with IP68 certification and removable battery
Samsung's just launched it's latest rugged smartphone —the Galaxy XCover Pro. The device comes with a removable battery and two programmable buttons. It will be available in Europe starting February 1st for €500.
FBI asks Apple to help unlock two iPhones that belonged to a mass shooter
The FBI has asked Apple for help unlocking a pair of iPhones that belong to a mass shooter. Even though the agency has both devices in its possession, it is unable to get past the lock screen. Apple says that it will help the FBI in every way it can.
Galaxy S10 Lite appears on Flipkart; Indian launch imminent
Samsung's newly-released Galaxy S10 Lite just made an appearance on Indian e-commerce website Flipkart. The listing only highlights some key features of the Galaxy S10 Lite and says nothing about its price and release date. Rumors say that it should cost around $650.
Netflix tests quarterly, half-yearly and annual subscription plans in India
Netflix is reportedly testing some new plans in the Indian market. It will let users avail discounts on the company's Premium subscription by paying for three, six or twelve months of service in advance. Since they are a part of Netflix's pilot program, the plans are not available to everyone just yet.
Nokia partners with Flipkart to launch Smart TV in India
Nokia's first-ever smart TV will be released in India on December 10th. The TV features a 55-inch 4K panel and runs Android 9.0. It will be available on Flipkart for ₹41,999($590).
Star Citizen raises over $250 million in crowdfunding money
Star Citizen has now crossed the $250 million mark on its Kickstarter campaign. CitizenCon—the game's annual player convention—was host to a plethora of new in-game content such as a new planet, star system, game mode and more.
Google promises refunds for Stadia Pro subscribers who bought December's free games
Google will issue refunds to Stadia Pro users who bought Tomb Raider and Farming Simulator 2019. Both games will be free starting December 1st as a part of the Stadia Pro subscription.
Personal information of 1.2 billion people leaked in massive data breach
1.2 billion people have been affected by a data breach that was unveiled by the security research firm Dataviper. Sensitive information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers were reportedly stored on an unsecured server.
OPPO unveils ColorOS 7 based on Android 10
Oppo's Android 10 fork is here in the form of ColorOS 7. It brings forth a host of cosmetic and performance improvements and will be available to eligible devices starting November 25th.
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10 Plus Star Wars special edition with free Galaxy Buds and red S Pen
Samsung unveiled a new Star Wars-themed variant for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds out of the box and will be released on December 13.
Some Galaxy A50 users are reporting that fingerprint registration was broken by latest update
Some users have been unable to register their fingerprints after installing the latest software update for the Galaxy A50. Ironically, the update promised enhanced fingerprint scanner functionality, among other things.