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Android Go Smartphone will be Even More Affordable than Expected, Says MediaTek

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This year at Mobile World Conference there were many smartphones launched which have stolen the show, and for the very first time, the Android Go Edition devices were showcased at the MWC, including devices such as Nokia 1 and Lava Z50 both of which are lined up for their launch here in India.

Hands down, without any doubt these devices tend to be a game changer in a developing markets like India. These devices come with a lighter OS and Google has optimized this for a for a smooth using even though the device is running on lower specifications.

There is one single brand which has played a major role in building the Android Go Devices, its none other than the Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek, this is because all the Android Go Devices are powered by the MediaTek chipset. The brand has also recently announced its own flagship, the Helio P60 SoC.

The main motto of both Google and MediaTek is to make sure that all the consumers who are using a featured phone shall soon start using a smartphone.

Mediatek had this to say:

“Android Go has two configurations for DRAM: 512MB RAM and 1GB RAM. Quite a few manufacturers launched Android Go devices here in Barcelona and what’s interesting is that all of them are powered by 1GB of RAM. In the second wave, a lot of brands can be expected to launch phones with 512MB RAM at even lower price points. Such devices will ensure that the price gap between feature phones and smartphones is reduced.“

Though the device scomes with a cheaper price tag, there is no much compromise in the overall experience with this device. Now if you are wondering why are the Android Go devices comparatively cheaper, then well this is because the device comes in two different configurations for DRAM which is 512MB and 1GB of RAM.

There are a set of manufactures who are launching these devices with 1GB of RAM, and the others tend to launch the same device with 512MB of RAM, hence slightly lesser price tag than the 1GB variant.

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Nokia 7.2 Spotted in GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 660!

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HMD is expected to launch the Nokia 7.2 later this month in China and a global release at IFA in September.  Ahead of the official unveiling, the mid-range Nokia smartphone is spotted on the  benchmarking site Geekbench. The benchmark result reveals key details about the phone ‘s specs including its chipset.

The smartphone was benchmarked in Geekbench as the “HMD Global Nokia 7.2”. According to the listing, the device has 6GB RAM and runs on Android 9 Pie. We can expect other RAM variants too but this should be the highest RAM option. The predecessor Nokia 7.1 was available in 3GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.

The Geekbench listing doesn’t mention the chipset and the motherboard says “Daredevil” which is the phone’s codename. However taking its base frequency of 1.84GHz and comparing to other benchmarked devices, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 660. So, the rumours about the Nokia 7.2 being powered by the SD 660 turned out to be true. This is a fair upgrade considering the Nokia 7.1 came with a Snapdragon 636 chipset.

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As for its performance, the device managed to score 1604 and 5821 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. They are similar to the score of Redmi Note 7 which have the same SD 660 chipset. The handset is said to sport a triple rear camera setup stacked in a circular housing. The configuration of the cameras is unknown but we can expect it to have ZEISS lens. Moreover, it should come with a FHD+ display and a rear mounted circular fingerprint sensor.

HMD is yet to reveal the remaining specifications of the Nokia 7.2. We have to wait till the launch event to known the full specs, price and availability of the device. Till then, keep tuned.

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Xiaomi reveals it’s 64MP Smartphone Camera! Also teases 100MP Smartphone Camera!

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Xiaomi and Realme rivalry is at its peak and looks like though Realme has an edge over Xiaomi in terms of a 64-megapixel camera, the Chinese smartphone giant isn’t leaving any stones unturned. We are already aware that Xiaomi is already working on a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel sensor. As of now, there are no words regarding which phone would get the massive 64-megapixel camera, the company has revealed more details about the 64-megapixel camera, along with a few more exciting updates.

Xiaomi held a presentation regarding its camera technology at the Xiaomi Future Image Technology Communication Conference in Beijing, China. At the event, the company has finally revealed that it is using the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera sensor and a lot of features of the sensor were highlighted. It is believed that a Redmi phone may come with the 64-megapixel camera, hinting towards the Redmi Note 8. It is believed that the Redmi Note 8 would be powered by MediaTek’s latest flagship chipset, the Helio G90T.

In terms of the 64-megapixel sensor, the new Samsung ISOCELL GW1 64-megapixel sensor holds 38% more pixels than a 48-megapixel camera and with this sensor, Xiaomi claims that pictures would turn brighter, vibrant and more detailed. The Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor is a large 1/1.7″ sensor with a 0.8μm pixel size. The upcoming Redmi Phone will also pack features like ISOCELL Plus for improved color reproduction, Smart ISO and Hybrid 3D HDR. The images captured using the camera will have a resolution of 9248 x 6936 pixels. That’s huge, but that’s not the end. Images captured using the camera can take a lot of space, as high as 19 MB.

At the event,  Xiaomi also teased an upcoming Mi Series smartphone which will feature a massive 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung. As per the company, this sensor can capture images with dimensions up to 12,032 x 9,024 pixels. There are some rumors going on regarding this sensor as some sources suggest that the sensor will be first used on the upcoming Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi’s premium flagship lineup! Here’s the teaser by the way!

And yes, Manu Kumar Jain was quick to share the teaser in English on Twitter. We are expecting another Twitter fight between Xiaomi and Realme soon! 😉

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Redmi to Demo 64MP camera on August 7, One Day ahead of Realme’s Event!

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According to the latest reports, Redmi is preparing to demo their first smartphone with 64MP camera on August 7th. Ever since Samsung announced the ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP camera solution for smartphones, smartphone manufacturers has been racing to become the first to integrate the technology into their smartphones.

Two days ago we had reported that Realme is preparing to unveil it’s 64MP smartphone camera technology on August 8th, but it seems Redmi has managed to outrun Realme in this race. This will make Redmi the first smartphone brand to launch a smartphone with 64MP camera. According to the reports, on the Camera Innovation Event scheduled on August 8, Realme will unveil their latest quad camera setup with the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP sensor.

Staying ahead of the race, Xiaomi has invited media representatives to the demo of their own 64MP camera on August 7. According to a post made on Chinese social media website Weibo, the Xiaomi’s 64MP sensor will produce images with a size of 20MB, which is only 4MB higher than the 16MB images produced by the 48MP sensors.

There are speculations that instead of just unveiling the camera technology, Xiaomi might introduce a new smartphone with the ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP sensor onboard. The current flagship device from Xiaomi, the K20 Pro comes with the Bright GM1 platform with Quad Bayer layer to produce impressive 12 MP images on a 48 MP sensor. The new sensor from Samsung uses Tetracell, which is Samsung’s brand for the Quad-bayer technology.

While there is no news about any upcoming smartphones incorporating the new camera sensor from both the companies, the fact that Xiaomi out-ran Realme by one day indicates that Xiaomi will be soon launching a new smartphone with the new camera technology inorder to stay ahead of the competition.

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