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Asus Zenfone 5z Teased Officially by Flipkart, To Launch on July 4th!

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The Asus Zenfone 5Z is a flagship offering from Asus that was unveiled at MWC 2018. Now, the device is finally coming to India. Asus partnered with Flipkart to sell its smartphones at a competitive price like the recently launched Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 to compete with the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.

Yesterday, Flipkart teased the launch of the Asus Zenfone 5Z and now Flipkart has confirmed the device and its launch date. The Asus Zenfone 5Z is scheduled for launch in India on July 4 at 12 noon, as a Flipkart exclusive. The device will directly compete with other flagships in similar price bracket including the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10.

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We were expecting Asus to launch the Zenfone 5 as well but then there is no mention for the same, indicating its late arrival.

Asus Zenfone 5Z Specifications

The Zenfone 5Z is the top end variant in the Zenfone 5 series which comprises of Zenfone 5 and 5 Lite as well. It comes with a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch on top. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage.

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In the optics department, the device comes with a Dual Rear Camera setup featuring an optically stabilized f/1.8 12MP primary sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, and an 8MP secondary shooter for 120-degree wide angle shots. An 8MP shooter is present at the front for selfies.

The device runs on ZenUI based on Android Oreo that packs some nifty AI features, backed by a 3300mAh battery that supports QuickCharge 3.0.

Given the fact that the 5Z already retails in few markets for around $558 (roughly Rs.38,000), it is expected to be priced similar in India, against the Oneplus 6 and Honor 10. Let’s see at what price it comes on July 4. Till then, Stay tuned.

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Blackberry Ghost & Ghost Pro To Launch as Blackberry Evolve & Evolve Pro

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Earlier we knew that Blackberry’s Indian licensee, Optiemus would be launching two new Blackberry smartphones- Blackberry Ghost and Ghost Pro. Even the previous reports and leaks referred to the phones using that name. However, today, popular tipster Even Blass has said out that the phones will be named as Blackberry Evolve and Evolve Pro. He further clarified that ‘Ghost’ was just a codename for the device.

The device, codenamed Blackberry Ghost was a thing for the first time a few months back and then some renders emerged. Recently we heard that the phone will pack a big 4000mAh battery.

As of now, the rumors claim that the Blackberry Evolve and Evolve X will sport a futuristic look from 2018, i.e. a bezel-less display. However, we are not quite sure about the implementation of the bezel-less design as the renders showed no sign of notch.  Though the renders point towards a glass and metal build. In other markets, Blackberry partnered with TCL, but even with those phones, Blackberry seemed to stick with mid-sized batteries with only one exception- Blackberry Motion. Blackberry Motion is the only smartphone from the brand packing a huge 4000mAh battery.

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There is no info regarding the launch of Blackberry Evolve and Evolve Pro, but the Optiemus made Blackberry phones may be exclusive in India and may mark the starting of a bezel-less design era for Blackberry.

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Xiaomi Officially confirms Mi A2 Lite is coming along with Mi A2!

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The Xiaomi Mi A2 has been a matter of talks for quite a while. We have witnessed a lot of rumours and leaks in the recent times. Now, Xiaomi has finally confirmed the release date of the Mi A2 along with the A2 Lite. Both the smartphones are scheduled to be launched globally at an event held at Madrid, Spain, on July 24.

The announcement comes from Xiaomi’s official Twitter handle. While the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the rebrand of the China-exclusive Mi 6X, the recently unveiled Redmi 6 Pro will be launched as Mi A2 Lite in global markets.

Additionally, Xiaomi’s global spokesperson Donovan Sung too acknowledged the same on Twitter. He posted a teaser image showcasing the back panel of both the devices, having vertically stacked dual camera setup, under the Android One branding.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 will come with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it will be powered by the Qualcomm 660 SoC coupled with 4/6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of onboard storage.

In the Camera department, the device sports a dual camera setup featuring a 20 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and a secondary 12 MP camera shooter with a f/1.8 aperture along with a 20MP f/2.0 shooter at the front.

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On the other hand, the A2 Lite comes with 5.84-inch full-HD+ display, maintaining a 19:9 aspect ratio due to the notch. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, paired with 3/4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. This one sports a 12+5MP dual rear camera setup and a 5MP Selfie Shooter.

The Mi A2 is powered by a 3,010mAh battery aided by QuickCharge 3.0, whereas, the A2 lite sports a larger 4000mAh battery which unfortunately lacks any sort of fast charging. Both the devices will boot Stock Android 8.1 Oreo under the Android One program.

Earlier, both these smartphones were found listed on a Polish website, starting from PLN 1,299 (roughly Rs.24,000) and PLN 1049 (roughly. 19,300) for the base variants, respectively. On the other hand, the Aliexpress listing reveals the starting price of Mi A2 to be CHF 289 (roughly Rs. 20,000) and that of the A2 Lite as $189.99 (roughly Rs. 13,000). Let’s wait for the official launch to have exact words on global pricing. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Vivo Y71i Launching Soon in India, Comes with 6 inch FHD+ Display & SD425

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Vivo has launched a new entry-level  smartphone in its Y-series in India, Vivo Y71i. It’s a toned down cheaper version of the Vivo Y71 launched back in April.  Now, Twitter handle of Mahesh Telecom (who has previously broke out news of various low key product launches) has posted the specs of Vivo Y71i before it’s launch.

As for the specifications, the Vivo Y7i comes with the same body as the Y71, but is downgraded in some department, notably the RAM, storage and camera. It misses out a fingerprint sensor and sorely relies on Face Unlocking.

The smartphone features a 6 inch FullView display with an  resolution of HD+ (1,440 x 720 pixels )  and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

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In the optics department, the device sports an 8MP in the rear and 5MP in the front for selfies and video calling. It runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by an 3,360 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. A We expect the launch to happen this week or the next.

The phone will be priced at Rs.8,990 and will be soon available in offline stores and online. For now, let’s wait for the official launch.

NOTE: The phone on the featured image is Vivo Y71 & not Y71i.

Vivo Y71i Specifications

  • 6 inch FullView HD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3,360 mAh battery

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