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Honor 9i (2018) to be Launch in India as Honor 9x!

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Last year, Honor launched the Honor 9i which came with four cameras last year. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer launched a new device with the same name a month ago in its home market. The phone bears model number LLD-AL20 and comes with a top notch. Now, according a report, the new mid-range Honor 9i will be rebranded as Honor 9X in the Indian market. The smartphone will be succeeding the Honor 7x which was launched last year in December.

Honor 9i

The Honor 9X features similar design elements with the Honor 10 like reflective glass body and rounded corners. It features a 5.84 inch IPS display with a resolution of FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) and 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by a same Kirin 659 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128 GB internal storage which can be further expanded by a micro SD card.

In the optics department, the Honor 9i/9X will sport dual rear cameras on the back consisting of 13MP + 2MP configuration. Unfortunately, unlike the Honor 9i 2017 which came with dual front cameras, it only offers a 16MP camera in the front. Even with one camera, it will support portrait mode as seen on the Honor 7X. Additionally, it comes with Face Unlocking also though there is a circular fingerprint sensor in the rear.

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It runs on EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The EMUI comes with an option to hide the notch by blacking the sides of the notch. It is backed by a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery which claims to deliver up to 23 days of battery life.  Connectivity options include 4G LTE<,Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack and MicroUSB 2.0 port. It will be priced around RS 15,000 and expected to be announced in July.

Honor 9i Specifications

  • 5.84 inch FHD display
  • Kirin 659 SoC
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64/128GB internal storage
  • 13+2MP rear cameras
  • 6MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery

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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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Mi A2

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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