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Honor 9N Launched in India, Pretty Much a Honor 9 Lite with Notch!

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Honor increased their portfolio today by launching their Honor 9N in India. The smartphone is the rebranded version of the Honor 9i 2018 launched last month in China and joins the list of Android smartphones  to follow the trend of having a top notch.

The launch event was live streamed via company’s official YouTube and Facebook. P Sanjeev, VP Sales, Huawei India Consumer Group claims the company sold 3 million units of Honor 10 till date worldwide and over 1 million units of Honor 9 Lite sold in India in less than 90 days.

As for the specs, the  a 5.84 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) and 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by an Octa-core Kirin 659 chipset paired with Mali- T830 and is available in three variants: 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage with expandable memory upto 256GB via microSD card. The device will be getting a GPU turbo update in the coming months which is sure to improve performance.

The Honor 9N comes with dual camera setup on the rear with a 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering a 16MP on the front which comes with AI beautification. Even with one camera, it will support portrait mode as seen on the Honor devices.  Additionally it comes with Face Unlocking even though there is a circular fingerprint sensor in the rear.

The device runs on EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo and is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack and MicroUSB 2.0 port.  It will be available in Midnight black, Robin Egg Blue, Sapphire Blue and Lavender Purple.

As for the price the base variant 3/32GB costs Rs 11,999 while the 4GB/64GB costs 13,999. The high-end 4GB/128GB comes at a price tag of Rs 19,999. It will be available for sale exclusively via Flipkart from July 31 starting 12 noon. The customers will get additional benefit of Rs 2,200 cashback and 100GB additional data from Reliance Jio along with a Rs 1,200 Myntra voucher.

Honor 9N specifications

  • 5.84 inch FHD+ display
  • Octa-core Kirin 659 chipset
  • 3/4GB RAM
  • 32/64/128GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 2MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • EMUI 8
  • 3,000 mAh battery
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Vivo Z5x Launched in China! Comes with SD710, Triple Cameras & 6.53 inch Punch Hole Display.

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Vivo today launched a new smartphone in its Z-series in China. Dubbed as the Vivo Z5x it is quite different from its predecessors in terms of the design and features. It is the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer to sport a punch-hole selfie camera design.

The Vivo Z5x comes with a premium design with the punch-hole camera located at the top left corner. The body is made up of metal with well-chamfered edges. The bezels are extremely thin on the sides and top but there is a small bezel on the bottom. The power button and the volume rocker are located on the right while the left side houses the dual-SIM card slot.

In terms of specification, the Vivo Z5x features a 6.53 inch Full-View LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 256 GB via microSD card.

In the rear, the device flaunts a triple camera setup stacked in a vertical arrangement on the top left. It consists of a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.78 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide angle secondary sensor while the third is a 2MP depth field sensor. The punch-hole selfie camera is a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The handset runs Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a massive 5,000 mAh battery supported by a USB-Type C port. Despite the huge battery, the phone is only 8.85 mm thick and weighs 204.1 g.

The Vivo Z5x price starts at 1,398 Yuan (Rs 14,000 approx) for the 4/64GB variant while the 6/64GB and 6/128GB variant costs 1,498 Yuan (Rs 15,000 approx) and 1,698 Yuan (Rs 17,000 approx) respectively. The high-end 8/128GB variant comes at a price tag of 1,998 Yuan (Rs 20,000 approx). It will be available in Extreme Night Black, Phantom Black and Aurora color options of which the Aurora is a gradient finish. It is currently up for pre-sale from the company’s official site which will continue till May 31. The mid-range model is expected to be available for purchase from June 1.

Vivo Z5x specifications

  • 6.53 inch Full-View FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset
  • 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 16MP + 8MP +2MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 5,000 mAh battery
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Redmi 7A Announced in China! Comes with Snapdragon 439, 5.45 inch HD+ Display.

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Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi is all set to release its first smartphone flagship smartphone, the Redmi K20 in China next week. Ahead of the launch, the Chinese manufacturer has revealed another smartphone which will be launched alongside the K20. Dubbed as the Redmi 7A, it is the successor to the Redmi 6A launched back in June last year.

From the images, the Redmi 7A seems to sport a polycarbonate body with a more seamless design than the 6A. The rear panel comes with a P2i coating to repel water and oil-based liquids and is splash-resistant. Like the predecessor, it misses out a fingerprint sensor and the back seems plain with just the camera sensors. To make up for it, there will be AI Face Unlocking on the phone.

The Redmi 7A features a 5.45 inch HD+ display that is claimed to have better response and improved blue-light filtering over its predecessor. Under the hood, it houses an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset that offers a 26% performance boost over the MediaTek Helio A22 on the Redmi 6A.

The company is yet to reveal the storage variants and RAM options. It is likely to come with a standard offering of 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB. The company did confirm that it will come with a non-hybrid SIM tray which supports up to 256GB SD cards.

In the optics department, it has a single 13MP rear sensor with a LED flash and is aided by AI algorithms to improve imagery. The resolution of the front camera is yet to be revealed but Redmi promised that it will have AI beauty enhancements and background bokeh effect. It will draw power from a 4,000 mAh battery. While this will be 33% larger than the 6A, the in-box charger has been upgraded from 5W to 10W.

The Redmi 7A will be available in blue and black shades. The price and the available will be revealed on the Redmi K20 launch event on May 28. According to rumors, the company may launch a new laptop with the two smartphones, likely to be called RedmiBook 14.

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OPPO K3 Launched in China. Comes with 6.5 inch AMOLED display, In Display FP & SD710!

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OPPO K3

OPPO today launched a new mid-range smartphone in its K-series in China. Dubbed as the OPPO K3, it is the successor to the OPPO K1 launched back in  August last year.

The OPPO K3 features a 6.5 inch FHD+ AMOLED display made by Samsung. It has a 19:5:0 aspect ratio, no notch or punch hole with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.1 percent. It comes with features such as DC dimming, always-on display and stroboscopic eye protection and has a  sixth generation in-display fingerprint scanner like its predecessor. The company claims the new sensor to be 28.5 times faster.

Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset paired with an Adreno 616 GPU. The phone is available in two configurations: 6GB RAM + 64GB onboard storage and another with 8GB RAM + 128GB/256GB internal storage. In the optics department, the smartphone comes with a dual camera setup in the rear consisting of a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. On the front, it offers a pop-up 16MP camera with f/2.0 for video calling and selfies.

The device runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 3,765 mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Connectivity options include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, and a USB Type-C port.

The OPPO K3 pricing starts at 1.599 Yuan (Rs 16,000 approx) for the 6GB/64 variant while the 8/128 and the 8/256 costs 1,899 Yuan (Rs 19,000 approx) and 2,299 Yuan (Rs 23,000 approx) respectively. The handset will be available in Nebula Purple, Green and White color options. It will be up for sale in China from June 1. The company has not revealed any details about the global launch but since the OPPO K1 made it to other markets we can expect the same from the OPPO K3.

OPPO K3 specifications

  • 6.5 inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 16MP + 2MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 3,765 mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging
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