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HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+ launched in India

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HTC today launched the HTC Desire 12 and the HTC Desire 12+ in India. These two mid range smartphones were teased earlier this week and were unveiled back in March.

HTC Desire 12

The HTC Desire 12 features a 5.5 inch IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels). It is being powered by the Quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card.

In the optics department, the smartphone sports a single 13MP BSI camera sensor on the back with f/2.2 aperture while offering a 5MP BSI sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It is backed by 2730 mAh battery. Connectivity  features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS, dual SIM Micro-USB and a 3.5 mm headphone jack while sensors on board includes proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer and a circular fingerprint sensor at the back. It measures 148.5 x 70.8 x 8.2 mm and weighs 137 grams.

HTC Desire Specifications

  • 5.5 inch IPS 18:9 HD+ display
  • MediaTek MT6739 chipset
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP +2MP rear and 8MP front
  • 2730 mAh battery

HTC Desire 12+

As for the HTC Desire 12+, it sports a 6 inch IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels). Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card.

The smartphone comes with a dual camera setup of a 13MP BSI primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and has features like Bokeh mode, Face detection and Panorama. On the front it offers a 8MP BSI sensor with f/2.0 aperture and features like Beauty mode and HDR.

It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and is backed by 2965 mAh battery. Connectivity  features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS, dual SIM Micro-USB and a 3.5 mm headphone jack while sensors on board includes proximity sensor,  compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer and a circular fingerprint sensor at the back.

HTC Desire 12+ Specifications

  • 6 inch IPS 18:9 HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 450  chipset
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP rear and 5MP front
  • 2965 mAh battery

Pricing and Availability

The HTC Desire and the HTC Desire 12+ comes with a price tag of Rs 15,800 and Rs 19,790 respectively. Both the smartphones will be available in Cool black and Warm Silver color variants and will be up for pre-order via HTC India E-store from June 7. They will be available for sale from June 11.

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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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