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LG G8 ThinQ Launched. Features Crystal Sound OLED & HandID!

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While manufacturers are trying their best to remove the use of notch in their devices by coming up with solutions like the pop-up camera and mechanical sliders, LG has decided to embrace the notch on their latest flagship lineup. The brand unveiled two of their latest flagship devices today at MWC 2019, held in Barcelona namely the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ.

The LG G8 ThinQ packs a handful of useful features which might actually turn out to be useful in real-world usage. LG offers the user three ways to unlock the smartphone. The traditional fingerprint scanner is still present on the rear. A regular 3D face-unlock like the one seen on the iPhone X is another option. Now, these two unlocking mechanisms are available in most of the smartphones.

The part where things get exciting is the third unlocking mechanism which LG calls VeinID or HandID. It works by recognizing the veins in your hands according to the infrared absorption characteristics of the hemoglobin in the blood. That sounds crazy but it is some innovation.

There are a ton of gestures available with the device, thanks to the “Z Camera” which the brand has placed in its notch which is an 8 MP sensor along with an IR sensor and vertical cavity surface emitting laser. These sensors help to improve the efficiency of the unlocking mechanisms and Air Motion gestures like volume control, shortcuts, taking screenshots, and app switching.

Coming to other specifications, the device packs a 6.1-inch QHD+ Crystal Sound OLED panel which enables to equip a hole-less receiver for calls with support for bone conduction. It also supports HDR10 as we have seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It is powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 2 TB with micro SD card.

Audio is a part where LG does not always make compromises with. The device retains the headphone jack and has LG’s signature Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS:X 3D Boombox to emulate a 7.1-channel system.

In terms of camera, there will be dual rear cameras with a standard 12 MP f/1.5 sensor with OIS and the second one is a 16 MP f/1.9 wide-angle lens. It can record 4K videos at 60FPS. The front camera is an 8 MP sensor as mentioned before.

The device draws juice from a decent 3,500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. It also comes with support for fast wireless charging. The software on the LG G8 ThinQ is LG UX based on Android 9 Pie. There is a dedicated Google Assistant button on the device for triggering Assistant on the fly.

LG G8 ThinQ Specifications

  • 6.1-inch QHD+ OLED display with 3120×1440 pixel resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 8 MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture and 80° field-of-view
  • 12 MP f/1.5 sensor + 16 MP wide-angle with  f/1.9 aperture dual rear cameras
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal storage
  • 3,500mAh battery with QC 3.0

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Nokia 2.3 Launched in Egypt! Comes with Android Go like Specs & Budget Phone Price.

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Nokia has announced the Nokia 2.3, a new budget-friendly Android One smartphone. It’s probably the cheapest Android One smartphone right now and in Europe, it is priced at €109. It has everything that a new smartphone consumer needs- quite a large display, neat and clean OS, dual-camera setup and a big battery. The phone will be launched globally very soon, along with a few other new devices.

The phone has a simple yet good looking design. On the front, there is a tall 6.2-inch 720p HD+ 2.5D curved glass display. On the right side, there is the power button and above that, there are the volume rockers. Interestingly, on the left edge of the phone, there is a dedicated Google Assistant button. The back of the phone has a nano-textured cover with micro patterns that offer a better grip. The Nokia 2.0 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio A22 chipset, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded to up to 512GB via a microSD card.

 

In terms of camera, the Nokia 2.3 isn’t any less impressive as the back of the phone houses a dual-camera module- a 13-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is an LED flash on the back as well. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for video calling and selfies. The Nokia 2.3 has got a special feature- Recommended Shot. It automatically captures alternate images before and after pressing the shutter button and it also recommends the best picture. There are features like portrait mode and low-light imaging more for improved photos in low lighting conditions.

Nokia 2.3 comes in three colors

Nokia 2.3 comes in three colors

The phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and Android 10 may hit the phone anytime soon! Nokia has already provided a statement that the phone is Android 10 ready. That’s a piece of good news but well, after all, it’s an Android One smartphone, that kind of speedy updates are expected. Also, because the phone is under the Android One program, the phone will receive Android updates for two years and monthly security patches for three years. This is very good news for those jumping onto a smartphone because when it comes to software and updates, most budget phones just suck and Nokia 2.3 is surely very very promising in this case.

The Nokia 2.3 packs a large 4000mAh battery and Nokia says that the battery lasts for two days. In terms of connectivity, the phone has got 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 5.0, micro USB, and headphone jack. The phone will be available in three color variants-  Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal.

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Motorola One Hyper Launched in US & Brazil. Comes with Pop Up Camera & Support for 45W Hyper Charger!

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Motorola might be planning premium phones with 5G connectivity and foldable phones in 2020, but it has one more deal left for 2019. The Lenovo owned company today unveiled its first smartphone with an all-screen design and pop-up camera. The Motorola One Hyper is a stylish phone with a pop-up selfie camera and 64MP main camera.

The Motorola One Hyper is a part of the Motorola’s growing One-series known for its mid-range affordable phones. It features a 6.5 inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution and lacks any black bars, notch or hole. It has an 85% screen-to-body ratio and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone has a water-repulsive coating but lacks any IP rating.

Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card. It runs on Android 10 and is backed by a 4,500 mAh battery with support for 45W ‘Hyper Charger’. However, the phone ships with an 18W fast charger and customers have to buy the 45W one separately.

The device sports a dual-camera setup at the back consisting of a 64MP camera and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens that has a 118-field of view. The camera comes with Motorola’s Night Vision mode, among others. On the front, there is a 32MP pop-up camera, the first in a Motorola smartphone and has Night Vision mode. There is a fingerprint sensor at the rear while a ring of light around it lights up when you receive a message and alert. You can customize these as per your requirements.

The Motorola One Hyper is launched in Brazil for $400 (Rs 28,000 approx) is expected to launch in US and European markets soon.  Motorola has a good track record in India and we can expect the Motorola One Hyper to arrive in the country soon.

Motorola One Hyper specifications

  • 6.5 inch HD+ IPS LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 64MP + 5MP rear camera
  • 32MP front camera
  • Android 10
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 45W Hyper Charger
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Honor V30 & V30 Pro Launched in China! 5G Support with Kirin 990 SoC & Dual Punch Hole Displays!

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Huawei’s subsidiary brand Honor has launched two new smartphones today- Honor V30 and Honor V30 Pro. Both of these smartphones are 5G ready and pack impressive hardware. The phones will be launched at Honor View 30 and Honor View 30 Pro outside China, which has been confirmed by Honor itself.

Honor V30 and also the Honor V30 Pro feature a 6.57-inch full-HD+ display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.46%. Both of these phones are powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 990 SoC paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. However, there is no option for memory expansion via a microSD card.

Both the phones come with a triple rear camera setup on the back. The Honor V30 has a 40-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture, along with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. Whereas, the Honor V30 Pro has a12-megapixel wide-angle camera along with the 40-megapixel primary camera and telephoto lens. On the front, there is a dual-camera module for video calls and selfies. However, the front-facing cameras are placed right at the corner of the display. There is a 32-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture along with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens.

The Honor V30 and Honor V30 Pro come with a fingerprint scanner mounted at the right edge of the phone. Both the phones run Android 10 out of the box with Magic UI 3.0.1 skin on top. The Honor V30 packs a 4,200mAh battery, while the Honor V30 Pro packs a smaller 4,100mAh battery. Both phones support 40W fast charging as well, but the Honor V30 Pro also comes with support for 27W wireless fast charging. In terms of connectivity as well, both the phones are the same as both of them come with support for 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and NFC.

As there are multiple variants for these two phones, the pricings differ a bit. The Honor V30 is priced at 3299 Yuan for the 6GB RAM variant, while the 8GB RAM variant comes with 3699 Yuan. The Honor V30 comes only with 128GB of onboard storage. The Honor V30 Pro starts at 3899 Yuan for the base variant that comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, while the other variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage comes with a price tag of 4199 Yuan. Pre-orders for Honor V30 is live now in China and sales with start from December 5 while on the same date, pre-orders for Honor V30 Pro will start and the sale of the smartphone will start from December 12.

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