Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi 8 Youth edition on September 19 at an event in Chengdu, famous for giant pandas. Now the Chinese manufacturer has released a teaser hinting that another device will be released at the event. It is speculated to be the Mi 8 Fingerprint edition. In a different teaser, the company revealed that the Mi 8 fingerprint edition will arrive in a Gold color variant.
Take a look at the Mi 8 Fingerprint Edition hands on:
Other than the in display fingerprint, the major change with the phone from the regular Mi 8 is the back design. Here, we’ve a gradiant colored back instead of the plain one we saw in the regilar Mi 8.
The handset is already up for pre order in its home market China. Customer can prebook one from the online stores to buy it before others. The earlier reports indicated that the Xiaomi Mi Youth edition will be available in gradient color but it is unsure if the Fingerprint edition will have these color options. The company also teased that it will be launching limited edition NFC bracelets with the smartphones.
The Mi 8 Youth will feature a 6.26 inch LCD display with a resolution of (2280 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9. It will be powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset and will be available in three configurations: 4GB RAM + 32GB internal storage, 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage.
In the optics department, it will sport a dual camera setup of a 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor while offering an 24MP camera at the front. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and will be backed by a 3,250 mAh battery. It measures 156.4 x 75.8 x 7.5 mm and weighs 169 grams. The handset is speculated to be priced at 1999 Yuan (Rs 21,000 approx) from a leaked poster.
As for the Xiaomi Mi 8 Fingerprint edition is expected to come with similar specs with minor changes. The design and color options may also vary and likely to be priced in the same segment. Xiaomi is yet to release an official word on the availability of these smartphones outside Chinese market.
Samsung might be working on a Gaming Phone!
Gaming smartphones are on the rise with more and more manufacturers developing their own gaming smartphone. The latest company to join this list is Samsung, who is reported to have already started working on its gaming smartphone which will be directly competing against the ones present in the market. The source comes from an insider according to whom the company will make the device as par with the latest standards.
There is currently very less information available about the smartphone, but it is speculated that recently leaked Galaxy A series phone is none other than this one. If this is true, the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage.
The South Korean electronics giant is said to avoid using LED lights on the back of the device and instead use a more generic design like the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9. It is also rumoured to come with a tall Infinity display with a glass and aluminium body alongside.
Gaming smartphones usually come with a cooling system and this upcoming handset will no different. Samsung has already showcased their Water Carbon cooling system in the Galaxy Note 9. As for the launch date, the Samsung gaming smartphone is expected to be unveiled in November.
The company is also stated to bring a new display technology that will be a solution to the notched displays. Twitter user Ice Universe spotted Samsung announcing a new AMOLED display technology during its OLED Forum conference in China. The display will include a fingerprint scanner, sound, haptics and under panel sensor (UPS) which eliminating the need of a notch.
Huawei is developing its own gaming centric device under Huawei brand (they already have one under Honor, Honor Play). Samsung gaming phone will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Black Shark 2, ASUS ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic.
Nokia 8.1 spotted on GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 710 & Android Pie
Just a while ago, HMD Global- current licensee for Nokia smartphones unveiled the Nokia 7.1 globally with Snapdragon 636 and the Nokia X7 with Snapdragon 710 in China. Now, as per the latest reports, it seems that the company is gearing up for the launch of yet another smartphone in the same series i.e the Nokia 8.1.
The indication for the same comes from the GeekBench reports. As per the latest GeekBench listing, a device named as HMD GLobal Nokia 8.1 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC clocked at 1.71GHz. Furthermore, the phone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is also speculated to come in a 6GB RAM and 64GB / 128GB storage variant. On the software front, it runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie.
As far as the benchmarks are concerned, the Nokia 8.1 scores 1841 points in the single-core tests and 5807 points in the multi-core test which seem impressive on paper. The listing doesn’t contain any sort of other information regarding other specifications of the device.
To recall, the Nokia 7.1 came with a 5.84-inch Full HD+ “PureDisplay” with 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 4/6GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage. In the camera department, the device gets a Zeiss branded 12MP+ 5MP dual camera setup in the rear, followed by an 8MP AI shooter at the front. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo as a part of the Android One program and the upcoming Nokia 8.1 is expected to follow the same. Further, it draws its juice from a 3,060mAh battery.
Looking at the specs of Nokia 8.1, it is clear that it will be launched by the company as a midrange smartphone. We can expect a price of around 300 Euros. Anyways, given that the device has just made its initial appearance, let us wait for the upcoming leaks and reports to reveal more about the handset. Till then, stay tuned.
Redmi Note 6 Pro Reportedly Coming to India Next Month
Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has already launched its latest iteration in the Redmi Note series – the Redmi Note 6 Pro in Thailand. Now, the brand is ready to unveil the device in India. There are no major changes for the device from its predecessor Redmi Note 5 Pro except the minor redesign of the phone, the presence of notch and new camera sensors.
The press invites for the alleged launch of the device have been leaked and it proves that Xiaomi is launching the handset within 20th of November. It seems to hint that the company might launch the device in all the three color variants.
Talking specifications, the Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 6.26-inch FHD+ display with a notch on top. The aspect ratio of the device is 19:9 and offers a 86% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. There will be two RAM variants – 4 GB RAM coupled with 64 GB of internal storage and 6 GB RAM coupled with 64 GB of internal storage.
In terms of camera, it will sport a dual camera setup on the front and rear. The front carries a 20MP + 2MP configuration with f/2.0 aperture, portrait mode, and AI Face Unlock. The rear offers a 12MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4 µm, while the secondary sensor is of 5 MP supporting Dual pixel autofocus. That sounds like they’re reusing the same set of cameras from Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera (global variant).
The Redmi Note 6 Pro will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery which is more than enough to last a full day of intensive usage. The handset will be available in Black, Blue, and Rose gold color variants. The device is expected to be priced at Rs. 14,999 for the 4 GB variant while the 6 GB RAM variant with 64 GB internal storage is expected to go on sale at a rate of Rs. 16,999.
Redmi Note 6 Pro Specifications
- 6.26-inch FHD+ display
- Snapdragon 636 processor
- 4/6GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 12+5MP dual rear camera
- 20+2MP dual front camera
- 4000mAh battery
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