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HMD Global Schedules and Event on August 21st, Launching Nokia 6.1 Plus?

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HMD Global launched the Nokia X6 in China back in May this year. It was the first Nokia smartphone with a notch and will be rebranded as Nokia 6.1 Plus in markets outside China. The smartphone has already been launched in Hong Kong and now it is headed to India as well with an expected August 21 launch date. The company has sent out media invites for an event in which it will be launching new smartphones where the Nokia 6.1 Plus is expected to be one of the handsets.

The company recently released a teaser of the smartphone in its official Twitter handle informing about the launch event. Earlier in June, a support page confirming the development of the new Nokia X6 global variant surfaced online even before the launch in Hong Kong. The global variant of the Nokia X5, aka Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 2.1 is also expected to be included in the launch. HMD is known to release multiple handsets simultaneously, which will not be surprising.

From an previous GeekBench listing, the Nokia 6.1 Plus features s a 5.8 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (1080 x2280 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of the  top notch. It is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card.  A 6GB RAM variant may make an appearance as well. There is rear fingerprint sensor along with support for Face Unlocking too.

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The smartphone sports a dual camera setup on the rear of 16MP+5MP configuration while offering a 16 MP camera in the front. It run on stock Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a non-removable 3,060mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 coupled with 18W charger. The company claims to charge it up to 50% of charge in just 30 minutes. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. 

As for the pricing, the device was priced at HKD 2,288 (Rs. 20,000 approx) in Hong Kong. But the Nokia X6 came at a price tag of CNY 1,299 (Rs. 13,500 approx) for the 4/32GB storage variant, CNY 1,499 (Rs. 16,000 approx) for the 4/64GB storage variant, while the 6/64GB storage variant was priced at CNY 1,699 (Rs. 18,000 approx). The company is yet to give an final world on the Indian price.

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Three Upcoming Vivo mid-range phones Spotted in TENAA

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Chinese smartphone maker Vivo which recently launched the Vivo Z3 is gearing up for another major release in the mid-range price segment. Three devices from the manufacturer got listed on TENAA today which reveals the brand’s upcoming models.

The devices bear the model numbers V1818A, V1818T and  V1814T respectively. The first two devices pack similar specifications and one of them would be probably distributed via carriers.

Coming to the specifications, both the devices sport a tall 6.22-inch HD+ IPS display with 720 x 1520 pixel resolution. It appears like a water-drop shaped notch would be present on the device for holding the front camera. The processor used in the devices is unknown but is an octa-core CPU clocked at 1.95 GHz, which is expected to be the MediaTek Helio P60.

There would be 4 GB of RAM in the device which would be coupled with 64 GB of internal storage, further expandable with the help of a microSD card up to 256GB. In terms of camera, it would feature vertically stacked dual camera setup on the rear of 13 MP and 2 MP sensors. It will draw juice from a huge 3935 mAh battery. The handset will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with FuntouchOS.

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The third device will feature a bigger 6.41-inch FHD+ display with comparatively higher 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. The RAM used in the device is of 6 GB paired with 128 GB of internal storage.

The cameras used are a 12 MP + 5 MP setup instead of 13 MP + 2 MP like the other two models. The model is shown off in Pink color. The battery used in the device is a smaller 3330 mAh one despite the larger display size.

It seems like Vivo would launch these devices anytime soon as the devices are approved and ready to be unveiled into the market. Stay tuned for updates.

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Samsung might be working on a Gaming Phone!

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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 2ASUS ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic.

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Nokia 8.1 spotted on GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 710 & Android Pie

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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.Nokia 8.1

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.

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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.

Note: The phone on the featured image is Nokia X7 and not Nokia 8.1.

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