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HMD Global to Launch Multiple phones on 21st? Nokia 9 Expected!

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HMD Global recently sent out launch invites for the next Nokia launch event in India on August 21. Initially, it was thought that the company will be launching the global variant of the  Nokia X6, to be renamed as Nokia 6.1 Plus for other markets. But now a tweet from the official account of the company hints that other smartphones could also be launched in the event.

The tweet reads,” Get ready to unveil the most awaited phone” & “We are thrilled to bring you the Nokia smartphones event for one of the most awaited hones on Tuesday 21st August” suggesting that it may bring other higher smartphones like Nokia 9 in the country. It’s not a far-fetched idea as the company is known to launch multiple handsets in the same launch event. The launch of the Nokia 9 flagship will make it the top-of the-line Nokia product in India replacing the Nokia 8 Sirocco launched back in April this year . However the tweet only shows the silhouette of the handset with a glow of light from behind giving no way to confirm if it is indeed the Nokia 9.

As for the specs the upcoming Nokia 9 is rumoured to come with curved display featuring an 6.01 AMOLED display with an resolution of QHD+ aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. In the optics department, it is expected to come with triple camera setup consisting of a primary 41MP wide angle sensor, a 20MP telephoto lens and a standalone 9.7 monochrome camera while offering a 21MP on the front. It will run Android 8.1 Oreo and will be backed by a 3,900 mAh battery.

The device is expected to sport a super premium offering featuring a ceramic build with 18-karat gold accents. With just a day between the launch, we will soon find out what the company has to offer. India is one of the profitable markets for HMD which will definitely increase the chances of the Nokia 9 being launched first in the country.

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ASUS Zenfone 6 Launching Soon in India. Teased by Flipkart!

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Last week, ASUS launched its 2019 flagship smartphone Zenfone 6 which came with a unique flip camera mechanism. The smartphone was launching in Europe at a starting price of Euro 499( Rs 39,000 approx) but said nothing about the global launch. Now e-commerce website Flipkart has started teasing the Zenfone 6 for the Indian market.

The Zenfone 6 product page is live on Flipkart, mentioning all the important highlights of the device. The teaser reads- Coming soon to India hinting that the company might launch it in India in the next few weeks. While there is no official launch date, ASUS might be going for its primary competitor OnePlus 7, which was launched recently.

The ASUS Zenfone 6 comes with a 6.3 inch FHD+ LCD display with almost no bezels and very small chin. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 paired with 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage (UFS 2.1) that can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

The handset comes with a Flip camera setup mechanism which users can take rear photos as well as selfies. The camera setup consists of a 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor as a primary camera along with a 13MP 125-degree ultra-wide angle secondary camera. The flip camera means we will be able to use the 48MP sensor for selfie giving an edge over the competition. The pop-up camera is made of something ASUS calls “liquid metal” and have been tested over 1,00,000 continuous flips. It lacks OIS but has 4K recording support.

The phone runs ZenUI based on Android 9 Pie with a stock system navigational system-wide Dark Mode and intelligent memory management. It draws power from a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W quick charge support. It has a rear fingerprint sensor retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. While ASUS is yet to reveal the Zenfone 6 price in India we expect to come at a price tag between Rs 37,000 and going all the way up to Rs 50,000 for the highest variant.

Asus Zenfone 6 specifications

  • 6.4 inch FHD+ LCD IPS display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 13MP camera
  • ZenUI based on Android 9 Pie
  • 5,000 mAh battery with 18W charging
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Black Shark 2 Launching in India on 27th May

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Black Shark is all set to debut to their first phone here in India. They started sending media invites to different platforms. As per the invite letter, the programme is scheduled to kick off on May 27. The first device will be the Black Shark 2 which was launched earlier this year i.e on March. The phone was having excellent gaming performance and hence it was in the category of gaming smartphones.

Asus, Razer has already entered the gaming smartphone market here, so finally Xiaomi is entering the scene. With the launch of Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi announced that Black Shark would debut their phones soon in India. Black Shark started their process to launch to their phones in March. The BIS certification also gave a hint that Black Shark 2 is soon going to be hit the Indian Market.

Black Shark 2 spots a 6.39-inch OLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor which is made by Samsung complete with a pressure-sensitive system which enables users to map the buttons located on the corners of the screen. Users can trigger them by pressing harder on that part of the screen. Well they have optimized the screen for better color accuracy, decreasing screen flicker at low brightness, and lowering touch latency to 43.5ms.

The phone spots the flagship Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage for the base variant and 12GB RAM with 256GB storage for the top variant. It has Liquid Cool 3.0 liquid-cooling technology for an elite gaming experience. The device is packed by a 4000 mAh battery which supports upto 27W fast charging. It doesn’t compromise on the cameras as well.

The rear has a primary 48MP sensor with f/1.75 lens and a 12MP secondary lens. It has features like HDR, low-light mode, portrait mode, and  4K video recording at 30FPS.

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OPPO K3 Official Poster Reveals Pop Up camera, In Display FP & SD710!

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OPPO will be launching a new smartphone on May 23 and it seems the model packs everything. Dubbed as the OPPO K3, the official teaser poster has been released by the Chinese manufacturer. The smartphone will be the successor to the OPPO K1 that was launched last year with an in-screen fingeprint sensor.

As previous rumors suggested, the OPPO K3 will feature a retractable selfie camera. It has a classic pop-up module that takes 0.74 seconds to come out. There is a single sensor on it which is speculated to be a 16MP one. The company claims the pop-up mechanism has been tested over 2,00,000 times.

The rear will sport a dual camera setup of 16MP + 2MP. From the official image, the fingerprint sensor is missing so we can assume that it will have an under display one. The front has a 6.5 inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 91.1% screen-to-body ratio and DC dimming. So this will be a mid-range handset will an ID sensor under the display.

Under the hood, it houses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 paired with 6GB LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. It will also have an 8GB RAM variant and will retain the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The battery size is unknown but it is likely to come with VOOC 3.0. The official website of OPPO confirms that it will be available in three color options: Nebula Purple which is featured on the poster, White and Black. As for the pricing,  it is believed to be priced between 1,000 Yuan (Rs 10,000 approx) to 2,200 Yuan (22,000 approx).

For other information, you have to wait until the official launch on May 23. Till then, keep tuned.

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