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Nokia 8.1 gets NCC certification, Also Listed on ARCore Website.

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HMD Global is gearing for the launch of a new Nokia smartphone. Dubbed as the Nokia 8.1, it appeared on GeekBench a few weeks ago revealing some specs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset and 4GB RAM. The smartphone has recently cleared NCC certification hinting at an imminent launch at Taiwan.

Take a look at the NCC listing for the device:

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From the new report, the device sports the same model number TA-1119 but fails to mention anything about its spec. It is rumoured to come with a top notch, a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and run on the latest Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.

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Nokia 8.1 is rumoured to be the global variant of the Nokia X7 launched last month in China. It features a 6.18 inch HDR ready display with a resolution of FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixel) resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:7:9. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset and is available in three variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage which can be further expanded via a microSD card.

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In the optics department, the device sports a Zeiss branded dual camera setup in the back with a 13MP primary camera and a 12MP secondary camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Bothie while offering a 20MP camera sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture and 1.8 micron-pixels and features like Beauty mode and Portrait lightning. The Android One handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,500 mAh battery.

The global variant is likely to come with some changes which is expexted to be announced soon.

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Google Pixel 3 Lite Spotted in Geekbench. Powered by SD710 & 6GB RAM!

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Google is rumoured to be working on two mid-range Pixel 3 devices that will be reportedly called Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. The news has been doing rounds for quite some time and everytime it makes headlines there is some new information about the devices. Finally, the device appeared on benchmarking website GeekBench revealing the specifications of the handset. From the list, it seems that the specifications are of the Pixel 3 Lite XL.

The GeekBench listed the device as Foxconn Pixel 2 XL which could be the new Lite Pixel variant. The listed device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. However, previous reports indicated that the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite will be powered by mid-range 670 SoC and will not have that much of RAM. The Foxconn Pixel 2 XL managed a 1805 and 5790 points on the single core and multi-core test respectively.

Going back to the spec list, the smartphones powered by the SD 710 will definitely make the phones more affordable than their bigger Pixel siblings without compromising much on the processing power. The SD 710 already powers mid-range handsets such as the Nokia 8.1 Plus. Surprisingly, the RAM storage is more than the current Pixels’s top out at 4GB. It will likely run on stock version of Android 9 Pie being a Pixel device.

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From the previous rumours it is expected to get a 12MP rear camera from the premium Pixel 3 offerings and will offer a 8MP front camera. The Pixel 3 speculated to feature a 5.5 inch FHD+ display and backed by a 2,915 while the Pixel 3 XL gets a 6 inch FHD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio.

Foxconn is handling the production of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. If this benchmarks turns out to be true, it will be gearing up more production work from Google in the coming months. If previous rumours are to be believed, the smartphone duo will launch sometime in Spring, possibly around March 2019.

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LG V40 ThinQ is finally coming to India as an Amazon Exclusive

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LG launched its flagship LG V40 Thinq last year in September. Equipped with five cameras, it is no doubt among the top flagships launched in 2018. If you happen to be an LG fan and have been waiting for the smartphone to launch in India, the wait is over. According to a new report, LG V40 ThinQ will be soon launched in India as an Amazon exclusive.

According to the report, the LG V40 ThinQ will be sold online in India by Amazon India while also being available from offline retailers across the country. The company has not released any specific launch date, but we expect it to be available before the end of this month. The handset is expected to come with a price tag of around Rs 45,000 in India.

As for the device, LG V40 features a 6.4 inch P-OLED display with a top notch having a QHD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 along with Adreno 630 coupled with 6GB RAM and of 64GB and 128GB internal storage.

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In the optics department, the rear sports a 12MP camera with f/1.5 aperture and 1.4µ pixel size, a 16MP camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size and a 12MP camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size of which two of them is a telephoto and a wide angle lens. On the front the V40 offers a dual camera setup of 8MP + 5MP configuration.

Additional features include Quad DAC, Boombox Stereo Speaker and a IP68 rated water and dust resistant body. The handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS based on LG UX 7.1 but is expected to get the Android 9 Pie update on the second half of this year. It has a fingerprint sensor at the rear for security and is backed by a 3,300 mAh battery with Qualcomms’s Quick Charge 3.0 and fast Qi wireless charging support. LG is expected to announce the launch date in this week or the next.

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Samsung Galaxy M Series to Launch Exclusively in Amazon India on January 28th

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South Korean smartphone giant Samsung is all set to introduce its new Galaxy ‘M’ lineup of smartphones real soon in the global markets. The series comes as a reply to the Chinese smartphones which are priced aggressively with a high price to performance ratio.

Reports claim that the newest Galaxy M series will debut in India where the competition in this price segment is high. The phone is also now listed on Amazon India, confirming the date of launch, which is set to be be on January 28th.

In addition to the initial India debut, he has also revealed some info regarding the availability of the device in India. All the three upcoming devices in the Galaxy M series will be available to buy exclusively in Amazon India. He has stated that this is an initiative to double the brand’s online sales.

Warsi informed that the target audience of these new devices is the millennials of India. The first devices from the Galaxy M series will be available by the end of this month in India whereas it will be available in other markets on a later date. He has announced that the new series of handsets will be priced between Rs. 10,000 (~$142) and Rs. 20,000 (~$284).

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The new handsets are expected to pack massive batteries with support for rapid charging. There is no word regarding which device will be unveiled by this month’s end but we expect it to be the Galaxy M10 and M20.

The Galaxy M10 is expected to come with a 6-inch LCD Infinity-V display powered by Exynos 7870 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and 3,000 mAh battery along with 13 MP + 5 MP camera setup. There will be 32 GB of internal storage and it will run on Android Pie with Samsung’s UI on top.

In terms of the Galaxy M20, it is speculated to feature a 6.1-inch LCD Infinity-V screen. It will be powered by Exynos 7885 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 5,000 mAh battery with 64 GB of internal storage. There will be a 12 MP + 5 MP dual rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. The launch is expected to happen anytime in the upcoming weeks, stay tuned for updates.

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