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Oppo R17 & R17 Pro gets 3C certified in China

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Recently Corning Incorporated announced that its latest Gorilla Glass 6 will debut in an upcoming Oppo smartphone. According to the rumours it is the Oppo R17 which has been in news a couple of times. Now two smartphones with model numbers Oppo PBEM00 and PBET00 have passed 3C (China Compulsory Certificate) in China. They are speculated to be none other than the Oppo R17 and R17 Pro. The R17 also recently appeared in TENAA  but with model number PBCT00.

This assumption is based on the fact that the TENAA certified Oppo PBAT00 and PBAM00 are the R15 and R15 Neo variants. As for the certification, it revealed very few details about the upcoming smartphone. Infact, the two devices may sport very difference specification. The smartphone is supposed to come with a small and unique notch, not seen before on any smartphone. It is expected to sport a dual camera setup stack in a horizontal arrangement in the rear, which is also found in Oppo F9 & F9 Pro.

According to the rumours, the Oppo R17 may debut as the Oppo F9 Pro in India and other global markets. The Oppo F9 is previously confirmed to sport a 6.3 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of (2,280 x 1080 pixels) and powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB via an SD card. It will sport a dual camera setup in the rear of 16MP + 16MP configuration while offering an AI powered 25MP camera in the front. It will run Android 8.0 Oreo and will be backed by a 3,400 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging technology.

The Chinese phone manufacturer hasn’t given any official world on the price and availability of the R17 and R17 pro. However, the teaser campaign for the F9 and F9 Pro has started in several countries including India  which hints to an launch in this month.

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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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