The popular Chipmaker Qualcomm recently told its plans for 2019 in the 4G/5G Summit held in Hong Kong, China where various manufacturers were announcing their future plans related to 5G. The official statement on behalf of Qualcomm hints that we might see a lot of phones with 5G support in 2019.
Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that “at least two waves of major flagships” with the 5G radio next year, with the first lot arriving some time within the first half of the year, and the rest in the holiday season” based as per the current assumptions and plans of the company.
Moreover, the event also witnessed the launch of the new Snapdragon 675 SoC-an upgrade over the Snapdragon 670 which came earlier this year. Qualcomm bragged about the outstanding gaming experiences, advanced AI capabilities, and “cutting-edge” camera performance of the new chip, following which, Manu Kumar Jain, Global VP, and MD at Xiaomi India revealed that Xiaomi will soon launch a mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 675 SoC.
Moving on further with the event, the company mentioned the advancements and developments it had achieved on the next-generation 5G technology. It also announced a smaller version of its QTM052 mmWave antenna module, which will play an important role in enabling 5G connectivity without affecting form factor of smartphones.
Barring the technical aspects, it is safe to assume that a majorly of smartphone manufacturers will be making 5G-supported smartphones starting in 2019. The phones will make use of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X50 modem, allowing for the new implementation.
The same thing will be used by OnePlus with their next year’s OnePlus 7 smartphone as confirmed by Carl Pei, Co-founder, OnePlus during the conference.
Additionally, the company has released a list of 19 OEMs which are committed to Qualcomm’s 5G vision for 2019. The list mentions popular brands such as OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD Global (Nokia), HTC, Sony, Sharp, LG, and Motorola. Others brands making the use of this new modem will include Fujitsu, computer networking firm Netgear, wireless communications equipment maker Sierra and a couple of other manufacturers. Also, it is possible that Qualcomm is further partnering with these manufacturers to increase the pace of 5G infrastructure rollout on carrier networks.
As of now, we already have a couple of brands teasing for 5G support, like Xiaomi with their upcoming Mi Mix 3 which is claimed to be world’s first commercial 5G phone. The Lenovo backed Motorola is already on the safer side with its 5G Moto Mod (using the same Snapdragon X50 Modem) allowing for 5G capabilities on existing Moto phones with Moto Mods support. Huawei, on the other hand, is already out with its Kirin 980 chip which natively can support 5G connectivity.
As you might notice, manufacturers like Samsung and Apple are absent from the list (we hope you are aware of Qualcomm’s recent fight with Apple). Well, it is hard to say for now that which OEM will bring the 5G smartphone first but it can be said that it’ll be from the house of Samsung, Xiaomi Huawei or OnePlus. Let’s see, stay tuned for more updates.
Microsoft prepares to End support for Windows 10 Mobile this Year
When Nokia launched the Lumia range of smartphones running on the Windows operating system years ago, they made quiet a wave. Later, Microsoft took over and continued the production of the Lumia from Nokia. The Lumia range of smartphones did find a lot of buyers and had some of the finest smartphones of the time.
But, Microsoft couldn’t keep up with the Android and iOS trends and eventually died out. Now reports states that Microsoft is preparing to end support for the Windows 10 Mobile by the end of this year.
Microsoft has asked the users of Windows 10 mobiles to switch to an Android or iOS device as it announced the end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. The news doesn’t come as a surprise as Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows 10, had made clear that they wont be focusing on new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile back in 2017.
In an “End of Support” page, the tech giant told users that Windows 10 Mobile will stop receiving new security updates after December 10. While the news was expected, it comes as a blow as several peoples are still using the windows mobile across the world, owing to its build quality and performance.
“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company wrote in the support page late on Friday.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) scrapped as many as 36,000 windows mobiles used by the law enforcers back in 2017 after Microsoft acknowledged that it’s support will be ending. In an other statement, Microsoft also made clear that their Virtual Assistant Cortana is no longer in direct competition with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
Redmi Note 7 is almost Waterproof! Has Watertight Seals for all Ports & Buttons.
Redmi Note 7, the first phone from the newly formed sub brand “Redmi” was launched 2 days ago. But they missed out announcing an important feature of the phone. Xiaomi President Lei Jun shared in his official weibo account that Redmi Note 7’s uses a design in which it’s buttons are waterproof and interfaces too.
According to Lei, the Redmi Note 7 supports dust and splash protection just like the OnePlus 6/6T. The R&D team did detailed work, including I/O port seal design, switch & USB waterproof seal, speaker double-layer dust-proof design, independent earpiece sealing, and front-facing sealing rubber sleeve.
However the Redmi Note 7 doesn’t come with an IP certification, but it will be able to provide basic water/splash resistance. If that does sound familiar, OnePlus 6 & 6T comes with similar splash resistance.
Lei said that the device has gone for quality test just like the same as Xiaomi’s Premium devices. They are also extending warranty from 12 months to 18 months to prove the same. The device comes in 3 variants 3GB + 32GB priced at 999 yuan ($147), the 4GB+64GB version which is at 1199 yuan ($176), and the 6GB+64GB version which is priced at 1399 yuan ($206). The smartphone will go officially for sale at 10:00 AM on January 15.
Take a look at the video posted to Weibo where he explains this and shows off it’s abilities:
Realme 3 is Coming this Quarter itself. A 48MP Camera Phone in the Works Too!
According to the telephonic interview of Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth by indianexpress.com, they had got some information on the upcoming phone and plans of Realme in 2019.
Realme will soon launch a new device in India named Realme 3 in some what of Q1 2019. And Madhav also said that the brand is working on a 48MP camera phone, but there is no confirmation that the device is Realme 3 or which sensor they’re going to be using (Sony IMX586 or Samsung GM1).
Madhav shared some of their plans in 2019. He has confirmed the launch of Realme A1, which will be unveiled in early 2019 and stand between Realme C1 and Realme U1. They are going to open a retail store in India somewhat in middle of 2019. The location of the store not disclosed. The Relame 2 Pro is soon going to be offline.
Due to the revised policy of Indian Govt. on e-commerce, a vendor can’t sell more than 25% on a particular platform. An e-commerce platform can’t offer devices exclusively. Realme sells their phone through both i.e Amazon and Flipkart.
Madhav said that the brand is focusing in the 5000 – 20000 segment. He also added that the brand doesn’t see any values in launching smartphones with punch hole display or triple rear cameras. Going offline will increase the operational cost, but Madhav said they will continue to launch phones in very aggressive as earlier. He didn’t said anything about the development of their independent UI.
It is notable that the brand sold 4 Million smartphones in first 7 months in 2018. This rise may also continue in 2019.
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