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Reliance Jio Might Launch Android Go Based JioPhone 2 in April at Rs 1999

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Last year,  Reliance Jio created a revolution by announcing the 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone called JioPhone. It got the attraction of a lot of low-end phone users and people started to buy the device for using it as a secondary device. The device was priced at Rs. 1,499. It is worth noticing that the company managed to tackle the likes of Nokia and Samsung which had been in the field for years and made a position for itself in the market.

Jio Phone was a major growth driver for the Q4 2017. Its shipments grew more than five-fold. This new trend led to a surge in market share of feature phones. With locally-manufactured Jio Phones hitting the market in coming quarters, the vendor is expected to better its performance, said Narinder Kumar, an analyst at CMR-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG). It had managed to be the best selling feature phone.

Reports have surfaced online about the presence of the JioPhone 2. It is expected by the company to launch the new device in the upcoming weeks. The device will be priced at Rs. 1,999. This will also be sold at an effective price of Rs.0, just like the JioPhone. The Rs. 49 unlimited plan with 1GB of high-speed 4G data will also be present for this new device.

The JioPhone 2 will mostly come with the similar sized display and T9 keypad as seen on its predecessor. Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is expected to power the device. There will be cameras on the rear side as well as the front on the new JioPhone 2.  The predecessor, JioPhone, runs on KaiOS, while the JioPhone 2 will feature Google’s Android Oreo Go Edition.

There are few phones like the Nokia 1, Lava Z50 that run on Android Go Edition. Android Go Edition is Google’s effort to offer a smooth Android experience on devices with less than 1 GB of RAM. The JioPhone 2 will sport Google Assistant which will be available in English and Hindi.

NOTE: Take a rumour with a pinch of salt, as it’s just a rumour and tomorrow’s April fool. 💁🏻‍♂️

UPDATE: This was an April fool joke by PhoneRadar! Thank you PR, you got us!

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Oppo A2 Pro, AX5 & R15 Neo receives Bluetooth Certification

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Looking at the incoming reports, it seems that OPPO is focussing a lot on budget smartphones to stay in the competition. Two new Selfie-centric OPPO F9 and F9 Pro smartphones have recently passed through Bluetooth Certification. Now, three new devices from OPPO are reported to receive their Bluetooth certification as of July 19 and are alleged to be called as OPPO A2 Pro, OPPO AX5 and the OPPO R15 Neo.

The listing on Bluetooth’s official site reveals the model numbers to be “CPH 1829” and “CPH 1851”. Both the devices are yet to be released and sport the same Bluetooth version 4.2 as seen on the recently passed OPPO F9/F9 Pro and other OPPO devices like the OPPO F7, A5, A3s and the Realme 1.

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The OPPO AX5 and R15 Neo appear to be the same phones, with different names for different regions, similar to what we saw with the A5 and A3s. The OPPO A3S launched in India was the same OPPO A5 that was unveiled earlier this month in China.

As far as the listing is concerned, the Oppo A2 Pro holds the model number CPH1829, whereas the Oppo AX5 or Oppo R15 Neo have the model number as CPH1851. The A2 Pro comes with three WCDMA bands and seven LTE bands while the R15 Neo aka AX5 comes with seven WCDMA bands and twelve LTE bands, indicating that either they have either different chipsets or else are prioritised to be sold in different regions.

The OPPO R15 Neo will succeed the previously launched R15 that came with Mediatek Helio P60 SoC. However, it is hard to comment anything about the specifications yet, as the Bluetooth listing revealed only limited things. These smartphones are expected to be launched starting from August 2018. The OPPO F9 and F9 Pro are reported to launch at the same time. Let’s wait for further leaks and reports. Till then, stay tuned.

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Mi A2 Unboxing Video & Images Posted Online Already!

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Xiaomi is gearing up for the launch of the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite on July 24 in Spain, but ahead of that an unboxing video of the phone was uploaded to andreagaleazzi.com & its official YouTube account. The Mi A2 is the successor to the Mi A1 smartphone launched last year with stock Android. It shares the same specs except with a stock Android with Mi 6X, which was launched earlier in May this year.

Take a look at the unboxing video here:

The video shows a gold variant of the device and confirms the no notched design that have previously suggested. It gives a clear look at the device both front and back. The body is metallic and the volume rocker along with the power button is placed on the right side.

The top side houses the 3.5 mm headphone jack while the lower part has a micro USB port. The front has rounded corners, bezels on the top and bottom while the rear sports a dual camera setup with a LED flash in between stacked in a vertical position on the top left along with a circular fingerprints sensor. The rear cameras protrude from the surface which may lead to scratches in the lens

Also take a look at the images posted to their website:

 

From the video, it is once again confirmed that the phone will feature a 5.99 inch LCD display with 1080p+ resolution, 403 ppi brightness and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It will be powered by a Qualcomm 660 chipset clocked at 1.84 GHz with Adreno 512 which will be coupled with 4/6 GB of RAM and 32/64/128 GB of internal storage.

On the optics department, the smartphone sports a dual camera setup of 20 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and a secondary 12 MP camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture. On the front it will offer a 20 MP camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture. It will run on stock Android 8.1.0 Oreo and will be backed by a 3010 mAh battery.  It measures 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm and weighs 168 grams.

Also, the Romanian prices of the devices were leaked on Quickmobile.ro and PCGarage.ro. Quickmobile listed the Mi A2 for RON 1,288 (Rs22,000) for the 4/32GB variant , RON 1,424 (Rs 24,500 approx) for the 4/64GB while the Mi A2 came with a price tag of RON 943(Rs 16,000 approx) and RON 1,143 (Rs 19,500 approx) for the 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB respectively.

PCGarage lists the prices of Mi A2 as RON 1,400 (Rs24,000) for the 4/32GB variant, RON 1,600 (Rs 27,500 approx) for the 4/64GB while the Mi A2 came with a price tag of RON 1000 (Rs 17,000 approx)and RON 1,200 (Rs 20,500 approx) for the 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB respectively.It is expected to be available in gold, red and black colour options.

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB to Finally go on sale on July 26th!

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During the launch of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 back in April, Asus announced that the 6GB version will be available a few weeks after the initial sales of the base variants. Now, the company has officially confirmed that the 6GB variant will be available for purchase exclusively on Flipkart, starting from July 26th.

Here’s the official announcement from Asus India on Facebook:

The 6GB variant of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is not just an upgrade in terms of RAM, but also brings few improvements over the existing 3/32GB and 4/64GB variants.

In addition to the extra 2GB of RAM, the dual camera setup on this variant features a 16MP primary sensor along with a 5MP secondary sensor compared to the 13+5MP setup on the other two. Also, it has a 16MP sensor at the front too, aided by a front flash, which is definitely a major upgrade over the 8MP shooter found on the base variants.

Rest of the specifications remain the same. The device sports a 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, maintaining a 15000:1 contrast ratio and 85 per cent NTSC colour gamut coverage. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with Adreno 509 GPU.

On the software front, it runs on Stock Android 8.1 Oreo. Connectivity options like Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and MicroUSB are present onboard. Additionally, a dedicated SD card slot is given too for storage expansion up to 2TB. It is backed by a large 5000 mAh battery which unfortunately doesnt support any sort of fast charging.

The upcoming 6/64GB variant will be available for Rs. 14,999 on Flipkart, starting from July 26, at 12 pm IST. The phone is available in Meteor Silver and Deepsea Black colour options. As of now, the 3/32GB and the 4/64GB variants retail for Rs.10,999 and Rs.12,999, respectively. Stay tuned for more updates.

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