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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!

Hey there!! This is Subin and I'm from the southern part of India. CS Engineer | Tech Enthusiast.

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Samsung Galaxy A20 Spotted in Geekbench, Comes with Exynos 7885!

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Samsung is expected to add up to 9 devices in its Galaxy A series smartphones. This will be in addition to the Galaxy S10 line-up and the Galaxy M series which is expected soon. The Korean manufacturer has not revealed any useful information about any of the upcoming Galaxy A devices yet, but they have started appearing in benchmarking sites like GeekBench.

Today, a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with model number SM-A205FN was spotted in GeekBench’s database. Since, the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A40 has already appeared in the benchmarking site, the new device is speculated to be the Galaxy A20.

From the GeekBench specs list, the Galaxy A20 will be powered by the same 14nm octa-core Exynos 7885 clocked at 1.35GHz like the Galaxy A30. It will be paired with 3GB RAM and run on Android 9 Pie out of the box. Since it will be arriving after the S10 launch it will likely to come with the company’s new One UI. The smartphone managed a score of 1099 and 3456 points on the single core and multi-core tests respectively.

There is no other information from the GeekBench listing but from the previous reports, the upcoming Galaxy A series will feature a Infinity V display along with a in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, the most basic of the series Galaxy A20 is reported to get a more traditional rear or side mounted fingerprint sensor instead.

Samsung has not announced any launch date but the Galaxy A20 and the more Premium Galaxy A series is expected to arrive in the Q1 2019 end or early Q2 2019. We expect more information to be revealed from other certification and benchmarking sites. Keep tuned.

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Moto G7 Series gets a Launch Date in Brazil! Live Images also leaked!

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Motorola is finally gearing itself up for the launch of their next iteration of handsets in the G series. There will be four models in the G7 series namely the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power.

The Lenovo owned brand has started sending out press invites for the launch event. There were speculations that the new devices in the G7 series would arrive in Q1 of 2019 but now we have an exact date. The event will be held on the 7th of February in Brazil. The invite quotes  “what matters most to you?” on the background of a portrait shot. 

There have been multiple leaks and renders in the past few months regarding the devices which have revealed quite a lot of information regarding these upcoming devices. It all started when the CAD renders of the handset got leaked a few months back. Moreover, live images of the G7 in Black and Red colour variants were also leaked online today.

The Moto G7 is expected to bear a 6.4-inch Waterdrop Display with Full HD+ resolution in a 19:9 aspect ratio. We will be seeing a waterdrop notch on the G7 and G7 Plus while the G7 Play and Power would feature a larger notch.

The handset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset under the hood. mentioned that powering the phone will be an unknown octa-core processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage which is most likely to be expandable via a MicroSD card.

In the optics department, the device is reported to feature a 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera set up on the rear with LED flash. For selfies, we have a 12MP shooter on the front. The device will run on Android 9 Pie out of the box and will be backed by a 3500mAh battery that is most likely to support Motorola’s Turbo Charging.

Now that the launch is right around the corner, stay tuned for further updates.

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Honor to Launch Honor Play 8A in India Soon!

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Honor unveiled its budget smartphone Honor Play 8A a month back in China earlier this month. The handset was previously spotted on TENAA which hinted the major specifications of the handset.

Now, sources claim that the brand has plans to make the device available in India in the upcoming weeks. On the display front, the brand has placed a waterdrop shaped notch to house the camera which brings the screen-to-body ratio to 87%.

Right before the launch of the device, it was listed on Vmall, a Chinese e-commerce website which helped to get a hint of the specifications.

In terms of specifications, the Honor 8A will sport a 6.09 inch IPS display with a resolution of HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels). It will run on EMUI 9.0 on top of the latest Android 9 Pie and will be available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants with 3GB RAM.

Under the hood, it will be powered by a 2.35 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 and backed by a 3,050 mAh. There seems to be no fingerprint sensor which means it will likely come with Face Unlock feature.

In terms of camera, the Honor 8A will come with an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture while the rear single camera is a 13MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture with phase detection autofocus that is capable of recording at 1080p @ 30fps. The 7A had a 2MP depth sensing secondary sensor, but the 8A misses one. There is a dual SIM tray card with an expandable memory by a microSD card up to 512GB.

The device was unveiled for CNY 799 (Rs 8,000 approx) for the base variant with 3 GB RAM +32GB onboard storage while the 3GB RAM + 64GB storage was priced at CNY 999 (Rs 10,000 approx). As far as the software is concerned, it runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top. The brand will be announcing regarding the Indian launch later this week. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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