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Samsung to Launch a new A series phone to rival OnePlus 6. Is it A9 Star?

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From a report by Counterpoint, OnePlus 6 is the top leading smartphone in India in the premium smartphone market. The company has taken over Samsung for the first time in a full quarter in Q2 2018 in India with 40 percent market share. In the budget segment, Samsung is also facing a lot of stiff competition from other Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO and Huawei Honor.

Samsung launched the Galaxy A8+ earlier this year to compete against the OnePlus 5T. Despite featuring an Infinity display and powered by Exynos 7882, it failed to stand it’s ground against the OnePlus flagship with a similar price tag of Rs 33,000.

Now a new report from IANS reveals that Samsung is planning to launch a new Galaxy A series smartphone in the country. It will be placed in the premium segment with a price tag of around Rs 30,000 or above. Xiaomi has recently teased it’s POCO brand in India whose first smartphone Pocophone F1 has been getting a lot of attention. Samsung wouldn’t want Xiaomi to make a strong dominance in this segment also.

From the report, the upcoming smartphone will feature a 6.3 inch Full HD+ AMOLED Infinity Display with sleek bezels on side. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage with further expandable options via a microSD card. From these descriptions, we can assume that the phone that is going to be launched is the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star which was launched earlier in China.

It will sport a dual camera setup of 24MP + 16MP in the rear with Samsung Live Focus feature while the front will offer a 24MP camera for selfies and video calling. The yet-to-be announced smartphone will be going  against the likes of OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Huawei Nova 3 and the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

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Nokia 5.1 Plus to be Launched on September 24, To be Flipkart exclusive

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HMD Global announced the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus last month in the Indian market. However the company didn’t reveal the price of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Now, a teaser of the Nokia 5.1 Plus was spotted on Flipkart today confirming the handset will be available through purchase in India exclusively through their platform. The teaser also reveals that the device will be launch on September 24 at 2:00 PM IST, where it will be revealing the pricing information.

It is also to be noted that the teaser reveals the hashtag #GameOn, which was previously reported to be that Nokia is working on a gaming phone, so that actually was a teaser for this phone and not a gaming phone.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 5.86 inch display with a resolution of HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of the top notch. Under the hood it is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek HelioP60 processor clocked at 2GHz. It will be coupled with 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded by a microSD card.

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In the optics department, the Indian variant sports a 13MP camera sensor with PDAF, LED flash and AI assisted features while the front offers an 8MP camera sensor for selfies and video calling. It will run stock Android 8.1 Oreo unlike the Chinese variant and will be backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. There is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner though it supports Face Unlock too. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, 3.5mm headphone and a USB Type-C port.

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Nokia X7/7.1 Plus Renders Appear Online. Shows Off a Familiar Design (Of course, with a Notch!)

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HMD Global launched the first notched Nokia phone, the Nokia X6 and followed up with Nokia X5 in China which was rebranded as Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus in overseas respectively. Now the Finnish company is planning to launch the Nokia X7 in China which will be named as Nokia 7.1 Plus in international markets. The first render of the smartphone was today acquired by mysmartprice revealing the design aspects of the upcoming device.

Well, we’ve seen previous rumours that Nokia 7.1 Plus aka Nokia X7 is going to come with no notch, with it’s display panel being leaked without a notch, but with a normal 18:9 display. Now that rumour can be put to rest I guess.

The Nokia X7/7.1 Plus feature a similar design to that of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. It appears to have a glass body with a metal frame sandwiched in between. Though the previous leak suggests the handset will not have a notched display, the official renders show a notched display, a narrow one like the Nokia 6.1 Plus.  It hints that the device may feature a FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixel) resolution with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

In the rear, there is dual camera setup stacked in a vertical arrangement with an LED flash module. It clearly states that the device will features Carl Zeiss optics and a small camera bump. There is a circular fingerprint sensor placed below the cameras and the company logo following it. Also a Android One branding can also be seen clearly. The volume and power button are placed on the right side.

The Nokia 7.1 Plus is rumoured to be powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset likely to be coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Rumours also point to a larger battery with support for fast 18W charging. It is expected to come with the latest Android 9 Pie and be priced around Rs 25,000 approx. Since HMD takes a gap between the launch of the Chinese and International variant. The Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched three months after the Nokia X6. Following this schedule, the Nokia 7.1 Plus may be launched sometime towards the end of this year.

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Realme 2 Pro to be Powered by Snapdragon 660! CEO Madhav Seth Reveals.

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Realme hinted the Realme 2 Pro at the launch of the Realme 2 and recently sent press invites for the event which reads “Block your dates for 26th and 27th September 2018”. Though the invite doesn’t mention the device, the red fonts cleverly hidden on the text “2 surprise you” read “2 Pro”.

The brand is on full promotion and launched a promo in YouTube titled “Proud to be Young” was launched a few days before.

Now, Realme CEO Madhav Seth appeared on an interview on famous Indian YouTube channel Technical Guruji where he revealed some never revealed details about the Realme 2 Pro.

Madhav Seth reveals that he is currently using the Realme 2 pro and even shows the design to the viewers. Though details like a waterdrop notch, dual rear cameras and fingerprint sensor are already known the internal device specs were still a mystery.  Seth revealed that the Realme 2 Pro will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which means that will come with AI support. He further mentioned that the handset will come with a 91% screen-to-body ratio, glass finished design and Face Unlock.

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The device will come with a ColorOS built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo but the company plans to develop their own ColorOS that come with regular updates and developer support. That’s not all, the company has few surprises for the smartphone that will be revealed on September 27. It will be price between Rs 10,000- Rs 20,000.

As for the Realme’s future, he adds that their main target is to bring consumer specific devices priced between Rs 6,000- Rs 20,000. Seth previously revealed that the brand will launch four smartphones this year.  He confirmed that the brand is not done for the year after Realme 2 Pro and there will be more surprises for the customer before the year ends.

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