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Samsung Galaxy A9 Star & A9 Star Lite up for Pre-order in China

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Upcoming Samsung mid rangers, Galaxy A9 Star & A9 Star Lite were earlier leaked in posters which revealed the pricing of the phone. The handsets were also been leaked extensively before and were certified by TENAA and National Communications (NCC) earlier. Now, both of the phones are up for pre-order in China before launch, which reveals pretty much everything about the phones.

The Galaxy A9 Star sports an 6.28 inch AMOLED Infinity Display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. It is powered by the Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable upto 256GB with an microSD card.

In the back the dual cameras are of 16MP + 24MP configuration while the front selfie shooter is a 24MP one. The smartphone will be will be running on Android Oreo out 8.1 with Samsung Experience on top and will be backed by a 3,700 mAh battery with support for fast charging.

The power button and volume locker are placed in the left side while there is Bixby button on the right along with a fingerprint sensor at the back. The device seems to come with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port. The previous NCC certification also suggests a pair of earphone will come bundled along a wall adapter and USB Type-C cable.

As for the Galaxy A9 Star Lite, the smartphone sports  a 6 inch Super AMOLED Infinity 18.5:9 display with 2220 x 1080 pixels resolution. There is a Snapdragon 450 powering the device with 4 GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card. The device comes with a rear fingerprint sensor and also supports FaceUnlocking.

The device comes with a dual camera setup of (16MP + 5MP) configuration while offering a 24MP camera in the front. It runs on Samsung Experience UI built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,500 mAh battery. Also, if you were wondering A9 Star Lite is the same phone as that of Samsung Galaxy A6+, which was launched last week in India.

The Galaxy A9 Star comes at a high price of 3,699 Yuan (Rs 38,500 approx) and is available in Black and White color variants while the A9 Star Lite costs 2,699 Yuan (Rs 28,000 approx) and comes in Blue and Black color options. The pre-orders are currently online and will go on till June 14. The smartphone’s sales will begin from June 15.

Galaxy A9 Star specifications

  • 6.28 inch AMOLED 18.5:9 FHD+ Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 16MP+24MP rear cameras
  • 24MP selfie camera
  • 3,700mAh battery

Galaxy A9 Star Lite specifications

  • 6 inch AMOLED 18.5:9 FHD+ Display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 16+5MP dual rear camera
  • 24MP front camera
  • 3500mAh battery

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POCO F1 Gets a Launch Date in India, to Launch in August 22nd!

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Xiaomi is all set to launch the first smartphone under its sub-brand POCO India, POCO F1 in an event in New Delhi on 22 August, after teasing it for few days on twitter.

Although everything about the Poco F1 smartphone is already known to the people even before Jai Mani making it official, thanks to leaked specs and unboxing video, You can watch it here again if you didn’t saw it:

In case you are still unknown about the leaks, the smartphone has a 5.99 inch Full HD+ notch display (Same notch size as Mi 8) with an aspect ratio of 19:9, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, will be available in three variants 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage, it is reported that the top 8GB variant will be available in Grey, blue, Gradient and Kelver colour option while the two lower variants will only get Red, Blue, Grey and Gradient colour option.

 

 

Coming to the cameras, the Pocophone will house an AI dual rear camera setup of 12MP+5MP with f/1.75 aperture along with an LED flash, dual focus and dual pixel, it has a 20MP front camera also powered by AI, a liquid cooling feature to keep the device temperature at check,  has a fingerprint sensor on the back and face unlock at the front for security purposes, it will be backed by 4000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology with an 18W charger.

The smartphone is speculated to come with a price tag of 420 Euros which is roughly (Rs.31,500), which is similar to the previously leaked price range of Poco F1 on the Belarusian listing. although it would be interesting to see how POCO price it in India.

POCO F1 Gets a Launch Date in India, to Launch in August 22nd!
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Oppo Find X Flash version with Super VOOC Fast Charging Launching on August 18th!

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Oppo unveiled the Find X in June this year and in August 10, the Chinese phone manufacturer held the first official sales for the Oppo Find X Lamborghini edition which sold out in just 4 seconds. Due to the high demand the prices went up with some stores listing the device as high as 2000$, compared to the launch price of 9999 Yuan (1459$).

The Lamborghini edition comes with the SuperVOOC charging compared to the regular variant’s VOOC charging technology. The former’s maximum charging power is close to 50W, which can fully charge the built-in dual core 3,400 mAh battery in just 35 minutes.

If you aren’t the Lamborghini type but want SuperVOOC, you have other options too. The company announced that Oppo Find X Super Flash version will go on sale from August 17 at a price tag of 5999 Yuan (876$) which is significantly lower than the Lamborghini edition. It comes with a configuration of 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage and will be available in Bordeaux red and blue colour options.

Oppo Find X is a eye-catcher with its unique design and 6.42 inch curved panoramic display with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8%, the highest in any smartphone till date. Oppo Find X also sports a 3D structured light technology to construct a 3D depth image of a face by projecting 15,000 sports on the face and comparing it to the database, which is basically a FaceID clone. This not only helps in unlocking the device, but also in other financial transactions. The next sale of the Oppo Find X Lamborghini edition is scheduled at August 18 from 10.00 which comes with a 8GB RAM + 512GB internal storage configuration. Other features are same as in the Oppo Find X regular variant.

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Realme 2 to Launch Soon in India! Also, Realme 3, 4 & 5 in the works!

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Realme entered the Indian Market in May this year as an Oppo sub-brand. The company recently split up ways with the parent company to become an independent brand just like OnePlus and made plans to debut in South Asian markets.The company after selling four lakh smartphones in just 40 days plans to launch four more smartphones within the price Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 by the end of this year.

Now, the company is preparing for the launch of its second smartphone Realme 2 in the Indian market which may be announced in this month. Madhav Seth, Chief Executive Officer, Realme India said that it will be launching Realme 2 very soon in India and will be loaded with features that aren’t available in Realme 1. He further clarified that it will be priced less than Rs 15,000 because as a brand they want focus on keep in keeping “aam aadmi” (common man) man.

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We constantly try to improve our product by incorporating features which our consumers demand from us.  Feedback from our consumers is very critical for us and we take it very seriously.  In our new line up of smartphones including Realme 2 consumers can look forward to Dual camera setup, fingerprint scanner,  notch and few more features

Madhav on the split between the companies said that the move to separate was on the card for quite some time and the primary driver was to target a different set of audience/ customers which were not targeted by Oppo. Also in an independent unit he feels one gets a lot of freedom to experiment without being burdened by expectation from a well-established brand.

As for the customer care services and after services, he said even after the separation Realme will using the network of Oppo because it is already well established. The company will also be using the manufacturing unit of Oppo for future production of smartphones. He clarified that BBK Electronics the investor in Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus and then in Realme doesn’t interfere with day to day affairs of the company or product development cycle.

Talking on the future launch, he confirmed that Realme 3, Realme 4 and Realme 5 are in development and all will be launched in a phased manner before March 2019 which puts a gap of approximately seven months. He added that they all will be priced less than Rs 20,000 and might launch a smartphone under Android One program with no timeline yet.

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