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.
Samsung China launch GALAXY A9 Star and A9 Star lite. Book with all pay will have change to get the tickets of launch meeting. pic.twitter.com/CKUbKHR4fl
— 萌萌的电教 (@MMDDJ_) June 1, 2018
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
Mi Mix 3 to Launch on October 25th. 5G & 10GB RAM Teased!
Xiaomi‘s Mi Mix 3 is one of the most awaited smartphones this year. Xiaomi President Lin Bin revealed the device back in August but didn’t give much information. Recently Xiaomi posted a smiley face in its official account hinting to a Mi Mix 3 launch. Now an official poster revealing details about the launch has surfaced on Chinese media platform Weibo.
A previous poster also surfaced earlier suggesting that the device will launch on October 15 which turned out to be fake. But this time the company itself put the poster on its official Weibo account confirming the October 25 launch date.
According to the poster, the company will unveil the device on October 25. From the images from the poster, we can see its manual slider, a feature which was showcased by Xiaomi’s CEO and which was also leaked on a hands on video. Also from the silhouette of the device we can make out that it will come with a full screen display without any bezels which matches with the previous renders leaked before.
Xiaomi also teased two new industry firsts, one being that the phone will be the first commercial 5G phone and that the phone will be having a 10GB RAM variant. Take a look at the teasers:
As for the device, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is speculated to sport a 6.4 inch display with a resolution of 2K. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with 6GB and 8GB RAM. In the optics department the handset will sport a dual camera setup of 16MP + 13MP in the rear and a 20MP selfie camera. It is also stated to come with a 3D structured light module for facial recognition. Though there is no official word on the price, a 128GB variant appeared on the Xiaomi shop for a price tag of $452 (Rs 33,500 approx).
Asus Schedules Launch event for 17th October. Zenfone Max Pro M2 & Max M2 Incoming?
Asus recently entered the India market with its new Zenfone Max Pro series which performed extraordinarily well in terms of sales. Now, it seems that the Taiwanese giant is planning to launch yet another smartphone in the country on the 17th of October.
The hint comes from the official social media handles of the company as well as the media invites. The invite sent by Asus reads out the time and venue of the event, followed by the confirmation that the upcoming smartphones will be a part of the Zenfone series. The event will be held on the 17th of October at 12:30 pm IST and will take place in New Delhi. Furthermore, the event will be live-streamed as well as the previous launch.
Moreover, the teaser on Instagram suggests the first global launch of two new Zenfones in India. If you are not aware of these two phones, let us tell you that two new Asus smartphones namely the Asus Zenfone Max M2 and Zenfone Max Pro M2 were recently seen on EEC and it is a strong possibility that these two devices turn out to be the same which the company has planned to launch on 17th.
Some were even speculating the launch of Asus Rog gaming phone in India which unfortunately is barred by the fact that it doesn’t fall under the Zenfone series.
As of now, we don’t have much information available about the devices but it can be said that the Zenfone Max Pro M2 might be powered by the relatively powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 or even the Snapdragon 710 SoC coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of Internal Storage. The device is expected to be a direct successor to the Zenfone Max Pro M1 with a notched display, better cameras and a similar battery capacity of around 5000mAh.
On the other hand, Zenfone Max M2 (non-pro) might be a sub-10K smartphone just like the Realme 2 and is expected to bear Snapdragon 450 chipset. However, we insist that you should take these specs with a pinch of salt as we don’t have any official words on the same.
As usual, we expect an aggressive pricing from Asus to compete with the likes of Xiaomi and Realme. Let us wait for the launch to have exact information on the same. Till then, Stay tuned.
HTC to launch its blockchain smartphone, Exodus on October 22
The legendary smartphone maker HTC has been suffering quite a lot in the mobile industry, the reason they are not so aggressive in launching smartphones back to back. Now, it seems that the Taiwanese giant is planning to experiment with something new and it is a blockchain smartphone. Yes, you heard it right, the company is planning to launch the new HTC Exodus blockchain smartphone and has confirmed the launch date of the same to be 22nd of October.
Furthermore, HTC has created a new website and a dedicated Instagram account for Exodus where it has teased the device. You can have a look at the teaser below:
As you can see, the specifications of the device aren’t mentioned anywhere throughout the video, neither we have any strong leaks for the same, instead, it only reveals the basic outline of the device. One can clearly see the HTC Exodus logo on the back of the phone.
As of now, it is being speculated that this new smartphone from HTC will serve as a storage wallet for Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrencies. and can be accessed by a unique key for security. The device will most likely run on Android but will have certain enhancements like new security protocols and apps for safely storing cryptocurrencies. It is also reported that the company has created a security enclave dubbed as Trust Zone within the ARM hardware for further security as the device may also support trading of cryptos.
The new website reads out that it will be the first-ever smartphone to arrive with decentralized apps and security and further provides an option to enter user details to stay updated on the smartphone. Fortunately, the website also reveals a more detailed design outline of the Exodus than in the teaser which confirms that the phone will bear a single rear camera. The pricing is expected to be somewhere around $1000. Let us see what actually comes on Oct 22, till then, stay tuned.
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