As the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch is approaching, news and speculations of the smartphone are doing rounds since the past weeks. It recently cleared the FCC along with the S-pen. Now, the South Korean manufacturer has published the support pages of a Galaxy device with number SM-N960F/DS which matches with the model number of the dual SIM variant of the upcoming Galaxy Note 9.
The first reaction will be to assume that it’s a mistake but it’s not considering it hasn’t been taken down and is available in more than one countries including Denmark, France and Norway. The pages do not reveal much about the device but we already know a couple of things about it.
From previous reports, the Galaxy Note 9 is almost identical to the Galaxy Note 8 with some upgrades. The regular fingerprint sensor is relocated from the side to below the cameras. The device will sport the mechanical aperture dual camera sensors which will be rearranged from vertical to horizontal. There will be some minor upgrades too, mostly software based. The improved algorithms have boosted overall performance as well as optical stabilisation.
The brightness of the display is greater compared to the Galaxy Note 8 and will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging suppprt which claims to last up to 2 days. It will be offered in 6GB and 8GB RAM along with 128GB, 256GB and 512GB internal storage variants. The Note series special S-pen also receives some upgradations like Bluetooth support, increased accuracy and expanded software support for business users which is confirmed by the recent FCC listing.
The Galaxy Note 9 is rumoured to feature a 6.3 inch display along with a dual camera setup in the rear of 12MP + 12MP configuration while offering a 8MP camera in the front. It will be unveiled in August 9 in New York, few days after the IFA 2018 event in Samsun’s Unpacked event.
Blackberry Ghost & Ghost Pro To Launch as Blackberry Evolve & Evolve Pro
Earlier we knew that Blackberry’s Indian licensee, Optiemus would be launching two new Blackberry smartphones- Blackberry Ghost and Ghost Pro. Even the previous reports and leaks referred to the phones using that name. However, today, popular tipster Even Blass has said out that the phones will be named as Blackberry Evolve and Evolve Pro. He further clarified that ‘Ghost’ was just a codename for the device.
Apparently the Ghost and Ghost Pro from India's Optiemus are coming to market as the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 17, 2018
The device, codenamed Blackberry Ghost was a thing for the first time a few months back and then some renders emerged. Recently we heard that the phone will pack a big 4000mAh battery.
One more Ghost tidbit: it's got a 4,000mAh battery, which would be one of the largest in a flagship-class device.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 5, 2018
As of now, the rumors claim that the Blackberry Evolve and Evolve X will sport a futuristic look from 2018, i.e. a bezel-less display. However, we are not quite sure about the implementation of the bezel-less design as the renders showed no sign of notch. Though the renders point towards a glass and metal build. In other markets, Blackberry partnered with TCL, but even with those phones, Blackberry seemed to stick with mid-sized batteries with only one exception- Blackberry Motion. Blackberry Motion is the only smartphone from the brand packing a huge 4000mAh battery.
There is no info regarding the launch of Blackberry Evolve and Evolve Pro, but the Optiemus made Blackberry phones may be exclusive in India and may mark the starting of a bezel-less design era for Blackberry.
Xiaomi Officially confirms Mi A2 Lite is coming along with Mi A2!
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has been a matter of talks for quite a while. We have witnessed a lot of rumours and leaks in the recent times. Now, Xiaomi has finally confirmed the release date of the Mi A2 along with the A2 Lite. Both the smartphones are scheduled to be launched globally at an event held at Madrid, Spain, on July 24.
The announcement comes from Xiaomi’s official Twitter handle. While the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the rebrand of the China-exclusive Mi 6X, the recently unveiled Redmi 6 Pro will be launched as Mi A2 Lite in global markets.
— Mi (@xiaomi) July 17, 2018
Additionally, Xiaomi’s global spokesperson Donovan Sung too acknowledged the same on Twitter. He posted a teaser image showcasing the back panel of both the devices, having vertically stacked dual camera setup, under the Android One branding.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 will come with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it will be powered by the Qualcomm 660 SoC coupled with 4/6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of onboard storage.
In the Camera department, the device sports a dual camera setup featuring a 20 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and a secondary 12 MP camera shooter with a f/1.8 aperture along with a 20MP f/2.0 shooter at the front.
On the other hand, the A2 Lite comes with 5.84-inch full-HD+ display, maintaining a 19:9 aspect ratio due to the notch. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, paired with 3/4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. This one sports a 12+5MP dual rear camera setup and a 5MP Selfie Shooter.
The Mi A2 is powered by a 3,010mAh battery aided by QuickCharge 3.0, whereas, the A2 lite sports a larger 4000mAh battery which unfortunately lacks any sort of fast charging. Both the devices will boot Stock Android 8.1 Oreo under the Android One program.
Earlier, both these smartphones were found listed on a Polish website, starting from PLN 1,299 (roughly Rs.24,000) and PLN 1049 (roughly. 19,300) for the base variants, respectively. On the other hand, the Aliexpress listing reveals the starting price of Mi A2 to be CHF 289 (roughly Rs. 20,000) and that of the A2 Lite as $189.99 (roughly Rs. 13,000). Let’s wait for the official launch to have exact words on global pricing. Stay tuned for further updates.
Vivo Y71i Launching Soon in India, Comes with 6 inch FHD+ Display & SD425
Vivo has launched a new entry-level smartphone in its Y-series in India, Vivo Y71i. It’s a toned down cheaper version of the Vivo Y71 launched back in April. Now, Twitter handle of Mahesh Telecom (who has previously broke out news of various low key product launches) has posted the specs of Vivo Y71i before it’s launch.
— Mahesh Telecom (@MAHESHTELECOM) July 17, 2018
As for the specifications, the Vivo Y7i comes with the same body as the Y71, but is downgraded in some department, notably the RAM, storage and camera. It misses out a fingerprint sensor and sorely relies on Face Unlocking.
The smartphone features a 6 inch FullView display with an resolution of HD+ (1,440 x 720 pixels ) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.
In the optics department, the device sports an 8MP in the rear and 5MP in the front for selfies and video calling. It runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by an 3,360 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. A We expect the launch to happen this week or the next.
The phone will be priced at Rs.8,990 and will be soon available in offline stores and online. For now, let’s wait for the official launch.
Vivo Y71i Specifications
- 6 inch FullView HD+ display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 8MP rear camera
- 5MP front camera
- 3,360 mAh battery
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