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Samsung to bring Notches to their Phones Soon!

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Notch smartphone is one of the hottest trends (or rather most hated) in the smartphone industry this year after it was introduced by the Essential phone and made mainstream by the Apple iPhone X last year. Samsung has not yet released any notches devices yet but has mocked the Apple notch in multiple ads. Now, it seems that the South Korean giant may soon venture into the notch design after a little more than a year of its introduction.

The revelation was done today at the Samsung’s developer conference where it not only mentions about introducing notch for its upcoming smartphone but revealed three different notch designs called Infinity-U, Infinity-V and Infinity-O with the letters named after the shape in which they are cut out from the regular screen space. Hassam Anjum, a director of product marketing at Samsung took the stage to explain the company’s breakthrough in reducing bezels and maximizing bezel size year after year.

The Infinity-U notch reminds us of the first notch from the Essential phone while the Infinity-V brings in notch similar to what we have seen from Oppo F9 Pro, Realme 2 Pro, Vivo V11 Pro & OnePlus 6T. As for the placement, the Infinity-U and Infinity-V seem to present on the traditional centre at the top edge while the Infinity-O appears to be a circular cut out present closer to the edge of the display instead of the centre. This is pretty much what Samsung teased with

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Apart from the notches, the company has also teased the new Infinity design which looks like a bezel-less notch-less design hinting that it may be aiming for all-screen displays on flagship phones and notches for the mid-range and budget ones.

The new ‘Infinity Display’ may be the latest OLED panel from Samsung which will come with an in-display camera and fingerprint sensor embedded in it. Though Samsung may be the last to adopt, it may bring a much needed freshness and innovation in the notch design.

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Vivo to bring their Sub-brand iQOO to India by June!

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Vivo launched its sub-brand iQOO earlier this month in China. Now according to a report by 91mobiles, the Vivo sub-brand is coming to India as early as in May.

This piece of information comes from an anonymous Vivo executive who claims that iQOO will be entering the Indian market in late May or Early June. The brand will debut with the iQOO smartphone and will launch another handset later this year in India.

Both the upcoming smartphones from iQOO will launch as gaming smartphones in India and will compete against the likes of OnePlus handsets. The company plans to price these smartphones between Rs 30,000 and 60,000. The Vivo executive further reveals that a total of four variants of the two iQOO phones will be launched in India.

As for the Vivo iQOO smartphone that was launched in China, it features a 6.41 inch AMOLED display with a dew-drop notch resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 91.7 percent. It houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and includes a ‘super liquid cooling’ to reduce heat while running heavy graphics-intensive games for long duration. It offers 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal storage.

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There is a triple camera setup at the rear consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with proprietary dual pixel technology, a 2MP depth sensor and a 13MP wide-angle lens (Sony IMX263) while offering a 12MP selfie camera. It comes with a Multi-Turbo service that includes AI Turbo, Center Turbo, Net Turbo, Cooling Turbo and Game Turbo to boost the performance. The high-end model is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 44W fast-charging and can fully charge in 45 minutes and 50% in just 15 minutes. The lower variant with a 6GB/128GB configuration lacks the 44W fast-charging and instead comes with a 22.5 W charging support. All the variants run on FunTouch OS based on Android 9 Pie.

As of now, Vivo has not announced or teased the launch of its iQOO sub-brand in India. We expect the teasers to arrive sometime in next month.

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Xiaomi’s Black Shark Sets up HQ in India, New Launch Expected!

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Xiaomi‘s very own sub-brand dedicated for gaming, Blackshark is all set to expand its business to India. Blackshark is known for its gaming-centric smartphones which offer flagship specifications along with efficient cooling mechanisms in order to avoid thermal throttling and hence maintain the performance of the device.

Smartphone gaming is booming in India where games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 is being actively played by the millennials in the country. Xiaomi’s move of bringing Black Shark to India is indeed a clever move and we expect it to be received well in the market.

The brand’s VP David Li has announced that he will be managing the overall operations of the sub-brand in India. Now that the brand has officially established its presence in India, it’s ensured that the next Blackshark device would make its way to India.

A new Black Shark device code-named Black Shark Skywalker was spotted on Geekbench a few months back. The device comes with ‘msmnile” chipset which is the codename of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Along with the 7nm Soc, it will be coupled with 8GB RAM. The device managed to score 3,494 and 11,149 on single core and multi-core tests respectively.

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This leaked device might actually be the upcoming gaming Black Shark device. The previous generation Black Shark device, Black Shark Helo comes with 6-inch AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution. It packs Snapdragon 845 processor, 6/8/10 GB RAM variants, 128/256 GB internal storage, dual 16 MP + 20 MP rear cameras, 20 MP front camera, and 4000mAh battery.

A bump in the overall specifications is expected from the Black Shark Helo. The chipset supports 5G connectivity but the decision to include the 5G supported X50 modem depends on the brand. Xiaomi will be sending out invites for the launch event for this new Black Shark device in the upcoming days. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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Oppo Unveils 10X Lossless Zoom Smartphone Camera Tech at MWC 2019!

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Oppo has delivered on the promise they made about their MWC event! They have finally unveiled their 10X Lossless zoom camera tech for their smartphones.

Although the unveil hasn’t come with a smartphone launch, they stated that they will be brining it to consumer market in Q2 2019 in their upcoming flagship launch.

The 10x Lossless zoom tech works using a triple camera setup.

The first camera is an ultra wide one, which they mention as extra refined lenses which can take awesome ultra wide images. It has a focal length of 16mm.

The second one is a normal camera, is a 48MP Sony IMX586 (the same one we saw in Honor View 20 & Mi 9), which acts as a primary camera.

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The third one is where the magic happens, it has two D cut lenses, assembled like a periscope (as they mention it). It also has a bigger sensor and is assisted with OIS (the main sensor also has OIS). The focal length of this one is rated at 150mm.

The third lens does add to the thickness of the overall setup, with the thickness rated at 6.76mm.

Oppo mentioned that the 10x lossless zoom tech is mass-production ready, and they will unveil their next flagship equipped with this tech in Q2 2019!

They also had a presentation about 5G, in collaboration with Qualcomm, although no handsets were mentioned in the event.

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