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Vivo may be preparing an Online only Smartphone to Counter Online competition!

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Realme has surely made its name in the market with its ‘Youth-focused’ designs, even though they say they’re an independent brand, they’re still technically under Oppo. It recently launched the Realme 2 and is gearing up for the launch of Realme 2 Pro. In response to this, Oppo’s sister company Vivo may launch its own online-exclusive smartphone.

Vivo currently has both online and offline presence in the Indian market. It is speculated that the upcoming smartphone will be from the Z-series which hints to a mid-range device.

The reports sources claim that the company is bringing the online-exclusive handset in the Indian market to compete against Realme series smartphone. It still unknown which Z series smartphone brand it will be launched under. The company recently launched the Vivo Z1i in China which features a 6.25 inch FHD+ IPS display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm SD 636 chipset paired with Adreno 509 GPU and coupled with 4GB RAM and 129GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB through a microSD card.

In the optics department, the Vivo Z1i sports a dual camera setup in the rear of 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering a 16MP on the front of selfies and video calling. The handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,260 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS.

However it is not sure if the company will launch the Vivo Z1i or a complete different smartphone made for the Indian market. So we advise you to take this news with a pinch of salt.

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Vivo Nex Dual Display Launched in China. Dual Display & 10GB RAM!

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Vivo finally launched the most awaited successor of the Vivo NEX. However, it is named as Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition and not Vivo NEX 2 as expected. The device’s USP is its dual displays which is completely different to the ones found in Yotaphone and Meizu Pro 7. Also another spectacular feature of the smartphone is its 3D TOF stereo camera.

Unlike its predecessor, the Vivo Nex Dual Edition doesn’t have a pop-up selfie camera.  The presence of the secondary display eliminates the need of the selfie camera. However, it doesn’t mean that the Chinese manufacturer have given up on that design style and we may see another model in first half of 2019 with pop-up camera design.

As for the specs, the primary display is a 6.39 inch Super AMOLED bezel-less screen with a resolution of HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. It is almost devoid of bezels and comes with a high screen-to-body ratio of 91.63%. The secondary display is of 5.49 inch and is of Super AMOLED quality. It has a resolution of FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 16:9. Under the hood, it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 10GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

Vivo Introduces Futuristic Dual Display Smartphone for “NEX-Level” Multifaceted Experience

The device sports a triple camera setup with a primary 12MP camera with f/1.79 aperture and OIS m a secondary 2MP “Night Video” with f/1.8.The third one is a 3D TOF (time of flight) which will be mainly used for advanced Face Unlock feature. However, it’s not limited to that and offers features like personalized beautification, 3D face modelling.

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With the help of secondary display the cameras offer features like Mirror Mode and Pose Director The two main sensors are circled by a LED “Lunar ring” while the LED flash is placed on the extreme left. The ring light illuminates in camera ticking, gameplay, and couple of other occasions.

The handset runs on FunTouch OS 4.5 based on Android 9.0 Pie and support from Vivo’s JOVI voice assistant. It comes with AI screen recognition, Body and Face Shaping.  It is backed by a 3,500 mAh battery with support for 2.25A 10V fast charging. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor embedded in the display.

The Vivo Nex Dual Edition is priced at 4,998 Yuan (Rs 52,000 approx) in Star Purple and Ice Field color variants. It will go on sale from December 29 and is up for pre-order in China via local retailers like Jingdong (JD.com), Tmall, Suning. The company has not given any word on the global release of the smartphone but we expect it to happen eventually.

Vivo NEX Dual Display Specifications

  • 6.39 inch FHD+ AMOLED primary display
  • 5.49 inch FHD secondary display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC
  • 10GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF + 2 MP, f/1.8, depth sensor + TOF camera, f/1.3
  • 3500mAh battery
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Poco F1 gets a permanent Price Cut! All Variants are now priced Rs.1000 Lower.

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Xiaomi announced the first smartphone under its new sub-brand POCO back in August. The Poco F1 was a hit and took the world by storm. It was initially  priced at Rs 20,999 and made available through flash sales but later the Chinese manufacturer started an open sale. It is now available through Mi Store, Flipkart and Mi Home stores. Ahead of this year ending, the company has announced a permanent price cut or the device.

The 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant was priced at 20,990 while the same variant with 128GB on-board storage was priced Rs 23,999. The highest variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage came with a price tag of RS 28,999. However, starting today all the variants of the smartphone are going to cost 1,000 less which means the starting price of the smartphone will be Rs 19,990 while the other two will be costing Rs 22,999 and 27,999 respectively. The slashing of the price is permanent, which means you don’t have to worry about the price going up later on.

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The device was already in demand and with the price cut, the sales are expected to go higher. Xiaomi also announced in its official twitter account that the Poco F1 has crossed the 7,00,000 users mark. To celebrate this occasion, the company is taking Rs 1,000 off of all Poco variants. Though this is a great move, several users who have recently purchased the phone have taken to the forms and Twitter to complain about the price drop. However, this is simply a marketing move to increase the sales now that all the hype of the Pocophone has settled down.

The Poco F1 features a 6.2 inch display and is powered by a SD 845. It sports a dual camera setup of 12MP + 5MP and a 20MP selfie camera. A top notch at the front houses an infrared camera for 3D facial recognition. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery and runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Nougat. It recently received a new software update including features like slow motion at 960FPS and super-low light recording mode. The beta version of the MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie was rolled out recently and expected to be available to a wider audience by this month or early January.

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WizPhone ain’t a Google Phone! It’s just a Feature phone with Google Apps built in, Nothing more.

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It was widely reported earlier that Google has stepped into the feature phone market by launching the WizPhone Wp006 in Indonesia, priced at IDR 99,000, equivalent to Rs.500. The WizPhone WP006 is a 4G feature phone which runs on Kai OS.

But the catch is, Google didn’t launch the phone nor Google owns the WizPhone brand or even had involvement in developing or manufacturing the phone.

What made this news go viral was caused by this tweet:

That gave wrong impression that Google announced the WizPhone, as if Google themselves launched it. Google did took part in the launch of the phone and they did announce it jointly, but that was about the Google Assistant and the whole suite of Google Apps inclusion in the phone.

Also, take a look on Google’s Indonesian blog post here. What it says is:

WizPhone is the first Indonesian-made mobile phone equipped with Google Assistant. Created jointly by WizPhone and Alfamart, WizPhone uses KaiOS.

Also, KaiOS said this in its blog post.

“Google has also been instrumental in this launch by ensuring their digital services operate on the WizPhone via the KaiStore, so consumers have access to a suite of Google apps, including the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Search. Further, the Google Assistant works in Bahasa Indonesia, bridging the digital divide by allowing users to easily access the internet and apps through voice,”

So you can see, the phone is clearly not made by Google, it’s just a phone that Google had involvement in, but not the type of involvement that everyone reported it to be having.

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The WizPhone is similar to the JioPhone one, which also runs on Kai OS and supports 4G. While the Jiophone costs nearly Rs.1500, the WizPhone is priced very much cheaper than that.

The WizPhone WP006 features a 2.4-inch display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8905 processor paired with an Adreno 304 GPU. It comes with 512MB of RAM along with 4GB of internal storage. There is a 2MP camera in the rear and a VGA camera in the front for video calling. The device draws it’s juice from a 1,800mAh battery.

It comes with Google services like Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search and others pre-installed. As said in the beginning, it also supports popular apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Youtube and so on. It must also be noted that Google has made investments into KaiOS, which indicates that Google is really preparing to make some moves in the 4G smart feature phone market.

Consumers in Indonesia can buy the WizPhone WP006 from vending machines at Alfamart stores, a chain of convenience stores in Indonesia. Consumers can use the pre-installed All-Wiz app to buy products from Alphamart stores by scanning QR codes, barcodes and making payments.
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