Vivo redefined the basic smartphone design language by managing to add a pop-up camera. This was showcased in the Vivo APEX phone featured at MWC 2018. This results in high screen-to-body ratio. The front camera pops up from the top of the frame on opening the camera app.
The Chinese smartphone maker was able to ditch the earpiece by adding technology to vibrate the display to work like a speaker. They also introduced the in-display fingerprint sensor which enables the users to unlock their phone by touching the screen.
There were leaked renders about the Vivo Xplay7 last year showing off a bezel-less design and in-display camera. It looks like the company has plans to use their pop-up camera which received decent attraction and positive user feedback from the APEX phone on the Xplay 7 too.
Vivo filed a patent for the pop-up camera in July 2017, which is a year after Essential filed its own. This makes it clear that Essential had the plans to implement the pop-up camera in their smartphones but for some reasons, Vivo took the lead.
The build quality and toughness of the pop-up camera is not tested yet but it is more likely that there is room for some improvements in this department.
In terms of specifications, nothing is clear yet. The device is expected to sport dual rear cameras stacked in a vertical manner. In terms of power, a Snapdragon 845 processor is expected under the hood. There will be 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. This device is expected to be a flagship for the company. We’ll post more information about the smartphone when we get hold of some leaks in the future.
Vivo Xplay7 Expected Specifications
- Snapdragon 845 processor
- 8 GB RAM
- 256 GB internal storage
- Pop-up camera
- Bezel-less design
Moto G7 Series gets a Launch Date in Brazil! Live Images also leaked!
Motorola is finally gearing itself up for the launch of their next iteration of handsets in the G series. There will be four models in the G7 series namely the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power.
The Lenovo owned brand has started sending out press invites for the launch event. There were speculations that the new devices in the G7 series would arrive in Q1 of 2019 but now we have an exact date. The event will be held on the 7th of February in Brazil. The invite quotes “what matters most to you?” on the background of a portrait shot.
There have been multiple leaks and renders in the past few months regarding the devices which have revealed quite a lot of information regarding these upcoming devices. It all started when the CAD renders of the handset got leaked a few months back. Moreover, live images of the G7 in Black and Red colour variants were also leaked online today.
The Moto G7 is expected to bear a 6.4-inch Waterdrop Display with Full HD+ resolution in a 19:9 aspect ratio. We will be seeing a waterdrop notch on the G7 and G7 Plus while the G7 Play and Power would feature a larger notch.
The handset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset under the hood. mentioned that powering the phone will be an unknown octa-core processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage which is most likely to be expandable via a MicroSD card.
In the optics department, the device is reported to feature a 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera set up on the rear with LED flash. For selfies, we have a 12MP shooter on the front. The device will run on Android 9 Pie out of the box and will be backed by a 3500mAh battery that is most likely to support Motorola’s Turbo Charging.
Now that the launch is right around the corner, stay tuned for further updates.
Honor to Launch Honor Play 8A in India Soon!
Honor unveiled its budget smartphone Honor Play 8A a month back in China earlier this month. The handset was previously spotted on TENAA which hinted the major specifications of the handset.
Now, sources claim that the brand has plans to make the device available in India in the upcoming weeks. On the display front, the brand has placed a waterdrop shaped notch to house the camera which brings the screen-to-body ratio to 87%.
Right before the launch of the device, it was listed on Vmall, a Chinese e-commerce website which helped to get a hint of the specifications.
In terms of specifications, the Honor 8A will sport a 6.09 inch IPS display with a resolution of HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels). It will run on EMUI 9.0 on top of the latest Android 9 Pie and will be available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants with 3GB RAM.
Under the hood, it will be powered by a 2.35 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 and backed by a 3,050 mAh. There seems to be no fingerprint sensor which means it will likely come with Face Unlock feature.
In terms of camera, the Honor 8A will come with an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture while the rear single camera is a 13MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture with phase detection autofocus that is capable of recording at 1080p @ 30fps. The 7A had a 2MP depth sensing secondary sensor, but the 8A misses one. There is a dual SIM tray card with an expandable memory by a microSD card up to 512GB.
The device was unveiled for CNY 799 (Rs 8,000 approx) for the base variant with 3 GB RAM +32GB onboard storage while the 3GB RAM + 64GB storage was priced at CNY 999 (Rs 10,000 approx). As far as the software is concerned, it runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top. The brand will be announcing regarding the Indian launch later this week. Till then, stay tuned for updates.
Moto G7 & Moto G7 Power to Launch in India in Q1 2019
Motorola is expected to announce its Moto G7 series at an event in Brazil on February 7. Recently, the official press renders of the Moto G7 series was released online. Now according to a new report, the Lenovo owned company will be launching the Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power in India before the end of first quarter. The Moto G7 Plus and the Moto G7 Play on the other hand will likely to arrive in the country later this year.
The Moto G7 Power was recently leaked at a store in Brazil. It features a 6.2 inch display with a notch that houses the 8MP selfie camera. Under the hood, there is a 1.8 GHz octa-core chipset which is expected to be the Snapdragon 632 chipset. It will be coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage though there likely to be other storage configurations.
The device’s rear sports a 12MP camera that is housed in a black circle along an LED flash. Under the camera unit, there is a Motorola logo that doubles up fingerprint scanner. It is backed up by a 5,000 mAh battery that should last more than a day. The handset is expected to come in Black and Lilac Purple color options.
The Moto G7 will come with better specs and will cost a bit higher than the Moto G7 Power. It will feature a waterdrop notched display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which is a great upgrade to its predecessors SD 450. It will be priced around the Rs 15,000 mark and will be available in Black and White colors at launch.
If the report is to be believed, the Moto G7 Plus and the Moto G7 Play will arrive in the Indian market before March end. The company has not given any official date but we expect a teaser soon.
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