Earlier this year, Xiaomi was rumoured to be working on atleast four flagships smartphones that are being powered by the top-of the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. This includes the already launched Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S (codenamed “polaris”), the recently launched Xiaomi Mi 8 (codenamed dipper) and the Mi 8 Explorer’s edition (codenamed ursa). The fourth smartphone was a mystery until now.
A new report reveals the fourth device with Snapdragon 845 will be codenamed “Beryllium” which will likely to be launched in the Indian market too. That being said, this doesn’t count Xiaom’s another smartphone with SD 845, the “Black Shark” gaming smartphone as it doesn’t carry MIUI or the Xiaomi branding and is a separate entity altogether.
The new information comes from the firmware files obtained by @FunkyHuawei, the man behind the FunkyHuawei.club service. He shared the files with XDA folks where it was examined and confirmed. The files date back to March so there is a possibility that some of the specs may have been changes and does not match with the final product. There is also the chance that the specification from the firmware files doesn’t represent the actual hardware since the it wasn’t finalised the time it was examined.
As for the specs of the device. It will feature a LCD display with a notch. There will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Ardeno 630 powering the device. There are dual cameras with optical zoom support and comes with a regular fingerprint sensor and not an under-display one. It will run Android 8.1 Oreo and will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery.
Now, certain points in the firmware files hint that the device will make it to India. There are two branches “Beryllium” and “Beryllium_global” which means there is an international variant. Moreover the camera app contains two methods, “isIndiaBeautyFilter” and “getDualCameraWaterMarkFilePathVendor” which check a build property called “ro.boot.hwc” made only for India.
The identity of the “beryllium” smartphone is shrouded in mysteries. But keep in mind that a new Xiaomi brand “POCOPHONE” was trademarked and also it was spotted recently in an FCC listing. The model name contains E10A in the last characters and it pops up a few times in the camera segment of the firmware files. Though it can be confirmed, the “Beryllium” smartphone may be the first POCOPHONE.
Mi 8 Pro Global Lauch Confirmed by Company
According to the latest news, Xiaomi has confirmed the global launch of their flagship device, Mi 8 Pro. Donovan Sung, Xiaomi’s Global spokesperson, disclosed in a tweet that the device will be launched soon in global markets where Xiaomi is present, putting and end for the wait.
Take a look at the post:
#Mi8Pro unboxing shots. This gorgeous phone comes with in-display fingerprint technology and is available in multiple colors, including an edition with a transparent back.
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) September 21, 2018
The Mi 8 Pro have some major upgrades from its predecessor, the Mi 8, with the main feature upgrade being the on- screen fingerprint scanner. When Mi 8 was launched, the company decided to go with the popular rear mounted fingerprint scanner, while most other flagships had started using the on- screen fingerprint scanner technology which raised a few eye brows.
Apart from the on-screen finger print scanner, the Mi 8 Pro comes packed with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC clocked at 2.8GHz. It will be available in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants along with 128 GB non- expandable storage. The Mi 8 Pro sports a 6.26-inch AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9.
In the camera department the Mi 8 Pro sports an AI assisted 12MP+12MP dual rear cameras. The primary camera has an aperture of f/1.8 while second camera has an aperture of f/2.4. The front cam has a 20MP lens capable of applying 3D beauty effects and AI portrait mode.
As said at the beginning, the Mi 8 Pro comes with an on- screen fingerprint scanner and also support IR based face unlock that we have seen earlier in the Poco F1. It has a wider notch to accommodate the IR face unlock sensor. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI on top. The device is powered by a 3000mAh battery.
Apart from the Ochre Black and Twilight Gold variants, the Mi 8 Pro will be available in a translucent glass back similar to the Mi 8 Explorer edition. The global roll out of the Mi 8 Pro is expected to start in October, most likely to begin from Europe. As for now there is no information about the India launch or price of the Mi 8 Pro.
Nokia Schedules a Launch Event in October 4th, Nokia 7.1 Plus Expected!
HMD Global is expected to release next Nokia phone, the Nokia X7 in China soon with the smartphone being subjected to multiple leaks in the past few days. The Nokia X7 will be the third smartphone in the X-series after Nokia X6 and Nokia X5 which was rebranded as Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus in overseas respectively. Similarly Nokia X7 will also be rebranded as Nokia 7.1 Plus in International markets.
Now the Finnish company has scheduled an event on October 4 in London where the Nokia 7.1 Plus is expected to be unveiled though no official confirmation has been released. It is also possible that the company goes for the Nokia 9 sporting 5 cameras which have also popped up in multiple leaks in the past.
The Nokia X7/7.1 Plus leaked renders shows similar design to that of the Nokia 6.1 Plus sporting a glass body with a metal frame sandwiched in between. The renders shows clearly that it will sport a notched display following its predecessors. It will likely come with an FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixel) resolution with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The Nokia 7.1 Plus is rumoured to be powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset which will be the first smartphone in the International market to come with this chipset.
In the rear, there is dual camera setup stacked in a vertical arrangement with an LED flash module. The device will features Carl Zeiss optics and a small camera bump with the volume and power button on the right side. There is a circular fingerprint sensor placed below the cameras and the company logo following it. Rumours point to a larger battery with support for fast 18W charging. It is expected to come with the latest Android 9 Pie and be priced around Rs 25,000 approx.
Nokia 5.1 Plus to be Launched on September 24, To be Flipkart exclusive
HMD Global announced the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus last month in the Indian market. However the company didn’t reveal the price of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Now, a teaser of the Nokia 5.1 Plus was spotted on Flipkart today confirming the handset will be available through purchase in India exclusively through their platform. The teaser also reveals that the device will be launch on September 24 at 2:00 PM IST, where it will be revealing the pricing information.
It is also to be noted that the teaser reveals the hashtag #GameOn, which was previously reported to be that Nokia is working on a gaming phone, so that actually was a teaser for this phone and not a gaming phone.
The Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 5.86 inch display with a resolution of HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of the top notch. Under the hood it is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek HelioP60 processor clocked at 2GHz. It will be coupled with 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded by a microSD card.
In the optics department, the Indian variant sports a 13MP camera sensor with PDAF, LED flash and AI assisted features while the front offers an 8MP camera sensor for selfies and video calling. It will run stock Android 8.1 Oreo unlike the Chinese variant and will be backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. There is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner though it supports Face Unlock too. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, 3.5mm headphone and a USB Type-C port.
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