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.
Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro & Redmi Go to Launch Soon in the Indian market
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi launched its Redmi Note 7 smartphone last week in China. The Chinese manufacturer has already confirmed that it will be launching the Redmi note 7 Pro smartphone next month. The company is also rumoured to launch the Redmi Go Android Go smartphone.
Now, according to a new report, the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi Go will launch in India before the end of first quarter. This claim is in line with the recent leak by tipster Ishan Agarwal.
The Redmi Note 7 was launched in China last week and is expected to be the successor to the Redmi Note 5 in the Indian market. Compared to its predecessor the Note 7 is a huge upgrade in many areas which means the Redmi Note 7 could be priced higher. The smartphone features a 6.3 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 2080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. It houses a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core chipset paired with an Adreno 512 GPU.
The phone’s highlight is its 48MP + 5MP rear cameras and a 13MP camera on the front. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging support and comes with an IR blaster and USB type-C port.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro was recently teased to come with a 48MP Sony IMX sensor on the rear instead of Redmi Note 7’s 48MP Samsung ISOCELL GM1 Sensor. It will house an 11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset which will be superior to Note 7’s SD 660. The handset comes at a price tag of CNY 1,499 (Rs 15,750 approx) in China.
As for the Redmi Go smartphone, there is not much information available about it. The handset was recently certified by various agencies including the FCC, EEC and SIRIM Malaysia. It is rumoured to come with a 5.9 inch display and run Android 9 Pie Go Edition out of the box.
Nostalgic Moto Razr to make a Comeback, as a Foldable Phone!
One of the most loved cellphone in the history the Motorola Razr is coming back as an high end device. The device will be an foldable one and expected to be priced at $1500. The return of the phone isn’t confirmed yet, it’s still just a rumour.
Things have changed over time, and Motorola is now owned by Lenovo. The company is bringing back the nostalgic device in an high end segment. For most of the users that was the first “cool” cellphone that they have used.
As per Wall Street Journal report, the phone will be launched somewhere in February. The device is said to be exclusive for Verizon in the US.
As said earlier the device is rumoured to be a foldable one and the Moto by Lenovo could actually beat Samsung in the segment. However we don’t have more information on the device like the internals.
Remember the Razr? Motorola's once-popular flip phone is being revived—this time as a $1,500 smartphone with a foldable screen. https://t.co/rLYHstwAEg
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 16, 2019
Reports suggest that the phone will be powered by the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855, the most powerful chip in the market and will be coming with a foldable OLED screen. However the screen will not break or crease. This is all about the information we’ve got about the device.
The less interesting part of high end devices, the pricing, as said earlier the phone is supposed to be priced at $1500.
As mentioned above, the phone is supposed to be launched somewhere in February, so we don’t have to wait more for the specifications of the device. Adding to this, Wall Street Journal reported that the company would manufacture 200,000 units, so there wouldn’t be a massive availability for the device. Summing it up we can understand that the device is going to be a Limited edition one, and will be a pretty pricey one.
Vivo Apex 2019 to be unveiled in China on 24th January!
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is all set to unveil their latest smartphone, the Vivo Apex 2019 in China on January 24. The first Vivo Apex was first shown as a concept in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last year, and had a 98 percent screen- to- body ratio. The news of the new launch comes amidst the rising competition in the smartphone market.
Vivo had recently teased the launch of a new smartphone on January 24th in China, and it was speculated that the device will be the Apex 2019. Now, the poster released by the company confirms that the device launching on 24 January is indeed the Vivo Apex 2019.
Reports claims that the device is codenamed as “The Waterdrop“, and will be coming with a full screen display, without any kind of notch,bezels or physical buttons. It is expected that the Vivo will introduce advanced gestures and pressure sensitive buttons to ease the navigation on board the Apex 2019.
“A year ago, Vivo APEX portrayed a new world of full screens. A year later, #vivo APEX 2019# evolved again, using technology to wake up to the future. See you on January 24.”, the caption on the poster released by Vivo about the unveil said, when translated.
Rumors suggests that the Apex 2019 might come with a 8GB RAM configuration. But considering the features of the phone, it is possible that Vivo might also launch a model with higher memory configuration such as 10GB or 12GB of RAM.
Vivo is also expected to offer a sixth generation in-screen fingerprint scanner with larger detection area and improved speed. The Apex 2019 may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor, which is manufactured using the 7nm process and offers higher efficiency and performance.
The price and other information about the specifications of the Vivo Apex 2019 is not known as for now. It is also very likely that the Chinese manufacture might showcase the Apex 2019 in the MWC that is scheduled for february in Barcelona.
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