After unveiling the next generation of Android One phones i.e. the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite globally, at an event held in Spain, Xiaomi has now confirmed that the Mi A2 will be launched in India on August 8. However, the A2 Lite won’t be coming to India, as revealed from the global launch.
As evident, the Mi A2 and A2 lite are rebrands of the Mi 6X and Redmi 6 Pro launched earlier in China. Both the devices are backed by Android One and will be available in 40 countries very soon. The announcement regarding the Indian launch comes from Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President and Managing Director of Xiaomi India, through his Twitter and Instagram handles, which is further quoted by Mi India’s twitter page.
WOW! Got my hands on the new #MiA2! We announced the launch of this phone in Spain today.
Mi A2 comes with:
> 12MP + 20MP dual camera
> 20MP AI-powered front camera
> Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
> Android One
And yes! Mi A2 is coming to India on 8th August!
RT if you're excited! pic.twitter.com/86i5kbBEQe
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) July 24, 2018
The Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with FullHD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9, maintaining a pixel density of 403ppi. The display is protected by a layer of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 512 GPU. It comes in 4GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB RAM and Storage configurations.
In the Optics department, the Dual Camera setup at the back consists of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 as the primary shooter with an aperture of f/1.75, stacked with a secondary 20-megapixel Sony IM376 shooter which too comes with f/1.75 aperture and 2-micron 4-in-1 Super Pixel for capturing brighter photos in low light conditions. For Selfies, we have an AI-powered 20MP shooter at the front which comes with an aperture of f/2.0.
On the software front, the device runs on Stock Android 8.1 Oreo under the Google’s Android One program. It is backed by a 3010mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0.
The Mi A2 comes in Red, Gold and Black colour options and is priced at €249 (20073.80 INR), €279 (22492.34 INR) and €349 (28135.57 INR) for 4/32GB, 4/64GB and 6/128GB variants, respectively. It will be rolled out gradually in 40 markets across the globe, including the Indian launch on Aug 8.
Three Upcoming Vivo mid-range phones Spotted in TENAA
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo which recently launched the Vivo Z3 is gearing up for another major release in the mid-range price segment. Three devices from the manufacturer got listed on TENAA today which reveals the brand’s upcoming models.
The devices bear the model numbers V1818A, V1818T and V1814T respectively. The first two devices pack similar specifications and one of them would be probably distributed via carriers.
Coming to the specifications, both the devices sport a tall 6.22-inch HD+ IPS display with 720 x 1520 pixel resolution. It appears like a water-drop shaped notch would be present on the device for holding the front camera. The processor used in the devices is unknown but is an octa-core CPU clocked at 1.95 GHz, which is expected to be the MediaTek Helio P60.
There would be 4 GB of RAM in the device which would be coupled with 64 GB of internal storage, further expandable with the help of a microSD card up to 256GB. In terms of camera, it would feature vertically stacked dual camera setup on the rear of 13 MP and 2 MP sensors. It will draw juice from a huge 3935 mAh battery. The handset will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with FuntouchOS.
The third device will feature a bigger 6.41-inch FHD+ display with comparatively higher 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. The RAM used in the device is of 6 GB paired with 128 GB of internal storage.
The cameras used are a 12 MP + 5 MP setup instead of 13 MP + 2 MP like the other two models. The model is shown off in Pink color. The battery used in the device is a smaller 3330 mAh one despite the larger display size.
It seems like Vivo would launch these devices anytime soon as the devices are approved and ready to be unveiled into the market. Stay tuned for updates.
Samsung might be working on a Gaming Phone!
Gaming smartphones are on the rise with more and more manufacturers developing their own gaming smartphone. The latest company to join this list is Samsung, who is reported to have already started working on its gaming smartphone which will be directly competing against the ones present in the market. The source comes from an insider according to whom the company will make the device as par with the latest standards.
There is currently very less information available about the smartphone, but it is speculated that recently leaked Galaxy A series phone is none other than this one. If this is true, the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage.
The South Korean electronics giant is said to avoid using LED lights on the back of the device and instead use a more generic design like the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9. It is also rumoured to come with a tall Infinity display with a glass and aluminium body alongside.
Gaming smartphones usually come with a cooling system and this upcoming handset will no different. Samsung has already showcased their Water Carbon cooling system in the Galaxy Note 9. As for the launch date, the Samsung gaming smartphone is expected to be unveiled in November.
The company is also stated to bring a new display technology that will be a solution to the notched displays. Twitter user Ice Universe spotted Samsung announcing a new AMOLED display technology during its OLED Forum conference in China. The display will include a fingerprint scanner, sound, haptics and under panel sensor (UPS) which eliminating the need of a notch.
Huawei is developing its own gaming centric device under Huawei brand (they already have one under Honor, Honor Play). Samsung gaming phone will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Black Shark 2, ASUS ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic.
Nokia 8.1 spotted on GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 710 & Android Pie
Just a while ago, HMD Global- current licensee for Nokia smartphones unveiled the Nokia 7.1 globally with Snapdragon 636 and the Nokia X7 with Snapdragon 710 in China. Now, as per the latest reports, it seems that the company is gearing up for the launch of yet another smartphone in the same series i.e the Nokia 8.1.
The indication for the same comes from the GeekBench reports. As per the latest GeekBench listing, a device named as HMD GLobal Nokia 8.1 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC clocked at 1.71GHz. Furthermore, the phone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is also speculated to come in a 6GB RAM and 64GB / 128GB storage variant. On the software front, it runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie.
As far as the benchmarks are concerned, the Nokia 8.1 scores 1841 points in the single-core tests and 5807 points in the multi-core test which seem impressive on paper. The listing doesn’t contain any sort of other information regarding other specifications of the device.
To recall, the Nokia 7.1 came with a 5.84-inch Full HD+ “PureDisplay” with 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 4/6GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage. In the camera department, the device gets a Zeiss branded 12MP+ 5MP dual camera setup in the rear, followed by an 8MP AI shooter at the front. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo as a part of the Android One program and the upcoming Nokia 8.1 is expected to follow the same. Further, it draws its juice from a 3,060mAh battery.
Looking at the specs of Nokia 8.1, it is clear that it will be launched by the company as a midrange smartphone. We can expect a price of around 300 Euros. Anyways, given that the device has just made its initial appearance, let us wait for the upcoming leaks and reports to reveal more about the handset. Till then, stay tuned.
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