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ZTE to Make a Comeback in India. To Launch 4 New Smartphones by December

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ZTE faced an early 2018 trade ban imposed by the US. Though it was lifted later on, the manufacturer has been cautious in other markets as well. It has been a year since ZTE has launched a smartphone in the Indian market, the last one being Blade A2 Plus. Now according to a new report, the company is planning an aggressive comeback in the market. As per the sources, ZTE will be launching a number of smartphones that are priced competitively and will introduce as many as four handsets in the next two months. The smartphones are revealed to be Blade A7 Vita, Blade V9 Vita and Blade B9 along with the flagship Axon 9 Pro.

ZTE Blade A7 Vita

It is the most affordable one among the four and features a 5.45 inch display with a resolution of HD+ (1440 x720 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage but the Indian variant will have only 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. There is a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,200 mAh battery. For security there is a fingerprint sensor though it comes with Face Unlock feature too.

ZTE Blade A9 Vita

Similar to the ZTE Blade A7 Vita, it features a 5.45 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ on the international variant. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. There is a dual camera setup on the rear of 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering a 5MP on the front. It runs on custom UI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,200 mAh battery.

ZTE Blade V9

The ZTE Blade V9 along with the Blade A9 Vita was unveiled at this year’s MWC event in Barcelona. It features a 5.7 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage. There is a dual camera setup on the rear with a primary 13MP camera of f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 5MP camera while offering a 8MP on the front. It runs on MiFavor 6.0 UI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,200 mAh battery.

ZTE Axon 9 Pro

The smartphone was first unveiled at IFA in Berlin. The flagship smartphone features a 6.2 inch AMOLED display with a top notch and a resolution of (2,248 x 1080 pixels) It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and coupled with 6GB RAM. There is a dual camera setup on the rear of 12MP + 20MP configuration while offering a 20MP on the front for selfies and video calling. It comes with an IP68 rated body and a glass sandwiched body. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 Fast Charging support.

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The source claims that ZTE Blade A7 Vita, Blade A9 Vita and ZTE Blade V9 will be launched in India before November. As for the prices, the Blade A7 Vita will be priced in the sub-6k segments. The Blade V9 Vita will be priced around Rs 8,000 while the mid-range Blade V9 will come with a price tag around Rs 15,000. The ZTE Axon 9 Pro on the other hand will be launched in December with a priced around Rs 30,000- Rs 35,000.

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Vivo iQOO Specifications Teased. Will Feature Snapdragon 855, 12 GB RAM, & 44W Fast-Charging!

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Chinese smartphone maker Vivo had announced their plans to introduce a sub-brand named iQOO last week on Chinese microblogging website Weibo. This step looks like an inspiration from other Chinese smartphone giants like Xiaomi, ZTE, and OPPO.

Today, an image with randomly placed numbers and words have surfaced on Weibo which hints at the specifications of the first iQOO device. The name of the smartphone is not known yet. According to the image, the device will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset which obviously means that this new smartphone will be a flagship device.

There will be 12 GB of RAM on the handset to ensure smooth multitasking and it is coupled with a whopping 256 GB of internal storage. The device comes with NFC chipset which enables the users for fast and hassle-free payment of bills.

A vertically stacked triple rear cameras will be present on the device with support for Super HDR technology. In terms of battery, there will be a whopping 4000 mAh battery. The key attraction is the presence of 44W fast charging which is the fastest charging seen so far in the industry. The port used on the handset will be USB Type C.

Reports have surfaced online that Vivo will be using sixth generation in-display fingerprint sensors on this one. The Vivo NEX Dual came with the fifth generation of in-display fingerprint sensor technology. The brand has not disclosed details regarding what the newer generation in-display fingerprint sensor would bring but it is obvious that the range of the sensor placed will see an increase in radius.

The speed and accuracy of the sensor are also expected to be improved on this newer sensor. There is no information available right now regarding the launch, pricing, and availability of this device but we expect the brand to announce the details soon. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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Samsung Galaxy M30 to Launch on February 27th, to Come with Triple Cameras & Infinity U display!!

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Samsung has been struggling in the mid-range smartphone market for a while and was facing stiff competition from Chinese smartphone makers like Huawei and Xiaomi. However, Samsung is now on it’s way back through their M series smartphones which were released in India last month.

It has been just a month since they launched their first two devices in the M series lineup, and now they are all set to launch the third one, the Galaxy M30.

Recently the specifications of the galaxy M30 were leaked online. And it revealed that it will be sporting a triple camera setup. Now, Samsung has officially confirmed that the Galaxy M30 will be launched on February 27 at 6 pm through a teaser posted on their official twitter handle. However, there was no mentions about a launch venue, and it is expected to be a silent launch in India.

While there wasn’t much about the specifications of the Galaxy  M30 in the teaser, it did mention about the triple camera setup, using the hashtag “#IM3XPOWERD”. The teaser also indicates that he M30 will be flaunting an edge-to-edge display. The display is said to be a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED Infinity V display unit with a tiny notch at the top. It will most probably feature Samsung’s own Exynos 7904 chipset, which was seen on the Galaxy m20. However an earlier Geekbench listing stated the presence of Exynos 7885.

Coming to the camera department, earlier leaks suggests that the rear triple rear camera setup will be of – 13 MP with f/1.9 aperture + 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture + 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture sensors. Leaks suggests that it will have either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage on board. It will be backed by the same 5000mAh battery that was seen on the Galaxy M20.

While Samsung has let no word slip about the pricing of the Galaxy M30, reports suggests that it will be placed anywhere around Rs.15000, inorder to take-on the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and Asus.

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Mi 9 Camera Specs & Pricing Revealed! Also to come with Smaller Chin & Sapphire Glass Lens Cover.

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A few days ago Xiaomi officially revealed their upcoming flagship smartphone, the Mi 9. Mi 9 is scheduled to be launched on Feb 20, just four days from now, in China. However, the details of the Mi 9 was not revealed by the company at the time of revealing.

Now Xiaomi has left the fans surprised by giving out detailed information about the Triple camera setup on board the Mi 9. They also released camera samples to show the capabilities of the camera.

Along with the details about the camera, Xiaomi also gave some hints about the Mi 9 display along with the upcoming space grey variant of the device. The camera samples were released through the official Twitter handle of Xiaomi earlier today. The camera samples included the pictures taken using individual lenses in the triple camera setup. The main sensor is a 48MP, f/1.75, 6P lens unit employing the 4-in-1 Super Pixel technology. The Super Pixel technology, also known as pixel binning, extends the 12MP to an effective resolution of 48MP.

The secondary camera is a 16MP ultra wide sensor capable of capturing 117 degree FOV (Field of View) with f/2.2 aperture and a 6P lens configuration. It is capable of taking 4cm macro shots according to the camera samples. It means that the Mi 9 will be able to focus on objects from just 4cm away without losing the details. The 16MP secondary lens also supports Auto-Focus. Apparently, it uses an anti-distortion algorithm for loseless photography as revealed by Xiaomi co-founder in a post on Weibo. Both the 48MP primary and 16MP secondary sensors on board the Mi 9 employs a ‘closed loop motor’.

The third one is a telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom with 1 micron pixel size, f/2.2 aperture with autofocus and a 6P lens configuration as seen in the other two sensors. There is a 20MP front shooter with AI beautification features for the selfie buffs out there.

Getting scratches on the camera lens has always been a pain for every smartphone user. But, in the Mi 9, Xiaomi has got it all covered by deploying a layer of sapphire glass which is strong enough to resist the scratches from everyday use.

Other camera features includes the use of laser auto focus, utilizing a combination of PDAF and CDAF. Speaking of other attractions, the Mi 9’s chin is just 3.4mm thin and is about 40% slimmer than the Mi 8 according to reports. I will be sporting a Snapdragon 855 SoC and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Xiaomi co-founder also shared an image of the Mi 9’s space grey colour variant flaunting a glossy finish, making it the third color variant apart from the pink and blue gradient variant which were revealed already.

The pricing has also been leaked for the phone, with the base variant going for 2499 Yuan (Rs.26K approx) and 2899 Yuan for the 8/128GB model. Also, the highest end model, 8/256GB has been said to be priced at 3499 Yuan!

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