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Home MobilesMobiles News Gadgets 360 Staff, 31 March 2017 Highlights Pre-bookings are live on the company site, and offline stores
Phone will go on sale via offline stores and Amazon India
It features a 16-megapixel front camera Gionee A1 pre-bookings have opened via the company site and offline stores. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 19,999. The device will be made available in Grey, Black, and Gold colour variants, and customers who pre-book will get a two-year warranty, along with the option of either a free JBL headphone or a free Swiss Military Bluetooth Speaker.
The actual availability of the Gionee A1 still remains unknown, but Gionee had said at a launch event that the smartphone will also be made available via Amazon India for online sale at a later date.
The Gionee A1 was first unveiled alongside the Gionee A1 Plus at MWC 2017 last month. In international markets, the former is priced at EUR 349 (roughly Rs. 24,600) and the latter at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,200).
As for specifications, the dual-SIM Gionee A1 smartphone runs Amigo 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is a dual-SIM smartphone. It bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) SoC. As for the rear camera, the Gionee A1 bears a 13-megapixel camera with a 1/3.06-inch Sony IMX258 sensor, and dual-LED flash.
Gionee has put a 16-megapixel front-facing fixed focus camera on the A1, with an f/2.0 aperture, a 1/3.06-inch sensor, a 5P lens, and a selfie flash that the company says it has customised to “spread light onto faces more evenly and softly.” The smartphone also comes with a 'facial enhancement algorithm' that automatically detects a user's face and applies custom beauty settings. Other features being touted include the bokeh-selfie mode.
The Gionee A1 bears 64GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). It measures 154.5×76.5×8.5mm and weighs 182 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11/ a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, and Micro-USB. The Gionee A1 sports a 4010mAh battery, and the company is also emphasising its new 18W 'ultrafast charging' that it says can charge the battery fully in 2 hours.
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The Galaxy S8 is finally official, and I have to say it’s an amazing device. Samsung created a beautiful all-screen smartphone that will probably become the best selling Android handset of the year. It’s got some interesting new tricks, including a way to turn the phone into a desktop PC replacement, and it’ll offer a better mobile computing experience than its predecessor. And while Samsung and Qualcomm did an amazing job at building brand new chips that are more powerful and more energy-efficient than ever, iPhones still mop the floor with the Galaxy S8 when it comes to the most important area of performance.
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We’ve seen benchmarks for the Galaxy S8 before the phone’s official unveiling, and one thing seemed clear. The phone’s 10nm chips will bring over impressive performance gains, but they won’t be able to beat the iPhone where it matters most. This tweet is self-explanatory:
Home MobilesMobiles News Shekhar Thakran, 31 March 2017 Highlights The image was posted by iDeviceHelp on YouTube
Company pitched the facial recognition as an important security feature
The company might improve the feature with software updates After a major smartphone is launched and more people get their hands on the device, interesting bits of information about the device's features start popping up. It has turned out the same way for Samsung's new Galaxy S8 smartphone as the facial recognition feature, an important security element, on the device can reportedly be fooled and bypassed using just the picture of the user.
YouTube account iDeviceHelp has posted a video, sourced by @marcianophone that is claimed to show the Galaxy S8's facial recognition feature can be fooled just by using the image of the user.
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In the video, the user simply takes another smartphone with user's picture on it and takes it slowly moves it towards the Galaxy S8 to unlock the device. The ease with which the user was able to unlock the device should pose a concern for the users despite other ways of securing the device.
Even though biometric security features have been found to be vulnerable to hackers earlier as well, Samsung has pitched facial recognition along with the iris scanner as secure authentication features that help you enhance the protection of your device. It true, the video could prove the South Korean company wrong.
As the company has already received relentless criticism for the lack of user safety due to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung would not want the user security offered by devices to come in question as well. Considering that the product has still not been launched and the company might improve the facial recognition with software updates going ahead, we will have to wait and see how this feature develops going forward.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 31 March 2017 Highlights iPhone 8 tipped to pack 3GB RAM
It will not sport curved edges
The screen real estate will increase The iPhone 8 leak for the day comes from JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall who has shared a note with his clients revealing price, specification, and design details with them. According to his note, the iPhone 8’s OLED display will not be curved as the Samsung Galaxy S8’s, and won’t have that Infinity Display effect as was reported earlier.
9to5Mac got hold of this report and it claims that while the display will take up most of the space in the front, it won’t have a curved effect, and hence won’t truly be the ‘Infinity Display’ as it is expected to be. Hall also reiterates that the iPhone 8 price could increase $1,000 (roughly Rs. 64,900), and further goes on to say that the average selling price of the entire iPhone line will increase. Hall did not get into the specifics of increase in price though.
Furthermore, the report says that all iPhone models for 2017 will sport 3GB RAM, and that ‘NAND Flash providers and other suppliers are expected to benefit from the potential content increase in the upcoming iPhone’. Lastly, he also predicts shipment to be at 260 million units in 2018.
Hall says in the report, “We have raised our FY18 iPhone forecast to 260mn units (vs. consensus at 225mn) from 245mn units, driven by a strong feature upgrade and robust replacement demand, with the installed base at 1.1bn units. With a ~$1,000 ASP for the OLED model, we also anticipate ASP expansion in the next iPhone cycle.”
A recent leak tipped that the iPhone 8 will sport a fingerprint sensor at the back, instead of underneath the display. It also expected that Apple will call this iPhone – the iPhone Edition.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Shubham Verma, 31 March 2017 Highlights HTC U has been spotted on AnTuTu listing
It is touted to sport a Snapdragon 835 SoC
It is said to be launched in April Earlier this week, HTC's upcoming smartphone, which is rumoured to be called 'U' aka Ocean (or Ocean Note), was reported to launch next month. The details and specifications of HTC U have previously been tipped in multiple reports and its highlighted feature is the 'Edge Sense'. The HTC U has now been spotted on AnTuTu benchmark listing that pretty much corroborates its specifications and features that we have already known so far.
As per the latest AnTuTu listing, spotted by AndroidHeadlines, the benchmarked HTC device bears the name of 'HTC CBP', which could very well be the rumoured HTC U with similar specifications. It affirms that the HTC U could be company's first smartphone that will debut with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Alongside, it packs-in an Adreno 540 GPU for graphic requirements. The smartphone sports a QHD (1440×2560) display, however the display size is not given. On the storage part, the HTC U has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage.
The HTC U appears having a 16-megapixel rear camera, while the front-facing camera is a 12-megapixel shooter, according to the listing. Interestingly, the AnTuTu listing camera detail on HTC U to sport 16-megapixel rear and 12-megapixel front camera reciprocates what was reported earlier. It will come preloaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat according to the AnTuTu listing.
It was reported earlier that HTC U aka Ocean will come with sensors laden in the metal allowing users to open apps and perform other functions by just swiping, squeezing, and tapping the metal edges on the left and right sides of the device. This feature can be seen in this concept video that was shared by @evleaks a month ago.
As for the specifications that were earlier reported, the HTC U was tipped to sport a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, and run on Android 7.1 Nougat based on HTC's Sense 9. It is said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The smartphone is expected to offer 64GB or 128GB of internal storage with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot.
This was more or less all the information that was shared through the AnTuTu benchmark listing and we shall learn more about the device in coming weeks.
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Apple iPad Air and Apple iPad (2017)
Highlights The new iPad has similar internal specs as the iPad Air
Apple iPad (2017) comes with a Touch ID
The new iPad lacks a lock switch as well Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad (2017) earlier this month without much fuss and in the initial impressions the device came across as a spiritual successor to the iPad Air. Now, iFixit's teardown of the device has revealed that the initial impressions were quite on target as the device not only look looks similar to the iPad Air but even the internals are similar with very few slight differences.
Even though the new Apple iPad (2017) received a poor repairability score, as is the case with many Apple devices, the most notable thing about the teardown is the similarity of the device with iPad Air first generation. First coming to the differences pointed out between iPad Air and the new iPad: the new iPad lacks the physical lock switch, the microphone holes have shrunk, and there is a single row of speaker holes.
The most significant change that has been made from iPad Air to the iPad (2017) is the addition of Touch ID for fingerprint reading.
iFixit has further questioned Apple's claim where the company said that the new iPad comes with a – brighter 9.7-inch Retina display. “Our question is: brighter than what? It doesn't look that different from the Air 1's display. If they mean brighter than the Air 2, then that may simply be due to reverting to the unfused display design of the Air 1,” iFixit said in its note. “Front and centre on the display PCB, we find a Parade DP655 – the same LCD timing controller found on the Air 1 display,” iFixit said in a note on its website.
Both iPad Air and the iPad (2017) house the same 32.9 Whr battery and the insides of both the tablets are “pretty identical,” iFixit said.
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Late last year, a teenager attempting to collect a bug bounty from Apple exploited a flaw that allowed him to open apps and make phone calls on an iPhone remotely. In order to demonstrate how serious of a flaw this was, he shared a code that caused iPhones to repeatedly dial 911, for which he was arrested. Months later, Apple has confirmed that the flaw exploited in the hack has been patched in the recently released iOS 10.3.
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iOS 10.3 rolled out to the public on Monday, but it wasn’t until Friday morning that the Wall Street Journal published a story confirming that the exploit had been fixed in the latest version of the software.
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