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Home MobilesMobiles News Gadgets 360 Staff, 14 September 2017 Highlights Google says it will launch new smartphones on October 4
The company is widely expected to launch Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Google is also expected to launch AirPods-like earphones Google on Thursday said it will be launching new smartphones on October 4, without sharing any more details. In a teaser on its Made by Google site, the company asks “Thinking about changing phones? Stay tuned for more on October 4.” The company is widely expected to launch Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, the upgrade to its last year's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
The Android-maker's teaser comes two days after its stark rival Apple announced three new iPhone models – the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X. Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are also expected to be top-of-the-line flagship smartphones. The company also began to put up billboards in Boston this week. The search giant is also making sure no-one misses the teaser, by placing a teaser (seen below) on the Search home page as well, saying “Ask more of your phone. Oct. 4”

If one clicks through the Search home page's teaser, the URL (web address) mentions the word Pixel, corroborating the obvious – that the new smartphones from Google will be Pixel smartphones. The company has separately published a video teaser, which can be seen below. The video teaser imagines users typing in several questions about their smartphones into the search engine, lamenting poor battery life, blurry photos, lack of storage, dumbness, inability to auto-update, and bad performance, indicating the Pixel 2 series will not be affected by any of these common problems.
Not much is known about the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 supposed smartphones, but according to recent reports, the Pixel 2 – said to be made by HTC – could have a “squeezable frame” like the HTC U11. This would allow users to perform a range of actions by just how tightly they hold the phones.
The supposed Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones are expected to be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, the best-in-class offering from Qualcomm, which recently said Android smartphones are always first to get new features, taking a jab at Apple. There has been some chatter that Google's upcoming Android smartphones might house Snapdragon 836, with some doubting that the said mobile processor doesn't exist.
At least the Pixel 2 XL is expected to be made by LG and feature a 6-inch bezel-less display, similar to what we have seen in LG's own G6 and V30 smartphones, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone X.
The teaser notably doesn't mention anything about a new variant of Google Home and Google Assistant-powered earphones, two products the company is reportedly planning to launch soon, too. Google is also expected to refresh its Chrome Pixel laptop lineup.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Shubham Verma, 14 September 2017 Photo Credit: Baidu
Highlights Nokia 2 is expected to come with 4000mAh battery
It is said to sport 5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 210 SoC
No further details including those about price are available yet HMD Global stepped into the smartphone business with its Nokia-branded phones only this year, and it has already launched four smartphones, and, is reportedly working on two more. While we saw recent reports about the top-end Nokia 9, we now have more details on the second device – Nokia 2 – which can be expected to be a budget smartphone. The Nokia 2 is now reported to pack a huge 4000mAh battery – the largest in latest Nokia-branded smartphones launched so far – as per its purported listing on the US FCC site.
The Nokia 2 was last in news when it appeared on the Geekbench benchmarking website, where many of its specifications were revealed. It first surfaced on the Internet in July this year, where it stood beside Nokia 3 in a leaked image. Now, according to a purported Nokia 2 listing on the US FCC, spotted by Roland Quandt, the Nokia 2 will bear a 4000mAh battery. By far, this is the biggest battery capacity we've seen in an HMD Global Nokia-branded smartphone. Since Nokia 2 is going to be a budget smartphone, its battery can be expected to last quite some time on a single charge.
The low-tier specifications that were previously reported include a 1.27GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC paired with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone was expected to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with HMD Global's promise for faster Android updates on entire Nokia devices including this one. There will be a 5-inch HD (720×1280) display. Besides this, there are no further details available as of now, but on the pricing front it may cost less than its big sibling Nokia 3, which is available for Rs. 9,499 in India.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 14 September 2017 Highlights iPhone 7, 7 Plus 32GB are priced at Rs. 49,000 and Rs. 59,000
iPhone X will come to India on November 3
iPhone 8, 8 Plus will launch in India on September 29 iPhone 8 price in India will be on top of many Apple fans in the country as it is the cheapest new model launched by the company at the event on Tuesday. It doesn't hurt that the iPhone 8 base variant comes with an ample 64GB of storage, making it more attractive than the base models in previous years. On the other end of the spectrum is the iPhone X 256GB which costs a humongous Rs. 1,02,000. Of course, at with the price of iPhone 8, you will miss out on new features such as Face ID and the OLED bezel-less display. Then there's the price cuts of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus that you might consider too.
iPhone X Price in India Is 39 Percent Higher Than in the US
The iPhone 8 models in India will be up for pre-orders on September 22, and go on sale on September 29, while you will have to wait till November 3 to get your hands on the iPhone X. We take a look at the iPhone 8 India prices, as well as those of all the other models in Apple's portfolio.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus India price, availabilityThe iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus follow the same design language as their predecessors. They sport metal and glass bodies now though, and come in only two storage variants – 64GB and 256GB. The iPhone 8 price in India for the 64GB variant is Rs. 64,000, while the 256GB model costs Rs. 77,000. Similarly, the iPhone 8 Plus price in India has been set as Rs. 73,000 for the base 64GB storage variant, while the model with 256GB storage is Rs. 86,000. The iPhone 8 models' release date in India is September 29, as part of the second phase of release. As for the iPhone 8 price in the US, the 64GB and 256GB variants of the smaller model will be $699 and $849, respectively, and the iPhone 8 Plus will cost $799 and $949 for the 64GB and 256GB variants.
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Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are powered by A11 Bionic SoC six-core processors and improved GPU, which is 30 percent more efficient than the GPUs in last year's models. The new SoC and GPU are able to perform complex tasks such as video encoding at much faster rate.
iPhone X price in India, availabilityWhile iPhone 8 models will be available from September 29 in India, those looking forward to the iPhone X release will have to wait till November 3. Pre-orders, however, in the country will start on October 27, part of the first wave of countries.
The iPhone X price in India is on top of every fan's mind in the country as it will become the first mainstream to breach the Rs. 1-lakh barrier when it launches. Priced in India at Rs. 1,02,000 for iPhone X 256GB variant, this price beats even the iPhone 7 Plus' Rs. 92,000 launch price tag announced last year. Of course, for this price, Apple is giving fans several new features never seen before on iPhones, such as the bezel-less display, OLED panel, Face ID facial recognition system, and wireless charging, among others. Even the 64GB variant of the iPhone X – which is the new Apple flagship, positioned above the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – will cost a hefty Rs. 89,000, though it does not come close to the Rs. 1 lakh mark.
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus India price cutsJust a day after the launch of the three new iPhone models, the old iPhone models received an official price cut. Starting with the iPhone 7, the 32GB storage variant of the smartphone is now available for purchase at Rs. 49,000, while the 128GB can be purchased at Rs. 58,000, as seen on the company's India website. On the other hand, the 32GB variant of the iPhone 7 Plus is now available for Rs. 59,000, and the 128GB variant of the smartphone is now available at a price of Rs. 68,000. Both the smartphones can be found on varied e-commerce portals and through retail outlets as well.
iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus India price cutsEven the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus received a price cut soon after the launch of the new iPhone models. The iPhone 6s 32GB and 128GB storage variants of the smartphone were earlier available for Rs. 46,900 and Rs. 55,900 in India but are now being offered at Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 49,000, respectively.
If we talk about the larger iPhone 6s Plus, the 32GB and 128GB storage variants of the handset were earlier available for purchase in India at a price of Rs. 56,100 and Rs. 65,000 but will now be available at Rs. 49,000 and Rs. 58,000 respectively. Both the smartphones can be found on varied e-commerce portals and through retail outlets as well.
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Draw me an iPhone.

The lines may be squiggly, the rounded corners imperfect, but almost everyone you pose this challenge to will present you with the shape of a rectangle containing another rectangle sat atop a circle. The iPhone’s silhouette is the most iconic outline in all of modern technology, recognized by even diehard Android fanboys and featured on the side of “Made for iPhone” accessory boxes around the world. It’s a brand and a logo in its own right.

Now, after 10 years of the home button and big bezels, Apple is giving us something new. The notch. The monobrow. The annoying black protrusion getting in the way of your photos and videos. However you choose to see the black cutout housing sensors at the top of the new iPhone X, you will most definitely see it. And Apple wants it that way.

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Apple insists Face ID, which maps its user's mug with 30,000 invisible dots within its so-called TrueDepth camera, is secure and stores data locally on the phone — which should prevent hackers from being able to breach information from a larger database. But what if it wasn't a remote cybercriminal trying to access your phone from a distance but rather someone much closer like, say, a family member? Like a twin.
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There’s one big question on everyone’s minds regarding the iPhone X: is it really worth $1,000? Well, be thankful you’re not asking this in Russia, otherwise it would be: is it really worth $1,380?

Thanks to the usual combination of currency valuations, import fees, and local sales taxes, the most expensive iPhone ever will be even more expensive around the world. And, using this ranking from Deutsche Bank of the most expensive countries to buy the iPhone 7, we can find out where. (Although, remember: US prices don’t include state taxes, which add around 5 to 9 percent to the cost.)

Unfortunately, prices for the top two places on Deutsche’s list — Turkey and Brazil — aren’t yet available on their local Apple Stores. However, given that the iPhone 7 with 128GB memory cost $1,200 in Turkey (that’s a 147 percent markup of the original), we can estimate that the iPhone X with 64GB memory will be around $1,468, while the 256GB option coming in at r..


Home MobilesMobiles Features Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post, 13 September 2017 Highlights Apple announced three iPhone models at the event
It also unveiled an Apple Watch with cellular connectivity
The company launched the much requested Apple TV 4K too The crowd at Apple's new “spaceship” headquarters saw new smartphones – including a premium version priced at $999 (priced at Rs. 89,000 in India) – as the company commemorated its 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
Apple opened the event asking the audience to cover their screens as an audio clip of Steve Jobs played. Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, said that it was fitting that Jobs opened the theater – named after him – where the event is taking place.
“His greatest expression of his appreciation for humanity would not be a singular product, but rather it would be Apple itself,” he said.
The bar is very high for Apple. Most of its revenue is generated through the smartphone. Cook promised that the company's new phones would make a splash by defining the future of the smartphone.
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 PlusAbout midway through Apple's event, Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller showed off the upgrades to the main iPhone line. Clad in an aluminium and glass skin that comes in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold, the new devices are speedier with sharper screens and better battery efficiency. The phones will also accommodate wireless charging. Schiller said chargers will be made by third-party vendors and appear at partner coffee shops and retail stores, as well as some new cars.
The new smartphones have revamped cameras that will use a feature called “portrait lighting” that will automatically optimise the lighting in your photos. The cameras also have substantially improved slo-mo video recording.
Schiller took some time to tout the smartphones' ability to do more in augmented reality — which is expected to be a key area of growth for video games and other software apps. An app from Major League Baseball, for example, will display live stats over players when users look at the field through their iPhone screens.
Apple is bumping up the base storage of an iPhone 8 to 64GB at a price of $699. The larger iPhone 8 Plus will start at $799. Both will be available for order on September 15 and ship on September 22.
The iPhone XAfter the iPhone 8 presentation, Cook retook the stage to offer, in Jobs's iconic words, “one more thing” – the iPhone X.
The phone, he said, was the “biggest leap since the original iPhone.” (The company is pronouncing it the iPhone ten).
The iPhone X will start at $999 – considerably more than the base price of previous models. It will be available for pre-order on October 27, and ship on November 3.
The iPhone X has an advanced array of cameras for facial recognition, which allows the phone to become unlocked just by looking at it. The cameras can learn a user's face and note gradual changes. And it can be used at night or day.

But Apple promised that it would not collect the data on all of those faces. The information would only be kept on the smartphone, not sent to Apple servers.
The facial recognition technology has other applications as well. Apple introduced “animoji” – animated emoji that imitates your facial movements and lets you record animated messages through texts.
The new high-end smartphone has a 5.8 inch display that covers the entire surface of the phone. Unlike its cheaper sibling, the iPhone 10 comes in space grey and silver and sports a “super” retina display, which Schiller said was much sharper than any other iPhone because it uses OLED display technology.
Notably, there also is no home button. Users must swipe and use gestures to close an app. Calling up Siri can now be done with a new side button.
The iPhone X boasts updated cameras as well, with the same features of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the capability to take better selfies. Battery life is two hours longer than the iPhone 7.
Like the new iPhone 8, the iPhone X can be charged wirelessly. Apple said next year, it will release a charger pad that can simultaneously recharge the iPhone 8, its new Apple Watch Series 3 and a new version of its earphones, called the AirPods.
Apple Watch Series 3 includes cellular serviceThe first product up for discussion was the Apple Watch. The new smartwatch – called the Apple Watch Series 3 – will have its own cellular connectivity, said Apple's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, who is also in charge of Apple's Watch division. The Watch will be able to receive calls — using your iPhone's number – and can support apps including Maps and WeChat. The new Apple Watch will also be compatible with Apple Music, meaning you can use it as a music player on its own.
Williams said the new watch can play up to 40 million songs using Apple Music. Siri also gets a boost on the watch. Conversations with Apple's artificial intelligence can happen without even lifting an arm.
The Watch will have up to 18 hours of battery life across LTE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Starting September 22, the cellular version of the Watch will go on sale for $399. Without cellular connection, it will cost $329 (Rs. 29,900 in India). The Series 1 Apple Watch's price will drop to $249 (Rs. 21,900 in India).
The Apple Watch Series 3 will be available on September 22, with orders starting on September 15.
Apple TV 4KApple is making a big push to create its own shows and shore up its position in the living room. The Apple set-top box, Apple TV, is now going to support 4K HDR video the company said. The company is also adding live news and live sports sections to the Apple TV app.
The box itself is getting faster processors. The company showed how it could connect eight people online and have them play a video game together.
Versions of films and shows filmed in 4K will cost the same as HD videos on Apple's iTunes store. The new Apple TV 4K will go on sale September 15 and ship September 22. It will cost $179 (starts from Rs. 15,900 in India). While 4K adoption has been slow to get started, analysts say it's beginning to reach a tipping point.
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