Asus ZenFone Zoom S With Dual Rear Cameras, 5000mAh battery Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Asus on Thursday unveiled its ZenFone Zoom S smartphone in India. The Taiwanese maker said that the new Asus ZenFone Zoom S has been unveiled on the eve of World Photography Day, and will be a Flipkart exclusive handset. It has been priced at 26,999, and is now available to buy via online retailer. To recall, the smartphone was first unveiled at CES 2017 as the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, before being rebranded for a few markets.

The biggest highlight of the Asus ZenFone Zoom S is its dual camera setup at the back. It sports two 12-megapixel sensors with the main packing an f/1.7 aperture, 25mm wide-angle main lens paired with a 12-megapixel zoom camera with an instant 2.3x true optical zoom and 12x of total zoom. The all-new ZenFone Zoom S also features optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS) for photos and 4K videos respectively. Another highlight of the ZenFone Zoom S is its 5000mAh battery which the company claims can deliver up to 42 days of standby time. The battery also supports reverse charging feature.

Asus ZenFone Zoom S With Dual Rear Cameras, 5000mAh battery Launched in India: Price, SpecificationsSome of the other camera features include Dual Pixel PDAF, second-generation laser autofocus, subject-tracking autofocus, and RAW file support. The company adds that the RAW file support will be available with the Android 7.0 Nougat FOTA upgrade. The phone will also offer full manual mode which allows tweaking settings like white balance, exposure value (EV), focus, ISO, and shutter-speed selection. There’s also a 13-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture, and Sony IMX214 sensor.

The ZenFone Zoom S sports an aluminium-alloy design with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow at launch, but should receive an update soon, seeing as the ZenFone 3 Zoom received its Android 7.1.1 Nougat in late June. and features a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. It packs 64GB inbuilt storage, and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). The dual-SIM ZenFone Zoom S runs on Android 6.0 with Zen UI 3.0, and will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat.

It measures 154.3x77x7.9mm and weighs 170 grams. It will be available in Navy Black and Glacier Silver colours.

Huawei Mate 10 Launch Expected on October 16

Huawei has now reportedly started sending out invites for a launch event in Munich on October 16 and all signs point that the company will be unveiling its Mate 10 smartphone. While the company has not mentioned anything about the smartphone on the teaser itself, we already know some things about the Huawei Mate 10through leaks and information provided by the company itself. Separately, a new render of the smartphone has also surfaced on the Internet.

On its launch teaser, shared by 9To5Google, the company says “Meet the device worth waiting for” and there is shadow of numeral 10 in the background. Separately, the alleged renders of Huawei Mate 10 have now been shared on Chinese website Weibo that show the bezel-less display of the smartphone in all its glory.

The new renders of the Huawei Mate 10 have suggested that the smartphone will have minimum bezels at top and bottom of the display, much like Galaxy S8 models, and that it will feature a dual camera setup in vertical orientation. The user who shared the renders has also tipped that the smartphone will house a battery with more than 4000mAh capacity and pack 6GB of RAM. The smartphone has been said to be priced around CNY 4,000 (roughly Rs. 38,500).

Huawei Mate 10 Launch Expected on October 16To recall, Huawei CEO confirmed last month that the company’s upcoming Mate 10 smartphone will come with a bezel-less display – later tipped to be called an ‘EntireView’ display – and it will compete with iPhone 8, which is also heavily rumoured to feature a near bezel-less display. Earlier in the monthit was reported that the Mate 10 will come with facial recognition, support for AR, and could have 3D sensing as well.

Notably, the Huawei Mate 10 has also been tipped to come with iris scanning feature and is expected to be powered by Huawei’s HiSilcon Kirin 970 SoC, which will be based on the 10nm fabrication process.

The Huawei Mate 10 is expected to sport a 6-inch (1080×2160 pixels) display with a taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9, which will be identical to the LG G6 and close to that of the Galaxy S8. In terms of optics, the Huawei Mate 10 is said to offer Leica-branded lenses, just like in the case of Mate 9.

Asus ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro With Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

Asus on Thursday also launched its new ZenFone 4 series at an event in Taiwan, with four new models. While two of the models had been spotted before on the company site – ZenFone 4 Selfie and Selfie Pro – the two new ones are the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, featuring dual cameras. While the ZenFone 4 Selfie family sports dual front cameras, the ZenFone 4 family sports dual rear cameras. Three of the four smartphones are powered by mid-range SoCs, with the ZenFone 4 Pro the flagship model featuring a Snapdragon 835 SoC. All four run Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the company’s ZenUI 4.0 on top.

As we mentioned, the new launches of ZenFone 4 series are split into two models – Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) and Asus ZenFone Pro (ZS551KL). Both are dual-SIM (Nano) smartphones made with aluminium unibody design, with sport diamond-cut metal edges. They also sport fingerprint sensors on the home button, and a dual speaker design. Both also bear the same main camera in their dual rear camera setups – a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 ‘dual pixel’ image sensor that’s 1/2.55-inch in size, and features 1.4-micron pixels. This camera is complete with PDAF, OIS, EIS, and an RGB sensor. The Pro model gets laser autofocus and continuous autofocus in addition.

They differ in the secondary rear cameras – the ZenFone 4 goes with a 120-degree wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel sensor, while the ZenFone 4 goes with 2x optical zoom lens, a 16-megapixel Sony IMX351 sensor. As for the front cameras, the ZenFone 4 bears an 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera with an 84-degree wide-angle lens, while the ZenFone 4 Pro bears an 8-megapixel Sony IMX319 sensor camera with an f/1.9 aperture and 87.4-degree wide-angle lens.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Pro

The ZenFone 4 is available in two processor and RAM variants – Snapdragon 660 SoC and 4GB RAM, apart from a Snapdragon 630 SoC and 6GB RAM – and both come with 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The ZenFone 4 Pro on the other hand comes in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB, once again expandable via microSD card – both with 6GB of RAM coupled with the Snapdragon 820 SoC. The ZenFone 4 bears a 3300mAh battery, while the ZenFone 4 Pro bears a 3600mAh battery.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, USB Type-C, FM radio, and 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors onboard the two ZenFone 4 models include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.

The Asus ZenFone 4 will be available in Moonlight White, Mint Green, and Midnight Black colours, while the ZenFone 4 Pro will be available in Moonlight White, Pure Black colour variants. Price has been announced, however, availability is still under wraps. The ZenFone 4 price starts at $399 (roughly Rs. 26,000), while the ZenFone 4 Pro price starts at $599 (roughly Rs. 38,000).

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Refurbished Batteries Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Another Samsung Galaxy Note has been hit by a recall, but don’t worry, it isn’t what you think. The US regulator has recalled refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries which were distributed as replacement through AT&T’s insurance program only. The regulator clearly points out that the recall only involves batteries that were placed into refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones by FedEx supply chain. Of course, the recall reminds of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that finally saw the phone being discontinued.

The refurbished smartphones were distributed by FedEx Supply Chain and provided as replacement phones only through AT&T’s Insurance program between December 2016 and April 2017. This clearly indicates that Samsung has nothing to do with the replacement of batteries on the Galaxy Note 4.

The regulator advises on its website, “Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery and power down their smartphone. Consumers who own the recalled battery will receive by mail from FedEx Supply Chain a free, new replacement battery and a postage paid box to return the recalled cellphone battery. A green dot has been affixed to the replacement batteries. FedEx Supply Chain is directly contacting consumers.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Refurbished Batteries Recalled Due to Fire and Burn HazardsIt also adds that FedEx Supply Chain has so far received one report of a counterfeit battery overheating and there have been no reports of injuries or property damage. FedEx and Samsung determined that some of the recalled batteries were counterfeit and showed anomalies that could lead the batteries to overheat.

“The batteries are non-OEM, which means they were not supplied as original equipment by the phone’s manufacturer, Samsung,” regulator assures.

“FedEx Supply Chain is conducting this recall of nonr-genuine Samsung batteries as some of them are counterfeit. The refurbishment program was managed by FedEx Supply Chain and operated independently of Samsung. Any affected owners should contact FedEx Supply Chain at 1-800-338-0163 or go online at www.exchangemybattery.com for more information,” a Samsung spokesperson toldVerge.

Swipe Elite 4G With 5-Inch Display, VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 3,999

Swipe Technologies has launched a new budget smartphone in India, the Swipe Elite 4G, and is claiming the distinction of the “most affordable 5-inch 4G smartphone with Gorilla Glass” for it. Priced at Rs. 3,999, it is now available exclusively via Flipkart. The e-commerce site has listed a launch offer of up to Rs. 3,500 off on exchange, and extra 5 percent off if using Axis Bank Buzz credit cards.

The Swipe Elite 4G is a dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) smartphone that runs Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow. It sports a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display, and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

Swipe Elite 4G With 5-Inch Display, VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 3,999As for optics, the Swipe Elite 4G bears an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. It is powered by a 2500mAh non removable battery, measures 145.2x73x9.6mm, and weighs 147 grams.

Commenting on the launch, Shripal Gandhi, founder & CEO of Swipe, said, “With the government pushing the use of mobile phones for financial transactions and other associated benefits, not having smartphone is not a choice anymore. Swipe is happy contribute to India’s smartphone revolution with the launch of Elite 4G, a feature-rich phone that is designed keeping in mind the unique requirements of Indian users. We want to ensure that all Indians feel the experience of 4G speeds at most competitive rates.”

Motorola Granted Patent for a Smartphone Display That Repairs Itself

Lenovo’s Moto brand has previously provided smartphones that have ‘shatterproof’ displays but it seems like the company is now ready to take things a notch higher. Motorola Mobility has now filed a patent for a screen that is capable of healing itself after getting deformed, at least to certain degree, as per the documents that were spotted on the Patent and Trademark Office website of the US.

As per the documents, spotted by The Verge, Motorola has explained that using a heating effect, the proposed smartphone will be able to repair the damage partially in the affected area after identifying the cracks on its own, as per the report. In its documents, Motorola has mentioned “shape memory polymer” to make the screen, which can essentially come back to its original condition after being deformed by simply applying some heat.

Motorola Granted Patent for a Smartphone Display That Repairs ItselfThe user can reportedly use their body heat to get the screen to its original shape as well. Considering that this is just a patent filing, you can almost be sure that we are not very close to seeing these kinds of displays on smartphones soon. There is also a possibility that Lenovo might ditch this concept altogether and move onto a different technology.

Despite all the aforementioned factors, there is no doubt that this kind of a screen will save users from the cost of screen protectors and cases and will certainly help those of us who drop our phones from time to time.

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A to Be Available for Pre-Orders on Mi.com

As is the case every Friday, Xiaomi is making its budget smartphones available for pre-orders in India. The Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A will go up for pre-orders at 12pm IST on the company site, Mi.com. The advantage of pre-orders is that buyers need not queue up with quick trigger fingers ready for flash sales, and instead, can pre-order the smartphone and get guaranteed shipping within five business days. Pre-order customers are limited to one smartphone per order, and there is also no cash on delivery option.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 price, specifications

The Redmi 4 was launched in May in three memory/ storage variants in India. The 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 6,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 8,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 10,999.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB of RAM.

The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. It is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A price, specifications

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The Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999, following its launch in China in November. Featuring a polycarbonate body, the Redmi 4A bears a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It sports a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and is backed by a LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture on board as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Redmi 4A’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared, and proximity. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5×70.4×8.5mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams. Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery with fast charging support.

Lenovo K8 Note to Go on Sale for the First Time in India Today: Price, Variants, Launch Offers, and More

Lenovo K8 Note (Review) is all set to go on sale for the first time in India on Friday via the company’s exclusive online partner Amazon India at 12pm IST. To recall, the smartphone was launched in India last week, and is the first device from Lenovo to run stock Android as per the company’s new philosophy. It will be made available in Fine Gold and Venom Black colour variants. Read on for details about Lenovo K8 Note price in India, as well as its launch offers on Amazon. It joins the ranks of Nokia 5, LG Q6, and Honor 6X in the league of smartphones attempting to unseat the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 as the most popular handset in this segment.

Lenovo K8 Note price in India, launch offers

The Lenovo K8 Note price in India starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 13,999. Launch offers of the Lenovo K8 Note on Amazon India include a Rs. 900 discount on the Moto Sports Headphones, up to 80 percent off on Kindle ebooks (up to Rs. 300), and a Idea data offer – up to 64GB of 4G data from Idea with unlimited calls for 56 days at Rs. 343.

Lenovo K8 Note specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Lenovo K8 Note runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by a deca-core MediaTek MT6797 SoC with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.85GHz, and two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. The processor is accompanied by either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.

Lenovo K8 Note to Go on Sale for the First Time in India Today: Price, Variants, Launch Offers, and MoreGetting to the primary USP of the Lenovo K8 Note, its dual rear camera setup, the smartphone sports a 13-megapixel primary sensor that’s accompanied a 5-megapixel depth sensor, enabling the smartphone to capture depth-of-field effects like Bokeh. The rear camera has a dual-LED CCT flash module. At the front, the Lenovo K8 Note sports a 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash module.

The Lenovo K8 Note ships with either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a dedicated microSD card (up to 128GB) slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone is powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery and supports rapid charging with the bundled 15W rapid charger in the box – Lenovo says this is the first smartphone from its stables to ship with a rapid charger, something that’s pretty staple with the Moto series. The battery is rated to deliver up to 24.7 hours of talk time, and 378 hours of standby time.

The K8 Note measures 154.5×75.9×8.5mm and weighs 180 grams. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It bears a fingerprint rear on the back panel, below the dual camera setup. The company is also touting the smartphone’s Dolby Atmos support for improved audio performance. There’s also a dedicated Music Key on the smartphone, which allows users to launch the music app, and control playback, based on shortcuts.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) Price Cut in India

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) have received permanent price cuts in India. The company on Friday announced the price revision for A-series phones.

With the price revision, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) will now be available at an MOP of Rs. 22,900, down from earlier price of Rs. 26,900. The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), on the other hand, will be going on sale at an MOP of Rs. 25,900, down from Rs. 30,900. The company says that the price revisions have been made targeted at festive season in the country.

Both the phones were made available in India back in March. The company had priced the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) at Rs. 28,990, while the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) was priced at Rs. 33,490.

The highlight of Galaxy A7 (2017) and the Galaxy A5 (2017) smartphones are their Galaxy S7-style design, cameras with low-light optimisation, a simplified camera UX, as well as their IP68-rating for dust and water resistance, which Samsung claims is a first for the price segment.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) Price Cut in IndiaThe two smartphones are nearly identical – the only differences are in screen size, battery capacity, dimensions, and weight. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display, measures 146.1×71.4×7.9mm, weighs 157 grams, and sports a 3000mAh battery. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display, measures 156.8×77.6×7.9mm, weighs 186 grams, and sports a 3600mAh battery.

Talking about common specifications and features – the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones both come with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB), a fingerprint scanner (placed on the home button), an Always on Display, a USB Type-C port coupled with a 3.5mm audio jack, Samsung Pay support, as well as the presence of features like Samsung Cloud and Secure Folder. Both smartphones are powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM, and both sport a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an f/1.9 aperture, as well as a 16-megapixel front camera with an f/1.9 aperture.

Essential Phone to Get Android Updates for Two Years, Andy Rubin Confirms

Essential Phone, which garnered headlines for its attractive bezel-less design, was unveiled in June earlier this year and today, the company’s founder and Android co-creator Andy Rubin has announced that the handset is now available for purchase on the company’s own website, Sprint, and Amazon. The unlocked model of the smartphone is available for purchase at $699 (roughly Rs. 44,800) from the company’s own website.

In order to impart confidence to the Essential Phone buyers, Andy Rubin has also written a blog postwhere he has announced that the new smartphone will get guaranteed Android OS updates for 2 years and will get monthly security updates for 3 years. This brings the Essential Phone at par with Google Pixel in terms of software support and also ensures that the handset remains secure and is updated with latest features.

Rubin has also announced that the company is also planning to introduce new wireless accessories (like the snap-on 360-degree Camera) every few months. “That schedule ensures that the latest technology will always be in the palm of your hand without having to replace your phone. These accessories will also work with other products like Essential Home,” Rubin said in his post. Notably, for a limited time, the company is offering Essential Phone and Essential 360 Camera as a bundle for $749 (roughly Rs. 48,000).

Interestingly, the Essential Phone doesn’t come with any branding on it and Rubin says this is because the company belongs to the user and not to the company. “And once you turn it on, you’ll find that there are a limited number of preloaded apps and no duplicative services,” Rubin said.

Essential Phone to Get Android Updates for Two Years, Andy Rubin ConfirmsHe has also said that the 100-person team at Essential is not a weakness but rather strength as Essential will be able to focus on “customer-first experience” that takes a back seat to profit in larger companies. We will have to wait and see if the Essential Phone will be a successful first product or the company will have to struggle to find its feet in the market.

In terms of specifications, Essential Phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge QHD (1312×2560 pixels) display with unique 19:10 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by the 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core (2.45GHz quad + 1.9GHz quad) processor with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. Internal storage option is at 128GB.

In terms of optics, it has a 13-megapixel dual camera setup at the back with RGB and monochrome capabilities in each lens, with hybrid autofocus, phase detect, IR Laser Assist Focus, and 4K video support. At the front there is an 8-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 4K video support here as well. The battery is at 3040mAh with fast charging support. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C port, Nano-SIM support, and GLONASS. The dimensions of the Essential Phone are at 141.5×72.2×7.8mm, and the smartphone weighs less than 185 grams.