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Sunday, May 20, 2018

OnePlus 6 Cases Unboxing – Nylon Black and Ebony Wood Bumper Case, Karbon, Sandstone and Silicone Red Protective Case

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OnePlus launched the cases for the OnePlus 6, along with the smartphone last week. Even though the phone comes with a translucent case in the box, the company also sells protective, bumper and silicone cases. Check out the unboxing below. For the first time OnePlus has released the Nylon Bumper case. The case combines its finely woven texture with a comfortable grip for a distinct appearance. It guards the phone against dirt and fingerprints. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="253047,253046,253045,253044"] It is wrapped around the edge of the phone making it shock-resistant, while the outer shell shields the device from direct damage. The Red Silicone Protective Case for the phone has three layers of impact protection. "Medical-grade silicone is precisely molded to fold around the edges of the device for superior shock absorption and drop resistance," says the company. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="253036,253039"] It has soft microfiber lining for enhanced scratch-protection. There is a small opening to access the alert slider easily. The Ebony Wood Bumper case is crafted using genuine wood with balance of red hues and deep blacks offering smooth texture. [gallery link="file" size="large" columns="2" ids="253031,253030,253029"] It is wrapped around the edge of the phone making it shock-resistant, while the outer shell shields the device from direct damage. Quintessentially OnePlus, the ...

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Google’s standalone AR headset prototype has a quad-core Qualcomm processor

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At the CES 2018, Google introduced the first standalone VR headset dubbed Lenovo Mirage Solo and apparently, the company has now turned attention to a standalone AR headset, WinFuture reveals. The German publication notes that Google is working with Taiwanese company Quanta, a partnership we’ve seen before with respect to the Google Pixel C, but the project is said to be in infancy.

Dubbed Google A65, the standalone AR headset will reportedly emulate Microsoft’s HoloLens not only in design but also in the target market, thus moving away from what we know of the Google Glass technology. Yes, this implies this technology won’t be mainstream anytime soon unless we are talking about the likes of Pokemon Go and co.

Another interesting tidbit is that the Google A65 will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm QSC603 processor that is based on ARM architecture. Being a standalone device means it’ll be self-contained, thus including built-in cameras and microphones.

Since the Google A65 is only a prototype at this point in time, there is still no word on when to expect it to materialize. With this in mind, a lot could change between now and then.

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Honor Play 7 with 5.45-inch 18:9 FullView display, Android 8.1 announced

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Huawei's Honor Brand has introduced Honor Play 7, which is the company's latest budget smartphone in China. It was certified last month, and packs a 5.45-inch HD+ display, is powered by  MediaTek MT6739 SoC with 2GB RAM, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, both with LED flash. It features dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3020mAh battery. Honor Play 7 specifications 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display 1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.1 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, PDAF 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 146.5x70.9x8.3mm; Weight: 142g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 3020mAh built-in battery The Honor Play 7 comes in Blue, Black and Golden colors, is priced at 599 yuan, is available for pre-order and goes on sale in China from May 22nd. Source

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Xiaomi Mi 8: A rebranded Mi 7?

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Xiaomi has yet to launch the Mi 7, but talks of Xiaomi Mi 8 are already beginning to take shape, possibly a year before the phone’s expected launch.

It’s not strange at all for such rumors and speculations to show up way before a device is launched. We started seeing rumors about the Mi 7 back in 2017, yet until now, the phone has not been launched. If anything, get ready for more of these rumors and leaks about the 2019 Xiaomi Mi 8 as time goes by, beginning with a flurry of images obtained from China’s Weibo, a platform that has a mixed track record when it comes to leaks.

Xiaomi Mi 8 design and specs

What we have are believed to be the front panel and the retail box of the Xiaomi Mi 8. While none of these leaks gives us what we most desire to know – specs – we can gather a few things, especially on the design aspect.

As it is, Xiaomi Mi 8 will rock a notched display screen, which is not a surprise given the Mi 7 is also expected to take a similar path. Also, the front panel shows what could be a 3D facial recognition system alongside the front-facing camera, as seen in the image below.


As noted, we don’t have much about the phone’s specs and features, but given the retail box is already out, it shouldn’t be long before the entire beans spill.

Xiaomi Mi 8 price and availability

Much about the Xiaomi Mi 8 is still in the shadows, however, the continued availability of leaks and supposed retail materials suggests that the launch date isn’t too far away. I know it’s quite strange to talk about the launch date of a phone that is not expected until 2019. But apparently, rumor has it that this could be a rebranded Xiaomi Mi 7. Why because Xiaomi is celebrating its 8th anniversary.

It had been mooted that the Mi 7 will see the light on May 23 with pre-orders opening on May 27. If the Xiaomi Mi 8 is indeed a rebranded Mi 7, it means we only have a few days to the official launch.

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Samsung Galaxy A6 update: May patch rolling out

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galaxy-a6-galaxy-a6-plus-official-2Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus are the first of their kind. Never have there been a phone named similarly and while we expect Samsung to accord them great care in terms of software updates, we don’t expect any drastic departures with respect to the Galaxy A series.

On this page, you’ll find all that you want to know regarding the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus software updates, be it major OS upgrades or the minor, monthly security updates.

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Samsung Galaxy A6 Android P update

Expected release date: By end of 2018

Model Current OS Android P Release date
Galaxy A6 Android 8.0 Eligible Q4 2018
Galaxy A6 Plus Android 8.0 Eligible Q4 2018

Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus, like any other Sammy phone that will be unveiled this year, are powered by Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Samsung is not the type to bother about incremental upgrades, so we don’t expect anything to do with Oreo 8.1. Instead, the next major OS upgrade for Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus will be Android P.

Given their support for Project Treble, we expect to see a faster Android P rollout for the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus, but then again, we don’t make the rules. The success of Treble is heavily dependent on the willingness of OEMs to work on releasing timely software updates, something that only them can decide to do.

Still, we are hopeful that the A6 and A6 Plus will get Android P by the end of 2018, if not in early 2019.

Samsung Galaxy A6 update timeline

Date Software version Android OS Changelog
17 May 2018 A600GNUBU1ARDA Android 8.0 May 2018 security patch

Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus update timeline

Date Software version Android OS Changelog

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Galaxy A7 2016 gets new update carrying May 2018 patch

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galaxy-a7-2016-updateFollowing in the footsteps of Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy J2 Ace, the 2016 edition of the Galaxy A7 is now receiving this month’s Android security patches.

The update is coming in as software version A710FXXU2CRE1 and of course, it’s available over the air. OTA updates are usually staged, rolling out to devices mostly based on regions. While we cannot tell when exactly your Galaxy A7 2016 will receive the download notification, we have a tip of how to jump ahead of the queue.

Through the Settings and About phone menu, you can regularly tap on the Software update button to check for availability of the update. You should be able to download and install it manually once it’s made available for your A7 2016 handset. If this is too much for you, well, simply sit back and wait for the OTA notification, which may take a few days to arrive.

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