30 Haziran 2015 Salı

Huawei Honor 7 goes official with 20MP phase-detection camera starting at $322

At an official press event today, Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei unveiled its much awaited flagship handset Honor 7. The Honor 7 comes in three different versions all having a metal alloy chassis. The difference between the versions is in storage capacity and connectivity. The basic model has a 16GB built-in storage with LTE radio, the other comes with a dual-SIM-standby LTE and the higher most version with a 64GB of internal memory. Lets look at some of the common specs for the device.

The Huawei Honor 7 comes with a stylish aluminum alloy body giving the handset a toughened covering and good grip. The display is 5.2” 1080p with pixel density of 423ppi. Under the hood lies the company’s home baked Kirin 935 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz. the chipset has a four Cortex A53 cores and other four less clocked at 1.5 Cortex A53 cores. The graphic handling tasks are done by Mali-T628 GPU. To support the chipset multi-tasking capabilities, the device has got a 3GB of RAM memory with 16-64GB of internal storage options with additional microSD card slots for expandable memory. Dimension wise the handset is 8.5mm thin and weighs just 157 grams.

The camera section is pretty impressive with a 20MP sensor to its back which comes with Phase Detection and Auto Focus. This is the latest Sony sensor with F2.0 aperture, sapphire glass protection and a 6 lens module. The front side also hosts a powerful 8MP secondary sensor with wide-angle lens. Just below the rear camera at the back side, there is fingerprint sensor through which users can unlock the phone with just one tap.

Moving to the connectivity options, the device hosts NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11, A-GPS, WCDMA and LTE radios, GSM and Bluetooth 4.1. the device comes with an excellent 3100mAh of battery life and some quick charging technology built-in that charges the handset completely in just 1 hour 25 minutes or which the intial 50% charging occurs just in half an hour. The handset runs the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop on-board and the runs the latest EMUI version 3.1 at the top.

As always, the pricing for the device is kept affordable at $322 for 16GB model, $355 for dual SIM LTE version and $400 for 64GB version.

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Huawei Honor 7 goes official with 20MP phase-detection camera starting at $322

A new promo video shows the Huawei MediaPad M2 as the "first unibody 4G LTE tablet"

Last month, Chinese smartphone manufacturer – Huawei has announced its new tablet a MediaPad M2, a 7.8mm tablet as a successor to the MediaPad M1. The Huawei MediaPad M2 comes with some very topped up specs and now the company has also released an official promo video for the same.

Huawei calls the MediaPad M2 as “the world’s first unibody 4G LTE tablet”. The tablet hosts a 8-inch IPS display on-board with a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels and runs the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop on-board. To its heart lies a powerful 64-bit octa-core chipset Kirin 930 clocked at 2.0GHz. The tablet to its back hosts a 8MP primary camera to its back and to its front lies a 2MP secondary camera. The tablet also hosts a superior sound technology supported by Harman/Kardon Clari-Fi technology. The tablet also has got stereo speakers with “Super Wide Sound”.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 comes in two different versions with 2GB of RAM memory and 16GB of internal storage and the other with 3GB of RAM memory and 32GB of internal storage. Both these versions support a microSD card slot. Both also have the same battery backup of 4800mAh.  The company has yet to announce the global availability of the tablet. For the time being check the promo video and some of the official images of the devices below.

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A new promo video shows the Huawei MediaPad M2 as the "first unibody 4G LTE tablet"

LG develops tiny hexagonal battery for smartwatches with 25% more battery life

Most smartwatches have a problem of low battery life because the batteries powering them are so small. Even with light usage they last for a day with difficulty. Luckily, LG’s chemical engineering arm LG Chem has come out with a solution to this problem. They have developed tiny hexagonal battery which has more capacity and offers an improved battery life.

This hexagonal battery has been developed specifically for smartwatches and its hexagonal shape is ideal for circular displays. LG Chem has already started shipping these batteries to global smartwatch manufacturers. The company says that these hexagonal batteries offer 25% more storage capacity compared to the traditionally used batteries. According to the company, more IT firms will be introducing smartwatches with round displays in the second half of the year.

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Woo Byeong-Min, spokesman for LG Chem told The Korea Times, “LG Chem has started selling hexagonal batteries to global tech firms. The batteries, manufactured in Nanjing, China, where LG operates massive battery factories, will be used in upcoming smart watches.”

Mr. Woo said that the hexagonal battery was the first such battery in the industry and has been developed in collaboration with a top technology company though he declined to reveal its name. Although he did say that it was not Apple or LG Electronics.

He also claimed that this battery adds four hours to the battery life and these batteries will also be used in circular smartwatches which the company plans to launch in future. LG also plans to launch batteries in different shapes for other devices such as an L-shaped battery or a rectangular one with a hole in the center.

LG Chem plans to become the top global supplier of tiny batteries by 2018.

LG develops tiny hexagonal battery for smartwatches with 25% more battery life

Meizu MX5 goes official with full metal jacket, a 20MP camera and some powerful specs

Last year, by launching the Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro, Chinese handset manufacturer Meizu has emerged a big way posing a stiff competition to its hometown rival Xiaomi. Later, the company also announced its own affordable higher mid-range specs handset like M1 Note and managed to grab a substantial share of the smartphone market in its hometown. Today, the company has went out announcing its yet another flagship handset the Meizu MX5 that comes with a premium design with high-end specs on board.

The major USP of the Meizu MX5 is its full metal jacket as the device is made of some very premium materials. Meizu MX5 has got a 5.5” 1080p AMOLED display and has an upgraded processor the 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6975 chipset to its heart. To support this, the handset has got a 3GB of RAM memory and comes in three storage options of 16/32/64 GB with a microSD card slot expansion for each of them. The handset is equipped with a m-charge technology that charges up to 25% in just ten minutes only and up to 50% in just another 20 minutes. To its back lies an excellent and powerful 20MP camera with Sony IMX220 sensor equipped with a laser auto focus tech. the front hosts a 8MP secondary camera. The handset is just 7.6mm thin and weighs just 149 grams.

At the software side, the handset runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with the company’s own Flyme 5.0 that has been given a visual overhaul with glass effects, transparency, themes and much more. The basic 16GB version is currently priced for 1800 yuan ($290) while the 32GB variant for 1900 yuan ($322). Meizu is yet to confirm the pricing for the 64GB variant. Meizu MX5 is really an excellent handset from the company for the year of 2015. Check out some of the official images below. You can get more information by visiting the official site of Meizu.

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Meizu MX5 goes official with full metal jacket, a 20MP camera and some powerful specs

New renders of Motorola’s upcoming Moto G (2015) leaked online

Motorola’s upcoming third generation Moto G has been popping up in the news lately. Last month, the Indian online retailer Flipkart had inadvertently listed the device on its website which was of course taken down later. Then last week a video of the handset had leaked, revealing its specs. Latest leak reveal new photos of the Moto G (2015) in white color.


TechnoBuffalo has received some images of the white handset from an anonymous tipster but there is no other information about specs available with it. The Moto G (2015) is model XT1540 also codenamed “Osprey” and earlier leaks indicate that this Motorola handset will sport a 5-inch HD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 320 dpi. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset and an Adreno 306 GPU. Other rumored specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear cam and a 5MP front-facing cam. The third gen Moto G will apparently be a mid-range handset supporting 4G LTE and will come with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed.


There is no word when this Moto G (2015) will hit the shelves but judging by the frequency of leaks, its launch doesn’t seem very far away. Its predecessor the Moto G second gen was launched in September last year and it is possible that the company launches the third gen Moto G somewhere around that time.

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New renders of Motorola’s upcoming Moto G (2015) leaked online

29 Haziran 2015 Pazartesi

The latest iPhone 7 concept video shows a handset with very thin bezels

With many sources these days saying that the iPhone 6s will not have any major change in the design and will come with the addition of Force Touch tech and built with a tougher aluminum alloy. Thus many designers across the globe have started analyzing about how would be the design patterns for the new iPhone 7 and here we have the first concept video of the handset.

The iPhone 7 is expected to have a higher resolution display, with the incorporation of Force Touch tech, that would allow the touch screen to recognize the different pressure levels applied by your fingerprints and would thus help in distinguishing a continuous press from a light tap. This feature is currently present in the Apple Watch. The iPhone 7 is also expected to see a lift in its camera department with a special 12MP RGBW sensor for better color reproduction. There is also an rumor that we might get to see a dual-lens setup in the next iPhone 7.

A concept designer SCAVidsHD says that the next iPhone 7 is likely to have a MacBook exterior and will host a single rear camera of 16MP resolution with the OIS technology and a 8MP secondary camera to its front. The iPhone 7 will likely have a 5.5inch display like the iPhone 6s and the bezels at the sides will be squeezed a lot. The device would be running the iOS 10 that would be announced next month. For the time being enjoy the concept video below.

The latest iPhone 7 concept video shows a handset with very thin bezels

Fingerprint Scanner Feature Confirmed to be part of OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2 uploaded a teaser image on one of the social media recently, informing that the fingerprint scanner is going to be part of the device as the security feature. The smartphone will be showcased soon in a launch event different than any other launch event that has been done before. It is going to be launched via a VR(Virtual Reality) event which hopefully will allow users to have a different experience to try the smartphone. The event will be held on July 27th starting at 10PM EDT.

OnePlus 2 will have a 5.5-inch to 5.7-inch screen display screen size. The resolution is not disclosed yet; however, most probably it is going to be either FHD (1080 x 1920) or QHD (1440 x 2560).  One thing of sure is that the device will be running on Snapdragon 810 SoC which includes an octa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU.  Eventhough OnePlus 2 is using the 2.1 version of the SoC, however, looking at another smartphone, Sony Xperia Z3+, which is also using the same version of the chipset is still suffering from the overheating issue. Well, hopefully, it does not happen in OnePlus 2. On top of that, OnePlus 2 will be coming with Type-C USB port which boasts faster data transfer rate and more convenience to the user as it allows users to plug in the cable with either side of the end.

Unfortunately, OnePlus 2 is only available for people who already requested for the invitation beforehand. Therefore, not everybody is going to be able to buy it. It seems like the company is doing this to balance the supply and demand. However, hopefully, we do not have to hear about any shortage of the device as what has happened on the launch of OnePlus One last year.

Fingerprint Scanner Feature Confirmed to be part of OnePlus 2

Quick Charge Support will Soon be Avaiable for Qi Wireless Chargers

Wireless chargers

There is no doubt that wireless charging is a very useful feature. When this feature is combined with the fact that there are many ways to join charging pads with the furniture, it becomes even more special. Acclaimed coffee shops and saloons have already started to arm their facilities with these pads. Now anyone who wants to recharge his phone to some extent will be sure that he can do that without getting wires involved. However, there is one problem with this method, and that is very slow charging. This is one drawback that cannot be ingored because nowadays most flagship mobile phones come along with Quick Charge technologies.

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The good news is that this will no longer remain a problem especially for the owners of Qi-compatiable handsets. Recently Wireless Power Consortium made a wonderful announcement which is that its latest Qi chargers are able to deliver 15W of power to the battery of a smartphone. This means that within 30 minutes, a fast charge-enabled handset can get 60% charged according to the press release.

Wireless Power Consortium has also made sure that the new chargers will also be able to charge the older smartphones. It is not sure when this technology will be available every where. At the moment, only the members of the Consortium have access to this technology. It is expected that it will be available to the public in the year 2016.

Quick Charge Support will Soon be Avaiable for Qi Wireless Chargers

Samsung develops new technology that doubles the capacity of existing Lithium-ion batteries

As smartphone makers are developing new phones with high resolution displays, powerful processors and other features, long battery life has become all the more important. Users are demanding phones with batteries that last longer. Consequently, many companies are packing high capacity batteries into their smartphones but as phones are getting thinner, the battery size gets restricted. In such a scenario, researchers at Samsung have announced the development of a new technology that will increase the battery capacity in battery of the same size.

With the new technology, high quality graphene can be grown directly over silicon nanoparticles (NPs) surface without the formation of silicon carbide by using the newly developed chemical vapour deposition or the CVD process. The formation of silicon carbide is fatal for the silicon anode operations as it reduces conductivity. According to researchers, “the graphene-coated Si NPs reach a volumetric capacity of 2,500 mAh cm−3 (versus 550 mAh cm−3 of commercial graphite), the highest value among those reported to date for any LIB anodes while exhibiting excellent cycling and rate performance.

This increases the capacity of the lithium-ion battery by 1.5x to 2x higher than the existing capacity. Thus, Samsung researchers are able to almost double the capacity of existing lithium-ion batteries that are used in smartphones and other gadgets. For instance if we consider the battery of Samsung Galaxy S6 which is of 2550mAh capacity, with the new technology, it could hold a capacity of over 4000mAh within the same size making it last for double the current time.

Samsung expects that this new breakthrough resulting in enhanced battery capacity will come in very useful for the mobile as well as the electric car industries. We will have to wait and see if this technology gets commercialized in time for the Galaxy S7.


Samsung develops new technology that doubles the capacity of existing Lithium-ion batteries

Step by Step on How to Undo a Sent Email from Gmail

Gmail has a unique feature whereby you can cancel sending an email which you accidentally sent to the recipient. This feature was around since a few years ago; however, it was experimental and works only for a certain conditions. However, the feature is more stable right now and no longer part of the experiment and millions of users has already enjoying the advantage of this feature. In this article, we are going to show you step by step on how to “undo” the email so that it will not be sent to the recipient eventhough we clicked on the “send” button previously whether it is accidentally or not.

How to “Undo Send”


  1. Click on the “gear” icon on the Gmail top right corner and click on Settings.

  2. Look for “Undo Send” option under the “General” tab.

  3. Enable the feature “Send cancellation period” and select the timing which is more comfortable for you. The recommended timing is “30 seconds”.

  4. Click on “save” to confirm your settings.


How to use the feature

  1. Compose a new email message in Gmail.

  2. Enter the email, subject and message in your email as per normal and click “Send”.

  3. Look for “Undo” option in the notification appeared after you click on the “Send” button.

  4. Click on the “Undo” option.


You are done! With this feature becoming available, you will not have to worry if you send a wrong email, you can always “undo” it back.

Step by Step on How to Undo a Sent Email from Gmail

28 Haziran 2015 Pazar

Alleged images of OnePlus 2 showing both its front and back sides leak

With only one month to go for the eagerly awaited launch of OnePlus 2, a couple of images showing both the front and the back sides of the device have leaked online. The alleged photos of OnePlus’s upcoming flagship are not too clear but show it to be quite similar to its predecessor in terms of design. The photo of the backside shows it to have a fingerprint scanner beneath the camera and LED flash.

OnePlus has already confirmed that its new flagship OnePlus 2 will be officially launched on 27 July in Virtual Reality style. This is an unconventional launching style and OnePlus is even sending outcardboard VR headset to those who request it, thus spending quite a lot of money on this. After the success of OnePlus One, the company is under pressure to come out with an even better successor. The company’s mission is to produce smartphones with premium specs and selling them at affordable prices.

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OnePlus One features a 5.5-inch display having a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. It’s 64GB Sandstone Black version was priced at $399 while the 16GB Silk White model was priced at $349. The company had expected to sell around 50,000 to 100,000 handsets but ended up selling almost one million handsets.

Now the upcoming flagship OnePlus 2 is expected to sport a 5.5 to 5.7-inch screen, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor and Adreno 430 GPU. It will also have the new Type-C USB port that allows the user to insert the cable connector keeping any side up. This handset is supposed to come with a price tag of less than $300.

However, since there is no official confirmation from the company, the leaked images may be taken with a pinch of salt for now. We will keep you advised about the latest developments as and when we get them. Meanwhile, stay tuned!

Alleged images of OnePlus 2 showing both its front and back sides leak

Apple iPhone 6s with Force Touch tech said to enter mass production

According to the latest reports coming from Bloomberg, Apple is likely to be sure of bringing its latest tech – Force Touch which featured in the Apple Watch into upcoming iPhone models for 2015. Previous leaks have also suggested this inclusion of feature, but the latest reports also claims that the company has also started the mass production for the same. The Force Touch technology id basically designed to determine different pressure levels that would execute different functions. This means that it basically the differentiation of a touch from a tap.

The reports says that the iPhone 6s which is expected to be announced later this year is likely to host this feature. Force Touch on the small display of Apple Watch, makes use of a pressure sensor that adds new input dimension to the device. It has to be seen that how this feature works for larger screen iPhones. Moreover, the company is also said to be working on pressure-sensitive displays for more than two years.

Apart from the major change of this Force Touch tech, the iPhone 6s is likely to host mostly the same features of the existing iPhone 6. Moreover, the source also claims that the mass production of the iPhone 6s with this built-in tech is likely to start as soon as next month. The report also mentions that the production schedule could also be impacted by the yield of Fore Touch displays.

source: Bloomberg

Apple iPhone 6s with Force Touch tech said to enter mass production

Specs for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo rumored

Based on the recent published reports, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is said to be made available for pre-orders is some of the retail stores of Czech Republic. The device has been under talks since days, and is said to host the company’s home-baked Exynos 7580 SoC. This is a mid-range chipset that has an octa-core CPU that features eight Cortex A-53 cores with a maximum clock speed of 1.6GHz. the graphics are handled by Mali-T720 GPU. However, the chipset is not as powerful as the octa-core Exynos 5422 SoC or the quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC seen in the Galaxy S5.

The other specs for the device that have leaked include a 5.1inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The handset has got a 2GB of RAM memory and a 16GB of expandable memory. A 16MP primary camera is placed at the back side of the device. The handset runs the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed and offers a battery back-up of 2800mAh.

The price at Czech Republic is $490 USD while the device is said to be listed on the 3rd of July.

source: winfuture.de (translated)

Specs for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo rumored

New Sony E5663 with 4.6” 1080p display spotted in benchmarks, could it be the Xperia Z4 Compact?

Looks like Sony will soon be offering a successor to the Xperia Z3 Compact. A new Sony smartphone with model E5663 has been spotted on a couple of benchmarking sites and its specs are quite interesting. If the specs are to be believed, the new handset appears to be the next gen Sony Xperia Z4 Compact.

The benchmark data shows that the new Sony E5663 will feature a 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which is an upgrade over Xperia Z3 Compact’s 4.6-inch 720p resolution screen. This is also the first less than 5-inch Sony phone to sport a 1080p display.

Sony Model E5663 on GFXBench:


The Sony E5663 will be powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek ARM MT6795 processor clocked at 1.95GHz and PowerVR Rogue G6200 GPU. Other specs include 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera and a powerful 13MP front-facing camera. Till now we have seen front-facing cameras only as high as 5MP in Sony devices. So this would make a great selfie phone. The device will run Android Lollipop.

Sony Model E5663 on Geekbench:


Sony model E5663 has also appeared on the Indian import-export tracker site Zauba.com which shows 2 units of the device to having landed in New Delhi from China. So it is possible that the handset may be launched in India.

Sony Model E5663 on Zauba:


Well, for now we can’t say for sure that the model E5663 will be released as Xperia Z4 Compact. It is possible that the handset is launched with a different name.  We will keep you informed as soon as we know more about it.

New Sony E5663 with 4.6” 1080p display spotted in benchmarks, could it be the Xperia Z4 Compact?

Apple Unveiled Patent of Flexible OLED Panels That Suppliers are Working on for a Future iPhone

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Apple recently unveiled its patent for a phone that has a curved display. This indicates that the company might be heading in that direction in the come times, and secure it in the USPTO the way it usually does. According to a Korean publication, there is a high chance that Apple might be pursuing devices that have flexible OLED panels unlike most of the patent filings.


Apple’s suppliers

The question is why Korea. The answer is that both LG and Samsung have done more research on flexible OLED, and they are also producing flexible OLED displays. The former is also Apple’s screen supplier. According to the source, the major Korean display manufacturers are finalizing the flexible screens deal with Apple. The source also claims that LG has already decided when it is going to transform one of its LCD lines into an OLED manufacturing firm. OLED2

Apple’s flexbile iPhone

Like the G Flex 2, LG already has its own devices with flexible displays. The company already supplies the OLED for the Apple Watch; however, that’s not all. The source claims, there is a high chance that the first flexible iPhone will be introduced in the year 2018 because Apple’s best suppliers are already working on it. The year 2018 seems to be far away, but Apple has a habit of waiting till a new technology matures enough. Apple likes to prove its mettle in terms of added value for the consumer. Therefore, Apple might not be introducing the unique flexible iPhone soon, but it might add other virtues to flexible OLED displays like durability and thinness. Time will tell!

Apple Unveiled Patent of Flexible OLED Panels That Suppliers are Working on for a Future iPhone

27 Haziran 2015 Cumartesi

LG Coming Up with Its Lightest Micro LED Projector

LG is launching Minibeam Nano. It is a mobile projector weighing at only 270 grams (9.5 oz) which approximately the same weight as an average paperback book. The actual size of the projector is 108mm wide, 103mm long and 44mm deep (4.25 x 4.06 x 1.73 inches). It is so light and small enough to be put inside the bag with minimal effort.

This feature has a lot of usage. One of them is for doing presentation in your client’s office. Therefore, you do not need to depend whether your client have those conventional projector which normally attached to the ceiling to do your product or service presentation.  On top of that, you also do not have to worry that your client cannot see the slides, which you have prepared, clearly as they need to see them in your small laptop screen while you are doing your presentation.

To keep it portable, the mini projector has a 3800 mAh battery size which is enough to run for about 2 hours on a charge. This kind of battery life size is enough to watch an average movie. When you are running out of battery, you can plug it to the power source to recharge. It is using a 100-240V AC-DC adapter.

The projector has native resolution of 854 x 480 with 16:9 aspect ratios. It is capable for projecting 100 ANSI lumen image up to 100 inches (2.54 metres) with a 1.64 throw ratio. There is a built in 1W mono speaker which is convenient enough but not as good as the normal speaker.

There are a few options for playing the media. You can connect it to a smartphone, tablet or PC with using Wi-Fi. By using this way, the image which is projected by using the projector display will also be available on your device screen. On top of that, there is also USB port and an option to use HDMI port to connect to other external device.

LG Minibeam Nano will be available in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa/Middle East and Latin America for $349.99.

LG Coming Up with Its Lightest Micro LED Projector

Qualcomm Finalized Snapdragon 820 Processor Chipset Specifications and Sending samples of it to Smartphone manufacturers

Qualcomm showcased the next upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset in MWC (Mobile World Congres) which was held in March 2015 previously. Hopefully the chipset will be able to solve the overheating issue which plagued the predecessor Snapdragon 810 chipset.

Snapdragon 820 chipset is reported to be integrated with custom-designed 64-bit CPU cores called Kyro. If this information is correct then the cores will be clocked up to 3.0 GHz and will be manufactured using Samsung’s 14nm node manufacturing technology. With this information, it is hinted that Qualcomm will be partnering with Samsung instead of TSMC to manufacture its chipset. Beforehand, Qualcomm always partnered with TSMC to manufacture its chipset.

Some of the smartphone manufacturers which is going to test out the new chips are Sony, HTC and Xiaomi. Xiaomi is reported to use Snapdragon 820 chipset in the company’s next flagship smartphone Mi 5. The Xiaomi smartphone will be launched in October if everything going according to plan.

Since Snapdragon 820 is going to use Samsung’s 14nm node process which is the same process that Samsung did for the company’s own Exynos 7420 chipset and already being used for Galaxy S6 series, it seems like it is going to solve the overheating issue which found in Snapdragon 810. Snapdragon 810 was manufactured by TSMC on 20nm technology.

Qualcomm Finalized Snapdragon 820 Processor Chipset Specifications and Sending samples of it to Smartphone manufacturers

Low Power Feature on iOS 9 Will Increase the Apple Devices Performance

There are a lot of improvements on the next iOS 9 update. One of them is on the battery life. Compared to the current battery life size, after you have installed iOS 9, you will get an extension 3 hours of battery life on your iPad or iPhone. On top of that Apple is reported to turn off the features which use bigger power such as sensors and push notifications so that it can save up some battery.

Some of you might be wondering how Apple does that. Apple make it possible by a known method called processor throttling. It is a process to regulate the rate which the application processing is conducted either statically or dynamically. HTC has also used this method on its flagship smartphone HTC One M9. The device is using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset which is reported to suffer from overheating. Unfortunately the side effect of it is that the performance was reduced.

However, it seems like it is not the case with Apple. Below is the result from MacRumors when it tested iOS 9 beta through Geekbench 3 for iOS, iPhone 6 plus multi core score fell from 2891 to 1751 when the Low Power Mode action is deactivated whereas the single core performance dropped from 1606 to 1019.


The side effect of losing a little bit of performance seems like not really a good idea. However, with a low battery life, it also makes other features such as the cores or RAM seems to be less significant. However, it seems like Apple manage to keep it balance. iOS 9 final version is expected to release in September.

Low Power Feature on iOS 9 Will Increase the Apple Devices Performance

26 Haziran 2015 Cuma

iPhone 7 likely to have a dual-lens camera setup if the suppliers improve yield

The concept of dual-lens camera has been seen in two major flagships till date – the HTC One M8 and the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. A recent report coming from the Taiwanese media says that CEO of Altek- Xiauru Wen has been quoted claiming that the Cupertino giant Apple has been investigating about the dual lens camera setup since past three years. Altek is the company that currently manufactures the dual lens camera modules for HTC and Huawei.

Wen says that before bringing this technology to the people, the Cupertino tech giant wants to make completely sure that they have the powerful technology to support it. The company is however said to have developed different apps that can work for the dual-lens camera system. However, it would be interesting to see how Apple uses this technology to the customers benefit apart from just the sales point-of-view. Additionally, one more thing that is stopping Apple is the concern the company faces regarding the suppliers yield to meet the demand.

The reports also claims that Apple has been caught is some technical issue known as the optical axis deviation wherein some of the units took the blurred images. Moreover, it also says that Lorgan that provides 80% of the camera lenses which Apple has in its recent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has also announced to double its productivity capacity. This has raised the speculations that the tech giant is likely to have a dual-lens setup in its next iPhone but it seems to be bit difficult for the iPhone 6s expected this year.

The latest released concept video has also highlighted the dual-lens feature for the next iPhone 7.

source: Business Weekly Taiwan

iPhone 7 likely to have a dual-lens camera setup if the suppliers improve yield

Lenovo Vibe S1 with octa-core chipset visits TENNA

Earlier this year, just before the MWC 2015, many Lenovo handsets had appeared in a series of leaked images. However, there was no official word from the Chinese tech giant confirming the existence of those device then, but now it seems that the Lenovo Vibe S1 with some powerful specs is likely to official soon as the handset has recently paid an visit to China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center.

The handset that is said to be made with a plastic body has some upper mid-range segments specs. The dimensions of the handset show it to be 143 x 70.8 x 7.85 mm weighing 130 grams and runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. The handset has a 5inch display with 1080p resolution and comes with a octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset clocked at 1.7GHz. to its back, there would be 13MP primary camera with LED flash and the front will be having a 8MP secondary selfie camera. The Lenovo Vibe S1 has an LTE connectivity with 2GB of RAM memory, 16GB of internal storage and additional microSD card support for expandable memory.

The handset will be coming in seven different color options like black, pink and silver etc. The launch of the device would be initially in China followed by other countries.

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source: TENAA (translated)

Lenovo Vibe S1 with octa-core chipset visits TENNA

OnePlus 2 Launch Event Will be Done in Virtual Reality style on July 27th

OnePlus has confirmed that the official launch event of OnePlus 2 will be done on July 27th 7PM and viewers will be able to watch it in virtual reality. Unlike the previous OnePlus One smartphone, OnePlus 2 smartphone will be priced for less than $300.

Instead of the conventional way for launching a product, which is in an auditorium full of audience, keynote and a speaker, OnePlus 2 launch event will enable the viewers to check out the smartphone in a new way and hopefully find a few interesting hidden features. On top of that, OnePlus is going to release a Google cardboard headset for One in the future and hopefully it is sooner than expected.

Unfortunately, OnePlus 2 is by invitation only. Therefore only selected consumers will be able to get the physical product. OnePlus 2 will be running on Snapdragon 810 processor and also will include the latest USB Type C port. Eventhough the processor is known for its overheating issue like what the other smartphones which are also using it are experiencing such as Xiaomi Mi 4i, Mi Note Pro, HTC One M9 and Sony Zperia Z3+,  OnePlus boasts that it will not happen to the device. Well, we have to test the product ourselves to believe it.

OnePlus 2 Launch Event Will be Done in Virtual Reality style on July 27th

Google Silently Installed Tools that can listen to Conversation around you when your computer is switched on to cater for “OK Google”

Google has quietly installed software which can listen to whatever conversations being held in surrounding your computer when the computer is on. This is actually to cater for the new feature for Chrome whereby if somebody says “OK, Google” in front of the computer then it can respond to it. However, this is considered as a breach of privacy as it is activated without the user’s permission.

The issue first spotted by open source developers, Chromium browser, which is the open source basis for Google Chrome. According to Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post, that without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that able to turn on microphone and able to actively listen to your room. This means that what was being said in your room was being sent to somebody else or some private company in another country and it is sent without your consent and under unknown or unverifiable set of conditions.

“We don’t know and can’t know what this black box does”, said Falkvinge.

Google, on the other hand, has responded to the complaints in its developer boards by admitting that they do download the hotword module on startup but they do not activate it unless the users opt in to hotwording. On top of that Google also blamed Linux distribution Debian for downloading the black box of code with Chromium automatically instead of using Google Chrome.

Chromium is not a Google product therefore; the company does not directly distribute it or ensure that it is compliant to various open source policies. However, Google ensure that it is not listening to the users’ conversations and that the feature of saying “OK, Google” in front of Google homepage and Google will automatically responds to whatever you are saying without having the need for you to type in your request is only available if you choose to opt in to the feature.

Google Silently Installed Tools that can listen to Conversation around you when your computer is switched on to cater for “OK Google”

HTC Aero the Next Flagship Smartphone from HTC Rumored to be Launched October This Year

HTC chairwoman and CEO Cher Wang hinted on the new flagship smartphone which is going to be released October this year during the company’s general meeting with shareholders regarding the company’s low performance during the previous quarter. Recently HTC has just released HTC One M9+ which is going to be available soon in Europe. HTC One M9+ boasts 5.2-inch Quad HD display screen and a MediaTek Octa-Core which clocked at 2.2GHz.

The rumored next smartphone flagship which is hinted by Wang is codenamed HTC Aero. Given that the previous HTC smartphone is already using Quad HD display, it is expected that HTC Aero is also going to use the same technology. On top of that if the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset is already released by that time, hopefully, HTC Aero is using the chipset as one of its component. The question which remains now is that whether HTC Aero will be using OIS technology which is going to make tremendous improvement on the camera quality.

Another possibility is that HTC Aero will be using MediaTek Helio X20 as the processor. Well, whether it is using Snapdragon 820 chipset or MediaTek Helio X20, we are excited to see the final product. Nothing can be confirmed as of now. We will keep you updated in case there is a new rumor coming up for HTC Aero before the official release date.

HTC Aero the Next Flagship Smartphone from HTC Rumored to be Launched October This Year

25 Haziran 2015 Perşembe

Microsoft Office apps like Excel, PowerPoint and Word now available for Android smartphones

Last month, Microsoft launched the preview of its Office apps for the Android handsets and now the computing giant has made those apps available on the Google Play Store for the Android devices. Earlier, the Office apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint were only available of Android tablets but now even smartphone running the Android 4.4 KitKat and above can load them.

All these three apps are available absolutely free for download and come in in-app purchases for those who need more advanced features of the Microsoft Office on their handsets.

According to Microsoft, during the preview period of the Office on the Android phones, these apps were installed on “1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries”. Later, based on the user feedbacks, the apps have been improved and have been designed for the use of general public. The promo video has been embedded below.

sources: Google Play (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Office Blog

Microsoft Office apps like Excel, PowerPoint and Word now available for Android smartphones

Apple Curved iPhone Rumored Released by 2018

Apple is rumored to release a curved iPhone by 2018. On top of that, the technology company is rumored to use OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) as the screen of the iPhone’s in the future. With this move, hopefully, it can solve the existing issue which plagued the current iPhone’s screen display including color saturation, accuracy and brightness. It is not surprising that Apple has patented this to USPTO just in case.

If Apple uses OLED –based flexible screen in the future, it will have a positive impact to the manufacturing companies out there since Apple has not done it before so it is expected that there will be a lot of order from the company. Currently Apple is using flexible OLED screens for Apple Watch which the display is supplied by LG Display and Samsung Display.

LG Display, one of Apple major display supplier has released its own flagship smartphone with flexible display in G Flex 2.  LG plans to move its LCD lines in Gumi factory to OLED line so that the company is ready to do mass production in case there is a huge demand for it. It is expected that the mass production will start in 2017.

Samsung on the other hand, has started to use curved screen display in their flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge which was released earlier this year.  We cannot wait to try the final product!

Apple Curved iPhone Rumored Released by 2018

24 Haziran 2015 Çarşamba

Video showing up the innovative Frame Interactive Technology of the ZTE Nubia Z9

Last month, the Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE announced its most innovative handset the ZTE Nubia Z9 and the handset is already available for buying at home-town. The ZTE Nubia Z9 comes with a bezeless frame than offers and very innovative and interactive way to interact with the smartphone. The company calls this as the Frame Interactive Technology that allows users to command the device by just interacting with the left and right edges.

The company has recently released a new video (below) to demonstrate this feature so that everyone can get a clear idea as to how this feature works. Using the Frame Interactive Technology, one can unlock the screen, switch between apps, zoom in and out of maps and photos. With this, ZTE has surely set a new way we interact with the handset and make things simpler to our end.

The handset that is currently available in China is expected to go global with the sales in US likely to be starting from the next month of July where we can expect is to be priced at around $600. For the time being enjoy the video below.

Video showing up the innovative Frame Interactive Technology of the ZTE Nubia Z9

Case leaks of the alleged iPad mini 4 confirms the absence of mute switch

Well, last year when the Cupertino based tech giant – Apple announced its iPad mini 3, there were not much changes brought to the slate compared to it’s the then predecessor. From the design to its hardware, most of the things were just the same with an addition of the finger-print Touch ID fingerprint sensor. This has helped in using the slate for making payments through Apple Pay.

Now these days there are much rumors in the market floating about the next mini version of iPad most probably to be named as the iPad mini 4. The slate has been previously leaked in its few images and video in the past months and also in some of the alleged casing of the device. Now, we have a soft silicon case coming our way alleged to be the iPad mini 4, that indicates that the launch of the slate could be expected sometime soon.

The iPad mini 4 is tipped to be coming with a thinner design, a mic in the place of mute switch, a single row speaker grill openings, the latest A9 chipset with 2GB of RAM memory, with the latest launch of iOS 9, the slate is also expected to host newly introduced split-screen multi-tasking features and much more.

For the moment, check the leaked images and the video below.

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source: OnLeaks (Twitter)

Case leaks of the alleged iPad mini 4 confirms the absence of mute switch

23 Haziran 2015 Salı

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Latest Leaks with No Edge Variant

Samsung has released a few devices this year, including Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. It is reported that the Korean technology company is going to release another device, Galaxy Note 5 before the end of the year. Unfortunately, despite the rumor of an edge display version, Galaxy Note 5 is leaked to be released without the “Edge” version unlike Samsung Galaxy S6. If the rumors turned out to be true, we will not see two versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 but we will only see 1 version of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with the normal squarish display shape.

What is the “Edge” part of the display screen supposed to do? The “Edge” part of the screen is supposed to show additional information such as favorite apps or running apps or notifications and we could see it from the side of the smartphone. Therefore, if the smartphone vibrate or ring and it is located at the edge of the table, far enough for us to see the screen on top but near enough for us to see the edge, and then we can see the notification without having to lift the devices from the table.

According to various sources, Galaxy Note 5 will feature 5.89-inch QHD display screen with 2560 x 1440 resolutions. It will be 7.9mm thick and will be running on Samsung’s latest processor, Exynos 7422 SoC. On top of that it will come with S-Pen like the previous versions of Samsung devices. There will be dual SIM variants for certain regions. Currently, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is tested on Android 5.1.1 with TouchWiz, however, there is no information of the Android OS version which is going to be pre-installed on the device when it is released to public.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is rumored to be released in September.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Latest Leaks with No Edge Variant

Huawei Honor 7 could carry a big price tag

Huawei has penetrated the smartphone market in a strong way with its high-end Honor series of handsets which has got some very spectacular hardware along with premium design packaging. The latest flagship Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a powerpacked device with octa-core chipset Kirin 925 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 1080p display, 5.5inch screen, a duo camera setup and a 3600mAh of battery life. All this comes for a pricing below $400.

Now much talks for the upcoming flagship Honor 7 are going on these days as the device is likely to be unveiled by the month end. The previously leaked rumors show the device to be coming with a powerful Kirin 935 SoC, a 3/4 GB of RAM memory and a 16/64 GB of native storage. To its back it will host a 13MP single camera with OIS assisted sensor. The device is likely to come with a 5” screen and have a 1080 x 1920 resolution and a larger battery capacity of 3,280 mAh.

However, the recent report shows that the Huawei Honor is expected to be more costlier than expected. The recent report from MyDrivers says that the device would be costing as high as $599 which means a significant increase of $200 over the current flagship costing $400. Well, things will be clear soon as we expect the Honor 7 to soon go official.

source: MyDrivers (translated)

Huawei Honor 7 could carry a big price tag

OnePlus 2 Smartphone Confirmed to Come with USB Type-C Port

Google made an announcement in its annual developer conference that USB Type-C would be the standard for Android devices in the future. Why USB Type-C? It is because the port is smaller, able to support reversible charging as well as it is more convenient than the current MicroUSB ports which we have in our device nowadays. On top of that, the data transfer will also be faster, up to 10Gbps, with USB Type-C port.

OnePlus announced recently that its flagship product OnePlus 2 is going to feature USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. If the rumor deemed to be true, that means that OnePlus 2 will be the first smartphone which will come with the new USB port. Apart from the new USB Type-C port, the device is rumored to run on Snapdragon 810 version 2.1 processor,  13 MP rear camera and will be priced higher than the rumored $322 price tag previously.

Apart from OnePlus 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is rumored to come with USB Type-C port as well, on top of the rumor that the device will come pre-installed with Google’s latest OS, Android M. Apple’s latest MacBook Air which was launched recently, also comes with USB-C port. It seems like Apple and Google are using the same USB standard now, which is a good thing.

OnePlus 2 Smartphone Confirmed to Come with USB Type-C Port

Apple Reported Working on TDDI In-House for the Next iPhone Smartphone

Apple is reported to be developing Touch and Display Driver Integration (TDDI) in house for the next iPhone smartphone. The TDDI single chip solution is expected to come with integrated fingerprint sensor as well. Therefore for the next iPhone, there will be no more physical Home button, instead, the screen itself will have dual functionality, one is to unlock the device while another one is as navigational purposes.

In the recent years, Apple had already done some development internally. With the expansion of the in-house development by Apple, it is likely to make a huge impact on the external semi conductor companies worldwide. One thing for sure is that the order from the giant technology company will decrease than the previous years. However, if there is a huge demand from the consumer, it is most likely that Apple will need to outsource the manufacturing part to other companies to help them to fulfill the demands. Global semiconductor companies are also going through some changes. Since the beginning of this year, there are several big companies which merged or acquitted by other company. This includes Avago’s acquisition of Broadcom which is also one of the major Apple suppliers.

The next iPhone smartphone is rumored to be thinner and bigger display with the removal of Home button. However, nothing can be confirmed until now.

Apple Reported Working on TDDI In-House for the Next iPhone Smartphone

MediaTek Deca-Core Processor Featured in the Upcoming Elephone P9000

There are a lot of rumors about MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797 going around recently. The most amazing thing is that the chipset will be coming with a 10-core processor which is the first in the industry. Based on this, people are putting a high expectation on the smartphone which will be running on this chipset. Recently, there is confirmation that the 10-core processor chipset will make its initial debut in Elephone P9000.

MediaTek Helio X20 10-core processor is designed in a tri-cluster CPU architecture, 2 core A72 clocked at 2.3GHz, 4 cores A53 clocked at 2GHz as well as 4 cores A53 clocked at 1.4GHz. The structure is aimed to maximize the performance while using the minimum power so the smartphone which equipped with this chipset is expected to be fast as well as power efficient. On top of that, the chipset is expected to support up to 32MP camera with a built-in 3D depth engine, LTE Cat-6 as well as 4K video playback and recording support.

Elephone P9000, on the other hand, will be running on Android 5.1 OS, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage which can be expanded to 128GB using external microSD, 20.7MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The smartphone will have a 5.5-inches Full HD display, dual SIM as well as 3100 mAh battery size. Unfortunately, there is no confirmation whether the smartphone will be using Mali T860 or T880 as the GPU.

Elephone P9000 is expected to be launched in fourth quarter of 2015 with price tagged at $500.

MediaTek Deca-Core Processor Featured in the Upcoming Elephone P9000

22 Haziran 2015 Pazartesi

Freetel Katana 01 and Katana 02 are the first Windows 10 Mobile phones from Japan

Japan based smartphone manufacturer- Freetel, has announced the country’s first Windows 10 Mobile handsets called as the Katana 01 and the Katana 02. Both the handsets come with the mid-range hardware configuration and fall in the affordable pricing segment. Let’s us take a look at the specs for the device.

The Freetel Katana 01 has got a 4.5inch display with 480 x 854 resolution powered with a quad-core chipset and has a LTE connectivity on-board along with front and rear facing cameras and battery capacity of 1700mAh.

The Katana 02 is a larger model than the Katana 01 which comes with a 5inch display and 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and a quad-core chipset to its core.  Similarly, this model too has a LTE connectivity, with front and rear cameras and a bigger 2600mAh of battery life.

As soon as Microsoft releases the Windows 10 Mobile, expected to come this September, the company will soon release the two handsets. The Katana 01 is priced at just $160 while the Katana 02 is priced for $240.


source: Freetel

Freetel Katana 01 and Katana 02 are the first Windows 10 Mobile phones from Japan

Apple patents for a new metal like looking material that allows wireless reception

Well, many of the users of the Apple iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have some of the issues with the antenna lines of the handset as they were getting discolored by sliding the handset in and out of the jeans pocket. The company now seems to get rid of the antenna lines issue that are necessary to get the radio signal through the anodized metal used on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Taking a step forward in this direction, the Cupertino giant has recently filed an patent with the USPTO for a new metal like material which has the same look and fell as to the one used in the latest iPhone. However, this new material will allow the radio signals to reach the components inside the handset and with the same transparency allow them to let them through.

The patent shows up different ways that Apple could imitate this anodized metal. One of the ways is depositing a non-capacitive layer on the top of a metal oxide layer. Another way is to imitate the metal oxide layer and then cover it non-capacitive layer. Below is what the Apple’s patent application reads.

“Composite structures that have an appearance of an anodized bulk metal but that is non-capacitive and/or radio frequency (RF) transparent are disclosed. The composite structure can be part of an enclosure of an electronic device. The composite structure can give the enclosure a metallic look without interfering with the functioning of some electronic components of the electronic device, such as RF antennas, touch pads and touch screens. Some embodiments involve forming a metal oxide layer and depositing a non-capacitive layer on the metal oxide layer. Some embodiments involve forming an imitation metal oxide layer and depositing a non-capacitive layer on the imitation metal oxide layer.”

However, there is no guarantee of Apple using this filed patent method in their next iteration handset but it certainly gives users the ray of hope to overcome the antenna lines issue.

source: USPTO

via BusinessInsider

Apple patents for a new metal like looking material that allows wireless reception

5G Network Reported to Provide Speeds Up To 20Gbps Will be Ready by 2018 Olympics

Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has sent out 12 members to an ITU(International Telecommunication Union) meeting in San Diego a few days ago. The agenda is to contribute to the process of defining 5G network and how it should work in the future. 5G network will go by the name of IMT-2020 which has the same naming convention as 3G network (IMT-2000) and 4G (IMT-Advanced). The official name however, will be approved at ITU’s Radio Assembly in Geneva in October.

The union is reported to agree that 5G network should be able to transmit data up to 20gbps with average of more than 100mbps to more than one millions of network devices within 1 square kilometer. This requirement is aligned with the Internet of Things concept. With this kind of speed, there should not be any issue with video content services including the ones which use holographic technology.

The union also decided that 5G network should be ready for commercial purposes by 2020 worldwide.  5G network is planned to be showcased in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games as it is an international event. It is reported that KT telecom is chosen to showcase this technology among other local telecom companies which is also developing 5G network.

For the international spectrum distribution, the union plans to start it in 2019. The Korean ministry said that it will do its best to take the leading role in the spectrum distribution in the upcoming global telecommunication meetings which will be held in July and November.

5G Network Reported to Provide Speeds Up To 20Gbps Will be Ready by 2018 Olympics

21 Haziran 2015 Pazar

BBC Coming Up with Mind-Controlled TV

BBC is coming up with a TV which can be operated based on our mind. This is good news for all the couch potatoes out there! As with this mind controlled TV, they do not need to lift a finger to open an app in the TV or select a program to watch.

The mind controlled TV is now being developed by BBC’s Digital division. According to the Head of business development for the division, Cyrus Saihan, the television is aimed to give preview for program makers, technologists and others of the possibilities that can be made based on this technology. One of these possibilities is for the people with disabilities as well as an opportunity to develop a better user interface. It also can be useful in a scenario whereby the drivers do not need to lift their fingers from the steering wheel when they want to change the radio station in their cars.

The prototype is using a low-cost electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave ready headset which is similar to the technology which is used for Melomind and Muse brain-training apps. The way that it works is that the headset monitors on the electrical activity of the brain which in the end is transmitting signal to the apps to use concentration or meditation as a command to do something. The app then will display something like volume bar on the screen which in the end will carry out certain actions according to the level of the concentration.

The users are presented with five popular BBC shows. When the users want to watch one of them, they will need to concentrate for 10 seconds and the program will start playing.

Well, this sounds good and hopefully, we can get the final version soon!

BBC Coming Up with Mind-Controlled TV

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 render shows it to be having a new touchscreen

Chinese handset manufacturer launched its own fitness tracker Mi Band last year in July and is experiencing a huge response from the user community with nearly 6 million sales. The fitness tracker has gained much popularity because of its very affordable pricing of just $12 USD. Now a new render for the second iteration of the fitness tracker was seen at the Weibo website which shows it to be having a touchscreen on it.

It the newly released render turns out to be true, it means that the fitness tracker will get its own touchscreen. This means that users will not have to rely on their handset screen everytime to read the data and it would be readily available on the user’s wrist. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is also expected to be having a built-in NFC chip for connectivity and we can also expect the pricing of the Mi Band 2 to go bit higher.


Its been  year almost after the first Mi Band got launched and it would be no unwise to expect the company coming up with its next Mi Band 2 in next month. We would still wait for an official word from the company for the confirmation on this.

source: leakGK

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 render shows it to be having a new touchscreen

Samsung announces its new Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 - the first front-facing LED flash handsets

Samsung has recently announced its two new handsets the Samsung Galaxy J5 and the Galaxy J7 recently in China as the first handset to have front facing LED flash.

Both the handsets are the first to have the front facing LED flash and come with some mid-range specs. The Samsung Galaxy J7 sports a 5.5inch display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. To its heart lies a octa-core chipset the Snapdragon 615 supported with 1.5GB of RAM memory. The device also has an 16GB of expandable storage space. To its back lies a 13MP primary camera having f/1.9 aperture while its front has a 5MP secondary camera with LED flash. The handset has got an battery capacity of 3000mAh.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy J5 has a 5inch display with 720p resolution. To its heart lies a less powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset. The RAM memory, internal storage and camera configuration is similar to the Galaxy J7. The battery capacity of the Galaxy J5 is 2600mAh.

Both these handsets run the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop and will be available in China in three different color variations of white, black and gold. The J7 will cost 1,798 CNY (around $289), while the J5 will be sold for 1,398 CNY (around $225).

It would be interesting to see if Samsung releases both these handsets in other locations across the globe. Check out the images for the two devices below.

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source: Samsung China (Galaxy J7Galaxy J5)

Samsung announces its new Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 - the first front-facing LED flash handsets