Nubia Z17 mini With Dual Rear Camera Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

 

Just a few days after launching the Nubia Z17 premium smartphone in China, ZTE brand Nubia has now announced the Z17 mini for the Indian market. The mid-ranged smartphone from Nubia is priced at Rs. 19,999 and will be exclusively available on Amazon India starting 12pm IST on June 12 in Black Gold colour with pre-registrations beginning today at www.nubiaz17mini.com.

To recall, the Nubia Z17 mini was launched in China back in April, in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. The company has only brought the former to India. In terms of design, the Nubia Z17 mini looks identical to the Z17, only with a smaller 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with 424ppi and Gorilla Glass on top. Similar to Z17, the Nubia Z17 mini features a slim form factor with almost no bezels on the the left and right sides of the display. The smartphone features a metal unibody design with a dual rear camera setup on the back along with a fingerprint sensor.

Since the Nubia Z17 mini is a slightly stripped down version of the premium variant, you’ll find that it is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Nubia Z17 mini With Dual Rear Camera Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MoreThe dual camera setup on the back feature a pair of 13-megapixel Sony sensors (Monochrome + RGB) with f/2.2 aperture, NeoVision 6.0 and protected by Sapphire Glass. The front sees a 16-megapixel camera with 80-degree wide angle, 5P lens, and f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone runs on Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android Marshmallow. Nubia says that the camera offers 16 different modes other than pro and normal modes. The dual rear camera combines multi-view and dynamic features to create an interactive 3D motion picture.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, and USB Type-C port. The company says that the smartphone supports 2.4G/5G dual-band WiFi, with upload speeds reaching 430Mbps. The Nubia Z17 mini is fitted with a 2950mAh non-removable battery and measures at 7.45mm in thickness. It is offered with 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB). It sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. It measures 146.65×72.5×7.45mm and weighs 155 grams

“Nubia is committed to setting new performance standards with every product and inspire creative expression of India’s next generation. We are committed to drive and deliver changes in mobile photography across the globe and in India, with Nubia Z17 mini we are raising the bar high for a mobile phone camera and are confident that users across India will accept and appreciate the device,” said Eric Hu, Country Head, Nubia India.

 

Samsung ISOCELL Image Sensor Brand Launched, Dual Camera Setup Demoed at MWC Shanghai

 

HIGHLIGHTS
The image sensor brand is named after Samsung’s ISOCELL technology
The ISOCELL technology was first introduced in 2013
We may see the ISOCELL dual camera first on the Galaxy Note 8
Samsung is at MWC Shanghai, and has used the platform to introduce its new image sensor brand ISOCELL. The image sensor brand is named after Samsung’s own ISOCELL technology, and is aimed at providing high camera output in thin smartphone designs. The company even demoed its dual camera setup technology that uses its ISOCELL technology as well – presaging the launch of its first dual camera smartphone, thought to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

The introduction of the image sensor brand indicates Samsung’s foray into yet another product category. The company currently makes its own Exynos processors, memory chips, UFS storage, and even SD cards, and an image sensor has now joined the bandwagon. The ISOCELL technology was first introduced in 2013, and it separates each pixel with a physical barrier that reduces colour crosstalk among pixels. This allows high colour fidelity, enabling high image quality even with smaller pixels.Samsung ISOCELL Image Sensor Brand Launched, Dual Camera Setup Demoed at MWC Shanghai

Samsung notes that the ISOCELL technology can be implemented in any of four different variations: Bright, Slim, Fast, and Dual. Bright sensors claim to deliver bright and sharp images with high colour fidelity and reduced noise in low-light environments. ISOCELL fast sensors are pegged to provide fast autofocus onto still or moving objects even when dark. Slim sensors adopt the smallest pixel sizes available in the market at 0.9-1.0um, yet produce high quality images for even slim devices, and lastly, dual sensors can be mixed and matched to meet consumer demand.
“Samsung ISOCELL is a brand that represents the essence of our leading pixel technologies. We expect the ISOCELL brand to help consumers easily acknowledge and confide in camera performance as well as overall quality of the device. With our advanced image sensor technologies, Samsung will continue to bring innovation to cameras used in smartphones and other applications,” said Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Furthermore, the little demo of Samsung’s dual camera setup using ISOCELL (as reported by Pocket-lint) also hints at Samsung’s plans of introducing it in a future flagship device. Perhaps the Galaxy Note 8? The smartphone has also been tipped to sport a dual camera setup in many leaks, a first in any Samsung smartphone lineup – if true.

 

LG G6 mini aka LG Q6 Said to Forgo Dual Rear Camera Setup

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • LG likely to launch G6 mini variant as LG Q6
  • The launch may happen later this year
  • LG Q6 said to sport an aspect ratio of 18.5:9

A new report claims that LG has plans to launch a “mini” variant of its flagship G6 smartphone as the LG G6 mini. Citing an internal document, TechnoBuffalo reports that the new device will retain LG G6’s biggest highlight – an 18:9 (or 2:1) display aspect ratio. Further, the document suggests that the LG G6 mini, which might not be the name of the device when it launches, will feature a 5.4-inch screen which is smaller than the 5.7-inch seen on the LG G6 (Review).LG G6 mini aka LG Q6 Said to Forgo Dual Rear Camera Setup

Prolific tipster Evan Blass, however, has claimed that the device will be unveiled as LG Q6. Blass has also added that the device was recently spotted on FCC with model number M700 and sports an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 – like the Samsung Galaxy S8+. He also claimed that LG Q6 will sport a single 13-megapixel rear camera and 3GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, there are not many details available on the Internet around the LG Q6 aka LG G6 mini at the moment.

The document obtained is dated back to early last year which makes Technobuffalo believe that the device in question may have been scrapped. Though, however, the tip from Blass seemingly confirms the existence of the LG Q6. A device with smaller form factor and features like LG G6 could bring the company sales volumes, as the smartphone would be available at much lower rate.

LG has been rumoured to be working on a OLED panel for its next V30 premium smartphone. The move to OLED panels is said to be a way to match Samsung in the smartphone market. A recent report even claimed that the LG V30 will reportedly be unveiled right ahead of IFA 2017 trade show, which will kick off in Berlin on September 1.

 

Weekly poll: What makes a great camera?

We already found out what you guys think is the best use of dual camera, but now we’ll gauge your opinion on a more fundamental photography issue. This time around we’d like to know what matters to you guys the most when evaluating the quality of a camera.

Tuning the output of any smartphone’s camera is all about finding the right balance. What makes this so hard is that everyone’s priorities are different, so there’s no universal solution.

For example some people love their colors more saturated so the images appear punchier, but boosting saturation inevitably leads to an increase in the noise levels. A more neutral color reproduction works better in terms of noise, but it may produce flat unappealing images on many occasions.

And then there’s the matter of applying sharpening in post processing – it may make an image appear sharper by highlighting detail, but it also makes noise more prominent.

You can always use noise reduction to tackle that, but it will inevitably take away some of the fine detail, so you really can’t have it all.

Finally there’s the matter of dynamic range – phones with their small sensors are typically very limited here, so the general rule is the more the better. Or just use HDR and combine multiple shots in a single picture to get the best of both worlds. Go overboard with that, however and you end up with a low-contrast unrealistic image that might irritate some.

Let’s see then – cast your votes below! You can pick more than one answers this time as most people have more than one criteria when it comes to image quality.

Motorola unveils new 360-degree camera Moto Mod

Motorola has announced a new Moto Mod that allows users to easily add a 360 degree camera to their Moto Z, Z Play or Z2 Play through the company’s modular case system, as revealed by Evan Blass on Twitter.

The new case was showcased at a press event in Ghana, according to a report fromTechDroider, although it doesn’t seem that any further details of things like specifications, price, or release date have been announced yet. That said, we do know that the camera attachment just out off the top of the plastic back plate that attaches to Moto Z series devices like other Moto Mods, and features lenses on both sides to capture 360 degree images of the surroundings.

Motorola’s new camera also brings to mind Essential’s upcoming 360-degree camera, which attaches to the Essential Phone through a modular system that will likely be one of the biggest competitors to Motorola’s Mod system upon the phone’s release in the next few weeks.

For now, it’s unclear whether or not Motorola even plans to release the 360 Mod outside of Ghana, but it’s hard to imagine it will stay exclusive to just one country for long — especially since the Moto Z2 Play just hit Verizon stores in the US.

 

LG V30 Render Leak Tips Dual Camera Setup, Rear Fingerprint Scanner

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • LG V30 is expected to launch ahead of IFA
  • The smartphone is tipped to sport a glass back
  • It will come with a 3.5mm audio jack at the top edge

After the LG G6, the company is now gearing up to launch its next flagship smartphone this fall. The LG V30 has been leaked on multiple occasions previously, but today’s leak brings video and image renders of the smartphone, giving us a full blown look at it from all angles.

Tipster OnLeaks in collaboration with MySmartPrice has leaked the renders of the LG V30 smartphone, and the device sports a sleek metal frame, with a glass back. At the front, the smartphone is seen sporting very thin bezels with no Home Button or navigation buttons for that matter. There is no secondary display seen on the LG V30 renders, but LG could embed it before launch.

 LG V30 Render Leak Tips Dual Camera Setup, Rear Fingerprint Scanner

At the bottom edge, we can the speaker grille, and the USB Type-C port as well. The 3.5mm audio jack is situated at the top edge, while the volume keys sit on the left, and the power button sits on the right edge of the smartphone. The back seems to be made of glass, and the tipster also suggests the introduction of wireless charging.

The renders indicate a dual camera setup sitting horizontally in the centre, with the flash beside it. Right below it is the fingerprint scanner, and the LG V30 logo is printed at the bottom of the device. The dimensions of the phone are tipped to be roughly at 151.4×75.2×7.4 mm, and the display may be at 6-inches.

Previous leaks indicate that LG V30 may adopt an OLED display, and early mockups indicate that it may even have a slide-out secondary display. The LG V30 may reportedly be unveiled right ahead of IFA 2017 event, which will kick off in Berlin on September 1. Furthermore, the LG V30 is expected to be priced by the company around latter end of KRW 800,000 (roughly Rs. 45,200).

The smartphone has been rumoured to house a 3200mAh battery as well. It has been tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating. In audio department, LG V30 has been rumoured to come with ESS’ new Quad DAC, which should allow it to deliver impressive performance. Finally, LG V30 is expected to be offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

 

New rumor says Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature dual camera setup

 

According to a new rumor, the Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature a dual rear-camera setup. The rumor comes in the form of tweet from a Chinese tipster who goes by the Twitter handle @mmddj_china.

 New rumor says Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature dual camera setup

In his tweet, the tipster refers to the C7 (2017) as the fourth dual camera device that the South Korean tech giant is working on – the other three probably are the Galaxy C10, Galaxy J7 (2017), and the Galaxy Note8.

The tweet also says the device will launch soon. This may well be true given that the handset has already been certified by the Bluetooth SIG as well as the WiFi Alliance (WFA).

LG Q6’s promotional video highlights the FullVision display, camera capabilities

 

LG Q6 gets a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display with the same 18:9 aspect ration that we saw in LG G6.

LG Q6, a smaller version of company’s flagship G6 smartphone, was recently launched by the company. Now LG has put out an official promotional video highlighting FullVision display in Q6, its camera features, and the ability to use the device with one hand. LG Q6 is a part of company’s Q series, and the other two smartphones in the series are Q6+ and Q6α. The company has used the same FullVision display with  an aspect ratio of 18:9 in the Q6, like we saw in LG G6.

LG Q6 gets a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display with the same 18:9 aspect ration that we saw in LG G6. It comes with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 442ppi. The smartphone is being touted as a sleek phone that “comfortably fits in one hand.” The rear camera is 13MP, while the front shooter is 5MP with 100 degree wide-angle. The video highlights camera features such as Square Camera that divides the UI in two 1:1 squares, and Burst Mode that can be used to take multiple shots in sequence.LG Q6, LG Q6 features, LG Q6 specifications, LG Q6 price, LG Q6 launch

LG Q6 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 mobile platform. LG Q6+ packs 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, while the Q6 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. LG Q6α is the most affordable of the three smartphone, and it comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. The Q6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

LG Q6’s promotional video also showcases durability of the smartphone. The company, in a press statement, said that metal frame surrounding the Q6 is constructed of ultra-strong 7000 series aluminum. According to LG, the smartphone has been subjected to over 20 battery tests which include heat, penetration and shock conditions.

LG Q6 measures 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm and weighs 149 grams. Connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type-B 2.0. LG Q6+ is available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum , and Marine Blue colour options. The Q6 comes in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, and Terra Gold colour variants. LG Q6α can be bought in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Terra Gold colour options. Other features of the Q6 include face recognition, and Google Assistant.

 

iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

 

Apple is said to be busy solving several reported yield issues it is facing with iPhone 8, including new hardware components, Touch ID improvements, OLED panel yield, and much more. Amidst all the drama, fresh reports bring news that isn’t so bad to the ears. One report claims that Apple is set to include a front camera with facial recognition, despite recent reports of technical issues in 3D camera production. The other report claims that TSMC has already begun mass producing the Apple A11 SoC on the 10nm process, the SoC set to be integrated in the new iPhone models this year.

The Investor cites a Korea Economic Daily report to claim that the iPhone 8 will have a 3D camera module in the front capable of facial recognition. These modules will be made by LG Innotek, the same company that was responsible for the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera module. “[LG Innotek’s] new facility investment worth KRW 269.7 billion ($238.50 million) that was announced on April 27 will be dedicated to Apple’s orders. The initial deal size is estimated at about 200 billion won,” the report states. KGI was the first to suggest this feature on the iPhone 8.iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

Separately, a new report from DigiTimes suggests that TSMC has started mass producing the new Apple A11 SoC. The company is set to be the sole supplier of these SoCs, without Samsung in the equation, which is expected to be included in all three new iPhone models tipped to arrive this fall.
The report confirms that TSMC faced initial yield issues, but it seems to have solved that now. “TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 8 series, the sources said. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved,” sources told DigiTimes.

The iPhone 8 is also expected to sport 3GB of RAM, vertical dual rear camera setup, bundled AirPods, wireless charging, waterproofing, and much more.

 

HTC U11: Perfect if you want smartphone with brilliant camera, audio output

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC’s latest, the ‘squeezable’ HTC U11, appears to have all qualities of the flagship breed – several technological innovations with powerful innards in a compact body. In the premium segment, the HTC U11 not only offers top-of-the line specifications but also innovative features like the HTC Edge Sense, USonic and BoomSound.


The HTC U11 seems to be another instance of HTC’s legacy of devices with technological innovations packed with powerful innards in a compact device. But can it compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, LG G6, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium? Let’s find out:

Design

HTC seems to have taken a rather traditional approach to the design form of the HTC U11. Having experienced other recent flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the design language of HTC U11 might seem boring.

It is the first time since the M7 series that HTC is moving from metal to 3D glass for the front and back of the body. The Gorilla Glass 5 covers the device, with a metal frame sandwiched.

At a time when competitors are working hard to remove the bezels completely, the HTC U11 disappoints with bezels that are noticeable on sides and huge on top and bottom. The phone could have easily had a bigger 5.7-inch screen size in the same form factor. In fact, even the home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor is small and placed at the lower bottom, making the device prone to accidental fall.

On the rear, the smartphone has a new ‘liquid surface’ – basically a replication of the water property of reflecting multiple shades of colours. But glossy back is a fingerprint magnet. Thankfully, the HTC U11 comes with a cleaning cloth in its box!

Another major thing to notice in the HTC U11 is the absence of a 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone otherwise scores highly with its brilliant audio quality, both through speakers and headphone. However, we will dwell on this aspect in the later part of the review.
HTC U11, HTC

Display

The HTC U11 sports a 5.5-inch Super LCD 5 screen of quad-HD (1440 x 2560) resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio. While the screen is good and delivers consistent performance, – on a par with the best screens available in other premium smartphones – the absence of futuristic technologies such as HDR-ready display and 18:9 aspect ratio are hard to miss.

Considering that most of the content is available to run on a 16:9 aspect ratio and a transition to 18:9 ratio may or may not eventually happen in future, HTC seems to have taken a safe bet with the use of a traditional aspect ratio.

For a device with such a large stature, a 5.7-inch screen could have been the best fit, but the company might have played safe here as well and chosen to design the device with the best of both worlds.

Hardware and software

The HTC U11 is a real powerhouse when it comes to technical innards. The smartphone is among the first to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, coupled with Adreno 540 graphic processing unit (GPU) and Snapdragon X16 LTE modem that offers LTE speed up to 1 Gbps. The device has a massive 128 GB internal storage that supports universal flash storage (UFS) version 2.1, expandable up to 2 TB using microSD, and a whopping 6GB RAM.

The smartphone works perfectly, with no signs of lag or need to reboot, even after extensive use. The device does, however, get a little warm after prolonged use but does not heat up exponentially.

The most interesting part about the HTC U11 is that, in a first for any smartphone, it can be operated using squeeze-based interactions. The smartphone makes use of an array of pressure-sensitive sensors on both of its sides. These sensors recognise a ‘squeeze’ action to deliver app-specific features. For example, a single squeeze could open the camera and another squeeze could click a picture. The squeeze feature could be customised to effect a single-click or double-click command, based on your preference, to deliver the desired result.

The strong hardware is complemented by a brilliantly optimised software. The device runs Android Nougat v7.1.1, covered under HTC Sense User Interface, which maintains a balance to offer consistent performance. There also are a few hidden perks like multi-window, the HTC Boost plus app and Power Optimiser app that work in sync with the hardware to improve the overall utility of the smartphone, without consuming too much of its battery juice.

The Sense UI in the HTC U11 is equipped with three digital assistants – Google assistant, Amazon Alexa and HTC Sense companion. The assistants open numerous venues for you to begin exercising assistant services.The HTC U11 smartphone

Camera

Camera is one department where HTC has come back with a bang. This department, usually controlled by Samsung and Apple, has seen immense activity of late. Things are going to hot up further, with the HTC U11 bringing the best camera with an accreditation from DxO, a software company with expertise in image processing software and photography benchmarking tools. The smartphone’s camera scores 90 in DxOMark4.

The HTC U11 sports a 12-megapixel (MP), bright f/1.7 aperture rear camera, assisted with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation and dual-LED flash. On the front, there is a capable 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture for perfect selfies.

The rear camera is a real performer, much ahead of competition, and does well while recording 4K videos, too. The only weakness is the slow-motion recording, where the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is an undisputed king.

Taking a different approach to video recording, HTC has also improved the overall sound recording capabilities during video recording. Promoted as Acoustic Recording, the camera makes use of 4-omnidirectional microphones to record the sound of far-off subjects. For example, if you need to record a musical gig without the noise around, you could zoom in on the subject and all the microphones would come into play. The microphones would eliminate the noise around and focus on the sound coming directly from the subject. This feature improves the video-recording capabilities of the smartphone and is sure to win accolades for HTC.

BoomSound speakers and USonic headphones

HTC introduced BoomSound speakers in its ‘M-series’ smartphones and the technology soon became a favourite among audiophiles. The BoomSound speakers not only deliver excellent audio output, but also offer by far the most clean, crisp and perfect audio experience on a smartphone.

In terms of quality, the BoomSound speakers on the HTC U11 are louder than the previous generation. In this speaker set-up, the front earpiece works as a tweeter and the bass is handled by a dedicated speaker mounted at the bottom.

The device sports a music and theatre mode, which adjusts the frequencies to deliver immersive sound experience as soon as you play a video or music on the device. The mode can be changed from the notification area.

In terms of audio routed through wired handset, the quality is equally good – courtesy the HTC USonic headphones that come bundled with the handset. The USonic headphones take the game to another level by adjusting the experience based on your listening habits. At first use, the headphone analyses the ear and modifies the sound output based on the information received by the headphones. The smartphone then optimises the sound output to deliver output specially aligned to your ears.

The headphone makes use of a USB type-C port to take its power and digital audio signals. The absence of a 3.5mm audio jack seems to be the only negative. However, since HTC has bundled USonic headphones with the device, that should not be much of a problem.

Battery

Powering the HTC U11 is a rather modest 3,000 mAh battery. The smartphone features ‘Boost app’ to monitor and adjust the processor to suit your usage. The ‘optimise’ feature of the boost app reduces the power consumption to an extent.

The battery does not return good numbers, and that is one of the major let-downs of the smartphone. The device works for barely half a day before asking for a refill. On limited use, the smartphone might run for just about a day. The supplied rapid charger refills the device quickly, but the usage increases many times over if you are recharging with your screen on, and the refill time increases to more than two hours.

Verdict
The current line-up of premium devices from different manufacturers shows that the smartphone game is going to get much more interesting. The HTC U11 can be a perfect choice if you are looking for a premium smartphone with brilliant camera, incredible audio output, consistent performance, top-of-the-line innards, ample storage and RAM. Also, at Rs 51,990, the smartphone is the most affordable in its league and seems to have been competitively priced.