Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone’s Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New products at CES 2017 dominated the news this week
  • Nokia 6 launch on Sunday stole CES’ thunder a little bit
  • Vodafone now has a Rs. 499 unlimited calling postpaid plan

Predictably, CES 2017 dominated tech news this week with a range of exciting launches and demos, but just as we were putting the finishing touches to this piece, another launch grabbed the headlines. HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand, announced the launch of Nokia 6, a phone that runs Android 7.0 out of the box.

The Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. See full specifications of the Nokia 6, which will unfortunately be a China-exclusive smartphone. HMD Global confirmed more Nokia Android phones are coming soon.

Before we get to all the CES launches from this week, let’s take a look at some important stories from closer home. Vodafone is taking the battle to Reliance Jio and Airtel with the launch of a new postpaid plan that offers unlimited calling, and 3GB of 4G data each month. The revamped Vodafone Red postpaid plans come soon after Airtel started offering 3GB of free mobile data per month to prepaid and postpaid customers switching to its 4G network.

Friday saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) in India – the same phone was launched in Russia in March last year, after quietly making its way to Dubai in January. In both those markets, it was sold as the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016). This is an entry level phone from Samsung, priced at Rs. 6,890.

From CES, one of the highlights was the launch of the Asus ZenFone AR, the first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. It also come with support for Google’s Tango augmented reality programme and DayDream virtual reality software. Asus ZenFone AR, like the other Tango device – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – is designed around machine vision with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.

In addition to the ZenFone AR, Also also unveiled the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom camera smartphone with 5000mAh battery at the event. The phone has dual rear cameras and offers 2.3x optical zoom.

Samsung used CES to showcase the new A (2017) smartphones launched earlier this week. The Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) sport “enhanced” cameras compared to their predecessors, optimised for low-light conditions.

Later, pricing of the two of the new Samsung phones came to light as well.Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone's Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

LG also unveiled its K-series phones on the CES floor – the range covers the LG K3 (2017), LG K4 (2017), LG K8 (2017), and the LG K10 (2017).

LG also showed the LG Stylus 3. The South Korean company says that the new 2017 variants of the LG K3, K4, K8, K10 smartphones, and the Stylus 3 will strengthen its portfolio in the mid-range segment.

At its CES 2017 event, Xiaomi unveiled the latest Mi TV 4 and Mi Router HD, apart from announcing a brand new White colour variant of the Mi MIX smartphone. All the Xiaomi CES 2017 devices will be available later this year in China. Slimmer than an iPhone 7, the Mi TV 4 is the company’s thinnest TV to date.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX was unveiled as a limited edition concept smartphone, made in collaboration with French designer Philippe Stark, in October last year, and it will go on sale later this year.

Chipmaker Qualcomm finally took the wraps off its Snapdragon 835 SoC. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 packs an Adreno 540 GPU, and is 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 820. The first 10nm chip by Qualcomm comes with longer battery life and will enable thinner designs.

Nvidia launched a new version of its Shield Android TV, called just Shield, at CES 2017. It comes with Google Assistant integration and supports 4K HDR. The new Nvidia Shield will cost $199 (roughly Rs. 13,200) but the company has not announced the availability of the device yet. It will be the first Android TV with Google’s Assistant, but others will follow, and it will come to other platforms over time.

There were also a lot of laptop launches at CES – Dell launched a range of products including a Latitude 2-in-1 business laptop, XPS 13 2-in-1, as well as new Alienware and Inspiron 7000 Gaming laptops. It also launched the new XPS 15 laptop, a Rose Gold variant of the XPS 13, and the XPS 27 AIO.

Asus launched the ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA, and unveiled a new, slimmed-down business laptop, along with a VR-ready compact PC.

LG launched its new Gram 14 laptop, which it claims offers a battery life of around 24 hours. However, the benchmark test used by the company for this claim has turned out to be a 10-year old measurement tool. LG’s new Gram 14 laptop weighs around 980 grams, and is powered by Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM and houses up to 512GB of SSD storage.

Toshiba expanded its Portege laptop portfolio to launch a 2-in-1 offering – Portege X20W – pricing details of the 2-in-1 have not been announced yet. The Portege X20W convertible’s main highlight is touted to be its 16-hour battery life. Meanwhile, HP unveiled the refreshed EliteBook x360, a 15.6-inch Spectre x360, alongside the new Envy Curved AIO 34, the new Sprout Pro by HP, and Omen X 35 Curved Display.

Lenovo refreshed the ThinkPad X1 line, launching a host of products under its portfolio including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Miix 720, Lenovo Active Pen 2, Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop, Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, Lenovo Smart Assistant, Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition, Lenovo Smart Storage, Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, and Lenovo New Glass C200.

Asus also showed the Chromebook Flip C302 2-in-1 convertible, a high-end Chromebook. Samsung unveiled a Chromebook with stylus support, while Acer showed off a rugged Chromebook, targeted at classrooms.

Dell also launched a range of new gaming laptops in its Alienware and Inspiron lines, and Lenovo showed its range of Legion gaming laptops, and also a new VR headset, which will work with Microsoft’s Windows Holographic Program. Samsung also showcased a new gaming laptop, the Notebook Odyssey. The most jaw-dropping of the lot though was probably Razer’s Project Valerie concept laptop, which comes with three 4K displays, for “total immersion gaming”.

On the audio front, JBL launched the Pulse 3, Flip 4, Playlist, and BassPro Go speakers; Sennheiser unveiled wireless headphones and recording earbuds; Sony showed Google-Home friendly soundboards, along with new headphones and speakers; and LG announced a Dolby Atmos capable soundbar.

As usual, CES also saw a number of wearables being launched – some of the highlights were the Misfit Vapor, the Casio WSD-F20 rugged Android Wear watch, and the Motiv fitness ring, which comes with a heart rate sensor. There were a few VR related announcements for new accessories from HTC Vive, while the other products are still works in progress.

Outside of CES, we had two more launches in India this week. We saw the launch of the Xolo Era 2X – the 2GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 6,666 while the 3GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 7,499. It replaces the Xolo Era 1X, which launched with a price tag of Rs. 4,999 last year. Other than this, we had the launch of the Sennheiser HD 200 PRO closed-backover-ear headphones in India, priced at Rs. 6,490.

Besides this, TRAI released a consultation paper on net neutrality – you have till February 15 to send in your responses to the regulator on this important issue.

Paytm also announced an interesting development this week – it’s finally received approval to launch its payments bank – the actual rollout will still take a little time, but it’s expected in the coming months. Paytm had earlier announced that it’s going to merge its Wallet and Payments Bank, so your wallet balance will automatically become your bank balance.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited India this week, and launched new programs to help SMBs go digital. He visited his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur, where he talked to students, and told NDTV’s Vikram Chandra in an interview Google is keen to work on UPI. He also met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who says Google should tailor its services to local needs.

These were the highlights of the week for us, let us know via the comments what caught your eye this week.

 

WhatsApp extends Nokia S40, BlackBerry support till end of 2017, drops Symbian support

 

In a good news for Nokia S40 devices owners, WhatsApp has extended support for Nokia S40 devices until the end of 2017. But support for Symbian and S60 devices will not be extended and will be dropped on the pre-announced date of June 30, 2017.

Apart from Nokia S40 devices, WhatsApp has also extended support for BlackBerry OS 7+ and BlackBerry 10 devices. This has been informed by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to Whatsappen.nl.Image result for WhatsApp extends Nokia S40, BlackBerry support till end of 2017, drops Symbian support

Though the WhatsApp FAQ page about support for older operating systems has not been updated yet and it still shows support for Nokia S40 devices ending on June 30, 2017. In this article, you can find the list of Nokia-branded S40, Symbian and S60 devices impacted by this decision.

Nokia has launched new feature phones like new Nokia 3310 (2017) that run on S30+ OS and don’t support WhatsApp. You can however go for a new Nokia Android Phone like Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 if you want to keep enjoying Nokia quality.

Is Nokia Ready to Take India by Storm?

 

This episode of Orbital focuses on Nokia’s new smartphone launches. Nokia launched three Android phones – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. These three Android phones have been hotly anticipated but will they be able to make a mark in a market where there are so many good mid-range Android phones? Games editor Rishi Alwani and “former” host Pranay Parab join host Aditya Shenoy to discuss.

We start the episode by talking about the three Nokia smartphones and whether the hardware matches up against what the competition has to offer. We look at the specifications of the three Nokia smartphones and wonder whether they can take on excellent mid-range and budget smartphones from rivals.Is Nokia Ready to Take India by Storm?

Nokia’s distribution strategy is also a big point of discussion. We wonder why Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are offline exclusive and why Nokia 6 is an Amazon exclusive. Rishi and Pranay offer theories about this, before we look at Nokia’s official comments on its strategy.
Then Aditya brings up the topic of after sales service. We talk about how difficult it is to provide good service and whether Nokia can differentiate itself from competition on this front. Finally, we close the episode by talking about Nokia’s naming strategy for its smartphones.

 

Nokia 6 vs Samsung Galaxy On Max vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Price, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 6 will be available exclusively through Amazon in India
  • The smartphone will be up for registrations from July 14
  • It has been priced at Rs. 14,999

Nokia 6, priced in India at Rs. 14,999, is finally up for registrations via Amazon India, and the first sale is scheduled for August 23. The best-specced of the NokiaAndroid phones available internationally, the Nokia 6 provides the stock Android Nougat experience, has a big screen, metallic body, and elegant design. However, it is not the only great smartphone at this price point, since Samsung has released two new models – the Galaxy On Max and Galaxy J7 Prime – with competitive hardware and software, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4(4GB + 64GB) continues its strong showing in the market. We take a look at how the Nokia 6 fares against the three rivals in terms of price and specifications.

Nokia 6 price, specifications

Nokia 6, priced at Rs. 14,999, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The new Nokia Android phone comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Samsung Galaxy On Max price, specifications

The new Samsung Galaxy On Max, launched earlier this month at Rs. 17,990, is already selling at Rs. 16,900 online. The smartphone has Android 7.0 Nougat-based custom software, 5.7-inch full-HD screen, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and 3300mAh battery. One of its highlights is the 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, which delivers better photos in lowlight conditions; the 13-megapixel front camera has f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core 1.69GHz MediaTek MTK P25 Lite processor, and supports storage expansion up to 256GB.

Samsung Galaxy On Max’s Home button has an integrated fingerprint sensor, and is used to make mobile payments using the Samsung Pay Mini standard. With this payment, users can make purchases via UPI and mobile wallet despite the absence of NFC.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price, specifications

The Xiaomi smartphone is currently available in India in three variants, 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. As the 4GB RAM variant is closest to Nokia 6 in terms of pricing, available at Rs. 12,999, we will be considering it for the comparison with new Nokia offering.

Nokia 6 vs Samsung Galaxy On Max vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Price, Specifications Compared

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. Its rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The Redmi Note 4 front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Moving to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. At Rs. 15,500, it is priced closer to the Nokia 6 compared to its sibling Galaxy On Max.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It houses a 3300mAh battery and measures 151.5×74.9×8.1mm.

Now that you know more about Nokia 6 and its competition, it is fairly clear that the competition offers some powerful specs in comparison to the smartphone. However, the real choice you will have to make is whether you are ready to compromise on specs offered on sheets for the nostalgia factor and the stock Android Nougat experience. We will learn more about Nokia 6 and its performance in the coming days, and let you know in our review if the smartphone is worth the wait or not.

SAMSUNG GALAXY ON MAX VS NOKIA 6 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 PRIME VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4COMPARISON

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RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for money Rating
GENERAL
Alternate names Six
Release date July 2017 January 2017 September 2016 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 156.60 x 78.70 x 8.10 154.00 x 75.80 x 7.85 151.50 x 74.90 x 8.10 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 178.00 167.00 167.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3300 3000 3300 4100
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Black, Gold Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper Gold, Black Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.70 5.50 5.50 5.50
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403 401 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.69GHz octa-core 1.4GHz octa-core 1.6GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make MediaTek MTK P25 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor Exynos 7870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 4GB 3GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 128 256 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 13-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 7.0 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Skin MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.10
NFC No Yes No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer No Yes No Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes No Yes
Gyroscope No Yes No Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No

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Nokia 3 online sale debuts in India; listed on Croma at Rs. 9,499

A few days back, HMD launched the Nokia Android smartphones in India. At the time of the launch, it was announced that the Nokia 3 will go on sale starting from June 16 and that it will be exclusive only to the offline stores.

As mentioned by HMD, the Nokia 3 priced at Rs. 9,499 went on sale via the offline stores on June 16. The company did not reveal anything about the possibility of this smartphone to be made available online. Now, the Nokia 3 has been listed on the online retailer website Croma for the same price of Rs. 9,499. Though this move was not announced by the company, many Nokia fans will welcome it.

From the listing on Croma, it looks like the entry-level Nokia 3 smartphone will be available with the cash on delivery payment mode. Also, there is EMI option for those who would like to purchase it with convenient payment options.

We can expect the Nokia 3 to be listed by a few other retailers too in the coming days. Being an entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 3 has a polycarbonate body. It is fitted with a 5-inch HD 720p IPS LCD display.

The hardware aspects of the Nokia 3 include a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC that is coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Notably, the storage capacity can be expanded up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card.

The camera department of the device comprises of an 8MP camera at the back and another 8MP camera sensor at the front. The other goodies on board the Nokia 3 are Android Nougat, OTG support, 4G LTE and a 2650mAh battery.

 

Nokia 6, Moto E4 Join List of Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones in the US

 

HIGHLIGHTS
For Prime members, the Moto E4 is up for grabs for $99.99
All the smartphones are up for pre-order right now
Nokia 6 will ship on July 10, while Moto E4 will ship on June 30
The Nokia 6 was announced for the US earlier this week, due to arrive on Amazon. Now, Amazon has now announced it as a Prime Exclusive smartphone – which means it will show offers and ads – featuring a $50 (roughly Rs. 3,200) discount on its price tag. Apart from the Nokia 6, the Moto E4 was also announced as a Prime Exclusive.

The Nokia 6 will be available at $229 (roughly Rs. 14,800) in the US through Amazon for non-Prime members, but Prime members can choose to grab it for $179 (roughly Rs. 11,500) only, complete with offers and ads. Similarly, Moto’s recently announced Moto E4 16GB will be offered at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,400) for Prime members ($30 off the full retail price). Verizon still gives you to best price at $69 (roughly Rs. 4,500), but you’re locked on to Verizon with that deal. Both the smartphones are up for pre-order, and the Moto E4 will be shipped on June 30, while the Nokia 6 will be shipped on July 10.Nokia 6, Moto E4 Join List of Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones in the US

Alcatel is also adding to the Prime Exclusive catalogue with the new Alcatel Idol 5S for only $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,900) for Prime members ($80 off the full retail price), the Alcatel A50 for only $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,400) for Prime members ($50 off the full retail price), and the Alcatel A30 Plus, available for only $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,100) for Prime members (also $50 off the full retail price). The Alcatel phones are also up for pre-order and will ship on July 10.

Nokia 6 specifications
Nokia 6, the best-specced of the Nokia Android phones released so far, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.
The US variant of the Android phone from Nokia comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Moto E4 specifications
Coming to the specifications, the Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with a single-SIM slot (Nano). It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor or a Snapdragon 427 SoC (depending upon the carrier in the US) paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuiltl storage option with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot.

As for the optics, the Moto E4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and single-LED flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, fixed focus, single-LED flash, and a beautification mode for better selfies. It packs a 2800mAh removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Micro-USB port, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and 4G support. The dimensions are at 144.5×72 x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 150 grams. Sensors on board include proximity, light, accelerometer, and magnetometer. In the US, it will be available in Liquorice Black, and Fine Gold colour variants.

 

Two Nokia feature phones reach TENAA, likely 105 and 130 successors

The new Nokia 3310 was a blast from the past, but HMD is interested in feature phones for more than just the nostalgia. Two new Nokia handsets – TA-1010 and TA-1034 – have landed at the TENAA facilities.

These are believed to be the successors of the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. They don’t offer much in the way of features, instead they are pure simplicity. The new 105 doesn’t even have a camera! Still, the original 105 used to cost €11 (before taxes), so we’re probably looking at a similar cost here (the new 3310 is kind of pricey).

New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in Black New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in Black New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in White New Nokia 105 (TA-1010): in White
New Nokia 105 (TA-1010) in Black and in White

As for the new Nokia 130, this one does have a camera and is a dual-SIM device (dual-standby). TENAA doesn’t list any more features, though we think the list is pretty complete – again, these are S30+ phones, there is not much to them. It seems that they don’t even have 3G, which could be a problem soon as some carriers have started sunsetting 2G.

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Nokia Feature Phone Lineup to Get a New Addition Soon, Certification Site Tips

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A new leak points to another Nokia feature phone
  • Images of the phone were spotted by TENAA
  • The feature phone goes by the model number TA-1017

The reincarnation of the Nokia 3310 was met with adulation and nostalgia across the globe. The feature phone launch reignited hopes for the dying category in the market, and now as per new reports, Nokia-licensee HMD Global is looking to launch a new feature phone in the coming months.

A Nokia-branded feature phone going by the model number TA-1017 was spotted on the Chinese regulatory site TENAA. By the design of it, it’s a rather ordinary looking feature phone, probably looking to be admired for its durability. At the back sits the speaker grille and camera lens, however there is no flash support seen. At the front is the small display with the physical keyboard taking up much of the space.Nokia Feature Phone Lineup to Get a New Addition Soon, Certification Site Tips

The listing claims that the feature phone does not support 3G connectivity, but there might be another more expensive variant that will offer support. It is expected to run the S30+UI and dual-SIM support is not yet sure. There’s no word on availability or price of the feature phone yet. To recall, HMD Global launched the Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM feature phones back in December, ahead of the launch of its first Nokia Android smartphone – the Nokia 6 – in January.

Nokia is expected to launch several other smartphones this year. So far, the company has launched the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3, and Nokia 3310 (2017) in many countries. At the start of this month, Nokia launched the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in India, and made the cheapest variant available offline as well as online in the country. Consumers will have to wait till July to get their hands on Nokia 6 and Nokia 5. The Nokia 5 will be available offline, while the Nokia 6 will be exclusively available via Amazon India.

 

Nokia 3 Online, GST Effect, Airtel, BSNL & Vodafone Data Offers, OnePlus 5 Problems, and More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 3 was launched as an offline exclusive but is now available online
  • Reliance Jio is offering free data for Xioami and Gionee users
  • OnePlus 5’s ‘jelly scrolling’ issue may be because of an inverted panel

Welcome back to our weekly news roundup, where you’ll find all the stories in technology that you need to know. One of the big items this week was the news that the Nokia 3, the offline-exclusive smartphone launched earlier this month by HMD Global is now available online, via Croma. The electronics chain had earlier listed the Nokia 3310 – another offline exclusive – on its online store as well. The budget-friendly Nokia 3 is the first of the three new Nokia phones to go on sale; priced at Rs. 9,499, it packs a 5-inch HD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 16GB storage, and 2GB RAM. As part of a launch offer, Vodafone has tied up with HMD Global to give bundled data with the phones. Nokia 3 buyers will get 4GB 3G/ 4G data from Vodafone, while Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 buyers will also get 4GB and 9GB of free data from Vodafone when the two smartphones become available to purchase in July.

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GST rolled out on Saturday, and we saw the first bits of post-GST price cuts. Apple announced it is revising the MRP of all its products, from the iPhone to the iPad, the entire Mac range, and even the Apple Watch. Most price cuts are modest, but since Apple products are now no longer sold at MRP, what impact this has on the price customers will need to pay remain to be seen. Another cut that can be attributed to GST impact was the revision of price of popular Asus ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Max models, with price cuts of up to Rs. 3,000 on popular Asus smartphones.

Meanwhile, just as GST seems to be providing some relief to those looking to buy mobiles, the price of imported mobiles and other electronics looks set to go up, as the government is imposing a 10 percent basic customs duty on these products.Nokia 3 Online, GST Effect, Airtel, BSNL & Vodafone Data Offers, OnePlus 5 Problems, and More News This Week

Other telcos have so been rolling out a number of offers. Airtel announced its ‘Monsoon Surprise Offer’, which gives users up to 30GB of free data. To avail the offer, Airtel postpaid subscribers need only log into the My Airtel app after July 1. Vodafone, on the other hand, is now offering free Netflix to postpaid subscribers on its RED plans. Text ‘Netflix’ to 199 from an eligible Vodafone number, and you’ll get money credited to your Netflix account.

BSNL launched a new pack called Sixer 666, offering 2GB data daily, along with unlimited calling. The pack has 60 days validity and competes with Reliance Jio’s Rs. 509 plan. Reliance Jio also has new offers. Now, Xiaomi users who sign up for Jio after June 16 are eligible for up to 30GB of free data, at 5GB extra for up to six recharges. Gionee has a similar offer, giving users up to 60GB of free data with Reliance Jio, at 10GB extra for up to six recharges.

WhatsApp got some interesting new features this week. On Android, emoji search was added as a beta feature, while video streaming has now made its way to the iPhone version of the app. Last week, WhatsApp started rolling out the feature to attach any file type. Now, a new feature is photo bundling – which will allow you to send multiple images to your friends as an album, instead of single images. This WhatsApp feature was rolled out to iPhone users earlier this month and refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.

Soon after its launch, the OnePlus 5 has started running into some problems. Users are reporting a ‘jelly scrolling issue’, which the company finally acknowledged. However, OnePlus says that this is not a defect, saying only that the issue is ‘natural.’ The root cause of the issue could actually have to do with the orientation of the display though OnePlus hasn’t confirmed this.
Not all the news phone the phone is bad though. The OnePlus 5 (Review) launched recently and it’s beating the iPhone 7 Plus in a speed test video. And Amazon says that the OnePlus 5 has had the best launch week on Amazon India, in terms of gross revenue. A teardown also revealed that the phone is pretty water resistant, though not actually waterproof.

There were relatively few launches this week. The Honor Holly 3+, priced at Rs. 12,999, was launched this week. It comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and has a 5.5-inch HD display. The InFocus Turbo 5, which comes with a 5000mAh battery, was launched in two RAM/ storage variants, and will be available exclusively via Amazon India. The Moto M “all metal” smartphone was launched back in December as an online exclusive – it’s finally available offline as well.

Vivo and Qualcomm unveiled an under-display fingerprint sensor. According to Qualcomm, the sensor can work through a number of different surfaces, and will also be available for devices that don’t have a Qualcomm SoC. Gadgets 360 tested out the Vivo demo unit and found some delay in response, but this will not be the case with commercial units expected to launch in 2018, the company executives said.

There was also a leak of the specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2. It’s the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, which was launched last July. It’s expected to have 3GB and 4GB variants, and it’s believed to have a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear along with a 16-megapixel front camera. It’s also rumoured to have a full-HD LCD display.

New renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 were also leaked, promising a dual camera setup, and a fingerprint sensor next to the cameras. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is said to feature a 6.3-inch display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and support for 2K resolution. The dual camera setup on the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport two 12-megapixel sensors and come with independent OIS (optical image stabilisation) for each lens.

The specifications of the upcoming Google Pixel phones were also leaked. The XL 2 will have a 5.99-inch QHD display, a 2.45GHz processor and 4GB RAM, and a single rear camera. The smaller Pixel successor is expected to have a 4.97-inch full-HD display, and otherwise the same processor and RAM, but it’s expected to ditch the 3.5mm audio port.

Nokia 9: Everything We Know So Far

 

Nokia 9 smartphone has been among leaks for several months now and while there have been several specifications that have remained constant, many others have changed in recent weeks. The smartphone is said to be Nokia licensee HMD Global’s flagship Android smartphone, unlike the mid-range and budget offerings released thus far – the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. It accordingly is expected to sport top-end specifications, a premium build quality, and compete with the flagships from other major manufacturers.

Here we take a look at everything that we know about HMD Global’s high-end Nokia 9 smartphone, which is expected to be released in the coming months and in the process cement the Nokia brand’s place in the smartphone market.

Nokia 9 price and availability

The much anticipated flagship Android smartphone from Nokia licensee HMD Global can be expected to sport a premium price tag, however, the rumours on this front are few and far between.

A report from May indicated that the Nokia 9 price will be EUR 750 (roughly Rs. 55,100) – a price that will see it compete with flagships from other companies such as Samsung and Apple.

As for availability, not much is known about this aspect. We can expect Nokia licensee HMD Global to launch the smartphone this year itself, but just when the smartphone will officially unveiled remains a mystery.Nokia 9: Everything We Know So Far

Nokia 9 specifications

Talking about the highlight feature of the smartphone, Nokia 9 is expected to sport a dual camera setup at the back with two 13-megapixel sensors with dual-LED flash support. The Nokia 9 has been tipped to come with a 13-megapixel sensor at front as well. If we keep aside the very initial round of rumours, this feature has been suggested by all the recent leaks and is very likely to be on the final product.

The upcoming Nokia 9 flagship is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and while there were initially rumours of a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display on the phone, recent rumours have suggested that the handset will sport a 5.3-inch display with QHD resolution. The smartphone has been tipped to come with Snapdragon 835 SoC – the top end mobile processor from Qualcomm that’s seen in such flagships as the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and Xiaomi Mi 6.

Now we move to the most debatable aspect among the specifications. While the Nokia could be made available with up to 8GB of RAM but most leaks have suggested that the phone will come with 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. Notably, the US FCC listing of the smartphone suggested that the smartphone will not be coming with a 4GB RAM variant.

The smartphone has been tipped to come with 64GB of built-in storage. The recent leaks have suggested that the battery on the Nokia 9 will support Quick Charge 4.0 but not revealed the capacity of the battery itself. However, an earlier leak tipped the smartphone to come with a 3800mAh battery.

While the smartphone is also expected to come with a fingerprint scanner embedded in home button and an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, the connectivity options are said to include a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.