Lenovo Vibe K5 Note 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage Variant to Go on Sale in India on Tuesday

Lenovo has announced that the company upgraded its Vibe K5 Note smartphone with inbuilt storage up to 64GB. The 64GB storage variant of the smartphone coupled with 4GB of RAM will go on sale starting 11:59pm on Tuesday, exclusively through Flipkart and has been priced by Lenovo at Rs. 13,499.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage Variant to Go on Sale in India on Tuesday

Further, Lenovo has announced that the existing 32GB/4GB of RAM variant of the smartphone will now be available at Rs. 12,499, compared with its previous price of Rs. 13,499.

To recall, Lenovo Vibe K5 Note was launched in August in India in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. The dual-SIM Lenovo Vibe K5 Note runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display, and comes with TheaterMax technology for conversion of regular content into immersive VR content.

The Vibe K5 Note packs a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM and Mali-T860 GPU. It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). In terms of optics, the Vibe K5 Note features a 13-megapixel real camera with PDAF and a wide-angle 8-megapixel selfie camera at front. The phone houses a 3500mAh battery and will be made available in Gold, Silver, and Dark Grey colour options.

One of the highlight features of the Vibe K5 Note handset is its fingerprint scanner, placed right below the camera module on the back of the smartphone. The smartphone also packs Dolby Atmos powered speakers, with the technology also extending to the 3.5mm headphone jack.

“With the upgraded storage capacity of 64GB, multimedia fans can now store more than 15,000 songs1 or 70+ hi-definition movies2 directly on the K5 Note and watch them in a theatre like experience with the ANTVR headset and Lenovo’s TheaterMax technology that converts all content into a virtual large cinematic screen. For photography enthusiasts, the enhanced storage lets to capture more than 17,000 images or record 7+ hours of Full High definition footage,” the company said in its release.

HTC One X10 Leaked in Alleged Live Images; Price Expected to Be CNY 2,000

The HTC One X10 (aka HTC X10) smartphone, expected to be an affordable offering from the company, has been leaked once again as alleged live images of the device have surfaced online. Notably, the newly-leaked HTC One X10 images are in line with the images shared by prolific tipster Evan Blass last month and suggest that the smartphone will have a fingerprint scanner located right below the camera panel at the back.

HTC One X10 Leaked in Alleged Live Images; Price Expected to Be CNY 2,000

Even though the smartphone was earlier expected to be launched by the company last month, HTC ended up launching just its HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play smartphones in January. However, Blass has suggested that the company is set to launch three smartphones in first quarter of 2017.

The successor to last year’s HTC One X9, the One X10┬áhas been tipped to pack some of the similar features to its predecessor but a downgrade in terms of processor. The smartphone is expected to cost around CNY 2,000 (roughly Rs. 19,500).

As per HTC One X10 leaks last month, the budget-end smartphone is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display. The upcoming HTC smartphone has been tipped to be powered by MediaTek Helio P10 processor clocked at 1.9GHz and coupled with 3GB of RAM. The phone is expected to come with 32GB of inbuilt storage. The HTC X10 is said to have a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS and a 7.9-megapixel camera at front.

Compared with the Helio P10 processor, which is expected to power the HTC One X10, the HTC One X9 (its predecessor) packs a more capable Helio X10 processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

In November last year, the HTC One X10 was reportedly certified in Russia along with six other smartphones from the company. As these are leaks, we will have to wait for official announcement by the company for the confirmation of the smartphone’s specifications as well as existence.

iPhone 8 May Sport 3D Laser Scanner for Facial Recognition Feature: Report

There has been no scarcity on iPhone leaks, and the latest points out that Apple may ditch Touch ID to replace it with a 3D facial recognition feature. Another report separately hints that Apple may give wireless charging a miss this year, and the iPhone models in 2018 may come with wireless charging support.

iPhone 8 May Sport 3D Laser Scanner for Facial Recognition Feature: Report

The latest tip comes from JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall who corroborating earlier leaks claims that the iPhone 8 will ditch the home button for a full-screen design, and do away with Touch ID completely. Hall adds that iPhone 8 may sport a front 3D laser tech for facial recognition.

The analyst however confesses that new facial recognition tech may increase the bill of materials cost for iPhone 8 by roughly $10-15. Hall however adds that facial recognition adoption may increase Apple Pay adoption among consumers which were still not happy with reliability of Touch ID.

“One obvious and potentially most compelling use would be AR/VR experiences in which the user’s hands and other real world objects are being scanned and integrated into a field of view provided by the iPhone mounted into a Google Daydream-like headset. This would open up many interesting entertainment and gaming experiences not available today and might give Apple something extra in an AR/VR accessory compared to Google and others,” Hall said (via MacRumors) in a note.

Additionally, another JP Morgan analyst Harlan Sur in a separate note claimed that Apple is working with Broadcom to come up with a customised wireless charging technology. Sur adds that Apple and Broadcom have been working on a solution for roughly two years now. Sur contradicting to recent reports claims that Apple’s iPhone 8 may not support wireless charging. Instead, Sur says that Apple may use the feature in next year’s iteration citing the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco.

“We believe the glass back cover is conducive to wireless charging as it reduces signal interference versus a metal casing. It is possible for Apple to add proprietary features such as fast charging or extended charging to differentiate itself from the pack and enhance the value of its own hardware ecosystem,” CNBC quotes Sur.

In a recent development, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) – an industry group behind wireless charging standards. This move testified to Apple’s rumoured plans of introducing wireless charging with the iPhone 8 – a feature that has been leaked several times in the past.

Bloomberg reports that Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry) shares have showed signs of optimism touching a decade-high on the eve of Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone launch this year.

Finally, 9to5Mac has [dissected] Ming-Chi Kuo’s last note to investors and has speculated on the pixel density and Retina scaling used on the iPhone 8. Kuo said the iPhone 8 would have a 5.8-inch display with a 2800×1242 pixels resolution that fits in a 4.7-inch iPhone frame. The display is also tipped to sport a ‘function area’, making the actual display resolution 2436×1125 pixels. All this is being translated to a pixel density of 521ppi (the highest yet on an iPhone) and 3x Retina scaling to help iOS elements match pixels.

OnePlus 3T 128GB Variant to Go on Sale in India Today

OnePlus India on Friday made the 128GB variant of the OnePlus 3T (Review) smartphone available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the country. Starting 12:01am on Tuesday, the out-of-stock variant is set to go back on sale via Amazon India, priced at Rs. 34,999.

OnePlus 3T 128GB Variant to Go on Sale in India Today

To recall, the 128GB variant of the OnePlus smartphone is only available in the Gunmetal colour option in India. The smartphone was launched back in December, but the 128GB variant has often been out of stock in the intervening period. The 64GB variant is available in both Soft Gold and Gunmetal colour options in the country, priced at Rs. 29,999.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) OnePlus 3T features an anodised aluminium metal unibody design, a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and a Alert Slider. The new OnePlus smartphone runs OxygenOS-based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. OnePlus 3T is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (with two 1.6GHz Kyro cores and two 2.35GHz Kryo cores) coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The OnePlus 3T features a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS and EIS, and PDAF autofocus. The OnePlus 3T selfie camera has 16-megapixel resolution and comes with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone is available in 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage variants.

The smartphone’s connectivity options include 4G LTE (with support for India’s LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, and GPS/ A-GPS. The OnePlus 3T’s battery capacity is rated at 3400mAh and supports the company’s Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast-charging technology. It measures 152.7×74.7×7.35mm and weighs 158 grams.

HTC U Ultra India Launch Set for Today

HTC is all set to launch its latest flagship smartphone in the country on Tuesday. HTC India is holding a launch event for the HTC U Ultra in New Delhi, and it starts at 3:30pm IST. The event will also be live streamed on Facebook, HTC says.

HTC U Ultra India Launch Set for Today

The HTC U Ultra was unveiled last month alongside the HTC U Play. The highlight of the smartphones is Sense Companion, an AI-based system that learns the user’s daily patterns to provide usage recommendations and friendly advice. Also included are the HTC USonic earphones, which analyse the shape of the user’s inner ears with a “sonar-like pulse” to adapt to you, as well as a “liquid surface” curved glass construction that will be available in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Blue, Cosmetic Pink, and Ice White colour variants. Depending on the region, the smartphones will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants – and the latter is expected in India.

The smartphone features a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display and runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Sense UI customisation on top. The HTC U Ultra also sports a secondary 2-inch display with 1040×160 pixels resolution. The device is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. The HTC U Ultra comes in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB that are expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). While the 64GB variant is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the 128GB variant is protected by Sapphire glass.

In terms of optics, the HTC U Ultra bears a 12-UltraPixel rear camera with 1.55-micron pixels, a BSI sensor, laser + phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation, an f/2.8 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. At the front, HTC U Ultra sports a 16-megapixel camera with an UltraPixel mode, and a BSI sensor.

Other specifications on the HTC U Ultra include 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity options.

Swipe Elite 3 With 4G VoLTE Support, 5-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 5,499

Swipe Technologies has launched the successor to its Elite 2 budget smartphone – the Swipe Elite 3 – with 4G VoLTE support at Rs. 5,499. The smartphone has been made available exclusively through Flipkart from Tuesday in Space Grey and Champagne Gold colour variants.

Swipe Elite 3 With 4G VoLTE Support, 5-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 5,499

The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Indus OS out-of-the-box. The Swipe Elite 3 sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

In terms of optics, just like its predecessor, the Swipe Elite 3 features an 8-megapixel rear camera tagged with LED flash, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone houses a 2500mAh battery. The device measures 142.1×72.1×9.1mm and weighs 172.5 grams.

Apart from the support for 4G VoLTE, Swipe Elite 3 smartphone offers connectivity options like Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM radio. The sensors on the device include proximity sensor and accelerometer.

The Swipe Elite 3 comes with support for 12 regional languages and has Opera Mini Browser pre-installed on the device.

Just last week, Swipe Technologies launched its Swipe Konnect Star Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphone with 4G VoLTE support at Rs. 3,799. The smartphone features a 4-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.0GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The device comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Variant With 64GB Storage to Go on Sale in India Today

The newly announced 64GB storage variant of the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is going on sale in India on Tuesday from 11:59pm, exclusively via Flipkart. Sporting 4GB of RAM, the 64GB inbuilt storage variant has been priced at Rs. 13,499.

Lenovo also revealed that the 4GB RAM + 32GB storage variant of the smartphone will now be available at Rs. 12,499, compared with its previous price of Rs. 13,499.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Variant With 64GB Storage to Go on Sale in India Today

To recall, Lenovo Vibe K5 Note was launched in August in India in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, coupled with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The dual-SIM Lenovo Vibe K5 Note runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display, and comes with TheaterMax technology for conversion of regular content into immersive VR content.

The Vibe K5 Note is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with the Mali-T860 GPU. In terms of optics, the Vibe K5 Note features a 13-megapixel real camera with PDAF and a wide-angle 8-megapixel selfie camera at front. The phone houses a 3500mAh battery and will be made available in Gold, Silver, and Dark Grey colour options.

One of the highlight features of the Vibe K5 Note handset is its fingerprint scanner, placed right below the camera module on the back of the smartphone. The smartphone also packs Dolby Atmos powered speakers, with the technology also extending to the 3.5mm headphone jack.

LG X400 With Android 7.0 Nougat, 5.3-Inch Display Launched

LG in December refreshed its K-series of smartphones ahead of CES 2017 last month as the company launched the new versions of LG K3, K4, K8, K10 smartphones. In January, the company also launched its X300 smartphone, essentially the K8 smartphone variant for the South Korean market, and has now launched its X400 smartphone for the Korean market, which features similar specifications to the earlier-launched K10.

LG X400 With Android 7.0 Nougat, 5.3-Inch Display Launched

The only notable difference between K10 and the X400 is that the latter comes with HD DMB support for mobile TV viewing. The Android 7.0 Nougat-based LG X400, just like the K10, features a 5.3-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display but with a pixel density of 294ppi compared with 277ppi on K10. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It comes with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the handset has 32GB of built-in storage with support for microSD card slot.

In terms of optics, just like the K10, the LG X400 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The smartphone houses a 2800mAh removable battery.

Coming to the connectivity options on the smartphone, the LG X400 offers 4G LTE, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC. It measures 148.7×75.3×7.8mm and weighs 142 grams.

The LG X400 features a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button right below the camera panel at the back of the device. The smartphone has been priced at KRW 319,000 (roughly Rs. 18,700), and will be available in Black and Gold Black colours.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Price Said to Be Higher Than Galaxy S7; Design Spotted in New App

We are almost a month away from Samsung’s rumoured March 29 event that is widely expected to see the launch of the new Galaxy S8 series. There have been reports pointing out that the Galaxy S8 may be more costly than the current Galaxy S7, and a latest leak reiterates earlier claims. Separately, a new Samsung app has surfaced which may drop hints about the Galaxy S8 design.

A Chinese tipster has claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may start at CNY 6,088 (roughly Rs. 60,000). Though, it’s being said that the price will be valid for China market only. An earlier report citing financial firm Goldman Sachs claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor. The price rise is said to be due to rise in cost of raw materials and this will eventually trickle down to consumers.

Additionally, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 design may have been teased by a new unreleased app. Sammobile reports that Secure Folder is available via APK Mirror, and features a smartphone render that may point to the design of the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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When the app is launched, the instructions show a render that is believed to show the near bezel-less display. The renders show a smartphone with no home button corroborating earlier leaks that indicate Samsung may finally ditch the signature Home Button below the display.

Recently, Samsung’s Mobile Chief Koh Dong-jin reportedly confirmed that the company would reveal the official launch date for the Galaxy S8 launch at MWC 2017 next week.

Thanks to a flurry of leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8+. The new Galaxy S8 series is said to come with new virtual assistant Bixby. Samsung Galaxy S8 is pegged to have a dual-edged curved display with almost negligible bezel and come with two screen size variants – 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch. On design front, Samsung is expected to ditch the Home Button, and have an all-display front. The smartphone is expected to feature an iris scanner. Some of the highlights of the innards are expected to be the Snapdragon 835 chipset and up to 6GB of RAM.

Samsung Carnival on Amazon India Starts Tuesday With Discounts on Smartphones, Tablets, and More

Samsung from Tuesday is offering discounts on select products from its range of smartphones, tablets, SD cards, and televisions and more as part of the Samsung Carnival on Amazon India. Lasting from Tuesday to Thursday, users can also avail discounts on the company’s refrigerators as well as air conditioners as part of the limited-time sale on the online marketplace.

Coming first to offers on smartphones, Samsung is offering a discount of Rs. 2,000 on Galaxy On8, which was earlier priced at Rs. 15,900 and is now available for Rs. 13,900. The South Korean company is offering a Rs. 1,700 discount on its Galaxy On7 Pro and Galaxy On5 Pro smartphones, which are now available at Rs. 9,490 and Rs. 7,490 respectively, down from Rs. 11,190 and Rs. 9,190.

Samsung Carnival on Amazon India Starts Tuesday With Discounts on Smartphones, Tablets, and More

The company is currently also offering discounts on its Galaxy Tab E, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy J Max tablets that are available at Rs. 15,500 (earlier available at Rs. 16,900), Rs. 16,500 (earlier available at Rs. 17,900), and Rs. 13,400 (earlier available at Rs. 13,990) respectively. Here’s the entire list of Samsung tablets that are available at discounted prices.

As part of Samsung Carnival sale, the company is offering a discount of Rs. 5,500 on its 32-inch HD Ready LED TV (FH4003), which is now available at a price of Rs. 18,390. If you prefer smaller screen television, Samsung’s 24-inch HD Ready LED TV (UA24K4100ARLXL) is available at a price of Rs. 11,990 (discount of Rs. 4,500). If you are looking for a monitor, you can opt to buy the company’s 21.5-inch full-HD LED monitor (LS22E360HS/XL) at a price of Rs. 8,499 (discount of Rs. 4,500).

Samsung is offering its EVO+ 32GB Class 10 microSDHC card with up to 80Mbps read speed and EVO 32GB Class 10 microSDHC card (with read speed up to 48Mbps) at Rs. 725 (earlier available for Rs. 999) and Rs. 699 (earlier available for Rs. 989) through Lightning deals on the website.