Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Images Leak Ahead of MWC 2017; Samsung Galaxy Book Spotted

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 tablet which is rumoured to launch on Sunday has been leaked in live images. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 reportedly passed federal certification in Taiwan recently, and a publication obtained images of the unannounced tablet. Separately, details of a Windows-based device called the Samsung Galaxy Book have made their way to the Internet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Images Leak Ahead of MWC 2017; Samsung Galaxy Book Spotted

According to the leaked live images, the Galaxy Tab S3 will feature glass and metal build. The live images indicate that the Galaxy Tab S3 may look very similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S2. Further, the South Korean giant is rumoured to launch only the Wi-Fi variant of the tablet in Taiwan, as per the certification listing. The certification site shows Galaxy Tab S3 may come with model number SM-T820.

The Galaxy Tab S3 has been leaked in the past and it is widely expected to be priced around $580 (roughly Rs. 39,000) and support S Pen with stylus-based functionalities. The Galaxy Tab S3 is rumoured to come in just 9.7-inch model. To recall, Samsung launched two Galaxy Tab S2 tablets featuring 8-inch and 9.7-inch displays in 2015. Other rumoured details of the Galaxy Tab S3 include 32GB inbuilt storage and come with 4G with support for Cat. 6 LTE download speeds. The tablet is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and come with 4GB of RAM. The tablet is likely to sport a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It is expected to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and come with a 5-megapixel front camera.

According to Samsung’s official invite, the launch event on Sunday is scheduled to begin at 7pm CET (11:30pm IST) and will be live streamed at www.samsung.com/galaxy.

Additionally, Samsung is rumoured to be working on a Windows 10-based device called the Samsung Galaxy Book. A new app has surfaced in the Windows Store that indicates the existence of the new Samsung device. MSPoweruser spotted the app first and adds that the alleged Galaxy Book is said to come with stylus support alongside AMOLED screen. The app description reads,

“Install ‘Book Settings’ which includes Battery Life Extender, Screen mode, Pattern Log-in, User manual, and other Samsung features. Book Settings is an application for Galaxy Book. It may not function normally on other devices.” MSPoweruser further adds that the South Korean company indeed has a trademark for the name Samsung Galaxy Book.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units With Smaller Batteries to Be Launched in India: Report

The Galaxy Note 7 might be a dark blot in Samsung’s smartphone business history but it seems like the company might not be done with the device after all. The South Korean company is reportedly planning to sell refurbished units of the infamous Galaxy Note 7 smartphone with smaller capacity batteries and might be sold in emerging countries like India and Vietnam.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units With Smaller Batteries to Be Launched in India: Report

While this is not the first time that Samsung has been tipped to sell the refurbished units of Galaxy Note 7 units in India and Vietnam, the latest report by South Korean publication Hankyung says that the company might sell the smartphones with smaller battery capacity compared to the original version – 3500mAh. Samsung has been tipped to launch the refurbished version of the smartphone with 3000mAh-3200mAh batteries as early as June this year.

Samsung currently has around 2.5 million units in inventory after around 200,000 units were used for identification of the issue that resulted in explosion cases regarding the phone, as per the report.

Apart from curbing profit damage, the company might also opt to sell the refurbished phones in order to avoid the environmental concerns that can be raised if it is forced to dispose the smartphones off, as per the report. If the company manages to sell off its refurbished units to emerging markets like India and Vietnam, it will be able to save itself from this concern as well as reduce its losses that were caused due to Galaxy Note 7’s discontinuation and recalls.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters last month, after the company disclosed that faulty batteries were responsible for the fire cases, that reselling some Galaxy Note 7 units as refurbished phones was an option for the company.

HTC U Ultra, U Play Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

HTC India on Tuesday launched its latest flagship smartphone in the country, the U Ultra. Priced at Rs. 59,990 (MOP), the smartphone will be available from March 6 in Blue, Black, Pink, and White colour variants. HTC also launched the U Play alongside, priced at Rs. 39,990 (MOP), and it will be available from mid-March in Blue, Black, Pink, and White colour variants.

The biggest highlight of the HTC U Ultra (seen above) and HTC U Play (seen below) is the Sense Companion feature, an AI-based system that learns the user’s daily patterns to provide usage recommendations and friendly advice. On the U Ultra, the Sense Companion will display important alerts and notifications on the second ‘ticker-style’ display, which is called the Priority Screen. Both smartphones come bundled with HTC USonic earphones, which analyse the shape of the user’s inner ears with a “sonar-like pulse” to adapt to you. HTC is also boasting of the “liquid surface” curved glass construction.

HTC U Ultra, U Play Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

HTC has launched the U Ultra and the U Play in their dual-SIM (Nano) variants in India, and both smartphones support expandable storage in a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration. HTC is also bundling 1-year insurance that covers liquid damage and any physical damage to the phone. Buyers with Standard Chartered credit or debit cards will also be eligible for 7.5 percent cashback if they purchase either smartphone between March 6 and May 31.

The HTC U Ultra runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Sense UI customisation on top.The smartphone sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display, apart from a secondary 2-inch display with 1040×160 pixels resolution. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The U Ultra has been launched in India in its 64GB inbuilt storage variant, with the company choosing to forego the 128GB model. The storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The 64GB variant’s display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, unlike the 128GB variant, which sports a display protected by Sapphire glass.

As for optics, the HTC U Ultra comes with 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.

The HTC U Ultra bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio support, as well as 3D Audio recording support with 4 microphones. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. It’s rated to deliver up to 26 hours of talk-time and up to 13 days of standby time.

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As for the HTC U Play, the Taiwanese company has launched the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant in India. The smartphone sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC. Its 16-megapixel rear camera comes with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilisation, PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. The front camera sports a 16-megapixel sensor with an UltraPixel mode, a BSI sensor, an f/2.0 aperture with a 28mm focal length.

Just like the HTC U Ultra, the U Play’s inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). HTC U Play connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 2.0 Type-C. The new HTC smartphone sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and gyroscope, weighs in at 145 grams, and measures 145.99×72.9×7.99mm. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button. HTC U Play is powered by a 2500mAh battery with fast charging support (5V/2A) that’s rated to deliver up to 15.21 hours of talk-time and up to 427.54 hours of standby time.

Moto G5 Hands-On Photos Leaked; Shows Metal Body and Hints at Removable Battery

Lenovo’s anticipated Moto G5 smartphone has been leaked in live images showing the metal body once again. The source for the leaked images, apart from confirming the presence of a metal body, also claims that the Moto G5 will feature a removable battery. Notably, this is the first time that the Lenovo’s Moto G5 has been rumoured to come with a removable battery.

Considering that the Moto G5 is expected to debut alongside the Moto G5 Plus, we can expect the latter to also come with removable battery. The new hands-on images shared by a Portuguese site further show the handset running Android 7.0 Nougat. The latest leaked images once again reiterate that the Moto G5 will feature a physical home button just below the display. The circular design housing the primary camera and LED flash can also be seen at the back. The legendary Moto “M” logo is again seen at the back.

Moto G5 Hands-On Photos Leaked; Shows Metal Body and Hints at Removable Battery

Separately, the Moto G5 has been spotted on a benchmark site – Geekbench. As per a screenshot shared by Slashleaks, the Moto G5 scores 594 in single-core score while 2350 in multi-core score.

Based on a flurry of leaks, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are expected to come with similar specifications including full-HD screen resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover for protection, Android 7.0 Nougat, and expandable storage support via microSD card (up to 128GB). Some of the other similarities in the handsets include a fingerprint scanner at the front, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel front camera, and water repellent coating. Both Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are expected to come in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colours.

Coming to the Moto G5 specifications, it is likely to feature a 5-inch full-HD display with a pixel density of 441ppi; 32GB inbuilt storage; 13-megapixel rear camera; 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC; 2800mAh battery with rapid charging support; 4G LTE support, and measure 144.3x73x9.5mm while weighing 145 grams. An earlier report has already claimed that the Moto G5 may be priced lower than its predecessor at launch. Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, is said to feature a slightly larger 5.2-inch full-HD display; 64GB storage; 3000mAh battery with TurboPower charging; 12-megapixel camera with dual autofocus feature; a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC; 4G LTE connectivity, while measuring 150.2x74x7.9mm and weighing 155 grams.

Lenovo is expected to launch the Moto G5 alongside Moto G5 Plus at the company’s Sunday event at the side-lines of MWC 2017 in Barcelona.

New Android One Smartphone to Launch at MWC 2017, General Mobile Confirms

General Mobile has confirmed an event on February 28, where the company will be unveiling its next Android One smartphone. The smartphone brand founded in the US has started sending media invites for an event at the side-lines of the MWC 2017 trade show in Barcelona next week.

New Android One Smartphone to Launch at MWC 2017, General Mobile Confirms

The official invite clearly confirms that the GM 6 Android One smartphone will be unveiled at the event. The official invite says that Google’s Jon Gold, Director, Android Partner Programs, will be also present at the launch event.

This won’t be the first MWC event for General Mobile as the company unveiled the GM 5 Plus Android One smartphone last year. It was priced at under $300 (approximately Rs. 20,500) and went on sale in over 15 countries last year.

The last Android One smartphone from General Mobile was the General Mobile GM 5 which was unveiled in November last year.

For those unaware, Google in partnership with General Mobile in 2015 had launched Europe’s first Android One smartphone. Google’s collaboration with General Mobile has enables the Android One initiative to reach different markets. General Mobile offers its Android One phones in almost 20 markets including Azerbaijan, Albania, Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Pakistan, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

To recall, when Google initially announced its Android One initiative back in June 2014, the platform was supposed to target emerging markets as well as ensure a minimum set of standards for smartphones. Google’s collaboration with General Mobile however hinted at a revamped strategy for Android One series.

Panasonic Launches New Toughpad Smartphones, Tablet in India Starting Rs. 99,000

Panasonic India on Tuesday introduced three Toughpad devices in the market including two smartphones – the Toughpad FZ-F1 and Toughpad FZ-N1 – and a tablet – the Toughpad FZ-A2. The highlighted features of these premium business-specific models are the sturdiness and durability to withstand accidental drops, reckless usage, and harsh conditions. The smartphones include one Android device priced at Rs. 99,000 and one Windows 10 Mobile device priced at Rs. 1,09,000, whereas the tablet runs on Android and is priced at a higher price of Rs. 1,20,000, along with additional taxes for each model.

Panasonic Launches New Toughpad Smartphones, Tablet in India Starting Rs. 99,000

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 & FZ-N1 smartphones share all the specifications except the operating system they are running on. The Toughpad FZ-F1 runs on Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise and Toughpad FZ-N1 is powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The shared specifications of the smartphones include an octa-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. They pack a 4.7-inch HD (720×1280) display and a battery (unknown capacity) that’s rated to deliver up to 1,400 hours of standby time. It has an inbuilt storage of 16GB and the connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 2G/EDGE/3G/4G LTE, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth (v4.1) and MicroUSB. Both the smartphones are equipped with angular 1D/ 2D Barcode reader for industry-oriented market of manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and retail among others. Both smartphones sport an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash apart from a 5-megapixel front camera.

Coming to the tablet Toughpad FZ-A2, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Enterprise Security. It is powered by a quad-core 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. It houses a 10.1-inch (1920×1200 pixels) display with flexible business customisation options that are suited best for automotive workshops, field work, showrooms. It has connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. It packs an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera.

Commenting on the launch, Vijay Wadhwan, Associate Director System and Solution Business, Panasonic India said, “Enterprise and government users are looking to do more with handhelds than ever before. The majority of handheld tablet solutions in market today are using an antiquated OS and are vastly underpowered. Additionally, older devices aren’t compatible with today’s standard enterprise applications, offer poor voice and data features and are larger and heavier than they need to be. The rugged handheld devices give companies an up-to-date, powerful, flexible and purpose-built solution, an excellent option that will improve efficiency, productivity and bottom-line performance for years to come.”

Gionee India Customers Now Have 30 Days to Return a Defective Mobile

Gionee on Tuesday announced revision in the company’s Dead on Arrival (DOA) policy for its handsets. The revised policy will now mean that Gionee mobile owners can return a phone with functional defect within 30 days of purchase, extended from the earlier seven-day limit.

Gionee India Customers Now Have 30 Days to Return a Defective Mobile

The Chinese company confirmed that the new policy revision will take effect in India from Tuesday. The extension can be seen as a positive sign from Gionee towards after sales service of its handsets.

Gionee consumers will however need to meet some criteria set for the revised DOA policy including functional defect within 30 days of activation or proof of purchase (whichever is earlier). The handset box should be supported by original invoice with IMEI details, retail box, device, and original accessories. The company also adds that the Gionee phone must not have any sign of major scratches, damage, tampering, liquid damage, and user defects. Consumers to get covered under the revised DOA policy will be required to reproduce the defect in the service centre. Gionee clearly mentions that customer will have to approach an authorised service centre with the defective handset along with retail box and all accessories to be eligible for the DOA policy.

The Dead on Arrival policy will not be considered under certain conditions, including if the defect is not reproduced at the service centre. In a press statement, the company also clarifies that handsets with software related issues won’t be covered under DOA policy.

The Chinese company claims that it currently has 460 exclusive service centres across India though it plans to increase the number to up to 650 by end of 2017. Gionee has also revealed plans to open 35 premium exclusive service centres in India this year.

Commenting on the DOA policy revision, Uday N. Pandey, Head – Service, Gionee India said, “Our commitment is consumer satisfaction and to ensure that we reach out to all our consumers across the country through exclusive service centres. The extension of the period in DOA policy will empower the customers to report to us if they are facing any technical issue with a smartphone and we will get it rectified. The new policy is elevating our commitment to consumers by prioritising their needs.”

Xiaomi Reportedly Planning to Expand Its Smartphone Portfolio to Boost Sales

Xiaomi is reportedly planning to add more smartphones to its portfolio, specifically in the mid and high-range, in order to improve its domestic performance in China. The Chinese smartphone maker has been struggling in terms of smartphone shipments in the domestic market and came in at fourth place in Q4 2016 as per a recent report by Singapore-based market research firm Canalys.

Xiaomi Reportedly Planning to Expand Its Smartphone Portfolio to Boost Sales

The company is planning to add more phones to its mid-tier and high-end models as it is facing stiff competition from other Chinese manufacturers like Oppo, Huawei, and Vivo, as per a report by Digitimes. Even though the company has already released its Mi Note 2 and Mi Mix smartphones, its sales have still been below market expectations in the first quarter of 2017, Digitimes said citing industry sources.

In order to improve management of its supply chain, Xiaomi is reportedly considering new suppliers for some parts and components, as per the report. The company has been tipped to buy display panels for its phones from Truly Opto-electronics.

Xiaomi is reportedly also planning to unveil its next-generation Mi 5c smartphone, which has been tipped to be powered by its in-house Pinecone V670 CPUs in March, as per the report.

As per the report by Canalys, in terms of smartphone shipments in Q4 2016 in China, Huawei topped the list followed by Oppo and Vivo. Xiaomi and Apple came in at fourth and fifth place respectively.

Huawei shipped 76.2 million units in China’s smartphone market in 2016, followed by Oppo with 73.2 million units and Vivo with 63.2 million. Interestingly, the company continues to perform extremely well in the Indian market despite weak performance in China.

Samsung Phones With Fingerprint Sensors Can Soon Be Used to Unlock Windows 10 PCs

Samsung introduced its Flow app on Android to allow users to move seamlessly between Samsung devices and the app appears set to soon get the ability to unlock Windows PCs as well. The Samsung Flow Android app currently allow users to unlock company’s Windows 10 Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 hybrid using just the fingerprint scanner on their phones and soon Windows 10 PCs might also be unlocked with the same feature.

Samsung Phones With Fingerprint Sensors Can Soon Be Used to Unlock Windows 10 PCs

In reply to a consumer query on Google Play, Samsung has confirmed that the company will release the Samsung Flow app for all Windows 10 PCs after next major Windows update, which is expected to come early April, as pointed out in a report by Sammobile. Looking at the timeline, it appears the Windows 10 Creators Update will bring support for the feature.

Just like with the Galaxy TabPro S, the Samsung Flow is anticipated to enable users to check and respond to their smartphone notifications from the PC itself, apart from allowing users to unlock Windows 10 PCs.

Users will also be able to share content from their smartphone to the PC using the Samsung Flow app. Samsung Flow has been compared with Apple’s Continuity feature on iOS and OS X Yosemite ever since its launch as both provide similar functionality and aim to get rid of the hassle that users have to usually face while switching between their devices.

Notably, Samsung Flow uses Bluetooth to show the device’s availability and then makes use of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (depending on whether both devices are in same network or not) to allow communication between the devices.

LG G6 Teaser Reiterates the Smartphone Will Be Water Resistant

The latest teaser for upcoming LG G6 smartphone has provided hint for a feature that has almost become synonymous with flagship smartphones by most companies – water resistance. Even though the brief teaser video by the company doesn’t exactly reveal the level of water resistance that will be offered by the smartphone, it does hint that users might not worry about the smartphone while carrying it near the swimming pool.

LG G6 Teaser Reiterates the Smartphone Will Be Water Resistant

The teaser video by the company shows just a woman swimming across in pool with LG G6 moniker and the smartphone’s outline coming later on, hinting at no particular details about the feature. To recall, LG had teased dust and water resistance for the G6 earlier as well.

As per previous leaks, LG G6 has been tipped to feature a near bezel-less QHD display with rounded edges. The display has been confirmed by LG to have an aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The base variant of the smartphone has been tipped to come with built-in storage of 32GB.

In terms of optics, recent teasers confirm that the smartphone will feature dual rear cameras both with 13-megapixel sensors. The phone is also said to house a battery with a capacity larger than 3200mAh.

Other LG G6 teasers have confirmed the smartphone will bear a FullVision display, Quad DAC support, dust and water resistance, reliability, and UX 6.0.

The upcoming flagship smartphone from LG will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which is scheduled to begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).