Xiaomi’s In-House Pinecone Processor Teased in Another Video Ahead of Tuesday Launch

Xiaomi is set to unveil its Pinecone processors at an event on Tuesday. The company is expected to unveil two high-end processors, and running up to the launch, Xiaomi is doling out multiple teasers. The first one featured two-time World Memory Championships winner Wang Feng, and now the latest teaser shows how a Rubik’s Cube champion finishes solving one in just 18 seconds.

Xiaomi's In-House Pinecone Processor Teased in Another Video Ahead of Tuesday Launch

The latest teaser (via Xiaomi Today) shows a boy solving a Rubik’s Cube underwater in just 18 seconds, a monumental feat that indirectly boasts of the upcoming chips’ capabilities. The company’s earlier teaser also tried to hint at the processor’s memory power with Feng doing an impossible memory challenge.

Xiaomi is heavily rumoured to announce two high-end chipsets at the event – the Pinecone V970 and V670 chipsets – with the former being the more premium one. The V970 is made with high-end 10nm process and its GPU comes with 12 cores. The GPU is Mali-G71, and the processor is a two-cluster setup with 4x Cortex-A73 and 4x Cortex-A53 cores. The Chinese company is reportedly working very closely with Samsung for the V970.

In comparison, the Pinecone V670 is tipped be made of the old 28nm process, a rather mediocre chipset that even lacks 1080p screen support. It will include an octa-core A53 processor and Mali-T860MP2 GPU.

The first smartphone to integrate the Pinecone processor is expected to be the Mi 5c smartphone that has been making rounds on the Internet. Xiaomi with its in-house processor will be all set to take on the likes Apple, Samsung, and Huawei – all of which use their in-house processors on devices.

Xiaomi is expected to release another teaser on Monday before the official launch. The official invite has revealed that Pinecone processor announcement event will kick off at 2pm China time (11:30am IST) on Tuesday, and will be held at Beijing National Convention Center.

Asus ZenFone 3S Max India Launch Set for Today

Asus India is all set to launch a new ZenFone 3 variant in the country on Tuesday, the Asus ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL), with a live stream scheduled to begin at 12pm IST. For now, the India price and availability details of the smartphone aren’t known – though we know it’s set to be available via both offline and online retail channels.

Asus ZenFone 3S Max India Launch Set for Today

The Asus ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL) sports an aluminium metal body and a fingerprint scanner that’s embedded in the home button at the front. Asus claims that the smartphone can be unlocked in 0.5 seconds and it supports recognition of up to 5 fingers. We spent a brief time with the smartphone, and you can check out our first look below.

The ZenFone 3S Max runs Android 7.0 Nougat based ZenUI 3.0, and offers features such as multi-window mode, ZenMotion Touch Gesture, Bluelight filter, and GameGenie. It bears a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and comes with 2.5D contoured edge.

It is powered by an MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). It features a  13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 5P Largan lens, and dual-LED real-tone flash.

The rear camera supports several modes including super resolution mode, low-light mode, panoramic mode, backlight HDR mode, and beautification mode. There’s an 8-megapixel front-camera on board as well. The dual-SIM ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL) supports reverse charging capability which means it can act as a power bank for other smartphones.

Gionee F5 Mid-Range Smartphone With 4GB RAM, 4000mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications, and More

Chinese smartphone brand Gionee has launched the new Gionee F5 smartphone as part of its ‘F’ series in its home country. The new smartphone has been priced at CNY 1799 (roughly Rs. 17,600) and is already available in the market. The big highlights of Gionee F5 mid-range smartphone are its 4000mAh battery and 4GB RAM.

Gionee F5 Mid-Range Smartphone With 4GB RAM, 4000mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications, and More

The company has decided to make the Gionee F5 available only in Gold and Rose Gold colour variants. The metal-bodied smartphone has a physical Home Button in the front with capacitive navigation keys, and the volume and power buttons are housed on the right edge.

As for Gionee F5 specifications, it sports a 5.3-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass screen. The smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and Mali T860 GPU. Gionee F5 offers 32GB of internal storage with the option to expand further as well (up to 128GB).

In the camera department, Gionee F5 sticks to the basics with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies and video chats. The hybrid dual-SIM (Nano + Nano/ microSD) device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Amigo OS 3.2 out of the box and sports a fingerprint reader as well underneath the Home Button.

The dimensions of Gionee F5 stand at 150×74.5×7.7mm, and it weighs 162 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. There is no word on when this Gionee F5 will be launched in the international markets.

Huawei Enjoy 6s With 3GB of RAM Launched: Price, Specifications, and More

Huawei has unveiled its new Enjoy 6s smartphone in China. Priced at CNY 1,599 (approximately Rs. 16,000), the Huawei Enjoy 6s is now available to buy in China in Gold, Silver, and White colour variants.

Huawei Enjoy 6s With 3GB of RAM Launched: Price, Specifications, and MoreThe Huawei Enjoy 6s is an upgraded variant of the Huawei Enjoy 6. The Enjoy 6s looks almost identical to its predecessor with a few differences on the back panel. On the design front, the new Huawei Enjoy 6s also sports metal body and comes with chamfered edges. It measures 7.6mm thin and supports dual-SIM functionality.

It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display, unlike the Enjoy 6 that came with AMOLED panel. Under the hood, the Enjoy 6s is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset packs 32GB of inbuilt storage. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel front camera. The handset is backed by a 3020mAh battery which is smaller than the 4100mAh battery on the Enjoy 6. It supports 4G with VoLTE and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1. The smartphone also has a fingerprint scanner at the back. The Enjoy 6 was water and dust resistant with IP52 certification though there is no word whether the Huawei Enjoy 6s is also water and dust resistant. The Enjoy 6s launch was first reported by GizmoChina.

Launched in October this year, the Huawei Enjoy 6 was launched in China at CNY 1,299 (approximately Rs. 13,000). Much like the Enjoy 6, Huawei may not launch the Enjoy 6s outside China.

Lenovo, Oppo, Xiaomi sales grew at lightning speed last fiscal: IDC

Image result for Lenovo, Oppo, Xiaomi sales grew at lightning speed last fiscal: IDCIn a clear sign of Chinese aggression in Indian’s smartphone market, three of the largest Chinese brands — Lenovo, Oppo and Xiaomi — grew sales last fiscal at a lighting pace, rarely seen in the industry.

Lenovo India that owns two brands — Lenovo and Motorola, almost doubled revenue on a large base during 2015-16, while Oppo more than quadrupled sales, edging closer to the Rs 1,000 crore milestone in just the second year of its operations in the country.

Xiaomi, on the other hand, clocked record sales of over 2 million units in the July-September quarter, its highest in India since it started operations, paving the way for a record year with the company selling more than a million phones in October.

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Lenovo India’s turnover touched Rs 10,484 crore in 2015-16 compared with Rs 5,602.84 crore the fiscal before, aided by expansion of the Lenovo brand smartphones in the offline channel and success of its Motorola brand in online sales.

China’s largest smartphone maker Oppo’s sale in India grew to Rs 934 crore last fiscal as compared to Rs 211.5 crore in 2014-15, as per the filings. For Xiaomi too, an expansion in the offline market and adding new online partners through the year, coupled with large product portfolio and manufacturing capacity to meet demand, have lead to a 150% volumes growth.

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According to the Hong Kong–based market tracker Counterpoint Research, the share of Chinese brands has increased from 18% to 32% in the past one year in the Indian smartphone market driven by growth of players like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo.


But the biggest loser in this battle is Micromax. ET recently reported Micromax’s decline in annual revenues for the first time in 2015-16 when sales fell by 6% at Rs 9,825.46 crore as against Rs 10,450.47 crore in the previous year. Even in 2014-15, Micromax sales grew 47%.


As per IDC, Lenovo-Motorola also overtook Micromax as the second largest smartphone maker in India in the quarter ended September.

Xiaomi sold over 2 million smartphones between July-September in India: IDC

Image result for Xiaomi sold over 2 million smartphones between July-September in India: IDCChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi clocked record sales of over 2 million units in the July-September quarter, its highest ever in India since it started operations, paving way for a record year with the company selling more than a million phones in October.

Expansion in the offline market and adding new online partners through the year, coupled with large product portfolio and manufacturing capacity to meet consumer demand, have lead to a 150% growth in volumes sales in the quarter, compared to 2015.

“We crossed 2 million plus sales in one quarter in third quarter for the first time, compared with our performance last year, we have attained more than 150% growth year-on-year,” Manu Jain, head of India operations said, citing International Data Corporation (IDC). Third quarter this year was the best for the smartphone industry with the highest ever number of smartphones shipped into India – 32.3 million.

“Mi India has been warmly welcomed by users, which is why we are one of the fastest growing brands in the smartphone industry today – one out of every four smartphones sold online was Xiaomi,” he added.

Nokia Android Phone With Entry-Level Specifications Spotted on Benchmark Site

Nokia Android Phone With Entry-Level Specifications Spotted on Benchmark SiteThe Finnish company Nokia is trying its luck once again at smartphone manufacturing, and this time things look certain as Nokia is about to re-enter the smartphone market at MWC 2017 to be held in Barcelona. The company behind the Nokia’s smartphone launch – HMD Global – has confirmed that it will attend MWC next year. A handful of mid-range and top-end Nokia smartphones have already been spotted on benchmark sites. Now, there is a new entrant to the list that has appeared on Geekbench with specifications that point to it being an entry-level device.

As per the Geekbench listing, a new entry level device with the name Nokia Pixel is seen running Android 7.0.1 Nougat. The smartphone is also seen powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. The CPU is a dual-core variant at a clock speed of 1.19GHz. It is also said to support Quick Charge 3.0 technology inside to charge the battery. Under the tests run by Geekbench, the Nokia Pixel scored 404 on the single-core test while it resulted with 661 on the multi-core test. It is likely the name of the smartphone will change before being commercially launched.


Nokia’s D1C is already in limelight with its launch anticipated to happen next year at MWC. The Nokia D1C in September was listed on Geekbench that quite revealed the specifications under its hood. There are other smartphones that have appeared as well in public and are rumoured to be launched at MWC – Nokia 5320, Nokia 1490.

Recently, according to a Chinese tipster, Nokia’s unnamed upcoming smartphone is said to feature a 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch screen size. The rumours also claim that the smartphone will sport 2K (QHD) display which means that the handset may belong to the high-end category. HMD Global will bring Nokia back to the mobile world and the upcoming Nokia smartphones will be manufactured by Foxconn. In May, Nokia granted HMD Global the exclusive licence to create Nokia-branded Android mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years.

OnePlus three digicam Samples launched; smartphone Leaked in severa snap shots

There’s little left to the imagination with regards to the OnePlus 3. The cellphone has been subjected to numerous leaks in advance of its June 14 unveil, and now, we get treated with camera samples, and a few leaked pricing information.

OnePlus 3 Camera Samples Released; Smartphone Leaked in Numerous Images

After releasing digicam samples some days ago, OnePlus has released greater photographs to show what the OnePlus 3 digital camera can do. The four snap shots are stunning; shooting motion, depth of field, and colours adeptly.

There may be one photograph of a small bridge by means of the sea, highlighting the camera’s focusing skills. some other photo of a firecracker shows how movement is captured properly, even in low light situations. the other pictures also boast of high-quality coloration and clarity. again, these pix may additionally were taken after an awful lot detail and deliberation, and a newbie might not be able to produce such consequences.

Of route, we can reserve our very last judgement about the OnePlus 3’s digicam for when we assessment the device.

Inside the meanwhile, chinese tipster Reviewer has additionally unveiled the feasible pricing of the phone (thru Mobipicker), alongside numerous pictures of the smartphone from all angles, leaving nothing to the imagination. even as the OnePlus 3 is stated to come in numerous bundles, the tipster claims that the base variation will be priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,three hundred). If that is proper, its pretty an attractive presenting, considering the rumoured specs.

The organisation in the in the meantime has also released the kernel and tool tree of OxygenOS to the community for further development.

For all people who do not already realize, OnePlus is hosting the release occasion on a VR area station. The phone may be sold invite-free soon after release. The OnePlus 3 is predicted to include a five.5-inch show, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB or 6GB RAM alternatives, sixteen-megapixel rear camera, and an eight-megapixel front lens.

Caterpillar unveils the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal imaging camera

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Ruggedized smartphones are usually considered fairly niche products that are aimed at those in industries such as construction or law enforcement, or any profession where the device is likely to take a hammering on a daily basis. Because of this, they don’t have the performance of many flagship smartphones, but they often come with unique features of their own. One example is the new Caterpillar S60, which sports a built-inFlir thermal imaging camera.

Flir, which is one of the largest thermal imaging companies in the world, has integrated its Lepton sensor used in its thermal cameras into the body of the device, alongside a regular 13MP rear camera.

The sensor is able to produce live images, measure surface temperatures, and can record both stills and video, although its resolution is limited to VGA (640 X 480). Cat suggests it could be used during search and rescue missions where people may be obscured by smoke, or for law enforcement to check tire temperatures.

The S60 comes with Android Marshmallow and features a Snapdragon 617 processor. In addition to the 13MP rear camera, it also has a 5MP front-facing version, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 720p 4.7-inch display (with a peak brightness of over 500 nits) and a powerful 3800mAh battery.

Closing off the device’s microphone and earpiece openings make it waterproof down to just over 16 feet, where it can operate for up to an hour. This gives it the title of the world’s most waterproof smartphone. Moreover, it can be used with both wet and gloved hands, and comes with a strengthened die cast steel frame that is designed to exceed the military’s 810G drop test specifications.

Thanks to its reinforced body and 1mm thick Gorilla Glass 4 display, the S60 can be dropped onto concrete from over five-and-a-half feet and still be okay to use.

The Cat S60 will be priced around $600 when it launches at the end of May.

Oppo A30 With 3GB RAM Goes Official, Appears Identical to OnePlus X

Oppo A30 With 3GB RAM Goes Official, Appears Identical to OnePlus X

Oppo has silently introduced its new A-series handset, the A30, in China. The new Oppo A30 is now listed on the company’s China site without any pricing or availability details. Notably, is identical to theOnePlus X Champagne Edition, both in terms of looks and specifications.

According to the company listing, the Oppo A30 features a 5-inch full-HD display and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz clubbed with 3GB of RAM. To note MSM8974 doesn’t distinguish between the Snapdragon 800 or Snapdragon 801, even including clock speed, unless the revision number is mentioned. It’s otherwise identical to the OnePlus X, which sports the Snapdragon 801, so it is being speculated by publications to carry the latter. The smartphone packs 16GB of built-in storage while there is no word on the expandable storage of the handset.

It supports single Nano-SIM and supports 4G LTE connectivity. The company’s listing confirms that the Oppo A30 will also support LTE bands in India. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based Oppo A30 will pack a 2525mAh battery. It measures 140x69x6.9mm and weighs 138 grams. The Oppo A30 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. It also houses an 8-megapixel front camera on board. With identical specifications to the OnePlus X, and we can expect the Oppo A30 to be priced similarly. The Oppo A30 includes proximity, ambient light sensor, and accelerometer sensors.

The Chinese company has also been rumoured to work on a handset dubbed A35 which was reported to pass Tenaa, a Chinese telecommunications certification authority.

Oppo, earlier this month, started selling the camera-focused F1 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 15,990, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM + Nano-SIM) supporting smartphone runs on ColorOS 2.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The Oppo F1 sports an aluminium body and is slim at 7.25mm.

The highlight of the smartphone is its camera. The Oppo F1 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and single LED flash. It also includes an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with wider f/2.0 aperture (1/ 4-inch sensor) along with software features such as Beautify 3.0, 8 live colour filters, and more. The display also doubles as the flash in low-light environments.