BlackBerry Mercury Smartphone With QWERTY Keyboard Leaked in Live Images

BlackBerry Mercury Smartphone With QWERTY Keyboard Leaked in Live Images

BlackBerry has been looking to revive its smartphone portfolio for a while now, but have been largely unsuccessful. BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed last month that the company is working on its last in-house smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. This smartphone is largely expected to be codenamed Mercury, and now fresh live images leak has revealed key details of the device.

The images have been leaked on Weibo, and they show uncanny similarity to the previously launched BlackBerry Priv. However, the keyboard is fixed below the display, and does not slide out of sight. It also has capacitive navigation buttons, and not on screen buttons, as found on the Priv.

The alleged BlackBerry Mercury is tipped to have the fingerprint sensor integrated into the space bar. BlackBerry is expected to unveil the smartphone sometime this month, and begin shipping it in 2017. It is also expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor, and feature a 4.5-inch sized display.The smartphone has been spotted on Geekbench as well, and the leak hints at 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.

BlackBerry will officially stop producing, stocking, and distributing its own phones, after this one last treat for all its (remaining) die-hard fans. Moving forward, it will license the BlackBerry brand to outside companies to put on phones they build themselves.

The physical keyboard is BlackBerry’s best-known smartphone feature, with many former users still lamenting its absence, and the company plans to switch off the lights in its factories, after giving its loyalists one last parting gift. There’s very little that is known about the BlackBerry Mercury as of now, but more details will surface as launch date nears.

 

 

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Zuk Edge Price, Specifications, Image Leaked Ahead of Launch

Zuk Edge Price, Specifications, Image Leaked Ahead of Launch
Lenovo is expected to unveil the Zuk Edge sometime this week, and running up to the launch, the smartphone has been leaked on several occasions. Now, a fresh render of the device has been leaked giving us some design peaks, along with the price and specification details of the smartphone.

The render leaked by Slashleaks shows the front side of the Zuk Edge. The image shows that the smartphone has a Home Button in the front, and the volume and power buttons housed on the right edge of the smartphone. The leak also reveals that the Zuk Edge may be priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 26,800).

It also reiterates specifications, and claims that the Zuk Edge may sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is expected to be powered by quad-core 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Another report claims that a 6GB RAM variant is also expected to be unveiled on launch day.
The Zuk Edge smartphone is pegged to be available in 32GB and 64GB storage models. With respect to optics, the Edge smartphone is tipped to come with a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front.
The smartphone is said to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZUI 2.0 skin, and is expected to pack a 3000mAh battery. The Zuk Edge is tipped to come with a fingerprint scanner as well (presumably under the Home Button at the bottom of the display. Lastly, the latest leak hints that the Zuk Edge measures at 142.9×74.5×7.68mm, and weighs 160grams.

 

 

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OnePlus 3T, Accessories, and More at Re. 1 in OnePlus December Dash Sale

OnePlus 3T, Accessories, and More at Re. 1 in OnePlus December Dash Sale
After the Diwali Dash, OnePlus is now hosting a December Dash sale. The OnePlus December Dash Sale will be held all through the month, and registered users stand a chance to purchase the newly released OnePlus 3T for just Re. 1 from the company’s online store.

The OnePlus December Dash Sale sale will be conducted on December 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 12pm to 6pm IST on the online store. Through this Dash sale, users stand a chance to buy the OnePlus 3T, OnePlus accessories, cases, covers, and other products for just Re. 1. To register, the user must get their OnePlus account ready, verify their mobile number, and fill in address and card details. It is also mandatory to share the event to their respective social channels thereafter to complete their registration process.

Registered users then earn points for every person who signs up through their share link. To earn a OnePlus 3T 128GB, the user must earn as many as 300 points. Once these points are earned, and the OnePlus 3T smartphone is claimed, the user must checkout by paying Re. 1 within three hours. Post the stipulated time frame; the OnePlus 3T unit will be removed from the user’s cart.
OnePlus is also conducting a weekly prize draw where all registered users stand a chance to win a free OnePlus 3T 64GB variant. The winner will be chosen randomly by OnePlus every Saturday for the month of December, and the winner will be intimated by email. For December Dash registrations, head to the company’s dedicated webpage.
The new OnePlus 3T is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the 64GB inbuilt storage model, and Rs. 34,999 for the 128GB storage model, and will be sold exclusively on Amazon India starting December 14.

 

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Blu Adopts Google OTA Software After Chinese Back Door Controversy

Blu Adopts Google OTA Software After Chinese Back Door Controversy
Smartphone company Blu came under the radar after its Blu R1 HD was found to transmit personally identifiable information (PII) to servers in China via a back door. Blu was fast to react to the issue, and released a software update that apparently stopped the transfer of data. Furthermore, Amazon stopped listing the unit on its site for purchase. Now, Blu has announced that it is ending ties with third party OTA update provider Adups, and is adopting the standard Google OTA method.

Security firm Kryptowire had revealed that Adups was the reason of this non-transparent data transfer between the smartphone and Chinese servers. Blu CEO Sammy Ohev-Zion confirmed to PC Mag that future smartphones from the company will be shipped with the standard Google OTA software. “Any new model that launches from December onwards will have Google’s OTA application instead of Adups,” he told the publication.

Ohev-Zion said that this pertains to all Blu smartphones, not just the R1 HD. “We will not install third-party applications where we don’t have the source code and don’t understand the behaviour. Today, no Blu phone has this problem,” Ohev-Zion pledged.

Information that was collected and transmitted included the full-body of text messages, contact lists, call history with full telephone numbers, unique device identifiers including the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) from a user’s phone. In some versions of the software, it even included fine-grained location. This transfer was happening without any initiation to the customer.

Notably, even anti-virus and other security software on phones were not able to discover the threat, as they normally disregard software already bundled on the phone by the smartphone manufacturer. Adups software was used in a variety of smartphones by Chinese and other manufacturers. If you’d like to check if your smartphone is affected, look for these APK files on your smartphone – com.adups.fota and com.adups.fota.sysoper.

 

 

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Kodak Ektra With DSLR-Like Camera to Start Shipping From December 9

Kodak Ektra With DSLR-Like Camera to Start Shipping From December 9

After an unsuccessful attempt with the Kodak IM5, the iconic camera company is now trying its luck to make a new mark in the smartphone market with the launch of the Kodak Ektra. Unveiled in October, the Kodak Ektra smartphone is set to be launched first in Germany on December 9.

The camera-focused smartphone is priced at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 36,000), and will be made available on Amazon, Media Markt, Ringfoto, Saturn, kodakphones.com, and notebooksbilliger.de for purchase, according to Android Authority. Starting January 16, the Kodak Ektra smartphone will be sold through carrier Deutsche Telekom as well. The handset will launch in other countries too. Notably, the Kodak Ektra price in India is not yet known, nor whether it would launch in India at all.

The smartphone has been manufactured by a UK company called Bullitt Group by licensing Kodak’s IP. The big highlight of Ektra is its unique design and the huge camera lens at the back with DSLR-like modes and features. The smartphone’s large rear sensor protrudes out of the smartphone significantly, but a slight curve design at the bottom looks to balance things out at surface level. Furthermore, the lens has a metal ring for protection.As for the camera, the Kodak Ektra sports a 21-megapixel fast-focus rear sensor with OIS, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and dual-LED Flash. There’s an additional 13-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF for selfies and video chats. DSLR modes include Smart Auto, Portrait, Manual, Sports, Bokeh, Night-time, HDR, Panorama, Macro, Landscape, and 4K Video Capture. There’s also an Advanced Manual mode that allows users to adjust exposure, ISO, focal length (Manual/Auto), white balance, shutter speed, and aperture (fixed f2.0 main camera).

Detailing other specifications, the Kodak Ektra features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 441ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 2.3GHz Helio X20 deca-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot. Furthermore, it packs a 3000mAh battery, supports USB Type-C charging, and measures 147.8×73.35×9.69mm.

The Kodak Ektra comes with a preloaded app called Print that lets you order physical copies of the pictures as well. It has a widget that recommends many photo-editing apps like Prisma and Adobe Lightroom, but the one installed by default is Snapseed.

 

 

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Alcatel Idol 4 With VR Headset India Launch Set for Thursday

Alcatel Idol 4 With VR Headset India Launch Set for ThursdayAlcatel OneTouch. Now, the company has started sending out invites for the launch of the Idol 4 smartphone in India on Thursday.

The Alcatel Idol 4 will be launched with a VR headset in India and the company says that it marks its foray into the expansive VR space. “The uniquely designed Idol 4 smartphones take everything up a notch with a new Boom Key and an augmented multimedia experience,” Alcatel said in its press invite for the event.

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LTPS display. The Idol 4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable (up to 512GB) via microSD card.
In terms of optics, the Alcatel Idol 4 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with touch focus and dual-LED flash. At front we have an 8-megapixel shooter, tagged with flash. The smartphone comes with a real-time face beautification feature.
The Alcatel Idol 4 measures 147×72.5×7.1mm and weighs 135 grams. It houses a 2610mAh battery, and further comes with support for Quick Charge version 2.0. The device was priced at EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 20,100) by the company at its launch but Indian pricing is yet to be announced by Alcatel.

 

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InFocus to Launch Aadhaar-Enabled Smartphone With Iris Scanning Feature

InFocus to Launch Aadhaar-Enabled Smartphone With Iris Scanning Feature

US-based handset maker InFocus will soon launch a new smartphone in India that will support Aadhaar authentication using the iris scanner on the device.

Priced at under Rs. 12,000, the device will be made available early next year. InFocus also says it has been awarded STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification) from the Indian government and the company plans to launch more devices supporting Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in the future.

STQC certification authenticates the use of Iris-recognition devices, used for biometric authentication linked under the Aadhaar project.

“InFocus smartphone features IriTech’s superior iris image quality assessment and on-board K7 generation algorithm to provide good quality images and avoid false positives while maximising true positive identification rates,” InFocus India Country Head Sachin Thapar told PTI.

Apart from UIDAI, IriTech also works with government agencies in the US, Kenya and Columbia. The smartphone with embedded algorithm can complete an image capture and K7 image generation in less than 2 seconds. It can capture the iris image under various environments, including under direct sunlight.
“Moreover, the biometric data from the InFocus device gets encrypted by a UIDAI key at the chip level in device, making it impossible for anyone but the Aadhaar server to see the information. Such encryption prevents information leakage of all kinds,” Thapar said.

Thapar added there is a great potential in the integration of iris recognition technology in a ubiquitous device like a smartphone.

“While the M425 will be made available in the next 2-3 months, we will bring more devices with this technology as we have received the certification,” he added. Thapar was referring to an iris scanning variant of the InFocus Bingo 20 (M425), which was launched in March this year at Rs. 5,749.
Currently, Samsung is the only phone maker to have already embedded Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS technology in its Galaxy Tab Iris.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has held discussions with handset makers and operating system providers to embed the identification technology onto their devices. The

availability of smart devices that are Aadhaar-enabled will help people authenticate their Aadhaar biometrics on the phone itself to avail of various government schemes, subsidies and services.

“The InFocus Aadhaar-enabled iris smartphone is a great example of the innovation possible on the Aadhaar platform. The phone is timely as it can be used for applications like opening instant bank accounts with eKYC and as a cashless micro ATM for merchant payments. This will accelerate JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) implementation,” said Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of UIDAI.

The dual-SIM InFocus Bingo 20 (M425) smartphone is a 4G-VoLTE enabled smartphone that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The phone features a 4.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB), apart from a 2300mAh battery.

Stating that the device can be used as a secure and reliable biometric solution in various arenas like banking, E-PDS (Electronic Public Distribution System), MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee Act) payments, E-governance services such as passport, taxation, healthcare and education, Thapar said this also represents a huge leap towards facilitating biometric identification.

“It also eliminates use of any separate devices for biometric identification,” he added.

 

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Moto X (2017) Leaked in Live Images That Show a Metal Body and No Moto Mods Support

Moto X (2017) Leaked in Live Images That Show a Metal Body and No Moto Mods Support
Despite numerous reports about the Moto X series being discontinued in favour of the Moto Z series, Lenovo in June said that the Moto X series is “alive and well”. Now, a series of leaked images claimed to be of the Moto X (2017) is doing the rounds of the rumour mills, though some reports are tipping it may be a new Moto Z series handset.

The leaked Moto X (2017) images, posted by Slashleaks, show the smartphone with a metal body, and a round camera panel that seems quite similar to that on Moto Z. Interestingly, the Moto X (2017) in the leaked images does not have any pins at the bottom-back, which can enable the support for Moto Mods. The Moto X (2017) smartphone bears a home button, which is thought to sport the fingerprint sensor.

Considering that Lenovo has already clarified earlier this year that its upcoming Moto Z flagship devices will come with support for attachable mods, it seems unlikely that the leaked smartphone in the leaked images is from Moto Z series.
Earlier this month, some other images of the alleged Moto X (2017) smartphone were leaked by techdroider, which also showcased a similar round camera panel at the back of the device. The Moto X (2017) leaked images by techdroider also lacked any pins for MotoMods support.
The Moto X (2017) smartphone is expected to be made available in Gold and Silver colour variants, as can be seen from the leaked images as well. However, other specifications about Moto X (2017) have still not been leaked. As it goes with every other leak, we will suggest you to take this one with a pinch of salt as well.

Lenovo’s Moto brand recently announced two new mods, that is, a 3000mAh Mophie Battery Pack and an Incipio Car Dock that allows charging and comes with a 3.5mm audio output.

 

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Lenovo Phab 2 India Launch Set for Tuesday

Lenovo Phab 2 India Launch Set for Tuesday
Lenovo will be launching the Phab 2 smartphone in India on Tuesday. The Chinese company is sending media invites for a webinar that begins at 11am IST. As teased earlier, the new Lenovo Phab 2 smartphone will be exclusive to Flipkart.

The company already unveiled the Phab 2 Plus in India last month, though there is still no word when it plans to launch the Phab 2 Pro, the Tango-ready phone, in India.

To refresh, the Lenovo Phab 2 is a Phab 2 Plus variant with some downgrades. The Phab 2 sports a lower resolution screen, camera is also downgraded, and there is no fingerprint scanner on the handset. Considering that Lenovo launched the Phab 2 Plus in India at Rs. 14,999, we expect the Phab 2 to be priced reasonably.

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The Phab 2 was launched at the company’s Tech World Event in June and priced at $199 (roughly Rs. 13,500). However, upon checking the company’s US site, the company is selling the Phab 2 at $169 (roughly Rs. 11,500) – so we can expect pricing to be closer to this price point at launch in India.

For specifications, the Lenovo Phab 2 features a 6.4-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It packs 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 128GB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and PDAF while there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens.

It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (both Micro-SIMs). It measures 175×88.5×9.6mm, and weighs 225 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support. It packs a massive 4050mAh battery, and was launched in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour options.

 

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LG V20 India Launch Set for Today

LG V20 India Launch Set for Today
As reported earlier, LG is set to hold a media event in New Delhi to launch the LG V20 smartphone in India on Monday. The LG V20 launch event will begin at 6.30pm IST, where the official pricing and availability details will be revealed.

LG V20 was launched in September in South Korea, and was the first smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. At that time, the company had announced that LG V20 would launch in India soon, and sure enough it has arrived to compete with other flagships in the competitive market. Even though the official LG V20 price is not yet out, Gadgets 360 had learnt that the smartphone became available to buy via offline retailers in India last week, at a best buy price of Rs. 54,999, and an MRP of Rs. 60,000.

The retailers also revealed that the LG V20 is being bundled with a complimentary Bang & Olufsen headset for early buyers, and that the smartphone will be launched with buyback schemes as an additional incentive. The biggest highlight of the LG V20 smartphone is its dual display and dual rear camera setup. The LG V20’s body is also constructed out of AL6013 metal, and is claimed to easily survive drops from a height of four feet.

To recap on the specifications, the LG V20 sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) IPS Quantum Display, and a secondary display that was seen on the LG V10 as well. The new LG V20 smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. On the imaging front, LG V20 sports a 16-megapixel primary rear camera with an additional 8-megapixel secondary rear camera as well; in front, LG V20 has a 5-megapixel sensor. LG V20 packs either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

The LG V20 battery is rated at 3200mAh, and the smartphone measures 159.70×78.10×7.60, and weighs 174 grams. Sensors on board the LG V20 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, proximity sensor, and gyroscope. Connectivity options on the LG V20 include 4G LTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared, and USB OTG. LG V20 also features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder, and B&O PLAY speakers.

 

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