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Samsung announced its flagship phablet Galaxy Note 7 earlier this month, and the smartphone was launched in India on Thursday. Even though the latest entry into Samsung’s Galaxy Note series will come running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, the South-Korean company has reportedly said that Android 7.0 Nougat is making its way to the smartphone in next two to three months.

According to a report by The Korea Times, Samsung Mobile chief Koh Dong-jin revealed the timeline, and said, “It is very important for us to offer up-to-date information with the new OS, but what’s more crucial is to build a stable and seamless platform for users.”

“That’s why we are planning to do enough beta testing before any OS updates,” Koh added.

Android 7.0 Nougat will bring improvements like multi-window support, enhanced notifications, revamped doze, number blocking, and more.

The Galaxy Note 7 has been priced at Rs. 59,900, and will become available in the India from September 2 in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, and Black Onyx colour variants. Galaxy Note 7 variant in India will come with Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa SoC (four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.6GHz), coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.


Reliance Retail’s Lyf brand is gearing up to launch two new smartphones, the Wind 3 and Flame 8, in India. Both the smartphones will be the first to go on sale via a third party e-commerce website Flipkart. As of now, there is no word whether both these handsets will be also available via the company’s offline retail channel.

The Lyf Wind 3 (seen above) has been priced at Rs. 6,999 while the Lyf Flame 8 will be available at Rs. 4,199. Both these smartphones are still listed as ‘coming soon’, and are expected to go on sale from Wednesday under Flipkart’s Freedom sale. The company via its Twitter handle confirms the Wednesday availability of the Lyf Wind 3 on Flipkart, and that it will come with the Jio Preview Offer for 3 months. The Lyf Flame 8 is expected to be available under a similar offer.

Much like other Lyf-branded smartphones, the Lyf Wind 3 and Flame 8 smartphones support 4G LTE bands in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz) and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz). Both handsets also support VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD voice call compatibility.

The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM + Micro-SIM) Lyf Wind 3 sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display with Asahi Dragontrail Glass and 267ppi pixel density. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. The Wind 3 smartphone supports 4G connectivity only on a single SIM card slot at a time.

The smartphone is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel fixed-focus front camera. The smartphone packs 16GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB).

Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB, apart from 4G (LTE Cat. 4 support). The handset measures 152.6×76.6×9.4mm and weighs 160 grams. The Lyf Wind 3 is backed by a 2920mAh battery.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM) supporting Lyf Flame 8 (seen above) smartphone features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 218ppi and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. The company says both SIM card slots are 4G enabled; though, at one time only one SIM can use 4G while the other will work on 2G.

It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM. The Lyf Flame 8 packs 8GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Android Lollipop-based smartphone sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Some of the camera features include autofocus, face detection, and smile detection modes. Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB, apart from 4G.

Measuring 132.6×66.2×9.3mm, the Lyf Flame 8 weighs 138 grams. It packs a 2000mAh battery and will be available in Black and White colours. The launch was first reported by TechPP.


Zen Mobile on Monday launched the successor to the Cinemax 2 in India, the Cinemax 3. Priced at Rs. 5,499, the smartphone comes with a ‘free protection kit’ worth Rs. 499.

The highlight feature of the Zen Cinemax 3 is its sandstone finish back panel, similar to what OnePlus offered with its One smartphone. It also bears a 2900mAh battery, and a 5.5-inch IPS display, both of which will help make it more suitable for video consumption.

The dual-SIM Zen Cinemax 3 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and sports a 5.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) IPS display. Powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor (unspecified), the Cinemax 3 bears 2GB of RAM.

As for optics, the Zen Cinemax 3 sports a 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash, and a 3.2-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on the Cinemax 3 include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope. The smartphone runs on 2900mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 30 hours of talk time. The company is also touting the auto call recording feature, and, an SOS feature.

Speaking about the launch, Sanjay Kalirona, CEO, Zen Mobile, said, “Zen Cinemax 3 is designed to provide best in class experience to the users by combining quad core processor power, powerful 2900 mAh battery all into one device. The device is loaded with various smart features at an affordable price that provides seamless experience.”


These days, rumours and leaks in the tech industry are no joke. In the lead-up to most important device launch events, almost all the specifications and the hardware designs are leaked with unprecedented regularity. Maybe this is the reason why OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei quashed the rumour of a mini variant of OnePlus 3 by himself on social networking website Twitter.

Last week, a report by Phone Arena suggested that a new smartphone that had surfaced on benchmark site GFXBench with almost similar specs to the OnePlus 3 apart from the screen size may be the OnePlus 3 Mini.

Carl Pei replied on a link to the story on Twitter by saying just plain “No” followed by “#rumorshutdown”. While this might be an indication that either the listing was entirely false, could point to another Android phone by a different smartphone manufacturer, which would bear the same specifications as OnePlus 3 but in a smaller size.

According to the leak, the benchmark listing on GFXBench showed a smartphone with a 4.6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display that was powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and an Adreno 530 GPU. The phone also features 6GB of RAM and has inbuilt storage of 64GB.

Last week the company also decided to halt sales of OnePlus 3, as it is struggling to keep up with the demand, from this Tuesday in 23 European countries for over a month, giving its inventory time to replenish.


Asus on Thursday began sending media invites for the ZenFone 3 India launch event, to be held in New Delhi on August 17.

The event, being called ‘Z3nvolution India’, will see Asus CEO Jerry Shin in attendance. While the invite does not mention ZenFone 3 in particular, it is safe to presume given the naming of the event.

To recall, Asus had first unveiled the ZenFone 3 series at its Zenvolution event in May in Taipei. At that time, the company had unveiled three smartphones in the series – the ZenFone 3, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the ZenFone 3 Ultra.

Since then, the company unveiled the ZenFone 3 Deluxe with a Snapdragon 821-based variant in July, and then, the ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max the same month.

When launched in Taipei, the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) was priced starting $249 (roughly Rs. 16,800). It features a 5.5-inch full-HD Super IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card support (up to 128GB), a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, USB Type-C port, and a 3000mAh battery.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) was priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,600), and sports a 5.7-inch full-HD Super Amoled display, a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card expansion (up to 256GB), a 23-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The Snapdragon 821 model launched in July featured a TWD 24,990 (approximately Rs. 52,000) price tag.

The ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) was priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,200), and features a 6.8-inch full-HD IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage, microSD card support (up to 128GB), a 23-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, and a 4600mAh battery.

The ZenFone 3 Laser was launched in Vietnam at VND 5,990,000 (roughly Rs. 18,000), and bears a 5.5-inch full-HD display, an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card expansion, a fingerprint scanner, and a 13-megapixel ‘PixelMaster’ rear camera.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max on the other hand was priced at VND 4,490,000 (approximately Rs. 13,500) in Vietnam, and features a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS LCD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, a fingerprint scanner, and a 4100mAh battery.

OnePlus has received criticism around the world for struggling to keep up with the demand for the phones produced by the company. The company initially used the invite system to dodge the demand issue but decided to do away with it this year with the launch of its smartphone OnePlus 3. As it turns out, the company was not equipped to handle the demand for the OnePlus 3 from Europe.

The company has decided to halt sales of OnePlus 3 temporarily in 23 European countries so that its inventory gets the time to replenish. The list of the countries includes Austria, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.

Company co-founder Carl Pei in a blog post on Wednesday said, “We are working hard to secure more stock and fire up more production lines so that we can fulfill our goal of putting premium products into the hands of as many people as possible.”

The sales will be halted from August 9 to September 12 as per the blog post.

Interestingly, there is a new phone that has surfaced on benchmark site GFXBench that has almost similar specs to OnePlus 3 apart from the screen size, which is mentioned to be 4.6-inch in this case, reports Phone Arena, which also speculates the smartphone may be called the OnePlus 3 Mini.

The benchmark listing on GFXBench shows a smartphone with a full-HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels), and powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC and the Adreno 530 GPU. The phone also features 6GB of RAM and has inbuilt storage of 64GB.

Although there is no proof that the phone has anything to do with OnePlus, the similarity in specifications might suggest a mini variant of company’s highly-successful smartphone OnePlus 3.

OnePlus, after rolling out the 3.2.1 update for its OxygenOS on OnePlus 3 earlier this month, the is rolling out OxygenOS 3.2.2. The update for the OnePlus 3 carries with itself some useful improvements like better notification management in doze mode and disabled fingerprint sensor while in the pocket.

OxygenOS 3.2.2 update for the OnePlus 3 contains other improvements like added NFC toggle in quick settings, enhanced noise cancellation in video recording, and an updated 4K video recording codec, as per the changelog on the OnePlus forum. The update also addresses the alert slider/silent mode issue and contains the latest security patches and various optimisations.

OnePlus 3 has also received an official support for CyanogenMod 13, and nightly builds are now available for users to flash on their phones. However, as pointed out by Android Beat, there are a couple of issues with the build in its present form. As OnePlus has not given out a binary release, Dash charge is currently not supported by the build.

Also, the post-processing applied by the stock camera app on OxygenOS is missing in the CyanogenMod 13 build and as a result, the pictures taken by the camera take a major quality hit. However, an official CyanogenMod release indicates that the build is reaching a stable point and is expected to sort out minor bugs soon.

OnePlus and Cyanogen parted ways in April last year as Cyanogen had a different goal than OnePlus’ on the software front, which resulted in the breaking up of the deal, Cyanogen’s Founder CTO Steve Kondik explained later.

Asus on Thursday unveiled the ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max smartphones at an event in Vietnam. The Asus ZenFone 3 Laser has been priced at VND 5,990,000 (approximately Rs. 18,000) while the Asus ZenFone 3 Max comes at VND 4,490,000 (approximately Rs. 13,500). Both the smartphones will be available to purchase in Vietnam soon.

The Taiwanese handset maker has not revealed availability details of the new ZenFone smartphones outside Vietnam. Both the ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max smartphones sport metal builds and run Zen UI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The ZenFone 3 Laser looks like an upgraded version of the ZenFone 3, and basically features improved camera features such as second-generation laser autofocus which is claimed to focus in 0.03 seconds. It sports a 13-mgapixel ‘PixelMaster’ camera with Sony IMX214 sensor with EIS (electronic image stabilisation)

Other specifications of the ZenFone 3 Laser include a 5.5-inch full-HD display with 2.5D curved glass. It is powered by an octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is 32GB of inbuilt storage and smartphone sports fingerprint scanner. It comes with 7.9mm thickness.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max features 5.2-inch IPS LCD full-HD display and comes with 32GB of storage. The smartphone packs 3GB of RAM and also sports a fingerprint scanner which is said to unlock the handset in 0.2 seconds. Unfortunately, no detail about the chipset was revealed by the company. The biggest highlight of the ZenFone 3 Max is its 4100mAh battery which comes with power bank mode for reverse charging. Both the smartphones will be available in Titanium Grey, Glacier Silver, and Sand Gold colours. The launch of the ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max in Vietnam was reported by Techrum.


Samsung and Reliance Jio have partnered to allow users of select smartphones to avail of the Jio Preview Offer. While the offer was previously only available bundled with the purchase of Reliance Retail’s Lyf brand of smartphones, and the move marks the first time Reliance Jio has tied up with another mobile manufacturer for the preview.

As reported by TechPP, the Reliance Jio Preview Offer gives users of select Samsung smartphones three months of unlimited data, HD voice and video calling, and SMS messages on a Jio SIM, apart from access to Jio applications. The offer is available for both existing and new customers of select Samsung smartphones.

The report lists the eligible Samsung smartphones, all of which are of course 4G-enabled with support for the FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz). The Samsung Galaxy A5, Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7, Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy A8, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 5 Duos, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 Edge are reportedly eligible for the offer.

To avail the offer, users of the above-mentioned select Samsung smartphones will have to download the MyJio app. Once they’ve done so, they’ll find an option to Get Jio SIM. Clicking on that will generate a coupon with a barcode and Jio Offer code that mentions a period of validity. The coupon is non-transferable, and can only be used on the device it is generated on. Users will then have to choose which proof of address and proof of identity they would like to submit as verification documents.

After this, users will have to visit their nearest Reliance Digital store to submit their documentation and pick up the free Reliance Jio SIM card. Once they’ve picked up the SIM card, users will need to insert it into their smartphone and then tele-verify it by calling 1977. At that point, users need to open the MyJio app again and avail of the Jio Preview Offer. Once their 90-day preview is up, users will be presented with the option to continue with Reliance Jio’s commercial tariff plan.

Asus, as promised, has revealed the availability details of the ZenFone range of smartphones. At an event in Taiwan on Tuesday, the company also unveiled a new ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant which will be the first commercial smartphone featuring the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. The Taiwanese company also unveiled the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet.

The all-new Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe has been priced at TWD 24,990 (approximately Rs. 52,000) and will go on sale later this year. Other ZenFone 3 Deluxe variants featuring Snapdragon 820 will go on sale early next month in Taiwan. No word on other markets as of now. Asus confirmed that ZenFone 3 is now available in Taiwan while the ZenFone 3 Ultra is up for pre-orders and is expected to be available by end of this month.

Apart from the Snapdragon 821 SoC, the new ZenFone 3 Deluxe also packs massive 256GB of built-in storage. Rest of the specifications of the new ZenFone 3 is identical to the ‘regular’ ZenFone 3 Deluxe models. It features a 5.7-inch full-HD Super Amoled display and packs a whopping 6GB of RAM and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The rear camera sports a 23-megapixel Sony sensor with 4K video support and also packs an 8-megapixel front camera. There is 3000mAh battery on board. It measures 156.4×77.4×7.5mm and runs Asus Zen UI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Additionally, there’s a ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage as well.

Apart from the new ZenFone 3 Deluxe, Asus on Tuesday also launched the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet featuring a 9.7-inch LCD display with a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The tablet packs 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It supports expandable storage via microSD card. There is an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The tablet runs Asus Zen UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is powered by a hexa-core MediaTek (MT8176) processor clocked at 1.7GHz and also sports a fingerprint scanner. According to Engadget, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) has been reportedly priced at TWD 10,990 (approximately Rs. 23,000). It is expected to go on sale in August.

Asus at the global launch in May had revealed pricing of the some ZenFone 3 models, the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) was priced starting at $249 (roughly Rs. 16,800), the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,600), and the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,200).