BlackBerry late last month announced that it won’t make any smartphones and instead focus on its software business. The company said it would completely outsource smartphone design and production marketed under its brand. Now, the BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone, which had leaked on several occasions earlier, has made it to the market via third-party retailers.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone was last month accidentally made public on the company’s own website ahead of any official announcement. The official webpage with BlackBerry DTEK60 smartphone featuring some specifications was soon taken down by the company. The smartphone, said to be a rebranded variant of the TCL 950, has since then briefly made its way back to the company site, and was even spotted passing through the US FCC and the Wi-Fi Alliance. The smartphone is now available for pre-orders via a third-party online retailer, B&H Photo, priced at $499.99 (approximately Rs. 33,500). The online retailer clearly lists the handset as “Coming soon” and the shipping time as “Not available.”
According to the online retailer, the BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone features a 5.5-inch QHD Amoled display with 534ppi pixel density; a Snapdragon 820 processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB of inbuilt storage; a 21-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and dual-LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera. It measures 153.9×75.4x7mm, weighs 165 grams, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset is backed by a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G. The online listing was first reported by Crackberry.
To recall, BlackBerry in July this year launched its second Android-based smartphone – DTEK50 – and called it “the world’s most secure Android smartphone.”
Huawei Terminal’s brand Honor is all set to launch its flagship smartphone in India on Wednesday – the Honor 8. The highlight feature of the smartphone is its dual rear camera setup. The New Delhi launch event is scheduled to begin at 11:30am IST. The company said it would unveil other devices at the event, but did not reveal what these would be.
To recall, the Honor 8 was launched in China back in July. Three memory and inbuilt storage variants had been launched – 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000) model, 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage model CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 23,000), and CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000). The company is anticipated to launch the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model in the country.
The Honor 8 is a dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone that runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s EMUI 4.1 skin on top. It sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display with a pixel density of 423ppi.
The Honor 8 is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 950 processor. As we mentioned, the smartphone bears a dual rear camera setup, sporting two 12-megapixel cameras. The rear cameras also feature dual-tone LED flash, and laser autofocus. On the front, the Honor 8 bears an 8-megapixel camera. The rear panel also sports a fingerprint sensor.
The 32GB of inbuilt storage on the smartphone is expandable via the hybrid dual-SIM card slot, where if users are not utilising the second SIM card slot they can use a microSD card (up to 128GB) instead. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and an infrared scanner. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery.
The smartphone measures in at 145.5x71x7.45mm, and weighs 153 grams. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, a gyroscope, and a proximity sensor.
HTC posted its earnings for September on Thursday following the official announcement of Google Pixel smartphones that were assembled by the company. The Taiwanese company reported a 31.3 percent year-on-year rise, and a 42 percent rise in comparison to August, in its consolidated monthly revenue during September to TWD 9.33 billion (roughly Rs. 2,000 crores).
Even though there was no word about the Pixel smartphones in company’s press release regarding monthly earnings, it is hard to ignore that the company’s revenue witnessed the massive jump in the month leading to the announcement of Google’s smartphones.
Interestingly, September is now the first month in the calendar year where HTC has reported a year-on-year growth. The company’s total unaudited consolidated revenue from January to September stood at TWD 55.91 billion (roughly Rs. 11,850 crores).
In the month leading up to the launch of Pixel smartphones, almost all of their features as well as their design were leaked on the Internet.
Google unveiled its Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones on Tuesday. These are the first Google-branded smartphones and have been manufactured by HTC. India is among the launch markets for the smartphone and Google Pixel’s price in India will start at Rs. 57,000. The pre-orders will begin from October 13.
It’s been over three months since the launch of the OnePlus 3 and users of OnePlus’ latest flagship device have been waiting eagerly for the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update. OnePlus recently told its fans during a Reddit AMA that it is “actively working” on bringing the latest Android update to its current flagship. CEO Pete Lau has now posted a short clip on Twitter which shows the Android Nougat’s ‘N’ logo on the OnePlus 3.
Keeping true to the company’s ‘Flagship Killer’ title, the OnePlus 3 was launched with impressive, flagship specifications at a nominal price of Rs. 27,999. The dual-SIM smartphone features a 5.5-inch display and full-HD resolution (401ppi). It features Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC (two cores clocked at 2.2GHz, and two cores clocked at 1.6GHz) with Adreno 530 GPU on board, and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
The device was launched running OxygenOS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It is well known that the OnePlus devices are developer-friendly leaving the device open for custom-built mods. Thus, some OnePlus 3 users would have already experienced the Android 7.0 Nougat update if they installed the unofficial CyanogenMod CM14 ROM by XDA-Developers. The ROM, however, is very unstable and the developers urge caution for those who wish to install it.
Android 7.0 Nougat brings tons of new features such as multi-window support which will allow you to run two apps side by side, direct reply to notifications, updated Doze for better battery life, virtual reality support and improved system performance.
The company is yet to reveal the exact date of the Android N rollout for the OnePlus 3, but the teaser tells us that the update may be here soon enough.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are already up for pre-orders in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia. In the US, the Pixel smartphone starts at $649.99 (roughly Rs. 43,300), and, in case users decide to buy their Pixel smartphones from the Google Store in the US or Verizon Wireless – the only US carrier to offer the smartphones – they will get a $79 (roughly Rs. 5,300) Daydream View headset free alongside. While this sounds like a lucrative offer, a Google representative has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that no such deal will be available for Indian users. In India, users will have to purchase the Daydream View separately, the India launch details of which still remain unknown.
In India, the pre-sale of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone will begin on October 13 on Flipkart online, and many other retail stores like Reliance Digital and Vijay Sales offline. The smartphone is expected to hit the market sometime late October, and the prices are at – Rs. 57,000 for the 32GB Google Pixel, and Rs. 66,000 for the 128GB Google Pixel smartphone. The larger 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL is priced at Rs. 67,000 for the 32GB, and Rs. 76,000 for the 128GB variant.
As mentioned, the free Daydream View VR headset offer is applicable to Google Store buyers in the US as well as Verizon Wireless buyers, and Indian buyers won’t get this deal. The deal is valid till supplies last on the Google Store. In case Verizon runs outs of Daydream View headsets, users will get a $80 Via Prepaid card instead. To get the free headset, users will need a redemption code, scored from the Verizon Daydream View page.
The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be available in Very Silver and Quite Black variants, and the Really Blue limited variant won’t be coming to India. The smartphones come with unlimited cloud storage, inbuilt Google Assistant, a camera that achieves an 89 score from DxOMark, and is running on the latest Android out-of-the-box.
Google also confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the Nexus range is being put to rest, and all the products have been pulled from the Google Store.
Honor, the Huawei Terminal brand, has sent out invites for a New Delhi launch event on October 12. The company has confirmed that it is launching the Honor 8 in India, and pricing and availability details will be unveiled at the event. The big highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup at the back, the full premium metal design, the fingerprint scanner at the back, and the USB Type-C port for charging.
The Honor 8 was unveiled first in China in July. The smartphone was then launched in three variants – CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000) for the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage model, CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 23,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage model, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage model.
As for the specifications, the Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor with 3GB or 4GB RAM configurations. There are also options for 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage, and it isn’t sure whether both or just one variant will make its way to the Indian market.
The Honor 8 smartphone sports two 12-megapixel rear cameras, with dual-tone LED flash and laser autofocus. Additionally, there is also an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1, and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It measures 145.5x71x7.4mm and weighs 153 grams.
The smartphone is protected by 2.5D glass at the front and back, has smooth round metal edges, and dons the fingerprint sensor at the back. Interestingly, the fingerprint scanning ring doubles up into a physical button as well, and performs multiple functions on screen. The Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and Infrared sensor.
Lenovo is all set to launch the Moto Z modular smartphone in India today. The New Delhi launch event starts at 11:30am IST. To recall, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force were unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 event in June. The most affordable variant, the Moto Z Play, was announced at IFA 2016.
While the company’s latest invite for the event does indicate only the Moto Z will be launched in the country on Tuesday, it’s possible the company may also announced the Moto Z Force and the Moto Z Play as well, which are both part of the modular Moto Z series. We’ll have to wait and see.
All three smartphones run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and connect to Moto Mods (seen below) via the 16-dot connector setup on the rear panels. At launch, Lenovo had unveiled the JBL SoundBoost, the Moto Insta-Share Projector, and the Power Pack. Style Shells were also announced, with finishes like real wood, leather, and fabric. Later, at IFA, Lenovo also announced the Hasselblad True Zoom Mod.
All three smartphones also sport a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and also bear a USB Type-C port. While the Moto Z and Moto Z Force also do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack (and ship with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter), the Moto Z Play retains it.
The Moto Z is being called the thinnest premium smartphone in the world, at 5.2mm, and is said to be ultra light as well. It features a 5.5-inch QHD Amoled display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and laser autofocus, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a front flash. The Moto Z also sports a water-repellent coating. The company says the smartphone’s 2600mAh battery can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life, with TurboPower charging to give 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.
The Moto Z Force, like the Moto X Force, comes with Moto ShatterShield technology for its display, which the company says will not crack or shatter. It is nearly identical to the Moto Z otherwise, except for the the larger 3500mAh battery, which is rated to provide up to 40 hours of battery life. With TurboPower charging, it is said to provide 15 hours of battery life in just a 15-minute charge. It also bears a 21-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and laser autofocus.
The Moto Z Play features a 5.5-inch full-HD Super Amoled screen, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also has a 3510mAh battery, a 16-megapixel primary camera, and a 5-megapixel secondary camera.
Apple is in negotiations with Sharp to secure organic LED displays for the iPhone maker’s next-generation of devices, a person familiar with the matter said.
Any Oled supply agreement would depend on the Osaka-based company’s output capacity, said the person, who asked not to be identified because talks aren’t public. The discussions stem from Apple’s desire to increase the number of suppliers for Oled screens, according to the person.
Earlier Friday, Sharp announced it will invest JPY 57.4 billion ($566 million or roughly Rs. 3,780 crores) for the development of Oled production facilities, with the goal of starting output by June 2018. The funds will be used for equipment in Sharp’s factories in Mie and Osaka, and to deliver sample products to customers, the company said in a statement.
“Apple has unofficially or as a nod encouraged Sharp to go into it,” said Amir Anvarzadeh, Singapore-based head of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc., in a phone interview. “Apple’s general strategy is to increase the competition on the supply side, and dilute the risk exposure to one company.”
Sharp spokesman Toyodo Uemura declined to comment on specific customers. An Apple spokesperson in Japan didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sharp’s capital investment in Oled is part of JPY 200 billion (roughly Rs. 13,175 crores) that the manufacturer had already committed to Oled technology, part of a strategic plan it adopted with new owner Foxconn Technology Group. Next-generation screens based on Oled, or organic light-emitting diode, technology promise more vivid images and less battery drain. Friday’s announced investment will be for smartphone displays, a representative of Sharp said without identifying specific customers.
“This investment is in response to what Apple is doing,” said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo. “Production isn’t likely to begin until the second half of 2018, so the impact to profit won’t be until after that.”
Sharp shares rose as much as 2.2 percent after the announcement, but closed unchanged Friday in Tokyo. The stock has climbed 8 percent this year, compared with the broader market’s 15 percent decline. Apple accounts for about 27 percent of Sharp’s revenue, according to Bloomberg’s supply chain analysis.
Earlier this year, the Japanese company agreed to accept a rescue package from Foxconn Technology Group, ending a takeover battle that spanned four years. Last month, the company said its liabilities no longer exceed assets after receiving a JPY 289 billion infusion.
As soon as Google started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat, Sony wasted no time in releasing the list of its smartphones that will be getting the firmware update. However, the company didn’t reveal the timeline for these updates at the time. The company has now reportedly revealed the timeline for the rollout at its Slovakia press conference.
The software update will be first making its way to company’s flagship smartphones Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance around October and will then roll out to other smartphones, as per a report by Slovakian website MojAndroid.
Smartphones Xperia X and Xperia X Compact will be receiving the update around November while the Xperia Z5 series, Xperia Z3+, and Xperia Z4 Tablet will be getting the update around December, as per a company slide. The last batch of smartphones to receive the update will be Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra, which are slated to get Android 7.0 Nougat in early 2017.
The list of devices mentioned at the press conference includes all devices that were listed by the company earlier. It should be noted that only these devices from Sony will be getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update.
Interestingly, Sony Xperia E5, which was launched in May this year, will not be getting the update. Further, the Sony Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4v, released in the second quarter of 2015, have been left out of Nougat treatment by the company as well.
In today’s weird news, a Chinese billionaire’s son purchased eight iPhone 7 smartphones. But that’s not the weird part. The iPhone 7 smartphones were purchased for the son’s dog. You may need a moment to digest what you just read, but the story is fantastically true.
Wang Sicong is the son of Wang Jialin, a Chinese businessman whose net worth is over $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,01,073 crores). The son bought his dog Coco eight iPhone 7s, according to a post on the dog’s account on Weibo. Yes, the dog has his own Weibo account too – and, it’s verified. The iPhone 7 in China is priced between CNY 6,388 and 7,988 (roughly Rs. 64,210 to Rs. 80,000), which means Sicong spent upwards of CNY 51,071 (roughly Rs. 5,13,000). For the son of a businessman worth $30 billion, that price would not pinch too much.
While Apple fans in China started lining up outside the Apple Store on Friday, Sicong easily managed to get eight of the latest devices from Apple only to give it to his beloved dog. The dog, of course, is seen happily posing with his new collection.
This isn’t the first time Wang Sicong’s dog has received such spotlight. In May 2015, Sicong purchased two Apple Watch Editions for his dog (named Wang Ke Chi Bi), which the dog flaunted on his two front paws. In fact, the Apple Watch Edition models were a lot pricier compared to the iPhone 7, costing somewhere between $10,000 (roughly Rs. 6,40,000) and $17,000 (roughly Rs. 11,00,000) each.
By the looks of it, Sicong’s dog is an all out Apple fan and one can expect him to sport the latest Apple Watch Series 2 in the near future.