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At a media event in Udaipur on Thursday, Sony India unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ. Pre-bookings for the Sony Xperia XZ open on October 1 via Amazon.in, and in retail stores across the country. The smartphone will be available in India starting October 10, carrying an MRP of Rs. 51,990 and a best buy price of Rs. 49,990. Customers who pre-book the smartphone will get a free Sony SWR30 SmartBand worth Rs. 8,990 with their Xperia XZ unit.

According to Sony, the highlight of the Xperia XZ is its camera, which packs in three rear camera sensors – the CMOS sensor can track and predict movement of objects in frame, reducing the chances of blurred shots; the laser autofocus sensor makes the camera better at locking focus on objects, especially in low-light conditions; and the RGBC-IR sensor aims to provide accurate colour reproduction.

All this is backed by the 6-element f/2.0 Sony G lens, and a 23-megapixel Exmor RS sensor as well as Sony’s own ‘Bionz for mobile’ image processor. You now also get manual control over focusing and shutter speed.

Sony claims the 13-megapixel wide-angle front camera packs an Exmor RS sensor that’s 2.6 times bigger than the selfie camera seen on “regular flagship phones”. As we’ve come to expect from Sony phones, the phone is IP68 certified, making it dust and water resistant. The 5.2-inch full-HD display features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

The Sony Xperia XZ variant launching in India is a hybrid dual-SIM unit, with support for 4G VoLTE on both SIMs. Additionally, this model comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage, compared to 32GB seen on the single-SIM variant. The Snapdragon 820-powered Sony Xperia XZ packs in 3GB of RAM, features USB Type-C connectivity, and is powered by a 2900mAh battery.

Bundled in the package is the Sony UCH12W quick charger, and the Xperia XZ is rated to deliver 5.5 hours of talk time on 10 minutes of charge. The phone also packs in Qnovo adaptive charging and a mechanism that Sony calls ‘intelligent battery charge’, which we will explore in detail in our first impressions piece soon and report on its performance in our detailed review at a later date.

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Intex has launched a new smartphone – the Cloud Q11 – priced at Rs. 4,699. The smartphone is now exclusively available to buy via Amazon India.

The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Q11 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. The company touts that the screen to body ratio on the handset is almost 70 percent. The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, the Intex Cloud Q11 also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

It bears 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Measuring 154×77.2×10.5mm, the Intex Cloud Q11 is backed by a 2800mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 350 hours of standby time, and up to 8 hours of talk-time. It weighs 170 grams and bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The official listing confirms that the Intex Cloud Q11 will be available in Blue and White colour variants.

The domestic handset maker had previously unveiled the Aqua HD 5.5 smartphone priced at Rs. 5,637. The dual-SIM Intex Aqua HD 5.5 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and feature a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. Intex touted that the Aqua HD 5.5’s large display is ideal for gaming, movies, and online streaming.

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At an event in Beijing event on Tuesday, Xiaomi launched the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus feature a metal unibody design, with the bigger Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus packing a dual rear camera setup, a strategy adopted by Apple with the latest iPhone models. The new Xiaomi smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC.

The Xiaomi Mi 5s 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000), while the 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is priced CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 22,900). The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant on the other hand has been priced at CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 22,900), while the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 26,000). Both smartphones will be available in four colour variants – Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and White. Both the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will go on sale from Thursday via flash sales on JD.com and Mi.com.

The Xiaomi Mi 5s features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with NTSC 95 percent colour gamut and a brightness of 600 nits. The company claims the display bears 16 ultra-bright LED lights to help further boost brightness. The Mi 5s Plus on the other hand features a 5.7-inch display with the same resolution, but a brightness of 550 nits, and a NTSC 94 percent colour gamut.

The Mi 5s Plus (seen below) bears a dual rear camera setup, with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for colour, and the other for black and white. The Mi 5s on the other hand bears a single 12-megapixel rear camera, with Sony IMX 378 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture. Both smartphones support PDAF autofocus, and both bear a 4-megapixel front-facing camera with 2-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. Other differences between the smartphones include the clock speed of the processor. While the Mi 5s bears a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC, the Mi 5s Plus bears a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC.

The Mi 5s bears an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on its home button. Placed under glass, the sensor will not get damaged with use, however, Xiaomi claims it offers the same level of accuracy and speed as regular planar fingerprint sensors. The Mi 5s Plus on the other hand has a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

Connectivity options on board include 4G LTE connectivity with 3x carrier aggregation support, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, barometer, and magnetometer.

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Motorola back in June unveiled its flagship Moto Z smartphone with Moto Mods. The company alongside had also unveiled the Module Development Kit (MDK), which is now being referred to as Moto Mods Development Kit and was promised to be available by summer to third-party developers. The company after some delay has finally made the development kit available to wider audience and is also pushing for users to create new Mods.

Initially available in the US, the MDK comes with tools that are being used by the company to develop Moto Mods. The MDK is now available in more regions including China, Europe, and South America. The MDK will be available in Canada from October 5.

Motorola says MDK will enable developers to come up with new prototypes for Mods with the help of a reference Moto Mod that will feature all core computing functions; a perforated board with 364 solder points, and rear housing to carry the prototype around. Lenovo had previously confessed to establish an ecosystem for the Moto Mods.

Lenovo has so far showcased limited Moto Mods including the JBL SoundBoost for enhancing audio through speakers; the Moto Insta-Share Projector, which is meant to deliver a 70-inch projector experience, and the Power Pack, which is said to provide up to 22 hours of additional battery life.

To recall, Lenovo launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones at its Tech World 2016 in San Francisco in June. The Chinese company also unveiled the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango smartphone developed in collaboration with Google, at the same event.

Apple is spending more to manufacture its iPhone 7 smartphone than predecessor iPhone 6s due to features such as a bigger battery and larger storage capacity, according to a teardown by IHS Markit Ltd.

Including $5 in basic manufacturing costs, total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 mobile rises to $224.80 (roughly Rs. 15,000), $36.89 higher than the business research provider’s estimates for the iPhone 6s.

Apple retails an unsubsidised 32GB iPhone 7 at $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500).

The company unveiled the iPhone 7 with high-resolution cameras and no headphone jack at its annual launch on September 7.

IHS Markit also said on Tuesday the iPhone 7’s Bill Of Materials (BOM), a financial estimate of the raw materials used, was “in line” with flagship smartphones made by rival Samsung but Apple ekes out better margins.

“All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at IHS Markit.

IHS Markit has not yet performed a teardown analysis on the larger iPhone 7 Plus.

Supplies of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet black colour, the company said last week.

Yet, in some markets, such as China, interest in the new phone has been muted, as cheaper local brands amp up their design and marketing.

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Samsung is facing one of its most turbulent times in recent history because of the safety issues with Galaxy Note 7, related to a battery flaw that could result in an explosion. However, the company is trying to control damage to its reputation. We’ve already highlighted how to check if the Galaxy Note 7 unit you’ve bought (or received as a replacement) is safe, via the company’s online tool, the green battery indicator, and, the retail box label with an ‘S’ mark and black square on it. However, there are some changes since then which deserve to be highlighted, such as different regions featuring different labels. There are also reports of troubles with exchange programs.

The South Korean consumer electronics giant on Monday published a press release that reveals the various methods to check if the Galaxy Note 7 unit in the user’s possession is safe. The company details that the green-coloured battery indicator can be found on the Status Bar, on the Always On Display screen, as well as the Power Off prompt screen.

Samsung had earlier revealed the new and replacement units in Australia would carry a white label on the retail box along with an ‘S’ written in blue, with a black square within the label. Now however, it is detailing that the white retail box label will carry a black square inside in other regions.

Other users have also complained that the replacement units are not coming with the green-coloured battery indicator and have the same old white battery indicator as the faulty models. The company does not however that the green indicator will only be visible after a software update.

The replacement programme has further landed in trouble as the Note 7 units that have been bought from Samsung’s US website are allegedly not being replaced and are only eligible for refund. According to a Reddit user, on being contacted, Samsung said shipping companies are not ready to transport the phones.

However, the company did say that it has found a private company which is ready to ship the smartphones.

Further, a report from Phone Arena claims that users are facing various kinds of troubles when they are trying to get their phones replaced. The company has strictly advised all carriers that any customers that come in the stores to get their Note 7 units replaced should be allowed to do so with ease. However, various users have complained that they are being denied on several grounds.

Apple has begun the sale of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and few users have reported their first experiences with the device. As user reviews pour in, statistics on the selling count is also surfacing online. While the number of units sold so far is not known, latest figures reveal that the iPhone 7 Plus is more in demand than the iPhone 7.

Slice Intelligence has posted data that claims that the selling ratio of the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 is at 55 percent to 45 percent . The larger variant outshines the smaller variant by a relatively large margin. This is also the first time the larger variant is more dominant in sales than the base variant, since its first introduction in 2014. The firm has published data of previous generation phones as well.

In 2014, when the larger variant was first introduced, the iPhone 6 outsold the iPhone 6 Plus by 65 percent to 35 percent. The very next year, the margin was reduced, but the iPhone 6s still remained dominant with 59 percent of sales, while the iPhone 6s Plus contributed to 41 percent of sales.

However this year, apparently because of the introduction of new camera hardware, the Plus variant is more in demand. The iPhone 7 Plus sports a dual camera setup for better photography. There are two 12-megapixel lenses – one wide-angle and one telephoto for more zoom. It also features optical image stabilisation.

This year, Apple has introduced new storage variants – 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB – and has removed the 3.5mm audio jack. The Home Button gets Force Touch, and is capacitive responding to pressure. Early users have reported a hissing sound in the iPhone 7 Plus when put the heavy usage, and many are blaming the powerful A10 Fusion chipset for the noise.

As expected, Lenovo on Monday launched the Moto E3 Power in India. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 7,999, and will be exclusively available to buy via Flipkart from Monday midnight. It is eligible for the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer.

The company was earlier anticipated to launch the Moto E3 smartphone in the country, however, it has launched its battery-focused smartphone instead – the Moto E3 Power. The company at the event also revealed that there are over 3 million Moto E users in India.

The Moto E3 Power bears a bigger battery compared to the Moto E3 (3500mAh compared to 2800mAh), however, that’s not the only difference. It sports twice the memory – 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB – and twice the inbuilt storage – 16GB instead of 8GB. Both smartphones support storage expansion via microSD card (up to 32GB). The E3 Power also bears 4G LTE connectivity, with VoLTE support, apart from water repellent nano-coating. It comes with a 10W charger in the box, and the company is claiming the battery can rapidly charge, delivering 5 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Moto E3 Power is a dual-SIM (4G+3G) smartphone that bears a smudge 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 64-bit 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor, and comes with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone packs a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, which offers features like 720p HD video capture and burst mode. It also bears a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a beautification mode.

Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, 3G, and 4G LTE (Cat. 4). Sensors include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer. It weighs in at 153.5 grams, and measures 71.6×143.8×9.55mm. The company is also touting 2 years of free photo storage on Google Photos.

The company is also introducing launch offers that are valid till midnight on Tuesday. An exchange offer of up to Rs. 7,000 has been announced, as well as a no cost EMI plan of Rs. 1,334 per month for 8 months. Buyers will get a free 32GB microSD card bundled, and there is a Rs. 800 cashback offer on SBI debit and credit cards. Buyers will also be able to purchase the Moto Pulse headset for a reduced price of Rs. 499 alongside.

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Samsung alongside the launch of the Galaxy J7 Prime in India on Monday also launched the Galaxy J5 Prime in the country. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 14,790, and it will become available in the country by the end of September.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is an upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), and features a fingerprint sensor on the home button. Other differences are minor – the Galaxy J5 Prime supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB), whereas the Galaxy J5 (2016) supports microSD cards up to 128GB. Notably, the Prime variant sports a significantly smaller battery, at 2400mAh, compared to the 3100mAh battery on the Galaxy J5 (2016)

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Galaxy J5 Prime is a dual-SIM phone with Nano-SIM card support. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core SoC that’s coupled with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash, apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

The Galaxy J5 Prime comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, and 4G. As we mentioned, the smartphone is powered by a 2400mAh battery. It measures 142.8×69.5×8.1mm, and weighs in at 143 grams.

Tthe company is touting features like S Power Planning (a reserve battery technology for when the battery is running low) and S Secure (allowing users to lock/ hide apps, and more). The company has also detailed a Vodafone bundled data offer for Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J5 Prime customers, wherein they pay for 1GB of data and get 9GB of data free over three months.

Samsung on Monday as expected launched the Galaxy J7 Prime in India. The company also launched the Galaxy J5 Prime in the country. The smartphones are priced at Rs. 18,790 and Rs. 14,790 respectively. While the Galaxy J7 Prime is officially available from Monday, the Galaxy J5 Prime will go on sale from September-end.

For both the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime, the company is touting features like S Power Planning (a reserve battery technology for when the battery is running low) and S Secure (allowing users to lock/ hide apps, and more). The company has also detailed a Vodafone bundled data offer for Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J5 Prime customers, wherein they pay for 1GB of data and get 9GB of data free over three months.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is the upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016), and features a fingerprint sensor on the home button in addition. Other differences include the presence of a full-HD display instead of an HD display, more memory (3GB RAM instead of 2GB), and a higher resolution front camera (8-megapixel instead of 5-megapixel).

The other specifications of the Galaxy J7 Prime almost completely match the Galaxy J7 (2016). The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) Galaxy J7 Prime ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The smartphone bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and runs on a 1.6GHz octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

The Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash, while there is an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/1.9 aperture also on board. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) – to note, the Galaxy J7 (2016) only supports microSD cards up to 128GB in capacity.

The latest Samsung J-Series smartphone offers 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and 3.5mm audio jack in terms of connectivity options. It is powered by a 3300mAh battery, and measures 151.5×74.9×8.1mm.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime on the other hand is a brand new offering, and more details are still forthcoming.