Flipkart is now taking pre-orders for Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, which were unveiled at a special event in San Francisco last week. Price in India for the Google Pixel starts at Rs. 57,000 and Flipkart is promising delivery of these smartphones by October 25.
While only three SKUs of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones are up for pre-order on Flipkart right now, a Google spokesperson confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the rest of the SKUs will go up for pre-order later on Thursday. Google unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in two storage capacities, and three colours, out of which we were told the Really Blue colour won’t launch in India, leaving us with two colours. So two phones, two storage capacities, and two possible colours would mean a total of eight SKUs, all of which will become available for pre-orders on Thursday.
As launch day offers, Flipkart is offering exchange discount up to Rs. 27,000 on the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, as well as electronic gift vouchers of 10 percent of the value of the smartphone you buy for the first 1000 Pixel/ Pixel XL smartphone buyers.
To recall, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones sport an aluminium unibody and also feature polished glass combination at the back. Both phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and two cores clocked at 2.15GHz. The Pixel and Pixel XL will pack 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and sport Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor. The smartphones sport 12.3-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, a large f/2.0 aperture and 1.55-micron pixels.
Both sport an 8-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.4 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels. The Google Pixel sports a 5-inch full-HD Amoled display and the Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD Amoled display – both with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Both the models will be available with almost identical innards except the screen size and battery size.
Google has specified however that both smartphones have access to unlimited storage for full-resolution photos and videos via Google Photos. The Android 7.1 Nougat-based Pixel smartphones will come with a USB Type-C port and will include the 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphones are also IP53 rated for dust and water resistance.
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.”
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.
LG at its September 7 event launched the first new smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box – the LG V20 – with dual screen and dual cameras. The price and availability details were not given by the company then. Now the company has officially confirmed that LG V20 is going to be available starting this week. The smartphone will make its public debut in LG’s home country, South Korea, followed by other regions like North America, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East over the course of the next several weeks. Pricing and availability for each region will be announced at the time of the local launch.
In addition to that, US e-commerce website B&H has listed the unlocked version of LG V20 for pre-orders starting October 17. However, it has not specified the price and availability of the smartphone in the US on its website. However, according to The Korea Times, LG V20 is reported to be priced at an equivalent of $804 (roughly Rs. 53,000) in its home market South Korea, where it is also launching first.
To recall, the LG V20 is an attempt from the company to revive the sales, as its flagship – the modular LG G5 smartphone – failed to do well in the market. It comes with a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and also a secondary display, such as was seen on the LG V10. The secondary display comes with a font size that’s 50 percent larger than that of V10.
The LG V20 packs a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 CPU, with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two running at 1.6GHz. It has 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options, with a support to expand via microSD card (up to 256GB). It also packs a 3200mAh battery. There is a dual rear camera setup in the smartphone, with a 135-degree 8-megapixel lens accompanied by 16-megapixel 75-degree lens, apart from a 5-megapixel 120-degree lens shooter on the front.
The V20 comes with features like 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder, and B&O Play speakers. It houses a bottom-mounted USB Type-C port and it will be available Titan, Silver, and Pink colour variants. In the meanwhile, LG India’s Managing Director, Kim Ki-Wan, confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the company plans to bring the LG V20 smartphone to India soon.
Noted tipster Evan Blass has been dropping information about release date of the upcoming iPhone every day this week, and after saying that the iPhone 2016 will hit the shelves on September 16, the tipster has now revealed the date when the smartphone is expected to go up for pre-order.
According to Blass, Apple will begin pre-orders of the new iPhone on September 9. Typically, the company begins pre-orders three days after the launch event. Therefore, if this new information from Blass is true, then the earlier speculated September 5 or 6 launch event date is rather likely. Apple’s media invites should begin to roll out mid-August revealing the official launch event date.
The new iPhone – which could be called the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 6SE, depending upon who you believe – has been making headlines for quite some time now, and very little is left to the imagination ahead of the launch.
The new iPhone should see a better camera, a shift in antenna bands, a faster A10 chipset, and a separate additional larger variant is expected to get visible hardware changes as well. Earlier leaks suggest that the Plus variant will just be larger, similar to the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus. There were also suggestions that a ‘Pro’ variant with a dual camera setup and a Smart Connector at the back will also been launched. A new Space Black colour variant has also been tipped in various leaks.
The upcoming iPhone has been leaked in photos and videos revealing the smartphone from all angles. There’s also a tip that Apple may make minimal design changes to the iPhone this year, breaking the traditional tick-tock cycle.