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OnePlus may soon halt production of its OnePlus 3 smartphone to make way for a new variant, as per industry sources, and it may be called the OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus. The Chinese company is said to be working on a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 which will come with the upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor. The existing OnePlus 3 models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

Another major change expected on the alleged new OnePlus 3 variant is in terms of the display. The new variants may sport LCD panels instead of Amoled panels, according to industry sources cited by GizmoChina. One of the reasons to opt for LCD panel is said to be the shortage of Amoled panels. The report speculates that the new variant may be called OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus.

Notably, the official Twitter handle of OnePlus India is teasing a possible launch. The tweet shared by OnePlus India read, “What do you think OnePlus is up to? All shall be revealed soon” with some of the options included for Twitter users to choose from including new smartphone colour variant, new product unveiling, new shopping experience, or new software experience. We expect that OnePlus may be gearing for all the above listed options and may showcase a new smartphone with a new colour option, updated software and new purchasing options. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the company is planning to launch a new variant of its highly appreciated OnePlus 3 smartphone. But we may soon hear more about the plans soon.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently dropped a hint that Android 7.0 Nougat update may soon start rolling out to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. To refresh, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India back in June at a price of Rs. 27,999.

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We’re just a few hours away from the launch of Google’s Pixel smartphones and the leaks continue to pour in. After pretty much revealing all there is to know about the devices on UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, we now have a little more from Verizon. The listing on Verizon’s site unofficially confirms a Blue model along with Black and White options that was previously leaked by Canadian carriers Bell and Telus.

The listing, spotted by Gizmodo, also shows some highlights about the devices, which includes what Verizon is calling ‘Google Magic’, which could just be the site’s own marketing ploy, but could also refer to a new, unknown feature. The site further reveals that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be offered in 32GB and 128GB storage options. Lastly and unsurprisingly, the devices come with 4G LTE support.

A separate reveal by TheTrademarkNinja shows an EU trademark application filed by the company with an official logo that reads “G Pixel Phone by Google”, which confirms that the devices are in fact going to be ‘Pixel’ smartphones.

Based on the Carphone Warehouse leak, the Google Pixel is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The device is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel XL is listed with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display sporting a pixel density of 534ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. Other than the size and resolution of the display, the rest of the features are similar to the smaller Pixel. Both the devices also feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front.
The Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat with Pixel Launcher. The listings also mention both 32GB and 128GB inbuilt storage variants. Storage expansion via microSD card is also listed, but this seems unlikely considering Google’s entire previous Nexus lineup. The Pixel is listed to sport a 2770mAh battery, and the Pixel XL is listed with a bigger 3450mAh battery, both with fast charging capability.

On the software front, the Pixels is likely to come with Google’s latest Allo and Duo applications preloaded. Carphone Warehouse also revealed the two devices will offer unlimited storage for photos and videos at full resolution with Google Photos.

Along with the unveiling of the Pixel smartphones, the event on Tuesday is also expected to see the launch of the Google Home smart speaker, alongside other rumoured products like the Google Chromecast Ultra, and Google Wi-Fi smart router. The Daydream VR headset unveiled at at Google I/O this year is also expected to make an appearance.

Google’s event is set to start at 9:00am PT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday, and Gadgets 360 will be covering the event live from San Francisco – so stay tuned.

 
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Apple hasn’t released any pre-order numbers for the latest pair of iPhones, but the company has let one nugget about sales slip out: If you want a Jet Black iPhone, you may have to wait awhile.

The company says phones with the new, glossy black finish for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won’t be on shelves in Apple stores on Friday.

“We couldn’t be happier with the initial response to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,” Apple said in a statement to The Washington Post. “During the online pre-order period, initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus in all finishes and iPhone 7 in Jet Black sold out and will not be available for walk-in customers.”

The Jet Black iPhone models come only in the phone’s higher storage capacities, 128-gigabyte and 256-gigabyte.

Shoppers may have luck finding the Jet Black phones at carrier stores or other retail stores, such as Best Buy or Target. But you may want to call ahead before you go to the store (or camp out in line) to make sure you can get what you want.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also available in Rose Gold, Gold, Silver and Apple’s other Black finish. The firm said shoppers will be able to find all of those hues in Apple stores and other retail stores starting Friday.

Those who really want the shiny Jet Black finish can still order the phone they want – though it will require patience. Orders for the Jet Black iPhone on Apple’s website have shipping dates that push into November.

Apple has said that it will not release preorder sales information for this pair of smartphones, as had been its custom, because it thought that the phones will sell out and that sales will be limited only by supply.

Skeptics have said that Apple’s decision indicates it’s worried that the latest phones, which are more of an incremental update than many had hoped, won’t sell in the way we have come to expect from Apple. That’s a valid concern, given that some may look at the new phones and decide not to upgrade so quickly.

Early statements from major US carriers, however, indicate that preorders are on pace with past years or better. Verizon Executive Vice President Marni Walden said at a mobile industry conference that iPhone preorders were “business as usual,” according to a report from Bloomberg News. Meanwhile, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have said that preorders are higher than for the iPhone 6s. Sprint, a smaller carrier, said preorders were “up more than 375 percent” from the first three days of iPhone sales last year.

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Apple has warned users that the all new Jet Black variant of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may easily get scratched while use. The company on its official specifications listing of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has clearly pointed out the possibility. “The high-gloss finish of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodisation and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodised Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use.”

Apple recommends using a case with the Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to protect them from scratches. “If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone,” the company adds.

Notably, the new Jet Black variants of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be only available in 128GB and 256GB storage models while other colours Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold, seen earlier as well, as well as the new ‘Black’ variant will come with the 32GB storage option as well.

Apple at its Wednesday event in San Francisco unveiled the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The Cupertino-based giant also made several new announcements including the new Apple Watch Series 2. After the event, the company also confirmed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will launch in India on October 7. Without announcing the exact pricing details of all the models, Apple revealed that the price in India for the iPhone 7 starts at Rs. 60,000.

The new iPhone 7 series sports an all-new design and the rear antenna bands aren’t as prominent as feature. Both the phones feature brand new home button that includes force-sensitive technology and uses Taptic vibrations instead of physical tap. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also come with IP67 water and dust resistance.

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OnePlus on Wednesday announced that the Soft Gold variant of the OnePlus 3 will be launching in India in the first week of October. The company notes the launch timing is meant to coincide with the festive season in the country.

The OnePlus 3 Soft Gold variant will sport the same price tag as the Graphite colour variant, and will be available at Rs. 27,999. OnePlus also announced launch offers for the smartphone, with Rs. 500 worth of Amazon Kindle Credits, a 12-month double data offer from Idea Cellular, and 12-month OnePlus complimentary accidental damage protection via Servify.

The Graphite colour variant of the OnePlus 3 (Review) was launched globally and in India back in June, and we found it to be a smartphone that ticked almost all the right boxes in our review.

The dual-SIM OnePlus 3 runs OxygenOS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD Optic Amoled display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC that’s coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The smartphone features a home button which sports a fingerprint sensor. It also comes with capacitive hardware keys, apart from the Alert Slider.
The OnePlus 3 has a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS and EIS, and PDAF autofocus, apart from RAW image support, 4K video recording support, and a Smile Capture mode. The front camera bears a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture on the fixed focus lens, and benefits from EIS. It can also handle 1080p video recording. The OnePlus 3 sports 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is not expandable.

The modem on board the OnePlus 3 offers 4G LTE Cat. 6 connectivity, with support for India’s LTE bands. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC (unlike the OnePlus 2), USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and GPS/ A-GPS. It measures 152.7×74.7×7.35mm, and weighs in at 158 grams. It is powered by a non-removable 3000mAh battery that’s bundled with a Dash Charge adapter.

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The upcoming iPhone is undoubtedly the most anticipated smartphone of the year, and rumours surrounding the smartphone have been too many. What’s more interesting this year, is that many conflicting reports are surfacing online making it impossible for us to speculate with ease. One thing seems almost certain though – the next iPhone is set to break Apple’s tick tock cycle and be unveiled with minimal design changes. Because of these few changes, contradicting reports of the iPhone being called the iPhone 6SE are coming in. Today, we have two leaks in the form of retail box images and Geekbench scores that indicate the coming of the iPhone 6SE. Additionally, there is also a leak that reiterates the end of the 16GB storage variant.

The first one comes in the form of photographed pictures of the iPhone 6SE retail box. The images don’t seem to be photoshopped and show the retail box clearly with the iPhone 6SE branding. There is a separate leak of a Geekbench score of 5,210 in multi-core testing, and 3,042 in single-core testing. The image also shows the model number as iPhone 6SE. The man who leaked it also did the same test on iPhone 6s and scored 4,427 and 2,542 points respectively.

Furthermore, tipster Malignant has again instilled faith that the next iPhone will say goodbye to the 16GB base variant. Apple will instead slide in 32GB as the base storage variant, and apparently the 64GB will also be scrapped to make way for the 128GB mid-variant. The top variant will offer a new 256GB storage option.

Whatever the name be, the upcoming iPhone is said to have no 3.5mm audio jack, and the larger variant is tipped to sport a dual camera setup. Another feature that is on the see-saw is the Smart Connector, with too many conflicting reports to put a pin on one decision. Apple should have sent invites by now, but it clearly hasn’t so the rumoured September 23 availability could just be true.

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With less than a month to go for the expected launch of the next iPhone, the leaks have started to gain momentum. The latest batch brings focus back to the Space Black colour variant, and also the introduction of a Force Touch home button.

The images have surfaced on Weibo, and the Space Black variant sits alongside the old Rose Gold and Gold colour options, featuring a dual camera setup. This is possibly the first proper glimpse at how the Space Black colour variant will look like. However, what’s peculiar is that all the three phones in the image don a Smart Connector at the bottom. The feature was rumoured in the early days, but recent leaks showed no sign of it.

Separate photos published on the Geekbar Weibo page (via Techtastic) show the display assembly of the device. The assembly reiterates the addition of the Force Touch home button which is expected to use haptic feedback, instead of the physically pressed inwards button seen on previous versions. The new home button is anticipated to understand the amount of pressure put on it, and act accordingly.

Collating previous leaks, the 4.7-inch iPhone will sport a full-HD resolution, while the 5.5-inch panel is expected to sport a 2K or Quad-HD screen. It will be more waterproof than its predecessor, and may just be called the iPhone 6SE because of the minimal design changes. There are three variants expected, and the and Plus and Pro variants will sport a dual camera setup.
There is an expected 3GB of RAM bump in the Pro variant to accommodate the new dual camera hardware. The 3.5mm audio jack will be missing, and audio will be transmitted through the Lightning port. For this to work, Apple is expected to bundle Lightning-powered EarPods, and may also unveil new Bluetooth headsets. The Cupertino giant is widely rumoured to host the launch event on September 5 or 6, and make it available in the market starting September 16.

Samsung’s mobile division’s president Koh Dong-jin has confirmed to the Korea Herald that the company is “reviewing” the launch of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 variant with increased memory capacity in China exclusively in order to compete with local manufacturers.

When asked about rumours of the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage Galaxy Note 7 variant, which was recently spotted on Chinese telecommunications certification site Tenaa, Koh said, “It is true that we are reviewing the rollout of a new tablet with 128 gigabyte built-in memory in China because Chinese companies are aggressively doing marketing with high-capacity memory,” Koh said, reports Korea Herald.

However, Koh has also admitted that it is also considering that such a move might end up disappointing its South Korean consumers, according to the report.

Samsung might be willing to take the risk despite this, as the company’s sales have continuously declined in China and only a device with top-notch specifications will be able to give the company a fighting chance for domination in the aggressive market – that also happens to be the largest smartphone market in the world.

The South Korean consumer electronics giant on Thursday launched its Galaxy Note 7 in India and the phone has been priced at Rs. 59,900. The phone will become available in the country from September 2 in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, and Black Onyx colour variants.

Pre-bookings for the phone will be starting from August 22 and will last till August 30. The company has already specified that units will be available in limited quantities during this period. Also, as a pre-booking offer (up till August 30), users can get the new Gear VR at a discounted price of Rs. 1,990.

 
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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.

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Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 at its grand event in New York, putting a lid on the rumours once and for all. The 6GB of RAM buzz turned out to be untrue, and the Galaxy Note 7 was seen sporting 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM alongside 64GB of inbuilt storage. However, a new listing on certification site Tenaa hints that the Chinese market could very well get a 6GB of RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant.

A lot of critics were disappointed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 did not feature the heavily rumoured 6GB of RAM. However, this new leak brings back hope at least for the Chinese market. This new variant will come with a hybrid SIM slot if the users wish to expand the storage further, and corollary to that is that the 128GB model will help alleviate the inability to insert an SD card if using a second SIM in the card slot.

Releasing a 6GB of RAM variant makes sense for the Chinese market as competitors like OnePlus 3 boast of 6GB of RAM as well. Samsung wouldn’t want to lose customers in the world’s largest smartphone market because of its less memory offering. However, it is important to note that the Samsung China website lists the 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variant on its site, and there is no official word on this new 6GB RAM variant from Samsung.

As for India, Samsung is expected to host an event on August 11, where it is largely expected to launch the Galaxy Note 7. The biggest highlight of the Galaxy Note 7 is its iris scanner, and it is the first smartphone from Samsung with such a feature. It also sports a dual edge display, and an improved S Pen with IP68 dust and water resistance.

The Samsung India website lists the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB inbuilt storage. It offers a 5.7-inch QHD dual-edge Super Amoled display, ‘Dual Pixel’ 12-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 3500mAh battery, and NFC support. As with previous top-end Samsung launches, the smartphone is expected to be launched in its Exynos 8890 variant in India, instead of the Snapdragon 820 one.

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