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Samsung unveiled its smartphone Galaxy Note 7 on Tuesday and most of the phone’s features turned out to be in line with earlier leaks. At the event, Samsung did not announce whether the smartphone will have a dual-SIM variant. However, the global Samsung page – alongside Samsung India, Samsung China, and Samsung Russia – shows the presence of a hybrid dual-SIM card slot. In the meanwhile, the Samsung UK and Samsung Italy pages show a single SIM card slot.

As we can see in the image above, taken from the Samsung India website, the presence of second SIM card slot is plainly marked for users to utilise instead of the microSD card. To recall, the Galaxy Note 7 supports microSD cards (up to 256GB). The image seen below on the other hand, taken from the Samsung Italy site, shows a rather similar card slot, however, with no space or marking for the second SIM card – indicating such a card slot can only be used for a single SIM card.

As of now, there is no word about a dual-SIM variant of Galaxy Note 7 in other markets, or exactly which markets will get such a variant. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to be launched in India on August 11, however, no pricing details are available yet. It is also uncertain whether the company will bring the dual-SIM variant to India.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sports some impressive features and specifications, such as the 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) dual-edge Super Amoled display and S Pen stylus. The smartphone comes with Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 SoC options for different regions, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It also sports an iris scanner feature, which isn’t the first time a manufacturer has offered the feature, but the first time Samsung has on a smartphone.


Asus has just launched another variant of the ZenFone Selfie smartphone in India. The new 3GB RAM and 16GB storage variant comes with a new Diamond Cut rear panel design, and a reduced price tag of Rs. 12,999. This variant is currently available only on Amazon India, and retail outlets will start stocking it up September onwards.

The Asus ZenFone Selfie was launched back in September for a price starting at Rs. 15,999. It was launched in two RAM/storage bundle options – 2GB of RAM/ 16GB of inbuilt storage, and 3GB of RAM/ 32GB of storage – priced at Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 17,999 respectively. With this variant, Asus has reduced the price of the smartphone to Rs. 12,999, and has also pushed in some new iterations. The biggest change is the Diamond Cut design back panel and different colour options like – Glacier Gray, Sheer Gold, Polygon-Illusion Diamond White, Illusion Polygon Blue, and Illusion Smooth Pink. Furthermore, the new 3GB of RAM/ 16GB of storage variant also sees a bump in the expandable storage limit up to 128GB, from 64GB.

Apart from these, all the other specifications of this new Asus ZenFone Selfie variant remain the same. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display; and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (1.7GHz quad-core and 1GHz quad-core) processor with Adreno 405 GPU. The ZenFone Selfie sports 13-megapixel rear and front cameras, a highlight of the device at this price point, with f/2.0 aperture, 28mm focal length, and dual-colour Real Tone flash. The rear camera features a laser autofocus module in addition.

It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with the ZenUI skin on top, and packs a 3000mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac; WiFi-Direct, and GPS support. The Asus ZenFone Selfie measures 156.5×77.2×10.8mm, and it weighs 170 grams.


Nextbit has launched a new colour variant for its cloud-based Robin smartphone. The Ember colour variant will be made available in limited quantities via Flipkart beginning next week.

The limited edition variant has already gone up for sale in the US on the company website at $299 (approximately Rs. 20,100). Nextbit asserts that this colour variant is just available till stock lasts, and that the stock will not be replenished in the future. The price of the smartphone in India is Rs. 19,999.

The company has also announced that beta testers should’ve received the forthcoming August software update that should enable support for storing videos on smart storage. Nextbit has promised the update will also bring the latest security patches, and improved thermal tuning for keeping the Nexbit Robin smartphone cooler during multitasking. The company has also promised an Android N update sometime in the fourth quarter, and it is expected to bring along improvements to significantly boost battery life alongside all the new features.

The Nexbit addresses the limited storage issue in smartphones with a cloud-based storage solution. It can automatically back up photos and apps that haven’t been used recently to the cloud to free up space on the device. It features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a Qualcomm hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage which is non-expandable. The Nextbit Robin comes with 100GB of free cloud storage space.

Other features of the Nextbit Robin include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2680mAh battery, a USB Type-C charging port, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.


Volvo is bringing its much touted Excellence Trim available on the XC90 to India. The Excellence option is only on offer in select markets and India gets to be one of them. The regular XC90 Inscription trim cabin is already pretty upscale, but the Excellence adds to that. It is being introduced only on the T8 petrol hybrid variant that launches this month. We have the exclusive review of the T8 hybrid for you on our site too. Those who opt for the hybrid in the 7-seater avatar will get the Inscription top-end trim.

Volvo XC90 Excellence Edition

The Excellence is quite literally the lap of luxury – and that’s precisely what Volvo is going for. The big highlight – the individual seats at the rear, making this car a 4-seater. The seats themselves are very comfortable; they can be reclined and of course adjusted electrically. They are great for long drives and obviously for those who plan to be chauffeured for the most part. They also have a massage function – which along with the rest of the seat functions (including ventilated cooling and seat heating) can be operated using a pop-up touchscreen that sits between the two seats. That’s a nice little touch. Another ‘business class feature’ is the tray tables that can be folded out of the central arm rest. The arm rest also has a storage bin housed below it which contains charging and USB points.

Volvo XC90 Excellence Edition Features

At the rear, between the seats is the in-car refrigerator – or should I say champagne cooler! The Excellence comes with its own exclusive set of crystal glasses and special champagne flute holders, that can be housed inside the fridge to keep them cool! The fridge can take up to two bottles of champagne – or your preferred beverage. There is a holder between the seats to stick the specially designed flutes too – they do not have a base and have to be inserted into the holder to stay upright. The car’s cabin is also shut off from the cargo area by a glass partition which helps keep it quieter, and cool quicker.

Volvo XC90 Excellence Edition Rear

All this luxury will cost you – the Excellence trim 4-seater XC90 T8 will be priced at 1.2 Crore. You can opt for the 7 seater version of the T8 too as I said. There are two versions of the interior – that can be finished in black or beige. The T8 will be on offer from next week and Volvo will only import the cars against orders.


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).


When Xiaomi launched the Mi Max in May, it offered storage options at 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. However, the company has now silently launched the 16GB variant as well. The 16GB storage/2GB RAM bundle variant is being sold by several Chinese vendors at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,100).

Xiaomi has not officially announced the new variant. GizmoChina reports that the Mi Max 16GB variant sold by vendors in China is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. All the other specifications remain the same.

Just to recap, the 32GB variant is powered by the same processor, comes with a 3GB RAM, and is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,000). The 64GB storage / 3GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,000); and the 128GB storage / 4GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,500). The 64GB and 128GB variant are powered by the 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor.

The Mi Max was launched in India last week along with the MIUI 8 global ROM. Currently only the 32GB storage/ 3GB RAM bundle has been made available, but the company has confirmed that the 128GB storage / 4GB RAM will soon be available in the country at Rs. 19,999. The 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 14,999, and at the moment can be purchased only through flash sales on There’s no word yet on when – and if – the 16GB variant will launch in India.

The Xiaomi Mi Max sports an all-metal body, and comes with a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) 342ppi display. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel selfie camera with 85-degree wide-angle view, and a f/2.0 aperture. The hybrid dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs 203 grams.

As the iPhone 7 launch event nears, leaks have started to pick up pace. The latest one all but confirms all the past noise regarding the death of the 16GB storage option, with 32GB storage variant becoming the base option.

WSJ’s Joanna Stern, citing people familiar with the matter, reported on Tuesday that Apple will let go of 16GB as the base storage option, and reintroduce 32GB in the mix, but this time as the lowest storage offering on the iPhone 7.

Needless to say, the 16GB storage space is scarce in times where most of the entertainment is consumed and recorded on smartphones. Thrown in multi-gigabyte games alongside 4K recording capabilities, and this shift to a 32GB base model makes sense in more ways than one.

Apart from the 32GB variant, the tech giant is also expected to introduce another new 256GB variant in the mix.

Apple’s upcoming offering was earlier rumoured to release in three variants – iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro. The large variant is expected to sport a Smart Connector, and a dual camera setup at the back. The iPhone 7 is expected to be powered by new A10 SoC, and the large variant is tipped to get a bump to 3GB RAM.

Apple’s next iPhone providing is stated to include minimal layout adjustments, and recognition on key tweaks in specs and hardware. while the most high-quality so far is the anticipated dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, and the feasible removal of the three.5mm headphone jack, a new leak factors at a probable new coloration variation for the iPhone 7.

The Cupertino giant may additionally section out the gap grey shade choice, and replace it with space Black. There were in advance reviews of a Deep Blue color variant in the offing, however that does not seem to be the case now.

This information comes from the same Macotakara weblog which claimed earlier that Apple might introduce a Deep Blue coloration alternative. “i’ve heard statistics that space gray could no longer be disconnected, however could be possibly up to date to a good deal darker shade. additionally, the new coloration would not be deep blue, however likely formal black that is close to black.”

moreover, 9to5Mac was additionally tipped the identical information further cementing the rumour’s credibility. The book later also shared some renders from @ShaiMizrachi and @appleidesigner showing off the space Black coloration iPhone choice. Of direction, the renders are not the precise depiction of the color variation, however just illustrate what it could possibly look like.

The book turned into also as an alternative tipped about the Apple Watch 2, MacBook pro, and the absolutely wi-fi Ear Pods. The Apple Watch 2 is predicted to come with GPS assist for higher tracking even without the iPhone, The exercising app will also consist of tracking for swimming, because of this the smartwatch gets higher waterproofing skills.

The report fuels the already circulating Oled touchscreen panel rumour on the subsequent MacBook seasoned. As formerly stated, the panel will embed contact identification fingerprint sensor. finally, the tipster revealed that Apple can be operating on a totally wi-fi EarPods. If Apple is ditching the three.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, then this hearsay holds a logical opportunity as properly.

beyond rumours endorse that the iPhone 7 is said to see a shift in antenna bands to the edges of the smartphone, a clever Connector at the huge variation, new garage options beginning from 32GB and increasing until 256GB, aside from 3GB of RAM to strength the dual camera setup on the bigger iPhone 7 Plus version. Apple is likewise anticipated to release the following iPhone in 3 versions – iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 seasoned.

chinese language handset maker Coolpad has introduced that it bought 500,000 units of the be aware 3 Lite telephone in India. The organization on Tuesday also revealed the confined Gold version of the Coolpad note three Lite in India.

the new restrained Gold version of the Coolpad word three Lite cellphone will go on sale exclusively thru Amazon India from Thursday at Rs. 7,499. To recall, the unique Coolpad notice three Lite was launched in January with a price tag of Rs. 6,999.

Commenting at the release of the new restricted Gold version, Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India said, “To mark the occasion of promoting wiwireless lakh gadgets in much less than 6 months, we unveiled the limited gold edition of note three Lite. This new variation is our way of thanking our esteemed clients for the sizeable support.”

To refresh at the specswireless, the dual-SIM dual-4G Coolpad be aware three Lite runs on Android wi-five.1 Lollipop skinned with Cool UI 6.0, and functions a wi-five-inch IPS display with an HD (720×1280) decision. it’s miles powered by using a 1.3GHz quad-middle MediaTek MT6735 SoC, coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It additionally sports activities a wi-fingerprint sensor, placed at the returned panel underneath the digicam module. The Coolpad note 3 Lite bears a 13-megapixel rear digital camera with and f/ aperture and LED flash, aside from a 5wireless-megapixel the front-going through digicam. The phone comes with 16GB of in-built storage this is expandable thru microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity alternatives encompass 4G (with aid for Indian LTE bands), Bluetooth, c084d04ddacadd4b971ae3d98fecfb2a, and Micro-USB (with OTG). The observe 3 Lite runs on a 2500mAh non-removable battery.