YU launches Yureka S and Yunique Plus in India

YU has launched two new smartphones in the Indian market, the Yureka S and the Yunique Plus in India. The Yureka S has a anodized aluminum back and a polycarbonate frame. On the front is a 5.2-inch 1080p display under Gorilla Glass 3. Inside is the Snapdragon 616 processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage with microSD support. On the back is a 13 megapixel camera with f2.0 aperture and on the front is a 5 megapixel camera. The phone is powered by a 3000mAh battery and runs the outdated Android 5.1. The Yunique S only improves upon its predecessor in one aspect. The phone now comes with 2GB instead of 1GB of RAM. The rest of the specifications are... Read More

ZTE teases new audio-centric device for IFA

ZTE has officially set its IFA 2016 event for September 1 and today the Chinese manufacturer sent out a teaser of what we can expect. It appears the main focus this time will be on audio. This is clearly evident by the “right hear right now” slogan on the promotional banner, as well as the accompanying information, which promises a brand new device at the Berlin venue: ZTE, one of the world�s leading smartphone manufacturers, will present its latest array of smart devices at this year�s IFA in Berlin. Featured among them, will be a brand new device launched during the company�s press conference on September 1. The text does on to talk about fan-fueled inspiration and above everything else,... Read More

ZTE Axon Max 2 with 6″ screen, S625 chipset found in benchmark lists

Axon launches are rare, but they usually bring something exciting. The next unit slated for release is the ZTE Axon Max 2 (C2017), its specs revealed by a GFX Bench listing. A successor to last year’s 6″ model, it keeps the 1080p screen, but upgrades the chipset to the power-efficient Snapdragon 625, which still has enough oomph to record 4K video through the 13MP main camera. The front camera seems to be the exact same unit – 13MP stills and 4K video. The Axon Max 2 will come with generous amounts of memory – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (no info on a microSD card). It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZTE’s latest MiFavor skin. The original ZTE Axon... Read More

Samsung W2017 ‘Veyron’ spotted with Snapdragon 820 this time

The Samsung Veyron has been dropping clues about itself for months now. Whether named for the car or the Grand Prix driver that inspired it, the Veyron is the Galaxy S7 reborn in clamshell form. Last year Samsung unveiled the S6-based SM-W2016 and now the SM-W2017 is coming to conquer that niche market of people who want an old-fashioned flip phone and modern features. The Veyron passed through Geekbench which recorded a Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM running Android 6.0.1. Earlier the phone was rumored to have an Exynos 8890 chipset, but considering China (the primary market for such a flip phone) got a Snapdragon-powered S7 this year, our money is on that chipset over the Exynos. Last... Read More

New Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (2016) spotted on GFXBench

Remember the original Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime? There are actually quite a few reasons to do so, as it was an extremely popular value choice back in 2014. Hence, it is no surprise that Samsung is planning a successor. We first heard about it at the beginning of the month, but today’s leak is a lot more substantial. It comes in the form of a GFXBench listing, which means there is a rather extensive specs sheet included.. The source suggest that the Galaxy Grand Prime (2016) will be powered by a MediaTek chipset. This is highly unorthodox for Samsung, which tends to rely on its won chips, Qualcomm and Spreadtrum in the lower segment. However, the octa-core MT6737T is clearly... Read More

Xiaomi announces permanent price drop for the Mi 5 in India

Xiaomi has announced a permanent price drop on the Mi 5. The 32GB model of the phone, which is the only SKU available in India, was previously priced at INR 24,999 ($372) and will henceforth be available for INR 22,999 ($342). The Mi 5 went on sale in India back in April. The company only ever launched the standard model in India, that has 32GB of storage and a slightly underclocked version of the Snapdragon 820 but it’s still one of the best performing phones in its price range. The Mi 5 was already good value at its original price and the price drop should make it an even more attractive package. Read More

Samsung Z2 goes official with quad-core CPU, 3.97-inch display

As expected, the Samsung Z2 has been official, making it the third Tizen-powered smartphone to hit the market. The device is powered by a Spreadtrum chipset with quad-core processor, and sports a 3.97-inch display. RAM is 1GB, while internal memory is 8GB. A 1,500mAh battery is there to keep the lights on. In terms of camera, the phone features a 5MP rear unit and a VGA front shooter. It runs Tizen 2.4and also offers support for 4G LTE connectivity. The Z2 comes with an app called My Money Transfer that lets you easily transfer money from one bank account to another. In addition, there’s also the S Bike Mode as well as support for 12 regional languages. Coming to price,... Read More

Rumor says Oppo Find 9 will have Gorilla Glass 5 protection

The Oppo Find 9, which has been the subject of a some rumors and leaks in the past few months, will feature a Gorilla Glass 5 display, according to a latest rumor out of China. To refresh, GG5 is the latest generation of display glass tech by Corning. It is claimed to withstand face-down drops of up to 1.6 meters high in up to 80% of occurrences. As for the Find 9, previous rumors have suggested that the device is powered by Snapdragon 821 (aka SD823) chipset, and sports a 5.5-inch QHD display. RAM is 8GB, while internal memory is 128GB. In terms of camera, there’s a 21MP rear unit (dual-camera setup) and a 16MP front shooter. The phone also... Read More

Samsung Galaxy Note7 loses to year old iPhone 6s in speed test

Despite being a year old, the iPhone 6s is known to hold its own against more modern devices in speed tests. This is in no small parts due to Apple’s software optimization, the performance of the A9 chip, and incredibly quick NVMe storage. But how does it fare against the brand new Galaxy Note7? Well, the question should be how does the Note7 fare against the year old iPhone 6s. And the answer is very, very poorly, at least in this particular test. The video goes through a bunch of identical apps and games on both platforms, launching them, waiting for them to load before closing and moving on to the next one. After going through all the apps once,... Read More

No Samsung logo on Galaxy Note7 units in Japan

After Samsung decided to remove the company’s logo from the front of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in a few markets (including Japan), press materials for the Samsung Galaxy Note7 aimed at potential customers in the Asian country reveal the flagship phablet will get similar treatment. In fact, the South Korean company has went a step ahead this time, removing the ‘Samsung’ logo from the back of the smartphone as well. There’s currently no information on whether or not Japan is the only market that’ll get the slightly different (better?) looking Galaxy Note7, but as always, we will continue to keep you updated if more information surfaces. Read More

First-gen Galaxy Tab S may get Marshmallow update after all

If you recall, Samsung’s Netherlands subsidiary said last week that the original Galaxy Tab S won’t get the Marshmallow update. But, when Samsung Greece was asked about it, they said the update will be rolled out. If you’re wondering whom to believe (especially given that the aforementioned interactions took place on social media), here’s some news that should end the confusion: a user manual hosted on Samsung’s website suggests that the tablet WILL get the update. As the source here is Samsung itself, you can take it as a confirmation that the Android 6.0 update will be rolled out to Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Although it isn’t yet known exactly when the roll out will begin, it should happen sooner... Read More

Samsung Z2 to carry a price tag of around $70

The Tizen-powered Samsung Z2, which is expected to be made official today, will carry a price tag of INR 4,590 (translating into around $70 at current exchange rates). This was revealed by a leaked marketing image for the device. It was also revealed that the handset will come bundled with the JIO Preview 4G offer in India – you’ll get free Jio SIM and avail unlimited access to stuff like HD video and voice calls, apps, data, and SMS for 90 days. As for Z2’s specs, an official-looking video recently confirmed that the phone is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and sports a 5MP main camera. It comes pre-loaded with an app dubbed My Money Transfer, and also features... Read More

Samsung will sell refurbished high-end smartphones from 2017

Samsung is planning a refurbished smartphone program for next year, according to “a person with direct knowledge of the matter” who spoke to Reuters about this. The program will involve only the Korean company’s premium models. The source doesn’t name models, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it applied to such handsets as the Galaxy Note7, S7, and S7 edge only (and possibly some of their predecessors). Samsung will refurbish the units that are returned to it by users of one-year upgrade plans in markets such as the US and South Korea. After the refurbishment is complete, the company will sell the devices once more, but at lower prices than what you’d need to pay for a new unit of... Read More

Microsoft Lumia 650 receives official price cut in US and Canada

The Microsoft Lumia 650 has received an official price cut in the US. The Windows 10-powered device, which usually carries a price tag of $199, is now being sold by the Redmond, Washington-based company for $149. The offer – which is valid through August 21 – is also available in Canada, where the handset can currently be purchased for CAD 149, a price cut of CAD 50. In Canada, Microsoft is also offering discount on the purchase of Lumia 650 accessories. It’s worth mentioning that if you are in the US, you can get the phone for an even lower price – Cricket Wireless is currently selling it for just $50. Read More

Online retailer jumps the gun, reveals Asus Zenfone 3 India pricing ahead of launch

The Asus Zenfone 3 is yet to be officially launched in India (the event is scheduled to kick off today at 4PM IST), but one online retailer has gone ahead and revealed the pricing information for the device. A offer page on Snapdeal has revealed that the device will carry a price tag of INR 21,999, which translates into around $330 at current exchange rates. The page further reveals that the device will be available in two variants, having 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch display, respectively. The INR 21,999 price is apparently for the model with 5.2-inch display and 3GB RAM. The retailer will start selling the device today at 5PM IST. Read More

LeEco phone with 4GB RAM and SD820 SoC spotted on GFXBench, said to be Le 2s

A new LeEco phone has been spotted on benchmarking website GFXBench. Listed as LeEco X720, the device is powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset with quad-core 2.3GHz processor, and sports a 5.5-inch FullHD display. It comes with 4GB of RAM, while internal memory is 32GB. In terms of camera, the handset features a 16MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Reports say the phone in question is the rumored LeEco Le 2S, which is said to be the successor to the Chinese company’s Le 2 smartphone. A couple of images of the Le 2s leaked around a week ago. Alleged LeEco Le 2s images Previous rumors had said that the Le 2s will be... Read More

Samsung warns of limited Galaxy Note7 availability in Europe

Tell us something we don’t know – Samsung is warning of limited availability of Galaxy Note7 units in Europe. It should launch on September 2, except in all the places where it has been delayed – Benelux, Russia and Ukraine (Malaysia too, by the way). Samsung exec Conor Pierce says forecasts are that the demand for the Note7 will surpass that of its predecessor. We sure hope he means the Note 4 as the Note5 didn’t get a proper launch in Europe. It seems that the company has concentrated available units in North America and Korea, leaving the rest of the world to wait as factories crank out more Galaxy Note7s. Read More

Huawei P9 launched in India for $597

Huawei has launched the P9 smartphone in India. The phone has a dual camera system at the back made in collaboration with Leica. The phone can take monochrome photos using one of the sensors and color photos by combining the output from both the sensors. The P9 also has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Kirin 955 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 8 megapixel front camera, fingerprint sensor, 3000mAh battery, Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1. The phone is priced at INR 39,999 in India, which is about $597, and available exclusively on Flipkart starting August 18. Read More

Honor 8’s Middle East launch set for early next month

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor will launch its Honor 8 smartphone in the Middle East region early next month. The device will be on sale in the region starting September 1, with pre-orders beginning August 24. Pricing information is currently not known. The Honor 8 is currently available in China, priced at under $300. The company has just announced the handset for the US market as well, where it’s currently up for pre-orders and starts at $399. Read More

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to start selling at carriers as late as September 23

Apple is ought to announce the upcoming iPhone event later this month, the event traditionally takes place in September. A likely date is September 7, as earlier rumors pointed to a pre-order kick-off on September 9. The actual in-store sales will begin on September 16. However, carriers have a slightly different roadmap. A newly leaked AT&T retail schedule details merchandising reset hours and the two dates listed are September 9 and September 23. That’ a week later than previously expected. Apple’s 2015 iPhone event invitation 9to5Mac speculates that both September 16 and September 23 release dates are possible, provided pre-orders start on September 9. In 2015, the iPhone 7s launched on September 25, following a pre-order period that commenced on... Read More