BlackBerry KEYone QWERTY Android Smartphone Will Go on Sale on May 31

 

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The carrier-locked variant will cost CAD 199 for 2 years in Canada
The unlocked BlackBerry KEYone will be priced at $549 in US
It will go on sale in May this year
The BlackBerry KEYone, which was launched at the Mobile World Congress this year, has finally got a release date for the US and Canada markets. TCL and BlackBerry announced on Thursday that the KEYone will go on sale starting May 31 in the US and Canada, while the pre-orders will begin from May 18. The unlocked BlackBerry KEYone will cost $549 (roughly Rs. 35,300) in the US, while the carrier-locked ones will be priced at CAD 199 (roughly Rs. 10,000) for two years in Canada.

TCL Communication, the smartphone manufacturer for BlackBerry, said in its statement that the BlackBerry KEYone will officially be available for purchase starting May 31 in the US and Canada, as we said. Coming to the pricing details, for Canada there will be carrier-based options from telecom partners, Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS Business starting at CAD 199 on a two-year term. For the US, Engadget reports the KEYone price to be around $549 for the unlocked variant with no details on the carrier-locked models. However, the report adds that there will be various offers from the telecom carriers in the US to sweeten the deal, that includes Sprint to launch BlackBerry KEYone in the spring.

After the smartphone licensing deal signed between BlackBerry and TCL Communication back in December last year, BlackBerry KEYone was unveiled in February this year, putting an end to the speculations about BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ smartphone. “After all the anticipation and positive response received from the BlackBerry community on the BlackBerry KEYone, it’s an honour to offer this all-new Android-powered BlackBerry smartphone to customers across Canada,” said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America.BlackBerry KEYone QWERTY Android Smartphone Will Go on Sale on May 31
The BlackBerry KEYone comes with the signature QWERTY keypad slider below the device, which also embeds a fingerprint sensor on the space-bar as well as capacitive touch on the entire keyboard for scrolling. Talking about the specifications, the smartphone sports a 4.5-inch full-HD (1620×1080 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 433ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The all-new BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

For photography, BlackBerry KEYone sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor – the same sensor as the one on the Google Pixel – that has 1.55-micron pixels. There is an 8-megapixel front facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a flash module.

BlackBerry KEYone gives 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The new KEYone comes with standard set of connectivity options, including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. It runs on a 3505mAh battery that’s said to give all-day battery life and support QuickCharge 3.0 with a ‘Boost’ charging feature that gives 50 percent charge in “roughly 36 minutes.”

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4.50-inch

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2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1620×1080 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3505mAh

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BlackBerry Mercury at MWC 2017: What You Can Expect From Tonight’s Launch

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The launch event starts at 11:30pm IST tonight
  • The smartphone was showcased by the company at CES 2017
  • The BlackBerry Mercury smartphone is also known as DTEK70

BlackBerry will be launching its smartphone codenamed ‘Mercury’ at a pre-MWC 2017 event tonight at 7pm CET or 11:30pm IST. The smartphone is expected to be called the BlackBerry DTEK70, and is being touted as the “last phone designed and engineered in-house by BlackBerry”. It was earlier showcased by the company at CES 2017 but the company didn’t provide specific details about the device at the time. As we prepare ourselves for the smartphone launch, here is a list of what can be expected from BlackBerry’s event tonight.

BlackBerry Mercury features

In terms of features, BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70’s biggest highlight has to be its QWERTY keyboard. Even though BlackBerry was the company that made smartphone keyboards popular, with most phone manufacturers now opting for on-screen keyboards, this could be the last smartphone that features a QWERTY keyboard for a very long time.

Notably, the physical keyboard on BlackBerry Mercury doesn’t slide in and out like company’s earlier Priv smartphone. As we mentioned, the company did showcase the smartphone at CES 2017, revealing it The company also revealed that the spacebar has a fingerprint sensor built into it, while the keyboard itself has capacitive touch capabilities for scrolling. It will also feature a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers, and it will run Android Nougat.

BlackBerry Mercury price

There is currently no information available regarding the pricing of the BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 smartphone.

BlackBerry Mercury specifications

The smartphone has been tipped to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and feature a 4.5-inch (1080×1620 pixels) display with pixel density of 420ppi. BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 smartphone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.

As per the leaks, BlackBerry Mercury packs 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of built-in storage. It is expected to house a 3400mAh battery. The smartphone has further been tipped to sport the same 12-megapixel camera unit with Sony IMX378 camera sensor at the back as seen on the Google Pixel smartphones.

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BlackBerry Mercury release date

The BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 smartphone will initially be sold by TCL Communication Technology Holdings (TCT). As per the licensing agreement between BlackBerry and TCL in December last year, TCL holds the right to make and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones in all countries except India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Notably, these are among the biggest markets for BlackBerry.

Further, TCL Communication Technology Holdings (TCT) confirmed to Gadgets 360 at sidelines of CES 2017 that the smartphone codenamed Mercury won’t be launched by the company for Indian market.

However, BlackBerry later announced that the company is looking to partner with more manufacturers and distributors to compete in local space. The company has already tied up with BB Merah Putih to bring BlackBerry-branded phones to Indonesia and said it is looking to tie up with more partners in other parts of the world to sell these smartphones in more markets.

To that end, it earlier this month announced it was extending its partnership with Optiemus Infracom to manufacture and sell future BlackBerry smartphones in India. Previously, the Indian company only had distribution and sales rights for the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60. The company has yet to confirm if that includes the BlackBerry Mercury smartphone.

There has been no confirmed release date for the BlackBerry Mercury smartphone at this point but is expected to be announced by the company at its launch event tonight.

Budget BlackBerry smartphone?

A recent leak claimed BlackBerry was making a budget smartphone codenamed BBC100-1 for Indonesia. The smartphone is rumoured to pack Snapdragon 425 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz and feature 5.5-inch HD display. The handset is said to pack 4GB of RAM and come with 32GB inbuilt storage. In terms of cameras, the BBC100-1 is rumoured to sport a 13-megapixel rear camera alongside an 8-megapixel front camera. The smartphone is said to support dual-SIM functionality and may make its way to other markets apart from Indonesia. It is further said to pack 3000mAh battery.

TCL BlackBerry Tablet

Interestingly, on MWC 2017 website, BlackBerry’s name has been tagged with Tablet Devices as well, as pointed out in a report by PhoneArena. This might indicate that TCL might be manufacturing a BlackBerry tablet as well that can possibly be displayed at their launch event. However, as there has been no leak that indicates the presence of the tablet and because this is a far-fetched assumption, we will have to wait for the event to see if anything happens in this regard.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage Variant Goes on Sale in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The original featured 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage
  • The original had a price tag of Rs. 64,900
  • This gives the new variant a premium of Rs. 10,000

After launching it last week, Samsung on Friday has made the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage available to buy in India. You can purchase it via Flipkart and the Samsung Shop. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant price in India is Rs. 74,900.

As an introductory offer, the company says, all customers will be eligible for a free bundled wireless charger (worth Rs. 4,499)  with the smartphone. The new variant will only be available in the Midnight Black colour variant. On the Samsung Shop, the company is offering a Rs. 2,500 cash back to ICICI Bank credit card users, while there is also an exchange offer providing up to Rs. 15,000 discount. On Flipkart, it comes with a Reliance Jio double data offer providing 28GB+28GB at Rs. 309, as well as ICICI credit card cash back.

To recall, Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ back in April in India, featuring 4GB RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs. 57,900 (MOP), while the regular Galaxy S8+ variant is priced at Rs. 64,900 (MOP), giving the new variant a premium of Rs. 10,000. It also forgoes the Coral Blue and Maple Gold colour options the regular version is available in.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ India variants are powered by the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC, and are almost identical smartphones. The primary differences are battery capacity, dimensions, and screen size of the Infinity Display, which is a dual-edge curved display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, complete with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch display with the same resolution and display technology. The displays are certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium.Image result for samsung

The octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC sports a quad-core module clocked at 2.35GHz, and another quad-core module clocked at 1.9GHz. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones feature 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear cameras with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the smartphones bear 8-megapixel front cameras with autofocus, and also bear an f/1.7 aperture. Both smartphones’ inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.

Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ include 4G LTE (Cat. 16), Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, and GPS. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. They both support Samsung Pay, with NFC and MST connectivity. The two smartphones come with iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ support wireless charging as well as fast charging. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pack 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively. The Galaxy S8 measures 148.9×68.1x8mm and weighs 155 grams. The Galaxy S8+ measures 159.5×73.4×8.1mm and weighs 173 grams.

Of course, one of the biggest highlight features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is the Bixby virtual assistant. At launch, the virtual assistant will not feature Bixby Voice functionality, but, will offer Bixby Vision, Home, and Reminder features. Another highlight feature is IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+

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Samsung to Invest Rs. 4,915 Crores to Expand Phone, Refrigerator Manufacturing in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Samsung announced Rs. 4,915 crores investment for its Noida factory
Part of the company’s Make in India, Make for India drive
Expansion will help manufacture 120 million phones annually
Samsung over the years has enjoyed a pretty solid foothold in the Indian market. The South Korean giant leads in smartphone sales in the country partly thanks to its wide range of smartphones that cover each price segment as well as its production capacity. Speaking of the latter, Samsung India on Wednesday announced that the expansion of its factory in Noida has now commenced.

The South Korean giant announced an investment of Rs. 4,915 crores in India to expand the Noida plant which manufactures smartphones, refrigerators, and TVs. To meet the ever growing demand for Samsung smartphones, the company means to double its production after expanding its factory in Noida by 35 acres as part of the ‘Make in India, Make for India’ initiative. The factory, once fully operational, will be able to produce around 10 million smartphones every month or around 120 million smartphones annually and generate thousands of new job opportunities.

Unveiling the foundation stone, HC Hong, President and CEO of Samsung Southwest Asia, took to the stage and said, “This new investment of Rs. 4,915 crores is a testament to our continuing commitment to ‘Make in India’ and to Uttar Pradesh, which has been our partner right from the day Samsung’s journey in India began. Steadfast support from the state and local authorities in Noida has helped our vision of ‘Make in India’ a reality. Today, on the back of the Digital India movement led by millions of young Indians, we are witnessing a rise in adoption of electronic devices, smart appliances and mobile phones. A bigger manufacturing plant will help us cater to the growing demand for Samsung products across the country.”Samsung to Invest Rs. 4,915 Crores to Expand Phone, Refrigerator Manufacturing in India

Electronics and IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said at the event that investments towards electronics industry in India grew to Rs. 1,53,000 crores from Rs. 11,000 crores in the last three years and that the government sees $1 trillion coming out of digital economy by 2020 with Samsung a key player in driving the economy.
Expansion plans in Noida first came to fruition after the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Uttar Pradesh government back in October 2016. Samsung had initially planned to invest only about Rs. 2,000 crores, but then decide to increase investment and scale up manufacturing in India.

The expansion comes in the face of growing competition from Chinese companies like Oppo and Vivo, who are slowly capturing the Indian market with their mid-range offerings. While Samsung still maintains the number one spot, its growth is far less when compared to the competition.

Additionally, Samsung India has also launched service vans to provide timely customer support across rural India, expanding its network to over 3,000 service points.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017), J5 (2017), J7 (2017) With Android 7.0 Nougat, 4G VoLTE Launched

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is the premium one of the lot
  • The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is the premium one of the lot
  • Galaxy J3 (2017) AT&T variant is different than Europe variant

After multiple leaks, Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 smartphones in its Galaxy ‘J’ series. The big highlight is its metal design, fingerprint sensor, VoLTE support, and the fact that the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat. The smartphones have launched quietly in Europe and are priced at EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 19,600) and EUR 339 (roughly Rs. 24,600) respectively.

Alongside, Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy J3 (2017) will be made available in Europe as well. The smartphone the same name was launched in May in the US by AT&T, but it was a different variant. In Europe it will be priced at EUR 219 (roughly Rs. 15,800). There are several differences between the AT&T variant, and the one that has been launched in Europe. These changes include 2GB RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and a slightly smaller 2400mAh battery. The dimensions are at 143.2×70.3×8.2mm. The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) will be made available sometime in August in Europe.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) will be made available in Black and Gold colour variants. The J5 will be available by the end of June while the J7 will arrive sometime in July. Design wise, the smartphones corroborate with past leaks. The back sports a new curved antenna design, and a vertical camera capsule at the top. The fingerprint scanner is housed underneath the Home Button situated right below the display. The navigation buttons are capacitive in nature and the power button and volume keys are situated on the left and right edge respectively.Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017), J5 (2017), J7 (2017) With Android 7.0 Nougat, 4G VoLTE Launched

Coming to the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports a dual-SIM slot. It features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by the 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor with Mali T830 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage offered is at 16GB that is further expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

As for optics, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) sports a 13-megapixel rear and front camera with LED flash on both sides. The rear sensor offers f/1.7 aperture while the front sensor offers f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, Micro USB port, and GPS. Dimensions of the smartphone are at 146.3×71.3×7.9mm.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

The larger Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) boasts of a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a USB Type-C port, 3GB of RAM, and IP54 rated splash resistance. The battery also increases to 3600mAh. All the other specifications remain the same. The Europe launch of the three smartphones was first reported by AndroidWorld.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

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5.00-inch

Processor

1.4GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2400mAh

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

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Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.6GHz octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3600mAh

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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

1.6GHz octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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Hello Lenovo: Motorola now owned by Chinese tech giant

 

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.

The $2.9-billion purchase adds to a flurry of acquisitions and initiatives aimed at transforming Beijing-based Lenovo, the world’s biggest maker of personal computers, into a major player in wireless computing.

Google bought Motorola Mobility in 2012 for $12.4-billion but appeared to decide quickly the purchase was a mistake. It sold its set-top operations to Arris Group Inc. for $2.35-billion and its smartphone assets, along with some 2,000 patents, to Lenovo.

Lenovo chairman Yang Yuanqing said when the purchase was announced in January that it would help transform Lenovo into a global competitor in smartphones.

Motorola’s smartphone models include the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E and the DROID series.

The unit’s headquarters are to remain in Chicago. Lenovo is taking on some 3,500 Motorola engineers, designers and other employees worldwide, including 2,800 in the United States.

Motorola to ramp-up retail operations, focus on premium devices in India

 

Handset maker Lenovo will invest in areas like marketing, expanding retail presence and building premium products for its ‘Motorola’ brand as it looks to strengthen its position in the fiercely-competitive smartphone market in the country.

India is among the top three markets — along with the US and Brazil — for Lenovo’s Mobile Business Group (MBG) that comprises both Lenovo and Motorola brands. Lenovo follows a dual-brand strategy in India, but offers just Motorola products in markets including the US.

Motorola Moto X4 With 3800mAh Battery Likely to Launch on June 30

As per the previous reports, Motorola is rumoured to release nine smartphones in coming days, and one among the nine smartphones would be the Moto X (2017) or simply the Moto X4. Now, a new tweet by Andri Yatim a relatively new tipster says that Motorola may launch the Moto X4 on June 30.

He also tipped the specifications of the smartphone. The Moto X4 will not feature a metal body, instead, it will come with a glass design. The phone will have two cameras at the back, something which has been making rounds on the internet for a long time. That said, the Moto X4 will be the company’s first smartphone with a dual camera because the Moto G5s+ launch date is still unknown.Moto-Brazil-Event

Besides the dual camera and glass design, the Moto X4 would feature mid-range specifications. The phone is claimed to be powered by the recently unveiled Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, built on 14nm manufacturing process. The device will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The surprising news, however, is that it may be an IP68 certified smartphone, which means that you can use the device under water for 30 minutes. The phone might get a massive 3800mAh battery, which also supports Quick Charge 3.0. Furthermore, the device will have a 5.5-inch display as per previous reports. Along with the power efficient Snapdragon 660 SoC, the Moto X4 should be the next best battery smartphone, taking reigns from the last year’s Moto Z Play. The handset will have a USB Type-C port.

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Apart from the specifications, the same user, a couple of days ago tipped the prices of three upcoming Motorola smartphones and one among the list is the Moto X4. He claims that the Moto X4 will cost Rs. 20,999 in India, which would be a decent price, considering the speculated specifications.

Motorola has sent out media invites for a smartphone launch in Brazil on June 21, and it’s expected to launch the Moto X4 itself. Other smartphones in the Motorola list are the Moto G5s, G5s+, Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force, and the Moto E4 lineup.

 

Samsung Galaxy On Max first impression: Effective low-light capabilities on a budget

 

Last week, Samsung launched its new mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy On Max, which is priced at Rs 16,900. While the design and specifications are similar to the recently launched Galaxy J7 Prime, the Galaxy On Max doesn’t come with a glowing LED ring around the rear camera. It’s also powered by a slightly different chipset. It is also an online exclusive smartphone that can be purchased only from Flipkart.

One of the key highlights of the Galaxy On Max is the ‘flagship’ 13-megapixel rear camera with aperture f/1.7 to click good photos – whether there’s daylight, sunset or low-light conditions. Besides the sensor capturing more light, Samsung’s image processing algorithms also work in tandem to keep the graininess levels to minimum, especially in low-light. The camera app also includes live stickers and instant sharing mode, allowing you to quickly share your photos on social media. I got to spend some time with the Galaxy On Max at Samsung’s special event, and here are my first impressions.

The Samsung Galaxy On Max features an all-metal unibody design, with only the top and bottom ends having plastic material for the antenna bands. Up front, you have the display with 2.5D curved glass. Above the display, you have the front-facing camera with LED flash and a proximity sensor, whereas the capacitive Android navigation buttons and the physical home button is placed below the display. The home button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.

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Turn to the back and you have the camera module, the LED flash, and the Samsung logo sitting on the top half, whereas the rest is completely clean. The right edge houses the speaker on the top, followed by the power / sleep button. On the right edge, you have the volume buttons, a dedicated microSD card tray and a dual SIM card tray. It’s good to see Samsung giving users to insert two SIM cards as well as a microSD card.

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In terms of specifications, the Galaxy On Max comes with a 5.7-inch full HD display along with 2.5D curved glass on top. It is powered by MediaTek octa-core SoC with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage. And besides the 13-megapixel rear camera, the smartphone also houses a 13-megapixel front camera with aperture f/1.9. The smartphone is armed with a 3,300mAh battery, and connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 4G LTE with VoLTE HD voice calling support.

On the software front, the smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat with a layer of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI running on top. Samsung Pay Mini platform with Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and Paytm integration is also included in the smartphone. ALSO READ: Samsung Pay Mini vs Samsung Pay: What is the difference?

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Galaxy On Max 13-megapixel f/1.7 aperture camera

I got to play around with the smartphone’s camera. I clicked a few photos during sunset, and a few at night conditions.

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While the auto mode does a good job in clicking photos, I was using the pro-mode to capture the exact kind of shot that I wanted. The pro-mode lets you control the ISO sensitivity, exposure level and auto-white balance. Keeping the ISO at 100, exposure between -1 to -2, I was able to capture some good photos with less noise. Below are some camera samples shot on the Galaxy On Max in low-light.

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Final words    

The key highlight being low-light photography, the Galaxy On Max does live up to the expectations and lets you capture good photos in low-light scenarios. However, I am yet to try out the smartphone at length, so I would reserve my final judgment until I review the smartphone.

At this price point, its closest competitors are the Moto G5 Plus, Nokia 6, Nubia N2, Honor 8, and Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL). However, looking at the specifications, features and camera capabilities, the Galaxy On Max looks like an interesting device to look forward to.

(Disclaimer – The correspondent’s travel and accommodation for the event in Khimsar was arranged by Samsung.)

 

LG will reveal the V30 on August 31st

 

LG just dropped a big hint as to what’s next for its smartphone roster. The company has sent out a “save the date” teaser that hints at a V30 launch in Berlin on August 31st, right before the start of the IFA technology trade show. The image doesn’t give too much away, but there are a couple of conspicuous clues. The “V” is the dead giveaway as to what to expect, of course, but the image itself is a 2:1 aspect ratio. In other words, you can expect the G6’s extra-tall display concept (including the minimal bezel) to carry over.

That might be reflected in leaks. If you believe renders put out by OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, the V30 will look like a larger, curvier G6 with a different take on the dual rear camera layout. That’s good news if you like the basic concept behind the G6, but it also suggests that the V-series’signature secondary display (and the removable battery) is going away. Sorry, folks.

It’s safe to say that the V30 will carry a speedier Snapdragon 835 processor, so this might allay complaints that the G6 was saddled with last year’s 821 (reportedly to avoid delays while Samsung snapped up early 835 chips). And historically, V-series phones have been big on features that appeal to mobile enthusiasts, such as high-quality audio DACs and manual camera controls. The V30 might not be particularly exciting, then, but a souped-up G6 wouldn’t be that bad in our books. The G6 was a back-to-basics phone that nailed fundamentals LG had been ignoring for too long — the V30 would be a refinement of that formula.