Apple reportedly shipped 29 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017, ‘slightly below expectations’

According to Canalys market research, Apple's iPhone X was the world's top-shipping smartphone during the October - December 2017 quarter, selling particularly well in China.

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New report backs up Galaxy S9 announcement date, rejects Huawei P20 MWC possibility

It's pretty much set in stone now that Samsung will take the wraps off the Galaxy S9 duo on February 25 at MWC, with LG and Huawei likely to yield the trade show's spotlight.

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Nokia 10 with Penta-lens camera reportedly in the works

Nokia was once known for making some of the best camera-phones ever since we shifted to colour screens. Be it the N-series phones or the Lumia 1020, we have admired what Nokia did to the cameras on phones. A recent leak on Baidu, a Chinese social network, points towards Nokia’s next attempt to regain its legacy in the field of mobile optics.

According to the leak, Nokia is working on a penta-lens concept phone that has five lenses positioned in circular pattern with LED flash. The smartphone is said to be called the Nokia 10, and will be aimed at shutterbugs.

Credits- Baidu

The concept definitely looks like Nokia’s attempt to revolutionise smartphone cameras once again. It would be interesting to see how the company plans to employ such hefty camera setup and how it is going to implement it by keeping the design handy. According to Nokiapoweruser, the Penta-lens camera rumor may hint at a revolver-like rotating Zoom camera tech from Zeiss.

Other rumoured specifications for the Nokia 10 point towards a Snapdragon 835, a glass back and 18:9 display. Nokiapoweruser also reports that the phone is currently under development stage and may not be available before second half of 2018. 

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Nokia 8 gets another public beta update, this time to Android 8.1 Oreo

HMD Global may soon become Google's first smartphone-making partner to roll out an official Android 8.1 Oreo update, following Nokia 8 beta tests.

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Nokia 8 gets another public beta update, this time to Android 8.1 Oreo

HMD Global may soon become Google's first smartphone-making partner to roll out an official Android 8.1 Oreo update, following Nokia 8 beta tests.

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RED Hydrogen One gets hyped up by company owner, specs and other info revealed

We finally know that groundbreaking RED Hydrogen One holographic phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, and start shipping "before the summer."

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RED Hydrogen One gets hyped up by company owner, specs and other info revealed

We finally know that groundbreaking RED Hydrogen One holographic phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, and start shipping "before the summer."

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Lenovo details a bunch of new education-focused Windows laptops and Chromebooks

Lenovo is taking classrooms seriously, preparing the January, February and March rollouts of quite a few new affordable laptops running your choice of Windows 10 or Chrome OS.

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Best smartphones for audiophiles in India

Audio experience is often ignored when it comes to discussing about the best features of modern smartphones. Most often, the debate centres around the chipset, display, cameras and the design. However, audio experience matters too. Imagine buying a high-end smartphone that cannot manage to output quality audio, either through the loudspeaker or through earphones.

In this post today, we take a look at some of the best smartphones for audiophiles – after all, if you are paying a premium, you deserve great sound as well. 

To get the best audio from your phone, you need a better companion. Check out the best in-ear headphones in India.

LG has constantly been one of the few companies to focus on the audio experience in its flagship smartphones. The V30+ comes with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for an enhanced audio experience, and the icing on the cake is that it also has a 3.5mm audio jack, allowing you to pair your favourite headsets with the phone.

Other specs include a 6-inch Quad HD+ display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance and it is also MIL-STD-810G compliant.

In terms of optics, the device comes with a dual camera setup consisting of a 16MP primary camera and a 13MP front camera.

Review- LG V30+

With the U11, HTC has tweaked the speaker combo found on the HTC 10 – the U11 is not only significantly louder, it also offers more clarity compared to the HTC 11. While it does not feature a 3.5mm audio jack, HTC’s bundled USonic earbuds offer a delightful customised audio experience based on the user’s ear formation.

The HTC U11 comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device offers a 12MP primary camera and a 16MP front camera.

Review- HTC U11

The LG G6 also features Hi-Fi Quad DAC and a 3.5mm audio jack like the LG V30+. The phone comes with a single bottom-firing speaker, but it is loud enough when compared to other devices.

The device includes a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display, Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The LG G6 features a 13MP + 13MP dual camera setup at the back and a 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture.

Review- LG G6

While Samsung does not tout the audio features of the Galaxy Note 8 as much, the latest flagship from the company offers a stellar audio experience. Even in the absence of stereo speakers, the Note 8 is loud. When coupled with a standard set of headphones, the audio quality remains excellent, with low degradation and stereo crosstalk.

The Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ display, an octa core Eynos 8895 chipset or a Snapdragon 835 chipset, depending on the market, 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.

The Galaxy Note 8 features a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup at the back and an 8MP secondary camera at the front.

Review- Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Sony is also well known for the media experience on its smartphones, and as such, the Xperia XZ1 is no different. The phone comes with S-Force Front Surround stereo speakers and supports hi-res 24-bit/192kHz audio.

The Xperia XZ1 includes a 5.2-inch full HD display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone also comes with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

The device features a 19MP primary camera and a 13MP secondary camera.

Review- Sony Xperia XZ1

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Acer unveils two refreshed Chromebook lines for schools and everyday laptop users

The stylish new Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is "designed for families and students", and the Chromebook 11 C732 Series targets both education and "commercial customers."

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Xiaomi Mi 7 renders show Mi Mix-like design

Xiaomi’s high-end Mi lineup differentiates itself from the budget Redmi phones since its first Mi phone. Although the company started its journey with the Mi 3 in India, but it has been a constant focus (except for Mi 6) for them after the first phone was out. The Mi lineup will be succeeded with this year’s Mi 7 flagship, which is expected to feature top-of-the-line hardware for an under $500 price. 

Xiaomi has not officially announced a release date for the Mi 7, but the company has scheduled to exhibit at MWC 2018. This signals at a probable showcase of the flagship next month. 

What to expect?

Xiaomi is always among the first OEMs to introduce Qualcomm’s latest hardware in its phones. Continuing the same spree, the upcoming Mi 7 is supposed be the first phone to feature a Snapdragon 845 SoC. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed the news at Qualcomm’s annual tech conference in Hawaii in December 2017. Moreover, we expect it to launch in both 6GB and 8GB RAM variants to amp up the performance even more. 

With the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm is claiming to improve about 10-20% of performance boost in the Kryo 385 CPU. Also, the upcoming SoC will be focusing heavily on AI for the accompanied Hexagon digital signal processor. 

As per the recently spotted render on Weibo by naijatechguide, the Mi 7 will have a horizontal dual camera setup on the back. It shows a glass metal sandwich design where there’s a circular fingerprint sensor on the back. Going by the trend, we can also expect the gas back being used to bake wireless charging tech.

Credits- CNMO

While there is no sign of display size and resolution on Mi 7, it is quite evident that the originators of the 18:9 bezelless display will fit it in their next phone. In fact, a leaked image by CNMO also depicts Mi Mix 2 like front, but bigger and upside down. So we can expect Xiaomi to replace the front camera by shifting the bottom notch to the top.

With phones like iPhone X followed by OnePlus 5T, Huawei View 10 making use of facial recognition, Mi 7 could incorporate the same. Shifting the notch to top is a subtle hint at the same.

Will Mi 7 make it to India?

In India, Mi phones have always managed to undercut the rivals but things changed after the Mi 5 launch. Xiaomi decided to launch the 3GB RAM variant of Mi 5 at Rs 24,999, which was then dominated by the OnePlus 3T. Xiaomi hence decided to skip the well received Mi 6 in India and launched the Mix 2 instead last year.

Since the phone is still not official, it would be too early to predict its India launch. MWC kicks off from February 26, so we might get some clues from Xiaomi’s scheduled event.

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LG G6 has Android 8.0 Oreo update coming in Europe ‘within the first half’ of 2018

The LG G6 is vaguely and distantly being promised an official Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of the year's first half in Italy.

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