Apple, made in India? The country paves way to increase domestic production

The Government of India is dropping clauses including the evaluation of plant and machinery to be brought from China and South Korea. These were mainly opposed by Apple. It paves way for the company, and others including Foxconn, Samsung, OPPO, Vivo, and more to increase local production using the product-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

Recently, many companies have been looking to shift parts of their production to more-competitive Asian countries, like Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. In light of the constantly-developing and changing economic climate in China, the step has been taken in a vow to attract more US investment. It makes India more attractive as a partner in the so-called “China plus one strategy”.

Other amendments to PLI rules include lowering the excessive amount of business information the government previously required beneficiaries to share and clauses permitting the Empowered committee to unilaterally change investor rules.

For reference, PLI is an incentive of 4% to 6% on incremental sales (over base year) of goods manufactured in India, covered under target segments, for a period of five years.

If the manufacturers want to benefit from the said incentive, they will have to produce high-end phones (with freight on board value of more than $200) of more than INR 4,000 crore (1 crore is INR 10,000,000) for the base year. It will have to be followed by INR 8,000 crore, 15,000 crores, 20,000 crores, and 25,000 crores, for the next four years, respectively.

Apple is said to benefit from the new PLI conditions as its contract manufacturers Wistron and Foxconn could soon be shifting a significant portion of iPhone production to India.

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Vivo TWS Neo true wireless earphones listed on official site ahead of June 1 launch

Ahead of the June 1 launch, Vivo has gone ahead and listed the Vivo TWS Neo, its latest pair of true wireless earphones on the official site. The listing also confirms some of the specifications. As of now, only a placeholder price is listed.

The Vivo TWS Neo are listed to come with 14.2mm drivers and support for the Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth codec. Moreover, there are some equalizer settings detailed, which will likely be controlled through an app for the earphones.

The earpiece looks identical to the AirPods. An earlier trailer has shown the device in white and dark blue colors with a matching charging case to go with them. The charging case has a round button and notification LED on the front face. It is expected to be priced around CNY 999 (~ Rs 10,600).

Source: Vivo

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Vivo X50 key specs tipped ahead of launch

The Vivo X50 and X50 Pro are scheduled to launch on June 1 in China. However, the renders of both devices have already leaked online. Now, a trustworthy leakster from China has shared the key specifications of the Vivo X50.

The handset is said to feature a flat 6.56-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels and a 90Hz refresh rate. It will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It could be powered by the Snapdragon 765G SoC.

Vivo X50 Pro
Vivo X50 Pro

On the optics front, the Vivo X50 is tipped to sport a 32MP Samsung GD1 selfie shooter. It will come with a quad rear camera that could include a 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor + a 13MP Samsung S5K3L6 lens + an 8MP OmniVision OV08A10 telephoto sensor + an 8MP Hynix Hi846 ultrawide lens.

Vivo X50
Vivo X50

It may pack a 4,315mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. The phone is rumored to come with a 3.5mm audio jack and an AK4377a Hi-Fi audio chip.

Source: Weibo
Via: Gizmochina

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VIVO Y70s packing triple rear cameras and Exynos 880 processor goes official

VIVO has today quietly launched another mid-range smartphone – the VIVO Y70s. Notably, the latest offering from VIVO is powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 880 chipset, which also adds 5G support to the VIVO Y70s. The phone looks generic front the front, but the company has opted for a vertical stripe pattern on the glossy real panel to give it some identity.

The VIVO Y70s offers a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a punch-hole design and packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The triple rear camera setup includes a 48MP main camera that supports 4K video capture. The fingerprint sensor is embedded inside the recessed power button, but face unlock support is there as well.

VIVO Y70s specifications

Display6.53-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080)
19.5: 9 aspect ratio
90.72% screen-to-body ratio
394 ppi pixel density
1500: 1 contrast ratio
ProcessorExynos 880
RAM6GB / 8GB
Storage128GB
Rear Cameras48MP (F/1.79) primary
8MP (F/2.2) ultra-wide
2MP (F/2.2) portrait
Front Camera16MP (F/2.0)
Battery4,500mAh
18W Dual-Engine Flash Charge
SoftwareFuntouch OS 10 (Android 10)
Weight190 grams
Dimensions162.07×76.61×8.46 mm

VIVO Y70s price & availabiility

The VIVO Y70s costs ¥1,998 (~$280) for the base 6GB+128GB version, while the variant with 8GB RAM will set you back by ¥2,918 (~$410). Pre-orders are now live and sales will commence on June 1, but there is no word on availability in the international market.

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ Leaks: Now We’re Talking! (video)

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We have a massive selection of Memorial Day deals for you

Deals. We have some memorial day deals for you guys and we’ll have some more on our website over the weekend if you want to check them out. Let’s start out with Amazon which has the Google Pixel 3a for $120 off. This leaves the 64GB variant for $279 and it gets better, the 3a XL is $160 off, leaving the 64GB variant for $319 shipped. The Marshall Kilburn 2 speaker is also $90 off, leaving it at $210 shipped. Finally, the second generation AirPods are $50 off, leaving those at $150 shipped with the wireless charging case. As always we have more deals in the description that you can check out.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Here’s your first official look at the VIVO X50 and X50 Pro

Oh so you thought the Galaxy S20 had a big camera hump? Well, vivo has been teasing their new X50 Pro which brings a gimbal like main camera. The company just released a new poster of the phone which shows the quad camera module with the huge main sensor. This main camera is a Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN1 Sensor which comes with Dual Pixel PDAF tech for faster focusing, it basically rotates on it’s axis like a gimbal for better stabilization. The other cameras include a periscope, and most likely a wide angle and a macro camera. We’re expecting the vivo X50 lineup to launch on June 1.

ASUS ROG Phone III and ZenFone 7 to debut around July: Report

Back in February Qualcomm gave us a list of phones that would bring the Snapdragon 865 and, that list included two ASUS phones. It looks like both of those phones are ready to launch according to a new report from Taiwan which claims that the ROG Phone 3 and the ZenFone 7 will either in Q2 or early Q3 of 2020. Going by last year’s launch date, if they do launch in July or August they will be late by a couple of months when compared to their predecessors but, the market isn’t in the same state as it was last year. The company is currently targeting a 30-50% growth in sales for the ROG Phone 3. We’ll keep you posted in case we get more leaks.

Second-gen Moto Razr foldable phone could be launched in September

We all know how excited I was for the Moto RAZR last year, and we all know how that turned out. Well, according to Lenovo’s South African GM, the company is already working on a second generation device and it is supposed to come out in September. He actually mentioned the words “generation two” twice during a podcast while talking about the RAZR. Leaks will most likely start coming in soon and we hope it brings better specifications for the price tag, nostalgia can only go so far.

Apple may have started the production of the new AirPods Studio

A new DigiTimes report claims that we’ll be getting Apple’s AirPods Studio sooner rather than later. The report mentions the fact that Apple will be dropping the wired earphones from the iPhone 12’s box like we covered yesterday. It also mentions that Cupertino will resume regular shipments of the AirPods 2 in the second half of this year, which we wonder if it has anything to do with the move of production to Vietnam, but that does match the timing of the possible AirPods Studio. The company has apparently already started production for these and we could see an announcement at WWDC and they might cost $350.

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We may get a Periscope camera in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could’ve appeared in some hot looking renders

We recently got some sketches for the Galaxy Note 20′s design from Ice Universe. Now we got the first renders which were made based on that leaked design. The phone looks pretty similar to the Note 10 from the front with the very boxy design but it does bring some changes. The camera on this one has a larger hump, like the one on the S20 Ultra, the buttons are also on the right side and the S Pen was moved to the left. Like seriously, common sense changes. Now, these aren’t the official renders just yet but, this gives us a pretty good idea of what it might look like according to the sketches. Galaxy Club just found some new information and they claim that the Note 20+ will most likely bring a periscope camera. It isn’t clear if it will be the same one on the S20 Ultra and some other rumors claim that it won’t bring 100X zoom, but it pretty much explains the large camera hump for this phone as well.

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VIVO TWS Neo wireless earbuds look like another AirPods wannabe, launching on June 1

VIVO is going to unveil the X50 series flagship phones on June 1, but the company has another surprise in its bag for fans. The Chinese smartphone maker has released an official teaser video for its VIVO TWS Neo true wireless earbuds, and from the looks of it, they look like another AirPods wannabe.

The earpiece looks identical to the AirPods, and the only discernible difference we could spot was the slightly different curvature on the upper part of the stem. The trailer shows the VIVO TWS Neo in white and dark blue colors with a matching charging case to go with them.

Talking about the charging case, it has a round button and notification LED on the front face, while its pebble-shaped design looks a lot like the one that ships with Google’s Pixel Buds 2. Unfortunately, there is no word on the features, specifications, or how much the VIVO TWS Neo earbuds will cost.

Source: Weibo

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Here’s your first official look at the VIVO X50 and X50 Pro

VIVO recently started teasing its upcoming X50 series phones and the huge gimbal-style camera on it that is promised to deliver a superior stabilization output. Now, VIVO has released an official poster, giving us our first glimpse of the VIVO X50 and X50 Pro’s glass-and-metal sandwich design.

The VIVO X50 Pro can be seen packing four cameras, with the huge gimbal-inspired primary snapper sitting at the top. The main camera will reportedly use Samsung’s new 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor, which comes with the Dual Pixel PDAF tech for faster focusing. There is a periscope camera lens at the bottom and two other sensors above it, likely a wide-angle and a macro camera.

As for the VIVO X50, it only has three cameras. The one at the top is the familiar gimbal-style camera with a huge opening and two other lenses below it. Notably, it misses out on the periscope camera that we see on its Pro sibling. We’ll get to know more about the two VIVO X50 series phones as the company releases more teasers ahead of its June 1 launch.

Source: Weibo

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Vivo X50 5G to be launched on June 1

Vivo announced today that it will be launching the X50 5G next month. The handset will go official in China on June 1.

The company hasn’t revealed any details of the device yer. However, an image on Vivo’s official China site teases the smartphone as “professional imaging flagship” (machine translated).

The Vivo X50 5G is tipped to sport a punch-hole display. On the back, it could feature a rectangular camera setup.

The company is likely to tease more of its features leading up to the launch.

Source: Weibo

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Vivo Y70s could feature an unannounced Exynos chipset

Vivo Y70s could be a new upcoming Y-series smartphone from the company. The device has been spotted on Geekbench with an unannounced chipset.

The listing shows a Vivo phone with model number ‘vivo V2002A’. It is expected to be the Vivo Y70s and it is listed to be powered by the Exynos 880 SoC with a base frequency of 1.79GHz. The phone runs on Android 10 and features 8GB of RAM.

Vivo Y70s

As per the tipster Digital Chat Station (directly translated), the Exynos 880 chipset is a 5G compatible SoC with two Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.79GHz.

Samsung is yet to announce the chipset.

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Vivo V19 goes official in India for Rs 27,990

Vivo V19 has been launched in India. The phone features a Full HD+ Super AMOLED Ultra-O display that sports a pill-shaped punch-hole display. Here’s everything you need to know about the device.

Vivo V19 specifications

  • 6.44-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20:9 E3 Super AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, up to 800 nits brightness under sunlight
  • Snapdragon 712, paired with Adreno 616 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.1 storage, expandable with microSD
  • Rear: 48MP (f/1.79 primary) + 8MP (f/2.2 wide-angle) + 2MP (f/2.4 depth) + 2MP (f/2.4 macro)
  • Front: 32MP (f/2.0 primary) + 8MP (105° wide-angle f/2.2)
  • 4,500mAh battery with 33W vivo FlashCharge 2.0 fast charging
  • Android 10 with Funtouch OS 10
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Dimensions: 159.64 x 75.04 x 8.5 mm; Weight: 186.5g
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS, USB Type-C port

The Vivo handset will be made available in Mystic Silver and Piano Black colors at Rs 27,990. The 8GB RAM + 256GB of storage model is priced at Rs 31,990. It will go on sale starting May 15 via Flipkart, Amazon.in as well as offline stores.

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Vivo V19 with dual punch-hole cameras to launch in India on May 12

Vivo V19 is all set to go official in India on May 12, which is tomorrow. The smartphone was planned to debut on March 26. However, it was delayed due to the nation-wide lockdown.

The Vivo V19 is powered by the Snapdragon 712 SoC. It will come equipped with dual-selfie-cameras inside the punch hole. It will feature a 6.44-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display.

As for the optics, it will sport a quad rear camera setup: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP. Further, it packs a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Source: Gadgets360

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Samsung, Xiaomi and other Chinese companies will restart production in India

The Indian government is slowly lifting restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These restrictions started taking place in March, and they made Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo to suspend their smartphone productions. However, these companies are now getting back to work.

Samsung has recently confirmed that its smartphone production in its Noida factory has already restarted in a limited capacity. Xiaomi is also getting back to work, as its manufacturing partner Foxconn has also received permission to start production in its Andhra Pradesh factory. OPPO would soon retake production in its Greater Noida facility, while vivo has confirmed that it has resumed operations at 30 percent. Last month was a tough one for the Indian smartphone market since there were virtually no smartphone shipments in the country, so this will directly translate to low numbers and weak demand in the second quarter of 2020.

Source GSM Arena

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Vivo Y30 with “Ultra O Screen Display”, quad rear cameras announced

Vivo has launched a new device under its Y-series. The Vivo Y30 comes with quad rear cameras, a 5,000mAh battery, an “Ultra O Screen Display” and more. Here’s all you need to know about the device.

Vivo Y30 specifications

  • Display: 6.47-inch (1560 x 720 pixels) HD+ “Ultra O Screen”
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, paired with IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • ROM: 128GB, expandable memory up to 512GB with microSD
  • Cameras: Rear: 13MP (primary f/2.2 aperture) + 8MP (ultra-wide f/2.2 aperture) + 2MP (depth f/2.4 aperture)  + 2MP f/2.4 lens (likely to be macro) Front: 8MP lens
  • Dimensions: 162.04  x 74.46 x 9.11mm; Weight: 197g
  • Connectivity: Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS
  • OS: Android 10 based on FunTouch OS 10
  • SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery
  • Colors: Dazzle Blue and Moonstone White

The Vivo smartphone is priced at 899 Malaysian Ringgit (~$208/ Rs 15,800). It will be made available in Malaysia starting May 9. There is no information on availability in other markets yet.

Via: Fonearena

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Vivo smartphone V2012A with Snapdragon 765G SoC visits Geekbench

A new unannounced Vivo smartphone has been spotted on Geekbench. It carries the model number V2012A. It seems to be an upper mid-range device.

The Vivo V2012A scored 2930 and 7838 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively.

The mysterious Vivo smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. It runs Android 10 and features 8GB of RAM.

The phone could be a global version of the Vivo Z6 5G. The company hasn’t scheduled a launch event of any of its devices as of now.

Via: Nashville Chatter

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You can now buy a Vivo phone via an SMS in India

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, India is under a lockdown, which was eased yesterday. Now, various non-essential businesses are operative. And, Vivo India has found a unique idea to let customers buy its smartphones.

Consumers in India can buy Vivo smartphones with just an SMS. The system will let prospective buyers inquire via an SMS, the company’s official website, or even the Facebook page. One of 30,000 Vivo brand ambassadors will then get in contact with the customer. 

After knowing the buyers’ requirements, the ambassador will help them in buying a new smartphone through any one of the 20,000 physical retail stores in the country.

Via: The News Minute

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