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According to a recent IDC report, smartphone shipments grew in India by 10 percent. While smartphone shipments globally saw a decline, India continues to grow on the chart. Xiaomi leads the table with 29.9 market share in the country.

This week we have Redmi Note 7 and Vivo V15 Pro on top of the list.

Both the smartphones will launch in the country very soon. With MWC a few days away, soon some top smartphones will go official, including the next OnePlus flagship, Nokia 9 PureView and more. msnTarGet.com

Top 7 Trending Smartphones This Week: Vivo V15 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Oppo F11 Pro & More!

Top 7 Trending Smartphones This Week: Vivo V15 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Oppo F11 Pro & More!
Top 7 Trending Smartphones This Week: Vivo V15 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Oppo F11 Pro & More!
Let’s a take a look at the top trending smartphones this week.

Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi will launch its recently unveiled Redmi Note 7 in India soon. The company was expected to unveil the device in India in February, but according to the latest reports, the Redmi Note 7 launch has been delayed by a month. Apart from Redmi Note 7, the company may launch Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Go in the country, probably in March. Fun2Ind.com

Vivo V15 Pro

All set to launch on February 20, Vivo will be bringing the V11 Pro successor to India. Vivo V15 Pro is going to take a lot of inspiration from Vivo NEX. The smartphone will have a full-screen display with no notch, a pop up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor, rear triple camera setup and more. The pre-orders start on February 15, and Vivi V15 Pro will go official on February 20. soas.in

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung has confirmed the launch of its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 series at the Unpacked event on February 20. The South Korean company also confirmed that there’s going to a special Galaxy S10 Plus edition with 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. The company will launch three smartphones at the event: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 Lite. mobask.com

Oppo F11 Pro

As per a recent leak, Oppo will also launch a full screen display smartphone in March in India. It’s the Oppo F11 Pro, and the smartphone may go official next month in the country. Oppo F11 Pro will come with a no notch full screen display, pop up selfie camera, in display fingerprint sensor and a 48MP rear sensor. The smartphone is expected to be priced around it’s upcoming co-branded Vivo V15 Pro.

OnePlus 7

OnePlus confirmed that it will hold an event at the upcoming MWC. While the rumours are already been topping the lists of upcoming OnePlus 7, many experts say its the OnePlus 5G smartphone. Whatever it be, the upcoming OnePlus flagship is expected to come with some of the latest technologies like a sliding camera module and the 30W Warp fast charging technology.

Huawei P30 Pro

With a few weeks away from launch, the Huawei P30 smartphones are in the news again. Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro is being tipped to come with at least three rear cameras and a water drop display. Though P30 Pro has been already leaked with a rear quad-camera setup with a case. Huawei P30 will have a 6-inch display, while the P30 Pro may have a larger display. Fun2Ind.com

Nokia 9 PureView

With couple of weeks left, the Nokia 9 PureView has been leaked in live images with five cameras and a 18:9 widescreen display. The Nokia 9 PureView will come with a no notch 5.99-inch Quad HD+ display. Nokia 9 PureView will go official on February 24 at the MWC 2019. At the same event, we may also get to see the first glimpses of Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 1 Plus.

2019 kick-started with some top smartphones from Xiaomi, Huawei and its sub-brand Honor, Realme and many more. Redmi Note 7 is in the limelight after its China launch. Two new variants of Realme C1 were launched, while Realme 3 is on its way.

February is going to better, and bigger.

We have some top smartphone launches lined up for February, it includes the likes of Redmi Go, the first Android Go phone from Xiaomi, Redmi Note 7, Moto G7 series, Vivo V15 Pro and much more. msnTarGet.com

Check out the top smartphones launching in February in India.

Upcoming Smartphones In February | Smartphones Launching In February

The list comprises of the smartphones expected to launch in the month of February 2019 in India. SoAs.in

Top 10 Upcoming Smartphones In February, 2019: Redmi Note 7, Nokia 9, Vivo V15 Pro & More

Top 10 Upcoming Smartphones In February, 2019: Redmi Note 7, Nokia 9, Vivo V15 Pro & More
Top 10 Upcoming Smartphones In February, 2019: Redmi Note 7, Nokia 9, Vivo V15 Pro & MoreXiaomi Redmi Note 7
Redmi Note 7 launched in China a few weeks back. The company confirmed the India launch this February along with two other smartphones. It’s going to be the first smartphone from Xiaomi to come with a water drop notch display. Redmi Note 7 features a massive 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 660, 48MP Samsung sensor, dual cameras in different gradient colours. MobAsk.com

Redmi Go

Up next in the upcoming smartphones in February list we have Redmi Go. It’s the first smartphone from Xiaomi built on Android Go. The smartphone is going to be a Redmi 5A rip-off backed by Android Go. The smartphone is expected to launch in India under 4,000 rupees running the latest Android 9 Pie. SoAs.in

Moto G7 Series

Lenovo owned Motorola has confirmed the launch of its Moto G7 smartphones in February. After a global launch on February 7 in Brazil, the company is expected to bring the latest Moto G lineup to India in a month. The latest Moto G7 series will include four smartphones: Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Play and Moto G7 Power.

Nokia 9 PureView

HMD Global has been teasing its next flagship Nokia 9 for long now. Finally the company confirmed the launch date. The smartphone will be unveiled at the MWC 2019 on February 24. Nokia 9 is going to be come with a rear penta camera setup i.e five rear cameras for photography. It will have a 2K PureView HDR display, Snapdragon 845, stock Android with Pie, fast charging and more. Fun2Ind.com

Redmi Note 7 Pro

After separating its brand Redmi from the Xiaomi hat, the company is planning to launch a number of smartphones under the new brand. Soon after Redmi Note 7, the company confirmed the launch of Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Pro version of Redmi Note 7 will come with a few updated features like a better processor (Snapdragon 675) and the 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor.

Realme 3

The Realme CEO Madhav Seth said that the next Realme device will launch by the end of Q1, we expect the renders to show up in February only. The company is expected to launch two successors soon, Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro. The company hinted at a 48MP camera Realme device as well, which is expected to be the Realme 3 Pro. Fun2Ind.com

Nokia 6.2

The 2019 version of Nokia 6 is expected to launch at the same Nokia 9 event alongside. Being dubbed as Nokia 6.2, the smartphone will come with the latest punch hole display technology. Nokia 6.2 will feature a full-screen display with a cut-out on the top left corner, Snapdragon 632 chipset, Zeiss branded dual cameras, Android One and more. MobAsk.com

Redmi X

As a latest leak, Xiaomi will launch a mid-range Redmi device with an in-display fingerprint sensor and some updated specs. The device is expected to be an entry-level premium smartphone with updated specs and features. Redmi X may launch globally in February along with Xiaomi Mi 9, with an imminent India launch. msnTarGet.com

Vivo V15 Pro

Chinese smartphone manufacturer will bring its Vivo V11 Pro successor to India in February. The company has officially confirmed the launch and a few key specs. It’s going to carry a lot from Vivo NEX like its pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint sensor. Vivo V15 Pro will cost somewhere around 30,000 rupees in India with an expected rear triple camera setup. MobAsk.com

Samsung Galaxy S10 Series

Finally, summing up the list with a special launch. Samsung will unveil its tenth anniversary Galaxy S10 models this February. The company will announce the smartphones at the Unpacked event on February 20. The lineup will include three smartphones: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 Lite. In India, we expect the Galaxy S10 devices by March.

2019 is expected to be a big year for smartphones with new technologies like 5G and foldable design becoming mainstream. Samsung is expected to lead the way with its foldable smartphone while other smartphone makers are expected to introduce their first smartphones with 5G mobile connectivity. msnTarGet.com In a nutshell, all the major smartphones launching in the first half of 2019 are expected to be faster not only in terms of performance but also in terms of data connectivity.

They will also be innovative with flexible displays and support for improved cooling and better image processing. With Mobile World Congress 2019 just a month away, the details regarding some of the key launches at the event have already started surfacing online. Here is a look at some of the premium smartphones to look forward to this year:

Nokia 9 PureView, Samsung Galaxy 10, Huawei P30 Pro and more: Top smartphones to launch in 2019. From foldable smartphone to 5G supported devices, there is a lot to look forward to this year.

Nokia 9 PureView, Samsung Galaxy 10, Huawei P30 Pro and more: Top smartphones to launch in 2019. From foldable smartphone to 5G supported devices, there is a lot to look forward to this year.
Nokia 9 PureView, Samsung Galaxy 10, Huawei P30 Pro and more: Top smartphones to launch in 2019. From foldable smartphone to 5G supported devices, there is a lot to look forward to this year.

Top smartphones to launch in 2019

Nokia 9 Pureview with penta-camera setup

Nokia 9 is expected to be the first major smartphone launch of this year. The smartphone was rumored to go official last year, but the launched has been pushed ahead at least a couple of times for some unknown reasons. It seems that HMD Global is skipping the MWC unveil in favor of a dedicated launch for the smartphone. The Nokia 9 will be the first smartphone to jump to as many as five cameras on the back of MsnTarGet.CoM.

Evan Blass tweeted a picture of the device called Nokia 9 Pureview Beholder, which confirms five cameras on the back and dual cameras at the front. The addition of Pureview branding suggests the ZEISS imaging system will be identical to that on the Nokia Lumia lineup. It is expected to feature a 5.99-inch Quad HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. This could be a letdown since we will be seeing Snapdragon 855-powered phones next month.

Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S-series turns ten this year and the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are expected to be its biggest design evolution yet. The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are expected to come in multiple screen sizes including an entry-level model with a flat-screen this year. There are also rumors of a mid model with a 6.2-inch curved display and two more models with a 6.44-inch screen and optional support for 5G.

In terms of design, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are expected to feature metal and glass design but at the front, they are expected to feature in-screen dual camera setup. This design will allow for a higher screen-to-body ratio and there are also reports of Samsung adding reverse wireless charging this year. Other features include Snapdragon 855 SoC in the US and China and Exynos 9820 chipset in all other markets. These models are expected to come with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage. With the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, Samsung is also expected to integrate Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

After launching the P20 and P20 Pro at a separate event in March, Huawei is expected to return to MWC this year with the P30 and P30 Pro smartphones. The P30 series is expected to be an improvement over its predecessor by switching to a taller display design that drops the front-mounted fingerprint sensor in favor of an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is also expected to bring major changes in the camera department.

Evan Blass has confirmed that Huawei P30 will offer triple rear camera setup while the P30 Pro is expected to include four camera sensors and support 10x lossless zoom. The leaks claim that Huawei plans to use a 38-megapixel sensor but it is not clear how the four cameras will work. It is expected to feature a waterdrop notch design at the front and come with Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition

Samsung will start selling foldable smartphones this year but Vivo will start selling smartphone will dual displays. Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, the latest smartphone with 10GB of RAM and dual display design and a triple rear camera setup will be launched globally this year. The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition features a 6.39-inch Ultra FullView display with 91.63 percent screen-to-body ratio.

It also features a secondary Super AMOLED display that measures 5.49-inches and is placed on the back of the device. There is 12-megapixel dual pixel main camera paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor and time-of-flight sensor. There is under display fingerprint sensor, Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 9 Pie and 3,500mAh battery.

Sony Xperia XZ4

Sony could jump Samsung and others to become the first to launch the Snapdragon 855-powered smartphone. The Xperia XZ4 recently appeared on Antutu with a score of 3,95,000 and model number I8134. This indicates that the Xperia XZ4 will be the most powerful smartphone when it becomes official next month.

The leaked CAD renders show that it will feature an extra tall display design with 21:9 aspect ratio. It is expected to feature triple rear camera setup and include a headphone jack and dedicated shutter button for the camera.

OnePlus 7

OnePlus 7 and its 5G variant is another smartphone that could disrupt the market this year. The OnePlus 6T has already set a bar for mid-range premium smartphones and its next device will have to deliver on its promise of “Never Settle” attitude. The smartphone recently leaked in the form of an internal meeting attended by Pete Lau.

OnePlus 7 is confirmed to come with Snapdragon 855 but the company is set to launch another model with 5G modem support. The MsnTarGet.com OnePlus 5G smartphone is expected to support T-Mobile’s network in the US and EE in the UK. There is not much known beyond this but it could be the 5G smartphone most people will find affordable.

Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi MIX 4

Xiaomi is expected to launch two new flagship smartphones – the Mi 9 and Mi MIX 4 – this year. It is not clear whether both the devices will arrive at the same time but the Mi 9 is likely to debut at MWC next month. Both the devices will be powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC and feature triple rear camera setup msntarget.com.

There are leaks of the Mi MIX 4 getting periscope style camera setup for improved zoom capability. Xiaomi has already begun testing the 5G version of Mi MIX 3 so one can expect that Mi MIX 4 will also support 5G at the time of launch.

After the revolutionary pop-up selfie camera, the next generation Vivo Nex is all set bring in some of the latest innovative technologies. All set to arrive next week, the Vivo Nex 2 is getting a fresh updated look. Vivo Nex was launched in India at a price of Rs 44,990.

Aiming for a full-screen display again, the Vivo Nex 2 will come with dual displays. Similar to ZTE’s Nubia X, the upcoming Vivo Nex 2 will sport two displays for a no-notch full-screen display.

Vivo Nex 2 India Launch: Top Features, Price, Availability & More!

Vivo Nex 2 India Launch: Top Features, Price, Availability & More! Vivo Nex 2 promises dual-display and lot more exciting features. OnePlus TV to reportedly launch sometime in 2020; to be Amazon India exclusive. India will be among the first markets to get the OnePlus TV.
Vivo Nex 2 India Launch: Top Features, Price, Availability & More! Vivo Nex 2 promises dual-display and lot more exciting features. OnePlus TV to reportedly launch sometime in 2020; to be Amazon India exclusive. India will be among the first markets to get the OnePlus TV.

Top Vivo Nex 2 Features | Vivo Nex 2 Specs

As per the leaked reports, the Vivo Nex 2 specs will come with next-generation technology. Here are some of the leaked top Vivo Nex 2 features:

Dual Displays

The Vivo Nex 2 will come with two displays. The smartphone will use the rear cameras to take selfies. Yes, the smartphone will have a 5.5-inch display at the back of Vivo Nex 2 known as back screen. Users will have to use main camera to take selfies and make video calls.

Full Screen Bezel-Less Display With In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Vivo Nex 2 will sport a 6.5-inch display with no notch. As per the rumours, the smartphone has almost no bezel width. Also, like its predecessor, the upcoming Vivo Nex 2 will have an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Circular LED Selfie Illumination

The Vivo Nex 2 will come with a special Circular LED Selfie Illumination technology. The illuminator will be used to take selfies. It has a ring-shaped LED surrounding two of the rear camera sensors. The selfie ring on Nex 2 may as a flash ring.

Liquid Cooling System

Just like the recent gaming smartphones like Honor Play, Note 9 and Poco F1, the upcoming Vivo Nex 2 will also use liquid cooling technology. It will help the system CPU run at peak speeds helping the platform to cool down whenever needed.

Triple Rear Cameras

Vivo Nex 2 will only has rear cameras and no front camera. The smartphone will have another display at the back to be used it as a selfie screen. Vivo Nex 2 has a three-sensor camera at the back, of which two will be used for selfies. The camera specs are not out yet, but are expected to same as Oppo R17 Pro.

Snapdragon 845 & 10GB RAM

A listing on a benchmarking site has confirmed that Vivo Nex 2 will come with Snapdragon 845. Under a Vivo model number V1821A, the smartphone is found with a 1.77 GHz Snapdragon 845. Surprisingly the Nex 2 will come with whopping 10GB of RAM. On Geekbench, Vivo Nex 2 achieved a 8467 multi-core score.

Android 9 Pie Out Of Box

Vivo Nex 2 will run on the latest Android version. The smartphone will come with the upgraded Funtouch OS UI running on Android 9 Pie. Users can enjoy the latest Pie and it’s features with regular system updates.

Vivo Nex 2 India Price | Vivo Nex 2 Price In India

The Vivo Nex 2 India price is expected to be around Rs 45,000. The smartphone is expected to launch in a single variant with 10GB of RAM. Vivo Nex 2 India price may fall somewhere in between OnePlus 6T and the newly launched Oppo R17 Pro.

The Vivo Nex 2 price in India will be almost similar to its Chinese pricing. Vivo Nex was launched in India for Rs 44,990. Vivo Nex 2 price in India may add up to another 5,000 rupees.

Vivo Nex 2 India Launch | Vivo Nex 2 Launch In India

The Vivo Nex 2 is being rumored to be announced on December 11. The Vivo Nex 2 India launch is expected to happen sometime later. The Vivo Nex 2 launch in India will primarily depend on the official launch of the smartphone in home market China.

Vivo Nex 2 India launch may happen during the first quarter of 2019. Vivo Nex 2 launch in India is being expected around late January or early February.

OnePlus TV to reportedly launch sometime in 2020; to be Amazon India exclusive

Vivo Nex 2 India Launch: Top Features, Price, Availability & More! Vivo Nex 2 promises dual-display and lot more exciting features. OnePlus TV to reportedly launch sometime in 2020; to be Amazon India exclusive. India will be among the first markets to get the OnePlus TV.
Vivo Nex 2 India Launch: Top Features, Price, Availability & More! Vivo Nex 2 promises dual-display and lot more exciting features. OnePlus TV to reportedly launch sometime in 2020; to be Amazon India exclusive. India will be among the first markets to get the OnePlus TV.
It’s no secret that the next product category OnePlus is targeting is smart TV. Now, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has hinted at a possible India launch timeline for the first OnePlus TV.

In a conversation with ET, Lau hinted that Indian consumers will have to wait till about 2020 to get their hands on a OnePlus TV. It’s been reported that the smart TV will be placed in the flagship category, and the company is taking its time as it wants the product to be the “best there is”.

Lau was further quoted as saying that India will be among the first markets to get the OnePlus TV, and it will be available exclusively via Amazon India. This is the not the first time we are hearing about the partnership between OnePlus and Amazon for the OnePlus TV.

In a conversation with India Today Tech, Amit Agarwal, Senior Vice President & Country Manager, Amazon India said, “Of course, the OnePlus TV will be exclusive to Amazon India when it launches.”

He added, “Television is a growing category for us and we have invested heavily in making sure that people who buy TVs from Amazon India get seamless experience. That is why we have even started ‘install on delivery’ service for TVs. We will be able to utilize all of our expertise in delivering TVs to sell the OnePlus TV whenever it launches.”

Not much is known about the upcoming OnePlus TV. But earlier this year, in a forum post, OnePlus said that the smart TV will boast a “premium flagship design” along with premium “image quality and audio experience”.

It all started with iPhone X last year, and now it's become a trend among the smartphone makers to put a notch on top of the display. It all started with iPhone X last year, and now it’s become a trend among the smartphone makers to put a notch on top of the display. After dual cameras and 18:9 widescreen displays, the latest trend is all about an iPhone X-like notch. Currently, bezel-less displays are one of the most sought-after features on smartphones. After Apple, top Android smartphone makers have blatantly copied the display notch on their flagships. From the recently-launched OnePlus 6 to tri-lensed Huawei P20 Pro to newly launched budget Lenovo Z5, all come with a notch on top of the display. Top 10 Smartphones With Display Notch Here are the top ten such smartphones which come with a notch on top of the display.
Top 10 Smartphones With Display Notch Available Right Now!
1. OnePlus 6 OnePlus is known to deliver top-quality features at an affordable price, and OnePlus 6 is a prime example. OnePlus 6 comes with a Snapdragon 845 process, 16MP + 20MP rear dual camera, a 16 MP front camera with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of internal storage. With a premium glass build on front and back, the OnePlus 6 has a 6.28 inch full HD+ 19:9 elongated Optic AMOLED display with a notch.
2. iPhone X Launched at a price over a lakh, iPhone X was the notch trendsetter. iPhone X still remains the best-notched phone with minimal bezels around. The smartphone comes with a 5.8 inch Super Retina display with the A11 Bionic chip under, a top rated dual camera and a premium built on the. The price remains one of the biggest factors choosing the iPhone X, but if you can afford, it’s one of the flagships available in the market right now.
3. Honor 10 Considered as a OnePlus 6 competitor, Honor 10 comes with a glass sandwich design and a 5.84 inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a notch at the top. With 6GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, it packs in a Kirin 970 under with a rear dual camera at the back (16MP + 24MP) and a 24MP up front. The Honor 10 is a complete package with top of the line specifications and a display notch at the top.
4. Huawei P20 Pro The new Huawei flagship comes with Hisilicon Kirin 970, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, much like Honor 10. But Huawei P20 Pro currently has the best smartphone camera in the world where it features a the rear triple camera module consisting of a 40MP, 20MP and 8MP shooters. Up front, it features a 24MP shooter with a 6-inch full HD+ OLED FullView display and a notch.
5. Nokia X6 Launched in China, the Nokia X6 is the first Nokia smartphone to come with a notch. It features a 5.8 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 19:9 elongated display with the notch. It houses the sensors and the front camera. The smartphone is powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 32GB or 64GB storage. Nokia X6 is expected to launch in India by the end of June or early July.
6. Vivo V9 The heavily marketed Vivo V9 also features a 6.3 inch 19:9 elongated full HD+ display with a notch at the top of the front panel. With an octa-core Snapdragon 626 under the hood, the Vivo V9 comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, a rear dual camera setup comprising a 16MP primary sensor coupled with a 5MP depth sensor and a 24MP front camera.
7. Lenovo Z5 The recently-launched Lenovo Z5 is the cheapest notched phone which comes with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ 19:9 elongated display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels with a whopping 90% screen-to-body ratio and a Corning Gorilla glass layer on top. The smartphone comes with a rear dual camera, a Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage and fast charging support.
8. Xiaomi Mi 8 The newly-launched Xiaomi Mi 8 packs a notch on its beautiful 6.21 inch AMOLED Full HD+ 19:9 elongated display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels in an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it packs in a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Mi 8 also features the latest MIUI 10 and an AI-powered rear dual camera and front camera.
9. Huawei P20 Lite A toned down version of the Huawei flagship P20 Pro, the P20 Lite also comes with a notch on a 5.84 inches IPS LCD full HD+ 19:9 elongated screen at 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution. The P20 Lite doesn’t feature three cameras, but the FullView display has a notch on the top and the device gets powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
10. Oppo F7 Last on the list, the Oppo F7 also features a notch on the display. The smartphone comes with a 6.23 inch full HD+ IPS 19:9 elongated display with a notch. Apart from the notch, the Oppo F7 features budget internals. Under the hood, the smartphone gets powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset which couples with 6GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage and an AI-powered 25-megapixel front camera.

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Vivo is the first smartphone maker to introduce the in-display fingerprint technology in India. The company has launched Vivo X21 smartphone which sports a fingerprint sensor located beneath the display. Priced at Rs 35,990, the smartphone offers dual rear camera setup and HiFi music experience. With this price tag, the smartphone will compete against the recently launched OnePlus 6 as well as with Samsung Galaxy A8+. Wondering which one offers better specifications? We bring you a spec-by-spec comparison of the Vivo X21 vs OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy A8+...
Vivo X21 vs OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy A8+: Which one to buy
Display All three smartphones come with bezel-less display, but the Vivo X21 and the OnePlus 6 comes with iPhone X-like notch screen. The Vivo X21 features a 6.28-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with 1080x2280 pixels resolution while the OnePlus 6 houses a 6.28-inch FHD+ Optic AMOLED screen with 19:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus 6 enables users to enable and disable the notch as per their need, while Vivo X21 doesn't offer this feature. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ sports a 6-inch FHD Super AMOLED Infinity Display of 2220 x 1080p resolution.
Operating system The Vivo X21 and the OnePlus 6 runs Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. As confirmed by both Vivo and OnePlus both the device will receive Android P update as well. Whereas Samsung Galaxy A8+ runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.
Processor The Vivo X21 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. This processor is used in many of the mid-segment smartphones. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship processor Snapdragon 845 which is found in high-end devices. The Galaxy A8+ is powered by company’s own octa-core Exynos 7885 processor.
RAM and storage The Vivo X21 offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. While the OnePlus 6 comes in two variants -- 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the other hand, the Galaxy A8+ packs 6GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage. All the three handsets offer microSD card support.
Camera The Vivo X21 and the OnePlus 6 feature dual rear camera setup, while the Samsung Galaxy A8+ offers dual selfie camera. The Vivo X21 consists of 12MP+5MP rear camera with LED flash. The front packs a 12MP selfie shooter, whereas 16MP primary and 20MP secondary camera with LED flash and a 16MP selfie shooter. The Galaxy A8+ has 16MP primary camera and 8MP secondary camera on the front and a 16MP shooter at the rear end.
Battery The Vivo X21 houses a 3200 mAh battery with fast charging, while the OnePlus 6 packs a 3300 mAh battery with Dash charging support and the Samsung Galaxy A8+ is backed by a 3800 mAh battery.
Price Vivo X21: Rs 35,990
OnePlus 6 : Price starts at Rs 34,999
Samsung Galaxy A8+: Rs 29,990

May 29, 2018 ,
Does the X21 manage to live up to the hype, does the in-display fingerprint scanner signal at the evolution of fingerprint scanners? Let’s find out in the comprehensive review of the Vivo X21. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has taken the market by storm by cracking the under-display fingerprint scanner technology. In doing so, the company has managed to edge out Apple and Samsung as well. Vivo was in the limelight earlier this year when it showcased the Vivo Apex, a concept smartphone where a motorized camera module would pop on the top to achieve that true bezel-less display. Vivo finally launched the X21 in the Indian market, priced at Rs 35,990. Regardless of its price, the device has managed to create considerable hype with its in-display fingerprint technology. Here’s my review.
Vivo X21 Review: A cool new in-display fingerprint scanner, but at a price
Familiar design The exterior of the X21 isn’t particularly fancy, as is similar to Vivo’s previous offering, the V9. A few minor tweaks are visible such as the 3.5 mm headphone jack moved to the top of the device, while the fingerprint scanner at the back of the device is now inside the display. Beyond that, the device is identical to the V9. It still continues with microUSB instead of the much expected USB Type-C. The speaker grille and front-facing camera are present in the notch at the top of the display. The microUSB port, SIM tray, microphone and speaker grill are located at the bottom of the device, while the 3.5 mm headphone jack and microphone sit at the top of the device.
The dual camera setup and the LED flash are located on the top left corner on the back of the device. Similar to the V9, the camera setup and the LED flash on the X21 are fixed in a vertical line to match the iPhone X look. The volume rocker and the power button are situated on the right side of the device.
Good display
The Vivo X21 comes with a 6.28-inch FHD+ display with Super AMOLED panel, 2280×1080 resolution, and 402 PPI display density. The size and 19:9 aspect ratio of the display does make it a bit difficult to use using only one hand. It is also extremely difficult to reach to the top edge of the diagonally opposite side of the display using thumbs but it is not a deal breaker and quite normal with most smartphones sporting tall display. Vivo X21 comes with a notch on the top and if you are still not a fan of the notch then you will simply have to get habitual to its presence. The display of the device is protected by third generation Corning Gorilla Glass. The display produces bright and vivid colors with deep blacks. The brightness levels do take a hit if we change the viewing angles, but it won’t really affect real-world usage.
Vivo has added an ‘Eye Protection’ in the software to mimic the night mode along with the ability to change font styles a third-party app display ratios to fit the 19:9 aspect ratio. The display managed well under direct sunlight but I still found myself looking for shade because of reflective screen.
Operating system and performance X21 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4 with March 2018 Android security patch level. Funtouch OS 4 is a custom skin by Vivo which wanted to mimic iOS as close to it is possible without any trouble from Apple. This iOS inspiration range from the pre-installed system apps (camera UI, clock, music,calendar, app icons, lack of app drawer by default, style of Android notifications, swiping up from the bottom to access quick settings, the settings app and the way all the settings of apps are bundled at the bottom in the settings app. X21 comes with Project Treble but it does not support seamless system updates and the device does come with plenty of bloatware in the form of reinstalled third-party apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, WPS Office, UC Browser, Amazon Store, NewsPoint, PhonePe and other apps by Vivo including vivo.com, Email, vivoCloud, i Manager, i Theme, Bowser and V-Appstore. The company has also added Google apps along with all the bloatware.
Some of the apps were not optimised to the 19:9 aspect ratio in the V9 but it looks like the company has fixed its in-house apps to support the taller aspect ratio. Considering that Funtouch OS 4.0 is a skinned version of Android, the OS does provide a number a vast number of options for its users giving them the option to hide notification previews, show network speed in the status bar, support navigation gestures that are similar to iOS, pack a ‘Game mode’, along with the ‘Do no disturb’ mode, and even settings to manage the always-on display according to the battery level of the device. These things are not present in the stock version of Android and users would end up installing separate apps for all these functions. The OS also offers nifty features such as Wi-Fi Display which I could not test, Smart Split, One-handed mode, App Clone, Smart motion, and Smart click. Smart motion allows users to control the device by interacting with the device according to the orientation of the device, Wi-Fi Display allows users to stream or mirror the device to a Wi-Fi-enabled display, Smart Split allows them to use two apps at the same time and users can manage the screen-split ratio, Picture-in-picture more, One-handed mode allows users to control the device using just one hand including the option to turn on ‘One-handed keyboard’ and ‘mini screen’. App clone allows users to duplicate an app to turn two profiles of the program including two WhatsApp accounts on the same device.
Moving on the performance of the X21, the device performs well overall without no hiccups. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz along with Adreno 512 GPU, 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For users who need more storage, the device comes with a second hybrid SIM slot that can also be used to add a microSD card to expand the storage up to 256GB. The experience of the device was smooth without any lag. I did not face any problems while running heavy games such as Modern Combat 5, Gear.Club or Dead Trigger 2 on the device. X21 did not heat as much during extended gaming sessions and the small amount of heat that was there was evenly spread across the back of the device. So the device performs well despite not packing a Snapdragon 835 or 845 SoC.
That fingerprint scanner The in-display fingerprint scanner is the key highlight of the device and to be honest, the inclusion of this technology in a consumer front device is pretty cool. Though, regardless of how new this technology is, it is still slower than the dedicated fingerprint scanners. The experience of unlocking the device is hit or a miss where the phone may require a second attempt to unlock the device. Another thing is that the in-display fingerprint scanner is located in a particular area in the middle towards the bottom half of the display.
This means that one needs to be precise as to where they keep their finger to unlock the device. Vivo has added an always-on fingerprint symbol to guide the users about where to keep the finger. But making that spot a muscle memory requires some effort. However, regardless of the aid to indicate where the fingerprint scanner is located, the scanner sometimes fails to register the finger. This does indicate that the company needs to work on the technology to make it as flawless as dedicated fingerprint scanners to match the coolness of this new technology with robust performance.
Camera department It comes with a dual camera setup on the back of the device with a 12-megapixel with f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The back camera setup comes with phase detection autofocus technology, and an LED flash while Vivo has opted for a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture for the front of the camera. Both the front as well as the back camera on the smartphone are capable of shooting video in 4K resolution. The back camera took good images in decent lighting conditions while surprising me with its HDR mode. The HDR mode managed to handle complex scenes with extremely bring and dark areas managing to balance the entire scene. There was some noise and the X21 is no Galaxy S9 or Google Pixel 2 when it comes to capturing textures, but it was overall good.
The images shot in low light conditions were not as good and lacked details and texture. The images turned out to be full of noise and muddiness with colors washed out from the scenes. The camera software does manage to give a range of options to control the camera, watermark the images. Both the front as well as the back camera support portrait mode and HDR modes. Users can also shoot ‘Live’ images using the ‘Live Photo’ mode. The device uses AI to separate the background from the subject in the foreground in the portrait mode. The edge detection may not be perfect but it is still pretty good.
Battery life The device is powered by a 3,200 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery and the battery managed to give a decent backup lasting me about 8-9 hours on heavy usage and 10-11 hours on moderate usage. Heavy usage would include four email accounts on sync, constant emails, gaming for about an hour, WhatsApp messages, 20-25 photos and listening to music for about one and a half hour or so. The battery software also comes with a ‘Low power mode’ that limited the CPU and GPU frequency to conserve power while the automatically limited brightness of the device while disabling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, touch feedback, Always on Display and enabling portrait screen to unlock. It also comes with ‘Super Power-Saving Mode’ where the user can only access Contacts, Phone, Messages, and the Clock. The system also gives users access to see which apps use more power in the background along with a list of power consumption.
Verdict: Should you buy Vivo X21?
Vivo X21 is an all-rounder with good performance, decent camera performance and a snazzy new in-display fingerprint scanning technology at the heart of the device. The device is a testament to what dedicated Research and Development teams can achieve to beat tech titan like Apple and Samsung. However, regardless of how cool the technology is, I can’t help but notice the Rs 35,990 price tag of the device. Considering that the company is aiming audience in a price conscious market such as India, it is difficult to justify its pricing, considering market heavy-weights such as the recently launched OnePlus 6. The sheer performance, specifications, camera performance and design of the OnePlus 6 manages to surpass the X21. If you are a Vivo loyalist or someone who wants to tout that in-display fingerprint scanner before family and friends months before others, then by all means, go ahead and buy this device. However, in case you’re looking at more options, there’s the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Moto Z2 Force, but they lack the joy of unlocking themselves without a visible fingerprint scanner.

May 25, 2018 , , , , , , , , , ,
Apple iPhone X's 'notch display' seems to have become the hot favourite of Android smartphone companies. Though introduced by Essential Phone in March 2017, the notch (a cutout in the display) became widely popular after it came on Apple's tenth-anniversary iPhone. In fact, research company Counterpoint has forecasted that approximately 300 million smartphones sporting the notch will be launched in the year 2018. Of these 300 million smartphones, 55% will be Android phones and the remaining 45% will be from Apple. Here are 6 Android smartphones currently available in India that are iPhone X 'look-alikes' as well as the ones that are set to launch in the country in the coming days.
6 Android smartphones that 'look like' Apple iPhone X
1. OnePlus 6 (starting Rs Rs 34,999) : The latest smartphone to sport the 'much-famed' notch is OnePlus 6 (review). The device offers a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus 6 runs on Qualcomm's latest flagship processor Snapdragon 845 and Adreno 630 GPU. For imaging duties, the OnePlus 6 offers a 16MP primary camera with Sony IMX519 sensor with a 1.22-micron pixel size and f/1.7 aperture. The secondary camera is 20MP with Sony IM376K sensor. On the front, there's a a 16-megapixel with a Sony IMX371 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. OnePlus 6 comes in two variants based on RAM and internal storage capacity, 6GB RAM/64GB storage and 8GB RAM/128GB storage priced at Rs 34,999 and Rs 39,999 respectively.
2. Oppo F7 (starting Rs Rs 21,990) : Oppo's flagship smartphone too comes with an iPhone X-like display. It features a 6.23-inch full-HD+ display with 1080x2280 pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. Oppo F7 (review) has an iPhone X-like notch on the top. Powered by an 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor, it comes in two storage options -- 4GB of RAM with 64GB ROM and 6GB of RAM and 128GB ROM. Oppo F7 boasts of the AI Beauty 2.0-powered 25-megapixel front-facing camera and a 16-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Oppo F7 is priced at Rs 21,990, for the 4GB RAM variant and Rs 26,990, for the 6GB RAM variant.
3. Huawei P20 Pro (Rs 64,999) : World's first smartphone with a triple rear camera, Huawei P20 Pro (review) too has notch like iPhone X on its 6.1-inch full HD+ OLED display. Backed by a 4000mAh battery, the device is powered by an octa-core Kirin 970 processor and offers 6GB RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage. The triple rear camera setup includes a 20MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 aperture, 40MP RGB camera with f/1.8 aperture and an 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture. The Huawei P20 Pro is priced at Rs 64,999.
4. Vivo V9 (Rs 23,990) : Vivo's flagship smartphone Vivo V9 (review) too has iPhone X-like 'notch display'. Priced at Rs 22,990 ,it has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD ‘FullView’ display with 2280 x 1080 pixels resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. In other specs, Vivo V9 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. It features a 24MP selfie camera along with f/2.0 aperture and a dual rear camera setup of 16MP (f/2.0 aperture) and a 5MP (f/2.2 aperture).
5. Honor 10 (Rs 32,999) : Huawei's sub-brand Honor 10 features a 5.84-inch full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and the notch. It is powered by the latest octa-core company's own Kirin 970 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and offers 128 GB of internal storage. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1 interface and is powered by a 3400mAh battery with support for Fast Charging.
6. Huawei P20 Lite (Rs 19,999) : The other Huawei smartphone with the notch is the P20 Lite. As the name suggests, it is the toned down version of the P20 Pro. The device has a 5.8-inch TFT LCD full HD+ display. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processor and has 4GB of RAM along with 64GB inbuilt storage. Backed by a 3,000mAh battery, it offers a dual rear camera setup that includes a 16MP and a 2MP sensors at f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there is a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
7. Soon to be launched: Asus Zenfone 5Z : The flagship smartphone from Asus was first launched at the Mobile World Congress 2018, and is soon expected to launch in India. The iPhone X-like notch marks a major design change for the Zenfone series smartphone. In terms of specs, the handset has a 6.2-inch full HD+ IPS display with 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB inbuilt storage.
8. Soon to be launched: Asus Zenfone 5 : Launched along with the Zenfone 5Z at MWC 2018, Asus Zenfone 5 has the same notch and a vertically-placed dual rear camera setup. The handset runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM and 64GB in-built storage. Other specifications of the ZenFone 5 match those of the ZenFone 5Z, with the primary differences seen in the processor, RAM, and storage sections.
9. Likely to be launched soon: Nokia X6 : Nokia's first smartphone to sport the notch, Nokia X6, is also expected to launch in India soon. It is not as premium as the Nokia 8 Sirocco based on the specifications and price and can be placed in the mid-range segment. It offers a 5.8-inch FHD+ display of 2280x1080 pixels resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, the smartphone comes in two storage options -- 4GB/6GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage. On the camera front, the Nokia X6 has a dual rear camera setup that includes a 16MP autofocus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP monochrome sensor with f/2.2 aperture. At the front there is a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.
10. Likely to be launched soon: LG G7 ThinQ, G7+ ThinQ : Both the latest handsets from South Korean tech giant also feature the iPhone X-like notch. With most of the specs same, the LG G7 ThinQ, G7+ ThinQ smartphones differ in terms of RAM and internal storage. The G7 ThinQ has 4GB RAM with 64GB inbuilt storage, the LG G7+ ThinQ has 6GB RAM with 128GB inbuilt storage. Rest stays common. Both handsets feature a a 6.1-inch QHD+ FullVision display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. They have dual rear camera setup of two 16MP sensors. At the front, there is an 8MP camera. Both smartphones are backed by a 3000mAh battery that also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 tech. There is no confirmation about the India launch of both LG handsets, but they are expected to hit the market soon.

May 25, 2018 ,
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has unveiled yet another smartphone - Vivo Z1 - and it comes with a display notch. The company has been launching several products in its home country as well as India. The Vivo Z1 is the mobile maker's first handset in its Z-series. The latest smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC that powers several other handsets from the manufacturer. To recall, Vivo is set to launch the Vivo X21 UD handset with Snapdragon 660 processor in India on May 29. Other key features of the Vivo Z1 include a 6.26-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio, 4GB of RAM, dual rear camera setup, and a 12-megapixel selfie camera with smart beauty features. It also comes with facial recognition technology and a fingerprint sensor.
Vivo Z1 With 6.26-Inch 19:9 Display, Snapdragon 660 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications
Vivo Z1 price The Vivo Z1 price has been set at CNY 1,798 (roughly Rs. 19,200) in China. The Vivo Z1 will come in Porcelain Glaze Black, Hyun Screen Red, and Sapphire Blue colour variants. The smartphone is currently available for pre-orders via JD.com and it will officially go on sale starting June 4. As of now, there is no information available on whether Vivo will launch the Vivo Z1 in India.
Vivo Z1 specifications The dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo Z1 runs FunTouch OS on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 6.26-inch (1080x2280 pixels) full-HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor clocked up to 2.2GHz, paired with an Adreno 512 GPU. It comes in only one 4GB RAM variant. In terms of optics, the Vivo Z1 features a dual camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, and LED flash. It has a 12-megapixel camera at the front. The smartphone is equipped with 64GB inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM format. Connectivity options in the Vivo Z1 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS. Sensors onboard are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3260mAh battery. In terms of dimensions, the Vivo Z1 measures 154.81x75.03x7.89mm, and weighs 149.3 grams.

May 03, 2018 ,
After launching it in China in March, Vivo is now introducing its X21 smartphone in international markets. The smartphone is set to go on sale in Singapore via partnered retailers this month. The price of the Vivo X21 in Singapore is SGD 799 (roughly Rs. 39,900). The Vivo X21 is set to go on sale at M1, StarHub and other retailer partners from May 5, reports The Straits Times. The big highlight of the Vivo X21 is its under display fingerprint scanner, which means users simply need to touch a circular on-screen fingerprint prompt to unlock their smartphone. Facial recognition is also available on the Vivo X21. In China, the Vivo X21 was priced at CNY 2,898 (roughly Rs. 29,900) for the regular 64GB variant and CNY 3,198 (roughly Rs. 33,000) for the regular 128GB variant at launch. On the other hand, the special under display fingerprint sensor-equipped 128GB variant was priced at CNY 3,598 (roughly Rs. 37,100).
Vivo X21 With Under Display Fingerprint Scanner Gets Its First Global Launch
Vivo X21 specifications The dual-SIM Vivo X21 runs FunTouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. It sports a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 512 GPU, 6GB of RAM and 64GB/ 128GB inbuilt storage options. In terms of camera specifications, the X21 bears a vertical rear dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.8 aperture) and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor (f/2.4 aperture) with LED flash. On the front is an iPhone X-like notch that houses the 12-megapixel front camera which has features such as a f/2.0 aperture, IR fill light, 3D mapping, and Face Wake facial recognition. There is a 3200mAh battery, with fast charging support, under the hood. Connectivity options on the Vivo X21 include 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0 with OTG support, and GPS. Sensors on the phone include regular fingerprint sensor/ under display fingerprint sensor, gravity sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope. Dimensions of the phone are 154.5x74.8x7.4mm and weight is 156.2 grams.

April 23, 2018 ,
Vivo Y53i Reportedly Launched as 'Made in India' Smartphone: Price, Specifications
Vivo Y53i has seemingly been launched in India, without any fanfare. The new smartphone comes as a new variant of the Vivo Y53 that debuted in the country last year. The company has used a "Made in India" branding with the latest launch to persuade buyers and notably set the price of the Vivo Y53i at Rs. 7,990 (MRP Rs. 8,990) - Rs. 2,000 lower than the price of the Vivo Y53.
Vivo is yet to reveal official details about the Vivo Y53i. Meanwhile, Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom has posted a couple of images of the Vivo Y53i on Twitter. The images confirm the price and specifications of the smartphone. The retailer also confirms that the handset is now available in the country. As per the details available through the tweeted images, the Vivo Y53i is one of the models by the Chinese company that is being manufactured in India.
Vivo Y53i specifications The dual-SIM Vivo Y53i runs FunTouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features a 5-inch (540x960 pixels) qHD IPS display. Under the hood, there is a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, coupled with Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone has an 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor. For storing content, the Vivo Y53i has 16GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, and considering the identical hardware of the Vivo Y53, it will also have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and a Micro-USB port.
The smartphone is also expected come with a 2500mAh battery. The Vivo Y53i price in India pits it against the Xiaomi Redmi 5 that was launched in the country in March. Contrary to the inferior specifications of the Vivo Y53i, the dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 450 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM, 12-megapixel rear camera sensor, 5-megapixel front camera sensor, and a 3300mAh battery.

April 20, 2018 ,
Vivo V9 Youth With 6.3-Inch Bezel-Less Display, 16-Megapixel Selfie Camera Launched in India: Price, Specifications
Vivo has unveiled its latest smartphone - Vivo V9 Youth - in India. It is a variant of the Vivo V9, which was launched in the country earlier this year, following its unveiling in Thailand and Philippines. Similar to its pricier version, the new Vivo V9 Youth comes with a 6.3-inch FullView display with a notch that is reminiscent of the iPhone X. The key highlight of the smartphone is a 16-megapixel selfie camera with AI integration and dual cameras at the back. It is also equipped with facial recognition technology. When it comes to design, the Vivo V9 Youth looks almost the same as the Vivo V9.
The Vivo V9 Youth runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based software has been priced in India at Rs. 18,990. It comes in only one variant - 4GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage - and will be sold via both online and offline channels. The smartphone is available via offline stores from Friday and will also be available online on the Vivo E-store, Flipkart, Amazon India, and Paytm Mall from April 24, 2018. Commenting on the launch, Kenny Zeng, CMO, Vivo India said, "With the launch of the Vivo V9 Youth, we are bringing the best features of our flagship V9 in a new avatar for our young and modern consumers.
Packed with a host of cutting-edge features, the Vivo V9 Youth is the perfect smartphone for consumers who want a holistic and powerful smartphone experience at a competitive price." The Vivo V9 Youth comes with a 'Game Mode' feature that claims to prevent distractions such as messages, calls, and alerts during gaming. It has a new Picture-in-Picture for games. Users need to sliding down with three fingers to split the screen into two halves. Also present in the smartphone, is a gaming keyboard that lets users chat while gaming.
Vivo V9 Youth specifications The Vivo V9 Youth runs Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 6.3-inch FullView display with 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the Vivo V9 Youth sports a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. At the front, there is a single 16-megapixel selfie camera. Onboard the Vivo V9 Youth is 32GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). It is powered by a 3260mAh battery.

March 26, 2018 , ,
Oppo F7 vs Vivo V9: Which one to buy
The war for the best selfie camera smartphone in India seems to be on as two of the biggest Chinese smartphone brands -- Oppo and Vivo -- have launched their flagships in the space of seven days. The Oppo F7 and Vivo V9 boast of Artificial Intelligence-based selfie camera. Here is how the two smartphones compare against each other on all aspects.
Display The Oppo F7 comes with a 6.23-inch full-HD+ display with 1080x2280 pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The Vivo V9 has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD ‘FullView’ display with 2280 x 1080 pixels resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. Both devices sport an iPhone X-like notch.
Processor The Oppo F7 is powered by an 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor. On the other hand, the Vivo V9 has a is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor.
Operating system The Oppo F7 runs on Color OS 5.0 based on Android 8.1. The Vivo V9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo operating system skinned with FunTouch OS.
RAM and storage The Oppo F7 comes in two storage options -- 4GB of RAM with 64GB ROM and 6GB of RAM and 128GB ROM. The Vivo V9 has only one variant of 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.
Camera The key highlight of both the smartphones is its front camera. The Oppo F7 has a AI Beauty 2.0-powered 25-megapixel front-facing camera with Sony 576 Sensor HDR. The Artificial Intelligence feature help the camera capture images with better colour reproduction and also remembers the editing habits of the user and does that automatically for them for their subsequent pictures. The Vivo V9 has a 24MP selfie camera with features like portrait mode, AI enhancement, AR Stickers and others. It also has a ‘Shot Refocus’ feature using which people can refocus the subject after taking the image. On the back, the Oppo F7 has a single 16MP camera module, the Vivo V9 has a dual rear camera setup of 16MP and 5MP.
Battery The Oppo F7 is powered by a 3400mAh battery, which claims to offer 15 hours of battery backup on a single charge. The Vivo V9 has a 3260mAh battery.
Price The Oppo F7 comes at a starting price of Rs 21,990, for the 4GB RAM variant and Rs 26,990, for the 6GB RAM variant. The Vivo V9 has been priced at Rs 22,990.

March 22, 2018 ,
Vivo V9 Smartphone with 6.3″ 19:9 Display & 24MP Selfie Camera Launched
A few days, Vivo India has preponed the launch of Vivo V9 smartphone from March 27th to March 23rd. However, it is now officially launched in a couple of Southeast Asian markets. While the new Vivo V9 is now officially unveiled in Thailand, the company is going to launch it later today in the Philippines. The device sports a metal frame with curved glass on the rear.
On the design front, it looks similar to the iPhone X with vertically aligned dual rear cameras and display notch. The device is mentioned to be available only in Black Ceramic and Gold color options. However, there is also a Blue color variant shown in the promotional images. Talking about the display, the Vivo V9 comes with the same display as seen on the recently launched Vivo X21 smartphone. It sports a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge display with Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio.
The FullView display on this device comes with 90% screen-to-body ratio, and the side bezels measure just 1.75mm thin. Under the hood, it comes powered by the 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The device offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be expandable up to 256GB using a MicroSD card. In the camera department, the V9 comes with a 24MP selfie camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture and supports facial recognition.
The camera app also includes a few new features including AI Face Beauty mode and AR stickers. On the rear is the 16MP + 5MP dual camera setup with the same f/2.0 aperture. With the new AI Bokeh mode, the device can capture better portrait photos. It runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0 out of the box. For the first time, Vivo is offering the latest Android OS out of the box.
Even the upcoming OPPO F7 also runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo. While the power button and volume rocker are placed on the right edge, the hybrid SIM card slot is on the left edge. With all these specifications, the Vivo V9 is backed by a 3,260mAh non-removable battery. Connectivity options includes 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi (only 2.5G), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM Radio, USB OTG, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. The Vivo V9 measures 154.81 × 75.03 × 7.89 mm and weighs 150 grams.

March 22, 2018 , , , ,
Good lord, Android phone makers refuse to stop
Last week, I penned a quick opinion piece about how embarrassing it is that in 2018, Android vendors are still willing to copy Apple’s iPhone designs so blatantly. It was titled “Good lord, Android phone makers, please just stop,” and it was a plea to Android phone makers to, you know, please just stop.
It’s fine to take cues from rivals on occasion, but to shamelessly clone each new design borders on pathetic. Many of these companies have huge R&D budgets, so why aren’t they researching and developing? That opinion piece triggered Android fanboys, and I got a ton of teary-eyed emails soon after it ran.
Some of them complained that Apple is the copycat, and it always has been. Fair enough, Apple copies plenty of things from rivals. Other emails whined that Essential released a phone with a notch before Apple, which is also true. Of course, even if we play make-believe and pretend that Apple hadn’t finalized the iPhone X’s design long before Essential’s PH-1 was announced, one need only look at a single picture to see two important things.
Not only is Apple’s design is nothing like Essential’s, but it’s beyond apparent that Android phone makers are copying Apple, not the Essential phone. While we’re on the subject of companies that copy Apple’s designs, two pieces of news on Thursday morning prompted me to revisit this tiresome topic. First, news comes from reliable leaker Evan Blass that the LG G7 is indeed a real phone that will be released this year. Blass had reported earlier that the G7 would never see the light of day, but it appears as though that isn’t the case.
The LG G7, as you’ll recall, is a pitiful iPhone clone. It has almost the same design as the iPhone X, but it’s not exactly the same. LG surely wanted it to be exactly the same, but it couldn’t pull off the brilliant internal design that allows Apple to extend the display almost all the way to the bottom of the phone. This, of course, is half the reason the notch exists on the iPhone X — it allows the bezel surrounding the phone’s screen to be uniform on the sides, the bottom, and in the top corners.
This isn’t the case on the LG G7. The phone still has a big “chin” on the bottom, so the notch at the top of the screen isn’t at all about maintaining a consistent bezel width. Nope, it’s about copying Apple, plain and simple. Next up, we have the newly announced Vivo V9.
We’ll never see it in the United States, thankfully, but it’s still worth mentioning because it’s so damn hilarious. So, the Vivo V9 is a pretty standard upper mid-range Android phone in terms of specs (and in terms of design, since almost every notable Android phone is an iPhone clone this year).
It features a Snapdragon 626 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 6.3-inch display, and Android 8.1 Oreo. It also has a notch just like the iPhone X, and it’s once again pointless just like the notch on the LG G7, since the phone still has a “chin” at the bottom.
For good measure, he V9 also blatantly copied the iPhone X’s vertically oriented dual-lens rear camera. Sure, why not? But here’s the kicker. Vivo wasn’t content merely copying the iPhone X’s design… Do these companies have no shame? Do they have any pride at all? I’m sure I’ll get plenty more emails once this post is published, but man oh man this is getting more tiresome by the day. I’ve been covering consumer tech for 15 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.
Rival companies have followed Apple’s lead in the smartphone market ever since the iPhone was first introduced in 2007. But the extent to which Apple is now being copied, and the brazenness with which dozens of Android phone makers are cloning Apple’s iPhone, is completely unprecedented. The best part? We’ll get to watch all of these notched displays start to vanish — coincidentally, of course — as soon as Apple ditches the current iPhone X design, which could happen as soon as next year.

March 14, 2018 , , , , , , ,
10 Apple iPhone X ‘clones’ coming soon
One of the most talked-about feature of Apple’s tenth anniversary edition smartphone, iPhone X, is the notch on its screen. It has been both loved and hated by iPhone users. Now this notch seems to have become one of the most-popular design trends among many of the flagship Android smartphones set to launch in the coming months. So much so that Google too has embraced it in the next version of its Android OS, Android P. So, here’s a look at 10 ‘iPhone X-lookalikes’ set to launch.
1. OnePlus 6 According to a report by Android Central, the upcoming OnePlus smartphone -- expected to be called OnePlus 6 -- is also going to feature the iPhone X-like notch with a 19:9 aspect ratio display. The report also revealed that the handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. As per the image leaked by ithome, the OnePlus 6 also has a vertically placed dual-rear camera setup and a glass backed design, a first for any OnePlus device.
2. Oppo F7 The Chinese smartphone maker is all set to lunch its next flagship smartphone with an iPhone X-like notch. The company has shared an image of the upcoming handset that clearly sports Apple's flagship iPhone's notch on the top. As part of the rumoured specs, the handset is likely to sport a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Other key highlights of the device include a 25MP front camera with Artificial Intelligence like real-time HDR, AR stickers feature as well as beauty mode for selfies.
3. Huawei P20 Huawei's upcoming flagship smartphone P20, scheduled to launch on March 27, has been the subject to several leaks for a while now. The most recent of them showed the handset in its full glory. As per an image posted by famous tipster Evan Blass, the handset has a very small centrally placed notch. Also there is a vertically placed protruding dual rear camera setup, like we saw on iPhone X.
4. LG G7 South Korean tech giant LG too is expected to launch its upcoming handset with a notch just like the iPhone X. The render images leaked by TechnoBuffalo give a good look at what the handset may look like. These concept images show that LG is planning to place the notification bar to the left and right so there is more screen space. Even at the MWC 2018, LG showcased its upcoming flagship handset to few invitees. This was leaked by Israeli publication Ynet in a form of a video that also showed the LG G7 (Neo) with the notch.
5. Vivo V9 Vivo too is all geared up to launch its first handset with a notch. The company has teased an image from its Malaysia handle clearly showing the notch. Also images shared by Anzhou.cn on Weibo show the notch on the smartphone.
6. Huawei P20 Lite Along with the P20, Huawei is also expected to launch a toned-down version likely to be called the P20 Lite. An image posted by Evan Blass shows the handset from all angles, revealing that it has a notch similar to the P20 and a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
7. Oppo R15 F7 is not the only smartphone that Oppo is planning to launch with the notch. The company is also planning to launch the R15. As per several leaks and render images, the successor to the R11 also has an iPhone X-like notch. According to a report by GSMArena, the handset is expected to sport a 6.28-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio with 1080x2280p display.
8. Huawei P20 Pro The last and expected to be the most-powerful handset of the P20 series from Huawei, the P20 Pro is also said to feature the notch design. This can be seen in an image posted by Evan Blass, that also shows the back panel of the image showing that the handset has a triple rear camera setup.
9. Asus Zenfone 5Z Although already launched at the Mobile World Congress 2018, the Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with the iPhone X-like notch, marking a major design change for the Zenfone series smartphone. In terms of specs, the handset has a 6.2-inch full HD+ IPS display with 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB inbuilt storage.
10. Asus Zenfone 5 Launched along with the Zenfone 5Z at MWC 2018, Asus Zenfone 5 has the iPhone X-like notch and a vertically placed dual rear camera setup. The handset runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage.

March 14, 2018 ,
Vivo V9 India Launch Now Expected on March 23
Vivo V9's India launch has been rescheduled to March 23. The smartphone was previously expected to launch in the country on March 27, however, Vivo on Wednesday sent out a revised invite to the media that confirms the new schedule. This aligns with the global launch of the Vivo V9 that is planned in Thailand for March 22, just a day ahead of the advanced India launch.
The smartphone is already teased with a vertically-placed dual rear camera setup and a near-bezel-less display panel with a notch - both matching the design language of the iPhone X. The revised invite circulated by Vivo doesn't reveal any further details about the Vivo V9. It does give a glimpse of the vertical dual rear camera setup, as before.
The handset also recently got listed on an e-commerce website in Indonesia that revealed its price of IDR 4,999,000 (approximately Rs. 23,700). The online listing additionally mentioned some specifications, including a 6-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) AMOLED display, Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, and the dual rear camera with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel image sensors. Further, the handset is rumoured to run Android 8.0 Oreo-based FunTouch OS 4.0. For capturing selfies, the Vivo V9 is claimed to have a 24-megapixel wide-angle camera sensor on the front.
It is also said to have features such as facial unlock, fingerprint sensor, and fast charging support. As per retail box of the Vivo V9, which has lately been spotted on Twitter, the smartphone will come with FIFA World Cup 2018 branding. Also, the box appears quite similar to iPhone packaging.

March 11, 2018 ,
Vivo V9 to First Launch in Thailand on March 22nd, Sports Display Notch & 24MP Selfie Camera
At the recently concluded MWC 2018, Vivo grabbed everyone’s attention by announcing the Vivo APEX FullView concept smartphone. It sports a completely bezel-less display on the front that offers 91% screen-to-body ratio. While the Vivo APEX is said to enter production the second half of 2018, the company is now getting ready to launch the Vivo V9 and Vivo X21 smartphones.
Vivo V9 Smartphone Leaked with iPhone X-like Notch From the past couple of years, Vivo is launching the Vivo X-series devices as the Vivo V-series devices in the other Asian markets. Now, the rumored Vivo X21 smartphone might come to the other markets as Vivo V9. The leaked billboard image revealed the Vivo V9 to sport an all-screen display on the front with the ugly looking notch. The device might come with under display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. It is also mentioned to feature a new 24MP selfie camera on the front.
While there is no other information mentioned about the camera, we expect the company to introduce the AI integration or Animoji-like animated emojis. The earlier launched Vivo V7 and V7+ smartphones also featured a 24MP front-facing camera. It came with a 1/2.78-inch sensor and offered f/2.0 aperture and a soft LED flash. As of now, there is no other information available about this device. However, we can expect more leaks to follow soon in the coming days.
Vivo V9 Key Details Revealed, Pre-orders Begin from March 29th Vivo has sent us an invite for the launch of a new smartphone on March 27th in India. The company will be unveiling the Vivo V9 smartphone on that day. However, the Vivo V9 is first going to launch in Thailand on March 22nd. In this month, Vivo will also launch the Vivo X21 smartphone in China on March 19th. Talking about the Vivo V9, the FullView display on the front sports an iPhone X-like notch. Along with the notch, the device also comes with a thin bottom bezel. The smartphone comes with dual cameras on the rear and a 24MP selfie camera on the front. While the Vivo X21 is expected to feature under display fingerprint sensor, the Vivo V9 will be coming with a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. As of now, there is no other information available about this device. The pre-orders for the Vivo V9 will begin from March 29th and is expected to go on sale starting April 6th.

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