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This is the iPhone 8, new design reportedly confirmed

The iPhone 8 has not only been the most anticipated smartphone of 2017 but also the most leaked iPhone ever. Reports, rumours, images and renders about the upcoming tenth anniversary iPhone have been circulating around the internet for months now and point towards a the biggest ever iPhone update with all new design, an OLED display, wireless charging, 3D cameras and more.

Now Forbes claims to have 'confirmed' what the new iPhone 8 or iPhone Edition will look like. The website has obtained CAD files for the iPhone 8 via case designer Nodus's supply chains and designed renders on the basis of those files. The renders confirm the fact that Apple is in fact going to emulate Samsung and opt for a near bezel-less design for the iPhone 8 with an edge-to-edge display.

The images point towards the iPhone 8 coming with an 5.8-inch OLED display with a 'notch' or cutout at the top for the sensors and front facing camera similar to the implementation found on Andy Rubin's delayed Essential-PH1 smartphone. The report also points towards a vertical dual camera setup on the back which is rumoured to come with certain AR, 3D sensing and depth of field features.

The report also 'confirms' that Apple will stick to a lightning port for charging and data and transfer in the iPhone 8 with no switch to USB-C forthcoming. The 3.5mm headphone jack will not be making a grand comeback either. One of the most controversial elements of the iPhone has been regarding the location of the Touch ID sensor. While rumours point towards Apple embedding the sensor underneath the display, many reports indicate that the company is facing serious yield issues and delays in implementing the radical technology.

Now. the Forbes report introduces a completely new theory into the mix. In their render, the power button is almost double the size as before and the website speculates that Apple can follow a Sony like implementation and embed the fingerprint sensor into the power button. Apple has already been granted a patent for this.

While both Nodus and Forbes seem very confident about these renders, we are still apprehensive and only time will tell if this is the final design of the iPhone 8. Express.co.uk speculates that the iPhone 8 will launch either on Wednesday 6 or Wednesday September 13, 2017. Along with the redesign, the iPhone 8 is expected to come with a TrueTone OLED display, 3D face recognition, an iris scanner, wireless charging, a better screen to body ratio than the Galaxy S8 and a smart connector for accessories such as VR headsets.

Xiaomi 5X could be the first smartphone to launch under the Lanmi brand, may launch on July 26

Xiaomi is working to bring its third sub-brand after Redmi and Mi, which will reportedly be called - Lanmi, confirmed a Chinese micro blogging site - Weibo. As reported earlier, Xiaomi is said to be have already started working on a smartphone which the company is expected to launch under the Lanmi brand. The smartphone could most probably be the - Xiaomi X1. But, a new report making rounds on the web hints that the first smartphone under the Lanmi brand could be - Xiaomi 5X. 

Reports suggest that Xiaomi could launch the smartphone on July 26. But there's no official confirmation by the company as of now. Xiaomi 5X aka Xiaomi X1 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours already and hints that the device may come with dual-camera setup, antenna lines, and LED flash, which will be placed right next to the dual cameras at the back.

The new leak comes in the form of a poster, which shows the device itself. The poster also reveals a lot about the device, starting from its complete specs, and even the price. It is said that the upcoming Xiaomi 5X could be a mid-ranged smartphone. On the pricing front, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X is likely to be priced at CNY 1,999, which is approximately Rs 19,000. This is a tentative pricing detail, and may be revised at the time of launch.

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As per the specifications, the leak hints that the Xiaomi 5X may come with a 5.5-inch display and may run on the latest Android Nougat operating system. However, the new leak reveals no details about the resolution of the display, but a previous leak claimed that it will most likely end up being 1080p, much like many other mid-range phones from Xiaomi.

The smartphone is further expected to be powered by Qulacomm's Snapdragon 625 processor and may be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, a previous leak suggested that the smartphone - Xiaomi 5X may come with Snapdragon 660. So, we aren't sure about the authencity of the newly leaked poster, and chances are that the specs might change in the final product.

Furthermore, Xiaomi 5X is expected to come with dual cameras (as tipped by another rumour earlier) at the back and include a 5-megapixel sensor on the front. On the design front, the upcoming Xiaomi phone is expected to feature an all-metal body that looks fairly premium, despite being a mid-ranged smartphone.

Meanwhile, the Chinese smartphone maker is also planning to launch the successors of Redmi 4, Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A. In the last couple of days, there have been several rumours about the Redmi 5, Redmi 5A and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and all of them suggest that all the three handsets will although boast a full-metal body design much like its successors, but, the camera and hardware may see a major refresh.

A report by a Chinese news website - MyDrivers leaked two weeks ago reveals that the new brand as highlighted earlier is supposed to focus on offline sale strategy mainly, unlike Redmi and Mi that aims at online sales. The company is further said to compete with companies like Oppo and Vivo, which are majorly dependent of offline sale.

Nubia M2 goes on open sale on Amazon India at Rs 22999, here are its key features

The Nubia M2 is now available for all on Amazon India at Rs 22,999. ZTE launched the Nubia M2 recently and it was available only for Amazon Prime users during the 30 hours Amazon Prime days sale which was held from July 10 to July 11.

Nubia M2 was launched at the same price and features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1920x1080 pixel resolution. Nubia M2 is all about the camera. The smartphone comes with a dual Sony CMOS sensors at the back which is also its main USP. As seen in most of the dual-camera smartphones, one sensor can capture RGB while the other  is for Monochrome.

There is also a 16MP camera placed on the front which as per the company claims offer great result even in low light situation. "Nubia's proprietary Neo Vision technology reduces 3D noise in low light and helps take clear and high quality pictures anytime anywhere, " states the company. The Nubia M2 is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and paired with an impressive 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

"We are delighted with the response to Nubia M2 on Amazon prime day. The device is now available for everyone on amazon and we are confident that it will continue to build upon the legacy of Nubia devices as "The mobile photography expert,"  said Dheeraj Kukreja, marketing director of Nubia.

Nubia M2 comes with what company calls as the Tru-Signal technology which has the ability to increase the  call quality by 30 per cent and data transmission speed by 40 per cent while simultaneously decreasing power usage by 20 per cent. The smartphone further comes fitted with smart dual antennas. The company states that these smart antennas offer more stable signal and ensure that a user is always within network. The Nubia M2 runs on an Android 6.0.1 and is powered by a 3630mAh non removable battery.

Nubia M2 was announced alongside the M2 Lite and N2 smartphones in China during March this year. All the three phones come with same screen size. The Nubia M2 Lite is priced at Rs 10,499 while the N2 costs Rs 15,999.

Misleading users with name? Xiaomi 10000 mAh Powerbank has just 6900 mAh capacity

what's in a name? A lot if you ask people who buy Xiaomi's Powerbanks. Xiaomi currently lists, and sells, two powerbanks in India. One of these is called 10000 mAh Mi Powerbank 2 and the other one is 20000 mAh Mi Poweerbank 2.

When you are clicking the buy button for these powerbanks you are most likely doing so because you believe that one of them has 10000 mAh battery while the other gives you 20000 mAh. That is where you are mistaken. You actually get lot less battery, over 30 per cent less, for what you pay.

But no, don't berate yourself for paying more for less. The fault here clearly lies with Xiaomi which has named the powerbank in a way that is extremely misleading. Even if it is not factually wrong -- the name can be anything, right -- it is very disingenuous on Xiaomi's part to name its  powerbanks 10000 mAh and 20000 mAh while their actual capacity is less.

The 10000 mAh powerbank actually has the capacity of 6900 mAh, which explains why you may find the actual performance of the powerbank not meeting your expectations when you use it.

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The 20000 mAh, meanwhile, gives users 14000 mAh battery, which again is nearly 30 per cent less than what the name suggests. The 10000 mAh Mi Powerbank 2 costs Rs 1,199 while the 20000 mAh Mi Powerbank 2 costs Rs 2,199.

The anomaly in the name and the actual capacity of the Xiaomi powerbanks was spotted by Prashanto Roy, who then tweeted about it.

Xiaomi may claim that it is not at any fault here, although the way it has named the product shows the clear attempt at misleading and fooling consumers, because it does show the actual capacity of its powerbanks on their product pages. But then it is not so straight-forward. Even on the product pages on the powerbanks, the company tend to use 10000 mAh 20000 mAh again and again in the bid to reinforce the fallacy. It's only in one place, where it says that the actual capacity is less.

GST benefit: Lenovo, Motorola mobile phones sold offline to get cheaper

 Tech major Lenovo on Wednesday said it will slash prices of handsets sold through offline retail channels in the coming days, following the goods and services (GST) implementation. Motorola handsets sold through brick-and-mortar stores too will see the downward price revision.

“We will cut the prices of handsets sold through retail stores. We are still evaluating the quantum of price cut. This would come into effect soon,” Lenovo MBG India executive director Sudhin Mathur told PTI.

He added that the revision follows the rollout of GST. However, prices of the new devices being introduced in the market factor in the impact of the new tax regime, Mathur said.

Players like Apple and Asus have already reduced prices of their smartphones after 1 July when the GST regime came into effect. Under GST, mobile handsets are being taxed at 12% as compared to an earlier range of 8-18% depending on the states. The government had also introduced a 10% basic customs duty on mobile phones and certain parts, in a bid to promote domestic manufacturing.

Lenovo (along with Motorola) manufacture their handsets in India through contract manufacturing. India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally. Players like Samsung, Micromax and Lava have had a significant hold of the market, Chinese players like Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo are aggressively eating into their market share.

The competition among these players is fierce, especially in the affordable (Rs12,000 and below) and mid-range (Rs12,000-20,000) handsets.

Motorola on Wednesday also launched the fourth generation of its affordable ‘E’ series. The Moto E4 will be available in two versions—Moto E4 for Rs8,999 (offline retail only) and E4 Plus priced at Rs9,999 (Flipkart).

“Over 52 million devices were sold in the last 4 quarters in the $100-200 category, making it the largest segment. Interestingly, online and offline account for similar proportion of this segment,” he said.

Motorola has the ‘E’ series and the recently launched ‘C’ series in the $100-200 price category. “This segment is witnessing growth, driven by demand from first-time buyers as well as people upgrading from their first smartphones to a better device,” he said.

Mathur added that Lenovo has a market share of around 28% in the said price segment. The E4 features a 5-inch display, 2GB RAM, 1.3 Ghz quad- core processor, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), 8MP rear and 5MP front camera and 2,800 mAh battery. The E4 Plus has a bigger 5.5-inch display, 3GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory (expandable upto 128GB), 13MP rear and 5MP front camera and 5,000 mAh battery.

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