Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Launched; Claimed to Be 10 Percent Faster Than Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Launched; Claimed to Be 10 Percent Faster Than Snapdragon 820

  • Snapdragon 821 devices will hit shelves starting H2 2016
  • Snapdragon 821 is claimed to bring several improvements
  • More details on the Snapdragon 821 SoC will be revealed soon

Qualcomm on Monday announced the successor to its Snapdragon 820 flagship mobile processor, called the Snapdragon 821. According to the chipmaker, the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 comes with improved speed, power savings, and greater application performance than its predecessor.

The company claims that the Snapdragon 821 is “engineered” to deliver a 10 percent general performance increase over the Snapdragon 820. Notably, the Snapdragon 821 SoC also packs the Kryo quad-core CPU with clock speeds of up to 2.4GHz. AnandTech points that the new premium chipset from Qualcomm will come with MSM8996 Pro naming.

The chipmaker expects that commercial devices powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC will be available to consumers in the second half of 2016. Qualcomm promises that more information on the Snapdragon 821 will be revealed soon.

The company adds that the new Snapdragon 821 SoC retains most of the the Snapdragon 820’s features such as supporting download speeds of up to 600Mbps, LTE uploads up to 3x as fast with Snapdragon Upload, apart from improved call quality and reliability with Ultra HD Voice.

Some of the Snapdragon 820-powered smartphones launched so far in 2016 are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi Mi 5, LG G5, HTC 10, LeEco Le Max 2, and Sony Xperia X Performance.

Apart from the regular smartphones and tablets, the new Snapdragon 821 will also support upcoming technologies such as mobile VR head mounted displays.

“The Snapdragon 820 helped improve the user experience for mobile imaging, virtual reality, battery life, and connectivity speed and reliability, all the updates we’ve included in Snapdragon 821 will help keep devices powered by Snapdragon 800 premium-tier processors at the top of people’s shopping lists into the foreseeable future,” Qualcomm writes.

HTC Desire 10 Tipped to Launch in Q3 2016

  • HTC 10 has reportedly fails to garner expected sales
  • Company is said to be looking at an affordable variant
  • The HTC Desire 10 is expected in the third quarter

HTC may be looking to launch an affordable version of its flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, later this year. The company is now expected to launch the Desire 10 in the third quarter, with many specifications similar to the flagship. Presumably, it will be cheaper than the HTC 10 Lifestyle, already a slightly more basic version of the HTC 10.

The HTC 10 was launched with much fanfare in April this year. Unlike previous flagships, the new HTC 10 didn’t include the ‘One’ or ‘M’ series monikers. The smartphone came with top of the line specs, and had all the makings of a competitive Android flagship (read our first impressions here), but it didn’t manage to garner as much attention as HTC would’ve hoped. The smartphone’s sales are way below the expectation limit, and is pegged to be at around a million units by the end of the year, according to TrendForce In order to ease this slump in sales, HTC may be launching the affordable Desire 10 variant by the end of third quarter (presumably September).

Tipster Evan Blass in a series of tweets suggested that HTC is working on the Desire 10 smartphone, and revealed its Q3 2016 launch time-frame. When prompted for more details, he also shared an image of a rear camera module that’s presumably of the Desire 10. It looks similar to the rear camera on the HTC 10, with laser autofocus and dual-LED flash visible.

To recall, the HTC 10 sports a 12-UltraPixel laser autofocus camera with dual tone LED flash, BSI sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS). The rear camera has the new generation UltraPixels camera with 1.55-micron pixels. It also includes other features like self-timer (up to 10 seconds), face detection, RAW format support, Auto HDR, and Hyperlapse. It also comes with Slow motion video with support for 720P at 120fps.

The Desire 10, presumably, will have many other HTC 10 identical features, apart from its metal build. It will be much affordable than the flagship, and will sport a plastic exterior. In India, the company launched the HTC 10 for Rs. 52, 990 (4GB of RAM and 32GB storage option) in May.

iPhone 7 Image Leak Shows Large Camera Lens With Protective Ring

iPhone 7 Image Leak Shows Large Camera Lens With Protective Ring

  • The leaked rear panel image shows shifted antenna bands
  • The camera lens is larger and closer to the sides
  • There’s also a protective ring around the lens

The iPhone 7 is expected to be launched by Apple at an event in September, and will run on the company’s new iOS 10 version. The leaks are picking up pace, and the latest one gives us a very clear look at the back of the smartphone.

A new leak from Nowherelse.fr comes in the form of what is possibly the first high-resolution image of the iPhone 7. The image shows us the back of the iPhone in all its glory, and it reiterates what we’ve heard in the past. The antenna bands have shifted to the edges, while the camera lens has moved near to the sides. The lens has a new protective ring around it, and seems to be larger than its predecessors. The leaked image also confirms the return of the Rose Gold colour variant with the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is expected to come in three variants – iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone7 Pro. The large variant is expected to sport a Smart Connector, and a dual camera setup at the back. It is expected to be powered by new A10 SoC, and the large variant is tipped to get a bump to 3GB pf RAM to power the dual cameras.

Apple is expected to lose the 16GB base storage variant in favour of 32GB. A new 256GB storage option is also expected to be introduced. The Cupertino giant is tipped to lose the 3.5mm audio jack, in order to make the iPhone 7 waterproof. However, there are contrasting reports that claim otherwise.

Furthermore, the iPhone 7 is tipped to sport a Force Touch Home Button. Instead of a physical press, the Home Button will fuse with the smartphone design, and sport a tactile button responding to haptic feedback. Apple is also expected to ditch the Space Gray colour variant, in favour of a Space Black colour variant.

In a separate development, Apple also lost its market share in China and now stands in the fifth position in the smartphone market. Counterpoint Research (via Bloomberg) reports that the tech giant is now behind local brands Huawei, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi. With the iPhone 7, Apple is looking to not change much in terms of design, and leave all of that for the big tenth anniversary next year. Whether this will cause further decline in sales, only the months after the official release will tell.

Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, Galaxy On7 Pro Launched in India

Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, Galaxy On7 Pro Launched in India

  • The Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro has been priced at Rs. 9,190
  • The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro has been priced at Rs. 11,190
  • Both will be available exclusively via Amazon India

Samsung on Tuesday launched its new Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones in India. Both smartphones are successors to the last year’s Samsung Galaxy On5 andGalaxy On7.

The Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro has been priced at Rs. 9,190, and the Galaxy On7 Pro has been priced at Rs. 11,190. Both the new Galaxy On series smartphones are exclusiveto Amazon India.

The online marketplace has some launch offers on both the smartphones including a Holiday offer from Thomas Cook worth Rs. 6,000 for bookings done before August 31 and an Idea exclusive offer where consumers will get 2GB of data (2G/3G/4G), 200 Mins, 200 SMS at Rs. 343 per month.

There are few similarities between the Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones – both sport 5-megapixel front cameras and support dual 4G SIMs. Both handsets also come with 2GB of RAM and pack 16GB of built-in storage while supporting expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Apart from specifications, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones feature faux leather back panels and come preloaded with Ultra Data Saving mode. Samsung has also confirmed that both the smartphone will pack the S bike mode feature, which was first seen in the Galaxy J-series. In the camera department, both Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones feature palm gesture selfie mode, and 120 degree selfie mode.

The Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD TFT display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos processor. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and packs a 2600mAh battery. It measures 142.3×72.1×8.5mm and weighs 149 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro, on the other hand, features a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD TFT display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and packs a 3000mAh battery. The smartphone measures 151.8×77.5×8.2mm and weighs 172 grams.

Honor 8 With Dual 12-Megapixel Cameras Launched

Honor 8 With Dual 12-Megapixel Cameras Launched

  • Honor 8 has been priced at roughly Rs. 20,000 for 3GB/ 32GB model
  • The 4GB/ 32GB model is priced roughly at Rs. 23,000
  • It will go on sale in China from July 19

Huawei Terminal’s Honor brand, as promised, on Monday unveiled its new Honor 8 smartphone at an event in China. The new smartphone will be available in China starting July 19 and will come in three versions – CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000) for the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage model, CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 23,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage model, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage model. The Honor 8 is currently up for pre-orders in China. The Chinese company has so far not revealed availability plans for the Honor 8 outside China.

As rumoured for weeks, the biggest highlight of the Honor 8 is its dual-rear camera setup. It sports 12-megapixel dual-rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash and also features laser autofocus. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on board as well. The smartphone sports a USB Type-C port and also supports fast charging. There is fingerprint scanner at the back of the handset. Another notable feature of the Honor 8 is its 7.45mm slim build and that it comes with a metal frame and a glass back.

The Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display and comes with a pixel density of 423ppi. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 950 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The smartphone supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Honor 8 runs EMUI 4.1 on top. The smartphone features hybrid dual-SIM slot which means users can either use two SIM carss or one SIM card and a microSD card for storage expansion. It measures 145.5x71x7.4mm and weighs 153 grams.

The Vmall listing confirms that the Honor 8 is compatible with 4G LTE bands in India. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and Infrared sensor. The handset packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Image Leak Confirms Iris Scanner, Dual-Edge Display

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Image Leak Confirms Iris Scanner, Dual-Edge Display

  • Leaked images show the extra sensors on top of the display panel
  • They also confirms the dual-edge screen
  • The Galaxy Note 7 to sport a 6-inch display

Samsung’s latest flagship Note phablet is nearing its launch date, and the leaks have started to pick up pace as well. The most recent one includes live images of the Galaxy Note 7 from all angles, giving us a full blown look at the phablet.

The images have been leaked by tipster extraordinaire Steve Hemmerstoffer, who claims it is a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 prototype caught on camera. An iris scanner above the display panel is visible. The Home Button looks a bit different (tactile instead of physical?), but let’s remember that this is just a prototype. The dual-edge display also gets pretty much confirmed with this leak. Samsung is expected to ditch the regular displaybvariant, and launch only the dual-edge display variant with the Galaxy Note 7 this year. The volume button is on the top left of the smartphone, and the power button sits on the right.

galaxy_note7_steve1.jpgSamsung has reportedly skipped a numeral in its Note series this year, to fall in line with the Galaxy ‘S’ series. The company is said to have done this to avoid confusion among buyers who may feel that the ‘Galaxy Note 6’ is a last year’s model. The company has released the Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge in its flagship ‘S’ series this year.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to be unveiled at an Unpacked event on August 2. Rumours indicate a 6-inch display QHD Super Amoled display, an Exynos 8893 SoC with 6GB RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB (with the choice to expand as well) storage options. Additionally, there is expected to be a 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and a 3600mAh battery on the phablet.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Snapdragon 821 Variant Launched: Price, Specifications

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Snapdragon 821 Variant Launched: Price, Specifications

  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe with Snapdragon 821 has been priced at Rs. 52,000
  • Asus also unveiled the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet
  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe packs 6GB of RAM

Asus, as promised, has revealed the availability details of the ZenFone range of smartphones. At an event in Taiwan on Tuesday, the company also unveiled a new ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant which will be the first commercial smartphone featuring the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. The Taiwanese company also unveiled the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet.

The all-new Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe has been priced at TWD 24,990 (approximately Rs. 52,000) and will go on sale later this year. Other ZenFone 3 Deluxe variants featuring Snapdragon 820 will go on sale early next month in Taiwan. No word on other markets as of now. Asus confirmed that ZenFone 3 is now available in Taiwan while the ZenFone 3 Ultra is up for pre-orders and is expected to be available by end of this month.

Apart from the Snapdragon 821 SoC, the new ZenFone 3 Deluxe also packs massive 256GB of built-in storage. Rest of the specifications of the new ZenFone 3 is identical to the ‘regular’ ZenFone 3 Deluxe models. It features a 5.7-inch full-HD Super Amoled display and packs a whopping 6GB of RAM and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The rear camera sports a 23-megapixel Sony sensor with 4K video support and also packs an 8-megapixel front camera. There is 3000mAh battery on board. It measures 156.4×77.4×7.5mm and runs Asus Zen UI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Additionally, there’s a ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage as well.

Apart from the new ZenFone 3 Deluxe, Asus on Tuesday also launched the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet featuring a 9.7-inch LCD display with a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The tablet packs 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It supports expandable storage via microSD card. There is an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The tablet runs Asus Zen UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is powered by a hexa-core MediaTek (MT8176) processor clocked at 1.7GHz and also sports a fingerprint scanner. According to Engadget, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) has beenreportedly priced at TWD 10,990 (approximately Rs. 23,000). It is expected to go on sale in August.

Asus at the global launch in May had revealed pricing of the some ZenFone 3 models, the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) was priced starting at $249 (roughly Rs. 16,800), the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,600), and the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,200).

Karbonn Aura Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched

Karbonn Aura Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 5,990

  • Aura Power supports 4G LTE Band 3, 5, and 40
  • It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera

Karbonn Mobiles on Tuesday unveiled its new Aura Power smartphone priced at Rs. 5,990. The domestic handset manufacturer says it is targeting the “growing 4G subscriber base” with its Aura Power smartphone.

The Karbonn Aura Power supports 4G LTE bands in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 5, and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz). The smartphone also supports VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD voice call compatibility, the highlight of the handset.

The Aura Power features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) IPS display. The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box, and supports 4G on one SIM at a time.

It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The Aura Power packs 8GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Backed by a 4000mAh non-removable battery, the handset offers up to 17 hours of talk-time and up to 1200 hours of standby time. Connectivity options on the Karbonn Aura Power include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, Bluetooth, FM radio, Micro-USB, and GPS, apart from 4G. It will be available in Champagne and Dark Blue colours. It measures 141×71.2x10mm and weighs 175 grams.

Karbonn Mobiles earlier this month introduced new entry-level Karbonn A91 Storm smartphone. The handset was now listed on the company site and was available to buy via an e-commerce website priced at Rs. 2,899.