Five Useful Smartphone Features That Time Forgot

Five Useful Smartphone Features That Time Forgot
HIGHLIGHTS
Smartphones are evolving rapidly and features come and go
Sometimes really useful features don’t catch on with enough people
Other features might be dropped due to design or cost constraints
People complain about the lack of innovation in smartphones today, with manufacturers tending to rely on bumped specs to sell their product instead of truly useful features. The fact is that over the years there have been a lot of interesting experiments in smartphones, but many of these – even the useful ones – don’t always catch on. Sometimes the features we loved have disappeared because they were useful only to some, not many, users. At other times, design or cost constraints forced these features out. Here are some of our favourite features that have either disappeared, or are on their way out.

1) IR blaster on flagship Android phones
You know what’s common between the Xiaomi Mi5s, the Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 5 and the HTC 10? They’re all flagships that don’t have an IR blaster, although the previous generation phones all did.

Infrared on mobile phones isn’t new; many phones in the early 2000s had Infrared ports to transfer contacts and other data from one phone to another. But that was before faster, easier-to-use mediums like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi were brought on board. Infrared on phones made a re-entry in the form of an IR blaster, which when paired with supporting software, converted a phone into a universal remote.
Any electronic device that is controlled using a typical IR remote – televisions, set top boxes, music systems, air conditioners, etc – could be potentially controlled using a phone. Infrared blasters on some phones could also read and emulate codes of any IR remote, so after a little effort, you could practically configure any button of any remote on the planet.

It was a feature that most flagship smartphones picked up, but today we’re seeing less and less of this feature, especially in the high-end spectrum of smartphones. A fair share of mid-range smartphones still have an IR blaster though. Maybe some parallels can be drawn between this and the lack of FM radio on high-end phones, while still being present in the low-end.

2) FM Transmitter
Speaking of FM, Nokia fans may remember this feature on many an N-series phone, such as the Nokia N86: an FM Transmitter lets you wirelessly beam audio playing on the phone to any FM receiver. It was simple to use too – just set a frequency that doesn’t overlap with the radio stations, and keep the phone close to the receiver or the antenna. This feature was very useful if your car audio system didn’t have Bluetooth, or an AUX port.

There were however a few concerns with the setup – for one, it wasn’t secure, as anyone could tune into your frequency. Second, the output clarity largely depended on how far the phone was from the receiver. Finally, there apparently were also some government restrictions on the usage of FM transmitters in some countries, including India. With other technologies such as Bluetooth picking up, this feature got shelved soon enough.

3) Thermometer
The Nokia 5210 was a rugged phone released in 2002, and it had an interesting feature – a thermometer – using which the phone could show the temperature around you. After being MIA for decades, thermometers in smartphones again got some attention in 2013 with the Samsung Galaxy S4 featuring one, which showed ambient temperature in the built-in S-Health app. But this feature is going through another lull; perhaps never to be seen again.
There are an endless number of weather apps, but none of them can tell you the ambient temperature around you. Although knowing the weather conditions outside is useful, it is also nice to what the actual temperature around you is. There is a theory suggesting why a thermometer isn’t the commonly-seen sensor on smartphones – it is difficult to get an accurate reading of your surroundings thanks to heat smartphones themselves generate.

Nonetheless, it would’ve been nice-to-have feature in any smartphone today. For what it’s worth, a hardware startup called Thermodo sells a subtly-designed thermometer that plugs into your phone’s 3.5mm headphone jack.

4) Xenon Flash
This is a popular feature seen on ‘camera phones’ from a decade before – such as the Sony Ericsson K800 or the Nokia N82. This trend continued in the past few years with more camera-focused phones such as the Lumia 1020. But off late, it appears that Xenon flash isn’t really on the top priority of phones.

What’s so good about a xenon flash, you ask? The high-intensity flash can illuminate dark environments far more than a typical LED flash would, especially when the subject isn’t very close to the sensor. It sounds great, but there were a couple of drawbacks. For one, xenon flashes can’t fire in quick succession, proving not as useful in burst shots. LED Flashes are cheaper to implement, and consume less battery. Next, low-light photography in today’s smartphones that have a big aperture, and features like optical image stabilisation help capture images more accurately in dark situations, that many find preferable to the blinding strobe of a Xenon flash.

5) 3.5mm headphone jack
A heated topic since the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, people tend to forget that it was the LeEco Le 2 and the Moto Z that dropped support for the revered standard before the iPhone did this year. Some might suggest that the move was pre-emptive decision following strong rumours of Apple doing so later in the year. There’s seems to be no stopping the no-3.5mm-jack train now, as new phones such as the HTC Bolt don’t have it either, and there are rumours that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will also not have one. By the looks of it, it’s very probable that the days of this universal audio standard are numbered.

Apple claims that the jack had to be removed to make more space in the phone, for improved optics and battery capacity. Still, the 3.5mm jack removal is a bitter pill to swallow, and another problem is that it makes moving from one eco-system to another more difficult. Earphones that connect to the Apple’s Lightning port will be rendered useless if you move to Android, and vice versa, without a series of connectors.

There you have it. So, which useful feature that’s been deprecated now do you miss? Let us know via the comments below.

Tags: Smartphones, Innovation, FM Transmitter, Xenon Flash, IR Blaster, 3.5mm audio jack, Thermometer

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Zuk Edge Smartphone Will Be Launched Next Week, Confirms CEO Chang Cheng

Zuk Edge Smartphone Will Be Launched Next Week, Confirms CEO Chang Cheng

Zuk Edge Smartphone Will Be Launched Next Week, Confirms CEO Chang Cheng
HIGHLIGHTS
Smartphone expected to sport 5.5-inch full-HD display
Zuk Edge tipped to pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
Official renders of the smartphone shared by Zuk CEO
There have been several leaks and rumours regarding Lenovo’s upcoming Zuk Edge smartphone but now Zuk’s CEO has himself confirmed that the phone will be launched next week. Even though there is still no confirmation for exact launch date, we now have official renders of both the front and the back of the smartphone along with its packaging.

Former Lenovo VP and current Zuk CEO Chang Cheng on Monday posted the official renders and announced on Chinese social networking website Weibo (via GSMArena) of the company’s upcoming smartphone that it will be launched next week. Earlier this month, the smartphone was allegedly spotted in live images.

Further, Zuk Edge was spotted in a listing at the Chinese certification authority TENAA. As per the listing the Zuk Z2151 aka Zuk Edge sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and will be powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Chinese publication which posted the live images of the smartphone made claims that the handset will also come with a 6GB of RAM variant.

The smartphone will reportedly be available in 32GB and 64GB storage models. In terms of optics, Zuk Edge is tipped to come with a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front. As per the TENAA listing, the Zuk Edge will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZUI 2.0 skin, and will house a 3000mAh battery. The smartphone is tipped to come with a fingerprint scanner as well.

Tags: Lenovo Zuk Edge Launch, Mobiles, Android, Lenovo Zuk CEO, Lenovo Zuk Edge Official Renders

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Samsung in talks with LG Chem for new smartphone batteries

Samsung Electronics blamed faulty batteries for the problem in their flagship device Galaxy Note 7, which were recalled from the market. Photo: Bloomberg

Samsung Electronics blamed faulty batteries for the problem in their flagship device Galaxy Note 7, which were recalled from the market. Photo: Bloomberg

Bengaluru: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is in talks with LG Chem Ltd to supply batteries for its new smartphones, the Nikkei newspaper reported, said people familiar with the matter.

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, scrapped production of the their flagship device Galaxy Note 7 and said the decision would take a hit to its operating profit of about $3 billion over the next two quarters.

The company had blamed faulty batteries for the original problem in its flagship device, but has given no indication about the cause of the overheating seen in the replacements.

The companies are discussing ways to supply batteries to Samsung’s new smartphones starting next year, the report said.

Samsung’s subsidiary, Samsung SDI Co. Ltd, is the dominant battery supplier for the Note 7, supplying around 70% of the batteries globally, according to analyst estimates.

Samsung and LG Chem were not immediately available for comment. Reuters

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10 In-Home Business Opportunities You Can Start From Your Smartphone

10 Ideas to Start a Business on Your Phone

You no longer need tons of expensive equipment to start a business. Today’s smartphones are so sophisticated and have so many different features that you can actually use them as the main tool for running a business.

If you want to start a business from home without putting a lot of investment into equipment, here are some businesses you can start with just a smartphone.

Start a Business on Your Phone

App Developer

Mobile apps have become incredibly popular. So it’s an increasingly popular business idea as well. From your own smartphone, you can build and test mobile apps for your own venture and sell them for a profit, or you can even contract with other companies to create apps for them.

Vine, Instagram or Snapchat Marketer

Social media platforms and apps like Twitter’s Vine, Facebook’s Instagram, Snapchat and more offer plenty of new and unique opportunities for marketers. If you want to start a social media business from your smartphone, you can offer to post content for business clients on their accounts. Or you can become an influencer and work with brands to spread the word about their offerings on your accounts.

Event Planner

Working on events, from weddings to corporate functions, requires a lot of planning and organizational skills. Luckily, there are plenty of mobile apps that offer the ability to manage schedules, lists and more. And of course, you can use your phone to keep in touch with clients and vendors, through both phone calls and emails.

Chatbot Developer

Chatbots are computer programs that use artificial intelligence to mimic human conversations. This technology has many potential business applications. And you can actually work to develop some of those solutions from your smartphone and then sell them to businesses and clients.

mCommerce Seller

More and more consumers are shopping from their smartphones. So you can also now set up those mobile shops right from your smartphone or similar device. Doing so will actually give you a better idea of how your shop will look to potential mobile customers so you can make sure the shopping experience is compatible with popular mobile devices. Or you could even use mobile apps for popular retail sites like eBay and Etsy to sell your goods.

Consultant

If you have expertise in a particular area, you can share that expertise with others right from your smartphone by working as a consultant. You can communicate with potential clients via email and then set up phone calls or even use the Skype mobile app to set up video conferences with clients.

Tech Support

Tech savvy entrepreneurs, you can offer your expertise to clients needing tech support for a set fee or hourly rate. You can have customers contact you with queries and then respond to them via email, phone or Skype with solutions or any further questions you might have to help solve their tech related issues.

Videographer

No longer do you need lots of expensive equipment to make and edit videos. Today’s smartphone cameras are often HD quality. And you can download editing apps right onto your phone. So you can create your own videos or even offer your videography services to clients.

Airbnb Host

Home rental services like Airbnb let anyone with some extra space in their home, or a separate income property, make extra cash by renting it out. With the Airbnb app, or others like it, you can create a listing for your home or room and manage communication with renters right from your phone or mobile device.

Life Coach

Life coaches work with clients to provide general help with things like career, relationships and even health and fitness. You can communicate with clients via email, phone calls or Skype. And you can even set up a website and social profiles to offer your services right from your phone.

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MirrorLink Car Smartphone Network Has Vulnerabilities, Claim Researchers

MirrorLink Car Smartphone Network Has Vulnerabilities, Claim Researchers

MirrorLink Car Smartphone Network Has Vulnerabilities, Claim Researchers
A system of rules that allow vehicles to communicate with smartphones may be vulnerable to hacking, a new study suggests. Many of today’s automobiles leave the factory with secret passengers: prototype software features that are disabled but that can be unlocked by clever drivers, researchers said.

In what is believed to be the first comprehensive security analysis of its kind, researchers at New York University Tandon School of Engineering and George Mason University in the US found vulnerabilities in MirrorLink, a system of rules that allow vehicles to communicate with smartphones.

MirrorLink when unlocked can allow hackers to use a linked smartphone as a stepping stone to control safety-critical components such as the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system.

Damon McCoy, from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, explained that “tuners” – people or companies which customise automobiles – might unwittingly enable hackers by unlocking insecure features.

“Tuners will root around for these kinds of prototypes, and if these systems are easy to unlock they will do it,” he said. “And there are publically available instructions describing how to unlock MirrorLink. Just one of several instructional videos on YouTube has gotten over 60,000 views,” McCoy added.
“The researchers used such publically available instructions to unlock MirrorLink on the in-vehicle infotainment system in a 2015 vehicle they purchased from eBay for their experiments,” said McCoy.

The automaker and supplier declined to release a security patch – reflecting the fact that they never enabled MirrorLink. McCoy pointed out that this could leave drivers who enable MirrorLink out on a limb.

MirrorLink is the connection protocol and allows the driver or passenger to control phone apps via the car’s dash and steering wheel controls. Created by the Connected Car Consortium, MirrorLink represents 80 per cent of the world’s automakers, is the first and leading industry standard for connecting smartphones to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.

However, some automakers disable it because they chose a different smartphone-to-IVI standard, or because the version of MirrorLink in their vehicles is a prototype that can be activated later.

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Tags: MirrorLink, Smartphones, Hackers, Hacking

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ChampOne C1 the New Freedom 251? All You Need to Know About Rs. 501 Smartphone

ChampOne C1 the New Freedom 251? All You Need to Know About Rs. 501 Smartphone

ChampOne C1 the New Freedom 251? All You Need to Know About Rs. 501 Smartphone

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ChampOne is looking to conduct a flash sale on September 2
  • The pre-registrations will be inactive for 24 hours, site claims
  • The smartphone will delivered through Cash On Delivery option

After the uproar that Ringing Bells created with its Rs. 251 smartphone, there is another company that has now cropped up to compete with it. An unheard-of company called ChampOne has listed a smartphone calledChampOne C1 on its website, with a price tag of Rs. 7,999. The company is launching the smartphone at Rs. 501 in its first flash sale on September 2 – for which registrations are now open. Well, sort of.

The website looks shabby at best, and the registration button is inactive. The company has put out a disclaimer citing “payment gateway” difficulties, and says that registrations won’t work for the next 24 hours. However, it says that the smartphone will be sold through the ‘Cash On Delivery Option’ so we don’t see why they even need a payment gateway. Some reports point to a registration fee, which in itself seems fishy.

The Jodhpur-based company has listed a toll free number, and two other phone support numbers. All our calls went unanswered, while one of the numbers was switched off. ChampOne appears to be one of the numerous startups that have recently started sprouting up in India, looking to make headlines by launching smartphones at incredible prices. The first amongst the spate of firms was Ringing Bells, and while the company is finally delivering its first smartphones, other firms appear to have fizzled out before launch. We advise all readers to stay away from deals that seem too good to be true from brand new companies without a service history or a reputation to lose.

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In any case, the ChampOne C1 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports dual-SIM. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage. Optics include an 8-megapixel back camera, and a 5-megapixel front snapper. There’s a 2500mAh battery packed inside, and connectivity options include 4G LTE support. It will be made available in White, Silver, and Gold colour options.

Of course, the glitching website reminds us of the horrible inefficiency by Ringing Bells when it first announced its smartphone. The company hadn’t ‘anticipated the demand’ for its. Rs 251 smartphone, and is still struggling to meet demands. The company first claimed that it was backed by the government and was part of the Make in India campaign, only to retrace its footsteps and mention that it was importing assembled smartphones, and has asked the government for support. The company was also accused of defrauding its customer service partner by refusing to pay dues. After too many delays, the company even tried to make amends by saying that it will refund the money of first phase’s 30,000 Freedom 251 customers – and will accept cash upon delivery.

Another company that made headlines recently for what were found to be fraudulent tactics was mPhone, which was all set to announce its smartphone portfoliio in the country. However, those plans came to a grinding halt, after the co-founders were arrested at the launch venue for alleged fraudulent activities. The company was set to launch six smartphones in the country ranging from Rs. 11,999 to Rs. 39,999, but we haven’t heard of anything post their arrest.

Also, let’s not forget the Docoss X1 launched by a Jaipur-based company for Rs. 888. Their website itself was extremely fishy, with many technical goof-ups. Their customer care support also proved to be very vague. The smartphone was to begin shipping in May, but it still hasn’t managed to do that yet. The website currently mentions that the smartphone will be shipped soon.

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ChampOne C1

ChampOne C1

R 501

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2500mAh

See full ChampOne C1 specifications
Tags: ChampOne, ChampOne C1, Ringing Bells, Mango phone, mPhone, Freedom 251, Mobiles, Android

 

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Archos Unveils 50f Helium, 55 Helium Smartphone Lineups Ahead of IFA 2016

Archos Unveils 50f Helium, 55 Helium Smartphone Lineups Ahead of IFA 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 50f Helium is priced at roughly Rs. 8,800
  • The smartphone comes with a fingerprint sensor
  • 55 Helium, 55 Helium Ultra, and 55 Helium Ultra 4 Seasons also launched

French smartphone company Archos gearing up to showcase its new smartphones at IFA, alongside big names like Sony, Lenovom and Samsung. The company has announced the 50f Helium and 55 Helium smartphone lines, and has confirmed ‘worldwide’ availability for October.

Beginning with the 50f Helium smartphone, Archos has announced that it will be available on the company website and through its distribution’s channel worldwide for GBP 99.90 (roughly Rs. 8,800). As for specifications, the smartphone features a fingerprint sensor, and a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by the 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 SoC with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 304 GPU. It offers 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

Optics include an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and an adjacent 2-megapixel selfie camera. The Archos 50f Helium smartphone packs a 2000mAh removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge feature. It also supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and FM radio. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and supports dual-SIM (Micro). The dimensions measure at 144×72.2×9.1mm, and the smartphone weighs 158 grams. There’s also anArchos 50f Helium Lite version that comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage offering. The Lite version will also be available in October for GBP 79.90 (roughly Rs. 7,100).

Apart from the 50f Helium, Archos has unveiled a separate new Helium range and will showcase the smartphones at IFA as well. The most premium handset in this range is the Archos 55 Helium Ultra, and it features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek 6737 quad-core SoC with 3GB RAM and ARM Mali T720 MP1 GPU. The storage, camera, and connectivity features are similar to the 50f Helium smartphone. It packs a slightly larger 2700mAh battery that claims to last up to 160 hours of dual-SIM standby time. The dimensions measure at 155x77x8.1mm, and the smartphone weighs 162 grams.

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The 55 Helium Ultra is priced at GBP 119 (roughly Rs. 10,500). There is also another variant calledArchos 55 Helium 4 Seasons, and it comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of inbuilt storage, and 4 back casings at a price of GBP 100 (roughly Rs. 8,800). Both these smartphones will be available in October. The base variant called Archos 55 Helium priced at GBP 89 (roughly at Rs. 7,900), and comes in a 1GB RAM/16GB inbuilt storage bundle. This variant will be made available on the company website from September onwards.

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Archos 50f Helium

Archos 50f Helium

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.1GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh

See full Archos 50f Helium specifications
Archos 50f Helium Lite

Archos 50f Helium Lite

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.1GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh

See full Archos 50f Helium Lite specifications
Archos 55 Helium

Archos 55 Helium

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2700mAh

See full Archos 55 Helium specifications
Archos 55 Helium Ultra

Archos 55 Helium Ultra

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2700mAh

See full Archos 55 Helium Ultra specifications
Archos 55 Helium 4 Seasons

Archos 55 Helium 4 Seasons

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2700mAh

See full Archos 55 Helium 4 Seasons specifications
Tags: Archos, Mobiles, Android, Android Marshmallow, Android Lollipop, Archos 50f Helium, Archos 50f Helium Lite,Archos 55 Helium, Archos 55 Helium Ultra, Archos 55 Helium 4 Seasons, IFA, IFA 2016

 

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Nearly Half of Smartphone Gamers Are Women: Facebook Study

Nearly Half of Smartphone Gamers Are Women: Facebook Study

Smartphones are the most used gaming device for people globally – and across 12 countries, 47 percent of all smartphone players are now women, a Facebook study has revealed, adding that gaming on mobile devices is increasingly becoming popular among women.

Facebook’s data analysis and storytelling team FacebookIQ commissioned market research company TNS to survey people ages 18-plus spanning 12 countries representing North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle-East and Asia on their use of mobile as a gaming device.

The survey found that on average, smartphones are the top gaming device for users – at 71 percent – followed by computers at 64 percent, tablets at 34 percent and video game consoles at 26 percent, adweek.com reported on Tuesday.

The survey also analysed the habits of mobile game spenders – users who play games on mobile and pay for games on at least a monthly basis – and found that these spending players were 2.7 times more likely to stay in-game for a “sense of community and belonging” than mobile non-spenders.

These spenders were also found to be 2.3 times more likely to stop playing games than non-spenders if community members stop playing.

“On average across the 12 markets, 68 percent of mobile game spenders said they discover games via social networking platforms. Other popular discovery sources were photo and video services at 57 percent and chat apps at 54 percent,” the report said.

Thirty-four percent of mobile game spenders said they discover games by word of mouth.

Tags: Apps, Facebook, Games, Gaming, Internet

 

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ZTE Small Fresh 4 Smartphone With 5.2-Inch Display Launched

ZTE Small Fresh 4 Smartphone With 5.2-Inch Display Launched

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Small Fresh 4 has been priced at roughly Rs. 11,000
  • It will go on sale in China later this month
  • It packs a fingerprint scanner on the back panel

ZTE has unveiled its new Small Fresh 4 smartphone in China. Priced at CNY 1,090 (approximately Rs. 11,000), the new ZTE Small Fresh 4 will go on sale in China later this month.

The smartphone features a 5.2-inch full-HD display and sports 2.5D curved glass on the front. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek (MT6753) processor paired with 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (maximum capacity unspecified).

The handset sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and also packs a 5-megapixel front camera. It is backed by a 2450mAh battery. The Small Fresh 4 runs the company’s UI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It also features a fingerprint scanner at the back panel. It will be available in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold colours. Connectivity options on the handset include GPRS/ EDGE, 4G, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micri-USB.

The Chinese company has not revealed whether the smartphone will launch outside the homeland country. The ZTE Small Fresh 4 smartphone launch was first reported by Playfuldroid.

Earlier this month, ZTE launched the Nubia N1 in China priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,200). TheZTE Nubia N1 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Nubia 4.0 UI, and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano+nano and comes with dual standby). It features a 5.5-inch (1920×1080 pixels) full HD display with 401ppi pixel density. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Mediatek Helio P10 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM, and offers 64GB of inbuilt storage, alongside the option to expand it up to 128GB (via the hybrid microSD slot).

Other specifications include a 13-megapixel front and rear cameras, 5000mAh battery, and 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, and USB Type-C support.

ZTE Small Fresh 4

ZTE Small Fresh 4

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

1.5GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

2450mAh

See full ZTE Small Fresh 4 specifications
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    Rs. 5,499
Tags: Mobiles, ZTE, ZTE Mobiles, ZTE Small Fresh 4, ZTE Small Fresh 4 Price, ZTE Small Fresh 4 Specifications
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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 Smartphone Expected to Launch on July 27

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4 Smartphone Expected to Launch on July 27

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 is said to sport dual-rear camera set-up
  • The smartphone is said to sport metal builds
  • Redmi Note 4 is said to features Snapdragon 652 SoC

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has started teasing an upcoming launch event on July 27 where the company is rumoured to launch its next Redmi smartphone. The teaser invite shared on Weibo reveals that Xiaomi is inviting fans to purchase the tickets for Beijing event on July 27.

Based on a recent leak, Xiaomi is rumoured to introduce its next Redmi Note smartphone featuring dual-rear camera setup. A purported leaked image had showed that the handset will incorporate two rear cameras on the Redmi Note 4.

Leaked earlier this month, the rumoured Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was seen in a teaser with Redmi’s celeb face Liu Haoran holding a white Mi branded smartphone. If the leaked image is to be believed, the Redmi Note 4 will not sport the fingerprint scanner on the back. To put some context, the current generation Redmi Note 3 sports a fingerprint sensor at the back.

The leaked Redmi Note 4 also sports a metal unibody with antenna bands on top and bottom of the smartphone. The volume rockers and the power button both are seen sitting on the right side of the phablet. Based on preliminary leaks, the alleged Redmi Note 4 is said to features Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

A recent leak suggested that the Mi Note 2 Pro, which is believed to be the successor to the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro that was launched last year, will launch in August. According to a Chinese tipster, the Mi Note 2 Pro will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD Amoled display and will pack a 12-megapixel rear camera. The handset is said to be backed by a 3700mAh battery. One of the biggest highlights of the Mi Note 2 Pro will be the recently unveiled Snapdragon 821 SoC.

Tags: Mobiles, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mobiles, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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