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Can Google save iPhone?

2018年01月31日

There shouldn’t be much question at this point that Apple tends to put a bit more thought into its products than rivals. Perhaps that’s why so many consumer electronics companies have copied Apple devices over the years. The good news is Apple has forced other companies to up their game, and up it they have. Android samsung s7 edge display price makers now put far more time and energy into product design and unique features than they ever have in the past. Remember how ugly, cheap, and plasticky Samsung’s flagship phones used to be? Now they’re stunning, and Samsung fans have Apple to thank; Samsung simply couldn’t continue to get away with releasing crummy plastic phones while Apple sold sleek iPhones made of glass and metal.


iPhone X Review

Apple doesn’t just put more thought into its products than rivals, however. It also seems to put more thought into how to make money. A perfect example is Apple’s move to add exclusive features and upgrades to its more expensive iPhone Plus models, thus adding further encouragement for consumers to opt for higher-margin iPhones. Again, Samsung will finally catch up with this smart strategy this year when it launches the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.


Another example is storage. Unlike most other smartphone companies, Apple refuses to add microSD support to its iPhones. The main reason for this, of course, is that it forces people who want more local storage to buy more expensive, higher-margin iPhone models. While it’s a brilliant move on Apple’s part, this is an instance of a smart business strategy that is decidedly anti-consumer. What many iPhone users still don’t seem to realize or don’t want to accept, however, is that Google can save them from spending that extra cash on an iPhone with more storage.


Google is one of Apple’s top rivals in a few key areas. Of course, Android is the one most people focus on since Apple and Google own the two biggest mobile platforms in the world. Google isn’t a platform company, however. It’s a services company and an advertising company.


Android exists as a delivery mechanism for Google’s various software and services, and it serves its purpose quite well. But it would be silly of Google to confine its services to Android. Google wants access to as many users as possible, so it supports every popular software platform it can. That obviously includes iOS. Google would never confine its services to Android like Apple does with most of its software services. Apple is a hardware company and it uses software and services to lock customers in. In that way, Apple and Google are opposites.


That brings us to one of my personal favorite Google services, Google Photos. For those unaware, Google offers a service that includes unlimited storage for high-quality photos and videos for free. Well, “free” — the price of most Google services is access to your data, of course. That’s a price many people happily pay, myself included.


iPhone users have been running out of storage space ever since the first iPhone was released more than a decade ago. In 2017, there are two main culprits. The lesser issue is typically the Messages app, since many people are unaware that all those photos and videos they receive are stored locally on their samsung s7 edge screen . That often adds up to gigabytes upon gigabytes of storage that gets gobbled up by media that will never be viewed again.


The bigger issue is all the storage that’s eaten up by photos and videos captured by the iPhone itself.


As smartphone camera quality continues to improve with each new product generation, photo and video sizes get bigger and bigger. Apple’s new high-efficiency photo format was developed to help the issue a bit, but it makes sharing photos with anyone who doesn’t also have an iPhone a huge pain. (Don’t worry, you can disable it by going to Settings > Camera > Formats and selecting “Most Compatible.”)


But Apple’s HEIC photo format only does so much. People still often take hundreds of new photos with their iPhones each week, and 4K video files can be massive. Even if you pay an extra $150 to bump up your iPhone to 256GB of storage from 64GB, all those gigabytes still tend to disappear quickly. That’s where Google Photos comes in.


Apple’s iCloud service is nifty, but it’s not free and it’s actually not a very good solution to this problem. iCloud is designed to synchronize photos and videos across devices by default, which means these massive media files now occupy space on several devices. Google Photos is different. With this smart solution, you can upload all your photos and videos to Google servers and then delete them off your phone. You’ll still see all the thumbnails in your Google Photos app and you can browse through them anytime you want, then tap on a photo or video and it will quickly be downloaded and displayed. You can also take advantage of Google’s AI features like automatic smart album sorting, facial recognition, object recognition, and more. Apple has adopted some of these features in its own photos app, but Google’s AI continues to be vastly superior to Apple’s.


To this day, I continue to see friends and family get the dreaded “Cannot Take Photo” error because they’re out of storage, or the “Not Enough Space” error when they try to update iOS. Emails also come in all the time from people complaining about how quickly they run out of storage. Google Photos is the answer. Download it. Use it.

  
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Apple to Halve iPhone X Production Target

2018年01月30日

Apple will halve its iPhone X production target for the first three months of the year to around 20 million units, Nikkei reported on Monday, sending its shares down 1.6 percent.


The report added to growing concerns about weak sales of the $999 (roughly Rs. 63,600) phone, making investors jittery about the company's financial outlook when it reports first-quarter results on Thursday.


Apple to Halve iPhone X Production Target: Report

Apple's shares fell to their lowest level in 2018, knocking off $14 billion (roughly Rs. 89,100 crores) from the company's market value. The company declined to comment.


Analyst Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein cut both his second-quarter and full-year forecasts for iPhonesbut said he did not expect Apple's 2018 profit to fall steeply because of changes to US tax law that will bring the company's rate down to 18 percent.


"Apple earnings should handily beat December quarter expectations, but March guidance could moderately disappoint," UBS analysts said.


The production cut was prompted by slower-than-expected sales in the holiday shopping season in Europe, the United States and China, the Japanese newspaper reported, without citing a source.


The iPhone X was the first wholesale Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge LCD screen to sport a new design since the launch of the iPhone 6 in 2015 and many expected it to lead to blockbuster sales, dubbed by Wall Street analysts as a "supercycle."


"This was supposed to be the supercycle year and if Apple hasn't been able to drive substantial unit growth this year, then that makes you a little cautious on future iPhone cycles," Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell said.


Several analysts have lowered their estimates for iPhone X shipments in the past few weeks, citing the high price of the device and other factors, with at least three downgrading their rating on the stock.


Sacconaghi of Bernstein had originally predicted that Apple would outpace Wall Street expectations of 62 million iPhones by selling 66 million units, but on Monday he cut that figure to 53 million units, a nearly 20-percent cut. He also cut his full-year iPhone unit forecast 11 percent to 220 million units.


But he only slightly revised his full-year earnings per share estimate for 2018 to $11.80 (roughly Rs. 751) from $11.87 (roughly Rs. 756), citing the positive effects of US tax law changes.


Adding to the concerns, Verizon Communications said last week its postpaid device activations were lower than last year as people were keeping phones longer.


A survey of people planning to buy the iPhone showed that the percentage of them looking to buy the iPhone X has dropped to 37 percent from 43 percent in an earlier survey, UBS analysts wrote in a note on Monday.


The iPhone X, which features an edge-to-edge display and facial recognition technology to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge display , went on sale in November in the United States.


Asian supply chain checks suggest that iPhone X orders have been weakening recently, with first-quarter production likely to be about 20 million units, JP Morgan analysts wrote in a note dated January 24.


A few of Apple's iPhone parts suppliers are based in Asia. Shares of Foxconn, one of Apple's main suppliers and formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, fell 0.7 percent on Monday.


Shares of US-listed Apple suppliers such as Micron Technology edged lower following Nikkei's report.

  


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Nokia 3 Android Oreo Beta update

2018年01月29日

Nokia 3 is already confirmed to skip Android 7.1.2 Nougat update and directly receive Oreo update instead. Now HMD Global has revealed that the Android Oreo Beta update for Nokia 3 is just around the corner and is coming on your way soon.


Nokia 3 Android Oreo Beta update is just around the corner, confirms HMD

The news was confirmed by Juho Sarvikas HMD Global's Chief Officer on his official twitter handle. His post reads "#Nokia3 Beta Labs right around the corner". This hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 repair parts will be receiving Android Oreo update soon. Juho also talked about Nokia 2 which will directly get Android 8.1 Other Nokia smartphones including the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 already received Oreo beta update nearly a month ago.


Nokia 3 currently retails at around Rs 8,000 online in India and was earlier available through offline channels only. Later it was listed online on Croma (an electric store) as well as offline bookings. As far as specifications are concerned, Nokia 3 comes with 5-inch HD 2.5 D curved displays with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. We get 1.3 GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MTK 6737 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. Nokia 3 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and packs in a 2650 mAh battery inside.


For the optics, we get a combination of 8-megapixel cameras on both front and back with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12-micron pixel size along with LED flash at the back and display flash at the front. For connectivity, we have Micro USB (USB 2.0), USB OTG, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC for sharing. Apart from this, we get Accelerometer (G-sensor), ambient light sensor, e-compass, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The device measures at 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm.


Read more:Samsung Galaxy Note 8 LCD screen replacement

  


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Which phone unlock ways do you like best?

2018年01月27日

Last year, when Apple launched the iPhone X, it literally made everyone sit up and take notice. Particularly the Face ID feature was the talk of the town. The Face ID or simply the Face unlock feature allows one to unlock the phone by just looking it. It wasn’t an innovative technology in the year 2017 but when Apple does something, people do take notice.


Face unlock vs pin vs password vs fingerprint: What’s the best for you?

Anyway, now a few phones come with Face Unlocking feature like the just announced OnePlus 5T, Honor View 10 and the Oppo A83. But this isn’t the only security feature that you get in a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus parts . There is fingerprint system apart from PIN, pattern and the password feature. Face Unlock is currently available on few phones but going forward it is set to become another default feature in most smartphones like the fingerprint, pin and password modes.


So which one of them is the most secure? Let’s talk about them one by one, to find their pros and cons.


Face Unlock: When Apple launched the iPhone X, the Face ID feature was widely tested and talked about. Apple is using this feature to promote its latest phone but the brand was slammed by many users for the numerous flaws of the feature.


A lady even claimed that her 10-year old son managed to unlock her phone using the Face ID technology. A hacker even claimed to have hacked the Face ID technology. It stopped working after iOS 11.2 update too.


Somehow Apple managed to fix all these. But the question is: Have other companies perfected the technology? Does it work in the dark? (Apple and even OnePlus say their tech can but what about others?)


Even if the tech works in the dark, will it be as smooth to use as other security features?


That takes us to the pattern mode and the PIN/password methods. These two features are now available for almost all smartphones. But the basic issue with these is that you may forget these and if you did, unlocking them is a headache after that. Also anyone in your proximity can see the pattern and/or password you are using, defeating the very purpose for which you are using those – to prevent unauthorised access.


So that leaves us with the fingerprint feature which is perhaps the best among all. No one can easily hack this one. You do not have to worry about dark or about the crowd around you.


If you have added multiple fingerprints then unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus spare parts becomes much easier. Ideally, you should add fingerprints of both right and left hands and of the most convenient fingers depending on how you like to hold the phone.


As of now, you need to select a pin or pattern mode additionally to used Face Unlock/fingerprint techs, which is recommended as well. The more security options, the better.

  


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The best Android phones 2018

2018年01月26日

These are the best Android smartphones you can buy today. Whereas Apple gives you the choice of a smaller, larger or super expensive iPhone, Android celebrates variety and you get Android phones at all prices, with a wide range of specifications and features .


However, that also means that buying a new Android phone is something of a challenge. So we've collected together our pick of the very best Android phones at all prices, sizes and specifications, but broken down to reflect the experience of owning and living with each device.


It's also worth noting that there will be at least one other contender for this list VERY soon in the shape of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S9. We're also expecting other big-name handsets to debut at February's Mobile World Congress including the Sony Xperia XZ Pro, too.


The best Android phone: our top recommendation


Here's our recommendation for the best Samsung Galaxy S7 LCD screen the market:


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1. Samsung Galaxy S8


The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a beautiful dual-edge design with a wonderful 18.5:9 aspect ratio Super AMOLED 5.8-inch display that is fantastic for entertainment. The company delivers something exciting in this handset, which steps away from the similar designs of its competitors.


The repositioned fingerprint sensor on the rear is poorly placed and iris and face recognition logins aren't perfect, but the Galaxy S8 has the best Samsung software experience to date, even if a few of its features are hidden in menus.


It's expensive but there is a decent battery life, good optimisation and an absolutely excellent rear camera. In short: the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a masterpiece; one with a few brush-strokes out of place, but a masterpiece nonetheless.


And the best of the rest Android phones


The Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't for everyone though, even if it is our top recommendation. There are plenty of other great Android phones on the market to consider whatever your budget. They have ranging pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages.


Here are the best alternatives:


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2. Samsung Galaxy S8+


The Samsung Galaxy S8+ brings the same gorgeous eye-catching design as the Galaxy S8 but in a slightly larger format, making it the better option for those that want a bigger device without compromising on design. Like its smaller sibling, the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8+ takes a back seat compared to iris scanning and the internal speaker isn't amazing.


That said, the 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display is fabulous and like the Galaxy S8, it's perfect for movie watching and watching HDR content. The camera is brilliant, the user interface is refined and fully-featured for the best Samsung software experience yet and you can even avoid some of the bloatware.


Like the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+ is a pricey handset, but it delivers a brilliant battery life and top-class performance. It's another masterpiece, just a slightly bigger and more expensive one.


Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8+ review


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3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is undoubtedly one of the best phones of 2017, taking everything from the Galaxy S8+ and pushing things a little further. It is bigger, a touch more powerful, packs in more camera and adds the S Pen, while still offering Mobile HDR support for excellent entertainment.


It isn't the strongest performer when it comes to battery life however, with the Galaxy S8+ lasting that little bit longer and we also think the older device has the slight edge when it comes to design too, offering more curves for a more striking profile.


The Note 8 is also £100 more expensive than the S8+, but if you're a die hard S Pen fan, burnt by the Note 7's demise and patiently waiting, then the Note 8 is everything you wanted and more. It's a pleasure to use, packed full of innovative features and practical functionality. The Note 8 hits the ball out of the court with power, camera performance and its customisation options.


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4. Google Pixel 2


Last year's Pixels were fantastic. Perhaps the first time in years that Google's "pure" line of phones had no compromises. Great screens, great build, amazing cameras, good battery life and pure Android in one proper flagship package. This year, it's a similar story, though there's not a huge amount of improvement.


The Pixel 2 is the slightly less exciting of the two Pixel devices in terms of design, offering a 16:9 display instead of the 18:9 found on the Pixel 2 XL, but it offers a natural display performance combined with minimalist, clean looks and a great camera, while the Pixel 2 XL's display is lack lustre.


It might not be as visually appealing as a lot of its competition, but the Pixel 2 offers a pure Android experience like no other, and it takes some of the best photos and selfies we've seen. It's a Samsung Galaxy S7 LCD screen wholesale that won't wow you from the outset, but will grow on you as time goes on, like a good second album.


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5. Huawei Mate 10 Pro


The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a defining handset; a flagship every bit as capable as its Samsung, HTC, LG and Apple competition. Which is a serious accomplishment for a company that has been yo-yoing between on-the-money and on-the-lam over the last couple of years.


The Mate 10 Pro stands out among its peers for sleek design, considerable power and a raft of veritable features. The battery life is better than you'll get from most, while the software, finally, is at a point where it feels like a more natural and non-interfering Androidexperience.


The glass back may be divisive, the lack of any physical home key may sometimes irk, and the questionable connectivity is the biggest drawback of all but Huawei has finally cracked this category with the Mate 10 Pro. It's a flagship to seriously consider buying above and beyond its similar-priced competition.

  


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iPhone X Available Cashback in India

2018年01月25日

HDFC Bank has partnered with Apple India to extend a cashback of up to Rs. 12,000 on purchase of several iPhone models including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, motorola parts , and more. The offer is valid on EMI transactions on HDFC Bank credit cards, debit cards, and consumer durable loans. The scheme is valid till March 11 across Apple resellers in India. Cashback will be credited on or before 90 business days, and the offer is valid on a maximum of two transactions per card per category during the given period.


iPhone X Available With Rs. 12,000 Cashback in India on HDFC Bank EMI Transactions

Cashback on the Apple iPhone X will be Rs. 12,000. Customers can avail Rs. 10,000 cashback on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Rs. 3,000 cashback on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Rs. 2,000 cashback on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and Rs. 1,000 cashback on the iPhone 6, iPhone SE, and iPhone 5s.


All the mentioned iPhone models, except iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus (available under No Extra Cost EMI), are subject to interest depending on the EMI period. The cashback is valid over and above the "best available price" at stores. "Cashback will be printed on the charge slip. Customer will not receive cashback if not eligible as per charge slip," according to the offer page. Do note that the offer is not applicable for HDFC Corporate cards.


A list of eligible stores can be found here.


Earlier this month, HDFC Bank offered up to Rs. 10,000 cashback on various motorola replacement parts , iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch variants in India. This offer was also applicable on credit and debit card EMI transactions. Notably, the cashback on iPhone 7/ 7 Plus and below remains same as before.

  


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Alcatel 3C launched with 6-inch HD+ display

2018年01月19日

TCL has announced its new nexus 6p battery replacement which is dubbed as Alcatel 3C in Italy. The Alcatel 3C is priced at €129.99 which is approximately Rs 10,156 and it will be available in Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, and Metallic Gold colour variants, GizmoChina reports.


Alcatel 3C launched with 6-inch HD+ display

The Alcatel 3C features a 6-inch IPS display with full HD+ 1440 x 720 pixel resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, which can be further expanded to 128GB via microSD card. For the camera, it features an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras are equipped with LED flash.


The replace nexus 6p battery also features a fingerprint sensor at the back and has 3000mAh battery. The battery is claimed to offer a talk time of up to 15 hours and a standby time of around 300 hours. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.


For connectivity options, the Alcatel 3C has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and dual SIM support. It measures 161 x 76 x 7.9mm and weighs 168 grams.

  


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Meizu M6s launched with 5.7-inch full-screen display

2018年01月18日

Meizu has today finally launched its new wholesale Samsung Galaxy S6 LCD screen in China, named as Meizu M6s. The Meizu M6s comes in two variants - one with 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and another 3GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage priced at 999 Yuan (which is approximately Rs 99,30) and 1199 Yuan (which is approximately Rs 11,910) respectively. The smartphone comes in three colours- Champagne Gold, Matte Black, Moonlight Silver and Cobalt Blue and it will be made available from January 19 onwards.


Meizu M6s launched with 5.7-inch full-screen display and Exynos 7872 SoC

The Meizu M6s is the first Meizu handset to sport a full-screen design with 18:9 aspect ratio. It features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The display will be covered by a 2.5D curved glass on top.


Meizu M6s is powered by a 14nm Samsung Exynos chipset. The Samsung Exynos 7872 chipset is manufactured using the 14nm FinFET LLP (low power plus) process. Exynos 7872 feature six cores with four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.6 GHz meant for power efficiency while remaining two Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz will be meant for performance. The chipset comes loaded with Mali-G71 MP3 GPU.


Meizu M6s has a 3GB RAM and 32GB and 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB with microSD. The smartphone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat wrapped under Flyme OS 6.2. The battery will have 3,000 mAh capacity with support for 18W fast charging that can charge from 0 to 30% in 15 minutes. It has a Super mBack fingerprint scanner on its side unlocks with the phone in just 0.2 seconds.


For the camera department, the device features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash and an 8-megapixel with a f/2.0 aperture front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. Connectivity features of Meizu M6s include dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. The Samsung Galaxy S6 display measures 152 x 72.5 x 8.0 mm and weighs 160 grams.

  


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LG V30 in the US can update Android Oreo now

2018年01月17日

LG has recently launched V30+ in India for Rs 44,990 with Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system. The company has already rolled out the Oreo update to LG V30 and V30+ smartphones in Korea last month, as per a recent report. Now LG has started testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the V30 in the US.


LG V30 Android Oreo Beta update now rolling out in the US

The update comes with the latest January security patch, but it's still a beta build. Being a beta program, the software is not yet fully optimized for the device and users may experience some bugs till a stable version is released.


The beta update will not have support for full features for the device. At least one LG V30 user in the US received the update, according to a screenshot from a user who has managed to have installed the update. Since the company has now rolled out the Beta update, it is expected that LG will also release a stable update of Android Oreo in the US soon.


After the Oreo update, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge repair parts will have picture-in-picture mode that lets users to two tasks simultaneously. So, for example, one can minimise a YouTube video while sending a text message or writing an email. Android Oreo has other features like including Background limits, installation of apps via APK, over 60 new emojis, notification dots, Wide-gamut colour for apps, Snoozing individual notification, Adaptive icons, Keyboard navigation, WebView enhancements and much more.


The only difference between the V30+ and V30 is the storage option. The former comes with a 128GB of internal storage, while the latter sports a 64GB of memory. Both the smartphones feature a 6.0-inch Quad HD+ OLED FullVision display with a screen resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. They are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 2TB via micro SD card slot.


On the imaging front, the devices sport a dual rear cameras with a 16-megapixel standard lens with aperture f/1.6, optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS) and hybrid autofocus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus and 13-megapixel wide-angle lens with aperture f/1.9 and a 120-degree field of view. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with a wide-angle lens.


Both the smartphones run on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and are backed by a 3,300mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge LCD screen replacement also come loaded with Quick Charge 3.0, that the company claims can charges the device from empty to 50 percent in around 30 minutes. They offer wireless charging as well. On the connectivity front, they support 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 and dual-SIM slot.


The smartphones feature a 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by EES Technology’s SABRE ES9218P. The Hi-Fi Quad DAC will come with two new features including digital filters and sound presets. For security, the company has added face recognition, voice recognition, which uses a combination of user’s voice and user-defined keywords to unlock the smartphone, and fingerprint sensor.

  


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