Android 8.0 Oreo confirmed for Lenovo K8, K8 Plus and K8 Note Starting June 2018

Lenovo confirms Android 8.0 Oreo update for its K8, K8 Plus and K8 Note and this update will hit these mid-range devices in the month of July next year. According to Lenovo, the latest Android operating system will reach K8 by June and other two devices will receive it a month later in July. This should be a good news to these handset users but there is a lot of time before it reaches them.

These details have been given on the companies support page and the upgrade will be done via OTA and It also mentioned to back up all the data before upgrading to Android Oreo 8.0. The actual date of the update can change and is applicable to models that are sold by retailers and operators customised or even contract models will not be covered. It is also mentioned that some updates can be country specifications and might not be applicable globally.

The Lenovo K8 and the K8 Plus came with the 5.2-inch display while the K8 Note will sport 5.5 inches of display screen. All the three devices came out of the box with Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and all these will come with onboard storage of 32GB. The Lenovo K8 came with a 13MP main camera sensor while the K8 Plus and K8 Note feature dual 13MP + 5MP camera on the other two devices.

The K8 and K8 Plus has an 8 MP front camera while the K8 Note has 13MP selfie camera. All the devices support dual SIM connectivity and are splash resistant. Do you own any of these devices? If yes, which one is it? Comment in the section below and stay tuned for more news and updates. There is still a long wait around 8 to 9 months for these handsets to be updated to the latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

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Foldable ZTE Axon M Smartphone goes official with dual Tocuhscreens

There have been plenty of leaks from the past few months about the ZTE Axon M and the device has become official. This device comes with a foldable body like the flip phones that we have seen earlier. Here the handset comes with two-screens which are separated by a hinge in between giving and 6.75” display when it is unfolded as the display is placed on either side. There is a bezel placed in between these displays that give an illusion of two screens.

These screens are LCD’s with 5.2” display and 1080p resolutions and this can be taken advantage of in four different ways. There is also a Dual mode which lets its user open per screen. There is also an extended mode which gives a huge 6.75-inch display to make work easier. Apart from these, there is a Mirror mode that will be showing the same content on both the display screens.

Well, this device is going to feature just one camera while sporting a 20MP camera sensor. Under the hood, there is a Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The onboard storage is limited to 64GB which can be extended further via microSD card slot. Out of the box, it will run on Android 7.12 Nougat operating system and expected to get further updates when available. On the rear, the company has provided a 3,180 mAh battery to power the handset and also has a dual speaker with 3.5mm headset jack.

The ZTE Axon M will be available exclusively on AT&T in the US from next month and is expected to be launched in China, Japan, and Europe in the coming months. This foldable device is priced at $725 or can be purchased for 30 months installment for $24.17 every month. What do you think about this device? Are you planning to get this device? Comment in the section below and stay tuned for more news and updates.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC introduced with Quick Charge 4 along with X50 5G Modem

After the high-end Snapdragon 835 SoC, Qualcomm has decided to unveil a mid-range chipset called as Snapdragon 636 at the 4G/5G summit. This chipset will be the successor of the Snapdragon 630 that was launched a few months ago. The company claims that this new mobile platform is built using a 14nM FinFet process and also uses Kryo 260 cores instead Cortex A53 cores.

Moreover, the company also mentioned that the new chipset will support the ultra-wide FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) along with Assertive Displays. There is a 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISO and will be supporting 24MP camera sensors with zero shutter lag, fast autofocus as well as smooth zoom. It also comes with Snapdragon X12 LTE modem that can offer download speeds up to 600 Mbps and there is also an offering of latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology.

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At the announcement, Kedar Kandap VP, Product Management, Qualcomm Technology said,

The introduction of the Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform allows OEMs to enjoy a smooth transition from the Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms while supporting the deployment of superior functionality and performance to end users. Manufacturers can use the same modem and camera architecture to enable fast and efficient testing and calibration, cutting down on significant resources or time normally required when developing products on brand new platforms.”

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 will support 8GB of LPDDRA RAM along with 4K UHD video playback. The company also mentioned that this processor has achieved a 5G data connection using its Snapdragon X50 5G modem for mobile device It will also deliver up to 1Gbps of download speeds with data connection of 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band combined with advanced signal processing technologies. The chipset is expected to start shipping from November 2017 and it also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 Technology. Well, what do you think about this new chipset from Qualcomm? Do comment in the section below and share your views.


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) & A7 (2018) Midrange Smartphones Images Leak Online

South Korean Giant is getting geared for its next year’s midrange smartphones on the A series called as Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018). Now we have Image leaks of these upcoming smartphones that are rumored to come next year. The image leaks come from the prolific leakster @onleaks which reveal the renders of these handsets from all angles.

Rumoured Specifications:

According to the rumored specifications. The Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018) along with the Galaxy A3 (2018) will come with FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) Infinity Displays. Well, the Galaxy A5 (2018) is expected to come with the 5.5-inch display while the Galaxy A7 (2018) will be coming with the 6-inch display. These devices will come with metal- and glass design along with dual front-facing cameras.

It is expected that the fingerprint sensor will be shifted to the back because of the infinity display and Samsung is expected to push Bixby on these upcoming devices. It is also rumored that these devices will carry IP68 certification for dust and water resistance and will feature Samsung Pay Alwal as Always On Display. The Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018) are likely to come with Exynos 7885 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM along with 32GB of storage and might get microSD card slot to extend the memory.

These devices will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system, out of the box and might also get further updates. Nothing much about is known about the cameras that these devices will be carrying but can expect more leaks to come in the days to come. Well, all these have to be taken with a pinch of salt until we hear officially from Samsung. What are your views about these handsets? Do you own and device from the Galaxy A series? Comment in the section below and we will be back with more news and updates.


Sony Xperia XZ21 and XZ1 Compact get Updated including October 1st security patches

Sony has decided to update its XZ1 and its sibling XZ1 Compact devices. The handsets have started receiving their first update and the built number mentioned is 47.1.A.2.374 which also includes security update and Android fixes for the month of October. There is no information about the change logs that are included along with the update but we can expect some bug fixes along.

The update is being rolled out via OTA update and if you have not received it yet, head to the settings of the handset and tap on the update. If there is an update available, you need to download it and install accordingly. Make sure you back up your data before installing and also see that the charge on the device is more than 50 percent or else keep it on charge.

Coming to these handsets, both were announced earlier this year and come with IP68 certification for dust and waterproof over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes. The Xperia XZ1 come with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with 1080 x 1920 pixels giving a pixel density of 424ppi. Under the hood, there is the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. The onboard storage is limited to 64GB which can be extended via microSD card slot (Hybrid slot). There is a 19MP rear-facing camera with EIS and also has a predictive phase detection and laser autofocus with LED flash. It will be accompanied with 13MP selfie camera which also comes with EIS and f/2.0 aperture size.

Both the devices will have a fingerprint sensor to enhance the security level and also support fast charging 3.0. The Xperia Z1 has a Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery to power the device. Did you receive the update? Were you able to find and change logs? Do you own any of these devices? Comment in the section below and stay tuned for more.