Vivo X21 spotted on Geekbench, will feature Snapdragon 660 SoC, Android 8.1 Oreo

Vivo X21 has been confirmed by Vivo through an official teaser, but the company is yet to reveal specifications about the upcoming smartphone. The official specifications may take some time to arrive, but with a prototype of the phone spotted on benchmarking website Geekbench, things have become somewhat clear as to what the smartphone could have. The Geekbench listing suggests that the Vivo X21 will run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. Further, there is a strong possibility that the Vivo X21 will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, much like predecessor X20, clocked at 1.84GHz. The phone is …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may not feature under-display fingerprint sensor

There’s a lot of hype around Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and while there have been rumors that the upcoming flagship from the South Korean electronics giant could feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, a new note by KGI says otherwise. Over the last few weeks, a possible under-display fingerprint sensor in Galaxy Note 9 has become a much talked about point on the internet but a new report by KGI Securities has dampened the spirits of many. The report notes that Samsung may not include the under-display fingerprint scanner despite all the rage during the Mobile World Congress and Consumer Electronics Show this …

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M2M connectivity will approach 400 million by 2022

Juniper Research has claimed that total number of connections leveraging an unlicenced spectrum to deliver low power M2M connectivity will approach 400 million by 2022. M2M connectivity has three major technologies – Sigfox, LoRa and Ingenu – and connections using these three technologies will rise from 50 million to a whopping 400 million representing a growth of 736 per cent. The new research, Low Power M2M: Technology Impact Analysis, Vertical Assessment & Forecasts 2018-2022, found that connectivity providers offering low cost unlicenced alternatives to cellular technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M, will threaten operators’ return on investment. It found that overall service …

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Samsung Galaxy S9 to feature 3D emojis, stereo speakers

Reports have emerged that Samsung Galaxy S9 will be featuring 3D emojis as well as stereo speakers. Previous reports have claimed that Samsung is working on enhanced iris scanner to take on the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. The latest report now claims that Galaxy S9 may also come with a 3D emojis. According to ETNews, Galaxy S9 will be unveiled with iPhone X’s Animoji-like feature which will mimic a user’s facial expressions. According to the report, the Galaxy S9 will also feature dual stereo speakers on the top and bottom. Samsung is not the first company to borrow the Animoji-like …

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Nokia 8 Android 8.1 Oreo update starts rolling out

Nokia 8 Android 8.1 Oreo update has started rolling out with several users confirming on social media platforms that they have started receiving notifications about the update. Android 8.1 Oreo update for Nokia 8 has been rolled out just weeks after HMD Global released a beta test programme for the flagship handset that was running Android 8.0 Oreo until now and recently received the February Android security patch. The rollout of the latest update was also confirmed by company’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas. “We are rolling out Android Oreo 8.1 on Nokia 8! Get the sweetest Android to date,” …

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ – what we know so far about price, release and specifications

Samsung is going to show off its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at a launch event at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Official announcement about Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones is pending but thanks to a number of leaks we have come to know a lot about the handsets’ prices, specifications, key features. The ‘Galaxy S9’ name has been confirmed by Samsung itself. With the iPhone X as their main competition in the smartphone market, the two upcoming handsets will have a lot riding on them. The Samsung Galaxy S9 price will be the highest yet for …

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Sony Xperia XZ2 likely to be shown off at MWC 2018

Sony Xperia XZ2 could be shown off at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 this year – a possibility that isn’t officially confirmed as the smartphone maker is yet to confirm it. Further even the name of the smartphone – Xperia XZ2 – hasn’t been confirmed by Sony. It is only through a tweet by an Irish telecom company that we got some glimpse of what’s going on with the handset. Unsurprisingly, the tweet has been deleted now, but some Reddit users posted screenshots of the same. In other Sony news, the company has started rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update …

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Nokia 8 Sirocco trademark resurrected

HMD Global has seemingly registered a Nokia 8 Sirocco trademark through a new smartphone with model number TA-1005. The trademark was originally given to Nokia 8800 Sirocco back in 2006, for the premium version of the Nokia 8800 handset. Reports in the Dutch media indicate that TA-1005 has been trademarked as Nokia 8 Sirocco, further adding that the 2018 version of the Nokia 8 will be unveiled soon, with the Sirocco branding. The name has surfaced on the mobile certification website of Thailand. This information comes about a month after reports had emerged that ‘Nokia 8 Sirocco’ logo was found inside the …

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Couple of Samsung Galaxy S9 early hands-on videos leaked [Watch here]

It isn’t long before we will officially be blasted with Samsung Galaxy S9 images, videos, hands-on, unboxing videos and what not, but a couple of videos have already been leaked about a month earlier than the official unveil. Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event will see the official launch of Galaxy S9 two videos have surfaced on the web that apparently give a glimpse at the upcoming Galaxy S series flagship and confirm the presence of a thin-bezel, Infinity Display panel that would deliver an upgraded experience over the last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. One of the two videos, …

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Samsung and Apple top semiconductor buyers charts 2017

A report from Gartner has revealed that Apple and Samsung continue to rule the semiconductors buyers list with the two accounting for a 19.5 per cent of the total worldwide market. According to the market research firm Samsung and Apple together consumed semiconductors worth $81.8 billion in 2017, showing an increase of more than $20 billion from 2016. Samsung semiconductor spending grew by a whopping 37.2 per cent over last year while Apple’s semiconductor spending increased by 27.5 per cent. In addition to the continuous growth of Samsung and Apple, the preliminary rankings revealed by Gartner highlights eight of top 10 …

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