LG V20 Goes on Sale This Week; US Pre-Orders Expected to Start October 17

LG V20 Goes on Sale This Week; US Pre-Orders Expected to Start October 17LG at its September 7 event launched the first new smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box – the LG V20 – with dual screen and dual cameras. The price and availability details were not given by the company then. Now the company has officially confirmed that LG V20 is going to be available starting this week. The smartphone will make its public debut in LG’s home country, South Korea, followed by other regions like North America, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East over the course of the next several weeks. Pricing and availability for each region will be announced at the time of the local launch.

In addition to that, US e-commerce website B&H has listed the unlocked version of LG V20 for pre-orders starting October 17. However, it has not specified the price and availability of the smartphone in the US on its website. However, according to The Korea Times, LG V20 is reported to be priced at an equivalent of $804 (roughly Rs. 53,000) in its home market South Korea, where it is also launching first.

To recall, the LG V20 is an attempt from the company to revive the sales, as its flagship – the modular LG G5 smartphone – failed to do well in the market. It comes with a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and also a secondary display, such as was seen on the LG V10. The secondary display comes with a font size that’s 50 percent larger than that of V10.
The LG V20 packs a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 CPU, with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two running at 1.6GHz. It has 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options, with a support to expand via microSD card (up to 256GB). It also packs a 3200mAh battery. There is a dual rear camera setup in the smartphone, with a 135-degree 8-megapixel lens accompanied by 16-megapixel 75-degree lens, apart from a 5-megapixel 120-degree lens shooter on the front.

The V20 comes with features like 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder, and B&O Play speakers. It houses a bottom-mounted USB Type-C port and it will be available Titan, Silver, and Pink colour variants. In the meanwhile, LG India’s Managing Director, Kim Ki-Wan, confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the company plans to bring the LG V20 smartphone to India soon.

Spotify Debuts in Japan, Complete With Karaoke Lyrics

Spotify Debuts in Japan, Complete With Karaoke LyricsSpotify Ltd. is bringing its popular online music service to Japan, a large and lucrative market where fans have demonstrated a continuing fondness for CDs and even vinyl records.

Spotify, the world’s largest music-subscription business, will offer a free, advertising-supported service as well as an ad-free version for JPY 980 ($9.70 or roughy Rs. 650) per month starting Thursday, the Swedish company said at a Tokyo news conference. Reflecting the country’s predilection for karaoke, Spotify also introduced a new feature that shows lyrics while tracks are playing.

Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek is betting that Spotify can carve out a piece of the world’s second-largest music market. Music sales in Japan total about JPY 300 billion (roughly Rs. 19,758 crores), mainly because consumers have continued to buy CDs and other physical media. Apple. and Japanese messaging service Line Corp. already market digital music services in Japan for a monthly fee, but Spotify will be the first major service available for free on an ongoing basis.

“We want to make sure Spotify here is long-lasting,” Ek said at launch event in Tokyo. Spotify will bring “two million artists around the world to Japan and bring the Japanese artists we all love to the rest of the world,” he said. The service will also be available on Sony’s PlayStation consoles.
Earlier this month, Spotify said it had topped 40 million paying customers, with another roughly 60 million users taking advantage of the free service. The number of paid subscribers is more than double the total at Apple.

Spotify is attempting to negotiate new licensing contracts with the world’s biggest record companies as it heads toward an initial public offering by the end of next year. The company isn’t profitable even though it generated more than $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,379 crores) in revenue last year, in part because it pays the vast majority of the money back to music companies and publishers. Spotify is now in advanced talks to buy rival service SoundCloud, the Financial Times has reported.

Google’s Android-Chrome OS Merger May Debut on Huawei ‘Nexus’ Tablet

Google Andromeda OS to Debut on Huawei Nexus Tablet and Pixel 3 Laptop: Reports
The new Huawei tablet will reportedly bear ‘Nexus’ branding
A new $800 laptop called ‘Pixel 3’ could also be revealed by Google
Google may debut the tablet & laptop with its new Andromeda OS
Google’s October 4 event is highly anticipated for several reasons, with the biggest being the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Earlier this week, reports came flooding in that Google may unveil its Android-Chrome OS merger – a new operating system codenamed as Andromeda. Now, a new report suggests that Google may release Andromeda OS on the much rumoured Huawei’s 7-inch Pixel tablet, which was previous pegged for an October launch. In the meanwhile, another report suggests that Google may launch an Andromeda OS-powered Pixel 3 ‘Bison’ laptop in Q3 2017.

As per a report by 9to5Google, Google is prepping to launch a set of new hardware and the Huawei-built ‘Nexus’ tablet might be one of them. When the tablet was first leaked earlier this year, Evan Blass had tipped the tablet would be Pixel-branded, which is very much in line with other rumours about Google’s upcoming launches. However, 9to5Google says that though it seems likely, multiple people familiar with the matter say that the tablet will continue to be Nexus branded.

The publication goes on to add that Google is only testing Andromeda on the HTC Nexus 9, but does not plan to release any such version of the tablet. Coming back to the rumoured Huawei tablet, the report adds that it may launch with Android out-of-the-box, but support a developer preview of Google Andromeda.

Evan Blass had earlier hinted in a tweet that the Huawei-built ‘Nexus’ device may hit the reality by the end of 2016, but now that a bunch of rumours indicate that Google Andromeda might be on its way, it doesn’t seem to be the case. Evan Blass also teased in his tweet that the new tablet device may sport 4GB of RAM, in addition to housing a 7-inch display. In a way, it could be identical to an earlier leaked Huawei device (via Phandroid) that bore the name Huawei 7P.
In the meanwhile, Android Police has surfaced details about a Pixel 3 ‘Bison’ laptop that will come with Google Andromeda on board. The laptop is said to have two variants, both featuring a 12.3-inch display. The report claims the laptop will be less than 10mm in thickness.

As per the specifications, the Pixel 3 will reportedly pack an Intel Core m3/ Core i5 CPU coupled with either 32GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage, and either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. Significantly, the laptop may also have a fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm jack, two USB Type-C ports, stylus support, and stereo speakers. It will also ape the haptic feedback and pressure sensitivity similar to what was introduced with Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. It is also said to sport a backlit keyboard, 4 microphones and 10-hour long lasting battery.

The Google Pixel 3 is pegged to cost $800 (roughly Rs. 53,000), as per the report. As we mentioned, a Q3 2017 launch is expected, and Google will probably not detail the laptop at its October 4 event. Readers should note that Andromeda is just a codename, and when it launches Google will probably have another – catchier – name to go with it.

Reliance Jio Has Been Given Sufficient Interconnection Points: Airtel

Reliance Jio Has Been Given Sufficient Interconnection Points: Airtel
Bharti Airtel has said that enough points of interconnection (PoIs) have been provided to Reliance Jio to support 20-25 million subscribers and that the company has not been able to deploy its full capacity due to under-preparedness and insufficient testing effort.

“Post our bilateral meeting on September 13 to premeditate on the matter of augmentation of PoIs, we had analysed the traffic figures at the interconnect links as well as your demands for projected capacity,” the company said in a letter to Jio, dated September 26.

 

“Basis on our due diligence of these dynamics, we had provided 1,350 E1’s (interconnect points) on the very next day. This was followed by incremental capacity of 1,000 E1’s provided on pan-India basis on September 20,” it said.

“Unfortunately, despite the prompt and colossal effort put in by Airtel, as on date, only 2,484 E1s are live out of total capacity of 3,048 provided, primarily due to various reasons for delay attributable solely to Jio’s under preparedness and insufficient testing teams/efforts.”
Jio has maintained that interconnection points provided by other operators were insufficient.

 

“Based on industry practice, 12,500 E1 ports (interconnect points, with technical parameters) are required for 22 million subscribers,” said a Reliance Industries statement on August 18. “As against this, the top three operators have released only 1,400 ports so far.”

The company says, as a result of this, its subscribers face as many as 12 crore call failures a day while dialing into the networks of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.

China’s Huawei to Start India Smartphone Production in October 2016

Huawei to Start Smartphone Manufacturing in India Next Month

  • Huawei aims to increase more than 50,000 the number of outlets
  • Huawei India CEO Jay Chen announced at the facility launch
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present at the launch

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will start making smartphones in India next month, the company said on Friday, joining a wave of compatriots setting up in one of the world’s biggest mobile phone markets.

The plant will be operated with the Indian arm of electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd in Chennai, Huawei said in a statement.

The Chinese firm will also expand its Indian retail network, increasing to more than 50,000 the number of outlets it partners with by the end of the year.

As growth in China stagnates, India, the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market, provides Huawei and rivals like Xiaomi Inc with new opportunities to expand.

Announcing the manufacturing facility from Delhi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honb’le Union Minister, Information & Technology, Law and Justice said, “I would like to congratulate Huawei on their commitment to pursue their ‘Make in India’ vision. The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our “Make in India” initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub. As India is set to become the second largest smartphone market, our government would like to invite even more businesses to come and manufacture in India. This is an opportune time to start manufacturing from India. The smartphone landscape in India is growing every day and such initiatives by technology leaders will help accelerate the growth of local manufacturing industry in India”.

Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India said, “We have been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of our India focus, we have been consistently expanding our footprint in the market. This year especially has been of significance in our India journey. We recently launched our world class GSC in Bengaluru and the start of manufacturing in India is an affirmation of our commitment to India and supports the Make in India campaign. We are convinced about the growth potential and future of India and we’ll keep looking for opportunities to increase our presence here”.

 

Flipkart Becomes Authorised Online Reseller for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Apple Partners Flipkart to Sell iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus in India

  • iPhone 7 will start at Rs. 60,000 for the 32GB variant
  • iPhone 7 Plus will start at Rs. 72,000 for the 32GB variant
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will launch in India on October 7

In an attempt to expand the online availability of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones in India, Apple has partnered with e-commerce website Flipkart. For those unaware, until recently, Apple had Infibeam as its only authorised online reseller.

 

The new tie-up with Flipkart will mean the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available at the official launch price at the online retailer. The biggest advantage for Flipkart with the partnership will be that it can source the new iPhones from Apple directly, instead of Apple partners. Other retailers such as Snapdeal, Amazon India, and Paytm among others sell the units which they source from Apple partners. These units still carry Apple warranty, so for end users this is unlikely to be a big change. The Flipkart listing for upcoming iPhone 7 series clearly lists other older iPhone models as well, so the partnership is for more than just the newest iPhone units.

Apple has already revealed the prices in India for the entire iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lineup. The iPhone 7 will start at Rs. 60,000 for the 32GB variant. The iPhone 7 Plus will start at Rs. 72,000 for the same storage capacity. The 128GB and 256GB variants of the iPhone 7 will be priced at Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 80,000 respectively, while the iPhone 7 Plus will priced at Rs. 82,000 and Rs. 92,000 for the same storage capacities.

As announced previously, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be going on sale in the country from October 7.

The new iPhone 7 series sports a refreshed design and the rear antenna bands aren’t as prominent as before. Both the phones feature brand new home button that includes force-sensitive technology and uses Taptic vibrations instead of physical tap. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also come with IP67 water and dust resistance.

Ahead of the launch of new iPhones, Apple slashed the prices for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. With the price revision, the 32GB models of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 60,000 respectively. The iPhone SE, on the other hand, will now come at Rs. 44,000 for the 64GB model.

Panasonic P77 With 5-Inch Display, 4G VoLTE Support Launched

Panasonic P77 With 5-Inch Display, 4G VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 6,990

Panasonic India on Thursday launched a new smartphone – the Panasonic P77. The budget smartphone comes with 4G and VoLTE support and is available at all Panasonic outlets across the country at Rs. 6,990 in Grey and White colour variants.

The Android 6.0.1 Lollipop-based Panasonic P77 is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports 4G only on SIM card slot at a time. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

The Panasonic P77 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera. It bears 8GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). The smartphone is powered by a 2000mAh battery.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. The Panasonic P77 measures 143x72x7.6mm.

Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India, said, “We continue to focus on all the segments of mobile phones with different price points and value proposition. We are pleased to offer the new P77 with 4G VoLTE technology to our Indian customers at an affordable price of Rs. 6990. With this device, we reassure our commitment to offer better design & quality products to our valued customers.”

Panasonic also said it expects a 200 percent growth over the same period last year. “The company expects Rs. 600 crore sales this festive season. by aggressively expanding distribution network and launching more phone models,” Rana added.

 

Panasonic P77

Panasonic P77

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2000mAh

 

Xiaomi Mi 5s Teaser Points to an Impressive Benchmark Score; Smaller 4-Inch Variant Tipped

Xiaomi Mi 5s Teaser Points to an Impressive Benchmark Score; Smaller 4-Inch Variant Tipped

  • The Xiaomi Mi 5s scoring a mighty impressive 164,119
  • Xiaomi could also be unveiling a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s
  • The phones are expected to be unveiled on September 27

Xiaomi has been subtly teasing the launch of its upcoming Mi 5s. The Chinese smartphone maker onMonday released a teaser with a big ‘S’, hinting that the company is ready to unveil the Mi 5s on September 27. The phone has now been subjected to AnTuTu’s benchmark test, scoring a mighty impressive 164,119. Xiaomi is of course proud of the score, using it as a new teaser for the smartphone.

The teaser was posted soon after a leaked AnTuTu benchmark score of 164,002 for the Xiaomi Mi 5s hit the Web. Interestingly, the official Mi 5s AnTuTu score was released by Xiaomi soon after LeEcolaunched the Le Pro 3 on Wednesday. LeEco revealed the Le Pro 3’s AnTuTu score to be 163,544, which puts Xiaomi’s Mi 5s ahead. It remains to be seen, however, if Xiaomi will price the Mi 5s competitively seeing as how the Le Pro 3 comes with mighty specifications at a mid-range price starting CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,100).

Taking all the past leaks into consideration, the Mi 5s is expected expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). The Mi 5s is also expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.

On the camera front, the Mi 5s is tipped to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Mi 5s may support a fingerprint scanner, and is expected to sport an iPhone 7-like tactile home button.

A fresh rumour doing the rounds of the Internet suggests that Xiaomi could also be unveiling a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s. An alleged image of the smaller variant was spotted on Weibo. Specifications related to the 4-inch variant are very speculative at the moment. The device is expected to come with a 4.3-inch 720p display with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB inbuilt storage.

 

With the 4-inch variant being rumoured, this puts the total list of phones Xiaomi is expected to unveil to four – the remaining devices being the bigger Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2. We’ll have to wait for September 27 event to see just how many new devices Xiaomi is planning to pull out of the bag.

 

Google Pixel Smartphones Appear in Multiple Leaks Ahead of October 4 Event

Google Pixel Smartphones Appear in Multiple Leaks Ahead of October 4 Event

  • Leaked images in line with earlier leaks
  • Pixel smartphones are expected to be launched on October 4
  • Pixel smartphones are expected to be launched on October 4

Google on Monday confirmed it is launching new smartphones at an October 4 event, expected to be the much-leaked Pixel smartphones. The company has also started sending invites for the event, to be held at 9am local time in San Francisco. Now, just like every other major smartphone launch, the rendered images of the alleged Pixel and Pixel XL phones have surfaced on the Internet ahead of the launch, alongside other information.

Leaked images of the anticipated Google Pixel smartphones have been shared by Android Police, showcasing the fingerprint scanner at the back as well as similar camera panel and design as suggested by the images of the TPU cases for the smartphones that leaked earlier. Even the front panel of both Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can be seen in the leaked images.

Interestingly, a commercial by Alphabet subsidiary Nest for the Netherlands, spotted by Android Police, showcased a smartphone that looks identical to the leaked images of the Pixel smartphone. Even though there is no confirmation and the model used in the advertisement might as well be a dummy, it certainly looks similar to the upcoming smartphone and has aluminium at the bottom and glass at the top.

In another rumour circulated by Android Police, the starting price of the Pixel smartphone has been leaked. The rumour suggests that the pricing for the 5-inch model of Pixel smartphone will start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500). Even though site says that the source of the rumour is a trusted one, due to lack of other sources on the subject and absence of primary material, it should be taken with an additional grain of salt.

An earlier report suggested that the rumoured 5-inch Pixel smartphone, which was earlier codenamed ‘Sailfish’ will be launched at $449 (roughly Rs. 30,000).

In order to provide some sort of compensation for higher price tag, the report suggests that Google might make financing options available for the users.

To recall, Gadgets 360 earlier this year reported Google will be dropping the ‘Nexus’ branding and will launch the new smartphones under its own brand. The upcoming smartphones are further expected to be launched with Android 7.1 Nougat.

 

Panasonic Launches Lumix FZ2500, Lumix LX-10, and Lumix G85 at Photokina 2016

Panasonic Launches Lumix FZ2500, Lumix LX-10, and Lumix G85 at Photokina 2016

  • The Lumix FZ2500 gets a new lens and is priced at $119.99
  • The Lumix LX10 supports 4K video and is priced at $699
  • The Lumix G85 has 5-axis Dual IS and costs $899 for the body

Panasonic kicked off Photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany, by launching three new cameras. The Lumix FZ2500 is the successor to the FZ1000 and starts shipping in November for $1199.99 (approximately Rs. 83,999). The second one is the Lumix LX10, a premium compact camera with a 1-inch sensor that will also start retailing around November for $699 (approximately Rs. 48,930). Last but not least, there’s the Lumix G85 – a rugged interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with 5-axis stabilisation that’s priced at $899 (approximately Rs.62,930) for just the body and $999 (approximately Rs. 69,930) with the 12-60mm kit lens.

The Lumix FZ2500 boasts of 20x optical zoom, aperture of f/2.8-4.5, variable ND filters and a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor. Unlimited 4K video recording is one of the big advances in the new model over the previous one. The camera captures raw images, burst shooting up to 12fps and features an OLED EVF with a 2.3million dot resolution. There’s a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity and professional-grade V-LogL video recording.

The Panasonic Lumix LX10

The Lumix LX10 is a premium compact camera, similar to Sony’s RX100 series. It boasts of a 1-inch MOS sensor, f/1.4-2.8 aperture, maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800 10fps burst shooting. The camera features a 20.1-megapixel sensor that’s capable of 4K video recording at 30fps. The LX10 also boasts of a 180-degree tiltable, 3-inch LCD display but no EVF, so you’ll be relying on the rear screen for all your framing needs. The camera also supports shooting in raw, built-in Wi-Fi and charging over USB.

The Panasonic Lumix G85

Finally, we have the Lumix G85 which boasts of a 5-axis dual image stabilisation system, which combines OIS and BIS (Body Image Stabiliser) to give you the best stabilisation performance while shooting. The camera has a rugged design which makes it splash and dustproof. It has a 16-megapixel sensor, fully articulating touchscreen LCD, Wi-Fi and an Oled EVF.

Panasonic also teased its upcoming Lumix GH5 camera, which is the world’s first interchangeable lend mirrorless camera that’s capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps. It will also be able to capture ‘6K photo’ or 18-megapixels equivalent of stills from a video. Full specifications and availability details are yet to come.