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Motorola G8 Power Lite Launching Today in India at 12 Noon: Here's Everything We Know

Motorola G8 Power Lite Launching Today in India at 12 Noon: Here's Everything We Know

The new budget handset from Motorola is expected to launch in the sub-Rs 15,000 price range.

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  • Last Updated: May 21, 2020, 10:44 AM IST

Motorola recently launched its new flagship, the Moto Edge+ in the country and today the company is expected to launch a new handset under its popular budget series, Moto G. The new Moto G8 Power Lite was originally unveiled last month and according to a teaser, the handset is going to launch today at 12PM on Flipkart.

The new Moto G8 Power Lite is going to feature a 6.5-inch IPS LCD HD+ display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop notch. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage that can be expanded using a dedicated microSD card slot.

There are three cameras at the back, including a 16-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture lens. There is also a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture lens. The camera supports bokeh, face beauty, HDR, Google Lens, and more. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera to take selfies.

The handset also features a 5,000mAh battery with support for 10W charging. Other features include Android 9 Pie OS, dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, a micro USB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack and a fingerprint scanner at the back. It will be available in Royal Blue and Arctic Blue color options.

The phone had launched in select markets back in April with a price tag of EUR 169 (Rs 13,900 approx) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The India price should be somewhat similar, although it would face stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung.




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Apple iPhone 12 Launch Likely Delayed Until October Due to COVID-19 Crisis

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The upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone 12 may start from $649 while 6.1-inch iPhone 12 may come with a price tag of $749.

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  • Last Updated: May 21, 2020, 2:49 PM IST

Cupertino based tech giant Apple may push the September “iPhone 12” event into early October due to global coronavirus pandemic. Apple is considering pushing the announcement into October to avoid a gap between the event and handsets reaching store shelves and the iPhone maker will have more stores reopened by that point as well, according to Jon Prosser, a reliable Apple insider.

Prosser, who correctly reported the release date of the iPhone SE said that there is also the possibility that a later iPhone 12 launch event could allow more reporters and analysts to attend in person. According to Posser, 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will be available with 128GB or 256GB of storage and that 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro models will have 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options.

Prosser has claimed that the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone 12 may start from $649 while 6.1-inch iPhone 12 may come with a price tag of $749. Like the 5.4-inch iPhone, the 6.1-inch device will sport 5G connectivity and a dual-camera setup at the rear. The only difference is that it would come with a bigger 6.1-inch OLED display, said Prosser. There will be two ‘pro’ iPhone 12 models as well.




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MIUI 12 Global Version is Coming to These Devices: Check All the Details

Xiaomi officially announced the global version of its custom Android interface, MIUI 12. The announcement comes almost after a month it was announced for its hometown China. The new interface comes with the same features that we saw during the Chinese announcement including updated visuals, improved dark mode, better privacy controls as well as those amazing Super Wallpapers.

The new MIUI 12 ROM is based on Android 10 and primarily focuses on visual changes. It is flatter and more minimalistic, with new and slicker animations all around. There’s a new Dark Mode 2.0 with wallpaper dimming along with new navigation gestures that now match with Android 10. The Settings section has also seen some changes, especially the Storage and My Device sections.

Other features include improvements in privacy controls, where the OS will now notify the users everytime an app is accessing a sensitive feature like your location, cameras, microphone, and so on. There is also a new Ultra Battery Saver mode that activates a new homescreen with only a few essential apps. This mode can turn on automatically when the battery drops below five percent. The updated dark mode has the ability to expand the black theme to third-party apps.

The update also brings Super live wallpaper as well as Always-on Display screens which are inspired by the Earth, Moon, and Mars. The best feature is when you unlock the phone wherein the live wallpaper zooms in from space right to the surface level, depending on which celestial body you’ve chosen.

As for the rollout, Xiaomi has announced that the new MIUI 12 update will be coming first to the Mi 9, the Redmi K20, and Redmi K20 Pro (also known as the Mi 9T and the Mi 9T Pro globally) in June. This includes Redmi K20 series users in India.

The update is also expected to launch on the Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Mi 10 series. Other phones include the Mi Note 10, Mi 8, Mi 8 Pro, Mi Mix 3, Mi Mix 2S, Mi 9 SE, Mi 9 Lite, Mi Note 3, Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 3, Mi 8 Lite, Redmi Y2, Redmi S2, Redmi Y3, Redmi 8A, and Redmi 8A Dual. The company sub-brand (now a separate entity) Poco will also be rolling out the update to the Poco F1, Poco F2 Pro, and Poco X2. The company however, hasn’t confirmed the exact rollout date for these devices.



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MIUI 12 Launch by Xiaomi at 5:30PM Today: Key Features and How to Watch Live

MIUI 12 Launch by Xiaomi at 5:30PM Today: Key Features and How to Watch Live

Xiaomi has already tested MIUI 12 among testers in India, and it remains to be seen if the custom Android interface features any India specific touches.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 10:55 AM IST

Xiaomi MIUI 12 is set to be launched officially today, after making its first official appearance last month. Having been under pilot testing for some time, MIUI 12 is now ready for prime time action among the legions of Xiaomi users in India. The latest version of Xiaomi’s custom Android interface comes with a number of improvements, as well as new features to aid difficulties in usage. The live action from Xiaomi’s official unveiling of the global MIUI 12 ROM can be caught online later today, and here’s everything you need to know about it.

Live stream

The Xiaomi MIUI 12 global ROM launch will be held via an online live stream later today, at 8PM Beijing Time. Indian users can catch the launch live by accessing the YouTube live stream on Xiaomi’s official channel. In India, the live stream will begin at 5:30PM IST. The live stream of the MIUI 12 unveil will also take place on Xiaomi’s official social media handles, and interested parties can catch it live on the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well.

Expected new features

Among the highlights of MIUI 12 are three main features — Dark Mode 2.0, AI calling and live transcript, and a security feature called ‘barbed wire’. With Dark Mode 2.0, Xiaomi is introducing an always-on display for its phones for possibly the first time, bringing it up to speed with various implementations of always-on displays by the likes of OnePlus, Samsung and others. It will be interesting to see how Xiaomi’s take on the always-on display differs from its competitors.

The second major new feature are enhanced privacy features, where reports suggest that Xiaomi is taking a randomised virtual ID approach towards installed apps. This will seemingly protect users from directly sharing their email addresses. Simultaneously, MIUI 12 will reportedly maintain logs of app data requests and data accesses on phones, in a bid to reinstate user faith in the company’s data privacy practices. This will be particularly important to observe, since Xiaomi has recently faced considerable backlash over roguish data collection practices through its browser apps.

The other security feature is called ‘barbed wire’, and is Xiaomi’s implementation of the limited app permission access feature on Android. This will allow users to let an app access a particular permission for only a limited period of time, therefore limiting which app can misuse user data.

Other features aboard MIUI 12 will include a new AI calling feature, which will live transcribe incoming calls and offer preset responses as answers. The feature may prove to be particularly important for users with hearing disabilities. The full list of features, including any India-specific new features (if any), will be revealed in a few hours. To view it live, tune in to the live stream above.




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Taiwanese Chipmaker TSMC Plans To Build $12 Billion Semiconductor Plant in US

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan. (Pic Source: Reuters)

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan. (Pic Source: Reuters)

The plan, which will be one of the biggest inbound U.S. investments on record and create over 1,600 jobs.

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  • Last Updated: May 15, 2020, 1:10 PM IST

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, the biggest contract chipmaker, said it plans to build a $12 billion factory in Arizona in an apparent win for the Trump administration’s efforts to wrestle global tech supply chains back from China. The plant, which will be one of the biggest inbound U.S. investments on record and create over 1,600 jobs, comes as U.S. President Donald Trump steps up criticism of Chinese trade practices and Beijing’s handling of the novel coronavirus ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election.

Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas and now a steep economic slump brought on by the novel coronavirus is driving a government-wide push to end U.S. production and supply chain dependency on China. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross touted the deal as “another indication that President Trump’s policy agenda has led to a renaissance in American manufacturing.”

TSMC is a major supplier to U.S. tech giants such as Apple In and Qualcomm Inc, as well as Chinese firms like Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], which Washington has put on a trade blacklist. “This project is of critical, strategic importance to a vibrant and competitive U.S. semiconductor ecosystem that enables leading U.S. companies to fabricate their cutting-edge semiconductor products within the United States,” TSMC said.

While huge in terms of foreign investment in the United States, the plan is small by TSMC’s standards. For 2020, TSMC’s Capex plan is $15-16 billion. The Taiwanese chipmaker said the plan was to build the plant over nine years.

A U.S. Commerce Department official said TSMC’s decision to locate the plant in the United States generated “goodwill” at the department, the drafter of a law that would if implemented, severely restrict TSMC chip sales to Huawei.

Credit Suisse analysts said proposed restrictions could threaten TSMC’s 14% of sales from Huawei, escalate U.S.-China tensions and delay the rollout of the next-generation 5G mobile network. Shares of TSMC, the world’s most valuable semiconductor company with a market capitalisation of $255 billion, exceeding Intel Corp’s rose more than 1.5% on Friday morning, outperforming a 0.8% gain in the main Taiwan stock market.

“While it is hard to be certain, we believe that TSMC announcing a U.S. Fab could remove the threat of further Huawei restrictions in the very near-term at least,” JP Morgan analysts said in a note.

ADVANCED CHIPS

The plant, the biggest foreign investment by TSMC, will produce the most sophisticated 5-nanometer chips, which can be used in high-end defence and communications devices. TSMC manufactures the bulk of its chips in Taiwan and has older chip facilities in China and Washington state.

Its chips power Apple’s iPhones and the iPhone maker works closely with TSMC to become the first to take advantage of new advances in its chip-making processes. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said chips from the new TSMC plant will power everything from artificial intelligence to 5G base stations to F-35 fighter jets.

Semiconductors play a key role in both consumer electronics and defense equipment. The vast majority of the most advanced chips are made in Asia, which has caused concern among U.S officials as a strategic rivalry with China deepens over the origins of the deadly coronavirus. While Intel has major manufacturing operations in the United States, it supplies only its own chips rather than making them for outside customers.

The Trump administration has been in talks with both Intel and TSMC to build a plant in the United States, and Intel said last week it was in discussions with the Department of Defense about improving domestic sources for microelectronics and related technology.

The TSMC announcement is not expected to derail the Pentagon’s efforts to bolster the supply chain for microprocessors, despite the Commerce Department’s working on the TSMC deal independently, a person familiar with the matter said. Apple and Intel declined to comment.

TSMC said that construction of the Arizona facility would begin in 2021 with production targeted to begin in 2024 and that it would be able to process up to 20,000 silicon wafers per month. Each wafer can contain thousands of individual chips. The investment will be made from 2021 to 2029. The Wall Street Journal first reported the latest details of TSMC’s plans.



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Latest iPhone 12 Leak Suggests Base Model to be Priced at $649 With 128GB Storage

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Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 12 lineup in September, although, there is no official word yet.

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  • Last Updated: May 12, 2020, 8:09 PM IST

Apple is expected to launch four new iPhones under the iPhone 12 series and now a new report has claimed that the upcoming lineup will start with 128GB of storage. This would be twice as much base storage as the 64GB that iPhone maker has offered for the last three years, according to Jon Prosser, a reliable Apple insider.

Apple has increased the base storage capacity of its newest iPhones over the years, going from 16GB to 32GB with the iPhone 7 and from 32GB to 64GB with the iPhone 8 lineup, and iPhone X. Prosser, who correctly reported the release date of the iPhone SE said that 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will be available with 128GB or 256GB of storage and that 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro models will have 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options.

Prosser has claimed that the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone 12 may start from $649 while 6.1-inch iPhone 12 may come with a price tag of $749. Like the 5.4-inch iPhone, the 6.1-inch device will sport 5G connectivity and a dual-camera setup at the rear. The only difference is that it would come with a bigger 6.1-inch OLED display, said Prosser. There will be two ‘pro’ iPhone 12 models as well.




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PUBG Mobile Mad Miramar Sandstorm Mode to Arrive on May 12

The latest 0.18.0 update for PUBG Mobile is finally here and it brings a bunch of new features and a wide range of smaller but important changes to the game. One of the biggest features is the new Mad Miramar or Miramar 2.0 update.

Prior to the release of the update it was rumoured that the map would include sandstorms adding an edge to the map with limited visibility. However, the PUBG Mobile has now announced that players can expect sandstorms to hit Miramar starting May 12.

Judging by some videos of an early beta build, the entire map is expected to be covered with a sandstorm, testing your skills to spot enemies in limited visibility. There will also be certain areas on the map that will have heavy sandstorms where visibility is going to be extremely limited, so much so that it would be difficult to see enemies sitting in the next room. There will be special loot crates in these storms. It is expected that this feature might be available for a limited period. The special sandstorm mode does look impressive and will require a lot of power so this mode should work best on high-end phones.

Here’s a quick look at the upcoming mode courtesy YouTube Rey Lagarto:



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Smartphone Shipments in India to Decline by 12% in 2020; 5G Phones Capture 2% Share

As smartphone brands face a state of uncertainty as both supply and demand has been diminished in India, the industry will bear the maximum brunt in the second quarter (April-June period), leaving the sector with at least 11-12 per cent overall decline in shipments for the entire 2020, a new report said on Thursday.

According to CMR’s ‘India Mobile Handset Market Review Report for Q1 2020’, the total smartphone shipments in India in the March quarter grew a mere 4 per cent (year-on-year). The first wave of 5G smartphones hit the market, accounting for 2 per cent of the overall smartphone shipments in Q1 2020. The smartphone market grew modestly on the back of good consumer demand before the onset of COVID-19 hit the market.

“Going forward, we remain cautious about the speed of recovery in India’s smartphone market this year. We are keeping a close tab on the macroeconomic factors and how it plays out from here on. Our best-case scenario suggests a decline of 11-12% in overall smartphone shipments for 2020,” said Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.

At the beginning of the year, COVID-19 was merely a supply-side challenge confined to China and smartphone brands in India were able to tide over the initial wave of the crisis with enough inventory supplies.

“However, as COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 500 marks in late March, India went into a complete lockdown. For smartphone brands, this has put both supplies as well as demand in a state of uncertainty. Q2 2020 will be where the industry will face the brunt of the pandemic and test the resilience of smartphone brands,” Ram elaborated.

Faced with personal and economic uncertainties, consumer spending will remain muted for the better part of the year,” according to Anand Priya Singh, Analyst- Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.

“Unless absolutely necessary, such as replacing a mobile phone, consumers may choose to conserve. However, we expect the market to recover lost ground in the run-up to the festive season,” Singh added.

Xiaomi (30 per cent), Vivo (17 per cent) and Samsung (16 per cent) rounded off the top three spots in Q1 2020. Realme and IQOO launched their first 5G smartphones, with the Realme X50 Pro accounting for the bulk of the 5G shipments. The feature phone segment declined 20 per cent (YoY) primarily due to the migration of consumers from feature phones to smartphone segment.

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Apple iPhone 12 Price May be Lesser Than iPhone 11 Even With 5G, Suggests Leak

Even though Apple is likely to delay the launch of iPhone 12 series because of the coronavirus pandemic, rumours continue aplenty over the company’s plans on how it will unveil its next flagship models. Most importantly, the pricing of the new iPhone 12 models is a matter of significant discussion, given the fact that the upcoming iPhone models will be equipped with 5G connectivity.

A new leak by Jon Prosser has claimed that the base model of the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will be priced at $649 (~Rs 49,000), while the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Plus may start at $749 (~Rs 56,500). Prosser also claimed that a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will bear a price tag of $999 (~Rs 75,400), while the top-end 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost $1,099 (~Rs 83,000).

The leaked pricing may actually be indicative of the present times, and how the year 2020 is panning out to be. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, smartphone sales across the world nosedived. Couple that with a very weak economy and jobs being at risk, many expect 2020 to not be an ideal year for flagship smartphone makers. This may be a reason why Apple might explore a more competitive pricing for its devices, and the leaked iPhone 12 price reflects on that.

As far as the pricing of the upcoming iPhone 12 series in India is concerned, as always, it will likely be more due to the import duties. Having said that, it is also important to note that Apple considers its user base in India to be increasingly important, and as a result, the lower prices may reflect on the India prices as well.

iPhone 12 Series Specs, Display and More

Talking about the specifications, Prosser has also asserted that all the four models of the iPhone 12 series will be armed with 5G support. Both the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will sport an OLED display, two rear cameras and will have 5G support. On the other hand, the pro models i.e. the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will both have OLED display, three cameras, a LiDAR sensor and, 5G support. Going forward, it will be interesting to see when Apple actually unveils its iPhone 12 series smartphones and whether the company’s aim in boosting the sales of its models will eventually pay off.

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Apple iPhone 12 Leaked Renders Suggest iPhone 5-like Flat Sides

iPhone 12 render leak
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iPhone 12 render leak
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With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world, Apple will be facing some challenges to get its next iPhone series produced.

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  • Last Updated: April 14, 2020, 5:01 PM IST

If reports are anything to go by, this year’s iPhones will sport a new, more rectangular design inspired by the iPad Pro. The devices will have also have flat sides and sharp edges, reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 era designs. If that happens, it will be a notable departure from the slightly curved designs of the current models i.e. iPhone 11 series. On top of that, the processor will also be bumped up to offer improved AR performance of the devices. Apart from the phones, Apple is also expected to launch a slew of products, including high-end headphones and AirTags.

Starting with the iPhones, the tech giant plans to launch four variants this year. The two top-end Pro models will reportedly replace the current iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, while the other two devices will replace the current iPhone 11. The most expensive of the four 2020 iPhone models will feature a larger display than the 6.5-inch panel on Apple’s current flagship handset, the iPhone 11 Pro. The new models will also have a smaller notch than the current iPhones, with the company aiming to get rid of it in the next five years or so. It is believed that just like the iPad Pro, the new phone models will also have the LiDar sensor with an emphasis on giving a further boost to the AR features.

While the company may unveil its new flagship devices within its fall window, orders may reportedly start a few weeks later than usual due to current supply chain disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. However, the new iPhones aren’t the only devices that Apple is planning to launch this year. It is said to be working on HomePod smart speaker, an expensive device but with limited functionality compared to its rivals from Amazon and Google. Apple will also introduce a new series of accessories known as Apple Tags. Previous leaks and reports have described the Apple Tags as compact tracking devices that can be attached to objects such as wallets and keys to track their location via an app. The AirTags are expected to come with an Apple-designed leather sleeve and a keychain.

New versions of the MacBook Pro, Apple TV and the iMac are in the works as well, along with an update to the budgeted versions of the iPad.