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OnePlus 8 Series Expected to Feature Wireless Charging

OnePlus has managed to keep the cost of its phones low by staying away from including wireless charging support in its smartphones.

OnePlus 8 Series Expected to Feature Wireless Charging
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OnePlus fans have a reason to cheer as the Chinese smartphone maker may offer wireless charging on its upcoming OnePlus 8 series smartphones. OnePlus recently became a part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which works with the purpose of developing worldwide compatibility for all wireless chargers and wireless power sources. It is widely assumed that the Chinese smartphone maker would not have joined the consortium without actually planning to add wireless charging to its smartphones. However, the company has not made any announcements as to whether the OnePlus 8 series will have the wireless charging feature.

The WPC website has added OnePlus’s name to its members’ list. With the inclusion of its name, OnePlus has joined the likes of Samsung, LG, Apple, Oppo, HMD Global, Huawei, and Asus. It is believed that OnePlus has managed to keep the cost of its phones low by staying away from including wireless charging support in its smartphones. The Chinese smartphone maker has, however, often spoken of the prowess of its wired fast charging technology to avoid including wireless charging.

The official launch date of OnePlus 8 series is not known, but several leaks have given a hint as to what it could offer. According to reports, the OnePlus 8 Pro will be equipped with a Li-Po battery. It will feature the company’s Fluid AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate with a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. It is also expected to come with the new Snapdragon 865 chipset.


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Apple iPhone 9 Plus to Feature Touch ID Embedded Power Button

The Apple iPhone 9 Plus is expected to be a lower-cost model and is likely to feature an LCD screen.

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If rumours are to be believed, Apple is expected to release an iPhone in the first half of 2021 that will replace the Face ID with Touch ID. The Touch ID power button, basically a fingerprint scanner on the power button, will be placed on the side of the device. A report based on a research note with TF International Securities has revealed that the screen of the 2021 iPhone, which is likely to be iPhone 9 Plus or the iPhone SE2 Plus, will most likely be an LCD. It further revealed that the iPhone 9 Plus is expected to be a lower-cost model.

The report mentioned TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, saying that the fingerprint solution or the Touch ID will be capacitive and would feature a “new design” for users to have a better experience. Kuo last month claimed that iPhone 9 Plus will have a display of either 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch, hinting that the size will range between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 11. According to a report, the iPhone 9 Plus is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2021.

Apple is expected to introduce a host of products in the coming months and a number of new iPhones are expected to be announced in the second half of this year. These include a new affordable iPhone, a new wireless charging mat, a pair of high-end headphones and updates for the iPad Pro and MacBooks.


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Nokia 400 4G Android Feature Phone Could Soon See the Light of Day

Nokia might launch a new feature phone powered by Android, next month at MWC 2020.

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Nokia might launch a new feature phone powered by Android, next month at MWC 2020.

HMD Global, the Finnish firm that manufactures Nokia phones, may soon roll out a new feature phone that will run on Android. Speculations started after the Nokia 400 4G phone was spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance website. What drew the attention of tech enthusiasts was the operating system it was said to run on -GAFP.

According to XDA Developers, it is not clear what GAFP implies, but the acronym was last seen on a leaked feature phone in 2019 and could stand for Google Android for Feature Phones. It was revealed by 9to5 Google when the phone had originally appeared on Wi-Fi Alliance website back in August 2019. The full video was removed from both Vimeo and YouTube but a snippet exists that suggests that the simple feature phone might come with Google Assistant.

The listing was updated recently with more information which points to one thing, HMD is working on a more pocket-friendly alternative for Android users. The report by XDA Developers added that HMD Global might unveil its Nokia 400 4G at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020, which is going to be held in Barcelona. The GSMA MWC 2020 will begin from February 24 and continue till February 27. HMD is also expected to launch the Nokia 8.2 5G, Nokia 5.2 and Nokia 1.3 at MWC 2020.


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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Expected to Feature Up to 16GB RAM With 512GB of Internal Storage

The Mi 10 Pro from Xiaomi is going to turn out to be one powerful smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Expected to Feature Up to 16GB RAM With 512GB of Internal Storage
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Ahead of the launch of Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 10 series phones, which are likely to be rolled out in China on February 14, a new leak has surfaced on the internet about the company’s upcoming Mi 10 Pro model. According to a tweet by xiaomishka.ru, the device will be equipped with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. The upcoming offering will also come with a 5,250 mAh battery. An earlier report had stated that the phone will come with 65W fast charging.

If the rumour is to be believed, we can expect the phone to sport a 6.4-inch display with 2080×1080 pixel resolution. In terms of camera, the leak revealed that the Mi 10 Pro will come with four units. Its primary rear camera will have 108-megapixel sensor. The second camera will have a 48-megapixel sensor, followed by a 12-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor. The leak, though, hasn’t revealed anything about the front camera. At the Snapdragon Tech Summit last month, Xiaomi had stated that Mi 10 will be powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset.

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Oppo Find X2 Could Feature a Curved OLED Panel With 120Hz Refresh Rate

The Oppo Find X2 will most likely support 5G connectivity, 50W wireless charging and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.

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Oppo is said to be working on a premium smartphone that is expected to succeed the Oppo Find X, which was introduced towards the end of 2018. The new handset, which is being called the Find X2 by a reputable source on Weibo, will be coming with some exciting specifications as per the leaked information. According to a report, the phone is likely to come with a 6.5-inch display curved OLED panel, with a 3168×1440 pixel resolution and will also support 120Hz refresh rate.

Furthermore, it is said that the user of the phone will have an option to choose between FHD+ and QHD+ resolution and 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate in any combination they like. It is also claimed that it is apparently possible to have QHD+ at 120Hz. Apart from that, the report states that it is a possibility that the phone might come powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and will also support 5G connectivity.

If speculations are to be believed, then the upcoming phone might also house a camera image sensor with “omnidirectional” autofocus. Even though it is not confirmed, but there are rumours that the phone might also support 50W wireless charging, which should offer similar charging speeds as the Realme X2 Pro.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Launched in India: Price, Feature, Specs and More

Samsung has brought its recently launched Galaxy Note 10 Lite to India. Launched alongside the Galaxy S10 Lite earlier this month, the smartphone is a ‘Lite’ variant of the company’s 2019 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10. Key highlights of the handset include triple rear cameras, Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, and the S-Pen stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Specifications

The Galaxy Note 10 features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. The handset is powered by the Exynos 9810 octa-core processor. You get 6GB or 8GB of RAM options along with 128GB of storage with an expandability option of up to 1TB.

The Note 10 Lite comes with a triple rear camera setup sitting inside a squarish module. The main camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, an f/1.7 lens, and OIS paired to a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and OIS for stabilisation. At the front is a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

Of course, the Note series means an S-Pen stylus, which connects with the phone via Bluetooth Low-Energy and offers all the features that you would expect like Air Commands, taking a picture, controlling multimedia and so on. Rest of the features include a 4,500mAh battery with support for Super Fast charging technology, 3.5mm audio jack an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication as well as face unlock. The handset will be offered in Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Red colour options.

Price and Availability

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is priced at Rs 38,999 for 6GB variant and INR 40,999 for 8GB variant. Samsung is offering an upgrade offer of up to Rs 5,000. Customers can pre-book the Galaxy Note10 Lite starting January 21 at 2:00 PM. the handset will go on sale from February 3 and will be available across major retail stores, online stores and Samsung.com.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G to Feature 65W Fast Charging

The Mi 10 Pro 5G could be the second smartphone after the Oppo Reno Ace to offer 65W fast charging.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G to Feature 65W Fast Charging
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Xiaomi seems to be preparing its new flagship range, the Mi 10. A recent leak suggests that the top of the line variant of the handset, which is expected to be the Mi 10 Pro 5G, will come with 65W fast charging. The information comes from a Weibo tipster who has uploaded alleged photos of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G.

The photos show the device as well as the packaging of the handset, both of which seem legitemate. One of the photos show the power adapter for the phone which mentions 65W. Of this turns out to be true, then the Mi 10 Pro 5G will be the second device after the Oppo Reno Ace to offer such fast charging speeds.

The photos also confirm some key features of the upcoming device including a dual-curved display with a punch-hole cut on the top left corner. There is also a quad rear camera setup with a 108-megapixel primary sensor, a speaker grille at the top and bottom and support for Hi Res Audio,

Xiaomi had earlier confirmed that the Mi 10 will come with the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset during the Snapdragon Tech Summit last month. So it is safe to assume that handset will come with the new flagship chipset, unless Xiaomi plans to treat the Mi 10 Pro 5G as a separate device from the Mi 10 series.


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Google Chrome's New Feature Will Remind Users to Close Open Tabs

Google is testing a new Chrome-exclusive feature called ‘Suggest to Close Tabs’ which will remind users to close any open tab before it becomes stale.

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Google is testing a new feature on its web browser Chrome that will send a notification asking users to close some of the tabs that are open for a long time. According to a report, Google has been working on a new feature exclusive to Chrome called “Suggest to close Tabs.”

The report said that “Suggest to close Tabs” feature was earlier hidden behind ‘Chrome flags’. Now, the feature has been enabled by default on Chrome Canary.

The report added that the web browser will take notice of the last time a user opened a tab and used it. Once a tab crosses the stipulated time frame, the web browser will send a notification in the tab switcher, asking the users to close the tab. It will then ask a user to “review” the tab and then “close” it.

The report further stated that Google hasn’t finalized how long a tab should be opened before it becomes “stale”. However, as per the choices available via the flag, the periods that Google is considering are four hours, eight hours, and seven days.

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New Facebook Feature to Notifiy Users About Third-Party Logins

Facebook’s third-party login notifications will help users detect unlicensed access or use of their credentials.

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Facebook has added a new login feature that will notify users whenever they log into a third-party app or website using their account. This login notification will alert the user every time a third-party application will access user data and will be sent via mail. “The design and content of the Login Notifications remind users that they have full control over the information they share with third-party apps, with a clear path to edit those settings,” Puxuan Qi, a Software Engineer at Facebook said.

This notification will show what kind of information the Facebook user has shared with the third-party application. After receiving a notification, the user can click on the edit settings button to remove the app’s access to personal information.

The notification will help users detect unlicensed access or use of their credentials, but will also help educate them about the data they’re sharing with these apps. The feature is already live and Qi said Facebook will continue to improve it throughout the year.