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HMD Presents the Highest Model of Nokia 8 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB ROM

Nokia 8 has long been announced, but new high-end smartphones marketed in a number of markets earlier this month are only available in one model only, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB ROM. But if the configuration is still not enough, there is good news that Nokia has confirmed the Nokia 8 model is higher.
 
The highest model of Nokia 8 will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which according to WinFuture, the highest model of Nokia 8 will be released in Germany on 20 October. Recently the highest model of Nokia 8 has also been seen on the FCC website (US Federal Communications Commission), where the smartphone is also certain to be present in the United States. In Germany alone, the highest model Nokia 8 dibanderol for € 669 or equivalent to Rp10 million. The price is more expensive € 90 when compared with the Nokia 8 model 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. In addition to carrying a larger configuration than the original variant, the highest model of Nokia 8 is still carrying the same specifications as the original variant. So this smartphone still rely on the screen width of 5.3 inches resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels and powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset. The most dependable feature of this smartphone certainly lies in the dual-camera setup that uses Zeiss lens.
Nokia 8 has long been announced, but new high-end smartphones marketed in a number of markets earlier this month are only available in one model only, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB ROM. But if the configuration is still not enough, there is good news that Nokia has confirmed the Nokia 8 model is higher.
 
The highest model of Nokia 8 will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which according to WinFuture, the highest model of Nokia 8 will be released in Germany on 20 October. Recently the highest model of Nokia 8 has also been seen on the FCC website (US Federal Communications Commission), where the smartphone is also certain to be present in the United States. In Germany alone, the highest model Nokia 8 dibanderol for € 669 or equivalent to Rp10 million. The price is more expensive € 90 when compared with the Nokia 8 model 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. In addition to carrying a larger configuration than the original variant, the highest model of Nokia 8 is still carrying the same specifications as the original variant. So this smartphone still rely on the screen width of 5.3 inches resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels and powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset. The most dependable feature of this smartphone certainly lies in the dual-camera setup that uses Zeiss lens.

Dual-Camera Setup Xiaomi Mi A1 Claimed Compatible with iPhone 7 Plus

It is much different when compared to Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone with Apple iPhone 7 Plus, where the two different smartphone platform has a price tag far adrift. But at the launch of Xiaomi Mi A1 in Indonesia a few days ago, the company compared the results of the Mi A1 camera is able to offset the iPhone 7 Plus.
 
  Of course Xiaomi is not the origin of the claim, because the dual-camera setup that carried Mi A1 exactly the same as the dual-camera setup of iPhone 7 Plus. Both Xiaomi Mi A1 and iPhone 7 Plus both carry a wide and telephoto lens setup, where both lenses have the same resolution as well, which is 12MP.

According to Donovan Sung, Director of Product Management & Marketing Xiaomi Global, said if the results of the Mi A1 camera shoot is comparable with the iPhone 7 Plus, or in some cases can be better than the shots of iPhone 7 Plus. For example in the portrait feature, some iPhone 7 Plus users are reported to often find jaggy or "boundary" between the main object and the bokeh background. In other words, the images will show a bokeh effect that spilled into the main object.

Donovan himself claims if Xiaomi Mi A1 camera results will not be there jaggy, when using the potrait feature. Xiaomi has promised if the effects of bokeh and detail of the main object will look accurate. This is because Xiaomi applying software more qualified to get the perfect picture. Even Xiaomi claims that they are mobilizing a lot of people to work on the software, because according to Xiaomi dual-camera is not only about hardware, but also software plays an important role. 
 
As for the standard shots, Xiaomi Mi A1 camera is also claimed to offset the results of the iPhone 7 Plus camera, provided that the results are compared directly before edited with a filter effect. Then what about your opinion, whether the dual-camera setup Xiaomi Mi A1 comparable to the iPhone 7 Plus. 
It is much different when compared to Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone with Apple iPhone 7 Plus, where the two different smartphone platform has a price tag far adrift. But at the launch of Xiaomi Mi A1 in Indonesia a few days ago, the company compared the results of the Mi A1 camera is able to offset the iPhone 7 Plus.
 
  Of course Xiaomi is not the origin of the claim, because the dual-camera setup that carried Mi A1 exactly the same as the dual-camera setup of iPhone 7 Plus. Both Xiaomi Mi A1 and iPhone 7 Plus both carry a wide and telephoto lens setup, where both lenses have the same resolution as well, which is 12MP.

According to Donovan Sung, Director of Product Management & Marketing Xiaomi Global, said if the results of the Mi A1 camera shoot is comparable with the iPhone 7 Plus, or in some cases can be better than the shots of iPhone 7 Plus. For example in the portrait feature, some iPhone 7 Plus users are reported to often find jaggy or "boundary" between the main object and the bokeh background. In other words, the images will show a bokeh effect that spilled into the main object.

Donovan himself claims if Xiaomi Mi A1 camera results will not be there jaggy, when using the potrait feature. Xiaomi has promised if the effects of bokeh and detail of the main object will look accurate. This is because Xiaomi applying software more qualified to get the perfect picture. Even Xiaomi claims that they are mobilizing a lot of people to work on the software, because according to Xiaomi dual-camera is not only about hardware, but also software plays an important role. 
 
As for the standard shots, Xiaomi Mi A1 camera is also claimed to offset the results of the iPhone 7 Plus camera, provided that the results are compared directly before edited with a filter effect. Then what about your opinion, whether the dual-camera setup Xiaomi Mi A1 comparable to the iPhone 7 Plus. 

Huawei Maimang 6 has been launched with Full-Screen Design and Have Four Cameras

As previously thought, Huawei Maimang 6 has just been officially announced by the company, where this smartphone comes with a full-screen design to target the segment that is selling well for now.
 
Huawei Maimang 6 comes with a 5.9 inch wide screen resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels which makes the screen ratio to 18: 9. The design is quite familiar because it is similar to other smartphones, especially on two antenna lines on the back. But for bezel at the top and bottom still looks quite thick, though not as thick as a smartphone in general.
For its dimensions, this smartphone has a size of 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm and weighs 164 grams. At the back there is a circular fingerprint scanner sensor. This smartphone also offers dual-SIM features and there are color options Obsidian Black, Streamer Gold, and Blue Aurora.
  
In the innards, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 659 chipset combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For photography, this smartphone has been equipped with four cameras. At the back there is a 16MP + 2MP camera setup, and for the front there is a 13MP + 2MP camera. Huawei Maimang 6 runs EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat and has a 3.340mAh battery. Huawei Maimang 6 itself is likely to be sold outside China as Huawei Mate 10 Lite or Huawei G10. As for the price, the device will sell for 2399 yuan 
As previously thought, Huawei Maimang 6 has just been officially announced by the company, where this smartphone comes with a full-screen design to target the segment that is selling well for now.
 
Huawei Maimang 6 comes with a 5.9 inch wide screen resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels which makes the screen ratio to 18: 9. The design is quite familiar because it is similar to other smartphones, especially on two antenna lines on the back. But for bezel at the top and bottom still looks quite thick, though not as thick as a smartphone in general.
For its dimensions, this smartphone has a size of 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm and weighs 164 grams. At the back there is a circular fingerprint scanner sensor. This smartphone also offers dual-SIM features and there are color options Obsidian Black, Streamer Gold, and Blue Aurora.
  
In the innards, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 659 chipset combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For photography, this smartphone has been equipped with four cameras. At the back there is a 16MP + 2MP camera setup, and for the front there is a 13MP + 2MP camera. Huawei Maimang 6 runs EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat and has a 3.340mAh battery. Huawei Maimang 6 itself is likely to be sold outside China as Huawei Mate 10 Lite or Huawei G10. As for the price, the device will sell for 2399 yuan 

Samsung's Bixby digital assistant now available in India

Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant - dubbed Bixby Voice - debuted shortly after the arrival of the company's Galaxy S8 series smartphones. It was first launched in the company's home country of South Korea, following which it arrived in the US.
Last month, Samsung started rolling out Bixby Voice worldwide. And now, the assistant has officially landed in India.
Samsung Bixby digital assistant now available in India Samsung says Bixby Voice features support for various Indian accents, and is hence capable of adapting to Indian dialects and contexts. The company notes that even those Indians who have opted for English (US) language can also use the assistant easily.
"Keeping in mind the diversity in Indian accents and our commitment to 'Make for India', Bixby has been optimized to understand Indian accents," said a senior Samsung India executive.
Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant - dubbed Bixby Voice - debuted shortly after the arrival of the company's Galaxy S8 series smartphones. It was first launched in the company's home country of South Korea, following which it arrived in the US.
Last month, Samsung started rolling out Bixby Voice worldwide. And now, the assistant has officially landed in India.
Samsung Bixby digital assistant now available in India Samsung says Bixby Voice features support for various Indian accents, and is hence capable of adapting to Indian dialects and contexts. The company notes that even those Indians who have opted for English (US) language can also use the assistant easily.
"Keeping in mind the diversity in Indian accents and our commitment to 'Make for India', Bixby has been optimized to understand Indian accents," said a senior Samsung India executive.

Oreo update for Huawei Mate 9 could be arriving soon

Looks like the Huawei Mate 9 could be receiving the Oreo update soon. The device with Android 8.0 on board has been spotted listed on benchmarking website Geekbench.
For what it's worth, this is not the first time we are hearing about the Mate 9 Android 8.0 update - back in April this year, we saw a glimpse of Oreo-powered Mate 9 (the ROM was in early development stage at that time).
A benchmark appearance doesn't guarantee, but does indicate that final testing is going on and if everything goes fine, roll out should begin sooner than later.
Looks like the Huawei Mate 9 could be receiving the Oreo update soon. The device with Android 8.0 on board has been spotted listed on benchmarking website Geekbench.
For what it's worth, this is not the first time we are hearing about the Mate 9 Android 8.0 update - back in April this year, we saw a glimpse of Oreo-powered Mate 9 (the ROM was in early development stage at that time).
A benchmark appearance doesn't guarantee, but does indicate that final testing is going on and if everything goes fine, roll out should begin sooner than later.

Xiaomi sells over 1 million smartphones in India in 2 days

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi managed to sell over 1 million smartphones in 48 hours during online festive sales in India, carried out by retailers Flipkart and Amazon. If you break it down, that's 300 smartphones per minute on average.
That's an achievement of sorts for Xiaomi, given that last year the 1 million figure was crossed after 18 days. "This achievement marks an industry first, and is a key milestone for Xiaomi India," the company said.
The Redmi Note 4 was the top seller smartphone as far as Flipkart’s Big Billion Day Sale is concerned, while of all the smartphones sold by Amazon, an overwhelming majority were Xiaomi devices. This made Xiaomi the top smartphone brand for both sales.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi managed to sell over 1 million smartphones in 48 hours during online festive sales in India, carried out by retailers Flipkart and Amazon. If you break it down, that's 300 smartphones per minute on average.
That's an achievement of sorts for Xiaomi, given that last year the 1 million figure was crossed after 18 days. "This achievement marks an industry first, and is a key milestone for Xiaomi India," the company said.
The Redmi Note 4 was the top seller smartphone as far as Flipkart’s Big Billion Day Sale is concerned, while of all the smartphones sold by Amazon, an overwhelming majority were Xiaomi devices. This made Xiaomi the top smartphone brand for both sales.

Gionee GN5007 spotted on TENAA with 6-inch display, 5,000mAh battery

A new Gionee smartphone has been spotted on the website of China's TENAA. Listed as Gionee GN5007, the device is powered by an octa-core SoC with 1.4GHz processor, and sports a 6-inch display with 1440×720 pixel resolution.
RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The handset features a 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. Measuring 156.3×75.6×8.6mm and weighing in at 187g, the phone runs Android Nougat (version 7.1.1) out of the box, and packs in a 5,000mAh battery.
As far as color options are concerned, the TENAA listing only reveals black. There's currently no information on the GN5007's pricing and availability.
A new Gionee smartphone has been spotted on the website of China's TENAA. Listed as Gionee GN5007, the device is powered by an octa-core SoC with 1.4GHz processor, and sports a 6-inch display with 1440×720 pixel resolution.
RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The handset features a 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. Measuring 156.3×75.6×8.6mm and weighing in at 187g, the phone runs Android Nougat (version 7.1.1) out of the box, and packs in a 5,000mAh battery.
As far as color options are concerned, the TENAA listing only reveals black. There's currently no information on the GN5007's pricing and availability.

New update hitting Samsung Galaxy Note8 units on T-Mobile

It has come to light that T-Mobile has pushed out a new update to Samsung Galaxy Note8 units on its network. Arriving as version N950USQU1AQ15 and weighing in at under 200MB, the update includes some stability improvements related to the Navigation app, Google Maps, and the Weather Widget.
Reportedly, the update also brings along Android security fixes for the month of August. It's already a week since the roll out began. However, in case you haven't received the update yet, be patient, as you likely see the notification soon.
It has come to light that T-Mobile has pushed out a new update to Samsung Galaxy Note8 units on its network. Arriving as version N950USQU1AQ15 and weighing in at under 200MB, the update includes some stability improvements related to the Navigation app, Google Maps, and the Weather Widget.
Reportedly, the update also brings along Android security fixes for the month of August. It's already a week since the roll out began. However, in case you haven't received the update yet, be patient, as you likely see the notification soon.

Google's Android Pay gains support for 24 new financial institutions in US

The ever expanding list of Android Pay supported banks/financial institutions has been updated yet again. This time, a total of 24 new names have been added, including Bank of Idaho, Beehive Federal Credit Union, Citizens Bank (WI), Community National Bank & Trust of Texas, and Duke University FCU.
Other names are First Community Bank (TX), Great Plains Bank, Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Delhi, Gulf Winds FCU, Mascoma Savings Bank, Meadows Bank, Meriwest Credit Union, Nascoga Federal Credit Union, One Bank & Trust, N.A., Pen Air FCU, Security Federal Bank, Texas Brand Bank, The Bryn Mawr Trust Co., The State Bank and Trust Company, TrueCore FCU, Wauna FCU, West-Aircomm FCU, Westmoreland Community FCU, and Xplore Federal Credit Union.
With this, the total number of banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions in the US that support Android Pay now stands close to 1,000 (996 to be precise).
The ever expanding list of Android Pay supported banks/financial institutions has been updated yet again. This time, a total of 24 new names have been added, including Bank of Idaho, Beehive Federal Credit Union, Citizens Bank (WI), Community National Bank & Trust of Texas, and Duke University FCU.
Other names are First Community Bank (TX), Great Plains Bank, Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Delhi, Gulf Winds FCU, Mascoma Savings Bank, Meadows Bank, Meriwest Credit Union, Nascoga Federal Credit Union, One Bank & Trust, N.A., Pen Air FCU, Security Federal Bank, Texas Brand Bank, The Bryn Mawr Trust Co., The State Bank and Trust Company, TrueCore FCU, Wauna FCU, West-Aircomm FCU, Westmoreland Community FCU, and Xplore Federal Credit Union.
With this, the total number of banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions in the US that support Android Pay now stands close to 1,000 (996 to be precise).

Counterclockwise: making everything wireless

Apple’s new iPhones support wireless charging – a feature that has been slowly gaining popularity in recent years. But the Qi standard has been kicking around the mobile world for about 8 years by this point, pioneered by the Palm Pre smartphone (and the Touchstone charger).
Wireless headphones are nothing new – Bluetooth has been able to carry audio since the early days. Apple took this to the extreme with the AirPods, they don’t even have a wire connecting the two ear plugs!
But pairing your handset to your headphones can be a pain, what if it can be done wirelessly? We’re talking about NFC, of course, first appearing on the Nokia 6131 in 2006. The first Android with NFC was the Nexus S and Apple later adopted the tech but in a restricted fashion.
Apple AirPods A Nokia wireless charger with NFC
Apple AirPods • A Nokia wireless charger with NFC
That would be mobile payments. Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay all work over NFC. The tech is occasionally still used for pairing, but more advanced features – like sharing web pages and files – rarely see any actual use.
Before Bluetooth or Wi-Fi there was Infrared. It didn’t require expensive hardware so it was embedded in many feature phones, allowing them to transfer data (be it files or contacts). But it was slow and only worked in line of sight. The old geeks among us still remember the pain of nudging your phone halfway through sending a huge file (like a single MP3).
Infrared got a second lease on life as an IR blaster, allowing phones to act like remote controls for the tech at home. That feature has been rapidly disappearing though, with “smart” appliances getting a big marketing push. Alexa, turn on the TV.
Samsung Pay Miracast
Samsung Pay • Miracast
Of course, we’re not going to watch broadcast TV, instead we’ll cast the screen of our phone to the TV with Miracast. This was adopted with Android 4.2 and first used in phones like the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z. This feature marked the sharp decline of HDMI ports on phones.
Voice commands have been available on phones for years. Of course, the implementation on feature phones over a decade ago was almost comically bad. A new breed of voice assistants have improved the experience of commanding your phone at a distance – Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Bixby, everyone seems to have an assistant now.
Apple is trying to make biometric authentication wireless – replacing the fingerprint reader you have to touch with FaceID you just look at. What else do you think will go wireless?
Apple’s new iPhones support wireless charging – a feature that has been slowly gaining popularity in recent years. But the Qi standard has been kicking around the mobile world for about 8 years by this point, pioneered by the Palm Pre smartphone (and the Touchstone charger).
Wireless headphones are nothing new – Bluetooth has been able to carry audio since the early days. Apple took this to the extreme with the AirPods, they don’t even have a wire connecting the two ear plugs!
But pairing your handset to your headphones can be a pain, what if it can be done wirelessly? We’re talking about NFC, of course, first appearing on the Nokia 6131 in 2006. The first Android with NFC was the Nexus S and Apple later adopted the tech but in a restricted fashion.
Apple AirPods A Nokia wireless charger with NFC
Apple AirPods • A Nokia wireless charger with NFC
That would be mobile payments. Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay all work over NFC. The tech is occasionally still used for pairing, but more advanced features – like sharing web pages and files – rarely see any actual use.
Before Bluetooth or Wi-Fi there was Infrared. It didn’t require expensive hardware so it was embedded in many feature phones, allowing them to transfer data (be it files or contacts). But it was slow and only worked in line of sight. The old geeks among us still remember the pain of nudging your phone halfway through sending a huge file (like a single MP3).
Infrared got a second lease on life as an IR blaster, allowing phones to act like remote controls for the tech at home. That feature has been rapidly disappearing though, with “smart” appliances getting a big marketing push. Alexa, turn on the TV.
Samsung Pay Miracast
Samsung Pay • Miracast
Of course, we’re not going to watch broadcast TV, instead we’ll cast the screen of our phone to the TV with Miracast. This was adopted with Android 4.2 and first used in phones like the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z. This feature marked the sharp decline of HDMI ports on phones.
Voice commands have been available on phones for years. Of course, the implementation on feature phones over a decade ago was almost comically bad. A new breed of voice assistants have improved the experience of commanding your phone at a distance – Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Bixby, everyone seems to have an assistant now.
Apple is trying to make biometric authentication wireless – replacing the fingerprint reader you have to touch with FaceID you just look at. What else do you think will go wireless?