News

Rumored Moto M exposed before November 8 launch

Published

on

It’s funny how leaked photos of upcoming products always turn out so blurry, considering how great the cameras of the subjects usually are. The latest live images of the rumored Moto M aren’t any different, but they do give away everything we need to know before the possible November 8 launch.

Unlike the Moto Z series everyone’s falling in love with, the rumored M-series handset doesn’t seem to have any form of modularity, bringing it closer to the midrange G-series Moto phones.

To make up for the incompatibility with Moto Mods, the upcoming midranger will instead have a full-metal body and fingerprint scanner on the back, the latter of which would be a first for the company.

Like in any unreleased gadget, some of the specs and features are still up for debate. What most sources can agree on is that the Moto M will have a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 4GB of memory, and at least 32GB of internal storage.

Those don’t sound too special, but if some leaks hold true, we might be seeing a new processor or high-powered battery on board.

Moto M leaked photos

Latest leaked photos of Moto M

Phone Arena obtained a specifications sheet detailing the presence of the brand-new MediaTek Helio P15 chipset, and GSMArena claims a battery capacity of 5100mAh could make an appearance.

The latter leak is the more unlikely one, but if there is in fact another phone launching on November 8, it might be the 5100mAh-capacity Lenovo P2, which was revealed during IFA 2016 but hasn’t begun shipping yet.

It’s difficult to tell how legitimate each piece of information is, but either way, the Moto M is shaping up to be worthy of occupying the middle ground between the Moto G4 Plus and Moto Z Play.

Moto M leaked specs

Leaked specs of Moto M

Our only concern is the origin of the leaks. All screenshots and information sheets have appeared with written Chinese on them, pointing to an exclusive release in China.

Such a launch would make sense when you think about the company being owned by China-based Lenovo, but every other Moto handset has experienced a worldwide release.

Pricing is also a mystery, as this will be a fresh series altogether. We see it falling between $300 and $400 — enough to distance itself from the rest of the Moto pack.

Source: The Android Soul

India

Nokia 6.1 Plus is here to spice up the midrange segment

The first Nokia-branded phone to sport a notch

Published

on

2018 is undoubtedly the year of midrange phones. While we’ve seen some amazing innovation coming in this year like the in-display fingerprint scanner and moving camera module, they have been limited to the top-tier for now.

The actual innovation has been happening in the midrange segment where we’ve seen companies launch new phones every few months, and for the first time, there have been no compromises. Right from the design to the processor, everything is becoming near perfect. Thanks to initiatives like the Android One program, we are also assured that these phones will last you at least two years.

Joining the bandwagon, we now have HMD Global’s Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone was launched a few months back in China and is also called the Nokia X6. For the global markets, HMD Global already has a streamlined product lineup that includes the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 5.1.

The phone has been launched in India today and retails for INR 15,999 (US$ 230). It will be exclusively available for purchase via Flipkart and Nokia Online Store starting August 30.

It has a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display and is the first Nokia-branded phone to sport a notch. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Storage is expandable via a microSD card and it supports a hybrid SIM setup.

On the rear, the Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 16- and 5-megapixel dual-camera arrangement that supports AI-powered portrait mode and automatic scene recognition. The front has a 16-megapixel snapper that is Face Unlock-compatible. The back of the phone also has a fingerprint scanner for authentication and 3060mAh battery that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

Continuing HMD Global’s strategy, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is also a part of the Android One program and ships with Android 8.1 Oreo, without any bloatware.

Continue Reading

India

OPPO India launches the F9 Pro with a unique notch

Redefining the trend

Published

on

OPPO has been increasing its focus on the Indian market in the last few quarters and has already brought its flagship Find X to the country. In a bid to establish itself as a long-term player, the brand has also started a new sub-brand called Realme to capture the budget segment.

The company today announced the launch of the OPPO F9 Pro in India; the device will be succeeding the F7 that was launched in March. To avoid any confusion, OPPO has also launched this phone in other markets like the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam where it’s called the F9.

The design on this phone is further refined and has glass backing that creates a color gradient along with different patterns that vary according to the configuration. The notch on this phone is a lot smaller than what we’re currently seeing in the industry and is similar to a tiny “water-drop.”

This is also the first time OPPO’s F-series phone will have a rear dual-camera setup. The phone has a 16- and 2-megapixel setup that has AI-backed features like beautification and portrait mode. The front camera is a massive 25-megapixel shooter that has advanced AI-powered face enhancement and auto scene recognition features.

It’s controlled by a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset and comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Another highlight of the phone is its battery, rated at 3500mAh, which supports VOOC Flash Charge that can get you two hours of usage with just five minutes of charging.

The phone runs on ColorOS 5.2 that is OPPO’s skin based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and is available in Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple. It’s priced at INR 23,990 (US$ 345) and will be exclusively available for purchase via Flipkart.

A cheaper non-Pro F9 is available as well for INR 19,990 (US$ 285). It comes with less memory at 4GB and a lower-resolution 16-megapixel front camera.

Continue Reading

Gaming

God of War’s New Game Plus mode is here

It’s time for another play through, boy!

Published

on

A New Game Plus (NG+) mode for PlayStation 4’s God of War is here. This means whatever weapons, items, and armor you amassed during your first go round, you can take with you if you wish to go on another adventure with Kratos and Atreus.

The NG+ mode also lets you pick a different difficulty setting from the one you first played with. So whether you feel like taking on a tougher challenge or just breezing through the story mode, you can do so. The choice is yours.

Other new content include a new shield skin when you start a NG+ as well as new types of armor you can forge for the father and son duo. The additions also include new challenges like Realm Tears while on a time limit and a variety of new attack patterns for draugrs, witches, and other foes you’ll meet along the way.

Updates not just for God of War NG+ mode

If you’re still in the middle of your first run, don’t worry, the creators of God of War didn’t forget about us. There’s now a button that easily lets you transfer enchantments making it easier to go from one armor to another. There are also some bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements like keeping Kratos safe at all times during parry attacks and improved consistency with how enemy attacks can be parried.

If you’ve completed the game at least once, the update also lets you skip cinematic scenes whether you’re on NG+ or not.

God of War for the PS4 first came out in April 2018 and received glowing reviews from various media outlets. Many of whom even said it’s an early candidate for Game of the Year. It takes the franchise’s main character Kratos into Norse mythology years after he tore through the Greek gods.

SEE MORE: God of War: A must-play for 2018

Continue Reading

Trending