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Vivo V9 goes live on official website before launch

Check out all its specs and features

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Like most of you, we were expecting Vivo’s next smartphone release, the V9, to be revealed in the next two weeks — well, emphasis on expecting.

Vivo got a little excited and listed the V9 on its official Indian website. You’ll notice a lot of placeholder text where pricing and titles should be, but the renders and specs appear to be final.

This one’s the most revealing of all images:

The most prominent feature is the FullView display with a long 19:9 screen ratio and notch on top to house the earpiece and front-facing camera. It’s with this that the other function, Smart Split multitasking, can make full use of the large, nearly borderless screen.

This being a Vivo product, cameras are another important highlight. There are two rear cameras this time, consisting of 16- and 5-megapixel sensors capable of 4K video recording, while the front has an impressive 24-megapixel sensor with an AI face beauty feature to intelligently make you look good. And while there are no demos yet, there’ll be some sort of AR stickers available as well as face unlocking.

Inside, there’s a midrange Snapdragon 626 processor coupled with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage that can be expanded using a microSD card on the triple-card tray. There’s no info on battery capacity yet, but the integration of Android 8.1 Oreo will hopefully mean improved energy efficiency.

Although this info has been leaked by Vivo itself, we’ll have to wait for the official announcement happening next week before setting anything in stone. Heck, even the listed price is INR 10,000,000 which converts to US$ 154,000!

For a better look at the V9, you can watch this advertisement posted prematurely by Vivo Indonesia:

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OPPO has brought its most innovative smartphone to India

OPPO now wants a part of the premium market

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Just last month OPPO unveiled the Find X at a grand launch event in Paris, France. OPPO hasn’t launched its innovative top-tier smartphones in India up till now and always targeted the budget and midrange markets. With the Find X, things are slowly changing.

The phone comes with a premium price tag of INR 59,990 (US$ 875) and will be available for purchase starting August 3 through Flipkart and offline retailers.

The highlight of this phone is a motorized camera slider that houses both the front and rear cameras. By shifting the cameras and sensors, OPPO has been able to increase the screen-to-body ratio and managed to remove the controversial notch. In fact, OPPO has also added an infrared scanner on the front that helps unlock the phone via 3D facial recognition.

The slider takes just 0.5 seconds to pop up and it automatically slides up and down whenever the camera app is opened or the phone needs to be unlocked. Being a premium handset, it sports an all-glass design with the back offered in stunning Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red colors.

It has a 6.42-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a high 93.8 percent screen-to-body ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. A Snapdragon 845 SoC powers the phone along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of non-expandable internal storage.

On the rear, it has a combo of 16- and 20-megapixel sensors while the front has a single 25-megapixel shooter. The cameras are integrated with AI detection that can optimize pictures for 21 different scenes. The AI also helps in beautification and portrait captures. Just like Apple’s Animoji, OPPO too has Omoji support in the front camera and many more animated caricatures are expected to roll out soon.

The phone packs a 3730mAh battery with OPPO’s proprietary VOOC fast charging. Yes, the phone is also dual-SIM and runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1. Keep in mind, this phone doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner and instead relies on 3D facial recognition.

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Motorola launches battery-centric E5 and E5 Plus

Big on battery, not your pocket

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The Moto E5 and E5 Plus have finally made their way to India months after the global unveiling. The Moto E5 Plus is an Amazon-exclusive and is already available for purchase while the E5 is exclusively available via Moto Hubs around the country.

The Moto E5 costs INR 9,999 (US$ 145) while the bigger sibling costs INR 11,999 (US$ 175). Those who buy the device from a Moto Hub outlet will get a INR 1,200 voucher on purchases made using Paytm Mall.

With this duo, Motorola is concentrating all its marketing efforts on the battery. The Moto E5 has a 4000mAh battery while the Moto E5 Plus has a capacity of 5000mAh. The two also support the company’s TurboPower charging technology via a 10W adapter. Moto says the E5 Plus can give 200 hours of non-stop music playback or at least 20 hours of web browsing on a single charge.

Moto E5 and E5 Plus

Coming to the specs, the E5 has a 5.7-inch HD+ LCD while the E5 Plus has a 6-inch HD+ LCD. Both share the same aspect ratio of 18:9. As far as similarities are concerned, both ship with Android 8.0 Oreo along with a few Moto-exclusive tweaks in the UI.

The Moto E5 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC bundled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. On the back, it sports a 13-megapixel camera while the front has a 5-megapixel sensor along with an LED flash.

On the other hand, the Moto E5 Plus is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 435 SoC along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The back has a 12-megapixel camera and the front has an 8-megapixel camera together with an LED flash.

They both have a fingerprint scanner on the back embeded in the Motorola logo and dual-SIM support. Four color options are available — Black, Mineral Blue, Flash Gray, and Fine Gold.

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Jio GigaFiber aims to disrupt the broadband industry in India

After rattling the wireless data industry, Jio is now eyeing broadband

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In 2016, Jio revolutionized wireless data in India after it rolled out 4G services for free in India. The initial six months saw the company offering unlimited data, voice, and text messaging services to all new users. Even after the free period ended, the pricing was and still is dirt cheap.

Before the rollout, 1GB of 4G data cost at least INR 250 (US$ 3.6) and maximum bandwidth offered by any operator was capped at 10GB per month. Jio brought down the cost to nearly INR 2 to 5 (US$ 0.03 to 0.08) per GB and offered as much as 5GB data per day. Such an offering was unheard of not just in India, but everywhere around the world. It’s no surprise Jio managed to bring in more than 100 million users within just 170 days of public launch.

Now, the Mukesh Ambani-led telecom giant aims to bring a similar revolution to India’s broadband market with the launch of GigaFiber. It is a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband service offered to users via fixed lines that are capable of speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second.

The company is working on rolling out services from “early November” with “disruptive price plans in the INR 500 to 700 (US$ 7.3 to 10.2) per month bracket” while offering speeds of 100Mbps up to 100GB. The company isn’t charging any installation fees, but will be taking INR 4,500 (US$ 66) as a refundable deposit.

Using the new GigaFiber services, users will be able to connect surveillance cameras, smart speakers, Wi-Fi extenders, GigaTV, and many more utilitarian devices. The company has confidently announced it can set up the devices at any domestic or commercial place within an hour and is already in talks with builders to establish infrastructure beforehand.

Starting August 15 (India’s Independence Day), interested users can start registering for GigaFiber through the MyJio app as well as Jio.com.

“Jio GigaFiber will be the largest greenfield fixed-line broadband rollout anywhere in the world, with rollout happening in 1,100 cities of India simultaneously,” Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, said at the company’s 41st Annual General Meeting.

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