Samsung investigates Galaxy S8, Note 8 battery problems

Over the weeks, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Note 8 users have started complaining about the device’s battery issues, even to a point where they weren’t able to charge the device. Samsung had to look into the issue. It is only now Samsung started its investigation into this matter.

While at this point, getting any resolution or acknowledgement might be premature, Samsung representatives did give a statement,”Samsung is taking all reports of this kind seriously, we only received a very small number of customer inquiries that could be linked to charge management, and unfortunately we can only comment on the matter further.”

Some users have even found out that its device’s battery power reduced from full charge to empty in two minutes after unplugging the phone. Users were unable to fix the issue even after OTA update. But in one case of troubleshooting with T-Mobile, a battery soft reset have worked.

These Galaxy battery issues might be affecting Snapdragon-powered devices, but it is too early to make that conclusion. Samsung isn’t new to battery problems as it was heavily criticised about Galaxy Note 7 problems to the extent airport and transportation authorities have band the devices. This is coming at the time where even Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

As of now, Samsung has not made it clear if this can be solved via software patch or it needs a product recall. As of now, this issue is isolated with those using US-based devices.

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Moto G5S Plus for Rs. 14,999/- now

Recently, the Lenovo-owned Motorola made a price cut for the Moto G5S Plus handset in India by Rs. 1,000/-, now costing at Rs. 14,999/-. The phone made to the market with a debut price of Rs. 15,999/- which was available to purchase via Amazon India and Moto Hub exclusively. There are two colour variants- Lunar Grey and Blush Gold. The specifications are as follows:

operating system Android™ 7.1, Nougat
system architecture/processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 processor with 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU
memory (RAM) 4 GB
storage (ROM) 64 GB internal, up to 128 GB microSD Card support
dimensions
  • Height: 153.5 mm
  • Width: 76.2 mm
  • Depth: 8.0mm to 9.5 mm
weight 168 g
display
  • 13.97cm (5.5”)
  • Full HD 1080p (1920×1080)
  • 401 ppi
  • Corning™ Gorilla™ Glass 3
battery All-day battery (3000 mAh) TurboPower™ for up to 6 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging*
water protection Water repellent nano-coating§
networks 4G LTE (Cat 7)
UMTS/HSPA+
GSM/EDGE
bands (by model) Moto G5S Plus – XT1804

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • 4G LTE (B1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 40)
SIM Card Dual nano-SIM
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
rear camera
  • Dual 13 MP cameras + depth editor
  • ƒ/2.0 aperture
  • Colour balancing dual LED flash
  • 8× digital zoom for photos, 4× for video
  • Drag to focus & exposure
  • Quick Capture
  • Tap (anywhere) to capture
  • Best Shot
  • Professional Mode
  • Burst mode
  • Panorama Mode
  • Auto HDR
  • Video stabilization
  • 4K Ultra HD video capture (30 fps)
  • Slow Motion video
front camera
  • 8 MP
  • Wide-angle lens
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • LED flash
  • Panorama mode
  • Professional mode
  • Beautification mode
connectivity Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack
Bluetooth  BT version 4.2 LE + EDR
speakers/microphones
  • Bottom-port loudspeaker
  • 2-Mics
video capture 4K Ultra HD (30 fps)
location services
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GLONASS
NFC Yes
sensors
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Ambient Light
  • Proximity
base colour
Lunar Grey, Blush Gold

You could say competition of any form is good. It is assumed Moto may have done so to actively compete with the Xiaomi Mi A1. You can get the 32GB Moto G5S Plus for a cheaper price at Rs. 12,199/-. The purchase links are as follows:

Moto GS Plus

Xiaomi M1 A1

New Moto mods, rental service introduced in India

Recently, Lenovo-owned Motorola has announced three new Moto mods. All of these mods are compatible with the Moto Z, Moto Z Play and the latest Moto Z2 Play. Currently, the Moto Z2 Play flagship handset is sold in India for the following price:


The main feature of this handset is its modularity. Motorola sells Modular accessories which can be installed at the rear of the Z2 Play to provide specific dedicated functions.
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The three mods are the JBL SoundBoost 2, GamePad and the TurboPower battery mod. The functions of each of these are self-explanatory. For now, all of these mods will be exclusively sold in Flipkart and its brick-and-mortar Moto hubs from today onwards. At the time of writing this update, Flipkart only lists limited stocks of JBL SoundBoost 2 in two colour variants. According to the list, the Moto mods carry a one-year warranty.


Interestingly, Flipkart is also selling the SoundBoost 2 in the price of the older SoundBoost module. You would assume Flipkart and Motorola to update its pricing given its special launch and Flipkart exclusivity.

Three new Moto Mods!

The JBL SoundBoost 2 naturally should be the improved version of the original speaker mod. The SoundBoost 2 comes with a claim of 10 hours battery life with fast charging via its built-in 1,035 mAh battery, splash resistant and a better design with the choice of red, black and blue. This costs Rs. 6,999. The GamePad Mod is to play games by using the mobile as an on-display controller like devices such as long-gone Nokia N-GAGE and Sony PSP. There are four action buttons, dual control sticks and a D-pad. It also has a built-in 1,035 mAh battery. This costs Rs. 6,999/-. Priced at Rs. 5,999/-, the Turbo PowerPack mod provides up to a day-long extra battery life with the ability to charge an empty device by 50% in 20 minutes.

Moto mods rental service

Moto provides a rental option via Rentomojo which allows the end-user to not only fulfill a temporary requirement but also to try one out because somebody decides to one for themselves. The handsets owners can rent any of the moto mods for Rs. 399 per week via eight cities. RentMojo specializes in rental services mostly for furniture and house appliances. At the time of writing, none of the Moto mods are listed on its website.

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HTC U11 Smartphone out for Rs. 51,990!!

HTC U11 is a flagship smartphone with an Edge sense function where you squeeze the phone enough for its sensors to activate a feature or an app that you have set on the phone.

The first impression about the phone is the over-glossy surface at its back. Spec wise, it is a 5.5-inch phone with 1440p resolution and using Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU clocked at 2.45 GHz. It uses a 6 GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with microSD support up to 2 TB. The rear camera is a 12 MP shooter with f/1.7 aperture lens and dual LED flash capable of recording 4K video. The front camera is a 16 MP camera with BSI sensor and records full-HD. It’s packed with a 3,000 mAh battery with a promise of up to 24.5 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby time. It has a dual-band WiFi AC with Bluetooth 4.2 support, Quick Charge 3.0 support, NFC support and 4G VoLTE support. This phone has an IP67 certification so it provides a good amount of protection from dust and water.

The upsetting part of the device is the absence of 3.5mm audio jack so the only connectivity is the Type-C connector.

While HTC has a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter available for purchase conveniently, it’s silly that manufacturers have ventured towards this direction. While it may have served its purpose to keep the form factor slim, it would not be practical for many users. People don’t pay more to get less. They pay more to get more. In a market where every handset manufacturer has a fully loaded flagship, HTC should have less novelty feature such as pressure sensors and more practical for a user.

Specs are as follows:

Size 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9
CPU Speed Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 64 bit octa-core, up to 2.45 Ghz
Network 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G UMTS
800/900/1900/2100 (B5/B8/B2/B1), HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
4G LTE (up to 800Mbps, service dependent)
FDD: Bands B4/B12/B17/B28/B20/B5/B8/B3/B1/B7/B32
TDD: Bands B39/B40/B38/B41 with 2CA, 3CA, 4CA Carrier Aggregation VoLTE,Wi-Fi Calling Device capable of support Cat 15 LTE, download up to 800Mbps, upload up to 75 Mbps
Sensors Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Motion G-sensor, Compass sensor
Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor
Fingerprint sensor, Sensor Hub
Edge Sensor
Camera Main Camera:
12MP (HTC UltraPixel 3 with 1.4μm pixel)
UltraSpeed Autofocus
BSI sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
ƒ/1.7 aperture, Dual LED flash
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Face detection
Pro mode with manual control, 32 sec. long exposure, and RAW format support
HDR Boost, Panorama, Hyperlapse
Slow motion video (1080P at 120 fps)
4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res audio, Acoustic Focus
Video Pic
Front Camera:
16MP
BSI sensor
Live make-up
Auto Selfie (keep still or smile)
Voice Selfie
Self timer up to 10 seconds
HDR Boost, Selfie Panorama
Full HD 1080p video recording
Weight 169g
Memory ROM: 64GB / 128GB, RAM: 4GB / 6GB
Extended memory: microSD up to 2TB (Use SIM2)
Flex Storage supported
Connectivity NFC, BlueTooth 4.2
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Streaming media from the phone to compatible Chromecast, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast Devices
Buttons Keys and Connection Ports
USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-C
Capacitive keys
DisplayPort
Display 5.5 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
Super LCD 5
3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display color personalization
SIM Card Type Dual nano SIM
Location GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Sound HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation
HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition
3D Audio recording with 4 microphones
Hi-Res audio stereo recording
Hi-Res audio certified
Battery Capacity: 3000 mAh
Talk time on 3G/4G network: up to 24.5 Hours
Standby time on 3G/4G network: up to 14 Days
Power saving mode
Extreme power saving mode
Quick Charge 3.0
Special Features Always on voice commands
Motion Launch
Sensor Hub for activity tracking
HTC Connect
Quiet ring on pick up
Pocket mode
Flip to Mute
Multimedia Audio supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .ts, .flac, .mp3, .mid, .ogg, .mkv, .wav Recording: .3gp, .aac, .flac
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .mp4, .ts, webm, mkv Recording: .3gp, .mp4, .mkv

The phone can be purchased from HTC’s e-Store which only has the black and the silver version available for now. There are no other RAM/Internal storage variant….yet. HTC did not mention its U11 availability in another other online store or mortar stores.

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Nokia 3, 5 and 6 launched! All you need to know!

Nokia is set to have a good start, this time with HMD Global at the helm. There are three models which are released: 3, 5 and 6. We did a post about its flagship Nokia 9 filed for FCC’s approval. So these recently announced handsets are entry-level and mid-level performers. Ever since the news of HMD Global acquiring and relaunching the Finnish based brand broke out, naturally many of its past users were pretty nostalgic about it. Only this time, the wiser Nokia is sticking with Android from Day 1. The following are the handset design and specs:

Nokia 3

It is a 5-inch display with 720p resolution but uses an IPS panel with Gorilla glass. It uses a MediaTek MT6737 CPU with Mali-T720MP2 GPU with 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage with expandable storage of up to 128 GB. The handset uses 2,650 mAh battery, front and rear facing 8 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture wide-angle lens. It is a polycarbonate body with a metal frame. There are four colour variants- Silver White, Matter Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White (white body with copper highlights).


Nokia 5

This handset uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU with Adreno 505 GPU, with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage and an option to use a microSD card up to 128 GB. This is also a 5.2 inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass but it provides a 1080p resolution. Furthermore, its home button is also a fingerprint sensor. The rear facing camera is a 13-MP camera and its front facing is a 8 MP sensor. The colour variants are Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver and Copper. This handset uses a metal body.


Nokia 6

This is a mid-end phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU and Adreno 505 GPU. It has 3GB RAM, onboard storage of up to 3 GB and expansion up to 128 GB. It uses a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with phase detection autofocus and dual LED flash. The front camera is an 8 megapixel. The display is a 5.5-inch HD IPS panel with Gorilla Glass 3. It has a 3,000 mAh battery. Another feature is it uses dual Atmos sound. The body is made of aluminium.There’s an ‘Arte Black’ edition whose variant is 4 GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Apart from that, there’s the matte black, blue, silver and copper colour variant.


All the three variants use Micro USB 2.0 connection. The Nokia 3 costs Rs. 9,499/-, while the Nokia 5 costs Rs. 12,899/- and the Nokia 6 costs Rs. 14,999/-. HMD Global informs that these handsets are made in India.

The Nokia 3 and 5 will be sold in retail stores but Nokia 6 is exclusively sold via Amazon India where its pre-order will starts on 14th July. There are some offers attached to it, such as Rs. 1,000 back for Amazon Prime members using Amazon Pay and even up to 80% off on Kindle eBooks worth up to Rs. 300.

Nokia 3, 5 and 6 launched! All you need to know! from technology

 

Nokia 9 spotted in FCC listing, flagship incoming!

The army of Nokia handsets will be available very soon starting with three of its handsets- Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. The flagship model, HMD TA-1004, the codename for Nokia 9 was conveniently found in some benchmark websites but recently it was found on the FCC’s website. Which indicates that it is only a matter of time the company is closer to a US release. The filing was sent on June 7th.

What’s known from some sources is that the Nokia 9 uses a 5.3-inch QHD display and an 8GB RAM, according to a benchmark listing. It is likely Nokia 9 would have a 4GB variant. The phone may use Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 with a dual-lens camera and USB Type-C connection.

The Nokia 9 flagship handset will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU The rest of the information is still not known. According to the listing, it uses Bluetooth 4.2 LE, WiFi AC and NFC. The onboard storage space would be a 64GB, though it may change as pre-production samples are not necessarily finalised specs.

According to the information leaks, the Nokia 9 will share a similar design with the Nokia 6. It is assumed that it will use an aluminium body at the back with vertical dual cameras, a home button which works as a fingerprint scanner and navigation capacitive buttons on its either side. Nokia 9 may be priced for US $800, a similar price range compared to the Sony Xperia XZ and may compete with Samsung Galaxy S8+ in some capacity.

The Nokia handsets 3, 5 and 6 will be available by the end of June. For now, we know only about the FCC filing. The rest we’ll know in time.

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What we know about the OnePlus 5 so far…

The OnePlus5  is releasing very soon and with the influx of information coming out, it’s difficult to know what you need to know about the OnePlus 5. This article should help you out:

OnePlus 5 rear design revealed, dual cameras and improved audio recording

OnePlus started advertising its OnePlus 5 launch scheduled for June 20th. The image the company revealed shows the back of the phone sporting two dual horizontal camera.

The company co-founder Carl Pei posted a comparison video between the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 5. The comparison shows the difference in performance for recording audio in a club. OnePlus 3 records the sound with high distortion while it’s much clearer on the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 criticised for looking a lot like the iPhone 7 Plus

With the official images coming out, it shows that the OnePlus 5 handset similarity with the iPhone 7 Plus. Obviously, this isn’t the first time that happened as Samsung was criticised for the same. To be fair, earlier iPhone models share some design aspects with HTC handsets at the time.

While it is true there’s always going to some aspects inspiring another phone, carbon copy design isn’t always good. The placement of the dual camera, LED flash and its microphone arrays are in the same place. Eventually, the front images came up, showing that the design was lifted all the way through.

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OnePlus 5’s night shot photo posted online

So far the upcoming OnePlus handset shows a lot of promise on audio as we’ve seen before. Pete Lau posted a picture taken from a dual-sensor camera during night time.

The metadata reveals the camera uses f/1.8 aperture camera. When in night time situations, the camera managed to take a decent photo taken from a phone. Seeing that the photo was posted from OnePlus CEO, chances are likely this might be the performance of the camera.

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There will be two variants of the OnePlus 5. The 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 32,999 and the 8GB RAM/128GB is for Rs. 37,999. It will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and will be available from June 22nd.

‘Night Shift’ Mode found in MacOS Sierra BETA Update

Warm tone profile for ease of use during long work hours

The recent MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 BETA update is providing an ‘f.lux like’ feature which changes your mac display’s colour temperature. This works by removing blue and white tones with warmer colours such as yellow.

The idea behind night light is nothing new but it seems popular with many users. Even MSI provided a similar app for its Kabylake refresh gaming notebooks. The idea is to reduce eye strain during extended use as we would expect when burning the midnight oil. Since it’s in BETA, you’ll need a developer account.Night Shift is also available for iPhones and iPads since almost a year ago. It allows the user to either set a custom schedule to enable/disable night shift as per timings or toggle the options based sunrise and sunset.

Why not just F.lux?

As said before, this is not a new addon. The original is a cross-platform application called ‘F.lux’ which is already available for MacOS, but you can download for Windows and Linux. So if you don’t have a dev account, you can always use this one! Alas, this isn’t suited for those who depend on screen colour accuracy to work.

F.lux can be downloaded from here. There’s no update when will Apple release MacOS Night Shift for public use.

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Breathometer settles its deceptive advertising dispute with the FTC

Breathometer started its crowdfunding from Indiegogo and Shark Tank. The add-on seems promising as it woul measure blood alcohol content (BAC) of its user accurately. However, FTC barred the sales of the Breathometer as they need to first back up its accuracy clams by providing convincing test results.

Story so far..

The company made two Breathometers that claims to be a ‘law enforcement grade’. The Breathometer Original is attached on the smartphone’s headphone jack while its Breeze version is wireless. While the company tested both the devices as per requirement, the FTC insists that none of the two add-ons was sufficently tested to prove accurate. Further, the Federal Trade Commission claimed that the Breathometer Breeze was showing lesser BAC levels than the user has, but yet they did not notify its buyers. Hence it is claimed that the company is resorting to deceptive advertising.

In the year 2015, Breathometer stopped selling its BAC analyzing products before FTC’s complaints. But according to the FTC, the company continued to sell its BAC products till early 2016. On May 2016, the company sent a letter to its retailers and registered users stating that the breathalyzer was inaccurately reporting its BAC levels. By October, the company disabled its feature in its app. To settle the matter with the FTC, Breathometer agreed to notify its users and offer a full refund. It is estimated the total sales of the Breathometer Original and Breeze is $5.1 million.

Company Response

While the Federal Trade Commission claims deceptive advertisement, the company CEO Charles Michael Yim claims its a bad batch. This was due to its poor manufacturing process. It was also reported that its accuracy also depended on ambient humidity and temperature. The company moved out of BAC breathalyzer for good, but it will be making products for user’s health.

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Australia to use biometric system for passport check, replace traditional checks

The biometric system aims to reduce time spent by its passengers at the airports

The Australian government will upgrade its security system for its international airports. It will replace the conventional ID check system for a biometric process. According to the announcement made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Patrol, it will start its transition towards the ‘seamless traveler’ system starting this year.

It is expected that this will enable them to remove requirements of a manual passport control and even ‘SmartGates’ which electronically scans passports. This will enable passengers to get out of the airports quicker in the intermediate term, and may not have to present its passport for a scan in the long term. The government wishes to have its system to be 90% implemented by the year 2020. It further says,” Biometric capability will reduce manual processes, allowing a fast, seamless self-processing experience for up to 90% of travelers and enable border control officers to concentrate on passengers of interest.

Deployment and Cost

The estimated cost for this overhaul is said to be $94 million and will have its pilot testing done at the Canberra airport in June 2017. It will later introduce this system at airports in Sydney or Melbourne by November. While everybody loves new developments, it is still uncertain if biometric system is accurate for such a large deployment. Specialized devices will have an updated and exclusive technology is never cost-effective for widespread use. It is uncertain if this system will be foolproof enough for other countries to follow, and possibly to adapt this in other industries. In any case, Australia will bag the first bragging right to implement such technology.

Implementations in other countries

The US Customs and Border protection also conducted tests on similar technology at the John F Kennedy airports and Washington Dulles International Airport in 2015 and 2016. But it has not finalized its date for a widespread use.

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