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    At the Gamescom, HP has introduced new OMEN hardware and mobile software innovations for gaming enthusiasts. The OMEN Obelisk is the company's the latest addition to the desktop gaming family. It is also introducing new OMEN Game Stream for Android with an aim to bring OMEN gaming experiences to mobile devices. The HP OMEN Obelisk will be one of the first systems pack the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series GPUs, powered by all-new NVIDIA Turing architecture. The integration of HyperX high-performance memory within the OMEN Obelisk helps in utilizing the latest GPUs, RAM and other components through an industry-standard upgrade path vital. It is powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Core i+ CPUs with up to six cores or up to 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen CPUs with eight cores. it also offers a variety of storage options including PCIe NVMe SSD, dual storage (SSD + HDD), triple storage (SSD + 2x HDD), single-HDD, or HDD+ Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration. The new OMEN Mindframe Headset is the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling technology. It is aimed at delivering added comfort and audio benefits for both competitive play and streaming. It features noise cancelation, real-time audible feedback via sidetone to take advantage of noise cancellation, ...


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    Along with the F9 Pro, OPPO also introduced the F9, a cheaper version in the ‘F series’ in India. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Waterdrop Screen with screen-to-body ratio up to 90.8% for a more immersive experience, is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor, has 16MP rear camera with LED flash, and secondary 2MP camera, similar to the F9 Pro, but this features a 16-megapixel front camera, packs 4GB of RAM and doesn't have VOOC Flash charge even though it packs the same 3500mAh battery.  It has dedicated dual SIM slots and a Fingerprint sensor on the back, which looks similar to OPPO F7's Diamond patterns. OPPO F9 specifications 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.85 aperture, secondary 2MP camera 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS ...


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    Samsung introduced Galaxy A9 Star smartphone in China in June, later the smartphone was introduced for the global markets as Galaxy A8 Star. Now the company has started teasing the launch of the A8 Star in India, exclusively on Amazon.in. It has has a 6.28-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, is powered by Snapdragon 660, has a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a secondary 24-megapixel rear camera. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3700mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy A8 Star specifications  6.28-inch FHD+ (1080×2220 pixels) FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 16MP primary rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, 24MP secondary rear camera 24MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 162.4×77.0×7.55mm; Weight: 188g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS with GLONASS 3700mAh battery with fast charging The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star comes in Black and White colors, and Amazon.in teases that it will cost over Rs. 30,000.


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    The ASUS Republic of Gamers at the Gamescom today announced three gaming graphics cards; the ROG Strix, ASUS Dual and ASUS Turbo versions of the brand-new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 GPUs. It also introduced the Zephyrus S, ROG Strix SCAR II, and ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops. Furthermore, the company is also introducing range of new products including the ROG Swift PG65UQ and PG27UQ 4K HDR gaming monitors, ROG Ryujin and Ryuo AIO CPU coolers, ROG Thor 1200W Platinum power supply, ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 tri-band 802.11ax router, ROG Delta gaming headset, ROG Gladius II Wireless gaming mouse, and ROG Balteus Qi wireless charging gaming mouse pad. The company announced that it has also collaborated with seven major game-title publishers; Koch Media/Deep Silver, Activision, Bethesda, Kalypso, THQ Nordic, and 1C Company to display over 3000 ASUS and ROG products at Gamescom. The products include 800 Powered-by-ASUS PCs built by BoostBox with ROG Strix or ASUS TUF Gaming motherboards and over 2500 ROG products, including motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, routers, laptops, desktops, and peripherals. The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 feature the new Turing architecture cool with brand-new Axial-tech fans. The size of the fan hub has been reduced to allow ...


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    After a teaser, Realme has announced that the Realme 2, successor of  Realme 1 in India on August 28th. The company already teased that the phone will have a notch and feature dual rear cameras. The company today confirmed that it will pack a 4230mAh battery compared to the 3300mAh battery in the predecessor. From night long movie marathons to unending gameplays, with the 4230mAh battery of #Realme2, let the fun never be interrupted! #ANotchAbove pic.twitter.com/a2LIgWHLcW — Realme (@realmemobiles) August 21, 2018 We had already seen a render of the smartphone that revealed its design. This also revealed a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that the Realme 1 lacked and a glossy back with a symmetrical design, similar to the predecessor. Last month Realme announced that it will be an independent brand and  Sky Li, the former Vice President of OPPO will head the company. We should know more specifications in the coming days, and the price when it is launched next Tuesday.


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    LG has introduced  TONE Platinum SE (HBS-1120) with a dedicated Google Assistant button and LG TONE Ultra SE (HBS-835S) featuring an external speaker ahead of IFA 2018 later this month. The LG TONE Platinum SE is the first in the TONE series to offer Google Assistant and real time translation at the press of a button with Google Translate. You can use the button instead of using "OK Google" hot-word for faster, more responsive AI, especially when using services such as Google Translate. It has a hybrid unit consisting of a balanced armature driver that generates clear high-frequency sound while the dynamic drivers deliver robust bass. The LG TONE Ultra SE features an external mono speaker in addition to earbuds. This lets you make calls and listen to music without blocking out ambient sounds Both these have  dual MEMS microphone for the best call clarity and support for the Tone& Talk smartphone app. Both these will be available in Black, Blue and Gold colors and will be showcased at the IFA from August 31 to September 5. Pricing and availability will be announced later.


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    Samsung Electronics unveiled its new CJG5 curved gaming monitor at Gamescom 2018. The CJG5 comes in two models; 32-inch(C32JG5) and 27-inch(C27JG5) and these monitors feature key gaming technologies such as WQHD high resolution, curved display, 144Hz refresh rate and a high contrast ratio. The CJG5 bezel-less, game-optimized gaming monitor provides a completely smooth and immersive gaming experience. It sports a WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution display with a high contrast ratio of 3000:1. The 1800R curvature minimizes eye fatigue by reducing the change in the user’s focal distance. It comes with game and cinema modes that automatically optimize the black gamma level, contrast, sharpness, and saturation. Users can also instantly check and control key settings during the game with ease, using the game-dedicated On Screen Display (OSD) dashboard menu with game style UI. It comes with 2x HDMI (1x 2.0, 1x 1.4), 1x DP 1.2, Headphone. The Samsung CJG5 curved gaming monitor will be available globally from the Q2 2018. Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics said: Due to the rapidly increasing demands of gaming monitors, we sought to offer competitively-priced gaming monitors for more users to benefit from premium technology. With the technological expertise that we have accumulated throughout the years, we ...


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    OnePlus already released open beta for the OnePlus 6 back in May, and it keeps updating it frequently.  Now the company has announced that it is opening registrations for closed beta program to get feedback and refine or revise the OxygenOS based on that before pushing the public beta. The closed beta usually includes an elite crew of OnePlus community members who are not allowed to share the builds with others since they get new features weeks or even months before they are released to the public. The company also says that those who are selected for this are required to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with OnePlus to be part of this program. It will be selecting 100 people into this Closed Beta Program, and in order to be eligible the OnePlus 6 users need to be an active member of OnePlus Community and should be willing to constantly communicate and provide feedback to the OnePlus team on Slack Those who are interested can register here. Last month OnePlus released the Android P Beta 3  (DP4) for the OnePlus 6 smartphone, and is expected to release another beta later this month. Source


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    Itel today launched three new smartphones - A22, A22 Pro and A45 in India. All these have 18:9 aspect ratio displays, while the A45 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display, has dual rear cameras and also features a fingerprint sensor on the back. The A22 series is powered by Snapdragon 210 SoC and the A45 is powered by MediaTek MT6739 SoC. The A22 and A45 run Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) and the A22 Pro runs Android 8.1 (Oreo). itel A45 specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739WA 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash, secondary VGA camera 5MP front-facing camera with soft LED flash Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 2700mAh battery itel A22 / A22 Pro specifications 5-inch (480 x 960 pixels) FWVGA+ 18:9 aspect ratio display 1.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) Mobile Platform with Adreno 304 GPU 1GB RAM with 8GB internal memory (A22) / 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory (A22 Pro) , expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) (A22) ...


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    With Apple plans to open its own Stores in India pending due to government's approval, the company is seeking to open biggest franchisee outlets at key locations in metropolitan cities in India. According to a latest report, the 5-6 franchisee-run outlets will each be at least three times larger than the current, 1,000-square foot stores and may even go up to 5,000 square foot. Though the Apple outlets are a “stepdown” version of the iconic company-owned Apple Retail Stores, these outlets will come up in “extremely prominent locations” as anchor shops in malls and high-street shopping areas, said the executives. It is already reported that Apple is planning to regain its position in India with strong retail strategy, Stores, dedicated services and more. It is hoping to drive experience-based sales after the steep setback brought about by excessive online discounting. The company currently has about 150  Premium Reseller stores run by the franchisees in India, which are up to 1,500 square feet in area. The new stores will come up in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai, which are Apple’s biggest markets in India, and later focus in Hyderabad and Pune. Furthermore, Apple is even game to open a couple of franchise stores that are as large as large as ...


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    It's safe to say that Xiaomi can be credited for kickstarting the whole affordable flagship trend with the launch of the Mi3 way back in 2014. There's been ample competition since then with OnePlus standing out in particular as a success story. Enter POCO, an entire new sub-brand building on the strengths of Xiaomi. The POCO F1 is the first phone under this brand and like its namesake race, this is one screaming fast phone. We've spent a bit of time with it and here's what we think.  POCO F1 specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18.7:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 84% NTSC color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB / 128GB/256GB (UFS 2.1) storage, expandable memory with up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, Sony IMX363 sensor, Dual Pixel auto focus, secondary 5MP camera with Samsung sensor 20MP front-facing camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor, IR face unlock 3.5mm audio jack, Dirac HD, Dual Smart PA Dual 4G+ ...


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    OnePlus has released new OxygenOS 5.1.5 update for the OnePlus 5 and the 5T that finally brings support for Project Treble, after it was released in a beta update back in July. At that time it said that it has finally found a solution to bring Treble support after several months of evaluation and hard work, even though last year it said that old devices won’t get Project treble.  It also now lets you confirm your PIN without tapping, which was introduced in OxygenOS 5.1.11 update for the OnePlus 6 last week. Check out the complete changelog below. System Updated Android security patch to 2018.8 Confirm PIN without tapping √ to unlock the phone (Settings -> Security & lock screen -> Screen lock -> PIN) The OnePlus 5/5T OxygenOS 5.1.5 update also includes August 2018 Android security patch.


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    Update- August 22, 2018 - Video has released a new video teaser highlighting the design and features of the smartphone. It also confirms 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for the smartphone. [embed]http://wwwstatic.vivo.com.cn/vivoportal/resource/files/1534836738233/20180821/a_0817.mp4[/embed] Earlier: We already know that Vivo is gearing to launch the X23 smartphone in China. Today the company officially released the images of the smartphone, showing off its 91.2% screen-to-body ratio screen with a teardrop design, similar to OPPO R17 and F9/F9 Pro. It also uses an improved fourth-generation in-display fingerprint sensor. The company also said that it will have an AI dual rear cameras, one with super wide-angle lens, which seem similar to the one in the LG smartphones. It has 3D aurora finish on the back and also reveals a 3.5mm audio jack on the top. The company has started taking registrations for the smartphone from today, August 20 till September 5th, so it could be announced sometime in early September. We should know more details about the smartphone in the coming weeks. Source


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    Airtel has launched new affordable international roaming voice packs, ‘Foreign Pass’, for prepaid customers in India starting at Rs. 196. These voice call packs are available for most popular travel destinations (UAE, Nepal, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, USA, Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, Srilanka, Bahrain, China, Canada, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands and Thailand) and offer calling minutes for local calls and outgoing calls to India. Rs. 196 pack offers 20 minutes, followed by Rs. 296 for 40 minutes and Rs. 446 for 75 mins. Price Rs.196 Rs.296 Rs.446 Minutes (Local Outgoing, Incoming, Outgoing Back to India) 20 minutes 40 minutes 75 minutes Validity 7 days 30 days 90 days Airtel said that these new packs have been designed to help address the problem of quick, short calls overseas without the hassle of buying local SIMs, as per research by the company. You can activate these IR Packs through My Airtel App, or the Airtel website: airtel.in/ir or nearest retailers. Commenting on the launch, Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel said: We are delighted to announce the launch of Airtel Foreign Pass - convenient prepaid International Roaming Recharges to keep our customers connected and tension free, even when traveling abroad. Happy to share that Airtel is the first telco in the country to have ...


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    After a considerable gap, OPPO launched  F9 Pro smartphone in the Indian market at an event in Mumbai yesterday . The OPPO F9 Pro comes with a waterdrop-shaped display notch, updated camera features, and of course the company's proprietary VOOC flash charging support. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIMWpB3esHI This time,OPPO has concentrated more on design bringing unique looks to the mid-range smartphone. It has a gradient color design, again a first in the F series, which uses advanced color processes. To achieve a unified design, F9 Pro for the first time has used the same gradient design on the side frame as well, making the sides and the back a naturally connected whole. The OPPO F9 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a screen-to-body ration of 90.8 percent. Having said that, it has little to no bezel the sides, thereby maintaining the comfortable size one-handed operation. [gallery link="file" size="medium" columns="2" ids="261622,261624,261628,261625"] Talking about the placement, the OPPO F9 Pro has volume buttons, dedicated memory and dual SIM slot on the left, while the power button is placed on the right side. The 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB port, and speaker grille sit on the bottom of the device. Turning back, the rear side consists of a dual camera setup that protrudes a ...


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    After rumors, Qualcomm has officially confirmed that its  upcoming flagship mobile platform will feature a system-on-chip (SoC) built on the 7nm process node. It also hinted that it will be 5G-capable and can be paired with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem to power premium tier smartphones and other mobile devices. Qualcomm has begun sampling of its upcoming flagship mobile platform to multiple OEMs developing next-generation consumer devices.  It also said that it will be power-efficient with on-device AI, as rumored. It will offer superior battery life, and performance while extending globally to innovative technologies, solutions, experiences and applications in automotive and IoT. A recent report said that it be called Snapdragon SM8150 instead of 855, as rumored earlier. Qualcomm's next-generation flagship mobile platform is expected to power first 5G mobile hotspots by the end of 2018, and smartphones in the first half of 2019. The company will reveal more details about the SoC in Q4 2018.


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    Xiaomi launched the second-generation Android One device - Mi A2 in India earlier this month. At the event, Xiaomi and Google promised Android version updates along with monthly security patch updates as the device was launched under the Android One program. Going by the history of first gen of Android One device Mi A1, Xiaomi has managed to provide monthly security patch updates, at the time of writing Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite have already received August security patch while Mi A1 is yet to receive it.  In past, the company has struggled to deliver on the promise of keeping the Android version up to date, as Mi A1 received Android Oreo 8.1 update in June 2018, the same update was rolled out to Mi A1 Beta ROM testers in mid-June. Xiaomi has a tradition of involving users in Beta testing for their devices and in case you managed to purchase a Mi A2 in the flash sale and want to test the updates before everyone else, there is a good news for you. Xiaomi has recently posted recruitment for Beta testers for Mi A2 on Mi Community India, you can apply here to be a part of the Beta testing team ...


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    HMD Global at the Nokia 6.1 Plus launch in India had announced that it is rolling out new camera experiences with enhanced functionality and user experience for Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 6.1 users. Today it has started rolling out the features for the phones. The AI stickers is available for Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus.  This update lets users easily switch between aspect ratios and shooting functions, as well as adjust parameters within different camera modes, such as the intensity of effects like Bokeh and Beautify. Furthermore, it also brings Google Lens and Motions integration directly into the viewfinder. Google Lens provide information about the world around you in real time like overlaying information about objects right in the viewfinder or copy-paste text from the real world to your phone. As for the Motions, it allows you to capture short videos which can be shared directly to messaging services and social media as a GIF. The update is available via Google Play Store for the said smartphones.


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    Xiaomi today reported its earning  for the second quarter (Q2 2018) and first half of 2018 (H1 2018) ended June 30, 2018. It reported revenue of 45.24 billion yuan (US$6.60 billion), an increase of 68.3% year-on-year, among which international revenue grew 151.7% year-on-year to 16.4 billion yuan, accounting for 36.3 percent of total revenue. Operating (loss) was 7.5 million yuan compared to 3.6 million the same quarter last year. Adjusted profit grew 25.1% to 2.1 billion yuan year-on-year. All business segments achieved strong revenue growth, with the fastest growth seen in our IoT and lifestyle products segment, said Xiaomi. Net profit for the second quarter was 14.63 billion yuan, from a loss of 7.03 billion yuan in Q1 2018. Adjusted profit (Non-IFRS Measure) increased by 25.1% year-on-year to 2.1 million yuan. International revenue grew 151.7% year-on-year to 16.4 billion yuan, which accounted for 36.3% of the total revenue Smartphones segment recorded approximately 30.5 billion yuan in revenue for the second quarter of 2018, representing year-on-year growth of 58.7%. Smartphone growth was driven by an increase in both smartphone sales volume and average selling price (ASP). Xiaomi shipped 32 million units, up 43.9% on a year-on-year basis. Xiaomi's smartphone ASP in mainland China increased over 25% ...


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    We had already seen live images of the upcoming Pixel 3 XL smartphone including box contents. Now a Russian blog has posted more live images of the phone, box contents as well as camera samples from the smartphone. Since this is pre-release hardware, EXIF mentions the phone as "QCAM-AA". You can check out set of images in the source link at the end. Box contents image have surfaced again revealing USB Type-C headphones, USB Type-C cable, USB adapter, 3.5mm to USB type-C dongle, 2-pin charger and documentation. A demo video confirms support for wireless charging. pic.twitter.com/XtAtAeWreH — Максим Хорошев (@khoroshev) August 22, 2018 AnTuTu leak already revealed 6.7-inch (1440 x 2960) 19:9 aspect ratio display, Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 12.2 MP rear camera, 8.1MP front camera and a 3,430mAh battery. Google might have accidentally revealed the Pixel 3 series announcement date which is said to be set to October 4th. Source 1, 2


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