Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL specs and features leak ahead of launch tonight: Everything we know so far

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini, Pixelbook set to be launched tonight: Everything we know so far

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There are no surprise anymore. Apple couldn’t keep the iPhone X, one of its biggest products in years, a surprise ahead of the launch event. And Google surely can’t keep away the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL from the leakers. The two phones, which are successor to last year’s original Pixel phones, will be launched tonight at an event in San Francisco. They will come accompanied by a number of other Google products, most important of which are going to be three – the new Google Home Mini, the Pixelbook and a new Daydream VR headset.

Of all, the most important – particular for our country of smartphone lovers – are going to be the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Almost everything important about these phones is now known. It the last few days their images along with key specifications and features have been leaked. There has been a talk of a mysterious phone called the Ultra Pixel but that is just talk. Tonight there is going to be nothing called Ultra Pixel at the Google event. Only the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Update: Just hours before the launch, a fresh leak has given us at the more detailed specs of the Pixel 2 XL. The specs, listed online, confirm that the phone will come with a 6-inch screen that has a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels, hence also confirming the 18:9 aspect ratio. In all likelihood this is the same screen that has been used by LG in its V30 smartphone. Also the specs sheet shows 100000:1 aspect ration hence confirming that the Pixel 2 XL screen uses AMOLED panel. Then there are other details. The front camera on the Pixel 2 XL uses an 8-megapixel sensor with F2.4 lens. The phone comes with a 3520 mAh battery. There is Gorilla Glass 5 layer on top of the phone’s display. Other specs are similar to what we heard about earlier. But there are 3 key features that have revealed by the latest leaks: The Pixel 2 XL will have dual-SIM support. But will be the regular GSM SIM, the slot will use e-SIM. There is something called Pixel Visual Core, which seems to be a special chip for computational photography. In other words, think better portrait mode photos. Finally, there is something called “advanced x-axis sensor” in the Pixel 2 XL. This seems to be the sensor that will enable “squeezable frame” feature.

So what are these phones, how much will the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will cost in India, when will they go on sale in India? Nothing is official about them yet, but as noted earlier almost everything about these phones has been leaked. So don’t expect any surprises.

– Of the the, the Pixel 2 XL is a more exciting phone. It is made by LG and it has many similarities with the LG V30. The phone is expected to sport a 6-inch screen with thin bezels, similar to what we see in the LG V30. But that is where the design similarities end. Google is expected to use a design for the Pixel 2 XL that is similar to the design of the original Pixel XL. This means, you will get the same dual-tone shell made of metal and glass, although the Glass portion on the rear cover is proportionately smaller than what we saw in last year’s Pixel phones.

– The Pixel 2 XL screen, as noted earlier, measures 6 inches. It will use AMOLED panel, will have QHD (1440P) display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

 

– The Pixel 2, meanwhile, is the smaller phone with 5-inch screen that has a resolution of 1080P. It is said to be made by HTC and it will have a design that is more generic and similar to the design of the Pixel launched last year.

– Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to come with stereo speakers. Both have a fingerprint sensor at the rear cover, under camera. Both will feature “squeezable frame” similar to what th HTC U11 has. Squeezing this frame will launch Google Assistant.

– Both Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. There was talk that these phones are going to use the Snapdragon 836, but apparently that chip is late so Google couldn’t use it. The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will come with 64GB and the 128GB variants. They will have 4GB RAM.

– Just like the recent iPhones, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are going to come without the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is rather surprising because last year Google highlighted the presence of the headphone jack in its Pixel phones as one of the top features, while hinting that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus weren’t good because they lacked it. Google will probably bundle a headphone to USB-C adapter in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL boxes.

– The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are going to come with a re-designed launcher, which will have the Google search bar at the bottom of the screen. The phone will use Android Oreo software, and likely to come with (temporarily) exclusive software features like Google Lens app, which was announced at the Google I/O.

– The Pixel 2 is likely to have a 2700 mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL will come with 3400 mAh battery.

– Both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will have water and dust-poof design.

– For now, if there is some mystery then that is about the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras. It is certain neither of these phones comes with dual-camera system. Of late, high-end phones are moving dual-camera systems to offer features like 2X optical zoom and more refined portrait mode. But not Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. These phones are going to come with single camera on the rear. The question is which camera? There are strong chances that it is going to be the sae 12-megapixel camera that is there in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. It makes sense because this is the best camera you can get in a phone, even when compared to the camera inside phones like the recently-launched iPhone 8 Plus. But there is also another scenario. Given how much help Google has got from HTC for the Pixel 2 (and the Pixel 2 XL), it is possible that the company may se the same 12-megapixel camera that HTC uses in HTC U11. That again is a good camera so we will have to see what Google does with the HTC U11 camera hardware with its software tricks like the HDR+ mode.

Also Read: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL to launch tonight: How to watch, expected specs, price and more

On the front, it is expected that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will come with 5-megapixel shooter. The interesting bit about the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras could be that they may lack the dual-lens trick, but if original Pixel is any indication the new Google phones too may come with the best camera in a smartphone. In addition, it is expected that Google will offer enhanced portrait node in the camera app inside the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Pixel 2 XL and the Pixel 2 India price and India launch

The global prices of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL have been leaked. The Pixel 2 XL will have a starting price of $849. The Pixel 2, meanwhile, will be cheaper with a starting price of $649. As far as India prices are concerned, nothing has been revealed so far. But these are high-end phones, and similar to how Google priced Pixel phones in India last year, the new Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will also come with a hefty price tag. It is safe to day that in India the Pixel 2 could have a string price of around Rs 55,000 whereas the Pixel 2 XL may come with a price tag of Rs 65,000.

According to leaks so far, the Pixel 2 will be available globally from October 19. This could be the date when the phone goes on sale in India too, with pre-orders starting a few days early. The Pixel 2 XL could go on sale from November 15, suggest rumours. For official date, let’s wait until tonight.

Pixel Home Mini, Daydream VR headset, Pixelbook

Of these products, the Google Home Mini has already been leaked by Walmart, which “accidentally” listed it on the website. It is exactly what it name suggests. This is a smaller Google Home, much smaller and almost pebble sized, that will sell at a very cheap $49 price. It will connect to an Android device through Wi-Fi and will have Google Assistant inbuilt. Now, although this is a speaker, we suspect it is more for other things instead of music. It’s more like the voice of the Google Assistant and is also probably going to be used to make calls.

The PixelBook is a new Chromebook with powerful hardware and a premium design. It is also said to be a convertable, that people will be able to use as a tablet as well as a laptop. With the PixelBook, the idea it seems is to take on the iPad Pro as well as the Macbook. The device will have a screen size of 12.3 inches and it will come powered with an Intel Core i5 processors, reveals the information leaked so far. It will have a global starting price of $1,199.

Finally, the new Daydream VR headset. This one is expected to be a minor update to the existing VR headset from Google. It will be sold as an accessory to the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones and it may come with some design changes as well as improved screens to make it more useful.

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Jio Phone Bookings Start & Features Revealed, iPhone 8’s 3GB RAM, Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Jio Phone Bookings Start & Features Revealed, iPhone 8's 3GB RAM, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Price, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jio Phone bookings start online and offline, specifications confirmed
  • New Gear VR comes with a bigger slot to fit the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Google will likely unveil the Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 on October 5

Jio Phone bookings finally opened today, ending the wait of more than a month for those looking to get their hands on the 4G feature phone. Reliance Jio also released the full specifications of Jio Phone on its website. The single Nano-SIM JioPhone sports a 2.4-inch QWVGA display, and is powered by the 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU and 512MB of RAM. It offers 4GB of internal storage, which is further expandable using a microSD card.

There’s a 2-megapixel rear camera at the back and a VGA front camera. The Jio Phone packs a 2000mAh battery that is rated to offer 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi, NFC, FM Radio, GPS, and USB 2.0 support.

However, the Jio Phone online booking process hasn’t gone very smoothly as it seems like the sheer volume of users trying to access the app and the online website, isn’t letting everyone complete their transaction.

 

iPhone 8 to feature 3GB RAM, may not find many takers at $1,000 price tag
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his accurate Apple leaks, the iPhone 8 will feature 3GB RAM, as will the iPhone 7s Plus. The iPhone 7s, on the other hand, is said to be stuck with 2GB RAM. The extra gig of RAM will help the phones process the upgraded camera and AR features coming soon. However, this – along with other new features – might push up the price of the iPhone 8 to $1,000, which may isolate it from some perspective buyers, says Barclays’ Mark Moskowitz.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price, comes with new Gear VR headset
As you could tell from yesterday’s launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a pretty big smartphone with a huge 6.3-inch Infinity Display. To accommodate that, Samsung has launched a new Gear VR headset, just for it. It is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,300), and is already available on the US online store to buy. The Galaxy S8 comes with 6GB of RAM, but a variant with 4GB RAM has been spotted via the Chinese certification agency TENAA. Coming to the price of Galaxy Note 8, be prepared to pay a hefty sum for the device as it has been priced between roughly Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 75,000, depending on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 Features You Need to Know About

Samsung has also confirmed that it will be launching Gear S3 (Review) smartwatch’s successor at IFAevent in Berlin next week and that it is also working on smart home speakers that might be launched soon. Separately, the company’s rumoured Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch has been tipped to be the first wearable device powered by Tizen 3.0 operating system.

Google lets you check if you’re depressed
Clinical depression is a fairly common condition with almost one in five Americans experiencing an episode, according to NAMI. Now, people in the US will soon have an option to take a screening test on Google to know if they are depressed or not. When users search for ‘clinical depression’ on Google on mobile, they will see a box atop the results, which the search giant calls a Knowledge Panel. The Knowledge Panel contains information on what depression is, what its symptoms are and the possible treatments.

Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 launch date tipped 
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 out of the way, the next big exciting Android launch is arguably the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 and now, a fresh tip gives us a date to look forward to. Popular tipster Evan Blass tweeted on Thursday that the second generation Pixel smartphones will be unveiled on October 5. The tweet also mentions that the upcoming Pixel handset will pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 SoCs. This would make the Pixel smartphones to be the first to sport Qualcomm’s latest SoC.

Google Pixel, Nexus users report Bluetooth issues on Android 8.0 Oreo
Google recently unveiled the next iteration of Android, which is Android 8.0 Oreo, which will soon make its way to Pixel and Nexus devices as an OTA. However, users who have already forced this update on their devices are reporting issues with Bluetooth and Google is asking for feedback to address the matter. With any major new OS version , there are bound to be minor bugs and we’re hoping Google irons these out before the public roll out.

Android 8.0 Oreo: Check When Your Phone Will Get the Update

YotaPhone 3 with dual displays launched
Earlier rumoured to be called Yota 3, Yota Devices has launched the YotaPhone 3 in China. The phone runs YotaOS 3.0 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and packs a 5.5-inch full-HD display on the front and a 5.2-inch E-Ink display on the back. It’s been priced at CNY 2,398 (roughly Rs. 23,050) for the 64GB version and CNY 3,098 (roughly Rs. 29,750) for the 128GB version. JD.com will start taking pre-orders for the YotaPhone 3 from September 5 and the phone will then be released on September 18.

Uber, Ola tie-up with AAI make airport cab bookings easier
Ola and Uber are currently two of the most popular choices of transport for air travellers  and now, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has entered into a strategic alliances with them to provide passengers the option to hire these cabs at select aerodromes. As part of this alliance, both Ola and Uber will fulfil commuting demand of passengers at the AAI-run Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Lucknow and Bhubaneswar airports, a release said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Uber has also reported 16 percent increase in quarterly bookings and a smaller loss than the previous period as the ride-services company showed signs of inching towards profitability.

Facebook camera now lets you capture 360-degree photos
In order for VR to reach mainstream acceptance, there needs to be an easy (cheap) way to create such content. Facebook hopes to accelerate this by enabling 360-degree photo capture through its own in-app camera. The update has been rolled out in both iOS and Android and includes the abilities to zoom and tag friends. According to a report, these 360-degree images or those from any other sources can be used as “Cover Photos”.

Nikon launches D850 full-frame DSLR
Nikon had confirmed that its next, full-frame flagship DSLR was in development and today, the company has unveiled the D850, the successor to the D810. The new D850 will compete with the likes of Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV in the high-end DSLR space. The Nikon D850 will go on sale in September for a retail price of $3,299.95 (roughly Rs. 2,24,300). Highlight features include a weather sealed body, 45.7-megapixel sensor, 7fps burst shooting and 4K video recording capability.

Jet Airways partners with Airbnb
In order to strengthen its range of global hospitality choices, Jet Airways has partnered with Airbnb for a wider selection of accommodations for its guests. The partnership will also give momentum to the growth of Airbnb’s footprint in the Indian market. Airbnb country manager Amanpreet Bajaj said that Indian travellers have become more decisive and are keen to break away from conventional means of travel and accommodation.

Chhattisgarh Government to distribute over 55 lakh smartphones 
In a bit to bridge the digital divide, the Chhattisgarh government is going to distribute over 55 lakh smartphones in the state. It will be distributed in rural areas and to the below poverty line (BPL) families in urban areas and college-going youths in two phases, said Industry Minister Amar Agrawal. Around 50.8 lakh handsets would be distributed in the first phase in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

[“Source-gadgets.ndtv”]

Micromax Selfie 2 With Front Flash Launched in India: Price, Specifications, Features

Micromax Selfie 2 With Front Flash Launched in India: Price, Specifications, Features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Micromax Selfie 2 will only be available offline
  • The smartphone will be available from August 1
  • The Selfie 2 smartphone is priced at Rs 9,999

After listing it quietly on the company website last week, Micromax on Monday launched its Selfie 2 smartphone in India officially. As you already know, the big highlight of the Micromax Selfie 2 is its front camera setup, its latest Android software, and the fingerprint scanner support at the back. The smartphone is priced in the country at Rs. 9,999 and will be made available in all major retail stores from August 1.

Coming to the aesthetics, the Micromax Selfie 2 at its price point offers a sleek metallic body with no home button in the front, and volume and power keys on the left edge. The fingerprint scanner, as mentioned, is seen residing at the back right beneath the rear camera sensor. The speaker grille is also sitting at the back on the bottom.

Micromax Selfie 2 price, offers

As mentioned, the Micromax Selfie 2 is priced at Rs. 9,999 and will be available via offline retailers from August 1. There’s also a 100-day replacement guarantee scheme, where Micromax promises to replace the smartphone if there is any damage. The company will replace the device with a similar or equivalent priced unit within 100 days of activation of the unit. The company notes that this includes the one-year warranty period. A similar offer was launched for a few of its feature phones earlier this month as well.

Micromax Selfie 2 specifications

As for specifications, the Micromax Selfie 2 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, bringing all the latest features like multi-window view, reply in notification panel, enhanced doze mode, and much more. The Micromax Selfie 2 dual-SIM device features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by the 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC paired with 3GB of DDR3 RAM. Inbuilt storage is at 32GB, and the smartphone additionally offers expandable storage through a microSD card slot (up to 64GB).

Talking about the main feature, the front camera has an 8-megapixel Sony IM135 sensor with a soft flash and f/2.0 aperture. It supports real-time bokeh effect, has a wide angle lens, and sports features like face beauty mode and one touch shot. At the rear, there is a 13-megapixel sensor with LED flash support, f/2.0 aperture, and it supports features like auto scene detection, super pixel, and panorama. There’s also the introduction of Gallery 4.0 which uses image and facial recognition technologies to allow users to search for photos in the gallery by recognising a person’s face.

The Micromax Selfie 2 packs a 3000mAh battery to keep the lights on, and is rated to offer 250 hours of standby time, 11 hours of talk time, and 22 hours of music playback. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi support.

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Micromax Selfie 2

Micromax Selfie 2

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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Cortana for Android Gets a New Design, New Features

Cortana for Android Gets a New Design, New Features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cortana for Android has received a new update with a redesign
  • There are a few improvements in the settings page as well
  • The update is now available to download on Google Play

Microsoft’s Cortana app for Android has received a bunch of new updates that include an entirely new design with some visual changes along with a bunch of improvements. Cortana for Android version 2.9.0 is available on Google Play can be downloaded right away.

Talking about the new features, Cortana’s Android app has been redesigned with some minute visual modifications, spotted by MSPowerUser. The bottom navigation bar has been ditched to introduce the standard hamburger menu which will open a new page to access easier and quick settings, different themes for Cortana, notebook among others.

Moreover, the main Cortana feed has now been moved apart to a new Interests section, while a new Upcoming section keeps a track of upcoming events and related things. This new tab bifurcation is somewhat similar to Google’s Explore tab.

The Cortana’s Play store app listing mentions that the new update also includes ‘hands-free calling and texting’, in addition to the aforementioned improvements. There is also ‘quick hands-on control’ of the reminders that you set in Cortana, which can also be moved to the top-right corner in the app. While the new features aim at making Cortana more accessible and ubiquitous, the app’s changelog also does mention Cortana’s end of support for the Microsoft Band 2 with this update on the Android platform.

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