iPhone 8 Plus Allegedly Splits Open While Charging, Apple ‘Looking Into’ Reports

iPhone 8 Plus Allegedly Splits Open While Charging, Apple 'Looking Into' Reports

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Only two cases have been reported so far
  • iPhone 8 Plus battery being blamed
  • Apple is “looking into” the issue

Apple is said to be investigating two reported cases of iPhone 8 Plus ‘splitting open’ thanks to swollen batteries, which have been circulating on the social media. The news comes merely few days after the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus went for sale in several markets. Reports have emerged from Taiwan and Japan.

Apple has confirmed that it is “looking into” the two reports where the iPhone 8 Plus casing opened up, according to The Independent. For now, the Cupertino-based giant declined to further comment on the issue. It’s not certain what caused the problem, and it’s being thought to be a battery failure, which causes it to swell up.

A Taiwan-based report by ifeng, shared by The Next Web, last week claimed that a iPhone 8 Plus unit cracked open while charging, possibly due to a swollen battery.

ifeng claims that iPhone 8 Plus faulty battery was reported by a woman named Wu, who renewed her phone contract and bought 64GB Rose Gold iPhone 8 Plus. Wu noticed the swollen battery five days after purchase when the handset was plugged for charging. Notably, the faulty iPhone 8 Plus battery issue has been reported by Wu who was using the bundled charger and adaptor. The report adds Wu noticed the front panel bulging out just after three minutes of charge, and it finally came completely off from the device. The report claims that the iPhone 8 Plus unit was replaced and has been sent to Apple for investigation.

In another similar incident, a Japanese iPhone 8 Plus user noticed the screen eventually detaching from the chassis possibly due to swollen battery issue. The Japanese user shared images of the faulty unit on Twitter which attracted over 14,000 retweets.

For now, there are just two reports of isolated incidents, so it’s best to wait for the results of the company’s investigation into the issue before jumping to conclusions about the iPhone 8 Plus, and possible similarities with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled last year due a fire hazard related to the battery.

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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Moto E4 Plus With 5000mAh Battery Expected to Launch in India Soon

Moto E4 Plus With 5000mAh Battery Expected to Launch in India Soon

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Motorola has teased the arrival of its next smartphone in India
  • The company is largely expected to launch the Moto E4 Plus
  • The smartphone was launched last week in the US

Lenovo brand Moto is on a roll with its launches in India. After the Moto C Plus, Moto has already started teasing the launch of another smartphone launch in India. The teaser takes a dig on smartphones always running out of battery, and ends with an open-ended question ‘What’s coming next?’ This indicates the launch of the Moto E4 Plus in the country soon. \

The Moto E4 Plus’ big highlight is its massive 5000mAh battery, and Motorola is presumably hinting at that in its teaser on Twitter. Alongside, Motorola could also launch the Moto E4, or may launch it a while later as well. The teaser reads, “A dead phone is the modern-day shortest horror story. We will ensure you don’t feel #Powerless again. What’s coming next? #StayTuned.”

The Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus were both launched globally last week, and are priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,300) and $179.99 (roughly Rs.11,600) respectively.

Moto E4 specifications

Coming to the specifications, the Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with a single-SIM slot (Nano). It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor or a Snapdragon 427 SoC (depending upon the carrier in the US) paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuiltl storage option with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot.

Ahead of the launch, Lenovo had told Gadgets 360 that the phone will be powered by the MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America. As for the optics, the Moto E4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and single-LED flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, fixed focus, single-LED flash, and a beautification mode for better selfies. It packs a 2800mAh removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Micro-USB port, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and 4G support.

The dimensions are at 144.5×72 x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 150 grams. Sensors on board include proximity, light, accelerometer, and magnetometer. In the US, it will be available in Liquorice Black, and Fine Gold colour variants.

Moto E4 Plus specifications

The Moto E4 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It will be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 427 SoC in the US, and MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America. Apart from the 2GB/16GB variant, it has an additional 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant as well. The rear camera is bumped up to 13-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and single-LED flash support. The biggest USP of the Moto E4 Plus is 5000mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging as well. The dimensions measure at 155×77.5×9.55mm, and the smartphone weighs 181 grams. In the US, the Moto E4 Plus will be available in Iron Gray and Fine Gold colour options. All the other specifications are identical to the Moto E4.

Motorola Moto E4 Plus

Motorola Moto E4 Plus

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Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.4GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

5000mAh

Also See
  • Motorola Moto E
    Rs. 5,681
  • Motorola Moto C 16 GB (Starry Black) 1 GB RAM, Dual SIM 4G
    Rs. 5,999
  • Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) (White, 8GB)
    Rs. 6,499
Motorola Moto E4

Motorola Moto E4

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.4GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2800mAh

Also See
  • Motorola Moto E
    Rs. 5,681
  • Motorola Moto C 16 GB (Starry Black) 1 GB RAM, Dual SIM 4G
    Rs. 5,999
  • Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) (White, 8GB)
    Rs. 6,499

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Moto C Plus First Impressions

Moto C Plus First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moto C Plus has been priced at Rs. 6,999
  • It will be going on sale via Flipkart today
  • At this price, Moto C Plus will compete against Xiaomi Redmi 4

Moto C Plus is the company’s new budget entry targeted at first-time smartphone buyers. At the India launch event in New Delhi on Monday, Lenovo stressed that the new Moto C Plus with features like massive battery with rapid charging support, selfie camera with LED flash, and stock Android experience, packs enough punches at a price that should fit anyone’s budget. The phone goes on sale via Flipkart today.

The Moto C Plus price in India is positioned smartly to place it in right between the more affordable Moto C and Moto E3 Power. But the new Moto handset will compete against Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A which is also targeted at first-time smartphone buyers and comes at a lower price tag – even the entry-level Xiaomi Redmi 4 isn’t too far away from the Moto C Plus price tag. We spent some time with the handset at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.

Moto C Plus design

On the design front, the new Moto C Plus strictly follows the Moto design-cues. This means that you will see rounded edges and aesthetics somewhat similar to Moto G5 (Review). Though, there is no metal used on the Moto C Plus. There is, however, a metal lining around the front panel which adds to the overall appeal of the handset.

moto c plus rear gadgets360 moto

Moto hasn’t done much different with the design of the Moto C Plus except for adding a textured pattern on the rear cover that looks distinct. The Moto C Plus weighs 162 grams, which might seem slightly heavy for its size but the large battery capacity justifies it. The circular design at the back holds the rear camera alongside LED flash. The circular housing reminds us of the Moto G5. The speaker grille is seen at the back of the smartphone, while the 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top edge accompanied by Micro-USB charging port.

Moto C Plus specifications, software, and performance

The Moto C Plus features a 4000mAh removable battery, which means the rear is not sealed. To further sweeten the deal, Moto will ship a 10W rapid charger with the Moto C Plus. Thanks to removable back cover, the phone comes with three dedicated slots for two Nano-SIMs, and a microSD card which can be considered one of the important additions to the phone. There’s no fingerprint scanner on the handset which is obvious considering the price it carries.

The company is additionally marketing micro textured removable back covers which will be available for the handset. The phone itself will be going on sale in Black, White, and Gold colours.

The 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) HD TFT display on the Moto C Plus is good for a budget smartphone. In the limited time we spent with handset, we found the display had good brightness levels and is pretty sharp.

moto c plus battery gadgets360 moto

The Moto C Plus is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. You also get 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot (up to 32GB).

One of the biggest attractions of the Moto C Plus is stock Android Nougat experience which is hard to find in this segment. The company has added some minor tweaks though. The Moto C Plus also offers a slew of Nougat-specific features like a revamped Settings app, reply to messages from anywhere feature, quick app switching, multi-window, and a refreshed Quick Settings toggles.

With Nougat, the Moto C Plus will also offer Google Assistant out-of-the-box which is a feature still not available on phones that are available almost at double the price. The smartphone features capacitive navigation buttons at the front.

moto c plus front gadgets360 moto

In our limited time with the device, we noticed that it was quite a good performer thanks the near stock Android running on top. Taps and swipes registered without any issues, and even switching between apps was smooth.

Moto C Plus cameras

The Moto C Plus sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, 71-degree field of view and an LED flash. There’s also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. During our limited use, we noticed that the rear camera on the Moto C Plus was quick at focusing. We noticed that it automatically adjusted the highlights and shadows depending on the light, which seemed neat. The selfies look good but the addition of LED flash may turn out to be a great addition for consumers of this price range.

We will however reserve our verdict on the Moto C Plus performance and camera until we get a chance to put it through paces during our detailed review.

Final thoughts
After spending some time with the all-new Moto C Plus, we believe that Moto’s idea of keeping it simple might work. The company isn’t looking to impress consumers who are obsessed with better specifications at this price. Instead, the new Moto C Plus is targeted to appeal to first time smartphone buyers. Features like near-stock Android Nougat, front camera with flash, and 4000mAh battery with rapid charging support are some of the features that aren’t common at this price.

At a price point of Rs. 6,999, the Moto C Plus will be going head on with the Xiaomi Redmi 4’s entry-level variant which offers somewhat same kind of specifications but with a fingerprint scanner. The Redmi 4 also features the updated octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC. Xiaomi’s Redmi 4a (Review) will be also seen as a competitor to the Moto C Plus, as will the Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro.

Motorola Moto C Plus

Motorola Moto C Plus

Rs. 6,999
Buy
  • KEY SPECS
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Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

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  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Starry Black, 16GB, 2GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999
  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Fine Gold, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999
  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Pearl White, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999

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Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus Image Leak Reignites Launch Hopes

Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus Image Leak Reignites Launch Hopes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mi 6 Plus back cover image is identical to the Mi 6
  • The leak indicates that the smartphone could launch soon
  • The Mi 6 Plus is expected to sport a 5.7-inch display

Xiaomi was largely rumoured to launch the Mi 6 Plus alongside the Mi 6, but that didn’t happen, and leaks of the Mi 6 Plus also reduced post the Mi 6 launch in April. Now, the Mi 6 Plus has again cropped up online bringing back hopes of a launch soon.

Gizchina found a back cover image of the Mi 6 Plus alongside the Mi 6 smartphone on the Chinese web, hinting that the launch might be around the corner. The Mi 6 Plus back cover is identical to the Mi 6 with respect to design, the only difference being size. The Mi 6 Plus size is bigger than the Mi 6, as expected.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus has been rumoured on multiple occasions and it is expected to feature a 5.7-inch full-HD display, and Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus is tipped to be offered in 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB variants.

Earlier, a device code-named Xiaomi Jason was spotted on GFXBench benchmark, and it is believed to be a variant of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 6, called the Mi 6c. It is expected to be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 6GB RAM and will pack 64GB on-board storage. The smartphone may feature a 5.1-inch full-HD display and run MIUI based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. On the camera front, the alleged Xiaomi Jason is said to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera alongside a 4-megapixel front camera. It’s worth pointing out that the alleged Xiaomi Jason could very well launch with a different name other than Mi 6c.

As for the Mi 6 India launch, the company’s India chief Manu Kumar Jain had said it may be announced in July, though details beyond that are still awaited.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus

Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus

  • KEY SPECS
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Display

5.70-inch

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

6GB

OS

Android 7.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

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  • Xiaomi Mi 4i (Grey, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 11,999
  • Xiaomi Mi Max Prime (Gold, 128GB) –
    Rs. 19,999

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