Honor Magic 2 With Sliding Camera, FullView Display, Kirin 980 SoC, 40W Magic Charge Support Teased at IFA 2018

Honor Magic 2 With Sliding Camera, FullView Display, Kirin 980 SoC, 40W Magic Charge Support Teased at IFA 2018

Honor showed up at IFA 2018with a surprise this year – Magic 2

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Honor Magic 2 to come with a ‘Magic Slide’ camera
  • The smartphone will be powered by a Kirin 980 SoC
  • Magic 2 also comes with the 40W Magic Charger

Honor is jumping on the sliding camera bandwagon with its Magic 2 smartphone. During its event at IFA 2018 in Berlin, the Huawei sub-brand teased a smartphone called Honor Magic 2 that is claimed to come with a bezel-free display by leveraging a sliding camera functionality. The handset is a successor to the Honor Magic that was launched back in 2016 with display curves and AI-based features. The Magic 2, meanwhile, comes with a ‘Magic Slide’ feature that enables the phone to have a nearly 100 percent screen-to-body ratio.

At the IFA trade show, Honor only showed the Magic 2 briefly onstage. The successor to Magic phone did not get a proper announcement, but Honor President George Zhao teased some of the key features. However, the company did not provide too much information regarding the price, specifications, and availability of the smartphone. A zoomed-in image from Honor’s event shared by GSMArena, showcases the interesting-looking device that lacks any bezels or notches.

The most interesting feature in the Honor Magic 2 is its FullView display. There are no display notches or any significant chin at the bottom. It resembles the Oppo Find X that was launched earlier this year. Xiaomi has also recently teased a Mi Mix 3 with an “all-screen” display that moves the frontal paraphernalia to the slider behind the screen. Interestingly, as per the images, unlike the Find X, the Honor Magic 2’s camera slider appears to open manually. However, it may also be due to it being just an engineering sample and not a final product.

Additionally, the Honor Magic 2 will be powered by a Kirin 980 processor. At the same event, Huawei had launched the HiSilicon Kirin 980 as the ‘world’s first commercial 7nm SoC’. Compared to the previous generation 10nm process, the 7nm process is said to deliver 20 percent improved SoC performance and 40 percent more efficiency. Also, the Honor Magic 2 will come with a 40W ‘Magic Charge’ fastcharging technology. It is claimed to be very fast and safe. Honor, in a press release, said, “to further ensure safety, 15 layers of protection are also embedded in the smartphone. The phone can automatically identify the battery, cable and charger and only when all of the three parts are identified as safe, the Super Charger will start.”

“The launch of Honor Magic two years ago introduced the concept of the AI smartphone to consumers”, noted Zhao. “The first-generation Honor Magic was an era-defining smartphone that transformed the industry. In addition to AI-features that make the phone truly smart, Honor Magic’s ground-breaking all-curved panel design and powerful 40W charging support have reshaped smartphone design and become a benchmark for all smartphones. The developments of these futuristic flagship devices are closely followed by the smartphone and AI industry, and now the Honor Magic 2 has arrived.”

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Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) With Temperature Protection Launched

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) With Temperature Protection Launched

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger features an aluminium alloy housing and a silicone base

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi has launched a new wireless charger
  • The charger comes with a price tag of CNY 69 (roughly Rs. 716)
  • It offers up to 10W charging support

Xiaomi has launched a new wireless charger called Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) that supports fast charging up to 10W and comes with a price tag of CNY 69 (approximately Rs. 716). Based on generally accepted Qi standard, the Xiaomi wireless charger comes with a bunch of protective features, including temperature protection, short circuit protection, power protection, and over-voltage protection. The wireless charger delivers an output of up to 7.5W for models such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, while users can leverage up to 10W charging support on the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, and other models.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) price

The Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) price in China has been set at CNY 69. It is available for purchase in the country through Xiaomi Mall, Xiaomi Youpin, Tmall, Jingdong, and Suning Tesco. Details about its price and availability in other regions including India are yet to be revealed.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) specifications, features

Built with an aluminium alloy housing and a silicone layer on top, the Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) comes as a universal device for all Qi standard-based devices. The charger has an LED indicator that helps users see the charging status of their device at a glance. Also, it is designed to offer wireless charging at a distance of up to 4mm. This means you can charge your smartphone without removing its case. Xiaomi has provided a multi-protection support on the wireless charger that helps protect your devices from high temperature, over-voltage, and short circuit. Furthermore, there is a built-in protection for foreign objects and high surface temperature.xiaomi mi wireless charger universal fast charge edition image Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger

When used with a Quick Charge 2.0 or Quick Charge 3.0 adapter, the Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) can provide up to 7.5W or 10W power. The charger when connected with a traditional 5V/ 2A or 5V/ 2.4A adapter provides 5W power.

The Xiaomi Mi Wireless Charger (Universal Fast Charge Edition) has a USB Type-C interface and temperature limit up to 40-degree Celsius. It comes bundled with a USB Type-C to USB cable.

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Paytm to Charge 2 Percent Fee on Adding Money to Wallet Using Credit Cards

Paytm to Charge 2 Percent Fee on Adding Money to Wallet Using Credit Cards

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paytm found that some credit card users were abusing that 0-fee transfers
  • To combat this, Paytm is charging all CC deposits a 2% transfer fee
  • It is refunding this money in the form of a coupon you can use on Paytm

On Wednesday, wallet company Paytm announced that it will be charging a 2 percent deposit fee from credit card users going forward. According to Paytm, this was being done to combat misuse of its zero-fee transfers, explaining that savvy users were rotating their cash through the wallet to earn essentially “free” money in the form of reward points. Paytm said that to ensure that genuine users don’t lose money, it will return the 2 percent charge in the form of coupons that can be used on Paytm.

Later, its founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma clarified that the coupons can also be used on third-party sites to pay Swiggy or Uber, although this mechanism has not been activated yet.

As noted in the post announcing this decision, since November, Paytm has been allowing users to take cash out of the wallet to their bank accounts at no charge. Typically, cashing out has attracted a fee from wallets. At the same time, Paytm and other wallets haven’t charged fees for depositing cash into their systems. This meant that credit card users could fill up their Paytm wallets using the card, then transfer that money back to their bank accounts, at no charge. “They were not only getting free loyalty points which effectively is free cash but also getting access to free credit,” Paytm noted.

This would be subsidised by Paytm’s own costs, as the company pointed out.

Incidentally, Paytm pays fee to card networks or banks whenever you use any payment instrument like any other online commerce company. Paytm pays a hefty charges when you use your credit card to card networks and issuing banks. If user simply adds money and takes to bank, we lose money. Our revenue model requires users to spend money within our network and we make money from the margins available to us on various products/services we offer.

For this reason, Paytm is now charging a 2 percent deposit fee from credit card users, and refunding them the same in the form of a coupon that can be used on the Paytm app. As we mentioned, on Twitter, Sharma has clarified that the coupons can work on third-party sites as well, and added that you will be able to use these with apps such as Swiggy, Uber, although the FAQ on the page currently still states that it can only be used on the Paytm app.

There are a couple of other caveats listed on the FAQ page. For one, these refund coupons will only be given when the amount you’re filling up is more than Rs. 250. If your transaction is lower than that, you will not get a coupon. Also, you will get a fresh coupon every time you top-up Paytm using a credit card, these coupons can not be clubbed, and have to be applied manually and individually. Also, these coupons can only be used in a single transaction. Also, the coupon isn’t applied as a discount on the transaction – it gives you an instant cashback to your Paytm wallet.

The coupons can also be used for bill payments, recharges, and so on, these are not limited to shopping on Paytm Mall. The vouchers will expire on December 31, 2017, but the FAQ mentions that this can be extended on request.

These charges are only being applied on credit card users, so if you’re using a debit card, net banking, or UPI/ IMPS payments, then you are not affected by this move.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

Tags: Paytm, paytm wallet, cashbacks, Transaction fees, Credit cards, Loyalty points
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Google Gets More Time to Counter EU Antitrust Charge on Android

Google Gets More Time to Counter EU Antitrust Charge on Android

Alphabet’s Google has been given an extra three weeks to respond to EU antitrust charges that it abused its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

The US tech giant had been due to file a response by Tuesday but said it needed more time and will now reply by October 7, a Commission spokesman said, the third extension of the deadline.

The Commission in April accused Google of harming consumers because it required mobile phone makers to pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser on their smartphones to access other Google apps.

“We confirm that the new deadline set by the Commission is October 7,” a Commission spokesman said.” Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file.”

The world’s most popular Internet search engine has also asked and been granted an extension to October 13 to reply to a separate charge of favouring its shopping service over rival services in Internet search results.

It has until October 5 to respond to a third accusation of blocking competitors in online search advertising.

Google, which could be fined up to $7.4 billion (roughly Rs. 49,684 crores) or 10 percent of its global turnover for each charge and forced to change its business practices if found guilty of breaching EU rules, has previously deny any wrongdoing.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Tags: Android, Apps, EU, European Union, Google, Google Chrome, Mobiles, Tablets, Wearables
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