Destiny 2: The 5 key things PC gamers need to know

 

It seems like only yesterday, or just over seven weeks ago, that we found out Destiny 2 would be coming to PC, shedding the original’s console-only shackles. On Thursday, Bungie revealed more details about the upcoming multi-player first-person shooter. A lot of it’s good, some of it’s not so good, and some of it’s downright surprising.

Here’s what PC gamers need to know about Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 will be a Battle.net exclusive

Say what? Yep. The PC edition will be available from Activision Blizzard-owned Battle.net, not Steam.

Bungie signed a 10-year publishing deal with Activision so it makes a little sense to see Destiny 2 on Battle.net, but it’s still surprising. Until now the site was exclusively for Blizzard’s own games, with other Activision games such as Call of Duty appearing on platforms like Steam and the Windows Store.

Does Destiny 2‘s arrival on Battle.net herald the beginning of another rival to Steam or an Activision-wide version of EA’s Origin? Not according to Blizzard. The company says this is all about getting Destiny 2 out to the world as quickly as possible. Bungie can focus on making a great game (and spinning up game servers), while Blizzard takes care of the social and retail aspects. Sounds reasonable, but it’ll be interesting to see if any more non-Blizzard games show up on Battle.net over the next year or so.

Lots of PC-friendly features

This doesn’t sound like a half-assed port, as Bungie’s plans include a lot of PC-centric features, according to PC Gamer. That includes full keyboard and mouse support, custom keymapping, 4K and ultrawide resolution support, an uncapped framerate (consoles will be limited to 30 frames per second), and the ability to adjust the field of view–a blessing for anyone who suffers from FPS motion sickness.

No cross-save between PCs and console

It’s a rare feature anyway, but cross-play and cross-saving won’t be available with Destiny 2, as first reported by USGamer. With Microsoft playing up the Xbox Play Anywhere program and the popularity of Destiny among gamers of all stripes it’s a shame to hear Destiny 2 won’t break out of the usual silos.

Choose your platform carefully. This is a game that is best played with friends, and if all your friends are on Xbox while you’re on PC—well, you need better friends.destiny2big

No PC release date

As of now there isn’t a release date for PCs. The game will hit the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 8. The PC release date, meanwhile, is still not set and won’t be for at least a few more weeks, Bungie told PC Gamer. Bah.

Beta for all

On the plus side, there will be a beta for PC, but we’ll have to wait and see when that will happen. Will the PC beta roll out at the same time as the console beta, for example, or will we be waiting longer for that too? We don’t know yet.

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Nokia 3 Online, GST Effect, Airtel, BSNL & Vodafone Data Offers, OnePlus 5 Problems, and More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 3 was launched as an offline exclusive but is now available online
  • Reliance Jio is offering free data for Xioami and Gionee users
  • OnePlus 5’s ‘jelly scrolling’ issue may be because of an inverted panel

Welcome back to our weekly news roundup, where you’ll find all the stories in technology that you need to know. One of the big items this week was the news that the Nokia 3, the offline-exclusive smartphone launched earlier this month by HMD Global is now available online, via Croma. The electronics chain had earlier listed the Nokia 3310 – another offline exclusive – on its online store as well. The budget-friendly Nokia 3 is the first of the three new Nokia phones to go on sale; priced at Rs. 9,499, it packs a 5-inch HD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 16GB storage, and 2GB RAM. As part of a launch offer, Vodafone has tied up with HMD Global to give bundled data with the phones. Nokia 3 buyers will get 4GB 3G/ 4G data from Vodafone, while Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 buyers will also get 4GB and 9GB of free data from Vodafone when the two smartphones become available to purchase in July.

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GST rolled out on Saturday, and we saw the first bits of post-GST price cuts. Apple announced it is revising the MRP of all its products, from the iPhone to the iPad, the entire Mac range, and even the Apple Watch. Most price cuts are modest, but since Apple products are now no longer sold at MRP, what impact this has on the price customers will need to pay remain to be seen. Another cut that can be attributed to GST impact was the revision of price of popular Asus ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Max models, with price cuts of up to Rs. 3,000 on popular Asus smartphones.

Meanwhile, just as GST seems to be providing some relief to those looking to buy mobiles, the price of imported mobiles and other electronics looks set to go up, as the government is imposing a 10 percent basic customs duty on these products.Nokia 3 Online, GST Effect, Airtel, BSNL & Vodafone Data Offers, OnePlus 5 Problems, and More News This Week

Other telcos have so been rolling out a number of offers. Airtel announced its ‘Monsoon Surprise Offer’, which gives users up to 30GB of free data. To avail the offer, Airtel postpaid subscribers need only log into the My Airtel app after July 1. Vodafone, on the other hand, is now offering free Netflix to postpaid subscribers on its RED plans. Text ‘Netflix’ to 199 from an eligible Vodafone number, and you’ll get money credited to your Netflix account.

BSNL launched a new pack called Sixer 666, offering 2GB data daily, along with unlimited calling. The pack has 60 days validity and competes with Reliance Jio’s Rs. 509 plan. Reliance Jio also has new offers. Now, Xiaomi users who sign up for Jio after June 16 are eligible for up to 30GB of free data, at 5GB extra for up to six recharges. Gionee has a similar offer, giving users up to 60GB of free data with Reliance Jio, at 10GB extra for up to six recharges.

WhatsApp got some interesting new features this week. On Android, emoji search was added as a beta feature, while video streaming has now made its way to the iPhone version of the app. Last week, WhatsApp started rolling out the feature to attach any file type. Now, a new feature is photo bundling – which will allow you to send multiple images to your friends as an album, instead of single images. This WhatsApp feature was rolled out to iPhone users earlier this month and refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.

Soon after its launch, the OnePlus 5 has started running into some problems. Users are reporting a ‘jelly scrolling issue’, which the company finally acknowledged. However, OnePlus says that this is not a defect, saying only that the issue is ‘natural.’ The root cause of the issue could actually have to do with the orientation of the display though OnePlus hasn’t confirmed this.
Not all the news phone the phone is bad though. The OnePlus 5 (Review) launched recently and it’s beating the iPhone 7 Plus in a speed test video. And Amazon says that the OnePlus 5 has had the best launch week on Amazon India, in terms of gross revenue. A teardown also revealed that the phone is pretty water resistant, though not actually waterproof.

There were relatively few launches this week. The Honor Holly 3+, priced at Rs. 12,999, was launched this week. It comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and has a 5.5-inch HD display. The InFocus Turbo 5, which comes with a 5000mAh battery, was launched in two RAM/ storage variants, and will be available exclusively via Amazon India. The Moto M “all metal” smartphone was launched back in December as an online exclusive – it’s finally available offline as well.

Vivo and Qualcomm unveiled an under-display fingerprint sensor. According to Qualcomm, the sensor can work through a number of different surfaces, and will also be available for devices that don’t have a Qualcomm SoC. Gadgets 360 tested out the Vivo demo unit and found some delay in response, but this will not be the case with commercial units expected to launch in 2018, the company executives said.

There was also a leak of the specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2. It’s the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, which was launched last July. It’s expected to have 3GB and 4GB variants, and it’s believed to have a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear along with a 16-megapixel front camera. It’s also rumoured to have a full-HD LCD display.

New renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 were also leaked, promising a dual camera setup, and a fingerprint sensor next to the cameras. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is said to feature a 6.3-inch display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and support for 2K resolution. The dual camera setup on the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport two 12-megapixel sensors and come with independent OIS (optical image stabilisation) for each lens.

The specifications of the upcoming Google Pixel phones were also leaked. The XL 2 will have a 5.99-inch QHD display, a 2.45GHz processor and 4GB RAM, and a single rear camera. The smaller Pixel successor is expected to have a 4.97-inch full-HD display, and otherwise the same processor and RAM, but it’s expected to ditch the 3.5mm audio port.

Jio’s Rs. 500 Phone, Nokia 5 India Pre-Bookings, Honor 8 Pro Launch, and More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reliance Jio’s feature phone could be announced on July 21
  • The Nokia 5 is now open for pre-bookings ahead of the actual sale
  • Honor 8 Pro launched to take on OnePlus 5 and others

If you need a quick recap of the tech news from this week, then you’ve come to the right place. One of the top highlights from this week as the news that Reliance Jio’s long-rumoured feature phone could be unveiled soon, priced at just Rs. 500. The 4G VoLTE capable Jio feature phone might be announced on July 21, but go on sale only on August 15, alongside a special tariff plan. According to reports, the feature phone will still support Jio apps, such as MyJio, JioTV, JioCinema, and JioMusic. Reportedly, Jio will also be launching a broadband service at the same time, under the name JioFiber.

While all that is still rumoured, what is official is a new offer for the JioFi Wi-Fi hotspot. Now that the Jio Summer Surprise and Dhan Dhana Dhan offer benefits are coming towards an end, this will be the best way to get the most bang for your buck on Jio. The new offer provides customers with up to 224GB data on purchasing a new JioFi device and a new Jio SIM card. The Rs. 99 cost of Jio Prime membership is included in the cost of the JioFi device, and consumers will only have to buy one of the Jio plans on which the offer is provided. You can get a 2GB Jio plan for Rs. 149, or pay Rs. 309 for 1GB per day Rs. 509 for 2GB per day.

There were a couple of other great offers from Jio rivals as well. Airtel’s Monsoon Surprise Offer for postpaid users went live. It gives Airtel subscribers up to 30GB of 4G data for three billing cycles. To avail the offer, you need the My Airtel app, and you can claim the additional data as a free add-on to your recharges. On the other hand, BSNL is now offering up to 8X data for postpaid users. With refreshed postpaid plans, BSNL now offers 1GB data at Rs. 225, compared to 200MB data earlier. Other BSNL plans have been similarly boosted as well.

The Nokia 3 become available online in India last week, and now the pre-bookings have begun for the Nokia 5. Unfortunately, it’s still unclear when it will actually be available to customers. The Nokia 5 was launched at a price of Rs. 12,899 for the offline market in India. Sporting a 5.2-inch HD display, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, and 2GB RAM, along with 16GB in-built storage. Like the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 is also an offline-exclusive phone.

We also got to learn a bit more about the upcoming Nokia Android lineup. According to a report, the Nokia 8 will be the brand’s 2017 flagship, and not the Nokia 9. The latter phone might instead be launched later instead.Jio's Rs. 500 Phone, Nokia 5 India Pre-Bookings, Honor 8 Pro Launch, and More News This Week

We also saw a number of launches this week. One of the bigger ones was the Samsung Galaxy On Max, with 4GB RAM and a front flash. Priced at Rs. 16,900, the phone will be sold via Flipkart, and aside from the 4GB RAM, it’s got a 5.7-inch full-HD display, with an octa-core processor and 32GB of inbuilt storage. The Samsung Galaxy On Max comes with 13-megapixel sensors for the front and back cameras, with single-click image sharing options.

Another launch was the Nubia M2, with rear dual-cameras. Sold via Amazon India, the phone is priced at Rs. 22,999 and aside from the dual rear camera, packs 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 625 SoC. Both rear cameras have a 13-megapixel sensor, and there’s a 16-megapixel front camera. The phone comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage.

The Honor 8 Pro was launched in India this week and will be sold exclusively via Amazon India. The phone is priced at Rs. 29,999, and goes on sale next week. It comes with a dual camera setup, a massive 4000mAh battery, and an impressive 6GB of RAM. The Honor 8 Pro comes with 128GB of inbuilt storage, and a 1.8GHz octa-core processor. It will go head to head against the OnePlus 5.

The Asus ZenFone 4 Max was launched in Russia this week, where its price starts at RUB 13,900 (roughly Rs. 15,000) for the Snapdragon 425 variant. There is also a Snapdragon 430 variant, whose price was not revealed. The phone otherwise has a dual-rear camera setup, and a 5000mAh battery that can also be used as a power bank for other phones.

Vivo also launched the Vivo X9s and Vivo X9s Plus, priced at CNY 2,698 (roughly Rs. 25,600) and CNY 2,998 (roughly Rs. 28,500), respectively. The two phones have the same specs, but the Vivo X9s is 5.5-inches, while the Plus is 5.85-inches; as a result, it also has a bigger battery, at 4015mAh as compared to 3320mAh. Both phones have a 1.44GHz octa-core, along with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a dual camera setup on the front.

Another interesting development this week was news that Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing service, is eyeing international expansion. Sources told Gadgets 360 that Ola plans to enter Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. There’s no fixed timeline for the rollout, but Ola is apparently looking to add support for international locations to its app.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s long-underway White Space project appears to have hit a roadblock. Earlier this year, the company piloted the project in Harisal, a small village in Maharashtra, crippled with several infrastructural issues such as power cuts that stretch over 10 hours a day. Months later, Microsoft quietly stopped the project in Harisal after its temporary license to run pilots expired and the government refused to renew the spectrum band for commercial deployment.

Speaking of Microsoft, the company announced that Skype Lite has now gotten Aadhaar integration, allowing users to verify identity on video calls. The company had launched Skype Lite in February, and on Wednesday added Aadhaar integration to the app with the latest update.

A leak this week also gave us a look at the upcoming Moto X4. While Moto X4 was already expected to feature a dual camera setup, it can also be seen sporting a curved screen in the freshly leaked render.

If you’re looking for a deal, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ 128GB variant just saw a price cut of Rs. 4,000, just a month after the phone launched in India. At Rs. 70,900, it’s still far from a cheap phone though, and it’s not clear if this is a temporary drop or a permanent price cut.

Xiaomi meanwhile announced that its just seen a record quarter with shipments of 23.16 million units. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the company saw a 70 percent increase from the previous quarter. He also noted that the India revenue in the first half of the year is up 328 percent year-on-year.

In the wake of LeEco’s continuing financial troubles the company’s founder has resigned as chairman. He earlier resigned as CEO in May. The announcement came after Jia on social media promised to repay debt and reaffirmed LeEco’s electric car commitment.

 

Nokia 3 demand in India exceeds expectations, Nokia 5 and 6 to be out in mid-August

 

HMD Global, the company that’s now making Nokia handsets, has been “humbled” by the success it’s had so far in India. The Nokia 3 is the only smartphone from the new Nokia roster that’s available in the subcontinent, yet the company now has to increase production levels in order to be able to meet the huge demand.

Here’s the full statement that HMD Global sent NokiaPowerUser:

We are humbled by the response to Nokia 3. Currently, we are ramping up our production for Nokia 3 on priority to meet the existing consumer demand. In the coming week, we will start production of Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 to get them ready for sales start by mid-August.Nokia 3 demand in India exceeds expectations, Nokia 5 and 6 to be out in mid-August

Aside from how popular the Nokia 3 is, this also tells us a few things about the other two devices in HMD’s debut trio. Both the Nokia 5 and 6 are going to be out in India starting in mid-August, and the company will start production by the end of this week. If you’re wondering why the month-long delay, we assume it has to do with HMD wanting to be sure that it has enough stock when those two additional models actually do launch.

The Nokia 5 is already up for pre-booking, while the Nokia 6 will be exclusively sold by Amazon. The mega-retailer has promised to reveal more details about its launch on July 14. Rumor has it the 6 will see its first flash sale on August 15, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.

 

For their eyes only! Rare James Bond style gadgets used by British spies to ‘escape and evade’ capture in World War Two are set to fetch £5,000 at auction

A collection of rare James Bond-style gadgets used by British spies during the Second World War has been unearthed and is likely to fetch £5,000 at auction.

The array of impressive objects includes a smoking pipe with a detachable mouthpiece which pulls out to reveal a lethal steel dagger.

Other fascinating items which make up the collection include a pencil which has a thin removable blade hidden inside instead of lead.

All of the deadly tools would have been used by Special Operations Executive agents who were in do-or-die situations behind enemy lines.

This matchbox, which appeared to be a regular one made by J.John Masters & Co, actually had a secret compass underneath the matches  

This matchbox, which appeared to be a regular one made by J.John Masters & Co, actually had a secret compass underneath the matches

This 'biscuit tin' radio transmitter was used by a secret agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium

This ‘biscuit tin’ radio transmitter was used by a secret agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium

Special Operations Executive agents would have used this pipe, which has a detachable mouthpiece which pulls out to reveal a lethal steel dagger

Special Operations Executive agents would have used this pipe, which has a detachable mouthpiece which pulls out to reveal a lethal steel dagger

Once the mouthpiece of the pipe was removed, the agent would have been able to use the sharp steel dagger if they ever got into difficulty 

Once the mouthpiece of the pipe was removed, the agent would have been able to use the sharp steel dagger if they ever got into difficulty

This travel razor kit looks like an ordinary and regular piece of equipment. However, in the case there is a hidden spike 

This travel razor kit looks like an ordinary and regular piece of equipment. However, in the case there is a hidden spike

The 'biscuit tin' radio transmitter would have typically been kept inside a briefcase and would have been used by agents to receive messages 

The ‘biscuit tin’ radio transmitter would have typically been kept inside a briefcase and would have been used by agents to receive messages

Meanwhile, a run-of-the-mill travel razor kit has a hidden spike blade in the case.

There is also a steel dagger spike which could be concealed in clothing and brandished in moments of strife.

The ‘escape and evasion’ items have been amassed by a collector of World War Two memorabilia over the years but have now emerged for auction and are expected to fetch £5,000.

Other ingenious items issued to SOE agents were matchboxes with a hidden compass inside and miniature message containers which could be concealed from prying guards.

One of the marquee lots in the sale is a ‘biscuit tin’ radio transmitter which was used by an agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium.

Mathew Tredwin, of C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent, said: ‘The pipe dagger in particular is quite interesting because it is designed to look like an everyday object and the last thing you would expect was for someone to have a dagger concealed in a pipe.

‘The pencil and razor kit are very similar and by the time you realised it was a weapon it would be too late.

‘Some of these weapons are quite chilling when you look at them now but they give you an immediacy of a kill or be killed scenario many of these agents woulds have faced.

‘You can imagine an SOE operative, many of whom were women, being cornered by a German soldier and all you had was a stealth weapon to fight your way out.

‘It was incredibly dangerous. If you were caught that was it, you would be executed.

‘These stealth weapons are few and far between. Once they were used by the secret agents they were often disposed of.

This 'dagger pencil' has a thin removable blade (pictured) which was hidden inside the wooden pencil, instead of lead which was traditionally used

This ‘dagger pencil’ has a thin removable blade (pictured) which was hidden inside the wooden pencil, instead of lead which was traditionally used

A packet of razor blades was included in the travel razor kit which is part of the unique collection expected to fetch £5,000

A packet of razor blades was included in the travel razor kit which is part of the unique collection expected to fetch £5,000

This is another item which is included in the collection of Special Operations Executive gadgets used by agents in the Second World War 

This is another item which is included in the collection of Special Operations Executive gadgets used by agents in the Second World War

This is a fascinating message container which would have been used by a Special Operations Executive agent during WWII 

This is a fascinating message container which would have been used by a Special Operations Executive agent during WWII

This Royal Air Force miniature telescope is also in the collection which is likely to fetch around £5,000 when it goes under the hammer on Tuesday 

This Royal Air Force miniature telescope is also in the collection which is likely to fetch around £5,000 when it goes under the hammer on Tuesday

This Detonator Crimping Tool is one of the James Bond-style gadgets used more than 70 years by British spies 

This Detonator Crimping Tool is one of the James Bond-style gadgets used more than 70 years by British spies

‘They are very popular because of their rarity and the romanticism surrounding the secret service. Every one wants to be James Bond.’

The Special Operations Executive was a British organisation formed to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe against the Axis powers and to aid local resistance movements.

The organisation directly employed or controlled just over 13,000 people, about 3,200 of whom were women, although few people were aware of SOE’s existence.

It was an incredibly risky role as any spy caught by the Nazis was executed.

 

Reliance Jio Lyf smartphone offers: Mobile phones prices cut up to 60 pct, now start from Rs 6,898; check top 5 offers

 

Reliance Jio Lyf smartphone offers: Amid rumours that Reliance Jio is set to launch a feature phone that will cost you just Rs 500 to Rs 1500, the company has now decided to reduce the prices of already existing Reliance Jio Lyf smartphones. The new feature phone will be launched under Jio’s Lyf brand only and will have support video-calling, an app store, microSD card, the ability to load Jio apps and more. Coming back to the offers, Jio is now giving a discount of up to 60 pct on its smart phones. The new offers were announced on the official website jio.com and you can purchase the handsets from there. Here is what a Reliance Jio smartphone will cost now: (Image Source: Jio website)

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Lyf F1 Black – This phone was originally priced at Rs 16,499 but after a discount of 42%, it is now available for Rs 7000. The smart phone is now available at Rs 9,499. (Image Source: Jio website)

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Lyf F1S black – The original price of this smartphone is Rs 20,249. However, the handset is now available at a discounted price of Rs 9,499 which means there is a discount of 53% on it. This will help you save Rs 10,750. (Image Source: Jio website)

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Samsung A9 Pro Gold: The premium Reliance Jio Lyf phone which usually costs Rs 39,990 is now available at a discounted price of Rs 26,990. The customers will get a discount of 32% on this phone and will end up saving Rs 13,000. (Image Source: Jio website)

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Lyf water 1 white – The best deal on the website is probably on Lyf water 1 white phone. This device is now available at a discounted price of Rs 6,898. The original price of the phone is Rs 17,399 which means you get a discount of 60% and end up saving Rs 10,501. (Image Source: Jio website)

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Lyf water 11 gold – Coming to the budget category, the discount may not be very huge but you will end up saving a decent amount. Priced at Rs 11,699 this phone is now available at Rs 7,249 which means you will be able to save Rs 4,460. (Image Source: Jio website)

 

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 Price, Release Date Revealed as UK Pre-Orders Start

 

The new Nokia 3310 was launched alongside the eagerly-anticipated Nokia Android phones Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 at MWC 2017. Though the prices of the four Nokia phones were announced at the event, there was no concrete release date except the promise of a Q2 launch. In fact, most markets across the globe are still awaiting the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 price and release dates to be official announced by HMD Global, the company behind the resurrection of Nokia’s smartphones. However, the wait might just end soon as the release date and price of new Nokia 3310 and three Nokia Android phones have been revealed in the UK by a retailer.

UK retailer Clove has listed HMD Global’s Nokia-branded Android phones – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, – and Nokia 3310 (2017) on its website for pre-orders. While Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are going to be available on June 30 at a price of GBP 149.99 (roughly Rs. 12,490) and GBP 189.99 (roughly Rs. 15,820) respectively, Nokia 6 has an unspecified date with a time frame of just June, as listed on the website. Nokia 6 will sell for GBP 229.99 (roughly Rs. 19,150) and the Nokia 3310 (2017) is priced at GBP 59.99 (roughly Rs. 5,000) with a release date of mid-June.Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 Price, Release Date Revealed as UK Pre-Orders Start

To recall, Carphone Warehouse was the first store in UK to open pre-orders for the Nokia 3310 (2017), and it said that it saw ‘unprecedented’ demand for the phone. The feature phone was also set to release in Germany and Austria this week, but the retailer later changed the availability date. Interestingly, the device carried a higher price tag (around EUR 56) than company’s recommended price of EUR 49 (roughly Rs. 3,400) in the listings, and the price has further been increased since then. Guess we’ll have to wait for official word from HMD Global to have clarity on this subject.

HMD Global earlier this month confirmed that all new Nokia phones will hit 120 markets at an ‘affordable price’ in this quarter. It will be interesting to see whether the availability of Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 3310 (2017) in other markets will follow the UK launch, which is slated for the very end of this quarter.

 

Samsung faces lawsuits for battery issues in Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5

 

As the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco had begun dying down, Samsung is again facing multiple lawsuits following reports that its other models too are plagued with battery issues, media reports said. The other smartphone models that reportedly face similar issues include the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 5.

Earlier this month, Dale Holzworth from Massachusetts filed a class action lawsuit that claimed the Galaxy S7 Edge he purchased last year burst into flames while it sat charging in his son’s bedroom, a report in DailyMail reported on Thursday. According to the report, cases in three US states have claimed that Samsung was aware of the battery issues and fire hazards for years, but opted not to inform its customers.samsung-galaxy-note7-recalled-getty

Another lawsuit filed by Claire Gilligan in New York noted that the other smartphones use similar or identical batteries to those used in the Note 7. Almost 112 Galaxy Note 7 devices caught fire worldwide within a month of the smartphone’s launch in August last year, prompting Samsung to recall all the 2.5 million products after five months of its launch. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update to disable charging completely

“Samsung manufactures and sells smartphones which pose a threat to the safety of consumers,” reads the Samsung class action complaint.

Plaintiffs have demanded that “users with the older models should be provided with the same refund and exchange program set for the Galaxy Note 7″. They alleged that Samsung recalled the Note 7 while leaving other dangerous products in the marketplace as the problem was not limited to a single product only. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions were caused by two set of faulty batteries

“Samsung’s team responsible for designing the system further stated that due to the spatial limits of smartphones, the cooling system’s cooling capacity alone is not enough to cool the device,” the report quoted a plaintiff as saying.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch: 5 Things You Should Look Forward To

 

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Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch on Wednesday
Safety will be top priority for the company
Bixby implementation will also be a key factor
With just a few hours to go before Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, there is a lot of hype around the phones right now. With the countless leaks that have surfaced in the past few months, we have a pretty clear idea of what Samsung’s next flagship smartphones are going to look like.

The Galaxy S8 has a lot riding on it after the fateful demise of the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung knows that it not only needs to come out with something flagship-worthy, but it also needs to be something special to win over the hearts of fans and skeptics alike. Looking at the leaks, there were a few things that Samsung seems to have been done right:

1. Break the design lull
Smartphone design has seen a bit of a stagnation over the years and Samsung has tried to break that trend in the past by launching dual-edge smartphones. Bezel-less displays are the new order of the day with Xiaomi and LG having raced ahead by launching near bezel-less smartphones with the Mi MIX and LG G6 respectively. Glass is slowly trumping metal as the new premium and if the leaks are right, the Galaxy S8 promises to bring just that – a mostly all-glass smartphone with a large display, and almost no bezels.

All the leaks and renders have shown us that Samsung is keeping the front just for the display, moving the fingerprint scanner over at the back, and ditching the Home Button and navigation buttons altogether. This leaves all the room in the front to house a large display for an immersive viewing experience. The Galaxy S8 allegedly touts a 18:9 aspect ratio with extremely slim bezels on the top and bottom. The back is expected to be all glass as well. From the looks of it, the Galaxy S8 has an attractive design and will offer something different from the current exhaustive lineup of smartphones.

ALSO SEEWill Bezel-Less Smartphones Become the Big Tech Trend of 2017?

However, there are some uncertainties with bezel-less smartphones and it’s still early in the day to know just how well these displays will work on a daily basis. One of the biggest concerns is the fragility of the smartphone since the front is pretty much completely exposed to breaks and shattering. Secondly, no bezels means one might need to handle the device in a way to avoid accidentally touching the display every now and then.

2. Spot on iris scanner
Fingerprint scanners are so 2014, and Samsung wants you to know just that. By now you would have spotted that the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 is being kept awkwardly close to the rear camera module. One concern here is you could end up accidentally smudging the rear camera every time you try to unlock the smartphone. Not to mention the placement of the sensor could also make it difficult to reach with your finger, especially on the bigger Galaxy S8+. This is perhaps why Samsung has also included an iris scanner, as per leaks.

The company wants you to make use of the iris scanner in the front. But to get this right, Samsung will need to make the technology incredibly fast and responsive. We got a taste of it with the Galaxy Note 7, but we’ll know for sure just how useful this can get with the new phones. Additionally, if rumours are to be believed, we may also see a facial recognition feature for added security with the upcoming flagship. If Samsung takes the Apple route, offering extra premium features for ‘Plus’ models, then the facial recognition feature could be exclusive to the bigger Galaxy S8+.Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch: 5 Things You Should Look Forward To

3. Safest Samsung smartphone ever?
It’s about time we move on from those awful “exploding Samsung” jokes and no one wants that more than the South Korean giant. This is perhaps the biggest test for Samsung, and the company would have pulled out all the stops to make sure its units are perfect. Even a single incident – be it legit or otherwise – can potentially hammer the company even worse than before.

After the massive recall of the Galaxy Note 7 that ultimately saw its end late last year, Samsung not only incurred some heavy loss financially but it also took a hit on credibility. Safety is one of the main concerns for the company, and according to reports, Samsung has upped its safety check by adding an eight-point safety check protocol, which includes x-raying the batteries.

As much as Samsung is pushing the boundaries with design, it is also playing it safe when it comes to battery capacity. From the leaks so far, Samsung will limit the battery for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to 3000mAh and 3500mAh, respectively, similar to what was found in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
4. Keeping it under $1000
With a brand new design language for the Galaxy S8 and top-of-the-line specifications and features, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will not go easy on the pockets. As of now, the device are expected to be priced starting at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 56,000) for the Galaxy S8 and EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 63,300) for the Galaxy S8+. However, a leak out of Italy pegs the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at EUR 829 (roughly Rs. 58,500) and EUR 929 (roughly Rs. 65,500), respectively.

These prices are expected to be higher than last year’s Galaxy S7. But Samsung fans may be willing to shell out a little extra if the smartphones live up to their expectations. Again, a lot of it will also depend on how the new phones battle the shadow of Galaxy Note 7. Moreover, a pricing over $1000 could be a psychological barrier for fans and Samsung should not cross that bar just yet.

5. Implementing Bixby just right
Samsung will also introduce its personal voice assistant, called Bixby, with the Galaxy S8. Samsung’s AI will compete against Apple’s Siri. However, the latter has had some years to improve its digital assistant, so Samsung will mostly look to show off Bixby as a smarter version of its S Voice for now. Bixby, developed by Viv Labs, was recently unveiled ahead of the Galaxy S8. According to Samsung, Bixby will let you operate compatible apps completely by voice.

Without a live demo, we still don’t know how well Bixby will be integrated in the upcoming flagships. The company says that Bixby-enabled apps will let you complete most tasks using just your voice. Samsung also says that Bixby is more conversational, much like Google’s Assistant, and this could give Samsung the edge it needs over Apple.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications and features
Bezel-less display and iris scanner aside, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is expected to pack some serious firepower under the hood. The two smartphones will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, but some markets will get the home-grown Exynos 8895 chip as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are expected to sport 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED pressure sensitive displays respectively, with QHD+ display resolutions (2400×2960 pixels). The smartphones will pack 4GB of RAM with China and South Korea said to get 6GB RAM variants as well. The devices will run on Android 7.0 Nougat.

ALSO SEEHere’s Everything We Know About the Samsung Galaxy S8 So Far

Samsung will also look to reclaim its crown in the camera department. The company has done extremely well in this area with recent Galaxy flagships sporting stellar cameras. Interestingly, reports so far tell us that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will get a 12-megapixel dual pixel rear camera. This sounds similar to the Galaxy S7, at least on paper. But you can bet Samsung will add some touches to it that should improve the quality over last year. Samsung is also expected to bump up the front camera to an 8-megapixel sensor.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be unveiled in a few hours at an event in the US. You can catch the live streaming of the launch right here.

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Motorola launches Moto C in India for Rs 5,999

 

Handset maker Motorola on Friday launched its new handset, Moto C, priced at Rs 5,999 to tap into the booming affordable smartphone category in India.

Moto C, which is the cheapest smartphone in Motorola India’s portfolio currently will be available across leading stores in over 100 cities from Friday.

“According to the reports, fewer people are expected to upgrade to smartphones because of concerns over price, need and ability to use. We see this as a huge opportunity for a brand like us to initiate the smartphone journey for feature phone users,” Motorola Mobility India MD Sudhin Mathur said.Motorola launches Moto C in India for Rs 5,999

The 4G-enabled Moto C features a 5-inch display, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 5MP rear and 2MP front camera and 2350 mAh battery.

Previously, Moto E was the most affordable device in the company’s portfolio. The device is currently selling for over Rs 7,000.

Moto E and Moto G comprise the majority of Motorola’s sales in India.

India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally. Driven by increasing data consumption and falling data prices, a huge number of feature phone users are also migrating to smartphones and seek affordable devices.

Players like Samsung, Micromax, Xiaomi and Lava have a number of smartphones in their portfolios, especially in the affordable segment that is often categorised as those priced under Rs 12,000.