Nokia 8.1 goes on pre-order in Taiwan, comes with a free case

The Nokia 8.1, the global version of the Nokia X7 is now available to order in Taiwan after going official yesterday.

The phone is priced at NT$ 9,990 (€285), which is a significant step down from its projected €400 ($454) price in Europe. Nokia Taiwan even bundles a clear case with the phone and also offer the official flip case at a discounted price of NT$ 22 ($0.71). So far it looks like the only available color is Steel. Pre-orders are live now and shipments are expected to start on December 12.

The United Arab Emirates are expected to start Nokia 8.1 pre-orders later today at a price of AED 1,500 ($410).

The Nokia 8.1 packs a 6.18-inch IPS LCD of 1080x2280px resolution, a Snapdragon 710 chipset with 6GB of RAM, a 3,500mAh battery and a dual 12MP + 13MP main camera at the back.

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Move over Huawei, the Samsung Galaxy A8s is coming on December 10

Mere hours after Huawei announced that it will unveil the nova 4 with a selfie camera inside the display on December 17, Samsung announced it will show off the Galaxy A8s a full week earlier – on December 10.

The move is by no means coincidental – a fight to bring out the first phone with a screen hole has been on since late November. At this point it looks like Samsung will indeed beat Huawei to the punch, but things could change.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s is coming on December 10
The Samsung Galaxy A8s is coming on December 10

The screens on both the nova 4 and the Galaxy A8s are LCDs made by BOE, but it’s said that Samsung’s phone is the the more premium of the two.

Specs-wise the Samsung Galaxy A8s is expected to have a 6.3-inch 2340×1080 19.5:9 LCD, a Snapdragon 710 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM, a 24MP selfie camera embedded into the display and a triple camera on the back – likely a regular and an ultra-wide accompanied by a depth sensing third snapper.

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Samsung Galaxy A8s to come without 3.5 mm audio jack

Samsung is preparing the Galaxy A8s to be its trailblazer device with an Infinity-O display. According to a prominent Twitter leakster @MMDDJ_, the new smartphone might also be the first Samsung smartphone without a 3.5 mm audio jack, paving the way for USB-C audio in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series.

The Korean company is apparently testing the waters with the Galaxy A8s and its all-in approach. Given the Galaxy A9s and Galaxy A6s monikers are China-exclusive, we might see the new device getting unveiled first in China, and if the reception is going on well, Samsung will likely copy the product design in its Galaxy S10 series, bound to arrive in Q1 2019.

We are still waiting to hear more specs about the upcoming phone, but we know the display with a hole is likely to be developed by BOE, a company specializing in unusual screens, rumoured to partner Huawei in developing a foldable phone.

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New Coolpad m3 budget handset gets a quiet China unveiling

Coolpad has been keeping a rather low profile lately, with the possible exception of a recent patent infringement scandal with Xiaomi springing to mind. Still, that doesn’t mean the Shenzhen company has stopped releasing devices, mostly potentially interesting budget offers in particular. It’s just been doing so without much fanfare.

The same is true for the new Coolpad M3, already on sale at JD.com for CNY 799, or just around $115. That budget price tag gets you a 5.85-inch, 1512 x 720 pixel, 19:9 LCD display, complete with a rather sizeable notch, but otherwise, surprisingly thin bezels, if renders are to be believed. Body measurement work out to 149.8 x 72.3 x 8.95 mm and 171 grams, which is not too bad, considering the panel size. We can’t really say the same about the rather small 2,800 mAh battery, as related to the thickness of the m3.

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Coolpad m3

The camera setup includes a 13 MP + 5 MP setup on the back, with the latter sensor likely only up for depth-sensing duty. On the selfie side – 5MP, with AI Face recognition and AI Beautification. And just to finish the outside tour off – a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB 2.0 port, rather unconventionally placed on the top bezel and a dual Nano SIM tray. As for the innards – A MediaTek MT6750 chipset, with eight Cortex-A53 cores and maximum clock of 1.5GHz and a fairly decent connectivity load-out: 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0. Memory is set at 4GB and 32GB for storage, expandable via MicroSD.

The Coolpad m3 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and is available in Blue Sea and Gentleman’s Enamel colors. If you are interested, hit up the source link.

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New leak offers closer look at the Galaxy A8s Infinity-O glass and its selfie camera hole

The future of Samsung’s mobile display tech is nothing short of exhilarating at the moment, but also equal parts confusing. After the official announcement of the eagerly-anticipated Infinity Flex Display, along with a roadmap for at least four other display designs (Infinity-U, Infinity-V, Infinity-O and New Infinity) the industry and especially the rumor vines permeating it are struggling to put their finger on the exact look of future models. Samsung’s constant patent filing for even more solutions for the notch dilemma and slight design variations are only making things worse.

The latest leak in this regard thankfully comes from a reputable source, who claims that the Galaxy A8s will have an Infinity-O design panel with the camera and sensor hole in the top left corner. A la original Samsung design, showcased on stage and unlike another recent leak, picturing an Infinity-U notch for the same upcoming device. Of course, somebody in the information chain may have easily mislabeled the part, pictured in the photo. Given its curvature, it could easily belong to one of what will likely be three upcoming Galaxy S10 flagships. Obviously not the alleged flat-screen one. Although, looking at the shot once again, we have to wonder how that display curvature would relate to corner curvature, as described in this paten filing and its “Model A”, “Model B” and so forth designations. You see what we mean? Total chaos!

Anyway, looking past the inner-working of Samsung, which are clearly not out on display in any coherent way, this photo does serve a great overall purpose, since unlike previous leaks, it only shows the glass panel, or perhaps a screen protector, without the rest of the display assembly. This makes it a lot easier to actually get a feel for the new “hole in the display” design that is coming to Samsung devices in the near future, one way or another. Speaking of which, the source also throws a February 2019 date out there – a typical time frame for a Galaxy S flagship announcement. This could rule out the A8s bit of the leak. Then again, it might not, since the S10 has been rumored to come tardy on several occasions. Bottom line here – this is what Infinity-O will probably look like when and where it first pops up.

As for other news on the Galaxy A8s, for now, the rumors suggest the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset although, there’s a possibility that we see a more powerful SD670 or even SD675 paired with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The back panel will boast a triple-camera setup – perhaps something similar to the Galaxy A7 (2018).

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Snapdragon 8150 CPU details surface

As far as technical mobile hardware leaks go, this one is pretty out there, so, we’ll just start with a “tl;dr” of sorts. As per current info, the next Qualcomm mobile flagship chipset, dubbed the Snapdragon 8150 will be unveiled on December 4. It has already flexed its muscles quite a bit in early benchmarks, including AnTuTu, Geekbench and ai-benchmark, with its trendy workloads. Besides performance improvements, it also promises a 20% bump in overall efficiency (presumably compared to the Snapdragon 845) and will most-likely include 5G connectivity.

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The Qualcomm invitation

That pretty much sums up everything most users will need to know about the chip. However, for the more technically-inclined, a fresh new leak, courtesy of Ice universe, does bring about yet another confirmation of the previously-rumored tri-cluster CPU design.

As per the info, the Snapdragon 8150 will have four low-power Kryo Silver cores, with 128KB L2 cache each, running at roughly 1.8GHz max in one cluster, then a trio of Kryo Gold ones, with 256KB L2 cache, per core and a max frequency of 2.419GHz in another cluster. And last, but definitely not least a beefy single Kryo Gold core with double the L2 cache, at 512KB and a maximum frequency of 2.842Ghz.

Now, the source sadly doesn’t mention any additional info on those cores and in Qualcomm’s current mess of a naming convention, Gold and Silver can refer to a number of custom cores. Looking at the current Snapdragon 845 chipset for comparison and making a few assumptions here and there, however, these are most likely Kryo 835 cores, as in custom ARM Cortex-A75 units and Cortex-A55 for the Gold and Silver, respectively.

Looking at the L2 cache values, for reference, the numbers also match up with the Snapdragon 845 chip. That is 256KB for the Gold and 128KB for the Silver. That lone Gold core, however, is the really interesting one. It’s cache is clearly juiced up, but beyond that there is no clear indication as to whether it is a Kryo 835 Gold as well, or perhaps some new design, based on the ARM Cortex-A76. We also have no reason to believe the Snapdragon 8150 won’t use the DinamicIQ architecture, so all the flexibility is clearly there.

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Google’s Fuchsia OS project adds support for Kirin 970

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything about Google’s Fuchsia OS project. The search giant is keeping the lid on the whole endeavor. Still, the odd public official mention here and there and the activity on the Fuchsia repository do signify that the project is alive and work on it is ongoing behind the scenes.

In a new development, a path was spotted on said repository, adding support for the Kirin 970 chipset and detailing test for booting the Zircon kernel on the Honor Play, based on said chipset.

Looking at the patch and its meta data a bit closer shows that the owner (as in the project management meaning of the therm) is one Murali S R with a huawei.com email. This is a clear indication of some sort of cooperation between Google and Huawei on this matter, as opposed to Google simply testing things internally on its own.

We are, however, skeptical as to whether this should be considered as any indication that Fuchsia is moving closer to actual consumer products and releases. If you are not in the know about Fuchsia OS, you can take comfort in the fact that nobody outside the development team seems to really know much about it at this stage either.

Fuchsia originally surfaced online back in 2016 as a mysterious open-source GitHub project that had no official announcement affiliated with it on Google’s end. It is a Google-developed OS that, unlike Android, isn’t based on a Linux kernel, but rather a microkernel called “Zircon”. Circling back to the patch notes, apparently that’s the part that the team got working on the Honor Play.

Fuchsia is shrouded in mystery, but the bits that have surfaced look really interesting and ambitious. For one, the OS is really scalable, suitable for use on embedded systems, smartphones, tablets, as well as PCs. It’s UI, or at least what has been seen of it on certain early test devices, like the Pixelbook is written using Flutter, with apps based on Dart, offering high performance and impressive graphical fluidity. Flutter can successfully attain smooth UI performance at 120 fps and also includes a Vulkan-based rendering engine called Etcher.

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Weekly poll results: manual sliders are the way forward

The Rule of Cool states that people are willing to make allowances for something that’s cool. And powered pop-ups like the one on the Oppo Find X and vivo NEX S are certainly quite cool. The final verdict from last week’s poll shows that slightly less cool but more practical solution – manual sliders – prevailed.

With nearly half the vote, the style of phones represented by the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the Honor Magic 2 are the clear favorite. Reliability seems to be the major concern here and the mechanized sliders have an extra point of failure – what happens when the motor stops working?

That said, nearly 30% of people said they are fine with bezels and notches, because these designs are simple, reliable and offer unobstructed access to the selfie camera.

That’s the situation now, previous polls and the comments on this one make it clear that all of this is just a stopgap measure until cameras can go under the display. Then we’ll have the reliability of bar phones with the sleek aesthetics of a slider/pop-up phone.

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Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Specifications Leaked; AnTuTu Listing With High Score Spotted

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Specifications Leaked; AnTuTu Listing With High Score Spotted

Xiaomi has been rumoured to be working on Pocophone F1, said to be the company’s next handsetpowered by Snapdragon 845 processor. New details on the specifications of the upcoming smartphone have emerged online, thanks to a leak by an online store and a benchmark listing. The Chinese manufacturer already has four handsets with the Snapdragon 845 processor – Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi Mix 2S, and Black Shark – in the market, but now a new handset under the Pocophone brand appears set to be launched. While the latest leak does not show any images of the upcoming Pocophone F1, they do hint at some of the specifications of the handset.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 specifications

A listing of an alleged Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has surfaced on a Belarusian online store that showcases the smartphone’s specifications. According to the listing on the site, the dual-SIM Xiaomi Pocophone F1 sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It reaffirms the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in the handset. It comes with 6GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 listing suggests that the smartphone features a dual-camera setup at the back with 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors with f/1.75 aperture, LED flash, dual autofocus, Dual Pixel, and AI features. At the front, there is a 20-megapixel selfie camera with Super Pixel technology and Face Unlock. The smartphone comes in two inbuilt storage variants – 64GB and 128GB – expandable via microSD card.

As per the listing, the connectivity options in Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes with 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. Sensors onboard are accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope. It packs a 4000mAh battery and comes with Quick Charge 3.0 and 9V/2A charger. In terms of dimensions, the Xiaomi Pocophone measures 157.24×75.4x88mm

Meanwhile, a Reddit user has leaked a screenshot of the alleged AnTutu benchmark score of Xiaomi Pocophone F1. The leaked image shows the smartphone’s name as ‘Poco F1’. The image does not reveal the name of the processor, but it is seen to have scored 285,302 points in the listing.

To recall, the brand name Pocophone was trademarked by Xiaomi a while ago, and the company was even reported to be making a flagship device for international markets, especially India, powered by the Snapdragon 845. The smartphone was tipped to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SOC, run on Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI, sport an 18:9 LCD display with a notch, be fuelled by a 4,000mAh battery, come with a fingerprint sensor, NFC, and sport a dual camera setup with optical zoom support.

In terms of pricing, a recent report had suggested that the Pocophone F1 will come in two variants. While the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant will be priced in Eastern Europe for EUR 420 (roughly Rs. 33,800), the 6GB RAM / 128GB storage model will cost EUR 460 (roughly Rs. 37,000). The smartphone may sport a 5.99-inch (1080×2160 pixels) display, and come in Blue and Grey colour options for international markets.

[“Source-gadgets.ndtv”]