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 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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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.


WhatsApp Android Beta Gets ‘Mute’ Button in Notifications, Reportedly Sets Stage for Stickers

WhatsApp Android Beta Gets 'Mute' Button in Notifications, Reportedly Sets Stage for Stickers

WhatsApp Mute button in notifications was spotted in testing earlier

  • WhatsApp is also separately setting up the grouhatsApp last week reportedly started testing ‘Mark as Read’ and ‘Mute’ buttons to make it easier for users to take actions on new WhatsApp messages directly from their notifications. Now, the Facebook-backed instant messaging app has rolled out the Mute button for all users having the latest WhatsApp beta version on their Android devices. The button emerges on the message notification once you receive more than 51 messages from one contact. Separately, WhatsApp has been reported to have added a sticker preview to start testing stickers on its platform. Stickers on WhatsApp were notably announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference back in May to counter messaging apps such as WeChat and Skype that both are offering stickers for a long time.

As its name suggests, the Mute button lets users easily mute messages from a contact that has sent you a large number of messages – more than 51 messages to be precise – without accessing WhatsApp. It sits against the existing ‘Reply To’ button in the notification panel.whatsapp mute button gadgets 360 WhatsApp mute button

WABetaInfo reported that the Mute button is a part of WhatsApp beta version 2.18.216. However, we confirmed that the button exists on newer beta versions as well since we spotted its presence on the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.218. The latest beta version is presently available for download through the Google Play beta programme or in an APK file form via APK Mirror.

While the Mute button is now live for everyone using the latest WhatsApp beta version on their Android devices, the Mark as Read button that was spotted alongside the Mute button last week hasn’t been released even for beta testers. WABetaInfo folks claimed that the Mark as Read button allows users to mark a message as read directly from the notification panel, without opening the particular chat in WhatsApp.

Alongside the Mute button rollout, WhatsApp is in the news for bringing a sticker preview. Folks at WABetaInfo report that the latest development is a part of the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.218, though stickers will be available publicly sometime in the future. It is also stated that the arrival of an updated sticker pack within the WhatsApp Sticker Store will be highlighted with a green dot on the plus ‘+’ button. Furthermore, there will reportedly be an ‘Update’ button to let users update a particular sticker pack with a single tap.

The tweet posted by WABetaInfo shows two sticker packs, namely Bibimbap Friends and Unchi & Rollie. Both are at least likely to be a part of the initial debut. WhatsApp could also bring stickers directly from Facebook Messenger. Of course, the parent company of both the apps is the same.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at his F8 keynote in May already confirmed the arrival of stickers on WhatsApp. An official blog post by Facebook additionally specified that third-party stickers created by developers will also be a part of the sticker portfolio to enhance the experience.