I’m not mad or anything like that. But now you can literally use the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as a sticky bomb! I guess now it’s better to buy a Note 7 than buying a handgun, coz you don’t even need a license or anything! Just kidding! Some folks have come up with a brilliant mod for GTA V- yes, it is the Galaxy Note 7 sticky bomb mod.
And this video uploaded by DoctorGTA is just hilarious. He goes to ammunition store to buy some explosive, buys the damn Note 7 and tries to use it as a phone, which doesn’t work out at all. And finally, he goes on the street to create the ultimate chaos with his Galaxy Note 7! At first, he tries it with some cars and then goes around throwing the phone to people walking! All these happened due to the recent explosions that were reported across the globe after many people purchased the Note 7. However, all these happened due to the faulty SDI battery and now, the internet is flooded with Galaxy Note 7 trolls. And this is the latest addition to the trolls. If you are a GTA V lover, go get this mod here.
Well, that Note 7 Explosion was a really big thing and it’s still haunting Samsung and its customers. For just like this kind of awesome and hilarious tech and gaming world news, keep visiting us. Happy Explosions! 😛
Motorola is finally going to launch the Moto Z and Moto Z Play in India today and all we can guess is that many Motorola fans, including me, will be eager to take a look and especially will be a bit curious about pricing and availability.
The launch event will be broadcasted live and it will start at 12PM. So, all you have to do is to keep an eye here and wait for the event to start.
Alternatively, you can head over here to Motorola India’s official YouTube channel to watch the live stream. The Moto Z was launched at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 and the Moto Z Play was launched at IFA 2016 last month, but India is getting them a bit late. However, there are tons of Motorola fans who will be waiting to grab these as the Moto Z is something amazing- the main factor is the semi-modular capabilities which make the phone stand out in the crowd. There are various mods like SoundBoost with JBL speaker, InstaShare mod to turn the phone into a projector.
Now, let’s talk a bit about specs. Moto Z features a 5.5-inch QuadHD (2560×1440 pixels) AMOLED display. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM. There two variants based on storage- 32GB and 64GB. However, there is a microSD card slot. The Moto Z sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization with dual-LED flash and a 5-megpaixel front camera. The device is juiced by a 2,600mAh battery. Though it doesn’t seem to be sufficient, no need to worry as it supports Turbo Charging. There is a fingerprint scanner on board and connectivity options include 4G LTE , Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, USB Type-C. The phone runs Android 6.0 marshmallow out of the box and Motorola has announced the Android 7.0 Nougat update by the Q4 of 2016. One notable thing is that Moto Z doesn’t have a conventional 3.5mm headphone jack, and just like every other brand is trying to remove it Motorola also followed and the microUSB will be used for listening to music.
Now, the Moto Z Play is somewhere a little lower end device. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM. The storage option is only limited to 32GB, but you can expand it using a microSD card. The Moto Z Play also features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus and 4K video recording and also a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It also has a fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, Bluetooth 4.0 LTE, Wi-Fi and USB Type-C port. This phone comes with 3150mAh battery and yes, the 3.5mm headphone jack is there on the Moto Z Play.
After a lot of rumors, finally, we are getting the news about what could be the probable specs of the upcoming Nokia smartphone running Android. A fresh new report comes from the tech website WinFuture.De where it has been reported that the device is codenamed as Nokia D1C and also they have put some of the specs based upon the benchmark.
According to Geekbench, the Nokia D1C will be powered by the Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. We had earlier heard about two new high-end smartphones from Nokia running Android but looks like Nokia will continue focussing in its budget phones. The Nokia D1C will also run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It is notable that the Nokia D1C will be the first smartphone built under the HMD global and Foxconn (FIH) partnership. However, there is no data available from Geekbench regarding the display, camera or anything else, but looks like the budget segment is still Nokia’s top priority.
But as we know, there will be eight Cortex A-53 cores and the Snapdragon 430 is capable of full HD display support and 21MP camera along with full HD video recording, now all we can do is to wait till we get more details about the upcoming budget phone from Nokia. Also, it may support dual-SIM 4G LTE support, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE as the chipset officially supports these features. So, let’s see what the Nokia has got for us. Till then keep checking us for more news, leaks, updates, and leaks.
It’s been 2 weeks since I got the ZenFone 3 [Moonlight White variant] for review, and I loved using it. I’ve used the earlier generation Zenfones like ZenFone 2, ZenFone 2 Deluxe & even ZenFone Zoom too, but what I see in ZenFone 3 is something beyond my expectation. As all the tests are successfully finished, it’s time to check the ZenFone 3 Review.
2 years back, Asus launched the ZenFone series mobile phones targeting the low & medium end segment smartphones which helped the brand to move forward in the competition. By the launch of ‘The world’s first 4GB smartphone‘, Asus showed what it can do in the mobile phone segment. Moving further, the brand launched many smartphones with a major focus on one particular feature like ZenFone Max for good battery performance, ZenFone Selfie for selfie enthusiasts etc. But, the brand never degraded these features in the flagships and that really made a difference when compared to other brands like Lenovo & Samsung.
Coming the ZenFone 3, launched 3 months before at Computex 2016 which came to India a bit late. Last month, ZenFone 3 was officially launched in India along with other high-end flagships like ZenFone 3 Ultra & ZenFone 3 Deluxe at ZenVolution 2016. All these flagships belong to the high-end segment & obviously we can say, Asus has moved their competitors’ list to iPhone & Sony.
Now, let’s see what has been changed in the new ZenFone 3 comparing to the old-generation zenfones. Let me kick-start the ZenFone 3 review now..!
ZenFone 3 Review:
Just like my previous reviews, I will be starting the zenfone 3 review with the design & build quality following the display, camera & other features. For the AnTuTu & Geekbenchbenchmarks, I’ve written 2 new articles, as it is required to understand more about the changes in the performance. Now, let’s start with the design changes.
Design & Build-Quality:
“The only thing that has changed is everything” – I know it’s the iPhone 6S quote, but it perfectly suits the ZenFone 3. Don’t you believe me? Let me explain! The previous flagships and almost all phones were plastic made and have strong resemblance with one other, but ZenFone 3 has got a completely new design [yeah, kinda inspired from iPhone 6 & Galaxy s7] over the previous ZenFones & is one of the very first metal ZenFone featuring a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass on both front & rear side. The metal frame perfectly fitted in between & has 40° curve over the edges. The concentric circle design [Zen signature] is still there and this time, the focus starts from the fingerprint scanner.
Holding the ZenFone 3 is never like the same & you’ll always feel like holding it in your hand even when not in use. But, the grip is kinda slippery as the phone is glass-made. Still, after long usage, you’ll get to know how you need to hold on! Comparing to the previous [bulky] zenfones, this is one of the thinnest [6.16mm], light-weight [155gms] ZenFone you’ve ever seen! The bezels are just 2.1mm thick which gives the screen to body ratio of 77.3% which is something very new in the ZenFone series. Now, let me give a brief overview of the phone –
ZenFone 3 Design
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On the rear side, you’ll find a 16MP camera [bumped] with laser autofocus & dual LED tone flash on each side. Parallel to that, a sophisticated fingerprint recognizer is sported just below to the camera. Near to the end of the rear side, you can find the Asus brand mark embedded in the glass.
ZenFone 3 Design -1
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On the front side, you can find a notification LED, earpiece, Ambient light sensor & the front-cam of 8MP. Still, there are no backlit keys & all you see are capacitive buttons with printed functions. On the left side, a hybrid SIM slot is given which supports a nano + micro SIM or a microSD card.
On the right side, you can find a volume rocker & the main power key. The Antenna band is sported over the top & rear ends just like the iPhone 7 and as usual, you can find a 3.5mm audio jack & a mic at the top-end.
At the bottom, you can find the mic & a completely new speaker grill which outputs a high-quality audio & the brand new USB-Type ‘C’. Yes! Asus also started the trend in featuring the USB Type- ‘C’, and hasn’t killed the audio jack.
As already said, ZenFone 3 is completely revamped & has got everything you’re looking for! I hadn’t dropped the phone yet, but I believe it can resist low-height drops if it falls from the end side [becuase of 40°]. I kinda tried bending the phone [you know the iPhone 6 #BendGate] as the phone resembles the iPhone 6 design, but I felt it’s strong enough to withstand normal activities like keeping the phone on your backside pocket etc.
As far my tests went, the display is not as similar as to the other ZenFones. It features a 5.5 inch super IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and has 401 PPI. The changes I felt was the wide-viewing angle. It has a whopping 178° viewing angle and the color density is dramatically improved.
While watching videos I felt the true-color density of the images and never felt any glareness even in sunlight. Finally, the auto-brightness feature is working perfectly and is auto adjusting the brightness based on the environment. It was a mandatory feature & the previous ZenFone were always facing trouble in adjusting the brightness. While using the phone during night times [low light] I generally shift the brightness mode to Bluelight filter which decreases the wavelength of the light emitting from the screen. This was also a mandatory feature, & comparing to other ZenFones, the blue-light filter mode in ZenFone 3 showcases a perfect balance between the Orange & the white color.
As already mentioned above about the features that Asus focus on their flagships, the ZenFone 3 is more of a camera-based phone than performance oriented. Still, you don’t see low performance & I will discuss it soon in the ZenFone 3 review. As for now, let’s talk about the camera thing & see what’s so new in it.
To be honest, the first thing I loved in the ZenFone 3 apart from the design is the camera. Though, the rear camera is a little bumpy you won’t find it hard or annoying & will get used to it. The phone features a 16MP rear camera with the latest Sony IMX298 sensor. It comes with f/2.0 aperture which means it allows more light & is capable of taking stunning photos even on low-light. As it already got the laser auto-focus, the focus on the images is very fast that it takes only 0.03 seconds. Now, let me tell what I found during my tests.
ZenFone 3 Camera Modes
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If I have to describe the camera of ZenFone 3 I’d say it’s simply brilliant.I’ve never seen the amazing details of the images I’ve taken from such a semi-high cost mobile phone. I’ve tried almost all the modes in the camera & really liked the HDR Pro mode. On real-time, you can see the changes in the image using the HDR mode. There is no noise, and all I see is true beauty of the things I’ve captured. No extra filters are required to make things artistic, just using the correct balance of light [in the surroundings] and a good angle is enough to capture.
Here are few amazing pictures I’ve taken using the ZenFone 3 [rear camera]
The front shooter is also an asset in the phone and is brilliant for selfies. An 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture is what everyone needs while capturing their selfies with landscapes. Even on the front side, the pixel master camera features many different modes like selfie-panorama, real-time beautification mode, time-lapse etc. Here are some selfies with my friend.
Not just the design & Camera, the ZenFone 3 is robust in performance too. I’ve never seen a ZenFone this fast & the response rate is too good while multi-tasking too. Switching between apps is very fast & there’s not even a bit of sluggish/ lag while using the phone for routine tasks. Featuring a 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor [CPU] & Adreno 506 [GPU] embedded over a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. It has 3/4GB RAM and comes with 32/64GB Internal memory. As it comes with a microSD card support, the memory can be further extended to a whopping 2TB. Out of the box, the ZenFone 3 runs on Android V6.0.1 [Marshmallow] with ZenUI 3.0. With all these specifications, the phone definitely does provide a better performance & it’s absolutely true in the case of ZenFone 3. Not just daily tasks, the phone performance is improved a lot & you can also feel the fluidity/ screen transition just like an iPhone.
Everything is more than expected in the performance, but the new ZenUI 3.0 is not as friendly as it seems. Though the design is sleek & simple, still I felt something missing in the UI. You will also see a lot of unnecessary apps [bloatware], unwanted notifications showing in the notification bar. I don’t use any of the Zen App as they have no use for me, so I disabled all of them, still whenever there’s an update, the apps will be installed back. This is one of the few things I dislike in ZenFone 3.
As we are in the performance section, I should definitely speak about the new fingerprint sensor. It is present just below the camera, which seems to be a perfect place as it helps to take capture shots too. The response rate for unlocking the phone is too fast, and it doesn’t even take a second and a second try. As mentioned in the product guide, it just takes 0.002 seconds to unlock and it really supports the multi-angle. Many phones I tried says that they do, but failed while recognizing if I keep the finger in a different direction.
As it features a high-end GPU – Adreno 506, I thought of trying all the major high-end games, so I’ve installed all games which have the size > 1.0 GB. Almost all games worked perfectly except Need For Speed which keeps on crashing while loading. Though there was no lag while playing, but during the multi-tasking, I felt a bit delay while switching between apps when the game is running. Well, it’s not much and can be neglected. Good news is that ‘No heating issue’ even when I played the FIFA’16 for like 2 hours straight [loved it]. But, I faced a little bit of heating while recording videos on 4K, and that’s very common as seen on most of the android mobiles.
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There’s one new app called Game Genie from Asus which live streams your gaming to Twitch & YouTube [you need to connect your accounts]. You can also record your gaming offline, like that can be stored on your phone’s memory. I really like this feature, as you no longer needed a third-party app just to record your gaming. Here’s something I recorded.
With all the high-end specifications, doesn’t the ZenFone 3 needed a big battery? Well, no need of as Asus optimized the Android V6.0.1 & the processor in such a way that it doesn’t really need a huge battery like the ZenFone Max to live for more than a day. It got a 3,000mAh non-removable battery which is more than enough to power up the phone & can live more than a day easily. As far my testing went, with moderate usage the phone lived for 14 hours 38 minutes, but on heavy usage, the rate of discharge is too high. Thanks to the Quick-charge, it only takes more than an hour to completely recharge the phone. As said by Asus, with a 5-minute charge you’ll get 2-hours of talk time.
Value for Money:
The review unit I got was a high-end variant – 4GB/ 64GB model which costs Rs. 27,999 while the low-end variant is 3GB/ 32GB one which costs Rs. 21,999. As for the display, camera & battery life, you won’t feel any difference, but performance wise you may feel a bit lag as the high-end comes with more memory. Still, it will only appear during heavy usage and that does not occur very often. Coming to the money perspective, the low-end variant is the best buy as it got everything you need in a phone and you can simply opt for 32GB model if your budget is below 25K. This can be a perfect alternative for Mi5, OnePlus 3, LeEco Le Max 2. But, the high-end variant is bit over-priced. If you want to enjoy the beauty of ZenFone 3, just go with the high-end one and I bet you won’t regret it later.
Pros & Cons:
After using the ZenFone 3, here are few things I really liked & disliked about it.
Design is an asset
The best camera
Moderate battery life
No lag/ heat on moderate usage
Fast fingerprint recognition
slightly over-priced [high-end]
A lot of Bloatware [a lot]
Battery discharges quickly on heavy-usage
Lags during recording a 4K-video
If you are planning to buy a smartphone within a budget of 30K which should have a good performance and features the best camera, then you can go ahead with the ZenFone 3 [64 GB].
The IFA 2016 has been a great source of news and exciting announcements so far, the most outstanding firms have shown their new products and Lenovo is not the exception. A few days ago, the Chinese brand announced several smartphones, but the Lenovo K6 series definitely stole the spotlight. The K6 series has 3 members: The K6, K6 Power and K6 Note, these smartphones belong to the mid-end category and share significant similarities.
Unfortunately, Lenovo has not announced the price or release date yet, but all the other important details were revealed during the IFA 2016 that is taking place in Berlin. Firstly, these 3 smartphones will feature the same SoC (system on a chip), a powerful Snapdragon 430 chipset that comes with an octa-core processor (4 x 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 plus 4 x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53) and Adreno 505 GPU. The Lenovo K6 series offers 4G LTE connectivity, fingerprint scanner, metallic build, dual-sim (nano), and they will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, this is where the similarities end, which lead us to the next subject.
The Lenovo k6 is the younger brother of the family, but that doesn’t mean anything negative, the K6 is actually quite powerful and it should be the most affordable of the 3. Firstly, the display is a 5,2-inch touchscreen that will be featuring a 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels resolution (FHD 1080P). Secondly, The K6 has 2GB of RAM and two options for internal storage: 16GB and 32GB. It’s packed with a 13-megapixelrear camera, while the frontal camera is 8 megapixels. Last but not least, the terminal is powered by a 3000mAh battery.
Lenovo K6 Power
This is the middle brother and features specifications slightly superior to the K6. This version lets us choose between 2GB of RAM/16GB ROM and 3GB RAM/32GB ROM. The rest of the features are the same of the K6, except for the battery, which has a considerably larger capacity, 4000mAh to be precise. The cameras are exactly the same that the K6, no changes here.
Lenovo K6 Note
And finally, we meet the older brother, and of course, superior version of the K6. The Lenovo K6 Note offers a larger screen (5.50-inch), but the resolution remains the same. It comes in two variants, 3GB or 4GB, both with 32GB of ROM that we can use for internal storage, which by the way, can be expanded up to 128GB via Micro-SD card. In this occasion, the main camera has a 16 megapixels resolution, the frontal camera is 8 megapixels and the battery has a 4000mAh capacity. It’s also worth mentioning that they’re non-removable batteries.
We don’t know yet the release date or price of these smartphones, but rumors suggest that they will be launched very soon in September. To be further updated on the K6 series and the latest news on technology be sure to follow us on our page and Facebook, we’ll make sure to let you know all the details and news regarding the K6 and IFA 2016, which still has a day to go until it’s over.
As expected, Xiaomi is already making the preparations for their new Smartphone: The Xiaomi Mi Note 2. As is customary in the industry, each year a new model, which carries the banner of his company, launches and this time is the turn of Xiaomi, one of the largest and most influential brands on the Asian market, a titan that competes with brands such as Samsung, Apple or Sony, which by the way, have been quite active these days, with their announcements of their new smartphones such as the iPhone 7 by Apple and Sony Xperia XZ and Sony Xperia X Compact by Sony.
Therefore, we could not overlook their flagship for this year and successor to the Xiaomi Mi Note. Indeed, we are talking about the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, which is much rumored in recent days. One of the rumors suggests that the phone is scheduled to be launched on September 14th or 24th. However, we cannot offer you a precise date, but we can bring you all the information related to the device, its features, specifications and what you can expect from this fantastic Smartphone.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2: Details
Now is time to get deeper into the details, firstly, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a high-end smartphone that will feature a 5.7-inch screen (AMOLED), supporting a 2160 x 3840 pixels resolution, in other words, 2K resolution. The display will have a pixel density of 773 ppi and corning gorilla glass 4 protection. That’s for the display, now let’s take a look at what’s inside.
According to many sources, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset inside, alongside a powerful quad-core CPU and an Adreno 530 GPU. We can expect at least two models when it comes to memory and internal storage, a basic version featuring 4GB of RAM and another version with 6GB of RAM. Supposedly, we should be able to choose how large the internal storage will be, but it should have at least 32GB on the basic model, and 64GB or 128GB options.
By merely taking a look at those specs we can expect a powerful smartphone, with an amazing performance at the same level of the contenders from Samsung, Sony, and Apple. However, there is more information, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 comes with two cameras, both 13MP and loaded with interesting features such as touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama and the capacity of recording video at [email protected].
The details regarding connectivity are the standard for a device of this caliber, we can safely expect Wi-Fi on Dual bands, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G, GPS, Etc. The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is said to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but this is a Xiaomi device and surely will feature MIUI 7 or close. The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is powered by a non-removable battery with a 3500mAh capacity, and like its predecessor, it should count with Quick Charge features.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2: Price and release date
According to rumors, supposedly the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will have a starting price of 2,999 Yuan, which translates into $449.99 dollars approximately. The most daring rumors suggest that we may end up having a release on September 14th or September 24th.
However, for the moments all we can do is wait, but if you want to be further updated on the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and all its details, stay with uson Facebook!
What do you think about this new Xiaomi’s flagship? is it worth for you? Will you buy it?
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