Oppo A59 With five.5-Inch show, VoLTE help released

Oppo has unveiled its new A59 cellphone in China. Priced at CNY 1,799 (approximately Rs. 18,500), the Oppo A59 could be to be had to shop for starting June 18 via the employer’s legitwireless on line store.

Oppo A59 With 5.5-Inch Display, VoLTE Support Launched

The A59 phone might be available in Gold and Rose Gold color options. The chinese company as of now has not discovered any plans for the global launch of the Oppo A59.

Oppo A59 capabilities a wi-five.wiwireless-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS show and comes with a pixel density of 267ppi. it’s miles powered via an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. The handset packs 32GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (as much as 128GB). It runs Android 5wireless.1 Lollipop with the corporation’s ColorOS three.0 UI on top.

The cellphone sports activities a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and PDAF (section detection autofocus). it may wiwireless video at 1080p resolution. there may be a wi-five-megapixel the front-going through digital camera on board as nicely.

Oppo touts the A59’s steel unibody design and includes a 3075mAh battery. The A59 bears twin audio system on the bottom panel along by way of the charging slot.

The cellphone measures 154.5x76x7.38mm and weighs one hundred sixty grams. Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G, VoLTE, 3G, c084d04ddacadd4b971ae3d98fecfb2a, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB. The legitwireless listing of the Oppo A59 conwirelessrms that the smartphone is compatible with Indian LTE bands. The cellphone functions wirelessngerprint scanner this is embedded on the house button and Oppo claims can unlock the telephone in zero.22 seconds.

Nintendo opens pre-registration for its first mobile title, Miitomo

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Nintendo is now accepting pre-registrations for its long-awaited debut mobile app,Miitomo.

To get started, you’ll first need to create a Nintendo Account – the company’s new multi-platform account system – by using an existing Nintendo Network ID, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account or by creating a standalone account.

There’s not much that can be done with a Nintendo Account just yet although pre-registering for Miitomo will score you some Platinum Points (virtual money) that can be used when Nintendo’s new reward service launches alongside Miitomo.

Nintendo provided details about Miitomo late last year, the first of five mobile titles we can expect between now and March 2017. Developed in collaboration with DeNA, Miitomo is more of a social networking app than a true game as it allows users to create Mii avatars which then interact with others in the Nintendo universe.

Miitomo will utilize the free-to-play model meaning it’ll offer in-app purchases for things like outfits for Mii characters and so on.

Interestingly enough, Nintendo’s first mobile app doesn’t lean on iconic characters like Mario or Link. That may be a mistake according to some but in the same respect, Nintendo may simply be playing it safe on its first outing. If we don’t see the usual cast of characters by the second or even the third title, then yeah, there’s probably reason for concern.

Huawei partners with optics specialist Leica to ‘reinvent’ smartphone photography

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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei and German camera and lens specialist Leica have announced a strategic partnership which they promise will reinvent smartphone photography.

Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera, acknowledged in an adjective-heavy press release that smartphones make a very important contribution to the world of photography and open an important door for his company to target new groups and fields of application.

Pleasantries aside, Leica’s exact role in the partnership isn’t clearly defined. The duo said the partnership will span research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution. But what exactly does that mean? Will Leica simply supply lenses for Huawei’s smartphone cameras?

Huawei is already the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Likewise, Leica has been in business for well over 160 years and has built a reputation as one of the top (and most expensive) optics companies around. That said, it’s not like either side needs help boosting their street cred by leveraging the name brand of the other yet on the other hand, additional brand recognition certainly wouldn’t hurt matters either.

Leica is no stranger to the smartphone business. The company worked with Panasonic on the Lumix CM1 smartphone in 2014. Designed primarily to compete with devices like Samsung’s Galaxy K Zoom, the CM1 was essentially a digital camera with an integrated smartphone.

It featured a 1-inch image sensor capable of producing 20-megapixel images through a Leica-branded f/2.8 aperture fixed lens. Its high price point, however, kept it from ever really becoming a serious threat in the industry.

What are you most looking forward to at MWC 2016 for your next phone upgrade?

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Mobile World Congress 2016 will be kicking off soon and we’ll be there to bring you the latest and greatest in the mobile world. Traditionally the show has been associated with cell phones, but you can expect to see everything from accessories, to tablets, chips, fitness trackers, action cameras, VR and more.

While MWC officially starts on February 22, announcements will start earlier than that. Samsung and LG have events set for Sunday where we’ll get a first (official) look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. Also joining the MWC party for the first time is Xiaomi, which specializes in high-spec but affordable devices and might introduce two new versions of its flagship Mi phone. Of course there will be much more in store with companies like Sony, Acer, Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft all headed for Barcelona. Expect Virtual Reality to have a big presence at MWC 2016 too.

In this weekend’s open forum we want to ask what are you most looking forward to at MWC 2016? We’ve included a poll with some of the rumored announcements and confirmed showings so far but be sure to chime in on the comments as well.

Samsung showcases heatpipe-cooled Galaxy S7 family with f/1.7 aperture cameras, IP68 rating and more

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Samsung on Sunday announced two new additions to its Galaxy family of mobile devices, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (2,560 x 1,440 / 577 PPI) with an always-on feature that’s powered by a quad-core SoC (two cores operating at 2.15GHz and two operating at 1.6GHz) alongside 4GB of RAM. FYI, international markets will get an octa-core chip (four cores operating at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.6GHz).

Both chips are built on a 14-nanometer manufacturing process, Samsung said, and utilize an internal heatpipe cooling system to ensure overheating won’t be an issue.

The Galaxy S7 edge, meanwhile, packs a larger 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Edge display (2,560 x 1,440 / 534 PPI) that’s powered by the same SoC and 4GB of RAM. Both handsets come with a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture lens and optical image stabilization as well as a 5-megapixel selfie camera, also with an f/1.7 aperture lens for improved performance in low light situations.

Samsung says the CPU in its new smartphones is 30 percent faster than what’s found in the Galaxy S6 and the GPU is about 60 percent faster.

The two smartphones will be offered in your choice of 32GB or 64GB of local storage that’s expandable via microSD card slot unlike its predecessors. Both phones feature LTE Category 9, wireless charging that’s compatible with WPC and PMA, NFC, MST, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi, MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0 and a variety of embedded sensors.

They also come IP68 rated for liquid and dust resistance meaning the devices can be submerged in a meter and a half of water for up to 30 minutes without incurring damage.

The smaller Galaxy S7 packs a 3,000mAh battery while the larger edge is powered by a 3,600mAh. Neither is removable but it’s still an improvement over the devices they replace without a change in their footprint.

Both handsets will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow as we saw them in action on the demo floor already running the OS smoothly with the usual Samsung skin.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will be available starting mid-March. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced although the company did say that anyone who orders a new Galaxy phone will receive a Gear VR as a free gift. AT&T will begin accepting pre-orders for both phones on February 23 with devices landing in stores March 11.

The devices formerly known as smartphones

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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has served as the location for major smartphone announcements for a long time, so it’s no surprise to see that happening again this year. Splashy introductions have been made by Samsung, LG, Lenovo and other usual suspects.

But there is an important twist for 2016. It stems from the transformation of smartphone-sized devices that has been going on for several years now. In essence, the question boils down to this: when is a smartphone no longer (or not primarily) a smart ”phone”?

For many younger people, arguably that’s been the case for quite some time. We know they essentially use their phones as mobile computing devices and very rarely use the traditional phone features. In fact, in a survey of over 1,000 US consumers done last fall by TECHnalysis Research, voice calling only represents 5.8% of the 18-24-year-old segment’s total smartphone usage time. Even with older consumers in the 45-54 age group, voice calling and texting together only account for just over ¼ of a typical user’s smartphone time. The rest is spent on more computing-device type activities, such as browsing the web, listening to music, gaming, reading email, social media, etc.

Alongside these consumer trends, we’ve seen tremendous changes in work habits. For example, in that same survey, over half of employed respondents said they used a personal phone for work tasks during a typical week, spending an average of 2.3 hours on those efforts. While a good portion of this is likely for email, there’s no question a large amount of time is spent doing work-related, computing-style tasks on our personal smartphones. Throw in the large number of employer-provided smartphones in active use where—theoretically, at least—most of the time spent is on work tasks, and the total hours of computing done on smartphones becomes enormous. Plus, this is just for the US, where PC penetration is quite high. In many developing regions, smartphones are essentially the only computing device many people own or have access to. As a result, smartphone-based computing on a global basis is now on a staggering scale.

Given this context, thinking of a smartphone as more of a traditional computing device than just a communications tool seems incredibly obvious. But for many traditional applications, there is that one thing — screen size.

Now, as someone who finds reading glasses to be an increasingly necessary accessory, I’ll admit I don’t have the razor sharp eyes of my youth. I also acknowledge that it never ceases to amaze me how much today’s young people can do on the 5-5.5”-sized screens the smartphone industry has coalesced around. Still, there is a limit that most people face when it comes to what they can achieve on these smaller screens, particularly when a fair amount of input is required.

That’s why I’m intrigued by HP’s new Elite X3. At first glance, the 6-inch Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered device looks to be just another smartphone—a Windows 10 Mobile-based one at that. But in conjunction with some of the hardware accessories the company specifically developed to be used alongside it, along with the capabilities of Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum features, the X3 can morph into a full-on, big-screen computing device.

Now, cynics will argue we’ve seen this before. Anyone remember the Motorola Atrix? Or how about Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 from last fall? Both notable but ultimately failed efforts to develop a smartphone form factor computer. The difference with the X3, however, is the focus and detailed vision. On the Atrix and Lumia 950, the computing features were add-ons to an existing smartphone. The X3 seems to be positioned and designed primarily as a computer, with the smartphone capabilities essentially built in.

On the Atrix and Lumia 950, the computing features were add-ons to an existing smartphone. The HP X3 seems to be positioned and designed primarily as a computer, with the smartphone capabilities essentially built in.

Admittedly, that may sound like semantics and, of course, whether the final execution lives up to the promise remains to be seen. However, a quick glance at some of the details suggests HP has thought things through pretty well. First, the hardware accessories—particularly the clamshell form factor Mobile Extender, with its 12.5” HD screen, three USB Type-C, micro HDMI and audio ports—add a whole new level of connectivity and input options to the phone-based computing experience. You connect the X3 to the Mobile Extender via one of the USB Type-C ports—where you’ll get the added benefit of being able to power and recharge the X3 through the Mobile Extender’s built-in battery—but HP will enable also wireless connections, though that may come after the product launches.

On the software side, because it’s Windows 10 Mobile-based, the full Microsoft Office suite is built-in. As an ARM-based device, however, there is the potential for compatibility problems with existing Windows apps (other than newer universal Windows 10 apps, which can run natively on Windows 10 Mobile ARM devices, but those applications are still very limited in number). To avoid the Windows RT-like incompatibility stigma, HP is working to provide a virtualization-based solution that will allow traditional x86-based apps to run on the X3—a huge boon for most potential users.

Even with all these efforts, it’s not clear to me a device like the X3 will become most people’s only, or even primary, computing device. Nevertheless, in a world where people are looking for more flexible computing options, and are accustomed to working across multiple devices, the X3 concept seems to be well timed.

Mobile World Congress also saw the debut of some smartphone form factor computing devices from Panasonic. The company’s new ToughPad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1 (Windows 10 IOT Mobile Enterprise and Android-based, respectively) are ruggedized, have a 4.7” screen and are Qualcomm Snapdragon 801-equipped handheld computers with integrated barcode scanners. At first glance they look like ruggedized smartphones with a large protrusion (for the barcode reader), but interestingly the company will actually be selling a version that supports WiFi only (and can do voice via VOIP), in addition to an LTE-equipped option. Though clearly not designed to be a general purpose computing device, like the HP X3, these Panasonic FZ devices exemplify how hardware companies are evolving smartphone form factors to meet unique mobile computing needs.

To be sure, the “traditional” smartphone will continue to be the dominant opportunity for these 5” screen-based devices for some time. But as the category matures and dramatic new technology innovations for them continue to slow, it’s clear we’re entering an era where smartphones, as we know them now, will likely cease to be.

Oppo claims it can fully charge a 2,500mAh phone battery in under 15 minutes

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You may’ve not heard much about Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo, but the company is showing off a couple of promising technologies at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Specifically, a proprietary technology that can fully charge an empty smartphone battery in a mere 15 minutes, as well as a sensor-based image stabilization technique that’s supposed to be the first of its kind.

The former is called Super VOOC and is currently still in the prototyping stage, but the company says it could be featured in Oppo smartphones later this year or early next. In a live demo at MWC the company showed off a reference device featuring a 2,500mAh battery going from empty to full in minutes — 85% charge in 7 minutes in the pic above.

To put that into context, Qualcomm’s next-gen Quick Charge 3.0 can reportedly get a smartphone from zero to 80 percent in around 35 minutes.

Oppo says that using a a low-voltage pulse charging algorithm, its VOOC technology stays within standard voltage levels for smartphone charging, ensuring “the utmost safety, stability and device sustainability.” The company said that it can achieve the results with either microUSB or USB-C charging ports.

As for the optical image stabilization technology, dubbed SmartSensor, Oppo claims it’s the first sensor-based solution for smartphones rather than lens-based.

The technology uses a voltage-driven microelectromechanical system built in to absorb shock, which the company claims allowed them not only to create the smallest optical image stabilizer of any kind in the world (no more camera bulge?) but also improve on current solutions by allowing for image stabilization on three axes (pitch, yaw and roll) instead of just two (pitch and yaw).

Xiaomi launches Mi5 with flagship specs at half the price

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Xiaomi has officially unveiled its Mi 5 flagship Android phone at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. The Chinese manufacturer is known for its high-end but affordable devices and this one is no exception. Starting at 1,999 Yuan ($305) for the 32GB version, the Mi5 packs a 5.15-inch full HD display with extremely thin bezels, a fingerprint sensor on the front, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, NFC, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

To get down to this price point Xiaomi favored a plastic body instead of going all-metal, but initial hands on with the device suggest it’s sturdy and well built. The phone is slightly curved on the back where you’ll also find a 16MP camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor and 4-axis OIS that’s flush with the phone, meaning no unsightly bulges.

Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra (former VP of Google’s Android division) said the company spent two years making sure their camera would be flush with the back and threw some shade at Apple and Samsung for their designs.

Other highlights include a 4-megapixel front shooter for selfies, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, and a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. On the software side, the Mi5 runs Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 based on Android Marshmallow.

Xiaomi’s Mi5 will be available from March 1 in China featuring 32GB or 64GB internal storage in white, black and gold variants. A Pro variant will also be available featuring 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and a ceramic back for 2,699 yuan ($415).

Xiaomi has previously signaled its intent to break into the U.S. and European market but had no news to share in that regard.

Jolla quietly debuts Aqua Fish smartphone at MWC

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Jolla, the Finnish mobile device maker that raised eyebrows earlier this year bysnubbing some of its crowdfunding backers, made a surprise appearance at Mobile World Congress with a new smartphone in tow.

If you recall, Jolla announced last summer that it was splitting its business into two by licensing its software to other device makers. The move would allow the company to continue developing its own hardware while simultaneously building up the Sailfish OS install base.

The Aqua Fish from Indian handset maker Intex Technologies is a product of the latter.

The Aqua Fish features a 5-inch TFT display operating at 1,280 x 720 and is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core SoC clocked at 1.3GHz alongside 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD card slot). There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the rear as well as a 2-megapixel shooter up front. Connectivity-wise, the Aqua Fish includes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 4G LTE and a micro-USB 2.0 port. It’ll ship running Sailfish 2.0 and is powered by a smallish 2,500mAh battery.

Jolla says the Aqua Fish handset will go on sale this April in India. It’ll be offered in orange and black color schemes and is rumored to be priced between $120 and $150. No word yet on whether or not it’ll make its way outside of India.

OnePlus 3 smartphone to arrive by June

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OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has revealed that the Chinese handset maker will release its next flagship smartphone by the end of the second quarter of this year.

In an exclusive interview with CNET, Pei said he hopes the OnePlus 3 – which will actually be the company’s fourth model – will “captivate” users as much as the original did in 2014. The executive was short on details but said the next flagship will feature a new design.

As the publication points out, OnePlus doesn’t publish sales figures although it claims to have more than 800,000 users on its online forum that share tips, tricks and other experiences regarding their phones.

Aside from its attractive price, much of what garnered attention for the three-year-old company early on was the exclusivity generated by its unique invite-only sales model. That gimmick has likely run its course, however, as Pei said OnePlus will begin using more traditional marketing strategies.

Pei also told the publication that the US will be very important for his company this year, added that the OnePlus 3 will arrive in the US and other markets as an unlocked device that’ll continue to be sold directly to consumers. Best yet, he said OnePlus expects to offer a “better” buying process which (fingers crossed) may mean moving away from the annoying invite-only model.

And for the first time, they’ll accept credit card payments in addition to PayPal. Free shipping is also sticking around, we’re told.