Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ One UI based Android 9.0 Pie stable update starts rolling out

S8_cutSamsung has finally started rolling out Android Pie update to Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners. The stable Android Pie update is rolling out to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Germany. It will come with the new One UI. The update seems to have been released for those on Android Oreo and not just beta testers.

The software version for the final update is G960FXXU2CRLI and G965FXXU2CRLI for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ respectively.

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The update is around 1.7GB and brings December security patch as well. One UI based on Android Pie brings a brand new look to the interface. If you’re a Galaxy S9 or S9+ owner, do check for the update from the Settings » Software update. As said, the update is rolling out to both those running on Android Oreo and Pie beta testers.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 launch details, storage variants, pricing and more surfaced

 

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We’ve got a leak about the upcoming Galaxy S10 for you. According to a new report, the launch date, release date, storage sizes, screen sizes, variants, some features, and even the UK price points have leaked. 

According to the report, The S10 will launch at a Samsung Unpacked event before the Mobile World Congress 2019, on the 20th of February. The phone will be available for pre-order the same date and will then be released on Friday the 8th of March.

There’ll be three versions of the S10: the regular variant, a Plus variant, and a flat variant – Yes, they’re bringing back the non-curved screen. As expected, the S10 will come with the Infinity O display to contain the selfie camera and avoid having a notch.

Like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the S10 will be able to wirelessly charge other devices with a feature they’re calling Powershare. We don’t yet know the battery sizes, though. it will also have a regular 3.5mm headphone jack.

The regular version of the Galaxy S10 will have a 6.1-inch screen. The Plus variant will have a 6.4-inch screen, while the cheaper ‘flat’ version of the phone will be 5.8 inches. It will use ultrasound waves to read the ridges of your finger in 3D. There will be no iris scanner on the S10.

The regular S10 flat 5.8-inch version is said to come in 128GB of storage and retail at £669 ($848 or INR 60,730 approx.). The regular, curved version of the S10 with its 6.1-inch screen will come in a choice of 128GB or 512GB of storage is said to be priced at £799 ($1,012 or INR 72,517 approx.) and £999 ($1,264 or INR 90,668.41 approx.) respectively. The S10+ in a 128GB version costs £899 ($1,144 or INR 81,592 approx.), a 512GB version is expected to come at £1099 ($1,392 or INR 99,793 approx.), and a one terabyte Samsung Galaxy S10+ for a bank-breaking £1399 ($1,772 or INR 1,27,005 approx.).

The Galaxy S10 will likely have three cameras on the back, we don’t have any more info on that yet. Though there will be a 5G variant at launch, it will be available in late Q2, 2019.

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ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 with 6.26-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 660, 5000mAh battery launched in India starting at INR 12,999

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ASUS just launched the Zenfone Max Pro M2 at an event in India, as it had promised. The Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with a 6.26-inch FHD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection and a notch. It has a glass back with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

It is powered by Snapdragon 660 chipset with upto 6GB of RAM. It runs on stock Android 8.1 (Oreo), which is upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) in January 2019. It has a 12MP rear camera along with a 5MP secondary camera. It also has a 13 front camera, both cameras comes with LED flash. It also has support for face unlock. The company said that it will get AI features and EIS for front camera with an update soon.

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It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor, dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots with Dual 4G VoLTE support. It has a huge 5000mAh battery, but it still has micro USB port without fast charging.

Specifications of ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 (ZB31KL) :

  • 6.26-inch (2280 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 display with 94% NTSC Color Gamut, 450 cd/m2 brightness, 1500: 1 contast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU
  • 3GB LPDDR4X RAM with 32GB Storage, 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory upto 2TB with microSD
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • 12MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX486 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, EIS, Pro Mode, secondary 5MP camera
  • 13MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, NXP Smart Amp, 5-magnet speaker
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS
  • 5000mAh battery

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes in Blue and Titanium colors. It is priced at INR 12,999 for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, INR 14,999 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and INR 16,999 for the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage variant. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart from December 18th.

ASUS Zenfone Max M2 with 6.26-inch 19:9 display, Snapdragon 632, dual rear cameras launched in India starting at INR 9,999

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Asus launched the Zenfone Max M2 in India as it has promised. It packs a 6.26-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch. It has a metal back with plastic finish on the top and the bottom. It is powered by Snapdragon 632 SoC chipset with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

It has a 13MP rear camera along with a secondary 2MP camera for capturing in-depth information in portrait shots. It also has an 8MP camera on the front. Both the cameras comes with LED flash.

It comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots, Dual 4G VoLTE. It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and packs with a 4000mAh battery. Let’s take a look on the specs.

Specifications of ASUS Zenfone Max M2 (ZB633KL) :

  • 6.26-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 632 14nm Chipset with Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB LPDDR3 RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory upto 2TB with microSD
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, EIS, Pro mode, secondary 2MP camera
  • 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, NXP Smart Amp, 5-magent speaker, FM radio
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
  • 4000mAh battery

The ASUS Zenfone Max M2 comes in Black, Blue and Gold colors. It is priced at INR 9,999 for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage  and INR 11,999 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant. It will be available exclusively from Flipkart from December 20th.

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Zenfone 5Z to get Android 9.0 (Pie) update in January 2019, Max Pro M1 in February 2019

 

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ASUS launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in April and its flagship Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL) smartphone in July in India running on Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0. Last month it has confirmed that the Zenfone 5Z will get the update by the end of January 2019.

Today at the Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Max M2 launch event, the company confirmed that the Max Pro M2 will get the Pie update in January, and the Max Pro M1 will get the update in February 2019.

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Users will get a notification when the update is available. They can also check for the update manually by going to Settings > System > System Updates > Check for Updates.

We will let you know once the the update starts rolling out for these smartphones.

Nokia 8.1 with 6.18-inch FHD+ HDR10 PureDisplay, Android Pie, Dual rear cameras launched in India for INR 26,999

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HMD Global launched Nokia 8.1, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone. It comes with a 6.18-inch Full HD+ 18.7:9 aspect ratio Puredisplay with DCI-P3 wide color gamut, HDR10 video playback and 86.5% screen to body ratio. It comes with 6 series aluminum-magnesium alloy frame along with glass back.

It is powered by Snapdragon 710 10nm Chipset with 4GB of RAM. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box.  It has a 12MP rear camera with ZEISS optics, Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, OIS along with a 13MP secondary camera for portrait shots and zoom. The camera has AI scene detection that automatically detect 18 scenes.

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There is a 20MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture and pixel binding that can combine four pixels to form 1.8μm large pixel. It also has AI beauty and AI portrait Mode, 6 AI studio lights, AI expressions and new dual-view mode.

It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It packs with a 3500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Let’s take a look on the specs.

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Specifications of Nokia 8.1 :

  • 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ Puredisplay with 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 96% NTSC Color gamut, DCI-P3, 1500:1 Contrast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Chipset (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU
  • 4GB (LPPDDR4x) RAM, 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 1/2.55″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm pixels, OIS, 13MP secondary rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, ZEISS optics
  • 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, Nokia OZO Stereo Audio recording
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
  • 3500mAh  battery with fast charging

The Nokia 8.1 comes in Blue/Silver and Iron/Steel colors. It is priced at INR 26,999. It will be available for pre-order from Nokia.com/phones online as well as offline from today, and goes on sale from December 21st.

Launch offers

  • 1TB additional 4G data for Airtel pre-paid users and 120GB additional data for Airtel postpaid users
  • 10% cashback for HDFC Bank Credit / Debit cards
  • 6-month free screen-replacement from Servify

ASUS Zenfone Max M2 with 6.3-inch 19:9 display, Snapdragon 632, dual rear cameras, 4000mAh battery announced

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Asus announced the Zenfone Max M2, along with Max Pro M2 in Russia. It comes with a 6.26-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch. It has the same metal back.

It is powered by Snapdragon 632 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM. It has a 13MP rear camera along with a secondary 2MP camera for capturing depth information in portrait shots. It also has an 8MP front camera with LED flash. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with stock android experiance.

It comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots with support for Dual 4G VoLTE. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It packs with  a 4000mAh battery but dosen’t support fast charging. Lt’s take a look on the specs.

Specifications of ASUS Zenfone Max M2 (ZB633KL) :

  • 6.3-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 632 14nm Chipset with Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB LPDDR3 RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory upto 2TB with microSD
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, EIS, secondary 2MP camera
  • 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, NXP Smart Amp, FM radio
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
  • 4000mAh battery

The ASUS Zenfone Max M2 comes in Black, Blue and Gold colors. It is priced starting at 12990 Rubels (INR 13,810 approx).\ It is already gose for sale in Russia.

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ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 with 6.3-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 660, dual rear cameras, 5000mAh battery announced

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ASUS has announced the Zenfone Max Pro M2, successor of the Max Pro M1 in Russia. It comes with 6.3-inch FHD+ notch display with 19:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It comes with a glass back unlike the metal body in the Max Pro M1.

It is powered by Snapdragon 660 chipset with 4GB of RAM. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with stock android experiance. It has a 12MP rear camera along with a 5MP secondary camera for Portrait shots. It also has a 13MP front camera with LED flash.

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It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots with support for Dual 4G VoLTE. It packs with huge 5000mAh battery, but it still has micro USB port without fast charging. Let’s take a look on the specs.

Specifications of ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 (ZB31KL) :

  • 6.3-inch (2280 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 display with 94% NTSC Color Gamut, 450 cd/m2 brightness, 1500: 1 contast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Chipset (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable upto 2TB with microSD
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • 12MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX486 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, EIS, PDAF, secondary 5MP camera
  • 13MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, NXP Smart Amp
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS
  • 5000mAh battery

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes in Blue and Gray colors. It is priced at 17,990 Rubles (INR 19,140 approx.). It is already available for pre-order and goes on sale in Russia from December 12. It should be cheaper in India when it launches on December 11th.

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Huawei Nova 4 with in-display camera to be announced on December 17

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After several teasers, Huawei has confirmed that it will introduced its top-end Nova 4 smartphone in China on December 17th. This will introduce the phone with a small hole in the display to accommodate the front camera, and get rid of the notch.

The camera hole is said to be just 4.5mm and it is expected to come with a feature a Full HD+ screen with a screen-to-body ratio of over 92%. As we can see in teaser, the phone still has a small chin.

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The phone is rumored to be powered by Kirin 980 Chipset with 6GB of RAM. It feature 16MP + 24MP + 16MP triple rear cameras and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

We should know the specifications once the phone gets certified in coming days.

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Samsung Galaxy A8s with 6.39-inch Infinity-O FHD+ display to be announced on December 10

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Samsung has confirmed that it will introduce its A8s smartphone with display hole for the camera on December 10th. FCC certification revealed a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio display, and a space on the left corner of the phone for the display hole so that it doesn’t have any icons.

BOE is said to supply the LCD display for both Samsung and Huawei, but the Samsung Galaxy A8s display is said to be superior compared to Nova 4.

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Specifications of Samsung Galaxy A8s (Rumored) :

  • 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display
  • Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU
  • 6GB RAM, 128 GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM
  • 24MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 10MP 120° Ultra Wide camera, 5MP f/2.2 depth camera
  • 24MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, Bluetooth v5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC
  • 3400mAh battery with adaptive fast charging

We should know the price of the phone when it goes official next Monday.

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