OnePlus 3 Will Continue to Be Available in India but Focus Will Shift to OnePlus 3T, Says GM

OnePlus 3 Will Continue to Be Available in India but Focus Will Shift to OnePlus 3T, Says GM
OnePlus India, as expected, on Friday unveiled the upgraded variant of the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T. The smartphone will be going on sale from December 14 via exclusive online retail partner, Amazon India. OnePlus 3T has been launched in 64GB model priced at Rs. 29,999 and the 128GB model priced at Rs. 34,999.

At the event, Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India told Gadgets 360 that the company will continue to sell the OnePlus 3 – reiterating what the company said last month – though he confessed that ultimately the focus will come to the upgraded OnePlus 3T. He also revealed that OnePlus will start manufacturing the OnePlus 3T in India from next month.
“We will continue with the OnePlus 3 for the foreseeable future but eventually the focus will shift to the OnePlus 3T. We are also gearing to start manufacturing OnePlus 3T in India from next month. For the company, the future will be around the OnePlus 3T.”
Agarwal added that initially OnePlus will only manufacture the 64GB variant of the OnePlus 3T. On being asked whether the company plans to manufacture the 128GB variant as well, Agarwal responded, “We will see how the market requirement comes. As 128GB is more premium so it will depend on the response from the market and we can take a call on it only after the initial response is positive.”

Talking to Gadgets 360, Agarwal stressed that the company will promote its brand new exclusive e-commerce platform in India. The company’s official website – oneplusstore.in – was launched in October and sells OnePlus accessories via the store. Consumers however are redirected to Amazon India when they try to buy any smartphone from the store.
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Lenovo Phab 2 Set to Launch in India Soon, Exclusively on Flipkart

Lenovo Phab 2 Set to Launch in India Soon, Exclusively on Flipkart
The Lenovo Phab 2 and Lenovo Phab 2 Plus were launched at the company’s Tech World Event back in June this year. The Phab 2 Plus arrived in India in November, and now looks like the Phab 2 is making its way into the market as well. Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has listed the smartphone on its site, and has announced that it is arriving soon.

There’s no word on exact availability or pricing, but we should see it launch exclusively on Flipkart before the arrival of 2017. The Lenovo Phab 2 is not that different from the Phab 2 Plus, except for a few downgrades in the display resolution and camera department, and also the lack of a fingerprint sensor at the front or the back. The Phab 2 Plus was launched in India for Rs. 14,999, and we expect the Phab 2 to be priced even more reasonably.

To recap, the Lenovo Phab 2 was launched for $199 (roughly Rs. 13,500) in June. It features a 6.4-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8735 SoC quad-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of inbuilty storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Phab 2 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Ffash and PDAF. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (Micro + Micro). The dimensions measure at 88.5x175x9.6mm, and the smartphone weighs 225 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support. It packs a massive 4050mAh battery, and was launched in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour options.

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Researchers Claim to Have Bypassed iPhone, iPad Activation Lock

Researchers Claim to Have Bypassed iPhone, iPad Activation Lock
Hemanth Joseph, a Kerala-based security researcher, has identified a bug running in iOS 10.1 version of Apple’s operating system that allowed him to bypass the Activation Lock on an iPad.

The Activation Lock in Apple’s iPhone or iPad is hard for someone other than owner of the device to hack and set it up as a new device.

Joseph claims to have bypassed the Activation Lock in a locked iPad by discovering a weakness in the device setup process running iOS 10.1, Forbes reported on Friday.

When Joseph was asked to select a Wi-Fi network, he chose ‘other network’ and selected WPA2-enterprise as the type of network to connect to, that gave him three input fields to fill – name, username and password.

Upon testing, he came to know that there is no character restriction in those fields and he typed thousands of characters, expecting that it would cause the software to crash.

This caused the iPad to freeze and then he locked it by closing Apple’s magnetic Smart Cover over the screen. After opening the cover, the device was at the same screen, but as few seconds passed by, it crashed to iOS home screen.
With this method Joseph claimed to have bypassed the Activation Lock and to have full access to the iPad. He communicated his findings to Apple, and his blog has screenshots of email correspondence with the company as well. The bug discovered by Joseph was reportedly fixed in an iOS update in October, with the release of iOS 10.1.1.
According to Joseph’s website, he is currently working as information security researcher at the firm Slash Secure and also serving as commander at Kerala Police Cyberdome. He also says he is founder of India’s first open security community for students called 0SecCon (www.0SecCon.com).

Joseph has also been listed Google’s Hall of Fame and received a bounty of $7,500 for reporting a critical vulnerability in Google Cloud Platform.

Separately, researchers at US-based Vulnerability Lab discovered a similar Activation Lock bug in iOS 10.1.1, one that is claimed to also work with the iPhone. Like Joseph, the team began by overloading the Wi-Fi setup fields and employed a smart cover. Just like in Joseph’s iPad scenario, the home screen appeared for an instant and then it’s gone.
Benjamin Kunz Mejri from the Vulnerability Lab says the team was able to recreate Joseph’s exploit even in iOS 10.1.1 by using iOS screen rotation and Night Shift mode. While the above video shows home screen access for a very short while, Mejri adds that this duration can be extended by quickly pressing the home button.
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Moto Z Gets New Mods – 3000mAh Mophie Battery Pack and Incipio Car Dock

Moto Z Gets New Mods - 3000mAh Mophie Battery Pack and Incipio Car Dock
Moto Z is a smartphone that is known more for its accessories than the features of the actual device. It is usually seen as a perfect example of how mods can be used to increase the utility of a smartphone. Now, Moto has come up with two new mods for the smartphone that help users in getting more out of their smartphones.

Moto has announced two new mods, that is, a 3000mAh Mophie Battery Pack and an Incipio Car Dock that allows charging and comes with a 3.5mm audio output, as reported by PCMag. The battery pack is already available through Verizon at $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,500) while the car dock is expected to be made available later.

The Mophie battery pack said to provide 60 percent more battery life to a phone and comes with a status indicator light and a USB Type-C port that allows it to be charged even without the phone, as per a report by The Verge. The company is reportedly planning to introduce many more mods in 2017 than it did in 2016.
Last month, Lenovo partnered with Indiegogo to help developers raise funds for their Moto Mods ideas. The company announced that developers can take part in its Moto Mods Developer contest by submitting their ideas for mods before January 31, 2016. Thw winners of the contest will win a Moto Z smartphone and a Moto Mods Development Kit.
The company also announced that it will be organising Moto Mods hackathons, starting with New York from December, in order to help people bring their ideas for mods forward. It further said that if an idea for Moto Mods really impresses it, Lenovo Capital has set aside $1 million (roughly Rs. 6.67 crores) to ensure that this idea is transformed into an actual mod for the phones
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Freedom 251 Smartphone Makers Summoned in Cheque Bounce Case

Freedom 251 Smartphone Makers Summoned in Cheque Bounce Case
The makers of ‘Freedom 251’, claimed to be the world’s cheapest smartphone, have been summoned as accused by a Delhi court in a Rs. two-crore cheque bounce case filed by a private firm.

The court summoned the accused – M/s Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd (RBPL), its authorised signatory and Managing Director Mohit Goel, its Directors Anmol Goel and Sumit Goel, CEO Dhaarna Goel and President Ashok Chaddha – on a complaint filed by M/s Aryan Infratech Pvt Ltd (AIPL).

In its order, Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria noted that even after the legal notice was sent to the accused when the cheque got dishonoured, they failed to pay the amount.

“There is sufficient material available on record to summon all the accused. Therefore, a prima facie case punishable under section 138 Negotiable Instrument Act…Issue summons to all the accused,” the court said while posting the matter for April 28 for the next hearing.

According to the complaint, the accused had issued a cheque in favour of the complainant firm AIPL towards discharge of their liability. However, it was returned by the bank on October 28 due to “insufficient funds”.
Therefore, the complainant firm sent a legal notice to the accused but payment was not made and AIPL approached the court.
The complaint has sought prosecution of the firm and its office bearers and payment of the amount along with compensation.

A little-known company RBPL began selling the handset, Freedom 251, via its website in February. But the launch of the smartphone, touted to be the worlds cheapest, landed in a controversy, with some alleging it to be a ponzy scheme.

The firm had claimed that around 30,000 customers had booked the phone despite the glitch and seven crore people registered for it.

The company, however, withdrew the product and refunded the payments to customers following a close scrutiny by government agencies.

Later, the company had said that it would deliver the phone on cash-on-delivery mode to those who placed the order.
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Huawei Reveals Android 7.0 Nougat Update Rollout Plans, Including List of Eligible Devices

Huawei Reveals Android 7.0 Nougat Update Rollout Plans, Including List of Eligible Devices
Following HTC, Samsung and Sony, Huawei has also announced its plans for rollout of the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software. The update will arrive with the company’s EMUI 5.0 ROM sometime in the first quarter of next year only to a select few announced smartphones.

Huawei has announced that the Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Plus, Huawei P9 Lite, Huawei Nova, and Huawei Nova Plus will receive the Nougat update sometime in the first quarter 2017. There is no tangible date announced for the rollout yet. All of these smartphones were released in the past one year, and there is no word whether Huawei plans to rollout the update to its older devices.

Huawei also notes that the Mate 8 and P9 will receive the update first, followed by the rest eventually. EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat is already running on the latest Huawei Mate 9 smartphone launched last month.

The company claims that the new EMUI 5.0 ROM brings a lot of improvements in interface design and security. In its press release, Huawei mentions that with EMUI 5.0 ‘the user can activate 90 percent of the main functions in only two or three clicks’. Moreover, machine learning understands which apps are used more often and are resource optimised automatically. It also brings power management to improve battery efficiency. EMUI 5.0 also has ‘App Lock’ that allows users to lock specific apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, or any other apps with a unique password for added security.
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OnePlus 3T Smartphone Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

OnePlus 3T Smartphone Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More
OnePlus 3T, the mid-cycle upgrade to the OnePlus 3 erstwhile flagship smartphone, was launched in India on Friday. The new OnePlus 3T is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the 64GB inbuilt storage model, and Rs. 34,999 for the 128GB storage model, making it the most expensive OnePlus device yet. Regarding the launch, both OnePlus 3T variants will be available starting 12.01am IST on December 14 and will be exclusively available on Amazon India.

OnePlus says it will begin manufacturing the OnePlus 3T in India from next month, starting with the 64GB variant. The OnePlus 3T smartphone was unveiled globally last month, and has since gone on sale in the US, Europe, and the UK.

The new OnePlus 3T smartphone features upgrades over its predecessor, the OnePlus 3 (Review), which was launched in June this year. The biggest differences between OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 are the inclusion of a faster SoC, a higher resolution front camera, a larger capacity battery, and increased inbuilt storage.

OnePlus 3T smartphone also comes in a Gunmetal colour variant, and foregoes the Graphite colour variant of the original. Like the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T will also be made available in a Soft Gold colour variant; however, the OnePlus 3T Soft Gold option will make its way to online shelves later. Notably, the 128GB variant will only be available in the Gunmetal colour variant, the company clarified.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) OnePlus 3T features an anodised aluminium metal unibody design, a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and a Alert Slider. The new OnePlus smartphone runs OxygenOS-based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. OnePlus 3T is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (with two 1.6GHz Kyro cores and two 2.35GHz Kryo cores) coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

OnePlus 3T features a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS and EIS, and PDAF autofocus. The OnePlus 3T selfie camera has 16-megapixel resolution and comes with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone is available in 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage variants.

The OnePlus 3T smartphone’s connectivity options include 4G LTE (with support for India’s LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, and GPS/ A-GPS. OnePlus 3T’s battery capacity rated at 3400mAh and supports the company’s Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast-charging technology. It measures 152.7×74.7×7.35mm and weighs 158 grams.
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Moto G4, Moto G4 Play Smartphones Available With Discounts, Cashbacks on Amazon India

Moto G4, Moto G4 Play Smartphones Available With Discounts, Cashbacks on Amazon India
Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play smartphones are available at a discount on Amazon India right now. Both the 16GB and 32GB Moto G4 variants have got a flat Rs. 2,000 discount, while the Moto G4 Play purchase gets you a Rs. 1,000 cashback in the form of a Amazon Gift Card. Both Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play are available exclusively on Amazon India.

Both the 16GB and 32GB Moto G4 variants in Black and White colour options have received the discounts. The two Moto G4 variants are currently being sold for a discounted price of Rs. 10,499 and Rs. 11,999 respectively. The Moto G4 variants come with the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer bundled in, and an additional ebook credit of Rs. 300 is also awarded to the buyer.

(Also see:Moto G4 Play, Moto G4, or Moto G4 Plus – Which Should You Buy?)

The Moto G4 Play, on the other hand, receives no price cut, but the purchase awards a Rs. 1,000 cashback in the form of an Amazon Gift Card. The gift card can then be used to purchase any item from Amazon India. Furthermore, buying the Moto G4 Play gets you an 80 percent discount on Kindle eBooks (up to a maximum of Rs. 300). Moto G4 Play also comes with an Airtel offer that gives you 15GB of data for the price of 1GB, apart from the separate Reliance Jio Welcome Offer.

Moto G4 was launched in June for Rs. 12,499 (the 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 13,999). The Moto G4 smartphone features a 5.5 full-HD display, Snapdragon 617 SoC, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and packs a 3000mAh battery. The Moto G4 Play was launched in September for Rs. 8,999, and bears a 5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel sensor, 16GB of expandable storage 4G VoLTE, and packs a 2800mAh battery.
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Intex Aqua Classic 2 Launched: Price, Specifications, and More

Intex Aqua Classic 2 Launched: Price, Specifications, and More
After the Intex Aqua E4 E4, the Indian smartphone company has launched yet another device in the Aqua series, expanding its portfolio. The Intex Aqua Classic 2 is priced at Rs. 4,600, and is available for purchase across major retail outlets in India.

The successor of the Intex Aqua Classic has a sleek design with rounded edges, and is available only in Champagne colour variant. The volume and power buttons are housed on the right edge of the smartphone, while the speakers are situated at the back. The dimensions of the Intex Aqua Classic 2 measure at 145.2×72.6×10.9mm.

Just to recap, the predecessor was launched in June this year with a price tag of Rs. 4,444. The only difference between the two smartphones is the introduction of 4G LTE support, a slightly better front camera and battery, and the fact that it runs on Marshmallow out-of-the-box.
The Intex Aqua Classic 2 features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display with 196ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 8GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD slot (up to 32GB). Consumer usable storage is at 5GB.
As for the optics, the Intex Aqua Classic 2 sports an 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and video chats. It packs a 2200mAh battery that claims to last for up to 6 hours of talktime and up to 200 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and Micro-USB. There’s no VoLTE support in the Intex Aqua Classic 2, as per the manufacturer page. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports dual-SIM slots (both Micro-SIM).
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OnePlus 3T India Launch Set for Today

OnePlus 3T India Launch Set for Today

OnePlus is set to launch the OnePlus 3T smartphone in India on Friday, at an event in New Delhi. The launch event kicks off at 11am IST, and the company is expected to reveal India price and availability of the smartphone.

To recall, the OnePlus 3T was first unveiled last month, and so far, has been made available in the US, Europe, and the UK. In these regions, the smartphone has replaced the original OnePlus 3 (Review). However, that may not be the case in India – as OnePlus earlier confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it will “continue to sell the OnePlus 3 in India” which means both smartphones may be available in the market.

The only differences between the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 are a faster SoC, increased storage, an improved front camera, and a larger battery. In the US, the 64GB model has been priced at $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model has been priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,500). To recall, the OnePlus 3 was launched at $399 (priced at Rs. 27,999 in India) – and it was only available in a 64GB model.Getting to the exact differences between the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 3 – the newly launched smartphone sports a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and two cores clocked at 2.35GHz) compared to the Snapdragon 820 SoC on the original. It comes in both 64GB and 128GB storage models, compared to just a 64GB model on the OnePlus 3.

As for the improved front camera, OnePlus has doubled the resolution of the front camera from 8-megapixel on the OnePlus 3 to 16-megapixel on the OnePlus 3T – whilst also switching sensors from the Sony IMX179 with 1.4-micron pixels to the Samsung 3P8SP with 1-micron pixels.

Finally, the OnePlus 3T gets a larger 3400mAh battery compared to the 3000mAh offering on the OnePlus 3. It once again supports Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast charging technology.

Everything else about the two smartphones is identical. The OnePlus 3T bears the same anodised aluminium metal unibody design, the same fingerprint sensor on the home button, and the same Alert Slider apart from capacitive hardware keys. It also comes with the same USB 2.0 Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The SoC is coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

Connectivity options on the OnePlus 3T include 4G LTE (with support for India’s LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and GPS/ A-GPS. It bears the same measurements as the OnePlus 3 at 152.7×74.7×7.35mm, and the same weight at 158 grams.

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