Asus Zenfone 5Z better than OnePlus 6? Poll result is out; verdict here

While the OnePlus 6, Honor 10, Vivo X21 and Zenfone 5z have their strengths in different areas, we took a poll to understand consumers’ interest, and the result is out

The OnePlus 6 smartphone from the stable of Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is a power-packed proposition in the midrange flagship segment. The phone offers top of the line specifications, glass-based design and modern notch-based screen. Importantly, it is the phone’s starting price of Rs 34,999, which is almost half the cost of other premium smartphones that makes it an interesting proposition in a price conscious Indian smartphone market.

However, unlike previous years, the OnePlus-branded smartphone is not the only choice for consumers in midrange flagship segment this year. Huawei’s online subsidiary Honor and Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo also launched their flagship devices in the midrange segment. These smartphones feature premium innards, but also offer value addition benefits in terms of features.

These features include in-display fingerprint sensor technology in the Vivo X21 and system-wide artificial intelligence capabilities in the Honor 10. These features are not only missing in the OnePlus 6, but also in other premium smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S9-series or Apple iPhones.

Not only the Chinese manufacturers, the Taiwan-based manufacturer Asus also launched its flagship smartphone – the Zenfone 5z – loaded with top-of-the-line components and premium features. The phone was among the first Android-based devices to feature an iPhone X-inspired notch-based screen, which was later taken over by most of the manufacturers, including OnePlus. The company has also aggressively priced the Asus Zenfone 5z to undercut the OnePlus dominance in the midrange flagship segment.

While the OnePlus 6 (review), Honor 10 (review), Vivo X21 (review) and Zenfone 5z have their strengths in different areas, we took a poll to understand consumers’ interest, and the result is out:

In the poll created on July 4, we put the Zenfone 5z, OnePlus 6, Honor 10 and Vivo X21 head-to-head, and asked our readers to vote the smartphone of their choice. Based on the poll result, the recently announced Asus Zenfone 5z became the top choice of our readers, followed closely by the OnePlus 6. Interestingly, the Vivo X21 with in-display fingerprint sensor got more hits than AI-powered Honor 10.

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Apple App Store turns 10 with 500 mn weekly visitors in 155 countries

Subscriptions are up 95 per cent from 2017, and as of June 2018, developers have earned over $100 billion from the App Store

Customers in 155 countries are visiting Apple App Store more often, staying longer and downloading and using more apps than ever before, the Cupertino-based iPhone giant has said.

App Store, that will turn 10 on July 10, now sees 500 million weekly visitors and hundreds of stories on the “Today” tab that have been read by more than 1 million people.

“When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008, with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon that changed how people work, play, meet, travel and so much more,” Apple said in a statement on Friday.

With the introduction of in-app purchase (IAP) in 2009, customers could download an app and then pay to unlock different levels and functionality.

By June 2010, $1 billion were paid out to developers from IAP and paid apps.

Subscriptions are up 95 per cent from 2017, and as of June 2018, developers have earned over $100 billion from the App Store, the company informed.

“In its first decade, the App Store has surpassed all of our wildest expectations. We could not be more proud of what developers have created and what the next 10 years have in store,” said Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Apple.

According to Marco Arment, a long-time iOS developer, App Store has been by far the easiest way for developers to reach the most people with his apps.

“It eliminated the friction and overhead of setting up our own distribution and payment systems, making development far more accessible to everyone and letting us focus on our true passion: making the best apps we can,” he said.

Later, start-ups including Instagram, Calm, Uber and Instacart embraced features like the iPhone camera, Apple Pay, GPS and Location Services to deliver on-demand and personalised experiences — with many creating billion-dollar businesses that started with apps in the App Store.

“At the same time, both traditional companies and those that started as websites, such as Twitter, Facebook, eBay, Yelp, Airbnb and Amazon, began building apps to meet changing customer behaviour,” Apple said.

The App Store brought gaming mainstream owing to the Multi-Touch technology on iPhone and iPad and the convenience of playing on the go.

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Is Asus Zenfone 5z better than OnePlus 6, Honor 10, Vivo X21? Click to vote

The Zenfone 5Z is priced at Rs 29,999, Rs 32,999 and Rs 36,999 for 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variants, respectively. It will be available in midnight blue and meteor silver colours

Asus, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, on July 4 launched the Asus Zenfone 5z in India. The phone is priced at Rs 29,999, Rs 32,999 and Rs 36,999 for 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variants, respectively. The phone will be available in two colours — midnight blue and meteor silver – and will go on sale starting from July 9, exclusively on Flipkart.

First unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February, the Asuz Zenfone 5z is a flagship smartphone with top-of-the-line innards, notch-based screen, dual rear cameras and system-wide artificial intelligence capabilities. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC), the Zenfone 5z boasts 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, thanks to its 6.2-inch fullHD+ screen that covers almost the entire front. The 19:9 aspect ratio leaves just a small notch on top to accommodate an 8-megapixel camera, earpiece and sensors.

On the back, the smartphone sports a dual-camera set-up, which features a 12MP primary shooter and a wide angle 8MP shooters. The primary 12MP sensor boasts f/1.8 aperture and the 8MP sensor features 120-degree wide-angle lens. Both the front and rear cameras are backed by AI for automatic scene selection and portrait photography, and machine learning to improve the output by learning usage patterns.

In a quick hands-on experience, the phone seemed to be on par with other smartphones in same segment, which includes the OnePlus 6, Honor 10 and Vivo X21. But, is Zenfone 5z the smartphone that can take on these smartphone and set a new benchmark for midrange flagships? Take the poll and let us know:

Huawei unveils Honor 10 GT with GPU Turbo technology, 8GB RAM: Details here

The GPU Turbo technology would boost the graphic performance by up to 60%. The phone would also come with tripod-free night mode, which Huawei says will improve the camera’s low light performance

Huawei, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, on July 03 announced the Honor 10 GT with 8GB RAM and GPU Turbo technology in its home country. According to the company, the technology would boost the phone’s graphic performance by up to 60 per cent. The phone would also come with tripod-free night mode, which Huawei says will improve the camera’s low light performance.

The GPU Turbo is a graphic processor enhancement technology developed by Huawei to power its Kirin processor-based smartphones, including Honor-branded phones. The hardware-software integrated graphics processing acceleration technology reconstructs the traditional graphics processing framework at the lower layer system, therefore improving the user experience by providing an on-demand graphic surge to smartphones.

Other than the GPU Turbo technology, improved night mode and 8GB RAM, the Honor 10 GT is no different from the Honor 10. It sports a 5.84-inch fullHD+ 19:9 aspect ratio screen with a notch on top. It is powered by Kirin 970 system-on-chip (SoC), the same processor that powers the premium Huawei P20 Pro. The phone boots EMUI8, which is an Android Oreo-based customised skin developed in-house by Huawei to utilise the potential of AI across different system settings.

In terms of imaging, the Honor 10 GT sports a dual camera set-up on the back, featuring a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor paired with 16MP RGB sensor of f/1.8 aperture size. There is a 24MP front camera for selfie. Both rear and front camera boasts AI scene selection mode, portrait mode with 3D filters and augmented reality filters.

There has been no confirmation around the Honor 10 GT India launch. However, the Honor 10 is expected to receive the GPU Turbo technology as a part of software update, which is expected to roll out soon. In India, the Honor 10 is priced at Rs 32,999 and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

Microsoft ‘secret’ Surface device is a hybrid of mobile, tablet, PC: Report

Codenamed Andromeda, the secret device has been appearing in company’s internal documents from last few years

Microsoft, an American software giant, has been working on a new Surface device with foldable screen that would reportedly blur the lines between computers and mobile devices. Codenamed Andromeda, the secret device has been appearing in company’s internal documents from last few years. However, it is until recently the device concept images based on information from company’s patent filings and other documents started to appear publically.

According to a technology information portal The Verge, which had reportedly accessed Microsoft internal documents, the Andromeda project has been undertaken by the company to design a mobile device in a form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences.

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While the information around the Andromeda project has been kept under tight wraps, designer David Breyer has created 3D renders based on details taken from patent images, which gives a fair understanding on how the device would look. Based on the renders, the device is seen sporting a hinge-based design, and not the curved display design that the device was reported to feature in earlier reports. However, the device shows a wraparound display on one side that bridges the gap of the hinge.

Last year, the company suspended its Windows Phone 8.1 mobile platform that marked the end of Windows Phone era. However, it was since then the Andromeda project has started to appear in company’s internal documents. In one of the interviews, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also dropped a hint of the existence of a Surface-branded device, a device more than just a smartphone as shown in the concept renders.

Xiaomi prices Hong Kong IPO at bottom of range, raises $4.72 bn: Report

Xiaomi had been expected to raise up to $10 billion, split between Hong Kong and mainland China, but last week shelved the mainland offering until after listing in Hong Kong

China’s Xiaomi Corp priced its Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) at the bottom of an indicative range, raising $4.72 billion in the world’s biggest tech float in four years, people close to the transaction said on Friday.

Xiaomi priced its share offering at HK$17 per share ($2.17), the bottom of a price range of HK$17 to HK$22, the people said. It is selling about 2.18 billion shares, one of the people said, making the IPO the largest in the technology sector since Alibaba Group Holding Ltd raised $25 billion in New York in 2014.

Xiaomi declined to comment on the IPO pricing. The people declined to be identified as the information was not public.

The pricing comes at a delicate time for Hong Kong’s stock market, with the benchmark Hang Seng index falling 6.5 per cent this month and 4.8 per cent this year amid escalating trade tension between the US and Chinese governments.

The share sale is widely seen as a test of market sentiment for what is expected to be a packed second-half of the year in terms of IPOs in Hong Kong including offerings by China Tower, the world’s largest mobile mast operator, and Meituan Dianping, a massive online food delivery-to-ticketing services platform.

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Several Chinese IPO candidates preparing to float in Hong Kong and New York could be met with cautious investors if tension persists between the world’s two biggest economies, potentially dragging on capital raising amounts after a stellar first half.

China Tower has won approval in Hong Kong for an IPO that could raise up to $10 billion. Its listing timing will, however, depend somewhat on how well Xiaomi’s deal is received, sources have told Reuters.

Xiaomi’s IPO adds to the $6 billion of new listings so far in 2018 in Hong Kong and is set to be the first under the city’s new exchange rules permitting dual-class shares common in the tech industry in an attempt to attract tech floats.

The firm lined up $548 million from seven cornerstone investors for its share sale including US chipmaker Qualcomm Inc and telecom service provider China Mobile Ltd.

Set up in 2010, Xiaomi doubled its smartphone shipments in 2017 to become the world’s fourth-largest maker, according to Counterpoint Research, defying a global slowdown in handset sales. It also makes dozens of internet-connected home appliances and gadgets, including scooters, air purifiers and rice cookers.

Vivo Nex S, Nex A with pop-up selfie camera to launch on July 19: Know more

Based on the APEX concept that the company showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2018, both Nex S and Nex A boast an all-screen front, dual rear cameras and a motorised pop-up selfie camera

 

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo is gearing up to launch Vivo Nex S and Nex A in India on July 19. Based on the APEX concept that the company showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2018, both Nex S and Nex A boast an all-screen front, similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix-series smartphones, dual rear cameras and a motorised pop-up selfie camera. The phones were recently launched in China at CNY 4,498 (around Rs 48,000) and CNY 3,898 (around Rs 40,000), respectively.

While both Vivo Nex S and Nex A are identical in terms of design, they are powered by a different breed of processors and have different RAM and storage configurations. The Vivo Nex S is a flagship phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC), paired with 8GB of RAM. It comes in two storage variants — 128GB or 256GB. The Vivo Nex A, on the other hand, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

Fingerprint sensor is another feature that gets different treatment in Vivo Nex S and Nex A. While the premium flagship gets Vivo’s in-display fingerprint scanner technology, which put the sensor under the screen, Nex A gets a regular fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear side of the smartphone.

Other than this, both the phones are identical in all other aspects. These phones sport 6.59-inch super AMOLED fullHD+ screen in 19.3:9 aspect ratio. There is no notch on top, but there is a small chin at the bottom, which is the only area not covered by display. To achieve the all-screen feat, the company has used vibrating screen speaker, which is claimed to work on-par with traditional earpiece set-up. The 8-megapixel front camera in both the phones is moved from the front to the top, as a mechanical pop-up unit that comes out from the chassis. The back of both the phones sports dual camera set-up, featuring a 12MP primary sensor of f/1.8 aperture paired with 5MP sensor of f/2.4 aperture.

Powering both the phones is a 4,000 mAh battery, and Android Oreo-based Funtouch 4.0 operating system infused with artificial intelligence utilities. Both the phones also feature Vivo’s personal digital assistant Jovi, which is capable of image identification, apps launch and voice commands.