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nokia 7 plus review - gsmarena.com tests

introductionrunning out of single-digit numbers in its ever-growing portfolio, the reborn nokia has started adding words - the high-end nokia 8 sirocco is worthy of an iconic moniker from the past, while simpler phones only get a 'plus', with a lowercase 'p' at that! but the nokia 7 plus isn't looking half-bad - capital 'p' material at least.the snapdragon 660 is certainly as powerful a chip as you can get in the midrange and a dual camera with a telephoto secondary shooter reads like a line from a high-end phone's specsheet - in fact, it's the sirocco's hardware. the 18:9 display is in keeping with the trends and 1080p is perfectly alright for a 6-incher in this segment. the 3,800mah battery is more than generous and the bundled 18w quick charger is great for quick top-ups.sure to entice android purists, the nokia 7 plus is an android one device. ours is running 8.1 oreo with an april 1 security patch - that's pixel-level up-to-date.nokia 7 plus specsbody: aluminum body with ceramic-feel coating; 158.4x75.6x8.0mmscreen: 6.0-inch, 18:9, fhd+ 2160x1080, ips lcd, laminated, polarized; gorilla glass 3rear camera: main 12mp, 1.4µm pixel size, f/1.75 aperture lens; secondary 12mp, 1.0µm pixel size, 2x telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens; dual-tone led flash, zeiss optics; 2160p video recordingfront camera: 16mp 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture lens; 1080p video recordingchipset: qualcomm snapdragonâ® 660, octa-core cpu (4x2.2 ghz kryo 260 & 4x1.8 ghz kryo 26); adreno 512...





iphone se 2 to come in may with a10 fusion chipset, missing 3.5mm jack

according to a new rumor originating at some unnamed case makers, apple will launch the long-awaited iphone se 2 in may. the name isn't set in stone, however, keep that in mind.the new device will be powered by apple's a10 fusion chipset, which made its debut in the iphone 7 and 7 plus back in 2016. that would be an upgrade from the original iphone se's a9 soc.purported iphone se 2 casingsin making the new model more 'modern', apple will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, although the dimensions of the second-generation se will be very close, if not identical, to those of its predecessor.the front will be indistinguishable, with the touch id sensor still there below the display - no notches or face id systems here. there's a chance that the new phone will have a glass back and qi wireless charging support, as hinted at by the previously leaked images above, but that's not a given.all in all, the iphone se 2 looks to be a pretty minor upgrade for apple's most affordable handset. the way the company is treating it reminds us of the macbook air, still its entry-level laptop but which is very rarely updated, and then only on the inside - its design has been exactly the same for many years.source





lg g7's extra button on the side is apparently for google assistant

the lg g7 thinq will become official on may 2. a steady flow of leaks has recently emerged about it, and one detail was pretty worrying: the g7 was said to have an extra button on the side for some ai features. naturally, many people assumed it would develop its own virtual assistant like samsung did with bixby, and then force it upon people.today a new report claims that won't be the case, and instead the new button is meant solely to provide access to the google assistant. in an android world that needs less duplication of features from oems, not more, this is definitely a welcome development, if true.the assistant button will be on the left side of the phone, just like samsung's bixby button. also emulating what samsung's done, lg will not let you reassign the key to any other function.lg is also going to give up on its traditional power button / fingerprint sensor combo on the back, and put a dedicated power key on the right side. the fingerprint button will remain on the rear.the new google assistant button ties in nicely with lg's newfound ai focus, which debuted on the v30s thinq. the thinq name itself is in fact ai-related. the g7 will come with custom lg commands for the assistant.past leaks have revealed that the g7 will have a 6.1-inch notched 19:9 mlcd+ touchscreen, the snapdragon 845 chipset at the helm, 4gb of ram, and 64gb of storage.source | image source





verizon users notified of oreo update for galaxy s7 and s7 edge, don't get it

not funny, verizon. people have been waiting for the oreo update for the galaxy s7 and s7 edge for a long time – these may be 2016 phones, but they are still flagships! so, when the verizon support page showed that the duo is finally getting the update, people’s heart leapt for joy.now imagine their disappointment when they found it’s just a security update. the april security patch specifically. sure, security is important, but this kind of fake-out isn’t necessary.promises, promises...the update should roll out in earnest tomorrow. should.source 1 | source 2 | source 3





full meizu 15, 15 plus, and m15 specs leak in brochure

in the rush to prepare for sunday’s event someone lost track of a brochure that neatly lists out all the specs for the meizu 15, the 15 plus as well as the meizu m15 (the lite model).the meizu 15 duo shares a 12 mp + 20 mp dual camera. the main shooter has large 1.55 µm pixels and a fairly bright f/1.8 aperture. the selfie cam is a single 20 mp shooter. unavoidably, the cameras have ai features to enhance your photos.both phones have oled screens with 1080p+ resolution but different sizes – the plus model has a 5.95” panel, the regular meizu 15 has a 5.46” one.the meizu 15 plus is powered by the exynos 8895 chipset of the galaxy s8, and it’s paired with 6 gb of ram and 64 gb or 128 gb storage. it has a 3,500 mah battery with 24w mcharge (12v at 2a).the meizu 15 switches to qualcomm power, a snapdragon 660 chipset specifically. it has 4 gb of ram and again a choice between 64 gb and 128 gb storage. the battery has 3,000 mah capacity.the meizu m15 serves as the lite model of the group. it has a 5.46” screen with 1080p+ resolution, but it’s an ltps lcd panel. and the chipset is a snapdragon 626 with 4 gb of ram and 64 gb storage.the m15 has a single 20 mp camera on the back (1.4 µm pixels, f/1.9) along with a 12 mp selfie camera.all three phones run flyme 7, the android version is unknown (actually, “android” isn’t even mentioned on the brochure, it’s all about the custom skin).source | via





18:9 panasonic eluga l7 launched in india with beefy battery and modest price tag

panasonic today announced the eluga l7 in india. the phone is highlighted by its 18:9 5.45-inch "big view" display, large 4,000mah battery and affordable inr 6,499 (~€80) price tag.the eluga l7 goes on sale on april 24, and it will be a flipkart exclusive.the modest price tag nets you a reasonably specced phone. there are two 8mp f/2.0 cameras - an autofocus one on the back and a fixed-focus selfie snapper and the main one churns out 1080p video.the screen packs a resolution of 1440x ... x and at 5.46-inch it's compact but not small. the chipset on board is a mediatek mt6737h with a quad-core 1.3ghz cpu. there are 2gb of ram and 16gb of on-board memory, which can be expanded with a microsd card.that microsd card has its own slot and there are two separate nano sim slots for optional dual-sim.





mystery nubia nx617j is revealed by tenaa and geekbench

a new zte nubia smartphone is nearing release. the mystery phone, which we'll refer to as nx617j, has passed certification with the tenaa and subsequently showed up on geekbench.specs-wise the nx617j has a 6-inch 18:9 screen of 2160x1080px resolution and a snapdragon 625 chipset. it will be offered with 3gb, 4gb and 6gb of ram and either 32gb or 128gb of embedded memory, which will be expandable.zte nubia nx617j the zte nubia nx617j will be a hefty device at 194g but there's a good reason for it - it packs a 4,870mah battery inside.the final details are the cameras and software version. the back will house a 16mp+8mp dual setup. on the opposite side, there will be a 16mp selfie snapper. the nx617j will launch with android 7.1.2 nougat.source 1 | 2 | via





nokia 8 sirocco and nokia 7 plus now available for pre-order in india

while the launch was announced earlier this month, the nokia 8 sirocco and nokia 7 plus are finally available for pre-order in india. both can be had from nokia.com or individually from other online stores – the 7 plus is on amazon, the 8 sirocco is on flipkart. check out the table below for prices and additional info.you can check out our hands-on with the two phones for a quick look at what makes them special. the full nokia 7 plus review is coming very soon too.





moto g6, play, and plus unveiled with 18:9 screens, clean oreo

motorola has just unveiled a trio of mid-rangers – meet the moto g6 family. each of the three models has its own strengths, but they share many similarities too. all three will launch with a clean android 8.0 oreo, they have 18:9 screens with fingerprint readers below them and while their cameras are different. all three have led flashes for their selfie cams and get free high-quality storage on google photos (for both photos and videos).the moto g6 trio will be available from the first week of may, except in brazil (where it launches immediately) and mexico (where it will be available next week). the g6 and g6 play will go on to launch in europe, the americas and the asia pacific. the g6 plus will not be available in north america but will cover only the other regions.moto g6 plusof the three new phones, the plus model gets the best toys. it has a bigger screen than the other two, a 5.9” ips panel with 1080p+ resolution and a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. and it gets the more powerful chipset, a snapdragon 630, paired with 4 gb or 6 gb of ram.the moto g6 plus also gets the best camera – a 12 mp + 5 mp dual camera with large 1.4µm pixels. the camera also sports dual pixel autofocus and is capable of 4k video capture. around the front there’s an 8 mp selfie camera (1080p video) with face filters.this model is also both slimmer than the g6 (8.0mm vs. 8.2mm) and has a larger battery (3,200 mah vs. 3,000 mah). a 15w turbopower charger is included in the retail box along with a usb...





new update starts hitting nokia 2

a new update has started rolling out to the nokia 2 smartphone. currently hitting units in india, it's a security update that brings along android patch for the month of april.there's currently no information on what other major changes (if any) are included in the update.most other nokia-branded smartphones from hmd have already received the april update, so it's good that the nokia 2 has finally started getting it as well. over the air roll outs usually happen in phases, so be patient if the notification hasn't popped up on your unit yet.via





meizu 15 plus stops by geekbench with 6gb of ram and android 7.0

the meizu 15 and 15 plus are relentless when it comes to benchmarks.first the meizu 15 plus revealed its exynos 8895 chipset on antutu, then the smaller meizu 15 passed by geekbench with a snapdragon chip (either a 660 or 635) and now it's the 15 plus' first run on geekbench.the chipset isn't specified, other than its cores and clock speed (8x1.69ghz) but we have no reason to doubt that it's the same exynos 8895 that is used in samsung's 2017 flagship phones.just like the meizu 15 plus that was tested on antutu, this one also has 6gb of ram.the meizu 15 plus and meizu 15 will become official on april 22 alongside the less-leaked meizu 15 lite.source | via





vivo v9 youth launched in india - toned down v9 for inr 18,990

vivo is treating indian fans of its v9 to a cheaper sidekick with the same level of charm but a lower price tag. the vivo v9 youth shares much of what makes the v9 proper good but reduces its inr 22,990 (~ €280) price tag to inr 18,990 (~ €230).the vivo v9 youth uses a snapdragon 450 in place of the snapdragon 626 in the v9 and has a 16mp+2mp dual camera in place of its 16mp+5mp - note that there's no 4k video recording. the selfie camera is a new 16mp snapper instead of the 24mp of the v9. it still does face unlock to save you the trouble of reaching for the back-mounted fingerprint scanner.otherwise the vivo v9 youth offers the same 6.3-inch 1080x2280px ips lcd with a tall-aspect 19:9 ratio and a notch to house the front-facing camera, 4gb of ram and a 3,260mah battery.software-wise the v9 youth runs android 8.1 oreo under funtouch os 4.0.the vivo v9 youth is already in stock in offline and online retail stores in pearl black and champagne gold for the aforementioned price of inr 18,990 (inr 19,990 mrp).via





lg v40 tipped to be codenamed storm

the code name for lg's next v series smartphone has been revealed. the usually reliable tipster evan blass took to twitter to reveal that the v40 is internally codenamed storm.sadly, @evleaks didn't reveal anything else about the device, including its pricing and availability information.for now, what's confirmed is that the lg g7 thinq will be made official on may 3. plus, a v35 thinq is also said to be coming. it's reasonable to expect the v40 will arrive after these devices.source





microsoft finally runs out of windows phones

last year microsoft finally confirmed that windows phone is dead, but even after that point it still sold some such devices through its official online store. not anymore, though.today there are zero windows phones in stock at the microsoft store, and we assume the company isn't going to replenish those stocks. so it's yet another good opportunity to bid farewell to microsoft's windows phone experiment, now that you can't even purchase the hp elite x3 for $299, alcatel idol 4s for $99.99, or the idol 4s with vr goggles in a bundle for $169.we assume it took this long for the stocks to be depleted because in spite of the severe price cuts not a lot of people were buying these. obviously though, physical microsoft stores might still have some windows phones in stock if you're feeling adventurous. and there are always third party distributors, that may be sitting on a bunch of unsold handsets running what was once said to become 'the third option' for smartphones, alongside android and ios.source





deal: sony xperia xz premium drops to $524.99, $275 less than its initial price

sony took the wraps off its xperia xz2 premium this week, and that means its predecessor is getting cheaper. the xz premium from last year can now be purchased for just $524.99. that's a whopping $275 less than the phone's initial price in the us, namely $799.99.the xz premium got its first price cut after only two months of availability, but even if you count from that $699.99 level, you're still getting $175 off with this deal.previously, we've seen the xz premium going for $585 and $550, but never as low as $524.99. if you want a handset with a 4k screen and don't mind the huge bezels, it should serve you very well. note that only the luminous chrome color version is discounted this steeply. if you choose to go for it, you're getting an unlocked device that you can use on gsm/lte carriers such as at&t, t-mobile, all of their prepaid brands, and any mvnos using their networks.source | via





sony 3d creator update for xperia xz premium, xz1, and xz1 compact brings 3d selfies

today sony has issued an update to its 3d creator app for the xperia xz premium, xz1, and xz1 compact. once you install it, you'll get access to the features announced at mwc alongside the xz2 and xz2 compact.you will be able to capture "super-fast" 3d selfies and then share them directly to facebook or even 3d print them. additionally, 3d creator output is now more detailed and has more definition, thanks to the post-scan cloud processing rendering your 3d scans in 4k textures.that should make for greater realism, apparently. 3d creator lets you capture anything, from food to faces, and make whatever your subject is into a 3d avatar, because 3d avatars are everywhere in 2018. the video above neatly summarizes what it's all about.source





moto z play receives android 8.0 oreo update in india

motorola has started sending out the update to android 8.0 oreo for the moto z play in india. it comes as a 1.12gb download, so if your data plan is limited make sure to grab it via wi-fi.after installation, your moto z play will be on software version opn27.76-12-22, with the april 1, 2018 security patch level. the latter is a nice surprise given how appallingly mid-rangers are usually treated when it comes to security fixes. that said, the moto z play is unlikely to receive another update for some time (or ever), so hopefully no huge vulnerabilities will be fixed by forthcoming monthly security patches.the moto z play has had quite a run since it was launched in 2016. the initial software it ran was marshmallow, and it then got updated to nougat last year. the z play was praised by many as a battery life champ, and a rather affordable one at that. unfortunately motorola ignored what made the z play successful and decided to give its successor a much smaller battery. perhaps the z3 play will remedy this, but we're not holding our collective breaths.source 1 | source 2 | source 3 | via





moto e5 plus and e5 hands-on review

introductionmotorola made its big media day mostly about its best-seller moto g-series, focusing on the ever more flagship-looking moto g6 plus, moto g6 play and plain moto g6. but the moto e5 and the moto e5 plus which were also announced today are too well-rounded to be ignored.the moto e5 plus and moto e5 build on the moto e4 formula with 2018 features like an 18:9 screen and a nicer design, even in the lower tier.it all starts with the moto e5 plus, which looks so good on paper, it might make more sense to buy than the new moto g6 play. compared to the g6 sibling, the moto e5 plus has a slightly bigger screen (5.99-inch vs 5.7-inch) and a huge 5,000mah battery (that makes 2 days of endurance look easy) and it is cheaper to buy.the moto e5 plus also brings a nice-sounding snapper to the table - a 12mp f/2.0 unit with reasonably sized 1.25 µm pixels. the selfie cam will either be 8mp or 5mp depending on where you live in the world.motorola moto e5 plus specsbody: gorilla glass front, plastic back with reflective wave pattern; 160.9x75.3x9.4mm; 196.6 grams; p2i water repellent nano coatingscreen: 5.99-inch, 18:9, hd+ 720x1440, ips lcd; gorilla glassrear camera: 12mp, f/2.0 lens; [email protected] video recordingfront camera: 5mp, [email protected] video recording; led selfie flashchipset: qualcomm snapdragon 425, quad-core cortex-a53 1.4ghzmemory: 2gb ram, 16gb, dedicated microsd slot for up to 256gb expansionos: android 8.0 oreobattery: 5,000mah, turbo charge 15wconnectivity: optional...





samsung galaxy s8 and s8+ get april security update in europe, improved stability

samsung is now rolling out a new update (based on android oreo) for the galaxy s8 and s8+ in europe. specifically, people in germany have received it already.it's a 570mb download that will install software version g950fxxu1crd7 for the s8, and g955fxxu1crd7 for the s8+. this brings with it the april security patches, both the batch that google released, as well as samsung's own fixes for its software.additionally, the new release packs stability improvements for the camera, bluetooth, and wi-fi. so if you've been having reliability issues with any of those, don't postpone applying this update. as always, it is probably a phased rollout, so it might take a few days for it to reach all the devices in germany. other countries, especially in europe, should also be getting it very soon.source | via





moto g6, play, and plus unveiled with 18:9 screens, clean oreo

motorola has just unveiled a trio of mid-rangers – meet the moto g6 family. each of the three models has its own strengths, but they share many similarities too. all three will launch with a clean android 8.0 oreo, they have 18:9 screens with fingerprint readers below them and while their cameras are different. all three have led flashes for their selfie cams and get free high-quality storage on google photos (for both photos and videos).the moto g6 trio will be available from the first week of may, except in brazil (where it launches immediately) and mexico (where it will be available next week). the g6 and g6 play will go on to launch in europe, the americas and the asia pacific. the g6 plus will not be available in not be available in north america, but will cover only the other regions.moto g6 plusof the three new phones, the plus model gets the best toys. it has a bigger screen than the other two, a 5.9” ips panel with 1080p+ resolution and a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. and it gets the more powerful chipset, a snapdragon 630, paired with 4 gb or 6 gb of ram.the moto g6 plus also gets the best camera – a 12 mp + 5 mp dual camera with large 1.4µm pixels. the camera also sports dual pixel autofocus and is capable of 4k video capture. around the front there’s an 8 mp selfie camera (1080p video) with face filters.this model is also both slimmer than the g6 (8.0mm vs. 8.2mm) and has a larger battery (3,200 mah vs. 3,000 mah). a 15w turbopower charger is included in the retail...