Moto G5, G5 Plus at MWC 2017 – Rumoured Price, Specifications, and How to Watch Live Stream

Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are due to be launched at Lenovo’s pre-MWC event. The devices are expected to run on Android 7.0 nougat out of the box, and come with upgraded specifications. Moto’s conference starts at 9pm IST (4.30pm CET) on Sunday, and should be live streamed for the world to see.

Moto G5, G5 Plus at MWC 2017 - Rumoured Price, Specifications, and How to Watch Live Stream

How to watch Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus launch live stream
Lenovo brand Moto should live stream the event on either Lenovo’s or Moto’s YouTube page. Alternatively, you can follow updates on Lenovo’s Twitter and Facebook handles as well. Gadgets 360 will also be on ground zero giving you all the details as they happen.

Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are both expected to sport metal bodies, and come with Lenovo branding on the side panels. The primary camera at the back will let go of the capsule design, and instead sport a circular design accompanied by dual-LED flash. The smartphones will have a home button at the front which is widely expected to embed the fingerprint scanner. The legendary Moto “M” logo will sit at the back, and the smartphones are expected to come with a removable battery.

The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus will come with similar specifications including full-HD screen resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover for protection, run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, and support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Some of the other similarities in the handsets include fingerprint scanner at the front, 5-megapixel front camera, and water repellent coating. Both Moto G5 and G5 Plus are expected to come in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colours.

Starting with the Moto G5 specifications, it is expected to feature a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with a pixel density of 441ppi; 16GB/ 32GB on board storage; 13-megapixel rear camera; 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC; 2800mAh battery with rapid charging support; and 4G LTE support. It will measure 144.3x73x9.5mm and weigh 145 grams.

Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, will feature a slightly larger 5.2-inch full-HD display; 64GB storage; 3000mAh battery with TurboPower charging; 12-megapixel camera with dual autofocus feature; powered by 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC; 4G LTE, and measure 150.2x74x7.9mm and weigh 155 grams.

An earlier report claims that the Moto G5 may be priced lower than its predecessor at launch. The Moto G5 will be priced at EUR 189 (roughly Rs. 13,500) for the 2GB RAM with 16GB storage model while the 3GB RAM with 16GB storage model is likely to be priced at EUR 209 (roughly Rs. 15,000). The smartphone was recently spotted the Moto G5 being sold on OLX in Brazil for about $385 (roughly Rs. 25,700) for the 32GB variant.

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Both the devices are expected to go on sale soon after launch, however specifics are yet unknown. We recommend you to take all of this with a pinch of salt till all details become official in a few hours from now.

Nokia 6 International Launch Imminent? Nokia’s Android Phone Spotted on Certification Site

With the launch of Nokia 6 smartphone last month, Nokia made an official comeback into the smartphone world. At that time, the Nokia 6 was only sold in China, and no information on its availability in international market was known. The Nokia 6 was recently spotted on eBay India where it was being sold unofficially, but now a new development hints that the Nokia 6 global launch may not be far away.

Nokia 6 International Launch Imminent? Nokia's Android Phone Spotted on Certification Site

According to a report by NokiaPowerUser, the Nokia 6 global variant with the model number TA-1003 was certified in Taiwan. The same Nokia 6 model number was recently spotted on Bluetooth certification site and GFXBench as well. This is thought to be testimony enough that the Nokia 6 global variant is in the offing. The listed Nokia device supports LTE, GSM, and CDMA, making it compatible with networks worldwide. A recent report had also said that Nokia 6 global release will be announced at Nokia’s MWC 2017 event.

Apart from that, all the other specifications of the Nokia 6 global variant and China model remain the same. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass, and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The dual-SIM Nokia 6 smartphone comes with a 3000mAh non-removable battery and fast-charging support. As for optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Android 7.0 Nougat-based Nokia 6 smartphone has USB 2.0 port for connectivity, fingerprint sensor in the front, stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio enhancement.

The mid-range Nokia 6 smartphone has been priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,000), rather high considering the specifications. It has been welcomed with open arms in China with the first sale getting over in under a minute.

As mentioned above, Nokia is going to host an event at MWC 2017, where it is expected to launch the Nokia P1, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and the reincarnation of the Nokia 3310.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) Prices Revealed

The prices of Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series smartphones have reportedly been announced by the South Korean giant. The Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) smartphones, unveiled ahead of CES 2017 alongside the Galaxy A7 (2017), are expected to retail in Europe for for EUR 329 (roughly Rs. 23,500) and EUR 429 (roughly Rs. 30,600), respectively.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) Prices RevealedSamsung may not even launch the Galaxy A7 (2017) in the region at all, if the report by SamMobile is anything to go by. All three smartphones from the Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series will be made available from early-January in Russia before being made available in other markets.

The South Korean company has claimed that the latest entrants into the Galaxy A series pack “enhanced” cameras, in comparison to their predecessors, specifically optimised for low-light conditions. Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017) come with an impressive IP68 dust and water resistance. Samsung is also touting the premium design inspired by its flagship smartphones for the new models.

All three Samsung Galaxy A (2017) smartphones feature support for storage expansion via microSD cards (up to 256GB), a fingerprint scanner embedded into the Home Button, as well as support for fast charge. The new Galaxy A series smartphones further come with USB Type-C port and an Always on Display.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017) will be made available in Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, and Peach Cloud colour variants.

Asus ZenFone AR Tango-Enabled, DayDream-Ready Smartphone Leaked Ahead of CES 2017

Ahead of Asus’s event at CES 2017 on Wednesday, Qualcomm has mistakenly ousted the ZenFone AR, the Taiwanese company’s upcoming Tango smartphone powered by the new Snapdragon 821 processor. If Qualcomm’s blog is to be believed, Asus ZenFone AR – a smartphone that is both Tango-enabled and Daydream ready – will be unveiled at CES this week.

Asus ZenFone AR Tango-Enabled, DayDream-Ready Smartphone Leaked Ahead of CES 2017Qualcomm has removed the blog post revealing the Asus ZenFone AR since then, but not before GSMArena and others spotted it. The post reveals that the Asus ZenFone AR is the world’s first Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready mobile device. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor is seen on the Google Pixel and the OnePlus 3T as well. Just to recap, Tango evolved from Google’s Project Tango mission to leverage augmented reality on a smartphone. The first smartphone to be powered by Tango was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, and now the Asus ZenFone AR is set to be the world’s second.

Asus was looking to do a big unveil at CES, but Qualcomm let the cat out of the bag a little early. Even tipster evleaks leaked pictures of the Asus ZenFone AR showing the front and back of the device. The Asus ZenFone AR leak shows a sleek looking device with a beefy camera setup at the back. There’s a Home Button in the front, and that’s probably where the fingerprint sensor will be embedded.

Qualcomm also mentioned in its blog that only Snapdragon processors power commercial Tango-enabled devices and all future SoCs will come with the capability. Apart from this, there’s little else that is known about the Asus ZenFone AR right now. More details on the Asus ZenFone AR will be revealed Wednesday when the smartphone will be unveiled. Gadgets 360 will be on ground zero at CES in Las Vegas giving you the latest scoop. Stay tuned.

OnePlus 3 goes back on sale in Europe and Hong Kong

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If you were looking to purchase a OnePlus 3 back in August, you may have run into an issue whereby the phone’s sale was actually halted in your country. Today, OnePlus’ latest flagship is no longer at the mercy of a stock shortage, and is now available to purchase in these countries once more.

From this morning, the OnePlus 3 is again available to buy in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. Sales in Hong Kong are also back online after the temporary sales pause.

Apparently, the stock shortage situation was caused by higher than expected demand throughout much of Europe, the UK and the US. According to Finnish carrier Elisa, the phone is pretty hot in Europe right now. The stock problem was exacerbated by the lack of an invite system this time around, leaving the company with little choice but to keep pushing back shipping dates while it brought in more stock.

Unfortunately, the reintroduction of sales doesn’t necessarily mean that stock will be arriving in consumer’s hands in a timely manner. Customers are still facing a four week shipping turnaround for the sought after “Soft Gold” model. Although, the graphite variant now in stock for immediate shipping. Those who managed to buy their phone after August 9th should continue to keep an eye on their expecting shipping date, as these will have now been updated.

Xperia X Compact goes on sale in the UK

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Sony’s latest Xperia X line-up is gradually making its way out to customers in the usual select parts of the world, and the Xperia X Compact is now available to purchase in the UK. An assortment of local retailers and carriers are now offering the smartphone, both unlocked and on contract offers.

The Carphone Warehouse and EE are currently selling the handset, with contracts also available on the O2 and Vodafone networks. The up front cost for the unlocked model will set up back £359.99. Although the Carphone Warehouse is also offering this phone for £28 per month when you take out a 24 month contract, which can all be had with no additional upfront costs. Monthly data plans are typically between an extra £28 and £35 per month, depending on the package.

If you’re buying from EE directly, contract plans start at £28.49 with nothing down for 500MB of data, while the phone and a 20GB plan can be yours for £50.99 per month with £0 up front. Neither Amazon nor other carriers seem to be selling the handset directly in the country just yet, but you can pick up a SIM card for use in the unlocked model, or a contract through the Carphone Warehouse.

For hardware, the new Xperia X Compact offers up a 4.6-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 650 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. The phone also comes equipped with a 23MP rear camera, 5MP selfie shooter, a USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner, Android Marshmallow, and a 2,700mAh battery on board.

XOLO Era 1X with 5-inch HD display, quad-core processor and VoLTE launched

Last month, we exclusively reported that the entry-level XOLO Era 1X smartphone would be unveiled in September. Today, the company has officially launched the Era 1X, which comes as a successor to the Era X that was unveiled in February. The budget smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and offers 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE (voice over LTE) support.

XOLO Era 1X

The XOLO Era 1X features a 5-inch HD (1,280 x 720p) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A processor. It comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be further increased up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card. The phone gets an 8-megapixel autofocus primary snapper with an LED flash and 5P Largan lens. Selfies are captured by a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with a dual-LED flash. Additional camera features include Slow Motion Video, Live Photos, Time-Lapse Video, Audio Note, and Beauty Mode. A 2,500mAh battery completes the list of the specs.

The XOLO Era 1X has been priced at Rs 4,999, and comes in Black with Gunmetal and Gold with Brown hues. The phone will be exclusively available on Flipkart from September 15th. Registrations for the sale have already been kicked off on XOLO’s website.

Lava P7+ with 5-inch HD display, Android Marshmallow and selfie flash launched

After launching the P7 smartphone in January, Lava has just introduced the phone’s successor called the P7+. Similar to its predecessor, the P7+ is also an entry-level smartphone with a front-facing LED flash to deliver better selfies under low light conditions. The Lava P7+ boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, while the P7 runs the dated Android 5.1 Lollipop.

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The Lava P7+ features a 5-inch 2.5D curved glass display bearing a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The device utilises a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, aided by 1GB of RAM. Storage capacity on board is 8-gigs, which you can further increase up to 64GB by inserting a microSD card. Camera features include an 8-meg rear snapper and a 5-meg front shooter, both accompanied by LED flash. The selfie camera gets an 84-degree wide angle lens to let you lick a ‘Groupie’. Connectivity features include dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and FM Radio. A 2,500mAh battery keeps the whole package alive.

The Lava P7+ has been listed on the company’s website for Rs 5,649, and is expected to go on sale across channels in the coming days. The device will face stiff competition from the likes of the YU Yuphoria, Intex Cloud String V2, and the InFocus M370, which offer better feature like 4G connectivity and 2GB of RAM in the same price range.

Target Said to Be Developing Its Own Mobile Wallet

Target Corp is in the early stages of developing its own mobile wallet, three people familiar with the matter said, joining Wal-Mart Stores Inc in posing a threat to recent entrants like Apple Pay.

The fourth-largest US retailer has not committed to launch the product, which would allow customers to pay for goods using an app on their mobile phones. The mobile wallet could launch as early as next year, but it is too early to predict, said two of the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Target’s team has made some decisions, including to partner with credit card companies, and they are in favour of processing transactions using scanning technology to communicate with payment terminals, the two sources said.

However, Target has not tested the wallet in its stores so far, said the third source, who was not authorized to disclose the details.

Target’s entry would create a powerful new competitor in a small, crowded market, challenging Apple Inc’s Apple Pay, Alphabet Inc’s Android Pay and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Samsung Pay.

Target’s move also would raise new questions about the viability of a plan by a number of retailers, including Target and Wal-Mart, to create a joint mobile wallet, called CurrentC.

Target spokesman Eddie Baeb said on Friday the retailer is testing CurrentC, which is being developed by the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), in a few stores but it is also exploring additional mobile wallet solutions. He declined to comment on whether Target was developing its own mobile payment service.

“Target is a participant of the MCX and we are testing its CurrentC mobile wallet with guests as part of a pilot in Columbus, Ohio,” Baeb said.

Mobile wallets have struggled to find favour with merchants and customers, with many shoppers not finding the new systems worth the trouble to activate for every purchase.

Still, wallet companies are cramming into the space in the expectation that consumers eventually will choose to pay with phones and that winning vendors will forge deep, profitable links with customers.

CurrentC’s aim was to become competitive with credit cards while reducing the fees retailers pay to card companies.

Last week, Wal-Mart became the first member of the group to announce its own mobile payment service, Wal-Mart Pay.

Wal-Mart said it would remain part of the CurrentC consortium and the sources said Target planned to as well. The urgency by Wal-Mart and Target to jump into the mobile payments space stems from the delays in CurrentC’s rollout and the need to remain ahead in the payments business, industry experts said. Target does not accept any type of mobile wallet in stores, but takes Apple Pay in its mobile application. The Minneapolis-based retailer is planning to integrate its wallet into its existing mobile application and does not intend to employ the wireless near-field communication technology used by the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay, one of the sources added. It is leaning towards using QR code technology, used by Starbucks Corp and Wal-Mart, which allows customers to scan a code at the payment terminal, the sources said. Like Wal-Mart, Target aims to directly link customers’ credit cards to its payment app, they added. Target’s mobile wallet is not likely to bypass credit card companies. The retailer is looking for ways to integrate its Red store credit and debit cards, as well as cards from other issuers, the sources said. Gregory Burch, vice president of strategic initiatives at payment terminal manufacturer Ingenico, said given the proliferation of mobile payment services, retailers have to make it worthwhile for shoppers to use their mobile wallets in stores.

“It is crucial these retailers are able to build (customer) habit,” he said.

BlackBerry Priv Android Smartphone Gets First Software Update

BlackBerry, keeping its promise to release monthly security updates, has released the first maintenance software update for the Priv smartphone.

BlackBerry Priv users who purchased the smartphone from ShopBlackBerry should start receiving update notifications OTA (over-the-air) while carrier-purchased Priv handsets are expected to receive it starting Monday. The company on its official blog added that the maintenance update brings productivity and security improvements for the device. The update is about 475MB in size.

Some of the additions and improvements in the update include an improved camera, which includes tweaks to improve the speed of the camera app as well as re-tuning for better low-light image quality; Priv’s software has been also tweaked to improve overall system performance, and stability improvements for device reliability and reduced instances of crashing/ freezing.

The update also brings enhanced security features as part of the company’s first monthly security update. According to the Canadian company, the update includes “December’s security patches.”

The company alongside also revealed that some of stock BlackBerry’s Android apps such as Blackberry Keyboard, Blackberry Hub, Blackberry Camera, and DTEK by BlackBerry will receive updates via Google Play on December 14.

The improvements to the above apps include: Camera gets support for 16:9 photos; Keyboard gets increased language support and emojis added to predictive typing; Hub & Contacts get includes WhatsApp support, and lastly, DTEK by BlackBerry app gets more notification options to alert users when apps checks into user info.

The Canadian handset maker had previously confirmed the release time frame for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update rollout for the Priv. BlackBerry is reportedly targeting a rollout “sometime in the new year.” Unfortunately, details about the update are limited as of now.

To recall, BlackBerry Priv Android slider smartphone went up for sale last month at $699 (roughly Rs. 45,500) in the US.