iPhone 8, 7s, 7s Plus dummy units shown in family photo as all three devices enter volume production

Somewhat corroborating yesterday’s report which said Apple would launch the iPhone8, 7s, and 7s Plus at the same time next month, a new rumor now claims all three devices have entered volume production. This obviously wouldn’t include the iPhone 8 if that model were to be launched later than the other two, as previously alleged.

So the trio should be outed at a special event at some point in September, with commercial availability coming before the end of the month. The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will not see any stock shortages, but the story will be quite different for the iPhone 8, as revealed countless times so far.

What you see above is a family shot of the dummy units for the three upcoming iPhones, which are said to accurately represent the looks of the real devices. The 7s and 7s Plus keep the overall design of their predecessors, but swap out the aluminum back for glass, in order to allow wireless charging to work. This feature will be present on the iPhone 8 as well, but will probably require the purchase of an additional accessory (the wireless charging pad) which may not even be available when the handsets go on sale.

The vertical alignment of the dual rear cameras on the iPhone 8 is once again confirmed, as is the fact that none of these models will have a fingerprint scanner on the back. This means there’s a big chance that the iPhone 8 will eschew such a sensor altogether, since it won’t be on the front either.

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Xiaomi announces a dual-camera phone is arriving in India next month

Xiaomi announced its first dual-camera phone in India will arrive in September. VP and Managing Director for India at the company Manu Kumar Jain tweeted the news, leaving followers guessing which device exactly will appear.

It will be either the new Xiaomi Mi 5X, announced two weeks ago, the flagship Xiaomi Mi 6 or the first Xiaomi dual-camera phone – the Redmi Pro.

Xiaomi Mi 6

Let’s have a quick rundown of the phones. The Xiaomi Mi 5X is the newest device of them all. It was announced at a fancy event and was presented with the MIUI 9, the latest user interface by Xiaomi. Its cameras are 12 MP – one with wide-angle lens and the other with a telephoto lens.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is currently the flagship device for the company. It has a Snapdragon 835 chipset and more RAM than the Mi 5X. Its dual camera setup is 12 MP with f/1.8 lens and OIS and 12 MP with f/2.6 telephoto lens. It will get the MIUI 9 on August 11.

Xiaomi’s first dual camera phone the Redmi Pro

The last phone that technically might be is the Xiaomi Redmi Pro. It has one 13 MP lens with another with 5 MP sensor and f/2.0 lens, but due to its age of almost one year, we doubt this is the phone Manu Kumar Jain is talking about.

BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black goes on sale in India

The BlackBerry KeyOne with 4GB/64GB memory configuration and dressed in all black officially arrived in India last week. And now, as scheduled, the device has been made available for purchase through Amazon.

The handset carries a price tag of INR 39,990, which currently translates into around $627. As of now, the retailer is only allowing a purchase of 1 unit per customer. Also American Express card holders and Vodafone customers have special offers for them.

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Meizu M6 Note specs and release date leak

Remember the Miezu M5 Note that arrived in December 2016? When we reviewed it, we said it is pretty average. Maybe Meizu took notes since the successor will arrive allegedly on September 6 with a faster chipset.

The Helio P25 is the current SoC inside the flagship Miezu Pro 7 and we expect the M6 Note to offer faster and more power-efficient performance than the M5 Note. It is paired with octa-core CPU and Mali-T880 GPU.

There will be a 5.5” LCD screen with Full HD resolution, nothing out of the ordinary here. The memory combo might be 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage or a more expensive version that would arrive with 4 gigs of RAM and 64 more for all your data. The battery is expected to have 4,000 mAh capacity.

When announced, the phone should cost CNY1,599 or about $240.

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LG V30 appears on GeekBench with 4GB of RAM and Android 7.1.2

Both Samsung and LG have been in the news lately as the anticipation for both smartphone makers to release their second flagship device of the year, halving the life cycle of its main flagship counterpart (Galaxy S8 and LG G6, respectively).

The LG V30 was spotted in the popular GeekBench app with a Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM. Which has silently become the standard hardware setup for flagship smartphones this year like the Galaxy S8 and the HTC U11. Meanwhile, other Chinese smartphone makers are putting 6GB of more of RAM their devices like the Xiaomi Mi6 and the OnePlus5.

The device tested ran the very latest Android Nougat version 7.1.2 and while the device’s multi-core result is well around the 6,300 mark, it technically didn’t beat the Xiaomi Mi 6’s score of over 6,700.

The LG V30 is expected to drop the secondary display from its V-series predecessors in favor of a 6.0-inch 2:1 aspect ratio Full vision OLED display. Like the G6, the V30 will have a new integrated design with a non-removable battery and water resistance. The phone is also rumored to ship with built-in wireless charging capabilities.

There’s not much more than a month left for LG to announce the V30. LG already sent out save-the-date invites for August31 in Berlin, the day before IFA kicks off.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 will reportedly maintain the screen sizes of the S8

Info from “unnamed industry sources” claims that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will use the same screen sizes as the S8 generation. Samsung Electronics has allegedly already given Samsung Display the specs – 5.77” for the S9, 6.22” for the S9+.

That is not to say that the displays themselves will not be updated. If nothing else, Samsung is going to have another shot at placing the fingerprint reader under the screen. Qualcomm and vivo already showed a working prototype, so maybe next year things will work out better (though rumors would have us believe that Apple is struggling with this too).

Anyway, the Galaxy S9 will feature the same Infinity Display design with curved sides and nearly no bezels. Small surprise, given the hugely positive response the company got for the new flagship.

A very similar screen (sans the fingerprint reader) is expected to feature on the soon to be unveiled Galaxy Note8 – a 6.32” panel.

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New leak shows the Nokia 8 in a different color

We already know that the Nokia 8 will launch with at least four color options – blue, which we already saw, gold/blue, gold/copper and steel. It’s that last one that is the latest in the series of Nokia 8 leaks, so feast your eyeballs on this.

HMD has been fairly restrained with its color palette. We do think the Nokia 6 & co. has some interesting color options, though we miss the wacky colors – yellow, orange, red, cyan, green – of the older Nokias. It certainly made the Lumias stand out. The new 3310 has some of those hues, the 105 and 130 as well, so we hope the smartphones get more exciting paint jobs eventually.

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Morgan Stanley: iPhone 8 supercycle delayed, still happening

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a statement that Apple would experience a super cycle with the upcoming iPhone 8. It is expected to happen in October, when the phone is released, rather than the usual September launch.

Super cycle is a phenomenon where owners of older iPhone are deliberately withholding a phone purchase because they are waiting for a major upgrade. The iPhone 8 is expected to bring around 10% sales bump, according to previous reports.

The top-notch iPhone 8 is projected to cost more than $1000. The extra bucks are expected to get you an OLED panel, wireless charging and 3D sensor for Augmented Reality. There are also rumors for the in-screen fingerprint sensor, but we might see the scanner implemented in power key.

Average sales price of iPhones is predicted to jump to a record high of $775, with 62% of the shipments being for the iPhone 8.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with 5300mAh battery launched in India

Xiaomi has launched the Mi Max 2 in India. The phone is priced at INR 16,999 and will be available online and offline simultaneously on July 27. As part of the three year anniversary celebration, the phone will also be available at Mi Home and mi.com on July 20 and 21.

The Mi Max 2 is the successor to last year’s Mi Max and has the same big 6.44-inch display but now in a new full unibody aluminum design. It also runs on the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset and will be available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The camera has also been improved and it now has the latest 12 megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor on the back with improved low light and dynamic range performance. Mi Max 2 also includes stereo speakers for improved immersion. Lastly, the Mi Max 2 includes an even bigger 5300mAh battery and now also supports Quick Charge 3.0 for faster charging.

Mi Max 2 runs on MIUI 8 on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will receive the MIUI 9 update later this year.

Mi Max 2 customers will also get up to 100GB of Jio 4G data, which is split over ten recharges of 10GB each of INR 309 and above till May 31, 2018.

Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus launched in India

Motorola has launched the Moto E4 and the Moto E4 Plus in India. The E4 will be available across all major retail outlets whereas the E4 Plus will be available exclusively on Flipkart.

 

The Moto E4 has a 5-inch 720p display, MediaTek MT6737 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 8 megapixel f2.2 rear camera, 5 megapixel f2.2 front camera, dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, 2800mAh battery, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

 

The E4 Plus has a 5.5-inch 720p display, MediaTek MT6737 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 13 megapixel f2.0 rear camera, 5 megapixel f2.2 front camera, dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, 5000mAh battery, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

 

The Moto E4 is priced at INR 8999 ($139) and is available right now. The Moto E4 Plus is priced at INR 9999 ($155) and will be available on July 12, 23:59.

 

As launch day offer, the Moto E4 Plus will get 84GB Idea 4G data for 84 days for INR 443, two months subscription to Hotstar Premium, Motorola Pulse2 headset worth INR 1599 for 749, up to INR 9000 in exchange for your old smartphone, extra 20% off on Flipkart SmartBuy products, and guarantee INR 4000 buyback on the Moto E4 Plus.