iPhone 7 Destroys Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Real World Speed Test

iPhone 7 Destroys Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Real World Speed Test

With the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, YouTubers have been busy conducting all kinds of test right from drop tests to speed tests. On Monday, we compiled a list of some of the best drop test videos of the iPhone 7 that were posted on YouTube.

Now, we have a real speed test from YouTube channel PhoneBuff that quite convincingly shows just how fast the iPhone 7 really is. The video pits the iPhone 7 against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 to see which of the two phones is the fastest when it comes to running various apps and games.

The test concluded with the iPhone 7 finishing way ahead of the Galaxy Note 7, beating the latter by a huge margin. While the iPhone 7 loaded some of the apps and games like Angry Birds and Subway Surfers with ease, the Galaxy Note 7 was surprisingly slow loading the same.

In fact, by the time the Galaxy Note 7 loaded every app in the first round, the iPhone 7 managed to complete it twice in almost half the time. To put things into perspective, the Galaxy Note 7 took 2 minutes and 4 seconds to load the apps once, and then 3 minutes and 14 seconds to load the apps twice. The iPhone 7 on the other hand finished loading all the apps once in 1 minute 14 seconds, and then loaded them all again in 1 minute 40 seconds. Despite just 2GB of RAM inside the iPhone 7 compared to the 4GB of RAM found in the Galaxy Note 7, the former still had all the apps open in memory while the latter had to reload some of them.

PhoneBuff also recently conducted a speed test between the iPhone 6s and the Galaxy Note 7, where the year-old iPhone beat the Galaxy Note 7. While on paper the Galaxy Note 7 has the specifications to beat the iPhone 6s, real life speed tests say otherwise.

Although the Galaxy Note 7 fell short of both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, these tests do not actually prove that the Galaxy Note 7 is slow in real life and users are unlikely to face any real lag with the device. And despite the recent battery-related issue, the Galaxy Note 7 is still a pretty solid device.

Seeing as how the Galaxy Note 7 has been beaten by Apple’s latest smartphone, It would be interesting now to see a speed test between the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

Google Pixel Smartphones Appear in Multiple Leaks Ahead of October 4 Event

Google Pixel Smartphones Appear in Multiple Leaks Ahead of October 4 Event

Google on Monday confirmed it is launching new smartphones at an October 4 event, expected to be the much-leaked Pixel smartphones. The company has also started sending invites for the event, to be held at 9am local time in San Francisco. Now, just like every other major smartphone launch, the rendered images of the alleged Pixel and Pixel XL phones have surfaced on the Internet ahead of the launch, alongside other information.

Leaked images of the anticipated Google Pixel smartphones have been shared by Android Police, showcasing the fingerprint scanner at the back as well as similar camera panel and design as suggested by the images of the TPU cases for the smartphones that leaked earlier. Even the front panel of both Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can be seen in the leaked images.

Interestingly, a commercial by Alphabet subsidiary Nest for the Netherlands, spotted by Android Police, showcased a smartphone that looks identical to the leaked images of the Pixel smartphone. Even though there is no confirmation and the model used in the advertisement might as well be a dummy, it certainly looks similar to the upcoming smartphone and has aluminium at the bottom and glass at the top.

In another rumour circulated by Android Police, the starting price of the Pixel smartphone has been leaked. The rumour suggests that the pricing for the 5-inch model of Pixel smartphone will start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500). Even though site says that the source of the rumour is a trusted one, due to lack of other sources on the subject and absence of primary material, it should be taken with an additional grain of salt.

An earlier report suggested that the rumoured 5-inch Pixel smartphone, which was earlier codenamed ‘Sailfish’ will be launched at $449 (roughly Rs. 30,000).

In order to provide some sort of compensation for higher price tag, the report suggests that Google might make financing options available for the users.

To recall, Gadgets 360 earlier this year reported Google will be dropping the ‘Nexus’ branding and will launch the new smartphones under its own brand. The upcoming smartphones are further expected to be launched with Android 7.1 Nougat.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Pro Variant Leaked With Android 7.0 Nougat, 8GB of RAM, and Snapdragon 821 SoC

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Xiaomi on Tuesday released a teaser signalling that the company is ready to unveil the much-rumoured Xiaomi Mi 5s at an event scheduled on September 27 at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing. While it is almost certain that the Mi 5s will be unveiled on that date, there are also hints that the Mi Note 2 will also make its debut as well. The latest leaks now detail the Mi Note 2 Pro.

Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous leaks regarding the Mi Note 2. The device is rumoured to sport a dual-edge screen with 6GB of RAM. While details of the Mi Note 2 are still speculative, we now have a fresh leak that suggests what could be a Mi Note 2 Pro device. A screenshot posted on Weibo shows the ‘About phone’ page of the alleged Mi Note 2 Pro.

According to the image, the Mi Note 2 Pro will feature a whopping 8GB of RAM with a quad-core 2.6GHz CPU, running the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 8 on top. The chipset is likely to be the new Snapdragon 821 which is also rumoured to feature in the Mi Note 2.

While the details on the Mi Note 2 Pro are limited, it is likely that Xiaomi will reveal the device a few months after the launch of the Mi Note 2, as was the case with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. It is also possible that the leaked screenshot is simply a variant of the Mi Note 2, which will likely be known in a week from now.

Meanwhile, the Mi Note 2 is rumoured to come in two storage options at 64GB and 128GB. Other rumoured features include a USB Type-C port, 3600mAh battery, two speaker grilles, and a fingerprint sensor at the front.

The Mi Note 2 is expected to be priced around CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000) for the 64GB variant and around CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 28,000) for the 128GB option.

Micromax Canvas Tab P681 Tablet and Bolt Q326+ Smartphone Launched

Micromax Canvas Tab P681 Tablet and Bolt Q326+ Smartphone Launched

Micromax has unveiled a new voice-calling tablet in India, the Canvas Tab P681. Additionally, the budget Bolt Q326+ has been launched as well, and is available exclusively via ShopClues. The new Micromax Canvas Tab P681 tablet is now available exclusively via Flipkart at Rs. 7,499. The Bolt Q326+ is available at Rs 3,499.

The Micromax Canvas Tab P681 tablet features an 8-inch (1280×800 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The handset comes with 16GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). The Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with single-SIM card slot and supports voice-calling. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also packs a 2-megapixel front camera.

Micromax is promoting the Canvas Tab P681 tablet as all-in-one entertainment device, and highlighting the DTS dual box speakers on board. Connectivity options on the tablet include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and USB OTG. It is backed by a 4000mAh battery.

Commenting on the launch, Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics said, “We at Micromax have established ourselves as leaders in the tablet segment with our continued innovation to best fit users’ requirements. Thus with this new product Canvas Tab P681, we intend to further bolster our leadership position and bring the best immersive sound experience to give a full- fledged entertainment sojourn to our valued consumers.”

The Micromax Bolt Q326+ features a 4-inch WVGA display and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. There is an 8GB of built-in storage which is expandable via microSD card. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also packs a 0.3-megapixel front camera. The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone is backed by a 1400mAh battery. It will be available in Grey and Champagne colours.

Nokia 216 Dual SIM Feature Phone With Front-Facing Flash Launched at Rs. 2,495

Nokia 216 Dual SIM Feature Phone With Front-Facing Flash Launched at Rs. 2,495

Feature phones still exist today and Microsoft is making sure of that. After launching the Nokia 230 Dual SIM in December at Rs. 3,869, Microsoft on Tuesday launched the Nokia 216 Dual SIM in India at a price of Rs. 2,495. The feature phone will be available in the country from October 24.

The Nokia 216 comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display (240×320 resolution), running on Nokia Series 30+ operating system, with up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD card support. The handset features a VGA camera (0.3-megapixels) with an LED flash module on both the front and back.

Connectivity options include Micro-USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM and HSP/HFP profile. The 216 Dual SIM comes with a smaller 1020mAh battery compared to the 1200mAh found on the 230 Dual SIM. Microsoft claims up to 18 hours of talk time and up to 19 days standby (for Dual SIM) for the Nokia 216.

Microsoft is also offering one free Gameloft game every month for a year and users can enjoy titles like GT Racing and Little Big City. Apps and games are available through the Opera Game Store.

The Nokia 216 Dual SIM measures 118.0×50.02×13.5mm and weighs 83 grams. The device is covered in a polycarbonate shell and will be available in Black, Grey, and Blue colour variants.

The launch of the Nokia 216 from Microsoft is surprising especially after the announcement by the company in May that it would sell its feature phone assets to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision that’s better known as Foxconn, and HMD Global in the second half of 2016. It is likely that the Nokia 216 Dual SIM will be the last feature phone from Microsoft once the deal is closed.

Micromax Canvas Tab P681 Tablet and Bolt Q326+ Smartphone Launched

Micromax Canvas Tab P681 Tablet and Bolt Q326+ Smartphone Launched

Micromax has unveiled a new voice-calling tablet in India, the Canvas Tab P681. Additionally, the budget Bolt Q326+ has been launched as well, and is available exclusively via ShopClues. The new Micromax Canvas Tab P681 tablet is now available exclusively via Flipkart at Rs. 7,499. The Bolt Q326+ is available at Rs 3,499.

The Micromax Canvas Tab P681 tablet features an 8-inch (1280×800 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The handset comes with 16GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). The Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with single-SIM card slot and supports voice-calling. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also packs a 2-megapixel front camera.

Micromax is promoting the Canvas Tab P681 tablet as all-in-one entertainment device, and highlighting the DTS dual box speakers on board. Connectivity options on the tablet include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and USB OTG. It is backed by a 4000mAh battery.

Commenting on the launch, Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics said, “We at Micromax have established ourselves as leaders in the tablet segment with our continued innovation to best fit users’ requirements. Thus with this new product Canvas Tab P681, we intend to further bolster our leadership position and bring the best immersive sound experience to give a full- fledged entertainment sojourn to our valued consumers.”

The Micromax Bolt Q326+ features a 4-inch WVGA display and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. There is an 8GB of built-in storage which is expandable via microSD card. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also packs a 0.3-megapixel front camera. The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone is backed by a 1400mAh battery. It will be available in Grey and Champagne colours.

BlackBerry DTEK60 Android Smartphone Spotted on Company Site With Specifications

BlackBerry DTEK60 Android Smartphone Spotted on Company Site With Specifications

In the tech industry, it is becoming almost impossible to keep any device a secret till its official launch. The latest to join the list is BlackBerry’s DTEK60. However, the company is itself to blame for the leak as according to reports, the smartphone’s listing was accidentally made public by company’s own website.

The details of the DTEK60 smartphone from BlackBerry, interestingly, come from a webpage with the name ‘donotpublish’, reports CrackBerry. The webpage, which features some specifications of the smartphone, has since been taken down by the company.

The leaked specifications of the device are in line with the previously rumoured BlackBerry ‘Argon’ smartphone. The DTEK60 is expected to sport a 5.5-inch Quad-HD (1440×2560 pixels) display. The smartphone is rumoured to be powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the smartphone is expected to feature a 21-megapixel autofocus rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera with fixed focus. DTEK60 is expected to house a battery with 3000mAh capacity. It is also expected to feature a fingerprint scanner and a Convenience key.

In July this year, BlackBerry launched its second Android-based smartphone – DTEK50 – and called it “the world’s most secure Android smartphone.” The company further said that said that the smartphone alerts users if someone is making remote use of its camera or microphone, or accessing the phone’s location information.

DTEK60 could be a larger, higher-specced DTEK50 with a fingerprint sensor, CrackBerry said in its report.

Xiaomi Mi 5s With Snapdragon 821 Processor Expected to Launch on September 27

Xiaomi Mi 5s With Snapdragon 821 Processor Expected to Launch on September 27

Xiaomi has scheduled an event at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing on September 27. Running up to the launch, Xiaomi has released a teaser with a big ‘S’ taking the spotlight, hinting that the much rumoured Xiaomi Mi 5s is finally set for a launch.

The Xiaomi Mi 5s smartphone is expected to be the beefed-up version of the Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship smartphone. It has been leaked on various occasions revealing key features and specification details. The smartphone will feature upgraded specifications over the Mi 5, but the big talking point will be the Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.4GHz. Just to compare, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Collating past leaks, the Xiaomi Mi 5s is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 95 percent NTSC colour gamut, and 650 nits of brightness. As mentioned, it is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The storage option is expected to be at 256GB (however other RAM/storage bundles are also rumoured). It is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, and support dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) slots.

While earlier leaks tipped at a dual-camera setup at the back, latest leaks point at a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi 5s may support a fingerprint scanner, and is expected to sport an iPhone 7-like tactile home button. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C and NFC support. The smartphone is said to measure 144.5×69.2×7.2mm and weigh 147 grams.

We recommend you take all the above mentioned details with a grain of salt, and wait till Xiaomi announces official details on September 27.

Lenovo Z2 Plus launched in India

Lenovo India has started sending invites of the launch of its Z2 Plus smartphone in the country on Thursday. The company is holding a launch event in New Delhi that’s scheduled to begin at 11:30am IST.

The Chinese consumer electronics giant will be launching the Lenovo Zuk Z2 – which was launched in China in May this year – as the Lenovo Z2 Plus in India.

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Detailing the reasons behind the rebranding in the country, Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing, Smartphones, Lenovo MBG India told Gadgets 360, “Once we are getting into a particular price band, we want to make sure consumers know the brand. We want to sell the phone. We are not bringing the device as token flagship as India is still a big market for us. However, Zuk branding will be there on the box, with the text ‘Powered by Zuk’ as a hat tip for the Zuk team.”

The Lenovo Z2 Plus will be launched in two variants in the country – 3GB of RAM with 32GB of inbuilt storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of inbuilt storage. Both variants are dual-SIM, and will support 4G SIM cards in one slot, and 3G SIM cards in the other.

The Z2 Plus won’t run Cyanogen OS – like the Lenovo Zuk Z1 (Review) did – and will instead come with the Google Now Launcher pre-installed. The company says India-specific features will include gesture shortcuts via the fingerprint scanner. It will also bear a dedicated pedometer and come with the company’s new U-Health app.

The Zuk Z2 smartphone launched in China features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved high-fibre glass. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked up to 2.15GHz. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with EIS, an f/2.2 aperture, and PDAF. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture round off the optics on board the Zuk Z2. It packs a 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging – charging up to 80 percent in one hour. The Lenovo Zuk Z2’s connectivity options include offers 4G LTE (with support Indian LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1 BLE, and USB 2.0 Type-C port.

Prototype of Implantable Artificial Kidney Developed

Scientists have developed a coffee-cup-sized prototype of a surgically implantable artificial kidney that uses a silicon nanofilter to remove toxins, salts and other molecules from the blood.

The advance could be a promising alternative to kidney transplantation or dialysis for people with end stage renal disease (ESRD), researchers said.

“We aim to conduct clinical trials on an implantable, engineered organ in this decade, and we are coordinating our efforts with both the NIH (US National Institutes of Health) and the US Food and Drug Administration,” said Shuvo Roy, from University of California, San Francisco in US.

Researchers prototyped and tested key components of the coffee-cup-sized device, which mimics functions of the human kidney.

One component of the new artificial kidney is a silicon nano-filter to remove toxins, salts, some small molecules, and water from the blood.

Prototype of Implantable Artificial Kidney Developed

Bangladesh born Roy’s research team designed the device-based on manufacturing methods used in the production of semiconductor electronics and micro-electro-mechanical systems.

The new silicon nano-filters offer several advantages – including more uniform pore size – over filters now used in dialysis machines, according to Roy, who led the research together with William Fissell, a professor at the Vanderbilt University in US.

The silicon nano-filter is designed to function on blood pressure alone and without a pump or electrical power. Fissell said the project’s goal is to create a permanent solution to the scarcity problem in organ transplantation.

“We are increasing the options for people with chronic kidney disease who would otherwise be forced onto dialysis,” Fissell added.

The artificial kidney being developed by Roy and Fissell is designed to be connected internally to the patient’s blood supply and bladder and implanted near the patient’s own kidneys, which are not removed.

The research was presented at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week in US.