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By Namerah S
DOOGEE announces the S86 with an 8,500mAh battery
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Chinese electronics company DOOGEE came to fame a couple of years ago thanks to the success of the Mix series. At present, the brand has transformed to focus more on the niche market of rugged smartphones. Today DOOGEE announced the latest entrant to its durable line of smartphones, the DOOGEE S86.
A common model for affordable phone brands is to pack as many features as possible in a low-priced handset, usually cutting back on display quality. Other trends of such devices tend to include large batteries and storage capacities coupled with mid-ranged SoCs.
The DOOGEE S86 appears to follow a similar framework with its gigantic 8,500mAh battery. Other specifications of the newly announced device include a 6.1-inch Gorilla Glass HD LCD display, the Helio P60 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage and 24W fast charging. It runs stock Android 10 out the box and has a side-mounted fingerprint reader.
Since it is a rugged phone, it has IP68 and IP69K certifications, meaning the device will be resistant to water, dust, sand, shocks and falls. As for the S86's camera setup, pictures indicate a quad-camera situation on the rear. However, the only confirmed specifications are a 16MP AI main camera on the back and an 8MP selfie camera on the front.
The DOOGEE device is scheduled to launch on March 29 at 11:00 AM (GMT) via a live-streamed virtual event on YouTube. Pre-orders for the rugged phone are open and can be placed via AliExpress. According to the pre-order page, the S86 will be priced at $316.
Source: DOOGEE, AliExpress
By Jay Bonggolto
Xiaomi unveils the Redmi Note 10 series starting at $199
by Jay Bonggolto
When Xiaomi announced the Redmi Note 9 series last year, there were only three variants of the lineup, namely the Note 9 Pro and Pro Max as well as the standard model a few months later. Today, the Chinese phone maker is out with the latest iteration of its Redmi Note range of smartphones.
Xiaomi introduced today the Redmi Note 10 series. The latest mid-range series comprises four variants: the Note 10, Note 10 Pro, Note 10S, and Note 10 5G.
Redmi Note 10 Pro
The Pro version is, of course, the highest-end model among the pack, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G chipset. It also sports a 6.67-inch AMOLED DotDisplay with a 120Hz refresh rate, with its screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and punctuated by a 16MP selfie snapper.
On its back, the Note 10 Pro has a quad-camera setup comprising a 108MP wide-angle camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter, 5MP "telemacro" camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Its 108MP sensor uses 9-in-1 binning technology to combine nine pixels into one to produce a 12MP image. The phone packs a 5,020mAh battery with support for 33W wired fast charging. The smartphone comes in Onyx Gray, Glacier Blue, and Gradient Bronze colors.
The Note 10 Pro will cost $279 for the 6GB/64GB configuration, $299 for the 6GB/128GB version, and $329 for the 8GB/128GB variant. Shipping starts early this month.
Redmi Note 10 and 10S
The Note 10 and Note 10S share quite a few similarities. Both handsets sport a 6.43-inch AMOLED DotDisplay with a 13MP front camera. They also have the same battery, a 5,000mAh unit
featuring 33W wired fast charging. However, the Note 10S is powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC while the standard model - the Note 10 - is powered by a Snapdragon 678 SoC.
Camera-wise, both phones have quad-camera setups with similar lenses: 8MP ultra-wide-angle cameras, 2MP macro sensors, and 2MP depth sensors. Where they differ is in the main sensor, with the Note 10S featuring a 64MP main shooter and the Note 10 making do with a 48MP main camera. The Note 10S is also available in Onyx Gray, Pebble White, and Ocean Blue, which are the same color options for the standard variant except that the last is replaced by Lake Green.
The standard variant is priced at $199 for the 4GB/64GBvariant, $229 for the 4GB/128GB configuration, and $279 for the 8GB/128GB model, with shipping scheduled this month. Meanwhile, the Note 10S will be available to purchase for $229 for the 6GB/64GB variant, $249 for the 6GB/128GB version, and $279 for the 8GB/128GB memory configuration. It will be up for grabs in April.
Redmi Note 10 5G
The Note 10 5G, meanwhile, is one of Xiaomi's most affordable 5G phones. It's powered by a 7nm-based MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. It has a 6.5-inch DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate that automatically adapts to any content. The phone features an 8MP selfie camera at the front, while on its back, there's a triple-camera setup comprising a 48MP wide-angle camera, 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. It packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W wired fast charging. The Note 10 5G ships in Chrome Silver, Graphite Gray, Nighttime Blue, and Aurora Green.
The Note 10 5G will retail for $199 for the 4GB/64GB variant and $229 for the 4GB/128GB version. It will ship starting in April.
Lastly, the Note 10, 10S, and Pro versions come with an "arc side" fingerprint sensor, while the 5G model features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. All models also include a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster.
OnePlus Nord 2 will reportedly pack a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset
by João Carrasqueira
Last year, OnePlus tried something new with its phone lineup with the launch of the OnePlus Nord, a mid-range smartphone that dropped the Snapdragon 800 series processors in favor of a Snapdragon 765G to be more affordable. A couple more phones were introduced under the Nord branding, but the company always stuck with Qualcomm processors.
That's set to change, though, as OnePlus is reportedly planning to use a MediaTek chipset in the Nord 2, according to a report from Android Central. Not only that, but it seems that OnePlus is opting for the flagship Dimensity 1200 chipset, not a mid-range processor like the Snapdragon 765G.
MediaTek announced the Dimensity 1200 in January, and it has a premium Cortex-A78 core at 3.0GHz, three performance Cortex-A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores at 2GHz. It's behind Qualcomm's top-of-the-line offering in some ways, but it's built on a 6nm process, it supports 200MP cameras, 168Hz refresh rates for the display, dual 5G SIM cards, and more - though, of course, that's not saying the Nord 2 will use all of that.
We have yet to see the Dimensity 1200 chipset show up on any phones, and that's because it's not planned to be available until the second quarter of the year, which is when the Nord 2 is expected to be announced. While we don't have benchmarks or real-world tests to say just how much more powerful the phone will be, it's fair to expect a significant upgrade from the original Nord.
By Rich Woods
Google rolls out minor update for Android 12 developer preview
by Rich Woods
Just like it did last year, and almost to the day, Google is releasing a minor update for its Android 12 developer preview, calling it developer preview 1.1. And just like last time, it's packed with fixes instead of features, but if you're running the Android 12 preview, you're probably going to want to install it.
Here's the full list of fixes:
As for what's coming in Android 12 on the front-facing end of things, there's not a whole lot right now. Notifications are changing, and they're going to get faster, and there are some subtle visual changes in apps like Settings. What's more interesting is the stuff that's hidden, such as a conversation widget, wallpaper-based theming, and more.
If you're already on the Android 12 developer preview, you're going to get this update as an OTA. If not, you can check out our guide to get started.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung Galaxy A32 is now available to purchase in India for ₹21,999
by Jay Bonggolto
The launch of the Galaxy A12 in India last month marked the arrival of the first Galaxy A handset in the country this year, packing a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V display, and more. Today, Samsung India announced the launch of another device from that lineup.
Samsung introduced today the Galaxy A32 in India following the global debut of its 5G version earlier this year. The device is powered by an octa-core Mediatek Helio G80 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate that should make your gaming experience smooth.
The front camera is a 20MP sensor housed in a waterdrop notch, while its quad-camera setup on the back comprises a 64MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide shooter, 5MP macro sensor, and a 5MP depth sensor. Other camera features include hyperlapse, night mode, slow-mo, panorama and pro mode.
Inside, the phone has a 5,000mAh battery that Samsung claims can keep it running for up to 20 hours of video, 93 hours of music playback, and 19 hours of internet usage. The battery also supports 15W adaptive fast charging. It runs One UI 3.1 based on Android 11.
If you're wary about your privacy, the Galaxy A32 features AltZLife that allows you to double-pressing the power button in order to swap between normal and private mode. This feature also recommends storing your private content in the secure folder right on your device.
You can purchase the handset in India via Samsung's online storefront, other online stores, and retail shops in India from today for ₹21,999 (~$302) in four color variants: Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Violet.