Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India. He has been an Android user since the time he got the LG Optimus One in 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in Management Studies. The areas in which he is interested are mobile processors, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at ip2unique@gmail.com.

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime Launched in India with Samsung Mall, Starts at Rs. 12,990 ($203)

Samsung is doing well in the Indian smartphone market, but it's coming under increasing pressure from the likes of Xiaomi. In the third quarter of 2017, Xiaomi tied Samsung for first place in the Indian smartphone market with 23.5 percent market share, according to IDC. That's one reason why Samsung announced last week it would launch...

Report: Samsung to Unveil a Prototype 5G Modem for Smartphones in the Second Half of 2018

The first 5G spec was finalized last month, and some networks are slated to go live in 2019 ahead of a rollout in 2020. Companies are jockeying for positions in the race to adoption, and incumbents Qualcomm and Intel have already announced their commercial 5G solutions -- Qualcomm's X50 modem and Intel's XMM 8060 modem will be available...

Honor 9 Lite with 5.65″ 18:9 display & Android Oreo coming to India for Rs. 10,999 ($172)

Last month, Honor, a subsidiary of Huawei, launched the Honor 7X for international markets, including India. Then, on January 8, the company launched the flagship Honor View 10 in the country at the competitive price of Rs. 29,999 ($469), putting it in direct competition with the OnePlus 5T and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Keen...

Oppo A83 to be Launched in India on January 20

Oppo is India's third largest smartphone vendor, and along with its sister company, Vivo, it's experienced immense success in the country. Although Oppo's smartphones aren't usually competitive with rival Xiaomi's phones with respect to specifications, the company has used its marketing muscle and retail partnerships to become one of the best-known China-based smartphone brands in...

Vivo X20 Plus UD with Synaptics In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Passes Through TENAA

Vivo, a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, is one of the world's top smartphone manufacturers, and is a force to be reckoned with in China and India. However, the company isn't well-known in Western markets. It launched the Vivo X20 Plus last year as its flagship smartphone, with specifications that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip,...

OxygenOS Open Beta 2 on the OnePlus 5T Brings Clipboard Actions and Performance Optimizations

Last month, OnePlus released the OxygenOS Open Beta 1 update for the OnePlus 5T, folding Android Oreo into the company's beta program. (It's worth noting that the OnePlus 3/3T and the OnePlus 5 have already received stable Android 8.0 Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.0 updates.) Now, the company has released OxygenOS Open Beta 2, which includes enhancements such...

Report: Samsung India to Develop New Online Smartphone Series to Compete with Xiaomi in Smartphone Sales

Samsung has retained its number one position in the Indian smartphone market without much trouble. But China-based smartphone vendors in India, led by Xiaomi, have threatened the company's dominance. Xiaomi entered the Indian smartphone market in July 2014, and has experienced incredible success in the country. Its market share has grown exponentially -- it tied with...

Report: LG Orders Mobile Team to Start Development of the LG G7 from Scratch

With the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in the rear-view mirror, the next major consumer tech event is Mobile World Congress 2018, which will be held in February. It was initially reported that the LG G7, LG's next-generation G series flagship smartphone, would make an appearance either there or at an event in March ahead of...

Report: Falling Memory Prices May Lead to Slowing Growth Rate in the Memory Chip Industry

Since mid-2016, the memory chip industry has experienced a "chip boom" -- in other words, a rise in memory prices and high growth rates. Mostly, this hasn't been good for consumers, but it has been good for companies in the industry and other stakeholders. Now, though, memory prices have started to drop suddenly -- which...

Android Oreo-based MIUI 9 Global Beta 8.1.11 Released for the Xiaomi Mi 6

The Xiaomi Mi 6 was Xiaomi's flagship smartphone for the first half of 2017. Although it was never released in India, the Mi 6 distinguished itself with a premium list of specifications, which included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, 6GB of RAM with 64/128GB of storage, a 5.1-inch Full HD (1920x1080) IPS display, a dual...

Action Launcher v33 Update Adds AdaptiveZoom, Re-enables Use of Android’s Accessibility APIs, and More

One of Android's most useful features is the ability to switch launchers. It differentiates it from competing platforms like Apple's iOS, and it's been wholeheartedly adopted by enthusiasts -- third-party launchers with custom themes, app drawers, and the like remain one of the most popular categories of apps on the Play Store. But while there are many...

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Plus Receive Patches for Spectre and Meltdown

Google's Android Security Bulletins squash critical flaws and exploits, and that's especially true this month. The search giant recently confirmed that the January 5, 2018 security patch contains fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown processor vulnerabilities that were disclosed earlier this month, both of which leverage flaws in the speculative execution feature of modern-day CPUs. Google published...