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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G mobile processors

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Qualcomm has introduced three new mobile processors designed for mid to premium mid-range smartphones: the Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G. All three processors offer plenty of power, features, alongside new experiences in AI, gaming and camera. At the moment, there aren’t any new devices that have been announced with the Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G, but one can be sure to expect a slew of new phones in the middle of 2019.
Snapdragon 665 mobile processor
The Snapdragon 665 mobile platform supports Qualcomm’s third-generation AI engine, featuring the Hexagon 686 DSP. The company claims the new Snapdragon 665 processor will deliver up to 2x faster AI on-device compared to the Snapdragon 660 chipset. The all-new Snapdragon 665 Mobile Platform is built on the 11nm manufacturing process.
Camera capabilities are also improved. The latest Snapdragon 665 processor has the Qualcomm Spectra 165 ISP that offers enhanced scene recognition and auto adjustments like HDR. Plus, it boasts advanced camera features including triple camera support, 5x optical zoom support, hybrid autofocus, and can take super-resolution pictures at up to 48MP. This SoC also offers an X12 LTE modem for faster and more efficient wireless internet connectivity.
Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 665 processor will take mobile gaming to another level, thanks to the Adreno 610 GPU. This means popular games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 should run fine on devices that will be powered by the Snapdragon 665 processor.
Snapdragon 730 mobile processor
The Snapdragon 730 redefines the 700 tier with significantly higher levels of performance. The idea behind this processor is to bring high-performance to premium mid-range smartphones. Built on the 8nm manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 730 mobile processor brings a few of the high-end processor features to the premium mid-range segment. With this new chipset, the company is claiming to deliver even better gaming, artificial intelligence (AI), and camera performance.
The chipset comes with the Qualcomm Kryo 470 CPU and the Adreno 618 GPU. Other features include Snapdragon X15 modem for downlink speed support up to 800Mbps and Wi-Fi 6 support. It also has support for Qualcomm’s audio technologies called aptX and Aqstic.
Highlights of Snapdragon 730 mobile processor
*Fourth-generation Qualcomm AI engine
*Adreno 618 GPU, Kryo 470 CPU
*Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, support for 800 Mbps LTE
*Multiple camera support
*8nm processor technology
In the camera department, it features Qualcomm Spectra 350 ISP, which should help in taking better photos and videos. It is capable of capturing 4K HDR videos in Portrait Mode, plus it has the ability to support up to triple camera setups including ultra-wide, portrait and telephoto lenses.
Snapdragon 730G mobile processor
The third mobile processor is designed to improve gaming performance on premium mid-range smartphones. Called the Snapdragon 730G mobile processor, the chipset will offer select Snapdragon elite gaming features, up to 15 per cent faster graphics rendering over the Snapdragon 730, an overclocked Adreno 618 GPU, HDR gaming for the first time, 35 per cent jump in CPU performance and 25 per cent faster graphics rendering. Other features and enhancements continue to remain the same as the Snapdragon 730.


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Lenovo Z6 Pro With AI-Powered Quad-Camera Setup, Snapdragon 855 Launched

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Lenovo Z6 Pro is now official. After a flurry of teasers and promos, the Chinese computing giant announced the Lenovo Z6 Pro at a press event in China. The phone succeeds the company’s Z5 Pro which was launched in November last year with a slider design. In the Z6 Pro, Lenovo has decided to go for a waterdrop-style notch instead of a slider. The phone sports a 3D curved glass back with Gorilla Glass protection which is available on the front as well. Other highlights of the Lenovo Z6 Pro include an AI-powered quad-camera setup, next-generation in-display fingerprint sensor, a liquid-cooling system, and Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Lenovo Z6 Pro price, sale date
Lenovo Z6 Pro has been priced starting CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 30,000) in China for the 6GB + 128GB variant. The 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB variants will retail at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,000), CNY 3,799 (roughly Rs. 39,000), and CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 51,000) respectively.
The company will also be bringing a 5G variant of the Lenovo Z6 Pro to China in partnership with three major Chinese telecom operators. The pricing and exact availability details of the 5G version are a mystery right now.
The registrations for the phone are now open in China, however the first sale will be conducted at 10am local time, April 29. According to Lenovo, it will be offering the phone in two colour options – Black and Blue.
There is no word on the international availability of the Lenovo Z6 Pro at this point
Lenovo Z6 Pro specifications, features
Lenovo Z6 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie with ZUI 11 on top, which includes a number of software enhancements like Game Turbo mode, U-Touch, U Health, and more.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Lenovo Z6 Pro sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with support for DC dimming and HDR 10. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor, which comes with increase fingerprint recognition area, faster unlock support, and ability to even detect wet fingers. Face unlock support has also been added.
Lenovo Z6 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC, coupled with Adreno 640 GPU and 6GB/ 8GB/ 12GB of RAM. Lenovo has also added PC-grade Coldfront liquid cooling system in the Z6 Pro for better heat dissipation and management.
On the imaging front, which is one of the key features of the Lenovo Z6 Pro, the smartphone comes with an AI-powered quad-camera setup with dual-LED flash. The camera setup houses a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, a 16-megapixel secondary sensor with a wide-angle-lens, 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens, and a 2-megapixel sensor. ToF (Time of Flight) camera as well as PDAF sensor have been included as well. The company has also packed optical image stabilisation and a number of AI-powered camera features in the phone like Super Night Scene, Super Macro, Super Wide Angle, Super Body, and Dual Scene.
Additionally, the new Lenovo phone packs a 32-megapixel selfie shooter on the front.
Further, the phone features up to 512GB of onboard storage. Among the connectivity options, Lenovo has added 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-frequency GPS, a USB Type-C port. The phone also supports LDAC, AAC, and aptX HD audio codecs as well as Dolby Atmos.
Lastly, there is a 4,000mAh battery onboard, which supports 27W fast charging as well as reverse charging.

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Jio GigaFiber to Offer Broadband, Landline, TV Combo at Rs. 600 a Month: Report

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Reliance Jio GigaFiber is set to bring a broadband-landline-TV combo service at an as low monthly charge as Rs. 600, according to a media report. Jio GigaFiber is also reported to offer the option to connect at least 40 devices to its smart home network for up to Rs. 1,000. The Mumbai-based telco launched Jio GigaFiber broadband service in August last year, but it is currently available in select regions. Subscribers are required to pay a sum of Rs. 4,500 as a one-time security deposit.
At the present stage, Jio GigaFiber is available under a preview offer for consumers with 100GB of data access every month at a speed of 100Mbps. A report by Mint, citing a person familiar with the development, however, says that Reliance Jio is in plans to expand Jio GigaFiber with a broadband-landline-TV combo at Rs. 600 a month. Under the new service, it is said that the operator will offer unlimited voice calls and 600 TV channels alongside the existing 100Mbps broadband service.
The landline and television services to Jio GigaFiber consumers are said to be available in the next three months, and these will remain free for about a year — just like the existing broadband service.
All Your Jio GigaFiber Questions Finally Answered
Reliance Jio is reported to power the combo service through an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) router. This is likely to be the same box router that the company is giving to its initial broadband subscribers. Moreover, the router is said to connect 40-45 devices, including mobile phones, smart TVs, laptops, and connected devices.
To add 40 additional devices to the smart home network created by Jio GigaFiber, consumers are said to pay up to Rs. 1,000. It is also said that the network would also enable storing CCTV footage and other data on the cloud.
The latest report corroborates the development of a triple play plan that was spotted last month to offer access to Jio GigaFiber, Jio Home TV, and Jio Apps in a single monthly package. Also, it is worth pointing out that the arrival of the combo service to counter what has so far been offered by broadband players in India was first reported in May last year.
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To recall, Reliance Jio launched its Jio GigaFiber broadband service in August last year. The service is yet to be launched commercially, though it provides a 100Mbps download speed with 100GB data every month in select regions. The operator is charging Rs. 4,500 as a security deposit that is refundable in nature.

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Xiaomi Launches New Mi TV Range With Slim-Frame Design

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Xiaomi last year launched the Mi TV range in India, which has since become one of the most successful affordable TV ranges in the country. Although the first product to launch was the Mi TV 4 with a 55-inch 4K screen and smart connectivity, the company has since launched more affordable products as well. The company has now revealed its latest products in China, a new range of Mi TVs with a slim-frame design. The new TVs in the E-series and Mi Art-series range in size from 32 inches to 65 inches.
The new TV range has been teased on Chinese social media portal Weibo by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun. The range has been teased for its slim frame and full-screen design, which is similar to the design language on the Xiaomi Mi MIX range of smartphones. The post explains that this is possible because of a new design that has the screen on the middle frame, rather than encased within the outer frame.
The post also teases the pricing of the range, with the 32-inch Mi E32A TV expected to retail at CNY 1,099 (approximately Rs. 11,400) in China. Other sizes for the new range include 43-inch Mi E43A TV at CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,700), 55-inch Mi E55C TV at CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 31,100), and 65-inch Mi E65A TV at CNY 3,999 (approximately Rs. 41,500). The 32-inch variant has an HD resolution, the 43-inch variant has a full-HD resolution, while the 55-inch and 65-inch variants have 4K resolutions with HDR support.
All of the E-series TVs are smart TVs, with Xiaomi’s Patchwall OS interface. They also have Dolby Audio and DTS HD tuning for sound, up to 16W of sound output, up to 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, 1.5GHz processor, and connectivity through Wi-Fi and Ethernet. The TVs also come with Bluetooth remotes.
Xiaomi has also launched the Mi Art TV or Mi Mural TV, which comes in a single 65-inch size option and is priced at 6,999 Yuan (approximately Rs. 72,700). The new 4K HDR TV is similar to the Samsung The Frame TV, with an art mode that shows pictures and artwork when the TV isn’t in use. The TV also has a 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, 24W of sound output, and runs Patchwall OS.
Xiaomi earlier this year launched a new range of ‘Pro’ TVs in India, along with the Rs. 4,999 Xiaomi Mi Soundbar, which is one of the most affordable speakers of its kind in the country. It isn’t clear when these new TVs will be coming to India, but it’s possible that Xiaomi will launch its E-series in the coming months.

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