As speculated, Lenovo unveiled the next-gen Moto flagships at its Tech World event in San Francisco in the form of the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force. Both smartphones feature 5.5-inch 2K displays with the latter using the Moto ShatterShield technology which was first seen on the Moto X Force (review). Under the hood, both handsets come powered by Snapdragon 820 SoC, aided by 4GB of RAM. The key highlight however is the inclusion of ‘Moto Mods’ which attach to the back of the devices by a magnetic connector. For starters, they can extend battery life, offer different designs, boost the audio performance, and even include a projector.
Lenovo has announced the PHAB2 Pro smartphone, which is the world’s first to make use of Google’s Project Tango which has launched in 2014. This makes the device capable of mapping space around the user in real time in 3D with its room-scanning tech. This is achieved using a tri-camera setup and can be used in gaming, education etc. As per hardware, the 6.4-inch quad-HD device is powered by a Snapdragon 652 coupled with 4GB of RAM. The device draws juice from a 4,050mAh battery. Coming to the price, the PHAB2 Pro has been priced at $499 (~Rs 33,500).
At an event in Delhi earlier last week, LeEco launched the metal-clad Le 2 (first impressions) and Le Max 2 in India. The Le 2 utilises a Snapdragon 652 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the Le Max 2 features a Snapdragon 820 processor along with 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. The Le 2 is priced at Rs 11,999 while the Le Max 2 can be yours starting at Rs 22,999 for the 4GB/32GB variant. The key highlight of the devices is the omission of the 3.5mm headphone jack in lieu of the CDLA-powered USB Type-C port. The company also officially launched its USB Type-C earphones for Rs 1,990.
InFocus has launched an affordable Windows 10 laptop in India dubbed the Buddy. The budget notebook features a 13.3-inch HD display, a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and offers up to eight hours of battery life. The key highlight of the notebook is its slim profile with a waistline of just 18mm. As for storage, you get just 32GB of internal storage with an option to extend it up to 256GB with the help of a microSD card. The laptop will be available exclusively via Snapdeal in Gold and Silver hues. The company has priced the InFocus Buddy at Rs 14,999.
After launching the S7 and S7 Edge (review) way back in February, Samsung has now launched a rugged variant of the Galaxy S7 (review) in the form of the Galaxy S7 Active. The handset passes the US Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810G tests for a ruggedised design. Retaining the S7’s IP68 rating, it can also withstand exposure to high and low temperatures, fog, humidity, shock etc. The internals are the same as that of the S7 but the Active variant gets a boost when it comes to battery life thanks to a larger 4,000mAh battery. It’ll be available exclusively for AT&T subscribers in the US starting June 10th.
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LG has launched the new ‘Mosquito Away’ TV range that uses an ultrasonic device to drive mosquitos away without any harmful radiations. Popular-messaging app WhatsApp has received a beta update on Android that includes the ability to quote messages in replies. OxygenOS has gone open source just before the OnePlus 3 launch. Developers can download the source code via GitHub. Lenovo has demonstrated its experimental Cplus and Folio concepts which revolve around bendable smartphones and foldable tablets. Do join us back next week when we’ll have more sumptuous headlines from the WWDC and OnePlus 3 launch.