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No plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note7 units in the country, Samsung India says

Shortly after a report out of Samsung's home country of South Korea suggested that the company is planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note7 units in emerging markets like India, the tech giant's India subsidiary has refuted the report. Samsung Galaxy Note7 "The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect," said a Samsung India spokesperson. No such confirmation is currently available for Vietnam, the other market explicitly mentioned in the report. In case you missed, the report noted that such units will have "a new smaller...



Sd 865 shows blows away the competition on Antutu Benchmark

With the advent of the 2020 Android flagships coming, Qualcomm have been hyping up their new Sd 865 SoC. They’ve been touting the chip’s functionality, claiming it’ll be the suitable CPU on the market, but presently we’ve got plain benches to watch at. Someone ran Qualcomm’s Sd 865 reference product (codenamed ‘Kona’) through AnTuTu, and the achievements are just as excellent like expected. In AnTuTu, the chipset manages to result of 568,919 points, what puts it more than every commercial phone currently in the world on the market. It’s a marked improvement above the Snapdragon 855 what averaged about 450,000 points, and even manages to nudge the iPhone 11 Pro Max and its Apple A13 Bionic CPU aside. Snapdragon 865 shows blows away the competition on Antutu Benchmark 2 In comparison with the Snapdragon 855+, Kirin 990 5G and MediaTek Dimensity 1000, the Sd 865 still retains its clean lead, leaving it like the king of the pack. Granted, this is a reference device, it’s entirely possible that final-touch devices from manufacturers will result higher or lower than this, but it sets a quite decent typical for other CPU makers to aim for. The Sd 865 was reported at their recent summit in Maui, Hawaii and will be probably be seen in all primary flagship Android smartphones in 2020. With the Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm is promising up to a 25 percent increase in CPU and GPU experience, twice the experience increase in AI tasks and lower power consumption across the board. We can’t wait to take our hands on a Sd 865 powered product and test it ourselves. Source

OnePlus 5 and 5T now receiving Android Oreo 8.1

OnePlus has started rolling out updates to Android Oreo for the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T at the beginning of the year. Three months later and it is already time to upgrade to Oreo 8.1 that is used as a base for the Oxygen OS 5.1.0. Screenshots of the new update The update is 766 MB in size and brings the latest security patch. There are also optimizations for the Gaming mode, including power efficiency settings and network prioritization. There are also some new features for the Launcher like added category tags in the search section and auto name folders, based on...



Coolpad Cool 2 now official: metal body and extra-tall display on the cheap

Coolpad has been keeping a rather low profile lately, with not much in the way of new device announcements. As for LeEco - the other party behind the "Cool" line of devices, it's current financial situation is a bit unfortunate. Still, things might just be looking up within the joint venture, if the release of the new entry-level Cool 2 is any indication, that is. The handset follows the extra-tall aspect trend of the day, rocking a 5.7-inch, 18:9, HD+ (1440 x 720 pixel) LCD panel. It also comes complete with a sleek 2.5D layer on top and rounded display corners - another hint of...



First live Meizu Pro 7 hands-on image surfaces

We saw some prototypes and then a photo of the back of the Meizu Pro 7 with a secondary screen on the back. Now a couple of images give us the best look of the device yet. The photos show us the overall design of the Meizu Pro 7. There is one camera on the front and a bland white front panel, nothing surprising. The home button should double as a fingerprint scanner. On the back, the camera module is positioned above the secondary display on the left. We see the dual-LED flash and dual cameras over the minuscule secondary screen. The antenna bands follow the curvature of...