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Moto G Stylus 5G with Snapdragon 480 SoC goes official: Price, specifications and more

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The 4G version of the smartphone was launched in 2020 but the 5G variant is different not only in terms of design but also comes with new features.

After a series of leaks and rumours, Motorola has finally unveiled the Moto G Stylus 5G. The Lenovo-owned company has launched the smartphone in the United States. The Moto G Stylus is the cheapest smartphone to arrive with a Stylus. The 4G version of the smartphone was launched in 2020 but the 5G variant is different not only in terms of design but also comes with new features. Motorola is yet to reveal its plan of launching smartphones in other markets including India.

Considering India is a market where there are more budget/ mid-range phone seekers than the premium ones, Moto G Stylus 5G might attract a lot of takers. One of the prime reasons could be the price and the Stylus that is included with the phone at that price point. Motorola has so far stuck to launching mid-range and budget phones in the Indian market. The only premium devices that were launched in the last two-three years include the Moto Razr, Moto Edge. So let us have a look at what the Moto G Stylus 5G offers.

Moto G Stylus 5G: Price and availability

Moto G Stylus 5G has been launched in the United States at a price of $399 (approximately Rs 29,121). The smartphone will go on sale in the US starting June 14. The G Stylus will only be available in the Cosmic Emerald colour. It can be bought from the company’s official website, Best Buy, Walmart, B&H Photo and Amazon.

Motorola is yet to announce whether it plans to launch the smartphone in India. It would be nice if Motorola did, but the company didn’t launch the other two versions of the phone, so this launch also seems unlikely.

Moto G Stylus 5G: Specifications

Moto G Stylus 5G features a 6.8-inch LCD full HD+ display with a resolution of 2,400×1,080 pixels. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Moto G Stylus 5G runs on Android 11 with Motorola’s My UX skin on top.

In terms of camera, the smartphone has a quad-rear camera setup which includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor along with an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel for selfies.

The smartphone houses a 5000mAh battery with support for 10W charging.

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Apple iPhone 9 Plus in the works along with iPhone 9, iOS 14 code reveals

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There have been several reports on a new low-cost iPhone 9/iPhone SE 2 which was expected to launch this month. Turns out Apple is working on another iPhone possibly iPhone 9 Plus which would most likely debut with the iPhone 9.

9to5Mac found several details of an iPhone 9 Plus along with the iPhone 9 on iOS 14 code. Both the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus will run on the A13 Bionic chipset. The report also reveals the new iPhones will indeed house a Home button which was discontinued after the iPhone 8 series. With a Home button, the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus will support Touch ID for biometric authentication. Face ID will be one premium feature the new iPhones will lack.

But the iPhone 9 series will be able to use Apple Pay, scan NFC tags in the background and come with the Express Transit feature as well. These features are available on the iPhone XS and above. There’s no mention of the screen size of the iPhone 9 Plus although we know it will be bigger than the iPhone 9.

As for the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2, it has been rumoured to feature a 4.7-inch LCD display. Apple could launch it in two storage variants of 64GB and 128GB. The low-cost iPhone is also expected to be priced around $399 (Rs 28,500 approx) which is the same price the iPhone SE launched at.

The iPhone SE 2 was first expected to launch at Apple’s annual March event which was reportedly cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Apple is still rumoured to unveil a new MacBook and iPad Pro this week.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip enters in South Korean markets

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Samsung’s most awaited release ‘Galaxy Z Flip’ made to the market on Friday as the company aims to popularise the foldable form factor in the market.

Keeping the view in mind, the world’s biggest smartphone maker held an exclusive sale in its Digital Plaza stores in Seoul on Thursday. Total 900 Galaxy Z Flip was put up for sale and within first few hours, all the Purple devices were sold out. The black model of the device lasted till 1800 hours, reported GSM Arena.

As per the company, official sale of Galaxy Z Flip began 0900 hours at local online and offline stores.

Industry insiders expect 20,000 Galaxy Z Flip smartphones to be distributed to local vendors in the first week – a nearly 10-fold increase from the initial volume of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, launched last year.

Due to limited volume, they predicted that not all retailers in South Korea will have the Galaxy Z Flip in stock, but customers reports suggest that customer will not have to wait as they did for the Galaxy Fold.

Experts have precited that the company may set a record of selling 3 million units of the smartphone globally this year.

Galaxy Z Flip, which bends in half vertically, is priced at 1.65 million won ($1,395) in South Korea, roughly 700,000 won cheaper than the Galaxy Fold’s launch price.

In the coming week, a limited edition of the Galaxy Z Flip, in collaboration with U.S. fashion brand Thom Browne, comes with a price tag of 2.97 million won.

The Galaxy Z Flip uses the industry’s first ultrathin glass cover on top of the OLED screen, making it more durable and scratch-resistant compared with plastic displays.

It comes with a 6.7-inch foldable main display and a 1.1-inch cover display on the front of the handset that allows users to check the time and notifications.

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5 smartphones we are looking forward to in 2020

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2019 was arguably insignificant for the smartphone industry. Sure, sales grew, more phones were launched and so on, but as reviewers, we struggled to see real innovation. And we don’t see 2020 to be that different.

Having said that, 2019 did lay the groundwork for future improvements in smartphones, and that is what gets us excited about the phones we’ll see in 2020. Here’s what we are looking forward to:

Google Pixel 4a

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Google didn’t bring the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL to India, primarily because of the radar-based motion-sensing feature, a.k.a Project Soli. They will probably remove it entirely or deactivate it for the Pixel 4a if they are bringing it here. Also, given that the Pixel 3a was a more affordable Pixel, the Pixel 4a should be the same for this year’s version, and that makes sense for India.

If the leaked renders are anything to go by, the Google Pixel 4a is going to be everything the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL had and then some. There should be a punch-hole selfie camera in the front, which technically means more screen real estate, but the top and chin bezels don’t seem to have been reduced either, so we will have to wait and see. There’s also the square camera module on the back along with a fingerprint scanner and the bright power button on the side.

The Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL had the square camera module too so we are expecting pretty much the same camera setup on the 4a, slight differences in how images are processed. Given the price cut, Google will have to reduce costs somewhere after all.

Pixel’s photography chops have been above question, however, the Pixel 4 series did not fare too well when it came to reviews.

iPhone 12

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Apple absolutely killed it with the Apple iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. The company had lost its camera supremacy over Android for the past few years, but it returned to the helm in 2019. The battery life has also been significantly improved, another thing iPhones have not been known for.

Frankly, there was very little one could fault with the phones Apple launched in 2019, except the price. But complaining about Apple products being expensive is so last season, so let’s not.

Given all this, we can’t wait to see what else Apple adds to the iPhone 12.

In all probability, Apple will be launching a few other phones, like a successor to the iPhone SE, and the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is on our radar alongside the new iteration of the iPhone SE. The latter will (hopefully) bring an affordable iPhone into the market, which, much like a cheaper Pixel will be much appreciated.

Apple brought down the price of the iPhone XR earlier this year, which helped push the smartphone to become one of Apple’s best selling products ever, according to reports. If Apple sticks to this strategy in 2020 too, that will be something to look forward to.

Motorola Razr

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The only reason my first smartphones was a Sony was because the Moto Razr wasn’t available in the colour I wanted. This time, however, I totally intend to get my hands on the new iteration.

Motorola is bringing back that iconic phone as the new foldable Razr. This is going to be the first foldable offering from the house of Motorola and besides the immense nostalgia factor attached to it, the new form factor indeed looks interesting.

Perhaps most significantly, the new Razr doesn’t look as bulky as the other foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X (speaking of which, we should see a new Mate X hit the markets in 2020) – it should be sleek, easier in the hand and, Motorola is confident enough to tell people it doesn’t come with a million tips on how to use it…*cough* Samsung *cough*.

Motorola has already pushed the launch date back to meet demands. Clearly there is a lot riding on this smartphone and we are quite excited.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2

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Samsung screwed up with the Samsung Galaxy Fold this year. Sure, it sold MANY units, I mean enough units for the company to think its foldable offering did well enough for them to plan a Fold 2 for 2020.

Rumour has it that the Fold 2 is going to come with an ultra-thin glass cover that will replace the plastic cover Samsung used on the Fold we saw this year. This should make the display flatter and with lesser wrinkles.

Samsung is also supposed to adopt a clamshell design, much like the foldable Razr. And it is apparently going to be cheaper too. If you haven’t caught on already, lower prices excite us!

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

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108-megapixel camera. Enough said!

The Mi Note 10 is probably going to be one of the most expensive phones from Xiaomi’s stables that we have seen so far (it might be priced around Rs 47,000) and is going to come with a penta-camera setup, consisting of a primary 108 MP camera, a 20 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 12 MP telephoto sensor, a secondary 5 MP telephoto sensor, and finally a 2 MP macro camera.

Xiaomi is going to be the first of the lot to get a 108MP sensor on the back, because the smartphone is supposed to launch in January. One race won, at least.

And going by its record, the Mi Note 10 should have pretty much everything and the kitchen sink thrown at it, including a 5,260mAh battery, 30W fast charging support and more.

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